Senior Program Administrator of the Blackstone LaunchPad – As the Senior Program Administrator of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Wayne State University he has reached over 4,000 participants in their exploration of entrepreneurship. Aubrey has guided 365 students to generate their own business models and helped over 115 businesses launch. Sixty one ventures are generating revenue within the first three years of Aubrey’s leadership over the Blackstone LaunchPad. He provides strategies to start-ups in various industries including software technology, bio manufacturing, engineering product development, brick and mortar establishments, fashion, film making, food production, and non-profit. He enjoys guiding individual’s ideas, coaching hidden talent and fostering inner confidence while teaching business acumen and discovering a person’s true value propositions. Listening and empathy are Aubrey’s strongest tools outside of his 13 years of experience in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation.
Project Coordinator of the Blackstone LaunchPad – Jason has over eight years’ experience in commercial real estate and business finance. He has his BBA from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. He put in process over $340 Million in commercial loans while at the companies of 1st National Financial (now 1st Financial Lending) and Commercial property services. Jason’s experience also extends to sales and business development. While the head of development for several companies including, a commercial cleaning company and a promotional marketing company, Jason grew sales over 500% at each company. Jason is also cofounder of a tech website/app called Regaingo, where Jason raised over $150K in seed funding and won several pitch competitions. Jason has been working side by side with hundreds of entrepreneurs for the last 10 years helping them acquire financing, put together business plans, market strategies, team development and investor pitches. Jason has structured creative financing and business development for several companies allowing them to acquire all of their capital needs along with provide flexibility for long term growth. Jason is married; lives in Warren and his hobbies are playing golf and watching movies.
Marketing Coordinator & Operations at Innovation Warriors – Erica is a talented marketing student at Wayne State University with three years of professional marketing experience already under her belt. She specializes in branding, digital marketing and graphic design. Her experience extends beyond those three skills to include event planning, social media marketing, project management, sales and more. She enjoys learning new marketing techniques and is always looking to grow her knowledge of the field through marketing books, podcasts and professionals. Fittingly so, she is working on her own student venture called Chimera Marketing, LLC with the aid of her two bosses. She is as engaged with entrepreneurship as she is with marketing. With the little bit of free time that she has, she enjoys reading, going to concerts and drinking coffee.