Meet the Start Co. Mentors

There’s no shortcut to success, but it helps to hear from those who have been there before.

Our community of industry experts, creative pros, and successful founders are passionate about helping startups on their journey toward success. Here are just a handful of the folks you’ll meet as part of the Start Co. ecosystem.

  • Laurie Tucker

    Laurie Tucker

    VP of Marketing (Retired)

    FedEx

  • Russ Williams

    Russ Williams

    CEO

    archer>malmo

  • Chip Strange

    Chip Strange

    Vice President

    Mosaik Solutions

  • Debbie Newport

    Debbie Newport

    CXO, COO

    Calade Partners

  • Mike Mayo

    Mike Mayo

    Developer

    Rackspace

  • Tal Frankfurt

    Tal Frankfurt

    Founder

    Cloud for Good

  • Andrew Mager

    Andrew Mager

    Developer Evangelist

    Spotify

  • Rick Branson

    Rick Branson

    Developer

    Instagram

  • Zack Perry

    Zack Perry

    Manager

    FedEx

  • Vic Gatto

    Vic Gatto

    Partner

    Solidus Company

  • Steve Repetti

    Steve Repetti

    Managing Partner, Co-founder

    CrunchFire Ventures

  • Thomas Hussey

    Thomas Hussey

    Principal

    Diversified Trust

  • Andre Mouton

    Andre Mouton

    Partner

    Angaros Group

  • Scott Brown

    Scott Brown

    Vice President

    Stipple

  • Sridhar Sunkara

    Sridhar Sunkara

    CEO

    eBiz Solutions

  • Oscar Atkinson

    Oscar Atkinson

    President

    Silicone Arts Labs

  • Ramon Marus

    Ramon Marus

    CFO

    Bryce

  • Gyasi Chisley

    Gyasi Chisley

    CEO

    Methodist North Hospital

  • Miley Ainsworth

    Miley Ainsworth

    Director

    FedEx

  • Austin Baker

    Austin Baker

    Founder

    HRO Partners

  • Jimmy Dickey

    Jimmy Dickey

    VP

    The Marston Group

  • Ken Rohman

    Ken Rohman

    Senior Vice President

    archer>malmo

  • Naomi Bata

    Naomi Bata

    SVP, chief PR officer

    archer>malmo

  • Patrick Woods

    Patrick Woods

    Manager

    a>m ventures

  • Michael Keeney

    Michael Keeney

    Partner

    Thomason Hendrix Harvey

  • Micah Brafford

    Micah Brafford

    VP in Commercial Banking

    Independent Bank

  • Meka_Egwuekwe

    Meka Egwuekwe

    Director

    Lokion

  • Rodney Adams

    Rodney Adams

    Independent Investor

  • Mark Levine

    Mark Levine

    President

    Southern Growth Studio

  • Joseph Ketcherside

    Joseph Ketcherside

    Chief Medical Officer

    Quire

  • Josh Horton

    Josh Horton

    Serial Entrepreneur; Principle and Creative Designer

    Hieroglyph

  • John Ogle

    John Ogle

    Serial Entrepreneur and CFO

    Luminetx

  • Jim Sanders

    Jim Sanders

    Vice President of IT

    Perkins

  • Jay Myers

    Jay Myers

    Founder

    Interactive Solutions, Inc.

  • Wayne Culbreth

    Wayne Culbreth

    Founder, CEO

    Advon Healthcare

  • Ryan Ramkhelawan

    Ryan Ramkhelawan

    Co-Founder

    Restore Medical

  • Jim Lattimore

    Jim Lattimore

    CEO

    Musistic

  • Irene Crist

    Irene Crist

    Speaking Coach

  • Gary Backaus

    Gary Backaus

    Chief Creative Officer

    Archer Malmo

  • Emily Brackstone

    Emily Brackstone

    Associate

    Baker Donelson

  • Drew Bullard

    Drew Bullard

    General Manager

    Two Men and a Truck

  • Brad Silver

    Brad Silver

    CEO

    Quire

  • Corey Early

    Corey Early

    Senior Sales Executive

    FedEx

  • Christopher Lee

    Christopher Lee

    CEO

    CEL GROUP

  • Brit Fitzpatrick

    Brit Fitzpatrick

    Founder

    MentorMe

  • Chris Przybyszewski

    Chris Przybyszewski

    Executive VP

    US Biologic

  • Charleson Bell

    Charleson Bell

    Founder, President

    BioNanovations Corporation

  • Frank Langston

    Frank Langston

    Founder

    PayByGroup

  • Brian Rogers

    Brian Rogers

    Manager, Technology Commercialization

    Arkansas State University

  • Brian Janz

    Brian Janz

    Professor at University of Memphis

  • Lurene Kelley

    Lurene Kelley

    Comm. & Content Creator

    Shelby County Public Defenders Office

  • Brad Montgomery

    Brad Montgomery

    Co-Founder

    Work for Pie

  • Bill O'Connor

    Bill O'Connor

    Associate

    Baker Donelson

  • Trey Powell

    Trey Powell

    Chemical Engineer

    Marietta Corporation

  • Mark Mills

    Mark Mills

    Vice President of IT Strategy

    ServiceMaster

  • Jeremy Harbor

    Tax Manager

    The Marston Group

  • Ken Milman

    Manager

    FedEx Innovation

  • Aquinas Early

    Aquinas Early

    PR Senior Account Executive

    archer>malmo

  • Brian Cook

    Brian Cook

    VP of Lending

    Orion Federal Credit Union

  • Jason Lee

    Jason Lee

    CFO

    Orion Federal Credit Union

  • Tara Smith

    Tara Smith

    VP of Retail

    Orion Federal Credit Union

  • Jay Oliphant

    Jay Oliphant

    Business Development, CPA

    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

  • will phillips

    Will Phillips

    Chief Creative Officer, Co-Founder

    Screwpulp

  • Will Murphy

    Will Murphy

    Manager

    FedEx

  • Shawn Flynn

    Shawn Flynn

    Co-Founder

    Restore Medical

  • Vidhan Agraweal

    Vidhan Agrawal

    COO

    Urova

  • Lauren Squires

    Reporter

    WMC-TV

  • David Weinstein

    David Weinstein

    President & CEO

    New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

  • Richard Billings

    Richard Billings

    Founder & CEO

    Screwpulp

  • Sarah Petschonek

    Sarah Petschonek

    Founder, Director

    Volunteer Odyssey

  • Tameesha Desangles

    Tameesha Desangles

    CEO

    Wedding Worthy

  • Chip Marston

    Chip Marston

    Partner & Founder

    The Marston Group

  • Chris Williams

    CEO

    UWT Logistics

  • Douglas Scarboro

    Douglas Scarboro

    Director of Talent and Human Capital

    City of Memphis

  • Matt Heiter

    Matt Heitter

    Shareholder

    Baker Donelson

  • Jeremiah Watson

    Jeremiah Watson

    Principal

    Innovative Engineering Services

  • Mike Hoffmeyer

    Mike Hoffmeyer

    Manager

    Crews Center for Entrepreneurship

  • Tyler Whitney

    Tyler Whitney

    President

    Blue Roo

  • Dan Springer

    Dan Springfield

    Communications Director

    Evolve Bank and Trust

  • Sally Pace

    SVP, Marketing & Communications

    FTN Financial

  • Paul Watkins

    Professor of Business

    CBU

  • Jason Stone

    Jason Stone

    Underwriting Manager

    Evolve Bank and Trust

  • Jen Frank

    Jen Frank

    Certified Professional Coach

  • Nicole Heckman

    Nicole Heckman

    Manager

    FedEx Innovation

  • Sandy Schaeffer

    Independent Consultant

  • Paul A. Phillips

    Paul A. Phillips

    Managing Principal Consultant

    Phillips Consulting Group

  • Beth Sanders

    Beth Sanders

    Indepedent Marketer

  • Tom Federico

    Thomas Federico

    Co-founder & CEO

    TeamRankings.com

  • Jeff Dreifus Headshot

    Jeff Dreifus

    VP of Strategic Initiatives

    Evaporcool

  • Tyler Sory

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Dr. Connection Benefits

  • James Bell

    Entrepreneur in Residence, ZeroTo510

    Memphis Bioworks Foundation

  • Paul Kenny headshot

    Paul Kenny

    VP Marketing

    Kraft Food Ingredients

  • Cardell Orrin

    Cardell Orrin

    Founder & Principal

    Linx Consulting

  • Charles Hurst

    VP of Sales

    Ultimate Dental

  • Josh Krames

    Vice President, Community Development

    Softlayer