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

  • Kelley Hilborn

    Director of Community Development for Global Entrepreneur Program

    IBM

  • Bobby Meeks

    Senior Interaction Designer

    Service Master

  • Chip Strange

    Chip Strange

    VP, Strategy & Business Development

    Mosaik

  • Thomas Hussey

    Thomas Hussey

    Principal

    Diversified Trust

  • Gyasi Chisley

    Gyasi Chisley

    CEO

    Methodist North Hospital

  • Austin Baker

    Austin Baker

    Founder

    HRO Partners

  • Michael Shipman

    Michael Shipman

    VP of Innovation and Development

    ServiceMaster

  • Stuart Lloyd Cohen

    Stuart Lloyd Cohen

    Chief Motivation Officer

  • 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

    Director

    archer>malmo Ventures

  • Jett Fein

    Venture Investor

    e.ventures

  • Michael Keeney

    Michael Keeney

    Partner

    Thomason Hendrix Harvey

  • John Pregulman

    Managing Partner

    Robmer Partners

  • Mark Levine

    Mark Levine

    President

    Southern Growth Studio

  • John Ogle

    John Ogle

    Serial Entrepreneur and CFO

    Luminetx

  • Mara Lewis

    President

    GrowthX Croporate

  • Heather Barlow

    Advisor

    FedEx Innovations

  • Ryan Ramkhelawan

    Ryan Ramkhelawan

    Co-Founder

    Restore Medical

  • Gary Backaus

    Gary Backaus

    Chief Creative Officer

    Archer Malmo

  • Emily Brackstone

    Emily Brackstone

    Associate

    Baker Donelson

  • Brad Silver

    Brad Silver

    CEO

    Quire

  • Brit Fitzpatrick

    Brit Fitzpatrick

    Founder

    MentorMe

  • Chris Przybyszewski

    Chris Przybyszewski

    Executive VP

    US Biologic

  • Frank Langston

    Frank Langston

    Founder

    PayByGroup (500 Startups 2014)

  • Brian Rogers

    Brian Rogers

    Manager, Technology Commercialization

    Arkansas State University

  • 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

  • Ken Milman

    Manager

    FedEx Innovation

  • Shawn Flynn

    Shawn Flynn

    Co-Founder

    Restore Medical

  • Lauren Squires

    Reporter

    WMC-TV

  • David Weinstein

    David Weinstein

    President & CEO

    New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

  • Sarah Petschonek

    Sarah Petschonek

    Founder, Director

    Volunteer Odyssey

  • Chip Marston

    Chip Marston

    Partner & Founder

    The Marston Group

  • Chris Williams

    CEO

    Senthold

  • Douglas Scarboro

    Douglas Scarboro

    Director of Talent and Human Capital

    City of Memphis

  • Mike Hoffmeyer

    Mike Hoffmeyer

    Manager

    Crews Center for Entrepreneurship

  • Tyler Whitney

    Tyler Whitney

    President

    Blue Roo

  • 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

  • Sandy Schaeffer

    Fogelman College of Business

  • Paul A. Phillips

    Paul Phillips

    Managing Principal Consultant

    Phillips Consulting Group

  • Beth Sanders

    Beth Sanders

    Social Media and Online Marketing Strategist

  • Tom Federico

    Thomas Federico

    Founder

    TeamRankings.com

  • 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

  • Charles Hurst

    VP of Sales

    Ultimate Dental

  • Josh Krames

    Vice President, Community Development

    Softlayer

  • Kevin Berisso, Ph.D.

    Director, Automatic Identification Lab

    University of Memphis

  • Jay Zalowitz

    Technical Co-Founder

    Generator Lab

  • Carla Balch

    CEO

    Altos Solutions (acquired by Google)

  • Daniel Brown

    President

    Preferred Advisors LLC

  • Dick Wager

    Executive Coach and Advisory Group Chair

    Vistage