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Meet Some of Our Founders and Alumni

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Gene Kansas

As the creator of award-winning, Sidewalk Radio, Gene explored life in the modern city through the lens of history and context of community. He also founded Constellations, a culturally-based workspace  "where stars come together to shine."

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Lacy Cain

Lacy Cain founded Wildjoy in May 2019 and is passionate about mental health and helping others feel better. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 in Accounting and Entrepreneurship.

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Tom Bobo

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1996, Tom BoBo became a founding partner of Split Engineering, LLC in Tucson, Arizona, and has been with the company nearly 23 years.

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Ted Kay

Ted Kay co-founded DLK Investment Management, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor, in 2008, and is currently a managing partner and Chief Investment Officer. He lives in Point Loma with his wife and two children. 

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Oriana Lehman Wood

Oriana graduated with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, traveled the world and managed millions in revenue for British Airways, US Airways and Make-A-Wish Foundation National Office, and brought in over six million dollars in sponsorship.

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Adam Tank

What impact has the Entrepreneurship Program had on your career or life? 
The value of sales. Sell before you build. “If you build it they will come” does not apply to entrepreneurship. If you sell it, they will come.

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Bryan Schachter

What is most surprising about being an entrepreneur? 
"Really the ups and downs from a day-to-day perspective. There are wild swings in terms of performance and challenges that are faced, and tremendous patience is required."

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Matt Williams

The founder of multiple successful companies, including, Matt looked at the McGuire center as "a bright shining star" and was drawn the University of Arizona because of its dedication to entrepreneurship.

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Madison Waggoner

Within two years of graduating with degrees in Management and Entrepreneurship, Madison founded Shri Wellness, a wellness company devoted to empowering personal and community well-being. 

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Eric Boelts

Eric is the current principal and owner of Brain Bolts and the past principal and co-founder of Boelts Bros. He has a BFA in graphic design and an MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing - both from the University of Arizona. 

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Sean Conway

As a serial entrepreneur, Sean credits the support of the McGuire Program for his startup success with Notehall, acquired by Chegg, and Pillow, acquired by Expedia. He loves nurturing entrepreneurship in others while making a positive impact.

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Cameron Ripley

Since earning degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Cameron continued his entrepreneurial journey as the founder of Community Boost, a digital marketing agency that exists to empower social ventures changing the world.

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