April 27, 2018
Experience the Entrepreneur 6:00pm - 6:45pm in Parmer Atrium
Main Event 7:00 pm Parmer Hall
Last Years' Finalists:
Established in 2014, Art Beyond the Classroom (ABC) is a creative expression intervention program assisting organizations by serving children that have limited or no access to a visual arts education. Currently, ABC has two branches: Adventures in Healing at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Sensory Investigation at NHS Autism School. By providing encouragement to the children through relationship building and art-making, ABC hopes to stimulate the possibility of young imaginations, activating hope to elicit change.
fathering.me exists to encourage, empower, and equip the young fathers of unplanned pregnancies to become the best dads they can be. There are 2.8 million unplanned pregnancies every year in the United States (almost half of all pregnancies!), and every one of them involves a father. The reality is so many of those men are unprepared to be great dads. Through a national network of compassionate, local mentors and an engaging online resource center, fathering.me aims to eradicate the rising epidemic of fatherlessness in our country by stopping it before it happens
Full Focus Films is a for-profit videography business that specializes in promoting customer experiences and testimonials as advertisement among small businesses. Our impact venture is, The Joyful Noise Project, a free videography service that gives people hope by providing a voice to those who are living with life-altering circumstances. We publish these stories so that other people going through similar challenges can become inspired and make a difference in the world, despite their own obstacles.
At Juntos, our mission is to provide fair wages for artisans in Mexico. We are currently partnering with a cooperative of self-employed women in Guanajuato, Mexico who design and create our mugs with inspirational words. These hand-crafted mugs are then sold to our customers in the United States. The profit is returned to the artisans. We see Juntos having a positive impact both locally and globally as we work together with our artisans and customers.
Think of Rove as the Airbnb or Uber of tourism. We are a for-profit start-up business that employs local church members to lead authentic cultural tours that stand in stark contrast to over-commercialized mass tourism. Our goal is to help churches help themselves by giving a portion of our profits to church plants, employing congregants & missionaries, and giving them a platform to expand their mission. Hope to see you on our next Rove Trip!
TEEL is focused on workplace ESL (English as a Second Language) curriculum and teaching for non-native English speaking adults. These individuals often work low-paying jobs that offer little opportunity for mobility within their organization and likewise often do not provide enough income to support their family. TEEL has a positive impact on businesses as limited English skills often correlate to reduced business productivity, personal safety issues and turnover rates.
Last Years' Judges:
Bonnie Kampa has been managing non-profit organizations for nearly thirty years. She retired in 2015 after 13 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Community Services (ICS), a Tucson-based organization that provides services to over 36,000 seniors and individuals in need. During these years, she guided the organization through tremendous growth, including three successful capital campaigns, establishing an Endowment, building a volunteer base of 750, and working with 75 diverse faith communities. Recent volunteer activities include Trustee and Board Chair of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; Board Advisor of the Lovell Foundation (a Tucson-based family foundation); and a member of committees of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. She and her husband Richard are active members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tucson, AZ. They have participated in numerous mission trips to Central and South America.
Bonnie grew up in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. from Messiah College in 1972.
Jim Green was President and CEO of Kemps , a dairy and ice cream company located in St. Paul, MN. Jim served in that capacity for 21 years. Jim graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and received his Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Kemps in 1992, Jim served as President of Green’s Dairy, an ice cream and novelty business located in York, PA, from 1978 through 1990. The business was owned by Jim’s family until 1986, when it was acquired by Crowley Foods, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Wessanen, the Netherlands. In 1990, Jim became President of Crowley Frozen Desserts, a consolidation of Green’s Dairy in York and Penn Dairies in Lancaster, PA.
Jim was a member and past chairman of the International Dairy Foods Association Board of Directors; was a member and past chairman of the International Ice Cream Association; was a member of the Board of Directors and past Chair for the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board; is presently an adjunct instructor at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, where he has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jim is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes and Services, a large senior living organization.
Jim and his wife, Chris, have two children – Rebecca, a marketing director for Kemps in St. Paul, MN; and Jim, a sales director for the Annuity Store in Sacramento, CA. Chris and Jim enjoy traveling, downhill skiing, reading, and spending time with their family.
Inspired by the tremendous mentors in his life, Steffy founded the Children Deserve a Chance Foundation in 2004 to aid in the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of underprivileged youth. Upon graduation from Conestoga Valley High School, Steffy chose to attend the University of Maryland out of 42 scholarship offers, where he played as quarterback on the football team and earned both s B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a Masters degree in Real Estate Development. Because of his good work in the community, in 2008 Jordan was named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team and granted the Humanitarian Bowl Award. In May of 2015 Steffy received his M.B.A. from Columbia University where he was a member of the Black Business Student Association, and the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization. While in Business School and attempting to balance a busy schedule with his passion for giving back, Steffy was looking for a technology to enhance his relationship with the small group of scholars that he continued to mentor. After multiple failed attempts to find such a technology, he and two Columbia Business School classmates co-found Xylem, a company focused on enhancing and quantifying mentor/protégé relationships.
If there was a contest in her senior year at Messiah – least likely to start a business – Sioux Logan would have won it. She was a Humanities major who studied literature, art, history, music, and theater. Post-graduation she worked at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City and The SAFE Project, a domestic violence social services agency, in Laramie, Wyoming.
Upon returning to New York, her mother derailed her new career as a temp at Goldman Sachs when she threatened to disown Sioux if she didn’t find a job with medical insurance. So she landed at an executive search firm and then went on to be a technical recruiter and account manager at an information technology consulting firm. In 2007, she launched RedStream Technology, a now multi-million dollar a year information technology staffing company. Her clients include Fortune 500 financial services companies, private equity, management consulting, and luxury retail companies.
Invoking feelings of nostalgic charm and the essence of finding joy in the little things, Valerie McKeehan’s artwork sits at the center point of her creative outpost. Her early works in chalk inspired an international chalk art trend that led to the creation of Lily & Val, a Pittsburgh-based boutique stationery and lifestyle brand, a multi-million dollar art licensing portfolio, and best-selling book, The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. A sought after speaker, Valerie and her work have been featured throughout the national press including Martha Stewart Living and on ABC’s Good Morning America. Today Valerie is the president and creative director at Lily & Val where she oversees development of her brand’s products, serves as editor of Lily & Val Living a lifestyle blog and produces artwork for corporate clients such as Starbucks, Macy’s, Anthropologie and Flow Magazine.
Jeremiah Stonge is the president of Katapult Engineering, a software and engineering company specializing in cloud software and services for electric utilities. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Messiah College in 1997 and PE license in electrical and electronics in 2010.
On Mondays, Jeremiah enjoys teaching a class to local homeschool students - typically high school math and physics. Last fall, however, he was particularly delighted to teach an inventors and inventions class to 1st and 2nd graders. And this semester, he finds it amusing to keep 20 energetic middle schoolers safe in his hands-on class where they build physics experiments.
The project he is most enthusiastic about right now is bringing Katapult Labs to life. Katapult Labs is a public makerspace in downtown Dillsburg. Jeremiah believes in identifying technical talent and networking with them early in their development.
Jeremiah Stonge resides in Dillsburg Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
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