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Marcelo Claure
Wednesday, September 23

Marcelo Claure

Sprint

Marcelo Claure is the CEO of Sprint Corporation. He became Sprint President and CEO on August 11, 2014, and has served on the Sprint board of directors since January 2014. Prior to Sprint, Marcelo was Chairman, President & CEO of Brightstar, a company he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business with more than $10 billion in gross revenue in 2013.

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Keith Molzer
Wednesday, October 14

Keith Molzer

Flyover Capital

Keith is General Partner of Flyover Capital, a Kansas City based venture fund that invests in seed-stage growth companies in the Midwest. For the last eleven years, Keith has served as Founder & CEO of Balance Innovations, the leader in cash office software solutions for the retail industry. Keith is active with many local startups as an angel investor and currently has eight active investments.

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Henry & Tom Bloch
Tuesday, October 27

Henry & Tom Bloch

H&R Block

Henry Bloch is the co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, which he and his brother, Richard, founded in 1955. Tom Bloch, son of Henry ascended to CEO in 1992 but he quickly found unfulfilling. After much soul-searching, Tom resigned in 1995 to become an middle school math teacher. He later co-founded the University Academy, a public charter school where he continues to teach.

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Barnett Helzberg (HEMP)
Wednesday, November 11

Barnett Helzberg

HEMP

Barnett was the Chairman of the Board at Helzberg Diamonds from 1962 to its sale in 1995. He grew the company from 15 stores into the third largest jewelry retailer with 145 stores in 23 states by the time it sold in 1995 to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett). Barnett then founded the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP), a mentoring program by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

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Sherry Turner

Sherry Turner

Sandy Kemper

Sandy Kemper

Ron LeMay

Ron LeMay

Leo Morton

Leo Morton

Diana Kander

Diana Kander

STRETCH

STRETCH

Toby Rush

Toby Rush

Becky Blades

Becky Blades

Grant Burcham

Grant Burcham

Micah Baldwin

Micah Baldwin

Barnett Helzberg, Jr.

Barnett Helzberg, Jr.

Gary White

Gary White

Maria Meyers

Maria Meyers

Danny O'Neill

Danny O'Neill

Thom Ruhe

Thom Ruhe

Herb Sih

Herb Sih

Tim Barton

Tim Barton

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