Meet Our Summer 2014
Venture Forum 2013 marked the first time executive leadership of all three state signature research centers gathered in Southern Oregon for a panel discussion. Panelists encouraged Southern Oregonians to commercialize and market what they do best on a global scale, increasing our innovative spirit despite the lack of a major multinational corporation, dominant industry or research institute.
"I am truly excited about what is happening here in our area regarding start-ups. Whether start-ups are in technology or advanced manufacturing or some other venture, there is certainly something special happening here in Jackson County. Sustainable Valley Technology Group’s efforts tied with other partners provide encouragement, innovative funding and hands-on opportunities. Jackson County is proud to be a small part of the process building economy and jobs for our citizens." ~Don Skundrick, Chair, Jackson County Board of County Commissioners
Designed to help researchers with brilliant ideas see those ideas through to a finished product, the 2013 Sustainable Valley iGrant is a technology innovation grant to help researchers, entrepreneurs and engineers bring new technology or technology-based businesses to life. iGrant applications are open to researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs in the process of building technology start-up companies or designing new technology associated with the biotech or biomedical, MEMS and Nanotechnology fields.
iGrant recipients will have access to seminars, workshops and other business growth and development events. Part of the $175K iGrant is a $25K cash award to help the recipient’s implementation costs. iGrant recipients will also have access to student interns and helpful business school teams.
MEMS Industry Group, Sustainable Valley and Rogue Valley Microdevices, team up in 2014 to award this year's MEMS Executive Congress Pitch Winner with an iGrant award, valued at over $150,000 toward the commercialization of their technology. The iGrant winning company will receive access to a state of the art MEMS foundry and professional engineers, business development tools and mentors, government grant assistance and networking with potential partners and investors.
Jessica Gomez Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first Microelectronics Manufacturing Company in Southern Oregon.A founding member of the Sustainable Valley Technology Group and serves as the organization’s board president. Jessica spent this past summer traveling to Salem on a regular basis to participate on the “Job’s And Economy Team” for Governor Kitzhaber’s 10 Year Outcome’s Based Budget.
John “Jay” H. Harland is a partner and principal with CSA Planning Ltd., Southern Oregon’s largest and most tenured land use consulting firm. He joined the firm in 2004. Mr. Harland has experience with long-range planning projects that often involve special studies, policy development and technical research, analysis and mathematical models.
Bruce Laird, former Technology Recruitment Officer for Oregon Business Development Department, has recently joined the board of directors for Sustainable Valley Technology Group. Laird retired in 2013 from Business Oregon as the state’s leading business recruitment officer specializing in large, complex, mid and high-cap business expansion and recruitment projects. At the time of his retirement, Laird led the state’s key industry initiative for technology accounts with signature success in the growth and recruitment of biotechnology, clean technology and semiconductor manufacturing companies. Laird also directed the state’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) initiative, recording levels with more than 21 successful, new investments from Japan alone in 2012.
Michael Lynch is the Managing Partner in the Medford office of Moss Adams LLP. Mike has 34 years of experience in public accounting. As a tax specialist, Mike concentrates primarily on business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. His areas of expertise include C-corporations, S-corporations, Partnerships/LLCs, and individuals focusing on comprehensive tax planning and compliance. .
Dr. Chris Maples, President of Oregon Tech, who became Oregon Institute of Technology’s sixth President in October 2008, believes that a large part of his job as president is to actively work and advocate for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon Tech. Dr. Maples maintains open communication with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Oregon Tech, and schedules time to walk around all of the Oregon Tech campuses to visit with students, staff, and faculty. He has an open-door policy.
Cynthia Scherr, Founder of Scherr Management Consulting has more than 20 years’ experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. Cynthia brings keen insight and a breadth of experience in addition to essential business tools and processes to accelerate achievement of the organization’s potential. Cynthia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
Mark VonHolle, Director of Business Development for RA Murphy Construction and Development, CEO of Sustainable Solutions Group
Mark VonHolle is the founder and the past board Von_Hollechair of Sustainable Valley Technology Group. He is director of business development for R.A. Murphy Construction & Development in Medford, Oregon. He is founder of Sustainable Solutions Group.
Joan McBee is a Professor and Interim Dean for the School of Business. In addition she coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program and the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce. Joan also teaches marketing and business policy courses for the School of Business.