Meet The Entrepreneurs

Episode #11 | Sponsored by FAME

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Rosie Curtis

Gimme Shelter has been created to fill the huge need for a simple, durable and affordable housing solution for the 100 million homeless and the billion people living in shanty towns. They ship shelter kits than can be easily assembled and disassembled and customized to suit any climate or location.

Founders: Rosie Curtis, Tom Needham
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Chris MacKenzie

STARC Systems manufactures the construction industry's most innovative temporary containment system that protects healthcare patients, employees, students and visitors from construction debris created by renovations. Designed to replace temporary sheetrock walls which become non-biodegradable waste, STARC Systems is reusable and modular enabling use in most any configuration and for unlimited distances: 50' of containment can be deployed in less than 30 minutes.

Founder: Tim Hebert
COO: Bruce Bickford
EVP: Chris McKenzie

Meet The Judges

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Susan Morris
Susan Morris is a real estate developer and Principal of The NewHeight Group, a consulting firm specializing in providing marketing, branding and business strategy to organizations developing new products and services or repositioning existing ones. Susan is a Maine Angel and actively engaged in Maine Startup and Create Week, Women Standing Together, TopGun and the House of Genius. She has built and exited from several businesses. Prior to having her own businesses, Susan worked for 13 years for Marriott International. She is co-author of a college textbook, Hospitality Sales: A Marketing Approach and serves as a speaker, adjunct professor and facilitator.
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Bruce Wagner
Bruce Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, FAME
Bruce has a strong background in business management, development and renewal, having served as W.R. Grace’s President of the Darex Container Products Division, as chief executive officer at Barber Foods, and as chief financial officer at Martin’s Point Health Care. He directed the MIT-affiliated Center for Quality Management, where he worked with organizations to develop and deploy business strategies and processes that deliver superior business performance. He also founded Traverse CEO, LLC, a business consulting firm specializing in rescuing and renewing businesses. He has served on the board of directors of Woodard & Curran, Mercy Hospital, the Portland Community Health Center, and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
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Jake Ward
James S. (Jake) Ward IV is the Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development. His office supports economic development by acting as a liaison for business and industry, facilitating technology transfer, and handling patenting, licensing and commercialization activities for the University of Maine. The office also supports federal and state government relations for the university’s R&D mission. Vice President Ward has been the Assistant Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Government Relations since 2006.

He has served UMaine in various roles within the Department of Industrial Cooperation and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship since joining the University in 1990. Prior to joining the University of Maine, Vice President Ward worked in private industry in software development and manufacturing. He is a member of national organizations, including the Association of University Technology Mangers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also serves on the boards of many state organizations including the Maine Technology Institute, the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. Originally from Saco, he holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
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