Meet The Entrepreneurs

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South Paris

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John Rooks

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Justin Jaffe

John Rooks & Justin Jaffee

The Rapport software platform helps small and midsized businesses understand, reduce and share their environmental impact. Companies on the platform gain valuable insights into their environmental impact, save money by reducing that impact, and easily comply with customer data request. Until now, the rewards of sustainability have been a luxury afforded only large companies with deep pockets. Rapport democratizes sustainability for millions of businesses around the world.

CEO: John Rooks
CTO: Glenn Butler
COO: Justin Jaffee
CTO: Bob Rooks
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Dan Mingle

Mingle Analytics

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Mingle Analytics is an early stage company in the business of healthcare informatics. Mingle Analytics helps healthcare providers use Electronic Medical Records and other information systems to improve healthcare delivery and to comply with regulations. Mingle serves individual providers and practices of all sizes and specialty in all 50 States. Mingle uses innovative communication tools to support a remote workforce distributed throughout Maine and in 8 other States, allowing the company to grow and prosper in a rural setting.

Founder: Dan Mingle

Meet The Judges

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Susan Dench
Susan Dench works with organizations to strengthen the bench of women leaders. Her firm, Success & Co., accelerates the advancement of a diverse workforce by providing powerful, transformative learning experiences which engage and develop emerging women leaders so they can bring the best of who they are to work each day, making an immediate contribution to their organization's ongoing success, and equipping them to handle progressively more important roles and increasingly complex challenges. An expert on women in business, speaker and author, Susan brings a unique blend of strategic vision, expertise and advocacy to her position. Her latest book, “Connectworking: The Savvy Woman’s Guide To Turning Small Talk Into Big Business,” is a must-read for women who want to own the room, smash glass ceilings or take their businesses to greater heights.
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Marie Hanson
Dr. Marie Hansen is the Dean of the College of Business at Husson University where she has been employed since 2003 in various leadership and teaching roles. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Additionally, she completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and achieved Mastery level of Prior Learning Assessment through DePaul University. Dr. Hansen has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics in business, career planning, human resource management, law, social capital, work-life balance and prior learning assessment.

Outside of Husson, Dr. Hansen holds gubernatorial appointments to the Board of Trustees at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and as a Dedimus Justice. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL; the Board of Directors for the Penobscot County Bar Association; and the Board of Directors for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra; as well as various Criminal Justice and Business program Advisory Boards throughout the state of Maine; and she is an active member in Bangor Rotary.
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Steve Smith
Steve is a strategic advisor and experienced board member. He recently served on the Executive Management Team of one of the largest providers of digital and print marketing services for small businesses. Steve is a former all-star technology analyst and successful venture capital investor. Here in Maine, Steve has served on the boards of both the Maine Technology Institute and the Maine Venture Fund, and is currently on the board of SeaBags.
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