Advisory Board


Holly Deleon - Austin, Texas | Vice President, Sales & Services at LearnPad, Inc. 

Holly received her Masters in Speech/Language Pathology and Special Education from University of North Texas. She has held senior management roles for 20+ years as a founding member of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, Livescribe, McGraw Hill Education, and LearnPad.


Johnny Heiselberg


Johnny Heiselberg - Austin, TX | Former CEO & COO, Austin East Ciders

Johnny served as the CEO for startup hard cider brand, Austin East Ciders. This role demonstrated Johnny's talent for directing full-scale business operations and nurturing brand identity, in addition to building high-performance leadership teams and cultivating a culture that achieves results.

Johnny specializes in developing vision, business roadmaps, leadership teams, and infrastructure with a focus on accelerating market growth and brand identity.


Maria Markusen - Omaha, NE | COO & Director of Development, The VGM Group

 Maria Markusen is an accomplished Senior Executive, Consultant, Entrepreneur and Board Member with more than 25 years of success across the healthcare, retail, banking, health and wellness and long-term care industries.

Her broad areas of expertise include emerging markets, marketing, organizational leadership, talent acquisition & management, turnaround management, change management, sales, go-to-market strategy, multi-site operations, branding, business development and analytics.

Deb Gabor

Deb Gabor - Austin, TX | CEO at Sol Marketing, Author of Branding is Sex

Deb specializes in brand strategy & is obsessed with solving major business and marketing problems in every industry. 

Deb has led brand strategy engagements for organizations ranging from international household names like Allrecipes, The Associated Press, Dell, Microsoft, NBC Universal, NPR, NTT Data and Siemens to exciting emerging brands like hint water and Indagare. 

Deb also frequently contributes as an expert commentator in major news outlets such as Entrepreneur, Forbes, FORTUNE, Inc., MediaPost, New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.


Jeff Wallace - Silicon Valley, CA | ‪Co-Founder, Silicon Valley in Your Pocket

Founder of Global Kinetics, Co-Founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket (SVIYP) & a long-standing enterprise mobility industry veteran.

Prior to this, he was a serial entrepreneur founding several businesses from the mid-1990s. He was ​​awarded the prestigious BridgeGate 20 Award, recognizing him as one of the top 20 business leaders & “difference makers” in S. California’s IT & new media community​​.

Sarah Lee Marshall PR

Sarah Marshall - Austin, TX | Founder, Sarah Lee Marshall PR

Sarah has more than 35 years experience in communications including media, internal and government relations in the areas of high technology, telecom, energy and consumer spaces. She has extensive experience in brand development, communications execution, communication training and executive coaching.

Specialties: Crisis communication, media training, executive coaching, public relations including positioning and messaging.  


Teri Hill - Austin, TX | President at T.H.Enterprise

25 years experience coaching, training, and consulting inside and outside corporate America. Former executive leading HR, Operations, and Sales. Passion includes coaching emerging executives, training, and inspirational speaking. BA in Psych; M.Ed. in Org .Development, HR and Leadership. Teri uses a variety of assessment tools as indicated for hiring, and developing. Teri is a consummate agent of powerful change in individuals and organizations.  

Jenny Krengel

Jenny Krengel - Austin, TX

Jenny Krengel has been a sales professional since 1992. From individual contributor to senior management to CEO, she has sold software, hardware, and services to the largest company in the world, down to SMB. Most of her sales career, she has worked for early stage or start-up companies in manufacturing and technology, and sold into F500 enterprises spanning vertical markets. Ms. Krengel has been a significant contributor to rapid revenue growth for her employers, with one executing a successful IPO.

Jenny is Founder and Leader at the RefineryCo. and has earned her designation of Certified Professional Coach, specializing in helping businesses grow B2B sales. Her newest project is designing and launching a sales training platform exclusively for women called, Sales Knowledge for Women.




Kay Oder - Austin, TX | Business Performance Advisor

Kay Oder has owned six companies, has been a resource to thousands of businesses, and has brought solutions to help business owners minimize risk, improve business performance, and navigate today’s highly regulated and complex “business of being an employer."

Today, Kay uses the insights gained over her 35 year career as a speaker, business owner, and business advisor. Audiences enjoy her candid, informed perspective on HR related topics as well as her razor-sharp southern wit.


Danielle Pruitt - Austin, Texas | CEO Chalk- Ink and Yoga City

Danielle Pruitt is an Austin-based entrepreneur whose influence has impacted major world players, such as Whole Foods, REI, and Starbucks. Danielle’s background in the retail merchandising industry and groundbreaking chalk-based distribution are the perfect combination of creative vision, traditionalism, and intellect. Skilled in retail merchandising & design and an avid world traveler, Pruitt is a visionary business woman who implements universal communication through fixtures, words, and traditional mediums.