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John P. Ellbogen $30k Competition

Team Mentors

Our competition mentors are provided by the Wyoming Technology Business Center. Once the finalists have been announced, each team is assigned a mentor, who works with them throughout the process of crafting a business plan and preparing their presentation. In addition to providing their own experience and expertise, the mentors may connect the team members with other experts in the local business or university community who have experience that's relevant to that team's business concept.


Current Mentors


John Dick
John Dick - Assistant Director, WTBC

John joined the WTBC in May 2011 and works with client companies assisting with the development of their businesses.  John began his career in Chicago where he managed recruitment and training for a real estate company.  He was an integral member of the team that grew the business to more than 10 offices and 400 realtors completing $1 billion of annual real estate transactions.John also brings valuable international experience to the WTBC, including time living in Europe and China.  

John worked in Beijing conducting analysis on the petrochemical industry and monitoring new developments of battery technology and new energy vehicle advancements in the Chinese market. 

John is an active volunteer with Big Brother Big Sisters and Laramie Main Street.



Heather Fleming
Heather Fleming - Assistant Director, WTBC

Prior to joining WTBC in August of 2013, Heather spent three years in the state of Baja California, Mexico investing in real estate and managing other entrepreneurial ventures.  

After graduating from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in Economics, Heather began her career in New York City on Wall Street in 1993 as an Analyst in Salomon Brothers' CFO Apprenticeship Training Program. She spent the next two years in the Controller's Group of the Financial Division working for then CFO Don Howard.   In 1995 Heather moved onto the Salomon Fixed Income Trading floor as a trading assistant.  In 1997 she was accepted into the Salomon Brothers' Sales and Trading Training Program.

For the next five years of her career Heather was responsible for all stages of executing new multi-billion dollar bond issuances in the global marketplace.  Her sector focus was on Telecom and Emerging Market companies and sovereign countries. Her responsibilities included managing fee and other negotiations with the borrowing client, determining the global marketing strategy, negotiating orders and allocating bonds to hundreds of institutional investors around the globe, pricing the transaction, and hedging and managing any residual bond holdings and related hedges.

For the last 7 years of her career, Heather was responsible for managing new issue Collateralized Debt Obligations ("CDOs") across various asset sectors to the global market.  This included cultivating and managing relationships with the institutional banking clients, negotiating deal structure and fees with institutional borrowers and investors, determining global marketing, pricing and timing strategies, and the trading of aftermarket bond positions.

Heather's 15 years of experience helping clients market their companies to investors globally makes her an invaluable resource to the WTBC.

Christine Langley
Christine Langley - Chief Operating Officer, WTBC
Prior to joining UW in January 2009, Christine was part-owner in a Trade Printing company while serving as Vice President of an education publishing company both located in Central California.  Her accomplishments included recruiting and developing sales and marketing teams and securing a $9 million contract with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  Her experience in publishing also includes regional publications from her five-year tenure with Trader Publishing Company.  Christine traveled extensively as a Regional Publisher for 12 markets and 32 publications in the Western United States providing executive management for sales, circulation, production, and administrative staff. Christine's background in entrepreneurship, general management, sales management, and human resource management make her a valuable mentor for 30K teams.   
Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore- Assistant Director, WTBC

Prior to joining UW in 2012, Mandy owned her own Insurance and Financial Services business in Laramie.  As an agent Mandy worked with businesses and individuals to help them reach their retirement and financial goals.  In addition to client work she also oversaw the local office, servicing over $3.4 million in property and casualty business and $7 million in life insurance and managed assets.  Her accomplishments include the Rookie of the Year award in 2011 and All American and Super All American awards trips.  Mandy's background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and sales training make her a valuable mentor for 30K teams.



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