Bryan Ducharme
Co-Founder of Venture 7 Advisors

A career in small business ownership and big business consulting has given me unique perspectives on launching, acquiring, growing and exiting businesses. I’ve advised scores of companies from technology start-ups to global powerhouses, in diverse industries including industrial and consumer product manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, pharmaceuticals, and information technology.

One of the things I’ve learned is how hard it is for small business owners to find experienced, big-picture advice. There are many specialists (e.g. consultants, lawyers, accountants) who play important roles, but advisors who truly understand the whole business ownership experience are rare.

Venture 7 Advisors is my seventh venture (hence the name). My partners and I created Venture 7 so we could help other business owners build and exit their companies with confidence. At this point in our careers, it’s not just “what we do”, it’s who we are.

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Albrecht Enders
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Albrecht has twenty-three years experience in innovation leadership in medical industries. His depth of knowledge helps others to get to that innovation sweet spot which drives business success.
Albrecht has created market-defining product families at Siemens and A-dec.

At Siemens Medical Solutions, Albrecht led innovation resulting in platform reinvention that allowed the medical division to regain its #1 market position in less than two years.

At A-dec, Inc. as Vice President of Product Development, Albrecht implemented a development infrastructure that bridged the culture of a founder/entrepreneur to the future. His work at A-dec resulted in a new product line that has become the premier product line in the dental industry.

Today Albrecht teaches and consults with a number of organizations looking for the tools and momentum to innovate and grow their market share.

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Jeanne Enders
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Jeanne is on the management faculty at Portland State University. She uses her expertise to help students and leaders explore the relationship between their roles as business people and their hopes to live meaningful and happy lives.

Jeanne also teaches in the healthcare MBA, a joint project between OHSU and PSU, to grow leadership in the healthcare industry.

Jeanne completed her doctoral degree in social and organizational psychology from the University of Chicago.

Jeanne’s past research has shown the effects of high quality relationships between managers and their work teams in the food industry.

In one consulting project, Jeanne worked with the retail grocery industry on mindset shift to change behavior in energy conservation.

The result was a Better Bricks Award for the local grocery chain.

She has provided strategic planning services for clients like Clark County Health Services and the regional group of the National Association of College Bookstores and serves on various non-profit boards.

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Manoj Garg
CEO and Consulting Chief Information Officer

Manoj Garg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Virtual Information Executives, a consulting firm that specializes in helping clients achieve breakthrough business results through IT leadership. Manoj brings over thirty years of senior executive leadership skills and technology management experience with domestic and international operations to VIE’s clients.

Manoj’s Information Technology (IT) experience covers a broad array of skills, including Large Scale Technology Infrastructure Management, Outsourcing Management, Information Security Management, Program Management and Enterprise Resource Planning. Manoj served as the Founding CIO at WebEx Communications.

He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Rochester and an MS in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh. He also enjoys angel investing, assisting non-profits, teaching, playing music and spending time with his wife and three children.

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Erik Gillam
Partner at Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

Erik joined Aldrich (Formerly AKT) in 2004 and has spent all of his career focused on providing assurance audits, reviews and compilations to a variety of companies in the Agricultural industry. Erik has worked with many small to mid-sized companies on improving internal controls and process to improve security and efficiency.

Erik is the niche leader for Agribusiness at Aldrich. As a niche leader he has taken special interest in learning and teaching leadership skills to financial professionals.

  • Financial Beginnings, Teacher
  • National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, Director
  • Corban University Graduate (Formerly Western Baptist College)

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Jim Grew
The Grew Company

Since 1993, Jim Grew has been assisting mid-size organizations to improve effectiveness and performance, delivering these building blocks for success:

Strategic company plans that inform daily operations
Goals-driven team cultures that hang on to improvements
Effective Key Executive Teams
Systematic process improvement
Consistent sustained performance growth

Jim, a Stanford MBA works closely with you and your key executives to give you a competitive edge. Together you will:

Clarify current problems and opportunities company-wide
Build an improvement plan that the business can afford
Mentor your executives to assure execution of the plan

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Eric Hart
CEO of NPI Technology Management

Businesses that strive to be competitive must embrace the fact that excellence in technology investments and operations are essential ingredients to business success. All too often technology investments are seen as an expense rather than a path to greater profits. When this happens, technology debt quickly builds, which results in lower overall company value.

After 27 years of operational excellence in the technology services side of the business, Eric Hart became the owner of NPI. He knows technology must be thoughtfully designed to achieve business goals and to guide client technology investments to generate business benefits.

Eric believes that technology can be the fuel that runs the engine of business growth and success. NPI’s goal is to build and maintain technologies that reduce staff stress and increase productivity, improve customer relationships and contribute worth throughout the company-especially the bottom line.

Eric also is president of Local Motion, a statewide advocate for walkable and bikeable communities. He and his wife Pam have two children and live in Burlington.

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