Annette brings more than 30 years of business experience and a strong entrepreneurial spirit to Istonish. Founded by Annette and her sister, Victoria, in 1995, the company has grown into an international business serving government, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Annette’s leadership, vision, and competitive drive continues to inspire the evolution of new and compelling technology solutions offerings for current and future customers. Her credibility as a business leader has been recognized by several prestigious organizations and institutions and she has received several recognitions and leadership awards to acknowledge her leadership role in building an innovative, successful company, creating a positive work environment, and her leadership and involvement in the Denver community. Some recognitions include: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Colorado Technology Association CEO of the Year, Colorado Latino Hall of Fame Inductee for Business, Innovation, Science, and Technology, and inclusion on the list of Most Powerful Women in Colorado. Annette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Joel has been an entrepreneur and business manager for most of his life. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Joel worked at the Quaker Oats Company for 8 years. He then founded Orange Glo International with his parents, which they sold to Church & Dwight/Arm & Hammer in 2006. A year later Joel founded Launch Pad Ventures which partners with inventors and entrepreneurs who have created such cool companies as Tortle, Brainetics, FullBar, Base Education, and Sleep For Life. Joel sits on the boards of First Descents, Hoffman Institute, and the University of Colorado, Denver, Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. Joel is married to Tiffany Glucksman Appel, has three kids, Zachary, Danielle, and Harry, and also loves everything outdoors.
Michael Potts is Managing Partner of Advance Wave Partners, a boutique investment firm focusing on technology that accelerates human growth and learning. Previously, Michael was CEO and president of Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” dedicated to speed our shift to a new energy economy. general audiences about transforming the way we source and use energy. He was also CEO of American Fundware, then a Colorado-based software maker for non-profit and government clients, until it was acquired by Intuit. Michael is writing a book about the intersection of purpose and performance in work, and serves on the boards of selected mid-tier companies.
Clement Erbmann is a managing director coordinating international activities and General Partner of the Funds focused on educational and Clean tech investing. Prior to joining First Analysis in 1989, he worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in securities sales, fund management, special equities, and private placements. Previously served on the Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board for 30 years, currently Board of Governors Tel Aviv University, chair Tel Aviv Coller School of Business Dean’s International Advisory Board and a member of the the Anti-Defamation League's executive board. Long interest, involvement and investor in education primarily focused on non-traditional learner and online. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.