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BBCetc’s consulting team brings together a depth and breadth of experience in all aspects of developing technology companies – from R&D and technology transfer, to marketing and senior management, in life sciences and engineering, with both start-ups and established companies.
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Becky Aistrup, M.B.A., MANAGING PARTNERBecky

Becky joined BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting as a Principal Consultant in 2012 and became a Managing Partner and co-owner in October 2016. A well-known SBIR/STTR program expert, Becky conducts SBIR/STTR-related workshops for BBCetc clients throughout the U.S. and regularly speaks at national conferences. Becky also consults one-on-one on proposal development with BBCetc clients and has special expertise in the DoD, NIH, NASA and DHS SBIR/STTR programs.

Prior to joining BBCetc, Becky was SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority. Her professional background also includes over 30 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries and as a consultant to technology companies helping them successfully win SBIR/STTR funding. Becky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, postgraduate work in Biochemistry and an MBA in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Certification in Interactive Marketing from the University of San Francisco. becky@bbcetc.com

Native of: Kansas City, KS
Favorite technology:  Any “platform” technology that has many end-use applications
Little known fact: Lives in an 1891 Queen Anne Victorian “kit” home originally sold through a catalog
One word self-description: Resourceful

Kris Bergman, Managing PartnerKris

Kris is a Managing Partner and co-owner of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. Prior to purchasing the company in October 2016, Kris was Principal Consultant for Grants and Contracts Management, having joined BBCetc in 2000. In addition to BBCetc’s financial and business management, Kris assists clients in preparing to receive and manage federal grant and contract funds. This includes advice on financial policies and procedures, DCAA compliance, budget development, indirect cost negotiation, Just-in-Time response, using QuickBooks and preparing for government audits. Prior to joining BBCetc she owned and operated two different service startups before becoming the Global Sales Administrator for a major software development company. kris@bbcetc.com

Native of: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite technology: Fabulous new sewing machines that do everything but draw the pattern (hmmm…)
Little known fact: Played the flute in the Chelsea, MI, high school band
One word self-description: Industrious

Lisa Kurek, M.S., Sr. Principal Consultant, Partner EmeritaLisaBio5

Lisa is nationally recognized speaker, trainer and consultant in grant-writing and commercialization for entrepreneurs. Lisa joined BBCetc as a Managing Partner in 1997 and proceeded thereafter to expand the company’s reach both in breadth of expertise and national presence. In 2016, the company was sold to two members of the BBCetc team, and Lisa continues to play an active role as an experienced SBIR/STTR educator, speaker and resource for BBCetc clients and entrepreneurial support providers across the U.S.

Prior to joining BBCetc, Lisa spent 15 years in product and business development, sales and product management in the biomedical technology industry with large, publicly-held corporations as well as small start-ups. Lisa earned two degrees in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor’s from Brown University and a Master’s from the University of Michigan. lisa@bbcetc.com

Native of: Detroit, MI
Favorite technology:
Glow-in-the-dark knitting needles (used by only the most devoted knitters!)
Little known fact:
Almost majored in music in college, but came to her senses by the end of freshman year and chose engineering instead
One word self-description:
Driven

Andrea Johanson, Ph.D., SR. Principal Consultant

Andrea is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBCetc in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as a consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Masters in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. andrea@bbcetc.com

Native of: Bournemouth, England
Favorite technology: GPS (voted BBC employee most likely to get lost driving around the block)
Little known fact: While doing research in Nairobi, Kenya, was given a middle name by the Kikuyu tribe – Mumbinyawira (hard-working mother of the Kikuyu people)
One word self-description: Taskmaster

Michael P. Kurek, Ph.D., M.B.A., Sr. Principal consultant

Over his 35-year career, Michael has demonstrated success on an international scale in defining new product opportunities, developing sales and marketing strategies, and recruiting and managing teams to deliver growth. After earning a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State and completing six years of postdoctoral research in molecular and cancer biology, and immunology, Michael entered the bioscience industry. He held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful initial public stock offerings on the NASDAQ. He was also Vice President of Business Development for the Michigan Center for High Technology, where he was responsible for the business incubator program that served over 50 start-up technology companies. Michael joined BBCetc in 2001 and provides training and one-on-one proposal development assistance across agencies to BBCetc clients throughout the U.S. In addition to his Ph.D., Michael earned M.B.A. from Boston University. michael@bbcetc.com

Native of: Cumbola, PA
Favorite technology:
Polaroid Instant Photos
Little known fact:
Awarded “Top Latin Scholar” prize in high school
One word self-description:
Thinker

Austin Dean, Principal ConsultantAustin

Austin Dean joined BBCetc as a Principal Consultant in 2017 with a background in business incubation, acceleration services and early-stage investing. Most recently, Austin served as the Operations Director for Grand Rapids-based Start Garden Inc., the leading business incubator for IoT companies in West Michigan. Prior to his role at Start Garden, he managed an accelerator program, served as gatekeeper for statewide capital programs, and supported a portfolio of high-growth companies on behalf of Michigan’s Grand Rapids SmartZone. Austin has owned and operated businesses in enterprise SaaS, consumer products, and human resources. He received a BA and an MBA in Finance from Grand Valley, and has formerly worked as a business analyst for Merrill Lynch and Charter Capital Partners. austin@bbcetc.com

Native of: Woodville, Ohio
Favorite technology: SONOS – Having music piped into every room of the house, sets the tone for the day!
Little known fact: Played several leading roles in musicals and theater productions in high school and college
One word self-description: Committed

Jerry Hollister, Principal ConsultantAustin

Jerry Hollister is a BBCetc Principal Consultant, having joined the company in 2017 with 30 years of leadership experience in government, higher education, non-profit and for-profit enterprises. After earning an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, he served as commissioned Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and a warranted Contracting Officer for the Dept. of Defense. Prior to joining BBCetc, Jerry was Chief Operating Officer for Michigan-based Niowave, a developer of superconducting electron accelerators, where he worked to build the successful start-up company from 2008-17. Jerry was instrumental in Niowave receiving $20 million in SBIR awards. Niowave was named the 2010 SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year by the Dept. of Energy and, in 2016, was honored with the S.B.A.’s Tibbetts Award, which recognizes the best in SBIR achievement. Before joining Niowave, Jerry served in a number of non-profit and educational roles following his honorable discharge from the Navy. jerry@bbcetc.com

Native of: Lansing, MI
Favorite technology: Photo-voltaics
Little known fact: Finished 3 marathons, including Boston twice as a “bandit”
One word self-description: Faithful

Jayne Berkaw, Director, Marketing and Outreach

Jayne joined BBCetc in 2012, bringing with her over 25 years of marketing and communications experience. She has managed public, media and investor relations programs for corporations and non-profit organizations in a variety of industries including banking, publishing, pharmaceutical and real estate. In addition to developing communications strategies for major announcements and crisis situations, Jayne has developed and managed employee communications, websites and social media programs, written numerous corporate annual reports and promotional materials, and coordinated many types of events. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University. jayne@bbcetc.com

Native of: Birmingham, MI
Favorite technology: iPhone, hands down, then Words with Friends™
Little known fact: Ice skated competitively until college
One word self-description: Focused

Bonnie Dawdy, Program Manager

Bonnie is Program Manager for the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which is managed by BBCetc for the state of Michigan to enhance the competitiveness of SBIR/STTR proposals prepared by Michigan’s small technology companies. Bonnie has broad experience in working with business incubators, accelerators and other entrepreneurial support organizations to foster innovation. She previously spent 23 years working in various capacities for Grand Valley State University (GVSU), finishing up as Operations Director for the GR Current/Grand Rapids SmartZone. Most recently, Bonnie was Operations Manager for the Michigan Business Innovation Association where she was also a former board member. Bonnie is certified as an Incubator Manager through the International Business Innovation Association. She has also studied Business Management from both GVSU and Davenport University. bonnie@bbcetc.com

Native of: Portland, MI
Favorite technology: The phonograph/turntable. Nothing more pleasing to the soul then some good ole vinyl!
Little known fact: Was recruited to play basketball for Grand Valley State University, but did not accept. Recruiter said, “She knows how to think on her feet.”
One word self-description: Strategist

Jodi Bergman, Administrative Assistant

Jodi joined BBCetc in 2016 to help us with such things as CMS maintenance, billing support, contract support/management, training arrangements, webinar support, and other needed assistance to keep us organized and running smoothly. In addition to her behind-the-scenes responsibilities, Jodi is also the first point of contact for many of our callers, providing information and connecting them with the appropriate consultant to respond their inquiry. Her positive attitude and readiness to help enables the BBCetc staff to focus on the needs of our clients and operate more efficiently.

Native of: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite technology: Tubeless, Bluetooth insulin pump (a huge help for a diabetic son and so many diabetes sufferers)
Little known fact: Loves interior design, and will secretly rearrange your house in her head while she visits!
One word self-description: Genuine

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