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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. Becky is a well-known SBIR/STTR program expert, conducting SBIR/STTR-related workshops for BBCetc clients throughout the U.S. and regularly speaking at national conferences. Becky also consults one-on-one on proposal development with BBCetc clients, with 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.

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 or a major software development company.

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 Kurek is nationally recognized speaker, trainer and consultant in grant-writing and commercialization for entrepreneurs. Lisa Kurek 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’s 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.

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:

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.

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

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 BBC 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.

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

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.

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.

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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