Professor Mark Lacker with students

Success Stories

Shane Gring, Miami ’09, and his company BOULD have made the finals for a spot at the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO.

Megan Stengel, Tess Schuster, Bethany Skaff, Mandy Eckman, Miami ’09, Libre Clothing. Clothing for infusion patients.

Chris Clark, Miami ’08, Founder, Sunflower Solutions. Sunflower Solutions is a solar power technology company that specializes in bringing clean reliable energy to developing areas of the world.

Jeff Probst, Miami, ’07, Co-owner, Blooms and Berries Farm Market. Self pick berries, fresh produce and agra-tainment farm.

Danny Stull, Miami ’07, Founder, Venturepax. Social utility to connect people to outdoor activities.

Liz Snyder, Miami ’06, Co-founder and Owner, Kofenya. Full-scale coffee and espresso bar.

M.H. Powelson and Phil Walker, Miami ’05, Co-founders, Rio-D. Spirit designers and importers of premium cachaca from Brazil.

Charles Lazarra, Miami ’04, Founder, Volio Distributors. Boutique wine importer and distributor.

Ryan Terpstra, Miami ’04, Founder & CEO, Selerity. Selerity is a low latency, real-time fact aggregation and event data company that caters to sophisticated investment firms including hedge funds, banks, and proprietary trading firms.

Dustan Fankhauser, Miami ’04, Co-Founder and President, Planet Bulb. Online retailer of lighting and ballasts.

Will Housh, Miami ’03, Founder & CEO, HVAC.com. HVAC.com is the world’s first online marketplace focused on connecting consumers, contractors and distributors so they can buy and sell heating and air conditioning products and services with trust, transparency and convenience.

Kelly Owens, Miami ’03, Founder, The Merry Martini. Online gift and occasion boutique.

A.J. Auld, Miami ’01, President, Bright Discounts. National fundraising company that builds customized fundraisers through the discount card medium.

Bruce Twersky, Miami ’01, Founder, College Discount Cards. Provider of discount shopping cards to college students.

Kamran Razavi, Miami ’01, Founder and CEO, RGM Group. The RGM Group is an interactive media firm focused on serving premium advertisers and publishers

Gerard Lopez, Miami ’96, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Mangrove Capital Partners. Europe’s largest venture capital fund.

Julia Stamberger, Miami ’96, Co-founder and President, GoPicnic. Providers of nutritious high-quality shelf-stable meal solutions.

David Woeste (deceased), Miami ’96, founder, BestNest. Online purveyor of bird feeders, weather stations, arbors, pond pumps, address plaques, bird houses, pond liner, bird baths and other backyard wildlife and outdoor decor products.