Julie Messing, Executive Director, Entrepreneur Initiatives
Julie Messing is the Executive Director for Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Kent State University. She developed and led the implementation of the entrepreneurship program. The program consists of two minors, a major, a living-learning community, speakers’ series, Entrepreneurship Extravaganza and an entrepreneurial lab. She works closely with the business community to bring opportunities to the classroom as well as support entrepreneurial development in Northeast Ohio. She is the recipient of the Paul L Pfeiffer Creative Teaching Award and the Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award. Both awards recognize faculty for excellence in teaching. She has taught entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Kate Harmon, Associate Director
Stacey Banks-Houston, Venture Advisor
Stacey Banks-Houston, entrepreneur, author, speaker, trainer, business consultant and coach is founder of SBH Enterprises. “Push Your Passion” is what she articulates to her clients. She advises them to “Stop waiting for the right time because you will forever be waiting for the right time”. Stacey presents her passion in a way that is powerful, motivating and energizes business owners to position themselves for the next level.