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The Biz Assembly Board of Directors was chosen for their exceptional experience and dedication to advising, mentoring and educating entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses. Collectively they have founded over 30 startup businesses. 


Some have started and are teaching entrepreneurial education programs at universities, college and community levels. They organize and support business plan competitions and participate in organizations and activities to support Entrepreneurial Ecosystems locally and globally.


Matt Westfield

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Doug Howe

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Brad Jones

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Dave Croasdell

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Rod Jorgensen

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Bill Bokelmann

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Rob Webster

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Jeff Sheldon

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Carina Black

Dijana Mitrovic



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In Memory of

John Moran


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John Moran PhD came to what was then Startup Growth Strategies Inc at a time when the Entrepreneurs Assembly division had just begun realizing its value to startups and founders in particular. The growing organization needed an Executive Director.

 When we met John in July 2011, he brought talent, skillsets and an incredibly calm demeanor to a wily management team of Rod Hosilyk and Matt Westfield. He instantly won us over as “The Guy”.  We could not believe he was actually willing to help us. He didn’t just help, he built the 1st decade of EA, bonded the Board and the partners. EA (now Biz Assembly) will always owe its success to our dear friend John. His cool calm demeanor in charged situations was memorable. He led EA as Executive Director and then as Chairman of the Board until his passing on November 18, 2017.

He is still dearly missed to this minute, of this day, and every day, but his imprint is indelible, and with EA forever. He was also a mentor for EA founder, Matt Westfield.

Dr. John Moran, was the founder and President of Global Gateways, Inc. a learning facilitation company that provided executive training and consulting services in the areas of leadership development, business process redesign and systems project management. Blending more than 35 years’ experience in industry as an executive, product developer and project manager and in academia as a course developer/instructor, John achieved recognition as a bridge between the academic communities and industry. John's expertise was developed through the organization and management of marketing and sales support functions for MIPS Computer Systems and Optical Storage International; as a team leader developing computer systems products and international markets for Sperry Univac, Control Data and Unisys; and as a student and teacher in systems thinking.


In all his work, John advocated the importance of learning and systems thinking. He implemented these concepts through Communities of Practice – groups of people who were brought together by a desire to learn more about a common class of problems/opportunities. John's educational background included a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Information Technology in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno.