How can a UMKC Regnier Entrepreneurship Mentor help you?

A mentor supports, advises, and guides you through your learning journey. Mentors take the time to get to know you and the challenges you are facing, and their professional experience helps you improve your chance for entrepreneurial success.

The UMKC Regnier Entrepreneurship Mentor Program offers the opportunity to work with and learn firsthand from experienced mentors in starting and running their businesses and/or experience working in a startup.

The UMKC Regnier Entrepreneurship Mentor Program is open to entrepreneurial-minded students of all areas of study, Schools and Colleges at UMKC – if you want to start your own venture or think you might want to create your own thing, this is the place for you.

Certified Regnier Entrepreneurship Mentors

Cameron Alpural
Cameron is a local Land Developer, Operating Partner for a Private Equity firm and a volunteer at the UMKC as a Mentor and Advisory Board Member

Dan Alcazar
Accomplished Leader: RJR Nabisco, Sprint, Embarq, Mobility Designed
Functional Experience: CEO, M+D, Fund Raising, Exit, CMO Fortune company

Matthew Ankrum
PM/Analyst for nearly 20 years; Head of Strategy for a Fortune 500 company; Co-Founded/CEO of FinTech SaaS company, CEO of HC startup + Board member.

Stephen Bastasch
Steve started Lenexa Manufacturing from scratch. You can do similar things. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering & MBA from the Notre Dame.

Lew Berey
As founder and CEO of a public company that included Marketing Consulting for 65 of the Fortune 100 and manufacturer of national marketed toy products

Martin Bukowski
Martin is an experienced technology executive and business consultant with a particular knack for artificial intelligence and cloud architecture.

Kris Carlgren
Strategy and operational leader with experience in brand leadership, banking, digital, risk management, consumer and customer strategy.

Andrew Clark
Andrew is leading the Product Design team at H&R Block delivering new, engaging client and associate experiences.

Elizabeth Crocker
I am a performance-driven leader with more than thirty years of building and supporting a culture of entrepreneurship, leadership, and mentorship

Gabriel Crowther
E-Scholar Alumni, Experience with small businesses and programs. Background in Accounting and Management.

Aditya Devurkar
Aditya is Senior Vice President responsible for developing C2FO’s innovation center in India, and leading the data science and governance organization

Saul Ellis
Over 60 years Real Estate Development.
Over 1500 Living Units. 35 Residential Subdivisions.
Condominiums, Office Buildings and Apartments

Aaron Elyachar
I am a former participant in E-Scholars. I have a strong background in startups, sales, business development, and financial analysis.

Alan Felton
Has founded and operated 2 businesses with revenues in the $3mill range; has experience in fundraising, business planning and execution.

Jonathan Freiden
Multifaceted entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience with private business as well as
government and non-profit organizations.

Bernie Fried
Bernie provides strategic management and business development advice to start-up, early stage, and growth companies in the technology field.

Steven Green
An HR professional specializing in helping organizations grow and succeed with quality people and processes. An intrapreneur and coach to others.

Matt Heelan
An executive with 10+ years of experience in leading and scaling companies.

Patrick Hosty
+20yr experience in finance, sales, sustainability, and banking; 2x co-founder. BS in Business Admin and MBA.

Jonaie Johnson
Jonaie majored in entrepreneurship at UMKC. She was selected as the 2020 UMKC Bloch Student EOY. She is the founder of a PetTech startup, Interplay.

Frank Jurden
Psychologist and former lecturer in KU’s MBA program. I have worked as a marketing strategist at global ad agency VML for past 18 years.

Kevin Kolell
Kevin Kolell is an experienced commercial sales and marketing executive who has worked for several large global Life Science enterprises.

Anne Kraemer
Anne has had a diverse career journey which has culminated in starting her own real estate transaction management business less than four years ago.

Zach Luea
Executive with a track record of success in agricultural technology, online marketplaces, and legal technology.

Kathie Lumbard
CSO and consulting partner helping small to medium businesses with growth strategies, professional development, and executive coaching.

Rebecca MacKinnon
Successful Entrepreneur (exit to Cerner), Growth Strategy Consultant (multiple exits), Angel Investor (waiting on exits) and Member of Family Business

Alexander McCarty
Alex co-founded Premium Outdoor Grills in 2018 which made in the Inc 5000 list in 2023. An avid player, his next venture is indoor pickleball courts.

Martha Morgan
I am an intensely creative, relational person. I have the kind of network database that comes of decades in one area, including owning a coffee shop/cafe; of genuinely liking people; and being a non-linear problem-solver. I have degrees in Textiles and Clothing and Clinical nutrition, and minors in business. Two bootstrap startups in my past and multiple interesting projects at the moment. Deep into KC coffee and food entrepreneurship.

Maria Antonia Perez-Andujar
Maria has a Fine Arts background and Business training. The intersection of these two fields helps her provide creative advice to her mentees.

Sean Phelps
For 20 years Sean has taught college students how to run businesses. He’s a UMKC MBA alumni and worked in a KC based venture backed fintech company.

Monica Pitzner
Monica is a business executive and motivational leader with deep multi-functional expertise who inspires and empowers you to bring your dream to life.

Justin Poplin
Companies of all sizes rely on Justin’s legal advice on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, and confidentiality issues.

Ed Proctor
Attorney. Currently working with several start up and scale up companies as advisor, mentor or board member. Also working in sustainability sector.

Kim Randolph
Kim Randolph, CEO/President of Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, Principal/CEO of INC U LLC, and JV Partner of KWAMEkc.

Mark Randolph
Mark Randolph is a retired Senior Software Engineer with 40 years experience in all aspects of software system development.

Miranda Schultz
Director of Operations / The Porter House KC – a nonprofit entrepreneur support organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs in the urban core.

Patrick Shore
Innovative leader with a mindset of helping executives achieve more than they ever imagine possible. 30 years experience from start up to fortune 1000.

Brad Simmons
I am a partner at HQ Consulting, a local consulting service that offers coaching and skill based training for both individuals and businesses.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith, Co-Founder- The Porter House KC, and Professor at the University of Kansas Business School.

Dan Stifter
Former senior exec at Hallmark and Coca-Cola. Now consultant and executive coach, part owner of a strategic planning firm, start up mentor.

Babir Sultan
Founder of Favtrip. 16+ years in business. Marketing enthusiast. 19M+ Facebook reach. 83K+ YouTube subscribers.

Dale Thomas
Veteran operations leader & entrepreneur. Now steering a stealth gaming project. A proven mentor fostering the next-gen leaders.

Andy Traub
President, Traub & Associates Consulting focusing providing talent solutions and talent management since 2012. I’m also a 2014 graduate of E-Scholars.

Laura Treas
Sewn Product Engineer specializing in launching products for clients by providing prototyping, pattern making, sample making and coaching.

Kurt Van Keppel
Kurt Van Keppel is dedicated helping entrepreneurs start, build and sell a world class brand and company – as he did with XIKAR, Inc.

Chandra Venkat
Dir of Product at Oracle Health. He has been involved in all areas of products from Ideation to development to successful Product Launch & growth.

Jim Wadella
Jim Wadella is the founder and owner of Core Catalysts LLC (a management consulting company) based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Sheila Watzlawick
E-scholar alumni, 2022 MBA recipient, Mentor and accounting expert with a passion in local small businesses & being a life coach for UMKC students.

Josh Wexler
Josh is the Head of Insights and Strategy at Tetra Insights and an Innovator in Residence at Kansas University.

Laura Beth Yates
Technical project management and product development background with 7 years in leadership – high energy and enthusiastic – love a positive vision