MEET OUR GUESTS

Mike Green

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Mountain State Capital

Mike Green is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Mountain State Capital, and leads their Morgantown, West Virginia office. Mike is an experienced early stage investor, successful technology executive, and community leader in the greater Appalachian region.

Since 2002, Mike has focused on investing in and advising a portfolio of early stage companies, including companies that were ultimately acquired by IBM and Target. Mike’s prior operational experience includes serving as the President of Field Operations for Marc Andreesen’s LoudCloud, Inc., and a decade managing worldwide sales and marketing for Pittsburgh-based FORE Systems, Inc. until its acquisition by Marconi for $4.5 Billion.

 

Mike began his career as a cryptanalyst at the NSA after earning his B.S. in mathematics from Boston University and a Master's in numerical science from Johns Hopkins University.

Woody Thrasher

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Mountain State Capital

Woody is a native of Harrison County, West Virginia and WVU alumni, third-generation engineer, and founder of Thrasher Engineering. Today, The Thrasher Group has 11 offices in seven states and employs about 500 people. Woody is engaged to be married to Stefania Salentro and has three sons, Cody, Austin, and Kaelin. 

Along with founding and managing one of the largest employers in the state, Woody has served as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Among his many accomplishments, Woody completed the 450-acre, $400 million business park known as White Oaks Development in Harrison County where about 3,000 people now work.

Woody is running as a Republican candidate in the 2020 West Virginia gubernatorial race.

https://www.thethrashergroup.com

The Thrasher Group

Anna Carrier

Community Business Program Lead for the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Anna Carrier is the Community Business Program - Lead for the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where she works with West Virginia entrepreneurs, small businesses, students from West Virginia University, and other entities to help with all aspects of business planning, starting a business, and business growth and expansion. In her role, Anna provides and supports the identification of resources needed through classroom training, one-on-one consultations, as well as connecting with outside entities and partners that can support these efforts. She also teaches within the Entrepreneurship and Management Departments.

Anna grew up in Morgantown and attended WVU to earn her BS, JD and MBA. Anna and her husband, Dan Carrier, have two children, Daniel and Lena. In 2011, Anna and her business partner, Janet Williams, opened Morgantown's first and only cupcake bakery, The Cupcakerie, located in Downtown Morgantown.

Javier Reyes, Ph.D.

Milan Puskar Dean, Vice President for Start-up West Virginia

Dean Reyes has an outstanding background as an expert in global economic matters. That expertise will be extremely beneficial in positioning B&E as a top business school that prepares students for the global marketplace. He is an accomplished researcher and has published articles in leading economics and business journals. He managed the successful expansion of undergraduate enrollment at the Sam M. Walton College of Business growing the program by more than 2,000 students, which is a long-term initiative at B&E. He has been highly successful in his development and cultivation of relationships with industry to support academic programs, as well as the fruitful growth of executive education programs. He serves in the inaugural TIAA National Hispanic Advisory Council and the national board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

He has experience in investment banking and has been a visiting scholar at several international institutions; he has served as grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and as an invited academic scholar for the International Monetary Fund. He was named to the region’s “40 Under 40” by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal in 2011. He was inducted into the teaching academy for the University of Arkansas.

WVU John Chambers College of Business & Economics 

Stephen Smith

2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate

Smith was born in Charleston and spent nine years in the Mountain State before his parents relocated the family to Texas. His dad worked for nonprofits, and his mom made their home a place constantly filled with “extra people”—kids from the neighborhood, family members between jobs, foster children.

When it came time for college, Smith went off to Harvard, where he studied sociology but also became involved in a campaign to pay the university’s service personnel a living wage. After graduation, he became the director of an immigrant rights organization in Chicago.

But when he and wife Sara decided to start a family in 2012, they agreed they did not want to raise their child in Chicago. They also did not want to raise him or her in Sara’s native southern California. “We wanted to live in a place that cares more about who you love and who you serve than what you own,” Smith says. Returning to the Mountain State was a natural choice. Among his many accolades: Smith was named the  2019 West Virginian of the Year by WV Living Magazine.

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Ed Gaunch

Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce

Ed Gaunch is a native of Boone County, West Virginia. He was appointed in December 2018 by Governor Jim Justice to serve as the Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

Gaunch is a graduate of West Virginia State University where he double-majored in Economics and Political Science. Following graduation, he began a career in the insurance industry that spanned more than three decades and included 28 years at the Carson Agency in Charleston, where he served a number of years as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Secretary Gaunch has served on numerous boards and foundations, including the BBT/Charleston Board of Directors, the West Virginia State University Foundation, the Believe West Virginia Leadership Foundation, CAMC Foundation, Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Charleston, Alderson Broaddus College, King College, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center.

He is active in his church, Emmanuel Baptist, where he has served as a deacon and a Sunday School Teacher. Secretary Gaunch currently resides in Charleston with Marilyn, his wife of more than 50 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

West Virginia Department of Commerce

Mirta Martin, Ph.D.

President of Fairmont State University

Dr. Martin is a native of Cuba. Mirta, along with her sister and grandmother, fled from Cuba to Spain when she was 6 years old. As a young teen, they immigrated to the United States.

 

Since then, Dr. Martin has earned a B.S, an M.B.A and a Doctoral Degree, and has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in higher education, banking, advisory and consulting, including work in both the public and private sectors, and public-private partnerships. Dr. Martin has served in many leadership roles throughout her career, including serving as President for two Universities. She has earned respect as a strong advocate and a transformative leader for education.

The Official Website of Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.

John Ebert

McDonalds Franchiser

John Ebert graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, and then went into public accounting with one of the nation's top firms, Author Young. In 1990, he purchased a McDonald’s franchise in Bridgeport, WV.

 

Today John is one of the largest independent franchisees is the nation, owning over 40 McDonald’s franchises across 3 states, he is also one of the largest employers in the state of West Virginia, with over 2,200 employees, he has been received some on McDonald’s most prestigious awards. 

 

He coaches tennis for Fairmont State University and  runs a free ACT Math Prep program for high school students which boasts an average increase of 20-30% in math scores. 

 

He has been invited to tell his story in a WVU TEDx Talk, and is a board member of MVB Bank, just to name a few of his many accolades.

Math ACT Prep

Chuck Stump

Founder of The Performance Group, Inc.

Chuck Stump is the founder of The Performance Group, Inc., with the fundamental belief that attitude is ultimately more important than skill. Chuck’s mission is to help organizations and individuals increase profits and out-perform their competition. He is an engaging, knowledgeable speaker and management consultant. Since 1996, he has presented over 1700 fun and informative presentations in the areas of leadership, communication, individual and organizational behavior, client care, and change management. His seminars utilize over thirty years of hard-learned life lessons that help people change not only the way they think…but the way they act!

His client list reads like a “Who’s-Who” of business and includes successful companies like Leadership West Virginia, City National Bank, and West Virginia University, just to name a few.Chuck published The Sad Mad Glad Book – The Anatomy of Your Attitude.  The series now boasts four gold medal award winning titles.

Chuck is a graduate of West Virginia University and holds numerous professional certifications. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Hurricane, West Virginia.

https://pgroup.us

The Performance Group

David Goldberg

President and CEO of Mon Health System 

David Goldberg is the President and CEO of Mon Health System in North Central West Virginia. He also serves as an advisor on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), One of the nations top federal health care advisory committees. David has more than 17 years of senior healthcare leadership experience. Serving as Senior Vice President with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and interim-President of Highmark Home and Community Services (HMHCS) in Pittsburgh.

David’s extensive healthcare administrative background includes serving as President of two hospitals and numerous senior leadership roles in health systems across the US.

He earned his master’s degree from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University. He has received many professional awards, and remained active in his community throughout his career.

David and his wife Noel have two daughters, Reagan and Ryan.

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