Every NEW event has a speaker who gives a short presentation that will help entrepreneurs with either starting or growing their business. Below is short bio and contact information for all our presenters.
Topic: Protecting Your Business Ideas
Intellectual Property Attorney
Kyle Anne Citrynell has a national litigation and transactional practice in the areas of arts, entertainment, media, publishing, and technology, and intellectual property law. Kyle has litigated copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and patent matters, and cases involving business torts and unfair competition, as well as employment and products liability. She has worked with for-profit and tax-exempt organizations from formation and as corporate counsel and in the negotiation and memorialization of a wide variety of licensing, merchandising, distribution and franchising transactions for inventors, artists, film and event producers, performers, musicians, authors, magazine, book and website publishers, software and multimedia creators and radio and television stations among others. Kyle has written and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, in her areas of practice concentration, including as a regular contributor to Louisville’s business newspaper, Business First, and Audience magazine. Kyle was graduated from Duke University (B.A. ’77; J.D. ’80) and came to Louisville in 1980 to work with the Kentucky Arts Commission and Fund for the Arts to establish Professional Services to the Arts which provided legal, accounting, banking and insurance services to artists and arts groups.
Topic: Web Marketing and Social Media for the Small Business
President, Go Fetch Marketing & Design
Jennifer Griffin began her career in advertising working for a Gruber-Shea Creative Communications as a Public Relations Coordinator. In 1998 she was hired as the Direct Marketing Manager for Caesars Riverboat Casino where she managed the direct mail, promotional offerings, list acquisition, and the customer database. After Caesars, she was hired by Humana, Inc. as a List Manager and then a Direct Response Manager where she acquired the skills for building a commercial marketing database and implementing multimedia campaigns. In 2004, Jennifer left Humana and founded Go Fetch Marketing with partner Brad Howard. In addition to Go Fetch Marketing, Jennifer has been a partner in a real estate venture since 1999 and in 2010 launched Fuzzy Fans, a collegiate apparel company specializing in mascot novelty hats. Jennifer has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and her Master of Business of Administration from the University of Louisville.
Topic: Accounting Tips for Start-Ups
Manager, Strothman & Company
Quinn Hart joined Strothman & Company as an intern in the tax department in 2004 while still in college. Since then she has gained over six years of experience with projects in the areas of tax, audit, reviews and compilations as well as special projects related to bookkeeping, accounting software setup and additional outsourced CFO services.
Quinn serves a variety of industries such as not-for-profit, manufacturing, distribution, construction, and professional service companies, working closely with these business owners and individual clients to help them plan for and save taxes. Quinn recently joined the board and finance committee of ECHO – the Exploited Children’s Help Organization, a volunteer-based organization working to protect children of Kentuckiana and address the needs of missing or abused children and their families.
In her spare time, Quinn enjoys going to concerts and just about anything else related to music, Colts football and University of Louisville basketball.
Topic: Educational Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
Chief Cloning Officer of Cuddle Clones
- Grew up near Seattle, majored in math & business at the University of Puget Sound
- Moved to Louisville in 2008
- Worked as a pension actuary for 10 years
- Quit the actuarial profession in February 2011 to pursue entrepreneurship
- Working on a number of new ventures, from plush animals to bars to movie production
- Chief Cloning Officer at Cuddle Clones, which makes adorable plush versions of people’s pets
- Recently graduated from U of L’s Entrepreneurship MBA program
- Part-time consultant for a number of local Louisville companies, including Chrysalis
- Ventures, Glowtouch Technologies and Signature Healthcare
Topic: Sourcing Internationally
International Trade Specialist at World Trade Center Kentucky
Darren Srebnick is an International Trade Specialist for the Louisville Office of the World Trade Center Kentucky. His main responsibilities include consulting on best practices for import/export operations, researching applicable US trade regulations and organizing educational seminars on international trade tropics for his client base. Prior to the World Trade Center, Darren worked for the Nissan North America Trade Compliance Department in Nashville, Tennessee as a Customs and Trade Analyst. Before joining Nissan, he was a licensed US Customs broker with Nippon Express where he acted as an intermediary between US Customs and automotive suppliers located in the southeast US.
Darren majored in Japanese studies with a concentration in Japanese language at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. He studied abroad for one year at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and upon graduation completed a 3-year contract as a translator for the Japanese government in Hiroshima, Japan.
Rio Hobbs, MS
Bob Hobbs, APRN, MBA
Louisville Lifestyle Medicine
Topic: Work Life Balance
Rio Hobbs, MS
Rio is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She has a Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine from Indiana University and a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Hawaii. She was a certified athletic trainer and worked as an athletic trainer at 2 Pro Bowls in Honolulu and spent time working with the Los Angeles Lakers. She was the head athletic of SSM Health Care System in St. Louis and worked at the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Most recently she worked in spinal cord medicine research at the University of Louisville. She enjoys walking, roller blading, playing the violin and has completed 3 mini-marathons. Rio is married to Bob and they have 5 children.
Bob Hobbs, APRN, MBA
Bob has lived most of his life in Louisville. He attended Bishop David High School (Holy Cross) in Louisville and then moved south to play college baseball at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. After college Bob returned to Louisville. He obtained his BSN from Bellarmine University and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Adult Nurse Practitioner from St. Louis University and also a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Bob has also held certification as a American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. Bob has worked in patient care for over 10 years, helping thousands of patients in areas that included acute hospital care, emergency room care, and clinical settings. He has authored a book on fitness and health entitled Resolution Kept.
Bob has competed in 52 triathlons over 30 years including three Ironman distance races and two half Ironman distance races. Bob has run in 16 consecutive Kentucky Derby Minimarathons. Bob is married to Rio and they have 5 children. Bob has a passion for helping others achieve their health goals.
Rodes for Him and Her
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Topic: Dressing for Success
NEW’s December Event at Rodes was fun, educational, and we collected a couple of car loads of clothes and accessories for Dress for Success. There was great networking; we heard the inspiring story of Dress for Success; the interesting success story of Susan Vogt, owner of Rodes for her, and the great staff at Rodes treated us to a fabulous fashion show on transitioning your work wardrobe to more casual fun wear.