Mentors Directory

John Heaton

President

John Heaton is president of Pay Plus Benefits, Inc. which provides HR, benefit and payroll administration on-line to hundreds of companies nationwide.

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Erik Ralston

Chief Architect

Erik Ralston is a Co-founder at Fuse Business & Community Accelerator and the Chief Architect at LiveTiles. Erik wants Tri-Cities, WA, USA to be a world-class place for startups.

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Junus Khan

Founder & Chairman

Born, raised, and educated in New Jersery; learned life lessons of an entrepreneur in Washington; and recently moved to Hong Kong to expand globally. I believe in true product market fit – bringing something to market that is so good it essentially becomes a need.

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Torey Azure

CMO

Torey Azure is the Chief Marketing Officer of Wildland//BrandCraft. Torey has over 20 years in the creative field in design and branding for clients throughout the United States. Torey has been a small business owner for the last 15 years in the professional services industry. In his current role, Torey directs in creative, strategy and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. His greatest strength is identifying opportunity through marketing to help businesses reach specific business goals or initiates.

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Michael Urso

Chief Executive Officer

I am a Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in the areas of innovation, business development, marketing, operations management and sales with companies ranging from Fortune 100 to early stage startups. I also have extensive experience mentoring startup companies, successfully moving many from concept to commercialization. I received a BSc degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a MBA degree from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management, Midland, Michigan.

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Rocco Luongo

President and Chief Engineer

I focus on technical and management consulting for small and large companies. I provide executive and business coaching to business owners, as well as technical consulting to companies developing new products and services.

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Lynn Carlson

Program Development Liaison

Lynn Carlson is an active community volunteer with Fuse, Junior Achievement, Mid-columbia STEM, Delta high school, and SCORE. Before relocating to the Tri-Cities she was Chief Operating Officer of the startup studio Evus Technologies, LLC. Previously as EVP of IT Operations for Selling Source, LLC, Lynn was responsible for a staff of 50 people across application development, system administration, and the PMO. She has over 23 years experience in the IT industry managing diverse teams as a PMP and Certified Scrum Master. Lynn is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology and brings a focus on interpersonal skills training and development to the Fuse mentor program.

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Jodi Wilson

CEO/Founder

Jodi Wilson is the owner of Business Psychology Solutions a consulting firm in Southeast Washington. With 20 years of experience tapping into unseen strengths and developing strategies to optimize organizational talent and leadership, Jodi Wilson, PhD, uses behavioral science to transform organizations. Ms. Wilson is a behavioral scientist, instructor, coach, and presenter. She holds a PhD in Business Psychology and specializes in serving individuals and organizations. Her clients range from small family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

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Wes Bratton

President

I have a PH.D. in Civil Engineering and have extensive experience in both strategic and profitable business growth and operations. Key skills include all aspects of the business cycle from pre-RFI marketing and proposal preparation, contract negotiation, technical staff management, customer relations and project close-out. I have been responsible for project and technical management including technical supervision to meet technical objectives and staffing requirements.

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Terry Smith

Engineering Manager

My career has included working on and designing parts for the YF-22 Fighter, B-2 Bomber, F-22 Fighter, Deep Space radioisotope power supplies, concentrating solar renewable energy products, handheld X-ray fluorescent instrumentation and orthopedic implants used in developing countries. These companies include 2 major corporations, 2 start ups and a non-profit organization. In my spare time I raised two boys with my wife, they are now in college.

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