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President and C.E.O. of EDCUtah
A Utah native, Theresa is passionate about promoting the Beehive State. She has served as EDCUtah’s President and C.E.O since 2017 and has helped usher in a new era that is highly focused on internal team culture, driving stakeholder value, and economic development preparedness.
A recovering attorney and self-described “deal junkie,” Theresa has enjoyed being part of Team Utah’s efforts to attract dozens of companies on expansion and relocation projects representing various industries throughout the state, including Goldman Sachs, Vista Outdoors, Stadler Rail, and Facebook. Prior to joining EDCUtah, Theresa was a senior leader at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Earlier in her career, Theresa represented a diverse set of clients in private legal practice on a multitude of general corporate and financial matters.
Theresa lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and son. They love spending time outdoors together with their Bernese mountain dog.
Partner at EPIC Ventures
Ryan is a Director at EPIC Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital Fund. He co-manages EPIC’s investment team of 22 (Analysts & Jr Analysts). Ryan’s focus and expertise is Enterprise Software, solving problems in Finance, Sales, Marketing, Data, Analytics, and Cybersecurity. Some of his investments include Lytics, Cloud Lending, Numetric, Homie, and MagicCube.
In addition to EPIC Ventures, Ryan is a Trustee of the David and Gay Etta Hemingway Foundation which was set up to help students around the globe get an education. As a Trustee he is also a member of the investment committee where he leads investments in the technology sector (public and private). Ryan is also a board member of the Utah State Entrepreneurial Founders Board.
Ryan received a BS, in Psychology and a Masters of Social Science in Economics from Utah State University. He received his MBA from the University of Oxford.
Co-Founder of Diamond Wireless
Co-Owner of the Protein Foundry Health Bar
After graduating from USU in 1999, Danielle Nielson started a business with her brother selling wireless phones. They opened their first retail location, Diamond Wireless, in Fashion Place Mall in Salt Lake City the next year. As a national agent for Verizon Wireless, they expanded their retail model across the country with 357 locations in 32 states and over 2,000 employees. Danielle and her husband, Kent, are now Co-Owners of The Protein Foundry Health Bar. They recently opened their third location and celebrated the company’s 3rd anniversary in January 2019. Danielle is passionate about three things: mentoring, career development and leadership.
Shareholder, Workman Nydegger
Fraser D. Roy’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law with a focus on assisting clients to manage their U.S. and foreign IP portfolios. In addition to patent and transactional related activities associated with IP, Mr. Roy’s practice has included due diligence investigations regarding IP portfolios. Further, his practice involves conducting and managing the preparation of legal opinions regarding infringement, non-infringement, validity, and availability of certain IP rights. He also provides in-house seminars designed to assist clients to educate key R&D personnel and management on IP issues and protection strategies. Mr. Roy has experience with clients ranging from multinational corporations to individual inventors.
From a technical background, Mr. Roy has extensive experience in the prosecution of medical device technologies, optical technologies, construction technologies, and general mechanical technologies.
About the Entrepreneur Leadership Series
The Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University present a series of distinguished speakers in entrepreneurship during the spring semester each year.
On Wednesday nights from January through April, prominent entrepreneurs visit our campus and interact with students, faculty members, and business leaders, and then speak to the community. Each speaker begins at 6:00 p.m. in the University Inn & Conference Center Auditorium.
The series is broadcast to regional campuses across the state and posted on the web for future viewing.