Speaker Type: Judge - Semi-Finalist

Michael Morse

Michael Morse is the president and chief executive officer of Louisiana Fish Fry Products, Ltd. Mr. Morse has more than 20 years of experience across branded food and consumer industries, most recently as vice-president of operations and marketing at Reily Foods Co. Earlier, he spent nine years at McCormick & Co., including four years as …

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Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a native of Baton Rouge and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Omnidek. Omnidek is a multi-enterprise portal network allowing small to midsize businesses to consolidate business forms, workflows, apps, and email into a centralized intranet platform. Chris has been in the technology sector for 13 years and has successfully developed …

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Anita Byrne

Dynamic and solutions driven business consultant who can successfully manage multiple priorities and perform under pressure in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Specializes in improving operational performance for clients by identifying opportunities, challenges, and strengths of organizations and creating recommendations focused on achieving client success.

Fahimeh Abbasi

Fahimeh Abbasi is a program manager at Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute and an adjunct instructor at Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems in E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU). She manages extra-curricular and outreach entrepreneurship programs (e.g., Startup Weekend, Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs). She also teaches undergraduate-level courses on entrepreneurship and social …

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Gary Hamer

As one of Champion’s original founders, Gary’s background in systems integration and multiple control system platforms — and his mission to provide high-quality solutions and unsurpassed customer service — laid the foundation for the company to grow into one of the largest independent integrators in the country. For over a decade, Gary ensured this achievement …

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 Jason Boudreaux

Jason Boudreaux has been a Business Consultant at the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC) for 15 years. He is responsible for supporting business owners in areas such as management, sources and uses of capital and market research. He has guided entrepreneurs through the process of business planning and fundraising.  Boudreaux is the Manager …

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Michael Stubblefield

Michael co-founded Core3 to develop a strong millennial workforce to drive matters that are of international importance. He is an experienced entrepreneur, engineer, researcher, and university administrator who has provided technical and administrative oversight for various US federal agencies and private sector projects. These projects support workforce development, technology transfer, and small business and economic …

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Michael Valluzzo

Michael joined Valluzzo Companies in 2011 following time spent in Corporate Finance after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. Michael is passionate about leading teams of people and running great operations. He takes the model of mentorship to heart whether in the restaurant kitchen, at home with his four children, or out in the …

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Will Eglin

Experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Banking, and Accounting. Strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

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