God blesses us through people. He blesses us when we empower others to discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling.
We had a blast!
Thanks to Tim for inspiring me and for making the “Hope Does” story possible.
Thanks to Paul for mentoring me and introducing me to Robert Quinn and Positive Organization Scholarship.
Thanks to Mark for sending me terrific leadership books!
Thanks to Tracy for “swooping in” and saving the day. On many days.
Thanks to Amanda and Becca for letting me interfere in their lives and for praying for me.
Thanks to Russell, Scott, and Sam for teaching me about start-ups.
Thanks to Tracey, Jim, Alfredo, and Tim (the Hope Team) for supporting me.
Thanks to Peter for teaching me.
Thanks to Seth for co-coaching with me.
Thanks to Marty, John, Todd, Jim, and the Economics and Management Department for embracing me.
Thanks to Abbey and John for personally coaching me.
Thanks to Virgil, Doug, Milly, Mary Ellen, Laurie, Jim, and Cheryl for befriending me.
Thanks to Sam, Joe, Scott, Kylen, Tracy, and Russell for keeping me young at heart and in mind.
Thanks to Tim for patiently creating a CFL social media team with me.
Thanks to Jim for selling CFL for me.
Thanks to Brian for visiting with my students.
Thanks to Jim Bultman who, as president, created CFL.
Thanks to Jim Boelkins who, as provost, hired me as CFL Director!
Thanks to Phil for working with me and Nancy who, as dean, hired me as Professor of Management 12 year ago and encouraged me to pursue experiential learning opportunities.
Thanks to Stacy Jackson and Andy McCoy for their faithful friendship and support, and to Economics and Business and the Center for Ministry Studies!
Thanks, too, to Ryan McFall (Computer Science) and John Krupzcak (Engineering) as well.
Thanks to all the CFL Consulting Coaches, who put the students first!
Thanks to our faithful donors, who literally bought into our mission.
Thanks to our readers, too!
THANKS TO THE STUDENTS FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH!
Thanks especially to Jill, who married and stayed with me for 10 + 25 years!
What Made Me Cry:
Long live CFL!
The New Dream Team
Tim Schoonveld: CFL Academics
Doug Ruch: CFL Consulting
Mary Ellen Kettelhut: CFL Incubator
Sarah Kolean: Office/Operations Manager
*It is not possible for me to name all the people who have contributed to our 10-year Party. But here is another sample of clients, mentors, pitch judges, students:
“This was the strongest competitive field to date!” (7×7 Investor Pitch and Learn Judge)
Thanks to our judges: Seth Getz, Jessica Daly, Ross VandeWege, Sophie Guetzko, Mary Ellen Kettlehut, Tim VandeBunte!
Congratulations to the following HEI 7×7 Investor Pitch and Learn teams:
3rd Place: TerrasTiger
Hannah Johnsen, Chase Merryman, Shanley Smith
2nd Place: Trojan Biofiltration
Morgan Cinader, Winton Munch, Alexander Winter
1st Place: Not Your Mothers Laundry
Gabe Boss, Emma Conle, Dan Miller, Justin Pinto
For more on HEI’s 7×7, click here.
Remember, in the long run, it’s not the idea but character that wins.
Six CFL Incubator teams pitched their business ideas at the MWest Challenge.
There 50 teams in the competition from Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, Hope, KCAD, Kuyper.
Here are the results:
Impact Award: Morpheus Scheduling Software
Impact Award: Wheelchair Loader
Amway Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award: Fathom Underwater Drone.
Special thanks to Spectrum Health Innovations and GVSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for their support!