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Reanna Smith-Hamblin

“Reanna Smith-Hamblin is the President/CEO for the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky. Prior to the BBB, Ms. Smith-Hamblin was a news producer at WHAS11 News, in Louisville, KY, and a reporter/anchor for WKAG in Hopkinsville, KY.”

Why do you choose to get involved with StartUp Weekend?

I love Startup Weekend Louisville. It gives entrepreneurs a chance to pursue their ideas and dreams. It gets great-minded people working together to share ideas and learn from each other. And, it gives Louisville a chance to get on the map for the next, best, greatest idea in the business world!

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Zack Pennington

Zack Pennington is a serial entrepreneur and Startup Weekend lover! Zack has helped start multiple companies including US Chia and Herelancer. He is currently the Sales Manager at EdjAnalytics and is the lead guitarist of Light Treasons.

Why do you choose to get involved with StartUp Weekend?

I have organized and participated in many Startup Weekends over the years and loves helping people get their ideas out of their heads and into the world. Without organizations like Startup Weekend, we might not all go for our dreams or push ourselves to do what we thought wasn’t possible.

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Suzanne Bergmeister

“Suzanne Bergmeister has 20 years experience working with entrepreneurs and start-ups. She is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Assistant Director of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville. Suzanne is the Chair and former President of Venture Connectors and is one of the founders of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Algood Food Company and several start-ups. She is also on the Advisory Board of Greater Louisville Inc’s Enterprise Corp. She is active with the Leadership Louisville organization and is a graduate of Focus Louisville (‘02), Leadership Louisville (‘05), and Bingham Fellows (’07 and ‘16).”

Why do you choose to get involved with StartUp Weekend?

I support Start-Up Weekend because it is the best way to immerse yourself in the start-up community and learn a ton about entrepreneurship while you’re having fun and meeting new people!

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Ben Marcum

“Ben Marcum is Louisville’s premier headshot photographer for actors and business professionals. He founded Ben Marcum Photography in 2013 to bring amazing headshot photography to Louisville. Since then, he has been creating headshots for actors and business professionals that know how much their personal branding matters. He studied under world famous headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, and is a currently a mentor in Peter’s training program, The Headshot Crew. An unexpected perk to the journey of starting a business and training in photography is that Ben has discovered a joy in working, teaching and mentoring other entreprenuers – most recently, at the international Headshot Mania, a Peter Hurley sponsored three day intensive workshop. Though headshots are what first interested Ben, he has also added personal portraits to his business. His portrait work has been described as “”Vanity Fair style”” and painterly, with the focus placed squarely and dramatically on the subject. “”It’s not just another picture. It is about making people feel safe and comfortable, forging a connection, and creating the best photo they have ever seen of themselves.”

Why do you choose to get involved with StartUp Weekend?

I remember the joy, fear, and excitement of starting my business and now I get to do what I love every single day. To be able to help other people experience that is an honor.