Team

Bob Smith

Bob Smith – Director

Bob has 30+ years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings and decision-management website. He held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing and local media go from launch through to favorable exits. In addition to his business pursuits, Bob is the director of GWU’s Fed Tech program, which teaches Lean Startup methods to inventors and students interested in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. He received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

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Phimolwan (Aung) Shepelev – Assistant Director

Phimolwan is the Assistant Director of the Mason Small Business Development Center in the Mason Enterprise Center at Geroge Mason University. Before a new position, she started her first position at the Mason SBDC as an Ambassador. She holds an MBA from George Mason University’s School of Management as well as a degree in Industrial Engineering from Thammasat University in Thailand. While in Thailand, Phimolwan worked in project management role in the manufacturing industry for companies such as Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. She was also an apprentice for iMADdu, a nonprofit in Fairfax, VA.

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Timm Johnson – Senior Business Counselor

Timm is a Business Counselor at the Mason Small Business Development Center at the Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University. Timm Johnson has over twenty-eight years of financial and operations experience for software and services growth companies. Currently, he is Vice President of KeystoneTech Group, a firm that helps technology companies bring their innovative new products to market. Keystone provides strategic marketing, financial, and operations planning services to companies ranging from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. Timm is an active participant and advisor to several entrepreneur associations in the Washington area.

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Bernard Ferret – Senior Business Counselor

Bernard Ferret is a serial entrepreneur who started 5 companies in the past 25 years, one with a successful exit, and another for which he raised $6 million in venture capital. His latest venture is TheGreenJobBank, a search engine for green jobs and green employers. Bernard holds an MS in Physics from the University of Provence, France, and an MBA from the College of William & Mary School of Business.

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Ankur Mittal – Technology Project Coordinator

Ankur is the Technology Project Coordinator for the Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at George Mason University and hopes to graduate in May 2020. He has experience with working in a government contracting startup and has also co-founded his own startup. His interests range in many different fields from automotive technology to software development.

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Patrick Bishop – Program Coordinator

Patrick is the Program Coordinator for the Mason Small Business Development Center at the Mason Enterprise Center. He comes from Mason Recreation where he worked with customers for 4 years. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Mathematics and is continuing his education by attending grad school in the fall.

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Sara Linus – Project Coordinator

Sara Linus is a Program Coordinator at Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She brings 10 years of customer service experience to the team and is passionate about customer relationship management. As a program coordinator Sara supports and assists with projects assigned to the operations group and provides timely and valuable information and resources to Mason SBDC’s clients. She is a graduate in English Literature, from Mahatma Gandhi University India and certified travel professional with International Air Transport Association (IATA) certification.

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Harsha Chivaluri – Technology Coordinator Intern

Harsha is the Technology Coordinator Intern for the Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University. He is currently a rising senior at Chantilly High School and hopes pursue Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering in the future. He is passionate in IT and has experience with a wide variety of computer softwares and previously volunteered at a start-up company. He enjoys taking pictures in his free time and working with computer hardware.