Early Stage



Michael Ellenby

Born in Australia, and now an Arizona resident, Michael’s business career spans F500 companies including IBM, GE, Cisco, Pitney Bowes, as well as VP/SVP Sales & Marketing positions in 3 technology start-up companies. I have an MBA in International Management from University of RMIT (Australia), from their Singapore campus. I have taught sales and presentation skills classes. Michael is available the first Monday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Email or click on this link: chandlerbusiness@gangplankhq.com to schedule a session.

Derek Neighbors

Derek Neighbors is a serial entrepreneur who helps people bring ideas to reality. Prior to co-founding Gangplank, Derek spent fifteen years as a software engineer, formed the largest non-profit soccer organization in Arizona, and helped launch Integrum Technologies a successful software consulting firm. Derek enjoys encouraging local creatives to explore innovative ideas and create what they are passionate about.

Ed Nusbaum

Ed Nusbaum has helped start and grow many different companies and organizations – via both creative bootstrapping and venture capital. Meet with Ed if you are doing something Internet related and want some additional perspective on tactics, strategy, business model, etc. Email or click on this link: chandlerbusiness@gangplankhq.com to schedule a session.


Derek Harris

As a seasoned business analyst & business developer, Derek Harris is successful at executing corporate vision and strategies that help increase your company’s footprint, expand market share and generate sustainable revenue and EBIT gains.  He has over 25 years business experience in transportation, construction, pro sports & entertainment and management consulting. Specializing in startups and emerging companies, Derek co-founded Zagg Media Partners – Strategic Growth Advisors. He serves as senior business strategist. Derek is available the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-4:00pm. Email or click on this link: chandlerbusiness@gangplankhq.com to schedule a session.

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Christie Kerner

Through her varied experiences from building her own businesses, working for Fortune 100 companies and coaching local business owners to create profit, Christie developed an innovative process for launching small businesses to success.  She loves helping service-related businesses learn the nuts and bolts they need to be successful, especially in the areas of strategic planning, efficiency, branding, marketing, SEO, social media, WordPress website design and small biz accounting.  Christie currently enjoys helping others make a living doing what they love at launchmie.com.  She also leads an international chain of dance fitness studios she founded and licensed. Request an appointment: Days and evenings available.

Mike Kovarik

Mike Kovarik is a 15 year veteran of the Food service industry. After graduating from ASU, he was placed in the purchasing department at the second largest food service distributor in the country, US Foods. His storied career would take him from entry level buyer to highly respected Director of Product Information Management, a key role that would springboard US Foods to the cutting edge in the eCommerce and product data management spaces.

Mike has also had an active real estate business which has earned and lost him a millions of dollars. With his real estate business booming and an appetite for jumping to the next curve, Mike harnessed his purchasing, category management, supply chain, and unique experience building technology within US Foods to launch Attribytes – a revolutionary platform that leverages data to connect buyers and sellers to drive sales growth.

At Gangplank, Mike is looking to share his deep knowledge of business, relationship building, and project management skills. His problem solving prowess and passion for bringing business and technology together have driven him to entrepreneurial success.

Jason Gunn

Jason Gunn started his career as a passionate culinarian. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he journeyed to Arizona to run franchise operations for a booming restaurant company that expanded to 22 locations across the country in less than a year. He then landed a sales job with US Foods, the second largest Food service distributor in the country, where he honed his relationship building and sales skills. Jason’s networking skills would lead him to then Director of Product Information Management, Mike Kovarik, who would take him onto the team and they would work with other industry leaders to drive data standards to promote ecommerce, support merchandising, and supply chain operations.

Jason’s problem solving and leadership skills would help him rise through the corporate ranks to eventually lead the data team and represent US Foods at the industry level with the global data standards company GS1. He has served as co-chair on the Marketing Committee, participated as a Community Advisory Board Member, and has had regular speaking roles at GS1’s national events.

Jason left the comforts of corporate America to work with Mike to launch Attribytes – a revolutionary platform that leverages data to connect buyers and sellers to drive sales growth. At Gangplank, Jason is eager to share his passion for food, content creation, and passion for nerdery such as star wars, comic book heroes, and movies.

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