MEET THE TEAM
A. LEONDRO MCHENRY
CEO & CTO | FOUNDER
Leondro McHenry was born in Seattle, WA and is currently a 5th year at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is pursuing a B.S. in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology.
He has previous co-op experience in Electrical Engineering and Software Development. Skills include Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer Programming, Circuit Design & Testing, Six Sigma & Quality Engineering, Leadership & Technical Communication.
JOSE C. ISABEL
Jose C. Isabel was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a M.S. in Finance, a B.A. in Economics and the CQF designation.
He has worked on research in MIS and Marketing, also has experience in public finance, economics, sales, and accounting. His skills include Financial planning, modeling, and forecasting, accounting, public policy, and research.
PRESIDENT & CMO | CO-FOUNDER
James Kemper was born in Yokosuka, Japan and is a graduate of The Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations.
He has led advertising and rebranding campaigns for local Rochester organizations. Skills include Social Media Strategy, Adobe Software, Graphic Design, Brand Development, Marketing Communication, and Leadership.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR/COPYWRITER
Ward Couillard was born in Syracuse, New York and is currently a Sophomore at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is pursuing a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
He has experience in social media branding and copy writing and hopes to further his own venture, Let’s Build Something in the coming years.
Dana is the Lead Innovation Coach for the Simone Center, his roles and responsibilities includes coaching teams of students through the process of customer discovery, design thinking and application of the business model canvas. Whether it occurs in our formal class, Applied Entrepreneurship, or in one of our many programs, i.e. IdeaLab, Saunders Summer Start-up, Studio 930, Tiger Tank, Business Model competitions, or the National Science Foundation I-Corps, his role as coach is to inform and guide the students and professors through the innovation and entrepreneurship processes.
Additionally, it is his responsibility to recruit, train and lead the many coaches and judges who participate in Simone Center classes and programs. Having had the role of new product and business development leader at Eastman Kodak and having been the Director of the Innovation Network, Dana has been provided the ideal background and experience to make his position in the Center both exciting and rewarding.
Family, basketball tournaments, motorcycle rides and ideas!!
Jeff has been coaching entrepreneurs since 2010 when he began volunteering for The Entrepreneurs Network. Through this experience, Jeff found a new passion in helping companies develop successful, investable business plans and creating effective, executable growth strategies.
Now, as a Venture Coach at RIT’s Venture Creations Incubator, Jeff is dedicated to helping new technology companies and clean energy start-ups build strong businesses. With years of extensive experience working at the intersection of marketing, product development, and customer engagement, Jeff is passionate about delivering success for new technology products and services.
Prior to 2010, Jeff held executive roles in technology marketing, sales, product development, and e-commerce management with several multinational companies, most notably the Eastman Kodak Company. In addition to his work at Venture Creations, Jeff coaches student and faculty entrepreneur teams at RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and teaches innovation in RIT’s School of Individualized Studies. Jeff is a graduate of RIT, with an MBA from the Saunders College of Business.