The 2018 Willamette Angels Conference will feature CEO Power Talks: 10-minute TED-style presentations from regional entrepreneurs sharing educational and inspiring content.

Our speakers include:

Chad Barczak

Chad Barczak is the CEO for IDX, LLC in Eugene, Oregon, a business he co-founded in 2003. IDX is the leading provider of real estate search applications for real estate agents throughout the US and Canada.

In addition to his daily involvement with IDX, LLC., Mr. Barczak is an active investor/entrepreneur that has helped create and start multiple businesses and commercial development projects. He’s also involved with many business groups throughout Oregon and is currently a board member with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Oregon in the Southern Willamette Valley. 

Power Talk: 5 things to consider before acquiring a company

Matt Beaudet

Matt Beaudet is the co-founder and CEO of NemaMetrix Inc., a biotechnology company with a proprietary Humanized Simple Animal system for personalized and precision drug discovery.

After studying molecular biology at the University of Oregon, Matt parlayed an entry-level laboratory position at a local biotechnology company, Molecular Probes, into a full-blown business and management career developing multiple multi-million dollar products for science and drug discovery.

Now Matt is focusing his efforts in supporting the burgeoning biotechnology startup sector in Oregon both with his own company and as a co-founder of the technology incubator FertiLab Thinkubator. 

Power Talk: Growing from 3 to 30 employees in 3 years

Rich Carter, Ph.D.

Rich Carter, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of Valliscor, a Corvallis-based chemical manufacturing company that provides innovative solutions to access fluorinated building blocks and enantiomerically enriched scaffolds for the pharmaceutical, agricultural, polymer and electronics industries. Rich and Valliscor co-founder Michael Standen, Ph.D., were named Entrepreneurs of the Year at the 2016 Willamette Angels Conference.

Rich earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Gettysburg College in 1993 and his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Rich has authored of over 100 publications and multiple patents including technology licensed by Valliscor on proline sulfonamides and their use in asymmetric carbon-carbon bond forming transformations. Rich is a graduate of the Oregon State University (OSU) Advantage Accelerator program and 2014 OSU Advantage Accelerator Entrepreneur of the Year.

Power Talk: From cockroach startup to global leader

Mark Frohnmayer

Mark is the president and founder of Arcimoto, the Eugene-based makers of the world’s first Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), an affordable and practical pure electric vehicle for everyday commuters and fleets.Previously, he was one of the founders of, a software development company successfully sold to IAC, Inc. in 2007. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Last year, Arcimoto raised $19.5 million in its initial public offering and joined the Nasdaq exchange.

Power Talk: Getting listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market via Reg A+ IPO route

Greta Geankoplis

Greta Geankoplis is a lifelong, emerging technology champion, with diverse leadership experience spanning cybersecurity, blockchain and digital currency technology, renewable energy project development, and early LAN/WAN B2C infrastructure and application projects.

Currently, Greta is the President of Stratus Digital Systems Inc., an early stage, internationally award-winning cybersecurity company.

Greta is a former US Air Force Captain and Fighter Aircraft Maintenance officer.

Power Talk: How emerging technologies are changing the way we start and grow companies

Jeff Gish

Jeff is the research director at Willamette Valley Capital (WVC). He has served as deal lead and performed due diligence on several of WVC’s portfolio companies, and helped with diligence activity in this year’s Willamette Angels Conference.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in engineering and technology management and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Oregon’s department of management. He teaches entrepreneurship courses at the university and conducts research investigating entrepreneurs and new ventures.

Before joining the University of Oregon, Jeff owned a transportation company in Washington State for seven years. He sold this business to a larger competitor in 2013.

Power Talk: Money never sleeps, but an entrepreneur should

Sabrina Parsons

Sabrina has served as CEO of Palo Alto Software since 2007. She and her husband, Noah, founded a UK software distribution company in 2001 that was acquired by Palo Alto Software in 2002. Sabrina is a successful Internet expert, having served as Director of Online Marketing at Commtouch, Senior Producer at Epinions, and founder of her own Web consulting company, Lighting Out. 

She is a staunch supporter of entrepreneurs, and supports entrepreneurial organizations. She is President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network. Sabrina has also chaired and sponsored both the Princeton Business Plan Competition and the Willamette Angel Conference in Eugene, Oregon for several years. She additionally gets invited regularly to participate as a judge for other business plan competitions across the U.S., as well as to speak on business planning, leadership, and women in technology.

Power Talk: Building a values-based organization through culture

Don Tucker

Don Tucker is the CEO and Senior Scientist of The Brain Electrophysiology Laboratory Company (BEL Co) and formerly Head of Clinical Science at Philips Neuro (formerly EGI). He was formerly the CEO and Chief Scientist of Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI), which was acquired by Philips in 2017. He is also Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroinformatics Center at the University of Oregon, where he researches the neural mechanisms of motivation and self-control.

Successful entrepreneurs must have the confidence and optimism to think and act creatively.  Yet a balance of critical thinking and self-criticism may also be essential to making effective decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Mr. Tucker will explain why understanding intellectual motivation is important to developing and maintaining the entrepreneur’s mind.

Power Talk: How the entrepreneurs’ brain is wired for risk-taking & success

Jake Weatherly

Jake Weatherly is the co-founder and CEO of SheerID, a digital verification platform that enables major organizations such as Lowes, Target, and J.Crew to offer omnichannel loyalty programs with little friction and reduced fraud. SheerID’s platform integrates seamlessly into any existing e-commerce program or exclusive experience across channels, instantly verifying customer credentials to ensure exclusive offers remain exclusive.

Weatherly has worked with hundreds of businesses to drive increased loyalty of target customer segments, such as students and the military community, and has nearly a decade of practical knowledge facilitating customer growth through CX and customer best practices via exclusive campaigns. His leadership at SheerID has made the company the leading digital verification solution selected by Fortune 500 and 1000 retailers across the globe.

Power Talk: Excellent product, proven market, & loyal customers – the real path to VC funding