The Biz Foundry team is made up of experienced entrepreneurs and mentors here to help you take your idea to the next level. We have experience in a variety of industries. From real estate to non-profits, e-commerce and more our team is equipped to support you on your entrepreneurial journey. We know what it takes to launch and grow successful businesses and want to help you reach your goals.
Jeff brings 30 years of entrepreneurial experience to The Biz Foundry. He has started and managed five different businesses through the years including, a large real estate operation, a development company, a construction company, an electronic mortgage operation, and a full-service insurance business. His latest startup, IVRTrain, Inc., developed virtual reality training modules for manufacturing. He is an outspoken advocate and evangelist for entrepreneurship as a form of economic development and is known for his ability to connect partners and garner support for various initiatives. He has helped develop the regional micro-loan fund, developed a collaboration with regional partners to provide a one-stop center for entrepreneurial and small business support, and is constantly working to connect local startups to outside resources and partners.
Hometown: Crossville, TN
Education: BS in Geology from Tennessee Tech
Favorite Movie: Animal House
Whiskey or beer: Definitely beer
Although not a true Southerner, Tiffany is no stranger to the South. Leaving Michigan in 2006, she ventured to Virgina, New Mexico and landed in the Upper Cumberland in 2013. With a secondary teaching and non-profit fundraising background, she found The Biz Foundry in 2017 and started part-time as the Marketing Manager. Her favorite thing about working for The Biz Foundry is helping entrepreneurs find the connections they need to solve problems they are having. She is also the founder of Powered By Her, a women’s entrepreneurship initiative to inspire and foster community for female founders in the Upper Cumberland region.
Marital status: Single and looking
Education: BS in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University
Favorite Job (other than The Biz Foundry): Working at a toy store
Donuts or bagels: Bagels with lox and cream cheese
A Tennessee transplant from Chicagoland, Jess has dedicated her career to the growth of others through her work as a coach, project manager and business owner. As a lifelong entrepreneur, owning a gym and e-commerce store, she brings to The Biz Foundry the knowledge & experience of running lean, successful businesses. Jess has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and leverages her experience as psychotherapist to help understand customers and guide entrepreneurs to success. Her business owner motto is to start small and baby step your way to growth.
Hometown: Downers Grove, IL
Education: Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Coffee or tea: Coffee is my one vice
Summer or winter: I left Chicago for a reason LOL