Upcoming Events
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Andy Knopfmeier, Rob Smith, and Matt Muray are co-founders of Interstate Business Solutions (IBS), which has quickly grown to be an innovative leader in straight-line roadway litter collection since 2017. Andy is currently Chief People Officer; Prior to IBS, Andy was a leader in pharmaceutical and post-acute healthcare sales. Andy has additional experience in real estate investing and advertising sales. Rob is a husband, father, and entrepreneur. Rob graduated from Butler University and McKinney School of Law. He started his career as an Army JAG Officer where he litigated hundreds of cases and traveled extensively around the United States. Rob moved on from the Army and entered the private legal practice at Barnes and Thornburg. As an attorney, he specializes in labor law, employment law, and contracts. Rob’s most recent venture was starting Interstate Business Solutions, LLC with three of his good friends. Matt is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of IBS. Prior to IBS, Matt founded Clean Zone Marketing in 2008, which quickly grew to become the Midwest’s largest transit advertising company. In 2017, Clean Zone Marketing was purchased by a private equity firm where Matt serves on their board of directors. Additionally, he has extensive experience in outdoor advertising sales, acquisitions, and leasing. Join us in person or watch it live online.
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Teresa LongTeresa is an active Muncie community member with 28 years of human service experience. Teresa opened God's Grace and Mercy Family Hair Care in November of 1994. She opened Grace Beauty College, the first African American-owned beauty school in East Central Indiana, in May of 2007; and the first barber college in the history of Muncie in 2015. Teresa's passion is to instruct, inspire, demonstrate, and motivate those she serves based on their personal and professional success goals. She is a member of Life Touch Ministry, where she serves as the church administrator and an associate minister. Teresa received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University. She earned her LSW from the State of Indiana and is currently working as a licensed mental health therapist. Other trainings and qualifications include TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and ANSA/CANS assessments. Teresa earned a certification with the Mendez Foundation as a Too Good for Drugs Facilitator, an evidence-based drug prevention program for grades K-8th. Teresa has served on various boards such as the Roy C. Buley Center, Unity Center, United for Christ VBS committee, and the Muncie Black Expo. She currently serves on the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative committee (JDAI) and is vice president of Muncie Delaware County Black Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, Teresa founded Hope Chest Tikkun Olam Center LLC, a community-based wraparound agency addressing family and community health issues. She specializes in unpacking trauma, cultural relativism, holistic and innovative restoration for sustained inner healing practices. Teresa uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.
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Jihada GarrettJihada is a dynamic life and leadership coach who helps her clients realign with the most authentic versions of themselves, allowing them to break free of limiting beliefs, set new expectations, and confidently move forward with clarity, purpose, and passion. She is a skilled management consultant with a specific emphasis on marketing, branding and public relations. By helping her clients raise their emotional intelligence, they are better able to become thoughtful leaders who prioritize courage, compassion and connection with those within their realm of influence. Her clientele is diverse, including mid- and senior-level business leaders, corporate and non-profit executives, and entrepreneurs.
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Jennifer MerrellStarting as a dance performance major, Jennifer graduated from Butler University with a degree in Corporate Communications, served as social chairman of her sorority, won an alcohol-awareness award, and spent a season as a cheerleader (you followed that, right?). Jennifer’s life and career are intertwined in a series of directional changes that she best describes as “a trail I’ve used a machete to hack through.” Over the span of her 25+ year career, Jennifer has served in multiple industries including: entertainment, sports & fitness, tech, real estate, and economic development. She has climbed ladders and fallen off cliffs to discover that she is driven to solve problems while elevating the people and organizations around her. She also figured out that curiosity is the start of all great adventures. Today, Jennifer works to grow Indiana’s tech ecosystem, specifically in the area of closing the gaps between industry and academia as Director of Relationship Management at TechPoint.