PHOENIX (September 12, 2016) – Timothy Kelley, Founder and Chair of Canyon Angels and Head of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University, and Chase Norlin, CEO of Transmosis, were recently selected to join the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest, a non-profit focused on connecting accredited investors with the region’s most promising early-stage firms.

Kelley brings to the Board expertise in entrepreneurship and international real estate finance, and currently serves as the COO of the Entrepreneur Opportunity Fund, as well owner and CFO of two education-related companies with 45 + employees and several million in gross revenue. He is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at GCU, holds a BA from Gonzaga, an MBA from Thunderbird, and studied at both Oxford University and ASU. Kelley currently serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, The Governor’s Committee on Cross Border Real Estate at the Arizona Mexico Commission and the International Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as well as chairman of the Thunderbird Angel Network.

Norlin serves as the CEO of Transmosis, an organization dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce.  Norlin is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur with multiple successful start-ups and exits to his credit. Prior to Transmosis, Norlin was the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), which was named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine. Norlin’s ventures have won him and his firms other national acclaims including Time Magazine’s Top 50 Companies.

Kelley and Norlin join the Invest Southwest Board Members and Executive Committee members who will guide the organization’s strategic direction and mission over the next year:

Board of Directors include:

  • Jonathan Ariano, Osborn Maledon, P.A.
  • Jonathan Coury, Houl Coury Law
  • Greg Head, Software Marketing Veteran
  • Gabriel Hyams, Pinnacle Transplant
  • Base Horner, Desert Angels
  • Mario Martinez II, MRTNZ Ventures
  • Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority

Executive Committee Members include:

  • Nate Mortensen, Tallwave Capital
  • Karen Katzorke, Invest Southwest
  • Pat Stoner, Indecomm Technology Services Group
  • Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • James Goulka, Arizona Tech Investors
  • Christie Kerner, ASU
  • Randy Gustafson, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Keith Stoneback, Lanesborough LLC
  • Noah Barrasso, Keyser
  • Preston Clarke, Arizona Venture Consulting

To learn more about Invest Southwest and its signature pitch contest event, Venture Madness, scheduled for March 8 – 10, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona, please visit www.investsouthwest.org.

About Invest Southwest

Established in 1992, Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 thoroughly evaluated emerging companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit http://InvestSouthwest.org for more information.

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