Mentors: TECHNOLOGY

Grant Mizell

Grant Mizell

Summary of Qualifications Grant is a Fractional Product & Marketing Manager, specializing in small to mid business growth through customer engagement and product innovation. Grant Mizell’s career spans traditional advertising, PR, community management, digital strategy, SEM/PPC and product development. Most recently, acting as Head of Product, he oversaw the transformation of PartyRVA, a successful and award-winning prototype e-marketplace for group planners, into OccasionGenius, overhauling the customer conversion funnel, shifting the business model and repositioning for national scale. A graduate of VCU’s Advertising program, he uses a foundation in conceptual thinking and design as a heightened UX perspective in targeting business growth opportunities through user-centered engagement and innovation. In 2013, he traded in 7 years of Adjunct instruction at VCU Advertising, for a leadership role on the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Grant serves as Vice President and Programming Chair, where he applies lean startup mentality to marketing and new program development, in support of the 87-year-old institution’s evolution into a center for film and film literacy. Want to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Bismark Agbemble

Bismark Agbemble

Summary of Qualifications Bismark Agbemble is currently the Executive Chairman of Bernstein and Bernstein an international investment boutique firm with a core focus in assisting their clients in expanding their business (s) into emerging markets.  For over a decade Bismark has developed customized products and services to meet the needs of both large and small scale businesses expanding into West Africa and beyond. Bismark’s core area of expertise is international business expansion, where he customizes his client’s expansion plan covering: Sales, Marketing, Legal, Operations and Finance. Many of his colleagues and clients call him “The Trade Ambassador” because of his passion and desire to assist SME’s in setting up their operations overseas, regardless of size. Bismark, has developed strategic relationships with Trade Finance and Business Development firms around the world to leverage on resources and contacts in countries where he has conducted business in as such; Germany, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Holland, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria to list a few. Prior to joining Bernstein and Bernstein, Bismark was a Bank Officer at Bank of America where he was responsible for sales, marketing and operations within their retail division. Bismark is also a lecture at Southern New Hampshire University and his passionate about inspiring students of all ages to think local but act global. Bismark is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and holds an MBA from Eastern University with a concentration in Financial Management. Bismark is an author, technology enthusiast in the area of social media. Bismark is an active member in his community, providing mentorship, life coach services and...
Ryann Wayne

Ryann Wayne

Summary of Qualifications Ryann is CEO of The Frontier Project. She has led the business through a recession-busting period of exceptional growth, creating the leading boutique-consulting firm that integrates innovation and organizational development. Addicted to learning, she has both an M.B.A. (University of Richmond) and a Master’s in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Leading a firm charged with transforming the organizations and external markets of some of the most potent companies in the world requires Ryann to shape a team capable of supporting clients at the frontline of global changes in technology, economics, social, and environmental change. As CEO, she focuses on three internal priorities: maintaining a growth strategy that flexes with world events; recruiting and retaining the strongest roster of talent available; and creating a work environment in which that talent thrives in order to serve clients. She takes personal development seriously, ensuring she constantly pushes herself as well as the team. It’s not unusual to find her fasting, marathon-training, or traveling to a less-than-typical “vacation” location to stretch herself. Want to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Summary of Qualifications Andrew is a Co-Founder of Workshop Digital, a Richmond-based digital marketing firm. Andrew’s career began at The Martin Agency where he developed a specialty in digital media planning and transitioned to the CarMax Home Office to oversee web marketing strategy. Andrew launched Your Search Advisor in 2007 and merged with Dynamic Web Solutions to form Workshop Digital in 2015. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked with Fortune 100 brands and startups with a pragmatic approach that emphasizes Strategy, Testing, Analysis, and Results. When he is not buying clicks, Andrew can be found outdoors or tinkering in the garage workshop. Ready to meet with this mentor? Talk with your Lead...
Greg Hofbauer

Greg Hofbauer

Greg Hofbauer is the former co-founder and CEO of GroundWork Design and NimblePitch. Both are Richmond-based technology companies specializing in interactive website design and development. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Greg has a background in Computer Science and Digital Communications.