Our Staff and Volunteer Mentors

Susan Henson

Regional Director
MEC-Leesburg

As Regional Director for Mason Enterprise Center programs in Loudoun County Henson runs the MEC-Leesburg incubator and oversees the SBDC program in Loudoun, leading a team of high-performing professionals. She reaches broadly into the community to market MEC programs, to forge partnerships, to make connections to Mason and to engage with stakeholders and potential sponsors. […]

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Eric Byrd

SBDC Manager and Lead Business Advisor

As the manager of the Small Business Development Program in Loudoun Eric leads a team of experienced business advisors and educators to help small businesses thrive and grow. With 30 years of business experience he has worked with companies and organizations of every size and structure. Melding strong storytelling skills from his days as a […]

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Cort Maddox

Business Advisor

Cort draws from an extensive professional experience in finance and management, where he spent 17 years of his career.  Using his knowledge gained working in the credit card industry, finance companies, as well as both large and small banks he specifically helps small businesses focus on their finances and funding strategies.  He has been a […]

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Mary N. Joynt

Business Advisor

With more than 20 years’ experience with all facets of account supervision and project execution, Mary brings an exceptional knowledge base to marketing activities, including branding, positioning, strategic planning, corporate identity, event planning, executive and internal communications, web presence, tactical planning, primary and secondary research, focus groups, advertising, direct marketing, project management, copy writing and […]

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Joey McCord

Volunteer/Mentor

Joey brings 20 years of product management and engineering experience to the MEC. He has gained that experience in a variety of industries, including but not limited to, the federal government, subscription-based non-profits, media, advertising and health care. During this time, Joey has been a developer, product manager, project manager, COO, CPO, CTO and founder. […]

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Tony Stafford

Volunteer/Mentor

Tony’s Bio   In September 2010 Tony opened Ford’s Fish Shack in Ashburn, VA. He has over 25 years of experience. He has worked in all types of food service since coming home one day and telling his parents he no longer wanted to be an engineer and wanted to go to culinary school. That […]

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Clint Thomas

Volunteer/Mentor

Clint Thomas has 24 years of experience in public accounting in the areas of tax compliance and planning for closely held businesses of all types, including government contractors, technology companies and service providers. Clint is the managing member at Rubin, Koehmstedt & Nadler, where he leads a highly qualified accounting team to provide outstanding service in […]

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Bob Smith

Volunteer/Mentor, ICAP Director

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also […]

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Kristine Jacobson

Volunteer/Mentor

Kristine Jacobson, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Conveyance Marketing Group has more than 25 years of strategic marketing and communications experience in diverse industries ranging from software and telecommunications to professional services and non-profits. Kristine provides consistent strategic leadership to her team and the clients of Conveyance Marketing Group. She has held senior marketing […]

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Don Chapman

Volunteer/Mentor

Don Chapman serves as Senior Vice President of Federal Services for Cayuse Technologies. His responsibilities include operations, capture, and business growth strategies for 8a directed award and competitive opportunities. Over his extensive career he has over $600mm+ in captured contracts/contract vehicles in both DoD & Civilian arenas. Don also as served as a Sr PTAC […]

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Demetrios Sapounas

Business Advisor

Demetrios is a business leader who bridges the gap between business and technology and knows how to leverage emerging technologies to enhance company value. He makes product ideas come alive and delivers solutions that solve real problems and create competitive advantages. His broad background includes corporate strategy and planning, operations, M&A integration, full lifecycle product […]

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