The Team

Management / Programming

Laura Holmes

Director of Incubator Operations
Laura Holmes is the associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University and leads the team that manages the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She is the lead on community outreach and economic engagement efforts centered around the Koffman and serves as a liaison between the incubator and community stakeholders.

(607) 777-5871

lholmes@binghamton.edu

Eric Krohn

Director of Business Incubation Program
Eric Krohn is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who leverages his experience in guiding and mentoring companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the Innovative Technologies Complex. As director of business incubation, he facilitates programming to help startups grow and succeed, with an emphasis on high-tech, high-growth ventures. Krohn’s companies include Gyro Heat Technologies, b-Safe Products and Cubed Naturals.

(607) 288-2309

ekrohn@binghamton.edu

Michael Jagielski

Director of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator
Michael (Mike) Jagielski is a seasoned business executive and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working with CEOs of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100. For 8 years he served as COO of Micatu Inc. , the “grand prize winner” of the inaugural 76West Clean Energy Competition. Leveraging his expertise in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Solution Sales Methodologies and Business Monetization Strategies, he has the tools and passion to progress clean energy companies within the SCI program.

(607) 777-5096

mjagiels@binghamton.edu

Emma Smith

Program Administrator of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Program
Emma Smith provides extensive support to the Southern Tier Clean Tech Incubator, recruiting companies to the region and working directly with NYSERDA on grant milestones and the 76West program. She serves as a key coordinator in event planning and maintains the customer relationship management tool for the entire Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships.

emmas@binghamton.edu

Per Stromhaug

Manager of Investment and Start-Up NY
Per Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, including tech-transfer activities, the Start-up Suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He also oversees the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the START-UP NY initiative at Binghamton University.

(607) 777-5873

per@binghamton.edu

Olga Petrova

Director, XCEED Accelerator Program and Coordinator, Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Olga Petrova manages the life sciences and biomedical portfolio for E&IP, facilitating patenting and commercialization of new technologies arising from Binghamton University research. She also oversees the Binghamton Acceleration of Cleantech Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (XCEED) program and serves as coordinator and instructor for the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site.

(607) 777-5088

opetrova@binghamton.edu

Fabiola Moreno Olivas

Program Coordinator of Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Fabiola Moreno Olivas is a recent PhD graduate from Binghamton University’s Biomedical Engineering department. She reviews invention disclosures in the life sciences and biomedical fields, evaluating their market potential, as well as their position compared with other technologies available. She also assists with the marketing of current technologies, as well as with outreach efforts pertaining the current BU IP portfolio.

fmoreno@binghamton.edu

Kathryn Cherny

Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Kathryn holds a PhD for her work on molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and has founded microBELLA Cosmetics, a probiotic skincare company. Leveraging her expertise as a startup founder, as well as her extensive experience with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, she supports the outreach and engagement efforts of the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site and mentors regional startups and aspiring entrepreneurs.

kcherny@binghamton.edu

Marketing / Administrative

Cory Kimmell

Integrated Marketing and Communication Specialist
Cory Kimmell combines strategy with creativity in order to further the marketing and communication critical to the many facets of the Office of E&IP. His duties include logo and print material design, content creation, press management, website design, magazine layout, strategic promotion, small business consulting, marketing strategy creation and implementation — among other duties. Through these efforts, he attracts business and community interest in our programs and events. He visually and verbally portrays ongoings, in-turn attracting funding and other opportunities to the office.

ckimmell@binghamton.edu

Nick Zwierlein

Client Relationship Manager

As the Client Relationship Manager, Nick helps the Koffman Incubator manage relationships with existing clients and stakeholders to maximize the impact of the incubator programs and resources. In addition, he recruits promising ventures with high growth potential. Nick’s efforts help develop deeper connections with local business community, partners, investors, and stakeholders to further the mission of developing a diverse and supportive ecosystem.

nzwierle@binghamton.edu

Amy Breski

Administrative Assistant
Amy Breski is the administrative assistant for the E&IP office, supporting all staff as well as the assistant vice president. Her role is critical in the daily operations of the department and assists in the planning and execution of events both on campus and at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She supports the startup companies located at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) as well as the office’s technology transfer activities. Breski makes arrangements for our visitors and welcomes them at the ITC office.

(607) 777-5870

abreski@binghamton.edu

Facilities

Steve Pierce

Building Administrator
Steve Pierce navigates the complexities of the Koffman Incubator’s unique facility and tenant needs. He oversees the health of the building through coordinating proper maintenance, upkeep and upgrades. Pierce works with tenants to best assist requests, bookings and issues as they present themselves.

(607) 777-5094

spierce@binghamton.edu

Sharon Malone

Koffman Concierge
Sharon welcomes the many faces that pass through the Koffman Incubator. Situated at the front desk, she specializes in passing critical information to tenants and co-workers. Sharon directs visitors to the companies and events they are in the building to see. She assists the greater team by maintaining an organized lobby, ensuring a welcoming environment greets all that enter it.

(607) 777-5094

smalone@binghamton.edu

Mentor / EIR

Anthony Frontera

Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site Director, Entrepreneur in Residence
Tony Frontera is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Binghamton University with 25 years of sales and management experience in specialty retailing and manufacturing. He has a background in marketing through his time heading up marketing for the McIntosh Laboratory. Tony holds major roles within the I-Corps and XCEED programs.

(607) 777-4120

frontera@binghamton.edu

Scott Hancock

Mentor, Intellectual Property and Agreements
Scott Hancock takes the lead in transferring University technologies to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include establishing the business case for inventions, building the campus patent portfolio, marketing technologies, and negotiating options and licenses. He also crafts confidentiality, material transfer and inter-institutional agreements in service to faculty and research center projects. Hancock works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs in shaping intellectual property right terms and conditions in research contracts.

(607) 777-5874

shancock@binghamton.edu

Colby Creedon

Commercialization Manager
In his multi-faceted role, Colby applies his start-up experience, legal and MBA training, and program management expertise to Binghamton’s portfolio of engineering and computer science inventions and to the roster of Koffman incubator client companies.  He engages faculty and other Binghamton inventors and creatives to advance through the technology transfer pathway from assessment to marketing to IP protection, and steers a course forward to licensing to industry or in establishing spinouts.

ccreedon@binghamton.edu

Elena Iankova

Soft Landings Program Lead
Elena Iankova is the Founding Director of the Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University . She developed the ExportNY Program for the Southern Tier Region which leverages industry, private, university and governmental resources and experts to assist Southern Tier companies in expanding to international markets. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience at Cornell and Binghamton University in the areas of international business management, international competitive strategy, global entrepreneurship and export-import operations. At the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator she is the lead on international soft-landing programming for the attraction of foreign direct investment and foreign startups to the region.

eiankova@binghamton.edu

Dan Mori

Entrepreneur in Residence
Dan played a key role in leading and developing Binghamton University’s business incubation program. Dan is the president and chair of Employment Solutions and founder of Launch to Greatness. He also facilitated the Southern Tier Meet Up events for over three years and has extensive knowledge in strategic planning and business development.

Dmori@binghamton.edu

Koffman Incubator Board Members

Betsy Koffman

Koffman worked for a real estate development company in San Francisco for many years before moving back to the East Coast. She then worked for a sportswear company selling high-end goods to the resort market. For more than 20 years, she has been an entrepreneur, early-stage private investor, angel investor and real estate developer.
Koffman is an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She is an advisor to the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project. She also donates her time to the Binghamton Local Development Corp. She received her doctorate in 2008 from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Harvey Stenger

Stenger has been president of Binghamton University since November 2011. He previously served as interim provost at the University at Buffalo, where he had been dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2006.Before joining the administration at UB, Stenger was a professor at Lehigh University’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he also served as dean for six years and served terms as co-chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Studies Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his doctorate in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Howard Unger

Unger is the founding partner of Saw Mill Capital LLC, a private equity firm that acquires manufacturing and service companies. Before founding Saw Mill in 1997, Unger was a founding partner of Chase Capital, Chase Manhattan Bank’s private equity investing group. Prior to forming Chase Capital, Unger was a managing director in Chase’s Merchant Banking Group. His professional career began in 1983 with the Leveraged Capital Group of Citibank, providing debt financing for leveraged transactions. Unger is a presidentially-appointed Council Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a member of the Museum’s Committee on Conscience. His degrees from Binghamton University include a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mitchell Goldstein

Goldstein is a partner and co-head of the Ares Credit Group and a member of the management committee of Ares Management. He additionally serves as co-president of ARCC and vice president and interested trustee of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Prior to joining Ares Management in May 2005, Goldstein was a managing director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. At CSFB, Goldstein was responsible for providing investment banking services to private equity funds and hedge funds with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and restructurings as well as capital raisings, including high yield, bank debt, mezzanine debt, and initial public offerings. Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Kevin Drumm

Drumm became the seventh president of SUNY Broome Community College in February 2010. He has made outreach both in local high schools and in the community a campus-wide priority. This effort has resulted in SUNY Broome having a greater presence in the area by quadrupling the number of high school partners in the region. Dr. Drumm also serves on many local boards including the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and he is Co-Chair of the Governor’s Southern Tier Economic Development Council.
He has taught throughout his career and is also a graduate of the first American Association of Community Colleges Leadership Institute. He was educated at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, transferring to Boston University for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, later completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Studies and Higher Education at New York University.

Mary Beth Curtin

Mary Beth Curtin served as Assistant Vice President of Strategic Research Initiatives for the Division of Research at Binghamton University. Mary Beth has a Certificate in Government Acquisition and Contracting, a MAT in Teaching, a MA in Biological Sciences, and a BA in Biological Sciences, all from Binghamton University. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Binghamton Center for Emerging Technologies and is on the Board of Directors of the Binghamton University Alumni Association. She is also active in the National Council of University Research Administrators and Binghamton University’s University Women.

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