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  • “The Evolution of a Startup Begins with an Entrepreneur!”

    “Innovation is the Cart, and Entrepreneurs are the Horses. We focus too much on loading up the cart, we need to focus on Entrepreneurs to commercialize the load, if we want to create jobs and grow the economy.” - Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of Gallup and Author of The Coming Jobs War

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    Ray Hivoral – Founder of San Diego Entrepreneur Day

    The crazy, outspoken founder and a serial entrepreneur. SDSU graduate – Marketing, and a degree in Electronics Computer Engineering. He’s a San Diego entrepreneur with a knack for customer and business development, generating sales.

    He created the SD Entrepreneur Day outdoor/indoor interactive event, “the Comicon for Entrepreneurs” concept, wrote the executive summary, pitched it to sponsors/investors, knocked on many doors and became a squeaky wheel that got the grease, versus getting greased.   In less than a year from the inaugural event in 2012, it has experienced a following across the US and abroad, as well as interest from major brands and international marketing and advertising agencies.

    He loves his sidekick, an English lab, Jack!








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    Mike Spangler – Cofounder San Diego Entrepreneur Day

    The cool & calm cofounder and business partner of Entrepreneur Day. A graduate from UC Santa Barbara, BS Business / Economics with an Accounting emphasis, is the “man on the ground” specializing in business development, creative solutions and logistics. An Entrepreneur at heart, his invention The Slippy™, www.theslippywetsuit.com, provides an easy solution to getting into those tight wetsuits. In addition, as President of Spangler Event Productions, a full-service event consulting, DMC & management firm, www.spanglereventproductions.com, he services fortune 500 clients and produces local corporate & public events such as The East Village Opening Day Block Party, The UT San Diego Night+Day Streetfest, car2go 1st Year Anniversary Party & OktSoldierFest benefiting the Warrior Foundation. Mike makes the impossible, possible.

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    JoAnn Jack – CCJ Solutions & FIDM

    JoAnn Jack has over twenty years of experience in merchandising management, sales and marketing program implementation, visual presentation, and customer service skills. An entrepreneur at the core, she has worked in Hospitality Merchandising for 5 Star properties, designed and produced an upscale line of childrenswear and operated an independent fashion showroom representing multiple brands. JoAnn is the president of CCJ Solutions, a consulting collaborative focused on brand development and launch services for the fashion industry. In addition, she is a faculty member at FIDM and teaches classes focusing on Marketing, Fashion Design & Product Development. Check out http://www.sandiegofashionstyleart.com/


    Corey Zirlin – Blue Sky Marketing


    The kid just got married this summer! The Chief Operating Officer for his family’s business www.BuyBlueSky.com.  Blue Sky Marketing started out of the family’s house and grew to double digit million dollar sales and employs representatives across the US, servicing startups, entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.

    Corey is the Entrepreneur focused on integrated digital marketing within the advertising specialties industry.  An expert in small business development including Marketing/Sales, Technology, Accounting/Finance. Specialties: Operations, Digital Marketing/Sales, New Product Development, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing. MBA from Northwestern University.

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    James Brown – James Brown Media

    james brownJames Brown is the owner of James Brown Media.  Based in San Diego, CA, JBM enjoys working both nationally and internationally. JBM produces video and multimedia content for companies of all sizes, individuals and non-profits.

    James Brown has produced multimedia campaigns for clients ranging from startups to multinationals, with productions airing on channels including Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, National Geographic, CNBC Europe, CNN and BBC World.  www.JamesBrownMedia.com


    Jon Pierce Youngberg – Pierce Creative

    Jon is the founder of Pierce Creative, a web development, graphics and digital marketing company based in San Diego, CA.  He received his BS from the University of Northern Arizona.  He designs, programs and has a sweet dog named “Bailey”.  www.PierceSD.com

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    Cynthia Marivel Hernandez – Marketing Expert

    Cynthia M HernandezCynthia holds an MBA in Business, PMP Certified and over 14 years Marketing and Social Media experience mentoring start-up’s, supporting entrepreneurs, taking mom & pop shops to the next level and collaborating with agencies to execute national and International campaigns for popular brands like Disney, Dole, Hormel, Barilla, Subway, Quiznos and many others.

    Connect with Cynthia at: LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  Google+  |  WebSite  |  Pinterest


    Haley Hardcastle – Student Intern

    Haley HardcastleHaley Hardcastle is a student at Indiana University Kelley School of Business majoring in Marketing and Technology Management. She has worked with startups based in San Diego and Bloomington to increase their social media outreach and assist with business development, events, and client relations. Haley aspires to enter the world of entrepreneurship after graduation.

    Connect with Haley on LinkedIN.



  • Entrepreneur Day Schedule


    • September 27, 2013
      • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pmA paid ticketed event- Friday Evening Business Networking with Food & Beverages, along with our sponsors and exhibitors, TasteMasters Guest Panelist, ending with our 2013 E-wards. Open to the public. Join our eNewsletter to receive updated information.
    • September 28, 2013
      • 10:50 am - 4:00 pmEntrepreneur Day 2013- Exhibitors, Pop-Up Offices, Consultants, Startup Demonstrations, Product Sampling, Raffles, Give-aways, Fashion Style Art Show & Lounge, Guest Speakers/Presenters, Lounge & Learn Workshops, Main Stage Elevator Pitch Contest for Cash and Prizes, Mobile Apps, and Interactive Events. Join our eNewsletter to receive updated information.
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