Started in 2000 at Grand Valley State University, as part of a greater good

 

GVSU CEO is one of hundreds of other chapters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. Every year, we come together to inspire, work, and listen. CEO is something that sticks with students throughout their careers.

 

Executive Board


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Ben Parsell
President

Ben Parsell is a Junior at Grand Valley State University studying Information Systems. He is pushing towards building a software startup centralized around human centered design. Ben recently just wrapped up a summer with Steelcase as an Applications Engineer. He has found himself experienced in software engineering, online marketing, startup development, and business strategy. In his off-time, he loves long distance running, coffee, and service project work. 

parsellb@mail.gvsu.edu


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Jordan Vanderham
Chief Technical Officer

Jordan Vanderham is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Product Design and Manufacturing in the school of Engineering as well as Business. He is passionate about bringing ideas from concept to reality and then to market. He actualizes this passion through his companies. Vandergen is evolving to become a relief for applied alternative energy education. Orindi Ventures has a mask that enables individuals to breathe warm air in the coldest environments. Dwelltie delivers light at the speed of life through sharp design in the shape of a wall sconce. Talk to him about CAD, manufacturing, robotics, renewable energy, outreach or anything else nerdy. Dream big and then make it happen.

vandjord@mail.gvsu.edu


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Morgan Benjamin
Engineering Liason

Morgan Benjamin is a senior at Grand Valley State University, studying Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering and Spanish. She has a special interest in new product innovation, entrepreneurship, and customer discovery, which led her to join CEO, where her passion is working with other students to develop their ideas. In her free time she enjoys biking, photography, and reading in a hammock.

benjammo@mail.gvsu.edu


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Trevor Nichols
Chief Financial Officer

Trevor is a Junior at Grand Valley State University studying Business Finance and Management. He is in the process of starting an online e-commerce business with intentions to sell clothing that inspire the wearer to become more appreciative and thankful for their everyday lives. Trevor specializes in organization, efficiency, customer service, and problem solving. While Trevor loves gaining experience in as many fields as possible, he primarily enjoys learning and researching other businesses along with playing various sports in his free time. 

nicholtr@mail.gvsu.edu


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Marissa Hoffman
Chief Marketing Officer

Marissa is a senior at Grand Valley State University, studying management and international business. She has a dream of opening her own coffee shop one day, and is in the beginning process of doing so. Marissa is passionate about entrepreneurship, and helping others who are interested in starting their own business, which inspired her to join CEO club in 2016. Marissa’s other interests include photography, design, travel, and baking cupcakes. Ask her about the creative side of starting a business, or anything along the lines of entrepreneurship. She’d love to help!

hoffmaml@mail.gvsu.edu


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Ashley Koltz
Chief Operations Officer

Ashley Koltz is a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Finance and Economics with an emphasis in Real Estate. Ashley has a passion for new product development and innovation and currently works in Research and Development for Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan. She loves learning about local start ups and brainstorming business ideas. Additionally, Ashley's interests include design thinking, property evaluation, exercising, and trying new restaurants!


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Luciano Hernandez
Chief Engagement Officer

Bio coming soon!


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Zach Skogheim
Chief Membership Officer

Bio coming soon!