Frank Kernis Jr.

Frank Kernis Jr.

Frank Kerins, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) at Montana State University. He has used many Montana entrepreneurial ventures as cases in his courses. His recent research has focused on the financial risks associated with entrepreneurial ventures, initial public offerings, and firm valuation. He is just completing a project with colleagues from the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the JJCBE to identify market opportunities for industrial and medical biofilm-related products. Frank believes that MSU is an essential piece of Montana’s entrepreneurial future.

Pam Sveinson

Pam Sveinson

Pam Sveinson has been consulting with a variety of clients since 1999. Pam specializes in individual executive coaching, facilitation of management team sessions and consulting on large scale culture initiatives. 

The focus of Pam’s work is leadership coaching and large scale culture and organization change. She loves working with clients to figure out exactly what their issues are and where they’re coming from. She’s learned that clients appreciate fresh approaches to their problems as long as it’s done by people with solid expertise, work and delivery. Her client work has spanned 15 years, working with global corporations, e-commerce start-ups and small businesses as well as non-profit organizations. 

Prior to 1999, Pam had a career of more than 20 years holding executive HR positions with Cowles Media Company/Star Tribune and with First Bank System, both in Minneapolis. She also has been a member of the board of directors for several firms, serving as both the chair of their HR committees as well as board chair. Pam received her master’s in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota in 1980. 

In her spare time, Pam has been working on subdividing and developing property in her home state of Montana near West Yellowstone, which includes the operation of Kirkwood Resort & Marina, where she also has been active in a variety of community efforts.

Bill Stoddart

Bill Stoddart

Prior to establishing NorthFork Financial, Bill developed a planning-based approach to his financial consulting practice over five years of employment with a regional financial services firm. Before that, he taught U.S. History, and U.S. and Comparative Government, along with several other courses, at Bozeman High School.

He serves on several boards in the area, including the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Headwaters Economics and the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District. He is on the Advisory Council for Western Sustainability Exchange, and the Advisory Board for Cottonwood Environmental Law Center. He also chairs the Cornell Alumni Admissions Advisory Network for Montana and is a resource provider for Bozeman BEAR (Business Expansion and Retention) Network.

Bill grew up outside of Buffalo, New York and moved West after completing an extensive bicycle journey through the U.S. in 1989. He lives in Bozeman with his wife, Heidi, and their two boys, where they aim to adventure outdoors as much as possible. His interests include river travel, biking, skiing, hunting, writing, reading and photography.

Josh Spitzer

Josh Spitzer

Josh is a Bozeman-based, data-driven entrepreneur with passions for leadership and learning. Prior to launching Bozeman Venture Laboratory in 2015, he was the CEO at Schedulicity, where he also served as COO and CFO. At Schedulicity, he led a transition to profitable growth, the implementation of financial controls and operating metrics, wholesale rewrite of the company's codebase, and major changes to the technical team's working methodologies. Before joining Schedulicity, he co-founded Preservation Capital, managed Sun Ranch Group, and developed MBA-level entrepreneurship curriculum. Josh holds an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and an MA from Cornell University. 

Richard Harjes

Richard Harjes

Richard is a General Partner at Next Frontier Capital and brings decades of investment experience to the fund. Along with his wife, he is co-founder of Willow Spring Ranch Montana, a ranch devoted to sustainably raising organic lamb for the local and national gourmet market.

Prior to Bozeman, Richard had a long-term career in quantitative investments – computerized, model-based investment strategies employing statistical modeling and machine learning techniques, analyzing and making thousands of small investment decisions on a minute-by-minute basis. Throughout his career, Richard built, grew and/or managed a number of highly successful investment teams with PhD level expertise in statistics, computer science, math and physics. He was Managing Director of the Statistical Arbitrage business at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago, founding the group responsible for the quantitative trading of equities at the firm. Prior to this, he was Director of Research and partner at Numeric Investors, a quantitative equity fund in Boston where he founded investment strategies and ran the overall research effort. Early in his career, Richard was one of the founding members of the Alpha Strategies Group at Barclays Global Investors, contributing to that effort by establishing the group’s research platform, strong investment returns and exceptional client and asset growth.  Richard has served on the faculties of Duke University and the University of Arizona and is published in major academic journals.

In addition to his business pursuits, Richard serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Museum of Bozeman. He founded and is one of the creative drivers behind the Museum’s STEAMlab – a hands-on, high-tech science and technology learning center focused on circuits, robotics and 3D printing, and expanding opportunities for the kids of Southwest Montana.