McGuire Center Advisory Boards


The mission of the Board of Advisors is helping students improve their potential and advance society by developing an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.

Consisting of members from broad backgrounds and experiences such as academia, small and large business, venture capital, nonprofit and law, the Board of Advisors is designed to solicit the expert advice from these industry professionals to help evaluate the performance and guide the future of the McGuire Center. 

At McGuire, we are focused on being innovative in our approach to entrepreneurial education, and the Board of Advisors helps this initiative. They provide valuable advice that helps the Center continue the vision of being a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation education and research. 

The Board of Advisors operates under the basic principle "leave it better than you found it."

Advisory Boards and Members

Christopher McGuire
Vice President 
HN and Frances C. Berger Foundation

David Allen 
Former Vice President 
Tech Launch Arizona

Matt Williams 
CEO and Founder

David Schmidtz 
Eller Chair Service Dominant Logic 
The University of Arizona

Clancy Woods 
El Cap Partners

Steve Muzzy 
Managing Director 
MF Partners 

Michael Beer '03
Director of Finance 
Luminar Technologies

Tom Bobo '97 
Co-founder and Director Tech Sales 
Split Engineering

Tawn Albright '90 
Executive Vice President 

Ted Kraus '03 
Director Investments–AI and Blockchain 
TechCode Accelerator

Gene Kansas '95 
Kansas Commercial Real Estate

Lane Gaddy '05 
W Silver Recycling

Patrick Horsman '03 
Co-founder and Managing Partner 
Blue Sands Securities

Matt Van Horn '06 
Co-founder and CEO 

Adam Tank '15 
Director–Smart Cities 

Andrew Cole '10 
Senior Manager 

The Social Innovation Advisory Board is a network of alumni, faculty and friends who provide oversight for the Eller Social Innovation Program

Cindi Gilliland 
Director, Eller Social Innovation 
Eller College of Management

Rick Yngve 
Director, Eller Social Innovation 
Eller College of Management

Paul Lindsey 
Southern Arizona Holdings

Chris Harris 
Senior Vice President, Private Funds Group 
Brookfield Asset Management

Ann Harris

Kelly Fryer 
YWCA Tucson

Marisol Flores-Aguirre 
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Eller College of Management

Peggy Hutchison 
Primavera Foundation

Patti Caldwell 
Caldwell Consulting

Michael McDonald 
Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona

Eric Schindler 
President and CEO 
Child and Family Resources

Danny Knee 
Executive Director 
Community Investment Corporation

Tristan Reader 
Assistant Professor of Practice 
American Indian Studies

Michael Mandel 
Senior Lecturer, Business Communications 
Eller College of Management 

Alissa Bilfield  
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Eller College of Management