October 5, 2020

ORLANDO, Florida—Members of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) have elected seven individuals to three-year terms on the InBIA Board of Directors. Their terms began on Oct. 1, 2020.

Six of these individuals are first-time members of the InBIA board, including:

* Amanda Chocko, director of Surge, Lakeshore Advantage

* Linda Fowler, president, Regionerate LLC

* Lynne Henkiel, director of Innovation Ecosystems, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

* Peter Mok, head of strategic partnership, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

* Brad Rickelman, assistant director, Meridian Technology Center Business Incubator

* Lisa Smith, executive director, Bowie Business Innovation Center


Krista Covey, president of First Flight Venture Center and InBIA’s incoming first vice chair, was re-elected to a second board term. In addition to these seven elected members, Matt Gardner, chief executive of the California Technology Council was appointed to serve a one-year term.

“Each of the candidates are thought leaders in our industry and bring a history of involvement with InBIA,” says InBIA President and CEO Charles Ross. Board members prioritize member services, oversee the association’s financial well-being and plan for the future. We appreciate their commitment to making InBIA a better organization in every way.”

Based in Orlando, Florida, the International Business Innovation Association is one of the world’s leading organizations advancing entrepreneurship center management and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship centers catalyze the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. Since 1985, the association has provided industry professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. InBIA’s board of directors, representing top entrepreneurship centers and other key industry organizations, governs the association.

The new board members join the following individuals whose terms will continue in 2020-2021:

* Angela Crane-Jones, executive director, Nashville Business Incubation Center

* Steve DeBretto, executive director, Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

* Ron Duggins, professor of entrepreneurship, University of Central Arkansas

* Herman Nyamunga, director, PowerUp Your Business

* Paul Riser Jr., director, Detroit Urban Solutions

* Leslie Lynn Smith, national director of Gender Equality in Tech

* Esther Vargas, site manager, UCF Business Incubation – Kissimmee


ABOUT the International Business Innovation Association

InBIA is a global nonprofit with over 1,200 members that lead entrepreneurship centers in over 30 countries. For over 35 years, InBIA has provided industry best practices through education while enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas for entrepreneurs across the globe. InBIA is the premier organization for business incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and other entrepreneurship centers.

For general press-related questions, please contact Charles Ross at [email protected].