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About the team
JC Ruffalo | Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations, LaunchPad Services
JC Ruffalo joined the Octane team in June 2014 and is the Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations. JC graduated from Chapman University Argyros School of Business in 2011 with a business administration degree with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Economics. Since his graduation he co-founded a small startup (Double Splash Media), which was involved with email marketing. After Double Splash Media, JC worked for LKQ, a large corporation that is the world’s largest supplier of automotive replacement parts, as a buyer and general manager.
Paul Symczak | Senior Advisor, OCTANe
Paul Symczak is a seasoned senior management executive with diverse experience in the telecom, wireless, online, high tech and broadcast media industries. He was the co-founder and operator of Prism Strategic Consulting LLC and has been actively involved with the CONNECT Springboard entrepreneurial mentoring program in San Diego, CA. Previously, Paul held senior business development, strategic alliances and operational positions with Verizon, GTE and Qualcomm, working in subsidiaries focused on leading edge and innovative products and services. He has also worked with non-profit organizations, including serving as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington DC. Paul has a J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kenneth Stanigar | LaunchPad Data Analytics
Ken assists in the screening and preparation of candidates for Octane's LaunchPad process, manages its data analytics, and generates the reports that are provided to entrepreneurs who complete the process. These reports show how they performed on multiple criteria versus all the other companies that have been through LaunchPad, thus enabling them to make their investor presentations as compelling as possible. Prior to Octane Ken had a career in corporate strategy and finance, primarily with Verizon Communications and its predecessor, GTE Corporation. Ken earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University.
Elsa Kondri | LaunchPad SBDC Analyst
Elsa joined the Octane team in July 2016 and is the LaunchPad SBDC Analyst. Elsa is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she studied Psychology and Social Behavior and English.
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