Monique Brown

Managing Director, The Growth Factory

 Monique Brown is cofounder and Managing Director at The Growth Factory, a nonprofit pre-seed accelerator on a mission to unleash the potential of 100 world class startups from the Greater Sacramento region over the next 3-5 years.  She is responsible for overseeing operations, program design and execution, partner and mentor engagement, and ecosystem collaborations.  

Rick Spencer

Managing Partner, The Growth Factory

 With 20 years of management and executive experience, Rick has directly contributed to over $100 Million in revenue growth and shareholder value for technology (hardware and software) and service companies. Beginning at the age of 18 with his first start-up company (which grew from 10 to 500 employees in 4 years), Rick has been in management roles at private and public companies, managing cross department teams responsible for revenue, customer experience and R&D. During Rick’s time at Briotix, as an Executive and Board Director, his contributions lead to growth of the company from $30k to $30Mil, and the successful sale to US Physical Therapy, a publicly traded company in Houston, Texas. Rick has lectured in the US and abroad on Workplace Performance and has received awards for leadership and performance from Scripps Media (President’s Award), MIT, and the Sacramento Kings. Rick’s Community Leadership includes volunteering as a mentor/coach for multiple entrepreneur organizations and university programs, as well as direct volunteer and financial support for recreational sports and non-profit educational programs. 

Darryl Schoen

President, Manufacturing Finance Services

Darryl Schoen is the founder and president of Manufacturers Financing Services, which, since the early 1990s, has promoted equipment sales, especially in robotics and other manufacturing equipment, by providing custom-tailored, quick turnaround financing. After receiving his BS at Chico State and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Darryl completed a management training program at a large Wisconsin bank, and then returned to California to be closer to family. While working with Brunswick, Darryl structured equipment and real estate financing for bowling equipment customers in Western Canada and the Western US. He left Brunswick to work in a more entrepreneurial environment, dealing with budgets, foreign currency hedging, and credit. After expressing a desire to eventually run a company, the company’s four entrepreneur-owners challenged him to devise a business plan for a new business and present it to the company’s board of directors. The Board signed off and agreed to fund Darryl’s new operation. In 2007, he sold the successful business to two public Japanese companies, which asked him to stay on as President. He loves working with people – from Forbes 500 companies to mom-and-pop businesses – coming up with customized finance solutions, especially ones they haven’t thought of.


Ken Tallo

SacAngels - Sacramento

The Sacramento Angels is a group of individuals who invest in early-stage Northern California companies (or close by regions of adjacent states).

The group meets once a month over dinner and listens to presentations from candidate companies. If some members show interest in a presenting company, the group facilitates their collaborative efforts to share further due diligence and negotiate of deal terms. Members act on their own behalf and make their own individual investment decisions.

Sacramento Angels membership is open to individuals who are accredited investors with the experience and desire to invest in and work directly with emerging-technology companies. The members have a wide range of backgrounds, including CEO’s, senior executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys and professional venture capitalists. They apply this considerable experience to assist their investments with board membership, business strategy and implementation, team building and fundraising.


Josh David Miller

Managing Director, The Right Box LLC

Josh David Miller (aka JDM) is an entrepreneur and startup advisor who has helped nearly a hundred companies launch or scale. An experienced facilitator, JDM has led many events over the years, including startup competitions, venture capital conferences, community summits, workshops, and design sprints. He considers himself a professional instigator who specializes in the meta-cognition of startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation, whose superpower is in using those tools to find the right next question to ask, creating focus, clarity, and potency.

Most recently, He founded The Right Box, where he and his diverse team of entrepreneurs, design thinkers, and instigators of change collaborate with innovative teams to launch and scale products. They created a program, based on classic design sprints, to find the best possible product-market fit hypothesis for the moment and develop a plan to test it — in under one week.  

JDM spends his free time as a startup ecosystem builder, connecting founders and funders in the Sacramento area; is an unabashed nerd who considers science and philosophy textbooks “brain candy”; and can usually be found wearing unusually colourful shoes.

Joe Reyna

Founder, Reyna & Co.

Specializing in small business accounting, we integrate technology, accounting knowledge, and personal service to make sure your books are balanced and that you have up-to-date financial information. All our services are tailored to suit your fiscal and information needs. Plus, we offer you more than 20 years of experience including banking, lending, commercial credit, small business management, and growing businesses. Essentially, our role is to provide you with peace of mind regarding your financial well-being and make sure you know where you stand at all times. From cash on hand and earnings reports to tax filings, we are here to handle all your small business bookkeeping needs. We serve clients in Chico, Redding, Sacramento Metro, and the Bay Area.

Brad Ledford

Private Investor - Chico

Experienced Engineering Executive with a demonstrated history of quality software delivery in the education, e-commerce and healthcare industries. Focused on building great software products and teams, ensuring customers are happy, and working with sales to build the tools they need to perform. Always looking to improve and learning more every day.