2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Paul is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and Airstreamer. Previously, Paul was a Managing Director at 1776 and a General Partner in 1776’s Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Paul was the founder of Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776) and general partner of Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Before that, Paul was a Partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley that has invested in over 1,500 companies across 50+ countries. Paul has founded a few of his own startups (two successful exits and a number of failures in between) and spent some time at AOL, Carmax, PBworks and Symantec. Paul can be reached at twitter.com/paulsingh.
Thank You to Our 2019 Speakers
Co-owner Klean Kanteen
Growing up at the foot of the Sierra, Jeff and his sister Michelle at an early age developed a passion for the outdoors and the connection between human behavior and the natural world. They became owners of Klean Kanteen in Chico, CA. in 2005 to merge a business and their environmental passion. Jeff remains a steward of the brands mission, and vision and is executive sponsor of Klean Kanteens Environment and Fair Labor Department, and is often found checking in with the folks at Klean or daydreaming of mountain biking, trail running, fly fishing, and free flowing rivers.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, with the goal of providing his customers with the kind of beer he likes to drink. He is known throughout the beer industry for his uncompromising approach to quality, financial savviness, and firm belief that a rising tide lifts all boats. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is a steadfastly family owned and operated business, run on Grossman’s philosophy of environmental, social and economic health, and is considered one of the premier craft breweries in the United States.
Lulus traces its beginnings to 1996, when mother and daughter team Debra Cannon and Colleen Winter opened a vintage boutique, Lulu’s Fashion Lounge, in Chico, California—Lulus, is based on Colleen Winter’s nickname. The millennial fashion brand Lulus has closed on a later-stage capital round of $120 million in 2018. “Our goal is to give our customers a bit of luxury without the price tag,” Winter told Forbes Lulus’ attire ranges from $16 to $300, turning it into a hit with Instagram-loving customers. Winter credits the brand’s success by focusing on customer service and building an engaged community on social media.
Fifth Sun and Mariam Park
Dan Gonzales is the founder and owner of Fifth Sun, a 25 year old apparel design and manufacturing company based in Chico, California. He earned his Civil Engineering degree from Chico State in 1986 and pursued a career as a licensed professional engineer for 6 years before starting the apparel company. He is also the developer of the 220 Acre master planned development in SE Chico called Meriam Park. This year, they currently have under construction, 200 apartments, 43 single family homes and three commercial buildings simultaneously…and a restaurant.
Co-founder Cali'flour Foods
Cali’flour Foods was founded on the principles of healthy habits. Their products can be found in over 5000 stores. Dana co-founded Cali’flour Foods but now works as an empowerment coach and consultant. She is busy inspiring emerging women entrepreneurs.