“Springboard” is Jackson’s first pitch night for innovators, entrepreneurs and community advocates to showcase their next GREAT idea!
Hosted by Consumers Energy working with Spring Arbor University, the event provides a platform for contestants to receive real-time feedback from a judging panel made up of top thought, industry and community leaders. This is an ideal opportunity to network with potential customers, allies and investors!
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Vice President of Tax at Consumers Energy
Scott McIntosh is the Vice President of Tax for Consumers Energy. He has overall responsibility for the company’s Corporate Tax Department, including domestic tax matters, acquisitions and divestitures and regulatory issues. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has over 18 years of professional tax experience. He has been with Consumers Energy for the previous 11 years, serving in roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Consumers Energy, Scott worked for several large public accounting firms specializing in corporate tax. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. Scott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), the tax sections of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). He was born in Jackson, Michigan and currently resides there with his wife Nicole and their two children.
Vice President of Marketing at CP Federal Credit Union
Sarah Ermatinger was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. The youngest of nine children, she learned very quickly how to speak up and be creative.
Sarah completed her Bachelor’s in Fine Art with a concentration in Graphic Design at Michigan State University. Soon after, Sarah married Chris Ermatinger and together, they have two beautiful girls, Erin and Isabel. Sarah’s home is also shared with a new puppy, Asher, and Circles the cat.
Sarah is fortunate enough to be able to wear her creative hat to the office as Vice President of Marketing for CP Federal Credit Union. Since 1999, Sarah has been charged with executing the marketing, advertising, and communications plans along with receiving national recognition for excellence in credit union marketing.
In between overseeing CP’s brand, corporate giving, and financial education efforts, Sarah also serves her community as a Board Member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation, and Jackson Community Foundation – among others.
If Sarah isn’t enjoying the company of her family, coworkers, or community members and friends, she can most likely be found hitting the pavement. An avid runner, Sarah has completed several marathons, including the Chicago Marathon, and covers over 100 miles per month. That’s roughly the distance between Jackson and Key West in one year. When she says she’s making a run to Margaritaville, that might just be what she’s working up toward.
Owner, Veritas Vineyards LLC
Originally from the Downriver Detroit area, John did his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering Technology at Michigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University. He did his graduate studies in Business Administration at Bowling Green State University that were supplemented by an International Professional Management program led by INSEAD in Paris, Warsaw, Buenos Aries, and Sao Paulo.
John worked for several years in the Electrical & Automotive Industries in Sales, Marketing, Engineering Management, Production, Facilities Rationalization, and Global Operations. He has earned a Six Sigma Black Belt from MMTC and Certificates in Lean Manufacturing and Lean Healthcare from the University of Michigan, which he now uses in his Lean Consulting business.
13 years ago, John and his wife of 32 years, Denise, moved to the Entrepreneurial sector founding a multi million dollar group that has included Cherry Creek, Sleeping Bear, and Grand River Wineries, Bad Bear and Grand River Breweries and Veritas Vineyards LLC. After renovating and re-purposing the old Kuhl's Belltower in Downtown Jackson, he is now involved in growing his businesses and developing the old Daryl's building as well as constructing a new four story Retail & Residential building in Downtown Jackson.
John currently serves as a Hillsdale County Commissioner and is the Secretary of the Board for Lifeways Community Mental Health and Chairman of Southeast Michigan Works. He feels his greatest accomplishments have been his long marriage and raising two great kids.
Most of Hank’s career has been built upon project based performance and accountability. He currently works on various project assignments, interim management positions and structured individual and group mentoring programs.
Hank’s business career has crossed many industries and job functions. As a perpetual student of business, marketing and team building, he has implemented business and marketing strategies for a large number of organizations.
He’s served as a personal mentor and has been an adjunct business faculty member for over twenty years conducting new business start-up and expansion classes as well as training and development seminars for private industry.
Hank holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration.
What is “Springboard"?
“Springboard” is Jackson’s first pitch night for innovators, entrepreneurs and community advocates to showcase their next GREAT idea! Hosted by Consumers Energy working with Spring Arbor University, the event provides a platform for contestants to receive real-time feedback from a judging panel made up of top thought, industry and community leaders. This is an ideal opportunity to network with potential customers, allies and investors!
What prize are we competing for?
The “Springboard” Pitch Night Winner will receive a thousand dollar check and self-scheduled 1-on-1 meeting (Each meeting duration is one hour) with each of our four distinguished judges. All top 5 entrants will receive coaching from Spring Arbor University. It is the responsibility of each entrant to schedule their meetings directly with Spring Arbor University. All information needed to schedule the one-on-one meetings with the judges will be included in the winning package and is at the winner’s discretion.
When does the application open and close?
The application period opens July 18, 2016 and closes August 1, 2016.
Who is on the judging panel?
The judging panel consists of four distinguished thought, industry and community leaders. Names and brief Bios are available on the Eventbrite page.
How do I sign up to be a contestant and is there a fee to participate?
To sign up, click “sign up” link on the Eventbrite page and complete the application. Send completed application to email@example.com. There is no fee to participate.
Do I have to be a Michigan resident to enter the competition and how old must you be?
This “Springboard” pitch night competition is open only to legal residents of United States of America who are at least 16 years old as of July 11th, 2016. If entrant is not 18 years of age (except Alabama and Nebraska which is 19 years of age and Mississippi which is 21 years of age), entrant will have obtained his/her parent or legal guardian’s permission prior to entering.
Where can I find application guidelines, terms and conditions?
Application guidelines along with terms and conditions are available on the Springboard Legal Guidelines and application.
How many people will be selected to participate in “Springboard” Pitch Night?
The top 5 entrants will be selected to participate in the competition on August 24, 2016.
How many applications can I submit and present?
The competition is limited to one submission per individual or group.
When and how will I be notified if selected?
The top 5 entrants will be notified of their selection by email by August 8, 2016.
Does my idea have to be energy related?
No it does not! Have a start-up idea, a community idea, a non-profit idea – you name it, we want to hear it!
How much does it cost to attend and do I have to participate to attend?
The event is free to attend. No participation necessary.
Please register on Eventbrite and bring a copy of registration on the day of the event.
If selected as one of the top 5 entrants, am I obligated to attend the pre-coaching session?
Although the top 5 entrants are advised to attend the pre-coaching session, it is not mandatory and failure to attend the pre-coaching session will not affect chances of winning.
What do I do if I am a selected as a top 5 entrant, but no longer want to compete?
If entrant is no longer interested in competing, please notify the Consumers Energy Strategic Innovation team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do if I am unable to compete on the day of the competition?
Entrant must notify the Consumers Energy Strategic Innovation team via email at email@example.com prior to the start of the competition if they can no longer participate in the competition.
Where will the competition be held?
The competition will be held at the Consumers Energy Innovation Center, 165 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Will this event be handicap accessible?
Is there a fee to park at the main event parking lot?
No. Street parking is available. Parking rules apply.