Founder and president of Herd Strategies
Denise Herd is the founder and president of Herd Strategies, a full-service public relations firm, headquartered in downtown, Indianapolis. Outside of the business, Denise is a highly sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about developing businesses and is a certified facilitator of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture and Walker’s Legacy Prospectus programs guiding startup entrepreneurs through all phases of business ownership. She currently serves on the board of directors of Local Initiatives Support Organization (LISC) the Allen University foundation and Summit Indianapolis, a feminist theatre in Indianapolis, and chair of the Indianapolis Chamber Women’s Business Advisory Council. She is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series, and an adjunct professor with the IUPUI Department of Journalism.
Market President, Central Indiana KeyBank
Juan Gonzalez serves as KeyBank’s Market President for Central Indiana as well as the Business Banking Sales Leader in the state of Indiana. With more than 20 years of experience in the banking and financial industry, Juan is actively involved in the community as the external executive face of KeyBank. He partners closely with Key’s Corporate Responsibility Group to develop and implement a Community lending and investment strategy that will enable KeyBank to meet its corporate and social responsibilities.
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
If it’s true that everyone has a superpower, Michelle’s is knowing and helping entrepreneurs. The energy, excitement, and challenges are what she loves, and working with others to make their dreams become a reality are the real buzz. The idea behind Keep financials, her joint venture with GBQ was to provide service to entrepreneurs and free them from the drudge of bookkeeping to spend their time creating, growing, and refining their ideas. One of her favorite mantra’s is “No one started a company so they could do their own bookkeeping.”Driven by her goal to help small businesses in any way she can, Michele works with her clients to build, grow, thrive, pivot, and particularly now, survive. She knows that local businesses create jobs and opportunities that drive the economy, and those jobs are what make our cities the place they are.
Business Advisor, Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
Jane Vanni-Noone has 30 years of experience in various areas of banking and finance including commercial real estate finance, commercial lending, mortgage-backed securities analysis, and credit risk management. Jane worked 5 years at Huntington National Bank as a Senior Credit Risk Specialist, 5 years at Irwin Financial Corporation as a Credit Risk Evaluation Analyst, and 6 years at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis as a commercial loan analyst and as a mortgage-backed securities analyst. For over 20 years, Jan worked as a part-time assistant at her husband’s appliance repair business helping with bookkeeping and accounting, as well as financial planning and management.