Mike is the executive director for Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC), a private-sector, non-profit organization having a mission to advance and develop the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In this position, Mike plays a leadership role in ensuring that the Eastern Shore is connected to the rest of the Maryland statewide ecosystem of entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, and investors. Mike has been instrumental in starting a network of coworking spaces, called hotDesks, which now has four locations throughout the region. These spaces serve as the backbone for the delivery of accelerator programs, business competitions, and numerous programs and events targeted to creating a stronger and better connected ecosystem. Mike is also part of a group kicking off the PinOak Capital investor group which is a result of the increased deal flow opportunities developing on the Eastern Shore.
Judy Costello is the Managing Director of Economic Development for BioHealth Innovation, Inc.(BHI). A longtime supporter of the region’s entrepreneur and start-up communities, Judy Costello joined BioHealth Innovation in August 2017. She previously served as Director of the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences and Deputy Director of the department's BioMaryland Center. Prior to her employment with the State of Maryland, she worked for fifteen years for the Business Alliance organizing venture pitch forums, entrepreneur bootcamps, tech transfer showcases, educational seminars, and other programs connecting entrepreneurs, faculty innovators, students, and industry leaders in Maryland, DC and Virginia with each other and with those providing funding and other resources to young companies. Before joining the Business Alliance, Costello held positions in economic development, financial services marketing, and university public relations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, and holds a MBA from Loyola University in Maryland.
David joined Towson University in 2016 as assistant director of Venture Creation. In this role, he manages the daily operations and programming of the Towson University Incubator and fosters an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship with the University, TU Incubator, and the wider entrepreneurial community.
David has 30 years of experience in economic development, technology transfer, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. After obtaining an M.B.A., David spent nearly 10 years in small business development centers in Georgia and Florida.
After moving to Scotland, he was responsible for managing the funding and support of the award-winning Hillington Park Innovation Centre, a business incubator just outside Glasgow, Scotland, which provides support to over 170 innovative new companies.
As project manager at Scottish Enterprise, David worked on proof of concept projects with major Scottish research universities. He was part of a team that created the Wellness and Health Innovation project, which provides business development, marketing, and technical support to innovative entrepreneurs creating new products and services in the health and wellness sectors.
Since returning to the U.S., David has taught media entrepreneurship classes to undergraduate and certificate level students as an adjunct lecturer at Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland College Park.
Bret Schreiber has worked for 20 years in the field of government and community relations, driving policy and economic development initiatives and developing strong ties to local, state and national legislators and policy leaders. Currently, Mr. Schreiber is Vice President for Life Sciences and Technology for Fulton Bank. Fulton Bank is a $22 billion financial institution based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bret oversees the development of a new division for Fulton Bank, creating disruptive, innovative initiatives to support and grow the life science and technology industries in Fulton’s five state footprint.