Eller Entrepreneurial Fellows

The Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow award is given annually to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated through their actions a continuing commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Arizona, the nation, or the world. The award focuses on sustained continuing contributions versus short-term. The fellows serve as role models and mentors, participate in McGuire Entrepreneurship Program classes and outreach programs and serve as liaisons for business contacts within the community for entrepreneurship students.

2015 Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow

Matt WilliamsMatt Williams
Founder and CEO of Pro.com
Seattle, Washington

Matt Williams is Founder and CEO of Pro.com, a home services marketplace where customers get instant price estimates for home projects, find trusted pros and schedule appointments online. 

Mr. Williams attended the University of Arizona between 1990-1993, earning a B.S. in Business - Entrepreneurship in three years, Cum Laude with University Honors Distinction.

In starting his career as a technology entrepreneur, Mr. Williams was Co-Founder and CEO of LiveBid.com, a Seattle-based company that pioneered real-time, event-based auctions online. Amazon acquired LiveBid in 1999 and Mr. Williams spent 11 years in a variety of executive roles at Amazon and had the opportunity to shadow Jeff Bezos. 

Mr. Williams was CEO of Digg from September 2010 until completing the sale of the company in July 2012. He spent a year as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz before starting Pro.com.

Matt was elected to the University of Arizona Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2000, and is the 2015 Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow. 

Past Eller Entrepreneurial Fellows 

2010-Present 

2014

Clancy Woods

Clancy Woods
CEO of El Cap Partners
Paradise Valley, Arizona

Clancy Woods, a veteran media executive widely recognized for creating successful brands that focus on innovation, product differentiation and strong financial performance, is the 2014 Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow. Mr. Woods, whose very first job was as an Account Executive for the radio station KRQ in Tucson, is now the CEO of El Cap Partners, a firm that provides strategic advisory services to companies operating in the media and technology sectors. Current engagements include content and publishing, digital out of home media and enterprise software.

Watch an interview with Mr. Woods below and read the full news article: Clancy Woods, CEO of El Cap Partners, is the 2014 Eller Entrepreneurial Fellow

2013   

Terrence Valeski
Executive In Residence
Eller College-Dept. of Marketing 
Vice Chairman of T-Mobile (Czech Republic)
Tucson, Arizona

2012   

Emre Toker
Founder
Surgical Tools, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona 

Jeremy Woan
CyraCom
Tucson, AZ

2011

John A. Bardis 
Chairman, President, and CEO 
MedAssets, Inc. 
Apharetta, Georgia

Debbie Claggett 
Co-founder TriSports, Inc. 
Tucson, Arizona 

Richard T. Myers
CEO, Critical Path Institute
Arizona Regent
Tucson, Arizona

2010 

Harry George 
Solstice Capital
Tucson, Arizona

2005-2009

2009

Charles and Candace Nelson
Founders
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Scottsdale, Arizona

2008

Fletcher Jay McCusker
Founder, Chairman, And CEO
Providence Service Corporation
Tucson, Arizona

2007

Lawrence Hecker
Hecker & Muehleback, PLLC
Tucson, Arizona 

2006

Doug Ducey 
CEO and Chairman 
Cold Stone Creamery 
Scottsdale, Arizona

Steven J. Hilton
Co Chairman And CEO
Meritage Homes Corporation
Scottsdale, Arizona 

2005

Seton Claggett 
Founder
Tri Sports, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona

Steven Miner
President
Vision7 Software
Tucson, Arizona

2000-2004

2004

Brian Boubek 
CEO
Cultural Experiences Abroad, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona

Patrick L. Jones
Director, Office Of Technology Transfer
The University Of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 

Robert Morrison
Executive Director
Desert Angels
Tucson, Arizona 

2003

Charles Horn
CEO
Scriptsave
Tucson, Arizona

Alfredo Molina
Principal
Molina Fine Jewelers
Phoenix, Arizona

2002

Patrick Clifton 
CEO 
AutoAuto Wash 
Phoenix, Arizona

Doug Goodman 
President and CEO
Ardext Technologies and Ridgetop Group
Tucson, Arizona 

Francine Hardaway 
Co-Founder
Stealthmode Partners
Phoenix, Arizona 

Jim Jindrick
President
Wencil Research, LLC
Tucson, Arizona 

2001

Robert S. Green 
Chairman and President
Integrated Biomolecule Corporation
Tucson, Arizona 

Sherri Neasham 
President and CEO
FinanCenter
Tucson, Arizona 

Steve Utter 
CEO
Misty Mate, Inc.
Tempe, Arizona

2000

Kerstin Block
Founder 
Buffalo Exchange 
Tucson, Arizona 

Shaun Kirkpatrick 
Director, Commercialization 
Research Corporation Technologies 
Tucson, Arizona

Donald Martin 
Owner and President
Competitive Engineering
Tucson, Arizona 

Jonah Shacknai 
Chairman and CEO
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation
Scottsdale, Arizona 

1995-1999

1999 

Loren Acker 
CEO
SEBRA/Engineering and Research Assoc.
Tucson, Arizona 

Tim Riester
President
Riester-Robb Advertising
Phoenix, Arizona

1998

Peter Ax 
Managing Director 
Phoenix Capital Management 
Scottsdale, Arizona 

Hsinchun Chen 
Professor, MIS Department
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 

Rhonda McKenzie 
President 
VelociTel Broadband 
Scottsdale, Arizona

Preston V. McMurry, Jr. 
Chairman and President
McMurry Publishing, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona

1997

Peter Aronoff 
President and Co-Owner 
AF Sterling Homes 
Tucson, Arizona 

Joanne Carthey 
Chairman 
NetPro Computing Inc. 
Scottsdale, Arizona 

Bradley Feder 
Partner Leapscape
Tucson, Arizona 

Gary Gifford 
President
Maverick Glass
Glendale, Arizona

1996

John Buttery
President
SkiView
Tucson, Arizona 

Martin Calfee 
President and Owner
Copper State Bolt & Nut Co.
Phoenix, Arizona 

Stanley Desjardins 
Founder and Chairman
Simula Safety Systems Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona 

Troy Richards 
Owner Wendy's of Tucson
Tucson, Arizona

1995

Melanie Corpstein 
President and Owner
Adorable Originals, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona 

R. Dale Lillard 
President and Owner Lansdale Semiconductor Inc
Tempe, Arizona 

Robert Manschot 
President and CEO
RHEM International Enterprises/Secureop
Paradise Valley, Arizona

Paul Zucarelli 
Principal 
Gordon Insurance Ltd. 
Tucson, Arizona

1990-1994

1994

Slivy Edmonds Cotton 
President 
Walnut Capital Corporation 
Tucson, Arizona 

Jerry Moyes 
Chairman, President, and CEO 
Swift Transportation Co., Inc 
Phoenix, Arizona 

Harold Schifman 
Managing Director
Delta Source Group
Paradise Valley, Arizona 

Ray Thurston 
CEO
Edgewood LLC
Scottsdale, Arizona

1993

Thomas R. Brown, Jr. 
Tucson, Arizona 

L. Edward Eisele 
Owner and President
Holsum Bakery, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona 

1992

Steven Sherman
Chairman 
Main St., and Main, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona

Claire Thomas 
President and CEO 
CRT Partners, Inc. 
Tucson, Arizona

1991

Rick Barrett
President
Premier Health Care-Mature Well
Phoenix, Arizona 

Timothy Day 
Chairman and CEO
Bar-S Foods Company
Phoenix, Arizona

1990

Richard S. Aikens 
Tucson, Arizona 

Pam Del Duca 
President and CEO 
The Delstar Group 
Phoenix, Arizona 

F. Michael Geddes 
President
Geddes and Company
Phoenix, Arizona

1985-1989

1989

Gary D. Edens 
CEO
Hanover Companies
Phoenix, Arizona

Clint J. Magnussen 
Investments 
Phoenix, Arizona

James C. Wyant
Director, Optical Sciences
University Of Arizona 
Tucson, Arizona

1988

G. Peter Bidstrup 
President Bid-Group, Inc. 
Paradise Valley, Arizona 

Rodger G. Ford 
President 
Anthem Equity Group 
Tucson, Arizona 

Bruce T. Halle 
President and CEO
Discount Tire Company, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona

1987

Gardiner S. Dutton
Nantucket, Massachusetts 

S. Thomas Emerson
Director 
Donald J. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Carnegie Melon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey D. Mckeever
Microage, Inc.
Tempe, Arizona

1986

Michael J. Arnold
Founder
Modular Mining System, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona

Edward R. Beauvais 
President and CEO
Wester Pacific Airlines
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kathy Kolbe
President       
Kolbe Concepts, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona

Wally R. Raisanen 
Chairman 
Arizona Instrument Corporation 
Phoenix, Arizona

1985

John Glitsos 
Founder
BestWave, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona

Carl Hodges 
President And CEO 
Seaphire International
Phoenix, Arizona

Steven G. Mihaylo      
Chairman, President, And CEO
Inter-Tel, Inc.
Reno, Nevada

John R. Norton III 
Chief Executive Officer 
J.R. Norton Company 
Phoenix, Arizona