Feeding Young Entrepreneurial Minds & Businesses Plans Entrepreneurs come to the Shrimp Tank to compete for funding to grow their dreams.
Hosts of The Shrimp Tank Chris Hanks and Ted Jenkin. Executive Producer Lee Heisman.
Kelly Kierans, has provided sales and marketing leadership to national companies for more than 12 years. Kelly currently serves as President of Celtic Testing Experts, and is responsible for driving marketing initiatives, company culture, CTE’s aggressive business development, and operations expansions. CTE has provided software Quality Assurance (QA), thought leadership and software testing to a wide portfolio of global clients. Kelly is passionate about connecting with other IT professionals to solve their QA challenges while raising CTE’s brand awareness. She is actively involved in ATP where she sits on the Board of Directors. She is a member of Turknett Women in Leadership Group and TAG. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of ETS Solutions, and the Executive Advisory Council for the KSU Entrepreneurship Center. Kelly is a founder of a new organization called TEK, Technology Experts of Kennesaw. The goal of TEK is to bring local IT companies together and raise awareness of the IT ecosystem and talent in the Kennesaw area. She graduated from Radford University’s College of Business and Economics and is an alumnus from LaunchPad2X, the nation’s premier women’s entrepreneurship program.
CTE Company bio:
CTE’s core business is working with clients to seamlessly implement consistent and repeatable QA processes and procedures across the entire IT function. We work in partnership with our clients to manage/lead testing efforts using our ‘QA Connect’ methodology. This allows our clients to see the process in action and provides proof of its effectiveness by demonstrating tangible and measurable results. These results include increased QA output, decrease in critical and major development issues post deployment, and increased confidence in the QA function. We work closely with our clients to find the optimal balance between their QA resources: People; Process; and Tools.
Daniel “Rotey” Rotenberg
Rotey was born in a relatively small town named Waterloo Iowa, where he spent his early childhood. When Rotey was 9 years old, he moved south to the metro Atlanta area. It was shortly after the move when Roteys parents split up, and his Father moved back north to Chicago, leaving his mother to provide for the two of them, and a young Rotey with plenty of time alone. It was during this isolation that his passion for hip hop was born. Rotey bought his first “rhyme book” in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. What started out as just a way to express himself has since blossomed into a full blown career as both an artist and producer, sweeping across college campus’s in the southeast. Fueled by a relentless ambition, Roteys fast paced wordplay and emotionally packed memoirs, coupled with his charming charisma and sharp wit ensure the young MC is not only here to stay, but to thrive.
Ted Jenkin/Oxygen Financial
(Co – Host)
Ted Jenkin has spent the past 22 years giving personal financial advice to thousands of people across the United States. After graduating from Boston College in 1991, Ted spent more than 16 years working for American Express Financial Advisors/Ameriprise Financial. He was one of the youngest people in the history of the company to reach both Field Vice President and Group Vice President level. He managed more than 800 financial advisors throughout 8 states in his last position with the company. He won the premier performer award, leader of the year award, and had the number one office in the country for more than two years in a row. In 2008, Ted founded oXYGen Financial to help revolutionize the financial services industry by creating a new company that focused on serving the X and Y Generation. oXYGen Financial now has more than 1,700 clients throughout 25 states across the country. Ted has been featured in over 25 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and The Huffington Post. He has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®) and is an on air radio personality featured on the popular drive time Atlanta radio show The Rock 100.5 Morning Show on Rock 100.5 FM. Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids Olivia, Lyla, and Louden.
Chris Hanks/ KSU EC
(Co – Host)
Christopher C. Hanks is the founder and executive director of the KSUEntrepreneurship Center. Prior to this, Hanks was the founder and director of the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia. He has owned multiple businesses, including music, e-commerce, publishing, and export ventures. He is also the co-author of a best-selling book on low risk entrepreneurship.
Hanks leads the International Entrepreneurship Institute and is certified in business valuation, providing expert witness testimony. Before teaching at UGA, Hanks taught entrepreneurship at Georgia State University and assisted in leading the Russell Center for Entrepreneurship. He earned a BBA from University of Georgia and an MBA from San Jose State University. Before launching his first business, Hanks held corporate risk management positions in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries.