Scott Ticer is a serial entrepreneur who has been lucky enough to have played key executive roles at three successful startups, two of them in Silicon Valley. He now serves as the director of the Erie Technology Incubator, helping create and build successful technology based ventures. Scott’s last exit was a digital media play called VentureWire, sold to Dow Jones. Before that, he was a co-founder of airBand Communication, a wireless ISP, and the founding business development executive at Covad Communications, a Silicon Valley upstart whose market cap peaked at $11 billion, and sold to private equity for $1.6 billion.
Scott has been an active angel investor in seed stage startups as an advisor, board member and served as a consultant to venture capitalists in business and product development, marketing and operations. He also consults for more established companies, providing management consulting in innovation, and product, business and partnership development.
Scott co-founded an angel capital group in Dallas called Lone Star Angels connecting investors with startups. He has served in key roles at Dow Jones, Computer Sciences, BellSouth, McGraw Hill, and as an entrepreneur at successful startups VentureWire and Covad, and airBand Communications. A University of Texas at Austin honors graduate, Scott first worked as a reporter and editor for Times Mirror, Tribune Co. and McGraw Hill’s BusinessWeek magazine. For charity, Scott has served as the chairman of one of the largest non-profit home health care services agencies in Dallas, mentored non-profit executives, and assisted social service agencies with marketing.
Karen Sullivan joined ETI after 5 years of customer service experience working within a local college’s Registrar’s Office. A lifelong resident of Erie, Karen began her early career in banking and then moved on to the Accounting Department at Zurn Industries. Following five years at Zurn, Karen worked for the Unicell Division of the American Sterilizer Company. Unicell specializes in manufacturing products used in the laboratory, health care and pharmacy industry.
After four years at American Sterilizer, Karen took a 20-year employment hiatus as a stay-at-home mother where she raised two daughters. During her time away from full-time employment, she volunteered as a public relations liaison for the Ophelia Project and served on the board of various PTA’s in the Fairview (Pennsylvania) School District. Karen has also volunteered with the March of Dimes and Girl Scouts of America and in 2007, she earned an Associate of Arts degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.