Trevor Huffmaster

Trevor Huffmaster

Director

Trevor was on the founding team of MaternOhio Management Services, a physician practices Management Organization, and subsequently spent 15 years in senior IT management roles with several leading healthcare organizations, including the OSU Wexner Medical Center. He has a BA from Boston University and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from The Ohio State University. Trevor has a passion for creating a sustainable food system and with formal culinary training, he enjoys keeping his knife skills sharp with any opportunity to cook. More recently, Trevor was a 2015 Alumni of both the MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at MIT and the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.  Trevor loves building relationships, connecting people, and working with excellent teams to solve big problems through entrepreneurship. He is always excited to share his insight and experience while continuing to learn always from the amazing ventures at Blackstone LaunchPad, 406 Labs.

Andrew Nakas

Andrew Nakas

Venture Coach

www.vaytricks.com

Andrew moved out to Bozeman from Connecticut to go to MSU and take advantage of the local outdoor pursuits in the area. In college Andrew caught the entrepreneurship bug which ultimately led him to a passion for technology and software development, releasing several games and apps on the app store. Upon graduating, Andrew ventured out into the professional world as a software developer, but left that world early to travel back to Montana to work on smaller startups and part time consulting and helping entrepreneurs at the Blackstone Launchpad. Andrew is currently working on building great audio production tools at his startup Vaytricks. If he is not on his computer working you can find him skiing the cold smoke at Bridger Bowl.

Joaquin Monterrosa

Joaquin Monterrosa

Venture Coach

Joaquin Monterrosa is an entrepreneurial fanatic!  He attributes this passion for entrepreneurship as the reason he is pursuing a dual degree in Business as well as Computer Science. His three-year tenure as a venture coach at the Blackstone Launchpad has allowed him to take part in many exciting startup experiences. Additionally, he currently is the Co-Founder of a food-tech venture called Freats.  His venture connects hungry college students with extra food from catered events on campus.  He has pitched at startup competitions across Montana and has participated in Techstars’ first international Startup Weekend.  His passion for entrepreneurship is can be found in his description of Venture Coaching: “I get so excited helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams.  Helping them turn their ideas into actionable plans.”

Maile Vale

Maile Vale

Designer

Maile is in her senior year at MSU studying Graphic Design with a minor in Art History. She has enjoyed life in Bozeman since 2017 and makes trips back to her hometown of Auburn, Washington frequently. Maile is excited to be interning with Blackstone Launchpad and share her passion for design, illustration, and branding with the entrepreneurs of MSU. She loves connecting with people and looks forward to any opportunity to work alongside startups to help elevate the visual communication of their unique idea.

Landon Sielaff

Landon Sielaff

Operations Manager

Landon is in the Financial Engineering program at MSU. He is originally from Boise, Idaho where he was first introduced to the ideas of entrepreneurship and what it looks like to be a leader. Following in the footsteps of his father, an acclaimed entrepreneur in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Landon has found his love for innovation through the eyes of an engineer. Landon is heavily involved on campus where he works closely with the Financial Engineering Department to create growth opportunities for other students in the program. Landon is excited to be a part of the LaunchPad and to utilize the creative networking space to meet other people who are passionate about what they do.

Ray Wade

Ray Wade

Events Coordinator

Ray is in his sophomore year at MSU majoring in Business Management. From Seattle Washington, Ray has always been connected to Montana through both sides of his family and is thrilled to be living here full time. Passionate about all things outdoors, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, Ray is excited to bring his skills and enthusiasm to the Launchpad to create involved and inspiring events that will engage and ignite the innovative minds of MSU.