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Dr. Jeffrey S. Hornsby

Dr. Jeffrey S. Hornsby
Director of The Regnier Institute
Department Chair
Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship

Jeff Hornsby has authored or co-authored 68 refereed journal articles appearing in the top journals in entrepreneurship and management. He has coauthored five books entitled on entrepreneurship, innovation, and human resource management. He is co-editor of the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Hornsby is currently on the board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He has consulted with entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of business planning, leadership, human resources, high performance work systems, corporate entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Tony Mendes

Tony Mendes
Associate Director of The Regnier Institute

Tony Mendes is an acclaimed entrepreneurial educator and administrator of nationally and internationally recognized programs. In his role with the Regnier Institute, Dr. Mendes is responsible for the integration of entrepreneurship in all of the academic units of the university. Dr. Mendes formerly served as Director of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas and Executive Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (AEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Mendes is the past President of the Unites States Association for Small business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and currently serves on that organizations leadership team.

Phillip Gonsher

Phillip Gonsher
Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Assistant Director of Mentor Programs
Entrepreneurship Curriculum Coordinator

Phillip Gonsher has responsibilities in the nationally acclaimed Entrepreneurship Scholars program, extending to Coordinator of Curriculum for the undergraduate Entrepreneurship academic programs. He a full time instructor at UMKC Bloch School, teaching courses in the Entrepreneurship and Marketing Departments with a focus on Entrepreneurial Marketing, Creativity and Innovation and survey entrepreneur courses. Phillip holds a BA in Management from Ottawa University, a M.L.A. from Baker University, M.A. in Business from Webster University, and a M.A. in Marketing from Webster University. He completed a 24-year career with Sprint in leadership marketing positions. Phillip started his career as an Entrepreneur in Phoenix Arizona in the retail soft goods clothing industry.

Bryan Boots

Bryan Boots
Assistant Director
Entrepreneurship Scholars Program Coordinator
Entrepreneurship Instructor

Bryan Boots coordinates the Entrepreneurship Scholars Program and teaches New Product Development and Technology Entrepreneurship in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship. Bryan earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kansas State University's College of Engineering. After spending time in large companies as well as working with and as a part of startup teams, Bryan realized his interest in business and decided to pursue his M.B.A. through UMKC. While completing his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in Entrepreneurship and Finance, Bryan worked as a department assistant with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on its E-Scholars program, and upon graduating joined the Institute team full-time.

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell
Assistant Director
Program Coordinator

Stephanie Campbell has served as the Assistant Director-Program Coordinator for the Regnier Institute since June of 2016. Prior to joining our team, she was an instructor in the marketing department and she volunteered as an E-Scholars mentor. She is a data-driven marketing professional with a background in non-profit sectors and the arts. Stephanie spent six years in show business developing strategic marketing campaigns for a national Broadway presenter. Stephanie earned her M.B.A. at UMKC in 2016 and her undergraduate degree in Journalism, Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in 2007.

Andy Heise

Andy Heise
Assistant Director
Instructor, Global Entrepreneurship

Andy Heise is the Accelerator/Incubator Coordinator, Assistant Director of the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and an Instructor in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship. He has significant experience in program development, mentoring students and program administration. Andy earned his M.B.A. from Millikin University in 2013 and his Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music in 2008. Andy's work experience includes roles of Associate Director of Programs & Operations and Program Coordinator for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University Taber School of Business.

Ben Williams

Ben Williams
Assistant Director
Enactus Advisor

Ben Williams is the Coordinator of Student Programs for the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC and Faculty Advisor for Enactus, CEO, and Regnier Student Ambassadors. He joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City in August 2013 while pursuing an M.B.A. Ben is an Instructor for Global Entrepreneurship Department and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Drury University, an M.B.A. from the UMKC, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. His professional background includes work with several small businesses including his own startup.

Naomi O’Donnell
Office Assistant

Lauren Green
Student Ambassador

Affiliated Faculty

Ishrat Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Program Director
Assistant Professor of Global Entrepreneurship, Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Charles C. Connely, M.B.A.
Associate Teaching Professor
Managing Director, Lewis White Real Estate Center

Jim DeLisle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Real Estate
Academic Director, Lewis White Real Estate Center

Mark Parry, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Academic Programs
Ewing M. Kauffman / Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Professor of Marketing

Sharon A. Simmons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sunny Li Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Affiliated Faculty Fellows

Gregory King, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Peter Koulen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Basic Medical Science

Anthony Luppino, J.D., Senior Fellow
Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs

John Spertus, M.D, M.P.H.
Professor & Daniel J. Lauer / Missouri Endowed Chair, Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics