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Contributors to Fire Up Your Startup and Keep It Up

Each of the Contributors was hand selected for knowledge in a critical business function within a startup.

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W. Gary Sitton
Successful entrepreneur
Started a software company (Bi-Tech) that grew to $30 million in annual sales and was acquired by Sungard.
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Drake Brown
Marketing and Sales
An expert who has organized a marketing and sales division for a growing startup, drafted contract terms on which delivery is possible, and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts.
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Kristi Bennett
Human Resources
Kristi held many positions at Bi-Tech, culminating in the demanding role of Vice President for Human Resources.
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Judy Sitton
Customer Service and Employee Recognition
Judy, the author’s wife, is the person most responsible for client satisfaction and a positive Client Reference List.
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James Bennett
Research and Development
James’ organizational and people skills propelled him to become Vice President of Research and Development.
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Bruce Langston
The CFO Duties
Bruce, who holds a CPA license, moved through the ranks of Bi-Tech from core financial system implementations to becoming Vice President of Finance.
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Mark Fitzpatrick
Business Realities
Mark has held executive and senior level positions at some very large companies like Veritas Software, with over 10,000 employees.
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Daren Otten
Global Sourcing and Startup Funding
Daren, a very successful entrepreneur, has significant experience with both domestic and foreign contract manufacturing.
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Michael Reale
Finding Opportunity
Michael worked for the author’s company for a few years. While there, he came up with an idea that allowed him to launch a very successful business.
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Jessee Allread
International Commerce
Jessee has secured international business relationships in over fourteen countries. He has been a consultant to many startups and is currently working with two new startups.
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Sean Morgan
Project Management
Sean has Project Management certifications from Stanford and MIT; he has been an entrepreneur since he was in high school
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Mike Monroe
Social Media and the Virtual Company
Mike exploits social media to promote his company and his company is run completely as a Virtual Company; no bricks and mortar.