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Dino has spent his career as an entrepreneur, investor, and exec in leading technology companies and is focused on building and growing the tech eco-system in Bend Oregon. He recently founded Seven Peaks Ventures, is co-founder of the Founders Pad Accelerator in Bend OR, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Entrepreneurship at OSU Cascades in Bend OR.
Prior to Seven Peaks Ventures, Dino was a General Partner with Formative Ventures, Bay Partners and Vulcan Ventures. Earlier in his career, he held senior executive positions at Qualcomm, Metawave, and Dain Rauscher. He began his career in engineering design and management roles at TRW and US West Cellular.
Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
Central Oregon has always been a place that people purposefully moved to because they wanted to live here, in many cases coming without a job in hand. Over the years the tech community has grown to become the small but thriving place it is today. One of the key challenges for any regional tech eco-system has been the need to attract, train, and retain key talent needed to fuel the growing businesses in the community. Bruce’s vision for BendPoly was born out of the realization for this need and this program aims to solve that problem in a very novel way that will be a key asset for the Central Oregon economy. Bruce and I have worked together on a number of Central Oregon tech initiatives over the past several years and his deep talent, insight, and experience are instrumental to the development of BendPoly.
Sanjay is responsible for extending Marketo’s thought leadership, driving overall marketing operations, developing business segments, and expanding the reach of the company’s solution partner ecosystem and customer network. Sanjay joins Marketo from Crowd Factory, where as CEO, he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the company.
Prior to Crowd Factory, Sanjay was CMO at Lithium Technologies, the leading provider of Social CRM and software solutions. While at Lithium, he helped achieve dramatic year-over-year growth. Prior to joining Lithium, he served as SVP and general manager for SumTotal Systems, and was an advisor at McKinsey & Company and Andersen Consulting. Sanjay holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in strategy and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management.
Marketo has nearly 4,000 companies of all sizes and industries around the world as customers. One of the most frequent issues I hear when I meet with them is that they can’t find people with these new digital marketing skills. I frequently hear about Marketo users who have received two promotions and tripled their salaries in two years, all because of the value they are adding. The practical skills and hands-on training BendPoly is offering is an invaluable asset, both for our customers and for these students.
Dr. Debora Sepich is an entrepreneur turned Professor and enjoys bringing new products and opportunities to market. Her special focus areas include: marketing, brand identity, mergers and acquisitions, business development, go to market strategies and innovation.
Debora spent 25 years in the high-tech business world, 12 of which as the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Dolphin Software. She is currently the Dean of Vucurevich School of Business and Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Sioux Falls.
Debora is a native of Oregon, now living in South Dakota. She enjoys skiing, camping, travelling and outdoor activities. Debora and her husband Gordon will retire in Bend, Oregon where they have a summer home.
No one can argue the fact that there is a worldwide shortage of skilled digital marketers. BendPoly is in a unique position to educate marketers in systems and digital marketing technologies that are developing faster than university curriculums can keep pace. Students at the BendPoly campus in Central Oregon learn from top digital marketing executives in the world about the most relevant topics in one of the most beautiful part of the world. While the location is wonderful, the opportunity for job advancement in nearly every market around the world is worth the investment.