Chris is a Junior Economics major and is in the second semester of his presidency of SOE. He was born and raised outside of Richmond, VA, and this was where he got his first taste of entrepreneurship. He and several friends opened an electronics retail company- sorting, testing, and reselling used electronics. Chris joined SOE Fall of his freshman year, as soon as he got to JMU.
Outside of the Society, Chris works as a University Innovation Fellow to help bring innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities to students across campus. He also serves as Treasurer for Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity, sits on JMU's Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and works as an Innovation Coordinator for 4-Virginia at JMU. Outside of school and work, Chris likes to go camping and fishing, enjoys adventure sports, and loves to play music.
Drew Kennerley performs magic shows for family audiences around the Washington DC metro area under the stage name "Drew Blue Shoes". Drew has been performing professionally since he was 15 and now performs over 100 shows per year. Drew's shows are filled with compelling magic and unpredictable hilarity which keeps audiences coming back year after year. Away from the stage, Drew stays busy booking new shows, marketing his shows, and managing his magic website and social media.
Devin Hogue is a Marketing Major and Music Industry Minor from Roanoke, VA. He is a member of the Madison Marketing Association and has a passion for the entertainment industry. Devin is also currently the president of a company based out of Harrisonburg called Party Cartel, which manages a network of DJs.
Scott Matthewman (Scotty) is currently a freshman looking at majoring in Industrial Design and Minoring in either Business Analytics or Humanitarian Affairs. Scotty is from Annandale, VA but has moved around. He has lived in Moscow, Russia; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Montevideo, Uruguay for multiple years at a time. Scotty started in entrepreneurship because one of his good high school friends was trying to make a socially acceptable onesie. Hearing about his efforts and ventures and the things he was doing, Scotty got inspired to start looking into entrepreneurship. Luckily, in a class he was taking his senior year of high school, Scotty got the opportunity, as part of a class assignment, to work in a group of 3 people to create a business plan to solve an issue that they learned from their friends in South Africa. They ended up creating a clothing repair and altering service in order to help solve the issues of damaged clothing and school uniform as well as unemployment. They then competed against several other groups and ended up winning a $2,500 grant to help it get started. Now Scotty has started his own business. In order to contribute to a happier world, Scotty has started making wooden-beaded bracelets to serve as reminders to be positive, constructive, and optimistic. The company functions under the idea that you cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can control your attitude. He recently set up a website (excelsiorbracelets.com) and is on Etsy. Scotty joined SOE in the Fall of 2015
Navya Dev enjoys making new things and meeting new people, she worries that she’ll spend all her money on concerts and all her time watching old Nirvana interviews and picking dog names. In 2012 she began an organization called Paige’s Closet that benefits low-income families in the Reston-Herndon area. The Closet provides new/lightly used clothes, year round for students and their families in a store-like environment, free of cost. The Closet grew in size through community support and now serves hundreds of families with the help of of over 50 student volunteers every year. Navya has worked in New York, Washington D.C., California and India. She loves traveling, plays piano, really bad guitar and runs a photography business. Her dream job is to teach piano and travel the world photographing musicians and wildlife. Her photography and other work can be found at navyadev.squarespace.com
Mover, can-doer and prover - I thrive off a challenge and strive to optimize everything. With a life-long involvement as a competitive swimmer, explorer, and change-maker, I continue to discover that my passion for health and focus on improvement extends beyond the realms of my imagination. My constant stream of enthusiasm and an inability to allow for a dull-moment has kept me actively learning through my experiences and questioning the possibilities of our potential - whether it be as an individual, team, or planet. I strive to create ways to lead others towards a happier and improved life. When each day presents boundless opportunities to engage in what excites me most, it's hard not to dive into new projects and energizing outlets.
I am constantly in motion - my mind is no different. While bouncing between the classroom, pool, volunteering, and meetings, a spare minute allowed for a creative burst to become action and lead to one of my recent projects - a collaborative food trunk. As an advocate for health, nutrition, and personal growth, this current pursuit focuses on bringing local food to JMU students, business to the Harrisonburg community, and cross-disciplinary university connections. Always finding ways to improve myself and others, the best part of being involved in an array of projects is the ability to be surrounded by unique minds who challenge my thoughts, open my eyes, share their skills, and allow me to learn from the experience. So what's next? Ask me again tomorrow.
Discovering and fortifying passions is one of her favorite things to do. As an industrial designer, she looks forward to creating systems and objects that are sustainable and thoughtful in regards to the people on our planet and our environment. Some of these ideas she hopes to build ventures around, others she hopes to patent, license and sell. She co-founded Free Flow at JMU, a club where people can learn how to hula hoop, spin poi and staff, juggle, or just about any other type of object manipulation. She is currently performing at small music festivals and events and is growing her stage presence as well as developing new technology for flow arts like the ones previously mentioned. She spent the winter and spring (2014-2015) developing a platform for documentary filmmakers. The business plan for this platform was voted the most viable in a startup pitch competition at JMU. It fizzled out yet the experience was valuable and opened up a new realm of possibilities. As a researcher, problem solver, and maker, she is finding that this is an incredible time create and innovate.
Andrea is an Industrial Design major with experience in a variety of media and considerable wood shop skills. Her previous experience includes working as an intern in Ghana as a teacher doing Art Therapy with at-risk students and mentally impaired children and adults. She has currently finished her Senior Honors Project, which involved a designed and prototyped solar-heated vessel to pasteurize water in rural Africa, that can be printed on a 3-D Concrete Printer. She is an active member of the James Madison University Honors Program, the Industrial Design Society of America, and the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She is skilled in interpersonal relations and has experience in cultural diversity.
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