November 17, 2009 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

The Entrepreneur Speakers Program Series is presented by The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center and is intended to help entrepreneurial companies in their growing needs in every stage of their lifecycle, from start-up and later-stage technology. This program could not be provided to you without the generous support of our sponsors: Polsinelli Shughart PC, Citizens Bank & Trust, Arsalon Technologies, and The Bloch School at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

To register for this event, visit the Missouri Business Development Program website and click on the "Register Now" button. To view a copy of the invitation, please click here. For questions regarding this event, contact Abigail Wadsworth at 816.235.6063 or via e-mail at To help us adequately plan and to ensure your reservation, advance registration is appreciated. Early Registration - Individual Ticket - $25 ($30 at the door)

About Our Speakers:

Scott Ford is a Managing Director of OPENAIR Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the global mobile ecosystem.

Scott is the founder and former general manager of Sprint Nextel Ventures (SNV), Sprint’s corporate venture capital unit. During his time as leader of SNV, Scott and his team deployed capital as direct minority investments in a variety strategic wireless start-up companies. He also led business development efforts for Sprint, directing a team responsible for discovering, executing, and managing hundreds of partnerships delivering greater than $1B in contract value. Scott is recognized in the wireless industry as a knowledgeable industry influencer with the rare experience of carrier-side innovation realization coupled with a very solid venture and start-up market reputation and network. He was selected for and graduated from the prestigious Kauffman Fellowship through the Center for Venture Education, based in in Silicon Valley.

Chris Geisert joined Tradebot in 2009 to lead the Tradebot Ventures team. He enjoys meeting entrepreneurs and learning about new businesses. Chris also directs marketing and branding for Tradebot. Chris has spent the last 17 years marketing for companies such as Six Flags Themeparks, America Online, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Three Dog Bakery.

Chris graduated from Truman State University with a BA in Mass Communications. He is married and lives with his family in Liberty, Missouri. He enjoys spending his free time with his family at various activities, normally sporting events for the kids.

Michael Peck is a managing partner for Open Prairie Ventures, Kansas City office. As one of three partners, he is responsible for portfolio and deal management, and fund raising at Open Prairie Ventures, an early-stage, technology-focused, venture capital firm. Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked at the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, and managed the firm’s investment fund while assisting with legislative matters. Prior to KTEC, he was a senior executive for two early-stage dot-com era technology companies in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Before those two stints, he worked in the Chicago and San Francisco offices of Accenture, in the firm’s strategic management consulting practice advising clients such as Hewlett Packard, Compaq Computer and Nordstrom.

Michael currently serves on the board of directors for the Johnson County (Kansas) Library Association and is the Alum Director for the KC Kellogg Alumni club. He is also the member representative of Open Prairie Ventures to the National Venture Capital Association and the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network. In 2006, Michael was named to Ingram Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” class. He received a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and a Master’s of Engineering Management degree from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.