Authors for MiQuest are all experts in the second stage business, and are committed to sharing their experience and expertise with entrepreneurs.
Miche Rayment’s current role as Managing Director of MiQuest brings together the contacts and skills she’s gained to bring value to coachable, ambitious, growth-focused entrepreneurs by participating in a multitude of events, forming collaborative teams for targeted purposes, producing communications used by thousands to identify opportunities to grow their businesses and looking for the next gap in the market to serve entrepreneurs.
Prior to MiQuest, in 2008 she started work with GLEQ, building the Ambassador program, driving participation in the GLEQ Business Plan Competition. Miche has since designed, implemented or facilitated many programs such as Boost, Regional Entrepreneurial Collaboration Grant, Pitcher’s Power Drive, Ask-the-Investors, and the Kauffman NewVenture and GrowthVenture workshops. She has played integral roles in planning and implementing important events to showcase entrepreneurs such as Entrepreneur YOU, Entrepreneur Connect, ACE, and Entrepreneurs in Action.
For the past 20 years Miche Suboski have been starting, operating and leading businesses, forming and implementing programs for entrepreneurs. Prior to 1994 she worked in corporate settings (Hedden Marketing Services, Chevrolet and EDS) gaining leadership skills and valuable contacts that would serve her well in forming and running an IT and business alignment consultancy (Distributed Computing Consultants, Inc. – DCCI), launching her entrepreneurial career.
Andrew brings a unique perspective to entrepreneurial law. As he puts it, “Most people think of their lawyer as someone who says ‘No’ and prevents them from growing their business. I’m different: I hate the word ‘No’. My job is to find a way to say ‘Yes’ and help you develop strategies to grow your business. I will challenge you on your finances, marketing, production and manufacturing issues, HR matters and more. I’m not just a risk management guy (but when problems do arise, I don’t reinvent the wheel or use untested strategies; I use my experience and proven tactics to achieve your goals).”
Andrew is also a certified public accountant and is frequently involved in matters where legal, accounting and business issues intersect. Businesses seek his advice for business formations, operations, acquisitions and sales of business, structuring shareholder and buy-sell agreements, employment and non-competition/solicitation agreements, protecting IP, developing operating structures and the relationships between owners, reducing their taxes, succession planning (and related estate planning issues), and general contracts matters. He works in a variety of industries including with technology companies, auto suppliers, retailers, manufacturer and service providers, medical practices, and advertising and marketing companies.
Christa is a former Army National Guard veteran. As part of the military intelligence division, she managed critical data during peacetime missions. She later was tapped to join the FBI as a fingerprint analyst. Christa later graduated from The University of Michigan. Her work continued from a technical aspect for organizations from EDS and General Motors to startup software development companies.
In 1998, her work led to more creative projects and Christa has been weaving compelling, inspirational visual stories into everything she touches. Christa has worked on many projects at The University of Michigan and was awarded the Silver Award by the Michigan Museum Association for her design campaigns. SIEMENS and Michigan’s Medical Center Information Technology department has also recognized her work. Christa has visually told the ‘story’ for professionals from Harvard, Simmons, Dartmouth, Michigan, New York University to those in Paris, France and Dublin, Ireland. Her work with startup Entre-SLAM, has also garnered the attention of local, regional and state media as well as national media such as CNN/FORTUNE magazine and NPR.
For the past 15 years, Dave Haviland has been consulting and working with companies that are starting up or transitioning to a new growth stage. Since 2001, Dave has focused on providing management consulting to leadership teams at Stage 2 businesses to help them clarify their business goals and strategies, improve how they market products and services, boost internal productivity and successfully leverage new business and employee opportunities.
Prior to founding Phimation in 2007, Dave served as an operations, corporate development and marketing leader at four telecom/media startups, including Startec Global Communications and Data TV Networks. Most recently, Dave was a co-founder and principal with Shepherd Advisors, which won two FastTrack Growth Awards.
Dave serves on the board of directors or advisors at several Stage 2 companies. He is also a featured blogger for Crain’s Detroit Business on matters related to business growth, speaks regularly to professional associations in Michigan, and has been actively involved with the Small Business Administration of Michigan, the Association for Corporate Growth and Ann Arbor SPARK.
Dave also contributes insight and articles on Stage 2-related topics to industry publications and is frequently quoted as a Stage 2 subject matter expert in outlets such as inc. Magazine and the American Management Association’s publications.
Dr. Robert Pasick has been practicing in the Ann Arbor area as a Clinical & Organizational Psychologist and Executive Coach since he earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1975.
Dr. Robert Pasick is the author of six books, and has appeared on “Oprah” and “The Today Show.” He is the founder of leaders Connect and CEO Connect, and a Faculty Affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at The University of Michigan.
The founder of Beyond Startup, Catherine coaches entrepreneurs from her experience as a second stage executive and long-time online marketer. Most recently she served as President and co-founder of Pure Visibility, an internet marketing company recognized by the industry for its expertise and awarded for its growth by Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack, the Greater Washtenaw Region of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) Best Small Business, and as a finalist by Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Involved in internet marketing since the pre-Google days, Catherine has seen first-hand the transformative power of effective online marketing for business. Recognized by Search Marketing Standard Magazine as one of the top women in Search Marketing, Catherine is passionate about helping more companies grow online. In particular, she enjoys translating the ever-more complex system of online marketing for non-techies, as the concepts behind successful online sales are quite simple at the core. To this end, she partnered with Pearson to publish the book “Internet Marketing Start to Finish”, creating the first comprehensive handbook on internet marketing.
Catherine now advises, speaks and writes on creating online sales.