Col. Joe Funderburke, PhD
Col. Joe Funderburke, PhD
Joe Funderburke, PhD is an active duty Colonel in the U.S. Army with 21 years of military experience leading soldiers and civilians, conducting research, developing strategic plans and policies, advising senior military leaders and government officials, generating new strategic and operational concepts, creating teams, and guiding organizations. Joe is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with nearly three years of combat experience serving in multiple capacities. Joe maintains a current and active Top Secret clearance. Throughout the course of his duties and academic studies, Joe has developed specialization in Leadership, Management, Strategic Planning, Policy Development, Government Affairs, Innovation, Creative and Critical Thinking, Strategic Communications.
Joe Funderburke recently completed his Ph.D. in Security Studies at the University of Central Florida and is currently a post-doctoral fellow.
After founding HealthiestYou, an innovative digital health company in 2011, that he sold in June 2016 to Teladoc, the nation’s leading provider of tele-health services, in a deal exceeding $155 million, Jim is now taking his experience as a serial entrepreneur and his personal passion for improving people’s lives to a new level. By helping position young, startup companies for success, Jim started 317 Ventures to use the business lessons he learned along the way, and is channeling his penchant for personal and professional coaching to fulfill his lifelong dream of helping others fulfill theirs. The company also leverages Jim’s 20+ years of building his own businesses – in financial services, insurance, employee benefits, and health care – to connect innovative health and wellness companies with investors and financial opportunities to help them grow and prosper.
Throughout his years as a budding entrepreneur, Jim built his companies by focusing on creating a positive company culture and shaping entrepreneurially-minded teams that were invested in their own success to help the company succeed. That approach, a key factor in his business success strategy, is one that he applies now to help grow his clients’ companies. Along with building a people-first workplace culture, Jim’s personal investment in the success of others has built his reputation nationally as strong and compassionate business leader.
In June 2016, Jim was named a finalist in the Consumer Technology category in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 2016. His company was also recognized with accolades, such as the Arizona Central “Top Company to Work for in Arizona” award and the Phoenix Business Journal “Best Places to Work” award. He also took HealthiestYou’s national ranking from #846 in the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2015, to #397 on the Inc. 500 list in 2016, as well as to #34 on the exclusive 2016 Entrepreneur360(TM) list of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America as determined by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Jim speaks at health industry and leadership events nationwide. He has been featured on an episode of “Men’s Health Live,” the Radio Network of Men’s Health Magazine, and was a guest on the ShiftShapers’ podcast hosted by industry thought leader, David Saltzman. He previously was a speaker on a national, business success tour, as well as a regular on the “Extreme Money Makeover Tour,” and the co-host of a major market radio talk show.
When he’s not inspiring leaders or building businesses, he is busy coaching and mentoring youth, and is a board member for the National Center for Fathering, an organization that was created to respond to the social and economic impact of fatherlessness in America. Jim has been involved with Little League, and the youth organization, Ambassadors of Compassion. In addition, Jim serves on the Northridge Community Church Board in Scottsdale, Arizona. To help the church raise funds, Jim purchased Saddlecreek Coffee Company that he operates for the church. In addition to donating 100% of the proceeds to the church, his other goal with the coffee shop is to help teach entrepreneurship to the church’s youth. He also supports and works closely with Partners in Action, a 30-year-old Scottsdale, Arizona-based nonprofit organization operating orphanages and other humanitarian projects in 27 countries.
Jae Pak has a passion for operations excellence that has been forged over his 25+ year career within financial services, education & advocacy non-profits, and the military. Over this time, he has consistently delivered operational transformations that have resulted in improved service delivery, cost reductions, and increasing ROI. Jae’s management expertise spans roles leading organizational capabilities such as customer service, operations, finance, PMO, IT, legal, policy, and communications teams.
Today, Jae leads the Research & Operations team in The Seminar Network (TSN), an organization committed to transforming our nation by partnering with social entrepreneurs to tackle the major challenges of our time. After leaving the military as an Army Captain, Jae advanced his career with different roles with Capital One Financial, The College Board, and International Baccalaureate. More recently, Jae was the President & COO of Concerned Veterans for America – a national veterans advocacy organization. In this role, Jae took a start-up veterans organization and helped turn it into a national force influencing Veterans Health care Policy at the federal level. Throughout his career, Jae has brought his vision and passion for operations excellence to exact needed change and organizational transformation in all his roles.
Jae earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics & ROTC Commission from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Richmond.
Matthew G. Thompson
Matthew G. Thompson
Matthew Thompson has never met a challenge too complex to tackle. From graduating 3rd in his class at the US Military Academy and leading an elite airborne U.S. Army unit to jumpstarting stagnant business for global manufacturing companies, Matt consistently exceeds goals and delivers award-winning results. Over the past 19 years, Matt has distinguished himself as a growth catalyst and turnaround strategist by quickly identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities to drive profitability. Today, Matt is Senior Director of Sales for Honeywell Sensing and IoT where he directs a 100-person sales team serving North America.
At the heart of Matt’s work is a relentless focus on accelerating growth through solution-based selling, operations innovation and customer engagement. He blends analytical skills with a natural talent for uniting teams to achieve peak productivity. Matt excels in all sales/marketing leader functions—from strategic account planning to business development, change management and product/service launches.
After leaving the military and earning an MS in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, Matt joined Tektronix and advanced from Account Manager to Senior Manager of Sales over 11 years. He served as VP of Sales for Axell Wireless for six years and was promoted to an expanded VP role when Cobham purchased Axell and Aeroflex Wireless Test to form Cobham Wireless in 2016. In his current role at Honeywell SIoT, he is responsible for achieving growth with a $400M+ target.
Throughout his sales career, Matt has secured multimillion-dollar contracts with numerous Fortune 500 companies and government entities. He is at his professional best when creating strategies and building winning teams to propel organizations to the next level of success.
Upon graduation from TCU in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Jeff was commissioned as a 2LT in the US Army where he served on active duty for 4 years. During that time, Jeff’s hospital experience included medical/surgical, telemetry, burn unit, critical care and pediatrics. He served 3 years at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas before attending the Critical Care Nursing Specialty Course from which he was the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Once he gained his specialization in critical care nursing, Jeff moved to El Paso to serve at William Beaumont Army Medical Center for his last year on active duty. Jeff was discharged from the Army in 2000.
Since 2000 and his exit from active duty, Jeff has been with Eli Lilly and Company, a U.S.-based, Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. During his almost 19-year career with Lilly, Jeff has performed in many functions including sales, sales training, sales management, and leadership development. He has worked with teams all over North America on developing leaders, establishing a winning team culture, and maximizing the potential of employees. He has worked with health care professionals practicing in many areas of medicine including psychiatric, pediatric, men’s health, osteoporosis, chronic pain, and diabetes. Jeff is currently based in Fort Worth, Texas where he manages a team of sales reps covering parts of West Texas and New Mexico.
In his personal life, Jeff recently celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary with his wife, Cheryl, and they have 2 children: a 12-year-old boy, and a 7-year-old girl. He is a four-time Ironman finisher and enjoys fishing, playing guitar, coaching his baby girl’s flag football team, and trying not to let his 12-year-old beat him at chess.