Elana Fine, Executive Director
Elana Fine is Executive Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Elana's primary focus is leading the Dingman Center in support of its mission to build a community that discovers, equips, connects and celebrate entrepreneurs. Key responsibilities include oversight of our student venture incubator, Fearless Founders; Dingman Center Angels investor network, business competitions, and integration with Smith School entrepreneurship curriculum and research activities. Elana also develops and maintains relationships with donors, board members, EIRs, the Smith School community and other campus and regional partners. Elana is also an adjunct faculty member with the Smith School’s Management & Organization department and part of the national teaching team for NSF’s ICorps program.
Elana started in investment banking at Bear Stearns, but started working with technology startups when she joined Revolution Partners, a boutique investment bank specializing in M&A and private capital advisory for software companies. She joined the company in its infancy and helped the team grow to 40 bankers on both coasts, assisting and leading transactions from $10M-$200M in deal value. Elana left upon the firm’s sale to Morgan Keegan.
Elana earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2002, and earned a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. She started her career as a technology consultant with Accenture.
Elana was recently named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, “Power Women in Tech” by Tech Bisnow and “50 On Fire” by In The Capital.” She is also a contributor to the Washington Post Capital Business.
Elana resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and two children.
Brent Goldfarb, Academic Director
Dr. Brent Goldfarb is Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the M&O Department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. In 2014, Brent was appointed Academic Director to direct research and education programs for the center. In addition to teaching to popular #RealEntrepreneurship course, he is the faculty lead for the AdVenture Challenge: China and was responsible for designing the revamped curriculum for the course.
Goldfarb's research focuses on how the production and exchange of technology differs from more traditional economic goods, with a focus on the implications on the role of startups in the economy. He focuses on such questions as how do markets and employer policies affect incentives to discover new commercially valuable technologies and when is it best to commercialize them through new technology-based firms? Why do radical technologies appear to be the domain of startups? And how big was the dot.com boom? Copies of Goldfarb's publications and working papers have been
downloaded mire than 1,200 times. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Inc.com, Businessweek.com and The New York Times. Brent received a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Holly DeArmond MBA '17, Associate Director
Holly DeArmond joined the Dingman Center in September 2012 as Assistant Director, Events and Marketing. In 2014, Holly was named Associate Director of the Center. She oversees the event strategy and planning for the Dingman Center’s annual events on campus, regionally and internationally. Holly is also responsible for developing and executing marketing and communications for all Dingman Center internal and external audiences. She also manages China Business Plan Competition and MBA global studies trip to Beijing.
Holly first joined the University of Maryland in 2007 as the Associate Director of University Marketing. Her primary responsibility was management of the University’s largest annual event, Maryland Day. The event is hosted by 8,000 University volunteers and is attended by more than 75,000 people. In this role, Holly helped coordinate the planning and implementation of more than 400 events and managed such items as the marketing materials, event budget and campus-wide planning committees. In addition to Maryland Day, Holly assisted in a variety of strategically targeted marketing initiatives including the university’s branding campaign, “Fear the Turtle.” While she was involved in most aspects of the campaign from brainstorming to implementation, Holly’s main role was to manage and execute the campaign media buy.
Previously, Holly worked for Cohn & Wolfe, a New York City-based strategic marketing public relations firm with offices worldwide. She served on multiple pharmaceutical accounts including GlaxoSmithKline's Paxil CR, Avandia and the Vaccines Franchise. On these accounts, Holly assisted in the planning and implementation of a number of public relations and government affairs campaigns, including the PR campaigns for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approvals of two new pharmaceuticals.
Holly received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While her roots are deep in East Tennessee, she currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Davy and their Portuguese Water Dog, Crockett.
Sara Herald MBA '11, Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship
Sara Herald is the Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and an adjunct faculty member in the Smith School's Department of Management and Organization. She joined the Dingman team in January 2016 after leading Smith's social entrepreneurship initiatives at the Center for Social Value Creation. Recently, Sara gave a TEDx talk titled, All the Social Ladies: Bridging the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship.
Through courses and extracurricular programs, Sara works with students, faculty, and other stakeholders to promote the economic potential and social impact of triple-bottom-line businesses. She leads Smith's involvement in programs such as the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps and Do Good Challenge, as well as an initiative around opportunities to launch worker-owned cooperatives in College Park. Sara also serves as the University of Maryland's Change Leader for the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network.
Sara joined the Smith School in 2013 after several years as a strategy consultant for social enterprises and technology start-ups. Previously, she was Director of the U.S. office for StepOne Ventures in San Francisco, CA, helping clients synthesize value propositions, explore new business models, and successfully navigate cross-cultural issues. Sara holds an MBA from the Smith School (2011) and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Spanish and English.
Seth Shuldiner, Venture Investment Manager
Seth Shuldiner joined the Dingman Center as an Investment Manager in January 2017. He brings valuable experience in venture capital investing as well as startup company operations and strategy. Seth previously worked as an Analyst at the Maryland Venture Fund (MVF), a $120mm VC fund investing in early-stage technology companies across various industries. While at MVF, Seth was responsible for coverage of existing portfolio companies, sourcing new deals and financial reporting. Seth began his career working at Community Analytics, an angel-backed startup in the Baltimore area developing proprietary technology for influence marketing and information services. Immediately before his transition into venture capital, Seth worked at T. Rowe Price, where he gained exposure to the financial services industry and obtained FINRA securities licenses 6, 63 and 7.
At the Dingman Center, Seth's role is centered around sourcing high quality investment opportunities for our angel network, working with the UM System on the launch of a new seed fund and sharing his experiences with students as part of a new experiential learning course on Venture Capital at the Smith School of Business.
Seth is currently earning his MBA at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, where he is the portfolio manager of the Smith School Global Equity Fund. Seth earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College with a major in Business and a minor in Mandarin Chinese.
Chris Rehkamp, Student Venture Programs Manager
Chris joined the Dingman Center in May 2016 as the Student and Venture Programs Manager. Chris manages the strategy and logistics of curricular and non curricular student venture programs. His primary focus is to equip the next generation to launch and support ventures that advance industry and society through active student engagement and programs like Fearless Founders.
Chris comes to the Dingman Center from the DC based food business incubator: Union Kitchen. At Union Kitchen, Chris served as the Membership Manager; recruiting and vetting potential new members of the incubator and working with more than 100 local start-ups. Chris holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the College of St. Scholastica, with a focus on Sustainable Community Development.
Megan McPherson, Events & Marketing Coordinator
Megan McPherson joined the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in 2016 as its Events and Marketing Coordinator, supporting Associate Director Holly DeArmond. She assists in developing marketing strategies for the center, promoting events, and managing the Dingman Center’s growing social media presence. Megan is enthusiastic about sharing the Center’s story and spirit with the entrepreneurship community.
Prior to her role at the Dingman Center, Megan worked as a Marketing Associate at Oxford University Press, where she promoted their scholarly research publishing through a variety of marketing initiatives including graphic design, email marketing, and events planning at highly attended library conferences across the United States. Her interests in marketing took shape at the Columbia Publishing Course, a six-week intensive course in book, magazine, and website publishing at Columbia University. In college, Megan explored two of her passions and graduated with honors from Vassar College with a B.A. in Japanese and Film. With a liberal arts education and a talent for painting, Megan is enthusiastic about bringing her creative energy to marketing for the Dingman Center.
Dr. Rudolph P. Lamone, Founder
Dr. Rudolph P. Lamone is the Founder and member of the Board of Advisors of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and a Professor Emeritus at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. From 1973 to 1992, Dr. Lamone served as Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and as the first chair of the Program in Entrepreneurship. He is co-founder of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and a founding member of the National Consortium for Life Science Entrepreneurship Programs.
In 1996, Dr. Lamone was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young for his work in support of entrepreneurship. In 1998, Dr. Lamone was selected to receive the President's Medal at the University of Maryland. In 1999, Dr. Lamone co-founded DirectGene, a biotechnology company that has developed gene therapies directed toward the treatment of metastatic prostate and breast cancer.
Dr. Lamone serves as Director on the board of several companies, public and private. He also serves as a venture partner with Gabriel Venture Partners, Annapolis, MD, and Redwood Shores, CA. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Lamone received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the business school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.