One Spark Ventures, Inc. is curating a group of Technical Advisers to assist in the evaluation of Creator ideas where deeper technical research and due diligence is necessary. This group spans academia, entrepreneurship and investing and will act as a sounding board for ideas.
This group, and their access to professionals globally at other top tier universities, research facilities and corporations, will create a virtual network of experts to assist One Spark Ventures, Inc. vet Creator ideas for relevance and validity as part of the due diligence process.
Garrett Schemmel is the Vice President of EquipmentWatch, the leading data and intelligence provider in the heavy equipment industry, a $100+billion annual market, as well as Price Digests, a leading data provider to the commercial insurance and taxation industries.
He has led the transformation of the businesses from a traditional print model to one focused on advanced data and software solutions, including industry-first APIs, as well as the most advanced analyst team in the industry providing insights and intelligence now relied on by executive decision makers at most OEMs, financial institutions, insurance companies and heavy civil contracting firms. Prior to EquipmentWatch, Garrett led was a co-founder of the leading life style brand in the military community, Ranger Up. Before Ranger Up, Garrett received multiple patents as the Product Line Manager of the Coca-Cola portfolio for MeadWestvaco.
Garrett graduated with an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s with a focus on marketing and entrepreneurship. He received his BS, Industrial Design, from Georgia Tech, as well.Back to Top
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Paul Eason completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. As an undergrad, Paul specialized in two fields of study; metallurgy, and ceramics engineering. Taking this hybridized knowledge base, Paul was able to apply traditional ceramic powder processing techniques to in-situ processing of intermetallic matrix composites for potential use as high-temperature structural aerospace materials, which combined with extensive electron microscopy made the foundation of Paul’s doctoral dissertation.
Following graduate school, Dr. Eason pursued a career in engineering consulting, while always remaining attached to the academic community. Providing services in materials characterization for industrial process optimization and failure analysis in both industrial and litigation based matters, Paul remained an active user of the electron microscopy facilities of the University of Florida. While maintaining his consulting practice, Paul began teaching materials engineering courses as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida, and now serves as tenured Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering program. Concurrently, Paul was appointed to the Graduate Faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he also serves on the Distinguished Alumni Advisory Board.Back to Top
Jeff Lyons is the SVP of Global Professional Services for SumTotal Systems, a leading provider of integrated talent development solutions.
Jeff has over 20 years of software industry experience, having held leadership roles in every business function: development, sales, services, and support. Prior to his current role, Jeff was Chief of Staff for SumTotal, where he led the integration of four acquired business and drove key, cross-functional change initiatives and strategic projects as SumTotal transformed itself into the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions. This transition more than doubled revenue and drove tremendous efficiencies, increasing profitability almost ten-fold, and led to the strategic acquisition of SumTotal by Skillsoft Ireland, LTD.
Prior to joining SumTotal, Jeff was co-founder and Chief Client Officer of MindSolve Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in employee performance management software based in Gainesville, FL.
Jeff earned a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Florida. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Florida and a former adjunct faculty member of the Information Systems Department at Santa Fe College. Jeff has a tremendous passion for innovation and entrepreneurship and has served as a judge and mentor for the CADE Prize for Innovation and start-up business plan competitions.Back to Top