OUR TEAM


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JOSH OEDING

President & CEO


Josh Oeding joined as the President & CEO in July of 2018. In this role, he has led the re-visioning of the organization, the launch of Accelerate Venture Partners and the launch of NXTSTAGE. He is helping to chart the course for the Wichita Startup Ecosystem, and spends as much time as possible with early stage growth companies in the region as possible. He spent the previous 10 years with Koch Industries, and held various innovation and leadership roles during that time. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Marketing & Strategy for EFT Analytics, a SaaS advanced analytics platform for industrial intelligence. In that role, he was part of the team that acquired the company and then lead the commercial development process as the team grew from 15 employees to nearly 70 over a two year period.

Prior to Koch he spent time in technology investment / venture capital and business development.

Josh earned his degree in entrepreneurship from Wichita State University and lives in Wichita with his wife Shelly and three children, Samuel, Abigail, and Hannah.


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MARY BETH JARVIS

Executive Director


Mary Beth joined in August 2019 to prepare to launch the NXTSTAGE Pilot Competition, which challenges global startups to bring innovative solutions to Kansas and its businesses.

Previously, she was President and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. which produces diverse community celebrations, including Riverfest, one of the 40 largest outdoor events in the world. For 15 years prior to that, she was at Koch Industries, Inc., with roles that included Director of Public & International Affairs and Vice President of the Public Affairs Division. Before that, she was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

An active community leader, Mary Beth is a director for the Greater Wichita YMCA, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Downtown Rotary Club and the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 1990.

Ingram’s recognized her as one of 50 Kansans You Should Know, and the Wichita Business Journal named her a Women in Business, Newsmaker, Innovator and 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame honoree. Her husband, Don, is a United Airlines pilot; they have a son in Washington state and a daughter and son-in-law who are Air Force officers in Oklahoma.



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QUINN ROBERTSON

Senior Associate


Quinn is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with his Master’s of Accountancy. He began his career at Koch Industries in a Strategy and Innovation capability and then spent 3 years creating and growing a digital transformation capability. Quinn joined the NXTUS team late last year focused on continuing to grow and develop Accelerate Venture Partners.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


TRISH BRASTED (CHAIR)

President & CEO, Wichita Technology Corporation


MARK TORLINE (TREASURER)

Director, Center For Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University


GARY OBORNY

CEO / Chairman, Occidental Management


KEVIN ARNEL

Managing Partner, Foulston


KYLIE STUPKA

President, Youth Entrepreneurs


JASON SNIDER

CFO, Leslie Rudd Investment Company


ERIK PEDERSON

VP of Entrepreneurship, Network Kansas


BILL GARDNER

Owner, Gardner Design


JOSH OEDING

President & CEO, NXTUS