Tahoe talent steps up to evaluate and guide aspiring entrepreneurs - the jurors for the 2019 Jim and Jan Steinmann Business Plan Competition are all successful local entrepreneurs and business executives.

Judges Announced for Business Plan Competition

Tahoe talent steps up to evaluate and guide aspiring entrepreneurs

True to Sierra Nevada College’s promise of bringing local professionals into the educational space, the jurors for the 2019 Jim and Jan Steinmann Business Plan Competition are all local entrepreneurs and business executives. The jurors have volunteered their time and expertise to judge student business plans each vying for a share of $5000 in prize money.

The Jurors:
  • Janet Lowe is the co-founder of CPLEX, a software company that was eventually acquired, under the name ILOG, by IBM.
  • Wendy Hummer owns EXL Media Corp, a media buying and planning agency located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
  • Terry Jones is an author, the founder of Travelocity.com, and the founding chairman of Kayak.com.
  • Jim Steinmann is the Founder and President of Steinmann Facility Development Consultants. His extensive design/build projects list includes SNC’s Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences and Prim Library, as well as many other federal and state buildings around the country.
  • Richard Gire, SNC Tahoe faculty, is an author, publisher, and practicing member of the California Bar. He has held executive positions at Columbia Pictures and MGM/UA, and taught intellectual property law at Carnegie Mellon University. He also held the first Business Plan Competition on the SNC Campus.

For the past 50 years, Sierra Nevada College’s teaching model has focused on instruction delivered by professionals who are experts in the fields they teach. Students come together in small classes and produce work in real-world settings. This model has produced many local entrepreneurs from across SNC’s departments. Several Incline Village, Tahoe City, and South Lake ventures have their roots at Sierra Nevada College. The interdisciplinary nature of the campus and its curriculum creates entrepreneurial artists, authors, and business persons of all stripes.

With the appointment of Jonathan Breiter as the Chair of the Entrepreneurship Progam at SNC, the creation of its new immersive semester calendar, and the induction of SNC into the Sigma Nu Tau entrepreneurship honor society, Sierra Nevada College has doubled down on the immersive professional experience on its campus.


Sierra Nevada College's Business program offers majors in
Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance & Economics, Global Business Management,
International Studies, and Ski Business & Resort Management

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