Our Team

Board Members

Gregg Cole

Research & technology innovator with the Business Dynamics Research Consortium (BDRC)

Cole is a research & technology innovator with the Business Dynamics Research Consortium (BDRC) at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship, designing and developing national initiatives to visualize and apply large establishment time series data. Cole’s “apps” have become a leading resource for economic-development groups, policy makers, and researchers around the country.

By 2015, Cole had designed 5 large data driven websites conveniently displaying a broad range of economic data

throughout the U.S. for anyone to access, and provided raw establishment data and services to more than 65 researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

In fall 2011, Cole presented the economic data website YourEconomy.org to select House and Senate staffers and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Development in Washington D.C. Cole also participated in NASDAQ closing-bell ceremonies on Oct. 4, 2011 in New York, highlighting a research partnership with NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation.

In 1999, Cole started and ran Beanstalk Internet, a successful ISP focusing on supplying broadband wireless Internet access to rural areas. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Cole worked in Silicon Valley specializing in the IC CAD (integrated circuit computer aided design) industry.

Mark Lange

Executive Director of the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin

Lange is the executive director of the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin. The division fosters, supports and coordinates business and entrepreneurship development activities occurring at the University of Wisconsin System campuses and the communities they serve. This is done through partnerships with governmental entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and the business community.

Prior to assuming his IBE responsibilities, Lange was the executive director for the Edward Lowe Foundation, a non- profit organization seeking to accelerate entrepreneurship and its impact on community and economic development. He was responsible for day-to day operations and overseeing the foundation’s national advocacy for second-stage entrepreneurs, economic gardening, and the development of www.Youreconomy.org.

Before his work at the foundation, Lange served as the director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon. He co-founded CVT Productions, a video-production and software-distribution company and has served as an adjunct faculty member in entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Doug Tatum

Chairman of the Board for Newport Board Group

Tatum serves as Chairman of the Board for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEO’s and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. He is Chairman of the Board for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global not-for-profit organization with 58 Chapters and 14,000 members in the US and internationally, representing middle market private capital investors, intermediaries and the middle market deal community. Tatum also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium (formerly the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies), a national research institute-funded by the NASDAQ Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship. Its mission is to study exceptional growth companies, the capital markets, and their impact on employment and economic growth. Doug has since 2002 been Chairman of The Co-investment Partnership, a firm that manages a pool of capital that co-invests with other private equity and venture capital investors.

Previously, Tatum was Chairman and CEO of Tatum LLC, which grew into a highly respected national professional services firm with 30 offices and over 1000 professionals and employees. The company was sold to Spherion in 2010. Prior to his role with Tatum LLC, Doug served a number of companies as a senior executive and/or board member.

Research Fellows

Gary Kunkle

PhD, Founder of Outlier LLC, and a leading expert on the drivers and impact of sustained growth for businesses and regional economies

Dr. Kunkle is Founder of Outlier LLC, and a leading expert on the drivers and impact of sustained growth for businesses and regional economies. Outlier LLC was formed in 2005 to provide big-data analysis and field research to business-to-business (B2B) and economic development clients who seek a deeper understanding of market undercurrents that impact their operations. Over the past decade, Gary has served as Research Fellow at the Business Dynamics Research Consortium (formerly, the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies) and as Economist in Residence at INC Magazine and Summit Professional Networks. Outlier’s other clients have included Entrepreneur Magazine; the states of Virginia, Michigan, Louisiana, Indiana, and Pennsylvania; as well as GE Capital’s National Center for the Middle Market, Symantec, and the Principle Financial Group. Earlier, he worked on corporate expansion and economic development projects in more than 30 countries as Managing Director of the State of Maryland’s European Office in the Netherlands and as Senior Manager at KPMG’s International Trade and Investment Services Group in Washington D.C.

Gary holds a PhD in Public Policy and Regional Economics from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; an MBA and an MA in International Management from the University of Texas, Dallas; and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University, College Station.

Brent Hueth

Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hueth earned his Agricultural Economics Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 1999, and then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2001, he moved to Iowa State University as an assistant professor of Economics. After promotion to associate professor in 2006, Brent spent a year on leave at the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Toulouse, France before moving to his current position as Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with an appointment as associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Brent has published in top economics journal including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. Brent is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies, and Executive Director of the Census Bureau’s Research Data Center at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Brent’s research and teaching focus on agricultural markets, cooperative enterprise, and economic development.

Business Intelligence

Jess Nelson

Manager for the Center for Business Intelligence, managing customers and data processes for BDRC

Nelson serves as the program manager for the Center for Business Intelligence. She works to pair growing Wisconsin businesses with teams of research and business intelligence experts in an effort to help business owners think more strategically about adding value and increasing performance of their firms.

Nelson serves as the project manager and research consultant for BDRC clients, helping researchers and users access the YTS data in a way that best suits their needs.

Prior to joining the IBE team, Nelson was the sales operation manager for the Drupal Association, where she improved organizational systems and business processes, and provided data analysis on revenue trends to help build sustainable fundraising goals.

She also helped setup and run the National Center for Economic Gardening at the Edward Lowe Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on developing programs that help second stage companies grow.

Nelson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University .