“Entrepreneurs and start-up businesses play a vital role in our economy,” said Jack Sunderlage, executive vice president of national sales for Grow America. “These individuals need financial help, access to business resources and expert mentoring from the people who’ve been in their shoes. I’m excited to be a part of an organization dedicated to growing and fostering entrepreneurism in America, and I look forward to strengthening this important endeavor."
Sunderlage most recently served as CEO of ContentWatch, a provider of Internet Management software and services that includes the Internet filtering software Net Nanny. Prior to ContentWatch he held key sales and marketing executive positions with Burroughs, UNISYS, Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard.
“After the tremendous launch of the Grow America program we intend to accelerate this initiative here in Utah and across the country,”said Alan E. Hall, founder of Grow America. “I am confident Jack Sunderlage brings the necessary skills and experience to allow us to provide even greater support to small businesses and the ability to expand our geographic reach quickly.”
One of Grow America’s powerful programs, the Grow America Springboard™ competition, hosted in Salt Lake City in May 2012 to strengthen entrepreneurs was an unqualified success.The initial Springboard competitions are awarding a total of $1 million in cash awards and services to idea phase, start-up and growth businesses in the state of Utah. Grow America’s full mission, however, is to expand the Springboard competitions to 50 metropolitan areas across the United States, which will ultimately provide a total of $50 million in awards and services every year. Entries for the next 2012 competition in Utah will open July 23, 2012.