Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship
Michelle has 25 years of marketing experience in the technology industry ranging from start-ups and global agencies to F500 companies including Gateway, HP and 3M. She's held leadership roles with fast-growth, emerging market leaders and founded a marketing firm called Propel, with a focus on supporting entrepreneurs.
Most recently Michelle was in Chicago working with tech start-ups, Although she has spent most of her career in the Twin Cities area supporting fast-growth market innovators like Dell, Digital River, Imation, Agiliti and Retek. Prior to running her own business, Michelle worked in Silicon Valley for a large technology PR firm where she represented HP and Iomega. Before joining the agency, Michelle was the marketing communications manager for Firepond, formerly known as CWC, a pioneer in CRM software.
In the early 90's, Michelle become Gateway's first internal PR person. She worked directly with CEO Ted Waitt and other executives to prepare news releases and pitches, placing hundreds of articles in the business and IT media, supporting global media tours and product launches.
Michelle holds a BA in business/communications and journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.. Her family farm is located near Vienna, South Dakota. After moving back to South Dakota a few months ago, Michelle is enjoying exploring Sioux Falls and living in the McKennan park area with her two Vizslas.