As a Business Strategist for small and large businesses that are geared to making a difference, Carrie is currently CEO of Avatekh, Inc., a Lawrence, Kansas high tech start-up developing and monetizing Intellectual property in noise suppression, mitigation and analysis with applications in military, medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunications, power management, data over power lines, navigational, sensors and biometrics.
Her interest in business began when starting her first company (import/export in partnerships with companies in Japan and South Korea) at the young age of 18. With over 30 years of experience in business building, development, strategies, modeling and funding in both start-ups and existing companies, she has worked at the executive level in various areas including alternative energies, medical, and the technology industry.
Carrie has worked with companies in various stages, such as start-up mode, expansion, downsizing, turnaround, branding and re-branding phases. Her experience includes the development, structure and negotiation of joint ventures, collaborative development and licensing agreements as well as mergers and acquisitions. She has worked with Universities in development of prototyping; grant writing and technology transfer and industry partnerships.
Carrie has strong skills in constructing and negotiating licensing agreements, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and both collaborative development and research agreements in both domestic and foreign markets in various industry, academic and government sectors.
Her experience includes building revenue growth within new and existing competitive markets. With her work with several start-up companies, she has acquired a great knowledge of business strategies, models, monetizing and managing deal-flow and leveraging both monetary and human assets to create sustainable environments within a company to capitalize in it’s given market or business sector; diversification from working in multiple industries such as telecommunications, consumer electronics, toys, cosmetics, sports science, medical, education, banking, energy (nuclear and alternative), materials and commercial real estate; and experience as a grant writer at state and local levels (economic development and training), and federal level (SBIR-NSF-NIH).