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Sean Akadiri - Entrepreneur in Residence

Sean Akadiri

Sean Akadiri, is the Founder, President and CEO of Agric-Bioformatics INC, a data analytics company in Oklahoma City. Sean is an Ag-Tech entrepreneur passionate about using data analytics to improve the performance and productivity of livestock.

Sean came to the U.S. from Nigeria when he was 19 years old, on a student visa to attend college. He received a Bachelor degree in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry from East Central University and earned his MBA from Mid-American Christian University. He also attended University of Oklahoma college of Engineering for 3 years studying Chemical Engineering. Sean has over 15 years’ experience in the biotech and life science industries, he is also on the advisory board for the Moore Norman Technology Center’s Biotechnology Program.

Sean and his team developed the Next-Generation Livestock Management Technology Platform called AgBoost. AgBoost is a proprietary data driven analytical tool used by livestock producers across the U.S. and around the world to make selective breeding, management and marketing decisions for animals using data. (i.e. Genetics, performance, health and nutrition data). Sean’s vision is to increase consumer’s confidence and trust when it comes to food production and safety, by providing economical and viable tools that will help livestock producers become more efficient, produce safe quality food products and meet market demands.

Pam Battle - Entrepreneur in Residence

Pam Battles

From start-ups to Fortune 250 companies, Pam Battle has had the privilege of establishing, leading and growing businesses for over 20 years. 

Pam's first entrepreneurial venture was opening a retail store in the San Francisco bay area. With no experience, a lot of determination and gratitude for the many people who contributed to this venture, it became an experience that shaped her future. Since that time, Pam has been involved with start-ups in software development and financial services, leading to her current position as Director of Development for Bergen Enterprises, a local Norman company with new ventures in sustainability.

Pam is passionate about developing sustainable solutions for our community and thrives on fostering business growth.Throughout her career, Pam has connected people with their goals with a belief that collaboration, vision and execution can create amazing results.  

Mike Beckham - Senior Entrepreneur in Residence

Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma Business College and Honors College in May of 2003.  His undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Finance major.

Mike’s first 9 years out of college, he joined the worldwide non-profit Christian ministry CRU.  He led the ministry at the University of Oklahoma from 2009-2012.  In 2009 he was a part of the founding team for an online auction business called QuiBids.  During his time at QuiBids Mike served as Chief Analytics Officer and then Chief Operating Officer and helped lead the company to nearly 800 million in cumulative revenue.  From 2015 to present Mike has served as a co-founder and CEO of Simple Modern.

In addition to his work in the business world, Mike also has served in an adjunct capacity at the University of Oklahoma.  Currently he is a Senior Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Tom Love Entrepreneurship College.

Andy Moore - Entrepreneur in Residence

Andy Moore

Andy Moore founded Let's Fix This in 2016 as a grassroots effort to get regular, everyday people involved in politics. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes that taking the time to listen and build relationships with elected officials and between neighbors will pave the way to a better Oklahoma. He received a BS in Psychology and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University, as well as a MBA from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to his role with LFT, Andy is the Executive Director for Freedom of Information Oklahoma and People Not Politicians. Andy also serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund and is a member of the local board for Generation Citizen. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and has three fantastic kiddos and a smattering of pets. When he unexpectedly finds some spare time, Andy enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, running, cycling, eating tacos, and listening to live music.

Brady Sexton - Entrepreneur in Residence

Following many years as a manager for the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Brady changed careers to manage leasehold acquisitions for oil & natural gas companie before returning to his passion and opening Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Historic Downtown Norman, bringing craft cocktails to the market for the first time.  He now owns a second location in the Paseo Arts District in OKC.  Brady has a passion for the arts, serves on the Norman Arts Council, and lives in Norman with his family.  BA in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from OU.  

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA - Senior Entrepreneur in Residence

Dr. Shimasaki is co-founder and CEO of Moleculera labs, a neuroimmunology diagnostic laboratory focused on neuropsychiatric and behavioral disorders triggered by autoimmune response, based upon the research of Dr. Madeleine Cunningham at the University of Oklahoma. He has over 35 years of biotechnology industry experience, starting his career at Genentech. His research and development work included epitope mapping for an HIV vaccine, SNP-based genetic breast cancer risk prediction biomarkers, a rapid influenza diagnostic, and therapeutic and biologic products for infectious and neuropsychiatric diseases. He co-founded nine companies and led five clinical diagnostic tests through FDA 510(k) approval and is a co-inventor on several patents. He was involved in raising over $30 million for these companies and participated in taking five companies public in the U.S. and Canadian stock markets.

Dr. Shimasaki received his BS in Biochemistry from University of California at Davis, his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Tulsa, and his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business. He an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Price School of Business and teaches biotechnology entrepreneurship. Dr. Shimasaki has authored and edited two books “The Business of Bioscience: What Goes Into Making a Biotechnology Product” and “Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Starting, Managing and Leading Biotech Companies.”  His passion is to help translate scientific and medical discoveries into acutely needed products so that more patients can live healthier lives.

Shaun Tilford - Entrepreneur in Residence

Shaun Tilford, Vice President of Engineering for SpringServe in New York City, leads engineering for the global ad-tech platform.  He is responsible for architecture and implementation, optimization of distributed data centers across the world, and security against constant threats.  SpringServe serves over 30 billion ads daily and is a major player in the rapidly growing video ad space.

Shaun is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for high growth tech startups. A self-taught engineer, he has worked in the tech industry since the dot-com boom perfecting a knack for driving success across a broad range of industries.    He has a strong focus on developing cutting edge web applications that boost revenue, demand high availability, and spur interaction in high traffic environments. A hands-on approach by combining deep technical knowledge with a unique blend of business intellect leveraging the power of what can be accomplished with tomorrow's technology. 

Prior to SpringServe in 2016, Shaun was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for QuiBids. A wildly successful e-commerce startup,  QuiBids grew to one of the largest e-commerce players in the world with its novel approach to shopping and entertainment with over 1.3 billion auction bids placed to date.  Shaun also served as CTO for ViralNova, an originator of sharable news with over 100 million monthly unique visitors, and oversaw a wildly publicized sale to Zealot in 2015.

Shaun is based in Norman, Oklahoma with a love for his family, running, current events, and staying active. An avid traveler, he is always looking for an adventure across our inner-connected world.