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Technology Spotlight: Mark Sundt of Clearent and Steve Thomas of CTP

About Clearent  twitter

Founded in 2005, Clearent was built from the ground up to be a different kind of payment processor, the kind that brings a whole new dynamic to the industry, going beyond transactions to build long term relationships and provide their clients with the tools and insights that make a difference.

About Mark  

Mark came to Clearent with 25 years of experience with technology companies, including key roles at Microsoft. His leadership and technical experience spanned the project management, architecture, and deployment of 30 of the world’s busiest eCommerce sites. He has also contributed to high volume transaction processing solutions within the intelligence/defense, logistics, and financial services industries.

Sponsored By Covenant Technology Partners    twitter

Covenant Technology Partners specializes in helping our clients plan their investments in technology, design and implement solutions that drive competitive advantage, and manage critical projects to successful return. Founded in 2004, Covenant Technology Partners, LLC has been one of the leading information technology consulting firms in St. Louis for over 11 years. We focus on maximizing the value of Microsoft technologies and remain an esteemed Microsoft Partner.

Matt Kamp from Influence & Co.


Matt Kamp // Influence & Co.

Influence & Co. can help your company:

Build trust with its audience through authentic content.
Educate and engage potential customers.
Become a thought leader within its industry.
Leverage Influence & Co.’s relationships of more than 1,000 online publications.
Develop and implement a proven content strategy.
Fuel its inbound marketing efforts and generate educated leads.

We help B2B and B2C companies position key individuals within their organizations as experts and industry influencers. We focus on creating engaging content, coming from our clients, that reaches their target audiences online.

Our clients come from a variety of industries, ranging from technology to healthcare to marketing and nearly every industry in between. We work with venture-backed startups and Inc. 500 and 5000 companies, as well as enterprise brands.

Influence & Co. has been named to Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” list and chosen as a Content Marketing Agency of the Year finalist by the Content Marketing Institute. We’ve expanded our offices from Columbia, Mo., to St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., while constantly innovating our services to create the most value possible for our clients through the creation and distribution of content.

Why Influence & Co. Is Different:

We create internal influencers for your brand. We position experts and executives within your company as industry thought leaders to build influence and engage your audience.

We have more than 1,000 publication relationships, ranging from mainstream sites like Fast Company and Forbes to niche publications reaching your exact target customer.

We help you communicate with your audience on a human level to cut through the clutter and establish an authentic connection.

Do you want to work with Influence & Co. to turn your expertise into influence? We’d love to talk with you. The best way to reach out to us is by filling out a contact form at

Chris LeBeau of Eagle Bank and Trust

Chris LeBeau // Eagle Bank and Trust

Chris works for Eagle Bank and Trust of Missouri. He serves as the VP of Entrepreneur Services, a new role that has been chartered to answer, “how can a bank better serve entrepreneurs?” Every day presents an adventure and the opportunity to help build a better St. Louis.

Preceding this, Chris served as the Director of Operations for Gateway Venture Mentoring Service, connecting early-stage entrepreneurs with mentoring and startup resources to accelerate the growth of their venture. Prior to that, he served as a strategic planning consultant for health care organizations in the St. Louis and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In his free time, Chris listens to public radio, practices yoga, tutors math and scours the city for interesting places.

Spotlight on Gerard Marketing Group

Susan Gerard / Gerard Marketing Group  linkedin  twitter

Susan Gerard built out Gerard Marketing Group fully in 2013 after 20 years of experience working at big-name advertising agencies and on the client side managing marketing for small businesses and start-ups. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Graphic Arts from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband and three kids. She runs her company from her home office and purposefully has built a 100% virtual team who all also do the same.

Donalee Gastreich from Complete Solutions in Life Mastery and Drew Weckbach from Spry Analytics

Donalee Gastreich / Complete Solutions in Life Mastery  linkedin  twitter

Donalee Gastreich, founder and President of Complete Solutions in Life Mastery practices what she teaches. She claims to truly LOVE her life. She is passionate about helping Serious minded individuals reach massive success in all areas of their life. You can find her Hosting a Vision Workshop on the 4 Monday of every month at CIC@CET, 20 S Sarah. You may also find her speaking at the Venture Cafe on Thursday’s at CIC@4240 in the Cortex.

In her words, Life Mastery is the knowledge, the mind set, the ability to live a life your truly LOVE.
IT is the recognition and the bringing forth of your highest potential. It is living life to the fullest, playing full out, embracing change and loving and accepting others. It is taking 100% responsibility for you, yourself.

She is a Dream Builder Coach, workshop facilitator, speaker and Certified Life Mastery Consultant.
As a certified Life Mastery Consultant, Donalee assists serious minded individuals define, design and manifest a life that’s in harmony with their core values and their souls purpose. She says that “Celebrating others success is ONE of the best parts of my job. ”

Drew Weckbach / SPRY Analytics  linkedin  twitter

Drew is tax strategist and financial planning professional in St. Louis. He parlayed his experience working with high net worth retirees, in-depth knowledge of the financial technology landscape, and a Masters in Taxation into a becoming a partner with SPRY Analytics.

Spry Analytics is developing an application to optimize financial assets during retirement. Our proprietary algorithm details where a retiree should withdraw funds from in a given year over the course of their 20+ year retirement. The algorithm formulates the optimal withdrawal pattern in conjunction with defined income streams for each unique retiree.

Drew utilizes his technical skills to run a Fee-Only Financial planning firm, Scaling Independence, specializing in asset accumulators. He, also, is a contractor for the Department of Defense providing Military Service Members financial guidance with no strings attached.



BRX at Parkway SPARK!

Spark! provides high school students in the Parkway School District with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world. To accomplish this task, the Parkway School District will actively engage and work collaboratively with business partners, community service and educational leaders to design and develop mutually beneficial learning experiences based on the interests of students and stakeholders.

Spark! serves students from Parkway North, Parkway South, Parkway West, Parkway Central and Fern Ridge High Schools. Spark! is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of the future, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.