Episode 16: Erika Acorn with the Tempe Chamber Kelly Lorenzen with KLM Consulting and Dr. T. Greg Tucker with VIC Technology Venture Development

Nov 3, 2020 | Community Connections Podcast, Uncategorized

E16 Erika Acorn with the Tempe Chamber Kelly Lorenzen with KLM Consulting and Dr. T. Greg Tucker with VIC Technology Venture Development

Finding your community is so important when you are building a business! Speaking of which, in this episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast, Jennifer Burwell met up with a few impressive leaders in Tempe who talked about that very thing.

Kelly Lorenzen, CEO of KLM Consulting, Marketing & Management, Dr. T. Greg Tucker, Chemist & Technical Specialist at VIC Technology Venture Development and Erika Acorn, VP of Business Development at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce shared some great insights and uplifting perspectives on business.

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce represents over 650 businesses with more than 70,000 employees.

The Chamber’s strength is derived from it’s members. Those who invest in the community through membership in the Tempe Chamber support initiatives in education and workforce development, public policy, and business development.

Membership in the Tempe Chamber is an investment in the future of our business community. Because the Tempe Chamber is privately funded, member investments like yours make their work possible.

Erika Acorn is an experienced sales and marketing professional with a love of working for community-driven nonprofit organizations. In 2018, Erika joined the Tempe Chamber of Commerce as a Business Development Specialist quickly moving into her current role as the Vice President of Business Development.

In two years, she has built numerous relationships with business owners and leaders in Tempe and around the Valley, having inspired over 150 leaders to be part of the Chamber.

In her free time, you can find Erika spending quality time with her two teenage daughters, enjoying recreational bike rides, or planning her next culinary adventure either at home or at one of the Valley’s many wonderful locally owned restaurants.

Connect with Erika on LinkedIn.

KLM Consulting is a business development firm with 17+ years of award-winning business savvy. We help successful entrepreneurs and non-profits build, brand and brag about their businesses.

By offering business development consulting, marketing, project management, and social media training, our clients can continue to do what they love while having the support they need.

KLM can help you turn your ideas into action, solve your dilemmas, and/or finish those projects you keep putting on the back burner.

Kelly Lorenzen, CEO of KLM Consulting, is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 17 years of business-ownership experience. She has joined forces with other local experts to provide a multi-faceted team to help small businesses and non-profit organizations with their projects, create solutions-based marketing results, and build their businesses.

Ms. Lorenzen has an extensive sales and marketing background in a variety of industries. She is a certified project management professional with expertise in business development, customer service, marketing, and sales.

Kelly is also a native of Arizona, ASU Alumni, mentor, mother, and philanthropist.

Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn and follow KLM on Facebook and Instagram.

VIC Technology Venture Development screens through an abundance of commercially promising but newly emerging technologies that are available for licensing from federal research laboratories and universities across the US and throughout the globe.

The VIC business model has been optimized to overcome the limitations of the traditional technology transfer approaches to take advantage of the massive base of research conducted that generates enormous amounts of patents. The novel innovations created by the inventors are potentially game-changing technologies.

VIC assembles all the pieces necessary to produce the best objectives of these newly formed ventures in a manner where the potential rewards considerably outweigh the apparent risk involved in R&D and suffice commercialization of these early-stage techs to be problem-solving solutions for a better world.

Dr. T. Greg Tucker, obtained a Doctorate in Chemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Tennessee State University.

More recently, he transitioned from the research lab to the intellectual property (IP) sector as an IP fellow and technical specialist evaluating newly disclosed inventions from faculty and students at ASU Skysong Innovations in Scottsdale. Along with the commercialization of prospective IP into promising companies through VIC Technology Venture Development in Tempe of the Southwest regional division.

Dr. Tucker’s research background specializes in chemical synthesis for preparing ionic liquids, and solid-state compounds for electrochemical testing for renewable energy purposes. He is a co-inventor for multiple issued U.S. patents with Dr. Austen Angell and fellow labmates for creating novel chemical compositions of matter for applications in battery and fuel cells as potential power sources ranging from stationary systems to mobile electronic devices to electric vehicles, which is a tech branch within the Smart Cities movement. He was the latest recipient of one of the ASU Laboratory Innovation Awards.

In addition, Greg is a co-advisor for the ASU Chief Science Officers program for K-12 students in his local community, laboratory instructor at Grand Canyon University, advisor for the Boston Museum of Science, EDI committee member for the Association of University Technology Managers, and serves as a liaison with the Central Arizona Section in Phoenix Metro Valley of the American Chemical Society, wherein 2020 he was recognized as Outreach Member-of-the-Year.

Connect with Dr. Tucker on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Kyle McIntosh

With a background in marketing, in various for profit and not for profit companies, Kyle McIntosh wondered, “How can I pair the passion and commitment to community progress of a non-profit with the sustainability and reach of a for profit company?” From this question and perspective a mission evolved to tear down the false distinction between the two sectors and to promote companies with Conscious Capitalism® business models through MAC6.

Kyle is the President and Creative Excitant of MAC6.  Day to day, his main operational role is on the “spaces” side of the business, focusing on creating thriving communities in the commercial office buildings, the co-working space, and the co-manufacturing space.  The other role that he plays is that of EOS implementer, working with clients to bring the Entrepreneurial Operating System, from the book Traction® to their businesses.  Additionally, he sits on the boards of Conscious Capitalism Arizona, telling the stories of good businesses in Arizona, and The Tempe Chamber of Commerce, sustaining Tempe’s quality of life and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

Kyle loves Arizona and wants to see us all collectively find great success based on the awesome things that are happening here every day.

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Jennifer Burwell

Jennifer Burwell joined MAC6 in 2013. Jennifer is their VP and Director of Programs. She uses her experience in real estate, team development and management to seamlessly integrate each of the MAC6 business units to assure they are all focused on the long-term company vision. She is also a student of human behavior.

As a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, she uses her knowledge to facilitate culture-focused leadership programs with organizations of all sizes to integrate the company’s values and create higher-performing teams.

To learn more about MAC6 Communities, call 480-293-4075 or find them on Facebook.



MAC6 offers flexible spaces and programs to help your team grow, and a community of thriving businesses, just like yours.  Advocating Capitalism as a Force for Good, MAC6 is Accelerating the shift to Conscious Capitalism (where Purpose and Profit Unite) through Creativity, Collaboration, Community and Change.