Hood College Pitch Competition

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Four finalists have been selected to pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges at the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

We hope to see you there to help us celebrate these incredible entrepreneurs!

Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701

Thursday, April 26th 2018 at 6:30pm



Nathan Temple
Nathan Temple is a Hood College Junior currently pursuing a Business Administration Major and an Economics Minor. He has been previously involved in Enactus and is currently a part of the Blazing Alpha Fund. His studies focus around finance and entrepreneurship, and he hopes to eventually attain an MBA and CPA. Nathan’s many hobbies include cooking, oil painting, lacrosse, and bringing new ideas to fruition.

Erick Sovich
Erick Sovich is a Hood College Junior currently pursuing a Business Administration Major and a Biology Minor. He is a twenty-two-year-old eagle scout and EMT, who is primarily interested in exploring and understanding the minutiae of behavioral data analysis. Erick hopes to eventually go on to graduate study in Business or Behavioral Economics. His hobbies include theater, impressionistic documentaries, and world music.



Kit Peteranecz
Product Designer
Kit Peteranecz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design from Andrews University. Kit is the director of creative services at Hood College and owns Visual Confection, a freelance design and photography firm. Since 2010 he has won 24 awards for his graphic design. Kit is a board game enthusiast, miniature painter and inventor.

Alison Peteranecz
Esq., Writer and Social Media Manager
Alison Peteranecz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Hood College, and went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law. Ali is a partner at Antietam Law Group and was voted number two attorney for the 2017 Hagerstown Magazine Hot List for Washington County, Maryland attorneys. Ali enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga and reading.



Carol Heine
Carole Heine is the Director of Business Development for potluck.chat and a 1984 graduate of Hood College. Most recently Carole was the Director of Tour de Frederick, western Maryland’s premier cycling event.  Her previous experience includes sales, technical recruiting, fundraising, youth coaching and nonprofit board leadership positions.  Carole was the recipient of the Hood College 1990 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, is a current member of the Hood Alumni Executive Board and past member of the Hood Board of Associates. Carole’s pursuits have been focused on initiatives that provide a lasting social impact. She is passionate about her fellow Hood alums, the outdoors, family, and supporting the Frederick community where she resides. 


MOD Nutrition

Chelsea Young
Born and raised in Frederick County, Chelsea graduated from Walkersville High School in 2010 and graduated with a Business Administration degree from Hood College in 2014.

Chelsea has been involved in sports since middle school, where she ran track for 9 years and played field hockey for 7 years. She currently holds 11 school records for Track and Field at Hood College.

Upon graduation, Chelsea started a career in the marketing and event industry. She is now a Marketing Director for United Iron & Metal, a scrap metal recycling company in Baltimore, MD.

After graduating from Hood College, she has started participating in a new sport, CrossFit, dedicating majority of her time to this new found passion. Having a love for business and an entrepreneurial spirit, paired with seeing a need for healthier food to compliment her active lifestyle, she started a small meal prep business called MOD Nutrition. MOD Nutrition offers healthy, affordable, ready-to-serve, prepared meals and has nutrition coaching services.

Chelsea currently lives in Columbia, MD and enjoys spending her free time with her family, reading and writing. She plans to further work on her marketing career and eventually expand MOD Nutrition to offer a main location in her hometown, Frederick, MD. She also plans to be involved competitively in the sport of CrossFit, where she currently holds second fittest athlete in Maryland and 35th fittest in the Mid-Atlantic Region.



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Eric Brown, LEED AP

Senior Vice President of Operations | Principal, KBE Building Corporation

Eric Brown graduated with honors from Babson College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1984. Babson places a significant focus on entrepreneurship and is currently ranked as the No. 1 undergraduate program for entrepreneurs by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. During his time there, Eric prepared for the challenges of leading a business. After an early stint in residential construction and development where Eric gained hands-on experience, he was hired as the Chief Estimator at KBE Building Corporation. In 2007, Eric acquired the firm with two partners, and today, he is responsible for leading the company’s mid-Atlantic office located in Columbia, MD. Eric has completed a number of residential and commercial developments as an equity partner. He also serves as a board member for various companies and non-profit organizations.


Brad Sayler

Co-Founder & COO of Spotluck

Brad Sayler co-founded Spotluck in 2014 along with Cherian Thomas. He currently oversees all day-to-day operations at the company, and previously served as CFO until February 2018. Prior to Spotluck, he practiced law at Eversheds Sutherland where he focused on corporate governance, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions from 2009-2014. Brad began his career earning a CPA while consulting for Fortune 500 companies at Protiviti. Through his experience, he has gained deep knowledge in startup modeling, early stage funding, scaling operations, user acquisition/engagement and a variety of platforms needed to run an efficient tech business.


Jim Caruso

General Partner & CEO of Flying Dog Brewery

Jim Caruso, General Partner & CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, has led the company since its founding 25 years ago.  Prior to Flying Dog Brewery, Jim served as president of a publicly-traded company, then unleashed his entrepreneurial spirit as co-owner and president of a business that renovated historic buildings in core urban areas across the country, transforming them into brewpubs and contributing to those city centers.  Jim holds BA and MA degrees in economics and also a degree in brewing.