About Us
The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University serves to champion and catalyze the vocation of entrepreneurship. To accomplish this mission, the CEI practices two objectives: talent development and the support for businesses. Find out who is behind the work at CEI . . .
Kevin McCurren
 J. Kevin McCurren  
Executive Director

J. Kevin McCurren joined the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in May 2011 as the Executive Director. Kevin has over 25 years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience.  As an entrepreneur he has been involved in the start-up of a medical management company, a dental laboratory company and several biomedical companies.  As an investor, Kevin has been involved in several angel investment groups and recently served on the Executive Committee of the Venture Club of Louisville.  Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Public Health and Health Services Management from the University of Missouri. 
Shorouq Al-Mallah  Shorouq Al-Mallah  
Operations Manager

Shorouq Almallah joined the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in June 2010 as the Operations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for building and maintaining a robust and integrated network of services and facilitating access to key resources for entrepreneurs. Her core responsibilities include managing the day to day operations, budgeting and finance, supervision of student support, managing organizational website, clients, and events. Previously, Shorouq served as Knowledge Resource Manager for the Family Owned Business Institute. Shorouq holds a Master of Information Science from Indiana University.
Dr. Tim Syfert
  Doctor Tim Syfert
Affiliate Instructor and Staff Member

Tim Syfert teaches entrepreneurship and small business management, international business, and organizational strategy at Grand Valley State University to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Tim has over 25 year’s business experience in key strategic roles at Timex Watch Company, Haworth, Royal Consumer Business Products, Sherwin Williams, Roadway Express Trucking Company, and Johnson Controls.  His work at these companies resulted in several domestic and international patents for many products that are currently in production around the world.  As a designer and business consultant, Tim has helped inventors and start-up companies develop new products, expand product portfolios, and launch new business ventures.  He is currently developing his own new venture blending alcohols for use in sangria. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University, a master’s in business administration in strategic planning from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and Technology, and a doctorate in organization development from Capella University.

 Laura Wilusz
Graphic Designer
 Vanessa Gore
Office Assistant
 Saeed Koopayeh
Office Assistant
 Miles Smith
CEO President
   Alaina Clarke 
Graduate Assistant
 Michael Kurley
Office Assistant
 Sam Ging
Web / Film / Video
 Justin Herd
Office Assistant



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