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Our Executives in Residence

Fraser Campbell

Executive in Residence

Fraser is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions over the last 25 years, with his partners in First Growth Management.

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Fraser Campbell

Fraser Campbell is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions over the last 25 years, with his partners in First Growth Management. He has been involved in corporate structure, strategic planning, change management, and business systems across Canada and the US within several service industries such as warehousing, aviation, construction, oil and gas, and defense and public security.

Fraser is also active in the nonprofit and charity sector of Kelowna as Chair of the Kelowna Foodbank and active on the boards of Okanagan Changemakers and Shoebank Canada. He has called Kelowna home for 28 years. In his free time, Fraser enjoys golfing, skiing, sailing, and playing guitar.

Warren Houston

Executive in Residence

Warren is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. Warren is currently a Partner with Powered by Search, a Profit Hot 50 & Branham 300 Ranked SEO & Inbound Marketing Agency.

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Warren Houston

Warren Houston is an Executive in Residence (EiR) with Accelerate Okanagan. Warren received his MBA at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. He also received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Economics.

Warren is currently a Partner with Powered by Search, a Profit Hot 50 & Branham 300 Ranked SEO & Inbound Marketing Agency. Warren also co-founded Business.ca in 2001 and raised over $2 million in venture capital funding.

Warren specializes in systemizing businesses, minimizing risks, sales growth, digital marketing and growing businesses organically. Warren has a strong passion for baseball and basketball and enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids.

Mark Krehel

Executive in Residence

Mark is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. With over 25 years experience in international product service and sales, Mark brings a strong expertise in hands on, data-driven, long-term strategic planning.

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Mark Krehel

Mark is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. With over 25 years experience in international product service and sales, Mark brings a strong expertise in hands on, data-driven, long-term strategic planning. Mark has managed and consulted a diverse project portfolio, including specialty manufacturing, robotic automation design, and industrial product distribution. 

 
From 1989 through 2006, Mark was the Managing Director for Camco Cutting Tools Ltd and Advanced Powder Fusion Ltd. a specialty metal alloy manufacturing group with revenues in excess of $150 million. In 2006, Mark sold Camcoand it's affiliated companies to a large multi national company that is listed on the NYSE.
 
Mark is an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T) with a specialty in Mechanical Engineering and Business Development. He is an active member in the community and acts as current President of the Kelowna United Soccer Club. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golf, soccer, boating, and the odd beer.

Lance Schafer

Executive in Residence

Lance is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a business graduate of the Asper School of Business.

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Lance Schafer

Lance Schafer is an Executive in Residence (EiR) with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a business graduate of the Asper School of Business. Lance is an experienced entrepreneur who founded businesses in digital media, e-commerce, domain name speculation, and web publishing. He has successfully launched multiple startup technology companies, with LemonFree.com being his most notable venture to date. For his contribution to LemonFree.com, Ernst and Young recognized Lance as a finalist in their Emerging Entrepreneur category. He is passionate about the entrepreneurial experience and has focused much of his career on understanding the underlying formula that defines the success of most companies.

In his spare time, Lance enjoys playing bass in a band, skiing and learning more about the Okanagan wine industry.

Larry Smith

Executive in Residence

Larry is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He has led several technology companies from an early stage, through rapid growth, to become market leaders.

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Larry Smith

Larry is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan.  He has led several technology companies from an early stage, through rapid growth, to become market leaders.  These companies were recognized (several times by Profit, Deloitte, Branham and others) as leading growth companies, became respected in their markets, and ultimately attracted the attention of acquiring companies.  This growth was built on a robust understanding of the market, careful positioning, and capitalizing on best opportunities through marketing, sales and strategic acquisitions. He has rounded out his leadership experience by advising a number of technology companies—assisting them to navigate challenges, turnarounds, and rapid growth while supporting and mentoring their leadership team.

Larry focuses on achieving traction and growth through good strategy, focus, leadership, marketing, sales, operations and overall execution.  He works to understand and build commitment to the focus that allows a technology company to grow to the next stage and increase value. His experience selling companies helps him prepare companies to maximize their long-term value.

Larry has a degree in Information Science, an M.B.A and has earned the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.  In his spare time, Larry enjoys sports and the outdoors with his family.

Alison Yesilcimen

Executive in Residence

Alison is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. She is a visionary and innovative executive that has lead multi-million dollar companies to launching tech startups.

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Alison Yesilcimen

Alison is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. She is a visionary and innovative executive that has lead multi-million dollar companies to launching tech start-ups. She currently owns her own company and conducts results-based advisory services to a diverse portfolio of SME clients ranging from technology to manufacturing. She is highly valued for establishing scalable business processes that foster growth, cultivating high performance teams, and is known for her creative energy and ability to translate strategic vision into action plans that build momentum.

She is a versatile executive recognized for having superior marketing skills, exceptional sales abilities and superlative business acumen. She holds a diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and she completed her Queen's University Executive Program in 2008.

Alison ga nihongo o hanashimasu (translation: Speaks Japanese) and is a wannabe pro-golfer who values every minute spent with family and is learning to love yoga. Namaste!

Our Subject Matter Experts

Accelerate Okanagan works with a team of Subject Matter Experts (SME) to increase the breadth of knowledge companies on our continuous acceleration programs have access to. These individuals are experts in their field and have a range of skills with both business and technical focus. From experts in software development, to marketing, to finance, you’ll never have to google “how much equity is too much equity”, ever again.