Meet The ENTRE TeamENTRE Institute is an online education company that's on a mission to disrupt the traditional education system and usher a new generation of ‘ENTREpreneurs’ into the world. We provide our students with the complete ecosystem they need to learn how to become a successful entrepreneur, including digital courses, coaching, community, tools, events, and more.
Jeff LernerChief Visionary Officer (CVO)
From broke jazz musician to successful entrepreneur, Jeff embodies the ENTRE way and is a prime example of how getting the right information and education will allow you to develop the skills you need to create your awesome life.
After reshaping his own life around the 3 Ps of Excellence - Physical, Personal and Professional - Jeff shifted his focus to educating and inspiring entrepreneurs about the true power of entrepreneurship by co-founding ENTRE and creating a platform for us to deliver the education and resources for our students to create or level-up their own lives and businesses. When he’s not focused on helping ENTRE’s team and students create their awesome life, he’s out enjoying the awesome life he’s built for himself with his family...and of course, never straying too far from the piano.
Adam WhitingChief Executive Officer (CEO)
Full-time husband and father and part-time golf aficionado, Adam is the visionary leader behind the scenes, using the expertise he has gained from his 10+ years’ experience in the digital marketing and software space to take ENTRE from scrappy start-up to quickly emerging as one of the fastest growing online education companies in the world.
Adam hit a hole in one when he utilized his keen understanding of what it takes to operate a successful business by leading the charge on the development and launch of Entresoft, a full suite of tools developed to simplify managing many of the functions required to operate a successful business.
Joe ShurtzChief Experience Officer (CXO)
Joe has answered the call to lead ENTRE in revolutionizing entrepreneurial education Drawing on his 20+ years’ of industry experience and embodying ENTRE’s goal of excellence in everything we do, Joe keeps focused on investing in people, systems and technologies to create new boundaries in our pursuit of excellence. Nothing is more rewarding to Joe than supporting and witnessing the life-changing transformations of our students. When Joe is not thinking about educational outcomes, he can be found...just kidding! That’s all Joe ever thinks about. (Well, that and the occasional fantasy about going on a world-tour with a European Melodic Rock band.)
Micah BrandenburgChief Financial Officer (CFO)
Financing operating companies as a banker for the first decade of his career gave Micah a front seat to great leadership teams and how they worked. After spending 10 years serving Entrepreneurs, Micah became one himself as an investor and serving as the CRO, COO, and CFO of multiple technology companies over the last decade of his career. Micah’s passion is to help others see clearly so they can take purposeful action in their life. At ENTRE that passion is realized through serving our Students, Team Members, and Shareholders with Strategy, Accounting and Finance Leadership, and Collaboration that results in better decision making and the right growth invested being funded. Micah is married with two kids under the age of 7 and most weekends his family is hiking or enjoying music together.
Raul HernandezChief Revenue Officer (CRO)
Growing up in the San Diego startup scene and working with some of the world's largest brands, Raul followed his entrepreneurial spirit when he left the corporate world to found and help grow several companies. His journey has led him to working with some of today's most influential industry players and training hundreds of entrepreneurs before joining ENTRE's team where he maintains his primary focus of helping businesses scale, plain and simple. Responsible for ENTRE's revenue-generation strategies and initiatives, Raul is an incredibly wise arbiter and master at facilitating integration and alignment across ENTRE's sales and marketing teams. When he's not focused on revenue, you might find him down at the beach sharpening his surfing skills or spending time with his wife, puppo and new baby boy!
Todd CampbellChief Transformation Officer (CTO)
Todd is dedicated to his purpose of empowering others to live their best lives - NOW! As a survivor of Stage 4 cancer, Todd has experience in dealing with even the biggest obstacles that life may send your way. After having spent the last 15 years working with high-level executives, companies, military personnel, professional athletes, cancer patients and individuals from all walks of life, Todd has joined forces with ENTRE to develop the systems and support required to redefine, redesign and recontextualize ways to help ENTRE’s students create their awesome life.
Randy SabanVP of Sales
Getting his start in the early days of the Online Education, Randy has seen education transform from limited accessibility for those that had the resources to an inclusivity model that breaks boundaries of class, race, sex, and country of origin. Along the journey Randy's passion has been to find the solutions for those that are underserved in both modality and affordability.
In 2022 it is no longer about fitting into the traditional boxes of career and lifestyle. While there is a very important place in Randy's heart for traditional education the new more tailored programs which allow for individuals to succeed with the unique freedom of working from home or on a smart phone have become his passion.
"Custom fitting what we do for a living into the amazing worlds in which we grow, thrive, and play represents the highest standard of living ever known to man. By asking the right questions we can create the best answers." This is the mantra Randy lives by with his team of Advisors and Specialists here at ENTRE.
Blake WyattVP Marketing
After building and launching more than 11 online products from scratch to 7 and 8 figure businesses over the last 5 years, Blake has quickly become the go-to Strategic Growth Consultant when it comes to helping global thought leaders expand their impact through their products. With over $12M in profitable advertising spend under his belt, he now oversees the marketing efforts of a synergistic, team-based approach to help ENTRE fulfill its mission to empower new entrepreneurs with the tools and mentorship they need to succeed in today’s digital economy.
When he’s not reading up on psychology and marketing strategies, you’ll find him dusting off the keys of his piano, relaxing with family, and annoying the neighbors with his drumming.
Angie MayOperations Manager
With an education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and her experience working in higher education, Angie has coupled her expertise with her natural problem solving skills and applies a “boots on the ground” approach to supporting ENTRE’s team members. Angie focuses on ensuring team members are well equipped with the resources needed to successfully deliver ENTRE’s products and services and best support our students on their entrepreneurial journeys. We are pretty sure Angie applies many of these same skills at home with her son and daughter...who we are certain will be future ENTRE success stories.
Rob ThomasHead Coach
Addicted to excellence in all areas of his own life, Rob has harnessed his own training and experience to help hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs master digital sales and marketing as a Coach, Trainer and Speaker. Rob joined forces with ENTRE where he focuses on helping our students create their own awesome lives, and cultivating a Coaching team dedicated to the same mission. Rob married way out of his league, and enjoys being a husband and father to three beautiful children. If the internet disappeared tomorrow, you would find this adventure addict wrestling alligators or breaking records building the world’s tallest Lego skyscrapers.
Rob LeahyAdvanced Course Manager
Rob has been leading and inspiring individuals and corporate teams to realize their greatest potential and visions through leadership classes and transformational seminars since 2005, and has facilitated workshops and effectively coached individuals in overcoming obstacles and limiting belief systems in order to achieve extraordinary results. Joining ENTRE in 2021, Rob is an integral in delivering ENTRE’s Leadership Events. Prior to his path of personal development Rob’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to ownership of multiple businesses he has had the great fortune of working on several exclusive projects for some of Seattle's rock and roll royalty. Rob and his wife Jennifer have known each other since childhood and hail from the same New Jersey town. They split their time between New Jersey and Montana, and they are raising three boys jointly with their father. They share a love of travel, outdoor pursuits, great food, athletics and dogs.
Chelsie PaulsonBrand Director
A political and megabrand powerhouse who has built some of the most influential voices online, Chelsie believes brands who have a true purpose can make a real impact on the world. Now focused on supporting ENTRE on its journey to leave its impact on the world, Chelsie has put her mastery of social media and online tools to work. After living in Australia for six years, she didn’t pick up an Aussie accent, but she is now fluent in the Queen’s English.
Hilary RussellAgency Course Instructor
With the skills she’s acquired and mastery she’s developed over the last decade working in the digital marketing industry, coaching Agency owners from around the world and running her own boutique Agency, Hilary is a key member of ENTRE’s team and can be found sharing her knowledge and providing mentorship to support ENTRE students in building their own digital agencies. When she isn’t discovering and testing new strategies, Hilary can be found hiking through US National Parks with her fiancé and her son in tow.
Janice HoseaDirector of People
As the Director of People for Entre, Janice leads our people strategy. With her 20+ years of experience in HR, Talent Acquisition, and Coaching, she collaborates with Entre's senior leadership to help meet the organization's goals and strategy through people. Aligned with the Core Values of constantly improving and caring about people, Janice's purpose-driven motivation propels her to provide the best service possible to ensure growth and advancement for our people and company as a whole. When she's not focused on HR, she enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and two teenage children.
Amber LutuiChief of Staff
Sometimes referred to as "Jeff’s Secret Weapon", Amber has been working alongside Jeff Lerner, ENTRE’s founder, for over a decade, first as an executive assistant, then as the Chief Operations Officer of Xurli, a 2x INC5000 digital agency, and now as ENTRE’s Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff Amber works across departments to deliver results with strong communication, meticulous organization, and a whole lot of grit, while also often acting as proxy for Jeff and (ENTRE co-founder) Adam. Possessing a rare combination of entrepreneurial scrappiness and professional discipline, Amber is a challenge junkie and loves to find new ways to compete with herself. Whether it’s a jog with her 2 huskies, working alongside her husband to prepare their teenagers to go out and make their own mark on the world, or facilitating a staff meeting at ENTRE, Amber is always striving to set a new "Personal Record" in her daily results.
Tracy is the Controller for ENTRE Institute, overseeing the accounting department. In true accountant form - Tracy is a nerd! From attending a high school for math and science in South Carolina (random fact - with Aziz Ansari) to an undergraduate degree in computer science, teaching high school Algebra, and finally finding her place in the world of accounting in Austin, TX! She has a Master in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and started her accounting career with Deloitte. Since then, she has moved between small and medium sized organizations and found her way to ENTRE while seeking new opportunities to grow her skills, learn from new leaders and positively impact her life and those around her - while also making a move back to the Carolinas (yay for remote work)!
Julie VongchanhSenior Project Manager
Julie is a proven leader and project management professional with an outcome-driven approach. With 8+ years of experience in managing the needs of multiple stakeholders, delivering programs of work on time, on budget and on brand. Julie is highly experienced in managing medium-large production teams for major Australian and International clients. With most of her time spent in agency environments, she has an unwavering passion for quality and innovative digital work. She has worked at some of the biggest and best advertising agencies in Australia, focusing on Production Management, Business/Client Management and Digital Strategy.
Wyatt FennerVideo Production Manager
Wyatt is our video production manager here at ENTRE and he is a student of all things. He prides himself in being a life long learner and a critic of “that’s just how we do things”. During Wyatt’s time in college, he studied business, marketing, and film and met Jeff Lerner along the way. After graduating college, he went full time with ENTRE and never looked back. Starting with just a few employees, Wyatt helped grow ENTRE’s marketing channels to what they are today. “I want everyone to know that I am nothing without my team and my mentors. I credit all of my growth to all of the amazing people I work with.
Jing TsaiSenior Digital Content Manager
With 8+ years of experience in marketing plus a solid background in project management, Jing has been helping over 100 small brands and businesses with their marketing needs. Now Jing has joined the ENTRE team to help amplify the institute's vision on social media through digital content strategies and her knowledge of digital marketing. Besides her passion for marketing, Jing loves doing yoga and playing with her adorable doggie Nachos.
Michelle EvansEvents Operations Manager
Michelle brings lots of Executive Administration and Operations experience to the Entre Events team. She's a detail-oriented and resourceful professional. She takes pride in her ability to demonstrate integrity, personal accountability and follow-through to exceed the requirements of any position. She thrives in team-centric and innovative companies with fast-paced work environments that require multitasking, high volume activity and process improvement. Born and raised in Colorado, Michelle volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with kids in Foster Care and in the court system, riding her motorcycle with friends, spending time with her 4 year old pup Tanta, seeing family and friends, baking and experimenting with new recipes, and of course exploring the Colorado outdoors!