The Enterprise Center Management Team

George Hansen
George Hansen,
President & CEO

  George Hansen joined the ECJC team in June 2013. Most recently, George was CEO of Zave Network, an online commerce company where he led the company through an acquisition by Google. He has also worked as a director of TGP Investments, CEO-level leadership roles at Midwest-based Corporate Lodging and CARSTAR. George has also held senior positions at Thorn EMI, PLC, Denny's Inc. and Wendy's International

Mr. Hansen has more than 30 years experience managing businesses in multiple industries in both North America and Europe. In addition to managing for exceptional growth he has also been principally involved in a variety of transaction types, including acquisitions, de-mergers and exits in both the public and private markets.

A graduate of the University of Maine, George also holds a certificate in Management from Columbia University.

Clara Hemphill
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Clara has been a valuable member of the Enterprise Center staff since March of 1999. Prior to working for the Enterprise Center she spent 5 years as the business manager at the Kansas Innovation Corporation, a business incubator located in Lawrence, Kansas.

Clara has extensive experience working in the banking industry and as a statistical analyst for companies such as Waddell & Reed and the H.D. Lee Corporation of Kansas City. Clara's responsibilities include consulting with Enterprise Center clients in the areas of finance and accounting.

Clara is a CPA and received her MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University. 

She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and has a married daughter living in Dublin, Ireland.

Rick Vaughn,
Vice President of Business Development
Rick joined the Enterprise Center in January 2006 as Vice President of Business Development. Before joining ECJC, Rick was co-founder and COO of Inventive Play, LLC, a direct marketer of products for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to that, he was general manager of Allied Products, Inc., the start-up gift division of a diversified manufacturing company.

Rick also has extensive business development and mergers and acquisitions experience from positions he held at and Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Rick received his MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University. He lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife and two daughters.

Melissa Roberts,
Marketing Director

Melissa Roberts is the Marketing Director at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County and the President of Free State Strategy Group LLC. She has worked at the nexus of politics, marketing and community organizing for a decade. 

After running political campaigns in Boston, Melissa joined DCI Group, where she advised Fortune 100 clients on public affairs, advocacy and CSR strategies. Most recently, Melissa served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Technology Innovation, where she worked to connect the startup community with policymakers in Kansas City and across the Silicon Prairie. 

Melissa currently serves as a 1 Million Cups Kansas City Community Organizer. Melissa is an alumna of Boston College and a Johnson County native. Though her career has taken her around the country, she has remained a loyal, if tortured, Kansas City Royals fan.

Jenn Hackett,
Administrative Assistant & Office Manager
  Jenn joined the Enterprise Center in February 2011 after graduating from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Commercial Graphics.

Jenn completed an internship with a printing company, Spangler Graphics and also was an eCommerce intern at the Kansas City Sports Commission.

Jenn lives in Olathe, KS with her husband Jay. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, Chiefs football, KU basketball, and traveling.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 Bluejacket Street
Lenexa, KS 66214
P: (913) 438-2282
F: (913) 888-6928

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