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BRANDON KRUSE – FOUNDER

Brandon sold his first company, Dialmaxx, a digital telecommunications service provider, to magicJack, an Internet phone service provider just before turning 21. Since then, he’s been a corporate executive, consultant, learning at every turn from customers, colleagues, and mentors.Brandon has always been eager to share his experiences and perspective with other entrepreneurs, and in 2015, frustrated by the lack of affordable space and community for startups, Kruse purchased the old West Huntsville Elementary school and transformed into an ideal pad for like-minded people to connect and collaborate, and start and grow their businesses.

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ANTONIO MONTOYA – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Antonio has been in the tech business for over two decades. At his last corporate job, he was VP for a national engineering services firm working remotely and managing a distributed team. Pretty soon, working from home proved unproductive and isolated so he looked out for office space like the spaces he used to frequent when traveling around the country. The office spaces he found in Huntsville were an improvement to working alone but did not offer a community of like minded peers. Now, as entrepreneur and founder of a startup community accelerator non-profit he is helping Brandon develop his vision for Huntsville West.

MATT JONES – SPACE DEVELOPMENT

Matt is a Social entrepreneur and executive and understands how critical it is to have a collaborative space that enables connection, synergy, and productivity. During his career, he has had the opportunity to lead the development of innovative creative hubs throughout Alabama, most recently as the Founder and former Director of DesignLab-Huntsville, a collaborative learning environment and event venue focused on community and social entrepreneurship, located at the Historic Lincoln Mill.In addition to his leadership role at Huntsville West, he facilitates organizational development and innovation for individuals and teams that are interested in high-performance leadership and results for their organizations.