Meet the Innovation Collective Team!

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Innovation Collective is a team made up of individuals who believe their purpose is to  make a radical difference.

We are a passionate group who are relentlessly helping humans all over the world unlock their potential to transform economies and cities.

Founder & CEO

Nicholas Chabrán-Acevedo Smoot

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Nick is a globally respected community and economic strategist. He is a 4x entrepreneur (3 exits), venture capital investor, real estate developer, and ecosystem builder.

His work in startup ecosystems has been recognized by organizations like Google, Brookings, Milken Institute, and Bloomberg. He has been interviewed for Bloomberg West, BBC, Entrepreneurship Magazine, and Fast Company.

Nick has developed national job strategies, award winning education/workforce training programs, and youth leadership development programs. He is a Milken Institute Young Leader and has spent time in over 200 cities in the last decade working with government, education, industry, and community members of all types as he focuses in on the reproducible art of community lead ecosystem development.

Nick loves hiking deep in the woods of Idaho and can often be seen playing tennis with his two sons.

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Chief Commercial Officer

Garen Moreno

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Garen is a global business development executive and 3X entrepreneur with more than 20 years of professional experience within revenue management, sales & marketing and product development. Prior to joining Innovation Collective, he was Director of Strategic Partnering with automaker BMW Group’s Designworks global consultancy where he led strategic product development engagements for the world’s most recognizable transportation companies, airlines, aircraft OEMs, governments and startups. Prior to joining BMW Group Designworks in 2013, Garen was Commercial Director and Co-Founder at CuldeSac, Spain. In his time at CuldeSac he helped construct a leading creative consultancy who delivered retail activation and product launch strategies for renown luxury brands such as Aston Martin, LVMH and Tiffany’s.
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Community Lead - Brooksville, FL

Sam Eshelman

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Raised a few minutes east of the Appalachian Trail - getting your mind out in the wild is something I constantly seek. I believe activity, serenity, and challenges are what build us. I've been around education most my life - but I'm after what traditional education can't quite touch. It's taken me from PA to Texas and Florida. I'm inspired by others - and their courage drives my curiosity. If we ever have an opportunity to chat - I know we'll both come away with a new idea that improves some snippet of humanity. That's what I'm here for.

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Chief of Staff

Taylor Brose

Taylor has spent most of his career up and down the east coast in different corners of the educational and healthcare sectors. He cares deeply about enhancing the lives of those in underserved communities. He served as an elected official in a small town in rural central New York. Prior to IC, Taylor served as a regional administrator under the US Department of Agriculture, Census Bureau. Taylor has immersed himself in the startup culture though his own personal startups and through assisting those trying to get their ideas off the ground in the Mohawk Valley. In his free time, he can be seen either on a bicycle, or with a bass guitar in hand.

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Community Lead - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Morgan Dixon

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Hi my name is Morgan Dixon,
I started my first business when I was 15 years old. I raised $27,000 to develop an app for students with Autism and Dyslexia. While I was on my traveling around the Northwest to school districts to sell my app to I saw that there was a need for affordable tech. In 2019 I started my first 501c3 that collects used mobile devices and redistributes them to low-income families in and around the Inland Northwest.

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Director of Growth

Trevor Gavin

Trevor has spent the last fifteen years as a growth leader in a variety of verticals. Having spent several years working in banking, Trevor made the leap to leave his 9-5 job to become entrepreneur. During that time he found his niche helping SaaS based FinTech companies grow and scale. 

When he is not working with communities throughout the country, you'll find him with his wife and two kids, and enjoying time with  close friends.

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Project Manager

Lori Bainum

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Background in the media business and corporate training and development focusing on leadership, communication, strategic planning, sales and team dynamics. Loves being part of this wonderful tribe of of incredibly smart and creative minds that will leave the world better than we found it.
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Community Lead - Utica NY

Steve Karbowski

Trevor has spent the last fifteen years as a growth leader in a variety of verticals. Having spent several years working in banking, Trevor made the leap to leave his 9-5 job to become entrepreneur. During that time he found his niche helping SaaS based FinTech companies grow and scale. 

When he is not working with communities throughout the country, you'll find him with his wife and two kids, and enjoying time with  close friends.

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