Ms. Wetzel, M.B.A.

Shelley Wetzel, M.B.A.
Inventor & Owner

Salisbury, MD

Shelley is a renaissance soul, having been self-employed for half of her career, from graphic and web design, development, artist, event planner, and inventor.

Ten years ago, Shelley created the eduWeb Digital Summit and with a co-partner, has created a very successful, internationally attended multi-day event for the higher education community. In addition, a new event was added, called the Master Class, to this multi-day event, making eduWeb a leading annual experience helping grow higher education's needs in digital marketing.

Shelley also provides marketing consulting and event planning for small businesses, specializing in cultivating their stories to compliment their business.

And Shelley holds one U.S. Patent.



Design & Manufacturing
Baltimore, MD


Sandy Sferrella-Taylor
Marketing & Sales

York, PA

Sandy has over 30 years experience in marketing, sales and product development working in the housewares, gift and tabletop industries. Through the years, Sandy has been instrumental in developing product both for the companies she has worked for and private label products for customers, creating launch events and building PR and marketing programs to drive business.


Mark Palmquist
Furniture & Industrial Designer & Accomplished Craftsman

Frederick, MD

Mark Palmquist has designed, developed, and engineered over 50 products ranging from furniture, to exhibit systems, to shipping containers, to TV stands, to iPad accessories and more.

Mark holds US and International Patents and has created line drawings for over 25 separate successful patent applications.

A & G Machining, Inc.
Garner, NC


Barry Frey
Technical Assistant Specialist, TEDCO

Columbia, MD


John VanOphem, J.D.
Intellectual Property Attorney

Detroit, MI

John has extensive experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property law with particular emphasis in the representation of middle-market multi-national companies for the protection and value development of patent and trademark portfolios.

John has implemented procedures to ensure quality and cost-effective solutions which reflect the company’s business strategies and objectives. He has been an in-house patent counsel for some of the largest office furniture and automotive parts manufacturers in the world. John also has extensive knowledge and experience with other industries and technologies including medical, industrial, transportation, instrumentation, and heavy equipment.

John is registered to practice law in the State of Michigan and before the U.S. Patent Office and has appeared in numerous courts.


Mike Theilke
Executive Director, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center

Easton, MD