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Meet our roundtable panelists

Arising creative economy is triggering a boom in entrepreneurism. We asked Sac State alumni involved in the surge to weigh in on what’s making Sacramento a hotbed for bold thinking.

Our panelists:

  • Gordon Fowler, Moderator, Founder of 3fold Communications, and member, Sac State Magazine advisory committee
  • Clarisse Baca ’12 (Business Administration) ’15 MBA, co-founder of children’s activity planning website Activity Jungle
  • James Chu ’13 (Criminal Justice), founder of travel clothing site Haven & Florin
  • Kraig Clark ’91 (Accountancy), co-founder and chairman of renewable energy firm JLM Energy
  • Maritza Davis ’07 (Public Relations), co-founder of public relations and event planning firm Unseen Heroes
  • Roshaun Davis ’08 (Journalism), co-founder of public relations and event planning firm Unseen Heroes
  • John Meidinger '09 (Government) '16 MBA, co-founder of children’s activity planning website Activity Jungle
  • Stacey Powell,’92 (Accountancy), founder and chief creative officer for the Finance Gym
  • Eric Ullrich, co-founder of the Hacker Lab

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Gordon Fowler


Gordon Fowler, 3fold Communications and Sac State Magazine advisory committee

After 15 years of national, success-filled marketing and advertising experience in high-level positions in the private and public sector, Gordon Fowler launched 3fold Communications with Angela Criser in 2004. 3fold Communications has become an award winning, multi-million dollar agency and a leader in socially conscious marketing.

In addition to providing for-profit companies strategic and integrated marketing and social media services, 3fold Communications specializes in working with nonprofits to increase their capacity, strategically position them to attract new funding, build their influence, and strengthen their overall impact.

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clarisse baca


Clarisse Baca, Activity Jungle

Clarisse Baca '12 (Business Administration) '15 MBA is a co-founder of Activity Jungle and leads business development.

Baca was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico and came to Sacramento to play tennis for the Sac State Women’s team as an undergraduate. She's currently the Sac State women’s tennis head coach.

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James Chu

James Chu, Haven & Florin

James Chu '13 (Criminal Justice) was born and raised in Sacramento as a first generation American and learned at an early age to take risks and initiative to help contribute to the needs of his family.

Upon graduation, he moved to New York City to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. During his time there, he co-founded Haven & Florin, a company that focuses on designing multifunctional made in USA backpacks for the everyday explorer.

The company is currently expanding its product line after the success of its product, the Ruckpack.

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Kraig Clark


Kraig Clark, JLM Energy

Kraig Clark ’91 (Accountancy) is a proud Sacramento State graduate who built his first company, CoreLogic (CLGX), with fellow alumni Steve Schroeder.  They evolved a two-person operation into over 235 people doing over $70 million in revenue in less than 10 years.

After exiting, Clark turned into a serial entrepreneur and investor.   Clark has passion for the environment and energy sustainability. He fills both of those passions by co-founding JLM Energy, a local renewable-energy company and eScreenLogic, an environmental services company. 

In his spare time, Clark enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, and the outdoors.

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Maritza Davis


Maritza Davis, Unseen Heroes

Maritza ’07 (Communication Studies) is the co-founder of the event marketing agency, Unseen Heroes. Using the local landscape as their canvas, Maritza and husband Roshaun specialize in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary with memorable experiences for the entire community.

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Roshaun Davis

Roshaun Davis, Unseen Heroes

Roshaun ’08 (Journalism)is the co-founder of the event marketing agency Unseen Heroes. Using the local landscape as their canvas, Roshaun and wife Maritza specialize in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary with memorable experiences for the entire community.

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Meidinger


John Meidinger, Activity Jungle

John Meidinger '09 (Government) '16 MBA is a co-founder of Activity Jungle and is in charge of business strategy and marketing. He's also a marketing representative for Federated.

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Powell


Stacey Powell, Finance Gym

Stacey Powell '92 (Accountancy) is the founder of Finance Gym, a social venture where you and your money get stronger. She also founded Creating Answers, a chief financial officer firm providing excellent financials and financial coaching to small business and not-for-profits.

Her sole purpose is to change the way people interact with their money so that they don't just know better, they do better.

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Eric Ullrich


Eric Ullrich, Hacker Lab

Eric Ullrich is co-founder/COO of Hacker Lab, which operates on the premise that technology can change the world and the starting point is education. Hacker Lab aims to educate and spark innovation with community driven resources. Ullrich focuses on team building, partnerships, education and startup support.

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