Band of Angels and Mentors

To support growth of our regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Sun Valley Economic Development organization (SVED) and the Ketchum Community Development Corporation (KCDC) came together in 2014 to create a number of new programs to support the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. First, the Ketchum Innovation Center (KIC) was launched to create a hub for entrepreneurial activity in the Wood River Valley.

SVED, KCDC and the KIC worked to launch both a business mentoring program and a local investment program to direct investment capital at promising companies. these efforts evolved in the Sun Valley Band of Angels and Mentors (BAM), consisting of experienced business mentors and accredited investors with an interest in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Sun Valley region. the BAM investment programs can take the form of traditional angel/venture capital equity investments for scalable businesses that have a shot at achieving an exit (company sale or IPO), or structured loan insstruments (paid back via revenue/profit royalty payments) for partnership with other Angel organizations in the Mountain West. 

Meet Our Mentors

Terry Chester

Advertising and Marketing

Liz Roquet


Marshal Peterson

Information Technology

Steve Mills

Business Management

Matt McNeal

Investment Advisor

Rick LeFaivre

Venture Capital

Wendolyn Holland

Energy Consultant

Mike & Teri Higgs

Community Development

Frank Halverson


Harry Griffith

Sun Valley Economic Development

Sally Gillespie

Business Consultant

Aimee Christensen

Energy Consultant

Amanda Breen


Bill Boeger