HOWARD K. FISCHER
President and CEO, U.S. Roasterie, Des Moines U.S. Roasterie roasts coffee for office, vending, C-store, and foodservice channels. Fischer's other work experience includes owner of U.S. Coffee from 1981-2006 and Continental Coffee from 1971-81. He has also served as a lecturer for Drake University Business School, consultant for the Small Business Development Conference, and consultant for Food Service Industry. Fischer is also a member of the board for National Automatic Merchandising Assoc. (NAMA)
BARRY B. SMITH
Business entrepreneur and start-up expert, working with various businesses looking to expand in the Cedar Rapids area
Smith's past positions include teaching in the Maquoketa Valley Schools and engineering positions at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA, and for McDonnell Aircraft, where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. He has also worked with projects involving computer memory fabrication techniques.