Tim Putnam is the Director for the North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The Pappajohn Center offers comprehensive entrepreneurial training and consulting for entrepreneurs, small business owners, communities and students. Tim has led presentations and workshops on entrepreneurial education, creating an entrepreneurial community, creating a community angel fund, and small business development at both state and national conferences. Current areas of focus include creating a digital economy ecosystem and accelerating scalable tech entrepreneurship growth and scaling the NIACC Pappajohn Centers Venture Mentoring Services program. Tim was an Area Coach with Pizza Hut of America, Inc., and leading sites across the Midwest. Tim is a past board member for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, past CVO for Mason City Family YMCA and served on the Mason City Blue Zone Power 9 leadership team. He was a co-founder of the Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival in Clear Lake, IA and served as the festival director. He served as a Fellow for Community Outreach for the National Association for Community Colleges for Entrepreneurship. Tim has a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1986 – 1996.