VENTURE VILLAGE® VISION
We are a global community building extraordinary
companies of eternal impact.
VENTURE VILLAGE® DIRECTORS
Ray Barreth has over 30 years experience creating, directing, and leading new ventures in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has brought companies from product inception to funding and launch, two of which exceeded $100M in annual revenue. He is a strong proponent and mentor of Lean Startup strategies in the Kansas City Startup Village (one of his recent successes is a biomedical firm which obtained $365,000 in early stage funding). Ray is passionate about coaching extraordinary entrepreneurs to create legacies that go far beyond themselves. He spends his time catalyzing entrepreneurs and businesses across the globe to make a lasting difference.
Eric Rosell graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Culinary Arts Management. He loves connecting people through food, and for the past five years has managed over 75 crew members at Trader Joe’s (a U.S. based grocery chain), while developing policies and procedures to streamline effectiveness at the store level. Eric is analytical, detail-oriented, and passionate about social & culture changing enterprise. He uses these strengths in his role at Venture Village® to connect people, projects and events, while engaging with entrepreneurs and challenging them to create companies of lasting impact.
Ralph Metzger is a social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience building businesses in the developing world. From furniture manufacturing to vermiculture biotechnology, these ventures made a lasting impact on the lives they touched and their communities. Ralph loves the creative process and working with others to identify solutions and connect the dots as they seek to meet real human needs through sustainable enterprise. In recent years he has used his experience and MBA to coach and train social entrepreneurs in various countries. Ralph is passionate about helping others use the Lean Startup method to design their business models for success on multiple bottom lines.