Karol Hines is the Executive Director of Entrepreneurs Assembly. Prior to becoming the ED of EA, Karol spent 5 years volunteering and supporting the development and growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Nevada. In addition to being a volunteer mentor with EA, she was board member of both NCET (Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology) and EN (Entrepreneurship Nevada); was the Director of Program Support at the Cube @ Midtown; curated the Reno/Tahoe Startup Digest; participated as a preliminary judge in several Sontag Business Plan competitions and as a final judge for the Governors Cup Business Plan competition. Karol was also a pitch competition judge last year at the inaugural WACM Summit.

Karol’s professional career, spanning over thirty years in New York and Silicon Valley, included executive management and technical leadership positions in several startup companies. Most notable was 16 years (as first employee) in leadership roles with Ross Systems, which began as a professional services firm and pivoted twice to become a timesharing services, the precursor of the cloud, and SaaS company and finally a software product company delivering ERP solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. Chat with Karol at khines(at)ea-global.org.