Misty Stutsman, Director
Stutsman joins the IVMF as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Veteran Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for building a center that advances and promotes veteran entrepreneurship nationwide through research, resources and tools as well as training and program development. Previously Stutsman served as the Manager of Programs and Outreach at the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, at Oklahoma State University. During her time there, she oversaw the expansion and relaunch of the new award-winning student incubator program, served on the planning board and positioned Riata as a founding member of 36 Degrees North, an 11,000 square foot entrepreneurial space in the heart of downtown Tulsa, as well as launched many other student and community-based programs, internships, competitions, and conferences, at the local, national, and international level. She was also the consortium lead for the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) based out of Oklahoma State University, recruiting three universities to the consortium during her tenure at the Riata Center. Prior to this position, she was the Marketing Manager at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has several years’ experience in service management, consulting, event planning and program/curriculum development. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and International Business and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Oklahoma State University. During her undergraduate career she was a member of the Equestrian team and served as the show manager coordinating all home competitions including the Big XII Championship.
Mitchell Forbes, Student Support
Forbes joined the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship in 2016 as Student Support. In this role, he helps ensure the fulfillment of the COE mission through the research and development of educational resources and tools, providing veterans with a clear picture of their entrepreneurial ecosystem at the local, state and national levels.
Before Forbes joined the COE team he spent 3 ½ years with the 10th Mountain Division as an Infantryman. Forbes was medically retired from the Army after injuries sustained in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Forbes is from Arlington, TX and is an avid Texas Rangers and the five-time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys fan. Forbes is currently a senior Policy Studies student at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.