Arlene R. Thayer, Selected as MICA Entrepreneurship Competition Judge April 12, 2016 KatzAbosch is pleased to announce that our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Arlene R. Thayer, AAAPM, has been selected as a judge for the MICA Entrepreneurship Competition, UP/Start this month. UP/Start is the first ever MICA Entrepreneurship Competition. It is a two part competition. In February, 21 teams made up of graduating MICA students and recent alumni, pitch their business concepts to a panel of distinguished judges and mentors. Of the 21 who applied, 8 teams were promoted to continue on to Phase II of the competition. These teams will have a chance to compete for up to $20,000 in funding for their existing or start-up business on April 28th at the Lazarus Center, starting at 3 p.m. “I am honored to be a part of this inaugural event for MICA,” said Arlene. ”These finalists represent the innovation that’s driving what’s next in business and their industry. Demonstrating creativity and effectiveness is a difficult task for most business leaders, so winning Up/Start will be a significant achievement for the winner.” As a member of the executive team at KatzAbosch, Arlene works to promote a success-oriented and accountable environment. Providing leadership and management, she ensures that the firm stays the course towards achieving its strategic objectives. Throughout her career, Arlene has won numerous awards recognizing her mentoring and leadership qualities. The MICA Entrepreneurship Competition and program is made possible by a generous grant from the Ratcliffe Foundation. The mission of MICA’s entrepreneurship programming through MICApreneurship and its events is to help creatives start and grow innovative businesses through support, guidance, visibility, feedback, experience, competition and funding of winning concepts.