Invest Southwest Appoints Timothy Kelley of Grand Canyon University and Chase Norlin of Transmosis to 2017 Board of Directors


Kelley and Norlin join the Invest Southwest Board of Directors and Executive Committee members who will guide the organization’s strategic direction and mission for 2017

PHOENIX (September 12, 2016) – Timothy Kelley, Founder and Chair of Canyon Angels and Head of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University (GCU), and Chase Norlin, CEO of Transmosis, were recently selected to join the Board of Directors for Invest Southwest, a non-profit focused on connecting accredited investors with the region’s most promising early-stage companies.

Kelley brings expertise in entrepreneurship and international real estate finance, and currently serves as the COO of the Entrepreneur Opportunity Fund. He is also the owner and CFO of two education-related companies with more than 45 employees and several million in gross revenue. He is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at GCU, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and studied at both Oxford University and Arizona State University.

Kelley currently serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, The Governor’s Committee on Cross Border Real Estate at the Arizona Mexico Commission and the International Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also the former chairman of the Thunderbird Angel Network.

Norlin serves as the CEO of Transmosis, an organization dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Norlin is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur with multiple successful start-ups and exits to his credit. Prior to Transmosis, Norlin was the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), which was named the eighth fastest growing company in America and the number one fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine. Norlin’s ventures have garnered national acclaim including Time Magazine’s Top 50 Companies.

Kelley and Norlin join the Invest Southwest Board of Directors and Executive Committee members who will guide the organization’s strategic direction and mission over 2017.

Additional Board of Directors include:

  • Jonathan Ariano, Osborn Maledon, P.A.
  • Jonathan Coury, Hool Coury Law
  • Greg Head, software marketing veteran
  • Gabriel Hyams, Pinnacle Transplant
  • Base Horner, Desert Angels
  • Mario Martinez II, MRTNZ Ventures
  • Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority

Executive Committee Members include:

  • Nate Mortensen, Tallwave Capital
  • Karen Katzorke, Invest Southwest
  • Pat Stoner, Indecomm Technology Services Group
  • Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • James Goulka, Arizona Tech Investors
  • Christie Kerner, Arizona State University
  • Randy Gustafson, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Keith Stoneback, Lanesborough, LLC
  • Noah Barrasso, Keyser
  • Preston Clarke, Arizona Venture Consulting

To learn more about Invest Southwest and its signature pitch contest event, Venture Madness scheduled for March 8 – 10, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona, please visit

About Invest Southwest
Established in 1992, Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the Southwest region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 thoroughly evaluated emerging companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit for more information.