MIST Cluster Team
Joe Graben, MIST Cluster Program Manager: The MIST Cluster Program is led by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with funding support in part from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under a 5 year contract. Joe Graben, Director of USM’s Business & Innovation Assistance Center serves as the Program Manager.
Robbie Ingram, CEO of MSET: The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, Inc. (MSET) - principal partner in the MIST Cluster program - is a private, State chartered non-profit 501c3 facilitating economic development by leveraging the resources of Stennis Space Center, the State, and the region. It operates a business incubator on the Center. Robbie Ingram, serves as MSET's MIST Cluster lead.
Laurie Jugan, Consultant: Laurie Jugan is the lead technical consultant and helps provide direct services to MIST Cluster members. She was a principal in a successful small business marine technology company that was later acquired by a large defense contractor.
Vic Johnson, LTTO: The Louisiana State University's Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC) is a MIST Cluster supported partner providing direct services and outreach in Louisiana. Vic Johnson, head of LBTC's Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO) at Stennis is the LBTC’s MIST Cluster lead.
Tony Jeff, Innovate Mississippi: Innovate Mississippi is a MIST Cluster supported partner providing direct services related to entrepreneurship, capital funding, and business development. Tony Jeff, CEO of Innovate Mississippi is their MIST Cluster lead.