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Jason Hudson
About

Jason Hudson

CEO & Founder

Mr Hudson has devoted a majority of his career to the marketing and branding space as a SVP of Marketing Strategies at CPG Team, Executive Producer and Director, and Chief Technical Director.

 

In 2009, Mr Hudson was a senior producer on a feature film that exhibited in 1,400 theaters nationwide and sold in Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and rented at Redbox, along with digital streaming on Netflix and Hulu. He also partnered on distribution to a feature title through Warner Bros.

 

Utilizing the latest in digital technology and systems infrastructure, Mr Hudson has developed a stellar team that has crafted groundbreaking interactive technology. With his team of creative engineers, networking & IT specialists, software and web developers, social media experts, and film producers that make up U Direct.

Rodney Stone
About

Rodney Stone

VP of Business Relations

For over 30 years, Mr Stone is an experienced executive film producer and distributor with invaluable relationships in the entertainment industry.  He currently owns and manages intellectual property in distribution with Warner Bros.

 

He’s worked and partnered with some of the largest production, distribution, and publishing companies in the industry, including Warner Bros, Sony, CBS, Tyndale House.

 

Personally mentored by Warner Bros executive Barry Reardon and worked along side celebrated actors and producers such as

Burt Reynolds, Benji Gaither, Harry Thomason, and Linda Bloodworth.

Nate Arnold
About

Nate Arnold

VP of Technology & CTO

Mr Arnorld has worked with major brands such as Purina, HP, New Belgium, Chamberlain on development and web strategies.  After several years experience in development and web programming, he has lead and managed teams on a host of web and app platforms, such as Google, iOS, Android and Microsoft, as well as coding several various web languages.

 

Educated at Northwest Missouri State University with a M.S, in Science and Missouri Western State University with a B.S, in Biology, his science background has supported his roles as a chief development architect and team leader alongside large marketing firms in Kansas City.

Lute Atieh
About

Lute Atieh

VP of Business Strategies & Accounting

With an MBA and as a certified CPA, Mr Atieh has grown several companies into successful organizations, including a highly successful online university, the American Business & Technology University.

 

He also has a strong marketing and web development background, which serves as a catalyst for connectivity and online platforms.

Larry Lee
NWSU Incubator

Larry Lee

Mentor & Advisory Board

As director of business development and tenant relations for Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University’s business and technology incubator, MR Lee is responsible for leading recruitment efforts, tenant relations, and the overall business and administrative affairs of the facility.

 

Lee, who has extensive experience in business and marketing, has served since 2008 as director of technology development and commercialization for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). In that role, he was responsible for the SBTDC’s effort to produce high-growth companies, in addition to providing consulting and training to high-tech companies in the Kansas City and northwest Missouri area.

 

Previously, Lee was director of the enterprise development laboratory at the UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he created and managed the UMKC student business incubator. Lee also served as director and a business consultant for the UMKC Missouri Small Business Development Center.

 

Lee’s new role marks a return to Northwest for him. He served as an adjunct professor at the University from 1996 to 2001. He also was director of the Northwest Missouri State University-Missouri Small Business Development Center in St. Joseph from 1994 to 1996. In 1994, Lee was the recipient of the College of Professional and Applied Studies’ Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service at Northwest.

 

Lee earned both his bachelor of science in marketing and his master of business administration degrees from Northwest.

He has served on the executive boards of several civic and service organizations in St. Joseph, including United Way of Greater St. Joseph, the Pony Express Museum, St. Joseph Junior Achievement, the St. Joseph Optimist Club and St. Joseph Kiwanis.

Justin Copeland
About

Justin Copeland

Mentor & Advisory Board

With a vast array of disciplines in business, management, entrepreneurship, and technology, Mr Copeland is a perfect fit to our Advisory Council.

 

Operating his own successful IT and integration company, Triggerfish Corp, Mr Copeland has decades of experience installing and partnering with hundreds of business around the country. His vast knowledge in this industry as well as leadership and insight to technology infrastructure plays a crucial role at U Direct.

 

Currently operating Triggerfish Corp, Xtreme Electronics, and careGEN Group Inc.