Jim Herrin

Director, Salt Lake Region SBDC

Jim Herrin joined the Utah SBDC Network as the Assistant State Director in March 2012.  In September 2014 he was appointed Director of the Salt Lake Region SBDC.

Jim began his career with the State of Utah International Business Development Office as an international trade executive. 

He was later recruited to a help start-up a pharmaceutical development company where he helped grow the company to 40 employees, full manufacturing and eventually selling the company for $25 million to a British company. 

He has spent nearly 20 years working at and with several small biomedical companies in leadership positions, including Vice President, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Jim has expertise in a wide range of small business skills, including finance, accounting, international business, business development, corporate development, human resource management and business administration.  He is also an adjunct professor of finance with Webster University located at Hill Air Force Base where he instructs graduate students that include active duty armed services personnel and retired military veterans.

Jim Herrin earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah and his Bachelors of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Brigham Young University.  In 2013 Jim was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Utah District Export Council.  He is a  Certified Global Business Professional of the National Association of Small Business International Trade Executives and is an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB).

Jim and his wife of 32 years have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Bryce Hansen

Associate Director, Technology Commercialization Advisor

Bryce Hansen joined the Salt Lake Region SBDC in 2013 as a Technology Commercialization Advisor. 

Bryce works with entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers to commercialize, or take to market their technology.  He brings strategy, marketing, market research, product development, accounting, finance and fundraising insight to his clients.  

Over the past six years, Bryce has developed expertise in a variety of areas, from equity funding while at the Utah Fund of Funds, to SBIR grant accounting while serving clients for Vensight CFO Services. He previously worked as a financial auditor for a Salt Lake-based regional accounting firm, as a financial analyst for a large multinational corporation, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Utah.

Bryce Hansen holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Commercialization & Management degree from Westminster College where he scored a 98 percentile score for the ETS MBA Major Field Test.    He also has a Bachelor of Science and Master degrees in accounting from Weber State University.

Matthias Miller

Senior Business Advisor

Matthias Miller joined the Salt Lake SBDC in June of 2014.  He comes to the SBDC with a long history of creating and running small businesses, including a non-profit, as well as mentoring and training small business owners. 

After studying International Relations and Business at Brigham Young University, Matthias spent 10 years in South America where he coached, trained and mentored business owners UniNet; served as an adjunct professor of business at Afolfo Ibanez Business University and coordinated a team of business owners in a cooperative venture for Pro Chile. 

Upon returning to Utah, he founded Language Max, becoming the number one distributor worldwide for a language course, as well as becoming the exclusive U.S. distributor of the largest European language product.  

In 2011 Matthias founded a non-profit,, which assist social enterprises and non-profit organizations revolutionize their performance in order to create even greater impact and social good. 

Matthias is involved in the community befriending the elderly, working with children and youth in the Champions in Life program, and helping the Hispanic community to strengthen fathers and families, including employment assistance.

Jackie Hobson

Veteran Business Advisor

Jackie Hobson is the Veteran Business Advisor for the state and is enthused to work with the veteran population.

She served in the Army Reserves and completed one fifteen-month tour in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.  Jackie has extensive hands on business experience, she has owned multiple businesses including a retail clothing store that she built from the ground up, franchised, and sold in 2012.

She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Utah Valley University.  Jackie works closely with all Small Business Development Centers throughout the state to serve Utah Veterans Business Owners.

Peter Callister

Senior Business Advisor

Peter Callister has a broad background ranging from economic development, early stage capital financing, product development, and marketing.

Peter is a cofounder at Mommi, a prenatal supplements company, and has been critical in developing strategy, investment, and supply chain partnerships.

He facilitated several million dollars of invested capital into several startups as the former General Manager of the SLC Angels and Park City Angel Network.

Peter was a founder at D Street Marketing and spent several years in economic development at the Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR) and has a strong understanding of early stage venture development and commercialization.

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