Championship Round

Paul J. Holloway Prize celebrating 30 years

In line with UNH policy, the 2020 Bud Albin and Championship rounds will not take place face-to-face.  We are currently exploring options for alternative approaches that will maintain the spirit of the competition, while also accommodating the unusual and challenging circumstance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will share this information once finalized.

Holloway Prize Competition and Reception
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Paul College | 10 Garrison Avenue | Durham, NH

Entries will be narrowed down to 20 teams to competed at the Bud Albin Challenge Round on April 17. From there, the top 6 teams will be chosen to compete in the championship round.



Information on the 2020 Holloway Competition will be added once confirmed.

2019 Schedule

Paul College, G75

1 p.m. Competition Opening
Welcome by Holloway Competition Chair Andrew Earle

Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Business Ideas
1:05 p.m. Liquid Hops
1:32 p.m. Grocery Optimizer
1:59 p.m. Ease
2:26 p.m. Break/Light Refreshments
3 p.m. VELV
3:27 p.m. Bogey Bag
3:55 p.m. Ping!

Paul College, Great Hall

4:30 p.m. Celebratory Reception & Awards Ceremony

5:10 p.m. Speaking Program
Welcome by UNH President James Dean
Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year Announced
FIRE URC Winner Announced
People's Choice Winner Announced
Championship Round Winners Announced
Remarks by Paul J. Holloway
Closing Remarks by Paul College Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands


VELV - 1st Place
Bad breath - awkward silences - splitting the bill; there’s a lot to worry about on a first date. Your safety shouldn’t be one of them. VELV is a dating platform that provides peace of mind for your first date. Join VELV and feel good about firsts.

Christin Badylak-Reals, CEPS (Hometown: Plymouth, NH)
Jessica Lavallee, PAUL (Hometown: Keene, NH)
Matthew Ross, PAUL (Hometown: Londonderry, NH) 
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

Liquid Hops - 2nd Place
Every pint of beer uses the hop plant to contribute to its bitterness, aroma and flavor. However, larger breweries have a much easier time consistently securing hops due to their large purchase volume and low diversity of beers. This leaves small craft breweries paying a premium for the same hop, if they can even get an order to begin with. Liquid Hops will be an indoor hydroponic hop farming facility focused on expanding the growing season for hops and helping local craft breweries and brewpubs. The company’s vision is to not only expand the versatility of eco-friendly farming using hydroponics, but to help New England brewing thrive.

Jonathan Carrigan, CEPS (Hometown: Hampton, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Winans

The Bogey Bag - 3rd Place
The goal of The Bogey Bag is to change the way golfers manage their anger while on the golf course. The Bogey Bag is a punching bag that attaches to any golf cart allowing players to take their anger out in a fun and healthy way without paying the price of equipment replacement or injuries. Whether it is a gift for a friend, or a product for yourself, The Bogey Bag is a surefire way to enjoy the game more.

Steven Schnobrich, PAUL (Hometown: Stratham, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

Ease - Runner Up
Ease is an online platform that finds international students rental housing and facilitates the process of renting on a turnkey basis. Our mission is to provide international students with seamless experiences in their rental process and enhance their educational decision on studying abroad in the US.

Win Phyu Phyu Aung, PAUL (Hometown: Durham, NH)
Chau Nguyen, PAUL (Hometown: Durham, NH)
Zhen Hui Jiang, PAUL (Hometown: Dover, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar 

Grocery Optimizer - Runner Up
Grocery Optimizer's mission is to save you time and money while ensuring that you have the proper amount of nutrition in your diet. Our web-based service generates shopping lists with affordable items that are guaranteed to fulfill your weekly nutritional requirements, making it easy to be sure that you're getting the most nutrition for your dollar.

Caleb Peffer, CEPS (Hometown: Durham, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Laura Deitze

Ping! - Runner Up
Ping! is an app that helps college students stay connected on the weekends. If by chance you find yourself in an unsafe, awkward or otherwise uncomfortable situation, Ping! will instantly send an alert to your group including location tracking and a predetermined message, all at the push of a button. Ping!'s mission is to bring America back to when the outside world was a place to be adventured, not feared.

RJ Harrington, PAUL (Hometown: Hingham, MA)
Dylan Wheeler, CEPS (Hometown: Bow, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Danielle Brick


Jackie Eastwood

Jackie Eastwood is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who has lived in Durham for the past 20 years. She has a successful track record not only in business, but in education, having started a successful school in Cambodia and having worked recently with several UNH-affiliated entities. 
Eastwood is the retired co-founder and CEO of Salient Surgical Technologies Inc., which was sold to Medtronic for $550 million. Prior to Salient, Eastwood was a VP with Medtronic, Inc., from 1987 to 1998. At Medtronic, Eastwood was VP general manager of Medtronic Cardio Care, Medtronic Bio-Medicus and VP Corporate Development. Prior to Medtronic, Eastwood was director of sales & marketing for Impra, Inc. and area manager for Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Eastwood has served on a number of private and public company boards. She currently is a member of the University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees and serves on the board of directors for the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation. She is a founder of The Global Child, a school for street children in Cambodia, and also chairman of the board of Quatic Apparel, a privately-held company based in Troy, N.Y., that makes and markets proprietary inflatable life vests. She also has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Biomedical Council, as well as the CEO Forum and the Center for Family Enterprise at UNH. Past boards also include Computer Motion (RBOT), Itaska, Atherotech, Inc. and Percardia, Inc.
Eastwood is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions in entrepreneurial and technology initiatives. They include an honorary associates degree in liberal arts, Great Bay Community College (2015); Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New England –Medical Devices (2004); Judge for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2005-2009); NH High Tech Council Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year (2006); and Keynote Speaker for the MassMEDIC Annual Investors Conference (2007).

Joe Faro '91
Chief Food Taster, Tuscan Brands

With more than 25 years of experience in the food industry, owner Joe Faro grew up appreciating the true artisan craftsmanship behind creating great food.

While he started working at his parent’s corner bakery as a child, it was at the University of New Hampshire that Faro’s ambition surfaced. Deeply passionate about food and eager to put his entrepreneurial skills to use, Faro entered his concept for Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces into the UNH Whittemore School’s Holloway Prize Competition, and won second place. True to himself, Faro remained confident in his products’ potential to win over a quality conscious clientele. He spent long hours in the kitchen perfecting his pasta and sauce recipes, and set out to sell them to restaurants & hotels in the Boston area.
During the next 18 years, Faro grew Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces from a college business plan to more than $60 million in revenue. In 2006, Faro sold the company to Buitoni, a division of Nestle` Prepared Foods.  After a brief retirement, Joe was onto his next project: Tuscan Kitchen and Market in Salem, N.H.; a brand now recognized throughout New England for creating a true artisan Italian experience through regional scratch Italian cuisine. But that’s not all! Tuscan Brands has since expanded into Burlington, Mass., Portsmouth, N.H. and Seaport Boston.
Faro’s love of creating doesn’t stop there. His newest development is the transformation of the 170 acres of Salem, N.H., formerly known as Rockingham Park. “Tuscan Village” will feature more than two million total s/f of mixed use downtown center style residential, retail and office space; including more than 600 residential units, a luxury hotel, movie theater, green space, and several restaurants, including its flagship Tuscan Kitchen & Market. His vision is a true destination where people can “live, work, stay and play.”

Joseph G. Morone
Recently Retired Vice President and CEO of Albany International Corp.

Joseph G. Morone served as president and CEO of Albany International Corp. from 2005 to 2018.  Albany, a public company (NYSE:AIN) with a $2.4-billion market cap, serves the aerospace and paper industries. 
Before joining Albany International, Morone served as president of Bentley University for eight years, and before Bentley, as dean and professor at the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Keyworth Company, a consulting firm that specialized in technology management and science policy; GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center; and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 
Morone is on the board of trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, serving as vice chair of the board and chair of the Financial Affairs Committee.  He previously served on numerous boards, including Albany International (chair of the governance committee), Transworld Entertainment Corporation (lead director), and Tufts Medical Center (chair). 
Morone holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in political science. His publications include Winning in High-Tech Markets (Harvard Business School Press), and The Demise of Nuclear Power: Lessons for Democratic Control of Technology (Yale University Press) with E. Woodhouse.

Alison Stebbins
CFO, Fuze Bio Tech | Consultant, Coolcore LLC

Alison Stebbins is currently working for two exciting entrepreneurial companies in Portsmouth, N.H. after having retired from a long career in the financial services industry. Sharing knowledge gained from working at large corporations has been gratifying to Stebbins as she helps new companies start their journey.   

Stebbins has worked at numerous financial institutions, including the accounting firms Deloitte and Touche and Ernst and Young. She then started her own accounting firm, Stebbins CPA, in Manchester, N.H. In 2000, she joined Fidelity Investments. For six years Stebbins held a leadership role at Fidelity’s largest regional center in Merrimack, N.H., as the general manager. She also was part of Fidelity’s leadership procurement team in various roles including head of Global corporate accounts payable and Head of Global Vendor Management and Relationships.
Stebbins was chosen as the 2008 N.H. Business Leader by Business New Hampshire Magazine. She also has been recognized as one of the state’s 10 most powerful business people by the same publication. In 2008, she was honored along with her husband Hank with the City Year New Hampshire Lifetime of Community Service Award.
Stebbins is a trustee of the Community College System of New Hampshire and Chair of the Finance Committee. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Heritage United Way, Greater Manchester YMCA, Business and Industry Association of NH, Delta Dental, Audubon, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and University of New Hampshire business school’s Dean’s Advisory Board. Stebbins is on the steering committee for Change Direction, New Hampshire, a national group that is promoting more awareness of mental health issues in schools and the workplace.

Stebbins holds several degrees, including a bachelor’s in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley College.

Rouzbeh Yassini, Ph.D.
Father of Cable Modem, a Broadband Visionary, Innovator, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Rouzbeh Yassini is Founder of YAS Foundation and acting executive director of the University of New Hampshire Broadband Center of Excellence. He is widely regarded as the “father of the cable modem,” reflecting his pioneering work in cable broadband technology, as the founder and CEO of LANCity, and as a prominent contributor to the CableLabs Data over Cable Services Interface Specification.
In recognition of his dedication and meaningful contributions to the broadband cable industry, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association awarded Yassini with a 2004 Vanguard Award, the organization’s highest honor. He was most recently inducted as a member of the Cable Television Pioneers - Class of 2012.
Yassini is the author of Planet Broadband (Cisco Press), a humanized look at broadband technology, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in the press for his vision on the future of broadband. He has served as a board member on a number of privately and publicly held companies, has served as a senior executive consultant with CableLabs, Comcast and Cablevision on numerous programs relating to broadband technologies, and has been a member of the Liberty Global advisory technology board since 2001. Yassini also was founder of the Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center in Boston, offering research grants and facilities to investigate fresh ideas in Broadband technologies.
Yassini holds an honorary doctorate degree in science and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, an honorary doctorate degree from Merrimack College, as well as an equivalent MBA from General Electric’s Financial Management Program.


Michael Kukenberger
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Paul College 

Jeremy Hitchcock

For the last 15 years, Jeremy Hitchcock has been building companies, teams and ecosystems in the southern-New Hampshire/greater Boston area having a global impact on the resiliency of the Internet. He is also an advocate of workforce development, education and work based learning of all forms.

Hitchcock’s most recent company is Minim, started in 2017 - a WiFi management company and IoT security company inspired by the DDoS against Dyn on October 21, 2016. Hitchcock founded Dyn - an Internet infrastructure company connecting people content, and commerce as a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2001. The company grew from dynamic DNS to data, analytics and traffic routing by 20 percent of the Fortune 500 and Alexa 1000. After growing the company to 500 people, $100mm of ARR, and raising $100mm of growth capital, Hitchcock left as CEO in 2016. The company was acquired by Oracle in 2017.

Hitchcock’s achievements as founder/CEO through 2016 included Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (northeast), Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 rankings, and many “best company to work for” accolades. He has been featured in or written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, VentureBeat, Politico, and The Boston Globe. Topics have included building entrepreneurial ecosystems, running a bootstrapped and hyper-growth company, developing a talent pipeline, and managing the culture of companies.

For his efforts in workforce development, he received an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire and from Rivier University for his community impact and leadership. Hitchcock is also a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Community College System of New Hampshire.

He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, living and working in Manchester, N.H.. Along with his wife Liz, they started an independent bookstore in downtown Manchester, NH.

The Bogey Bag
The goal of The Bogey Bag is to change the way golfers manage their anger while on the golf course. The Bogey Bag is a punching bag that attaches to any golf cart allowing players to take their anger out in a fun and healthy way without paying the price of equipment replacement or injuries. Whether it is a gift for a friend, or a product for yourself, The Bogey Bag is a surefire way to enjoy the game more.

Steven Schnobrich, PAUL (Hometown: Stratham, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

About the Benefactor

Paul J Halloway

PAUL J. HOLLOWAY is an accomplished and energetic business leader and a highly successful entrepreneur. A graduate of Temple University, he began his career in the automotive industry as a district manager of Buick Motor Division. In 1967, he invested all of his assets in a Buick-Pontiac dealership in Exeter, N.H., that had sold only 90 new and used cars the previous year, and renamed it Dreher-Holloway.

As he built the business into one of the largest dealerships in New Hampshire, Holloway always stressed customer service and client satisfaction. He has won numerous industry awards, including Time magazine “Quality Dealer of the Year.”

Holloway generously shares his knowledge and experience. As president of the 19,500 member National Automobile Dealers Association from 1998 to 1999, he worked to rebuild the trust between dealers and car manufacturers and took the lead on legislative matters for the organization, maintaining ties with key legislators in Washington.

In addition to his automotive enterprises, Holloway was a partner in the Clipper Nursing and Retirement Homes until he sold the business in 1997, and is presently an owner of the Wentworth Marina in New Castle, N.H.

Holloway has a strong commitment to public service. He has served as chair of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees and spearheaded fundraising programs at Temple University, Governor Dummer Academy, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and has been recognized for his work on behalf of education in the state. He has received the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award, the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association Profile of Service Award, the USNH Chancellor’s Award, and an honorary doctorate from the University of New Hampshire. Recent honors include the naming of Holloway Commons dining hall in recognition of significant contributions to the university’s programs. He also was selected as one of New Hampshire’s 10 most powerful people by Business NH Magazine and was awarded the David C. Knapp Award for Trusteeship by the New England Board of Higher Education.

Holloway has served as chair of the Community College System of New Hampshire and as a New Hampshire Lottery commissioner. He is a past member of the business school dean’s advisory board at the University of New Hampshire.

Celebrating Entreprenueship