Advisory Team

BusinessEarth’s advisory team is made up of CFOs, CPAs and MBAs; a team that understands the real-life issues you face running a business. We’re grounded in the realities of daily business, yet flexible enough to imagine new ways for your company to have an impact beyond the quarterly report.

Kurt Wilkin [+]

Kurt founded BusinessEarth in 2009 with the goal of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities with products or services that have the potential to profitably make a significant positive impact on the world. Today, he serves as BusinessEarth’s main advisor while running one of BE’s portfolio companies, HireBetter, where he helps companies build the teams that drive them to be successful.

Kurt passionately believes that long-term change will not happen until it makes sense financially, and he aims to prove it can be done. Previously, Kurt founded The Controller Group (TCG), a professional services firm focused on Accounting and Finance consulting and Recruiting. TCG was acquired by Tatum in July 2006 after growing to $18 million in revenues and over 100 professionals in 5 years.

Kurt began his career with Ernst & Young, where he focused on start-up and high-growth clients and later served middle market clients at management consulting firms Peterson Consulting and Montgomery Baggett and Drews. Kurt is an alumnus of University of Arkansas, a Certified Public Accountant and is an active member and officer of the Austin chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Kurt is an active runner, avid outdoorsman and happily married; and can be found most days attempting to coach one or more of his three young sons, in sports … and life.

Melinda Owens [+]

Melinda is BusinessEarth’s Finance and Reporting Advisor. Certified in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, Melinda advises on the financial impact of sustainability projects and shows how companies can incorporate them into current operating budgets. Melinda’s background as an auditor in Big 4 public accounting with Deloitte and KPMG and as a Partner with Tatum, a national finance and accounting consulting firm provide her the expertise to help companies enact profitable Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Like Kurt, Melinda helps businesses acquire, manage, and retain top talent at HireBetter, where she is a Managing Partner.

Melinda is a CPA licensed in the states of Texas and Mississippi. She holds a Masters Degree in Accountancy and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Millsaps College with a minor in Art History.

Melinda has completed an Ironman Triathlon and 13 marathons, with a goal of running one in every state. She enjoys, reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Bradley Short [+]

Bradley leads BusinessEarth’s sustainability discussion on social media and the BE blog. A naturally social person, he facilitates an online conversation where people from all over the world talk about how corporate social responsibility is good for businesses, consumers, and the world at large. He has experience with both start-ups and environmental organizations, and he has cultivated online communities within a number of different realms.

Bradley holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. There he studied Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, as well as Marketing.

Bradley can often be found riding around town on his fixed-gear, seeking out the next big band, or playing some music of his own. He is a proud father of Edie, a very mischievous little labradoodle.

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