Executive Committee

Andreas Duus Pape
Dr. Pape received a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2007 under Emre Ozdenoren and Scott E. Page. Dr. Pape’s research includes work representing agents’ causal models of problems in a decision-theoretic setting and developing software which represents the decision-making of an agent governed by case-based decision theory in order to empirically test the validity of that decision theory. Dr. Pape’s economic models provide Launchpad with an immediate academic element, and his expertise is key to Launchpad’s broader vision for local economic growth.

Charlie Ackerman
Charlie Ackerman is Binghamton’s premier real estate agent, with extensive experience in the Binghamton area. Charlie’s agency has provided rental and buying services for both students and community members, and his local knowledge and connections are essential to Launchpad’s continued success. Launchpad’s objective hinges on locating businesses in the right places, and Charlie is the best man in Binghamton to do that job.

David Sloan Wilson
David Sloan Wilson is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology. Professor Wilson is known for incorporating an Evolutionary Perspective into his work, which in the past has involved (among many topics) religion, education, and community organization. Included in his past work is “The Neighborhood Project”, a book focusing on the local Binghamton area and incorporating his Evolutionary Perspective. Professor Wilson’s extensive network in the community, with a strong academic backdrop, has been an integral part of Launchpad’s progress. Professor Wilson is also an instructor of the Binghamton Microcosm class, and carries on several projects in Binghamton.

Vishal Gupta & Tony Frontera
Professors Gupta and Frontera teach in the School Of Management at Binghamton University. They provide an essential resource to the Launchpad team, bringing a background of entrepreneurial and management experience. They play an important role in helping students translate create start up ideas into viable business proposals.

Elyse Stewart & Rafi Schulman
Elyse and Rafi, both BU students (‘16), started Launchpad Binghamton as members of the Binghamton Microcosm fall 2014. Rafi is an Integrative Neuroscience and Evolutionary Studies Major, and Elyse is a Spanish Major and Chinese Minor. Both of them saw the student community in downtown Binghamton as a ripe market to start student businesses to help get Binghamton’s economy off the ground.