Candi Karsjens

Director of Innovation & Acceleration

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Candi Karsjens has joined the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as the new Director of Acceleration and Innovation. Candi joins the team with over 20 years of business and industry experience. Her expertise ranges across strategic planning, business coaching, organization design, sales and marketing strategy, and team development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in E-commerce from Northcentral University where she also spent four years as adjunct faculty teaching a variety of graduate level business courses and developing curriculum.

Candi along with her husband Mike are serial entrepreneurs who have built and sold two businesses in North Iowa (one partnership) both in the manufacturing sector.  Candi also spent several years as a strategic business consultant developing business and marketing strategies and managing projects for clients throughout the US, Canada, Scotland, the UK and Australia. Candi will use her unique combination of skills, education and hands on entrepreneurial experience to assist North Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs in achieving their visions for growth and expansion. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in North Iowa.

Candi and her husband Mike live in the Rockwell area. Together, they have six children, a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren.  Candi enjoys spending time with their family, the outdoors, cooking, gardening and beach vacations.