Ryan Van Amburgh
Ryan Van Amburgh, co-founder of SBSC, is the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Spark Saratoga, the county’s only business incubator and early stage accelerator. Supporting over seventy companies and entrepreneurs from around the region, Ryan was responsible for it’s creation and launch in April 2017. Since it’s creation, Spark has facilitated over 2,000 mentor hours valued at over $275,000 and provided over $300,000 in direct financial assistance. Ryan facilitated collaboration from the onset by partnering with Clarkson University, SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Adirondack. In the fall of 2018, Spark Saratoga was recognized by the regional startup hotspot, Innovate 518 as a certified incubator to qualify startups in good-standing to be eligible for state tax incentives. In 2017, Ryan was nominated for Upstate Venture Connects Community Catalyst Award.
Previously, Ryan was the Economic Development Specialist for Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). He implemented key strategies such as Career Jam, a groundbreaking workforce development and education initiative that attracted over seventy businesses and 1,800 students from around the region encouraging a firsthand look at careers that are relevant to where we live.
Also, Ryan was responsible for SEDC member and community stakeholder engagement in agency efforts surrounding SEDC announcement in June 2018, a national first – an integrated circuit (IC) design accelerator that will provide access to electronic design automation (EDA) tools at a fraction of the traditional cost for designers, a major initiative to empower world-leading integrated circuit & electronic system design in Saratoga County & New York’s capital region
Previously, Ryan spent almost a decade in the financial services sector working on behalf of small and large employers in the region.
Ryan serves on several boards including Tech Valley Global Business Network and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Upstate NY/Vermont Chapter and serves as a Commissioner for the City of Saratoga Springs Smart City Initiative.
Bill Teator, co-founder of SBSC, provides overall project management and strategic communication to Capital Advocates, LLC, its clients and his business holding company, DEW Ventures, LLC. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, communication, business development, government relations, and public affairs serving the needs of elected officials, corporate, small business, municipal and non-profit organizations. He specializes in strategic planning, project management and execution to identify and deliver public policy and business development solutions supporting commercial and economic development goals of clients.
Bill has successfully assisted clients with identifying strategic opportunities for growth and developing plans that foster public-private collaboration and shared success. He leads implementation coordinating project team, client and third party stakeholders within the often shifting political, policy, business, finance and public opinion dynamics. He is experienced leading multi-disciplinary teams of media relations, paid advertising, business professionals, and other technical advisors frequently necessary to deliver overall success in public affairs campaigns and business development projects.
Bill has led government and public affairs projects on behalf of Fortune 500, start-up, non-profit, higher education, elected officials, and public institutions. His experience covers numerous industry and policy sectors including agriculture, energy, finance, healthcare, trade, transportation, veterans health, and technology/telecommunications issues.
Some representative clients over the years are Siemens, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, University at Buffalo, Energy East Corporation, StemCyte and Caricord, adult cord blood stem cell collection and advanced therapeutics companies, the Community College of Philadelphia, Tyson Foods, the National Milk Producers Federation, American Farm Bureau, General Electric and more.
In 2011, Bill served as voluntary Chair to the Energy Policy Advisory Committee of Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY) recruiting experts across alternative, renewable, traditional power generation and transmission sectors. In 2001, he assisted the co-chair and Executive Director of a Presidential appointed task force on improving VA and Department of Defense healthcare to our nation’s veterans, securing a broad array of leading healthcare, veteran and military advocacy experts.
Since 2014 under DEW Ventures, LLC, Bill has helped originate, frame the use mix, secure commercial tenants, public approvals and long-term multi-million dollar incentives supporting mixed-use real estate projects. Two active projects totaling investment over $105 million are stabilized and in construction in Buffalo and Utica, New York. Two others approved and pending final financing total $70 million in Amsterdam and Saratoga Springs, NY. The latter includes a 12,000 sf space to house the Spark Saratoga entrepreneur incubator and accelerator in concert with Saratoga CoWorks.
Bill remains a strategic affiliate to a number of digital media, video production, and comprehensive public relations firms in New York and Washington, D.C. Bill was a public and government affairs consultant with The Solomon Group, LLC from 1999 to 2002 after serving for four years (1994-1998) as Press Secretary and Legislative Aide to then Congressman and House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon (R-NY, 1979-1999). He started Capital Advocates, LLC in May of 2003 after working for The Livingston Group, LLC upon its acquisition of The Solomon Group the year before. In 2006, he relocated his family and primary business to New York’s Capital Region where he grew up and helped serve the communities while working in Congress.
Teator received his BA from Binghamton University. He was born and raised in Durham, New York in that states northern Catskills region. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bill has actively volunteered as a Board Trustee for five years with the Upstate NY /VT Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a tribute to his late Mom who passed from a rare “orphan” cancer. He has also volunteered in Boy Scouts of America, as a Board Director for a senior care skilled nursing & living facility affiliated with his Church, in youth coaching, and mentoring emerging businesses in energy, health, real estate and agribusiness sectors.
Kim Parr Teator, Managing Partner
Kim Parr Teator was named President effective 2019 providing overall direction to the firm. She specializes in professional change management consulting services, focusing in the areas of strategic communication planning and development, organizational management, training development and delivery, human resource development, and job-task-analysis. Additionally, Parr Teator handles business operations for Capital Advocates, LLC.
Prior to Capital Advocates, Parr Teator has years experience as a Consultant with Accenture, LLC, providing human performance consulting services for private sector and Federal Government clients including NASA, Department of State, USPS, IRS, HUD and Freddie Mac. She lead the design, development, and delivery of communication plans and materials, lead training development and delivery efforts, assessed various business issues, recommended strategy, and implemented solutions to address the identified needs. Additionally, Kim created change navigation and knowledge transfer plans to transition to the recommended organization designs. Parr Teator has also worked to help develop agent competencies for the Directorate of Intelligence with the FBI.
Parr Teator earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and NYS Elementary Teaching Certification at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She later received her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University.