Lift The Rock is produced by The Venture Center to bring entrepreneurs and business leaders together for conversation around economic development and entrepreneurship. At this month's Lift the Rock, Brent Birch will share the latest big news about the Tech Park! Then, Adrienne Baker, Chief Operating Officer for Wright Lindsey Jennings and Brandon Middleton, IP attorney at Wright Lindsey Jennings will share about the most important aspects of the Entrepreneurial Toolbox.
Join us on Friday, 9/20 from 11:30am - 1:00pm for lunch + program.
11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch + Networking
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Program
About our speakers:
Adrienne Baker is the Chief Operating Officer for Wright Lindsey Jennings and a partner in the firm. Her practice centers on commercial litigation, including banking and commercial lending, creditors’ rights and collections, contract disputes and surety law. Adrienne also regularly provides contract drafting and review services to a variety of businesses. In 2017, Arkansas Business named Adrienne to its “40 Under 40” list of business and political leaders. She has also been named a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers each year since 2012 and, in 2014, she was recognized as one of twenty-seven “Women to Watch” by Soiree Magazine. Adrienne serves as chair of the Board Engagement and Recruitment Committee of the board of directors of the American Red Cross Serving Greater Arkansas, having completed her term as Chairman of the Board. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXI.
Brandon Middleton is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on various intellectual property matters. Brandon prepares and prosecutes patent applications, trademark registration applications, and copyright registration applications for clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs, emerging technology companies, and startups to colleges, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. Brandon is the lead attorney for WLJ Tech Law, a specialized group of WLJ attorneys that works with founders of tech-focused startups and small businesses. Brandon routinely offices at the Little Rock Tech Park, where he works closely with clients who have participated in various Arkansas accelerator programs. A magna cum laude graduate of UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law, Brandon also has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and worked for a Fortune 500 company at a crude oil refinery prior to joining WLJ.
Brent Birch is the Executive Director of the Little Rock Technology Park that opened Phase 1 in March of 2017. Birch previously was the CIO at Arkansas Business Publishing Group for 14 years and started one of the most successful web development firms in the state, FLEX360 in his time there. Brent is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he lettered four years as a member of the Razorback baseball team.