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The COB 300 business plan competition has come about through the efforts of its founder, Don Rainey (‘82), and the more than 90 JMU alumni and other business professionals who have lent their time and expertise to the judging of the event. Thanks to them, the competition has been able to positively impact nearly 650 students during its 20 years of existence.

In addition to the scholarships for which they may qualify, student-participants receive mentoring—before, during and well after the competition—that has an enduring impact on the future course of their careers. Their personal networks expand to include a team of highly successful business leaders and visionaries. The competition thus becomes a lifetime investment in future entrepreneurs and executives that will pay dividends in perpetuity.

*Also served as preliminary round judge

2022 Judges

Brett Danielson

Co-founder and President, BarTrack


Katherine Ferguson*

Senior VP, Business Development, Cooley, LLP


Wm. Braun Jones, III

Entrepreneur, Investor, Investment Banker


Hope Lawrence 

Founder and CEO, Hudson Henry Baking Co.


Justin Quaglia*

Senior VP, High Yield Bond Trading, Oaktree Capital Management


Don Rainey*

Chief Judge General Partner, Grotech Ventures


Monica Sevila 

Senior VP, Wachovia Bank, National Association


Rusty Shepard 

President and CIO, Angel Park Investors, LLC

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