Meet the Team
Breakthrough Angel Network is closely tied to Breakthrough Accelerator, as our investments are fueling the entrepreneurs who have graduated from BA. To know us is to know both teams. Check out our powerhouse leaders.
Founder, Managing Partner
Candace Sjogren is a woman on a mission. Born with humble beginnings, she earned her law degree, practiced law, and built a number of companies – some successful and some not. When Candace became a mother in 2019, she developed a vision to “raise generous children,” building a culture of generosity, and is committed to meeting everyone who crosses her path with respect and support.
In addition to being the lead investor and Managing Partner at Breakthrough Angels and Board Member at Breakthrough Accelerator, Candace Sjogren is the Owner and CEO of the Boston Breakthrough Academy, a leadership development program for individuals whose lives are already working, but who are looking to level up in a meaningful way. She is also a practicing attorney and management consultant, where she leads strategy and sales with venture backed companies such as $4.3 billion dollar fintech Marqeta.
Previously, Sjogren was the founder and CEO of two fintech companies and Chief Strategy Officer at Dealstruck and LoanHero, innovative online lending platforms, and continues to serve as an angel investor and contributing author for Entrepreneur Magazine. Candace received her JD from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and resides in Boston with her husband, Andrew, son, Ivar and golden doodle, Pan.
CEO, Breakthrough Accelerator
Allison is one of the most experienced digital marketers in the industry, as well as an engaging trainer, dedicated coach and entrepreneur. She has been driving results for businesses and brands for over 20 years.
Allison built Bare Knuckle Digital, a successful digital marketing agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the company was acquired by Red 212, a Procter and Gamble spin-off agency, she continued to manage Digital Services. During that time, Allison and her team successfully achieved B-Corp status for the agency, focusing on creating positive social impact through business. Allison later transitioned to Boot Camp Digital where she designs and delivers custom trainings, workshops, and keynote presentations.
Allison is a recognized expert in digital marketing, contributing to leading industry sites, contributing to the book “Digital Marketing that Actually Works” and speaking to global audiences. Allison has also created internationally accredited digital marketing training programs.
Allison has worked with leading organizations including NASA, Army, Air Force, Mane N’ Tail, Dominos, UPS, Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital), and Porsche, as well as individuals and small businesses.
Although based in Cincinnati, OH, you’ll find Allison all over the world, helping businesses grow, in service to others, and “livin’ the dream”.
Breakthrough Accelerator Director
Brad started his first online retail company at the age of 22 while working construction. From bringing on his first hire at 28, Brad reached the Top 200 in Sales in the music supply and instrument industry within three years, and set industry growth records among the Top 200. He then acquired a failing retail company in 2004 and turned it around, migrating two companies for further efficiencies and economies of scale. All the while, Brad also partnered in an internet marketing company, specializing in maximizing ROI from cost per click.
Over the course of the past 20 years running his own business, Brad has conducted ongoing studies of systems and the impact on increasing time and mental bandwidth, generating marked profits growth through operational efficiencies. As a Partner at CXO Solutions, Brad specializes in co-piloting with entrepreneurs and management teams in implementing learned and best practices to greatly increase team mental and emotional bandwidth.
Brad graduated with an Accounting degree from Michigan State University, and now resides in San Diego, California.
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