Craig Pettigrew Upventur's Founder and CEO

Craig Pettigrew

Founder and CEO

Craig is a serial entrepreneur and avid outdoorsman. Craig started his career as an aspiring professional athlete spending five years in Europe playing quarterback for multiple football teams. Prior to founding Upventur, Craig held multiple roles in management consulting and owned/sold an IT staffing company which he sold.

Craig is recognized for his competitive spirit and ever present tenacity honed through-out his life in sports. He lives and leads by a quote from British Explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton “By Endurance we conquer.”

Craig is a devoted family man and remains actively involved in sports as a youth baseball coach. Craig has his BBA in Management. He has committed himself to the mission of getting people outdoors more and experiencing life to the fullest. He lives it.

Mark Cieri Upventur's CMO and COO

Mark Cieri


Mark is a global Tech business leader, angel investor, and business adventurist. He has held senior executive leader positions at an array of high growth tech start-ups, corporate ventures, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Mark is also a Co-Founder of TeamOfDefenders LLC, an early-stage IoT venture, and QVPartners LLC and a chartering member of Denton Angels. Prior to this, Mark was a VP GM at Philips Lighting Corporation where he built a leading smart home business that experienced over 300{098382f090fd85cd64696626e5f61bae2ed13da8acd8a437ea3414cfa94109ed} sales growth. He was also VP of Sales and Marketing of two tech-start-ups, one of which he helped finalize M&A with Intel/Altera.

Mark has a BS in Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He holds 11 patents and is recognized for his combination of vision, passion, and desire to build whether it be a company, a mission, the local entrepreneurial community or most importantly his own family. He enjoys getting outdoors, camping, and hiking with his family and spontaneous adventures.

Kim Dickey Upventur's Event Manager

Kim Dickey

Event Manager

Kim is a founding member of two start-ups – Capstone smart water metering and Lumin AI. She is also a stateside partner of a luxury charter barge in France which has opened up incredible opportunities for partnerships and travel throughout the world.

Kim has a BS in Business Marketing from Arizona State University. Her outdoor pursuits include softball, rollerblading and sailing. As an avid recreational sailor, Kim holds her captains license and enjoys involvement in her local yacht club and sailing the waters of the British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines.

She and her husband, Chris, live in Cross Roads, TX with their two children who enjoy volleyball and BMX bike-riding.