Erich Schlenker is Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University, Erich helps students and community members develop, incubate and launch new business ventures. Erich brings a range of experience to the position. Most recently, he assisted a start-up international mining company in addressing SEC and regulatory issues, implementing financial controls, securing operating capital, and building relationships with government officials in South America. Prior to moving to Boone NC, Erich founded and operated Synaptis, a Raleigh-based software training company. Synaptis delivers end-user training programs for Enterprise Resource Planning software. He also brings 11 years of experience at Intel Corporation, where he helped define, launch and implement the Intel Inside Program worldwide.