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About


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About


ABOUT

Vuka Collective is a mission-driven organization that manages and serves an ecosystem of related businesses - including Impact Hub Austin, Gather Venues, and Wake Up.  

The word "Vuka" (which means, to awaken) has been part of who we are from the very beginning. Now, through Vuka Collective, we are bringing the vision and values of Vuka to the forefront and making it core to everything we do.

All our businesses and services are connected under the Vuka Collective umbrella to focus us in our mission, meaning, and management. Our core mission remains the same - we exist to empower people to live and work fully awake.

Vuka Collective allows us to awaken, inspire, and serve the Austin community through a dynamic mix of coworking at Impact Hub Austin, Wake Up programs, and Gather Venues 

 
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Team


Team


We are the engine, culture keepers, stewards for community, and servant leaders who are hospitality oriented and take immense pride in our collective offerings. Everyone on our team joined Vuka because their personal mission aligned with Vuka’s overall mission, and together we bring decades of dynamic experience and skills in everything from startup companies to Fortune 500 businesses.


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Brian Schoenbaum

Founder & CEO 

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Bill Duffy

Chief Operating Officer

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Heather Barnard

Head of Hospitality & Venues

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Ashley Phillips

Managing Director, Impact Hub Austin


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Ryan Jordan

Chief Revenue Officer

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Stewart Guenther

Head of Member Engagement, Impact Hub Austin

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Catherine Kuchar

Head of Client Engagement, Gather Venues

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Shea Warton

Client Engagement, Gather Venues


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Beau Mouty

Community Builder, Impact Hub Austin

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Norma Ventura

Community Builder, Impact Hub Austin

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Kristen Gerhard

Community Builder, Impact Hub Austin

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Ashley Innes

Hospitality and Venue Coordinator, Gather Venues


 

Ignacio "Nacho" Trejo

Facilities and Maintenance 

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Mary Murphy

Marketing Manager

 

 
 
 

ADVISORS

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Chelsea Collier 

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Austin

Founder, Digi.City

Steve Wanta

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Austin

Co-Founder & CEO, Just

Former Global Program Director, Whole Foods Foundation

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Christina Mirando 

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Austin

Former Director, Center 61

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Scott Collier 

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Austin

Global Growth & Business Development, Whole Foods Market


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Robert Richmann

Culture Architect & Keynote Speaker

Former Culture Stategist, Zappos.com

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Scott Ungar

Principal at Ungar and Company

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Abe Zimmerman 

Commercial Real Estate Visionary/Developer

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Justin Blumoff

Partner at Shape Blumoff Law


 
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Renn Vara

Co-Founder SNP Communications

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Scott Herz

Founder & CEO, Barton Watch Bands

Vice President Corporate Development, HealthTronics, Inc.