Black Dog Venture Partners Team

Scott Kelly, Founder and CEO

Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Melvin.


• Raised $4 billion in public and private capital for corporate clients.
• Founder and CEO of top public relations, digital marketing agency.
• Secured over 10,000 TV, Radio, Print and Online interviews for clients.
• Developed a social media reach of over 8 million.
• Frequent speaker and lecturer on PR and Digital Marketing.
• Experienced in management and financial consulting, marketing support, sales training, seminar and conference development.
• Started and operated businesses in Russia, India, Central and South America.
• Provided investment portfolio services for over 1,000 clients.
• Trained over 1,000 investment executives.
• Provided venture capital and media relation services for dozens of start-up, development stage and public companies.

Honors and Awards
• Arizona Excellence Award Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC) September 2013
• Service Above Self Award Chandler Rotary Club April 2012
• Ranking Arizona Top Marketing Firm Selection February 2012
• Volunteer of The Year Junior Achievement Of Arizona September 2011

Master’s Degree – San Francisco State University
Bachelor’s Degree – Adelphi University

Jerry Heikens, Director of Business Development and Community Relations

Jerry Heikens has a diverse and extensive 28 year background in the profit and nonprofit sector. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walden University with a BSBA focusing on Public Relations. His experience in the business and nonprofit sector makes him extremely effective in building relationships between the business and philanthropic community.

He is a former Human Resources Director for Northern Food & Dairy, where he was responsible for all community and public relations and acted as the liaison to the Rabbinical Koshering Organizations. As an Executive Assistant to the owner, prior to the above mentioned position, he was responsible for tracking daily profit & loss statements in relation to the monthly and annual budget.

Jerry served on the Executive Board of Directors for Packages from Home as Vice President of Finance. He has also organized fundraisers and events for The Runestone Amphitheatre for the Performing Arts, the Chamber of Commerce, The Runestone Museum and The Listening Ear Crisis Center in his former community of Alexandria, MN. He exhibits an expertise in coordination of events including, logistics, volunteer staffing, sponsorship and fundraising strategies. Jerry specializes in nonprofit startup, governance and compliance, community relations and in developing Case Statements for Philanthropic Support. His experience in the sector has given him a deep insight in vetting out charitable organizations to establish whether they are a valid and sustainable cause in which to invest individual or corporate philanthropic dollars.

He has most recently served as the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at Unity of Phoenix and then as the Sr. Director of Outreach & Development at First Church UCC in Phoenix.

Giving forward to the community is a priority in Jerry’s life. He was the founder of the Phoenix Philanthropists, a tax-exempt organization that promotes philanthropic service, philanthropic scholarships, philanthropy literacy and philanthropic leadership throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. He grew this organization to over 2,000 volunteers serving over 75 nonprofits and facilitating approximately 60 volunteer projects a month.

His work in the nonprofit sector has earned him the following distinctions:

  • Founder of the Phoenix Philanthropists in February 2008
    • Awarded the Star Civic Organization in 2009 by St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • 2009 & 2010 Phoenix Martin Luther King Award Nominee
  • 2010 Points of Light Daily Leadership Award Recipient
  • 2012 Nominee and selected as a semi-finalist for Arizona’s Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards
  • Arizona LeaderForce Coach from 2010 to 2014. Mentored blue-ribbon nonprofit organizations with special projects in the Phoenix area.
  • Contributed over 5,000 volunteer hours to the Phoenix community since 2008.



Dan Creed, Business Coach

Dan Creed is an award winning international business and executive coach, entrepreneur,

best-selling author, world class keynote & workshop speaker, trusted advisor and (COO) Chief Operating Officer and (CCO) Chief Coaching officer of GrowSouthwest. Coach Dan is based in Phoenix, but works with a worldwide customer base. He is a recognized expert in sales, management, marketing, business development and business growth strategies. Dan is an elite Brian Tracy International Certified Sales Trainer and a Founding Member Trainer and Facilitator of the Brian Tracy Sales Success Intensive course and a licensed facilitator for Navigational Coaching Conversations, Strategic Coaching Skills for Leaders.

Rena Espinoza, Director of Operations