Matt Bradshaw | CEO | Co-Founder
“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re eventually right either way.” – Henry Ford
How do cattle drives, NYC board rooms, noxious weed control, and a legal technology company relate? It’s a good question, but once you get to know Matt’s career path, it all makes sense.
With Matt’s experiences ranging from a small family farm/ranch upbringing to a nationwide M&A legal practice, few others have had the breadth of consulting and leadership experiences that Matt has. After graduating with a Business Management degree from BYU, Matt went on to obtain a law degree from William and Mary Law School, graduating with distinction.
In the years that followed, Matt worked for two of the largest law firms based in the Rocky Mountains as a corporate, M&A and real estate transactional attorney, all while consulting a handful of smaller ventures on management, financial and strategic business matters. Given those contrasting experiences, Matt quickly recognized that he preferred to discuss growth and opportunity more than risk allocation and mitigation (though he still does that too, reluctantly). Recognizing that the corner office of a law firm was not his dream, in 2016 Matt started down an irreversible entrepreneurial path that has included celebrated peaks and lonely valleys, complex twists and unpredictable turns, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Notwithstanding the difficulty of the journey, Matt would not change a thing about his personal successes or failures, nor the path that led him to co-found Student Connect.
When Matt is not working (which is rare), Matt keeps himself busy coaching and supporting his four children’s athletic endeavors, mentoring and supporting others to achieve their goals, and enjoying all that living in Idaho has to offer.
Jordan Gardner | COO | C0-Founder
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman
More connector than maven, Jordan freely acknowledges that he is a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” He collects interests, information, and—most of all—people: always seeking to surround himself with people more talented than himself, to help move his ideas and dreams towards reality.
To this day, surviving law school remains one of Jordan’s proudest accomplishments. He graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV and greatly values the relationships forged through that trying time. Even now he communicates almost daily with several of his classmates from Boyd.
While his education is in accounting, financial planning, and law; he has found his passion in leading and developing teams. Prior to founding Law Student Connect, Jordan served as the Executive Director for a non-medical home care company where he oversaw a team of 55 employees serving elderly and disabled adults located throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Also in that capacity, Jordan recruited, trained, and supported other home care agency directors located across the United States.
His weekends and free time are spent swimming, playing football, soccer, baseball, or basketball, or otherwise hanging out with his beautiful wife and four amazing sons.
Professor Joe Regalia | Key Strategist
Joe knew early on that writing made him happy. In college, after founding an after school program working with high school students, he figured out that the only thing that he may enjoy as much as writing is teaching.
These two loves drove Joe to the law and, eventually, to become a law professor and writing consultant. Joe is also founder of Write.law, a legal education company, and a nationally recognized consultant for law firms, courts, agencies, nonprofits, corporations, and other organizations on legal writing and technology.
Joe graduated first in his class at the University of Michigan Law School. He went on to clerk for the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Joe practiced at the international firms of Wilson Sonsini, Sidley Austin, and King & Spalding. He also taught at Loyola University Law School Chicago and the John Marshal Law School. His research and work is published in a wide variety of publications, including the New Mexico Law Review, the Kentucky Law Review, the University of Richmond Journal of Public Policy, and many more. He is a contributing editor at the Appellate Advocacy Blog, part of the Law Profs Blog network, where his running column on legal writing has received several awards and consistently ranks as one of the top-read columns.
Joe Bowen | Senior Vice President of Sales
Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
On his quest to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up, Joe had a good friend recommend an introductory chemical-engineering course, which changed his life. He entered a world of micro interactions, macro systems, and infinite possibilities told in the beautiful terms of math and science. A nerd’s paradise.
In his first real job, Joe helped chemical businesses, food-processing plants, and municipalities craft product formulas and verify performance. In this world, interactions with regulatory officials often required delicate and detailed storytelling to describe the wonders of chemistry and compliance with the law simultaneously. The opportunity to attend law school expanded Joe’s ability, and vocabulary, to integrate legal concepts and terms into his stories. He had the wonderful opportunity to teach patent examiners about innovative inventions and inventors about legal protections.
Now with Law Student Connect, Joe has the chance to not only tell but also be a part of a new story in the legal and education industries: connecting budding legal minds with meaningful work opportunities through short-term, internship-like projects. Joe is very grateful and more than just a little bit excited to be a cast member in this new story.
When out of the office, Joe is probably on an adventure with his family. When missing, Joe is probably lost in his garage building something.
Ike Borup | Senior Vice President of Technology
Ike got his first computer at age 6 and fell in love with technology immediately during a time when Windows 3.1 was cutting edge and booting video games from a floppy disk in DOS was what all the cool kids were doing.
When Ike finally admitted to himself that computers were more than a hobby, he joined a local eCommerce and PaaS startup as an intern, becoming the lead developer of the system in 6 months. After a year serving in that role, Ike joined the team at a leading online flower retailer as a software engineer to further hone his full-stack application development skills and help develop a locally-based team of engineers.
In subsequent roles, Ike has served as Director of Web Developer and Director of Open Source Development at two marketing and development agencies, PLUTO and Ventive, respectively. At PLUTO, Ike helped lead the team into some of the most profitable projects in the companies history until it was acquired in 2017. At Ventive, Ike further honed his technical project management skills, working with national and international clients until he decided to “go rogue” and start his own agency which continues to serve clients you’ve probably heard of.
When Ike finds a spare moment to step away from his laptop, you won’t find him – as an avid outdoorsman, he is usually lost (sometimes literally) in the deep woods of his native Idaho.