Tim “TK” Krupa is a co-founder of the CME and serves as Chairman of the Board. He strives to make a positive difference in the lives of people through business ministry and giving. TK has 20 years of experience in creating and leading effective teams in the eclectic worlds of business, philanthropy and drag racing.
Krupa owns and operates a portfolio of tech companies. He is an expert at organizing creative groupings of products and services. His strengths are finding needs that cause companies pain and frustration and figuring out how to arrange resources to fill them, and giving people “easy buttons” for complex issues.
TK also enjoys drag racing and has competed in the sport for twenty years in various circuits across the country. He and his wife Marla have seven children and split their time between homes outside Los Angeles and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jim Van Eerden
Jim Van Eerden is a co-founder of the CME and serves as its Managing Director. He has extensive background in brand-building and as an early-stage business architect, including start-up assignments for executives from a host of global 2000 companies. Jim is especially passionate about the fruitful intersection of business and cause in missional, “blended value” enterprises, a subject he speaks and writes about in a variety of contexts around the world.
Van Eerden is a co-founder of Helixx Partners, a merchant bank for high-impact entrepreneurs. Jim has led the firm’s media and blended value portfolio for more than a decade, helping manage the formation and launch of companies like MISSION Athletecare and non-profit initiatives like H2O Africa, and serving as counsel for corporate projects like Refresh Everything for PepsiCo. His portfolio management role for Helixx has also involved him as Executive Producer for several award-winning feature films including Bobby Jones, The Ultimate Gift and The Perfect Game, and documentaries including WarChild and Running the Sahara. His chief strength is as “a visionary strategist who understands how to get things done” to launch a new enterprise.
In addition to his undergraduate degree from Grove City College, where he serves as Entrepreneur in Residence, Jim has an MA in Philosophy, an MBA, and is a doctoral candidate. He and his wife Rachel have eleven children and live on a family homestead near Greensboro, North Carolina.