ADVISORY BOARD

TECHNOLOGY
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc

BIO

Karl is a 'recovering CISO' and Cyber and IT Security veteran with over 20 years in a variety of Technology executive and SME roles ranging from early stage start ups to international Fortune 100 companies across Government, Defense, Utilities, Legal, Financial, Oil and Gas and Healthcare sectors.

With hands on roles and oversight in R&D, Operations, Risk Mgmt, Sales and Consulting, he is able to empathize with customer security pain points, requirements and ROI triggers and build Security Roadmaps, translate risk frameworks, policies and security controls into integrated cyber resilient solutions and operations. Because of his security vendor and next gen R&D experience he is also able to go 'under the hood' on technology solutions and assess and bottom line evaluations in a manner C level decision makers can understand.

Expertise in security analytics, insider threat, and AML, (AntiFraud, Anticounterfeiting, Track and Trace, Chain of Custody).

TESTIMONIAL

"The value I get from BWG is two fold. First it helps me sharpen the saw on my technical and security thought leadership and opinions, elevator pitches as it's in a live web conf 5 min presentation format - practice makes perfect. Second it is with a rotating group of peer and client security experts of varying backgrounds and locations which keeps me informed, challenged and honest on those formulated opinions while building up my trusted network."

Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation
Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation

BIO

​Geoffrey has over 30 years experience in the high technology sector running both early stage start-ups to billion dollar divisions of corporates. ​ ​He has extensive international experience and has focused in leading edge technologies for the whole of his career. Geoffrey is excited by the constant change that the technology sector brings and the new possibilities being created.​

TESTIMONIAL

"​Ideas develop more rapidly when people come together. BWG excels in bringing exciting groups of people together with real insight catalysing new thoughts and ideas. I enjoy gaining the new perspectives this creates and how it helps me choose my investments."

Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom
Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom

BIO

Vijay brings over 15 years of Technology and Technology Management experience in the consulting, financial and media industry. He has held various technology related positions at Morgan Stanley, Dow Jones and Bank of America and his current areas of interest are Hybrid WAN’s with software defined overlays, software defined Enterprise LAN’s and Hybrid Cloud strategies.

Vijay holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from NJIT, in addition to several industry standard certifications of TOGAF, PMP, and ITIL. He is also part of the Software Defined working group among other working groups at the Open Network Users Group (ONUG).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG insights are invaluable because they bring to forefront the right topics at the right time, and more importantly the right mix of technologists from different industry sectors to discuss technologies and technology trends and how they enable businesses to be more competitive."

Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC
Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC

BIO

KMB Design Group, LLC is a provider of turnkey engineering, construction and project management services. KMB specializes in the design and deployment of complex projects for telecommunication providers across the nation covering terrestrial wireless, satellite, public safety, microwave backhaul and DAS.

Office Locations: New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco

KMB has provided consultation of over 20,000 projects in over 42 States including the design of over 3,000 microwave projects. We provide a comprehensive systems approach to telecommunications with professional engineers on staff providing structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and environmental engineering, combined with professional project and construction management services.
We are licensed in 49 States in the USA and the United Kingdom

Chris Bateman
AWS Enterprise Support
Rackspace
Chris Bateman
AWS Enterprise Support
Rackspace
Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions (Acquired by Deloitte)
Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions (Acquired by Deloitte)
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
Bill Bodei
Regional Sales Director
ClearSky Data
Bill Bodei
Regional Sales Director
ClearSky Data

BIO

Mr. Bodei is a sought after speaker and thought leader around the strategic alignment of IT infrastructure and business strategy. He has been a featured speaker at numerous VMUGs, Storage Decisions NYC, the High Performance Computing on Wall Street show, Percona MySQL Live Conference, and the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualization Conference in London. Mr. Bodei’s professional experience has focused on helping a large diversity of Enterprises with their IT infrastructure, cloud and utility computing initiatives. Bill has an MBA in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and has held engineering, leadership and sales roles at IBM, HP and other startups.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a confidential, objective platform to share and collaborate with industry colleagues. In addition to learning from one’s peers, it’s a terrific group to expand one’s professional network with exposure to various industries’ best and brightest. Bill Williams is a true gentlemen, of the highest integrity of and runs a world class organization. It's an honor to be a founding advisory board member for BWG Strategy."

David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP
David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP

BIO

Mr. Bronston, Special Counsel with Phillips Lytle LLP, focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right of way agreements and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits and approvals. Mr. Bronston is currently on the Board of Directors for the New York State Wireless Association. Selected for the Metro New York Super Lawyers list, Mr. Bronston earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

TESTIMONIAL

"Great exposure to experts in telecommunications infrastructure – fiber, wireless and data centers."

Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts
Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts

BIO

Joe Caserta is a recognized big data consultant, author, educator and president of Caserta Concepts, an award-winning New York-based strategic consulting and technology implementation firm. His company specializes in Transformative Data Strategies, Modern Data Engineering, Advanced Analytics, Strategic consulting, and Technical Architecture and Design & Build solutions, helping clients maximize data value.

Joe is also co-author of the industry best-selling book The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit (Wiley, 2004), a contributor to industry publications, and frequent keynote speaker and expert panelist at industry conferences and events.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is always a great experience to be a part of BWG events. It is an invaluable opportunity for quality discussion with all participants offering perspective and insight making it an invaluable source of networking and knowledge."

Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.
Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.

BIO

Robert Colao is the founder and President of radiusIP, Inc. radiusIP is an Intellectual Property (IP) consulting and licensing services company established to provide innovative guidance and assistance in all aspects of IP including licensing and monetization for an International client base. radiusIP provides a broad set of IP services addressing client’s IP needs including patent licensing, licensing program development, patent sales and acquisitions, IP negotiations, patent portfolio analysis/development, technology licensing. Since its establishment in 2012, radiusIP clients include/have included Fortune 100 companies, universities, individual inventors and investment firms. (http://www.radiusipinc.com)

Bob is currently the Chief Licensing Executive for SIPCO, LLC and IP Co, LLC, and is responsible for the overall licensing efforts and business aspects of the ESSENTIAL WIRELESS MESH™ portfolio/licensing program including negotiations, business development and direction of the licensing team. SIPCO and IPCO are leading developers of innovative wireless mesh technology, providing technology and intellectual property to customers and licensees. An ongoing marketing relationship between SIPCO and IPCO extends to the licensing of the portfolio, which is comprised of patents developed and owned by both parties and which provides critical patent rights for various wireless infrastructure systems and service applications. (http://www.sipcollc.com)

Bob serves as an Advisory Board Member for BWG Strategy LLC. BWG is an invite-only network for senior executives across technology, media and telecom. BWG industry professionals participate in a series of roundtables discussions, which are a valuable resource for market intelligence, business development and personal / professional networking.As “Executive in Residence” (2013-2014) for the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) at Columbia University, Bob provided expertise on IP and licensing matters to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the lab to the market including support for start-up ventures, and currently continues to provide support on an as needed basis. See: http://techventures.columbia.edu/about-ctv/ctv-executives-residence

As Director of Outbound Patent Licensing at Nokia Inc., he led Nokia’s Global Outbound Patent Licensing organization and activities from 2008 to 2012. Upon first joining Nokia as Director of Patent Licensing, Bob also formulated and directed the business development of new opportunities, expanding the licensing and monetization of the Nokia patent portfolio beyond the mobile handset space. Additionally, he drove the IP elements of numerous Nokia M&A activities (e.g. joint ventures and divestitures), which included the divestiture of Nokia’s wireless modem business.

Bob held the position of Director of International Licensing with IBM’s Corporate Intellectual Property Licensing organization. From 2000 to 2008, his responsibilities at IBM included: the licensing of patents; technology and copyrights; IP related M&A (divestiture) activities and negotiations; patent pool participation (DVD-6C); as well as leading and establishing IBM’s patent sales process. Prior to 2000,

Bob held management positions at IBM which included: marketing & business development; strategy & planning; and hardware and software development in the area of high performance computing.

Bob holds a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Union College, as well as an MBA.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG participation provides me an in depth perspective on a broad set of technology driven issues and markets as seen from the view of leading edge companies operating across a variety of market segments. In addition, it allows me the opportunity to directly interact and connect with other companies and professionals in my particular area of business and expertise, namely Intellectual Property related matters. The insights and depth of knowledge obtained on the numerous topics hosted by BWG and the contacts that I have made at the BWG sessions have been invaluable."

Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.
Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.

BIO

Eric Collins is the CTO at PCPC Direct, a position he has held since 2013. The Houston based national technology solution provider specializes in high performance computing, virtualization and high availability, network and application architecture, messaging and collaboration, security, desktop lifecycle solutions, and managed services. They are partnered with HP, Dell, NetApp, EMC, Nvidia, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and many more. In his role he is responsible for overseeing their commercial sales team, managing their strategic technology direction and partnerships as well as their existing vendor and customer relationships. Prior to this role he was an Enterprise Sales Manager at Sirius Computer Solutions (2012-13), and was with IBM for fifteen years in a variety of customer facing technical roles (1998-2013). He can speak on trends within the IT solutions space (HPC, data center services, virtualization, storage solutions, etc) such as market dynamics, pricing, demand, product differentiation, application strategies, competitive landscape and the outlook of the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"One of the key pieces of my role is understanding where our customers are headed in the next year or two. BWG gives me insight from peers in my industry. I learn what they are seeing and this helps me shape our vision. We use this to take action now to meet our customers’ future requirements.
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Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson
Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson

BIO

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Joe Constantine leads all Ericsson product alignments, Business Plans and Strategy towards Verizon. Constantine is highly experienced Telecom executive with strong business, technical and interpersonal skills coupled with international working experience and strong customer skills. He has solid understanding of wireless standards, market/technology
trends and the end customer needs. He has over 15 years of experience in the wireless communication industry and has been with Ericsson since 2000. Constantine has held different management positions within Ericsson in Europe, Asia and North America. His last assignment was Vice President and CTO of Ericsson Korea. Constantine has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  Constantine is a strong supporter of Ericsson’s sustainability initiatives, helping to drive the area from a business and customer perspective.

Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies
Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies

TESTIMONIAL

"Access to an amazing network of individuals, from decision makers to technologists to innovators. BGW connects you through a relevant set of roundtables to the latest in technology. Its value surpasses many highly priced conferences, and it all comes to you."

Matt Dell
DDI Architect
First Data Corporation
Matt Dell
DDI Architect
First Data Corporation

BIO

Matthew Dell has been working in the DDI(DNS/DHCP/IPAM) space for the last 11 years, with tenures at some of the top DDI providers he is a recognized leader in the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with valuable networking opportunties and industry insight. The BWG events allow me a previously unprecedented opportunity to speak with like minded individuals about whats going on in the DDI scene."

Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology
Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology

BIO

Brian Doricko - SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer at DuPont Fabros Technology.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy runs very close to the holy grail of what an industry consultant and analyst should be….they get to the top of organizations and through deep inquiry find out what matters to the audience, whats new, whats rhetoric, etc. This allows organizations to get information that is immediately useful and applicable to the various challenges and corresponding initiatives at their firms. First time participants become long time participants across a very wide range of topics. This organization also does a great job of facilitating very meaningful networking across shared interests."

Michael Dube
CEO
EP Inc.
Michael Dube
CEO
EP Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BMG events provide significant networking and knowledge exchange opportunities with captains of industry."

Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon
Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon

BIO

Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor
Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor

BIO

Mr Dweik has over 20 years of Semiconductor experience in field of Design, Application, Product & Strategic Marketing. Mr Dweik is a deep technical understanding in the domain of silicon design, IP, manufacturing, systems & applications. He also have a strong business acumen and good breadth of market knowledge in various segments. Prior to Lattice Semiconductor, Mr Dweik held senor roles at Memory Systems (acq. Cisco), ARM, Epson Semiconductor, He started his career at IBM Microelectronics VLSI division after he completed BS EE from Northeastern University (Magna Cum Laude). Mr Dweik also hold an MBA from Regis University with high honors.

TESTIMONIAL

"Industry Perspetive from Top Notch Executives. Great contacts and networking with market influencers"

Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox
Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox

BIO

Responsible for engineering and development of new broadcast technologies at Fox. Previously Sr. Manager of Interconnection Engineering at PBS, Streaming Media Manager at IP over satellite company Cidera, and Webcast Engineer at ISP DIGEX.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG makes key execs from important companies available to help inform me about the technology landscape."

Jason Elizaitis
Consultant, Risk & Technology
CMS Compliance Group
Jason Elizaitis
Consultant, Risk & Technology
CMS Compliance Group
Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage
Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage

BIO

Mr. Foley has over 20 year experience leading both private and public company teams to success. Prior to Watchful Software, Mr. Foley was the Chairman and CEO of TimeSight Systems, Inc., a developer of leading-edge storage and video management solutions for the physical security market. He also served as President of Tacit Networks, a leader in Wide Area Network acceleration systems, where he designed the marketing and business development strategies that led to their profitable acquisition by Packeteer (NASDAQ: PKTR). Prior to that, and as CEO of InfiniCon Systems, he built and led the company to a leadership position in high performance computing; the company was acquired by QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC). While at EVP & CTO, INRANGE Technologies, Mr. Foley was Project Manager for the extremely successful year 2000 IPO (NASDAQ: INRG) which reached a $5.5B market cap while revenues rose from $185M to $265M in two years. In addition, Mr. Foley was VP, WW Marketing & Strategy, Amdahl (acquired by Fujitsu).

Mr. Foley has also held senior positions at IBM and Memorex-Telex, and sits on the Board of Directors as Chairman for Critical Links, Inc., Instamour, Inc., ITF-USA, and Delphine Group, while also holding advisory positions with RackWare, Inc., ATS, Inc., BWG Strategy LLC, SolidWitness, and myPlanit.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find that the technology community is a perfect example of a reciprocal energy ecosystem – the more you give, the more you get. I’ve gained valuable insight, introductions, and strategies from engaging in the thought-exchanges that emerge from the BWG panels."

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor
Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor

BIO

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Experienced Global Automotive Semiconductor Executive

Drue Freeman has nearly 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Drue served as Senior Vice President of Global Automotive Sales & Marketing for NXP Semiconductors from 2009 to 2015, during which time NXP gained significant market share in the automotive semiconductor market. He has participated in numerous expert panels and spoken at various worldwide conferences on the Connected Car and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Over the course of his career with NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductors), Drue spent three years in Shanghai, China, establishing a #1 position for NXP in the China automotive market while launching and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the first true Chinese automotive semiconductor company, Datang NXP Semiconductors Co., Ltd.. Prior to moving to China, he served seven years at NXP’s Automotive Business in Germany, including four years heading up NXP’s Automotive Quality operations. Drue has also been based in Tokyo, Japan, with Philips and VLSI Technology and held positions in key account management, applications engineering, and development engineering for various companies in California.

Drue is based in Cupertino, California, where he has been working closely with the emerging Silicon Valley Automotive Electronics and Connected-Car ecosystems.

Drue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.

TESTIMONIAL

"As an independent consultant at the intersection of the semiconductor and automotive industries, I see disruptions taking place in both ecosystems. Things are changing very rapidly. BWG helps me stay connected with leading experts in the field and the roundtables provide an ideal forum for debating the consequences of these industry transformations."

Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International
Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International

BIO

Samer has more than 20 years experience in information technology. He has worked with both fortune 500 corporations and startups. Samer is motivated by prospect of enabling business growth through pragmatic use of technology. Samer brings expertise in product creation and transitioning products from inception to operations to optimization and profitability. He is currently the CIO for AGT International, a leading IOT analytics technology company.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events are very informative and bring insights from industry veterans together. The events are focused and incisive. BWG events are also a great place to connect with respected professionals."

Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom
Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom

BIO

Seasoned Senior Technology and Architecture Executive with extensive, diverse and a proven record of success in envisioning, designing and leading technology-based, business initiatives. Thought leader who leverages emerging and establish technologies to solve complex business process objectives in economic, supportable and scalable fashion. Track record of developing and executing profitable IT strategies and architectures, building high performance teams that achieve enterprise business objectives and establishing governance.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a invaluable resource to keep ahead of trends in the market. BWG connects high caliber individuals who otherwise may have never met across many verticals in an intimate round table setting."

Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners
Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners

BIO

Tim Hammer - Channel Manager at Sandler Partners, Americas fastest growing distributor of connectivity and cloud services. (Master Agent Partner of Level 3 & Zayo Group). Former Account Executive at TW Telecom.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a neutral forum for me to share and glean insight that would otherwise remain segmented. We all have our circles, and sometimes within those circles, thoughts become jaded. By having intelligent conversations at multiple engagement levels, I am able to better serve my clients by providing a more seasoned analysis of the market."

Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation
Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation

BIO

MARTIN HANNIGAN is a proven leader in Internet networking technologies and the architecture of large-scale data centers. With extensive experience in the business, finance, and law of the Internet, Hannigan is a team player who has helped to develop the structure and governance of the Internet. In the late 1980s, he was a member of a small group of early Internet adopters who taught students at MIT about Internet protocols. Today, he is a strategic advisor for interconnection at Microsoft. His career spans start-ups and global corporations, where he has worked to improve the data center ecosystem as well as Internet interconnection. At Akamai Technologies, where Hannigan worked from 2008 to 2016, he led interconnection, data center, and network architecture for the world’s largest, top-scaling, and best-performing global content delivery network that saw repeated, record-breaking levels of Internet traffic.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG roundtables are an invaluable source of professional exploration and confirmation. It's rewarding to engage with like minded professionals on a variety of topics and learn something new each time.
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Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation
Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation

BIO

Jon Harding - Global CIO at Conair Corporation

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit/value I get from BWG is to attend well-targeted events with peers and understand the value and lessons learnt in implementing emerging technologies."

Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Mani Janardhanan
Senior Product Manager
Penguin Computing
Mani Janardhanan
Senior Product Manager
Penguin Computing

BIO

Seasoned product management and business development professional focused on technology industry spanning several segments across hardware and software: Infrastructure, Architecture, Operating Systems, Networking, Applications, Cloud and Data Center. Skilled at customer and partner engagement, product road-mapping, design, development and execution from concept to customer satisfaction. Enjoys building and operating businesses, analysis and strategy and possesses strong quantitative skills. Completed Bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunications from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Master's in Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me the opportunity to learn from, connect, interact and share my views with successful leading professionals from various organizations in the technology industry covering a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from semiconductor to applications. Conference calls provides me an ideal platform to gather wide-ranging perspectives and significantly widens my zone of knowledge pertaining to my business, industry, competition and customers."

Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic
Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic

BIO

Adam Japhet is an NYC-based technology leader who has extensive experience launching and operating high volume and visibility digital properties through the creative use of automation, cloud and open source technologies. He has held a variety of roles at Scholastic and is currently overseeing the cultural and technological transformation of the organization’s operations teams to be more engineering-centric and metrics-driven. He has a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

TESTIMONIAL

"As far as the benefit/value that I get from BWG, it’s the unvarnished, high-level and straight from my peers feedback on the vendors and services I rely on to meet my companies needs that is the highest value I can see. There is literally no other source I work with where I can get such valuable information that helps shape my decision making that is not somehow tainted or biased by some vendor or preconceived solution."

Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics
Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics

BIO

Lars Johnsson is responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Business Development at Cavendish-Kinetics, which he joined in January 2014, coming from Broadcom’s Mobile & Wireless group. At Broadcom Lars was Senior Director responsible for the Product Marketing and Management of Broadcom’s LTE modem platform, including design wins, product roadmap, life-cycle and customer program management. Prior to Broadcom Lars was Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Beceem Communications, which he helped grow to 65% market share and >$100M revenue in the WiMAX chipset market in 2010, prior to being acquired by Broadcom.
Lars joined Beceem 5 years after co-founding Flarion Technologies, the OFDM Mobile Broadband pioneer which he helped spin-out of Lucent Bell Labs in 2000. At Flarion, Lars was initially responsible for Business Development and later Product Marketing until the acquisition by Qualcomm in 2005. Lars holds a MBA in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and a MS in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG strategy calls and networking events provide diverse insights into a wide range of RF and semiconductor industry topics, which are essential to successfully navigate this fast changing ecosystem"

Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz
Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz

BIO

Amol Kalburge serves as Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts at TowerJazz – a leading specialty semiconductor foundry – and is instrumental in leading marketing efforts for the RF Business unit. Prior to this position, he served as Director of R&D & Process Engineering, and as Manager of Device Technology at Jazz Semiconductor – a wholly owned subsidiary. Amol has also advised market leaders across the entire semiconductor ecosystem when he was senior manager and a principal member of Semiconductor Practice at PRTM Management Consultants (now PwC). Amol received an MS and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He holds 27 patents and has co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy roundtable discussions/calls provide a great forum for industry experts from diverse fields to come together, share their insights and learn from each other on the latest and the greatest in this rapidly evolving marketplace. "

Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.
Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.

BIO

Axel is a proven Founder, CEO, CTO and VP of Engineering with excellent people, time and project management skills for hardware including ASICs and software. He has authored or co-authored over 20 patents (8 issued in the US) and 5 books as well as three articles in top-tier magazines. Aside from writing books he has been retained multiple times to peer review articles and books on HPC. He has been an invited repeat speaker to the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, the Flash Memory Summit and multiple IEEE conferences.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in BWG Strategy's roundtable discussions allows me to voice my opinion of certain companies, get honest and unfiltered feedback from other participants, helps me identify market and technology opportunities for those companies and mine, and opens up a network of other like-minded executives and professionals."

Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline
Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline

BIO

For more than 20 years, Brian Laing has shared his strategic business vision and technical leadership with a range of start-ups and established companies in various executive level roles. The author of “APT for Dummies,” he was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. Brian previously founded Hive Media where he served as CEO. He co-founded RedSeal Systems, where he conceived the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. He was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software, who released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events have been been a tremendous way for me to both contribute and learn from security practitioners, and channel members. The mutual sharing of experience, insights gives great visibility into the market, and how various companies are dealing with security issues. "

Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling
Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling

BIO

Vince Lanzillo is Director, Global Head of Infrastructure, Systems & Operations at Shearman &

Sterling LLP. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the global engineering, operations

and service delivery organizations for the firm. He and his team define and execute strategic

technology infrastructure and application launch initiatives while ensuring pro-active

management of the firm’s enterprise platforms.

In his prior role as Vice President, NYSE Euronext & subsidiary companies, he played a leading

role in managing the commercial data center and network services businesses advancing NYSE’s

position as a leading exchange. While working at NYSE’s Sector Inc. subsidiary, he led the

Technical Services and Enterprise Solutions organizations overseeing Network Engineering,

Project & Product Management, Telecom Provisioning, Managed Services and Pre-Sales support

teams & programs.

Through his work experience and education, Vincent has developed strong knowledge of both

the legal and financial services verticals. He views industry knowledge, process improvement

planning, effective program coordination and cultivation of strong customer relationships as key

ingredients for growing successful businesses.

Vincent received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a MBA from Pace

University. He has also participated in extensive executive training at the University of

Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.

Markus Levy
President & CEO
EEMBC
Markus Levy
President & CEO
EEMBC
Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield
Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield

BIO

Leif Maiorini - Senior Managing Director of Global IT Strategy, Planning, and Applications at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International
Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International

BIO

Derek is Executive Director of CRM and Database Marketing for Laureate, the worlds largest for profit higher education company. He is a recognized speaker on driving customer-centric business results and has held leadership roles in B2B & B2C marketing, sales, and operations for industry leaders such as American Express and MetLife.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is so valuable because it brings together select industry experts to discuss real issues and opportunities in a no-nonsense format. Focused, relevant, and fun, my network and my understanding expands at every single event.
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Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM
Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM

BIO

Doug Miller is a Director in McGladrey’s Management and Technology Consulting practice focused on infrastructure specializing in carve-out and integration delivery. Mr. Miller brings over 18 years of enterprise information technology (IT) experience across corporate IT, consulting & re-seller and publisher channels working with enterprises to accomplish their business and technical goals. He has a deep understanding of how organizations can best benefit from technology.

Doug brings hands-on experience with the challenges of providing IT in international settings. In addition to the United States, Mr. Miller has lived and worked throughout Europe and Central America. He developed a depth of expertise and experience leading large-scale implementations and migrations, carve-outs, mergers and acquisitions, reducing costs, and optimizing IT infrastructure and processes.

Prior to McGladrey, he has held positions including being an Enterprise Architect, Data Center Strategist with Microsoft and a Chief Technology Officer for a government-regulated entity.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating with BWG allows me to participate in meaningful discussions across a wide variety of technical solutions with respected peers across the country. The thought leadership and quality of insights I am able to leverage from each call allows me to provide my clients with better solutions, services, and overall technology experience."

Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit
Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit

BIO

Dr. Ajay Mookerjee - CEO at Offshore Analytics. Former Managing Director, Asia & CEO, Agent-BankCards at Capital One

Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.
Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.

BIO

My career’s focus has been on successfully designing and applying technology solutions and processes. The result has been the successful identification, resolution and transcendence of the goals and challenges both business and technology professionals face. My experience has led me to co-found and lead TriAxis and to primarily concentrate on supporting infrastructures as they relate to the storage, management and protection of digital assets. This includes appropriate and continual access for both on-premise as well as "​in the Cloud" strategies. Rapid growth of SaaS companies is a strong area of interest with which I collaborate with both SaaS technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as VCs and other stakeholders.

TESTIMONIAL

"As a panelist for BWG Strategy since 2013, I have found my relationship valuable to me professionally for three specific reasons: I learn from my industry peers, I’m kept on the forefront of this rapidly changing market, and I’m forced to challenge my own ideas and precepts. As an Advisory Board Member, I am humbled to be associated with such industry luminaries that Bill and Greg bring together and I am pleased that they are so interested in bettering themselves that they listen and respond to input from the Board. I actively recommend BWG Strategy to likely candidates that could benefit from their industry breadth and format."

Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors
Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors

BIO

Jonathan is Founding Partner at Innovia Strategies.1Hisunique blend of large enterprise sales, operating and business strategy and policy experience combined with a deep expertise in modern software architecture and engineering makes him the ideal partner for clients needing to understand and address the complex factors at play in an accelerating global digital transformation.Jonathan is currently engaged as interim CTO and Head of Technology at The New York Times. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President& Chief Technology Officer at Warner Music Group (WMG) where he was responsible for the company’s global technology strategy. In this role he drove the transformation of WMG’s technology capabilities, the implementation of a new cloud computing based software delivery factory and new organizational and process models. This experience provided Jonathan with a unique perspective on the disruption of traditional organization structures, jobs and business models being wrought by a new generation of technologies, digital tools and platforms.Jonathan created the concept of a ‘Composable Enterprise’2, which provides a radical blueprint for enabling highly adaptive and agile business models enabled by modern software architectures and platforms.He believes that ‘Time-to-Value’ should be the key success metric for all enterprise technology organizations and that a comprehensive transformation of enterprise software platforms, processes and organization structures will be required to accomplish this.His agenda-defining presentation3at the 2013 Cloud Foundry summit is widely seen as a road-map for next generation of enterprise IT.Jonathan is a published456research fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and an advisor to the Bacharach Leadership Group7out of Cornell University’s Institute of Labor Relations. He is a regular speaker on cloud computing technology and policy issues and an advisor to several technology investment funds, the World Bank, European Commission,the OECD and The Conference Board. In 2012 was recognized as one of the leading cloud-computing visionaries8and in 2014 Jonathan was elected to The Economist’s ‘Agenda Digital 50’. Previously, Jonathan spent sixteen years in various executive roles with Microsoft including Vice President of the company’s Public Sector Technology Office and Vice President of Global Account Sales where he was responsible for leading Microsoft’s engagement with its top enterprise customers. Prior to joining Microsoft Jonathan held a number of systems architecture and design roles with ARCO International Oil and Gas. He has an extensive background in software engineering, architecture and systems design and a formal education in geology and earth sciences.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers me access to the one of the best networks of experts and senior decisions makers across all the technology domains critical to the strategic transformation of today’s digital enterprise."

Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.
Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG group has done an amazing job connecting Faction to the greater infrastructure market at C-level. We gain insights into the macro trends shaping the landscape allowing us to see around the corners of our fast moving market. It continues to be an in-valuable resource for our entire group."

Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, WW Sales & Partnerships - Cloud Platforms
Ubuntu
Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, WW Sales & Partnerships - Cloud Platforms
Ubuntu

BIO

Fernando Oliveira is the Senior Director, WW Sales and Partnerships for Ubuntu/Canonical and Advisory Board Member for BWGStrategy since October of 2014. Previously led Cisco Cloud Global Strategy as Director for Cisco. Fernando joined Cisco in 2008 as an Account Manager in Brazil and quickly advanced to the roles of regional manager for Cloud and Managed Services across Latin America and Emerging Markets.Before, Fernando led sales roles for Service Providers in Brazil. Fernando holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from FURB and MBA from Coppead in Brazil and Executive Education in Leadership from Stanford GSB and Strategy from Harvard Business School in U.S

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy brings high caliber top executives from many different specialized industries to collectively collaborate and discuss critical challenges and how we can move into execution practical way. BWG Strategy allows top execs to network and identify potential opportunities to collaborate innovations that benefits many industries."

Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions
Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions

BIO

Ray Ortega joined BBH Solutions in February 2009, and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to being named CTO, Ray was BBH’s Unified Communications Practice Manager, leading the teams responsible for Unified Communications, Networking, Security and other key technologies. He has more than 21 years of experience in the technology industry, with an expertise in Financial, Non-Profit, Life Sciences, Engineering and Manufacturing verticals.

Before joining BBH, Ray was a Technologist and Consultant designing and building Networks, Trading Floors, and Global Unified Communications environments as well as performing Business Case Analytics for large scale technology refresh and relocation projects. He has participated in over 1,100 Client Projects and designed environments for over 400 firms, with high profile projects for many of the Fortune 50 firms.

As CTO, Ray develops the BBH service offerings, and leads a team of Technologists that design, build, and support Voice, Data, and Video Solutions that are premise based or hosted in BBH’s cloud environment.

Ray graduated with Honors from Bernard M. Baruch, Zicklin School of Business.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided me the opportunity to engage in technology discussions with peers on relevant industry topics. The candid discussions allow for direct sharing of experiences with products and services that help confirm technology strategy. I have also developed several key business relationships as a result of introductions made possible by BWG."

Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace
Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace

BIO

Chris has been involved in helping companies scale for the last 20 years; from start up to huge multinationals. Chris started at BBN Planet in the early 90's as one of the first 30 employees, joined the first CDN, Sandpiper, in the late 90's, and then went onto start his own company where he consulted full time with large financial firms such as UBS on emerging and disruptive technology. Chris is now working in adtech at adMarketplace as the VP of engineering building the data science, high speed ad serving, QA and infrastructure teams.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique forum for practitioners and decision makers across industries to honestly discuss issues related to technology. The interaction has been extremely useful in understanding how others in both related and unrelated industries are solving similar problem sets using a variety of products and processes."

Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America
Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America

BIO

Paul Palonsky leads the compute and storage sales group for SK Hynix America and is responsible for coordinating sales activities on a worldwide basis for SK Hynix’s largest global account customers.

Paul, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, started his career as a design engineer. He migrated into sales first as an Application Engineer with LSI Logic and later as a Sales Engineer with Toshiba. Upon joining SK Hynix, then Hyundai Electronics, in 1994, Paul worked as a sales manager for the IBM account. He was promoted to Director of Strategic Sales in2004 and was responsible for leading the sales teams for SK Hynix’s largest customers. Paul was elevated to VP of Strategic Sales in 2007 and was again promoted to VP of Sales in 2009.

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG events, participants form lasting industry relationships and gain valuable market insights."

Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s
Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s

BIO

Kerri is a skilled multi-channel and brand marketing professional with a focus on customer acquisition via all digital marketing channels. Experienced in search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, social media, reputation management and online brand awareness. Proven track record of putting metrics in place to hit revenue and profit goals. Skilled mentor and mediator who excels at bringing out the best in team members.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way to connect with other industry leaders on a wide variety of topics. The conference calls are kept on time and topic. They have given me insight on what others are doing while helping me stay current in space that is consistently changing."

Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace
Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace

BIO

I am a seasoned Information Security / Cyber Security technology leader possessing a deep background in Network Infrastructure, Network Security, Governance, Identity Management, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments and more.

I have provided security management and technical leadership as well as performed hundreds of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, host security reviews, and web application assessments and security infrastructure reviews for corporate and governmental agencies in the U.S. and abroad. I have also written articles and technical papers on security and presented to audiences worldwide on computer and network security. In addition I have provided technical and management consulting on information security incident investigations and forensic analysis.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefits I get from BWG are insights into enterprise security decisions. I come from an enterprise security background and served as a trusted advisors to CIOs and CISOs, and the discussions provide me with important information regarding enterprise opinions on security as well as networking opportunities. In addition, the exposure allows me to open the eyes of enterprises to the possibilities of cloud deployment, and to note the similarities/differences of how both cloud and enterprise manage risk."

Oscar Rodriguez
VP Client Partner / Cloud Evangelist
Cloud Technology Partners
Oscar Rodriguez
VP Client Partner / Cloud Evangelist
Cloud Technology Partners

BIO

Oscar Rodriguez is a Cloud and Digital Marketing Evangelist with more than twenty five years of experience delivering technology strategies/solutions for a multitude of enterprise-wide initiatives across Life Sciences, Healthcare, Insurance, Banking, High Technology, Telecom, and Consumer Goods industries. Oscar has extensive experience driving business architecture decisions and next-generation of emerging technology solutions. He is a frequent speaker discussing the impact of Digital Marketing, Cloud, Analytics and Big Data on business at several executive forum events in New York City.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is one the best executive forums that brings together Industry Leaders continually to share their opinions about the most sophisticated leading-edge trends in Social Media, Digital Marketing, Cloud, Big Data, eCommerce, etc."

Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

BIO

Mark Rosen - As Director of Engineering at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mark is responsible for Blades Servers, Enclosure/Infrastructure as well as the Mechanical/Signal Integrity organization in support of HPE's BladeSystem portfolio. Prior to HPE Mark was Vice President of Engineering at Extreme Networks. In that role, he was responsible for Hardware Development of Extreme's portfolio of Fixed and Chassis based Switches. In addition, his responsibilities included Extreme's EOS operating system and overall software quality (SQA) across all products.

Mark has a diverse and strong engineering and business operations background, with over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles. Prior to Extreme, Mark held leadership roles at RGB Networks and Cisco Systems in the Global Government Solution Group and Mobile Wireless Group, as well as at Broadband Technology/Pliant Systems.

Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation
Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation

BIO

Technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in the automation of multi-million dollar enterprises. Strong record of success in creating robust IT architectures and infrastructures with an emphasis on cloud-based architectures. Proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while managing costs and risks.

TESTIMONIAL

"I receive tremendous value from my involvement with BWG. They’ve truly raised the bar for roundtable events with their world-class industry experts who provide breadth and depth to every event."

Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC
Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC

BIO

Joe is the Director of Acquisitions at Tower Ventures where he oversees all of the company’s acquisition activity. Additionally, Joe develops towers in New England in partnership with Tower Ventures. Prior to joining Tower Ventures Joe was the Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at CTI Towers.

Previously, Joe was at American Tower, where he held various management positions within the organization including Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Director of Corporate Development and Senior Attorney. As Director of Mergers and Acquisitions he was responsible for American Tower’s mergers and acquisitions efforts in the US.

During his tenure at American Tower, he was involved in the acquisition of thousands of towers and other wireless assets, such as the rooftop of the 100 story John Hancock Center in Chicago. Joe also oversaw all legal functions related to American Tower’s build-to-suit program, and as Director of Corporate Development, Joe focused on several specific corporate development opportunities including acquisitions, the disposition of underperforming assets and the consolidation of the company’s real estate assets. Prior to his tower industry career, Joe was an attorney in private practice in Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG
Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG

BIO

I am a mathematician-turned-computer-scientist, an experienced IT professional with a wealth of
capabilities and knowledge acquired specifically in information systems, data management, data (big, fast, and small) analysis and data science in international roles.

I am driven in by my ambition to become an established data scientist, through gaining new experience
in the data analytics field and improving my skills in areas such as handling big data and new
technologies and have a real love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Effectively combining technical expertise with commercial acumen, I particularly enjoy researching,
exploring, and understanding specific areas of the financial industry, often preparing presentations,
papers, and books of certain areas such as algorithmic development for mathematical and statistical problems,
and optimization in numerical computing.

I enjoy a collaborative approach to tasks, working with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds to
align on a common goal or theme, through healthy debate. The type of role that motivates me is one that
will enable me to provide substantial benefit and innovation to an organization, while also providing
scope for personal and professional growth.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is essential to leverage your social as well your professional network. Extremely important to participate in independent review boards for making more informed decisions when evaluating technology products and vendors."

Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc
Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc

BIO

Since 2004, Scott has been the Chief Information Officer for Jersey Mike’s a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide. A seasoned 20-year IT professional, Scott served as President of System Services, a national IT service provider and software development company. He was also President of Zynite Technologies, a web development company, and worked at DAQ Electronics as a software development manager.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG’s roundtable discussions provide me with an opportunity participate in discussions about industry products and trends in short periods of time without having to travel to conferences. The discussions are well moderated allowing a tremendous amount of information to be discussed in a short period of time. These roundtables are a unique opportunity for me to share my expertise as well as gain insight from some of the top industry professionals in an open environment."

Eric Sharpsten
CTO
Lockheed Martin
Eric Sharpsten
CTO
Lockheed Martin

BIO

Eric Sharpsten is the CTO for Health and Life Sciences – Federal Health at Lockheed Martin where he supports customers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS (Office of the Secretary), Veterans Administration, and other commercial health services through Lockheed Martin’s QTC subsidiary. Eric began his career as a systems engineer at GE Aerospace working on real-time Sonar, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and maritime Weapons systems. He quickly moved to working with large scale networks and enterprise strategic planning for Lockheed Martin’s Enterprise Information Systems supporting the lager Lockheed Martin corporate infrastructure. Eric’s role and responsibilities were expanded when he moved to a product management role developing and supporting several key capabilities to support Lockheed Martin core businesses including Aeronautics, Space, Missiles and Fire Controls, and well as Mission Systems. Eric served as an adjunct professor for the LeMoyne College from 2000-2007 where he is a founding and active Information Systems academic advisory board. Eric received his MBA from LeMoyne College and his BA in Computer Information Sciences from Potsdam College (SUNY).

Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation
Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation

BIO

Mr. Hamid Shokrgozar joined Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM) as President of Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina in June 2009. Viking Technology develops and delivers innovative high-technology DRAM, Flash, and Solid State Drive (SSD) products that optimize the value and performance of our customers’ applications. Founded in 1989, Viking Technology has been providing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with industry leading designs, engineering, product support and customer service for over two decades.

As an inventive and energetic leader, Hamid Shokrgozar is a senior-level executive with over 25 years technical and general management experience with publicly traded companies in the technology and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shokrgozar served as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board of White Electronic Designs Corporation (NASDAQ: WEDC). WEDC together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and manufactures defense electronic components and systems for inclusion in high technology products for the defense and aerospace markets. The company’s defense electronic solutions include advanced semiconductor and multi-chip packaged components, circuit card assemblies, and electromechanical assemblies, as well as a proprietary process for applying anti-tamper protection to mission critical semiconductor components. Its products include system in package, microprocessor modules, memory modules, mechanical components, and anti-tamper technology. WEDC was acquired by Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC).

Mr. Shokrgozar has served as Chairman and Board Member of the American Electronics Association, Arizona Council; member of the Board of Directors of Interface Data Systems (IDS); and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he was featured as one of three guest speakers at the NACD Arizona Chapter on Enterprise Risk Management. Mr. Shokrgozar graduated from California State University – Fullerton with a BS and BSEE in Engineering. He has received additional professional advancement through the National Management Association (NMA) in Data Communication Systems and multiple business management courses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers great insight to understand markets, technologies, customers and competitors.
The executives roundtables provide real-time market intelligence as well as helping executives adjust and validate our own ideas."

Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet
Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet

BIO

Business to Business SaaS software and service sales expert from Mid-Sized businesses to enterprise sales. Human Capital Management specialist with 10 years of over quota attainment with leadership and mentorship experience.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to get insight about the Human Capital Management field that is not readily available through the public domain. I am able to connect with other industry professionals and share information to be more consultative with my prospective clients. BWG is a great resource for my professional career."

Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC
Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to gain insights from executives coming from fields and geographies different from my own that I would not normally have access to. These insights allow me continuously to update and plan the strategy for my business"

Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos
Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos

BIO

Gib Sorebo is a Chief Cyber Security Technologist for Leidos where he assists government and private sector organizations in complying with legal and regulatory requirements and addressing cybersecurity risks. He has been working in the information technology industry for more than twenty-three years in both the public and private sector. He is oversees and coordinates cybersecurity activities within the energy and other commercial sectors for Leidos. He recently co-authored a book on Smart Grid Security. He is a frequent speaker at national cybersecurity conferences on issues such as data breach response, e-discovery, critical infrastructure protection, compliance, BYOD, and many other topics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a tremendous resource for networking and learning more about the various markets and companies they cover on the calls. The calls are always lively and a joy to be part of. They have been an immense help for me."

Mike Stolz
Principal Engineer - GemFire Product Manager
Pivotal
Mike Stolz
Principal Engineer - GemFire Product Manager
Pivotal
Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc
Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc

BIO

Chris Swenson - Director of Systems at ZocDoc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides technology leaders with an open forum to discuss and gain an understanding of overall industry direction. BWG events are a must attend if you desire to keep up with the next steps for the technology industry."

Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS
Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS

BIO

Joe is a well known industry leader specializing in resolving complex business problems, delivering critical initiatives in business transformation, creating successful methodologies & governance models while providing solid leadership and having functional expertise in both business & technology disciplines in multiple industry verticals. He is driven to ensure companies operate with the most optimal business and technology models based on industry best practices saving millions of dollars for companies.

Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services
Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a hugely valuable source of industry knowledge, industry trends, networking and exposure for my company to end-users and partners.
"

Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.
Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.

BIO

Daryl has more than 20 years of goal-oriented management, sales and negotiation

experience. In his role as Chief Consulting Officer at Emerset, he acts as a primary advisor

to C-level executives of large corporations to help them successfully negotiate optimal

licensing agreements.

Prior to founding Emerset almost a decade ago, Daryl worked at Microsoft® in the roles of

Licensing Manager for the Enterprise & Partner Group and Group Manager for Mid-Market

Organizations. This and other experience has formed the foundation of Emerset’s

proprietary Clear Licensing Methodology (CLM) for conducting software licensing

negotiations.



Daryl holds a BBA for Business Administration and Management from the University of

West London and an MSc in Management and Information Systems from the Polytechnic

Institute of New York University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is an extremely valuable resource for Triton. BWG’s roundtable discussions provide access to a wide variety of industry experts and analysts in a fast-paced, informative format. We recommend BWG to anyone looking for industry discussion and insight found nowhere else."

Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC
Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC

BIO

Joe Viviano - Sr. Manager, Specialist System Engineers at EMC

TESTIMONIAL

"The team at BWG Strategy has created a unique venue that brings together industry professionals to share insights on technology trends and companies. Over the years I have found it to be an invaluable aspect of my professional career in Enterprise IT through the knowledge acquired at their industry events, professional relationships born, and insights shared with leaders in the field. It has had a profound impact on how I approach my profession each day."

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Jason Catalini
V.P. Collocation and Real Estate
TowerCo
Jason Catalini
V.P. Collocation and Real Estate
TowerCo

BIO

Jason oversees all real estate and leasing activity for TowerCo as well as being TowerCo’s General Counsel. He has worked on numerous large and small scale tower acquisitions totaling over 19,000 towers during his long tenured career in the wireless business. Jason has held management positions with Global Signal (acquired by Crown Castle) and SpectraSite (acquired by American Tower) which included large debt securitizations, taking both companies public and growing these companies from small or mid-sized companies to large publicly traded entities. Mr. Catalini has been integrally involved in several large scale carrier network deployments resolving critical issues or removing impediments to the successful installation of new wireless technology to tower sites. Jason has managed every conceivable operational function in the wireless industry including rooftop assets, asset retirement programs, property management, collections, zoning and vendor management. Mr. Catalini earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts and his juris doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG’s platform has provided keen insight from several industry veterans about the movement and future path of the wireless sector. I thoroughly enjoy hearing from my colleagues in our industry and their opinions on the trajectory of wireless and wireless infrastructure. BWG provides a great service to our wireless community by facilitating these informational sessions and helps provide guidance to the investment community.
"

Christian Adams
Sales Director
Soligent
Christian Adams
Sales Director
Soligent

BIO

Christian Adams is currently the president of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association and a Sales Director at Soligent. He was formally the President of Bonterra Solar and the general manager of the alternative energy division at American Electric. He has nearly ten years of experience in the PV industry overseeing megawatts of PV installations. Under his tenure at Bonterra the company became one of the top solar companies in the state. This was during one of the most tumultuous times in the industry. He spearheaded the start of the AE division to a 60 plus employee, over thirty million dollar major contributor to American Electric. He was previously part of the upper management team at The Solar Center in New Jersey. Heading up the expansion of the company, he helped it grow from 5 to 60 employees in less than 3 years. During this process Adams was an active member of different solar installer associations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. After The Solar Center he was hired by the Obama campaign to run one of the campaign field offices in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania. Prior to the Solar Center Mr. Adams had management, sales, and leadership experience in the loan and insurance industries.

He lives in Kaimuki with his wife and two young children. He is also an active volunteer with The Salvation Army, Kaneohe Hospital, and other organizations that focus on the environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has given me access to get insight from other like minded professionals in my industry. It has also been a conduit for allowing me to form business relationships that without BWG would not have been possible."

Sam Ash
CMO
C&A Marketing
Sam Ash
CMO
C&A Marketing

BIO

Sam Ash - CMO of C&A Marketing, a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Polaroid brand photography equipment and accessories.

Stephanie Battista
Preventive Health Strategist, Wearables
Humanity Innovation Labs
Stephanie Battista
Preventive Health Strategist, Wearables
Humanity Innovation Labs

BIO

Stephanie, a self-starter and versatile leader who is able to guide and collaborate with cross functional teams to deliver and measure people-centered design solutions. As our senior strategist she articulates what people value and need as well as assess the business impact and implications of technology, and design. Her role is to develop holistic user experiences as well as implementing strategy for innovative products, services.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit of being an tech advisor is the ability to connect and participate on a variety of levels with other industry professionals in your market sector. Having the ability to participate in round table discussions about relevant topics and gleen insight into other viewpoints is one of the most valuable ways to stay ahead of the curve in a condensed snapshot approach."

John Chaimanis
Managing Director
Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure
John Chaimanis
Managing Director
Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure

BIO

Mr. Chaimanis is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure (KSI), a private equity firm that makes direct investments in clean-energy projects. In 2005, Mr. Chaimanis began working in clean energy finance, which represents the nexus of his business interests with his passion for making a positive impact. Mr. Chaimanis regularly advises clean energy startups, and consults with investors looking to understand the clean energy investment landscape. He has been featured in the 2014 Journal of Environmental Investing Most Influential Investors edition, the Family Office Review, and is the author of an energy investment business case. Mr. Chaimanis speaks frequently on the topic of clean energy finance and is an adjunct faculty member at Babson College.

TESTIMONIAL

"Rarely do executives speak so freely about current trends and market reactions, as on BWG calls. The events are run efficiently, and the moderation drives into secondary and tertiary reasoning behind the participants perspectives. I always learn something."

Barry Cinnamon
CEO
Spice Solar & Cinnamon Solar
Barry Cinnamon
CEO
Spice Solar & Cinnamon Solar

BIO

Spice Solar provides integrated racking technology to solar panel manufacturers and rooftop installers. With Spice systems, installers save over $0.30/watt by eliminating racking and reducing labor. Cinnamon Solar is a local Silicon Valley residential contractor with a heritage of over 10,000 rooftop solar installations. Barry founded Westinghouse Solar/Akeena Solar (the first national scale residential installer), is a C-46 solar contractor, is active with SEIA and CALSEIA, and is the host of the weekly Energy Show on KLIV radio and Renewable Energy World.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a convenient teleconferencing forum in which experienced solar executives can learn from each other. The calls are efficient, extremely well organized, and cover timely topics. The insights and networking contacts from these calls have been extremely valuable."

Scott DeFelice
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.
Scott DeFelice
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.

BIO

Scott DeFelice, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MSc from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Prior to founding OPM in 2000, Mr. DeFelice was co-founder and Vice President of Marketing at Oxford Polymers, a compounder of engineered thermoplastics, where he led the firm’s innovation, strategy, and business development activities.

Mr. DeFelice has grown OPM to become a recognized leader in 3D printing and high performance additive manufacturing (HPAM™). A proven entrepreneur in the fields of cutting edge materials and additive manufacturing, DeFelice’s company has developed a range of advanced materials technology focused on a high performance polymer, poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK), and delivers enterprise level, functional end-use products to the biomedical, aerospace and industrial markets as the first company to successfully apply additive manufacturing solutions to PEKK. Under his direction, OPM has become a pioneer in personalized medicine as the only company to receive FDA clearance to manufacture 3D printed patient‐specific polymeric implants. He also started OPM's aerospace and industrial activities, which have been fulfilling critical development contracts for parts in a range of aircraft applications in commercial, defense, and space, with its proprietary OXPEKK® materials technology.

In addition to OPM, Mr. DeFelice sits on the board of directors of The Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction (FOR), a non-profit institution dedicated to supporting the use of additive manufacturing technologies in healthcare. He also serves on the Sustainability Committee of America Makes - the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Mr. DeFelice is married with two children and is active in cycling and golf.

Carsten Engel
Chief Technology Officer
Xilloc
Carsten Engel
Chief Technology Officer
Xilloc

BIO

After graduating as a biomedical engineer, he worked as a researcher at SIRRIS in Belgium

for five years which has the biggest European 3D Printing machine park. His main work

involved R&D projects in the field of biomedical and aerospace applications where he

optimized systems and designs using metal alloys. He deployed the ISO13485 standard for

4 different technologies for biomedical materials. On several levels and projects, he helped

industrial companies to integrate 3D Printing in the production chain. He also helped clients

to understand how to re-design parts for 3D Printing in function of the technology and the

material and as well integrate elements to ease and automate the post-process. As a result,

several companies integrated state-of-the-art metal printers thanks to his consultancy work

in Europe.

Mr Engel also gave a TED talk on medical applications of 3D Printing and did his MBA

involving a market and viability study of a start-up company in the field of metal 3D printing

for aerospace applications. His current challenge as CTO at Xilloc is to integrate state-of-

the-art 3D Printing industrial systems and post-processing technologies worth several

millions of Euros in the production chain of the company.

TESTIMONIAL

"Directly after my first conference call with BWG as an expert in 3D Printing, I got in touch with executives of different industry sectors abroad. This helped us to grow our business further and help them integrate 3D Printing even more thanks to our knowledge. BWG is a perfect opportunity to meet with high-level experts for your business."

Alfred Garcia
Vice President, Business Transformation & Technology
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Alfred Garcia
Vice President, Business Transformation & Technology
Pei Wei Asian Diner

BIO

Alfred is a dynamic and pragmatic leader with a strong balance of business knowledge, technical acumen and a proven track record leading teams, departments and organizations through the deployment of major operational and technology initiatives to achieve business driven strategic goals and “bottom-line” results.

Alfred has extensive operations, portfolio, program & project management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) experience; spanning multiple organizations, countries and platforms. Innovative problem solver and effective communicator, adept in delivering consistent & superior customer service.

By successfully leveraging formal process concepts and methodologies from years in the management consulting and technology industry, is a member of the company's executive thought leadership and a key player in the corporation's strategic business programs with focus upon the future growth of the Pei Wei Asian Diner and P.F. Chang's China Bistro brands.

TESTIMONIAL

"The best way to describe the benefit gained from BWG is the old proverb, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. BWG roundtables are both topical, pragmatic and 100% candid. I can always trust in the feedback and thoughts shared amongst my peers to deliver actionable results."

Ben Gehring
Head of Global Sales
Drift Innovation
Ben Gehring
Head of Global Sales
Drift Innovation
Steven Gifis
Managing Director
Hudson Renewables LLC.
Steven Gifis
Managing Director
Hudson Renewables LLC.
John Gingrich
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
EnergySage, Inc.
John Gingrich
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
EnergySage, Inc.

BIO

John Gingrich was on the founding team at EnergySage, the online marketplace for solar, and was instrumental in leading the company through the initial stages of growth and financing. In his current role, Mr. Gingrich leads the efforts to develop strategic partnerships with a range of organizations that leverage the EnergySage marketplace to facilitate solar adoption throughout the country. Prior to EnergySage, Mr. Gingrich held executive leadership roles in middle market private equity-backed companies and held positions in investment banking, corporate development and strategy consulting. He holds a BA in Economics from Carleton College and an MBA from Babson College.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG facilitates incredible industry-focused executive discussions on the key topics of the day. Their network of high profile executives and stimulating questions produces an excellent roundtable discussion that is insightful and enjoyable for all involved."

Deepak Gupta
Sr Supply Chain Operations Manager
SunPower Corporation
Deepak Gupta
Sr Supply Chain Operations Manager
SunPower Corporation

BIO

Deepak Gupta, a Senior Manager with SunPower Corporation and has experience in Finance, Sales Operations, Planning ( S&OP), Manufacturing and Supply Chain Sourcing/Negotiations.
Deepak has very thorough knowledge of all solar supply chain nodes (both upstream and downstream). He has managed contract manufacturing operations for SunPower, and has served as Chief Of Staff to VP of Global Module Mfg.
Deepak has earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has completed undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG strategy sessions offer a great learning & networking opportunity with other executives in the industry. Every single session I have attended has increased my knowledge of the industry and has broaden my horizon."

Cory Halbardier
Director of Sales
Flex Living
Cory Halbardier
Director of Sales
Flex Living

TESTIMONIAL

"As a panelist I enjoy listening to what my colleagues think about the direction of the business as I’m involved in making business direction decisions weekly."

Frank Kneller
CEO
Horizon Solar Power
Frank Kneller
CEO
Horizon Solar Power

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great opportunity to share personal views on industry trends and also to hear firsthand from other senior executives. The BWG team is first rate, very easy to work with and responsive. The sessions are run well plus Bill is very considerate of the value of everyone’s time."

Edward Laganis
Director of Design Engineering
Smart Design
Edward Laganis
Director of Design Engineering
Smart Design
Jim Lefevere
Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support
Roche Diagnostics
Jim Lefevere
Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support
Roche Diagnostics

BIO

Jim Lefevere - Director, Global Marketing Strategy & Support at Roche Diagnostics

Avery Lu
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
Palo Alto Scientific, Inc.
Avery Lu
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
Palo Alto Scientific, Inc.

BIO

Avery is Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable tech company focused on “Bringing Sports Science to Everyone” leveraging wearable technology, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. He is a startup advisor/mentor to technology startups at local startup accelerators like Wearable IoT World, Highway1, Hanhai Investment, TechCode Accelerator, Taiwan Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), German Accelerator and Santa Clara University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE); an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at F50; a San Francisco Advisory Board Member at C-Suite Network; an Advisory Board Member at BWG Strategy and has organized large industry symposiums, keynoted at various global conferences, and been interviewed and quoted in multiple market research reports on IoT and wearables.

Avery has 21+ years of experience in Silicon Valley’s high tech/semiconductor industries in various roles including business development, segment marketing, product marketing, global account management, and field applications engineering for companies like NXP, Infineon, and Toshiba, where he was responsible for a wide range of technologies addressing such vertical markets as mobile, tablet, computing, consumer electronics, industrial, telecom, utility, automotive, medical, and military.

Avery serves on the Board of Directors of CASPA (Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association) and is currently Executive Director of Business Development and Entrepreneurship. He is also the Chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society chapter in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Avery serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board, as an Advisory Board Member at UCSC Extension Silicon Valley Embedded Systems & VLSI Engineering Program, and as a STEM Technical Advisor/Robotics Instructor at various Silicon Valley afterschool programs.

He holds a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from Santa Clara University and Marketing Management Certificate from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Suresh Madhavan
Investment Professional
Verizon Ventures
Suresh Madhavan
Investment Professional
Verizon Ventures

TESTIMONIAL

"I need to be aware of emerging trends across various industry verticals and any ongoing market disruption. BWG events are an integral part of keeping me current on shifts that are occurring in the market place and help me identify opportunities that result as a consequence of these trends."

Michael Movitz
Founder
The Movitz Group LLC
Michael Movitz
Founder
The Movitz Group LLC

BIO

Michael Movitz has more than 25 years natural products industry experience across retail,
manufacturer, broker and market research organizations, including 16 years with SPINS, the
leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the Natural, Organic
and Specialty Products Industry.

Over his long career, Michael has developed a history of thought leadership through the lens of
the natural products industry, and broad and deep expertise in the consumer package goods &
retail industries across categories, outlets, and consumers. Michael has held leadership roles
across professional sales & strategic business development, sales operations, service
management & marketing, and intellectual property asset development.

Leveraging his industry knowledge and network, Michael formed The Movitz Group to create a
source of strategic advocacy - an authentic voice for the relationship between enterprise and
humanity, helping to drive progress of both, as compliments to each other. The Movitz Group
offers professional strategic guidance to CPG, traditional retail, and capital markets through the
lens and framework of the natural products industry; due diligence to capital markets and CPG
considering investments or acquisitions; industry insider expertise to institutional investors; and
development of go-to-market strategies for emerging innovative brands. All of Michael’s work
is infused with thought leadership, facts, and bold recommendations with conviction,
inspiration and a touch of heart & soul.

Michael earned his degree from the University of Southern California School of Business Entrepreneur Program.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG executive discussion groups are an easy way for me to connect with my peers and gain a more complete perspective on issues thanks to the cross section of discussion participants BWG secures. BWG sessions have allowed me to expand my network as well as generate sales for my consulting business. Bill is professional and friendly, and does a great job moderating our discussions"

Prabhu Parthasarathy
Sr.Product Manager
Amazon
Prabhu Parthasarathy
Sr.Product Manager
Amazon

TESTIMONIAL

"In the BWG sessions I have participated, I have learnt a great deal about the specific technology space under discussion and how it impacts the ecosystem as a whole. I have also been able to share my experiences in the technology and consumer electronics space and how I see the space evolve. BWG has and continues to help me build a good network of likeminded individuals who are interested in building great products and ensuring an excellent customer experience."

Kamal Sadarangani
Partner & EVP
ARQ LLC
Kamal Sadarangani
Partner & EVP
ARQ LLC

BIO

Seasoned telecom executive with over 18 years of experience in various leadership roles in the wireless industry. Responsible for global strategy and business operations for ARQ LLC, a leading turnkey systems integrator for DAS and small cell systems. Formerly with T-Mobile as general manager of engineering & operations. MSEE from the University of

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG’s moderated phone calls have been a great medium to get to know current perspectives from intelligent business executives in a time efficient manner. I am very impressed by the people in BWG’s network and look forward to networking with key executives across different industries."

Doug Salvatori
Sr. Director Wireless Distribution
Perfect 10
Doug Salvatori
Sr. Director Wireless Distribution
Perfect 10

BIO

Doug brings 11 + years of wireless industry experience. He began his career in wireless distribution with Chicago Based Distributor in 2005, where he focused on sales and customer service. During his tenure there, he held management positions in Sales, followed by Product Line and Vendor Management.

Doug joined Perfect 10 in 2014 to start the Wireless Division with a focus on manufacturing and distribution of PerfectVision Manufacturing products, along with 70 other Manufacturers products, addressing the growing needs of the wireless space in Macro, DAS & Small Cell deployments

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in the BWG Strategy Calls and events has been extremely beneficial. They provide insight and perspective from all angles of the telecom space, from the real estate side through the contractor side constructing the sites, and everything in between. BWG has also been a great resource for networking and meeting new people and companies in the industry, adding value to all of our businesses."

Wade Sarver
Consultant
Nokia & Wade4Wireless.com
Wade Sarver
Consultant
Nokia & Wade4Wireless.com

BIO

Consultant, author, consultant, analyst, blogger, and podcaster that advises and speaks on wireless deployment. Specifically Macro, LTE small cell and DAS deployments. Helping you define strategies and tactics for wireless deployments.

Using over 30 years of working throughout the industry to provide solutions for Nokia at a Solutions Manager and creating content for www.wade4wireless.com as well as consulting with various companies to provide deployment efficiencies.

Wade’s background includes many parts of the wireless industry. Having worked in paging, VSAT, public safety, cellular, microwave, and wireless internet to name a few. Wireless transport was
the common connection along with the deployment and business efficiencies to boost each company and system to be better than before. With a degree from Electronics Institute then taking certifications for almost everything out there has really boosted the knowledge curve quickly, but the work experience and work ethic is what made the difference.

The goal is to help teams deploy properly and with as few mistakes as possible. Having an in depth wireless background with rounded experience and a view of end to end deployment is what sets Wade apart.

Blog posts and podcasts for people to share the experiences of wireless deployment. This would include the issues of the industry from tower safety, site work, and installations to 5G planning and LTE
rollouts. The industry is changing to we have to change with it. The industry has so many different moving parts in the field, from RF design to tower climbing to site engineering to project management to optimization. Deployment planning matters and having support matters. Providing support is what matters.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls help give me insight to the industry from the front lines, the companies that are actually doing to work, supplying the parts, and planning for the next year are providing invaluable feedback about the true state of the industry."

Ken Schmidt
President / Partner
Steel in the Air, Inc. / Steel Tree Partners, LLC
Ken Schmidt
President / Partner
Steel in the Air, Inc. / Steel Tree Partners, LLC

BIO

Ken Schmidt is the president of Steel in the Air, Inc., a cell tower lease consulting firm that provides guidance and services on cellular asset valuation, lease negotiations and cell tower lease buyouts. Steel in the Air has over 3,500 clients across the United States.

Ken started Steel in the Air a decade ago. It was the first landowner-centric cell tower lease consultancy firm in the United States. Ken is well-respected in the industry for his ethical, no-nonsense approach to cellular lease negotiations and cellular asset valuation. He has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Bloomberg, and has appeared as a guest speaker at wireless industry trade events and conferences. Since 2004, SITA has been a trusted resource for private and public landowners, municipalities, investors, attorneys and educators.

Ken is also a partner in SteelTree Partners, a tower sale-side advisory firm that has assisted its clients in selling in excess of $1.5 billion dollars of towers over the last decade.

Ken's education includes a Bachelor of Science at Truman State University in Political Science- Pre-Law and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida. He has managed the development of broadcast towers nationwide and developed and built cell towers. Ken has managed multiple 100+ site builds for wireless carriers like Nextel and T-Mobile.

Specialties: cell tower lease negotiations, cell site lease fair market evaluations, cell site lease buyouts, cell tower due diligence, cell phone tower lease expirations, cell site lease renegotiations, tower valuations

TESTIMONIAL

"From an expert standpoint, I have found participation in BWG calls to be very helpful in terms of forcing me to clearly form and enunciate my thoughts and information about the wireless industry. It also provides visibility to what other experts in my field are thinking and/or coming across in their day to day efforts. Lastly, the opportunity to listen in on other experts in other fields discussing tangentially related industries is invaluable. "

David Townsend
Director of Sales, Utility and Large Commercial
JA Solar
David Townsend
Director of Sales, Utility and Large Commercial
JA Solar

BIO

David spent the first 10 years of his professional career as a proprietary equity derivatives trader in both New York and London covering both single stock and index based options. He then spent 2 years working on a structured financial product geared towards Tier-1 capital adequacy relief with respect to Basel III and Dodd-Frank regulatory reform. In 2011 David decided to forge a new career in the solar industry joining Wirsol Americas, and EPC/Developer wearing numerous hats from business development to project management. Previously, David covered Utility/DG and residential sectors for Yingli's top customers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a platform for high caliber people in my industry to have an open format of discussion that fosters growth and information flow that you won’t find in traditional news or information sources. Having direct contact with these resources allows insight and relevance you won’t find elsewhere."

Curt Tuttle
CEO
FIMO USA
Curt Tuttle
CEO
FIMO USA

TESTIMONIAL

"Up to date wireless market information; from technical to financial. Direct Contact with people who are working to shape the market."

Alex Yackery
Owner
SunPower
Alex Yackery
Owner
SunPower

BIO

Alex worked at one of NYC's largest solar installation companies as the Director of Sales before starting Venture Home Solar. Venture Home Solar is a vertically integrated, turnkey solar provider focusing on residential and community solar projects in the 5 Burroughs.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great forum to get candid insights into the solar industry across the country from a diverse network of solar professionals. Every call is an opportunity to understand challenges, developments, and opportunities in the solar market."

MEDIA / ECOMMERCE
Vineet Arora
Managing Director China & CEO
Havas Media Group, Arena
Vineet Arora
Managing Director China & CEO
Havas Media Group, Arena

TESTIMONIAL

"Great insights from accomplished in-market practitioners......helps sense check your own work and provides a solid professional community "

Meg Brossy
VP of Sales
Simulmedia
Meg Brossy
VP of Sales
Simulmedia

BIO

Meg is a global C-level executive with extensive new business development and marketing expertise in both entrepreneurial and established companies in online, ad-tech, marketing tech, and Advanced TV. She has worked extensively with the Fortune 300 CMO's and with the venture and PE firm investor community. She has enjoyed working with companies that are part of the CMO "have to have" arsenal, with data that proves ROI/sales.

Prior to Simulmedia, Meg spent nearly 2 decades at MarketShare/Neustar, BrightlineiTV and 24/7 Real Media.

Meg is respected for her sustained high energy and her drive to push the envelope. She has a consistent track record of strategic growth and has
multi-industry knowledge.

Meg holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and an Executive MBA from Northwestern/Kellogg. She and her husband live in
CT with their two sons.

She is committed to retaining her humor and to the motto, "work hard, play hard"​, particularly on a tennis, paddle or squash court. She is committed to several charities and awards programs centered around junior tennis. Additionally, she also loves adventure travel with her family.

Rachel Clayton
VP of Insights, Analytics, Content & Marketing
CoxReps
Rachel Clayton
VP of Insights, Analytics, Content & Marketing
CoxReps

TESTIMONIAL

"As a contributor to BWG I have access to the thoughts and ideas of industry leaders on the trending topics surrounding the media industry. The perspective and knowledge of the group is invaluable."

Shane Corstorphine
General Manager, Americas
Skyscanner
Shane Corstorphine
General Manager, Americas
Skyscanner

BIO

Shane has always been fascinated by and mentored digital businesses and, since early 2012, has been fortunate enough to be part of one of the most successful digital businesses in Europe.

Having been CFO for Skyscanner for more than four years Shane recently moved to the US to head up their Americas operation.

He joined when Skyscanner we had only 140 employees and 2 offices and helped grow the business to more than 750 employees and 11 offices. Whilst CFO he led four acquisitions and a joint venture in Japan. He also led fund raising from Sequoia in 2013 and the UKs largest private raise by a tech company in late 2015.

Having obtained a Masters in Engineering from Durham University, Shane then qualified as a CA working in London with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following this he set up and ran a successful online retail business which raised £250k seed equity after achieving our aggressive growth plan.

Prior to joining Skyscanner, Shane was in Banking with five years in Leveraged Finance and two years in COO roles.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way of rapidly connecting with thought leaders in the online travel space. The open discussion in the forums allows us to better understand the landscape from other perspectives and tweak strategy accordingly. It also helps in discovering pain points for partners that we can then work to address through better product."

Philip Duddy
VP Sales and Business Development
DRMetrix
Philip Duddy
VP Sales and Business Development
DRMetrix

BIO

With 2 decades of sales strategy, research application and Set Top Box development, Philip delivers leading edge research techniques to cable and broadcast networks looking to increase revenue and expand their share of the $80 Billion advertising market. He has held senior research and strategy roles at Fox Cable, Scripps Networks and Tennis Channel as well as being a key hire at Rentrak where he helped spearhead their move into the National broadcast and cable markets with the launch of TV Essentials.

TESTIMONIAL

"The strategy calls are a great way to brain storm and get a collective feel on issues facing our industry. With equal representation from the buy and sell sides, an unrivalled collection of industry vets, the calls serve as a great forum for frank and honest discussion on hot button issues and topics. I look forward to each call."

Jay Friedman
COO
Goodway Group
Jay Friedman
COO
Goodway Group

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a fantastic platform for connecting with other industry leaders on current, relevant topics to get candid insights that help us in our business."

Judith Hammerman
Vice President of Global Data Commercialization
Time Inc.
Judith Hammerman
Vice President of Global Data Commercialization
Time Inc.
Michael J Janiak
VP Creative
Fluid
Michael J Janiak
VP Creative
Fluid

BIO

I love thinking up and creating digital things that make people fall in love with brands. I've been doing it for over thirteen years.

TESTIMONIAL

"Contributing to thoughtful, engaging conversations around highly specialized topics makes me a better designer, leader and thinker. BWG provides this in spades.
"

Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc.
Claude Jeanloz
President
The Renovator's Supply, Inc.

BIO

Claude founded Renovator’s Supply in 1978 as a small global manufacturer of Plumbing, Hardware, Lighting and Decorative accents for home and commercial building and renovation projects. He handles business and product development, special projects as well as coordination between operations in the US, China and India.

TESTIMONIAL

"This is a helpful community always ready to share ideas and honest feedback about existing and new marketplace issues and opportunities. Bill does a fantastic job of including all participants and quickly ferreting out important take-away points at each conference call. BWG and conference participants have been an important contributor to our corporate marketplace growth. We are greatly honored and thankful to have the opportunity to be part of this group of great business leaders.
"

Adam Rowe
Director of Sales
Spectrum Reach
Adam Rowe
Director of Sales
Spectrum Reach

BIO

Adam has spent the last 25 years as a media professional across a wide variety of properties; including ad agencies, spot television, radio, internet and cable sales. He broke ground at Telerep where he sold spot television across (14) markets. Moving into radio during the industry's renaissance, he spent several years as an Account Executive at Viacom Radio and Chancellor Media. His radio experience led him to MTV where he helped sell for MTV.com, VH1.com, and Sonic Net working with a variety of national clients. Moving to Time Warner Cable during the AOL merger provided multi-platform sales opportunities in online, cable, and magazine sales, while also selling Sportsnet NY (home of the Mets) for its inaugural season. After becoming Time Warner Cable's Digital Sales Manager, Adam moved into a Director of Sales position for NY1/Time Warner Cable News where he's currently responsible for monetizing (17) linear and digital news channels.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG Strategy Group provides me with an excellent platform to share ideas with members of my industry. I inform and become informed of recent trends, and also network within the group. Their brief and intensive conference calls allow me to stay connected with a media industry that changes with the speed of light. It's a very educational and informative use of time."

Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease
Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease

BIO

Alexandra Zubko is Co-Founder of Triptease, a Software-as-a-Service startup that helps hotels drive direct bookings.

Triptease is focused on driving direct bookings on hotel websites and is currently live on over 8,500 hotels worldwide. Acquisition and conversion of the digital guest is the company’s sole focus and shapes the product roadmap. Triptease closed its Series A round of $7m in February 2016 backed by two venture capital firms, Notion Capital and Episode1.

Alexandra founded Triptease after her experience at IHG where she was VP, Head of Global Strategy. While at IHG she was responsible for leading projects in technology, ecommerce and branding. In 2012, she won the IHIF Young Leader Award for the Hotel Industry.

Alexandra earned her BA at Columbia College and her MBA at Stanford University. Alexandra spent the early part of her career at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and NBC Universal/ General Electric. Alexandra lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Brett Adamczyk
VP Business Development, Strategy and M&A
Videa
Brett Adamczyk
VP Business Development, Strategy and M&A
Videa

BIO

Brett joined Videa after spending over nine years in the financial services industry, both as an advisor and an investor. He specialized in distressed investing and the technology, media, and telecommunications industries while at Rothschild, Cerberus Capital Management, and Berylson Capital. Brett was a member of the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies and oversaw investments in the Four Points Media broadcast group and other media-related acquisitions. Brett graduated cum laude from Babson College with a concentration in finance and applied statistics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an invaluable resource for industry executives and its clients. They offer a unique forum for their clients that provides access to top executive commentary and insights on the most relevant topics in their industries while also proving to be a valuable networking tool."

Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers
Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers

BIO

Carolyn manages projects and provides business intelligence regarding EDI, SAP ERP, Web-link e-Commerce platform, web portals, retail e-Commerce sites including content management and creating and managing the systems and programs that deliver a solid customer experience in an Omni-channel environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"These conference calls are always insightful and an invigorating way to spend an hour. I enjoy being on these calls to both participate and hear the perspectives from this varied and knowledgeable group of people. "

Phillip Alexeev
Growth Marketing Specialist
Sketchfab
Phillip Alexeev
Growth Marketing Specialist
Sketchfab

BIO

For the past decade, Phillip Alexeev has been consulting startups, established businesses, and enterprise-level corporations on marketing, growth, and everything in between. Having founded 2 agencies: Pro-Motions Marketing Inc. and Evergrow.io, Phillip continues to push the boundaries of customer acquisition, marketing, and growth for: startups, enterprise-level companies, and companies in the medical and recreational cannabis industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in the BWG Strategy calls is a great opportunity to speak with industry peers that span various verticals regarding new strategies, technologies, and methodologies for growth & marketing. The calls are also a great way to stay aware of new trends, upcoming changes, and various other up-to-date industry proprietary industry information."

Adam Armbruster
National Expert
WardsAuto
Adam Armbruster
National Expert
WardsAuto

BIO

Adam Armbruster - National Expert at Wards Auto, a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data, and analysis.

Sandy Ashendorf
Principal
UWS STRATEGIES LLC
Sandy Ashendorf
Principal
UWS STRATEGIES LLC

BIO

Sandy Ashendorf is a senior media executive with over 25 years of experience at global media companies focusing on content sales and negotiations, strategic planning and new product launches. She has been on the forefront of driving distribution and revenues and reducing costs for leading brands such as Viacom Media Networks and BBC Worldwide America.

Sandy has a firm understanding of the TV industry and the evolving media landscape. She has a broad range of experience including improving overall deal value, evaluating contract compliance and MFNs, advising on packaging strategies and new platforms and overseeing marketing strategies to increase awareness of program services.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG assembles groups of experienced media professionals who speak candidly about the latest industry topics and trends. It’s always useful to share perspectives and information."

Melissa Baird
VP, Systems & Procedures
Draper James
Melissa Baird
VP, Systems & Procedures
Draper James

BIO

Melissa is currently the VP at Draper James. Previously, she was the VP of Product & Operations at Bonobos, an e-commerce driven menswear brand.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers the opportunity to talk to people across industries on a variety of topics. I find myself pulling from the experiences and issues discussed at both expected and unexpected times. Add to that the incredible network they foster and it becomes an informational treasure trove."

Arvind Bala
Global Director - Distribution & Channel Management
Four Seasons
Arvind Bala
Global Director - Distribution & Channel Management
Four Seasons

BIO

Arvind is a hospitality marketing professional with extensive experience in Asia, Middle East and North America. With almost 2 decades of diverse management and leadership expertise across all levels of hospitality business from hotel unit level, to cluster & corporate headquarters. He has championed several activities over the years from concept development and execution, to new hotel openings, product positioning, distribution management, Customer Contact Center, new media expertise, and sales force management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings people with diverse expertise together which allows one to ideate in an environment that fosters learning and spot the next big turn of events before it happens. This heads up insight is what makes makes organisations excel and BWG is phenomenal platform for this.
"

Greg Barnard
Director, Content Acquisitions
ION Media Networks
Greg Barnard
Director, Content Acquisitions
ION Media Networks

BIO

Greg is the Director of Content Acquisitions at ION Media Networks, working closely with the EVP of Programming and Head of Research.

Greg is responsible for evolving acquisition and programming strategies, and provides support for both syndication and original content contract negotiations with major studios (e.g. CBS, NBCU, WB). His work is driven by big data analytics, where he utilizes ratings and market benchmarking to value content. His financial and creative analyses support all content acquisition activities as well as the optimization of existing content slates.

Greg joined ION from Showtime, where he managed the analysis and reporting for distribution and advised on business development initiatives including monetization of digital properties, content spend strategies, and affiliate pricing models. Prior to Showtime, Greg worked in finance for Simon & Schuster and as a portfolio manager at CIT Group.

Greg holds an Economics and Business Administration degree from New York University and positions with industry organizations Paley Center, T. Howard Foundation, and NAMIC. He is currently executive producing his first feature film.

Mike Bebel
Head of Business Affairs, Product & Programming
MixRadio
Mike Bebel
Head of Business Affairs, Product & Programming
MixRadio

BIO

Michael Bebel, COO of MixRadio -- Focuses on driving new strategies and product direction in the music service and entertainment area. Led Rukus and completed the merger of Ruckus Networks, Inc. with Total Music. CEO of Mashboxx pioneering a next generation peer-to-peer network. President of Napster launching of the new, legal Napster service in October of 2003. 20 years of related experience.

Mitch Berman
V.P. Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management
Mitch Berman
V.P. Marketing & Revenue Management
Paramount Hospitality Management

BIO

Mitch Berman joined Paramount Hospitality Management in October of 2001 as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. His knowledge is deeply rooted in “hands-on” experience, educating, supporting, guiding and directing multiple properties through the evolution of e-commerce, marketing, sales and revenue optimization, over the past three decades. While holding the position of Vice President of Revenue Management for Boykin Management (NYSE – BOY), he was responsible for approximately 30 properties, each affiliated with such major brands as Marriott, Hilton, Radisson, Choice and IHG. As Vice President of Revenue Management for GF Management, a privately held company with about 50 hotels in the US, consisting mostly of Starwood, Hilton, Radisson and Holiday Inn branded properties, Mitch assisted in the conversion process of a portfolio of seven former Harley Hotels into three Sheraton properties, two Radissons, a Clarion, and a Ramada. He also supervised the technology conversion, installation, configuration and training of the PMS-CRS integration for each property. As Director of Revenue Management for Servico Hotels & Resorts (NYSE – SER), Mitch was responsible for more than 150 hotels under 13 flag affiliations in 35 states, Canada and Europe. He orchestrated the pricing, inventory management and electronic distribution for all Servico and IMPAC properties until the merger of the two companies in January 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Berman held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vacation Break Management (NASDAQ – VBUSA) and Corporate Director of Travel Industry National Accounts for Carnival Hotels & Resorts. Mitch is a licensed Community Association Manager in the State of Florida and was General Manager through the pre-opening and opening stages of the 432-suite Floridays Resort in Orlando, FL. He holds both General Manager and Revenue Management certification from the Hilton Hotel Corporation.

TESTIMONIAL

"The biggest benefit/ value from BWG would have to be Bill’s ability to monitor, challenge and lead terrific roundtable discussions about pertinent topics related to my industry with formidable, respected and knowledgeable leaders from various facets and many unique perspectives of both the Hospitality and travel related Industries."

Porter Bibb
Managing Partner
MediaTech Capital Partners
Porter Bibb
Managing Partner
MediaTech Capital Partners

BIO

Porter Bibb is a former journalist and White House correspondent (for Newsweek), the first publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, former Corp. Development Director for The New York Times, and a strategic advisor concentrated on new media, technology,and life sciences.

TESTIMONIAL

"Direct Q&A with informed industry executives provides invaluable insight and direction in critical issues impacting development potential and future profits."

Susan Black
Co-Founder
Black & Wright
Susan Black
Co-Founder
Black & Wright

BIO

Susan Black is an accomplished eCommerce, marketing and digital strategist, and sought-after speaker and conference chairman, with a distinguished career successfully launching businesses and reinvigorating established brands within the travel industry. She has led sales, marketing and business strategy for businesses from $10MM to $10B in revenues. Throughout her career she's been involved in marketing, business development and customer-focused strategy for companies from startups to Fortune 500.

Susan's 60+ clients include major brands in travel distribution, tour operation, airlines, hospitality, vacation rentals/timeshare, travel technology solution providers, GDS, online travelagencies, digital marketing agencies, insurance, travel industry conference producers, publishers,investment banks and private equity firms. Susan has helped her clients improve their financial, technology and operational performance. She specializes in increasing revenue, competitive positioning, entry into the travel vertical/business development, as well as providing financial advisory services including M&A and funding.

Susan is the co-founder of strategy firms, Black & Wright, and Susan Black Associates, LLC, and the highly acclaimed TravelCom Conference and Expo, which she sold to the U.S. Travel Association. She has held recent "C"-suite and EVP positions at American Express Vacations/Travel Impressions (formerly an American Express subsidiary), CheapCaribbean.com (acquired by Apple Leisure Group/Bain) and Liberty Travel/GOGO Worldwide Vacations (now Flight Centre).

In addition to her advisory engagements, she serves as chairperson, keynoter and moderator for all EyeforTravel conferences across the US and internationally since 2007. These global executive conferences attract the most senior travel industry eCommerce, marketing and distribution speakers and attendees. Susan also is a sought-after facilitator of executive thought-leadership confabs, and has worked with a variety of travel, travel-tech and mar-tech corporations.

Udayan Bose
Founder & CEO
NetElixir,Inc.
Udayan Bose
Founder & CEO
NetElixir,Inc.

BIO

Udayan Bose founded NetElixir with a vision to provide online marketers worldwide with a paid search campaign optimization solution capable of delivering magical performance. Udayan recognized the potential of paid search as an essential advertising channel in 2004. Having experienced first-hand the complexity involved in running a profitable paid search campaign, he was driven to develop a system that delivers predictable and efficient campaign performance, allowing marketers to fully leverage the power of paid search as a high value sales generator.

Prior to starting NetElixir, Udayan was Director of Business Development for PartyGaming, the world's largest online gaming company. In this role he was responsible for building a new business unit from scratch, PartyBingo that went on to become a major revenue generator for the Company.

Udayan regularly lectures the MBA classes at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Zicklin School of Business, Baruch, NY and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and Time magazines.

Udayan holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy events bring together some of the best minds in the industry and provide a platform for progressive knowledge sharing and exceptional executive networking."

David Boxenbaum
Co-CEO
Heavy Metal
David Boxenbaum
Co-CEO
Heavy Metal

BIO

David has over 20 years experience as media and tech executive. He has successfully lead traditional media companies into the digital age. David loves to operate at the intersection of content and technology and has a passion not only for building businesses, but also building people.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings the best minds in media, tech and finance together in an environment that drives the free flowing of ideas that leads to meaningful insights."

Sarah Bradshaw Young
Digital Marketplace Specialist
Augusta Sportswear Group
Sarah Bradshaw Young
Digital Marketplace Specialist
Augusta Sportswear Group

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit that I receive from BWG is being afforded the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences within my field. Hearing the victories and pitfalls from those in all verticals helps me to become a more well-rounded seller, and the thought that others may benefit from my experience is always a bonus."

Bret Brase
Head of Corporate Strategy
Clypd
Bret Brase
Head of Corporate Strategy
Clypd

BIO

Brett Brase - Head of Corporate Strategy at Clypd

Kara Brass
Director, Social Media
MEC Global
Kara Brass
Director, Social Media
MEC Global

BIO

Kara is a Social Media Manager at MEC Global (a GroupM and WPP company) and currently works across a global portfolio of hospitality brands. She has also experience in the telecommunications and fashion industries on both the marketing and wholesale sides of the business. Kara received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 2010.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to hear different perspectives on industry happenings from leaders in the social media space. The conversations are always insightful, and it is enlightening to hear opinions on others in the industry who work in different functions and verticals than mine. BWG is also a great networking resource, and a great way to meet others in the industry!"

Ron Breakstone
Vice President, eCommerce
FreshDirect
Ron Breakstone
Vice President, eCommerce
FreshDirect

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a forum to stay connected with other ecommerce executives and share in experiences, issues, and solutions. BWG is an invaluable network to make meaningful connections and stay on top of industry trends and solutions."

Joanne Burns
Head of Research and Digital Media
Fox
Joanne Burns
Head of Research and Digital Media
Fox

BIO

As an entertainment industry veteran of Broadcast, Cable, Local and Digital Media, Joanne has lead research and digital departments guiding business strategy for Television Rep firms, Syndication, Network and Nielsen Media.

She began her career at Group W Television Representatives where she inaugurated the program research department, servicing sales and programming for the rep group as well as their owned and operated stations.

At the brink of the first-run syndication business Joanne joined LBS to run the research department where she ushered in computerization for data analysis and support of sales, marketing, publicity, programing and finance.

Disney lured her out West Coast to head research for Buena Vista syndication, which also supported Sr Corporate Management. Some the projects Joanne took part in were the “Repeal of Fin Syn” for the FCC filing and proposal to David Letterman to join Disney.

Nielsen Media Research took Joanne away from the entertainment side to run their syndication business where she restructured the division to better meet changing client needs, along with growing revenue and building new product lines for the company.

CBS brought Joanne back into the entertainment fold to build the research department for their new syndication unit. There Joanne brought the company into the digital generation by developing and marketing their first program websites. She also started up their cross-promotion and advertiser sponsorship unit. When CBS merged with King World Joanne authored the report submitted to the government for approval of the merger, and then presented the report before the DOJ.

Currently Joanne heads up Research and New Media for 20th TV, Fox helping set the strategic course for linear and digital platforms, providing insights, innovation and implementation for program content and promotion. As well, Joanne heads up research and all digital platforms for MyNetworkTV.

Joanne is a charter member of Nielsen’s CRE (Council for Research Excellence) involved in various extensive industry studies and recently joined BGW Strategy on the board of advisers. Media Week had voted Joanne one of the entertainment industry’s "Top 50 Most Indispensable Executives".

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy brings together leaders from all corners of the entertainment industry, for frank, open, insightful and thoughtful roundtable conversations. The value of the organization has been immeasurable. When each discussion concludes I feel it has been an hour well spent."

Brendan Canning
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Silver Chalice Ventures
Brendan Canning
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Silver Chalice Ventures

BIO

Brendan Canning - Senior Vice President, Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a next generation, digital sports media company. Former Senior Director, Affiliate Sales & Marketing at Disney & ESPN Media Networks.

Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.
Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.

BIO

Tim Choate is an Internet industry pioneer and innovator. He launched RedAwning.com in 2010 to bring hotel style reservations for vacation rental properties to travelers, while providing a complete marketing and channel management solution for property owners and managers. Prior to RedAwning.com, Choate founded and took public Aptimus, an online direct marketing network, and also founded Online Interactive, the industry pioneer for downloadable software. Choate has a BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's calls offer a unique window into what's happening in the vacation rental industry. I am always impressed by the attendees participating as well as their openness to share keen insights about what is happening behind the scenes.
"

David Coltrin
Senior Director, Product Marketing & Marketing Technology
Denny's, Inc.
David Coltrin
Senior Director, Product Marketing & Marketing Technology
Denny's, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating on the BWG conference calls provides my team with unique perspectives and first-hand feedback from operators across the restaurant industry, enabling us to be much smarter as we go to market."

David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel
David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel

TESTIMONIAL

"I always learn something new on a BWG Strategy call or at an event. There is high value in the moderated exchange of information among practitioners and experts."

Bryan Crocker
Consultant
Bryan Crocker
Consultant

BIO

BWG's panels provide one of the best ways to connect with other industry executives to share ideas and perspectives you won't get anywhere else. It's an invaluable resource.

Lisa Cucinotta
Director of Social Strategy
Horizon Media
Lisa Cucinotta
Director of Social Strategy
Horizon Media

BIO

Lisa is a social media marketing expert with over 10 years of digital marketing and advertising experience focused on performance-based paid, earned and owned media strategies. Lisa currently leads Social Strategy for commerce & CRM at Horizon Media

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great place to share and compare insights on the digital marketing industry. You get a 360 view spanning clients, agencies, vendors and technologies on the and have an opportunity to engage in healthy discourse. It is also a great networking opportunity – I have made many valuable connections through my participation in round tables, conferences and other BWG events."

Matt Cutair
CEO
AudioHQ
Matt Cutair
CEO
AudioHQ

BIO

MATT CUTAIR, Founder & CEO, AudioHQ: Cutair founded AudioHQ in 2014 and has developed it into a premium and exclusive advertising platform that connects advertisers with digital audio advertising inventory and integration opportunities across a targeted line-up of publisher partners. AudioHQ is the exclusive audio ad sales representative for many successful streaming audio services including TuneIn, Slacker, 8tracks, Jango, MixRadio, Yahoo Sports Radio and Mixcloud. The company also recently branched into audio content production and distribution via a partnership’s with John Tesh’s, TeshMedia Group & talent agency Paradigm. Cutair previously held positions at Pandora, Westwood One and CBS Radio.

TESTIMONIAL

"I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the BWG network. The events are always informative, candid and thought provoking and the networking opportunities are targeted."

Jennifer Dalipi
Senior Director, Digital Marketing and Media
COTY Beauty
Jennifer Dalipi
Senior Director, Digital Marketing and Media
COTY Beauty

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy has become an invaluable resource for the most candid, up to date, relevant and safe environment to discuss what is a very rapidly changing consumer playing field. There is no shortage of highly knowledgeable professionals willing to share their expertise, innovative thoughts and ideas with others. Participation in their events should be a must-do for anyone in business today."

Chris Dane
President
Hickory Global Partners
Chris Dane
President
Hickory Global Partners

BIO

Chris Dane has been in the travel industry for over 40 years and currently is the President of Hickory Global Partners, LLC, a Travel Management Services Company whose members focus on Corporate Travel Management and HICKORY’s programs add value to our member’s efforts. Prior to joining HICKORY, he was recently President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates. The parent company of HRG/ETA is the 3rd largest travel management company in the world. HRG’s core business is providing cutting edge
travel management/corporate services for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. Prior to joining HRG Worldwide, Dane had his own consulting company (Unlimited Travel Solutions. Inc.), which he still maintains. He has consulted for a variety of traditional and new economy travel related entities. These assignments have included consulting for TripAdvisor.com in their start-up phase, interim COO for two dot-com travel related start-ups, strategic planning for companies like Sabre and Travelport (when owned by Cendant), numerous sales, marketing planning and implementation functions for a variety of travel related companies. He has also held key executive positions in the airline, travel agency, tour operator, and consortia sectors of the travel industry.

Prior to joining HRG Worldwide, he was President of Hickory Travel Systems, Inc. Before starting his consulting company, he was one of the founders and held the position of Executive VP Operations with Vacation.com, the largest travel agency consortia in North America. In this role, he was responsible for the roll-up of 1 Canadian and 7 U.S. consortia into a single cohesive unit. Prior to joining vacation.com, he held a Senior VP position and General Manager for Certified Vacations, where he was responsible for the management of Delta Air Lines Vacations, Marriott Villa Vacations and AAA Vacations.

TESTIMONIAL

"What I love most about BWG is that while I am able to share my knowledge and experience with the audience I also get the added benefit of learning about other areas of the travel business of which I am not familiar."

Lennert De Long
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels
Lennert De Long
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels

BIO

Lennert De Jong - Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM Hotels. Former Director of Sales at SynXis by Sabre Holdings.

Rebekah Dopp
Senior Vice President, Advance Services
CBS Corporation
Rebekah Dopp
Senior Vice President, Advance Services
CBS Corporation

BIO

Rebekah Dopp is Senior Vice President, Advanced Services for CBS. She is responsible for directing the evolution of CBS' portfolio of media assets and increasing revenue across all digital and emerging platforms. Her team stewards the execution of all TV Everywhere initiatives across the CBS portfolio and manages the execution of Video On Demand. She is charged with identifying, creating and implementing multi-platform strategies, and assisting in negotiations of complex agreements. She serves as department expert in technology and the rapidly-evolving digital multichannel space. She assumed this role in November 2014.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers industry leaders the opportunity to discuss timely topics with subject matter experts – facilitating strategic debate and peer-to-peer information sharing. Participation has enabled me to hear perspectives my day-to-day wouldn’t generally afford. The moderated format helps focus and hone the conversation and proves to be very effective and efficient. I walk away from every roundtable with new insights and thoughts for approaching the business."

Angelina Eng
VP, Media Platforms & Operations
Merkle, Inc.
Angelina Eng
VP, Media Platforms & Operations
Merkle, Inc.

BIO

Angelina Eng – currently oversees Merkle’s Platform Solutions & Activation team. Eng is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of digital media, marketing and operations experience. Eng has focused her career in defining, building, managing and improving the digital media planning, buying & operations capabilities for organizations, including the development of internal systems to improve communications and workflow across departments; establishment of standard deliverables and protocol; creation of ad trafficking and tracking guidelines and requirements; implementation of rich media strategy; standardization of reporting and analysis systems; and institution of media optimization best practices. Eng provides support, education and consulting services to her clients. Other responsibilities includes showcasing platform capabilities, contract negotiation & execution, collateral creation, and training programs.

Eng has previously worked primarily on the agency side at Dentsu Aegis, Publicis Modem, Integrated Media Solutions, J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam. She is also an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau on the Ad Ops & Technology, and Programmatic Councils.

Tom Eslinger
Digital & Mobile Creative Director / Consultant
Tom Eslinger
Tom Eslinger
Digital & Mobile Creative Director / Consultant
Tom Eslinger
Rita M. Finley
Director of Global Insights
World Kitchen LLC
Rita M. Finley
Director of Global Insights
World Kitchen LLC

BIO

Rita Finley currently overseas global insights for World Kitchen LLC, a leading housewares manufacturer and marketer of brands around the world such as Pyrex, Corelle and Snapware. Rita’s career spans over 30 years in a variety of marketing and sales roles at ConAgra Brands, Gillette, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nielsen and IRI.
Rita specializes in understanding what makes consumers tick and applying that successfully in the marketplace. At ConAgra brands she introduced Eckrich Lunchmakers one of their most successful new product introductions and was part of the team that grew Healthy Choice into a $1 billion dollar mega brand. She went on to work with Gillette and Mead Johnson Nutritionals in the Category Management/market measurement capacity involved with the Gillette Mach 3 and Enfamil Lipil introductions, respectively. Most recently she was awarded recognition by the Path to Purchase Institute in the “Who’s Who in Shopper Insights” for 4 years in a row (2012-2015) and received a “Women of Excellence Award” from Ensemble IQ in 2016.
Rita has excellent perspective from both the CPG and Housewares manufacturer and research supplier side with insights on retail customers, omnichannel, consumers and shoppers. Rita also has extensive work negotiating contracts with market research suppliers to bring the best value and has experience leading the integration and alignment of multiple data platforms.
Rita earned a BS from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA with distinction from DePaul University. Rita lives in Deer Park IL with her husband and three sons.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a way for me to connect with like-minded professionals who speak candidly about the latest industry topics and trends. It is useful to share unbiased perspectives and provides access to the thoughts and idea of industry leaders.
"

Chad Fisher
Founder, CEO
BTown Web
Chad Fisher
Founder, CEO
BTown Web

BIO

Chad Fisher is the founder of BTown Web, an eCommerce agency that provides programming and marketing services. We help our clients grow revenue by providing platform expertise (Shopify, WooCommerce and Salesforce) and marketing services (Dev, Design, Marketing and Analytics). BTown Web is also an official Shopify Expert, Partner and Shopify Plus Expert agency. Chad is passionate about helping eCommerce companies succeed and he created an eCommerce Growth Group to give away growth strategies and provide a private forum for merchants to learn from their peers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG approached me because of Shopify experience and I jumped at the chance to participate in their calls. I enjoy working with others and helping out where I can.
"

Nicholas Fuller
Partner, Director of Marketing
OgilvyOne Worldwide
Nicholas Fuller
Partner, Director of Marketing
OgilvyOne Worldwide
Sahil Gambhir
Director - Platform Strategy & Ad Solutions
Time Warner Cable
Sahil Gambhir
Director - Platform Strategy & Ad Solutions
Time Warner Cable
Josh Gardner
CEO, Co-Founder
Kung Fu Data Ltd.
Josh Gardner
CEO, Co-Founder
Kung Fu Data Ltd.

BIO

Josh is Co-Founder and CEO of Kung Fu Data, a certified e-commerce optimization partner specializing in analytics, brand control and performance management inside China's largest e-marketplaces, with 3 locations, +60 FTE's, +15 brands, +100M GMV.

Fluent Mandarin speaker and serial entrepreneur, Josh has personally conducted +350 flagship audits and is a specialist in channel conflict, brand activation, partner selection and performance management. He's President of the Shanghai chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization and a featured speaker at ChinaConnect, AdTech, NZTE, CCBC, ATO, SBR, IRCE and Luxury Society.

Tenaciously objective and data driven, Josh spends his days helping consumer brands navigate tough situations inside Tmall and JD, bringing third-party transparency and accountability to all stakeholders. He currently resides at the Shanghai Racquet Club with his lovely wife Kate, school psychologist at Shanghai American School, and their two kids, 10-yr old Bennett and 7-yr old Elena.

Doug Garnett
Founder & CEO
Atomic Direct
Doug Garnett
Founder & CEO
Atomic Direct

BIO

Doug Garnett is an expert in the ways advertising can dramatically increase return for product innovations - especially at retail. This challenge led him to found ad agency Atomic Direct which focuses on using television to leverage TV for higher returns from these innovative products. Atomic clients include retailers, manufacturers, and even some smaller invention oriented companies. Atomic leverages “TV” in it’s full definition - across all ranges of broadcast, cable, web, and in-store distribution. Prior to shifting to advertising, Doug worked on rocket and space projects at General Dynamics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a superb job of bringing together knowledge leaders who share what they know in ways that are focused and productive. It’s a rare opportunity to get viewpoints on important topics."

Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder & CEO
Ahalogy
Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder & CEO
Ahalogy

BIO

Bob Gilbreath is co-founder & CEO of Ahalogy, a leading content and social media marketing optimization technology. He previously an executive at WPP and an award-winning brand marketer at Procter & Gamble. Bob is the author of The Next Evolution of Marketing: Connect with your Customers by Marketing with Meaning (McGraw-Hill, 2009).

TESTIMONIAL

"I find BWG to be the best way for me to get detailed perspective on both the broader economy and specific areas of critical interest to my business. The quantity and quality of intelligence is unmatched, and in every call I come away with a page of insights and ideas.
"

Josh Glantz
VP, General Manager
Single Platform
Josh Glantz
VP, General Manager
Single Platform

BIO

Josh Glantz is a sought-after adviser to early and mid-stage digital companies looking to accelerate growth and evolve their business outlook. In the summer of 2014 two companies he advised had transformative events. MDotLabs, a digital analytics company that focused on solutions to combat ad fraud, was acquired by global analytics and measurement leader Comscore. Story to College was accepted into the prestigious Education Technology segment of the New York TechStars accelerator program funded by Kaplan.
Josh is currently the SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Mobiquity Networks, the leader in the fast growing iBeacon / proximity marketing category. Josh's team is responsible for building publisher and advertiser relationships as well as the product roadmap and strategic partnerships.
From 2009 to 2014, Josh Glantz was the VP, General Manager for the digital business at Publishers Clearing House, growing that business unit from $20MM up to over $100MM. Josh lead a team that managed media buying, ad sales, social and mobile gaming development and engagement, product and content development and marketing and all email marketing.
Josh joined PCH from ideeli, a high-end, members-only online shopping community where he served as general manager of advertising and integrated sponsorships. At ideeli, he built a team focused on email and integrated advertising solutions that contributed to the company’s growth by developing new lifestyle-driven e-commerce categories, channels and media partnerships. He also helped the company raise more than $20 million in venture capital. ideeli was acquired by Groupon for $43MM in January, 2014
Before ideeli, Josh spent seven years as senior vice president and managing director at ePrize, the leading supplier of interactive promotions and online loyalty programs, where he developed and ran the company’s New York Office and managed a team of 17 sales and strategy professionals. During Josh’s tenure, ePrize grew from $2MM in revenue to more than $50MM. ePrize was acquired by PE firm Catterton Partners in August 2012 for $100MM and rebranded in March 2014 as HelloWorld.
Earlier in his career, Josh had management roles at pioneering web design agencies USWeb and RareMedium and Israeli venture fund BRM Seed Ventures.
Josh is a graduate of Princeton University and Brooklyn Law School. He was a founder of Swim Across America, a national not-for-profit that has raised more than $50 million for cancer research, treatment and prevention. He was, until the end of 2014, President of the Scarsdale Little League.

TESTIMONIAL

"I take every opportunity to get involved with BWG because the content is always on point, speakers and event participants are very relevant and high-level and because the entire organization exists for the benefit of it's members and clients."

Alex Golshan
Executive Consultant + Former VP of eCommerce and Omnichannel
Alex Golshan Consulting
Alex Golshan
Executive Consultant + Former VP of eCommerce and Omnichannel
Alex Golshan Consulting

BIO

Executive with global eCommerce expertise and focus on brand experience across channels and revenue growth. A passionate customer advocate with extensive experience in eCommerce innovations and dramatic revenue growth. Extensive experience in eCommerce strategies, and operations, Omni-Channel strategies ,Marketing optimizations and global expansion including global marketplace strategies and implementation. Management experience in US and international (teams and P&Ls).

Chris Guimbellot
President & CEO
Hotel Internet Strategies
Chris Guimbellot
President & CEO
Hotel Internet Strategies

BIO

Hotel Internet Strategies was founded in 1996 as a full-service online marketing agency for hotels. Chris Guimbellot, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, has spent his entire career in hospitality. From working in hotels at a young age to becoming Vice President of a hotel franchising company, Chris has a unique understanding of the inner workings of all sides of hotel operation, from small bed and breakfasts to five-star destination resorts. Hotel Internet Strategies works with hotels of all sizes and segments leveraging a personalized relationship strategy to ensure they realize their full online potential.

More information about Hotel Internet Strategies can be found at www.hisinteractive.com. More information can be found on Chris’ LinkedIn page.

TESTIMONIAL

"The insights the BWG panelists provide are unparalleled. The calls are both informative and thought-provoking. It is rare to have to many experts in one place, and without bias."

Jeff Gunderman
President
EYE Corp Media
Jeff Gunderman
President
EYE Corp Media

BIO

Jeff Gunderman is President of EYE Corp Media, an out of home media firm focused on reaching consumers on the path to purchase where they shop, dine, commute and play. A leader in the media space, Jeff has spent time on the client side as head of U.S. marketing for a division of Kodak as well as time in on-line direct response media.

For the past 7-years, Jeff has been focused on out of home and digital place based media. He is very involved with mobile and social and the role mobile, social and location play in the out-of-home media space. He leads the Mobile Integration Committee for the Digital Place-based Advertising Association as well as sits on the Interactive Committee for the Out of Home Advertising Association of America and the Location Committee for the Mobile Marketing Association.

A frequent writer and speaker, Jeff keeps current on both media and technology advancements. He is passionate about the integration of mobile and social and is frequently quoted as an industry expert in articles on the subject. You can follow Jeff’s insights on media (and a few tips on wine) on Twitter @JeffGunderman

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great opportunity to listen to the community’s thoughts on the media industry, learn about the direction of many segments of the industry including new media, and interact with the heads of some of the country’s top media organizations. Bill does a great job of bringing together top thought leaders across the industry and surface key information all in a short one-hour conference call or networking event."

Sean Gupta
VP, Operations & Strategy
BET Networks
Sean Gupta
VP, Operations & Strategy
BET Networks

BIO

Former media investment banker transitioned to Biz Dev/strategy and now Programming/Content strategy

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been the best source for market intelligence on industry trends given the diverse set of execs in the mix."

Bill Harvey
Executive Chairman
Bill Harvey Consulting, Inc.
Bill Harvey
Executive Chairman
Bill Harvey Consulting, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"By continuing this process intensely week to week it keeps members up to the minute knowing all sides of an issue far better than if one were to attempt to read everything put out on a subject which has become impossible. Bill Williams drives at a pace that keeps the airwaves crackling with all the smart minds gathered so that you don’t want to doubletask for fear of missing key info."

Andy Hersam
Director of Brand Strategy
Stanza.co
Andy Hersam
Director of Brand Strategy
Stanza.co

BIO

Andrew Hersam is an accomplished media executive with more than 20 years of experience managing digital, TV, network radio, print and event brands.

Andy is Director of Brand Strategy at Stanza, the global leader in the push economy, helping brands connect with fans at scale. Prior to Stanza, Hersam was Global Director of Sales at BBM, the world's first OTT messaging service at scale (>250mm MAU).

David Hershfield
Principal
Hershfield Consulting
David Hershfield
Principal
Hershfield Consulting

BIO

David Hershfield is a global business leader who has worked at top technology companies, including PayPal, Adobe, and Redcats in several executive-level digital product and technology roles. He has led and managed teams ranging in size from 6 to 350. His success in these roles led to improved performance, retention, profit, and reduced costs.

TESTIMONIAL

"At BWG, I get to participate in great discussions around markets, technologies, and products. I also get introduced to other executives, who are great networking contacts interested in the same topics that are relevant to me.
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Anthony Hogan
Head of eCommerce and Global eCommerce Service Delivery
Perrigo
Anthony Hogan
Head of eCommerce and Global eCommerce Service Delivery
Perrigo

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has opened up opportunities to engage with industry leaders and professionals around topics directly related to and impacting my business. The insights gained from these engagements have allowed me to identify and understand opportunities and obstacles much more easily as I navigate the ever changing business and technology landscapes."

Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels
Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels

BIO

Jay Hubbs is the Senior Vice President of eCommerce for Remington Hotels, an independent manager of over 90 hotels across North America. Before joining Remington in 2013, Jay led North American sales for ReviewPro, and prior to that led hotel supplier relations for Hotwire.com, as part of the Expedia Partner Services Group. Before Hotwire, he worked on both the distribution and revenue management teams for Starwood Hotels. Jay is a graduate of both the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience at the property, regional and corporate level in roles spanning digital marketing, eCommerce, revenue management and distribution.

Jay lives in Dallas with his wonderful wife Laura and their twin boys Brewster and Hunter.

TESTIMONIAL

"I enjoy hearing the viewpoints of BWG Advisors to help inform the strategies we put in place. In some cases I agree with others, and in some cases I disagree, but in both scenarios I gain insight on the perspectives of others on the challenges facing our industry."

Brian Hudson
Director of Marketplaces
Build.com
Brian Hudson
Director of Marketplaces
Build.com

BIO

Build.com is a leading home improvement retailer offering top selling brands across various categories such as: plumbing, lighting, hardware, ventilation, appliances, and home decor. Brian joined Build.com in 2015 as Director of Returns, and moved to his current role as Director of Marketplaces in 2016. Working with a team of dedicated marketplace specialists affords him insight into variance marketplace platforms and trends from a B2C/B2B drop-ship perspective. Before joining Build.com, Brian spent 14 years in HVAC/R wholesale with Baker Distributing Co. His HVAC/R experience included B2B sales, multi-unit management, and operations management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a unique opportunity for executives, leadership, and subject matter experts to share knowledge of industry trends and best practices. The discussions are insightful and informative. Build.com participants always leave BWG calls with new ideas and action items to improve market strategies. "

Chris Jacob
Director, Product Marketing
Salesforce
Chris Jacob
Director, Product Marketing
Salesforce

BIO

Chris has led the global marketing and business development efforts of various technology companies including Salesforce, Kleverbeast, GameGround, Adobe/Efficient Frontier, Jive eXchange and Gravity Networks over the past 13 years of which 3 have successfully exited. He has spoken at major events like SxSW, Dreamforce and AdWeek and guest lectured at the University of Maryland. He has a deep passion for Immigration education and reform and youth development which led him to publishing a book in 2012 and participating in forums like FWD.us and iMentor. A lover of travel, food and theater, he is always looking for his next destination.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique and valuable forum to educate the business community about the latest trends in technology and market innovations from industry leaders. Bill and the team have shown through their rapid growth since inception that there was clearly a latent market demand for this type of service. Both the impressive roster of thought leaders from the most innovative companies in the world continually coming back to share their insights and opinions as well the sheer number of events that BWG clients are clearly increasingly demanding. I am happy to contribute in a small way to this growth and always look forward to the 1 or 2 important things I learn and take back to my business each time I am engaged at a BWG event."

Robin Kamen
Board Member
Sustain Natural
Robin Kamen
Board Member
Sustain Natural

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a unique and highly effective way for senior executives to gather market intelligence. Bill Williams is masterful at leading roundtables, and he has also built a fabulous networking group."

Paul Kaplan
Director of Content Marketing
Dodge Data & Analytics
Paul Kaplan
Director of Content Marketing
Dodge Data & Analytics

BIO

Paul Kaplan has led digital marketing strategy and execution across industries including Barnes & Noble, American Express, Publicis and Broadridge. He received a BA from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is also an author of travel/culture books published by Pelican and children's books. Website is www.paulkaplanauthor.com

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG, I learn about how other players in the industry view the latest tools and marketing techniques. I also get to network with vendors to see if any are right for projects I am engaged on."

Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Jeff Klee
CEO
AmTrav
Jeff Klee
CEO
AmTrav

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG calls offer a unique opportunity to hear off-the-record perspectives of industry experts. I find them to be insightful and thought provoking and always get a lot out of them.bwg"

Arun Kumar
Global Head of Analytics
Citi Publicis OneTeam
Arun Kumar
Global Head of Analytics
Citi Publicis OneTeam

BIO

Arun is a digital analytics leader with a specific interest in the digital media space. He has been with Razorfish for close to 5 years, helping clients optimize media decisions and unlock the full potential of their marketing dollars. He has worked on projects involving cross funnel, cross channel data with a focus towards using analytics to drive stellar business results. In his time at Razorfish, Arun has worked with financial services, travel, education and not for profit clients, solving digital analytics problems across search, display, social, mobile and site analytics. Prior to Razorfish, Arun was the head of analytics for Bizequity.com, an online tool for small business valuation, where he worked on creating the core valuation algorithm. Arun holds a MBA in marketing from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great place for industry professionals to get together, in a friendly environment, and exchange ideas about where the space is heading. It is a forum where we discuss, debate and analyze, what we need to be thinking about and working on in this space. We are shaping the look of things to come!"

Johan Lagerlöf
CEO and founder
X5 Music Group
Johan Lagerlöf
CEO and founder
X5 Music Group

BIO

Johan Lagerlöf - CEO at X5 Music Group, an independent record label.

TESTIMONIAL

"For me it is really refreshing and very informative to discuss these -- for outsiders maybe very detailed topics, but for us in the industry - very important ones. There are always interesting participants to discuss with who I otherwise do not meet, that are in the business, but not necessarily in my circle of weekly contacts."

Carmen Lam
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific
FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Carmen Lam
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific
FRHI Hotels & Resorts

BIO

Carmen Lam was appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific for FRHI, the parent company of luxury and upper upscale hotel brands Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts in July 2013, and is responsible for the execution of FRHI’s regional sales strategies, brand management as well as marketing initiatives for existing and new properties in the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Lam was the Vice President, Hotel Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.Lam joins FRHI from Melco Crown Entertainment, where she was the Senior Vice President, Leisure and Brand Sales and Marketing. Over the course of a career that has spanned more than two decades, Lam has also held a series of management positions with leading brands in Asia including roles with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group.Lam holds an Executive MBA from Canada’s University of Western Ontario Richard Ivey School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and an Executive Leadership designation from Cornell University. Lam is also pursuing a Doctorate at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Bas Lemmens
Founder & Sales Specialist Online Travel
Roomlr.com
Bas Lemmens
Founder & Sales Specialist Online Travel
Roomlr.com

BIO

Bas Lemmens has his Master of Science ( MSc , UT) and then went to work with Booking.com , Ebookers.com , Isango.com , Easytobook.com , Redigo.ru and founded in 2013 Roomlr.com ; meta search engine of holiday homes and apartments. From his daily work and experience, he shares his knowledge and research regarding Online Travel . He is always available to advise companies in the online travel industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"WG brings together the best executives, founders and stakeholders of each industry , who share experiences to keep on developing . My benefit is to get up to speed to new challenges and developments in the online travel industry. BWG shows that knowledge sharing is the best training to do your job better!!"

Jonathan Li
Data Scientist
EverString
Jonathan Li
Data Scientist
EverString

BIO

Jonathan Qiang Li, PhD, Co-founder BorderX Lab Jonathan specializes in China’s eCommerce market. In recent year, he has been a cofounder of BorderX Lab, which opens China’s consumer market by social media marketing, mobile marketing and programmatic display advertising.

Previously, he was behind a number of Alibaba projects that include the Tanx ad exchange, the data management platform, the display and search marketing platforms for the Taobao and Tmall merchants.

Jonathan has 15 years of experiences in data sciences and statistics. He obtained his PhD degree in Statistics from Yale University in 1999.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great professional networking community that helps our business development efforts and provides us with market intelligence."

Richard Li
VP Global Licensing, International New business Development
Aeropostale
Richard Li
VP Global Licensing, International New business Development
Aeropostale

BIO

Richard Li is the VP for Global Licensing International New Business Development for Aeropostale. He has signed over 40 international franchising or licensing deals totaling over US$500,000,000 at retail in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has done business in over 40 countries and lived on 3 continents. He is currently working on domestic licensing and international ecommerce business development for Aeropostale.He has held executive level positions for Skechers, Gap Inc, and LVMH.

He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell Univeristy and an MBA for ESSEC. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG helps me gain specific industry knowledge and advice by networking with industry specific experts. BWG provides valuable insights into my field that are unparalleled."

Jeff Licciardi
Vice President, Executive Director
Performics
Jeff Licciardi
Vice President, Executive Director
Performics

TESTIMONIAL

" Sharing in an expectation free environment. I try to give as much as I learn from each meeting, but it never seem to be able to exceed the value that I take away from the calls."

Jeffrey Liss
Managing Director
FutureRetail.Net​
Jeffrey Liss
Managing Director
FutureRetail.Net​

BIO

Jeffrey Liss has deep experience in leading major change initiatives in large organizations and is passionate about the rapidly changing digital experience for the retail consumer. His background in management consulting, brick-and-mortar retail, eCommerce and consumer research positions him well to lead in this volatile retail environment. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of FullBeauty Brands. He formerly led Operational Transformation and Digital Services at Ascena Retail Group. Earlier in his career, he spent fifteen years as a management consultant focused on large change programs for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of shared services, enterprise-wide cost reduction, organizational redesign and technology implementation. He started his career as a CPA in a top public accounting firm. Jeff has also served on the Research Committee for shop.org and the Editorial Advisory Board for RIS News.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided me with excellent opportunities to stay connected to leading thinking and thinkers in my industry. The high quality of the attendees at their events and participants on phone calls is highly beneficial."

David Litchman
Founder
iMenu360
David Litchman
Founder
iMenu360

BIO

David Litchman has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan, David started Pockets right out of college and was one of the first restaurants to serve healthier, fresh, fast food. As Pockets grew, David looked for ways to make operations more efficient and was introduced to online ordering in 2003. Pockets became an early adopter and David worked with the developer to modify the system to improves both the customer and restaurateurs experience. David met the Grubhub founders very early in their infancy and with a company he was involved with(OrderNetwork), he convinced them that this was the way orders should be received. In their early stages of development, Grubhub utilized the OrderNetwork technology to receive online orders.

In 2007, David founded iMenu360. David assembled a technology team that has been able to develop a product that allows restaurateurs to have a state of the art branded online/mobile ordering solution. In the last 9 years, iMenu360 has worked with operators of all shapes and sizes. From single unit operators to the U.S. Military across the world. Under David's leadership, iMenu360 continues to grow and assist operators in the battle against the portals(Grubhub, Seamless, Eat24, Delivery.com, Etc).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with the opportunity to connect with others in the industry and gain insight to issues the industry faces. I always learn something new from these sessions and that allows me to make better decisions in the future."

Ken Mallon
Chief Product Officer
4INFO
Ken Mallon
Chief Product Officer
4INFO

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve really enjoyed being part of BWG. I’m able to get direct, insightful knowledge from experienced peers and it feels great to contribute"

Dean Mandell
Owner - New York Office
Viamark Advertising
Dean Mandell
Owner - New York Office
Viamark Advertising

BIO

With 30 years experience in Media Sales, Dean has been a pioneer in Digital Video and Audio with a deep understanding of local needs of national advertisers. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has 3 children.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides invaluable networking opportunities with thought leaders in various fields. The knowledge and information exchanged in their gatherings are fresh, insightful and educational."

Yvahn Martin
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
VF Corporation
Yvahn Martin
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
VF Corporation

BIO

Yvahn Martin is a digital marketer and e-commerce entrepreneur with over nine years of experience managing market strategy, sales analysis, email, search, affiliates and social media in both the B2B software and e-commerce realms. An MBA, former dancer and choreographer, Yvahn can also be found building WordPress websites, fundraising for Urban Bush Women dance company and recommending local hangouts for Localeur, when she’s not cooking delicacies from her native New Orleans, riding her folding bike, or throwing MediaThons.

TESTIMONIAL

"The value I get from BWG Strategy is access to high-level perspectives on marketing industry innovations across a wide variety of opportunities... extremely helpful in navigating the fast-moving technology changes in e-commerce!"

Bill Maslyn
Director of Product, National Markets
YP Marketing Solutions
Bill Maslyn
Director of Product, National Markets
YP Marketing Solutions

BIO

Bill Maslyn is the Director of Product for National Markets at YP Marketing Solutions, a leading local marketing solutions provider in the US dedicated to helping local businesses and communities grow. He has been at YP since 2013 and has more than 15 years of product and GM experience focusing on digital ad, consumer web, and mobile products.

At YP, Bill leads the team responsible for all digital ad products that YP sells to national brands and agencies. Since joining YP, he has taken a leadership role in the acquisition of a mobile display technology company, overhauling a complete display ad stack, and launching several mobile and online display products and capabilities including search retargeting, cross-device targeting, native and video ads, and private marketplace.

Before YP, Bill led consumer subscription products at Everyday Health. He was previously at IAC/InterActiveCorp, where he worked on several brands and products associated with their search toolbar. While at IAC, he also launched virtual goods ecommerce and developing integrated marketing campaigns for brands and celebrities such as Nike, Nickelodeon, Fox Searchlight Studios, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, and Paris Hilton.

Bill holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received an MBA in Marketing & New Product Development from Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management & Technology.

Bill is married seventeen years and has two children. Outside of work, Bill reads, plays golf, soccer, and ice hockey, and coaches youth travel soccer.

TESTIMONIAL

"I love participating in the BWG Events. It's always refreshing to hear the various challenges the buyers and sellers in the ad tech space are having and the different perspectives each of them have on the emerging trends. I'm always able to apply something I've learned to my team's product planning and have made some excellent industry connections in the process."

Scott McAllister
SVP of Consumer Digital Marketing + Business Development
Time Inc.
Scott McAllister
SVP of Consumer Digital Marketing + Business Development
Time Inc.

BIO

Scott McAllister is a growth-oriented Digital Marketing executive with nearly 20 years of experience in Marketing, Loyalty Programs, Biz Dev, Six Sigma Ops, and Finance built across Time, Inc., Tourneau, American Express, DELL and GE. He possesses nearly 15 years of Digital experience with a passion for redefining marketing and how customers experience brands through the Digital domain.

Scott is currently the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing + Revenue. In this role, he is responsible for the paid Digital Marketing that generates consumer revenue for Time Inc. Additionally, he leads the design and delivery of experiences and capabilities associated with marketing and analytics across desktop, tablet and mobile platforms. Last, he is responsible for Business Development associated with generating new revenue streams through Time Inc’s Digital content. To date, much of that development has been across the Apple and Android newsstand platforms, with his team driving relationship management and marketing within those platforms.

Prior to Time Inc., Scott spent time as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Digital Experience for Tourneau, the largest, US-based luxury watch retailer. In this role he was charged with redefining the luxury retailer’s Digital experience through paid Digital media, social media, the launch of a new blog – OurMinutes.com, redefining the Company’s e-Commerce experience and building a new CRM platform.

Prior to Tourneau, Scott spent over nine years at American Express with progressive responsibility across a wide variety of areas, including Membership Rewards partnership management, new Customer marketing acquisition, as well Digital Strategy, Analytics, Social Media and Mobile development. These roles blended US and Global responsibility and Scott led teams as large as 50 during this time. Highlights included: building a Social Media marketing new customer acquisition platform for the International consumer business, creating the Company’s first iPad and Android tablet application, leading the release of a global tagging and analytics Omniture infrastructure, creating a cross company / cross channel marketing attribution analytical model, developing a new Paid Search and Digital Advertising approach doubling ROI, and building a strong Merchandise rewards business through new partnerships at advantaged economics.

Prior to his time with American Express, Scott worked for DELL for five years, taking on a variety of Marketing and Business Development roles in both the Consumer and Small Business divisions that included running the $2B Dell Inspiron Consumer Notebook Brand as well as leading Marketing Operations for Dell’s refurbished product business – DellOutlet.com.

Scott holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and has a BS in Finance from Indiana University - Bloomington. Prior to business school, Scott worked for General Electric in Finance and Six Sigma Operations Management where he earned his Black Belt.

TESTIMONIAL

"Great forum to share and learn the latest across a variety of verticals and industries. The call format makes participating very non-impactful to the calendar. Participation has become a monthly ritual for me."

Lauri McGarrigan
President
McGarrigan Media
Lauri McGarrigan
President
McGarrigan Media

BIO

Lauri McGarrigan is a senior media executive with 20 years of experience working for leading brands specializing in the areas of strategic planning and financial compliance, content negotiations, business process re-engineering, business development and new product launches from multi-billion dollar businesses to start-ups. She has been on the forefront of driving revenues and reducing costs resulting in 50+ million in margin improvement for businesses over her career.

Lauri develops successful strategies to improve overall content deal economics, evaluate contract compliance and MFN opportunities, advise on new packaging strategies including alternative content solutions and develop marketing strategies to increase product awareness and usage. She is a trusted advisor to media clients and investment firms on the changing Pay-TV landscape and economics including hosting investor presentations and board presentations that is a valuable resource for clients. Before starting her her own agency, she was Executive Vice President, Schoen Media Group.

Lauri was previously Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations for Disney and
ESPN Media Networks supporting over 70 products and services for both linear and digital networks for 8 Billion in revenue and 125 Million in marketing expense. She began her career with Falcon Cable as Director of Operations and was VP Financial Operations for Affiliate and Ad Sales for Fox Family. Lauri has supported industry-leading deals including the launch of TV Everywhere.

Lauri has worked on both the distribution and programming sides of the business and has a firm understanding of the Pay-TV industry and the changing media landscape combined with a background in finance and operations that allows her to tackle any project with a keen eye towards margin improvement.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG hosts smart and well moderated round table conversations on the pay-tv industry's most relevant topics. I love being part of of these discussion with top industry executives and always leave the call a little wiser listening to different perspectives on hot industry topics."

Ian McHenry
Co-Founder and President
Beyond Pricing
Ian McHenry
Co-Founder and President
Beyond Pricing

BIO

Ian McHenry is Co-Founder and President of Beyond Pricing, a venture-backed revenue management and dynamic pricing software company for the $100B vacation rental and homesharing market. Prior to Beyond Pricing, Ian spent the majority of his career in travel, both as an investment banker for airlines at Raymond James and developing revenue management and loyalty programs for global Fortune 500 airlines and hotels while working at the management consultancy Oliver Wyman. Ian received his A.B. from Princeton University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events bring together a unique breadth of perspectives and expertise that you can't get anywhere else. Beyond my own contributions to the discussion, I walk away with new ideas and insights that I would not otherwise have had. They are often the best one-hour of my week."

Robert McHugh
President
Private Data Solutions
Robert McHugh
President
Private Data Solutions

BIO

Robert earned degrees in several disciplines including Business Management. Robert has spent the last six years in corporate retail filling various roles including Omnichannel operations, Digital Customer Experience, and Global Ecommerce Operations. Robert is often finding ways to push the limits of technology and has a knack for finding easy solutions to challenging problems. Affected by recent high-profile data breaches, Robert’s goal is to return privacy back the digitally connected.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides an incredible network of leading industry professionals. The eCommerce network includes the smartest and brightest of the most relevant brands. BWG’s dinners and calls offer compelling and insightful conversations that truly move business forward."

Hentz Menard
Real Estate Salesperson
Kian Realty NYC
Hentz Menard
Real Estate Salesperson
Kian Realty NYC

BIO

With nearly 20 years in the Hospitality Industry, Hentz happily joins BWG's distinguished group of advisers. He brings with him vast knowledge & experience in management, sales & operations in Hospitality & E-Commerce.

Starting out in guest services, Hentz's career grew into operational leadership at a 1000-room luxury hotel, The Peabody. From there, he assisted in the development of a corporate revenue and distribution division for the luxury boutique hotel chain. Later Hentz chaired the chain’s sales & marketing efforts in select International, Corporate & Leisure business segments. From hotels, Hentz progressed onto assisting Fortune 1000 & Professional Associations plan their meetings and events for 30-30,000 attendees. Thereafter, he spring boarded into E-Commerce world, landing at one of the largest privately-held online travel agencies globally, BookIt.com. There Hentz manages the hotel relationships for the travel site, by consulting hotels on the site's booking analytics, consumer trends & behaviors to incite business conversion.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is where leaders come together to discuss relevant industry topics; serving as a conduit for the latest trends, strategies and best practices. A true cornerstone in today’s business world."

Kelly Merkle
Manager, Social/Influencer Marketing
GNC
Kelly Merkle
Manager, Social/Influencer Marketing
GNC

BIO

Kelly is Manager of Social and Influencer Marketing for the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products, GNC. She worked her way into social strategy with a start in community management and content creation. As the social landscape evolved and needs of the business changed, her role expanded into managing paid campaigns in social. Today, she leads social strategy with collaboration from agency, marketing partners and internal stakeholders. She has a passion for all things nutrition, health, fitness and social media.

Gordon Meyer
Director of Digital Marketing
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Gordon Meyer
Director of Digital Marketing
SiriusXM Satellite Radio

BIO

Gordon Meyer is an industry veteran having been one of the first 30 employees at Razorfish servicing Fortune 100 clients such as Schwab and Ford Motorcars as they formulated their digital strategy in the 90s. He then joined a then scrappy Sirius Satellite Radio in 2005 that dared take on the 800 pound gorilla of terrestrial radio. Since then the company has overtaken and merged with its competitor XM Radio, experienced staggering subscriber growth from 800k subscribers to over 26MM active subscriptions and has disrupted terrestrial radio and transformed the industry. As Director of Digital Marketing, Gordon leads SiriusXM in effective use of digital channels from email to social, desktop to mobile and everything in between to reach a passionate audience with the content they crave that drives conversion. @gordonmeyerjr

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has the uncanny ability to not only assemble top marketers who are at the forefront of the industry but to drive conversation and foster an environment of constructive dialogue on the challenges we all face. BWG events bring both a chance to participate and learn, as well as an opportunity to network with some of the best minds in the business representing the greatest brands in the world."

Curtis Midkiff
Sr. Advisor, Social Business
Southwest Airlines
Curtis Midkiff
Sr. Advisor, Social Business
Southwest Airlines

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great resource for connecting with peers in a substantive way to assist in the strategic elements of my job. It’s great to be able to connect with people across industries to share ideas, thoughts, and emerging innovation platforms."

Christopher Motta
Social Media Director
Macy’s
Christopher Motta
Social Media Director
Macy’s

TESTIMONIAL

"Being part of BWG strategy group allows me to connect and interact with fellow colleagues and exchange ideas and advice."

Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc
Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG connects industry leaders and allows them to share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives for relevant topics. As a contributor I gain access to invaluable knowledge and insights."

Hakan Nizam
Director, Global Digital
L’Oréal Group
Hakan Nizam
Director, Global Digital
L’Oréal Group

TESTIMONIAL

"I find it very valuable to debate relevant digital topics with insightful executives."

Anna Paccone
eCommerce Director, National Sales
Pillar Hotels & Resorts
Anna Paccone
eCommerce Director, National Sales
Pillar Hotels & Resorts

BIO

Anna Paccone is eComemrce Director National Sales / SEO for Pillar Hotels & Resorts, part of the Aimbridge Hospitality, family working with over 180 multi branded hotels in the United States. Before to joining Pillar in 2004, Anna was Regional Director of Revenue Management for IHG owned and managed properties, and prior to that worked in various Sales & Revenue Management positions for Bristol Hotels. Before Bristol Anna worked for Hyatt in various operations positions. Anna is a graduate of theUniversity of Memphis.
Anna currently resides in Dallas with her husband Jim and dog Tillman.

TESTIMONIAL

"Each BWG Strategy call & gathering provides useful and thought provoking information that I can apply to our portfolio. I find the lively exchange of information & opinion helpful when condidering future strategies, even in cases when we don’t all agree – actually those are probably the best meetings. Being able to share under Chatham House Rule allows us to gain perspective & insights freely."

Andrew Pancer
COO
Dstillery
Andrew Pancer
COO
Dstillery

BIO

Andrew has led the platform, digital intelligence, technical services and finance arms of Dstillery since 2008. Before coming to Dstillery, Andrew was Vice President of Digital Development at the New York Times, where he oversaw digital development initiatives including digital strategy, M&A activities for digital operations and integrating new acquisitions. After working at the New York Times, Andrew was About.com’s Chief Financial Officer for two years before becoming the COO of the company. From 2005 to 2007, he helped drive significant growth for the company, tripling revenues and profits in excess of $100 million in 2007. Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). He has a BS in Business Administration from Washington University and an MBA from New York University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's discussions are always intelligent and enlightening. The breadth and quality of participants continues to impress me and I am thrilled to be a part of them."

Royce Perkins
Sales Director
J&M Home Fashions
Royce Perkins
Sales Director
J&M Home Fashions

BIO

Royce Perkins is a seasoned e-commerce sales executive assisting vendors and manufacturers in successfully selling their products with all major online marketplaces and brick & mortar .com extensions. Royce is a hands on practitioner with over 20+ online retailers, specializing in onboarding, content creation, SEO, catalog management, marketing & advertising services, terms negotiations, and relationship management.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG offers unique round table conversations where industry leaders can freely express their experiences on a given topic and/or retailer where others can learn and benefit. Calls are time efficient, information rich, and allow you to see perspectives from different vantage points. Bill Williams does a great job at steering the conversations and eliciting the most insightful information from participants. "

Tim Peter
President
Tim Peter & Associates​
Tim Peter
President
Tim Peter & Associates​

BIO

Since 1995, Tim Peter has worked with Fortune 500 leaders, SMB’s, and startups alike to deliver innovative, effective e-commerce, digital marketing, and online customer service initiatives. An expert in digital marketing strategy and execution, Tim and his team work to create comprehensive solutions for client needs.

Prior to launching Tim Peter & Associates in early 2011, he worked with the world’s largest hotel franchisor and the world’s premier independent luxury hotel representation firm to help hotels and resorts globally achieve billions of dollars in online revenue. His work with Charles Schwab & Co. won him the company’s “Rookie of the Year” award.

An in-demand speaker, Tim has presented to global audiences in public and private events. He teaches courses in digital marketing strategy and operations for Rutgers Business School Executive Education and New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is also the author of the white papers “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World,” “When More is More: Upselling as a Sales & Marketing Tactic,” and “Engaging Online Travel Shoppers Through Integrated Marketing.”

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG brings together a great group of thought leaders and industry practitioners alike. The discussions connect me with key industry leaders, help me clarify my thinking on the most pressing topics, and allow me to offer greater value to my clients. Not to be missed. Through BWG events, participants form lasting industry relationships and gain valuable market insights."

Stewart Pratt
Founder
Platoon.io
Stewart Pratt
Founder
Platoon.io

BIO

Stewart Pratt, Founder of Platoon.io. An experienced and innovative leader with over 17 years of experience in traditional and interactive marketing, Stewart has worked with a roster of blue chip clients during his career including Unilever, Microsoft, Verizon, Kraft, Comcast and many more. He holds separate bachelors degrees in philosophy, english, economics and psychology from Iowa State University, a master's in economics from the University of Iowa, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management focused on decision sciences. Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Stewart led Strategy and Analysis teams at JWT, Razorfish, and SapientNitro.

Jesse Pujji
CEO & Co-Founder
Ampush
Jesse Pujji
CEO & Co-Founder
Ampush

BIO

Jesse Pujji is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Jesse was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs. In that role, he made $10m to $50m investments in public and private companies in the auto, education, and new media industries. Before Goldman, Jesse worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and Dubai focusing on the internet media, eCommerce and telecom industries. Jesse graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Political Science. Jesse can be found playing tennis, watching the NFL (Rams), traveling, debating policy and politics, and coming up with useless business ideas (e.g., self erasing chalkboards). He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

Simone Puorto
Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager
WIHP
Simone Puorto
Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager
WIHP

BIO

Simone Puorto (7 May 1979) is a digital analyst, author and public speaker.
His main areas of expertise are hotel web marketing, UX design, advertising and new trends, such as predictive technologies, big data, AI and metasearch advertising.
His articles and case histories have been published in digital magazines as Social Media Today, Travel Daily News, Social Media and PR Newswire Blazer.
He has been working in the hospitality since 1999 and he managed two hotels in Rome, Italy.
In 2012 he left the General Manager position to join the web-agency WHIP, as Director of Global Accounts & Quality Manager.
In 2014 he co-wrote the book "Digital Marketing turistico" (italian version, published by LSWR) and "Marketing digital turístico” (spanish version, published by Marcombo)-
He gives lectures around the world and he was hosted several times on events like Hospitality Day, BTC, DotComHotel, HotelMarket Seminars, Nofrills and MeetingSuisse.
He's lecturer for LLUIS University (Master in Tourism Management) and IHMA.
He currently lives in Paris and coordinates a team of ten analysts, who provide consulting to over 500 hotels worldwide.

TESTIMONIAL

"Consulting hundreds of hotels worldwide is stimulating, but when you work for the same agency 24/7 there’s always the risk of becoming self-referential.
BWG gives me the chance to confront myself with different point of views and helps me seeing things in prospective, validating (or confuting) my arguments and overall giving me a deeper understanding of the market."

Nate Rackiewicz
SVP, Program Planning Operations & Analysis
Home Box Office, Inc.
Nate Rackiewicz
SVP, Program Planning Operations & Analysis
Home Box Office, Inc.

BIO

Nate Rackiewicz is a media executive at Home Box Office, Inc. where he oversees on-air program planning operations, big data analytics initiatives, and consumer data governance. He received his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business, and his BBA from The University of Notre Dame.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is, quite simply, the smartest and most thoughtful network of media, technology, and telecom executives I’ve encountered. The events and roundtable calls that BWG organizes to play host to some of the most intelligent and insightful conversations about industry trends you can find."

Richard Raddon
co-Founder, co-CEO
ZEFR
Richard Raddon
co-Founder, co-CEO
ZEFR

BIO

Rich is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ZEFR, a company that provides technology solutions for the biggest content owners and brands on YouTube. ZEFR allows brands to discover their most important influencers and target media against them and their audiences. Rich is obsessed with how technology will change traditional media. He works with ZEFR to provide a lens into culture and create tools to help franchise better connections with fans.

Rich began his career as an assistant to the late writer/director/producer John Hughes in Chicago. Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG roundtables and discussions are one of the most valuable information gathering and sharing opportunities in the Industry. The landscape of media and advertising is changing at a rapid pace, and the BWG forum becomes a must as top level Executives in the industry share and debate the most critical issues and opportunities. Every time I participate I learn something new from the BWG discussions."

Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.

BIO

Casey Rae is the Author, William S. Burroughs & The Cult of Rock 'n'​ Roll At the University of Texas Press. Casey is also the Director of Music Licensing at Sirius XM Radio Inc. Prior, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a tremendous resource for knowledge-sharing and direct engagement with business leaders and experts across a range of fields. The level of practical aptitude and big picture vision represented at BWG events is simply unparalleled."

Mike Reznick
EVP, Ad Revenue
Triton Digital
Mike Reznick
EVP, Ad Revenue
Triton Digital

BIO

As EVP, Advertising Revenue, Mike Reznick oversees publisher ad revenue creation across Triton Digital’s direct and programmatic channels, including the Triton Ad Network and a2x, Triton’s private audio ad exchange. Prior to joining Triton, Reznick was the EVP of Sales & Ad Operations at Metro Traffic, a division of Westwood One, where he oversaw the company’s Traffic Ad Revenue division. Prior to joining Metro Traffic, he was the Executive Director of Sales for Soundbreak.com, one of the digital audio industry’s earliest live streaming publishers. Reznick’s career began in the Los Angeles radio market with Disney and CBS Radio. Reznick graduated from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a tremendous job gathering the thought-leaders in our industry and moderating a candid discussion. It’s been my pleasure to participate in the roundtable discussions, but it’s even more rewarding to hear the perspective of people I respect in our industry. I learn something new every time and it helps me evolve my thinking."

Steve Ronson
CEO
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Steve Ronson
CEO
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

BIO

Steve Ronson has extensive experience monetizing video content worldwide for major media brands. Her currently serves as CEO for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, an emerging global media brand from the iconic book publisher that serves as a central source for inspirational and trans-formative programming. Previous experience includes a 13 year role as EVP, A+E Networks, where Steve led global distribution through A+E branded TV channels, syndication, EST, SVOD, DVD, and e-Commerce. He also served on the board of seven joint venture channel groups, growing the division to 60 channels, delivered in 37 languages across 150 countries. Steve earned a B.S. from Cornell University and an MBA from The George Washington University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an organization that creates outstanding opportunities to discuss current industry trends and gain insight from colleagues on their informed view of the next 2-3 year forecast for the industries one participates in. Bill Williams makes the sessions fast paced, informative, and always rewarding. I have had the opportunity to meet outstanding colleagues through the network that have added to my own business pursuits in a meaningful way."

Ben Roodman
Head of Partner Development
AppsFlyer
Ben Roodman
Head of Partner Development
AppsFlyer

BIO

Ben Roodman leads integrated business development partnerships across mobile, digital advertising, and data platforms. He is an advocate for getting to the truth of what converts in mobile. Well versed in mobile advertising platforms with a notable aptitude and passion for analytics, he's currently putting deals together as head of US partnerships at AppsFlyer. Ben has previously held Business Development positions at AOL Advertising and helped establish several funded location-based consumer startups.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers the opportunity to discuss strategy within industry insiders in the ever dynamic mobile and digital advertising ecosystems.
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Steven Rubin
VP Revenue Managment
Denihan Hospitality Group.
Steven Rubin
VP Revenue Managment
Denihan Hospitality Group.

BIO

Steven Rubin Founded TRI Hospitality, Inc. TRI specializes in driving revenue and raising efficiencies in hospitality and travel through innovation. On behalf of hotels and other travel companies, TRI identifies new opportunities, improves risk tolerance, drives brand awareness, and anticipates consumer behavior to maximize revenue. Steven has global experience leading revenue, sales, marketing, digital, and operations teams. He is on advisory boards of multiple technology companies, working to build the next generation of travel experiences. Steven is the co-chair for the HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association) Metasearch working group and was a primary author of HEDNA's publication "Heavy Meta: How to optimize your presence on metasearch". Steven is an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Pricing and Revenue Management at New York University Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides access to industry leaders and facilitates virtual think tank roundtables on key industry topics."

Julie Sandler
Vice President - Retail Sales
Paradigm Trends
Julie Sandler
Vice President - Retail Sales
Paradigm Trends

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with the invaluable opportunity to connect with peers and even competitors across industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing retail today.
"

Avi Savar
CEO & Managing Partner
Dreamit
Avi Savar
CEO & Managing Partner
Dreamit

BIO

Avi Savar - CEO & Managing Partner at Dreamit Ventures

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an incredible resource and network of cross-industry executives. Their content and events provide incredible value and I am thrilled to be part of their advisory board."

Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Manager
River of Goods
Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson
Ecommerce Manager
River of Goods

BIO

Tiffany Serbus-Gustaveson is the Ecommerce Manager for River of Goods, a privately owned lighting and furniture supplier. She started the ecommerce department in 2013 and it’s since become the fastest growing business division in the company. Tiffany attributes her success to the diverse, past experiences she has had working in Sales, Marketing, Multi-Media, Project Management and Operations. Tiffany holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN in Business Administration and Psychology. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband.

TESTIMONIAL

"I always gain immense knowledge when I attend a BWG event. I believe it’s extremely important to stay well-informed on the ever changing world of Ecommerce and BWG offers a wide variety of topics and insights. I also appreciate connecting with other industry professionals and hearing their feedback and experiences."

Larry Shender
VP of Programmatic Demand Partnership
AdsWizz
Larry Shender
VP of Programmatic Demand Partnership
AdsWizz

BIO

With 12 years of experience in online advertising. Larry has worked with some of the leading brands within the CPG and CE categories at both the agency and brand level.

Colleen Sherry
Former Senior Manager, Digital Media & Marketing
Hasbro Inc.
Colleen Sherry
Former Senior Manager, Digital Media & Marketing
Hasbro Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a fantastic resource that brings together some of the best digital and social media leaders in the industry to discuss hot topics, new opportunities and shared issues. The panels and roundtables are great touch points as we all move forward in this exciting space."

Julien Simon
VP Music Rights & Label Relations
Deezer
Julien Simon
VP Music Rights & Label Relations
Deezer

BIO

After working in various roles in the music industry for years, Julien went on to develop digital strategy and sales development at BMG Music in 2004 and then at Sony Music for 4 years, with partners including iTunes, Amazon and Orange.

In 2008 Julien took the opportunity to join Deezer, an innovative and dynamic music start up, as VP Music Rights and Label Relations. After negotiations with rights holders and business partners, Deezer launched in 182 countries in 2011, offering a ad based and direct subscription services and developing partnerships with mobile carriers in almost 45 countries.

Julien moved two years ago from Deezer HQ in Paris to NYC, where Deezer launched in September 2014 with Sonos and Bose partnerships, followed by the acquisition of Stitcher company and then the replacement of Muve application with Deezer through the Cricket/AT&T network. Julien is running content strategy, covering licensing department and works closely on the business strategy here in the US.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great benefit in term of business relationship and also keep me up to date in term of technology/entertainement environment.
"

Colin Sims
Chief Operating Officer
Delivery.com​
Colin Sims
Chief Operating Officer
Delivery.com​

BIO

Colin joined Delivery.com in 2009, ​and assumed the role of​ Chief Operating Officer in 2011, managing finance, strategy, and operations for the company. After nearly a decade on Wall Street, Colin decided to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, initially acting as an advisor EATS.com, and subsequently assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to EATS, Colin was a Director in the Alternative Investments division of Credit Suisse, a founding member of the Structured Investments group at Bank of America, and an investment banker to public & private utilities at Lehman Brothers. Before pursuing his career in finance, Colin ​conducted theoretical research at​ NASA’s​ Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

TESTIMONIAL

"​What I like about BWG's events is that they really do feel like collaborative sharing amongst peers; always fresh, and always topical.​"

Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Vander Group
Derek J. Sine
Managing Director
Vander Group

BIO

Derek J. Sine is the managing director at Vander Group. Vander Group is an end-to-end eCommerce solutions provider, combining digital strategy, data-driven design, development, optimization, logistics, and customer support.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides unparalleled insights into what is truly going on in a number of markets. Our group continues to leverage BWG’s intellectual capital and I'm pleased to be a member of the board of an organization composed of the top global domain experts."

Swan Sit
Vice President of Global Digital
Elizabeth Arden
Swan Sit
Vice President of Global Digital
Elizabeth Arden

BIO

Swan Sit is the Vice President of Global Digital for Elizabeth Arden. She is responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation across the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio and the company’s designer, celebrity and heritage fragrances. She is developing the company’s first digital platform across its global markets and was voted one of Luxury Daily’s Women to Watch in 2014.

As the former Executive Director of Online Strategy and Planning for the Estee Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites from 125 to 450, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was also a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes – launching a factory in China during SARS – and ran the grassroots Trend Marketing Team. Out of college, she capitalized on the Internet boom at Trilogy Software, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy.

Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Travel is one of her passions (over 60 countries) with favorites ranging from Mt. Everest, Antarctica and Kenya to Mongolia, Bhutan and Myanmar. She sits on the boards of Women in Retail and BWG Strategy, as well as the Impact Network and Foundation Rwanda philanthropies. She can often be found smashing a volleyball or chasing restaurant openings around NYC.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's incredible network not only provides the breadth of information necessary to cover an array of industries and functions, but the quality of that network lends enough depth for the expertise to be useful and actionable."

Mickey Slevin
VP, Business Development and Operations
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution LLC
Mickey Slevin
VP, Business Development and Operations
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution LLC
Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts
Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts

BIO

Ron Stevenson joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts in 2013. In his current role as Director of Ecommerce, he is directly responsible for setting the digital marketing strategy for over 40 full-service hotels. Prior to joining Davidson, Ron worked for IHG as Senior Manager of Americas Channel Marketing. While there, he led a regional team of marketing managers covering the U.S., Canada and Mexico with task force assignments across Latin America. Responsible for channel performance for seven IHG brands throughout the Americas, the team created and delivered regionally specific training and support, supervising product implementation and participation of 3,000 hotels in channel and relationship marketing programs.

A strong understanding of developing B2C Ecommerce solutions, global distribution systems, and new product development helps me to successfully navigate
organizational matrixes to achieve results.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participation is valuable and allows me to see if the rest of the industry is experiencing the same success or pain points. You can’t find the intelligence participation provides as you understand what your piers are seeing as they use different products
and experience trends across the United States. It is also beneficial see what other operators are experiencing in similar regions.
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Peter Strid
VP Sales / Strategic Partnerships
PeopleLinx, Inc.
Peter Strid
VP Sales / Strategic Partnerships
PeopleLinx, Inc.

BIO

A 20 year sales veteran Peter leads PeopleLinx, an award winning VC-backed social selling start up as the VP of Sales and Strategic Partnerships. Peter is widely known as an expert in social selling and sales technology. Peter works with industry sales and marketing leaders to implement Social Selling Strategies.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a platform for me to learn from the smartest thought leaders in my industry. It has opened many doors for me to build relationships with those key leaders. I always learn new trends and ideas that help to keep me at the top of my game and ultimately drive a better experience for my clients as a result."

Zhaohui Tang
Founder & CEO
AdSage
Zhaohui Tang
Founder & CEO
AdSage

BIO

ZhaoHui Tang is the Chairman of adSage, a leading online advertising technology company in China. Prior to adSage, he worked a dozen years at Microsoft headquarter, leading a number of core product development. He was a principal group program manager at Microsoft adCenter, where he manages a number of projects related to paid search and content ads, in the area of relevance and revenue. He spent 6 years as a lead program manager in Business Intelligence group of SQL Server, leading the data mining product. He got his Ph.D. in France in 1996 and holds over 20 patents in data mining and search technology.

Varghese Thomas
Founder
LaDiVa Ventures LLC
Varghese Thomas
Founder
LaDiVa Ventures LLC

BIO

Varghese Thomas is a visionary technology executive with extensive global leadership experience in rapidly effectuating transformative change within managed services and SaaS based organizations.

Varghese currently has his own firm called LaDiVa Ventures LLC. With the next generation of digital technology solutions transformations, he ventured to capture his entrepreneurial side and how he could influence start-ups and mid-size companies with his enterprise experience. He consults with executives, boards and investors with guidance on business development, sales (direct and partners) and marketing to accelerate growth through various stages of the company. Focus areas include cloud and managed infrastructure services, SaaS, fintech, CRM, mobile, social and media companies.

Prior to venturing out on his own, Varghese was the Senior Vice President at NYSE Euronext responsible for its commercial financial cloud, hosting, network and managed services business, which provided secure solutions for the global financial services community. Varghese was also the Global Head of Financial Services at CenturyLink (formerly SAVVIS) where he led the global managed IT and cloud infrastructure strategy, business development and marketing for the business unit across capital markets, banking and insurance which accounted for about a third of the company’s revenue with double digit growth during his tenure. Varghese held several leadership roles at Thomson Reuters and Bridge Information Systems supporting financial applications and technology. He also worked at Smith Barney’s market data and trading services team.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy and its industry executives illuminate specific sector and company insight not typically captured in other mediums."

Herschel Thompson
Head of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing
J.W. Hulme Co.
Herschel Thompson
Head of E-Commerce & Digital Marketing
J.W. Hulme Co.
David Tossell
VP – Travel & Hospitality
DataArt
David Tossell
VP – Travel & Hospitality
DataArt

BIO

David Tossell, CTC, started in the mailroom of his family’s travel agency 20+ years ago and made his way across the industry working for companies such as Sabre, Travelocity and Virtuoso as well as leadership roles in multiple travel startups. David joined DataArt in 2014 as Vice President, Travel & Hospitality and has penned articles for Tnooz, Hotel Business Review and CIO Review and been quoted as a travel industry expert in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

David is a serial entrepreneur, with experience ranging from global product marketing & development, to marketing promotions, business operations, SEO/SEM, and email marketing. Over the course of his career, he led many start-up businesses, including the Sabre Rewards travel agent loyalty program, and APInet, the travel distribution industry’s first extranet. Most recently, David oversaw the creation of TimeshareAdvisor – a review website for timeshare owners. At Travelocity, David oversaw the account team for the affiliate / private label distribution business with over 1,900 partners including Yahoo, AOL, American Express and AAA. During his time as CEO of CruiseLabs, he lead the company to a “runner-up” spot in the Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit and went on to establish a global network of over 70 cruise research and booking web sites. Prior to joining DataArt, David served as Vice President of Marketing for WMPH Vacations / iCruise.com.

TESTIMONIAL

"Bill Williams and team delivers straight talk from industry voices who know what they are talking about. The events are free of the restrained, watered down conversation that has become typical of too many panel discussions. BWG’s discussions are refreshing in both their candor and intelligence."

Cliff Trotta
Director of Sales, Distribution and Commercial Planning
Iberia
Cliff Trotta
Director of Sales, Distribution and Commercial Planning
Iberia

BIO

Cliff Trotta has 15 years of experience in the Aviation industry and has handled Distribution, Revenue Management and Alliances functions for the Americas, for Asia Pacific and for Europe, Middle East and Africa at various global and innovative airlines.

TESTIMONIAL

"I think the great benefit that BWG provides is access to likeminded Professionals that can act as a sounding board for current trends in the ever-changing travel industry landscape."

Thomas Tyrer
President & Managing Partner
Circle Change Media
Thomas Tyrer
President & Managing Partner
Circle Change Media

BIO

Thomas Tyrer has spent 25 years aggressively defying industry convention and helping several of the world’s most recognized entertainment, sports and media brands to create multi-billion-dollar content ventures or stopping others from capitalizing on similar opportunities at their expense. His LA-based brand management and strategic communications agency Circle Change Media has developed and executed comprehensive corporate brand management campaigns to ensure many of the world’s most innovative creators like 21st Century Fox, National Geographic Society, the Big Ten Conference, LA Dodgers, Outside Magazine and The Simpsons, among others, receive maximum media value or, conversely, save top cable, satellite, IPTV, OTT, mobile and other providers like AT&T, DIRECTV, Cox Communications, NCTC, Wide Open West, etc. several billions in program licensing fees without sacrificing undue customer churn, compromised brand equity or diminished civic good will. Among other accomplishments, he has helped to establish – and also stall out – major professional team and conference-specific networks; swayed billions in asset value and fees between the Big Four networks, major station groups and local broadcast affiliates; and affected thousands of local broadcast retransmission consent negotiations en route to helping create a soon-to-exceed $10 billion marketplace.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG proactively seeks out and assembles the people who actually know what’s going on in the trenches and enables them to speak candidly to help identify opportunities and vulnerabilities well before others. Whether participating within or listening in on BWG's many diverse events, I find the information I glean, the fascinating people I meet and the immediate return on my time invaluable.” — Thomas Tyrer, President & Managing Partner, Circle Change Media"

Rick Welch
Head of Programmatic Advertising
Flipboard
Rick Welch
Head of Programmatic Advertising
Flipboard

BIO

Rick has 10 years of experience in digital media spanning the adtech, publisher & agency sides of the business. Primary areas of expertise include data and programmatic.

TESTIMONIAL

"In my experience, BWG brings together some of the most qualified and influential individuals in our industry. The events and discussions are thought provoking -- they provide valuable insights that can be leveraged in my own business strategy."

Rich Whalen
EVP, Director or Operations
McCann
Rich Whalen
EVP, Director or Operations
McCann
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Advertising Consultant/Evangelist
B2Linked.com
AJ Wilcox
LinkedIn Advertising Consultant/Evangelist
B2Linked.com

BIO

AJ manages and consults for the world's most sophisticated LinkedIn advertising accounts. A long-time online marketer, he fell in love with the B2B targeting/audience data 4+ years ago, and founded B2Linked to help companies take full advantage of the power.

TESTIMONIAL

"I love that I get to network with the most knowledgeable peers in the industry with BWG. Each call, I get to learn from others' experience and share my findings in a group that is highly interested."

Eddie Wilders
SVP, Director of Research
Lockard & Wechsler
Eddie Wilders
SVP, Director of Research
Lockard & Wechsler

BIO

Currently, I head the research department in all facets of client analysis, as well as provide the agency with industry trends and analysis. Using Nielsen, my team and I are responsible to provide clients with post buy impression and ratings data and reach/frequency analysis. For new business proposals, I am responsible to provide syndicated research to determine demographic profile and using competitive data to position potential clients to gain share of voice within the market. I also use Nielsen data to provide potential and current clients with a media landscape in order to sell their products in the most efficient programming that is available. I also have experience in general advertising buying and negotiating, radio and print buying and negotiating, and use comScore on a daily basis. I have extensive knowledge of the direct response world, the CPG world and brand strategy.

TESTIMONIAL

"The major benefit from BWG is having access to the vast knowledge from everyone within the industry. Hearing points of view and opinions on various topics broadens my knowledge and helps me better understand the industry I live in."

Diana Wilkin
COO
Semantic Research Inc
Diana Wilkin
COO
Semantic Research Inc

BIO

Diana Wilkin has over 20 years of experience in broadcast media. Her background includes senior level corporate positions at News Corp and CBS Network, most recently as President of affiliate relations at CBS. She’s been VP of six network affiliated television stations. Currently, she is the founder of a broadcast advisory firm that specializes in advising broadcast clients in operations, network and retransmission consent negotiations. Additionally, she works closely with selected start up and early stage companies in the media industry, advising both on operations and financing opportunities. Her business includes consulting for investment banks, VC’s, debt and equity firms in the broadcast, OTT and media space. Ms. Wilkin is an executive board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, a Thought Leader for Sprockit and acting CRO for Aerobo aerial services.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an outstanding opportunity to connect with leaders in the media industry and discuss on a small group level the challenges and change facing the entire business. From my perspective, I can hear from executives their view of the future and hone in on what’s coming rather than what’s been. I look forward to lending my expertise and learning from executives I wouldn’t otherwise meet."

Natalia Williams
VP, E-Commerce (Product Management & Digital Production)
Bloomingdales.com
Natalia Williams
VP, E-Commerce (Product Management & Digital Production)
Bloomingdales.com

BIO

I lead a team of Product Managers, Content Producers, Business Analysts, UX Architects & Strategists that research and implement Bloomingdale’s e-commerce capabilities I’ve been with Bloomingdale’s for seven years; prior to Bloomingdale’s I was in User Experience and Product Management for Macy’s Systems and Technologies. I also have a background working for startups in the Perishables and Energy Marketing industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"In an industry that is constantly evolving, BWG does a great service in hosting discussions on technology that are top of mind for all executives. I enjoy the opportunity BWG provides to connect and build relationships with top talent from across the industry in order to exchange best practices, share experiences and advice."

David Wish
Head of Digital
David Yurman Enterprises
David Wish
Head of Digital
David Yurman Enterprises

TESTIMONIAL

"We are all time challenged – but I can say that there’s arguably no better use of my time than attending a BWG event. It’s a great opportunity to connect with leaders within the digital and financial communities and gain perspective on key issues facing the industry."

Bryan Woody
General Manager of Royalton
Morgans Hotel Group
Bryan Woody
General Manager of Royalton
Morgans Hotel Group
Steve Yates
CEO
All Industry Consulting
Steve Yates
CEO
All Industry Consulting

BIO

All Industry Consulting was founded by Steve Yates, AIC’s President & CEO who developed well-rounded expertise working for multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 retailers such as Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods and eBay Enterprise. With 23 years’ experience in retail management and 16 years’ experience in eCommerce, Steve Yates provides companies with strategic advice and innovative solutions that are based on real-life experience working for industry leading retailers. AIC helps companies grow faster, smarter and more profitably by providing advice, mentoring and coaching to today’s busy executives. We empower businesses with sound advice, strategic guidance and innovative technologies so that you stand apart from the ever-increasing competitive landscape.

Pete Zeiner
Head of Ecommerce, Digital Marketing and Innovation
Advanced Auto Parts
Pete Zeiner
Head of Ecommerce, Digital Marketing and Innovation
Advanced Auto Parts
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Lisa Honeycutt
Director of Sales, Natural and Specialty
Bare Snacks
Lisa Honeycutt
Director of Sales, Natural and Specialty
Bare Snacks

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG manages to pull together qualified, pertinent people together to brainstorm on current issues in the grocery industry on both conventional and natural/specialty. I have taken away key insight from all calls that I have been able to be a participant. "

Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC
Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC

BIO

Over his 27-year real estate career, Wayne has represented clients across the spectrum of occupier industries and owner product types, including Fidelity Investments, Wakefern Corp., Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, The Hampshire Companies, and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Through these engagements, he gained both a strong foundation in transactional brokerage and project management and the experience necessary for continuing client success at Colliers.

James Richardson
Senior Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation
The Hartman Group
James Richardson
Senior Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation
The Hartman Group

BIO

James is a professionally trained cultural anthropologist turned strategy consultant. He has studied consumer behavior in food and beverage for fourteen years, working with a variety of clients from Kraft Foods to early stage natural/organic food brands. In his current role, he oversees the development of Hartman’s intellectual property and analytical toolkit to ensure that the company is filling critical knowledge gaps in the food and beverage industry. He also advises Hartman consultants working on high profile strategy engagements with leading CPG and retail companies. In this role, he has become one of few national experts on the premium food/beverage marketplace and how it is disrupting CPG and retail businesses. He is also the creator and author of Hartman’s quarterly whitepaper series on strategic issues facing the food industry: Hartbeat Exec. James’ unique perspective also draws on his doctoral training as a cultural anthropologist and his extensive cross-cultural experiences.

Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising and Retail Operations
Schuylkill Valley Sports
Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising and Retail Operations
Schuylkill Valley Sports

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers participants the opportunity to speak to and hear from industry experts regarding today's challenges. The diverse makeup of the group allows the members to understand these issues from varying perspectives. National retail chains, specialty stores, mid-size retailers, manufacturers, brand marketers/managers, etc all participate in the mix to give members a well rounded experience."

Janet Bell
Director of Sales
Munro Shoes
Janet Bell
Director of Sales
Munro Shoes

BIO

25+ years experience in Multi channel retail and Fashion merchandising at Sears Holdings Company, Macy’s and the GAP, Inc. Areas of expertise include Footwear, Apparel and Home Fashions.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a terrific opportunity to connect with industry executives, discuss current issues, trends and events relevant to future business direction. The one hour discussion format with a cross section of the retail/wholesale industry gives broad perspective and insight on topics of interest. Networking with key leaders on current discussion topics helps to understand the diverse and challenging landscape of multi channel retailing. "

Scott Brown
eCommerce Marketplace Manager
Adorama Camera Inc.
Scott Brown
eCommerce Marketplace Manager
Adorama Camera Inc.

BIO

Scott has been in the Consumer Electronic industry for over 25 years and has held positions in almost every department from Sales Management and Customer Service to Logistics and from Data Entry to Systems Integration. A go to guy and ahead of the box thinker who can always be relied on to bring the concepts down to earth and apply them to business. A staunch proponent of Big Data and its vast uses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG was a mystery at first, but after the first strategy meeting it was clear. It was like a random non-paid, board of directors type meeting with industry leading people from different related companies opining multiple angles on the given topic as to future strategies and potentials, including deep discussions sometimes down to underlying technologies and business / marketing models. That knowledge helped us narrow focus on which product lines to focus on more than others."

Heidi Chapnick
Owner
Channalysis, LLC/Partner, FreshXperts, LLC
Heidi Chapnick
Owner
Channalysis, LLC/Partner, FreshXperts, LLC

BIO

With decades of executive experience in corporate America, and now as a prominent consultant, author and speaker, Heidi has been transforming businesses across verticals and channels of sales. She is a retail/etail strategist with ongoing success achieving revenue, profit and continual improvement within start up, turn around and mature enterprises in rapid change environments and highly matrixed organizations - building relationships with upper level decision makers, seizing and prioritizing critical challenge areas with analytics and go forward strategy, and delivering on customer centricity.

Contact Info:
hchapnickm@aol.com
617-458-6106

Matt Cline
Key Account Manager/Business Development
KeHE Distributors
Matt Cline
Key Account Manager/Business Development
KeHE Distributors
Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.
Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.

BIO

Mike is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He has been in the industry for 34 years. The first 24 were with Quaker Oats/Pepsico. During the last 10 years, Mike has focused on smaller companies and most are in the natural/organic space. Mike has experience across all channels including grocery, natural, club, national drug, mass and c-store.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG sessions and interactions allow me to share my knowledge on certain industry topics, but I also learn a great deal from other colleagues and industry experts about emerging industry and customer trends. The sessions are concise and to the point. The shared thoughts are always enlightening.

"

Bruce Dunfee
Advisory Board Member
BWG Strategy
Bruce Dunfee
Advisory Board Member
BWG Strategy

BIO

Bruce has spent his career in the athletic footwear and apparel industry across the past nearly twenty years.
He has held management and senior management roles on the sales side at both adidas and Puma overseeing teams in multiple channels of distribution, most recently with a heavy concentration on the Athletic Specialty / Mall channel. His high level of executive experience and involvement in brand and sales strategy development and activation have led to commercial success and significant growth for the teams he has managed. We see him as a valuable resource and addition to our BWG Advisory Board.

TESTIMONIAL

"I view the environment that the BWG calls foster as a fantastic way to information share, educate yourself and utilize as a platform to network. The education happens by being exposed to other high level executives from across our business space from both a retailer and vendor perspective who offer views and opinions that contribute a higher level of engagement & understanding to whatever the topic may be that day. They also create a platform for you and your skill set to be displayed to an audience that would otherwise never know you. It's an hour of time that can certainly add a valuable element to professional development and networking that is at the same time convenient for everyone's hectic schedules. "

Anne Evanoff
VP Sales
Designer Protein
Anne Evanoff
VP Sales
Designer Protein

BIO

Managing category product mix at 9 distribution centers, for both the Natural and Supermarket/Grocery retail channels. Discovering new items and vendors, then collaborating with vendors for successful launch and sales. Marketing, tracking sales, and creating Plannograms for best and suggested sku mix for both channels. Education and training for sales teams and retailers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a good job of providing a panel with a wide expanse of expertise. That way, each call is a chance to hear a wider point of view, and learn from many perspectives."

Wendy Ewers
Vice President Marketing
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Wendy Ewers
Vice President Marketing
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

BIO

Ewers created and launched the Catering Business Model for On The Border in 1993 and worked with multiple brands during her time with Brinker International supporting up to 8 brands with consulting and at one point directed a newly created branch coined Brinker Catering offering 6 brands in a centralized fashion. She has continued to work and head up On The Border, a Dallas based company who owns and operates approximately 150 Locations. She initiated the centralized model and now supports all corporate locations as well as 2 franchise partners. In addition, to overseeing the Off Premise business channel for OTB she oversees Guest Relations and most recently took over Local Activation under Marketing. She has a proven track record of increasing sales and profits year over year. Currently on her 5th year of consecutive growth. The Off Premise channel has continued to fuel growth for the brand under the platform she created and is garnering north of $40M in annual sales.

Joel Goldsmith
SVP Retail Sales
Atlantic Coast Brands
Joel Goldsmith
SVP Retail Sales
Atlantic Coast Brands

BIO

CLIENT FOCUSED DYNAMIC, DRIVEN, HIGHLY SKILLED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SALES PROFESSIONAL WITH HISTORY OF OPENING NEW CHANNELS OF DISTRIBUTION AND PIONEERING NOVEL PRODUCT CONCEPTS, NEW CATEGORIES OF BUSINESS AND DEVELOPING LASTING CORE CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS. EXPERT IN INITIATING AND DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS, CLOSING MULTIMILLION- MULTIYEAR DEALS. ALWAYS PRESENTING WITH CLARITY, ENTHUSIASM, INTEGRITY, AND BUILDING LONG TERM TRUST WITH CLIENTS. ANALYTICAL, ADAPTIVE, QUICK STUDY IN NEW INDUSTRIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. RECRUITED, BUILT AND MANAGED LARGE SUCCESSFUL SALES TEAMS, BOTH INDEPENDENT AND COMPANY EMPLOYED.

RETAILERS RELATIONSHIPS: Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, Macys, Kohl’s, HSN, QVC, Amazon, Cosmoprof, Salon Centric, Lord & Taylor, Beauty Brands, Boscovs, Dillards, Belk, Skinstore.com, Dermstore.com, Hautelook.com, CVS, Walgreens, Look Boutique, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Target, Fred Meyers, Miejers, Costco, Costco International, Sam’s Club, BJs Wholesale, Bed Bath & Beyond, Planet Beauty, AAFES, Nexcom and EC Scott

TESTIMONIAL

"In today’s ever changing and competitive retail landscape, it is essential to keep your finger on the pulse of the marketplace. BWG provides a unique insight into what is going on at an account or channel from the perspective of the vendor community. How better to get a real time snapshot of any channel that I call on"

Carol Goodhue
Vice President of Planning
Nine West Group
Carol Goodhue
Vice President of Planning
Nine West Group

BIO

The benefit you get from BWG is the ability to learn up to date insight on top market driven companies and trends from multiple perspectives; customers, competitors, and suppliers. The interactive format enables dialogue and an exchange of ideas on issues impacting participant’s businesses that can become the catalyst for new opportunities, innovative strategic thinking and the building of important new professional networks.

David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
Miles Hall
Founder / Senior Consultant
H&H Shooting Sports, Hall-N-Hall Consulting
Miles Hall
Founder / Senior Consultant
H&H Shooting Sports, Hall-N-Hall Consulting

BIO

After 35 years as Founder & President of H&H Shooting Sports we are now focusing on helping other dealers and ranges around the country. Our desire is to take the years of experience we have and now help build better foundations and growth for those in the shooting sports field

TESTIMONIAL

"It is always an honor to interact with your peers in the industry and keeping my finger on the pulse of matters at the same time. Every meeting I come away with something new. "

Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners
Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners

BIO

Currently, founding Partner of Gideon Partners, a firm that advises investors, CEO’s and executives. Bruce is also President of A Future With Hope, a non-profit organization that helps those recovering from natural and economic disasters.

Prior to Founding Gideon Partners, Bruce was a CFO for Footlocker, Cushman and Wakefield and Yankee Candle.

Bruce has strong consumer goods and retail operational knowledge, as well as, he has developed a number of C level executives during his career.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has captured a unique way to connect information and executives. BWG effectiveness is in the quality of interchanges between well prepared speakers and those desiring industry insights. Each person from BWG maintains a high standard of excellence and I believe it is the premier expert advisory service. "

Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN
Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN

BIO

Sales executive at ITO EN (North America) INC, the world’s leading premium green tea purveyor. Passionate food & beverage industry leader with twelve years of experience managing brands in the natural/specialty segment.

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve found great value from BWG through having the chance to hear industry colleagues share their honest thoughts on relevant and timely topics. I enjoy BWG calls as an opportunity to confirm or challenge my thinking, while staying current on the pulse of the f&b industry ecosystem. The efficient format is conducive to busy schedules and I’ve gained valuable networking contacts from connecting with fellow participants."

Wing Lam
Co-Founder & Owner
Wahoo's Fish Taco
Wing Lam
Co-Founder & Owner
Wahoo's Fish Taco

BIO

As the eldest of the three founding brothers, Wing co-founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has more than 37 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and non-profit organizations including Share Our Strength, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Laurel’s House, Festival of Children, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Surfrider Foundation. Wing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor for Concordia and Chapman Universities' MBA programs.

TESTIMONIAL

"I get real honest insight from some of the best people in the hospitality industry that I would not normally have access to. A great Forum for leaders to get together and share ideas in a safe environment
"

Jeffrey Landsman
Founding Member
Specialty Food Sales
Jeffrey Landsman
Founding Member
Specialty Food Sales

BIO

Jeff Landsman was born into the food industry. His family pioneered frozen and refrigerated foods in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Jeff’s experience covers food production, import/export, distribution and sales. He has operated food production facilities on 3 continents, sold food products throughout the US, Canada and Europe and has enjoyed plying his trade over a period of 43 years!

Currently, Jeff manages Specialty Food Sales a brokerage that specializes in the growing organic, natural, ethnic and specialty food industry. “This industry is not only the way I make a living but it is my passion as well. In fact, I am so ingrained into the industry, I bleed au jus!”

TESTIMONIAL

"I am pleased to be involved with BWG. The industry roundtables have been both insightful as well as educational. Better than an industry conference or convention, participants are able to communicate in a non-competitive and non-judgmental atmosphere. Because of the lack of “commercialism” the need to “sell” or impress; participants are both open and free with their thoughts. I find these 60 minutes to be an enlightening, refreshing and sometimes inspiring event."

Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions
Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions

BIO

Daniel Lohman, CPSA is a Strategic Advisor in the Organic and CPG Industry. He is certified at the highest level of category management proficiency: Certified Professional Strategic Advisor.
Daniel is a trusted and respected member of the natural community. With more than 30 years of experience, he serves as an advisor to Circle Up, Naturally Boulder, The Innovation Center of the Rockies, is a next mentor, Brick Meets Click Black Belt, BWG Strategy Advisory Board Member, BevNet Expert, and a speaker and trainer for Natural Products EXPO, World Alliance For Retail Excellence And Standards, and ECRM. He is also an internationally published author whose articles appear in Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, The Natural Food Merchandiser, New Hope 360, next, The Natural Product Insider, Progressive Grocer Independent, World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards, ECRM, Western Grocer, and LOHAS. He wrote a chapter in Bob Burke’s Natural Products Field Manual and has published the Strategic Solutions And Guide To Grow Your Natural Business.  His “What You Need To Know” articles are available at: WWW.CMS4CPG.COM.

While at Kimberly-Clark, Unilever and SPINS, Daniel was responsible for mentoring, growing sales, and teaching category management theory and principles. He is uniquely qualified and has worked with and supported hundreds of natural and conventional manufacturers, retailers and brokers. His extensive knowledge and expertise reaches beyond traditional category management and has earned him recognition throughout the industry as an expert and thought leader.

Daniel assists companies in expanding their retail distribution and improving their merchandising. His company, Category Management Solutions (CMS4CPG), provides innovative ideas, actionable insights and strategic solutions for companies interested in gaining a significant competitive advantage.

Daniel can be reached at dan@cms4cpg.com. Click here to connect with Daniel on LinkedIn.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit I get from BWG is an opportunity to gain insights into trends in the CPG industry"

Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market
Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG has been a great resource and I have found the strategy roundtable conference calls to be engaging, insightful and good learning experiences. Not to mention, BWG provides a great forum for networking."

Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants
Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants

TESTIMONIAL

"It is incredibly helpful to have a venue of feedback on existing and future strategy decisions and BWG gives us this on multiple fronts."

Dan Thigpen
Executive Vice President
King Koil Inc.
Dan Thigpen
Executive Vice President
King Koil Inc.

BIO

I'm a marketing and sales professional with 10+ years of experience. Throughout my career I've been responsible for organizations most vital assets-The Customers and The Revenue the company generates. I have a proven track record of building sales teams, implementing successful sales techniques, growing distribution and sales throughout the U.S. I bring my organization, leadership, creativity and strong work ethic so I can achieve, both, personal and corporate goals.

I live in Orange California with my Wife Carly and 2 daughters Harper and Hadley.

TESTIMONIAL

"Where else can you get a remarkable group of mattress/furniture industry executives together in one spot and get a true pulse of the hottest topics that’s happening inside our industry? It’s a remarkable place to network as well as BWG goes above and beyond to help you both personally and professionally."

Marc Werner
Founder/CEO
Nature’s Sleep/GhostBed
Marc Werner
Founder/CEO
Nature’s Sleep/GhostBed

BIO

Marc is a 38 year seasoned serial entrepreneur with industrial, product development, finance, distribution and eCommerce C-Level experience covering consumer products, industrial products, building products, as well as various business services. Werner Ladder is Marc’s heritage but Nature’s Sleep and GhostBed memory foam mattresses, toppers and pillows is his passion today.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an outstanding platform for like-minded professionals to share and discuss relevant topics in real time addressing a multitude of industries on a very granular basis. The Q&A format and related feedback of these caucuses are invaluable."

David Wilmot
Head of Retail Sales & Ops
Pressed Juicery Inc.
David Wilmot
Head of Retail Sales & Ops
Pressed Juicery Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"I truly value the ability to learn, share and connect with high level, forward thinking leaders across the nation."

PAYMENTS
Russell Hamilton
Innovation Group
Wells Fargo & Co
Russell Hamilton
Innovation Group
Wells Fargo & Co

BIO

Russell has over a dozen years of experience in financial services, launching new card products and forging new partnerships for Visa and American Express before moving to the new enterprise-wide Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. He ran Visa’s small business credit cards division and helped lead Visa’s first launch of a card tied to a mobile money account, with Orange in Botswana. Previously Russell was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has an MBA from Stanford University and an MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley.

TESTIMONIAL

"I always learn something from the knowledgeable and articulate participants in BWG’s conference calls. The topics are very relevant to current industry trends.
"

Jingming Li
Entrepreneur, Former Alibaba Group VP and CTO of Alipay
Former Alibaba Group VP / Alipay
Jingming Li
Entrepreneur, Former Alibaba Group VP and CTO of Alipay
Former Alibaba Group VP / Alipay

BIO

I have been managing operational and product transformations for top ecommerce, Internet and technology companies for over 15 years. My extensive experience in business strategy and technology product development, has been leveraged to create new businesses, turn around and rebrand companies and propel them to #1 in their respective industries.

TESTIMONIAL

"The reach of network"

Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo
Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo

BIO

Marcelo joined the TransferTo team as Executive Vice President and oversees the sales group and strategic account planning in the Americas region. Marcelo brings over a decade of experience in the telecom industry to TransferTo, which includes a 12-year tenure with IDT. Marcelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from ESMA in Spain. Marcelo resides in Hollywood, Florida with his wife and two children.

Alasdair Rambaud
Senior Vice President of Merchant Services
CardinalCommerce Corporation
Alasdair Rambaud
Senior Vice President of Merchant Services
CardinalCommerce Corporation

BIO

Alasdair has spent almost 20 years in the Payments industry in various roles ranging from General Management and Sales Leadership to Finance & Technologies. In these various roles, he has proven himself for his commitments to the customers and his ability to be a visionary. He has received numerous Leadership Awards throughout his career.

Alasdair is currently Senior Vice President for Merchant Services at CardinalCommerce, where he manages the global merchant business. In this role, Alasdair has been instrumental in Cardinal’s expansion of their sales organization. Since his appointment, CardinalCommerce has been able to make significant progress in expanding Consumer Authentication in both the US and Internationally through increased market presence driven by a robust sales and marketing strategy.

Alasdair joined CardinalCommerce from Accertify, where he led the North American Sales Team. Prior to Accertify, Alasdair worked for American Express for 15 years in Sales, Finance and Strategy.
Mr. Rambaud holds a degree in Business Economics from the “Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardennes” in Reims France.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way for Senior leaders in the industry to discuss trends and learn about the various areas of their industry that they may not know. BWG is also a great network to expand business relationships beyond the normal day to day and be able to discuss issues in a protected environment.
"

David Alvarez
Founder, CEO
Nexxo Financial
David Alvarez
Founder, CEO
Nexxo Financial
Jeff Archer
Vice President of Information Technology
Tijuana Flats
Jeff Archer
Vice President of Information Technology
Tijuana Flats

BIO

Jeff’s career has given me the opportunity to be responsible for millions of dollars of revenue flowing into Walt Disney World through their 4,000 Point of Sale Terminals (PoS). This experience also includes mastering the knowledge needed to implement the latest payment systems, including EMV. He has brought this experience to my current position as VP of IT at Tijuana Flats, an organization with over 120 restaurants throughout the Southeast. Jeff has a varied technical background from hardware / software development, messaging/middleware, photo imaging/digitizing/uploading to point of sales systems.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is great for sharing industry knowledge on a wide array of industries. With the combined knowledge of the Advisory Board and guests they are able to share real world experiences which allows you to apply the knowledge to your organization."

Scott Blum
Head of Marketing, Business Development, and Integrated Payments
Total Merchant Services
Scott Blum
Head of Marketing, Business Development, and Integrated Payments
Total Merchant Services

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides access to industry experts that provide current, unbiased views on issues facing leading companies. In addition, BWG connects senior executives to develop business relationships. "

Denis Bouchard
Divisional Vice President, Payment Acceptance
Sears Holdings Corporation
Denis Bouchard
Divisional Vice President, Payment Acceptance
Sears Holdings Corporation

BIO

Denis Bouchard is the Divisional Vice President of Payments Acceptance at Sears Holdings Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic management of SHC’s payment acceptance of debit, credit and electronic checks, the relationship management of the payment networks and processors, PCI compliance and the innovation of SHC’s payment acceptance capabilities.

Greg Cohen
President
iPayment Inc.
Greg Cohen
President
iPayment Inc.

BIO

Mr. Cohen is currently the President of iPayment joining the organization in 2014. He leads the organizations business channels, growth and technology initiatives as well as day to day operations. He has spent the majority of his career leading successful payments and technology organizations. Prior to joining iPayment,

Mr. Cohen served as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer for Cayan; in the more recent past, he has served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for VeriFone’s Commerce Solutions group and President for the U.S. and Emerging Solutions at Moneris. Previously, he held senior positions with Global Payments, TSYS and BankServ. Early in his career, Greg founded and developed techTouch Cash, a national independent sales organization.

Mr. Cohen is the President Elect of the Electronic Transaction Association, a member of the Discover Acquirer’s Council and is a former member of MasterCard’s Acquirer Forum, NACHA’s Electronic Check Council and Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Emory University.

Daryl Cornell
President & CEO
Triton Systems of Delaware, LLC
Daryl Cornell
President & CEO
Triton Systems of Delaware, LLC
Jose Delgado
SVP/Chief Retail Officer
Golden 1 Credit Union
Jose Delgado
SVP/Chief Retail Officer
Golden 1 Credit Union

BIO

Jose Delgado is a senior vice president and Chief Retail Officer at Golden 1 Credit Union. Prior, he was senior VP and manager of Distribution Strategy at Bank of Oklahoma Financial. Delgado joined BOK Financial in August of 2011 as COO of TransFund.

Delgado has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years having previously worked for Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and FiServ where he worked in ATM Operations, strategic planning and international consulting on CRM deployments.

Under Delgado’s leadership, BOK Financial is developing a multi-year plan to expand and synchronize distribution within the BOK Financial 8-state footprint.

Delgado earned a BSBA from Saint Louis University in May of 1990 and is a registered Six Sigma Greenbelt.

TESTIMONIAL

"The financial services space is evolving rapidly as we all know. To keep pace and move thoughtfully, insight and input from a group like BWG that is made up of industry veterans and experts makes fact finding that much easier as real and meaningful insights and market intelligence is a phone call or email away."

Christine Duque
Marketing Strategist
Accenture
Christine Duque
Marketing Strategist
Accenture

BIO

Christine Duque is a Global Integrated Marketing Strategist with Accenture’s Financial Services Distribution and Marketing Services practice (ADMS). She is focused on defining and delivering transformational marketing strategies and solutions utilizing Accenture’s full capabilities to enhance customer relationships and distribution networks.

Christine has over 15 years experience in the art and science of marketing strategy: balancing between creative expression and strategic branding while utilizing the science of digital technology and big data to deliver relevant customer experiences at scale and speed, reduce fixed costs and grow market share.

She has a proven track record of delivering award-winning campaigns by maintaining a brand’s synergy with cultural trends to best understand and reach targeted audiences, strategically align product development and marketing plans to generate high level customer engagement, increased market share, and brand loyalty.

She has worked with a diverse client base from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations across industries in both client and agency settings, as well as B2B and B2C audience targets. She has extensive international experience in NA, APAC, EMEA and LATAM markets.
She is a champion team builder with a unique ability to build consensus among all people involved in a project.

Christine graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy connects me to an amazing network of industry experts. BWG events allow me to keep a pulse on current industry innovations and trends"

Jeff Foster
CEO, Founder, Co-Founder
Cardplatforms; and Payventures
Jeff Foster
CEO, Founder, Co-Founder
Cardplatforms; and Payventures

BIO

Jeff began his career by co-founding Paymentplus, Inc., a payment gateway software company targeting large card-not-present retailers, which later sold to Retail Decisions, one of the largest fraud prevention companies in the world. After the acquisition, Jeff became an executive vice president at Retail Decisions responsible for sales, marketing and public relations for all of North America.

Wanting to get back to his entrepreneurial roots, Jeff left Retail Decisions and founded
Payventures, which specializes in acquiring, credit card processing, alternative payment
processing and foreign exchange solutions for merchants worldwide, and processes over $3.5 billion annually across 39 countries.

As Payventures flourished, Jeff co-founded two other successful companies in the financial services space; Cardplatforms, where Jeff serves as CEO, issues pre-paid reloadable debit cards in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and Payteller, which brings cost-effective financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population of the world.

As an innovator and evangelist in financial services, Jeff is a sought-after expert and speaker on topics including payments, fraud and entrepreneurship. He has been quoted in numerous publications including; The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Business Journal and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and ABC News. Jeff also speaks at countless financial services tradeshows globally, where he advocates and educates on everything from strategy and trends to best practices.

TESTIMONIAL

"The caliber of people involved with BWG is remarkable. It really is a who’s who of the financial services industry. The thought-provoking dialogue we consistently engage in makes me smarter and the quality of relationships I am building are invaluable."

Fred Gore
Executive Advisor & Independent Consultant
Fred Gore
Executive Advisor & Independent Consultant

BIO

Mr. Gore is an accomplished executive in all facets of electronic payments including processing, brand & portfolio management as well as product strategy development.

His background in payments is quite extensive and includes executive positions with a number of leading companies encompassing roles across a broad variety of disciplines. Previously Mr. Gore was an executive at ACI Worldwide where he was accountable for the overall profitability of the EBPP business and at First Data he was the Division Manager directly responsible for the P&L and full product life-cycle for eCommerce globally.

He was also with The Kessler Financial Institutions Group and a partner at Dove Consulting (Hitachi Consulting) creating solutions that addressed the various needs of payment companies as they relate to economics, product /channel strategies and partnership development.

For 15 years Mr. Gore was Group Head & SVP, North America Acceptance, at MasterCard Worldwide where he directed the strategy for MasterCard's involvement with every aspect of acceptance including; establishing and managing the executive level relationships with top volume merchants and category leaders, developing acceptance strategies for each merchant category, working with large issuing organizations to facilitate reward and loyalty campaigns and provided consultative services to all of MasterCard's Global Regions in support of the development of their local acceptance strategies. Additionally he was responsible for the co-branding practice for the company worldwide which included new sales and partnership management.

TESTIMONIAL

"The clients that leverage BWG’s intellectual capital play an integral role in the evolution of electronics payments for merchants and consumers and being part of the BWG team provides an opportunity to play an active role in this transformation"

Fred Gumbel
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.
Fred Gumbel
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.

BIO

A thirty year veteran of the Payment System Industry performing successfully in several C-Level Roles over the past couple of decades in Network, Brand, Technology and Processing companies.

Mr. Gumbel is best known for his guidance and leadership in many early stage businesses at Citicorp, First Bank System (Now US Bank), EDS and VISA.
He has held the Top Executive Management Position in a Top 10 Domestic Card Issuer Business, a Top 5 Domestic Bankcard Acquirer Business, 2 of the 3 Largest Acquiring Processor Businesses, Largest Domestic Bank Card Branded Commercial Card Businesses and Largest Mobile POS Manufacturer in the World.

Mr. Gumbel’s knowledge covers all aspects of Business Development and Processing for Private Label Credit Cards, General Purpose (VISA, MasterCard, Diner’s Club) Credit and Debit Cards, Debit and Credit Card Acquiring and Issuing. Mr. Gumbel’s Knowledge has also been shared as he has acted as an advisor to some of the most successful Banks, Credit Card Processors, Airlines, ISO’s and POS Equipment Manufacturers in the World. His knowledge of the Legal and Regulatory Communities include Chapter 11/Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as both a member of the Creditors Committee and advisor of the Petitioner and work as the senior card industry member of a Receiver’s Team in the Card Acquiring Industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"A platform to exchange ideas, knowledge, methods and history for the benefit of the participating"

Don Hartley
Sr. Consultant / Architect for Emerging Payments
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Don Hartley
Sr. Consultant / Architect for Emerging Payments
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

BIO

Don Hartley is a payment industry veteran with over sixteen years of experience in innovative product development. In that time he has brought thirty-two different payment products to market. Don graduated from the University of Georgia and began his career at Go Software, a payment software company subsequently purchased by VeriFone. Don left Go Software to start his own ISO and a payment software company. After selling both companies, Don held executive level positions at Cynergy Data, Merchant Focus, PayPal, MCX and MoneyGram. Don’s areas of expertise include product management, strategy, application development, program management, P&L, marketing, sales, system architecture, product design, and personnel management. Don’s role at AnywhereCommerce includes the creation of next-generation payment processing solutions for ISO’s, banks and acquirers all over the world. Don is married and the father of five overly energetic children.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have found that BWG is an valuable tool to take the pulse of the payments marketplace. The insights and connections I have gained from participation in the discussions have helped me better understand and anticipate future industry movements."

Christopher Justice
Chief Executive Officer
CenPOS
Christopher Justice
Chief Executive Officer
CenPOS

BIO

Christopher Justice is a dynamic executive leader with over 20 years of experience delivering results for high growth payments companies. Chris’ track record demonstrates his ability to hire and develop sales champions to drive revenue performance, cultivate operational excellence to satisfy customer expectations and control costs. He’s a dedicated customer advocate continually evaluating market, product, process, positioning, and delivery to provide a world-class customer experience.

His broad-based experience and collaborative approach has proven effective in driving results. As CEO of CenPOS, Chris is responsible for leading the company’s strategy and execution in the delivery of its merchant-centric, enterprise payments platform. Prior to CenPOS, Chris was President of Ingenico, the global leader in payment devices with revenues exceeding $1.4 billion, Chris was responsible for driving the development of Ingenico’s strategy with leading financial institutions and multi-national retailers while pioneering new service offerings to transition the company from a hardware manufacturer to a well-rounded payment solutions company. Prior to Ingenico, Chris was President and CEO of Merchant Link, an electronic payments gateway and services organization serving 120,000 merchants and processing over 2 billion payment transactions annually. As Senior Vice President of First Data, Chris led a $650 million portfolio of National Accounts including Wal-mart, Dillards, Family Dollar, McDonalds, BP, Safeway, and others for various banking relationships including CitiBank and SunTrust, delivering electronic payment services to national and medium sized businesses. Before joining First Data, he servedas VP of National Accounts for Concord EFS, one of the country’s top electronic payments processors and a First Data Acquisition.

Chris is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce chairing the organization’s payment processing committee, is a founding member of the PCI committee of the Retail Solution Provider’s Association (RSPA), and advisory board member for AnywhereCommerce.com. Chris is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

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Rina Kacker
Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Quicken Inc
Rina Kacker
Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Quicken Inc
Robert Keil
VP Relationship Management - Western Region
US Bank
Robert Keil
VP Relationship Management - Western Region
US Bank

BIO

Robert got his start in banking in Europe working for the Dresdner Bank AG, at the time the second largest bank in Germany. While there he gained valuable hands-on experience in every aspect of the German banking business including consumer and commercial lending, import and export financing, working on the trading floor of the stock exchange, mortgage and payments. Over the last 15 years he spent his time in various senior roles in the ATM and Debit processing industry in the US. In his roles he has focused on helping small and mid-sized financial institutions deploy payment products that allow them to effectively compete with the large super regional banks in their footprint. Additionally, he has been actively involved in providing banks and credit unions of all sizes a variety of turnkey ATM management programs. I always leave with some new insights that help me deliver a better experience to my clients.

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Drew Kese
Managing & Founding Partner
MissionOG
Drew Kese
Managing & Founding Partner
MissionOG
Ben Kessler
Managing Director, Payment Solutions
Banc of California
Ben Kessler
Managing Director, Payment Solutions
Banc of California

BIO

Mr. Ben Kessler is Managing Director, Payment Solutions for the Banc of California. He leads Banc of California’s payments-related activities, including debit, prepaid, merchant processing and credit. Mr. Kessler brings over 20 years of financial service experience to Banc of California.

Mr. Kessler joins Banc of California from Earthport, where he served as Vice President, Global Account Management. Previously, he was Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at MasterCard. Mr. Kessler also held senior roles at CIBC and American Express.

Mr. Kessler is an avid runner and enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University, and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Jon Klaff
Director, Consumer Marketing
PayPal
Erin Kolb
VP, Senior ATM Channel Manager
TCF National Bank
Erin Kolb
VP, Senior ATM Channel Manager
TCF National Bank

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Josh Kuzon
Senior Payments Strategist
Silicon Valley Bank
Josh Kuzon
Senior Payments Strategist
Silicon Valley Bank

BIO

Josh Kuzon is a member of the Payment Strategy team at SVB. In this role he supports strategy, corporate/business development activities, and strategic investments for SVB’s payments business, including working with strategic partners and clients of all sizes innovating in the financial services and technology space. Josh is also deeply involved with running SVB’s Commerce.Innovated. accelerator program with MasterCard, which is focused on working with early stage companies innovating in the commerce and payment space. Prior to joining SVB, Josh worked in the Payments Strategy Group at JPMorgan Chase, where he supported strategy, corporate development activities, and strategic investments for JPMC’s digital payments businesses, and at First Annapolis, a consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on the payments industry. Josh received his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.

Mike Liang
Principal Consultant
MM Global Solutions Consulting Inc.
Mike Liang
Principal Consultant
MM Global Solutions Consulting Inc.

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Daniel Lizio - Katzen
SVP, Product & Revenue
Fareportal
Daniel Lizio - Katzen
SVP, Product & Revenue
Fareportal

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Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos
Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos

BIO

Jeff is the founder of vPromos, a marketing/payment company. vPromos makes loyalty and promotions a seamless experience, by allowing customers to use their existing credit/debit card already in their wallet, for tracking and redeeming rewards - in real time - at the POS. He is a thought leader in the burgeoning marketing/payment space, with patents specifically covering card linking.

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Sean O'Toole
Entrepreneur in Residence
Bionic Solution
Sean O'Toole
Entrepreneur in Residence
Bionic Solution

BIO

Executive with over 20 years experience in financial services with companies like Amex, Western Union and Progressive. Entrepreneur in emerging payments and advisor to early stage companies.

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Peter Ohser
EVP Business Development
MoneyGram International
Peter Ohser
EVP Business Development
MoneyGram International

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David Pardo
Director of Product
Total Merchant Services
David Pardo
Director of Product
Total Merchant Services

BIO

David Pardo is currently Director of product, managing the product strategy for Total Merchant Services. He was former VP of Global Wallet Product Management at Mastercard, as well as the leading VP of eCommerce Products and Services for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region for MasterCard, and Product and User Experience for South East Asia and India for PayPal. On the side, he also gets involved in coaching and helping startups anyway he can and is an LP of a South East Asia based VC.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Neoma (formerly Reims Management School) in France, and a Master of Science in Electronic Commerce from the Middlesex University in London, UK.

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Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software
Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software

BIO

Hans Reisgies is a Founder and SVP of Customer Solutions at Sequent. Hans is a widely known evangelist and established thought leader for mobile payments. He is a trusted advisor to banks, merchants, carriers, and other players in the mobile commerce value chain. Hans is a mentor for emerging FinTech companies at Alchemist Accelerator. Previous to Sequent, Hans led mobile business development at ViVOtech from 2005-2010 and has been active in the NFC Forum and Global Platform standards bodies. An electrical engineer by training, Hans was previously the business development and sales manager for IXI Mobile and Texas Instruments. Hans’ specialization in mobile payments has yielded sixteen patents filed and granted. Follow him @NFCGuy

Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC
Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC

BIO

Dean has spent 25 years in the Payments and Financial Services industry in multiple roles ranging from CFO and Country / Business Unit General Management to Global Strategy and Transformation, Global Business Services and Risk Management. He has worked and/or lived in over 25 countries on 5 continents and led teams and served clients in 34 countries. In these various roles, he has benefited from working with exceptional leaders and has achieved success through his emphasis on placing the customer first, innovation of products, services and processes, financial and process excellence and a profound dedication to and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Dean is currently President of Argus Solutions LLC, the consulting firm he founded in 2012. Argus Solutions provides advice, consultation and executes plans for global, large and mid sized companies and global consulting firms across strategic and financial planning, change management, business transformation and rapid expense reduction, shared servicing and global business services, marketing optimization, banking compliance, risk management and new product development.

Prior to Argus Solutions, Dean held multiple senior positions at American Express, including Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, Head of Global Business Transformation and Reengineering, CFO of Global Commercial Payments, CFO of Global Technologies and President of Amex - Brazil. He holds a degree in Business Finance from the University of Illinois, speaks multiple languages, has 3 children and currently resides in New Jersey.

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Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart
Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart

BIO

Jimmy Rodriguez is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of 3dcart, a leading global ecommerce platform for over eighteen years. As an ecommerce expert, digital marketing professional and specialist in online payment solutions, Jimmy has helped pioneer and shape evolving ecommerce trends. Today, Jimmy continues to develop ecommerce strategies oriented toward implementing new technologies, optimizing conversions and improving customer experiences, allowing internet retailers to grow and improve their internet businesses' performance.

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Rob Rosenblatt
CEO & Founder
R2 Payment Associates
Rob Rosenblatt
CEO & Founder
R2 Payment Associates

BIO

Rob Rosenblatt is CEO and Founder of R2 Payment Associates. Before, he was Chief Customer Officer for PeerTransfer, the leading cross-border payments company currently serving the higher education space. In this role, Rob guides the company’s efforts in the Marketing, CRM, PR and Loyalty spaces. PeerTransfer enables foreign students from around the world to pay their tuition, room and board using their payment vehicle of choice. The company performs FX conversions at best-in-class rates, offering a convenient, easy-to-use payment portal for students and educational institutions.

Rob is the former CEO of RushCard, one of the largest issuers of general purpose prepaid cards offered to the un/under-banked community. In prior roles, Rob served as Chase Cards’ head of loyalty and innovation, where he launched Chase’s flagship Ultimate Rewards Program; for American Express, he created the company’s line of co-branded rewards credit cards and helped build the Centurion Card; for Citi, he was responsible for all card-related digital initiatives including citicards.com.

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"BWG's Advisory Board and the events at which I have met Advisors are incredibly valuable. These are some of the most influential executives in the payment innovation world, and it's great to meet them on monthly calls as well as via 1:1's that always follow. Our perspectives don't always align -- but it's safe to say that each of us gets as much as he/she gives!"

Ryan Schneider
VP, Product Strategy and Innovation
Integrity Payment Systems
Ryan Schneider
VP, Product Strategy and Innovation
Integrity Payment Systems

BIO

Ryan joined Integrity Payment Systems in 2014 and currently serves as Integrity’s VP of Product Strategy and Innovation. In this role, he leads both strategic partner development and new technology design initiatives that advance Integrity’s portfolio of merchant services. Prior to joining Integrity, Ryan managed aerospace technology development at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Ryan earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners
Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners

BIO

As a former SVP Global Marketing Solutions for Discover Financial Services and SVP Advanced Payments at MasterCard International, Beth is an innovator, a change agent and a “B2B2C” marketer. Over her career, Beth has led the introduction of new technologies around the world, developed new commerce platforms and helped reshape brands and marketing programs across the payments ecosystem.

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Kirsten Trusko
President
IRC Advisory
Kirsten Trusko
President
IRC Advisory

BIO

Kirsten leads management consultancy IRC Advisory, and serves as industry liaison to law enforcement, legislative/regulatory groups in money laundering, fraud, cyber security, and human trafficking. She serves in several board/advisory roles in government (Fed, law enforcement) and industry – including the Fed, NCFTA, BENS, IAOIP, etc. She was recently the President (now Emeritus) of the NBPCA.

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Francesca Vanderwall
Marketing Manager
Crate and Barrel
Francesca Vanderwall
Marketing Manager
Crate and Barrel

BIO

Francesca Vanderwall is a marketing manager at Crate and Barrel. In this role, she is responsible for the private label credit card program, gift cards, and promotions. Prior to that, Francesca spent 8 years at Discover in various roles within card marketing, including business innovation, digital delivery, and marketing operations. Francesca received her bachelor's degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and her MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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GAMING
Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions
Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions

BIO

Gideon is co-founder and Managing Partner of Partis Solutions, the leading advisory firm providing both consulting and transactional services to the gambling industry with a primary focus on internet gaming. Partis' team of 30+ consultants has worked with more than 50 clients including Caesar's Interactive, Pechanga, Penn National Gaming, High 5 Games, Foxwoods, Landry's, Big Fish, GSN, William Hill, Mr. Green, PokerStars, Draft Kings, Premier Lotto, SAZKA, Net Entertainment and GAN. Prior to Partis Gideon held the position of Executive Vice President, Interactive at International Game Technology (IGT), the world's leading casino game developer and distributor, responsible for all internet businesses globally. Gideon was a member of IGT's senior executive team, reporting to the CEO. Prior to joining the gaming industry Gideon worked as a senior executive at Viacom, where he ran the international strategy team and digital media businesses.

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Christian Calderon
Chief Revenue Officer
Ketchapp
Christian Calderon
Chief Revenue Officer
Ketchapp

BIO

Christian Calderon is a data-minded marketer with a passion for econometrics and video games. His professional specialty lies in predictive modeling for freemium products. He has given lectures at Apple, Google I/O, Princeton, Yahoo and many other events and institutions.

Christian received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Berkeley. He began his career as an Investment Banker, focusing on Internet and Games, where he completed over 30 transactions totaling over $3 billion in value. He then joined KIXEYE to spearhead revenue efforts and is now the Head of Marketing and User Acquisition at Dots.

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Adam Creighton
Studio Head & Director of Development
Panic Button LLC
Adam Creighton
Studio Head & Director of Development
Panic Button LLC

BIO

Adam Creighton is co-owner and Director of Development for Austin independent studio Panic Button, a company he centered around the concept of high-quality products returning longer term, higher-yield benefits. Prior to Panic Button, Adam was a producer for Disney Interactive Studios, Technical Product Manager for Emergent Game Technologies, and a Worldwide Technical Director for Visa.

In addition to making games and transmedia properties, Adam is a professional voice and on-camera actor, appearing in such television shows as the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights”, and independent films like "The Encouragement Clown" and multi-award-winning independent film "Bunny & Clydo."

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Jeff Erle
CEO
MobilityWare
Jeff Erle
CEO
MobilityWare

BIO

Mr. Jeff Erle is a veteran C-levelExecutive with over 20+ years’ experience in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Real Estate, Healthcare, Retail, and most recently Entertainment Software. He has held senior level positions (including President and/or CEO of five companies) with start-ups, as well as small privately held and large public enterprises including ADP, Western Digital, and Litton Industries.

He is focused on developing and improving enterprise value through brand, human capital, intellectual property and financial stability. Mr. Erle has extensive experience in product development and studio management, distribution, public-company operations, stakeholder communications, team-empowerment, leadership and business intelligence, and he has the vision and passion to face any challenges head on.

His goal in both his professional and personal life is to inspire those he has touched on his life’s journey, be it family, coworkers, teammates or friends, to value the importance of putting others’ needs ahead of one’s own self-interest. Mr. Erle believes in the value of listening intently and empowering those around him.

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Mike Fischer
President
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Mike Fischer
President
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

BIO

Mike Fischer has over twenty years of experience in interactive entertainment, having held executive positions at Amazon, Microsoft and some of the largest video game companies in the world (see list below). Mike has also led business teams in the US, Asia and Europe and is fluent in Japanese. His areas of expertise include retail, online and mobile games, eSports, Virtual Reality, digital marketing and online communities.

VP (Digital Video): Amazon
General Manager: Microsoft
CEO: Square Enix
Head of Publishing, Epic Games

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Danny Hammett
Chairman & CEO
HKA Digital
Danny Hammett
Chairman & CEO
HKA Digital

BIO

Mr. Hammett is a veteran C-level Executive with over 20+ years experience in Consumer Products and Entertainment Software. He has held Executive Officer positions with start-ups such as Head Games to public companies such as Activision (Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Spiderman, Toy Story), and brands such Marvel, Disney, EA and Universal Games.

He is focused on improving operating income to streamlining efficiencies in staff & organization and have led teams of up to 1000 people. He has extensive experience in mobile game development and studio management, fundraising, public-company operations, analyst communications, team building, leadership and creative drive no matter the challenge.

Mr. Hammett is skilled in game studio design, production, development and management, social media, F2P, online e-commerce, mobile apps and retail product development, sales, marketing and strategic planning and execution.

His goals in both his professional and personal life are to positively influence, guide and lead others to their full potential. Mr. Hammett believes that the future is what one makes it, but one must go and make his/her future. He is proud of what he has accomplished in his career, but even more excited about what's coming next!

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Benjamin Kinney
Online, Social Media & eSports Products Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.
Benjamin Kinney
Online, Social Media & eSports Products Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.

BIO

Ben has worked in the gaming industry since 2010 starting as Project Manager and Director for client SASS communities at a turn-key agency. Transitioning to Konami in 2013, he has assumed a wide variety of roles inclusive of strategic marketing, agency review, PR events execution, community building, social media, web initiatives, KPI, sales charting, product research and game concepts around online theory.

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Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC
Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC

BIO

Larry Kuperman is an expert in the computer games industry. Currently serving as the Director of Business Development for Night Dive Studios, a rapidly growing games development company, and as a founding member of The Powell Group, a consulting company serving the games industry, Larry has his finger on the pulse of industry trends.
In 1993, Larry became the first student to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy College MBA program with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was recognized as the MBA Scholar of the Year and was inducted into the National Business Honor Society.

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Arseny Lebedev
Director, Media and Entertainment
EPAM Systems
Arseny Lebedev
Director, Media and Entertainment
EPAM Systems

BIO

Arseny Lebedev is Director, Media and Entertainment at EPAM. He is responsible for creating inspirational and engaging experiences for our partners. Arseny cofounded Signus Labs, a startup that grew into a multi-disciplined game studio that engaged with millions of players.

Arseny joined EPAM in 2015, after its acquisition of Signus Labs, which allows him to utilize his traditional gaming software development skills in the digital engagement space for multiple clients. In addition, Arseny is a sponsor at Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program for aspiring game developers.

Arseny received his BSa from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009.

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Johan Lofstrom
General Manager EMEA & India
Chartboost
Johan Lofstrom
General Manager EMEA & India
Chartboost

BIO

Johan Lofstrom is Regional Director EMEA for Chartboost. He is responsible to lead and to develop Chartboost’s business in Europe, rest of EMEA and India. Johan previously ran his own gaming company, Cloud Games, as co-founder and CEO. Cloud Games is a mobile gaming company specialising in mobile web games (HTML5 games). Before starting Cloud Games, he worked as Director of Strategy & Monetisation at Spil Games, an online and mobile gaming company serving 130 million MAUs. Before joining Spil Games, Johan co-founded Bidrivals, a global online auction company with sales in 27 countries. He also worked as Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in New York and Treasury Analyst for SCA Treasury in Sweden. Johan received an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management where he among other things won the MIT $100k entrepreneurship competition. He also holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Financial Mathematics from Linkoping Institute of Technology in Sweden and has studied at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

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Lee Milstein
Strategic Business Consultant
Various Companies
Lee Milstein
Strategic Business Consultant
Various Companies

BIO

Various consulting engagements across a variety of matters, including business plan and sales strategy development, deal-making and compilation of target lists, research and guidance on new lines of business, and product roadmap review.

Currently engaged by Sure, Inc.

Previous engagements include Broadway Video, Grokker Inc., and MediaMath, Inc.

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Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA
Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA

BIO

Internationally seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive technologies that change people’s experience in entertainment/media. Current interests include VR, AR, IoT, and everything mobile.

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Mark T. Morrison
Corporate Director
uSens Inc.
Mark T. Morrison
Corporate Director
uSens Inc.

BIO

Mark is an ARVR Business, Strategy, and Marketing Executive with advance knowledge in all aspects of Augmented and Virtual Reality. His expertise spans mobile, PC, and console app and game hardware, platforms, and content. Mark has an extensive background in the businesses of middleware, video games, and digital content development and publishing. He’s an avid interactive media and human computer interface evangelist.

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Dean Taraboi
National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.
Dean Taraboi
National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.

BIO

Established Sales Executive with 15+ years of management experience in gaming and interactive entertainment sectors for Fortune 500 companies Microsoft, Walt Disney and major video game publishers, Activision Blizzard, Midway and Capcom.

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Joost Van Dreunen
CEO
SuperData Research
Joost Van Dreunen
CEO
SuperData Research

BIO

Joost is founder and CEO of SuperData Research.

As one of the first academics to study video games, Joost also has over fifteen years of commercial research experience in interactive entertainment and technology industries. Before receiving a doctorate from Columbia University on the topic, Joost worked as an analyst on both the financial and consumer-side of the games industry. Anticipating the shift to digital games early on, he founded SuperData in 2009. Today SuperData is a leading games industry researcher with clients such as Activision/Blizzard, Apple, GameStop, Google, Konami, Microsoft, Nexon, PayPal and Wargaming.net.

In addition to his business adventures, Joost teaches video games economics at the NYU Game Center and Stern School of Business. He lives in the East Village in New York, with his wife Janelle and son Maximus.

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"The conversations I've had through BWG have been super-helpful in providing an additional perspective on key games industry issues. I'm honored and excited to join BWG in an advisory role."

AUTOMOTIVE
Geoff Bedine
General Manager
Nalley BMW
Geoff Bedine
General Manager
Nalley BMW

BIO

Geoff has nearly 25 years of exceptional success and leadership in the Automotive space.His areas of expertise include: Sales Process Development and Training, Digital Process Implementation, Technology Integration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Mitigation, Inventory Profitability, Used Vehicle Department, Fixed Operations Success, Dealership Strategic Planning, Software Product Design, Industry Coverage and Analysis and Investment Consultation and Analysis.AutoDealer iQ’s clients include Dealers, OEMs andSuppliers. Geoff helps his clients in achieving successful Strategies for a growing and vital Auto Dealership Environment.

Prior to founding AutoDealer iQ, for 7 years, Mr. Bedine served asDirector of Used Vehicle Operations for Group 1 Automotive Inc., (GPI: NYSE), a Fortune 500 auto dealer group. Geoff has extensive experience as a Dealer Principal and General Manager and has been recognized as one of the industry’s top Used Vehicle professionals. Geoff owned and operated new vehicle franchises for 5 years in Houston, TX before selling them to a major dealer group in 2005.

His educational credentials include Johns Hopkins Universityas well as various Leadership Development training programs.

Geoff is a coach, is active as a community volunteer and lives in Winter Park, Florida.

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Chick Capoli
VP of Northeast Sales and Operations
Chick Capoli Sales Co., Inc.
Chick Capoli
VP of Northeast Sales and Operations
Chick Capoli Sales Co., Inc.

BIO

Chick Capoli, Jr. is the VP of Northeast Sales and Operations at Chick Capoli Sales Co. Inc. CCS is a leading manufacturer’s representative firm serving the Automotive Aftermarket and OE segments. A graduate of Villanova University, Chick has spent 25 years dedicated to the Automotive Aftermarket. He has helped to shape CCS into an industry powerhouse in representation by gaining dominate market share in the categories in which it trades.

In addition, Chick has consulted for different companies in and around the automotive industry.
Chick and CCS have been the recipients of number awards for sales, service and overall dedication to the manufacturers they represent.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG provides tremendous value for me as it has developed a neutral platform for me to share and gain insights into the Automotive Aftermarket. I benefit greatly from these opportunities and I have also seized the opportunity to build my network of friends inside and outside of my industry."

Joel Hoffmann
CEO
Hoffmann Group Consulting, LLC
Joel Hoffmann
CEO
Hoffmann Group Consulting, LLC

BIO

Joel Hoffmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years experience developing new markets, with heavy focus on automotive software and open collaboration concepts in the Connected Car segment. He is currently serving clients such as Renesas Electronics and Open Mobile Alliance who rely on him as a direct representative of their organizations in the automotive segment.
Previously, he served for 14 years as Automotive Strategist for the Intel Automotive Solutions Division where he successfully launched and grew GENIVI Alliance, as Director of Marketing and Intel representative to the Board.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find BWG to be a fantastic way to engage with fellow professionals and hone my industry experience through peer collaboration with top line experts, widening my field of view and perspective
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Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Mark Kreider
President
Manheim Imports
Mark Kreider
President
Manheim Imports

BIO

Mark has been in the automobile business since pumping gas while in high school, experiencing first hand the first OPEC oil embargo. After a short stint at Temple University, he transferred to Lincoln Technical Institute. After graduating he spent five years at a Philadelphia Highline service company working on Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches. He was also part of their endurance race team crew competing in races such as the 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and Watkins Glen 6 hour.

In 1979 he opened his own Foreign car service company in Center City Philadelphia, closing 38 years later in 2016. Over the years it added a retail sales, and auto body component. The sales division evolved into primarily a wholesale company moving to Manheim Pennsylvania, home to what has become the largest Auto wholesale auction in the world as well as the flagship of Manheim Auto’s 100+ auctions. Along with the wholesale operation, he added two retail locations as well as an Auction Management Company representing new car dealers at Manheim Pennsylvania and Manheim Baltimore auto auctions. This extends to all aspects of inventory management and reconditioning.

Alan Messer
Former VP of Software Innovation/CTO Global Connected Consumer Experience
General Motors
Alan Messer
Former VP of Software Innovation/CTO Global Connected Consumer Experience
General Motors

BIO

Dr. Alan Messer has been a worldwide leader in advanced software and intelligent services for connected consumers for 20+ years. Currently he is working on a stealth startup, but previously Alan was Vice President of Software and Innovation and CTO of Global Connected Consumer eXperience at General Motors where he led GM’s work on products, platforms and future technologies for the Connected Car and Services. Before General Motors, Alan was Vice President of Advanced Software Technology at Samsung Electronics covering Internet of Things, Intelligence, Privacy, Mobile Social/Media, Content Delivery, and Cloud Services. Alan has also worked at a variety of other consumer electronics companies including HP, Sony Electronics and startups. Alan has also served with several industry organizations in advisor and board roles as well as working with analysts/media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a fantastic opportunity to participate in topical industry discussions with peers throughout the industry. These meetings provide not only provide information for executives to stay abreast of the market, but also to debate different viewpoints in those markets as well as broad networking opportunities. It is always an interesting discussion."

Dave Ruggles
Contributing Columnist
Auto Finance News
Dave Ruggles
Contributing Columnist
Auto Finance News

TESTIMONIAL

"Former Columnist at WardsAuto.com and President at RHJ Automotive Enterprises."

Paul Russo
Founder & Chairman
GEO Semiconductor Inc.
Paul Russo
Founder & Chairman
GEO Semiconductor Inc.

BIO

Dr. Russo currently serves as a Founder & Chairman of San Jose based GEO Semiconductor (www.geosemi.com). He served as CEO through 2014. GEO was founded in 2008 to acquire certain assets of Silicon Optix. He is the Chairman & CEO of Peekaboo (www.peekaboo.com), a stealth-mode re-broadcasting company and Chairman of Dynamount, a robotic microphone mount company(www.dynamount.com). He also serves as a Board Director of Teslonix (www.teslonix.com) an early stage next generation RFID company, SnapDNA, a unique early stage DNA platform company initially focused on food safety, and Woo Sports, an early stage company focused on the gameification of extreme sports like kite boarding and wake boarding, where active boarders from around the world can compete via advanced cloud-based apps.

Prior to founding GEO, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip the world leader in video scaler semiconductor devices for flat panel displays through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998 where it’s market cap reached several billion dollars. Genesis was acquired by ST Micro in 2007.

Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE's Microelectronics Center in RTP, Senior Manager in GE's Industrial Electronics Group in Charlottesville, and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton. At RCA, Dr. Russo’s activities include the development of the world’s first programmable video game system, the first CMOS microprocessor, the first auto ignition microprocessor controller, and, one year prior to the advent of the IBM PC, his group had developed a prototype home computer very similar to the successful IBM product – but RCA management rejected entering this new market!

Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. His PhD thesis was on the computer analysis of electronic circuits, which gave birth to the commonly used Spice modeling software in wide use to this day. He holds eight U.S. patents, has published extensively in his earlier years, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips - acquired by Xilinx, Atmos - acquired by MoSys, where he also served on the board of MoSys). He is an active angel investor having done in excess of 50 investments during past decades.

David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk
David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk