Ken Fairbanks began his career with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of senior sales and business development positions. Most recently, Ken worked for the Duchossis Group, a $2B privately held family holding company located in Chicago. Serving as Sr. Director of Business Development, Ken was responsible for developing and exploring growth strategies across their diverse portfolio of companies. Ken retired from the Duchossois Group in 2014 and now consults with companies regarding IoT and business development.
Robert (Bob) Fish, J.D., is the founding partner of Fish & Tsang LLP and an adjunct professor at UCI law school. He currently oversees more than a thousand active patent matters and numerous trademark matters, including extensive foreign filings. Bob is also involved in several patent enforcement programs including inbound and outbound licensing, arbitration, and litigation.
A nearly 20-year Inside Sales veteran and executive, Dionne specializes in teaching leaders and organizations how to establish and grow teams through engaging, informative workshops and seminars.
Joe Stafford is an avid entrepreneur in the information technology, cloud hosting, and electronics industries with a successful history applying his financial and strategic planning skills coupled with sales management and marketing to help companies drive earnings, growth, and value.
Marc is a Senior Executive in Biomedical Systems Product Development with broad experience in regulated, life-sustaining systems such as dialysis, plasmapheresis, combination drug and device systems, sterilization, area decontamination, protein modifications, and delipidation.
Monica brings over 22 years of experience in the technology and aerospace industries. Her expertise ranges from space, robotics, to consumer electronics. She’s been involved in research and development in artificial intelligence, networking architectures and hardware, telematics systems, and space systems.
Dipak Shah Dipak is the Founder and CEO of Reliant Solutions, based in Orange County, California. A former investment banker, Dipak routinely observed accountants exiting companies as a result of audit-related issues that surfaced during due diligence. Recognizing that company executives, including the Chief Audit Executive, lacked real-time visibility into audit results and associated risks, he founded Reliant Solutions. Dipak developed the vision and strategy of Reliant to provide complete and continuous transparency on the effectiveness of internal controls to executives, enabling them to better identify and manage risk.
Kirsten Mangers A self-proclaimed small business & entrepreneur advocate, Kirsten was an early innovator behind the localization of online advertising for small-tomedium sized businesses. The company she founded, WebVisible, was one of the leading names in local online advertising, utilizing a SaaS platform to help local businesses acquire new customers across a vast network of media options. Kirsten led the expansion of the company via diverse partnerships across 14 countries, raising over $35 million in venture backing and growing the company from 8 employees to over 350.
Richard Henson Richard Henson is the CEO of PhageTech, LLC, a firm that is developing novel technology for immunodiagnostics. He is a medical device executive with over 30 years of experience in medical device development and manufacturing. He is also a board member of OCTANe and a member of the Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable at UCI. He is an investor in several other medical firms.
David Friedman is a tech-savvy marketing and operations executive with an expertise in bringing to market new technology particularly in wireless, software and the internet. He is currently a member of the TechCoastAngels. He writes a blog on business issues and has been a guest speaker at entrepreneurial meetings.
Kathleen McGrorty is CEO of NewView, which provides individual and group coaching, facilitation services and strategic advisory services to businesses and individuals. For over 30 years Kathleen has worked and consulted in a variety of business environments, including financial services, manufacturing, technology, retail, and global supply chain.