David Wallace is a courtroom lawyer with extensive experience in a wide range of products liability litigation and related defense counseling. His cases have involved litigation throughout the Americas and the United Kingdom.
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Ahmed Busnaina, W.L. Smith Professor and Director
The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Northeastern University, Boston
Ahmed A. Busnaina, Ph.D. is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor and Director of National Science Foundation's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for High-rate Nanomanufacturing and the NSF Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He is internationally recognized for his work on nano and micro scale defects (particulate and chemical) mitigation and removal in semiconductor fabrication. He also involved in the fabrication of nanoscale wires, structures and interconnects. He specializes in directed assembly of nanoelements and in the fabrication of micro and nanoscale structures. He served as a consultant on micro contamination and particle adhesion issues to the semiconductor industry. He authored more than 470 papers in jour¬nals, proceedings and conferences. He is on the editorial advisory board of Semiconductor International, the Journal of Particulate Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Adhesion Society, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and listed in Who's Who in the World, in America, in science and engineering. He was awarded the 2006 Nanotech Briefs National Nano50 Award, Innovator category, the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Northeastern University 2006, the 2005 Aspiration Award, Northeastern University.
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Andreas Schierenbeck, President, Building Technologies Division,Siemens Industry, Inc
Andreas Schierenbeck leads the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. As president, Schierenbeck is responsible for the financial, operational and competitive success of Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector's U.S.-based building systems and energy efficiency solutions business.
Having held executive and leadership positions at major global Building Technologies business units and other Siemens companies, Mr. Schierenbeck brings to his post nearly 20 years of progressive experience guiding companies to profitability and market success. Most recently he served as global CEO for the Building Automation business unit in Zug, Switzerland. Prior to joining Building Technologies in 2005 as senior vice president, Andreas was vice president of the Siemens Power Distribution Substation Automation business.
A graduate of Harvard Business School's Executive MBA Program in 2009, Mr. Schierenbeck served as vice president of eu.bac — the European association of building automation and controls providers. He is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has lived and worked in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Colombia.
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Bradley W. Pietras,
Brad began his career at GE Astro Space in East Windsor, New Jersey in 1989. He left GE in to become a graduate fellow in Neuroscience at the Institute for Sensory Research at Syracuse University where he performed research in vision, hearing, touch, and was awarded a second fellowship in computational neuroscience. In 1996 he joined Lockheed Martin Radar Systems' Advanced Programs group. In 2002, after several years of managing missile-defense research and development projects, he took the position as Missile Defense and Advanced Programs Business Development Manager. Brad held increasing levels of responsibility in domestic and international business development including strategic planning and congressional relations. In 2006, Brad became Director of Advanced Technology for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, responsible for research and development programs across the eight lines of business whose revenues exceed $4B annually. From 2007-2010, Brad was the Director of the Lockheed Martin Corporate Nanotechnology Initiative, which included responsibility for a number of international initiatives and close coordination with Corporate Finance and Business Strategy organizations to identify and qualify new investment and business opportunities.
Brad has served on the Boards of Directors for Zyvex Performance Materials, Nextreme Thermal, Cambridge University's Center for Energy Studies, and Syracuse University's Center for Advanced Systems Engineering. He has also served on and chaired a number of not-for-profit corporate and public-service boards.
Brad holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master's of Science degree in Neuroscience from the College of Engineering at Syracuse University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland in Baltimore under the sponsorship of Lockheed Martin's Chief Technology Officer.
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David Arthur, CEO, Southwest Nanotechnologies
David J. Arthur has 30 years experience commercializing products utilizing advanced materials, including work at Rogers Corporation, A.T. Cross Company, TPI Composites, Helix Technologies, and Eikos. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University , master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master of business administration degree from Northeastern University . In 2005, Arthur co-founded Chasm Technologies, a consulting firm that helps its clients commercialize new products through smart application of materials science and process technology. For the past six years, he has been CEO of SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT), a leading producer of single-wall and specialty multi-wall carbon nanotube materials for electronics, energy storage and composites applications.
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Earl C. Charles , Chief Financial Officer
Earl C. Charles is AOptix's Chief Financial Officer with leadership responsibilities for corporate finance, financings, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure to support rapid growth of the company's iris recognition biometrics and optical wireless communications businesses. Earl has joined the AOptix executive management team after many years of financial and operational management. As CFO of eMeter, Earl led and negotiated financing to fuel the company's sales growth while improving its systems and infrastructure. Prior to joining eMeter, he was CFO at XenSource, Inc., a server virtualization software company which was acquired by Citrix Systems, Inc. Earl was responsible for operations, finance, legal, facilities, risk management, human resources and investor relations functions. While at XenSource, Earl led and negotiated financings, negotiated the definitive agreement with Citrix and led due diligence and integration activities, and implemented ERP and business systems. Earl has held similar positions at Cupertino Electric, Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated electrical infrastructure solutions and other high technology companies, including mycfo.com, Prism Solutions and R2 Technology, Inc. Earl was a partner and 20 year veteran at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a public accounting firm and holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.
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Gavin Rezos, Executive Chairman, Alexium International Group
Mr. Rezos has extensive international investment banking experience and is a former Investment Banking Director of HSBC Group with regional roles during his HSBC career based in London , Sydney and Dubai . Mr. Rezos has held Chief Executive Officer positions and executive directorships of public listed companies in the technology sector in the US , the United Kingdom , Germany and Australia . Mr Rezos is currently a Director of Iluka Resources Limited, an ASX top 50 Company, Rowing Australia and Principal of Viaticus Capital Pty Ltd.
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Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in June 2007. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker andpanelist promoting MIG's role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. Karen plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming. She is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.
Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University 's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.
Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University . Karen is aboard member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh; secretary for her UVM alumni class; mentor at UVM's Honors College; and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh , PA.
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Karlheinz Strobl, Vice President of Business Development
Dr. Karlheinz Strobl has served as Vice President of Business Development since October 2007. From 1997 - 2007 Dr. Strobl served as founder and President of eele Laboratories, LLC. From that venture, two separate spinoff companies were created; Projector Lamp Services in the United States, and JiangSu CLP Lamp Opto-electronic Technology Co., Ltd. in China. From 1993-1997 Dr. Strobl held several Executive Positions at Karl Storz Endovision, a German Medical Equipment Manufacturing Company.
Dr. Strobl holds over 14 Patents and earned an MBA from Boston University, a PhD from the University of Innsbruck in Austria through the Max Plank Institute in Garching, Germany, an M.S. from the University of Innsbruck, and an M.S. from the University of Padova, Italy. He also worked as a Post Doctoral Graduate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Glen Finkel, President, PURETI Inc.
Mr. Finkel has a 30 year background as a senior executive in product development, sourcing, and sales and marketing on a global scale. For the last 15 years, Mr. Finkel has concentrated on the development and commercialization of innovative material technologies focused on safety and sustainability, helping to start or lead 6 new companies in the field. Mr. Finkel is the co-founder of PURETI Inc., a manufacturer of advanced photocatalytic solutions, and its former parent, Prizmalite Industries, Inc.; a leader in functional enhancement pigments. Mr. Finkel holds a BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University .
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Patti Glaza, Principal, Arsenal Venture Partners
Ms. Patricia (Patti) Glaza is a Principal at Arsenal Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on technologies at the intersection of the defense and commercial markets. Patti has spent over twenty years dedicated to the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies.
Prior to joining AVP, Patti served as a Founder and the Executive Director/CEO of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a non-profit trade organization focused on speeding up the development, commercialization and adoption of clean technologies. She worked with government agencies, multinational corporations and start-ups to identify and promote leading-edge solutions in energy, water, and overall sustainability. Patti now serves on the board of CTSI in addition to the Clean Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to the policies and programs necessary for local clean energy adoption.
Patti has served as an executive at several technology-focused start-ups. She was the CEO of Small Times, a leading global media group covering micro, MEMS, and nanotechnology commercialization. After the company's acquisition in late 2005, she continued as a Vice President and Publisher for PennWell. In her role as publisher, Patti worked extensively with companies in sectors crossing emerging technologies, clean tech, and the defense markets including solar, fuel cells, advanced materials, remediation, and water purification.
In her first portfolio company, Patti led business development, marketing and client services at HealthMedia, a fast-growing technology and health management start-up recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson. She started her career as an IT consulting professional and manager in the logistics, business services and retail industry groups for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University from the James Madison and Honor's Colleges with a Bachelor's in International Relations and Economics and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Griffith A. Kundahl, Executive Director Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)
Located in Durham, NC, COIN is a non-profit organization focused on fostering the commercialization of nanobiotechnologies. COIN has a local, national and international constituent base which spans across academic, governmental, industrial and financial sectors.
Griff has over a decade of career focus on the commercialization of nanotechnologies. His work has encompassed emerging technology law, public policy, communications, and industry relations. He formerly served as General Counsel of the NanoBusiness Alliance, the national trade association for the nanotechnology community, as well as Executive Chairman of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance.
Griff also served as the Vice President for Convergence (nano, bio and IT) in the Life Sciences section of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Director of Global Programs at the University of Denver School of Engineering and Computer Science as Director of Global Programs, and an attorney at practice in the life sciences sector. Griff holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from The University of Alabama and a J.D. from The University of Denver.
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Hu Fleming, Global Director, Hatch Water
Hu Fleming is Global Director, Hatch Water, a unit of Hatch, a global engineering and program management organization. He received master and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University , and his MBA at Harvard Business School . Hu is well known in international water and environmental circles, with more than hundred publications, sixteen patents, and four books in various aspects of water management, including the Handbook of Membrane Technology. Among professional affiliations, Hu has been chairman of the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, the Task Group on Water for World Health Organization, EPA's Clean Water Act Advisory Group, the Water Reuse Association, as well as chairman of NATO's Advisory Group on Environmental Management. He has been an invited speaker at the United Nations, as well as various Congressional committees on water and environmental issues.
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James R. Fugitte, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wind Energy Corporation
Jim Fugitte, Chief Executive Officer, has successfully developed start-up businesses in the financial services industry. A 2001 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year, he has over 30 years of CEO experience and served as Faculty Chairman for the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia. From 1986 to 2007, he was President and CEO of Fort Knox National Company as well as its affiliate, Fort Knox National Bank. These electronic payment companies were among the first to market utilizing electronic payment options via the Internet and included contracts with nine of the 10 largest specialty finance companies in the U.S. During that period, he managed three start-up businesses in the area of electronic payment processing, including creation of the Department of Defense's largest payment provider. Jim is on several Boards, including Hospice of Louisville, Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, Kentucky United Methodist Foundation and Lindsey Wilson College . He has served as an advisor to the state on renewable energy and a Director of the Innovation and Commercialization Center for Central Kentucky .
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Jeffrey Kraws, Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Research Associates
Jeffrey J. Kraws is chief executive officer and co-founder of Crystal Research Associates. Well known and respected on Wall Street, Mr. Kraws has received some of the most prestigious awards in the industry (see Awards section). Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Kraws served as co-president of The Investor Relations Group (IRG), a firm representing primarily under-followed, small-capitalization companies. Previously, Mr. Kraws served as a managing director of healthcare research for Ryan Beck & Co., and as director of research/senior pharmaceutical analyst and managing director at Gruntal & Co., LLC (prior to its merger with Ryan Beck & Company). Mr. Kraws served as managing director of the healthcare research group and senior pharmaceutical analyst at First Union Securities (formerly EVEREN Securities); as senior U.S. pharmaceutical analyst for the Swedish-Swiss conglomerate Asea Brown Boveri; and as managing director and president of the Brokerage/Investment Banking operation of ABB Aros Securities, Inc. He also served as senior pharmaceutical analyst at Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, BT Alex Brown & Sons, and Buckingham Research. Mr. Kraws also has industry experience, having been responsible for competitive analysis within the treasury group at Bristol-Myers-Squibb Company. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a B.S. degree from State University of New York-Buffalo.
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Jonathan Hoopes, Chief Executive Officer, GreenHunter Energy
Jonathan D. Hoopes has served as Director, President and COO of GreenHunter Energy since November 2009. Mr. Hoopes has been an active participant in the energy and technology landscape for more than 20 years and has held industry leadership roles in strategy, manufacturing, international technology, securities sales and distribution, asset valuation and equity research, debt and equity capital markets underwriting and syndication, sales and trading and financial management at leading multinational corporations including Bechtel, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, DuPont, Goldman Sachs and UBS. Mr. Hoopes graduated from Wharton with an MBA in International Finance, an MA in Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University .
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Joseph Garone, Chairman, Long Island Forum for Technology
Joseph C. Garone is currently the Chairman of the board for Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) a non-profit dedicated to the furtherance of manufacturing on Long Island and the region. LIFT has established a model that incorporates industry focused technology pull to create new products and services. LIFT is currently running the Morrelly Homeland Security, the Advanced Manufacturing Center for Composites and the Long Island Rail Alliance.
LIFT is the NYSTAR RDTC and the federal Manufacturing Extension Partner for the region.
Prior to his recent retirement from Northrop Grumman he served in numerous positions including Director of Advanced Concepts for the Aerospace Systems Sector, Deputy IPT Lead for AEW systems and Director of Engineering for Bethpage during which time the organization grew from 400 to over 1000 engineers.
Mr. Garone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic University, a Master in Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has done Graduate work in engineering at University of Southern California.
In addition Mr. Garone is a graduate of the Summer Executive Session at USC, the Executive Marketing course at the Anderson School of Business, UCLA and the Advance Management Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Garone has a private pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He is married to Jennifer (Farrell) Garone and is the father of two boys, Joseph and Kevin.
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Manish Mehta, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Dr. Manish Mehta is Executive Director of Industry Forums & Sustainability Programs at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, a cross-industry R&D consortium based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, OH. He completed the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross Business School's Executive Program in 2001, specializing in technology strategy. Manish leads NCMS' collaborative research programs on life cycle assessment tools, product sustainability guides/standards and energy performance metrics addressing LED lighting systems, building materials, automotive materials, alternate energy powertrain systems and paints/coatings. He has over 60 publications, including authorship of three successive studies of nanotechnology commercialization trends in the US (2003, 2006, 2010). He was a speaker at the inaugural Livingston Nanotechnology Symposium in 2004. He has served on two Department of Defense-sponsored lightweighting technologies study panels with the National Research Council, and completed two terms as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design (2002-2007). He was Peer Review Director of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition, and a member of several DoE, EPA, NSF, Ohio Third Frontier Fund and Singapore SPRING panels. Manish is a member of the 2011-12 ASM International Detroit Chapter Executive Committee, a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and also active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME Nanotech Forum), Society of Automotive Engineers and TiE-Detroit.
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Michael Bowman, Executive Director, Delaware Technology Park
Since 1998, Mike has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Delaware Technology Park Inc, (DTP) a collaboration of the State of Delaware, University of Delaware and high technology industries such as advanced materials, life sciences, information technology and energy/environment. In 2007, he was elected President of the Board of the Association of University Research Parks which includes about 180 US and Canadian research parks.
In 2005, DTP was recognized as Outstanding Research Park of the Year for the nation. The 40 acre park is home to 54 companies, 750 high tech jobs, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), the Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biolology, and has graduated 20 spin out companies. DTP tenants have won about $310 million in federal grant awards and invested $275 million to date. DTP and DBI have had a direct role in the creation of nearly 16,000 life science jobs in Delaware over the last 10 years.
From 1990 to 1996, Mike was Vice President & General Manager for DuPont Advanced Materials and Systems, a one billion-dollar global business unit with 2500 employees. Over a 30 year career at DuPont he served professional and managerial roles in research, marketing and manufacturing.
Currently Mike serves as a Board member on five early stage companies, First State Innovation, Fraunhofer USA and is Chairman of the UD Engineering College Advisory Council.
Mike holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and attended graduate business and financial programs at Wharton and Columbia. In 2000, he was presented the UC Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2009 recognized as one of DE's 14 Most Influential People by DE Today Magazine.
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Michael Gurau, President, CEI Community Ventures
Since 2000, Michael Gurau has served as President of CCV, an early stage venture capital fund based in Portland Maine. The Fund has backed nine ventures--most of which Michael served as lead investor-- in sectors ranging from technology (advanced materials, software, mobile) to consumer products (food, gifts). Michael is planning a new fund--Clear Venture Partners (Clear)—within the next three years.
Prior to CCV, Michael spent seven years with global VC and private equity fund Advent International in that fund's Boston and London offices. Michael was also part of leadership teams in two startups in the healthcare services and software arena. Michael is lead investor-director on the Board of CCV companies Nanocomp Technologies and Rustic Crust, the latter as Chair. He is on the advisory boards of: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund's Flexible Capital Fund; Tayloe Murphy Institute at University of Virginia; and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire. Michael has a BS Finance from Babson College and an MBA from University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. He is married with four children and lives in Freeport Maine.
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Michael Laine, CEO, Liftport Group
Michael Laine, President, LiftPort Group. In 2001 (a detail not lost on him) Laine shifts careers tothe commercialization of space; onto NASA's Institute forAdvanced Concepts team - researching the development of the Space Elevator. He has been the commercial driver of the Elevator project for 10 years. In that time, his team pioneered work in super-materials (ultra-strong, ultra-conductive carbon nanotubes), and built (19) robots that climbed into the sky on a tether held aloft by balloons (14 tests sanctioned by the Air Force, Navy and Federal Aviation Administration). His team developed professional research relationships with more than 60 world-class universities and government research centers. For our efforts we were regularly featured in the press, and because of this, the public's imagination caught fire. As a result, there are currently over 4 million Google references to our project and a global community working on a program that many consider still to be science fiction.
Laine is an accomplished public speaker, having delivered thousands of lectures, briefings and presentations on the topic – from 8th grade classrooms to congressmen, from university students to military generals, from NASA to National Public Radio, and all manner of agencies within the Washington DC beltway. Laine worked with NASA, and later as a founding Director of the Spaceward Foundation - to create a set of $4M prizes for technology development. He also has an advisory role to the International Space Elevator Consortium and the Leeward Foundation. Recently Laine became the President of the International Space University's US Alumni Association.
Laine's team at LiftPort includes over a dozen PhDs, and developmental partnerships with NASA's Advanced Concepts Office and SAIC. Laine's total focus is on the Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure (LSEI or "Elsie") – which can put people on the Moon "before this decade is out…"
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Morris L. Reid, Managing Director, BGR Group
Morris Reid joined BGR as Managing Director in 2008 through BGR's acquisition of his consulting and media relations
Morris L. ReidManaging Director, BGR Group firm, Westin Rinehart. Morris has worked with high‐profile individuals, government officials and corporate executives in the successful resolution of complex and high‐level political and corporate issues for more than 15 years. He is adept at fostering business development programs and specializes in launching partnerships that meld brand building, coalition advocacy and effective public affairs/issue management.
As the Managing Director of Westin Rinehart, Morris has consulted and provided counsel to the leaders of hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a Clinton administration senior staff aide to the late Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown and Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Additionally, Morris was the director of Vice President Al Gore's office at the 1996 Democratic Convention and Deputy Director of Vice Presidential Operation for Clinton/Gore '96.
Morris is frequently used as an expert political and business marketing commentator on such television news networks as FOX News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC, and in leading newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, USA Today, and Details and Forbes magazines. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Morris was one of several senior Democratic strategists utilized by the Obama campaign to engage the mainstream media.
An Ohio native, Morris is a graduate of Akron University and, prior to establishing the Westin Rinehart Group, he served as a Principal at Dewey Square Group. He serves on the boards of The Washington Ballet, VH1 Save the Music oundation and New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
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Chris Norris, Chief Executive Officer, Alta Devices
Mr. Norris joined Alta Devices in 2008 as President and CEO shortly after the company was founded. During his tenure, Alta has raised over $100M in financing and set the world records for both cell and module efficiency based on its flexible solar cell technology. Prior to Alta Devices, Chris had the opportunity to experience both sides of the startup world, first as CEO of MicroDisplay Corporation, where he led the transformation of the company from chip maker to high definition TV (HDTV) manufacturer, and then later as a Venture Partner at the investment firm Blue Run Ventures. Much of Mr. Norris professional experience was shaped by a long career in the semiconductor industry, first at Intel, where he was involved in both manufacturing and development, and then later at Cypress Semiconductor where over seventeen years he managed a wide variety of businesses, including the consumer, computation, and data-com business units. While at Cypress, Mr. Norris served on the board of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), working on trade and environmental issues. He has seven issued patents, a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and a Master's in Computer Engineering. For leisure, Chris is an amateur chef, enjoys wakeboarding, long distance running, riding off-road motorcycles with his four sons, and is an instrument rated private pilot.
Paul Woods, CEO of Algenol
Paul Woods is co-founder and CEO of Algenol. Mr. Woods has led the growth of Algenol from itsinception to over 130 employees with laboratories located in Ft Myers, Florida and Berlin, Germany. Under Mr. Woods'direction, Algenol has raised over $180 million for the advancement of Algenol's proprietary DIRECT TO ETHANOL® technology, built a state of the art 50,000 sq. ft. research facility and begun construction of its Department of Energy sponsored Integrated Biorefinery. Recently, Mr. Woods was named "The News-Press' 2011 Person to Watch" for his leadership in the community and the biofuels industry.
Paul is a proven, successful entrepreneur, who founded, grew and sold two large natural gas supply and marketing companies prior to founding Algenol. Mr. Woods first conceived of the idea of making ethanol from algae as an undergraduate genetics student at the University of Western Ontario in 1984.
Algenol LLC is a global, development stage, industrial biotechnology company that makes biofuels and high-value industrial chemicals cost-effectively from abundant, renewable resources. Algenol uses hybrid blue-green algae and specially designed photobioreactors as a sustainable, proprietary platform for making its products from carbon dioxide, sunlight, and saltwater. The Company's first product is ethanol for the biofuel and ethylene markets that it produces with its patented DIRECT TO ETHANOL® process.
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Peter Bastien, Head of US Technology Business Development, Toyota Tsusho America
Mr. Bastien leads the technology business development and investment efforts for Toyota Tsusho America. Toyota Tsusho is the trading company for the Toyota Group, with close ties to Toyota Motor and other Toyota Group companies. He is the founder of the Boston office, with mandates to expand reach beyond the automotive sector. Mr. Bastien identifies technologies appropriate for Toyota's existing distribution channels in North America and Asia. In this role, he develops deals that include capital investments, distribution agreements, and research arrangements with universities. Sectors of particular interest include advanced materials, alternative fuels, batteries, and LEDs. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Bastien was an associate at a start-up VC firm, held management and engineering roles at Parametric Technology (PTC), and was in sales for a niche electronics manufacturer. Mr. Bastien earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Peter L. Antoinette, President & Chief Executive Officer Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.
Peter co-founded Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. in 2004 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Nanocomp Technologies, he was the President and CEO of Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc., (Woburn, MA) a photonics company, commercializing liquid crystal based optical technology for telecommunications and high performance imaging. Previously, he spent fifteen years with Millipore Corporation (Bedford, MA) a Fortune 500 leader in separations technology, in Sales, Marketing, Technical Services, and as a Vice President and Divisional Manager.
A Mass High Tech All-Star, Peter also is a Director of the New Hampshire High Tech Council; Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (Boston, MA); member of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Small Business Advisory Council; and served on President Obama's National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel for the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.
He is the holder of four patents, and co-inventor of several pending patents.
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Pulakesh Mukherjee, Principal, BASF Venture Capital
Pulakesh Mukherjee joined BASF Venture Capital in October 2009 and is based in Silicon Valley, California, USA.
He began his career in 2002 in Polymer Research at BASF in Germany where he was responsible for development and up-scaling of novel water based polymers. After his stint in research he joined the Intermediates Division and was delegated to India where he was Head of New Business Development of the Intermediates Division as well as responsible for marketing and sales of specialty chemicals for the Pharmaceutical Industry. He also led the Pharma Industry Target Group at BASF India, a platform created to bring in synergies amongst different divisions of BASF servicing the pharmaceutical industry.
Before joining BASF he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland working on asymmetric organic synthesis. He received his PhD from Stanford University, USA, in the area of Bio-inorganic Chemistry. He has published in peer-reviewed journals like Science and Journal of American Chemical Society and has co-authored more than 20 patents.
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Reid Hislop, Vice President of Marketing, Plug Power Corp
As Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations, Mr. Hislop brings over 20
years of technology marketing experience and a long history of developing
successful and innovative marketing programs to his role.
For Plug Power, he leads the Company's Marketing Communications and Investor
Relations team. He works directly with the Company's executive team to grow and
strengthen its overall market position, vision and awareness in the alternative energy
Prior to joining Plug Power, Mr. Hislop was Vice President of Global Marketing for
Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI). PBBI was the business unit created shortly
after MapInfo was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2007. Prior to the acquisition, Mr.
Hislop served as the Vice President of Marketing for MapInfo, where he led the
Company's global marketing team, directed branding efforts and helped create
MapInfo's leadership role in the Location Intelligence category. Mr. Hislop holds a
Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Richard Stuebi, Principal,Managing Director, Early Stage Partners
Richard Stuebi has 25 years of experience in the energy and cleantech sectors in various capacities as an investor, entrepreneur, executive and consultant. Since 2009, Richard has been a Managing Director of Early Stage Partners, a Cleveland-based venture capital firm, where he is responsible for leading ESP's cleantech investment activities.
In addition, Richard continues to support various civic initiatives in Ohio resulting from his 2006-2010 tenure as Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at The Cleveland Foundation, during which time he also was a founding Principal of NorTech Energy Enterprise.
Richard has been a pioneer in the cleantech arena since its earliest days, having founded NextWave Energy in 1999, a professional firm to assist clients in commercializing new technologies and building platforms for successful growth in the energy sector. Reflecting NextWave Energy's entrepreneurial interests, he co-founded two ventures and served in interim management roles at several other emerging cleantech companies.
Earlier in his career, Richard was a Senior Vice President of business development at Louis Dreyfus Energy in Connecticut. Previously, he was a management consultant in the energy practice at McKinsey & Co in Atlanta and San Francisco, and an economic consultant in the energy practice of ICF Resources in Washington DC.
From this accumulation of experience, Richard is well-versed in many aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, spanning economics, regulations and market dynamics. He has established relationships throughout most segments of the energy and environmental industries, including electric utilities, oil/gas companies, equipment manufacturers, project developers, banking institutions, venture capital firms, professional advisors, government agencies, and researchers.
Richard is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles on energy and environmental topics, including weekly contributions to CleanTechBlog. He regularly attends national conferences pertaining to advanced energy and clean technologies.
Richard serves on the Board of MAR Systems of Solon Ohio, and EnLink Geoenergy Services of Los Angeles. He is also an advisor to two private equity groups with cleantech interests, Los Angeles-based Craton Equity Partners and Singapore-based Novo Tellus Capital Partners.
Richard earned degrees in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984) and Stanford University (1986).
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Robert Miller, CEO, Director
Robert Miller serves as Abakan's CEO and Director.Robert has worked with early-stage companies for almost three decades and has participated as the principal investor in over 50 business ventures. He has founded corporations, listed numerous companies on the NASDAQ, AMEX and senior listings on the Toronto
Stock Exchange and has both worked full-time with and consulted for numerous startups. Prior to his
work as a corporate entrepreneur, Mr. Miller worked as a stock broker.
He is one of the most experienced global private investors in Miami, having raised over $400 million in early-stage investment capital. Mr. Miller's experience includes being the founder
and Chairman of Crystallex International Corporation, a mining company with an estimated 21 million ounces of gold (17 million proven). He was a director and financier of Zmax Corporation, a "y2k" company. He was the founder and director of Nanovation Technologies Inc, a developer of fiber-optic products that realized a market capitalization of over $500 million and principal financier and
consultant to Asiamerica Equities Inc., a merchant bank while it grew from a market capitalization of $3 million to over $250 million. Currently, Mr. Miller is
a director and early investor in Lifespan Biosciences Inc., an industry leader in commercializing proprietary antibodies, providing immunohistochemistry services and developing localization databases.
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Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President, Fluor Corp
Bob Prieto is currently a senior vice president of Fluor, one of the largest, publicly traded engineering and construction companies in the world. He is responsible for strategy for the firm's Industrial & Infrastructure group which focuses on the development and delivery of large, complex projects worldwide. The group encompasses three major business lines including Infrastructure, with an emphasis on Public Private Partnerships; Mining; and Manufacturing and Life Sciences.
Bob consults with owner's of large engineering & construction capital construction programs across all market sectors in the development of programmatic delivery strategies encompassing planning, engineering, procurement, construction and financing. He is author of "Strategic Program Management" published by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and "Topics in Strategic Program Management" as well as over 375 other papers and presentations.
Bob's industry involvement includes recent and ongoing roles on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council's Critical Infrastructure Resiliency Workgroup and the National Academy Committee "Toward Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: Framing the Challenges". He is a member of the National Academy of Construction.
Bob served until 2006 as one of three U.S. presidential appointees to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC), working with U.S. and Asia-Pacific business leaders to shape the framework for trade and economic growth.
Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, Water Innovations Alliance
Mr. Caprio www.vincentcaprio.org is the Executive Director of theNanoBusiness Commercialization Association www.nanobca.org Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated inthe NanoBusiness Public Policy Tourfor the past ten years. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the10th AnnualNanoBusiness Conference http://www.internano.org/nms2011/ which was held in Boston, MA at the Seaport World Trade Center.During the past five years (2006-2011), Mr. Caprio was an invitedspeaker and guest lectureronNanotechnology at over 50 conferences. In 2010 Mr. Caprio has spoken at the NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop and the Nanotechnology Partnership Forum at NIST http://www.flcmidatlantic.org/pdf/OutlineNanotechnologyForumSept13.pdf. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WCCC 1290AM and WICC 600AM, discussing the impact of Nanotechnology and emerging technologies.
Mr. Caprio is a 25-year publishing and tradeshow industry veteran with an impressive track record of launching events focusing on emerging technology markets. Mr. Caprio joined the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association as the Founder and Event Director in 2002, to steer the launch of the highly successful NanoBusiness event series in 2008 & 2009. In 2003 & 2004, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director in the launch of The Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT's Technology Review Magazine. Mr. Caprio has served as a consultant to the leading emerging technology research and advisory firm Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006. In 2002, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director and Program Director of the Forbes/IBM Executive Summit. Prior to joining the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, Mr. Caprio was Event Director for Red Herring Conferences, producing the company's Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit reporting to Red Herring Magazine Founder and Publisher Tony Perkins. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his talents in both tradeshow management and sales. Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994, while with Reed Exhibitions. Mr. Caprio, while employed with Reed Exhibitions, was honored with three Pathfinder Awards in 1995 for launching The New York Restaurant Show, Buildings Chicago and Buildings LA.
Mr. Caprio graduated from VillanovaUniversity in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of VillanovaUniversity's Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova's President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.
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William Reinisch, Partner, Paladin Capital Group
William Reinisch is responsible for the investment activities in the New
York office of Paladin Capital. He is also the CEO and Founder of XIV
River. He specializes in strategy and investments for the high tech
industry. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of
Technology. He was most previously the Vice President of Strategy and
Technology with Motorola. In this role he was responsible for
intellectual property standards and the corporate technology portfolio
in addition to positioning Motorola for growth in emerging new market
segments. Previously, he was Vice President of strategy and new
initiatives and joined Motorola as a strategic advisor to the Chief
Strategy Office. Prior to joining Motorola he was Senior Vice President
of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband, where he led
engineering and operations for the company. Before that, he led the
global technology organization at Multilink Technology Corporation, a
company focused on high-speed solutions for advanced optical networks.
He has authored several publications, presentations, three US patents
and several patent applications. He earned an MBA from Fordham
University and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.).
As a native New Yorker, William is uniquely positioned to assist rapidly
growing technology companies in the New York Market.
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