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John Applegate is the Chief Information Officer for KPMG. He is responsible for the firm’s global IT environment and he has supplied key contributions in the firm’s IT globalization. Over the last 18 years, John’s primary focus has included: Technology Architecture, Global IT Operating Environment, large global projects, and executive sponsorship of the largest IT suppliers.
Prior to joining KPMG, John earned an Economics degree from Texas A&M and then started his own IT consultancy company in Dallas, Texas. Once he joined KPMG, John sold his profitable business and became responsible for the firms Dallas and Chicago IT Consulting Integration practice. John quickly became Consulting Integrations’ lead person for IT organizational issues and, as such, was asked to participate in reviewing the internal firms need to globalize its internal IT functions (early 1998). During this time he made Partner for KPMG Consulting and remained on the KPMG LLP account as an integral part in deploying the firm’s new IT infrastructure. During this time he and his family relocated to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where the company’s international headquarters is located. When the division, now known as BearingPoint, split from KPMG, John chose to remain with KPMG. The last ten years with this leading company have proved to be a valuable experience with international approaches.
David M. Barrett, MD
David M. Barrett, MD is currently a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Previously, David was CEO Emeritus of Lahey Clinic, a nonprofit, multispecialty health care organization based in Burlington, Mass. Before joining Lahey in September 1999, he had a long and distinguished career as a physician, teacher and administrator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is the former chair of Lahey’s Board of Governors and a trustee of the Lahey Clinic Foundation.
A native of Michigan, David received his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. From 1970-72, he served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War and was Chief of the Aeromedical Service at Cam Rahn Bay Air Base.
Following his military service, David trained at Mayo Clinic as a resident in general surgery and in urology. He became a staff physician at Mayo in 1975 and served as chair of the Department of Urology throughout most of the 1990s. He also served as vice chair of Mayo’s Board of Governors. He was a Trustee of the Mayo Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee.
David is an authority on urologic oncology, urinary incontinence, bladder reconstruction, and genitourinary prostheses. During the course of his career, he has been widely published in academic journals and has received numerousresearch grants and contracts. He holds a patent for an artificial urinary bladder.
Among his many professional affiliations are memberships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Urologic Association. David is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and won the award for the Health Care Executive of the year in June of 2007. He is a past president of the American Board of Urology, and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He is also Past Chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
Alfred R. Berkeley III
Alfred R. Berkeley III currently serves as Chairman of Princeton Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor.
Al has over 40 years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972.
Al joined Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated in 1972 as a research analyst. He became general partner of Alex. Brown in 1983. From 1985 to 1987, he served as Head of Information Services for the firm. In that capacity, he was responsible for all corporate information services, including the firm’s back office and front office technology. Al then moved on to Alex. Brown’s Merger and Acquisition department, where from 1987 to 1989 he developed the firm’s technology practice. He became managing director and senior banker in the corporate finance department where he financed computer software and electronic commerce companies. After serving as Alex. Brown and Sons’ Chief Information Officer, Al became CEO of a public telecommunications software company.
In 1996, he was named President of NASDAQ. Al retired from NASDAQ in 2003. He is a Director of Realpage, Inc., the World Economic Forum, USA; Noxilizer, Inc.; Security First Corp.; Gentag, Inc.; ViiNet, Inc.and Differential Dynamics, Inc.
Al was a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and the Nature Conservancy. He served on the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and was a member of the Board of Director of WebEx Communication, Inc.; Policy Management Systems Corporation; ACI Worldwide; and several other companies.
François de Brantes, MS, MBA
François de Brantes is the Executive Director for the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, which is a not-for-profit company that designs and implements innovative payment and benefit plan design programs to motivate physicians, hospitals and consumer-patients to improve the quality and affordability of care. Previously, François was the Program Leader for various healthcare initiatives at GE Corporate Health Care Programs, responsible for developing the conceptual framework and the implementation of GE’s Active Consumer strategy. François attended the University of Paris IX – Dauphine where he earned a MS in Economics and Finance, and he attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an MBA.
François has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs and is frequently quoted in national media including the New York Times. He has also published two books, the latest being The Incentive Cure: The Real Relief For Health Care.
Rick is co-founder and CTO of ThingWorx, the world’s first platform for creating connected applications to enable the ‘Internet of Things”. ThingWorx was acquired by PTC in December 2013. Previously, Rick was CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he was responsible for conceptualization and development of innovative web-based and service-enabled software products targeted at the manufacturing industry.
At Lighthammer, Bullotta identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. Lighthammer was acquired by SAP in 2005.
Rick is an active angel investor with a diverse set of startups including smart agriculture, mobile apps for human resource recruiting and talent management, and an innovative incubator for hardware-based products.
Steve Friedman advises early-stage companies in the areas of go-to-market strategy, product positioning, business development and executive recruitment.
Steve serves as an Independent Board Director at AppFirst, and serves on the Advisory Boards at Apprenda, Beyond.com, BizEquity, Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE), Spongecell and WebLinc.
Past Board roles include Mocana and Boxtone (acquired by Good Technology). Past Advisory Boards include FirstBest Systems, Gigaspaces, Rapid Logic (acquired by Wind River) and Collaxa (acquired by Oracle).
Steve served as BEA Systems’ Vice President, Channels for the Americas. In this position, he was instrumental in growing the indirect channels business to over $100M. Steve came to BEA through the acquisition of WebLogic, where he built and co-managed the field sales organization. Steve also held sales, executive and business development positions with leading Enterprise Software firms.
Randy Gaboriault is the Chief Information Officer for the Christiana Care Health System one of the largest provider systems in the country. He also serves as the Board Chair for the nation’s first health information exchange, the Delaware Health Information Network.
He serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Tech Impact, a global nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world. He also serves as an advisor for Siemens Medical Solutions. Prior to Christiana Care, Randy was Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Strategic Development Officer for Teleflex, a global provider of medical devices serving healthcare providers with specialty devices for vascular access, general and regional anesthesia, urology, respiratory care, cardiac care and surgery. During his tenure, Randy held responsibility for logistics, organizational excellence and strategic sourcing.
Distinctions include: Information Week’s “Twenty Great Ideas To Steal,” Computerworld’s Honors Program Laureate award, Computerworld’s “Top Five” recognition, a three-time awardee of CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 award, Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT leaders, Becker’s 100 CIOs to know and a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award. He has also been nominated by the HealthTech Research Alliance & Council as Healthcare Innovator of the Year. Randy holds degrees from Temple University and Dartmouth College.
Stephen M. Goodman
Stephen M. Goodman is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Business and Finance Practice and has been with the firm since 1994. His practice, focused on corporate finance and acquisitions, is dedicated to fostering emerging growth companies in the Philadelphia region through direct work with clients and active involvement in the emerging growth community.
As strategic counsel to startups in the technology and life sciences sectors, Steve identifies companies with potential and takes them from conception through product development, growth, and beyond. Some of the companies he has nurtured include CDnow, VerticalNet, ICG Commerce, AirClic, ExcelleRx, and AANet.com.
Steve is also founder of the firm’s “Connect at Morgan Lewis” program, which brings together investors and entrepreneurs and guides clients through the process of refining their investor presentations through individual coaching sessions. He is the longest-tenured member of the advisory board for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Entrepreneurial Program. He also teaches “Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship” at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law. In addition to his close involvement with clients and his support and participation in the regional entrepreneurial and venture capital networks, Steve devotes significant time to mentoring young lawyers in the firm.
Steve is a founder of and senior partner in the firm’s Emerging Business and Technology Practice. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA, an annual independent ranking of top lawyers, as an influential authority for his work with emerging growth companies. In May 2011, he received the Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT). In selecting Steve for the honor, PACT noted, “He has played a leading role in nurturing scores of prominent success stories and is considered a valuable asset to the Greater Philadelphia business community.”
Jeff Hummel is a highly energized and engaged technology leader that has led several large and complex teams. Jeff is currently the Chief Technology officer of Douglas Elliman, the NY regions largest and nationally ranked 4th largest real estate company, with a current network of more thank 5,000 agents in 70 offices throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, West Chester, and Putnam Counties in New York as well as South Florida, California, Connecticut, and Aspen.
Previously Jeff held several executive technology positions at Capital One leveraging his 20+ years of technology experience. While at Capital One Jeff most recently led the Retail and Direct Bank Technology Operations teams, managing Architecture (Divisional Chief Architect), Platform Engineering, Infrastructure Delivery and Production Support for the Consumer, Digital, Channels, Small Business and Investing verticals. Prior to that he led the Online Banking and Digital Agile Development teams not only integrating them from a previous acquisition but also managed a complex re-platforming of the Retail Online Banking system. Prior to that Jeff led the Enterprise Workforce Technology teams.
From early experiences in retail computer sales Jeff launched into an IT Management, Infrastructure and Operations career at several companies across many verticals (manufacturing, legal, pharmaceutical, etc). This included an international legal services firm, a large metropolitan non-profit, then at several boutique and international consulting firms. He was also a senior partner of a specialty consulting firm operating improvement programs with regard to management, architecture, policy, security and operations. Prior to Capital One, Jeff was most recently the Head of Infrastructure, Operations, Security and Facilities for ING DIRECT USA, who was acquired by Capital One in 2012.
Jeff is an active member in a number of community service groups specifically those that address technology needs for underprivileged youth and their families. This includes being a current member of the Board of Directors for TechImpact and past board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. Jeff also contributed to the IT Steering Committee for Zipcode Wilmington, and is a participating member of the Advisory Board for Safeguard Scientifics.
Jeff lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters, son and dog.
Sachin H. Jain
Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA, is chief medical officer at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan and care delivery system subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. In this role, he has operational responsibility for 700 clinical staff and 40 care centers. He is charged with developing and leading a multi-year strategy to expand next-generation care management/care delivery model nationally. He is also lecturer in healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to joining CareMore, Dr. Jain was Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at Merck & Co, where he developed global partnerships to leverage health data to improve patient health. He also served as an attending hospitalist physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center.
From 2009-2011, Dr. Jain pursued government service at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he was senior advisor to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and helped launch the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also served as special assistant to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), supporting the agency’s implementation of the HITECH Provisions of the Recovery Act and meaningful use.
Dr. Jain graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in government, and continued on to earn his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. While completing his medical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he maintained a faculty appointment at the Harvard Business School and remains affiliated as a senior institute associate at the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.
Tim McDermott is entering his third season as the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers. He oversees all aspects of team marketing and communications including branding, digital and social media, content creation, database marketing and marketing automation, broadcasting, media rights partnerships, merchandising, public relations, game entertainment, community relations, and single-game ticket sales.
Since joining the Sixers, McDermott’s efforts have been focused on increasing the brand strength, fan base, and revenue opportunities. This strategy has led to the enhancement of the team’s digital and data capabilities, the unveiling of a new brand identity including logos, uniforms and campaign, and the transformation of the team’s game entertainment through one of the first permanent, state-of-the-art 3D court projection systems in the NBA.
McDermott previously spent two stints at the Philadelphia Eagles, most recently as their Chief Marketing Officer. During his time at the Eagles, they were recognized by Forbes as the Fastest Growing Brand in Sports. McDermott also launched the Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer Campaign in 2004 which has since grown into a league wide initiative. During his time at the Eagles, McDermott built a content strategy which generated the team’s highest ever cumulative TV ratings and transitioned philadelphiaeagles.com into its own scalable network. During his tenure, Eagles Television Network was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards. McDermott was also responsible for the Eagles branding efforts, which garnered 16 Philadelphia ADDY Awards, including Best In TV.
From 2006-09, McDermott led the Washington Capitals’ marketing and communications efforts. In his final season with the team, they sold out all 41 home games for the first time in franchise history. McDermott’s time in Washington was marked with record increases in attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and web traffic.
In addition to his experience in professional sports, McDermott also spent several years with Comcast in New Media Development incubating new business ventures, such as multi-room DVR, voice activated remote control, and home controls, utilizing advanced technologies. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing for the San Diego Chargers and began his career in Corporate Sponsorships with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McDermott earned his MBA from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, where he was a three-year letter winner in football. In 2011 he was named 40 under 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2014, he received the CMO Club Programmatic Marketing Award for demonstrated success using technology that leverages data science to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of digital marketing. His brother, Sean, is the Defensive Coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
Alan F. Nugent
Alan F. (Al) Nugent is currently Chief Information and Security Officer and SVP at Acquia, a leader in creating and managing digital experiences. Prior to Acquia, he was Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer at Mzinga, Inc. a leader in the development and delivery of cloud-based solutions for big data, real-time analytics, social intelligence and community management, executive vice president and Chief Technology Officer at CA, Inc. where he was responsible for setting the strategic technology direction for the company, senior vice president and CTO of Novell, where he was the innovator behind the company’s moves into open source and identity-driven solutions, and CTO for Xerox, where he led the migration to object-oriented software engineering and agile development practices. Earlier in his career, he founded three startup companies and began his journey as a software engineer and manager at HP.
Al is the independent member of the Board of Directors of Telogis in Aliso Viejo, CA and Adaptive Computing in Provo, UT. He also serves as an advisor to early-mid-stage private companies including SpaceCurve i Seattle, WA and N-of-one in Waltham, MA. He is a frequent writer on business and technology topics and has shared his thoughts and expertise at many industry events throughout the years. In April of 2013 he co-authored the very successful “Big Data for Dummies”, published by Wiley. Most recently, he was the lead technical editor for “Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics”.
Kevin Rakin is a founding Partner at HighCape Partners, a growth equity life sciences investment firm. He was previously the President of Regenerative Medicine at Shire plc. Prior to joining Shire, Kevin served as the Chairman and CEO of Advanced BioHealing from 2007 until its acquisition by Shire, in June 2011.
Before this, he served as an executive-in-residence at Canaan Partners. Previously, he was a co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly held pharmacogenomics company, until its merger with Clinical Data, Inc. in October 2005.
Kevin currently serves as a Board member of CyVek, Inc, Cheetah Medical Inc., Histogenics Corp. and TELA Bio, Inc., and on the executive committee for CURE, Connecticut’s bioscience cluster. He has previously served as a Board member for Ipsogen SA, Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., OMRIX Biopharmaceuticals, Inc, and Clinical Data, Inc. Kevin received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and Graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endochrinology at Raymond & Ruth Perelman School of Medicine of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Previously, Arthur was Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Before joining Penn, Arthur served for four years as Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Gustave L. Levy Distinguished Professor. Earlier, he was the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor of Medical Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Arthur is an internationally prominent endocrinologist recognized for clinical expertise and groundbreaking research in diabetes. Well known for his inspired teaching, Arthur has served in numerous professional leadership positions during his career. These include President of the Association of Professors of Medicine, of the Association of American Physicians, and of the Central Society for Clinical Research; and Chairman of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Diabetes Advisory Board. He has been a member of a study section and of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Author of more than 350 publications, Arthur has held editorial advisory positions with several respected journals, including service on the editorial boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, Medicine, and Clinical Trials Advisor. He was also a consulting editor to the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Arthur is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the highest honor from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award. Among his other honors are the John Phillips Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians; the Banting Medal from the American Diabetes Association; and the David Rumbough Scientific Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Born in South Africa, Arthur received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In 2001, he was honored by his alma mater when an honorary degree, Doctor of Science in Medicine, was conferred upon him. He is a Fellow of the College of Medicine of South Africa and of the Royal College of Physicians of London; a Master of the American College of Physicians; and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Michael is a proven entrepreneur and business executive having served in the role of Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman in a number of private and public companies. His vision, leadership, and execution experience have resulted in numerous success stories over his distinguished career. Primary strengths include developing, communicating and executing a strategic growth roadmap, recruiting and developing strong executive teams, negotiating key client deals, and developing enduring customer relationships.
Michael is currently the Chairman and CEO of Savana, Inc., headquarter in Berwyn, PA where in the past six years, he lead his team to deliver innovative, mission critical solutions for the largest flood insurance, bank technology, and real estate services companies in the Unites States. As if that were not enough, Savana is on a path to change the mortgage industry with revolutionary end to end software solutions.
From 2004-2008 Michael was Chairman and President of the International Division of Fidelity Information Services (NYSE:FIS), were he grew revenue substantially during his tenure. Prior to Fidelity Information Services, he was Chairman/CEO of Sanchez Computer Associates (NASDAQ:SCAI) and eProfile, Inc. which were leading, global suppliers of core banking systems and internet banking software respectively.
Michael has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio programs. He also holds several US and foreign patents for computer interconnect technologies. Michael has received various business awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the software industry in the mid-Atlantic region in 2002 and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001.
For nearly 20 years, Christopher Simon has worked with clients in healthcare and consumer goods. He is a leader of McKinsey & Company’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice in North America and leads its work on medical products globally.
Mr. Simon’s work has included planning and executing company-wide performance turnaround of a leading medical device company and guiding sales and marketing transformations for a number of clients. Among his recent work, Mr. Simon led a number of domestic and global projects for leading medical device manufacturers, including the development of a corporate strategy for a novel CNS diagnostics company, and the redesign of development capabilities for a diversified med tech manufacturer with the aim of reducing time to market, improving regulatory affairs and accelerating product launch.
Healthcare is a return to Chris’ roots. Before joining McKinsey, he worked in the industry as a Regional Operations Manager and Account Executive for Baxter Healthcare. Prior to Baxter, Chris served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer in Korea and with the 1st Ranger Battalion. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Scott A. Snyder, PhD
Scott Snyder is the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Mobiquity, a leader in delivering innovative wireless solutions for enterprises. He has over 25 years of experience in business leadership, strategic planning, and technology management for both Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures.
Dr. Snyder has held executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies including GE, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin, has been the CEO of a leading strategic planning firm, Decision Strategies International, and has also started business ventures in software including OmniChoice, a CRM/Analytics applications provider and Strategic Radar, a software-based solutions company focused on monitoring changes in the strategic environment.
Scott’s academic credentials include being a senior fellow in the Wharton School’s management department, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania and lecturing at MIT, RIT and CEDEP at INSEAD. He founded and leads the Wireless Innovation Council. He also sits on the advisory boards of Safeguard Scientifics, Fairmount Partners and several emerging-growth companies.
Dr. Snyder is the author of the popular book, “The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution”, released on Wharton Publishing in July 2009. He is a chapter author in the books “The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in the Interlinked World” (Wharton Publishing, 2009) and “Inside the Minds: Small Business Growth Strategies: Goals for Successful CEOs” (Apatore Books, December 2007) and contributed as a co-author to several future scenario studies including “The Future of BioSciences 2020” and “The Future of the US Energy Grid 2025” from DSI. He has also authored several recent articles on wireless innovation including “Unwiring the Enterprise: Are You Ready to Lose Control?” in Knowledge@Wharton and “An Adoption Model for Consumer Wireless Sensor Initiatives” in the IEEE Consumer Electronics Journal.
Dr. Snyder is a Senior Fellow in the Management Department at the Wharton School, an Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured at MIT, Babson, Duke, Insead, and RIT on Decision-making, Business and IT Strategy, Telecommunications, Product Design and Development, and Business Intelligence. He founded and leads the Wireless Innovation Council made up of leading companies focused on cross-sector mobile innovation opportunities. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of Safeguard Scientific and several emerging growth companies. He holds two patents for on-line decision aids and has been quoted as a thought leader in numerous publications including Forbes, Fox News, CNN, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, Philadelphia Inquirer, CIO Magazine, and Philadelphia Business Journal. Dr. Snyder earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and has an executive degree from USC in Telecommunications Management.
Richard C. Tarbox III
Ric Tarbox currently serves as the V.P. & General Manager of BD POC Diagnostics, a business segment within the Life Sciences Group. Ric joined BD in January 2014 as a function of the acquisition of Alverix, Inc. and is responsible for the POC business within Diagnostic Systems.
Prior to joining BD, Ric had been in the diagnostics industry for 40 years. His early career was spent in large corporations including Marion Laboratories, American Hospital Supply, and Baxter International where he served in sales, product development, strategic planning, business development, international distribution operations, and general management. In 1991, Ric assumed the role of COO of Ostex International, Inc., an early stage diagnostic company in the field of metabolic bone disease. Ostex was funded with a combination of angel funding and equity investments from strategic partners, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Boehringer Mannheim and Mochida Pharmaceuticals. Ostex completed an IPO in 1995 and was later sold to Inverness Medical (Alere, Inc.). Ric was subsequently instrumental in the founding of Metrika Labs, DenOptix, GeoMed, BioSeparations and ClearData Networks. Most recently, Ric served as the CEO of Alverix, Inc.
Ric has served on the Boards of Ostex, Metrika, BioSeparations, ClearData and Alverix as well as the BOD of the Healthcare Industry Distribution Association Educational Foundation (HIDA). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chris Terrill is CEO of HomeAdvisor, a leading website offering comprehensive tools and resources for home improvement, maintenance and repair projects. Chris is a seasoned Internet veteran and has specialized in online subscription continuity business models, working for top tier brands such as Nutrisystem.com and Blockbuster.com.
Additionally, he spent six years with Match.com, most recently as Vice President of New Brands & Verticals. In this position, Chris launched new online brands, including Chemistry.com. He also serves on the Board of Neatco, the leading manufacturer of “digital filing cabinet” equipment and software storage.
Brock Weatherup is the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer since September 2014 when Pet360, Inc. was acquired by PetSmart. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, retail & ecommerce, strategic leadership, consumer marketing, enterprise value creation, direct marketing, brand building and digital media. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at Pet360, the leading consumer engagement, digital media and subscription commerce company in the pet industry having led its enterprise value grow 500% over 4 years. Prior to leading Pet360, Brock build Fathead LLC as its served as CEO and held several leadership positions with InterActiveCorp, Up with People and American Express. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado Boulder, sits as a board member of the Nature Conservancy – Adirondack Chapter, and is highly involved in consumer technology industry focused on mentoring & supporting companies in high growth mode and/or startups.
Lee Yohannan is an accomplished business, technology and community leader who is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, an energized core of associates and integrity as the foundation for growth stage companies success and evolution.
As the Founding Partner of Liquidhub, Lee draws on more than 25 years as a Community leader, CEO, Partner, Investor and mentor of growth stage companies. Liquidhub is a digital integrator that partners with businesses to improve customer engagement and drive growth. With operations in North America, Asia and Europe Liquidhub empowers the leading global healthcare and financial services companies through technology innovation. Mr. Yohannan is also the Partner and Executive Chairman of Paycommerce, Inc where he is responsible for Corporate vision, Capital structure and Governance direction. Paycommerce is a leading next generation cloud-based global payment platform. Paycommerce integrated solutions support multiple payment types and settlements across the globe. Mr. Yohannan was named the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and was a national finalist in 2007.