Andrew Carle is an award winning professor and Executive-in-Residence and Founding Director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The program offers the first curricula in the nation dedicated exclusively to the rapidly growing senior housing field. Mr. Carle brings nearly 30 years executive level experience to the program, including serving as a founding executive for a national Top 10 senior housing provider, for whom he developed both first generation operating systems and first-in-industry ancillary service programs. Prior to senior housing Mr. Carle served as a hospital CEO, COO, and Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing for vertically-integrated healthcare systems.
Mr. Carle has received national and international recognition for identifying and defining a new category of senior housing – University Based Retirement Communities (UBRC’s)™, as well as a definition and categories for “Nana” Technology™ (technologies for older adults). His work has been featured or cited in or on CBS News, CNN, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and U.S. News & World Report, among others; internationally in BBC News, Agence France-Presse, KYODO News Service, the Australian Broadcast Corporation; and in more than 200 senior housing and aging services industry publications.
Mr. Carle has published numerous articles and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of senior housing operations, marketing, and related topics, including providing the keynote address at the 25th Australian Congress on Aging. His book, “Moments, Memories, and Mission: Stories from the Field of Assisted Living”, received a Silver Award during the 15th Annual National Mature Market Media competition. He is the recipient of a “Best of the Best in Aging Services” Award from Aging News Alert, the “Leaders in Aging – Mentor Award” from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and “Senior Faculty – Master Teacher Award” from the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services. In 2010, Mr. Carle was recognized by Senior Living Executive magazine as one of six “people of influence” for the senior living industry.
Mr. Carle continues to serve as a consultant to the senior housing industry, universities, and technology companies, with past and current clients including AARP, APPLE, Nintendo, and the Assisted Living Federation of America, among others.
Ambassador Jack Brewer, Founder and CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc.
Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation
Ambassador of Peace & Sport for the United Nations’ US Federation for Middle East Peace
Ambassador Jack Brewer is CEO of The Brewer Group (TBG), which makes principal investments into public and private growth companies. TBG strategically invests in small growth companies who are making a positive impact around the globe. Through TBG’s multi-faceted subsidiaries, Brewer Sports International and Brewer + Associates Consulting, Amb. Brewer provides business development services to clients worldwide. He is a former NFL player, received his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota, and completed executive business programs at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School of Business. He serves as Founder of The Jack Brewer Foundation, as an Ambassador at the United Nations and served as a Senior Advisor to Former President Dr. Joyce Banda of Malawi. Amb. Brewer is an expert in sports finance and global economic development, and is a regular CNBC and American City Business Journals contributor.
For over thirty years, Nelson “Skip” Riddle has spear-headed business development for blue chip companies and for start-ups, particularly technology enterprises. Skip began his career in advertising, in the US and in Asia, with the Interpublic Group, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample and Saatchi & Saatchi, following his academic career at the University of Southern California. In 1990, Skip founded Riddle International to help companies develop their businesses in international markets.
Today, Riddle International serves technology companies operating throughout the world, from offices in Europe and in Asia, and in cooperation with skilled distribution, licensing and marketing professionals. Skip has served as an advisor to Bank of America, MasterCard, Toyota Motor Corporation, Gemstar (now Rovi), Ceravision Lighting, Cognisco Group Ltd., Fiserv Corporation, GTX Corp, Inchcape Plc, Leadingedgeonly.com, PowerLinks Media Ltd., Sportsmate International UK Ltd. and RyMed Technologies LLC.
Lynette Louise MS, BCN, BCN-T is an international mental health and parenting expert, specializing in autism. She is a speaker, author, performer, popular podcast host, neurofeedback & autism expert, and creator/host/therapist for the international docu-series FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD, now showing on The Autism Channel.
Host and creator of the popular podcast A New Spin on Autism: Answers! (airing for over four years), Lynette’s latest radio show, The Brain Broad Builds a Brain, highlights challenges such as sleep disorders, Parkinson’s, depression, brain tumors, autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and more. It’s a fun way to talk brain science for folks who are hoping to have a hand in healing themselves.
Lynette lives in Los Angeles, is a single mother of eight now grown children; six were adopted and four were on the autism spectrum. Only one of her sons retains his label and remains dependent.
Theresa Gordon is an author, speaker and social, digital, mobile and emerging media and NFC delivery consultant with Near Field Connects, a founding member of thinaire and tapGOconnect, and a thought leader in corporate social and digital business and the RFID/NFC space.
Focused on actionable intelligence, connecting data and content across the enterprise for marketing, partnership and product development, Theresa specializes in identifying social solutions across industry and business verticals.
Theresa is an advocate in the NFC space and works with many first movers across IOT, especially in m2m and wearables, and is committed to defining approaches and developing business intelligence and collaborative partnerships to explore, support and move NFC initiatives and implementations forward.
Tony Davis is an accomplished CEO and advisor of venture backed, high growth technology and consumer products companies. Over the past 18 years, he has had extensive, hands-on experience, working with CEO’s, Boards and Investor groups creating business strategies, developing go-to-market plans, building teams, raising capital, and helping facilitate liquidity events and M&A transactions. Recently, Tony has worked closely with technology companies in these sectors: IoT/Connected Devices (including Drones, UAVs and GPS Wearable Tech), Mobile and Wireless, Location Based Services, Social Media, FinTech, and email and messaging. Tony is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.
John Carroll is a founder and Chairman of the AF Group a key supplier to GTX.
John arrived in the United States to attend Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he obtained his MBA in 1973. He joined A.D. Little, an international consulting company, where he focused on financial controls and strategic planning.
After working with one of their clients for over 11 years he started his own business which led eventually to the AF Group with plastic processing facilities in the United States, India and Vietnam.
John has served on the boards on a number of private and public companies over the years.
Mr. Henneman is outside patent counsel to GTX Corp and serves on the Company’s board of advisors. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Michigan. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney.
Mr. Henneman received his Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University in 1994. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked in the field of patent law. His practice has focused primarily on patent prosecution, but also includes significant litigation and licensing experience. Although spending the first several years of his legal career at large international law firms, Mr. Henneman and a partner formed their own patent law firm in 1999, where
Mr. Henneman served as the managing partner. Mr. Henneman has provided and continues to provide patent counsel to a wide variety of clients ranging from individual inventors to start-up companies to multi-billion dollar international corporations. Representative current clients include Flextronics International, Apple Computer, Aurora Systems, Technology Properties Limited, Indigita, and foreign law firms seeking U.S. patent protection for their clients. Mr. Henneman has achieved a success rate of nearly 90% in obtaining patents on his clients’ inventions.
Mr. Henneman is active with the inventor community. He has lectured at the Central Valley Inventors’ Association. He also provides pro bono patent prosecution services for child inventors through the Inventors Alliance of Northern California.
Mr. O’Connell has extensive operating experience running and repositioning companies, as well as leading turnaround initiatives. He most recently served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Indian Motorcycle. Previously, Mr. O’Connell was Chairman, President and CEO of Gibson Greetings, Inc. Mr. O’Connell has led other branded companies including Reebok, HBO Video and Skybox International. He spent the first 14 years of his career running food companies and developing brands. He is known for strategic thinking, brand building, breakthrough marketing and new product ideas. He currently sits on the advisory board and strategic planning committee of GTXC, sits on the board of two public companies Radica games LTD and TreeHouse Foods Inc. and is co-founder of Tuckerman Capital.
He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Personal Enterprise Program, and the Undergraduate Business Program at Cornell University, where he earned his B.S. in Economics and his M.B.A.
Mr. Lauro is the founding partner of Alteon Capital Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that provides direct venture investment, equity fundraising and M&A advisory to companies in the electronics and information technology industries. He also is Senior Advisor to Needham & Company, a technology investment bank.
George has served on the Board of Directors of 15 public and private companies since 1997. He has also been awarded 23 patents on inertial guidance, GPS, RFIC’s and radio identification products. Earlier in his career, Lauro was Managing Director of two venture capital funds, Techfarm Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in early-to-mid-stage technology companies, and Wasserstein Perella Ventures, a technology venture capital and leveraged buyout fund. He opened and managed Wasserstein’s west coast office in Palo Alto.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, Mr. Lauro was Director of Rapid Commercialization for IBM where he led a group responsible for bringing advanced technologies from IBM’s development labs to market. He also was Director of New Business Development for Motorola where he conceived the world’s first handheld GPS navigation product (Traxar GPS) and launched Motorola’s RFIC and GPS businesses.
George holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a BSEE from Brown University, and completed extensive graduate work at MIT in Digital Control and Aeronautics.
Dr. Amelio has over 35 years high technology experience, 26 years of P&L management and 6 years of venture Capital experience. He was Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, President of Rockwell International, Chairman, President & CEO of National Semiconductor Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Jazz Technologies. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T Inc. Earlier in his career, Amelio worked at Bell Labs, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the semiconductor division of Rockwell International. He has also been a Senior Partner at Siena Ventures, a technology venture capital firm focused on semiconductors, photonics and IT infrastructure investments. He has been a Director of Pacific Telesis, Chiron, Sematech, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (as chairman) and the American Film Institute. Dr. Amelio is a former Director and Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association. Since 1996 has been an advisor to the Malaysia’s Prime Minister and to the Malaysia Multimedia Super Corridor. Dr. Amelio received a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been awarded 16 patents. He is the author of three books, An American Imperative (1993), Profit from Experience (1995) and On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple (1998), the latter two of which were best sellers.
Jon Buttles is corporate finance executive with 20 years of experience supporting growing businesses as a commercial banker, investment banker, private equity investor, company founder and strategic advisor. Jon manages Core Venture Management, a privately held family office venture fund, and previously founded and ran Core Equity Group, a private investment manager and corporate finance consultancy. Jon is currently Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Creek Renewables, a utility scale solar developer, sponsor and owner based in Santa Monica, California. He is also a strategic corporate finance advisor to GTX Corp., Boldface Inc., PodNod and Owlstone. Jon is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
N. Darius Sankey, PhD is a general partner at Accelerate-IT Ventures, as well as a seasoned executive in the ventures capital and technology industries. Founded in 2013, AITV is a US-based venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, La Jolla and London. AITV invest in early-stage and medium-growth IT software companies that demonstrate tremendous opportunities for growth.
Dr. Sankey is also a Contract Managing Director responsible for the Innovation Management practice of Ocean Tomo, LLC, an integrated Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm providing an industry leading array of financial products and services related to intangible assets. In his joint role at AITV and Ocean Tomo Dr. Sankey takes on the responsibility of managing the development of new technology ecosystems. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value. Ocean Tomo Capital, LLC – is the publisher of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (NYSE: OTPAT) and the founder of Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc.
Prior to joining Ocean Tomo and AITV, Dr. Sankey was the Senior Director of Portfolio Management at Intellectual Venture, where his responsibilities involved managing the Investment Strategy, acquisitions, divestitures and developing licensing programs for the Invention Investment
Fund. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Sankey served as a Managing Director at Zone Ventures, where he lead its technology assessment efforts and managed its portfolio investments for over ten years. While at Zone Ventures Dr. Sankey led several transactions in the micro electronics, wireless telecommunications, media & entertainment, and business & consumer software. He also served as a board member for several companies including Siimpel Corporation, Lumexis, Inc. and Microfabrica and Neven Vision (acquired by Google). Before his tenure at Zone Ventures, Dr. Sankey worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Sankey is a lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD). He has served on National Academy of Science Committees to study issues relating to managing university intellectual property, and the impact of optical technology on the national economy. He holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from University of Rochester.
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan is the founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, Inc. a global consulting firm specializing in law enforcement, risk services, defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure resiliency. She regularly contributes to the national level dialogue in the areas of active shooter/active threat preparedness, as well as anomalous behavior detection and the adversarial adaptation cycle. She is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement, previously serving as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) where she was responsible for the design and implementation of an intelligence-led organizational strategy to mine and disseminate data related to explosives, firearms and illegal tobacco diversion, the traditional and non-traditional tools of terrorism.
Dr. Kiernan has developed and trademarked three approaches to complex national level issues which include Fuciferi Versuiti (AKA Crafty Bastards), the Emerging Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) which identifies, exploits and often recombines technology capabilities, and Preparedness Without Paranoia, a community-based program which provides a common sense educational and situational awareness approach extending from the dinner table to the board room table on preparedness and response to active threat. She believes that experience matters in the education of our citizenry and future leaders and she optimizes the use of digital storytelling as a core learning approach. The latest production series is entitled “Minor Visions” which captures the perspectives of our most valuable yet most vulnerable part of society, our children.
Other highlights of Dr. Kiernan’s credentials include: Member of the Army Science Board where she led a panel exploring the transition of law enforcement training and technology to the war fighter; Member of the Air Force Strategic Studies Board; served as the ATF representative to the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at CIA during 1993-1995; was the Council Vice President for ASIS International with oversight of the Critical Infrastructure Working Group (CIWG); chaired the Domestic Intelligence Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA); an Intelligence Fellow (2001); and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute (Class 26); and a Senior Fellow at the George Washington Homeland Security Policy Institute. Dr. Kiernan is an appointed member to IBM Network Science Research Center (NSRC), collaboration between the Sensemaking Fellowship (formerly based at the MIT International Development Initiative) Swansea University’s Network/Relationship Science Analytics Ph.D Program as well as its NSRC, and scholars from academic institutions, such as MIT and Harvard. Dr. Kiernan is also a member of the AFCEA Executive Committee (Class of 2015), and the AFCEA Intelligence Committee.
Dr. Kiernan led a nationwide Intelligence Community project involving the active interdiction of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) throughout the law enforcement and public safety communities, and led a team for the Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review. Dr. Kiernan serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Rapid Reaction Technology Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense and other elements of the defense community.
Dr. Kiernan was the recipient of numerous community service awards.
Dr. Kiernan completed her Doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence at the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, DC. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University, and she is an Adjunct faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University and at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.