Chris Allen is the CEO and Founder of iDevices, LLC. iDevices is the preeminent brand and technology enablement services company in the IoT space. In 2009, Chris invented the iGrill, the first app-enabled product that had its debut in Apple stores in November, 2010. Today, Chris strategically plans the company’s product and partnership roadmap, manages it’s strategic relationships, and leads Business Development.
Prior to iDevices, Chris comes from an investment background having worked for over 15 years for A.G. Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo Investments), Prudential Financial and Allstate.
When it comes to technology, Chris believes that, “Technology should be invisible to the user and any devices should merely exist to enhance the user daily life.”
CTC’s Board Vice Chair, Tony Allen is a Managing Partner of The IMPACT Group, a boutique consultancy of experienced senior executives from diverse industry backgrounds that bring angel investment and strategic management consulting to start-up technology businesses, turnarounds and a broad range of public, private and nonprofit sector organizations. He brings more than 20 years of global strategic, environmental and operational management consulting experience to the companies he assists with strategies that result in profitable, accelerated growth of both product and service businesses.
Prior to joining The IMPACT Group, Tony co-founded Spear Technologies, Inc. in 1997, for which he acquired venture capital to fund and served as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations and as a Member of the Board of Directors. In the two-year period that followed, Spear became the leading supplier of Enterprise Asset Management Software to the Public Transportation Industry. Prior to founding Spear, Tony was Vice President of Operations for Tenera, Inc. a publicly held management consulting firm that served the global energy and transportation markets.Website: www.groupimpact.com
George Bedocs is the Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering at Datto Inc. Armed with a deep technical background, George is responsible for all cloud infrastructure technology including system, network and database topologies. Earlier in George’s career, he was one of the original 40 employees at Priceline.com holding various positions of increasing responsibility in the engineering department. He later shifted over the to the financial sector working for Interactive Brokers LLC. taking on the responsibility of the firm’s infrastructure design, implementation, and growth forecast in the European, Asian, South American and Latin American markets. This responsibility was tightly coupled with strategic technical security modeling and attack mitigation practices.Website: http://www.datto.com/
Randy is the VP of Siemon Interconnect Solutions, a business unit within The Siemon Company with the mission of developing and selling products to original equipment manufacturers. Equipped with a technical and business background, Randy is responsible for Product Development Engineering and Product Management at Siemon Interconnect Solutions. Siemon is a global-developer and manufacturer of telecommunications cabling systems and Randy has been the Program/Project Leader for many of Siemon’s leading products.
Randy earned his BS from the University of Connecticut. He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Manager Professional.Website: http://www.siemon.com/
Jim Boyle is a co-founder and the Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University with the mission of mentoring students with new
venture ideas. Prior to forming YEI, he was previously responsible within the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) for the licensing and venture startup of a number of engineering-based technologies. Before joining OCR, he developed and actively managed the University’s largest corporate research alliance, managing a large array of both Yale and external scientists in bioimaging-based collaborations. Earlier, Jim co-founded and grew a predictive analytics consulting practice, providing both technical and pricing guidance on new product development to a wide array of Fortune 1000 companies in the scientific equipment industry.
Michael K. Brooder is the Partner-in-Charge of Marcum LLP’s Hartford, Connecticut office. In addition he is a member of its National Construction and Real Estate Industry groups and serves as the National High Technology Industry Group Leader as well as the New England SEC Leader. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting, reviewing and analyzing financial data for publicly-traded and privately-held companies in various industries.
Michael has extensive experience with reporting requirements for publicly-traded companies, including comfort letters, registration statements and 10-Q and 10-K forms. He consults with clients and assists them with their Sarbanes-Oxley readiness, and offers both public and non-public businesses with services related to merger and acquisition transactions.
He extends his expertise internally as an advisor to professional staff on accounting and auditing matters and conducts seminars for staff training.
Kevin Burns is President and co-founder of Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI, North Haven, www.precision-combustion.com). PCI develops and manufactures advanced catalytic reactors and systems for Energy sector applications, including fuel processing, air cleaning, combustion, and chemicals manufacturing. Kevin’s interest in technology development has included consideration of how a state can create an entrepreneurial growth atmosphere to stimulate growth in established small tech firms. Kevin earned an MBA in Management with distinction from Wharton and a BA in public policy from Princeton, where he was also a University Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson School Scholar.Website: www.precision-combustion.com
Michael Cantor is co-managing partner of Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. Mr. Cantor couples his technical training in chemical and materials engineering with more than 25 years of experience as an IP attorney to help Fortune 50 corporations, universities, tech start-ups, and mid-sized companies develop and carry out targeted IP strategies that fulfill their needs and objectives in a complex global economy. He has taught patent law and procedure at the University of Connecticut School of Law for nearly twenty years. Appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to the Connecticut Development Authority board, Mr. Cantor was named to the Board of Directors of Connecticut Innovations by Governor Dannel P. Malloy after the two groups merged in 2012 and is now its chairperson.Website: www.cantorcolburn.com
NEW: Oni has been appointed as President & CEO at etouches. Oni will also join the company’s Board of Directors.
Oni has served as CFO and operating executive for five enterprise software companies and has earned a distinguished reputation in the private equity and venture capital world as a serial entrepreneurial executive who gets the job done. To date, he has raised more than $3.5 billion in investor capital, facilitated significant value creation and led four enterprise software companies to successful public and private exits.
Most recently, Oni was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Triple Point Technology, Inc. and recently completed the sale of the company in one of the biggest transactions in the software industry in 2013.
Oni is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven and the Founder of AfricaPlan Foundation. He holds a MBA from the University of New Haven.
Mr. Cunningham is a partner at Shipman & Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the firm’s seven-person management committee. Glenn’s trial practice includes the prosecution and defense of unfair competition, non-competition agreement, trade secret, trademark, patent and copyright cases. Glenn represents publicly traded and privately held companies in intellectual property and technology cases throughout the United States. Glenn has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law teaching Trial Advocacy for nearly a decade. He is a frequent lecturer who has been called upon to provide legal commentary to the media in areas of the law such as illegal music downloads over peer-to-peer networks.Website: www.shipmangoodwin.com
Kate Emery is Founder and CEO of The Walker Group, one of Connecticut’s largest Technology Services firms which helps organizations leverage IT to achieve their business objectives. Kate has evolved Walker from a systems support company into one which provides innovative, strategic IT solutions including network security, web/interactive, IT staffing and technical advisory services. Kate also Founded reSET Social Enterprise Trust, a nonprofit with the goal of making Connecticut a hub of social enterprise where companies with a mission to solve community problems thrive and grow.
After graduating from UCONN’s Business School, Kate received her Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kate serves on several CT boards, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, and is a frequent public speaker on the subject of technology, leadership and social enterprise.Website: http://www.thewalkergroup.com/
John Emra is the President of AT&T Connecticut. He represents AT&T’s interests across the state and works closely with community leaders, legislators and other policy makers, as well as local and regional business leaders and customers, to help meet AT&T’s objective of connecting people with technology everywhere they live and work.
John has worked in the field of politics for more than twenty years: as staff on the campaign of a member of Congress; staff to the Democratic majority in the Connecticut House of Representatives; a lobbyist with a regional business organization; a strategist with a national political consulting firm; and a media spokesperson in Connecticut and Washington, DC.Website: www.att.com
One of CTC’s founding partners, Patricia A. P. Fisher is also one of the founding partners of JANUS and now leads as its President and CEO. A twenty-five year veteran in the field, Ms. Fisher has consulted with business and government organizations worldwide on security, forensics, and business recovery issues. She has made significant contributions to two books on information security, writes regularly for a variety of publications, and has been interviewed on both radio and TV on numerous occasions as an expert in the field.
With a clear vision, Ms. Fisher has embarked on a path to solidify JANUS as one of the premier companies in the country dedicated solely to information security and business recovery services.Website: www.janusassociates.com
Tom Flynn is General Counsel and Secretary for Tangoe, Inc., with responsibility for the company’s worldwide legal affairs, facilities and compliance functions, managing over 15 U.S. and international law firm relationships. Previously, Tom was long time Chair of Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s Business Group and member of the firm’s six partner Management Committee. His external activities include MIT Enterprise Forum, Connecticut Optics Society, and Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals Board of Directors. Tom has a BA and a JD from the University of Connecticut.Website: www.tangoe.com
Josh Geballe is the Vice President, General Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Core Informatics which was recently acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Josh joined Core after 11 years at IBM where he held multiple international executive roles spanning general management, finance and strategy.
Most recently, Josh served as Vice President of a market leading division of IBM Global Technology Services. As the top executive responsible for a half billion dollar business, he led sales, marketing, business development, strategy, service delivery, and client satisfaction across several business lines providing consulting, cloud and managed services. Under his leadership the division delivered record contract signings and customer satisfaction, and significantly increased revenue growth while taking market share. Josh has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Yale University.Website: http://www.corelims.com/
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Elliot Ginsberg identifies and directs the formulation, implementation and execution of innovative economic development tools/programs to promote the region’s technological capabilities. He works closely with CCAT’s Board of Directors to carry out CCAT’s mission, goals and objectives – B.A., Economics, Franklin & Marshall College; J.D., University Of Connecticut School Of Law.Website: www.ccat.us
CTC’s Chair of the Task Force II – Technology-based Economic Development (TBED) Committee, Andy Greenwawalt founded Continuity Control, Inc. after 10 years as Founder and CTO of Perimeter eSecurity. Perimeter eSecurity pioneered the security as a service industry and has been one of the fastest growing companies in the country with over a dozen awards to its credit. While at Perimeter, Andy also served on the board of directors. Andy is currently the President of Gnostic Ventures, a company that advises on security investments, speaks on SaaS and the creation of value, and invests in SaaS companies. He studied philosophy and linguistics at UMass Amherst and is an Entrepreneur Partner at CTech.Website: http://www.continuity.net/
Michael Hammond is the General Counsel for Insurity, Inc. He is responsible for all legal matters involving the corporation, including planning, negotiating and executing transactions with key customers and vendors and advising on legal and transactional matters.
Michael was previously Senior Director and Senior Corporate Counsel for Insurance Services at LexisNexis, where he was lead counsel for the Insurity business. Prior to joining Insurity, Michael maintained a private law practice, concentrating on information technology law, copyrights, trademarks and business transactions, serving as outside general counsel to closely held businesses and leading outsourcing and technology contracting initiatives for banks, credit unions and other financial services companies. Previously, Michael was Assistant General Counsel to Vertafore, Inc., a provider of software, services and information for the insurance industry; Counsel to the Day Berry & Howard LLP (now Day Pitney LLP) law firm; and in-house counsel to Sonalysts, Inc., a multidisciplinary technology, defense, e-business and media services firm.Website: http://insurity.com/
Nancy A. D. Hancock is a member of Pullman & Comley LLC Attorneys Executive Committee. Her business and corporate finance practice involves advising many different types of commercial enterprises and she participates in several of the firm’s targeted practice groups.
Rick Harris, CTC’s Board Secretary, is a partner at Day Pitney LLP, leading Day Pitney’s Technology, Telecommunications, and Outsourcing practice group. Rick concentrates on commercial transactions with special emphasis on intellectual property and technology issues.
Rick regularly lectures around the country and writes on intellectual property law topics relating to computer technology and technology outsourcing. He is the co-author of A Practical Guide to Organizing a Business in Connecticut (2013) with a chapter on Intellectual Property.
Rick is also a Director, and past Chair, of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.Website: www.daypitney.com
CTC’s Board Vice Chair, Paul Hermes is an Entrepreneur In Residence within Covidien’s Surgical Solutions Global Business Unit. Prior to his appointment, Paul served as Chief Technology Officer for Covidien’s Medical Devices segment after managing the R&D functions of the Surgical Devices and Energy-based Devices global business units. Since joining the Company in 1991, he has significantly impacted the surgical devices market, overseeing the launch of the TriStaple™, iDrive™, SILS™, AbsorbaTack™ and LigaSure™ product lines. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the company’s product portfolio, and established Covidien’s first innovation footprint in India and China.
Mr. Hermes is a graduate of the UCONN with a BS in Chemistry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Connecticut Technology Council, UCONN Engineering School Advisory Board, and Board of Directors of the New Haven Symphony.Website: www.covidien.com
Peter is the Senior Vice President, Manager Emerging Growth Banking Group; Sponsor and Specialty Finance at Webster Bank. He is also the director of Connecticut United for Research Excellence. Previously Peter served as President of Board of Directors for the Crossroads Venture Group and VP of Commercial Lending for Citizens bank, a position he held for 8 years. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and US History from Vanderbilt UniversityWebsite: www.websteronline.com
Mr. Huebner is President & CEO of Visual Technologies, Inc., a software development and technology consulting firm in Hartford, Connecticut and has more than 20 years of experience in technology: designing, developing, consulting, and managing projects.
Mr. Huebner serves on the board of directors of the Connecticut World Affairs Council. He is active in the Connecticut Technology Council, serves as co-chair for Connecticut’s IT Cluster, and participates in the Governor’s Competitiveness Council. He is also active in various community and civic organizations in his home town of Portland, CT. These include serving on the board of directors of the Swedish Cemetery, participating as member of Zion Lutheran Church’s property committee, and acting as Advancement Chairman and committee member for Boy Scout Troop 2. Rick has a B.S. from Lehigh University.Website: www.vistech.com
Joe Lubenstein is Director of the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, a Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) learning center. Joe was formerly a Senior Advisor to Marcum at Cronus Partners LLC Investment Firm, where he lead the firm’s efforts in the aerospace and defense supply chain. As the former President of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a diversified aircraft structures and components company and a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (KAMN), he had a 30-year career with Pratt and Whitney that included senior management positions in Engineering, Finance, Manufacturing Operations, Program Management, Quality Assurance, and Commercial and Military Spare Parts.Website: http://www.crecschools.org/our-schools/academy-of-aerospace-engineering/
Frank Marco, Partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP, a full service law firm in New Haven, has experience which includes six years in the General Counsel’s office of General Electric Company, where he was also General Counsel to General Electric Venture Capital Corporation. This gives him a unique background in the venture capital process.
In honoring Frank with its “Distinguished Service Award,” Connecticut Innovations, Inc. described him as “a driving force in the growth of high technology in Connecticut.” Frank is a Director and past Chairman of the Crossroads Venture Group and a founder of the central Connecticut chapter. He was a co-founder of the Connecticut Technology Council, where he was secretary and a Board and executive committee member, and is a director nominee, is a member of the Connecticut Software Cluster Advisory Board, the Operating Committee of Connecticut United for Research Excellence and is a director nominee, and is a co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut. He was Chairman of “Crossroads,” a regional venture fair, for 2001 and 2002 and is a member of the Steering Committee. He is a member of the Technology Transfer Advisory Board of the Governor’s Council on Economic Competitiveness.Website: www.wiggin.com
As CEO of Connecticut Innovations, Matthew McCooe manages CI’s full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. A veteran business executive, Matt has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management.
Previously, Matthew was with Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a New York City-based technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, Matt led investments and played an operating role in turnarounds for several successful portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, Matt was a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch and manage a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund.Website: http://ctinnovations.com/
CTC’s Assistant Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Task Force II Technology-based Economic Development (TBED) Committee, Alan Mendelson is a Founder and General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners, a firm with over $200 million under management that invests in both IT and Health Sciences, particularly Biotechnology. Prior to founding the venture capital firm, Mr. Mendelson had a 24-year career in investments at Aetna Life & Casualty where he was responsible for building its $135 million venture capital portfolio of direct and partnership investments that led to realizations of over $400 million. He was also a Founder of Thermoscan, now a $100 million subsidiary of Gillette. He presently serves on the board of one public company, and is a Director or observer on five. Mr. Mendelson has also been involved in technology development in the State of Connecticut for over 20 years.
He chaired the finance committee of the first Technology High Tech Task Force under Governor O’Neill in 1984 and since then has been involved in several other initiatives. He currently is a member of the Investment Committee of Connecticut Innovations, and a Director of the Connecticut Technology Council and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He has received the Leadership Award from the Connecticut Venture Group, of which he was a prior President, as well as the Distinguished Service Award for Connecticut Innovations.Website: www.axiomventures.com
Frank Milone is a Partner at Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina’s Assurance and Advisory Services. His in-depth knowledge of businesses in technology, medical devices, manufacturing and service was already well established when he co-founded FML. More than a decade of audit and advisory experience with Ernst & Young made his thinking invaluable to companies that have since benefited from his expertise. ADVO, Inc.; The Stanley Works; NetKey, Inc.; Ikonisys, Inc.; and SmartEquip, Inc. are just a few of them. The range of his experience includes companies in all life stages—from the start-up with complex needs to the public company looking for expert financial advice or Sarbanes 404 expertise. He has a BS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is the Hartford Chapter President of the Connecticut Venture Group.Website: www.fmlcpas.com
Michael Nicastro is CEO and a Director of New Haven based Continuity, a financial RegTech company providing compliance management solutions to financial institutions. He is also the Principal of Coppermine Advisors, LLC a business advisory firm.
A veteran of FinTech and banking, Mike retired as SVP & CMO of Open Solutions Inc. a company he helped launch in 1994. He managed OSI’s product strategy and was involved in every phase of its growth, including acquisitions, a 2003 IPO and a private equity sale in 2007 valued at $1.4 billion.
Mike served as SVP & CMO of COCC, President & CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, Product Manager with the NCR Corporation (Chairman’s Award winner) and in the banking industry with Bristol Savings Bank and Citicorp.
He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence and adjunct faculty at CCSU School of Business and has been guest lecturer at Yale University School of Management. He currently serves on the TIP Committee of the University of Connecticut.Website: http://www.continuity.net
David Parekh is V.P., Research, and Director, United Technologies Research Center, responsible for advancing technology and innovation supporting the businesses of United Technologies — leaders in propulsion, building infrastructure and services, and power generation. Prior to UTRC, he served as Deputy Director of Georgia Tech Research Institute and Associate Vice Provost for Research. His experience also includes Boeing Phantom Works.
He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and a CTC board member.Website: www.vbrick.com/
Leon Pintsov is CEO of SignitSure Company. He had been with Pitney Bowes for more than 25 years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, strategic marketing, postal automation and research & development. Leon is an internationally recognized authority in the field of information security, computer image processing and electronic commerce.
Leon is an author of over 40 publications and inventor and co-inventor of over 125 US and international patents. He was a keynote speaker and a presenter at 25 major international conferences. He is also a recipient of prestigious Certicom Elliptic Curve Cryptography Visionary Award. Leon is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.Website: www.theipfactory.org/signitsure.shtml
As the former Executive Director of Hardware Engineering for Gerber Technology, Bruce Plumley managed all new product development and R&D activities with global engineering teams in Tolland, Connecticut and Shanghai, China. With a presence in over 130 countries, Gerber Technology is a leading provider of hardware and software solutions that automate design and production processes for the apparel, aerospace, composites, furniture, technical textiles and transportation interiors industries.
Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford, where he also attended the Barney School of Business. He holds multiple design and method patents and, as the NPD leader, he received the highest level award for product innovation from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Partnership, Inc., an affiliate of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, for Gerber’s Infinity plotter.
Bruce is a long-serving member on the Industrial Advisory Board at Central Connecticut State University, and since 2009, has been an adjunct professor of Engineering in CCSU’s Computer Electronics & Graphics Technology department.
Eric has over 25 years of experience in biomedical engineering, healthcare technology and executive management. He currently serves as President of Diameter Health, a clinical analytics company based in Woodbridge, CT, and Chairman of ReadyDock, Inc., a provider of integrated solutions to securely store, charge and disinfect mobile devices.
Prior to these roles, Eric served as VP and General Manager of the Patient Flow business unit for Eclipsys and Allscripts. Preceding that, Eric was the Chairman and CEO of Premise Corporation, a company he co-founded and led for 15 years through its sale to Eclipsys in January 2009. Before founding Premise, Eric was the Director of Biomedical Engineering at Hartford Hospital. Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College, and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Hartford Graduate Center/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 academic papers and other publications.
Jacqueline Scheib, Esq. chairs Robinson + Cole LLP’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group and is a partner in the Business Transactions Section. Ms. Scheib works with a wide variety of clients but has particular depth of experience handling technology, healthcare, consumer product, and food and beverage clients. Ms. Scheib has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Trademark Law since 2012, in the area of Copyright Law for 2015, and in the area of Information Technology Law in 2010 and 2011 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). She has also been recognized as one of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty.”Website: http://www.rc.com/
Jeffrey is the Vice President for Research at the University of Connecticut. As VP for Research Jeffrey is responsible for helping chart the research mission of the University and for enhancing the environment to enable the faculty to achieve that mission through externally funded research, and training and service programs. Jeffrey provides leadership in the development of major existing and emerging research areas and in the identification and cultivation of funding sources.
As a member of the President’s cabinet, Jeffrey advises on major policy issues affecting the University, serves as the Institutional Official, provides leadership concerning research and graduate education, and serves as an advocate on these matters both within and outside the University.Website: http://research.uconn.edu/vpr
Martin Seifert was formerly the president of Nufern in East Granby, Connecticut, which was founded in 2000 as a Telco specialty fiber house. Nufern successfully changed to a fiber laser and amplifier supplier for the industrial and military/aerospace markets in 2003, and was sold to Rofin in early 2008. In 2010, Nufern expanded it’s product family by acquiring the fiber optic gyroscope coil winding business of Optelecom-NKF. While Martin has predominantly been a business leader for the last thirty years, he has a technical background and is named on a number of Nufern fiber, chip, and laser patents.
Prior to Nufern Martin was the President and GM of Lucent Specialty Fibers, a position which came as a result of his successful turn around of the foundering SpecTran specialty optical fiber manufacturing company and its subsequent sale to Lucent in 1999.
In 1992 Martin started and managed a successful combined hardware and software business at Rockwell. Before being recruited to turn around SpecTran, he was COO of Schweitzer Engineering Labs. In 1984 Martin managed a drives and control system service organization within Bucyrus-Erie, now a division of Caterpillar.
Dr. Steven Shwartz is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Device42, Inc. He has been the Chief Technology Officer for multiple, successful, high-technology organizations. In these roles he also experienced the problems that ultimately led to the development of Device42.
Steve’s prior CTO experiences contribute to Device42’s comprehensive capabilities including: the ability to immediately determine application and departmental impact resulting from production outages, the ability to allocate IT costs to departments and projects, and Device42’s robust server password documentation and controls – to name a few.Website: http://www.device42.com/
Dave Snyder is the Vice President of Engineering for Frontier Communications’ East Region, comprising Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.
Snyder manages all aspects of Frontier’s capital investment in the East Region, including capital deployment, network planning, engineering and construction. He was responsible for establishing the overall company network plan from the national data backbone to the end-use customer. His experience with the company began in 1988 as an Associate Engineer for Outside Plant for the-then CONTEL of New York. His expertise in network and area planning, trouble analysis and all facets of engineering and capital management led to positions of increasing responsibility throughout New York State and the East Region. In October 2014, Snyder assumed responsibility for all engineering in Connecticut following Frontier’s acquisition of AT&T’s wireline, statewide fiber network and U-verse video and satellite TV operations in the state.
Snyder earned an Associate degree in Applied Science, Data Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY), Cobleskill and a B.S. in Telecommunications from SUNY IT in Ithaca.Website: www.frontier.com
Jeff has over thirteen years of experience providing audit services to private and public companies in engineering, technology, software, manufacturing, construction, services, and leasing. He has extensive experience working with revenue recognition, including implementing the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard, ASC 606.
His specializations include developing effective audit strategies in lessee and lessor accounting, percentage of completion accounting, multiple-element arrangements, software revenue recognition, cash flows, and share-based compensation arrangements.
Jeff leads EY’s Connecticut Entrepreneur of the Year application process, the leading global program for recognizing innovation and entrepreneurship. Recognized as a Top Tier Instructor by EY in 2016, Jeff has a passion for teaching, focusing on Junior Achievement at a local elementary school.
He has Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.Website: http://www.ey.com
Giovanni Tomasi founded RSL Fiber Systems in 2001 and is responsible for the company strategic vision, the business expansion, and the technology development programs. He entered the fiber optic industry in 1982, leading projects including the development of cables for military ships, for the Space Station, and for remote source lighting. Giovanni has extensive experience in transitioning DoD technologies into the commercial sector and assists Italian entrepreneurs to introduce their innovative products into the US Department of Defense. He is an avid supporter of American manufacturing and of technical schools, and has been a long-time member of the Steering Committee of the Three Rivers Community College Photonics Program.Website: www.rslfibersystems.com
Stewart has 12 years of experience in the insurance and risk management industry. Since joining First Niagara in 2011, Stewart has played a pivotal role in several major initiatives and goals. Prior to joining First Niagara, Stewart worked with Willis of NA, formerly Hilb Rogal & Hobbs.
Chris leads the Research & Development Team for the Open Solutions Division of Fiserv, spearheading the software development of the DNA platform and its complementary products.
His career at Fiserv/Open Solutions began in 1994, with his start as a Software Engineer during the beginning stages of the company. In 1997, VanDerStad was promoted to Manager/Director of Development, and in 2004, he led the significant effort to rewrite DNA into an extensible, multi-tiered architecture, implementing a new workflow-driven user interface. In 2007, he was appointed Vice President of Architecture.
Prior to joining Open Solutions, Chris was a software developer at a large commercial bank in New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.
Ronald Vernier is chief information officer, a position he assumed in September 2013. Mr. Vernier leads HSB Group’s global IT organization supporting the company’s specialty insurance businesses through business and technology transformation and the implementation of a worldwide shared service IT business model.
Mr. Vernier was senior vice president of operations for HSB’s custom accounts division from 2006 to 2013 and focused on building a customer centric service model to profitably grow a $300 million insurance business.
Prior to 2006, Mr. Vernier served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility to develop best-practices for HSB’s call center by aligning people, processes and technology practices to optimize first call resolution, improve business process management, and enhance quote preparation and marketing service functions.
Mr. Vernier holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and computer science from Saint Michael’s College. He serves on the board of Hartford’s Camp Courant.Website: https://www.hsb.com/HSBGroup/
Ira and his company, First Experience Communications, oversees marketing & communications projects for Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations. His strategic skills encompass in integrated marketing communications, e-commerce, and online media of all kinds for companies in the high technology, precision manufacturing, education, healthcare and financial services sectors.
He is currently marketing his new company, Homecarematchkiosk.com, an online referral and match website that helps family caregivers find the professional and quality home care agencies where assisted daily living needs for a loved one is needed.
Volunteer Activities: Mentor to CTNext, Start Up Weekends, and MassChallenge to companies who need counsel and support that create a dynamic environment where investors and entrepreneurs can find mutual success and growth opportunities for their businesses.
Board Member, Leadership Greater Hartford; Member Catalyst Steering Committee, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.Website: www.firstexperience.com
Severine Zygmont is the co-founder of Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), a Connecticut business that specializes in additive manufacturing and innovative material technologies for the biomedical and aerospace industries, and the President of OPM’s biomedical business. Ms. Zygmont has over 15 years of experience in the field of high performance thermoplastics and over 12 years of leadership experience in operations management, advanced manufacturing, business planning, and capital raising. Ms. Zygmont has led OPM through its transformation into an additive manufacturing and advanced materials company, becoming the first and only medical device manufacturer to receive 510(k) clearances for 3D printed patient specific polymeric implants in February of 2013 and June of 2014. She has held several positions at OPM, including Applications Engineer, Vice President of Operations and Finance, and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Zygmont is a member of OPM’s Board of Directors, and was recently named one of the “7 Top Women in Manufacturing” by CNNMoney. She has also been recognized by her peers as a 2014 Woman of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council.
Ms. Zygmont holds a masters in Chemical Engineering from French engineering school École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques and a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from French engineering school École Nationale Supérieure en Génie des Systèmes Industriels.Website: http://www.oxfordpm.com/