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Michael R. Bowers is Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the O’Maley College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, FL. In this role, Dr. Bowers has created several programs/workshops employing the business model canvas with particular emphasis on customer discovery/value creation. Since 2014, over 100 ventures have gone through these programs resulting in several successful companies, including but not limited to Censys Technologies and Sensatek Propulsion Technologies. The Center has sponsored three Embry-Riddle teams through regional I-Corps programs at University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida. Read Bowers' full bio
Venture Partner, IDEA Fund
Richard Fox has thirty years of experience in the creation of new companies from defense and aerospace technology. He is a Venture Partner in the IDEA Fund, and is active in the formation and growth of innovative companies in Central Florida.
Richard and two partners took an operation of Westinghouse private. In that company, Richard led a team to develop one of the first machine vision systems, and sold that business to Gould Modicon. Richard repeated that cycle as the President of the Central Florida Innovation Corporation, where he guided the launch of several companies in the image processing and telecommunications industries.
Richard frequently is a coach to new high-growth companies. He served on the Florida Seed Capital Board and has been a member of several task forces for the State of Florida on venture capital and seed capital investing. He was an executive member of the board of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, and is an active reviewer of SBIR proposals for the National Science Foundation. Recently, Richard has been quoted in Nature magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, and the New York Times.
Richard is a frequent speaker on the subject of new company creation by professional teams. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from M.I.T., and holds 14 patents on the application of computers to industrial processes, and on medical devices.
Chief Technology Officer, OneSky Flight
Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Services, Halifax Health
Ms. Kurak is a partner with the law firm of Cobb Cole. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, including business organizations, mergers and acquisitions and commercial finance, counseling both established business clients, as well as start up companies in all aspects of federal, state, and local law affecting their businesses. She frequently advises business clients in connection with the acquisition or disposition of stock and/or assets, and has assisted clients in the closing of transactions with purchase prices ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to several hundred million dollars. In addition, Ms. Kurak assists business clients with contract preparation, review and negotiation, and advice pertaining to regulatory matters.
A fifth generation native of Washington, D.C., Ms. Kurak now proudly makes her home in Southeast Volusia County.
Managing Partner and Cofounder of VenVelo
Richard Licursi is Managing Partner and co-founder of venVelo, a fully committed early stage venture fund located in Winter Park, Florida. Prior to venVelo, Mr. Licursi was a co-founder, President and CEO of MeshNetworks Inc., which became recognized as the global leader in mobile mesh networking technology. Upon Motorola’s acquisition of MeshNetworks, he held the position of Vice President and Director of Operations for the Mesh Network Product Group at Motorola.
Mr. Licursi has worked with early stage companies for most of his 35-year career. He has raised more than $70M from venture capital investors and has provided those investors over 8 times the return on their capital. He has successfully exited 4 Companies, 3 of which he co-founded and 4 of which he was president and CEO.
Mr. Licursi is an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) at Arsenal Venture Partners and currently serves on the Boards of 6 early stage companies. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s University. He and his wife Frieda have two grown children and reside near Orlando, Florida.
Cofounder of Economy Four
Lilian Myers leads Aging and Longevity strategy in IBM’s Watson Health Consumer Group. In that role, she helps enterprises around the world as they seek to deliver products and tech-enabled services for consumers in the new "longevity economy."
Her passion to solve for human need through technology brought her to IBM from 25 years as a startup founder and early-stage executive.
Myers' early technology career began at Microsoft which she left to co-found one of the early electronic health record companies. Through that and subsequent start-ups in e-commerce and consumer health acquired by giants such as Google, Aetna and Siemens, Lilian has led product, marketing, corporate development, strategy, and internationalization and raised multiple rounds of venture and strategic capital, patented technologies.
She has been a force in local economic development and support of entrepreneurship in ways ranging from coaching and mentoring leading the University of Central Florida Venture Lab to current Board roles on the FireSpring Fund and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University Center for Entrepreneurship. Lilian is a frequent writer and speaker on the intersection of aging and technology having published a series called the Periodic Table for Technology-Supported Ageing, and as an executive sponsor of IBM’s Institute for Business Value study, “Loneliness and the Aging Population."
Spaceline Maintenance Program Manager, Virgin Galactic
Kyle Slover has 25 years of experience in aerospace operations, specializing in entrepreneurial ventures involving business aircraft. Currently Mr. Slover is the Spaceline Maintenance Program Manager for Virgin Galactic, where he is responsible for ensuring the operational readiness of the company’s spaceflight vehicles. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, Mr. Slover served as a Director for the global private aviation firm Gama Aviation, where he led fleet planning and technical services execution for Wheels Up, the disruptive category leader in private aviation travel solutions. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for Volo Aviation, a privately-held, vertically-integrated aviation services firm. As part of his duties, Mr. Slover oversaw an asset portfolio for a group of institutional investors that included aircraft, FBO’s, and other airfield real estate interests valued at $250M. Earlier in his career he founded an aviation maintenance services company and co-founded a technology company that created an online marketplace for buying and selling aircraft charter services.
Mr. Slover earned a B.S. in management from Embry-Riddle (Worldwide), and holds FAA ratings as a commercial pilot and an airframe and powerplant mechanic. He previously served on several industry committees, including as co-chair of the National Business Aircraft Association’s TRACS Committee that organized and distributed scholarship funds for candidates pursuing careers in aviation maintenance technology
Partner and Chief Innovation Officer, Health Innovation Partners
David Whitney is an experienced management consultant, business strategist, investment banker, and investor. David is Partner and Chief Innovation Officer at Health Innovation Partners, a healthcare consultancy. Whitney’s expertise involves helping companies of all sizes improve operating performance, achieve ongoing profitability, commercialize new products and services, and develop leadership teams. David creates measurable value for companies by leveraging a skill set that reflects 35+ years spent in company operations, sales management, manufacturing, business development, finance, and executive leadership.
Whitney is a licensed investment banker (Series 7 & 63) and works with growth-stage ventures raising investor capital. These companies have commercialized products and services featuring innovative, problem-solving solutions; they are companies led by experienced entrepreneurs and proven innovators who deploy investor capital to grow product lines and extend service offerings. Health Innovation Partners’ role as an Independent Sales Organization accelerates revenues for its client companies.
Besides his marketplace activities, Whitney is a teacher. In previous positions held, David served as the Assistant Director of the University of Florida's Engineering Innovation Institute and taught courses in innovation and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Florida. Since 2010, Whitney has taught courses and delivered guest lectures at universities in Colombia, New Zealand, Poland, and the USA.
Jim Zucco - Chair
Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Corente
Jim has over 35 years of tech industry executive experience in software, security and communications. Most recently, he was Chairman, CEO and founder of Corente which was acquired by Oracle (ORCL) in March 2014. Corente’s Cloud Services Exchange platform provided highly secure applications delivery for customer locations in more than 63 countries across a broad array of industries from securities trading, electronic medical records, banking, manufacturing and hospitality. In addition to his private company advisory roles, Jim recently joined the board of directors of Minneapolis-based Datalink Corporation (DTLK) and became an operating partner at Cloquet Capital Partners.
Jim’s broad-based industry experience includes senior executive roles in two global communications providers, a successful turnaround of a public company, and active board and investment roles with leading emerging growth companies, both public and private. Jim's executive experience includes Senior Vice President and CIO/CTO of the MCI Corporation (MCIC-VZ), where he led product development and systems engineering. At AT&T (T), he served as VP and General Manager of the Business Communications Group and led the launch of their first IP network and Internet hosting businesses. At Lucent Technologies (LU), he served as Vice President and General Manager of the North America, and President of the Communications Software business units. As Chairman and CEO of Shiva Corporation (SHVA), an early leader in security and distributed networking, Jim executed a turnaround strategy that returned profitability within 18 months and resulted in a successful sale to Intel Corporation. He served as Executive-in-Residence at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.
Earlier in his career Jim led a security auditing and control practice for the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of HHS and then served in a variety technology consulting and strategic advisor roles with Wall Street firms such as Solomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Guaranty and Trust. Jim received his BA from Western Maryland College and his MBA from Loyola University.
Peter McAlindon, Ph.D., is a 1989 MAS graduate of Embry-Riddle here in Daytona. Dr. McAlindon is the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Orb Inc., a technology company that develops computer technology for persons with disabilities. Blue Orb Inc. created and now markets and sells the orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard. The orbiTouch is a patented computer keyboard and mouse that requires no finger or wrist motion to operate.
It was developed for people who do not have the finger or hand dexterity to use a regular keyboard or mouse. The orbiTouch has received numerous industry awards and the top honor for accessible technology at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Through Blue Orb, Dr. McAlindon has successfully secured three rounds of funding from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program and more than $5,000,000 in angel investor funding. Dr. McAlindon is in the process of completing a three-year National Science Foundation grant to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs.
Dr. McAlindon is a co-founder of venVelo, Florida's newest business accelerator and seed capital fund. Pete is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. He also serves as a faculty advisor to Rollins students through the Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction (ESD) program, mentoring teams of students as they find commercial applications and develop paths to market for technologies developed by NASA.
Mark Mohler concentrates his practice on the representation of technology companies through all phases of their life cycle — from startup phase through liquidity event. He represents companies, owners and outside investors in business transactions, contractual matters, entity formations, venture capital and private equity financing, project finance, joint ventures, technology acquisitions, university licenses and public offerings. He has a long history in the representation of Cleantech Companies and served as general counsel to a public company Cleantech Venture Capital fund. Mr. Mohler holds a LLM in Taxation.
Mr. Mohler works closely with his clients in setting strategic direction and structuring mission-critical business transactions. He has acted in a multitude of roles in companies beyond outside legal counsel — including as a member of boards of directors in both executive and independent roles. Mr. Mohler was a co-founding entrepreneur of a venture and private equity-backed, multi-national Cleantech Company and is a serial entrepreneur.
Mr. Mohler has acted as a legal advisor to companies with respect to subsidiaries, project operations and joint ventures in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Africa and Australia.
Education: LL.M Taxation, University of Florida 1998; Juris Doctorate, University of Florida 1994; B.A. Political Science, University of Florida 1992
Activities & Interests: Founding CEO of Sprigster, crowdfunding platform; Founding Partner at LaunchPad40 Captal Advisors; Volunteer and Mentor at TrepHub, Inc.; Curator of Startup Digest Melbourne; Organizer of Startup Spacecoast
Attorney, Founder of Sandman Law Offices
Attorney Lori Sandman is a Central Florida business lawyer, focusing on intellectual property law. Her practice areas include trademarks, copyright, patent and trade secret law. She also has extensive experience teaching and working in business and transactional law, as well as alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to being a Florida attorney, Ms. Sandman is also licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Lori is also a licensed patent attorney through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO reviews and records all patents/patent applications and trademarks/trademark applications.
Ms. Sandman holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont, where she studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Collaborative Law Practice (PACP). She spent a number of years working in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in private law practice and serving as court-approved mediator and arbitrator. Lori also holds a certification in civil/circuit mediation from the Florida Supreme Court.
Sandman is the founder of Sandman Law Office, PLLC. Currently, Attorney Lori Sandman teaches Business Law at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) as Adjunct Professor. She also serves as Attorney and Executive in Residence for ERAU’s prestigious Center for Entrepreneurship. In her private law practice, she offers focused IP and business law services to her clients, including the following:
Ms. Sandman was recently recognized as one of Volusia County’s Influential Women by the Daytona News-Journal. She serves on several local boards of directors, in both for-profit and non-profit business concerns. She is a proud recipient of the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in the study of Intellectual Property Law. In addition to having knowledge in the area of law, she also has extensive training, practical and academic experience in the areas of environmental and natural resources management, molecular biology and biochemistry. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the Berks County Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Lawyer's Association (AIPLA), the Florida Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Practice (IACP) and the Pennsylvania Collaborative Practice (PACP).
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