Andrew holds a master’s degree in information management from Syracuse University’s iSchool and separate degrees in writing and speech.
Andy is the co-founder and CEO of LaunchGram Inc., a company which aggregates news about products as their release or launch date nears. He is also a Startup Weekend Organizer and Facilitator in Mountain View, CA. Andy graduated with a BA in Globally Informed Entrepreneurship from The Ohio State University and while in college ran their student entrepreneurship club, The Business Builders Club. Before starting LaunchGram, Andy worked as the Director of Product for Duet Health. Finally, he is also a TEDx speaker.
Bill is the Publisher of the Syracuse New Times and Family Times, CEO of All Times Events Company, and president of Spinnaker Custom Products. Family Times is a member of the prestigious Parenting Publications of America (PPA) and provides ideas and guidance on parenting and issues. All Times Events Company is a promotions company set up to manage conferences, fund raising events, and other entertainment activities. Spinnaker Custom Products provides screen printed, or embroidered promotional products, gifts, awards and team apparel from many manufacturers globally.
William J. Harmatuk, CPA, is a Partner with Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC and has over 23 years of public accounting experience. He is a graduate of Syracuse University. Bill has extensive accounting and tax experience with corporations, Subchapter “S” corporations, partnerships and individuals. Bill concentrates his practice in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax compliance and planning, and business consulting with service organizations, assisted living and adult care facilities, not-for-profits, and closely held businesses. Bill is currently a Board member of the Financial Service Professionals of CNY, a past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and past President, Treasurer and finance committee member of the Food Bank of Central New York. Bill is a member of the NYSSCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Mr. Doucette is President of Armory Development & Mgt., a real estate and management firm located at 108 West Fayette Street and a co owner of Paramount Realty. He has been a pioneer in the downtown revitalization efforts in Syracuse NY. He has won several awards for his work in the Armory Square District of Syracuse. Doucette also serves as a consultant to city governments and private companies interested in urban revitalization and mixed use development. In addition, Mr. Doucette is an adjunct professor in LeMoyne College’s Sociology and Urban Studies Departments and Syracuse University’s Whitman School where he teaches real estate development. He also has experience in the fields of mental health and law prior to his work in real estate and urban studies. Mr. Doucette serves on boards of several organizations. His volunteer activities include the Syracuse Opera, Syracuse 2020, the Downtown Committee, and Catholic Charities. He lives in Syracuse New York with his wife Katie and has two children, Erin (Condron) living in Wellsely Mass., and Sarah living in NYC..
Brad is the co-founder and CEO of Mezmeriz, an innovative MEMS company making projectors to embed into mobile phones. Previously, he was the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Cornell University. Brad was also the co-founder and CEO of SightSpeed, an innovative video and voice communications company. Together with co-founders Aron Rosenberg and Cornell University Professor Toby Berger, Treat grew SightSpeed from a university research project at Cornell into the world’s premier video calling software. SightSpeed was acquired by Logitech for $30MM. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell.
Brian graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 and was on track to medical school before realizing he knew much more about websites than mitochondria. As an undergrad, he founded Squeeze My Tees, a niche screen-printing company, and Campus Basement, a collegiate fake-news network. In 2012, Brian helped co-found Rounded, a web & mobile app agency that has grown to a team of sixteen. Feel free to speak with him about anything tech, startup, and getting sued.
Bruce Kingma is the Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University. He is a professor in the School of Information Studies, home of the nationally ranked program in library and information science, and the Whitman School of Management. Associate Provost Kingma leads campus initiatives in entrepreneurship and community engagement. The University’s program in entrepreneurship is consistently ranked among the best in the United States while the SU Chancellor’s award winning vision of Scholarship in Action and community engagement have gained national attention. Associate Provost Kingma’s portfolio of responsibilities include Enitiative -- a collaborative partnership of six institutions and five community foundations made possible by a $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and $22 million in matching funding. The Associate Provost oversees The Raymond von Dran Innovative and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator; The ExCEL Center for Entrepreneurship; The South Side Initiative; the South Side Innovation Center; and The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service.
A senior business executive experienced in general management, finance, strategic planning, sales, and marketing. Bryan has held officer-level positions in start-up companies, mid-market as well as market-leading Fortune 200 organizations. Bryan Luce is the Founder and Managing Director for Reliance Capital Partners. Bryan is also the President of Reliance Funding Group, a small regional boutique Investment Banking and consulting firm specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, financing strategies, feasibility, due diligence, and asset disposition services.
Chad Meigs has 14 years of Web Application Development experience, specializing in end-to-end multi-tier web applications. His expertise is in front-end and back-end development as well as architecture layout and design. With a deep level of understanding of the complete development lifecycle, Chad has held positions in larger tech companies such as Webmaster for Bank of New York Mellon, Lead Web Developer for Citrix Systems and smaller distributed workforce start-up companies like Senior Web Developer for Boston-based Carbonite. When unplugged Chad farms hops and is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to rip up the ski slopes, biking roads and hiking trails all over the New England area.
Chris McCray is the Mad Scientist and Executive Director of COLAB at Syracuse University. Chris believes that the future lies in collaboration. His focus is on bringing people of differing backgrounds and skill sets together, making connections, and facilitating dialogue in order to solve wicked problems and create sustainability at all levels. In the words of Albert Einstein: “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Prior to joining COLAB, Chris was the founder and principal of Chris McCray Designs, a multifaceted design firm based in Richmond, Virginia, with projects ranging from high-end interior design to branding, furniture design, systems and experience design. After over a decade of watching (and facilitating) the problems of overconsumption, Chris decided to close his business and become part of the solution. He received a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and it was during his tenure there that he realized his passion for collaboration. He worked as part of a multidisciplinary team on a one-year research and development project with Target Corporation, and he discovered over the course of the project (and through his academic studies) that he learned just as much from his peers as from his professors. Chris believes that collaboration is the new model for academic study—and that is the heart of COLAB.
With a deep-seated desire to make a difference in the world, Christy was inspired to step back and consciously weave her passion for people, her heart for family and her role as a woman, wife and mother into a movement that inspires action and influences change. The outcome, My Relationship Revolution. Through her work as a speaker, writer and coach, Christy encourages and equips women to become authentic and confident, discover their true identity, embrace their power and develop the integrity to live what they believe.
Dan is an entrepreneur from Buffalo, NY and holds a bachelors in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo. He has worked as an engineer on Synacor's TV Everywhere platform, as a technical "gun for hire" for startups, and is launching a new startup, Doolli. His current focus is on consolidating and growing the tech startup community in WNY, and serves on the UB Computer Science Advisory Council, WNY Computer Science Teachers Association, and is forming a tech focused seed fund for Upstate. He is a co-founder of the WNY OpenData Working Group, an organization that is building an infrastructure to expose city, traffic, and government data through open APIs. In his spare time he enjoys speedskating, running, and home brewing
David DiMaggio is Program Manager of the Syracuse University CASE Center Industry Co-Op program. His extensive background includes experience with employers and college career centers to develop recruiting strategies to facilitate the connection between college students and local employers. He is active with professional trade organizations and various economic development agencies in the promotion of college internship programs. Upon his retirement from GE in October 2004 after 25 years of service, David has served in various roles to assist college students in their career preparation. He served as Interim Director of the Clarkson University Career Center during the 2005 Fall Semester and is a frequent panelist on college and high school career forums. He was Manager of Education and Development at GE Supply, a division of the General Electric Company. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of training and professional leadership programs for the 2500+ employees of GE Supply. He was responsible for recruiting and university relations at several colleges and universities across the US. In addition, David was s the Program Manager for the Distribution and Sales Program, an entry-level leadership development program at GE Supply.David, a native of Rome NY, attended Clarkson University and Utica College where he majored in Mathematics.
Vice President, Business Development Blue Highway LLC. Mr. Eilers has experience with Consumer Goods such as leading the introduction and roll-out of Personal Pan Pizza for Pepsi Food Service. For the last twelve years, Dave has been employed in the Healthcare Industry working in management for two private-equity investment groups before the ten-company group was acquired in 2006. Mr. Eilers was a Co-Founder of Blue Highway LLC in 2008, applying his interest in Open Innovation business model to Diagnostic Healthcare.
Debra A. Cutler is a shareholder in Debra A. Cutler, CPA, P.C., with more than 20 years of experience in providing dispute resolution and litigation services including fraud investigations and forensic accounting services. She has also taught Ethics courses for the NYSSCPAs and at Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies Certificate Forensic Accounting program.
Diane Schmid-McCall, vice president of Rudy Schmid Inc., an 83-year-old Syracuse company providing total car care, is a 2012 Syracuse SBA E200 graduate. For over 28 years, Diane has worked at this third-generation family business, which has provided CNY motorists the best in automotive repair. She has a bachelor’s degree in business education from SUNY Oswego and is involved in a number of charitable causes, including chairing the annual golf tournament for Charity for Children. She is on the advisory boards for SUNY Morrisville Auto Tech program, OCM BOCES Auto Tech and West Genesee High School Vocational Certification Programs. Diane and her husband Steve live in Baldwinsville, and have two sons, Tim and Rob. Tim, 4th generation, has recently joined the organization as parts manager.
Don Carr is the program coordinator for the Industrial and Interaction Design program at Syracuse University. He is also a founding member of iBox, the innovation Sandbox of the Center of Excellence and principle of Carr&Lamb Design. Recent clients include companies such as Crate and Barrel, DesignTex, Fisher-Price, Nike, K2 Skis, Motorola, and Target. His work has been recognized by the IDSA, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, MoMA, and International Design Magazine. He holds numerous patents for his innovative product concepts and he’s lectured at multiple venues.
Dori Farah is a recruiting specialist for the Syracuse University iSchool, primarily tasked with graduate recruitment and gender diversity initiatives. From 2009-2011, Dori traveled as a consultant for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority where she led extension efforts for new chapters and mentored 2000+ collegians at 30+ universities across the country. She now volunteers as a sorority coordinator for the new Gamma Phi Beta chapter at the University of South Florida. In her spare time this summer, Dori is settling into her first home with her husband Andrew (also a Sandbox mentor and co-Founder of Rounded Development) and their pup, Indy.
Doug Crescenzi is the founder of Hero Day Security -- a company that offers premiere information security consultation and standards compliance to small and medium sized businesses. Doug is also a PhD student at the Syracuse University iSchool, and a Senior Information Security Engineer/Scientist at The MITRE Corporation. As a PhD student, Doug's research interests involve the notion of crowdsourcing information security solutions. As an Information Security Engineer for The MITRE Corporation, Doug is a Cross Domain Solution (CDS) subject matter expert (SME) supporting the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) with their classified information sharing programs.
Doug Gorman graduated with a degree in Physics from LeMoyne College and, after teaching Physics and Chemistry at a local college for four years, graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. For the past four years he has been a member of the corporate, banking and finance departments of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on business, corporate and commercial matters of all types, including start-up formations and choice of entity.
Edward (Buzz) Ballway is Senior Vice President of the Cooley Group, a printing and promotional products distributor boasting a presence in Syracuse for over 55 years. Mr. Ballway graduated from Loyola University, Montreal with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has been with the Cooley Group for over 30 years. He takes great pleasure in doting on his five grandchildren, tending his apple orchard, boating on the St. Lawrence River, writing poetry, songs and investing in promising business initiatives. He recently sold his interest in Distributor Data Forms, a printing company in Cortland, that he helped start. Buzz does volunteer work at the Samaritan Center and the Francis House. He has established a scholarship for two high school seniors at Cazenovia High School who have overcome challenges in their lives, and has a Donor Advised Fund through the Central New York Community foundation.
Elizabeth D. Liddy is dean and Trustee Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. In 1999, she was appointed director of the schools Center for Natural Language Processing, which advances the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial and consumer applications. Liddy is also an adjunct professor at Upstate Medical University, where she conducts research on medical informatics. Liddy has led 65 research projects, with the support of numerous government agencies and commercial enterprises and all based on the use of NLP for improved information access and analytics. She has authored more than 110 research papers and given hundreds of conference presentations on her work. Her curriculum vitae provides a listing of these works. In addition, she is a co-inventor on five patents in the area of natural language processing. Among her many honors, Liddy is a recipient of the Tibbetts Award from the SBIR Program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (1998), the Enterprise Award for Technology from the Upstate New York Technology Business Foum (1998), the Outstanding Alumni Award from SU (2000), the Post-Standard and Syracuse-Federation of Women’s Clubs Achievement Award (2005), and the 12th Annual Search Engine Conference Best Paper Award (2007). In addition, she was elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group of Information Retrieval for 2007-09. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research. Liddy teaches graduate courses in information retrieval, natural language processing, and data mining. She is also the faculty advisor of Women in Information Technology, a student group that supports and mentors female IT students. She holds a bachelors degree in English language and literature from Daemen College (1966) and an M.L.S. in information studies (1977) and a Ph.D. in information transfer (1988), both from SU.
Dr. Emad Rahim is currently an Assistant Professor at Morrisville State College and Director of Venture Connect, an entrepreneurship degree program sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. He is the Principal Consultant and co-founder of Global i365 LLC, a firm that provides e-Learning solutions and facilitates diversity development and change management training programs. Dr. Rahim completed his Post-Doctoral studies at A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and earned a Doctorate of Management from the Institute for Advance Studies at Colorado Technical University.
I co-founded a company called Rounded Development. You can check us out at http://roundedco.com. Rounded is a hub for collaboration. We are dedicated to solving the diverse problems of organizations that need to improve their mobile and web presence. We pride ourselves on beautiful design that works to deliver the highest level of functionality. All of the personalities in our office are as unique as the projects we work on. This provides for infinite perspective and allows us to throw around enough ideas to come up with the best product.
Eric is a 2002 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He is the Co-Founder of App Fury and We Are Mobile. An entrepreneur at heart, Eric enjoys seeing ideas turned into reality. AppFury's debut app, SOHOinmypocket was featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy" and gained traction in the national press. In his spare time, Eric enjoys running and competing in triathlons. Eric resides in Syracuse, NY.
Evan McGowan-Watson is the head of business development at BrandYourself. Evan works closely with Universities to develop unique programs for campus wide initiatives that seamlessly integrate the BrandYourself toolset into existing services and curriculum. Other partnerships include the creation of joint and co-branded products with large consumer internet companies in the people search, online dating, online universities, career services and social networking verticals.
Gino Duca is a native of Syracuse and holds a BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University. With over 14 years of manufacturing and design experience, Gino is part of the leadership team that brings technical resources to Central New York as the president of Salt City Technical. Gino is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University where he teaches a senior level Capstone design course for chemical engineers.
Heather Snepenger is mobile and web application developer at Rounded. She completed a B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Rochester University in 2008, and is working on an M.S. in Computer Science at Syracuse University. She has been with Rounded since the beginning and loves the start up atmosphere and exciting new technologies she gets exposed to.
Jack is a developer evangelist at Twilio, and an iSchool alum, class of 2006. Prior to Twilio, Jack worked at Red Hat for 8 years on Red Hat Linux, the Fedora Project and One Laptop Per Child. Jack also helped build the massive fedora community.
Ms. Jana Springer Behe, Esq. is Chief Contracting Officer and General Counsel for the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC). Her areas of focus include risk management, procurement, business development, governance, and compliance. Ms. Behe received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Janice A. Smith has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1990 and is responsible for marketing, implementing, training and supporting accounting software applications. She also assists clients in establishing and maintaining streamlined bookkeeping and financial accounting functions. Janice’s diverse client base includes health care, construction, retail, manufacturing, and a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Janice has provided network administration for local area networks including setting policies, troubleshooting, and training staff. She is certified to resell, install, train and support several accounting software applications. Janice holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jason, a 2011 Syracuse University Master’s Graduate, is the founder at Broodr.com, an exclusive marketplace and flash sales site for all things unique and geek. Broodr was recently recognized and honored by PC Magazine as one of the Top 100 Websites of 2012. Additionally, Broodr was a winner of the New York State Business Plan Competition (2011), was dubbed the ‘Etsy for Geeks’ by Inc.com, and was one of the first graduating start ups from General Electric and OMD’s incubator program in NYC. Jason has grown Broodr from conception to a profitable ecommerce site, partnering with the likes of Jack Threads and Thrillist, additionally gaining coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, The Next Web, and PC Magazine. Most recently, Jason has joined forces with The Fancy – a startup web application that blends bookmarking and shopping. At the Fancy, Jason helps lead the sites ecommerce platform, as well as partnerships and site/app development. He is based in New York City and is a proud Newhouse graduate.
Jeff Passetti is one of the rare graphic designers whose knowledge of design is matched by his ability to program his creations. A professional illustrator and designer, he specializes in HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery to make his designs come to life within a web browser. As an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, he teaches web design and mentors award-winning student projects. His work on Handshake Magazine, World Journalism, News21: el Neuvo Normal was awarded Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) "Best Student Magazine" 2011, Online News Association (ONA) "Online Video Journalism Award" 2011, and The Society for News Design (SND) "Best of Digital Design" 2012, respectively. Currently, he is working on developing new web sites for the Connective Corridor, CNY32, WAER (public radio station) and the Syracuse Ad Club.
Jeffrey Rubin is CEO of SIDEARM Sports, a company he founded in 1996. In addition, Jeffrey is an Associate Professor of Practice at Syracuse University's iSchool. Most offices are filled with employees that excitedly talk about the big play in the game from the night before, and SIDEARM Sports is no different. While we discuss the game, we also write the software that distributes that same news across the internet, calculates the statistics for the game, and archives the video clips so that fans that missed it can watch it later. SIDEARM Sports is the company that makes it possible for collegiate sports fans to follow their favorite teams no matter if they’re across town, across the country, or across the world. If you ask us, we have the best job in the world. College sports information has two distinct pieces: distribution and consumption. Since its inception in 1996, SIDEARM Sports has focused our efforts on both sides of this equation, ensuring that both pieces are as efficient and easy as possible. We want the SID who has already worked 60 hours in a week to go home a little sooner because the SIDEARM system completed some of the mundane, but required tasks for them. We want Grandma in Montana to be able to see her granddaughter in NY score the winning goal as it happens. We spend every day making sure that we do everything we can to make these processes the best they possibly can be for everyone involved. Headed by Jeff Rubin, the SIDEARM Staff is comprised of nearly fifty designers, developers, project managers, and customer support members, many of whom worked in college athletics before coming to SIDEARM. Our collective experience working with athletics is what drives us to innovate and improve the processes that currently exist, by using the latest advancements in web based technology. SIDEARM Sports provides the software and technology that powers the websites, livestats, and video streaming for over 600 colleges, universities and high schools across North America. We work with NCAA DI, DII, DIII plus NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA and CIS programs.
Jill Hurst-Wahl wears many hats including consultant, business owner, professor and program director. In her past lives, she has worked both in information technology and information analysis. As a mentor, her passion is in helping startups understand and fulfill their information needs so that their decisions are based on facts, not just on instincts.
Jim Morelli is the Director of Operations at SRC for the Defense and Environmental Solutions Division. He leads a group of 250 engineers, physicists, mathematicians and scientists working in the area of sensors, communications, electronic warfare and chemical and biological agent detectors. He's a geek in a business role that is in the business of fostering innovation. He has a wide range of other technical and professional interests due to a broad and varied career over more than 25 years. One of his interests is in entrepreneurship and innovation in education. He has been working with Bucknell Universities College of Engineering to implement a program. For more information, look him up on LinkedIn.
John Ganotis is a Syracuse native focused on building profitable web businesses. He values clear value propositions and believes that profitability is the best motivator. John has web development experience, but also knows the value of a solid email list and content strategy. John is a graduate of Le Moyne college.
I’m a Healthcare dreamer who thinks emerging technologies can have a huge impact on the Healthcare industry and most importantly on patient care. My background consists of a BS in Marketing at Le Moyne College and working as a Research and Development Associate in the St. Joseph’s Hospital Network.
Prior to joining the Whitman faculty as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice, Torrens had multiple start-ups, including four companies in the health and education industries. He was the founder, president, and executive director of InterActive Therapy Group (ITG), a provider of medical and educational rehabilitation services for young children with disabilities throughout New York State and Washington, D.C. He sold his company in 2008 and stayed on as president in transition until September 2010 and remained on the company’s board of directors as a consultant to the executive team until March 2011. In April 2011 he bought himself out of his non-compete, raised more capital, and repurchased ITG’s assets and operations in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse with two other equity partners (one operational and one financial). He continues in his faculty position and engages more fully in his business and consulting practice during the summer months and on school breaks. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, business planning, and raising capital. Most recently, he gave invited lectures at Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Syracuse, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) in San Antonio and Baltimore; Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) in Syracuse, and the Private Practice Institute for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He has been invited to speak at state and national professional association meetings on topics such as finance, technology, and strategy. Torrens is an active member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) as a member of the Empire State Chapter. He also serves on the YPO International International Board of Directors, in YPO’s Deal Network and he chaired the 2009 YPO Global Leadership Summit in Miami.
Joe obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Finance at Ithaca College in 1990. Joe is a member of the firm’s manufacturing niche and has over 18 years of public accounting experience. Prior to joining the firm, Joe obtained extensive cost accounting experience while employed for a large international manufacturing entity. Areas of expertise include: Manufacturing, transportation, auditing, accounting services and various consulting engagements including Sarbanes Oxley compliance and internal control engagements. Joe’s professional and community activities include: • Committee member, NYS Society of CPAs • Board Member, Camillus Youth Basketball Association • Board Member, Western Onondaga Youth Soccer Association • Board Member, Syracuse Vineyard Church • Board Member and Treasurer, FOCUS Greater Syracuse • Spanish Action League – former Treasurer • Rape Crisis Center – former Treasurer • Vera House – former Finance Committee Member • St. Andrews Church – former Fiscal Officer • NYS Society of CPAs - former Vice-President, local Chapter, Current Committee Member • MACNY Finance Committee Member • Volunteer coach of numerous youth sports teams • Joe is a 2007 “40 Under 40” award recipient.
know business -to-business publishing. My entire focus, regardless of what media we use, is on helping business leaders to communicate solutions to their targeted prospects and customers. While the media may vary, the message remains the same. It's all about relationships. My companies act as advocates for our customers. My customers are leaders when it comes to their products. Whether they manufacture or distrbute lift trucks, conveyors, storage and handling products, industrial, medical or specialty gases, or welding hard goods or consumables. My job is to help them to communicate their value proposition when utilizing printed and electronic magazines, blogs and social media. I love teaching business professionals how to use social media. Social media is a business tool and if used correctly, it will help the business leader to meet his objectives. I have proven over and over that you can generate measured results when using social media. And there's nothing like a positive ROI to make a cynic, a believer in all that social media has to offer. We know our clients' businesses. When it comes to gases and welding, storage and handling, or forklifts and conveyor products, we have decades of experience and understand how our client-partners earn their living. And we also have decades of experience in print and electronic magazines, blogs, and social media. We know how to utilize our experience to drive our customers' profitability.
Hi, my name is Julian Baldwin. I spend all of my time working on two startups in parallel. The first company, Immense Analytics, is a code and design boutique I co-founded with another entrepreneur named Brian Drake. We develop custom web apps, data analytics, and machine learning solutions for a broad variety of clients. The second company, Innovocracy, is a crowdfunding platform for academic innovators where I serve as the Director of Innovation Management. I graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2011 with degrees in bioengineering and philosophy.
Kate Brodock is the Founder and CEO of the Other Side Group, a digital marketing strategy and brand management firm that works with organizations and high-profile individuals to increase and improve their presence online. Additionally, she is the CMO of Girls in Tech (http://girlsintech.net), a non-profit for the empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. She holds an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship for Emory University, an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and BAs in Political Science and History from the University of Rochester.
I design and implement strategies for the social media efforts of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool). I manage SM accounts on a variety of platforms and engage with a set of diverse populations, while building community and brand awareness. We are forging partnerships with a variety of social media companies in order to build and expand the iSchool's presence in this space. It is our intention to make the SU iSchool the leader in social media among our peers.
Kyle is the founder and President of Wellness by Choice (WBC), a company acquired by Nurtur in January 2010. His personal journey to health inspired him to establish WBC with the vision to help organizations reduce healthcare costs by improving the lives and health of individuals. Kyle is a graduate of Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management. An avid skier, he is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He lives in Fayetteville, N.Y
Laila is the Technology Commercialization Manager at Blue Highway, Inc. Her role is to ensure and facilitate successful translation of newly developed technologies to commercially viable markets. She also manages Blue Highway’s partnerships, client relations and external projects, and works closely with student interns. Laila grew up in Lebanon and later moved to Montreal to complete her PhD in biochemistry at McGill, and then to Boston for her post-doc training at Harvard. After a couple of years as assistant professor at the University of Balamand in Beirut, she relocated permanently to Syracuse in 2010.
Laura P. Xiao was born in Beijing, China, and has worked for Abbott, Medtronic and Welch-Allyn, and as a biomedical consultant in international regulatory affairs and operations. Her industry experience includes regulatory strategy, project management, international trade and government relations in both pre-market regulatory approval and post-market quality control. Besides an in-depth knowledge of FDA regulations, she is trained in U.S. Patent law by a New York law firm. Prior to Abbott, she was a scientist in the field of Pharmaceutical Science and understands the whole process of drug development and the disciplines of Natural Products, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Genetics, and Clinical Translational research. Dr. Xiao’s research achievements have been recognized by international peer-reviewed journals and books, and she has obtained multiple awards from China, Japan and the U.S. including an Honorary Professor title from the China Medicinal Academy of Science. Dr. Xiao has a medical degree from Beijing, China and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science from Tokyo, Japan. She also received postdoctoral training from University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University in New York City. She is trilingual in English, Japanese and Chinese, and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A and Canada), the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society and the American Society for Quality.
Lester obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the State University of New York at Oswego, and became licensed in 2010. Lester is a member of the firm’s audit and accounting department and has over 5 years of public accounting experience. Lester’s areas of expertise include auditing, accounting services and various consulting engagements, focusing on transportation, employee benefit plans, non-for-profit, and convenience stores. Professional Affiliations: • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) • Member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) Licenses & Accreditations • Certified Public Accountant - NYS
Linda Dickerson Hartsock is Director of Economic Development and Community Engagement at Syracuse University. She was previously a senior member of New York State’s economic development team and most recently was Vice President, Innovation and Technology Initiatives, CenterState CEO. She has extensive background in the public and NGO sectors structuring and financing complex development projects. Linda is the recipient of federal and state awards, and has served on numerous state task forces, advisory committees and corporate boards. She is a long-time executive board member of NYBDC which facilitates access to capital for startup and small businesses.
I provide administrative support to the Dean, Associate Deans and HR/Finance Functions including maintenance of schedules and calendars, travel arrangements and meeting logistics. I also provide logistical support for faculty search and hire process along with providing logistical support for the iSchool's "Brown Bag Presentations"
Loren attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in addition to her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Loren has over 4 years of public accounting experience, with 2 years of experience in the audit and accounting department and over 2 years of experience in taxation. Loren anticipates fulfilling all requirements for CPA licensure by early 2014. Areas of expertise include: individual and corporate taxation and planning, Federal and NYS tax audit representation, small business accounting. Community Involvement: • Current Treasurer, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, Central New York Chapter • Past Treasurer, Ontario Center For The Performing Arts in Oswego, NY
Lori A. Ciarla, is an audit partner at Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC. Lori has been with the firm since 1992 and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to a variety of companies and organizations. She concentrates her practice in the areas of accounting, auditing and business consulting. She specializes in several industries including Healthcare, Professional Services, Governmental and Service Organizations. Lori is a graduate of Le Moyne College.
Lynn H. Smith attended Cornell and Syracuse University and earned his LLB from Syracuse University college of Law in 1960. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Mr. Smith has acted as counsel to the Public Authorities Committee in the New York State Senate from 1967 to 1974 and has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, which is now called Centerstate Corporation for Economic Opportunity. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, leveraged leasing, development and operations of commercial real estate with a view to using tax and economic development zone benefits, entity selection, development and operations, internet business and alternative energy enterprises. He is one of the founders and is counsel to the Seed Capital Fund of Central New York, an organization dedicated to funding and mentoring of start up companies.
Marcene Sonneborn (Marcie) is a business development consultant, working with startup businesses of all types and frequently in emerging technologies. Her passions are innovation and technology, creativity and strategic planning. Her MBA is in Innovation Management with a concentration in marketing and finance. She provides technical and business assistance to clients in new product development, R&D and commercialization, new concept marketing, and new ventures. She presents talks on emerging technologies and futuring for local groups including manufacturers and corporations primarily in New York State, and educational institutions throughout the northeast. On contract, Marcie is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Specialist for the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO). She operates the Central New York SBIR Outreach Program, which has covered a 35-county region, including the Capital District, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, and North Country since 1992. SBIR federal awards fund early stage high-risk technology development, from which Marcie’s clients have received over $200 million from eleven federal agencies. In Fall 2012, Marcie became a fulltime Professor of Practice in the iSchool at Syracuse University. Prior to that, she was an adjunct faculty at the Whitman School of Management, teaching entrepreneurship and creativity courses to undergraduate and graduate students, and teaching the capstone course for the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) Program.
Sarofeen & Arbon, PLLC is a law firm located in Syracuse, New York representing small and medium sized businesses in general business, tax and real estate matters, individuals in tax and estate planning matters, commercial lenders in asset based and real estate loans and quasi-governmental entities in industrial development agency matters.
Mark Popp started his own Consulting Business (entitled Selling By Building) in 2011 after having accumulated over 20 years of diverse Business Experience in Sales, Customer Service, Business Development and Accounting & Finance. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. He left his Position of CFO at a large Law Firm in 2011 to follow his passion and refocus his energies on those areas of Business which he enjoys the most. “Selling By Building” is a customer interaction consulting and training company focused on improving the “human side” of business. Selling By Building increases confidence and performance of staff through a consistent motivational and coaching based approach, which is collaborative and impactful. Clients of Selling By Building benefit from knowing that their staff is being trained consistently which will help increase revenue and employee retention while setting an expectation for the customer experience.
Matthew Van Ryn is an attorney who practices in the area of business law, specializing in working with start-ups, small businesses and mid-market clients. He advises clients in areas such as entity formation, buy-sell, shareholder and operating agreements, business registrations, employment and stock option agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Van Ryn has experience in commercial litigation in state and federal courts, with particular emphasis on trademark infringement, breach of contract cases, shareholder suits and complex commercial litigation. He has secured funding through private placements, SBA and banks loans, and grants for numerous start up and growing businesses under a wide variety of programs. Specialties: Mr. Van Ryn also has extensive experience as a technology marketing and business strategy consultant. He has created award winning marketing communications campaigns for IBM's Software and Internet business units, launching over a dozen business initiatives within IBM, and literally hundreds of products over a ten year period.
Ms. Scalfone earned her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and earned a master's degree in Environmental Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor. She earned her B.A. in Government from University of Maryland while serving in the U.S. Navy. She has lectured to peers and business groups on shale-bed methane production, water rights, contamination, and property issues.
Michael established Benn & Company CPAs in 1997 after working in public accounting and private industry. He has been in operational management and served as a corporate controller. Michael draws on this broad background by providing clients with expertise in tax, audit and accounting, as well as control systems review, design and implementation. As a former elected official, Michael is familiar with local government, administration, and public finance.
Michael Cardamone was an early employee as a Business Development Manager at Box and is currently the Director of BD and Partner Marketing at a venture backed education startup called AcademixDirect. During his time at Box, he helped build distribution to the SMB market through a newly formed reseller program, integrations with other SaaS products and partnerships with industry associations. Michael has made a couple of angel investments in early stage technology companies and is actively involved in the tech ecosystem in Silicon Valley. He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University. You can find Michael on Twitter @mgcardamone.
Michael is the Systems and Networks Support Administrator and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He is responsible for the administration of computers, systems and networks used throughout the iSchool, where he also teaches courses in database design and systems administration. Michael is a contributing software developer for the video content management system, Ensemble Video.
Founder of 4 companies: a boutique executive coaching firm, www.theleadingelement.com, design & development company, www.d-d-dltd.com, rowing machine company, www.vedasport.com, and data analytics company, www.mozzoanalytics.com. Patent holder, Prof of Practice at iSchool (Syracuse University), BS in Physics, PhD in Cognitive Psychology. International rowing coach with winning track record. Likes taking part in the Upstate’s startup scene, beer at night, Eastwoods in the morning, good food (too often), time with family and friends (can't get enough).
Michael T. Stanczyk is a corporate lawyer at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. He represents business clients in a wide variety of corporate transactional matters. Mike represents startup and emerging companies with respect to formation, structure, equity distribution, financing and intellectual property matters. He advises established corporate clients on a wide variety of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, strategic planning, environmental matters and general corporate counseling. Mike blogs at www.paperthisdeal.com
As the Director of Business Retention & Expansion Mitchell provides services focused on business expansion and retention; advancing emerging industry sectors; and maximizing the region’s innovation and technology assets. Mitchell provides support for a multi-county regional growth strategy with a network of business leaders, public officials, economic development organizations, and high education administration. Aggressively seeking to bridge the gap between the downstate capital groups and the upstate business community. Member of the Onondaga County business retention team. As the managing director for the emerging business portfolio Mitchell coordinates planning, outreach, fundraising, for the New York’s Creative Core $250,000 Emerging Business Competition. Manage a $3.6 million dollar IP commercialization grant program aimed at fostering industry – academic partnerships. Developing a network of early state and series A funders in the north east.”
Monica's expertise includes more than 25 years in consulting, business process improvement, team development and collaboration, program and project management, sales, product line management, and engineering. Her corporate background includes assignments with GE, Corning, GM, and Clarity Management Consulting. Monica earned her Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo. She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential conferred by the Project Management Institute along with a Six Sigma Black Belt from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She is in the process of earning her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from IIE. Monica is an alumna of the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP). As a GCP consultant, she worked on a global consulting team that developed a market entry strategy for Israel’s leading supplier of advanced communications products. Her global experience also includes managing a multinational, multi-company proposal team while working in Australia for General Electric.
My experience has been primarily in the internet sector for the past 10+ years. In this time, I’ve had an opportunity to create, operate, and manage a successful web consulting startup. I’ve also had the opportunity to manage the operations of a successful mid-startup manufacturing company. My current position is President/Co-Founder of Mozeo, a mobile marketing & messaging company.
Patrick, a 2009 Syracuse University Graduate, is a partner at BrandYourself.com, the easiest way to improve your online reputation. BrandYourself has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 5 innovative young companies in the nation and honored as one the top 50 most innovative young start-ups by the Kairos Society. Brand-Yourself is also recognized as the leading web-based online reputation management platform for individuals–the one place you go to manage and grow your entire online reputation. Patrick has helped BrandYourself secure over 1 Million dollars in venture capital and his innovative branding strategies have earned him and his company coverage in the Huffington Post, Mashable, US News & World, MSNBC, ABC, NPR and more. He is recognized as a thought leader in the new media landscape and co-developed the new media curriculum at the #1 school of information studies in the U.S. at Syracuse University.
With over 35 years of management experience in industry sectors as diverse as emerging business development , computer equipment leasing, enterprise software, marketing communications and non-profit organizations Paul is an expert in team building, program management and strategy development. A native of Syracuse and graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management he earned a BS Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management.
Pete Kistler is the CEO and founder of Brand-Yourself.com, a social media toolset to manage your online reputation. He is also a writer, a speaker, a musician and an entrepreneur. He is cited as a leading Online Reputation Management and Personal Branding expert, one of the Top 30 Definitive Personal Branding Experts on Twitter, and a judge for the 2009 Personal Brand Awards. He was also named one of the Top 5 College Entrepreneurs of 2009 by Entrepreneur Magazine by helping people advance their careers using social media.
Robert holds a bachelor's degree in information management fro Syracuse University's iSchool. He's also the Lead Designer and Co-Founder of Rounded—located in the Tech Garden. While Robert's primary role in Rounded is design, he possesses extensive front-end knowledge (HTML, CSS, JS) as well as minimal back-end knowledge (Ruby & PHP).
My experiences have given me the skills to quickly adapt and respond to the needs of my clients. This is due to my involvement with a diverse group of companies – from a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company to a start-up software / technology infrastructure organization and a multi-billion dollar consumer destination currently under construction and planned additional development. email@example.com
Ryan started his career as a researcher at the NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA and has since worked with both the Infrastructure team at Google as well as the Product team at Facebook before leaving to become the Head of Talent for Scribd and now Academia.edu in San Francisco. Ryan has an MBA from San Jose State and is incredibly passionate about golf and the startup world.
I've worked for nearly 20 years as a creative, strategic, innovative, and highly motivated marketer and consultant and have focused on businesses with highly technical products and services. After building my own interactive marketing firm in the 1990s into a profitable business, my partner and I sold to AppliedTheory to form the strategy and interactive marketing practice for the company’s national Professional Services Group. Later, I was asked to head marketing and product management to reposition the company toward acquisition. Through acquisitions, the company became ClearBlue Technologies and finally NaviSite, where I remained Senior Director of Marketing, until I left the company in August 2004. Today I do Technology and Interactive Marketing for emerging and growth companies through Communigration, as well as provide management assistance, funding and strategic options for early-stage tech companies through C3 Strategic. In 2009, we launched a new search and social media marketing company: Digital Vertical Marketing. In February of 2011, I started a new role (part-time for now) to create a new Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at my beloved alma mater, The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Mr. Montena lives with his wife and daughter in the University neighborhood, and they are avid boosters for all that Central New York has to offer young families looking for a place to settle and build lives and careers.
Shay Colson is a 2010 graduate of the M.S. in Information Management program at the Syracuse iSchool. He is currently working in San Francisco, California as the iSchool’s Director of West Coast relationships. He is the former co-founder and managing partner of Sandbox startup Capesquared, and spends considerable time working with consumer internet startups and innovators in Silicon Valley. Shay is currently seeking his next entrepreneurial opportunity, and is always happy to chat about ideas, startups, food, beer, and Seattle sports.
A lawyer by education and an entrepreneur at heart. He is co-founder of AppFury, a mobile application development shop based in the Tech Garden. Born, raised and educated in Syracuse, Steve has Central NY in his blood and will never live anywhere else (at least that's what his wife says!)
Timothy P. Crisafulli is an attorney at Hancock Estabrook, LLP. He focuses his practice on assisting individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations with tax planning, compliance, audits, and disputes. He helps businesses achieve optimal tax results, develop business succession plans, and comply with federal and state tax laws. Individuals and businesses facing audits and collections proceedings rely on Mr. Crisafulli for representation before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Todd Sullivan is the Treasurer and Past Chair of the American Society for Quality’s Corning-Elmira (NY) Section. He worked for IBM and Corning Incorporated in a variety of capacities, including software development and support, customer relationship management, crisis management, market planning, quality management and IT asset management. He also worked for Alstom Transportation in quality control, supply chain, logistics and configuration management. Todd is a trained and experienced quality auditor for ISO 9000, the U.S. National Quality Award, the New York State Quality Award, and has been certified as an Alstom Transportation Supplier Auditor. A prevailing theme in Todd’s work has been organizational performance excellence through process improvement. While at Alstom Transportation, Todd worked in the supply chain organization, contributing to a business process and enterprise resource planning system overhaul which included editing 800 pages of process documentation. Todd also worked for the American Society for Quality’s Corning-Elmira (NY) Section as a member of leadership committee for over 10 years, and has organized over 45 periodic training and educational seminars for the members. The Corning-Elmira Section has been awarded Gold level recognition for 6 years out of the past 7 years for its programs and Section management. He also has contributed by teaching seminars for a local community college’s international quality education program. Currently, he is the President and Sr. Consultant with Tech Bridge International, Inc. providing consultation services to emerging companies in The Tech Garden at Syracuse, and the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, in the field of business process management and project development.
Tom Schryver is co-founder and President of PI Experiential Learning (PIXL). PIXL provides cutting-edge experiential training for businesspeople on issues of leadership and teamwork using business simulation and exercises. Tom has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he was a recipient of the Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence.
Mr. Uva is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Sensis Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s information technology strategy, deployment and management; systems applications and development; and IT infrastructure and protection. Mr. Uva is also currently an adjunct professor at Syracuse University in the Center for Science and Technology in the School of Information Studies. Mr. Uva holds a MBA and a BS in Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Traci earned her undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University in 1990. Traci began her career in the Communications Department of the National Football League, taking a keen interest in labor relations between the league and the players' union. She later obtained her JD and MBA from New York Law School and CUNY, respectively in 1996. She has been practicing law since 1997. She began her practice in New York City in corporate, entertainment, employment and labor law. She has spent the past 15 years in corporate, finance, off-shore and securities law abroad in Barbados, The Bahamas and Trinidad advising multi-national corporation and financial institutions on various corporate and finance transactions in the Caribbean. Traci presently is engaged as a corporate finance consultant for firms in Trinidad and Grenada in the West Indies with an emphasis on debt and equity issues for financial institution clients. Traci resides in Syracuse, New York with her 4 year old son and enjoys SCUBA diving, volunteer work, sports and family excursions.
Ulf is an assistant professor in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. Before arriving at VPA, Oesterle was a visiting professor in the advertising department at SU and adjunct professor in communications at LeMoyne College. Ulf earned his Ph.D. from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at SU in 2007 with a dissertation that focused on creative control in the independent sector of the music industry. His continuing research interests focus on independent record labels and the use of social media and emerging technology within the music business. Outside of the classroom, Oesterle owns an independent record label and artist management company, has spent time on the air as a radio programmer and host at KRock and has experience managing live music events in Central New York.
Active business investor, currently developing and managing real estate projects. Owner and President of Lakeside Printing Inc. in Skaneateles N.Y. Lakeside published 12 Pennysaver publications throughout the Finger Lakes, and was a regional printer of tabloids, college publications and high quality 4-color printing. Lakeside employed 100+ people. The company was sold in January of 2000.
Zach is the co-founder and CTO of LaunchGram Inc., a company which aggregates news about products as their release or launch date nears. Zach previously worked for Zaarly, Microsoft, and Pie Digital. Additionally, he co-founded another startup in college while at Ohio State. Also while in college, Zach was the Program Director for Newpath, an organization devoted to educating developers about entrepreneurship.
I have worked for the Syracuse City School District since 2010 and developed, deployed and maintained a number of web applications for the district. In addition to this I have participated with our business operations team on the implementation and maintenance of a Role Based Access Control scheme for our PeopleSoft implementation. My goal is a career as an Information Security Professional. To help myself down this path I completed my Masters Degree from Syracuse University's iSchool in 2010 specializing in Information Security and Information Policy. To continue my education I pursued and acquired my Comptia Security+ certification in 2012. I look to continue to expand my education and expertise in this area. Monica is a creative problem-solver and project manager. She is results-oriented and has a proven ability for visionary thinking at an enterprise level. She is a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative personality, with a history of client satisfaction and successful execution. Her experience and relationships span the globe, and she is sought after as a speaker and strategist.
Zach is a managing partner at Cayuga Venture Fund. Prior to joining CVF, Zach was General Counsel at a technology startup that raised considerable venture capital, but ultimately suffered when the tech bubble burst. Prior to that he practiced corporate law at Ropes & Gray in Boston and Harris Beach in Ithaca. Zach serves on a number of advisory boards affiliated with Cornell programs. He earned both his BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and his JD degrees at Cornell University.