CEO ISRAEL CONFERENCE
Atul Jalan is an entrepreneur for life. It is very unlikely that you would find him not working on something new. His secret sauce however, is imagination coupled with the ability to crank, accelerate and build momentum.
As CEO of Manthan, Atul’s single objective is to keep the spirit of invention and innovation alive at Manthan - a spirit that has seen Manthan go on to become one of the leading contenders in analytics business solutions for consumer industries worldwide. Manthan is Atul’s fourth successful venture after MicroTrack, Cybertrek and Net Kraft. And today, is among the few Indian companies that can boast an analytics portfolio that several Fortune 500 companies rely on.
Atul is a known voice on technology and is sought for his views on analytics and the consumerization of technology by publications and forums worldwide. What is not known though, is that he also dabbles in poetry and takes keen interest in a wide range of subjects from movies to quantum physics. Loquacious and a polymath, Atul can hold forth the camera obscura and Johannes Vermeer as he can on analytics.
Three-dimensional printing and the uber-personalized era it will drive us into, is his current obsession. And if his maverick, entrepreneurial nature is anything to go by, this could translate into something new. And the bigger and more beautiful it sounds, the more passionate he is likely to be about it.
SiSense is an award-winning, full-stack Business Intelligence and Analytics software that’s leading the way into a new era of BI. Our software is creating quite a buzz for its powerful technology as SiSense is the only fully-functional Business Intelligence tool that lets non-techies join multiple large data sets, build dashboards with smart data visualizations, and share with thousands of users.
Our secret sauce is the incredible technology behind SiSense that’s designed to be used by business users, without dependence on coding, IT or data scientists. SiSense provides a centralized database on standard hardware, and serves more queries, more users, and more data than any other BI tool on the market.
Berry Weiss is an inspired entrepreneur and leader in both the Home Healthcare and Assisted Living fields. He has successfully co-founded numerous companies including: Preferred Home Care of New York, Preferred Home Care of Florida, and The W Management Group. As the President and CEO of numerous companies, Berry sets high standards for his employees to ensure that his companies are committed to the utmost quality of service. Berry has established and continues to maintain strong relationships with hundreds of healthcare professionals, homecare agencies, facilities and hospitals in the industry. All his companies are fueled by his vision, determination and outstanding dedication to excellence, resulting in the success of his various projects. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Berry along with his wife Raizy, sit on numerous charity boards and organizations giving of their time and resources to help those in need.
Bill Carter took leadership of ALM as president and chief executive
officer in March 2012. Carter has championed various acquisition
strategies advancing the growth and expansion of markets ALM
He joined ALM from Thompson Reuters where he was senior vice
president of the Small Law Business Unit since 2010 and led its
successful reorganization and growth. An accomplished expert in the
digital and legal services industry, he has also driven significant value
creation as a senior executive at LexisNexis, Epiq Systems, Gerson
Lehrman Group and GES Exposition Services.
Carter is a member of the Georgia Tech College of Computing Dean’s
Advisory Board and serves on the board of Connectiv, the Business
Carter earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science at
Tulane University, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from
Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration with honors
from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carsten Koerl is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sportradar AG.
Carsten has strategically led all aspects of Sportradar’s business since founding the group in
2001, driving the growth of the company from a tech-focused start-up to a global leader in
delivering essential sports data and audiovisual content across a range of platforms and
Prior to founding Sportradar, Carsten held a number of management positions within the
software development and gaming industry. He was the founder of bwin and led the
company through one of the most successful public listings ever undertaken on the Vienna
He holds a Master’s Degree in Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering from the
University for Applied Sciences in Konstanz (Germany).
Carsten is based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Cindy Praeger is a Serial Entrepreneur who has a passion for starting and growing companies and developing win-win partnerships. As the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Rhythm Systems, Inc., Cindy delights in helping middle market growth firms use Rhythm’s patented software to execute their growth plan, hit their numbers and lead in their market space.
Rhythm Systems clients are always setting new goals for themselves and Rhythm has been a big part in helping them win. BioPlus achieved 140% growth 3 years in a row. AvidXchange increased efficiency in their R&D department by 300%. Mobility Works grew from 5 to 60+ locations, most through acquisitions resulting in record revenue and profits.
Cindy is a graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s Program. She helped create and develop five new small schools in Charlotte via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cindy loves to read and among her favorite business books are Switch, Outliers and Influence.
Cindy and her husband, a fellow Georgetown grad and serial entrepreneur, love being parents and are looking forward their sons next 4 years at University of Southern California. She also enjoys working on her Spanish with her tutor every week and is attempting to perfect her wake surfing skills.
Corey Thomas is the CEO of Rapid7, as well as Chairman of its board of directors. In 2018, he
was elected to the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) board of directors and the Massachusetts
Cybersecurity Strategy Council. He also serves on the board of directors for LPL Financial, as
well as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, sitting on its audit and health care quality and
affordability committees. He previously served on the U.S. Commerce Department's Digital
Economy Board of Advisors. Corey has extensive experience leading technology companies to
the next stage of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Rapid7, Corey was VP of marketing at
Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company; group project manager of the Microsoft
Server and Tools division, steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform; and a
consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer
science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
David Mounts joined Inmar as Chief Executive Officer in April 2010 and assumed the additional role of Chairman in February 2014. David has extensive operations and financial management experience in the U.S., Europe and Asia, having lived and worked across all three regions. His expertise in investment, innovation, industry collaboration and corporate development has supported transformative product innovation and the growth of information-driven networks spanning more than 200 countries and territories. David’s extensive industry experience has been integral in accelerating commerce for Inmar, which has seen several successful acquisitions during his tenure.
Prior to joining the Inmar team, David was Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for Domino’s Pizza, Inc. He also served as Domino’s Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2007. Prior to Domino’s, David held several positions during an early 23-year tenure at UPS, including Chief Financial Officer, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions. David holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and formerly served as a Chairman of the Wharton Alumni Executive Board. He now sits on the Wharton Graduate Executive Board and on the Board
of Visitors for the Wake Forest University School of Business. David is Chairman, Venture Cafe Winston-Salem, and is a Commissioner of the Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, NC. He is also a pilot. David is a founding member of the Advisory Board for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Additionally, he sits as Co-Chair for the Entrepreneurial Culture Committee of the Winston-Salem Alliance, serves on the board of myFutureNC, and is a regular thought leadership contributor for Forbes Magazine.
Eldad leads Taboola’s worldwide operations driving product development, sales and business development. He has two decades of track record in building technology companies in the US and in Israel. Prior to joining Taboola, Eldad held senior executive positions at BMC Software, Zend Technologies and Identify Software. At Identify Software Eldad played a key role in growing the company’s revenue from initial sales to a run-rate of over $60M.
Earlier in his career Eldad founded NextNine, a leading provider of remote support automation solutions. Eldad is a graduate of the prestigious Talpiot program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and spent five years in Israeli intelligence.
Mr. Eyal Malis is Tnuva’s CEO starting January 2016, after serving since
2007 as the CEO of the dairy division and deputy CEO of the group.
Tnuva is the largest food company in Israel with a sales turnover of about 6.8
billion NIS and 6,000 employees. Tnuva holds about 14.3% of the food market
in Israel with the most popular brands in Israel. Tnuva was founded in 1926,
generations of Israelis grew up on Tnuva products which defined the Israeli
Prior to Tnuva Mr. Malis was SVP at Hogla Kimberly Clark – managing the
group’s supply chain as well as the family care division, one of the major
business lines. Before starting his business career, Mr. Malis spent over a
decade in the IDF and was promoted to colonel rank.
Dr. Amir, innovator, entrepreneur, and a community activist, founded Essence in 1994, following technology leadership positions in global companies such as HP, Digital, and IBM, where he learned about business through hands-on experience. Dr. Amir holds a BSc in Electronics and MBA cum laude from the Technion, and a PhD in Computer Science and Electronics cum laude from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dr. Heiko Fischer has been Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Executive Board of VTG AG, a leading railcar leasing and rail logistics company, since May 2004. Prior to the appointment as CEO, Dr. Fischer served as managing director of the Rail Division from 2001 to 2004, built up the general freight car business unit (1999 to 2001) and, after joining VTG in November 1995, headed the CEO Office.
Dr. Fischer holds a doctorate in business and economic sciences (Dr. rer. pol.) from Julius Maximilians University in Wuerzburg, was a Visiting Researcher at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, in Washington, DC, and holds an M.B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York, in Albany, NY.
Among other non-executive and charitable positions Dr. Fischer is a non-executive director at NYSE-listed Navigator Holdings Ltd., an LPG shipping company, and currently serves as President of the International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP), a leading industry association, in Brussels.
Education : 1979 BSc. Civil Engineering, Hatechnion, Haifa, Israel
1982 Post graduation studies, high rise steel structures,
Hatechnion, Haifa, Israel
Professional Record : 1979 - 1983 IDF Dept. of antenna towers
Head of department. Captain (Res.)
1983 – 1984 Project management of various construction projects.
The Mer Group
1984 – 1998 Mer & Co
1998 - 2000 Belmerix (Brazil),
President & CEO
2000 - 2004 Mer & Co. (1982) Ltd.
CEO & Group Executive Vice President
2005 – 2012 C. Mer Industries Ltd. (Mer Group)
2013 - Present President, Mer Group
The Mer Group is a global system integrator, implementing turnkey solutions for wireless networks, security and surveillance, Safe Cities, broadband infrastructure, customized military systems, communication and monitoring mobile systems, environmental monitoring and renewable energy infrastructure. It has over 1,400 employees worldwide conducting projects with partners in Mexico, Guatemala, USA, Haiti, Israel, Panama, Chile, Angola, Liberia, Mauritius, Peru, Colombia, Congo, Brazil, Nigeria, Honduras, Venezuela, Jamaica, Tanzania, Argentina, Senegal, Guinea and others.
Israel - Latin America Honorary President
Chamber of Commerce
Israeli Federation of Bi National Chairman
Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Israel Export Institute, HLS Chairman
Mark Gazit has over two decades of experience in the high tech industry, with a track record of maximizing revenue, net earnings, and shareholder value for start-up, turnaround, and rapid- growth global organizations in emerging markets and economies.
Before joining ThetaRay as CEO, Mr. Gazit served as a General Manager of Nice Cyber & Intelligence Solutions, an autonomous division of Nice Systems Ltd. that provides software and hardware solutions to government agencies worldwide in the areas of Information Intelligence, Cyber and Safe Cities. He transformed this division into a fast growing, profitable revenue generator.
Between 2002 and 2010, Mr. Gazit served as CEO & co-founder of SkyVision, a global telecommunications company that he took from the start-up stage to a $100M company serving over 50 countries worldwide and operation centers on three continents. He has also held pivotal roles in leading companies such as Deltathree, NetVision, NetMedia and Widecom.
Mr. Gazit studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Hebrew University and Senior Business Management at Tel Aviv University.
Michael Praeger is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AvidXchange, the leading provider of
on-demand accounts payable and payment automation solutions. Since founding AvidXchange, Michael has led the company to secure the coveted title of Global Unicorn by CB Insights three years in a row, with a $1 billion-plus valuation by investors, 5,500 customers and 470,000 suppliers nationwide.
An expert on fintech, payments innovation, entrepreneurism and leadership, Michael has been an active participant and speaker at various industry conferences, including the 2018 Collision Conference and Money20/20. A Forbes contributor with appearances in Authority Magazine, Business Insider, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal, he is considered a thought leader in developing creative solutions for mid-sized companies to grow their businesses, increase revenue and drive efficiencies.
Before establishing AvidXchange, Michael was Co-Founder of PlanetResume.com, a technology career
enhancement and recruiting site that successfully completed its merger with CareerShop.com in
November 1999. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CEO of InfoLink Partners, a software company
specializing in automating the tax billing and collection functions for municipalities. Michael also served
as an Associate with Summit Partners, a Boston-based Venture Capital and buyout partnership with
more than $1 billion under management. Michael is currently active in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the advisory board of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA). He is also a board member of Charlotte City Center Partners, Kare Partners and E2D.
Michael received a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive entrepreneurship program at MIT.
He lives in Lake Norman, N.C. with his wife.
Mr. Pinkert founded MHM Services, Inc. in 1981, and in 1997, he established the concept of direct mental health contracting with correctional agencies. Through his leadership, MHM has enjoyed solid financial stability in addition to maintaining its position as the national leader in mental health staffing and management for correctional agencies. Mr. Pinkert directs MHM’s strategic planning, and is involved in finance, marketing, recruiting, shareholder and Board of Director matters, client relations, quality assurance, and corporate integrity. He chairs MHM’s Board of Directors, confers daily with MHM’s executive team, and is actively engaged in MHM’s weekly operations team meetings.
Prior to founding MHM, Mr. Pinkert was responsible for developing a management consulting division at Psychiatric Institute of America to assist general hospitals with mental health services. Eventually this led to managing psychiatric units in hospitals that became the genesis for the formation of Mental Health Management, Inc. as a subsidiary, which was then purchased in 1981 and is now MHM Services.
Mr. Pinkert has been involved in founding Centurion, a joint-venture between MHM and Centene Corporation, a fortune 500 Medicaid managed care company. Centene purchased MHM’s portion of Centurion and MHM in its entirety in 2018. At the time of the sale MHM had revenues of over $500M and employed more than 6,000 clinicians and other healthcare professionals working in more than 300 correctional facilities in 14 states.
Mr. Pinkert is also a founding shareholder and sits on the board of Denver based Friday Health Plans, a health insurance company that is acquiring and consolidating small health plans.
Mr. Pinkert has over 40 years of experience as a health care executive in general hospital, mental health, and health care management both nationally and internationally in addition to correctional health care. Mr. Pinkert holds an MBA and BSEE from the University of Michigan.
Director with over 13 years of significant expertise in the
Facility Services and Management industry.
Leading strategic relationships with senior level customers
including global "Blue chip" companies; initiated long lasting
joint business plans for sustainable growth.
Experienced in Building and leading complex operation
projects, P&L Management, Strategic planning and
implementation of both global and local customers.
Navigating complex challenges by rapidly adjusting to new
situations in a fast changing competitive environment.
Paul Millman is a founding partner of SUPERSTRUCTURES Engineers + Architects, one of NYC’s leading firms dedicated to the preservation of buildings and infrastructure.
His current mission is advancing an industry where some techniques have not changed since Isaiah’s time - using digital technology, precision optics, unmanned airborne vehicles, artificial intelligence, and common sense.
He is both a Professional Engineer and Registered Architect, and a graduate of Cooper Union (B. Arch) and MIT (SMCE).
He sits on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation, the Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y, and the Century Condominium.
Raizy Weiss, CEO/President of Preferred Gold, business woman and philanthropist is a multi-talented individual. With a myriad of skills, Raizy gracefully combines her roles as a devoted mother and wife with managing a successful private pay home care agency. Her keen sense of business, leadership and entrepreneurial abilities, have enabled Raizy to create and build her own multi-million dollar company. Additionally, Raizy works alongside her husband Berry, as a powerful force behind Preferred Home Care of New York, in her role as the Senior Vice President. Through her engaging and dynamic energy, extensive project management skill and strategic thinking, Raizy is a successful leader of both Preferred Gold and Preferred Home Care of New York. Moreover, Raizy along with her husband, sit on the boards of various agencies, contributing time and money to numerous charitable organizations.
Richard A. “Dick” Ehst is president and chief operating officer and a founder, along with Chairman and
CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of the $10 billion-asset Customers Bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices
in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Dick previously served as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of
Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset financial institution serving eight states in Northeast U.S. He served
as Sovereign’s regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009 and as managing director of
corporate communications from 2000-2004.
Prior to joining Sovereign Bank, Dick was an independent consultant to more than 70 financial
institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign, where he provided guidance on regulatory
matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
As a consultant to Sovereign, Dick worked with the Commercial Development Group to identify and
develop corporate and municipal relationships for the bank.
Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam
War. He attended Albright College, is a member of the Albright Board of Trustees and chairs the
Enrollment Management Committee. Dick is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program
at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He is often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape. He was
the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was
sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at financial
conferences in the United Kingdom.
Dick currently serves as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and
Industry, and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has been a guest at the White
House regarding education-related issues.
He also serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and has served over 40
years on several professional and not-for-profit boards in eastern Pennsylvania.
Dick and his wife, Angela, reside in Reading, PA. They have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Ravin i a 30-ear enterprie oftware indutr veteran who pioneered the
independent enterprie oftware upport indutr. In 2005, The Enterprie Software
Oberver named Mr. Ravin one of the 25 next-generation leader of the enterprie
oftware indutr. In 2010, Mr. Ravin wa featured in Deal Architect CEO Vinnie
Mirchandani' new book, The New Polmath: Profile in Compound-Technolog
Innovation, where he i credited with enacting a viionar, diruptive trateg for
dramaticall reducing the cot of information technolog and uhering in a new era
of cutomer choice.
In September 2005, Mr. Ravin launched Rimini Street, Inc. with a miion to redefine
enterprie oftware upport uing innovative, next-generation upport ervice
delivered at more than a 50 percent aving in fee compared to a oftware
vendor' annual upport program. Rimini Street currentl offer upport ervice
for Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microoft and other enterprie oftware.
Prior to hi ucce launching independent maintenance and upport program, Mr.
Ravin wa an executive with PeopleSoft, Inc., where he erved mot recentl a vice
preident of the cutomer ale diviion. Earlier in hi PeopleSoft career, Mr. Ravin
held everal enior role of increaing global reponibilit, including corporate
director of cutomer ervice and program and corporate manager of upgrade
and intallation. Mr. Ravin' PeopleSoft reponibilitie included worldwide
releae upport polic; releae retirement program; account management; Y2K
oftware update and readine program management for thouand of licenee;
and development and deliver of pecial upport program for cutomer with
unique need. To meet the need of cutomer who wanted to run a mature
oftware releae for man additional ear beond the official upported life pan
of a releae without mandator upgrade, Mr. Ravin uccefull deigned and
launched the enterprie oftware indutr' firt pecialized extended upport
program for Fortune 500, public ector and midmarket organization.
Mr. Ravin alo erved a vice preident of cutomer ale for Saba Software, Inc.,
worked in Ruia on defene converion program, and worked in Wahington, D.C.
aiting the Clinton Adminitration with Congreional paage of the GATT global
trade agreement in 1994.
Mr. Ravin hold a Bachelor of Science in Buine Adminitration from the
Univerit of Southern California.
I have over 8 years of work experience in the fields of Market Research, Management Consulting & Business Development. Professional integrity and working on fact-based structured hypotheses are two strong pillars of my belief system.
Learning from case studies and constantly looking out for new experiences are the sine qua non of my work process. As a Consultant, I put clients on the top of my priority list and strive to design innovative solutions that help them accomplish their business goals.
Yoram, CEO of Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings, is an experienced manager, with many
capabilities in the financial, economic and investment worlds. He has held senior positions in
Clal Group for the last 11 years, including CEO of Clal Finance and Deputy CEO of Clal Insurance.
Yoram has a high business orientation and extensive knowledge of regulation and corporate
governance. He is leading the Company's management and employees for its success and for
the benefit of all of its stakeholders.
After 11 years in several management positions in the group, Yoram was appointed as
CEO of Clal Group in July 2018.
Since his appointment Yoram has led a "Back on Track" strategy for FY 2018 and 2019.
According to this strategy, the Group is focused on the improvement of its positioning in
the market. Thus meaning, developing initiative products, improving the management
of marketing channels and improving the quality of the services provided to clients and
agents. Clal is focused today on growth and for the first time in many years Clal has
rebranded itself as a modern, flexible and sophisticated company, while maintaining its
well appreciated traditional values of a company that knows what is important for its
clients and agents.
In order to achieve these goals, while constraining costs, Yoram led a wide
organizational change which supports this strategy. The new Company strategy focuses
on growth in the sale of financial products, alongside insurance products. In order to
rely this change of focus, the Company's name was changed to "Clal Insurance and
Finance". In additions, significant attention was given to the reorganization of the
Company’s investment team and in the improvement of the investment returns that the
Company provides for its clients.
These actions already show a significant improvement in all of the Company's financial
and operational indices.
Before joining Clal Group, Mr. Naveh served as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the
Department of Cooperation Finance of the Israel Securities Authority (ISA). At the ISA, Yoram
served, inter alia, at the following committees:
Member and coordinator, Public Commission for Examining a Corporate
Governance Code in Israel, headed by Adv. Prof. Zohar Goshen.
Chairman, inter-agency task force examining the proper regulatory
framework for the issuance of complex financial instruments to the public.
Member, ISA Market Development Task Force.
In 1982, Zohar Zisapel, together with his brother, Yehuda, founded
RAD Data Communications, and is regarded as one of the fathers of
Israeli hi-tech. In the course of 33 years, under the RAD Group umbrella, approximately 40
companies were established, of which eight underwent IPOs, 10 were sold and 10 closed.
Four of these companies – Silicom, RADCOM, Radware, and Ceragon – are still traded on
Nasdaq in the U.S. From 2009 Zohar started/invested in start-ups in the field of cyber
security. Altogether seven cyber security start-ups have been established of which three
were acquired. The cyber security operations of Microsoft and Continental are based on two
of those start-ups and are centered in Israel. From 2014 Zohar started/invested in
automotive technologies. Four start-ups were formed, one of which has already been
Before he founded RAD, Zohar served as the director of the Ministry of Defense’s electronic
research department. In 1979, he was awarded the Israel Defense Prize. In 1994, he was
presented with the Israel Export Award and was named Businessman of the Year. In 1996,
he won the Hugo Ramniceanu Award for Economics, and in 2001 he was presented with an
honorary doctorate by the Technion. In 2013 he was named an Honorary Colleague by the
Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. In 2018 Zohar received the Industry award for the 70 th
birthday of the State of Israel.
Zohar Zisapel holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the
Technion. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Tel Aviv
Gordon is CEO of Sport Clips, which he founded in 1995. Sport Clips has over 1,700 stores open in all fifty states and Canada, and is expanding at a rate of 100-150 stores/year. Sales at the store level were approximately $650M in 2017.
Gordon currently serves on the Board of the VFW Foundation, which directs the charitable efforts of the VFW. The Sport Clips Help A Hero program has raised over $6 Million to provide funding for free phone calls home for troops overseas and in hospitals, and has provided over 1,000 scholarships to veterans transitioning to civilian careers. He also serves on the Board of the International Franchise Association, and is past Chairman of the IFA VetFran Committee, which is dedicated to helping veterans get into franchising. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Southwest Research Institute.
Gordon received the VFW Citizenship Award 2013; an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas 2015; Best CEO (Large Company) by Austin Business Journal 2015; Vetrepreneur of the Year 2015; 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Salon/Spa Business Network (ISBN) in 2016; Fastest Growing Company-owned business in Texas 2017, Baylor University Family Business Center; Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Philanthropic and Best Large Business Awards.
Prior to becoming involved in the salon industry, Gordon served as an Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 aircraft (1969-1976), and worked as a financial planning and control consultant with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Houston (1976 - 1980). Gordon is a graduate of MIT (BS, '68), and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA with Honors, '76), and is a “retired” CPA in the State of Texas. His primary hobby is The Sport Clips Collection of classic cars.
Kyle Giddens is a serial entrepreneur in the AI space. Kyle is currently leading as a founder and CEO of edgecase.ai an innovative AI company providing data and end AI solutions to companies, growing the organization from inception to 100+ people in 2018. Originally from Canada, Kyle has learned to blend Canadian politeness and Israel innovation and chutzpah to fantastic results.
Lawrence Obstfeld is CEO of Image Navigation which has developed the FDA-approved IGI system for CT-navigated oral-maxillofacial surgery and the DentSim - augmented reality dental simulator. Also a founder of BetaGene, Inc. and Gladius Pharmaceuticals.
Co-founder and CEO of Wymsical® INC. Wymsical® is a cyber security company that provides a decentralized tech platform which allows businesses and individuals the control over their authenticated data and securely exchange verifiable documents. Liwen is a serial software entrepreneur and has founded two software ventures prior to Wymsical. A former Morgan Stanley executive, she offers 25 years of IT experience in managing global scale products and platforms.
Matthew (Matt) Galligan is President of Cit Real Estate Finance. His group provides stabilized, value-add and construction loans in excess of $20 million to highly experienced and well-capitalized developers in the office, retail, industrial and multi-family rental sectors.
Galligan most recently served as Managing Director and Head of US Property Finance for Bank of Ireland where under his leadership his team negotiated and closed more than 30 transactions totaling $2 billion. Before joining Bank of Ireland, he served as Executive Vice President for Real Estate Capital Markets at DebtX. He has also worked for Fleet Boston Financial, Bank of Boston, and Chase Manhattan in executive level positions in credit, real estate lending, debt distribution and capital markets. Galligan received a BA in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in Finance from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mikhail joined Atlant Clinical in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Atlant Clinical he worked at GlaxoSmithKline where he started as a clinical research assistant, later becoming a local study manager in the oncology group. He subsequently joined the Moscow Sales Department, where he rose to become Regional Market Access Director. Mikhail graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with Master degrees in biochemistry and management.
Nathan is the Founder and President of Sunrise Financial Group Inc., a growth engine for Israeli startups.
Besides founding Sunrise Financial Group, Nathan has personally invested in over 126 startups over 24 years, 76 of which in Israel, 40 of which in California, 3 of which in cyber so far, and 5 of them in the Cloud. Nathan also cofounded with IBM in 2014 the IBM AlphaZone High Tech Accelerator at IBM HQ in Petach Tikva, IBM's first ever accelerator in the world. Notable personal investments include Concentric Research, Arena Pharmaceuticals, On-Track Innovations and Enzymotec. Nathan’s investment strategy involves strong advisory presence and active support, encouraging strategic partnerships for his portfolio companies.
From 1992, through the end of 2016, Sunrise Securities raised in excess of $6 billion for over 60 domestic and international public and private companies, using a variety of financing instruments.
Nathan was graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College in 1982, and speaks English, French, Spanish and Hebrew. He also serves on a variety of charitable boards for projects involving the cancer care, education and the developmentally disabled.
Currently the CEO of TIGBUR LTD. Tigbur group has experience in the staffing, recruiting and outsourcing industry including two more division, Homecare & Nursing care, and Security & Defense. The company's shares have been traded in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since June 2007, and is among Israel's top three largest companies dealing in human resources and nursing services, and was listed among Israel's 100 biggest companies, according to Dun The company has a turnover of approximately 700M ILS.
This event is free for President, CEO, and Chairman members.
This event starts on Tuesday October 27th at 4:30 PM.
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