John N. Randall, President of Zyvex Labs and Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, has over 30 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 and was instrumental in developing and spinning out two successful nanotechnology companies, Zyvex Technologies, and Zyvex Instruments (now part of DCG Systems). Before Zyvex, John worked for 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high resolution processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, John worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 97 articles published in refereed journals with > 2500 citations and 25 issued US Patents with > 600 citations. He has a BS, MS, and PhD all in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston where he was elected Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2010. Dr. Randall was also elected Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff while at Texas Instruments, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is a Fellow of the Society of the AVS.
George Brody, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for GlobeRanger Corporation, is responsible for leading the company during its current growth phase including its overall strategy, growth and advancement in various markets and geographies. Prior to co-founding GlobeRanger in 1999, Brody served as Vice President and General Manager of Nortel Networks’ Wireless Network Solutions division where he managed a series of entrepreneurial start-ups including Satellite Network Solutions, Wireless Intelligent Networks and Wireless New Business Ventures, a business incubator. During his tenure at Nortel, as Vice President of Wireless Technology, Brody was responsible for its global wireless product development programs and the management of the Bell Northern Research Labs in Richardson, a world-class research and development organization that employed more than 2,500 professionals.
Tom Halbouty is Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Pioneer Natural Resources. He is responsible for Pioneer’s global information technology strategies for business, operational and scientific computing. Tom also manages the assessment and tracking of emerging technology and its potential value to Pioneer. Tom was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Tom is an advisor to the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. regarding sustainable energy policy and next generation manufacturing. He is also active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Tom was past vice-chair of Energistics, which establishes software standards for the oil and gas industry. He formerly served as co-chair of the Texas Nanoelectronics Taskforce for the Governor’s Office.
Roger Linquist is a founder, and past CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS. In 2013, MetroPCS had grown to be the 5th largest cellular carrier covering over 100 million populations in the US. Mr. Linquist’s cellular telephone business was derived from experience as CEO of PacTel Personal Communications (spun out from Pacific Telesis as Air Touch) and before that as CEO of Communications Industries in Dallas, TX. Prior to MetroPCS, Mr. Linquist successfully founded and developed PageMart (renamed Weblink) a company that built one of the largest nationwide two-way messaging networks. Previous experience includes management consulting with McKinsey & Company and management positions at Texas Instruments Central Research Laboratory.
Sha-Chelle Devlin Manning has extensive experience in helping companies access and utilize advanced technology solutions. She serves as the Director of Enterprise Integration and Innovation for Pioneer Natural Resources (NASDQ: PXD). She is one of the co-founders of Malibu IQ, an investment partnership consisting of HRL Laboratories (NASDQ Members: GM and BA) commercializing the inventions of the ~300 global leading scientists and technologists. Previously, Manning served as Managing Director of Nanoholdings LLC, an investment group focused on oil & gas nano-enabled solutions. Prior, Manning was a Vice President at Authentix (acquired by the Carlyle Group), Manning was a Director at Zyvex Corporation, which commercialized and developed many of the first nanotechnology applications.
Skip Moore leads the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practice in the Mid-America Region of Deloitte & Touche. He also leads the Strategic Account Program for Deloitte’s TMT practice globally. In those roles he is responsible for overseeing the sourcing and quality of service delivery across those sectors for all of Deloitte’s businesses. Skip Joined the firm in 1978 and has been a partner for 24 years. Along with a long history of serving firm clients such as Alcatel, Sprint Corporation, Metro PCS and AT&T, Skip has also filled a leadership role in our firm’s Global Strategic Client (GSC) program, as Audit Partner-in-Charge of our Kansas City office and in Deloitte’s technical consultation network.
Kent Novak, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DLP® Products, directs the development and deployment of Texas Instruments’ (TI’s) display technologies and platforms. With Kent’s global expertise and experience with diverse company sizes, DLP® Products continues the expansion of its customer breadth and expanded product portfolio. Since joining the company in 2003, he has held leadership roles in a broad spectrum of groups including the Wireless Infrastructure Business Unit, the High Speed Communications Group, and most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of the Medical/HiRel organization. Appointed to his current role as head of DLP® Products in late 2008, Kent’s wireless and medical expertise play an integral part in the proliferation of DLP display technologies and developer platforms in new and emerging markets.
Greg Smith is the chairman, president and CEO of Accudata Technologies. Upon joining Accudata in 2002 as CEO, Smith stabilized the company, began a rapid expansion into new markets and initiated the development of new technologies and services including Privus Mobile Caller I D launched in 2008. Since Smith’s tenure began as CEO, Accudata has received 25 awards, including the Deloitte North America Fast 500, Texas Crescent Fast 50, DFW Fast 50, Southern Methodist University/Cox School of Business Dallas 100 and Comerica Collin 60. Smith was recognized as an MTBC CEO Tech Titan in 2008. Smith is also a member of the board for the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), and served on the Executive Committee. Smith chaired the MTBC Tech Titan’s Gala for two years. With 33 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Smith is an expert in telecom technology and has authored numerous articles featured in assorted business and trade publications. He is an active member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce and the West Point Society of North Texas.
Dr. Mary Ellen Weber is owner of Stellar Strategies, LLC, providing consulting services in leadership strategies for high stakes environments. She serves on the NASA Advisory Council Committee on Technology and Innovation, is on the boards of Stellar Generation, Inc., and Uplift Education, and is vice president of the Association of Space Explorers. Previously, Weber was vice president at UT Southwestern Medical Center for nine years. She was also a NASA Astronaut for ten years and is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Weber received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley, an M.B.A. from SMU, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue.
Mary Ferguson has had technology has played a key role in her professional background for more than 20 years. She has held management positions in such diverse organizations as USAA, First American, Verizon, Boy Scouts of America and Baylor Healthcare System. In the fall of 2009, Mary was presented with the opportunity to purchase the assets of a small firm with a single product marketed through Salesforce.com. She is now President and CEO of Concenter Services, formed to market and develop XLR8, a CRM designed specifically for the Financial Advisory and Wealth Management industry. Mary has developed an extensive knowledge of social media, cloud computing, web development, data warehousing, analytics and project management.