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Selection Committee

Tiffany Osborn

Healthcare

Tiffany Osborn holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She earned her medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas prior to completin …

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Ruchir Sehra

Healthcare

Ruchir Sehra, M.D., is a medtech executive with extensive experience in early (private), mid (public), and late stage (acquisition) medical device companies in various health and disease areas. Dr. Sehra currently serves as the CEO and President of Res …

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Bill Northcott

Food & Agriculture

Bill Northcott is the Chief Innovation Officer at Agrible. He works on developing and researching the science and feasibility of new products. Bill is a sixth generation farmer and currently manages a 500 acre corn/soybean operation in East Central Ill …

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Surekha Trivedi

Healthcare

Surekha Trivedi is VP Strategic Development at Danaher. She is a Senior Strategy, M&A, and Product Development Executive with a deep understanding of the life sciences, diagnostics, and healthcare markets. Recognized as a strategy expert and thought le …

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Chris Harbourt

Chris Harbourt

Food & Agriculture

Chris Harbourt, Ph.D., co-founder of Agrible, Inc., is a world-class scientist and engineer with an eye on innovation and growth. Chris brings over 25 years of agricultural experience to Agrible and is heavily involved in every aspect of the business, …

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Jill Davies

Healthcare

Jill Davies is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for GeneMatters. Jill has more than 20 years’ experience in the genetics field, with leadership in clinical services, telehealth, product development, business development and operations. Prior to f …

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Tony Tether

National Security

Dr. Anthony J. Tether, also known as Tony, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer at The Sequoia Group (TSG). He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Sequoia Group from 1996 to 2001, which he founded in 1996. In 2009, Dr. Tether re …

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Tom Willis

Food & Agriculture, Resource Efficiency

Mr. Tom Willis serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga Energy Partners LLC. Mr. Willis is responsible for all aspects of the business. He joined Conestoga in November 2006. He possesses widespread knowledge in the ethanol industry. He has ov …

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Todd Mockler

Todd Mockler

Food & Agriculture

Todd is a recognized expert in functional genomics, bioinformatics, and plant systems biology, and is focused on accelerating discovery and development by more accurately predicting plant performance. He has built capabilities and toolsets that manipul …

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Tim Woods

Food & Agriculture

Tim is Vice President of G.M. Lawerence and Company, with a demonstrated history of working in the farming industry. He is skilled in management, agricultural production, precision agriculture, agribusiness, and strategic planning. Tim graduated with a …

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Susan Richmond Johnson

Susan Johnson is a seasoned manager known for her organizational acumen and expertise in change management and disaster response. The American Academy of Project Management has certified Susan as a Master Project Manager (MPM) and a Certified Internati …

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Steve Barr

Food & Agriculture, Resource Efficiency

Mr. Steve Barr is a Co-Founder of Osborn & Barr Communications, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Barr has more than 35 years of marketing and communications planning experience. He is a Co-founder of Farmergy, Inc. and serves as its …

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Nathan McNulty

Healthcare

Vice President of Research at Matatu, Nathan McNulty is microbiologist with a passion for addressing complex problems in healthcare, nutrition, and agriculture using innovative technologies, carefully conducted science, and teamwork.

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Natalie DiNicola

Natalie DiNicola

Food & Agriculture

Dr. DiNicola has over 20 years of experience in the agri-food industry and a decade of experience in sustainability and agriculture development. Through DiNicola LLC, she consults for established and emerging companies and public institutions across th …

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Kevin Van Trump

Kevin Van Trump

Food & Agriculture

Kevin has over 20 years experience in the grain and livestock industry. He is the publisher of The Van Trump Report, a daily agricultural newsletter that contains some of the best and most comprehensive agricultural information in the world from some o …

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Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD

Healthcare

Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering; and Head of the Cerebrovascular Disease Section in the Department of Neurology; Co-Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washi …

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Eric Jackson

Food & Agriculture

Eric is the Chief Executive at Pipeline Foods. Eric started his career at The Pillsbury Company where he received his classic commodity merchandising training and became the Manager of Market Development for their Speciality Commodities Group. In 1988, …

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Emily Fassi

Healthcare

Emily Fassi is a board-certified genetic counselor with experience counseling adults and children about genetic diagnoses and predisposition to genetic conditions. She currently works at the Mountain States Tumor Institute with patients who have a pers …

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David Messina

Healthcare

Dr. David Messina has spent the last 20 years in computational biology and genetics. He worked on the Human Genome Project at Washington University in Saint Louis, mapped disease genes at the University of Chicago, and co-developed the first comprehens …

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Bruce German

Food & Agriculture, Healthcare

Dr. Bruce German is a Professor and Chemist of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and researches the role of fats and other components in the diet. He develops ways to assess health and metabolism in response to foods. M …

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Alex Lorestani, Ph.D.

Food & Agriculture

Alex is the Co-founder of Geltor and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to co-founding Geltor, Alex obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, where his research led him to launch the Company. In addition, Alex holds a …

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Jean Roberson

Jean Roberson

B2B Technology, Healthcare

Jean Roberson is CFO of Appistry, a big data analytics company focused on supporting precision medicine and next generation healthcare. She has over 25 years of experience in all areas of finance from early-stage venture-funded companies to large corpo …

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Melissa Walker

Healthcare

A regulatory professional with over 27 years of experience in the medical products industry, Melissa currently serves as Founder, President and CTO at Graematter, Inc. and Senior VP Regulatory at Topera. Specialties include regulatory intelligence rese …

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Chas Eggert

Chas Eggert

Food & Agriculture, Resource Efficiency

Charles R. (Chas) Eggert has 40 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry with a proven track record of creating value for startups and large global businesses. Chas is an operating partner focused on specialty chemical investments with A …

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Andrew Daniels

Andrew Daniels

Food & Agriculture, Healthcare

Andy Daniels is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Daniels Trading. He oversees the daily operations of the firm, while maintaining his own trading, as well as advising several selected, long-established customers. In everything he does, Andy s …

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Trey Sherman

Food & Agriculture

Trey Sherman is President of Oak River Farms

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Rachel Kopay

Food & Agriculture

Rachel is a Senior Associate at The Context Network, a business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to the world’s leading agriculture, biotechnology and food companies. She was previously an International Sales & Project Manager …

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Paul Olivo

Healthcare

Dr. Paul D. Olivo, M.D., Ph.D., has been the Chief Scientific Officer of Apath, LLC since 2000 and served as its President. Dr. Olivo is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BioGenerator, where he previously served as a Senior Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He …

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Roger Beachy

Roger Beachy

Food & Agriculture

The founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri where he served as Emeritus President and Director for 10 years. Roger is currently Executive Director at World Food Center at University of California, Davis and …

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Bobby Sandage

Bobby Sandage

Healthcare

Bobby Sandage is currently President and CEO of Euclises, Chairman of the Board of Immunophotonics, member of the board of directors of EDIS, and a member of the Cultivation Capital life sciences fund investment committee. He was formerly President and …

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Lila Solnica-Krezel

Healthcare

Lila Solnica-Krezel is professor and head of Developmental Biology at Washington University St. Louis, School of Medicine.  She is currently investigating the cellular and molecular genetic mechanisms underlying vertebrate gastrulation, which has pract …

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Gian Cavallini

Healthcare

Gian Cavallini oversees the development and execution of Advanced ICU Care’s medical staffing growth strategy and leads the implementation of various initiatives to position the company for continued growth. His expertise in development and operations, …

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Don Imholz

Don Imholz

B2B Technology, Healthcare

Mr. Don Imholz is a business executive/leader with diverse experience in Operations and IT, extensive Board involvement, and a strong track record of creating sustainable competitive advantage. His expertise in cybersecurity, big data, digital transfor …

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Michael Beat

Michael Beat

Healthcare

Presently leading Arch Cancer Care as Medical Director, Dr. Beat is a local expert in collaborative prostate cancer management. At a national level, he contributes to physician leadership committees within the US Oncology Network. Having earned an exec …

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Paul Beuttenmuller

Healthcare

Mr. Beuttenmuller possesses over 30 years experience in Corporate Finance with Emerson Electric, Esse Health, Essence Healthcare and Innovare. He is experienced in financial analysis, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, new business development, …

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Michael Tomassan

Healthcare

Professor of Internal Medicine – Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at UUniversity of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and former Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine …

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John Talley

Healthcare

Dr. John Talley, Chief Science Officer for Euclises Pharmaceuticals and SARmont,  brings over thirty years experience and a record as one of the world’s most successful medicinal chemists. He is best known as the co-inventor of the blockbuster COX-2 in …

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Bryce Rutter

Bryce Rutter

B2B Technology, Healthcare

Dr. Rutter is founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group, a design firm serving industrial, commercial and consumer product and packaging clients internationally.  He is an acknowledged specialist in ergonomic product design and a leading worldwide expe …

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Tom Adamitis

Food & Agriculture

Tom Adamitis is Managing Director at Yield Lab. He formerly served as the Global Vice President of Raw Materials and Energy Procurement for Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s largest consumer product companies. He supported ABI’s global brewery f …

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Mark Byrne

Healthcare

Mark has served as ProteoSense’s CEO since 2013. Previously, Mark served as CEO/COO of several startups, including Assurex Health (2006-09). Mark earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Dayton and an M.S. Electrical Engineering from O …

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Peter Panago, MD

Healthcare

Dr. Panagos is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology at Washington University in St Louis. He is a 1987 graduate of Dartmouth College. In 1994, he completed his medical education at Emory University. Following a year of surgical training at N …

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Matt Blunt

National Security

Matt Blunt is the President of the American Automotive Policy Council and the former governor of Missouri. He was elected Missouri’s 54th governor in 2004, carrying 101 of the state’s 114 counties. In 2011, Governor Blunt was appointed AAPC president b …

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Chuck Norris

B2B Technology

Mr. Charles Norris, also known as Chuck, CFA is a Co-Founder of Nelnet Capital, LLC. Mr. Norris has been part of Nelnet organization for more than 20 years. During this time, he helped start Infovisa. Mr. Norris also worked for Wilshire Associates. Mr. …

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Chris Eckert

Food & Agriculture

Chris is the president of Eckert’s Inc., a family farm in southern Illinois. The Eckert’s farm has been in the family for seven generations. They farm 600 acres of fruit and vegetable crops as well as run a 400-seat restaurant and a 20,000 square foot …

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Brian Buntaine

Food & Agriculture, Healthcare

Before joining OTMIR in 2016, Brian Buntaine worked for more than 15 years in the life sciences industry. He began his career as a lab manager at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2003, Brian joined Sigma-Aldrich where he worked as a research and …

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Dr. Brendan Niemira

Food & Agriculture

Dr. Brendan A. Niemira is the Research Leader of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit. He leads a team of 30+ scientists, engineers, technicians, postdocs and students in Wyndmoor, PA in developing too …

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Bob Whitaker

Food & Agriculture

Dr. Bob Whitaker joined Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in 2008 as Chief Science & Technology Officer, responsible for food safety, technology, supply chain management and sustainability. Bob has served on the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Bo …

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Bob Kerch

Consumer Products

Bob began his 20+ years of marketing and international business development at ABKO, Inc. where he sourced product, created programs and merchandised those programs to big-box retailers throughout the Americas. He segued that experience in working for …

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Bill Angeloni

B2B Technology

Bill has spent his career helping clients around the world drive value within their operations and across the supply chain and has long been recognized as a leader in the aerospace and defense industry. Bill was most recently the President and CEO of E …

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Berwick Settle

Food & Agriculture

Berwick Settle is a Dairy Farm Management Specialist, managing a large scale dairy operation in Beijing, China.

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Barry Goldman, PhD

Food & Agriculture

Barry Goldman is the Vice President and Head of Discovery at Indigo. Using novel computational, sequencing and laboratory technologies, he is responsible for identifying the microbes that enable Indigo’s first generation of products. Barry brings more …

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Arvind Raghavan

Healthcare

Dr. Raghavan brings several years of experience managing preclinical safety and efficacy studies for biologicals and small molecule therapeutics and managing strategic alliances with biotech and pharmaceutical companies. His expertise includes postdoct …

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Armando Henriques

Resource Efficiency

Currently CEO of Angra Energy Partners, Armando Henriques was formerly President and CEO of Duke Energy in Brazil

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Dr. Albert Edwards

Healthcare

Edwards was employed for 42 years in the pharmaceutical and life sciences arenas. From 1990 to 2010, he held Regulatory Affairs positions of increasing responsibility at TAP/Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Lake Forest, Illinois.  Betwe …

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Greg A. Sullivan

Gregory A. Sullivan

B2B Technology

In 1981, with a vision for how the microcomputer would impact the world, Mr. Sullivan created his own company, G.A. Sullivan. His goal was to provide custom software to businesses using the then fairly new IBM PC. In 1992, the growth of the Internet pr …

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Brian Fielding

Brian Fielding

B2B Technology

Brian Fielding has over 30 years experience as an attorney, business executive, and consultant in digital media, broadcasting, technology and licensing. He was on the senior leadership team for 15 years at Audible.com, during its start-up and rapid gro …

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PJ Piper

PJ Piper

Resource Efficiency

Mr. Piper has extensive experience in start-up company development in founder, investor, board member, and executive roles. His experience encompasses intellectual property assessment, building strong development and management teams, raising private i …

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Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols

B2B Technology, Healthcare

Michael Nichols, Ph.D. presently serves as an investor and C level management for various startups. He serves as an Analyst for Vinlogx, a platform that acquires, stores, and analyses internal vehicle information enabling solutions across multiple auto …

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David Waserstein

David Waserstein

Resource Efficiency

Mr. Waserstein is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of SOIL Funds Management, LLC. The firm targets control and semi-control investments in resource efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable businesses. It’s inaugural fund, Sustainab …

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Dave Gray

Dave Gray

B2B Technology

Dave Gray is a leader and manager with a background in design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies, as well as mid-sized businesses, startups, executives and individuals. He is the founder of XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy, …

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Glen Swanson

Glen Swanson

Food & Agriculture

Glenn Swanson serves as the President of Daniels Trading. He brings a well-rounded commodity and foreign exchange background to the firm’s day-to-day operations. Glenn has an in-depth knowledge of trading technology and the order execution process that …

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Braden Hudye

Braden Hudye

Food & Agriculture

Braden Hudye is a managing partner of The Hudye Group, a 3rd generation family owned company involved in Agriculture, Commercial Real Estate, Multi Family Residential Real Estate, Development Property, as well as other equity investments in both the Un …

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David Christenson

David Christenson



Healthcare

David Christenson joined BioGenerator as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2015 focusing primarily on healthcare and specifically in information technology, care delivery and payment, and services. Over a 30-year career, David has developed a substantive …

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Ron Lirette

Food & Agriculture

Ron is a biotech consultant primarily focused on agricultural biotechnology with knowledge of pharmaceutical product development. He has extensive, successful experience in product characterization of products improved through modern biotechnology Able …

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Daniel Rosenbluth, MD

Healthcare

Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

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Russ Conser

Russ Conser

Resource Efficiency

Mr. Conser has very deep and broad experience in emerging energy technology, and is an expert in both theory and practice corporate innovation and venturing. Russ currently serves as a board member to StarRotor Corporation, on the Executive Committee o …

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michael ware

Michael Ware

Resource Efficiency

Mr. Ware is the founder of Advance Capital Markets, Inc. a private investment firm with a long and successful track record in the energy and power industries. He served as a financial advisor and then Managing Director to Good Energies (GEI). Mr. Ware …

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Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson

Resource Efficiency

Mr. Nelson has over 20 years of energy, entrepreneurial, business management and technology development/research experience.  He is currently managing partner at Saoradh Energy Partners LLC and was recently president of Ward Alternative Energy (a Saora …

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Sanjay Jain

B2B Technology

Co-founder & CEO of LaserBand from January 2001 through July 2012, Sanjay led the sale of the company to Zebra Technologies Inc. From 1996 to 2001, he was founder, Chairman and CEO of WorkNet Communications, a wireless telecommunications company. P …

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Ken Harrington

Ken Harrington

B2B Technology

As Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Ken has led the Center to become a top-five ranked university in entrepreneurship and innovation offering over 80 entrepreneurial courses and numerous co-curricular programs th …

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Hal Gentry

Hal Gentry

B2B Technology

With 30+ years of experience in the software industry as a CEO and Angel Investor.  Hal founded, served as CEO and ultimately sold two successful software businesses, Gentry Systems and GridLogix.  He is currently a partner in Capital Innovators, which …

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Jim Brasunas

Jim Brasunas

B2B Technology

Jim has 30+ years of entrepreneurial, management, marketing, sales, and investment experience with technology-based companies. Since 2008, Brasunas has served as Executive Director of ITEN (The St. Louis Information Technology Entrepreneur Network) pro …

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Renaldo Cataldo

Dr. Renato Cataldo

B2B Technology, Healthcare

An accomplished senior executive with start-ups, growth, and turn-around organizations, Renato developed a healthcare technology corporation, HealthTech Solutions, from a small start-up of 3 people to a national provider of technical solutions to healt …

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Ewin Barnett

Ewin Barnett

B2B Technology

Ewin Barnett is a life-long entrepreneur who specializes in information and big-data opportunities. He is best known for founding Carfax, a company that today employs over 500 people. He is an active investor and advisor in many area early-stage compan …

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