United States Senator for Louisiana
John Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. He has built a distinguished career as a conservative champion for the people of Louisiana and a dedicated watchdog of taxpayer money.
Sen. Kennedy serves on the Appropriations, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Budget, Judiciary and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees in the U.S. Senate. He serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Financial Services and General Government.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Kennedy was state treasurer of Louisiana for five terms. As treasurer, he oversaw the state’s multi-billion-dollar investment portfolios. He also oversaw local and state bond issues and returned millions of dollars in unclaimed property each year
Congressman, 8th District of Illinois
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was elected in November 2016 to represent the 8th District of Illinois, which includes the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Raja's policy platform focuses on growing and strengthening the middle class by supporting small businesses, rebuilding our infrastructure, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. Raja knows our economy works best when it works for all of us, and that's why he's fighting to make college more affordable, expand access to paid sick and parental leave, and guarantee equal pay for equal work.
Raja is the child of immigrants and was reared in Peoria, Illinois. He attended public schools in Peoria and was a valedictorian of his high school class. Scholarships and student loans allowed Raja to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. He then graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for a federal judge before practicing law in Chicago.
AI and ML Systems Architect, TED & Keynote speaker
Tanmay Bakshi is a 15 year-old Canadian author, AI/Machine Learning expert, TED and keynote speaker, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor, and a media personality who has addressed over 200,000 executives, leaders, intellectuals, and developers at international conferences, universities, and multinationals worldwide. The United Nations, NASSCOM, Linux Foundation, Apple, SAP, IBM, KPMG, and Walmart are just a few of the organizations he has keynoted for.
His passion to develop algorithms and to work with machine learning lead him to apply this tech mainly in the fields of education and healthcare. His goal is to help at least 100,000 aspiring coders in learning how to code and innovate through his books, workshops and seminars. Tanmay’s YouTube channel called “Tanmay Teaches” and his consistent work towards his goal for the past 8 years has earned him numerous recognitions such as Knowledge Ambassador Award, IBM Champion for Cloud, Google Developer Expert for Machine Learning, Twilio Doer award, and Global Goodwill Ambassador at Linkedin, to name a few.
Minister of Infrastructure, Canada
Minister Panda was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a by-election on September 3rd, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-Foothills. Mr. Panda was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Calgary-Edgemont.
Born in Sangam Jagarlamudi, Andhra Pradesh, India, Panda has lived in the constituency of Calgary-Edgemont for 15 years. An active member of his community, his volunteer experience includes serving as president of the Telugu Association of Calgary and as the first vice-president of the India-Canada Association of Calgary. Panda organizes an annual Food Drive for Calgary Veterans.
Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat
Matt Mayberry is a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears and now serves as an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and performance expert. As a keynote speaker, Matt provides strong take-home value, as well as an inspiring experience, for every attendee. With a combination of powerful and personal stories, along with current research, attendees leave with a detailed action plan for their own success. Matt has been rated one of the top speakers at every event he’s keynoted.
Matt is a columnist for Entrepreneur and Fortune Magazine where his articles on peak performance, overcoming adversity, leadership, and motivation are read by 4 million people worldwide. Matt is the author of the book WINNING PLAYS: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in life. Matt’s work has been featured on and in NBC, ABC,ESPN, Business Insider, Forbes Magazine, Fox News, Fox Business, MSN Lifestyle, and CNBC.
Business Development Expert, TrustPoint Management Group, LLC.
Karl Graf is recognized nationally as a business development expert, specializing in executive sales consulting and sales productivity training.
He is an authentic, enthusiastic speaker who can inform as well as entertain and motivate Presidents, CEO's, other Senior Managers and Sales Professionals.
He helps industry leaders formulate successful management and sales and prospecting strategies daily. Top executives from DirecTV, Sprint, and Aquila have benefited from Karl's expertise and experience, especially in the areas of new account acquisition and recruiting an effective sales winner.
By focusing on buyer's and seller's attitudes and behaviors, not just techniques, Karl's clients are able to achieve "superior selling" results.
Sales & Recruiter Trainer
Barb Bruno is President of Good as Gold Training, Candidate Next Step and HR Search. She isrecognized internationally as one of the top experts in the Staffing and Recruiting Profession.She was selected by LinkedIn Learning to create recruiting courses, which have had over 2 millionparticipants worldwide. Barb became a trainer to help others make more money. She created her TopProducer Tutor online training and has assisted 100% of her clients increase their sales and profits.Barb will soon launch two new Tutors courses including: Add Flexible Staffing and Add Direct Hire to help her clients create an additional profit center in their business.
In late 2020 Barb will launch her new book High-Tech High Touch Recruiting through Kogan Publishing.
She has also developed a private labeled Career Portal to help 100% of the candidates we attract, while generating passive income for her clients. This resource helps improve the candidate experience.
Barb has also held many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of NAPS. She created the training materials for the TechServe Alliance Certification Program which provides best practices for the IT and Engineering Contract Staffing Profession (CPSR and CPSAE). Bottom Line: Her enthusiasm and passion are contagious!
Founder, CEO Global Talent Accelerator
In the process of building 4 tech companies and mentoring many more, I’ve witnessed how talent is the most powerful ingredient and the key determinant for success.
While demand for tech talent exceeds supply in North America by a factor of nearly 10x, senior developers and senior data ninjas are even harder to find around the world. So, with an amazing team and support we have built two companies that address global talent mobilization to solve immediate tech talent issues.
Code in Canada is a near shore solution for US based companies that are suffering potential loss of H1-B talent. We move the talent to Canada in a simple elegant solution that takes one phone call.
Global Talent Accelerator finds senior developers and data scientists around the world and matches them with the best opportunities in Canada. With innovation and a lot of old-school, hands-on work, GTA takes the risk and friction out the process for employers and for the senior talent…and their families.
Both companies are transforming lives, while enabling companies to grow within Canada and US Companies to build capacity near shore.
Attorney and Counselor at Law at Dammanna Law, PLLC
Founding attorney at Dammanna Law, PLLC with demonstrated experience in business and family immigration, contracts review, and estate planning. Well-versed in both small-boutique and international legal firm operations. Licensed to practice law in the U.S. (TX) and India (AP/TS), and professionally affiliated with organizations in both countries. Organizational membership with the State Bar of Texas, the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh, the American Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Recognized by the Texas Bar College for outstanding quality of public service by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education and by the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for pro bono legal services in 2017. 2018 recipient of the Steven G. Condos Award for Outstanding First-Year Member of TX Bar College.
Exceptionally involved in community service for the past 20 years and served as a board and committee member in several local and national Telugu organizations.
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, President AILA
At Sidley Austin, Marketa leads the immigration group’s I-9 compliance practice, representing companies in government workplace enforcement actions and developing compliance programs. Marketa advises employers on workforce strategy and visa processing for foreign national employees. She provides immigration advice related to mergers & acquisitions. She represents U.S. and global corporations, universities, healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and high net-worth individuals.
Marketa serves as elected national Treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she is actively involved in national efforts to change our immigration laws to stimulate economic growth, help families reunite and promote due process. She is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's immigration policy committee. She has appeared on television, radio and print about developments in immigration law. She advises to several Chicago-area cultural institutions and organizations that provide assistance to underserved immigrant communities.
Marketa regularly speaks and writes articles on immigration law and practice. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law. She is a primary author of the Business Immigration Law treatise and has written for AILA's Guide to Worksite Enforcement and Compliance, Guide to PERM Labor Certification, and Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook.
Marketa is listed as one of the foremost corporate immigration attorneys in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal: Illinois.
Managing Attorney at IMMLAWS
IMMLAW is a group of experienced immigration lawyers, each of whom is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to his or her clients. IMMLAW attorneys include national leaders in the immigration field, and well-known authors and lecturers. IMMLAW members are strategically located throughout the United States in centers of business and economic growth and major gateway cities where there is a demonstrated need for quality legal assistance.
IMMLAW members practice autonomously, but share their knowledge and expertise to the benefit of their client. IMMLAW members exchange ideas and information in emerging areas so that their clients can benefit from the most innovative, highly sophisticated techniques.
The client who engages an IMMLAW member knows that his/her lawyer has continuing access to other IMMLAW members. IMMLAW maintains an active communications network to disseminate information, techniques and successful strategies for meeting client needs. IMMLAW clients receive the benefits of the knowledge and experience of the entire network.
Partner, Greenspoon Marder LLP
President and Managing Attorney of The Nair Law Group, A Professional Corporation, a law firm practicing exclusively in the area of US Immigration and Nationality law. The firm represents business and corporate clients in all matters of employment-based immigration. Born in Kerala, India and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1996. Graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science, Journalism and Socio-Legal Studies and received her Juris Doctorate [JD] from Albany Law School. She enhanced her international background and education by completing a Masters Degree in International Relations at Schiller International University in London, UK.
Began working in the field of immigration law while clerking at a downtown New York City law firm, where she later became an Associate at the firm. She continued her immigration career by working at the most premier Wall Street immigration firm, where she managed their downtown NYC sub-office.
Admitted in the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Third Department; U.S. Southern Federal District Court of New York and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; and the Women's Bar Association of New York. She was also a weekly columnist for Express Computer, Part of India Express, India and a monthly columnist for the Marthrubhumbi, Kerala, India.
Partner, Kamala Law Corporation
Attorney Kamala Maddipoti is the Founder and President of Kamala Law Corporation. Attorney Kamala completed her Master of Laws (LLM) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. Ms. Kamala is a member of State Bar of California and started practicing law since 2011. She specializes in Estate Planning & Immigration laws and helps her clients on both employment as well as family based immigration matters & Estate Planning needs. In addition to Immigration & Estate Planning work, she guides and counsels employers on compliance and corporate transactional matters. In her free time she offers pro bono services and gives back to the community for the greater good.
Partner, Wasden Banias, LLC
Jonathan (Jon) D. Wasden is an Administrative Procedures Act (APA) litigation attorney, focusing on business immigration issues.
His practice blends expertise in the Immigration and Nationality Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Separation of Powers Doctrine, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He began his legal career as a trial attorney in the US Air Force, appearing in over fifty criminal trials in six years. He then joined the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation-District Court Section, where he defended immigration regulations and decisions under the APA. He travelled extensively, and litigated cases in 17 district courts and 3 circuit courts across the country. His last position in government was with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), focusing on employment based legal issues, and advising on litigation in these areas.
Jon now works in private practice consulting with clients on strategies to overcome immigration denials, and appealing cases in federal court under the APA. He lives in the Washington, DC, area, with his family, and is still a member of the US Air Force Reserve.
Managing Partner, Sam Shihab & Associates, LLC
Attorney Sam Shihab offers more than 20 years’ of experience in US immigration law with special focus on counseling engineering, information technology, health care and other corporate clients. He counsels on issues related to corporate compliance, visa audit representation and visa filings. Attorney Sam Shihab represents foreign entrepreneurs and investors before USCIS and US Department of State. In addition attorney Sam Shihab represents families relevant to immigrant visa petitions.
Senior Partner, Hammond Law Group, LLC
Mike founded the firm in 1991 as a way to have more time to play golf. To date, it has not improved his score but, he remains hopeful. In 2016, the firm celebrated 25 years of “Throwing One Starfish Back Each Day” Before beginning Hammond Law Group, Mike served as an associate at Benjamin, Yocum, and Heather handling civil trial work. When not working, Mike likes to spend time with his two children Ben and Kelsey and his grandson, Jax born in 2010. Jax is a pool lover so free time is spent grilling out, swimming and listening to Minecraft stories ! Ben is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Business Management. He is the General Manager of a Panera store in Columbus, Ohio. Kelsey is Jax’s mom and works at the firm as a paralegal. She is the artistic one in the family and for Christmas of 2010 presented Mike with a beautiful drawing of Jax which adorns his office.
Mike enjoys all types of sports and regularly plays basketball and enjoys hot yoga. He is an avid University of Cincinnati Bearcats fan. He ran his 1st half-marathon in 2012 when a client dared him that he couldn’t do it. Thanks Liz. It was such a fun experience, he has made the Miami Half-marathon a January tradition. From 2000 until 2005, Mike coached a girls select basketball team, the Ice Angels and during that time, they won over 95% of their games, won 1 national tournament and 2 international tournaments, one in London, England, and the other in San Marino, Italy. They also won over 25 other regional and local tournaments and played throughout the U.S., even making two trips to Hawaii. Mike and his brother Robert attend spring training baseball games in Florida each March. Mike’s youngest brother Jonathan is a recent law school grad and is working at the firm. Mike is an avid reader, and usually reads a book a week. His favorite works of fiction include Cosmic Banditos, Missing Links, Catcher in the Rye, The Dive from Claussen’s Pier and Bright Lights, Big City. His non-fiction favorites include Same Kind of Different as Me, Love Wins, and When the Caged Bird Sings. You can find him on Sunday mornings teaching elementary school age kids classes at Vineyard Cincinnati.
Mike likes to travel for both business and pleasure. He has traveled internationally to Toronto, Manila, Rome, Munich, Geneva, Paris, and London. He also travels a lot domestically primarily to meet with clients. He frequently meets with clients in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Tampa, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, and Washington D.C. Mike regularly conducts training seminars and internal audits for businesses. He especially enjoys Q & A presentations to groups of computer consultants or healthcare workers.
Mike’s practice focuses on representing corporations in the IT and healthcare sectors. He is the primary contributor to the firm’s Views on Business Immigration blog. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences hosted by TechServe Alliance and Staffing Industry Analysts. He has been named to the The International Who’sWho of Corporate Immigration Lawyers since 2008.
Managing Attorney, Kodem Law Firm
Sharadha Kodem is uniquely placed to help fellow immigrants. After completing her Bachelors in Computer Science from India, she arrived to United States on F1 to do her Masters in Computer Science and worked her way through the H1, EAD and eventually permanent residency and now citizenship. She has the personal experience with the heartache of missing the H1-B lottery and had the ordeal of dealing with deportation notice that was erroneously issued by USCIS while she was in law school. These experiences strengthened her resolve to help immigrants and upon graduation from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, she embarked on this mission
Apart from being a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and Texas College bar, Sharadha has about 15 years of experience as a software developer. This gives her a unique strength of Legal and Technical expertize. She is currently admitted to practice law in Texas and in the Northern District Court of Dallas.
She currently stays in Dallas with her husband and her two children. She enjoys learning new languages and is proficient in English, Hindi and Tamil and can converse in Telugu, Bengali and Gujarati reasonably well.
The Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC
Prashanthi Reddy, Esq. Ms Reddy attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School LL.M. (1996). She has experience in the Immigration field since 1997. She is admitted to the bar in New York. Ms Reddy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York Bar Association. She is the the past Immigration Chair for the National South Asian Bar Association and the Immigration co-chair for the Federation of Indian Associations. She is actively involved in pro bono legal work and volunteers for organizations such as Trial Lawyers Care (for victims of 9/11), Manavi (women's organization in New Jersey), The New York Immigration Coalition and Safe Passage (The Safe Passage Immigration Project, a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School).
She was voted as the top 100 lawyers by the National Advocates, she has a rating of 10/10 with AVVO and has been selected as a top 100 Immigration lawyer in the State of New York by the American Society of Legal Advocates and has been selected as the 10 best Attorneys in New York by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.
CTO, Digital Solutions at GE Transportation
Strategic business and technical executive focused on driving change and large scale results in the cloud computing, systems engineering, and enterprise software space. Diverse leadership capabilities and experience across engineering, strategic management consulting and technical marketing. Experience building and leading large and small teams in Fortune 500 companies and startups.
CTO at Oregon Health and Science University
Abhijit Pandit holds the dual role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Oregon Health & Science University where he has worked since 2009. At OHSU, Abhijit leads two divisions, the Technical Infrastructure Design and Engineering (TIDE) team and the Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (BIAA) team. While, TIDE’s mission is to provide an infrastructure that is a competitive advantage for OHSU, BIAA’s mission is to establish data as strategic asset at OHSU. Together, these two divisions total almost 200 full-time employees.
Over the course of his career, Abhijit has worked for a wide range of companies like Nike, OHSU, PacifiCorp, Kellogg’s Keebler, Dr. Pepper Seven Up, Cadbury Schweppes (U.K.) and NASA. Abhijit has managed, designed, analyzed, and implemented several large IT programs and projects, such as a Population Health solution called Healthy Planet, Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2, Employee Productivity to name a few. He has developed IT roadmaps and strategies, defined IT funding models, while leading and mentoring large teams (both nationally and internationally in Europe and Asia).
Additionally Abhijit currently teaches at OHSU, having previously served as a faculty member at University of Oregon , Oregon Tech and University of Phoenix. On the education front, Abhijit has a Computer Engineering degree from Pune University, India, a Masters in Computer Science from IIT Chicago, and a MBA from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys travelling the world, trying different cuisines and the occasional round of golf.
CTO, EZ Links Golf
Bart has substantial experience architecting scalable platforms, developing powerful products, and ensuring clients receive the best software. Prior to EZLinks, Dolega led a team of 250 technologists across nine worldwide locations as Senior Vice President of Technology at Donnelly Financial Solutions. He also served in leadership roles at CDK Global and Redbox, leading the company’s digital platform development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Global Chief Technology Officer at iCrossing
An executive with a career spanning 23 years with hands on experience in digital strategy and transformation, business development, architecture, application development, operations, agile development processes and account management. Recognized as a leader focused on motivating and challenging teams to achieve more through creativity, innovation, commitment and quality. Demonstrated success managing software delivery in multiple industries including retail, QSR, consumer packaged goods, pharma, media and entertainment, and financial services.
CIO, City of Aurora
Michael Pegues is driving smart city efforts from plan to execution to make the City of Aurora a regional technology hub. Leads the Information Technology (IT) Division, manages the citywide IT strategic plan for technology services that serve all departments and hundreds of thousand direct constituent interactions. Drives processes and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment to enhance public administration and safety, promote economic development and civic engagement. Ensures technologies are used to support and advance the priorities of the Mayor's Office, Department Chiefs, Department Heads, and other city and regional leaders.
CTO & Head of Strategy for US Cable accounts; Head of Sales for Altice USA, Ericsson
As a business executive I bring a record of success and expertise in developing strategic, value based partnerships at the highest levels of global business, by developing, clear business strategy, technology solutions, and powerful sales engagements. I excel at delivering results with a company-first mindset and passion for people development, built through executive leadership roles across Strategy, Technology, Sales and Operations. I successfully combine a well rounded background with critical business and communication skills - a key in my ability to build important business relationships and provide the inspiration to rapidly spark change.
Illinois CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology
Ron Guerrier serves as the State of Illinois Chief Information Officer and Secretary for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT). Illinois Governor JB Pritzker appointed Guerrier to serve in these roles in March of 2019, based on his extensive background and leadership in the innovation and technology fields.
Guerrier has more than 20 years of experience managing technology in the private sector and has served as chief information officer for multibillion-dollar companies since 2012. Most recently, he held the position of CIO at Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, and functioned in the same role at Farmers Insurance Group from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, Guerrier spent 19 years at Toyota North America, rising from a customer service representative to IT manager to chief technology officer to vice president and chief information officer.
Guerrier earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in operations management and supervision from North Park University. In addition, he has earned a certificate in IT management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an executive certificate in developing organizational innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, a certificate in innovation from the University of California, Berkeley; and a certificate in IT performance management from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Guerrier serves as the Chairman of the Board of IS Associates at the University of California, Los Angeles and is the Executive Advisor for STEM Advantage, a non-profit organization that opens doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Guerrier sits on the Board of Directors of SBP (SBPUSA.org), an organization which assists with the rebuilding of homes after natural disasters.
Throughout his career, Guerrier has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2019 Crane’s Top50 Award, 2019 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, Digital Edge50 Award, CIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 3x and was included in the Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America List. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as Entrepreneur, CIO Review and FortuneMagazines.
Transformation Leader, AJAY WAGHRAY
Ajay Waghray is an accomplished technology executive known for harnessing leading technology to achieve core business goals. He combines a background in engineering and consulting with pioneering and transformational leadership to adeptly steer operations, workforce, and technology, achieving greater efficiency and profit growth.
In his most recent role, Ajay was Chief Technology Officer for Assurant Inc., a Fortune 500 global provider of risk management products and services with $6.9B+ in revenues and 15,000+ employees worldwide.
Director of AI, Microsoft
20 Years experience in the IT industry in Direct and Channel Sales, Technology Strategy, Business Development, Pre-Sales Consulting, Account Management and SI practice building. Key Strengths: AI solution sales to strategic accounts in the Americas timezone.
Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C
Patrick Papalia currently oversees the firm’s New York and Hackensack Office litigation groups. Mr. Papalia is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney, a distinction held by less than two percent of all attorneys in New Jersey. Mr. Papalia has successfully handled complex and high profile cases for the firm’s clients.
Mr. Papalia has crafted winning strategies and defended or obtained million dollar recoveries and judgments for his clients. He has taken to trial and verdict difficult cases and secured wins for his clients, as defense or plaintiff’s counsel. Mr. Papalia’s practice encompasses various industries, providing litigation and corporate support and advice for clients in the information technology, textile, food, diamond and jewelry, hotel, pharmaceutical, medical, real estate and other industries.
Recently, Mr. Papalia handled a multimillion dollar estate litigation in which his client recovered in excess of twenty million dollars on a Will contest. The result was achieved from the aggressive and strategic litigation plan put in place by Mr. Papalia.
Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C
Robert’s practice surrounds the representation of employers in all aspects of immigration law and compliance. This includes representing employers in matters ranging from assisting employers with their visa and Permanent Resident needs for employees to developing a comprehensive immigration law compliance strategy.
Rob additionally has significant specific experience assisting clients in the sports industry. Rob serves as outside immigration counsel to several NHL franchises and additionally represents clients in professional football, baseball, soccer and golf. Rob additionally represents the athletic departments of colleges and universities in immigration and related compliance issues for their foreign athletes.
Managing Partner, Thomas Allen Law Firm
Mr. Thomas V. Allen Esq. has been awarded his graduate law degree from the Indiana School of Law, Indianapolis, in the year 2006. Since 2006, Mr. Allen has dedicated his legal service to immigrants for their employment and family-based needs. He is licensed to practice general law in New York and also eligible to practice Federal Law in all 50 states of United States of America. Mr. Allen practices exclusively in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also a member of American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. Committed to the privileges of immigrants and non-immigrants, Mr. Allen offers his full-time efforts to ensuring that individuals are entering the United States on a temporary or permanent visa basis are provided with all the rights and privileges afforded to them under U.S. immigration laws and regulations.
He represents clients in all areas of business immigration, serving guidance to employers and their employees to obtain proper temporary immigrant visa or non-immigrant visa status and ultimately permanent residence.
He also guides clients in complying with labor department rules, I-9 rules and other complex immigration laws. Mr. Allen represents a wide variety of employers, including multinational corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurial investors. He limits his practice to Immigration and Nationality law in the state of New Jersey and other states of United States. Mr. Allen is an approachable and accessible lawyer. Mr. Allen is committed to his clients and providing diligent support for his employment based and family-based clients throughout their immigration process so that clients can feel safe trusting him with the details of their case for a smooth transition from a US Immigrant to a US Citizen.
Founding Partner, Mezas Capital Group LLC
Imran Memon is a founding partner of Mezas Capital Group LLC. He is based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to founding Mezas Capital group, Mr. Memon managed extensive client portfolios for top global financial institutions and has over 15 years of experience in Banking and Financial Services.
He has owned and operated several successful retail businesses and has over a decade of experience in financing, analyzing, and investing in public and private companies
Partner, Nazarath CPAS
Cecil Nazareth is a partner with NAZARETH CPAs – Global Accountants a CPA firm with offices in the New York City tri-state area. The firm specializes in international tax and accounting, particularly for SME companies, subsidiaries of foreign parents and High Net Wealth Individuals families in India and the U.S.
A nationally renowned leader on International tax and accounting, Cecil Nazareth is a Chartered Accountant and a US CPA and understands the differences the complexities of US and Indian taxes having practiced in both arenas. He is a Professor of Global Accounting at Fordham University in New York City. Nazareth has appeared on ITV’s Renee Report year-end tax planning report and has spoken at the Diamond Jubilee of Indian Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on the role of a Global accountant and International tax. He has conducted several International tax sessions including sessions for the ICAI and the Bombay stock exchange CFO magazine and several CPA firms and companies around the world.
The Firm provides services in Income taxes, International taxes including FBAR and FATCA and compliance with complex international tax forms. We also provide Gift tax and Estate tax planning services. We are the Leading firm in cross-border transactions organization and structure and especially India-US
Previously Cecil worked with AICPA’s SEC Practice Section reviewing Technical issues peer reviews of several large CPA firms performing SEC related work. Before joining the AICPA, Cecil worked at Ernst and Young specializing in the financial services industry. His international experience includes the practice in the Middle East and India. He has an MBA in finance from Fordham University and Information Technology from Columbia University in NYC.
Managing Director, Clearsight Advisors
Philo is a Managing Director at Clearsight Advisors. Prior to joining Clearsight, Philo was a Principal at the GEF Management, a $1 billion private equity firm based in the Washington D.C. area. At GEF, he focused on making minority and majority investments in growing companies in technology and industrial services industries. Before joining GEF, Philo worked as an investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities and Updata Capital covering clients in the business and technology services sectors. His deal experience includes executing sell-side, buy-side and private placement transactions and has raised over $1 billion of capital in various forms of equity and debt financings.
With two active and vocal kids, life never stays still for Philo. He loves the hot and humid Washington D.C. summers and enjoys every opportunity to take his family to the beach.
Philo graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the College of William and Mary and earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chairman, Israel-India Technology Group
Dennis Mehta is a lifelong entrepreneur with a background in private equity and venture capital. Specific sectors of interest include water, security, IoT, and advanced hi-tech companies. He is the Chairman for I-IT Group, a platform focused on connecting Isreali suppliers and technology with Indian markets, companies, and consumers.
More than 30 years ago, Dennis’s founded Professional Software Technologies. After leading the firm to a successful acquisition, he continued to build value as an executive, leading it to second and third exits at higher valuations by Esko and Danaher, respectively.
Dennis has specialized in driving growth in companies through focused marketing efforts, unlocking new or untapped distribution channels, revitalizing sales teams, and creatively combining products to retain customers and solidify margins. More recently, he has focused on identifying orphan brands (i.e., non-core assets) with weak logistics/sales and distressed opportunities.
He is the recipient of Marketing Excellence Award from DuPont Corporation and the Special Achievement and Presidential awards from Esko-Danaher. He is a founding Charter Member at TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and supports various charities in the US and India.
President, Global Kinetics
Jeff is founder of Global Kinetics, a market development accelerator to early-to-mid stage clients seeking to establish/expand operations in the US market & a long-standing enterprise mobility industry veteran. He is a Co-Founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket (SVIYP), a mobile & online platform that allows global entrepreneurs to access Silicon Valley content, coaching & connections as they build viable businesses. In addition, he is a Co-Founder of HubSV, a Silicon Valley style international training & mentorship company. He is a Founding Investor of Batchery, a global incubator for tech startups. Jeff is an EIR for SKTA Innopartners. He is an Advisor at UC Berkeley's incubator, SkyDeck.
He was previously with Cognizant & Brillio where he was founder & Global Practice Head for the Mobility practices & focused on Internet of Things (IoT) & user experience (UX). Prior to this, he was a serial entrepreneur founding several businesses from the mid-1990s. He was awarded the prestigious BridgeGate 20 Award, recognizing him as one of the top 20 business leaders & “difference makers” in S. California’s IT & new media community.
He serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Enterprise Mobility Exchange & is a mentor and advisor to several Silicon Valley technology accelerators where he advises early to mid stage companies. He is an angel investor and a member of Berkeley Angel Network. Jeff is a Board member for Innovate Marquette SmartZone in Michigan where he helps support the entrepreneurial eco-system in which new tech-based business ideas can start, grow and succeed. He frequently speaks at international conferences & corporate events & has published extensively about enterprise mobility, UX, IoT & startup / entrepreneurial related topics.
He holds a BA degree in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College & an MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Technology from UC Berkeley. He is based in San Francisco with his wife & enjoys the Silicon Valley lifestyle.
Managing Director, Naya Ventures
Dayakar's distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events.
Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.
Previously, Dayakar owned the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. He also led the $350M hosting business encompassing all product development, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Microsoft, as Founder and CEO of JP Mobile, Dayakar pioneered the industry's first mobile software solutions company. He secured $55 million in financing and successfully completed its acquisition by Good Technology, later acquired by Motorola.
Dayakar began his career with Motorola. He owned the P&L for the Paging product, including all aspects of design, development and world-wide customer support. He received the Engineering Excellence Award from management at Nippon Motorola.
Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups. He has been involved with the Dallas chapter of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1999 and is currently a charter member. Among other activities, he chaired the wireless/mobility SIG of TiE, and organized a wireless seminar in partnership with Nokia, TI and others. Dayakar is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and earned a master's degree in computer science from Nova University.
Founder & CEO of Sierra Atlantic
Raju Reddy is the Founder and ex-CEO of Sierra Atlantic, an award winning company acquired by Hitachi in 2000.
Reddy enjoys working with and mentoring young entrepreneurs to build great global companies. He currently serves on the board of Hitachi Payment Services, Grey Orange, Belong and Seclore, and previously served on the board of RedBus, Espresso Logic and Cognovision.
Reddy is active in numerous, varied not-for-profit initiatives like ICC, Kakatiya Sandbox and BITSAA. He is also the driver behind Sevathon.
He is currently a Board member of RAND Corp Center for Asia Paciic Policy and EnActe Arts.
Founder & CEO of Bizofit
As Founder & CEO of Bizofit, a Crowdsourced Open Innovation Platform connecting Enterprises with Tech companies, I have entered the uncharted waters of Entrepreneurship. Bootstrappped ! Every year, you gain 3 years of corporate experience 🙂
Prior to this, as Executive Vice President at Microland, I was responsible for North America and Europe geos, and for accelerating the company's growth in those markets through aggressive new customer acquisitions, growth of existing accounts and building strategic partnerships. I was also responsible for laying out the company's Business Strategy and building our Client Service teams. During my stint at Microland, the company witnessed unprecedented growth, and signed several multi-million dollar contracts with Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients.
My career spans a couple of decades in Client facing and Leadership roles with Infosys, UST Global, Arthur Andersen and Satyam (TechMahindra).
As an industry veteran and an outsourcing specialist, I have been a speaker at industry forums, and have been quoted in leading Business magazines.
I'm also involved in leadership roles with two not-for-profit organizations, i.e. TiE Midwest & IITB Heritage Foundation.
Specialties: Leadership, Digital Transformation & Innovation, Sales & Sales Management; Client Relationship Management; Contract Negotiations; Deal Structuring; IT Outsourcing; Remote Infrastructure Management.
Chairman & CEO ,Omniquo, Inc
Hemant Gosain, also known as Sunny, is the CEO & Executive Chairman of Omniquo, an Artificial Intelligence company. Sunny is a seasoned executive in the technology sector with a successful track record in heading up large global organizations and in executing start-up ventures in cloud, mobility and enterprise software. He is also an advisor to growth based tech firms in the telecommunications (contact center software), ERP, CRM, A.I. , Retail automation and manufacturing supply chain domains. Prior to Omniquo, Sunny served in numerous leadership roles such as the Chief Product Officer & Executive Vice President of inContact Inc. (NASDAQ: SAAS, acquired by NICE), the Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President at Compiere Inc.(acquired by Aptean), the Vice President at Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), as Systems Manager at MCI Systemhouse (acquired by HP NYSE: HPQ), and as Management Consultant at Fujitsu.
Co-Founder & COO at GhangorCloud
Bhanu brings over two decades of leadership and success in the Silicon Valley, in areas of Networking, Security & Storage. He has held leadership positions, and was an early member, at several successful startup companies such as Array Networks, AlteonWebsystems and Auspex Systems. Bhanu has extensive experience in driving an organization’s overall strategy, building a global partner eco-system, and driving customer success.
At GhangorCloud, Bhanu holds the position of Chief Operating Officer and is a member of the Board. He is responsible for the overall business side: Strategy, Sales, Business Development, Customer Success and Operations.
Prior to GhangorCloud, Bhanu served as VP of Worldwide Sales, Business Development & Services for Array Networks. Bhanu revamped Global Sales efforts to deliver consistently superior results, leading to consecutive profitable quarters/years. Array had a successful IPO in 2009. He led the company into newer regions in APAC and established Array as a leader in its market category.
Previous to his time at Array, Bhanu was an early member and held management positions at AlteonWebsystems where he built and led the Customer Advocacy team as well as contributing significantly to BD activities. Alteon was recognized for its Customer Satisfaction and Services. Alteon had a hugely successful IPO followed by M&A with Nortel. Prior to Alteon, Panda managed the Customer Satisfaction organization at Auspex Systems, with Fortune-500 clientele.
Bhanu holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University.
Partner, Sherwood Ventures
A serial entrepreneur, I started my first business at 19, and have spent the majority of my career working in startups, most of which I founded. As classically trained software developer and IT generalist, I bring a broad range of technical and business expertise to all of my ventures and clients, regardless of industry. This expertise has fueled the high growth rate and success of all of my companies.
In my experience as a consultant and entrepreneur, I have worked in Group Travel, Telemarketing, Digital Out of Home Advertising (DOoH), Internet of Things (IoT), Light Manufacturing, Marketing, Actuarial, Occupational Therapy, e-Commerce, Retail, Non-Profit, Ticket Brokerage, Public Agencies, IT Consulting, and Professional Services and bring domain-specific knowledge to these industries.
Specialties: Start-ups, Web Technology, Information Technology, Process Automation, Investments, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship
Managing Partner, CJ Partners
Charles “Chip” Parmele is a Limited Partner in six venture capital Limited Partnerships and a strategic insurance advisor to approximately fifty others. He is a Mentor to the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), an early stage seed fund and technology accelerator. He is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals established to foster entrepreneurship. He is also a Founder of teq.Konnect, an invitation only networking group for technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Along with his brother, Jim, they spend much of their time advising in the technology sector.
Investor, Quake Capital
Sumay Parikh has experience in distressed business turn around, marketing, strategic partnerships, product development, and operations. Previously, Sumay bootstrapped a Real Estate Investment Fund in the Midwest, constructing High-End hotels. He has experience leading strategy and growth at several velocity stage startups. He is also the host of The Unsexy Startup podcast.
Partner, Tech Council Ventures
Jim Gunton has invested in privately-held growth technology companies for more than 20 years. Before co-founding in 2001 the $80 million NJTC Venture Fund, Jim was a partner at Edison Venture Fund and a manager at Oracle Corporation in the Silicon Valley. He served formerly as a Governor of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC).
Jim earned a BS from Stanford University and an MBA with distinction from Duke University. He has served on the board of numerous private and public companies including Achieve3000, Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR), CytoSorbents (NASDAQ: CTSO), InstaMed, IntegriChain and CareGain.