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Sergio Rodriguez - Program Manager
Hello, I am the Program Manager for Ask an Expert, and I am here to help you get started. As you know, here at TechTown Detroit we mean business. Please make an appointment for general consultation; I can either meet in person or do a phone call. I also provide a free Linkedin audit service using a simple checklist to help you bring up your social selling potential! Let's get you started.
Liang Downey -IBM
Liang works for IBM as a Solution Development Executive for IBM’s New Energy and Environment Global Industry. She promotes emerging solutions that leverage the IOT and analytics to better balance the distributed renewable energy supply and demand, eliminate energy waste via machine learning and reduce Green House Gas emission via cognitive computing. Her professional experience spans over 20 years in consulting, program management and emerging technology development across multiple industries.
Alok Sharma - Sharma Analytics
Sharma Analytics provides technology project management services. We help small organizations Scope, Cost, Plan, and Implement technology projects. Our flexible engagement model offers clients access to experienced IT Executives when they need them.
Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Renée T. Walker - President of Renee Walker & Associates
Renée T. Walker has literally honed her business, brand, communication and leadership expertise through executive positions with multimillion and billion-dollar brands in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Following nearly three decades of executive experience, she launched her own strategic communications consultancy, RENEE WALKER & ASSOCIATES, in 2012. Renée is on a mission to help entrepreneurs, executives and organizations amplify their brands to achieve greater success.
Dennis Zender - Owner of Ascend Sales Consulting
Dennis has 30 years of Sales and Sales Management experience in Global Telecommunications, Cloud, Security, and IT Managed Services. He has built, run, and transformed sales organizations from $30 million to $400 million plus in annual revenue. He has extensive experience in recruiting, training, and retaining top talent in sales, sales management, sales support, and presales. He has led multiple Go-To-Market (GTM) initiatives, which focused on revenue and profitability growth.
Steven Hampton - Owner of HSI Consulting
Steven has 20 years of experience delivering pitches, presentations, and conducting training to team members and executive staff of fortune 500 companies. The majority of his career has been spent as a leader in the technology field managing global teams as a project manager and providing IT solutions as an IT Director. Using the tools and skills acquired from toastmasters, technical training, and pitches Steven has created a dynamic speaking and training package for his clients.
David A. Barash – Financial Consultant / Vice President at STRATEGIC WEALTH CONSULTING GROUP, Inc.
David works with owners of established and developing businesses offering a wide array of essential
services which can be found at http://WWW.SWCGRP.COM
Securities offered through First Allied Securities, Inc. A Registered Broker/Dealer Member FINRA, SIPC. Advisory Services offered through
First Allied Advisory Services, A Registered Investment Advisor. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's
BrokerCheck. http://brokercheck.finra.org - http://www.finra.org -http://www.sipc.org
Michael Cole - President of Technology Industry Group
Michael is the Founder and President of the Technology Industry Group at Bank of Ann Arbor. His group provides banking and financial advisory services to more than 100 innovation based companies and venture capital firms. Before returning to Michigan from California, Michael led one of the nation’s leading technology sector focused corporate banking groups. He is the past President of the Ann Arbor
Angels and an experienced business plan creator and evaluator.
Brandon Hodges - Development Manager at thePlatform
At The Platform, Brandon coordinates the firm’s retail strategy. He actively works with the brokerage community and local small business incubators and competitions to identify and recruit outstanding businesses to the Platform’s portfolio of mixed use developments across the city. Brandon is originally from Charlotte, NC by way of Washington, DC and most recently received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Brandon Epstein- Detroit Venture Partners (analyst)
MSU graduate in Supply Chain Mgt. with an Environmental studies specialization. Spent two years in New York working in the Merchant Capital division of the Maxim Group, an investment bank. At the Maxim Group he worked with small to medium sized tech companies on fundraising. Currently an Analyst with Detroit Venture Partners specializing in dealflow related matters and portfolio company management.
Terrence J.L. Reeves, JD, MBA – Taft Law
Terrence is an experienced co-founder, consultant and venture capital attorney in Taft’s Venture Capital Group. Terrence focuses his practice on advising early stage startups and high growth tech companies with formation and governance matters, and through all stages of financing and growth. He leverages his wide-ranging knowledge of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to deliver value-adding legal solutions at the intersection of risk awareness, competitive advantage and growth.
Alford Kindred has been with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1997. During this time he has served as a patent examiner, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Acting Director of the Office of Information Management Services, Regional Manager of the Midwest Regional Office and currently is the Outreach Regional Assistant Director for the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO located in Detroit, Michigan.
With practices in Banking & Financial Services, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Aviation Law & Finance, Construction, Health Care, Environmental, Enterprise Procurement, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy & Security, Tax, Trusts & Estates, Labor & Employment, Bankruptcy, and Insurance, we work to understand our clients' businesses and the markets in which they operate.
Catherine S. Collins - Partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Catherine has over 27 years of experience in intellectual property law (IP). She focuses on preparing and filing patent and trademark applications and their prosecution in the US, as well as globally, but also specializes in IP due diligence reviews. She also handles clearance work for both products and trademarks. Her technology areas include mechanical and electrical, such as medical, automotive, semiconductor, energy, firefighting and fire protection, and material handling.
Leslie Lott - founder and principal attorney of Lott Legal
Leslie focuses her practice on providing attentive and cost effective outside general counsel services to start ups and established businesses. Being an entrepreneur and commercial real estate owner herself, Leslie has a unique perspective and ability to connect with her clients. Prior to starting her own legal practice, Ms. Lott represented businesses in transactional and general counsel matters and national banking and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation.
Matt Bower- Varnum Law Firm (start-ups)
Matt is a partner in the Varnum law firm where he focuses his practice on representing startup and early-stage technology and venture-backed companies. His practice includes, among other things, corporate formation and organization, venture financings, joint ventures, securities law, and intellectual property protection and transactions.
Michael “Max” Sneyd- Kerr Russell
• Michael “Max” Sneyd has 20 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and business law and leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He appears regularly before state, federal and appellate courts on matters related to all aspects of civil business litigation. In addition, he utilizes alternative dispute resolution methodologies to achieve positive results outside of the courtroom.
Lydia Michael - Owner of Blended Collective
Lydia's multicultural background and international business experience have propelled her to create Blended Collective, a multicultural marketing, branding & strategy company. There, the values of authenticity, culture, and diversity define the core of who they are and what they do. Her experience spans from the entertainment and music industry to project work with Deloitte and L’Oréal.
Bret & Shelly - WayPoint Marketing Communications
Shelly and Bret have a combined 35 years of experience in marketing communications, working with a multitude of companies across a variety of industries to help them reach their goals through smart, well thought-out marketing strategies and solutions in two critical areas: sales and human resources. WayPoint places an emphasis on establishing measurable goals that are directly aligned with desired business outcomes to help ensure that key objectives are met.
Kevin Ketels - President at Kyrris Marketing
Kevin is President of Kyrris Marketing, a strategic marketing and communications agency. He has more than 23 years of experience in strategic planning, branding, marketing and communications. Kevin helps his clients define their brand narrative and express it across a wide range of digital and traditional marketing channels.
Kevin is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business.
Mary Aviles - Insight Consultant & Market Strategist
Mary Aviles is the principal consultant of Connect 4 Insight, an insight-based strategic marketing consultancy. Mary offers marketing subject-matter expertise to include categories like: developing a one-page marketing strategy, social media strategy and tactics, website marketing, email marketing, event marketing, and basic marketing research (DIY surveys, polls, and customer satisfaction).
Elizabeth Mays is the CEO of MCS Multimedia formed in 2011, after inheriting Mays Printing, founded in 1946 by her late grandfather, J. Caulton Mays. Mays is a 3rd generation printer, entrepreneur and visionary who works closely with entrepreneurs and executives by using branding, printing, graphics, web design and marketing tactics to overcome roadblocks to increase provability. Mays is president and co-founder of Entrepreneur & Executive Magazine and Chief Consultant of Valley Publishing.
Nafis Azad - CEO of Ghostlab
Entrepreneur, product designer, and software developer that has worked with startups in diverse industries across the nation from seed-stage concepts to established market-leaders. He runs GhostLab.io, a full service UX/UI design and digital development agency in Columbus, Ohio working with startups to build innovative products and apps for mobile and web. Nafis is looking to provide feedback and analysis on products/ventures through a casual discussion offering guidance in product, design, growth, and more
Thomas Lawrence - Owner of Lawrence Systems
Tom is a tech entrepreneur, business owner, podcaster, and YouTuber. He has spent more than 22 years working in IT. During the past 15 years, his company Lawrence Systems has grown from a little-computer-shop-that-could into a thriving technology solutions company with over 6000 clients. He loves sharing his technical knowledge and business insight and especially likes to put his years of designing technical solutions to work helping others start their companies and bring their ideas to life.
Armando Arteaga - CTO of ToDoolie
Armando fell in love with programming after he took one course on CodeAcademy.com just to “try it out” . His love for entrepreneurship and technology drives his motivation for success in anything he picks up. He served in the Army for 6 years and has taken every lesson learned from the military to apply it to everyday business strategies. Armando can provide guidance to teams with no technical co-founder as well as answer general technology questions.
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