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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
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.
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
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
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Securities offered through First Allied Securities, Inc. A Registered Broker/Dealer Member FINRA, SIPC. Advisory Services offered through
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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.
Scott Grissom - Former Chief Financial Officer of Ferrari North America
Scott Grissom is a Finance executive with over 25 years experience in the areas of Business Planning, Budgeting, Financial Strategy, Reporting, and Internal Control, (as well as financial support for a range of Operating teams, mainly in the Detroit auto industry). Scott was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Ferrari North America in New Jersey, Prior to that, he held Finance Director positions in the areas of Financial Services, Marketing, Pricing, and Brand Financial Control.
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.
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.
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.
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