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Andrew Coy

Andrew is Co-Executive Director of Digital Harbor Foundation. He is an educator, technologist, mentor, and entrepreneur interested in bridging the gap between education and technology. Passionate about educational equality and dedicated to reinventing education to empower students to take their place the 21st century digital workplace.

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Ann Quinn

Ann is the Principal at Quinn Strategy Group. With over 16 years of experience, Ann has spent most of her career working with organizations that are facing the challenges of developing and implementing an organizational strategy, facing a funding event, or expanding new and existing service lines. Ann has facilitated strategic planning engagements for numerous corporate clients and non-profit organizations. She often works with the management team and board of directors to develop processes and a framework to facilitate communication, accountability and transparency. In addition, she has devised executable business strategies that attracted outside funding and generated revenues, profits, and continued growth going forward.

Ann worked as a strategic advisor at both SC&H Capital and Chessiecap. In these positions, she was responsible for helping clients devise executable business strategies that created enterprise value and growth.

Earlier in her career, Ann served as the Managing Director for the Maryland Venture Fund. There she was responsible for overseeing all equity financing activities for the State of Maryland, with a focus on the advancement of life sciences and advanced technology companies within the State.

Ann serves on the advisory board of a local technology company. She was recognized as one of the top 40 metro area business professionals under the age of 40. Ann is the President of the Alumni Council, the Mercersburg Academy; Member, Network 2000; and past Chair and board member for the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. She received both her Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from the Loyola University Maryland.

Bob Blonchek

Robert Blonchek is  a 25-year veteran of the IT and software industries and the founder or co-founder of three previous technology companies. He brings a unique blend of technology, business, and marketing expertise to the development and execution of products and service strategies that drive business growth.

Chris Brandenburg

Chris is the co-founder and CTO of Millennial Media, Inc. He has an extensive background architecting, implementing and operating complex, highly scaled, intelligent transaction systems. Chris is a technology leader in advertising, optimization and wireless technologies. In his role as CTO, Chris leads the development and operations of the company's MYDAS platform as well as the technological roadmap for the company.

Chris has held senior engineering and leadership roles in several of the most successful startups in the Baltimore region including leading engineering and operations for Advertising.com (acquired by AOL), and serving as senior software engineer with Solipsys (acquired by Raytheon). He has consulted with behavioral targeting companies on the development, integration, and implementation of targeting technologies.

Chris Hopkinson

Chris is currently the Director of Business Development for Dub Labs. He enjoys starting with nothing, creating new products or services that improve upon or radically change existing processes, finding markets for these new/improved offerings, developing partners and channels to help sell our breakthrough product(s) in these markets and ultimately building a viable business.

Chris has spent the last 14 years running start-ups of his own making and others. Dub has developed a mobile application platform that allows universities and colleges to deploy a custom mobile app for students. The platform is currently licensed to over 160 schools. Dub is also working on a soon to be released consumer mobile application to help better manage and maintain contact info and your mobile address book.

David Potts

Born an inventor, David enjoys the process of envisioning and building new technologies while also managing high performance teams. David honed his engineering and entrepreneurial skills while working at Texas Instruments in a variety of fast growth markets including a lead role in TI's Wireless division (which grew to over $2B annually) where he led in both engineering and business management.

Since returning to the east coast, David has served as Executive Vice President at SafeNet and with several regional startups. David's current venture, 6th Street Commerce, joined the ETC in November 2011 and is rapidly growing to be a premiere provider of enterprise E-commerce software for retailers. 6th Street Commerce has recently just launched a number or large retail clients and raised funds to continue their growth.

Greg Cangialosi

Greg Cangialosi is an entrepreneur, and investor based in Baltimore, MD. He has built a reputation as a pioneer in today's online landscape as a marketer and new media evangelist. His most recent company, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider was acquired by WhatCounts in July of 2011. Greg is a seasoned lecturer on marketing & entrepreneurship, and is also the lead author of "The Business Podcasting Book," a primer on new media for marketers. Greg holds a BA in English from UMBC, and serves on the board of WhatCounts, GBTC, UMBC Training Centers, the B&O Railroad Museum & Krossover Intelligence.

Ron Schmelzer

Ron is a Parallel Entrepreneur, having started and sold a number of successful companies. Ron is currently founder and CEO at Bizelo, a Software-as-a-Service company focused on small business apps. The companies Ron has started and run have collectively employed over 300 people, raised over $60M in Venture funding and seen exits in the multiple millions.

Prior to Bizelo, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, and Enterprise Architecture. The company was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.

He also was founder and CTO of ChannelWave, a successful enterprise software company which raised over $60M in VC funding and was subsequently acquired by Click Commerce. Ron founded and was CEO of VirtuMall and VirtuFlex from 1994-1998, and hired a CEO before it merged with ChannelWave. Ron is a well-known expert in IT, XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

He is well regarded as a startup marketing and sales adviser, and is currently mentor and investor in the TechStars seed stage investment program, where he has been involved since 2009. In addition, he sat on the working group committees for standards bodies such as RosettaNet, UDDI, CPExchange, and ebXML.

Ron Schmelzer is the lead author of XML And Web Services Unleashed (SAMS 2002) and co-author of Service-Orient or Be Doomed (Wiley 2006) with Jason Bloomberg. Ron received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Rose Piedmont

Rose is the owner of Rose Piedmont & Associates, a financial and operational consulting firm for businesses that want to grow. She works primarily with small to mid-sized businesses that are committed to making their operations as efficient & profitable as they possibly can. Most of the clients she works with have challenges meeting this goal.

A senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings and industries including Education, Government, Banking, Leasing, Construction Related Industries, Mutual Funds, and Insurance. Over the course of her career, Rose has managed General Accounting, Budgeting, Treasury, FP&A, Financial Reporting, Fixed Assets, Information Technology, Payroll, Human Resources, Procurement, Pricing, Grants and Strategic Analysis groups in both Profit and not for profit arenas. She also has considerable experience with international firms and IFRS.

In addition to her deep and varied financial experience, Rose is a strategic leader. She is able to dive into difficult situations and quickly learn and understand a company's business operations. Rose truly understands the challenges faced by the people who operate the business. She has worked in many diverse and challenging environments where clear communications, insight, the willingness to explore new ideas, personal credibility, and leadership were the critical elements in accomplishing the mission.

Rose earned her BS in Cost Accounting and Management from Fordham University and her MBA (with a concentration in financial services) from Boston University.

Russell Clark
  • Owner of Elluminis Consulting Group (an Interactive information technology company) founded in 2003 has over 20 years of experience, in enterprise information technology, interactive software and dynamic web based solutions.
  • Instrumental in HealthCare strategies and system preparedness related to HIPAA transactions 5010, ICD-10 and Medicare/Medicaid initiatives.
  • Managed ICD-10 assessments of multiple health plans, providers and ACO's identifying their gaps, roadmap and estimates for implementation.
  • Successfully led End to End Claims systems upgrade and Enterprise Data Warehouse reporting driven by 5010 and ICD-10 preparedness for $5 billion dollar Medicare/Medicaid Plan in Florida.
  • Key Healthcare program management leader of a $300 million dollar business process, data & systems re-engineering initiative for largest healthcare company in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Directed $100 million dollar US defense contractor Knowledge Management initiative to create a dynamic secure web portal for over 200,000 users.
  • Strategic consulting and leadership experience for high profile and Fortune 500 clients including; Wellcare Health Plans, CareFirst Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Royal Philips, Department of Homeland Security, Census Bureau, ING Group, Disney, Pfizer, Washington Hospital, McKinsey, Toshiba and Citizens Bank.
  • Areas of expertise include portal and knowledge management, business process re-engineering, ecommerce, methodologies and standards, data & information architecture.
  • Project Management Professional, with exceptional knowledge of SDLC process, methodologies and experience with managing Federal contracts.
  • Board member for eduit.org an education non-profit and Civicframe.org a media & arts non-profit.
  • In 1998 he was one of the founding members of BreakAway Games Ltd. an Interactive startup that specializes in "Serious Games" simulations.
  • As a Senior Producer for Disney and ABC Sports, Mr. Clark worked with such companies as ESPN, CBS, AOL, Intel, and Microsoft. Mr. Clark managed the design and development of ABC Sports Interactive Monday Night Football line. With premier Internet capabilities it was a groundbreaker in internet capabilities, ranking as one of the top 100 interactive simulations of all time.
  • Mr. Clark is available for speaking engagements and continues to give back to his community through leadership initiatives, mentorship and non-profit support.
Scott Schelle

Scott has more than 20 years on the mobile industry's "bleeding edge"; continuously integrating new technologies into the mobile mainstream, driving new products and services, developing new revenue streams and creating value, resulting in over $1.4B in exits. Thrives in environments where problems are often not well defined and where creative, fast thinking and decisive leadership are required.

Highlights include:

  • Developed Verizon Wireless' mobile payment strategy and was the primary interface between Verizon and Isis for tactical, operational and organizational issues.
  • Authored T-Mobile's Wi-Fi business strategy; resulted in the enablement of more than 5,000 T-Mobile Hotspots in Starbucks cafes, airports and hotels.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Sprint Spectrum, a wireless carrier operating in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC under the Sprint Spectrum™ brand. Sprint Spectrum.
Thomas Little

Tom is a co-founder at Binary Event Network (BEN) , a startup that utilizes financial markets technology to capture live sentiment in mobile and social networks. Prior to BEN, Tom was the Director of Research at Quadriserv – a financial technology innovator in NYC. As the first electronic stock lending market in the U.S., Quadriserv is creating efficiencies thru the automation of the $1T+ stock lending market. Previously, Tom was a quantitative analyst at Gargoyle Strategic Investments where he conducted research in equity hedge fund and electronic market-making strategies. He is a named inventor on multiple patents related to electronic marketplace design.

Tom holds an MBA from NYU and studied engineering at Lehigh University and Virginia Tech. He received a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship in Operations Research before making the leap into technology entrepreneurship. Tom is a mentor to early stage startups at Baltimore's Emerging Technology Centers.

Todd Johnson

Prior to acquisition of Salar, Inc, by Transcend Services, Inc., Todd Johnson was CEO & president for Salar, Inc., a Baltimore-based firm providing advanced clinical productivity solutions to the health care industry. Johnson has developed and successfully launched Salar's suite of products which replace traditional paper clinical documentation with electronic "smart" paper, providing improved convenience, speed and accuracy for physicians and hospital staff.

Johnson co-founded Salar in 1999 while still a computer science major at Cornell University. The company originally served as a health care IT service provider to Johns Hopkins University, where Johnson and his partners created downloadable guides designed to deliver clinical information in a quicker fashion. As a result of this pioneering vision, the ABX Guide for antibiotics and the HIV Guide continue to be available for download via Johns Hopkins POC-IT Center.

Following the success of the electronic guides, Johnson and his team at Salar worked to develop additional products designed to capitalize on electronic clinical documentation. These products include TAP Charge CaptureTM, designed to optimize physician billing, TeamNotesTM, an application that eliminates paper-based documentation and provides clinicians real-time patient information and Team Query TM, providing real-time review of physician documentation.

Among the notable projects Johnson has been a part of, his work with Johns Hopkins Healthcare System and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an electronic medical identification system for the residents of the country of Zambia stands out. Build to help keep medical records consistent and current, the team created a portable card that allows physicians to see up-to-date medical records. The result has had a dramatic impact on the spread of HIV in the country.

Ten years after its founding, Salar provides solutions for many of the country's leading hospitals including: Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, UMass Memorial Health Care, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital.

As president of Salar, Johnson has been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the city's "40 Under 40," and Salar has also been a finalist for Maryland's "Incubator of the Year" and "Technology Company of the Year" awards.

An expert in implementing solutions to improve clinical documentation, Johnson has served as a presenter at many health care IT industry events, including the Michigan Health Information Management Association conference, Windows on Health Care and the University of Maryland PDA Fair.

VickyMcAndrews

Vicky is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CMD. Prior to founding CMD in 1999, Vicky served as CFO of National Credit Management Corporation. Previously, Vicky was active in middle-market mergers and acquisitions as a consultant with Executive Sounding Board, Ltd. Prior to relocating to the mid-Atlantic in 1987, Vicky was Vice President – Finance for Texian Inns in San Antonio, Texas.

She began her career with Chemical Bank in New York, and later joined the Bankers Trust Company, where she was a vice president in their National Banking Group's Chicago office.

Vicky has been active in the entrepreneurial community through her work with the Greater Baltimore Technology Council (now gb.tc), the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington-Baltimore and as an advisor to the Technology Advancement Program at the University of Maryland College Park. Vicky is a member of Leadership Maryland's class of 2006. Current board positions include the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Board of Directors of gb.tc. She received her BA from Harvard University in 1978.