Allen Samuel is a serial entrepreneur that started his first company at the age of 12 by signing up homes in his neighborhood to lawn mowing service and then farming the work out to his friends while keeping a cut for himself. In the late 80’s Allen started one of the first switchless reseller companies in the telecom space. (Theodore Allen Communications or TA Communications) In the 90’s and early 2000’s Allen started Direct Search of the US Inc. A lead generation company that Business Week called the “Headhunters Secret” that he eventually sold to InfoUSA, a lead generation giant headquartered in Omaha NE to go into the HR tech space. Since then, Allen has played a key role in finding and bringing in the top talent to some of the worlds top companies like Gulfstream, Microsoft, Juniper Networks and many more…
Ronald Levin brings a diverse and seasoned M&A background consulting multiple industries including FetchCoins. His varied legal background has seen him negotiate and successfully exit transactions nearing one billion dollars. Ron received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, his law degree from
Howard University Law School and his masters of law in dispute resolution from the George Washington University Law School. Ron is focused on maximizing investor returns by identifying strategic capital partners and target acquisition companies. Ron has advised corporations and governments across Europe, Russia, Israel, and Hong Kong. He has built a global merchandising firm that specializes in assisting large government contractors on the bidding and procurement process for $1bn in total sales over 5+ years.
Sam is the senior vice-president of sales for Angie’s BOOM CHICKA POP brand. He provides oversight for over $150M for Angie’s BOOM CHICKA POP brand for all US and International business. He drove the fastest growing popcorn brand with growth across every customer channel. Prior to that, he served as the directory of sales for Mars Petcare. During his time there, he managed approximately $600M Mars U.S. Petcare sales for broadly-distributed brands in various retail channels. Before managing Mars Petcare, he was the director of sales at the Clorox Company where he planned and directed cross-functional teams representing $400M in annual sales. During a 10 year period at this position, he grew dollar channel business from $40M to $400M. Sam is a high-energy, dynamic leader with an outstanding track record of performance with a focus in revenue growth, trade optimization, shopper marketing, consumer insight, customer strategy, and performance management.
Grant was the vice president of sales at Angie’s BOOM CHICKA POP where he played a key role resulting in the sale of the company to Conagra Foods. Prior to Angie’s BOOM CHICKA POP, he served in the retail industry for over 20 years for General Mills, Clorox, and Mars Petcare. At Mars, he managed over $600M in revenue across multiple sales teams.
Joshua is the Vice-President of Operations & Finance for the Cyber Physical Systems, Inc. He specializes in functional and industry expertise in the areas of early-stage operational strategies, financial analysis & forecasts, technology & cash flow optimization, business development & brand structure, cost reduction efforts, global business partnerships, complex negotiations, vendor & contractor management, staff development initiatives, and organization efficiencies. Mr. Bowling is also the COO/CFO of Action Alignment Technology, LLC where he identified and integrated dynamic and streamlined technology, hiring, production, design, and automation to create and sustain efficient foundation to lessen labor costs, deliver software, and increase revenue.
Armed with an Accounting degree and a Master of Science from John Hopkins University, Danny brings significant experience in data analytics. He began his career studying biological and genetic data relating to cancer and AIDS. He had a brief stint at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Biotech Group examining animal vaccines efficacy and trial data. After 10 years examining biological and genetic data, Danny studied tax and accounting data to see if there is an efficient method to protect personal private information while maintaining data integrity for retrieval.
In 1997 during the Internet boom, Danny cofounded TelnetWireless Inc, a telecommunications company that was poised to build a wireless broadband network to deploy high speed internet access services for enterprises in the commercial buildings. During the late 90s as the demand for high speed internet increased, he created a more efficient solution that allowed enterprises to access high speed wireless internet without having to wait for months, years for fiber-optic accessibility. Danny was instrumental in building strategic partnerships with large manufacturing telecom giants like Nortel Networks, Erikson, etc. in addition securing vendor financings from them.
Almost five years ago, Danny began to explore how Blockchain technology could be applied to data analytics. He now dedicates his time to Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies while researching for various use cases. In 2017, Danny co-founded Secure Identity Ledger Corporation (SILC), a company that has built its own scalable permissioned blockchain platform that aims to create a sustainable and effective ecosystem that can be applied to various industries.
VP of Finance
Bhomik is currently a managing partner at Secure Identity Ledger Corporation (SILC) and serves as the CEO of Crosspointe Liquidity Solutions. With over 22 years of experience in the finance arena, Bhomik is well versed in areas of business analytics, strategy and business development. Bhomik has worked with organizations such as the World Bank, the IFC, the Africa Development Bank and various other similar institutions to help smaller businesses find the capital they needed for growth. Bhomik has a degree in Finance and International Business from Jacksonville University and a Masters from Stellenbosch University. That coupled with his CFA designation, allows Bhomik to bring significant value to any project he is focused on!”
PR and Communications Director
After a decade working for a number of City PR firms in London, advising a wide variety of companies in the Financial Services sector, John decided to set up his own consultancy. JEA Associates Ltd., which John established in 2015, is an agency specialising in digitalisation and how blockchain technology in particular could change how businesses operate.
Over the past 3 years, John has advised a significant number of successful Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) including Secure Identity Ledger Corporation, as well as a number of Fintech companies using distributed ledger technology. He has a proactive approach towards media engagement and community management, building strong relationships with journalists in all the major trade magazines, Newswires and national news outlets as well as other stakeholders.
Dr. Ari Chanen is presently Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Strayer Education, Inc. He holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Sydney. He was the 2016 recipient of the Best Professional Paper at Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS) for his paper “Deep Learning for Extracting Word-Level Meaning from Safety Report Narratives.” He was awarded a 3 ½ year Capital Markets Cooperative Research Center (CMCRC) scholarship, a 3 year National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, the Martin Prize for best undergraduate thesis of MIT Computer Science Department, and runner-up for best undergraduate thesis in the MIT EECS Department. He has been published seven times for his works pertaining to Natural Language Processing, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Ari is presently Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Strayer Education, Inc. Ari is a skilled and enthusiastic leader in the informed adoption of artificial intelligence technology to help bring about new efficiencies and new capabilities and to help improve a company’s bottom line. Ari has deep experience as an AI researcher and application developer in the areas of deep-learning, natural language processing (NLP), text mining/classification, deep-learning and automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems. Ari has been an invited speaker at various events, such as the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Symposium”.
Dr. Mark Hitt is a graduate of Iowa State University, receiving his DVM in 1979. He completed his veterinary internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri in 1986. He then went on to become the first internal medicine assistant professor in the Department of Companion Animal Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College – University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. While teaching he earned an MS in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology. He was promoted to associate professor and was granted tenure. In 1992, he returned with his family to Maryland where he started an internal medicine and oncology specialty practice (Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine & Oncology). This practice joined with other specialty groups to form the umbrella organization of Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center, LLC which has now expanded to Towson and Columbia. Doctor Hitt is Medical Director and head of medicine for AVIM&O. He contributes to numerous veterinary textbooks and lectures on various topics of Veterinary Internal Medicine to local, regional and national veterinary meetings. Although practicing in all areas of internal medicine, his particular interests are in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, and techniques of abdominal ultrasound and forms of endoscopy.
She is Blockchain VC and Investor in crypto market since 2011. Currently a General Partner at a global Sports VC Fund on Blockchain called SportVEST, disrupting the $500B traditional sports market by investing in future of sports. Her expertise are venture capital, deal flow, fundraising, product development, fintech, big data. My interest/research area is blockchain. As an angel investor, I’m passionate about emerging technology in Blockchain, AI, ML, IOT, cybersecurity.
Previously, She was a manager at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston managing US military, navy global payment system highly confidential biggest fintech project. Have 12 yrs of experience managing multi-million dollar fintech projects working for HP, IBM, Goldman Sachs, EU Bank. She is a Blockchain VC focused Hackernoon writer and author of Word from the Block. She is also a co-founder of think tank BlockCAP.org (currently in stealth mode). She is an accredited investor and has been angel investing since 2015. Had two startups. She is in the board of many blockchain and non-Blockchain companies. She studied Physics and Math and have MBA. As a HKS alum, she chairs multiple development board of Harvard Kennedy School alumni board.
Eleni is the principal partner of a boutique consulting company focused on strategic marketing and market research. She has over 30 years of experience in developing strategic marketing plans for companies across large and smaller brands.
She started her career in brand management at P&G and spent 17 years building brands. In 2001, Eleni and peers founded the Tradewind Group, a firm focused on providing interim CMO work. She has since led client engagements with companies such as P&G, Estee Lauder, Macy’s, Disney, Nestle, Pepsico, Kraft, Campbell’s, Heinz, Mars, Tennessee Valley Authority and a number of other organizations. Her specialties include consumer marketing, market assessments, and product innovation
She is best known for her work in transforming relationships with retailers through market insights, marketing and collaborative innovation. Pioneering this effort in 1995 at Procter & Gamble (P&G), Eleni delivered more than $650 million in increased sales and helped create the capability platforms to expand the approach throughout the company. P&G was the first to innovate in this arena and the industry has since followed because of the demonstrated results. A recent Deloitte study showed that companies that adopted this approach with their business grew at twice the rate of their categories.
Eleni’s has led innovation projects for a wide variety of clients including Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Disney, Tennessee Valley Authority, Buckeye Chemicals, Alcoa and others. Eleni attended the University of Michigan and holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Doug is the vice president of Strategy and Growth for Mars Petcare. He is a member of the executive team that leads the $4B North American division of the world’s largest petcare company. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Strategy Development, the Chief Integration Officer for Strategy Deployment, and the General Manager of eCommerce. Prior to his role as vice president, Doug served as the Director of Customer Development, Insights & Strategy. Prior to Mars Petcare, Doug was the Director of Customer Marketing for the Clorox Company. He has also served as the Director of Sales for the Glad Products Division.
Doug is on the board of directors for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, TN. He is the Executive Sponsor of the Network of Executive Women & Women of Mars. He is also a Corporate Ambassador for the American Humane Society.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Theology & Christian Leadership, and a Master of Business Administration.
Steve Capitani is a 16 year veteran in the Petcare Industry. He worked for Mars Petcare as an executive customer. Prior to Mars, Steve worked for 5 years at American Greetings. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Rutgers where is a member of the Cap and Skull honor society. He is the proud pet parent of an adopted chocolate/black lab named Stella.
Diane Quinn has over 25 years experience working in strategy and operations consulting, human capital acquisition and start up development with the Big 4, boutique consulting firms, F500 and early stage tech, business services and consumer services companies. Her recent work includes cyber security strategy at Cisco Systems, global retail technology rollouts for Estee Lauder, and market sizing for geographic expansion and SaaS offerings for private equity firms’ portfolio companies. In Diane’s spare time has been active in the animal welfare and rescue community for the past 15 years working with the NYC Mayors Alliance for Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, no-kill rescue groups for domestic animals and wildlife, NYC Animal Care and Control, and as a citizen lobbyist for animal welfare legislation in the state of NY. Diane recently spent a month in Namibia volunteering in wildlife conservation to learn about the root causes threatening cheetah populations and to help with the center’s operations. She recently moved to Boston where she is working to develop a for-profit start up that addresses the overpopulation of pets in city shelters. Diane holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurial Management and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Marketing. She has received a certification in Social Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School’s online program.