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Craig has over 24 years experience in the consumer product space, he is the former President of Ideal Living, a multi-channel marketer of hundreds of consumer products, specializing in Direct Response Television (“DRTV”), internet and retail sales. He is responsible for directing worldwide sales of products in excess of $3 billion. Some of the brands Shandler helped bring to market include Therapure, Prosvent, Tobi garment steamer and Breath Assure.
Eric is a business consultant, product designer and entrepreneur. For the past 20 years Eric has invented and filed numerous patents in the arenas of Telecommunications, Entertainment, and Consumer Products. He is responsible for developing a unique and proprietary multi-screen mobile platform and is credited with inventing and filing a first-of-its-kind portfolio of patents for the multi-billion dollar interactive healthcare industry.
Brett spent the last 23 years building market share and brand equity growth in the mass market, retail, prestige, and direct response industries having created his own infomercial programs, launching innovative products, and bringing them successfully to market with premier mass-market distributors. He was responsible for orchestrating a mass market product licensing deal between Idea Village and Guthy Renker, two of the premier giants in the infomercial industry.
Jeremy is the Co-Founder of Lemnos Labs, a hardware incubator in San Francisco, CA which provides seed investment, mentorship and encouragement to talented engineers. Previously Jeremy was an officer in the United Stated Air Force. While in the Air Force he was assigned to the Airborne Laser (ABL) Program. Jeremy was made branch chief of the Adjunct Missions Test and Targets group. Jeremy has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Zeid has spent his professional career working in operations, supply chain, manufacturing and quality functions. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. He graduated from the Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) at GE, gaining extensive experience in scheduling production, improving processes, designing quality specifications and coordinating multi million dollar shipments.
Joel is the Founder & CEO of Magnetie, a company that began as a successful Indiegogo campaign. Magnetie is the first reversible tie that utilizes magnets instead of a tie clip to hold it together. Joel is also an Industrial Manufacturing Engineer in charge of managing the manufacturing operations and production launch for all military and defense programs for Navistar Defense. Joel’s other specialties include supplier search and selection and all phases of product development.
As a serial entrepreneur, Andy has spent his entire career focused on early stage company development, financing and operations. At present, Andy is a Founder and Managing Partner at Aurify Brands, LLC, a New York-based brand incubator focused on building and operating a portfolio of companies the restaurant industry. Portfolio companies include both original concepts and multi-unit franchise networks.
Thomas D’Ambrosio, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Tom is a business and finance partner at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He has advised clients of all sizes for more than 20 years. Morgan Lewis offers more than 1,600 legal professionals around the world, and covers all aspects of the emerging growth company life cycle, including formations, financings, intellectual property protection, joint ventures and other collaborations, employment matters, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions.
Drew Carlton De Risi, Co-Founder & SVP of Strategy, Transmedia
Drew is the Co-Founder and SVP of Strategy and Marketing for TransMedia. Transmedia is the creator of the award winning Glide OS Application and Cloud platform. Drew started his career at Morgan Stanley doing Private Equity, later he founded iNTAWiRE, a high-technology consulting and software development company, iNTAWiRE provides high-technology consulting to fortune 1000 companies in the financial, media, advertising and travel sectors.
Lance White is an active angel investor and advisor to several technology companies. Over the last decade, he has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs by taking their ideas from concept stage to strong growth. He was involved in the Ohio TechAngels Fund launch - the largest angel fund in the mid-West. He is a also Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with UBS Financial Services, Inc and a member of the UBS Technology committee.
Espen is the President and founder of Pluris Valuation Advisors LLC and a nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and business valuation, restricted and illiquid securities, securities design, levels of value, and discounts for lack of liquidity. Pluris' practice includes portfolio valuations for investment funds and financial institutions, as well as a broad range of financial reporting and tax opinions for public and private companies.
Jeff founded The Jeff Herman Literary Agency in N.Y. over 24 years ago. Since it’s inception, his agency has sold over 800 titles to publishers worldwide. Some of his clients include Authors such as Jack Canfield, Ken Fisher and Joe Montana. Jeff is also the author of Jeff Herman’s guide to Book Publishers, Editor and Literary Agents now in its 21st edition. The “GUIDE” is considered a bible of the industry and has sold over half a million copies.