One of the country's most informed economists, Brian Beaulieu has served as CEO of ITR Economics since 1987 where he researches the use of business cycle analysis and economic forecasts to increase profitability. Brian has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars in 7 countries to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 28 years.
Susan Ershler is a public speaker, business executive, climber of Mount Everest, and author. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, CenturyLink and FedEx. She led teams to sales records, beating objectives from $1 million to $600 million, ultimately as Vice President. Along the way, she earned 11 annual President's Club awards for leading teams to peak performance.
Dr. Michael Cox served as the former Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for 25 years advising the President on monetary and other economic policies. He holds the unique distinction of being the Federal Reserve System's only Chief Economist in history. He is widely published as the author of numerous op ed articles for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, and Investo's Business Daily and his book, Myths of Rich and Poor, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Cox is a frequent guest on national radio, television and Internet programs, including ABC's John Stossel program, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, ReasonTV, Voice of America, and National Public Radio. His YouTube video "Would You Give Up The Internet For 1 Million Dollars?" went viral in Europe and won awards. He has thirty nine years of university teaching include Virginia Tech, the University of Rochester and Southern Methodist University and is the Founding Director of the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. Dr. Cox is a Chief Economic Advisor to MPACT Financial Group.
Odom leads the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. The Ombudsman's Office is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits.
Odom came to the Department as a legal expert with a wide range of immigration experience in the government, private and charitable sectors. Most recently, Odom led the country's largest network of charitable legal immigration programs as the Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Odom practiced immigration law in the southeast for many years, leading a successful private practice dealing with defense from removal along with business and family-based immigration. Early in her career, Odom also served as Assistant District Counsel for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service and as a judicial law clerk at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Odom also serves as the appointed Chair of the DHS Blue Campaign, the Department's unified effort to combat human trafficking. In collaboration with law enforcement, government, and non-governmental partners, the Blue Campaign works to educate the public about how traffickers operate, where help is available to victims, and the importance of a victim-centered approach to combatting human trafficking.
Karl Graf is recognized nationally as a business development expert, specializing in executive sales consulting and sales productivity training. He is an authentic, enthusiastic speaker who can inform as well as entertain and motivate Presidents, CEOs, other Senior Managers and Sales Professionals. He helps industry leaders formulate successful management and sales and prospecting strategies daily.
Tom Nunn Consulting provides expert guidance to entrepreneurs looking to "bust out" and grow their company's top and bottom lines. We focus on Strategic Planning, Best Practices Evaluation and Implementation, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Key Performance Metrics, Compensation Planning and Situational Advice. In addition, Tom facilitates several CEO and Key Exec Industry Roundtable peer groups
Harvyst Consulting Partners is a full service consulting practice designed to assist professional staffing organizations train, hire, and manage sales and management teams. Our custom training addresses the full life cycle of the hiring and staffing process and provides customized, unique differentiators to drive your business to the next level.
Patrick Papalia currently oversees Archer & Greiner P.C. New York & Hackensack Office litigation groups. He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney, a distinction held by less than two percent of all attorneys in New Jersey. Mr. Papalia's practice encompasses various industries, providing litigation and corporate support and advice for clients in the information technology, textile, food, diamond and jewelry, hotel, pharmaceutical, medical, real estate and other industries.
Mark Roberts is Chief Executive Officer of TechServe Alliance, the national trade association for the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. Prior to being named CEO by the TechServe Alliance Board of Directors in February 2003, Mr. Roberts served as COO & General Counsel of the organization. He is an authority on both business trends and legal issues impacting the industry. He writes and speaks frequently on industry topics including what successful firms are doing to drive growth and profitability. Before joining TechServe Alliance, Mr. Roberts was a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of a large Florida law firm. Mr. Roberts also served for four years in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York. Mr. Roberts currently serves as a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Ravikumar Vemuru, CEO of APNRT Society (a government of Andhra pradesh initiative), Special representative nominated by Government of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu (APNRT) Society, a government of Andhra Pradesh initiative to unite the Telugu Diaspora worldwide and provide them the right platform to engage with their motherland in ways and means which are symbiotic in nature.
Cadence M. Moore is a Senior Associate at the Hammond Law Group. She enjoys helping private companies, not-for-profit organizations and professionals with employment-based immigration matters. She has been with the Hammond Law Group since 2011. Cadence is experienced in helping large, mid-sized and small organizations in a wide range of employment-based immigration matters.
With more than twenty years of experience advocating the interests of individual, emerging growth and institutional clients, John Palter has served as lead and local counsel in numerous jury and bench trials and arbitrations in cases involving securities, accounting, intellectual property, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, employment, insurance coverage, oil and gas, dissenter's rights, deceptive trade practices, quasi-torts, and estate disputes. He is practiced at enforcing his clients' rights via pre- and post-judgment collections. And when it makes sense, John is equally comfortable resolving complex commercial disputes via alternative dispute resolution prior to formal litigation or trial.
John is a Certified Public Accountant, which has served him well when representing clients in jury trials and arbitrations involving complex GAAP accounting, accounting negligence, securities and intellectual property matters. He has represented clients throughout the country in multi-district and multi-venue litigation before State and Federal Courts, FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.
Vik has 17 years of experience spanning venture capital, private equity and information technology consulting. Vikâ€™s responsibilities span all aspects of the investment lifecycle including identifying promising potential companies, conducting due diligence and providing ongoing support to portfolio companies especially with sales and business development initiatives.
Prior to joining the Cypress team in 2012, Vik served as a venture capitalist for a $200M investment fund sponsored by the State of Texas. In that role, Vik was responsible for identifying, qualifying and mentoring prospective portfolio companies. Vik also worked with a private equity firm, Lone Star New Markets. He spent the first decade of his career working in the information technology field as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Vik is also very active in the Texas entrepreneur community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of TeXchange, TiE Dallas, the Southwest Venture Forum and the University of Texas â€“ Dallas Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and an undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Dallas.
Dayakar's distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events.
Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.
Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups. He has been involved with the Dallas chapter of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) since 1999 and is currently a charter member. Among other activities, he chaired the wireless/mobility SIG of TiE, and organized a wireless seminar in partnership with Nokia, TI and others. Dayakar is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University and earned a master's degree in computer science from Nova University.
Suresh Ketha is the CEO at RISE Group of Companies, Dallas based company with global focus on On Demand Applications, Cloud computing, Data Management and Services providing solution for an integrated enterprise in partnership with SAP, Microsoft and Google. He a serial entrepreneur, thought leader in enterprise best business practices, promoter of businesses in Healthcare, Education, Real Estate, Software, IT and Business Services.
Jay Challa, Chairman and CEO, has over 20 years of experience in operations, business development, project management, and technical management. Since he co-founded AceInfo in 2000, he has watched the company grow into a thriving, high quality Federal IT contractor recognized as a leader in the field.
Under his leadership and outstanding management capabilities, AceInfo has grown from a two-person, $50,000 revenue company in 2001 to a mid-sized leader serving the Federal Government market space. The company has won many awards from Federal Government agencies, including the SDB Contractor of the Year from the US Department of Agriculture and the National Directors Award from the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Mr. Challa received Fifty Influential Minorities in Business award from Minority Business Enterprise Network in 2006 and was on the cover of the Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine in 2009.
Akshat Tewary's legal practice is focused on advising Information Technology companies on employment-based immigration, employment and corporate law matters. In particular, he has over 10 years of experience as a business immigration attorney, having assisted thousands of foreign workers gain work authorization in the United States in various visa categories ranging from H-1B and L-1 visas for professional employees to O-1 and P-1 visas for internationally renowned athletes and Bollywood film stars.
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary, Akshat served as an Intellectual Property litigator at Kaye Scholer LLP, an international law firm with over 500 lawyers in nine offices around the world. Akshat is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is authorized to practice immigration law in all 50 states.
He is also actively involved in representing charities and pro bono clients on matters of public interest. He has submitted numerous briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and is recognized nationally as an advocate for economic reform.
Chand Parvathaneni is a founding partner of The Law Firm of Sim, Parvathaneni & Brown, PLLC. Attorney Chand Parvathaneni graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree from the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT- Kharagpur), an elite insitution of higher learning in India. Chand graduated with a 4.0 GPA from the University of Texas at Dallas where he received his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science. He worked in a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Fujitsu Consulting, ACS-Xerox, Verizon, and Microsoft, in various roles related to Software Development. Chand Parvathaneni advises software start-ups and technology outsourcing companies with immigration and business related issues and focusses on employment based immigration petitions. Chand has obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (newly purchased and recognized as Texas A & M School of Law) and is admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of American Bar Association (ABA) and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
As a naturalized U.S. citizen, Chand has a unique perspective and understanding of the personal challenges that individuals face when dealing with the complexities of immigration law.
Jeremy Vickers joined the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015 as Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where he leads a team focused on cross campus startup activity and entrepreneurship curriculum. Prior to UTD, Jeremy was at the Dallas Regional Chamber from 2011 to 2015 as the Vice President of Innovation where he led strategy and program implementation to support building the North Texas innovation ecosystem. His efforts were to support university research growth, technology commercialization, startup resource support, and startup capital access. Specifically, he was involved in the launch of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center as a Co-Founder, the Texas Research Alliance, and InnovateDFW, which is now a part of LaunchDFW.com.
Prior to joining the Dallas Regional Chamber, Jeremy assisted in the launch of the Texas Institute for Sustainable Technology. The Texas Institute focused on leveraging North Texas based research university capabilities to attract grants and consulting in Smart Grid and Cyber Security applications. Prior to the Texas Institute, Jeremy was the Director of Commercialization at the North Texas RCIC where he coached startups towards raising angel and venture capital.
Jeremy received his Master's at SMU's Cox School of Business and his Bachelor's at Baylor University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at UT Dallas. Jeremy lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Dr. Jackie Vickers, and twin boys.
With more than 20 years of PR and marketing experience, Susan Yost leads the healthcare division and business development for Sunwest Communications, a 37-year-old, national, PR and marketing agency based in Dallas. Susan works alongside the Sunwest team to provide clients with strategic counsel, plans and execution of messages and stories across every touchpoint and target audience. With a foundation in journalism, she knows how the media works and what efforts will help businesses and consumers navigate complex situations and competitive markets. Industry experience includes technology, energy, healthcare, nonprofit, restaurant and entertainment.
Prakash Khatri is recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Indian-Americans" by India Abroad in 2007, Khatri is a renowned specialist and public speaker on immigration law and related matters. He has provided expert commentary on immigration issues for television and radio programs and has shared his insights at countless immigration conferences, seminars and debates. From July 2003 until March 2008, Khatri served as the nation's first Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services in the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.
Sheela Murthy is founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Her firm of approximately 85 professionals concentrates in the area of U.S. Immigration Law. Having completed her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Murthy has been admitted to practice as an attorney in New York, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Before starting the Murthy Law Firm, then known as the Law Office of Sheela Murthy, she practiced with major law firms in New York and Baltimore. Murthy is a member of several legal and professional organizations. She is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has been on the Executive Committee of the Washington D.C. Chapter of AILA. Prior to this, she was chair of the Liaison Committee to the Department of Labor for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for the AILA D.C. Chapter. She continues to be a leader in the organization.
The Posey Law Firm, P.C., led by Jake Posey, is a law firm offering a full range of legal and government relations services to its clients. The firm's work encompasses many major areas of business law, including formation and dissolution of partnerships, LLCs and closely held corporations, employment agreements, vendor agreements, shareholder agreements, breach of contract claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secret litigation, non-compete litigation, and employment litigation. The firm's lawyers have also handled diverse, complex disputes involving commercial claims, insurance disputes, administrative hearings and consumer related litigation.
Emily Neumann is an immigration attorney dealing with employment-based cases in both nonimmigrant and immigrant areas. She spends much of her time conducting research on the constantly changing maze of immigration laws and uses this information to respond effectively to various requests for evidence. She represents corporate clients in many industries, particularly Engineering, Oil and Gas, Information Technology, and Healthcare.
Rakesh's business practice focuses on helping businesses of all sizes ensure their legal protection. He also reviews leases, sets up company agreements, assists in structuring the business so that his clients are protected, negotiates purchases and sales and most other issues associated with a business transaction. His immigration practice focuses on both employment based immigration and family based immigration. From the employment side, Rakesh represents several companies across the US with their business and immigration needs.
Ms. Kan has established a national H-2B program for a premier golf course construction company, developed an international immigration policy for multinational employers, established blanket programs for multinational companies, implemented and conducted I-9 training programs for Fortune 100 companies, obtained O-1s for artists, scientists, engineers and executives, and developed PERM programs for IT companies.
Kathryn "Kate" H. Brady is an Senior Immigration attorney at Akula & Associates with more than 9 years exclusively practicing Immigration and Nationality Law. She is an experienced attorney who has devoted her career to employment-based and family-based Immigration, as well as US Citizenship application before multiple agencies including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Labor, Department of State and Administrative Appeals Office. She also previously practiced before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Ezdraz is a mover and shaker. He has a passion for the entrepreneurship world. He founded two Mexican startups in the Social Gifting and Food Tech industries. Ezdraz has more than 13 years of experience working for global companies such as Oracle, IBM, Tata Consultancy Services, and Softtek.
Leonel has been involved in the IT industry for over a decade. Serving as consultant for several mid to large scale companies, interacting with global clients across the Americas and EMEA regions in the Telecommunications, Banking & Finance and Biomedical sectors. He has a deep understanding of the local technology environment in Mexico and has witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth experienced in recent years. Leonel holds a bachelor's degree in International Business/Communications Engineering with the University of Guadalajara and is a certified PMP with the Project Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in IT Management.
Rick Jordan serves as a co-chair of Gardere's Venture Capital and Emerging Business section. He specializes in representing high-growth businesses primarily in the technology sector. Rick regularly serves as lead counsel on venture capital financings (representing investors and issuers) and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He also handles other complex corporate matters, such as joint ventures, restructurings and licensing deals.
Rick is a frequent speaker on corporate and venture capital matters, and is the current chair of the Emerging Business/Venture Capital Committee of the Business Law Section of the Texas State Bar. He has been honored as one of the best lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2012-2014) and as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, in Texas Monthly (2013-2016).
Brian BeaulieuChief Executive Officer & Principal, ITR Economics
Susan ErshlerPresident & Founder, Ershler International
W. Michael CoxDirector, O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom
Maria M. OdomCitizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Karl GrafFounder/CEO, TrustPoint Managment Group, LLC
Tom NunnBusiness Consultant, Tom Nunn Consulting, LLC
Rick CarlsonFounder/President, Harvyst Consulting Partners
Patrick PapaliaPartner, Archer & Greiner P.C.
Mark RobertsChief Executive Officer, TechServe Alliance
Dr. Ravikumar VemuruCEO of APNRT Society
Cadence M MooreSenior Associate, The Hammond Law Group
John PalterMember, Palter Stokley Sims
Vik ThaperPrincipal, Cypress Growth Capital, LLC.
Dayakar PuskoorGeneral Partner, Naya Ventures, LLC.
Suresh KethaCEO, RISE Inc
Jayanth ChallaChairman of the Board, CEO, Ace Info solutions, Inc
Akshat TewaryAssociate Attorney, Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary
Chand ParvathaneniAttorney & founding partner of The Law Firm of Sim, Parvathaneni & Brown, PLLC
Jeremy VickersExecutive Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Texas at Dallas
Susan YostGeneral, Sunwest Communications
Prakash KhatriCEO, Khatri Law Firm
Sheela MurthyPresident/ CEO, Murthy Law Firm & Murthy NAYAK Foundation
Jake PoseyAttorney, The Posey Law Firm, P.C.
EMILY NEUMANNPartner, Reddy & Neumann, P.C.
RAKESH I. PATELJD, IMBA, Partner, The Patel Law Group
GRACE KANAttorney, Kan Law
Kathryn H. BradyAssociate Attorney, Akula & Associates, P.C
Ezdraz BaezCOO at Cortex Nearshore Solutions
Leonel de la RosaDirector of International Operations at Cortex Nearshore Solutions
Rick JordanPartner, Corporate & Co-Chair, Venture Capital and Emerging Business, Gardere
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