BBT INNOVATION SUMMIT 2021speakers
District Director, Nevada, US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, City of Las Vegas
Dr Brett Trusko
Founder, President, International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP)
Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member, Tensor Surgical, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Board Chairman, G9MD, Inc.
Nissim H Ezekiel
Co-Founder – Nevada Innovation Center LLC
Chief Information Officer, Southern Nevada Health District
CEO IRC Advisory, Co-Founder EM Coalition, Board IAOIP
Karl J Weaver
Global Business Development Director, Aitos.io
Joseph E Carver
Chief Innovation Officer, The Meadows School
Dr Dean L Bartles
President and CEO of Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group
Chief Customer Experience Officer M&T Bank
Founder & CEO Open Health Network
Transformational Coach, CEO, Speaker, Author & Energy & Rock Positioning Expert
President, Healthcare Sustainability & Relief Effort
David M. Zechman FACHE
President - The Zechman Group
Director-Supply Chain, Saint-Gobain
Joseph Amato over thirty years experience as a business development consultant and a leading voice for business ownership and entrepreneurship within the commercial lending industry.
Mr. Amato has been employed as an SBDC executive director, CDC portfolio manager, and direct lender participating in various SBA lending and outreach programs over the past twenty-six years.
He has distinct knowledge of all SBA lending and other SBA support programs.
He is originally from the greater New York area and had spent the better part of the last two decades in the Washington D.C area primarily serving the Mid-Atlantic region as a business development consultant, direct lender and Chief Executive Officer for a major business-consulting firm.
In 2017 Mr. Amato moved to Las Vegas Nevada to take over the District Director position and oversee the SBA program and staff. His impact on the Nevada business community has been critically important in the past several years especially due to the effects of COVID-19 this most recent year.
Mr. Amato was awarded the 1997 Financial Services Advocate of the Year, the year before he sold his small business consulting company to American Express.
His extensive knowledge and experience have been used to stabilize and expand SBA and USDA program opportunities throughout the State of Nevada and beyond.
As a former business executive and lending industry consultant Mr. Amato has evidenced a consistently strong work ethic and knowledge base that has proven to be a valuable asset to the Small Business Administration, the nationwide lending community and hundreds of businesses across the United States.
Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of process improvement, technology and innovation. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety, Business Services & City Technology for the City of Irvine, California. Michael is extremely passionate about technology, and believes through innovation, workforce development and collaboration, we can create brighter and sustainable communities.
Michael received his B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University followed by an M.S. in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.
Brett E Trusko, PhD, MBA
Brett Trusko Is the Founder and President of the International Association of Innovation Professionals, a professor at several universities, and a co-founder of Property-Intel, a start-up that allows property- owners to track the important items in your property, rental unit, apartment building, or commercial building (CarFax for your home). Additionally, he is the Secretariat for ISO 279, the Innovation Management Systems standard being produced by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Brett will address the conference twice. One for the emerging ISO standards for innovation and another with his groundbreaking service for home and property owners
Brett has been a partner at a major consulting firm, a start-up founder (six times over), and a professor at several major universities. He has a doctorate in Business administration and Computer Science and teaches innovation and data science at the university level.
Nevada Innovation Center LLC (NIC) is a partnership between Co-Founders Michael A. Saltman and Nissim H. Ezekiel, who have extensive business activities and networks in both the U.S. and Israel. NIC has created the technology bridge between Israel and Nevada and is the primary intermediary for business initiatives linking Nevada’s economic development agencies, academic institutions, and private companies with counterparts in Israel. It works closely with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in facilitating the critical objective of diversifying Nevada’s economy. NIC’s strategic innovation has been to establish the State of Nevada as a major client for Israeli pilot projects and commercial deployment and as a showcase and entry point for the broader U.S. market. A complementary development has been the growing interest of major Nevada-based private companies in accessing Israeli technology and exploring opportunities to become part of Israel’s R&D ecosystem.
Nissim has over four decades of experience in business and economic development. He spent 25 years at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group-Washington D.C.) from 1975 to 2000 and was Director of its newly created Corporate Planning Department. He was appointed Executive Director of the UN Commission on the Private Sector & Development in 2003 and had primary responsibility for the development of the Commission’s Report, Unleashing Entrepreneurship-Making Business Work for the Poor. Nissim then served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Dalberg Global Development Advisors and functioned as Executive Director of the Dalberg Task Force on Capacity for Program Delivery, under the framework of the Clinton Global Initiative. Nissim’s consulting clients have included Darby Overseas Investments Ltd. (Franklin Templeton), whom he advised on issues relating to private investment in infrastructure in emerging markets.
Jason Frame oversees and directs all aspects of the Information Technology program at the Southern Nevada Health District. Jason has more than 10 years of management experience in the fields of information technology, process improvement and innovation. He has been with SNHD for over 11 years, with the last 6+ serving in this current role. Jason is passionate about innovation, automation and disruptive technologies. Under Jason’s guidance, the team was awarded a Government Technology Innovation Award in the Citizen’s category. He was recognized as the Top Tech Exec for Government by Vegas Inc. Magazine in 2020 and 2016 and the 2020 Government Technology Innovation Award for Leadership.
Jason received his B.S. in Computer Science followed by a M.B.A. with an emphasis on Information Technology and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
CEO of IRC Advisory is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB*) and strategy and management consultancy in FinTech and Payments. IRC is a “for-profit-for-good” firm, for itself and clients to build for high returns – financially and for a greater good. Kirsten’s pro bono work is in anti-human trafficking, financial inclusion, and disaster financial prep and response.
Her career has focused on building and growing new markets and businesses – from start-ups to Fortune 500s. She has spent much time and testified on Capitol Hill, has delivered 200+ speeches, and serves on several Boards – corporate and charity.
*IRC holds 3 government certifications: WOSB, WBE, HUB
Joseph Carver is the Chief Innovation Officer at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Formerly the Director of Technology at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Fl, Joseph is an experienced educator with over twenty years spent in secondary and higher education. A thought leader in reforming the way that schools view technology, he has presented previously at ATLIS, FCIS, FETC and the NDCA on topics ranging from capacity building for IT teams to technological solutions to educating in a pandemic.
Dr. Dean L. Bartles is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group. Prior to this, Dean was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Prior to this position, Dean served as the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Prior to that, he recently served as the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire and was previously the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago. Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 31 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the US and prior to that, he worked for Fairchild Republic Company. He served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems.
A customer fanatic at heart and in practice, Aarthi is M&T Bank’s first Chief Customer Experience Officer, Aarthi believes that taking an outside-in approach is key to making a difference in people’s lives.
At M&T, Aarthi focuses on enabling teams across the enterprise to design delightful, end-to-end experiences for customers, while building out capabilities to support them. She advocates for a diverse and inclusive culture that focuses on employee empowerment and learning. She also actively leads the connection between customer journeys and agile ways of working.
Before joining M&T in 2020, Aarthi spent 17 years serving in a series of progressive leadership roles at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she most recently led the client experience for the company’s Commercial Bank, fostering a culture of client advocacy.
Aarthi holds a master’s degree in computer science from Loyola University Chicago. She resides in Delaware with her husband and two children.
Tatyana Kanzaveli has gone from a programmer to senior executive at Big 5 to founder and CEO of a startup company along her 20 year career, recognized as a thought leader, mentor for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and startup companies through business challenges.
She’s worked for major companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fujitsu and startups in the early days of the Web.
Tatyana has personally helped companies jump from 0 to millions in revenue even during the toughest economic times. She opened new verticals and markets.
Today she is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, the startup in a Big Data, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare space. PatientSphere by Open Health Network has been featured in Venture Beat, Mobile Health News, and other prominent publications.
She is a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayArea conferences, she is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital health.
Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog , spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama, did a TEDx talk; keynoted at WEBIT, WSIS and other international conferences.
Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015 and by Forbes as one of the top 50 women-led startup in tech founders.
Tatyana was USSR chess champion, played in the same team with Gary Kasparov, she loves to cook and kayak.
Spiritual Coach, Energy & Rock Positioning Expert, Speaker, Author, and CEO, Michal Mael has been in the business of semi-precious stones since the age of 10.
Affectionately known as “The Queen of Rocks,” Michal is best known for selecting and creating opulent energy pieces called Nature’s Art Décor™ and importing and exporting them worldwide.
She’s also known for coaching interior and exterior designers on the function of energy using her signature Energy Positioning Blueprint™ which maps out where to position crystals to enhance health, improve relationships, have a deeper spiritual connection, and promote wealth and abundance of all kinds. Her signature keynotes emphasize the positive impact of crystal energy with a direct connection to finding clarity of purpose and understanding Mastery Heart Healing, which together enriches our lives.
Michal has worked in the healing space for over 23 years and is the #1 importer of Nature’s Art Decor in the U.S. She travels across continents, handpicking the finest eco-conscious gems from mines in China, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Morocco, and beyond. In collaboration with her seasoned craftsmen, she transforms these gems into exclusive art pieces embodying elegance, affluence, and abundance. Michal founded “Rock Our World” in 1999 and later “Michal & Company,” specializing in importing, designing, and creating unique Nature’s Art Décor™.
Ms. Navarro has been in ophthalmology administration and management for seven years. She has experience with both large corporations as well as small, single-owner practices in positions ranging from front desk to technician to supervision and upper management. In addition, she has in-depth knowledge in ambulatory surgery center operations and accreditation and has overseen infection control as well as safety compliance for four ASCs. Along with being a board certified optician, she most recently received her Certified Ophthalmic Executive title from the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, and was featured in Administrative Eyecare magazine. She also is a recipient of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders award from the International Forum for Advancements in Healthcare 2020-2021.
Ms. Navarro founded HSRE in direct response to COVID-19 and its dramatic impact on the healthcare community. She noticed first hand the severe lack of support, education, and financial assistance to small healthcare practices such as the one she managed, and wanted to provide a solution that would allow small business owner practitioners to keep their doors open and continue to see patients safely. Her dream for HSRE is to provide relief and assistance options for all healthcare practices in need following regional or national disasters.
GONZALO LOPEZ-POLIN is a versatile Supply Chain Executive with over 16 years’ progressive
experience managing international strategic projects and teams at Saint-Gobain, a multinational
company with $50 billion in annual revenue and 190,000 employees in 60 countries. A results
oriented strategic thinker, Mr. Lopez-Polin currently holds the role of Director of Supply Chain at
Saint-Gobain CertainTeed Insulation North America, managing 160 people and a budget of $60M,
reporting to the Group’s President and serving as a member of the Executive team.
During his tenure at Saint-Gobain, Mr. Lopez-Polin has lived and worked internationally in France,
UK, Morocco, Spain and North America leading projects involving customer service, S&OP,
process improvement and implementing SAP. Mr. Lopez-Polin has a successful track record of
leading complex mergers and acquisitions, managing world-class supply chain programs, and
providing financial management.
Fluent in three languages, English/Spanish/French, Mr. Lopez-Polin is a proven leader, with a
demonstrated ability to manage people as well as processes. In addition to supply chain, he has
managed finance, Audit and IT projects across multinational boundaries. Representative
Defined a new Value Proposition and executed an improvement program leading to
customer service improvement (CSI from 92% to 96%), $15M annual profit increase and
15 days of working inventory reduction.
Successful implementation of a new S&OP process for tactical planning ensuring the
alignment of Sales & Marketing, Planning, Production, WH and Transportation.
With a specific focus on Customer Service streamlined communication between Supply
Chain, Sales and the Customer.
Implemented cost improvement through product simplification, regional freight bidding,
external warehousing and other outsourced services reductions.
Implemented SAP ERP including APO and ATP as well as QlikView for reporting.
Won Supply Chain Award for best 2019 Saint-Gobain’s worldwide business improver.
Instrumental in improving CertainTeed’s IG operating profit from – $43M in 2017 to +$30M
Mr. Lopez-Polin graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid Spain with the
equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Throughout his career, Mr. Lopez –
Polin has been known for getting the job done and making things happen to the betterment of the
companies he has served. As a strong team player and contributor, he has gained a reputation
for dependability and technical savvy, and for bringing extraordinary value to his positions.
Having moved from Europe, Mr. Lopez-Polin has been living in the US for the past 3 years with
Teresa, his wife who is an Architect, and 3-year-old son Bosco. In his off-time Mr. Lopez-Polin
enjoys tennis and skiing as well as reading about international economics.