Mr. Cesar Castro

Cesar Castro is one of the leading talents in the fields of exponential technologies, artificial intelligence,  blockchain,  and digital currencies among other leading impacting technologies changing the business and consumer dynamics.

Cesar has spent his career as a strategic driver of corporate expansion at Microsoft, Nokia and America Movil. Along the way, he has delivered profitable growth, and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value. Cesar has an extended record of success in Telecom, Mobility, Internet-led business, Consumer Electronics, and Cloud Services.

​Today, he advises leadership teams, board of directors and founders on trends, innovation and strategies for growth, value creation, and business transformation. He is particularly focused on exponential organizations, digital transformation, and the application of new business models and accelerating technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), Blockchain, Mix Reality and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Cesar is the Founder and Managing Partner at Escalate Group; a Consultancy firm specialized in envisioning, accelerating and scaling disruptive innovation and digital transformation for customer organizations and leaders seeking to remain relevant during today’s non-linear market. He is in the board of advisors in several corporations as well as non-profit organizations.

​He led the Phones Business Unit for Latin America at Microsoft Devices Group and was the General Manager for Microsoft North Latin America – Mobile Devices based in South Florida. In his roles, he contributed to creating more personal computing in a “Mobile First and Cloud First World”. Before this assignment, Cesar spent 3 years in Sao Paulo heading the Mobile Phones Business Unit for the Americas at Nokia.

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Mr. Eyal Cohen

Eyal is a Managing Partner at COPIA Agro & Food, an Israeli impact fund that invests in proven Ag & Food technologies developed in Israeli research institutes. COPIA leads the transition of the technologies into commercial products and processes all in cooperation with prominent industrial partners.

Eyal has more than 18 years of hands-on experience in managing companies, leading local and global sales, business development, strategic planning, project management and marketing.

He was the founder and CEO of MEA Testing Systems (www.meatesting.com), leading the company from the proof of concept stage to a company with solid technology and products, successful sales and a global network of hundreds of customers.

As a VP Business Development of APM (acquired by Emerson) Eyal led APM’s business development with companies such as ADM, Cargill, Bunge and Louis Dreyfus while cooperating with prestige universities, such as Stanford, MIT and the Technion, to prove the ROI of APM’s systems for these companies.

At another station of his career, Eyal was VP Business Development and Sales of Ellara, whose technology was used in a variety of markets such as security, aviation, automotive, residential, industrial, infrastructure, and agriculture. He managed Ellara’s world-wide sales and product development process and supervised the company’s robust IP portfolio of over 25 patents.

Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Economy degree from Tel Aviv University (Summa Cum Laude, and recipient of Dean Awards) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

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Mr. David Cohen

David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

Prior to Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive. Later, David was the founder and CEO of earFeeder, a music service that was sold to SonicSwap. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup. David also enjoys reading non-fiction books and playing tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at DavidGCohen.com.

 

 

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Mr. Ohad Zuckerman

Ohad is a managing partner at Copia Agro & Food, an Israeli impact fund that invests in proven technological projects developed in Israeli research institutes. Copia matches to each project suitable industrial partners and transforms the technologies into commercial products and processes.

Ohad gained his experience in management and business during 18 years at Zeraim Gedera, an Israeli leading seed company, 8 of them as its CEO. He transformed it from local family company to a multinational company, initiating its successful sale in 2005 to Markstone Capital and in 2007 to Syngenta.

In 2009 Ohad co-founded UniVerve, which developed and patented a highly efficient microalgae biomass production technology. Ohad still acts as the Chairman of the company, which is active in Israel, Asia and the US.

Ohad holds a joint Executive MBA degree from Kellogg Management School, Northwestern University of Chicago and Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University, as well as a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As a seasoned and visionary leader, with a proven track record, Ohad is a board member of various Israeli Agricultural and Hi-tech private and public companies. He contributes from his experience in implementation of innovative business models, driving profit and growth as well as governance issues.

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Ms. Desiree Patno

Named the highest-ranking woman and 4th overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com in 2017, Desirée Patno is a leader helping women establish strong economic foundations for the future. With over 26 years in real estate and championing gender equality, the CEO and President of Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE) and the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) has left her mark on diverse real estate sectors, selling over 6,000 properties, providing relocation services for major Fortune 100 companies, and connecting entrepreneurs to billions of dollars in business resources.

Patno is a national speaker and commentator featured at several agencies, organizations and publications including the White House; MBA’s Annual Convention & Expo and Summit on Diversity and Inclusion; CIFS Financial Services Expo; National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan advisor to the President, Congress and SBA; Million Women Mentors and others.

She resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2016, she was honored with HousingWire’s Women of Influence award and was selected the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year.

In 2012, Patno won the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year award as well as HousingWire’s Women of Influence award for the first time. NAWRB is honored to be one of only 11 organizations listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for the SBA.

Since 2010, NAWRB has raised awareness of diverse opportunities, supporting the Office(s) of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) which is tasked with the development and implementation of workforce and supplier diversity standards for the multi-trillion dollar housing sector. NAWRB contributes greatly to the success of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program which presently awards $19.67 billion of federal small business contracts to women-owned small businesses.

Patno is the Publisher of NAWRB Magazine—winner of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in 2015, 2016 and 2017—and is a monthly contributor to RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine, National Mortgage Professional Magazine and various industry publications.

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Mr. Marty Cass

Marty Cass is BDO’s Southeast Region Private Client Services practice leader. He has more than 30 years of experience providing innovative tax services and financial advice to business enterprises, high net worth individuals and multi-generational families, athletes and entertainers, and family offices. He specializes in tax planning and compliance, estate and wealth transfer planning, philanthropic planning, wealth preservation strategizing, asset protection planning and succession planning. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of state, federal, and international tax.

He has served clients in various industries, including real estate, construction, emerging business and technology, healthcare, publishing and entertainment, nonprofit organizations and family offices.

Marty also advises various businesses and individuals on a full range of tax matters and conducts business valuations and provides litigation support to attorneys and their clients. He has a significant amount of experience testifying as an expert witness with respect to diverse areas of the law.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors
East Coast Estate Planning Council
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Audit Committee Chair, Financial Oversight CommitteeMeyer Academy
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
Palm Beach County Education Foundation, Board member
Palm Beach Estate Planning Council
Palm Beach Tax Institute

EDUCATION
B.A., Syracuse University, New YorkM.B.A., New York University

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Ms. Sarah Cone

Sarah Cone is the founder and Managing Partner of Social Impact Capital.

Prior to founding Social Impact Capital, Sarah was a consultant to i(x) investments, an impact investing firm founded by Howard Buffett. Earlier in her career, Sarah was an Associate at Illuminate Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund with top decile performance investing in B2B SaaS. She got her start in venture capital working for the “emerging technologies” venture capital group at Omidyar Network.

Sarah has also worked in the legal department of Google, at the technology law firm Fenwick & West, Amazon.com, and at the technology policy non-profit Public Knowledge.

Sarah has a BA in interdisciplinary studies from the Evergreen State College and a JD from UC Berkeley. During law school she was a part of a Technology Policy Working Group with human rights NGOs, Google, Yahoo and other tech companies trying to find solutions for protecting human rights in China. She also volunteered for the C.A.R.C. Asylum Law Clinic helping represent people seeking asylum in the United States. At UC Berkeley, Sarah won the Advocacy Award for persuasive writing, the Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence, and her thesis “Reforming Federal Tax Policy to Support Social Entrepreneurs” received honors.

Sarah founded the “One Person at a Time Foundation”, which helps get the homeless of the street, and volunteers as a Venture Advisor to Build.org, and Defy Ventures.

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Mr. Dooma Wendschuh

Dooma Wendschuh is the Co-Founder and CEO of Province, a Toronto-based highly disruptive startup in Canada’s legal cannabis industry.  Province’s products promise a better class of psychoactive, the first true alternative to alcohol.  Following twenty-nine speaking engagements, thirteen times on national television, and nearly sixty media appearances, Mr. Wendschuh has emerged as a leading voice in the burgeoning cannabis industry.  He is known for advocating and helping bring about a new paradigm where top quality cannabinoid-derived products serve as a safer and healthier alternative to alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and prescribed and illegal psychoactives.

Prior to founding Province, Mr. Wendschuh was the co-founder of a successful, well-known Colorado-based cannabinoid research and consumer products company which he ran for two and a half years.  Before entering the cannabis industry, Mr. Wendschuh was co-founder and co-CEO of sekretagent Productions, Inc., a film and video game production company and advertising agency with offices in Los Angeles and Montreal. sekretagent is best known for its video game work, helping to develop and launch the wildly popular ASSASSIN’S CREED franchise, and providing development and story services on BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS, three games in the PRINCE OF PERSIA franchise, and many more. Collectively, sekretagent’s games grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. sekretagent’s advertising division created and produced award winning work for the Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Polaroid, Diamond Resorts International, Mentos Mints, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and many others. Under Mr. Wendschuh’s leadership, sekretagent also sold eight motion pictures and one television series to major studios and produced THE PLAGUE for Sony Screengems.

Mr. Wendschuh graduated magna cum-laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and received his Masters from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema / Television Peter Stark Producing Program.

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Mr. Gabriel Groisman

Mayor Gabriel Groisman represents District 5 on the Bal Harbour Village Council. Mayor Gabriel Groisman was elected as Mayor of Bal Harbour in November 2016. He was first elected to serve as a Councilman for District 5 of Bal Harbour Village in November 2014. Mayor Groisman is a lawyer, writer, speaker, and a father to four beautiful girls. Mayor Groisman is active in the community on various fronts, including speaking regularly to groups about fighting anti-semitism and becoming active and contributing members to society, as well as presenting to attorneys about the intricacies of trademark law. Mayor Groisman has also been invited to speak on two occasions at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as a legal scholar on combatting unjust and illegal commercial and academic boycotts. Mayor Groisman also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of both the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Greater Miami Chapter.

Mayor Groisman is also a Shareholder with the law firm of Coffey Burlington, PL, where he has been practicing law for over a decade. He focuses primarily in the areas of international commercial litigation and counseling, international anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance, international trademark law, and complex commercial litigation. There, Mayor Groisman serves as the Chair of its Intellectual Property team, and the Co-Chair of its International Commercial Law team.

Mayor Groisman also maintains blogs on The Times of Israel and Huffington Post and has been a guest on various radio and television programs in the United States and abroad.

 

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Mr. Rolando Gadala Maria

Rolando is a serial entrepreneur passionate about mentoring corporate leaders.
He is Founder, Investor and CEO of Visage Capital Group, a Strategic Business Development company that invests and advice mid market companies for exponential growth. Active invested sectors include Financial Services, Investment Banking, Neuroscience, Leadership Development, Retail, Real Estate development, among others. Advisory includes Strategic Boards Structuring, Financial advisory, M&A and Strategic Growth Advisory with presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

He also serves as Managing Director of STS Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm focused in M&A practice.

On his philanthropic endeavors, Rolando is author of Awakened Leaders and founder of Awakened Leaders Institute, a mentoring program that has earned credentials from IESE Business School, Spain. transforming leaders to become active agents of positive change in their family, their businesses and their communities.

He has been also a guest speaker at several national and international organizations including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Universities, among other.

As an active member of YPO he currently serves as Past-Chair for Latin America and served in the international board of WPO.

In 2015, he co-founded Citizen Council for the Progress of the Americas, a US non profit that promotes the values of Life, Freedom, Property and Entrepreneurship as pillars of every society.

Rolando also seats on the board of PVBLIC (Latam), a non-profit media organization that harnesses the power of media to drive social change.

 

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