Judges committee co-chair
President, Zyvex Labs
John Randall has more than 35 years of experience in nano-fabrication. He is President of Zyvex Labs, Exec VP of NanoRetina, and Adjunct Faculty at UT Dallas. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 and was instrumental in developing and spinning out two successful nanotechnology companies, Zyvex Technologies and Zyvex Instruments (now part of DCG Systems). Before Zyvex, Randall worked for 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high-resolutions processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, Randall worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 107 articles published in refereed journals. He has a BS, MS and PhD all in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, where he was elected distinguished engineering alumni in 2010. Randall was also elected distinguished member of the Technical Staff while at Texas Instruments, is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Society of the AVS.
Judges committee co-chair
CEO, EWF International
Tanis Cornell is CEO of EWF International, a leadership development company that increases representation of women in executive roles. EWF provides Peer Advisory Boards for female business owners and executives, training programs for up and coming women leaders, executive coaching and workshops. Previously, Tanis served in senior management positions in technology with Vice-President roles for telecom companies WilTel and Level 3 Communications. She was partner & Senior VP for software company PhaseWare, and led one of the largest strategic service provider relationships for NetApp, a Fortune 500 data management company. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tech Titans, Advisory Board of ATW (Alliance of Technology and Women), Business Advisory Council for Oklahoma Christian University and served several terms on the International Board of Sales & Marketing Executives International.
Managing Director, The Shinobi Group
Jack is the Managing Director of The Shinobi Group, a management consulting company. He carries 30 years of experience driving technology innovation across multiple industries. He started his career at Texas Instruments, working on missile defense programs as an Electrical Engineer, shifting his focus to match the evolving economic landscape of Dallas - working with Nortel Networks and Verizon in telecommunications, the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and Minneapolis to launch CHECK21, Abbott Laboratories in blood assay analysis, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines to modernize airline managements, to cite a few. More recently his work has focused on the digital transformation of companies such as Standard & Poor's, Fujitsu, Rent-A-Center, and AT&T, modernizing them to adapt to the demand for faster times to market. Jack graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.
Owner, SL Partners/SACL
Stacie brings more than 15 years of experience in the medical and research technology arena to the table. Prior to Plexon, she has worked for industry giants including Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, as well as successful early stage and start-up companies, primarily in the cardiac, neurosurgical and wellness disciplines. Her geographic experience spans the globe, including having worked for several years in Europe. Ms. Hyatt earned her bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA with triple focus in marketing, operations and health care from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lina Abi Mosleh, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Ayass Bioscience
Lina earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Cell Biology at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Upon moving the the U.S. Lina received her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical center at Dallas in the laboratory of Nobel laureates Drs. Michael S. Brown and Joseph L Goldstein. She then completed her postdoctoral studies on cholesterol homeostasis in mammalian cells in the same laboratory. Subsequently, she went on to serve as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In 2015, she was presented with the opportunity to work as a Principal Scientist at Ayass Bioscience.
Lin Nelson is a recognized innovator with 15+ years of experience developing technology-based businesses, delivering fact-based analysis & leading operations strategies. Most recently she served as Market Development Advisor for IBM; consulting as a trusted advisor with senior leadership across IT services segments. Linda founded NelsonCFO, a consulting company that worked with early stage, tech-focused, venture-capital-backed companies in medical device, Biotech, IT hardware & software services. Nelson has served as an Adjunct at Babson College, teaching entreprenuership. Nelson earned her BS in Finance from University of Texas-Arlington and an MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, MA where she was the Price Babson Fellow for two years.
Andrew Olowu is chief technology officer at Axxess, a national leader in home health management software, and serves on its board of directors. Olowu is responsible for the overall technology, architecture and innovation of the Axxess platform. He recently was named the recipient of the Tech Titans Corporate CTO Award for his exceptional technical leadership, which fosters the development of new technology and innovations, resulting in significant value for both Axxess and healthcare industry.
Lin O’Neill is a consultant, speaker, trainer and coach who inspires radical transformation. With clients, she demonstrates and guides the incorporation of strategic plans into the everyday decisions of their organizations. She has led strategic planning teams for Fortune 100 companies and a variety of not-for-profits, Lin has coached multiple CEO’s and E.D.’s in strategic plan development, facilitated strategic planning as part of major contract negotiations and aided businesses and organizations as they worked to develop and implement their plans for the future. Current Clients include the Smithsonian Museum, APNA, CCM and Real Networks.
Lin’s experience spans numerous industries and includes Operations, Consulting and HR. She is a former Vice President and Corporate Officer (Board Member) for Continental Airlines, where she operated a $300MM division with responsibility for several thousand employees and a former HR Director for TRW where she had both national and international HR responsibility. While living in California, Lin founded Futures Consulting and Sakred Cow Enterprises. Since returning to Texas, she has founded Entrepreneurs Dallas, Entrepreneurs Fort Worth and re-branded Futures Consulting as O'Neill Enterprises.
Joseph Pancrazio, PhD
VP for Research, UT Dallas
Joseph J. Pancrazio has a 30 year career spanning academia and federal government working at the interface of bioscience and engineering. He currently serves as Vice President for Research (VPR) and Professor of Bioengineering at UT Dallas. In his role as VPR, he oversees research funding, grants and contracts; campus research facilities and information systems; technology commercialization and licensing; venture development "incubator" facilities; and laboratory compliance and safety. In addition, he supports an innovative seed grant program, the largest in the state of Texas, aimed at catalyzing collaborative research ventures aimed to distinguish UT Dallas and grow federal research. Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2015 as Associate Provost, he served as the founding chair of Bioengineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Before arriving at Mason in 2008, he was in federal government as a Material Scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory and as the Program Director for Neural Engineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC. Dr. Pancrazio's research focuses on the development of novel neural interface technology, which is used to understand and influence the brain and nervous system for the purposes of improving human health. His work is currently funded by the NIH and the DoD. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois followed by a MS and PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. In 2011, Dr. Pancrazio was elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a distinction reserved for the top 2 percent of professionals in the field.
Gail Stout Perry
Vice President and Partner, Credera
Gail Stout Perry is Vice President & Partner at Credera where she focuses on strategy formulation, strategy execution, and performance management. Credera is a full service technology consulting, management consulting, and user experience firm with offices in Dallas, Houston, and Denver. Credera specializes in solving highly complex business issues through the use of technology for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, hyper-growth technology startups, medium sized businesses, government agencies, and a variety of leading organizations across a broad range of industries.
Gail has more than 25 years of management consulting experience across multiple industries, disciplines, and technologies. Prior to joining Credera, Gail worked in management consulting at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the Balanced Scorecard Institute and other firms. She has also held the role of Chief Strategy Officer and VP Americas at a global software company. She is a co-author of a textbook, The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard which is available in English, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Gail earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with a focus on Automation & Robotics) from The University of Texas at Arlington and her MBA from Abilene Christian University.
Partner, Interlock Partners
Jason is a Texas-based investor and serial entrepreneur, who co-founded Interlock Partners, a Dallas-based Venture Capital firm, in 2016. He serves as the principal investor in a number of startups in Austin and Dallas, and believes in being very involved in guiding their product development strategy.
His passion for growing startups took flight when co-founding, Mutual Mobile a global consulting agency that harnesses emerging technologies. His vision and execution of strategy allowed Mutual Mobile to create and direct the mobile product efforts for many Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Mutual Mobile, Jason built an IT services and security firm, Gravity Technical, which was acquired by White Glove Technologies, a Best Buy company. His entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured during his time at the University of Texas at Austin.
Health Wildcatters, CEO
Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a healthcare seed fund and accelerator in Dallas. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is an active speaker, panelist and thought leader on healthcare innovation, startups, entrepreneurship & financing. He serves as advisor, mentor and board member on various organizations and startup companies. He was managing director – medical technology at NTEC (North Texas Enterprise Center), where he ran what eventually became the Southwest’s largest medtech investment conference, showcasing startups that attracted in excess of $300M.
He is president and founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs – DFW chapter, cofounder & partner of Lone Star Angels and is on the Board of the Southwest Venture Forum.
He has an MD from the University of Vienna and an MBA from SMU.
Greg is a nationally recognized serial entrepreneur, currently serving as CEO for enTouch, a Richardson-based Internet of Things software company. enTouch provides a software-enabled service for national chains that optimizes facility operations, reduces energy consumption and increases profitability. He holds 12 granted US patents, serves on the advisory board of REVTECH accelerator and was winner of the 2016 Tech Titans Emerging Company CEO.
President & CEO, Concenter Services
Technology has played a key role in Ferguson’s professional background for more than 20 years. She has held management positions in such diverse organizations as USAA, First American, Verizon, Boy Scouts of America and Baylor Healthcare System. In the fall of 2009, Ferguson was presented with the opportunity to purchase the assets of a small firm with a single product marketed through Salesforce.com. Concenter Services was formed to market and develop XLR8, a CRM designed specifically for the financial advisory and wealth management industry. Ferguson has developed an extensive knowledge of social media, cloud computing, web development, data warehousing, analytics and project management. Ferguson earned her BBA at University of Texas, Austin and earned her master’s degree at University of North Texas.