Experts that judge the Tech Titans awards in preparation of the gala.
John Randall has more than 30 years of experience in micro- and nano-fabrication. 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-resolution 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 97 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 senior member of the IEEE and is a Fellow of the Society of the AVS.
Tanis Cornell leads and facilitates Peer Advisory Boards for female business owners and executives. Prior to launching her own business in August of 2013, she spent 30 years in senior management positions within the technology sector holding Vice-President roles for telecom companies WilTel and Level 3 Communications. She was a partner and Senior Vice President 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 Executive Committee of Tech Titans Board of Directors, is on the Business Advisory Council for Oklahoma Christian University, and served several terms on the International Board of Sales & Marketing Executives International.
Telecommunications Industry Association
Chief Strategy Officer & Board Member
Brenda drives the overall strategic direction by providing technology and product leadership that is redefining the value of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Brenda has held executive and board level positions with highly-successful technology companies from entrepreneurial start-ups, such as Starent Networks, to Fortune 100 leaders Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. Brenda currently serves as the Tri-Chair of the Innovation Committee at Tech Titans. Her deep set of experiences and skills have equipped her with the market vision that recognizes how industry disruption can be harnessed to propel innovation, develop global markets and institutionalize operational success.
Brenda attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program, holds a MS from SMU’s School of Engineering in Telecommunications and earned a BA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Louisiana.
The Shinobi Group
Jennifer Carter is Managing Partner of The Shinobi Group, a Dallas-based product development and innovation consultancy focused at the critical intersection of brand and technology. She’s had nearly 15 years’ experience in brand management, marketing/communications, organizational strategy, and change management, spanning many sectors – academia, financial services, non-profits, telecommunications, technology. Prior to her work in the corporate world, her postgraduate work specialized in the examination of “cybernetic subjectivity” – or the interplay between digital technology and how people shape and perform identity, particularly through seasons of uncertainty and change.
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.
Robert FitzGerald is the Audit and Advisory practice leader for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industry group for Deloitte in North and Central Texas. In addition, Robert is responsible for overseeing service delivery to clients in the TMT industry group for Deloitte, where he has been a partner for more than 15 years.
Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
SVP and General Counsel
John Lanius is SVP and General Counsel at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. He is responsible for setting the company’s legal strategy and manages commercial transactions, deal development, dispute resolution, risk and compliance, and intellectual property protection. Before he joined Fujitsu in 2000, John worked for almost five years with the Dallas-based law firm of Munsch Hardt Kopf and Harr, PC, in both its litigation and corporate sections. He originally began practicing law in Dallas as an attorney in the general litigation division of Strasburger & Price, LLP, in 1994.
Crowe Horwath LLP
Vance has over 25 years of experience working with technology companies in various stages, from emerging startup operations to well-established, multinational organizations. He began his career on the West Coast and spent 10 years in Seattle during the formative years of internet technologies working with clients such as RealNetworks and Starwave. In 1999, Vance moved to Texas, first arriving in Austin and then moving to Dallas in 2002. His specialties include advising companies with issues related to operations, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, internal controls, revenue recognition, business combinations, and share-based compensation. In addition, he has assisted companies through the process of initial public offerings and private equity buyouts. Vance holds a Bachelor of Science, Accounting from University of Southern California.
Texas Instruments, Inc.
SVP & GM of DLP Products
Kent Novak directs the development and deployment of TI’s display technologies and platforms. With Kent’s global expertise and experience with diverse company sizes, DLP® Products continues the expansion of its customer breadth and expanded product portfolio.
Since joining TI in 2003, he has held leadership roles in a broad spectrum of groups including the Wireless Infrastructure Business Unit, the High Speed Communications Group, and most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of the Medical/HiRel organization.
Kent earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Lin O’Neill is an accomplished consultant with expertise in the development and implementation of strategic plans for businesses of all sizes and revenue levels. Working with employees, she demonstrates the incorporation of strategic plans into the everyday decisions of their organization.
She has both led and participated as a member of strategic planning teams for Fortune 100 companies, coached multiple CEO’s in strategic plan development, facilitated strategic planning as part of major contract negotiations and aided small businesses as they work to develop their strategies and incorporate this process into their day-to-day operations.
Dustin is a partner at PwC focused on helping clients address risk, governance and compliance through the use of technology and analytics. He has worked with some of the largest and most innovative technology companies in the world while living in New York, London, and Tokyo.
Paola Saibene is the CEO of TXYSAI, a technology consulting company. She has 22 years of IT-practitioner experience, having held multiple C-level roles in multi-billion dollar organizations. Paola blends her technology experience with her psychology and literature post-graduate degrees, bringing an ecosystem approach to the evolving digital era.
University of Texas at Dallas, The
Director, Business Dev/Office of Research
Shapiro currently works for the Office of Research at The University of Texas at Dallas as Director, Venture Development. He leads the University's strategy for technology innovations, bridging engineering, science, and business to create commercially feasible technologies, accelerating the number of new start-ups, intellectual property licenses, & strategic partnerships.
In 2009 he founded The Texas Institute as a nonprofit research center focused on advanced energy technology and policy research. Prior to establishing The Texas Institute, Shapiro founded Alliance Systems, a communications and computing company. Under his leadership, the company grew from a self-funded startup to over $100 million in sales. Shapiro has also served in management positions at IBM, ROLM Telecommunication, Intervoice, and Octel Communications. He is a recognized industry figure in the technology industry and a business graduate of Hofstra University in New York.
Sheahan is an expert in helping companies leverage their business and operational strategies to build integrated global talent management strategies.
Mr. Sheahan has led prominent talent management projects for many notable companies, C-suite executives and boards of directors. He has focused on leadership succession, especially executive assessment and development, and has deep client relationships through this work.
Most recently, he worked for nine years at Korn Ferry as a leader in their talent consulting business based in their Dallas and Houston offices.
He also worked for ExcellerateHRO, the human resources outsourcing business of EDS and Towers Perrin. Sheahan worked in information technology at CoreLogic including roles in marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) and leading large-scale technology deployments for the company and its customers.
Lone Star Angels
Scott Ticer is a serial entrepreneur who has played key roles in several successful startups, and innovation initiatives in digital media, mobile communications, and cloud services. He co-founded an angel capital group called Lone Star Angels. Ticer actively advises seed stage startups, provides consulting services for angel, institutional and corporate investors in startups and early stage growth companies, and provides management consulting in innovation, marketing, product and business development. He has served in key roles at Dow Jones, Computer Sciences, BellSouth, McGraw Hill, and as an entrepreneur at successful startups VentureWire and Covad, and airBand Communications. Ticer graduated from University of Texas at Austin in Plan II, where he focused on chemistry and pharmacological research. Ticer was a Tech Titan finalist in 2011.
Debra Wawro Weidanz
Debra Wawro Weidanz is co-founder and CEO of Resonant Sensors, Inc., and more recently has Co-Founded Abexxa Biologics, Inc. (a research stage immunotherapeutics company) as the CEO. She is an inventor of the guided-mode resonance sensor technology being commercialized by Resonant Sensors. She has led research related to analyzing and developing drug delivery methods for chemotherapeutic agents at the UT Southwest Medical Center in Dallas and holds several issued and pending patents.
Mary Ellen Weber
Stellar Strategies, LLC
Mary Ellen Weber is a consultant in strategies for innovation, research program oversight, communications, and high-risk operations through her company, Stellar Strategies, LLC. She currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Committee on Technology, Innovation, and Engineering, and on the boards of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Uplift Education, and Stellar Generation, Inc. She was a NASA Astronaut for ten years and is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, including one to the International Space Station, and she was also Vice President at UT Southwestern Medical Center for nine years. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley, an MBA from SMU, and a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue.