2018 judges for Awards Gala
BB Executive Management
Telecom / IT Executive
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.
CARR Law Firm PLLC
With more than 25 years of experience, Greg Carr practices the full spectrum of intellectual property law, including domestic and foreign matters and proceedings before federal courts throughout the U.S., the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
Greg formerly co-chaired the law student committee of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, which received the American Bar Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Profession in 1988. He is also adjunct professor of law and economics at Southern Methodist University and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for its Mechanical Engineering Department. A graduate of Leadership Dallas, Greg has served on the organization's Alumni Association Board of Directors and spearheaded its effort to build a pavilion and recreation area for the Bon Ton neighborhood, located near the Trinity River Corridor in southeastern Dallas.
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.
Lin Nelson is a recognized innovator with +15 years of experience developing technology-based businesses, delivering fact-based analysis & leading operational 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 entrepreneurship. 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.
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, co-founder & 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.