Liz Goodgold

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Claudia Stevens

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James Wetherbe

James Wetherbe

Dr. James Wetherbe, the first recipient of the MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award, is Stevenson Chair of Information Technology and Executive Director of the Institute for Internet Buyer Behavior at Texas Tech University. A widely published author of books and articles in leading journals, Wetherbe is internationally known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker and leading authority on the use of computers and information systems to improve organizational performance and competitiveness.
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Regis McKenna

Regis McKenna

Considered the marketing guru of Silicon Valley, Regis McKenna is a well-known technology marketing consultant, advisor to entrepreneurs, venture capitalist and author. For the past thirty years he has advised companies in business and marketing, including a number of entrepreneurial start-ups and their founders during their formation years, such as America Online, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Linear Technology, Lotus, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics and 3COM and many others. He helped launch some of the most important technological innovations in recent history including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop). Today, McKenna focuses his efforts and time on developing new ideas about how technology influences marketing, organizations, strategy, and how it contributes to social change, and divides his time as an educator, marketing author and lecturer. Read more

Steve Wozniak

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials; he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invested in making the world a better place on a global and local level, Wozniak has been dedicated –from the first design of the Apple I — to a vision of making technology functionally and financially accessible. This is more than just a design spec; it’s about real life: Wozniak has “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He’s also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. This Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist has been awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators, and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. He also won the prestigious Heinz Award, for Technology, Economy and Employment. Wozniak recently released his bestselling biography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. His role in shaping the computing industry cannot be underestimated: he’s the engineer/inventor/fifth grade teacher/philanthropist and irrepressible prankster who is changing our world even at this very moment. Read more

Michael Houlihan

Michael Houlihan

Serial entrepreneur, industry reformer, successful brand builder, Michael helps small and medium sized businesses build their brands and achieve profitability. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Barefoot Cellars. His new book, The Barefoot Spirit, chronicles Barefoot Cellars development from novelty to mega-brand status. In 2005, he successfully sold Barefoot Cellars to E&J Gallo, where he consulted for a year to maintain Barefoot’s entrepreneurial character. He is a keynote speaker, blogger, guest lecturer, and regular contributor to business media. His straight-talk business articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Time and INC Magazine.

Barefoot Wine, now America’s #1 Wine Brand was created by Michael C. Houlihan who started in his home with little wine industry knowledge and even less funds. He built an unknown label into one of the fastest-growing brands in America, and has demonstrated success in sales-oriented team building, product distribution, and building a national brand on a shoestring. Currently, he is sharing the Barefoot Wine experience and business principles to help start-ups and established businesses build winning brands.
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Tom Vierhile

As Innovation Insights Director of Data-monitor Consumer, Tom Vierhile provides cutting edge analysis and interpretation of trends in the consumer packaged goods marketplace. Tom has over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods reporting and analysis, much of that with Data monitor’s Product Launch Analytics database of new products. He is an internationally recognized expert on new product marketing and is often quoted in publications like USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Tom has authored many articles on new products for a variety of trade publications, including Prepared Foods magazine as well as Candy & Snack Today. Tom writes a monthly column for Just Drinks, and periodic articles for Natural Products Insider.

Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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