Advisory Board

14th Annual New Product Innovation & Development:
A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange Advisory Board

An Event Shaped by a Community of Your Peers!

Frost & Sullivan extends its appreciation to the following Advisory Board Members for their expertise and valuable support in ensuring the agenda delivers relevant and valuable content.

Associate Director, Product Design/Development, Humana

Sharon Parsons

What inspires you? My inspiration comes from looking at real world problems. With the rapid growth of technology and the consumer desire for on-demand product, we are at a major turning point for product development. I am inspired by the disruptors, the changing competitive landscape and the shift in the way consumers want to use and receive their products. I look at challenge as an opportunity rather than a barrier.

Sharon Parsons is the Associate Director of Product Design/Development with more than 18 years of experience in healthcare. Sharon is responsible for the product development and management of the Employer Group Specialty Product portfolio, as well as the integration of corporate capabilities and services across the entire product portfolio. She leads cross-functional teams to drive results across the organization and leads product and program development for board-level corporate goals.

Sharon has a passion for product development and management, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). She is an American Business Awards Gold Stevie winner for 2017 Product Developer of the Year and holds two 2016 Bronze Stevie Awards for Women in Business for Best New Product or Service and Employee of the Year. She also served as a judge for the 2018 Stevie Awards for Women in Business evaluating submissions in the New Product & Service category. Sharon holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Executive MBA program.

Global Research & Development Director for Industrial Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company

Rui Cruz

What inspires you? Addressing world challenges (industrial, environmental) through innovation.

Dr. Rui Cruz is currently the Global R&D Director for Industrial Solutions at The Dow Chemical Company, responsible for the business innovation pipeline and a global organization dedicated to technical services, process, product and application development for a diverse pool of technologies dedicated to enabling manufacturing at our customers, with focus in key market segments among which Crop Defense, Oil and Gas, Life Sciences, Performance Lubricants, Electronics, Coatings and 3D Printing. He joined Dow in Brazil in 2001, having worked in Human Resources, Customer Services, Technical Services, and Research and Development for several different businesses and technologies. In 2010 he moved to Freeport, Texas, serving as the leader for Polyglycols and Surfactants R&D and later for Epoxy Process Research, Amines and Chelants, Plastics Additives and Oil and Gas.

Dr. Cruz studied Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and the Karlsruhe University in Germany and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering by the University of São Paulo, having a strong background in modeling, process evaluation, product and application development, pulp and paper technology, alternative feedstocks and biotechnology. In 2014, he received the prestigious HENAAC Great Minds of STEM Professional Achievement award.

Director, Strategy and Innovation Industry Solutions, AT&T Global Business West

Alp Basol

Based in Denver Colorado, Alp Basol is an experienced executive in innovation, strategy and architecture
leading the design of complex digital solutions for transformational change. As an executive partner he
equips CxO’s and senior technology executives with tools and insights to deliver business results.

Joining AT&T Australia in 2004 and relocating to the United States in 2012, Alp brings with
him an in depth understanding of the international market place and the business
challenges multinational corporations face in their financial, regulatory, geographic and
technology environments.

Having led complex transformation initiatives, Alp specializes in consulting to senior
executives for transformational change; bringing ideas to life with emerging and in-market
technologies that align to his customers requirements, address the competitive landscape,
are commercially viable and fit the corporate vision, technology roadmap and investment

Responsible for the customer technical relationship and the rapid technology evolution, Alp
combines deep technical and industry knowledge with a high degree of innovation.
Executing strategic initiatives that matches our clients digital vision and AT&T’s capabilities,
Alp provides strategic guidance as a trusted technical advisor to solve business challenges.

With a diverse industry background, Alp has provided industry leadership in Hospitality,
Mining, Resources and Manufacturing industries, developing technology platforms for the
customers complete IT and OT environments.

Prior to joining AT&T, Alp was the Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise Products
Group at Telstra.

Alp graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia, with a
Master of Science in (Network Systems), Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
(Systems Development) and a Graduate Diploma of Science in (Network Systems).

Head of Software, Honeywell

Prabhu Soundarrajan

Prabhu is the head of software and enabled services for Process Measurement and Controls (PMC) business at Honeywell Process Solutions. Prabhu leads the software and enabled services transformation for Gas, Terminals, Modular Systems and Field / Process Instrumentation business in PMC. Prior to joining HPS, Prabhu was the leader of connected worker solutions at Honeywell Industrial Safety for 5 years. He is also an executive board member at International Society of Automation (ISA). Prabhu is based in Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and joined Honeywell after the acquisition of RAE systems, a leading provider of wireless gas detection for industrial customers. Prabhu is a chemical engineer has graduate degrees in Nanotechnology and business from University of California, Los Angeles.

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Golden Gate Foods

Bob Wolpert

Bob Wolpert is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Golden State Foods (GSF) – a global company with food processing and logistics services that support over 125,000 restaurant and food service locations around the world. Previously, Bob was responsible for U.S. and international supply chain services for GSF. Bob represents GSF on the IBM Food Trust Advisory Council and serves as Chair of the Council.

Prior to joining GSF, Bob was Global Innovation Champion for ITT Corporation (later Xylem Corporation), President of an ITT Corporation global division and concurrently CEO of ITT’s businesses in China and India.

Bob began his career in IT systems integration and then held a progression of general management leadership roles in several industries.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver and earned an MBA from Harvard University. He serves as board member and executive committee member for two non-profits, LeadersUp and Second Harvest Food Bank of OC.

Vice President, Product Development & MDR, Dentsply Sirona

Gitesh Kumar

Gitesh Kumar is the Vice President of Product Development & MDR at Dentsply Sirona Inc., world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. In this role Gitesh is responsible for Innovation portfolio and key programs all businesses. He is also responsible for the enterprise’s readiness to the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation which will become effective in May 2020. He serves as a Member of the Board for the United Way of York County. Before joining Dentsply Sirona, Gitesh was the Director of Product Development at PerkinElmer, Inc. Gitesh is a member of IEEE and SPIE associations and speaker/panelist at Industry events/symposia. Gitesh received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from India and Hong Kong respectively.

Senior Director, NeoTract/Teleflex Inc.

Mike L. McClure

What inspires you? The possibility of using big data to explain things impossible to explain in clinical trials. Applying behavioral economic constructs to medical decision making.

I have been in medical device for 25+ years. I am a former medical practice administrator and hospital CFO. My M.B.A. was earned at Washington University in St. Louis. I currently manage health economics and government affairs for NeoTract/Teleflex Inc. While there aren’t that many truly disruptive technologies around, if you have the opportunity, take advantage. It will change your life and your perspective on regulatory, social, and political challenges related to commercialization. When choosing a mentor choose a visionary. If you are a visionary, mentor someone.

Director of Product Management, Park Place Technologies

Paul Mercina

Bio is forthcoming.

Executive Director, Business Development, Client Services and Digital Solutions, Afni, Inc.

Jeff Hobbs

What inspires you? I am constantly looking for ways to improve and reinvent, both personally and professionally. As customer experience becomes the true differentiator in the marketplace, I am intrigued by the ways we can continue to link improved customer experience and enhanced agent experience to drive better outcomes.

Jeff Hobbs is the Executive Director of Business Development, Client Services, and Digital Solutions for Afni. In addition to supporting current clients in the First and Third Party Collection space, Jeff works with both internal and client teams to design and deploy digital solutions that maximize ROI and customer experience on sales, care, and collection programs. In his 20+ years of experience, Jeff has become an expert at analyzing programs, identifying opportunities for success, and improving program performance and customer experience.

Since joining Afni in 1995 as an agent, Jeff has consistently proven to be a forward thinker who fully understands the nuances of the BPO industry. He recognizes customer preferences are shifting the traditional contact center model to an on-demand, omnichannel, and customer-centric service model. This awareness drives him to identify new technologies, systems, and data integration methods, so Afni can deliver more satisfying solutions for those customers we engage. (not a fan of this paragraph yet, but not sure how to better it)

With over 20 years of operational experience and a passion for “what’s next,” Jeff is vital to Afni’s efforts to find new ways to provide better customer experiences across our solutions.

Jeff currently serves on the Illinois State University College of Business Advisory Council, loves to travel, is a soccer coach, photographer, triathlete, and most importantly a loving husband and father of 2 children.

Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Mobilitie

Jason Caliento

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Director for Products and Enablers Development, Cable & Wireless Communications

Amilkar Torres

Amilkar Torres is a Senior Global Telecoms Executive who currently serves as the Sr. Director for Product and Enablers Development for Liberty Latin America (LLA), where he oversees the vision, strategy and execution of all Mobile and B2B Products, serving B2C, B2B and B2G customers. He also serves on multiple startup advisory boards as well as the Digital Marketing Program Board in the University of South Florida.

Before LLA, Amilkar was the Vice President of Product Development for Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC)where he oversaw the development of all Consumer and Business Products, including but not limited Mobile, Video, Broadband, Business Solutions for all of CWC 24 markets, until CWC acquisition by Liberty Global

Prior to joining Cable and Wireless, Amilkar served as Products Director for Digicel Group, playing a key roles in driving the growth of the Digicel business from 5 regional markets to 33 global markets and growth in revenue from 500m to 2.2b.

Amilkar also spent time in senior roles with Orange (former France Telecom), in Slovakia and Dominican Republic.

Amilkar earned an MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo and a Bachelor of Science in Telematics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Vice President, Product Management, Health Catalyst

Dan Soule

What inspires you? Professionally, I am driven by the mission to improve patient outcomes across healthcare. In particular I believe that we are currently at or near a plateau until we can solve two major challenges:

  • Combine mental/behavioral health with physical health
  • Engage persons/patients at the right time and place with the right information

Personally, I am an active amateur radio operator (KI7DAN) and enjoy traveling and experiencing the multitude of cultural diversity throughout the world.

A health IT professional with an in-depth knowledge of technology, integration and interoperability of health information systems. Over 25 years of client and supplier leadership experience including: product development, solution management, implementation, sales support, product demonstration and marketing. Market knowledge includes acute, ambulatory and consumer/patient systems, in the US and globally.

I am an innovative leader and architect of HIT solutions across the spectrum of clients, developers and delivery, to improve the health of communities, people and patients.

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, PDI

Antonio Sanchez-Cordeo

What inspires you? Learning and making a difference. Both in my personal or my professional life, I aspire to do that for those surrounding me: whether it’s my family or my team in the office. That is, essentially, what drives me every day: to learn more about the topics that I care about (whether it’s a new technology to prevent HAIs or how to better coach my son at golf), and to be able to make our reality a little bit better every day.

Global executive with over a decade leading corporate strategy, innovation and M&A in global companies in diagnostics, medtech and infection prevention. With a previous background as the founder of a point-of-care diagnostics startup in Europe, I have always enjoyed remaining connected to the entrepreneurial scene. I have co-founded a digital healthcare incubator while I lived in Brazil and I regularly participate as a panelist and mentor in different events, including the 2018 & 2019 MIT Hacking Medicine events (NYC & DC), and the 2018 Biotech & Money World Congress in London, UK. Currently head of corporate strategy and business development at PDI, my mission is to empower my colleagues to lead the fight against preventable infections and help save lives whether in healthcare or food safety with innovative technology and solutions.

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing, Paxata Inc.

Piet Loubser

What inspires you? Helping organizations transform themselves to become data driven and inspire the next generation of innovation.

Piet Loubser is SVP and Global Head of Marketing at Paxata where he is responsible for global marketing and sets the overall GTM and marketing strategy. He is a seasoned software marketing executive and thought leader with extensive experience leading hi-tech marketing organizations. Most recently, Piet was the VP Product and Solutions Marketing at Hortonworks helping them grow past $250m in annual revenues with a 40% growth rate. Prior to that Piet held senior marketing and sales leadership positions at industry leaders like Informatica, HP, SAP and Business Objects, designing GTM strategies to create new market categories and accelerating growth. Having worked in industry leading companies across the data management and analytics landscape, Piet is a thought leader and frequent keynote speaker on how organizations leverage the power of data to drive digital transformation.

Founder & Strategist, Fiore

Pat Fiore

What inspires you? Personally I am continuously inspired by unbridled energy, curiosity and compassion of children, especially those in my world.

Professionally I am inspired by diverse cultures and evolving attitudes and behaviors and how they embrace change and challenge, constantly reinventing themselves to make the world a better place for all of us.

I have traveled extensively in my career and I find inspiration beyond the corporate walls…in the fields, factories, farms and laboratories. This is where inspiration fuels those who need it most so they can support and propel corporate momentum.

FIORE is a strategic consulting company whose specialties include: Brand name and image development, communications, business advisory, trend analysis, marketing and rare-technology positioning. FIORE is differentiated by its intuitive ability to translate technology into practical communications ahead of trend and into new business ideas. FIORE’s success is reflective of the leadership, integrity, energy and passion needed to make brands successful. FIORE founder and Chief Inspiration Officer Pat Fiore is a relationship builder, putting companies together for the benefit of both, bringing opportunities to life and developing “category creators” for new markets. Pat spends time with clients in their fields, groves, factories, laboratories and on the selling floors, searching for authenticity, digging for heritage and working with the people who develop, create and deliver the product promises FIORE will represent.

The company has remarkable depth, breadth and expertise in understanding American consumers’ shifting attitudes and behaviors. Pat partners with companies outside the US, often working with foreign trade commissions that seek her advice on how to best navigate the American market, and with American companies looking for strategies to help them gain a competitive edge. Pat surrounds herself with talented people who share her highly analytical perspective, challenging the ever-changing communication landscape.

FIORE’s areas of focus range from B-to-C to B-to-B brand communications in experiential and multisensorial industries. As FIORE’s Chief Inspiration Officer, Pat has worked with iconic brands in retail, flavors, fragrance, food, lifestyle, CPGs, beauty, natural/organic products and rare and dynamic technologies. FIORE is known for its boot camps, which help get start-ups off the ground with sound advice and directives. FIORE continues to be sought out by investment firms for advice on emerging markets.

Before opening FIORE in 1982, Pat worked with DuPont, BASF, Celanese and Kimberly Clark on woven and non-woven fiber technology. She spearheaded the launch of Lycra and COOLMAX into the swimwear and active wear markets by reshaping consumer brand messaging. Pat set standards for tracking fashion and fiber trends, consumer insights and behaviors in the fashion/home furnishings/lifestyle and new technology fields,developing programs and trend reports for mega-retailers and companies like Levi Strauss & Co. Her creative background includes stints with J. Walter Thompson, WWD and Condé Nast. Pat has a design degree from Fashion Institute of Technology, and has completed advanced studies in marketing, management and communications.

President, Acento Advertising Incorporated

Donnie Broxson

Bio is forthcoming.

Chief Technology Officer, RightsLine, Inc.

Matt Bricker

Bio is forthcoming.

Chief Technology Officer, Venminder, Inc.

Brian Adams

Brian Adams enjoys breaking problems into ever smaller problems until the solution becomes obvious.

This began at a young age when he discovered the TI-85’s BASIC interpreter could be used to do homework easier. From then-on he was hooked on technology and the unique solutions it makes possible. He dove into learning as many programming languages as possible. He soon realized languages don’t solve problems, people do.

Throughout his career in healthcare, insurance, and now in third party risk management, Brian has excelled at building highly effective teams of analysts, designers, and developers. As Chief Technology Officer at Venminder, Inc., he has helped build an industry leading provider of third-party risk management solutions. He loves getting his hands dirty at the whiteboard. He enjoys working with clients and other team members. He geeks out over the perfect workflow. He still writes code when he can.

In his down time, Brian enjoys scuba diving in tropical locations. When nowhere near an ocean, he can be found bowling with his son or sitting on the back porch reading books out loud with his wife. He travels as often as he can.

Brian is inspired by recursion, rollercoasters, his wife, and his son.

Vice President of Research, Michigan Technological University

David Reed

Dr. David Reed has held the position of Vice President for Research at Michigan Technological University since 2001 and is also a Professor of Forest Biometrics in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Dr. Reed has been principal investigator or co-investigator on over $9 million in externally funded research and has authored or co-authored over 130 technical publications and reports and two books since joining Michigan Tech in 1982. His work has involved collaboration with researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University as well as from outside institutions, and his sponsors have been at the federal and corporate levels.

Dr. Reed received the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations in 2000. This honor is given to no more than ten scientists every five years worldwide and signifies international recognition of scientific achievement in forest research. He received the Forest Science award from the Society of American Foresters in 2002, and was awarded the Career Achievement Award by the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in 2008. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1996 at the Technical University of Lisbon

Dr. Reed is on the editorial board of Forest Ecology and Management, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation. He has served as a reviewer for many journals and granting organization,
including the National Science Foundation and USDA, as well as the governments of Portugal, Chile, and Qatar.

Dr. Reed received his PhD in Forest Biometrics and MS degrees in Statistics and Forest Biometrics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a BS in Forest Science from the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Chief Strategy Officer Excel Medical LLC Chief Executive Officer, BA&T

Mary Baum

Mary Baum CEO of BA&T a healthcare consulting firm. Mary is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Excel Medical. A firm poised to change how we use data in real time to benefit clinician’s and patient outcomes.  Her understanding of the full spectrum of healthcare from device, diagnostics, pharmaceutical, provider and payer has fed her understanding of healthcare and brings value to any firm.  She has worked with hundreds of hospitals worldwide specializing in clinical workflow. The day of buying technology and having it drop-shipped to a loading dock is over. Clinical teamwork process needs to be re-thought, as we add tools and move from reactive to proactive/predictive. How we practice medicine and continue to learn and share what works is critical – it requires the support of new tools, new ways of collecting data and shared best practice.  She is widely published on clinical process re-design and cross-team collaboration. Mary is passionate about making a difference in healthcare – pouring her passion into many large-scale programs. Currently she is building a Children’s Hospital Network to share best practice/evidence-based learnings for physiological monitoring and surveillance.

Biggest learnings: you must stay curious and continue to learn. Academics are great they teach you how to learn but the responsibility is yours to be a lifetime learner. Do what you love – passion is vital. Then you are in a perfect place to be creative, nonlinear, see patterns and connect disparate dots and innovate.

PMP, CSM Founder, BookZurman

Brian Book

What inspires you? My entire professional career has been focused around engineering approaches to problem solving for the best outcomes.

I’m continually inspired by processes that make things better, whether at home or in business. It doesn’t matter if I’m cooking or thinking about healthcare delivery, I’m always focused on reducing steps for efficiency and time management. It’s key to anticipate where the next step is, otherwise your dinner could be cold or things that are supposed to be crispy get soggy…and in healthcare, the outcomes can be much more impactful.

A trusted interoperability advisor and expert in the healthcare standards community, Brian founded the healthcare IT consulting firm, BookZurman (BZ) in 1996 – bridging the gap between healthcare and technology through the interpretation, implementation and transformation of healthcare IT standards for a better patient experience.

Brian served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War, and applies his veteran experience and HIT subject matter expertise to BookZurman’s award-winning work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Brian and Team BZ adhere to Project Management Institute (PMI) and Agile HIT Standards Development. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Madison University, and applies his cross-industry experience from manufacturing to creating efficiencies in the healthcare space. He studied project management at Southern Methodist University’s School of Engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Active in the healthcare IT community, BookZurman holds memberships with HiMSS and OSEHRA.

Vice President, Business, goPuff

Dan Folkman

Bio is forthcoming.