I have been involved with leading edge technologies in data base, operating system architecture, RISC, computer architecture and machine organization, as well as other aspects of computer systems and semiconductor/packaging development and innovations for over 38 years. I have run both small and large organizations, publicly traded and startup companies. I have worked as a Venture Capitalist. I have served on many boards of now public startup companies as well as continue to consult to major high tech companies around the world and to several government agencies. I also serve on multiple boards and advisory councils for several universities and performing arts organizations.
Specialties: Long involvement in all aspects of high technology system companies ranging from semiconductor to computer systems to software and in creating stable, professional teams for startup companies.
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Mary Ann Heller
President of DiamonDisc Records
Member of the Seton Development Board
Board Member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra
Vice Chairman of the board of directors for the Seton League house.
Board Member of the Austin History Center
Member of the 99’s Flying Club
Mary Ann Heller’s additional active roles include:
- Director of The Heller Family Foundation
Mary Ann Heller is connected to other officers through these corporate roles.
The Heller Family Foundation also lists Andrew Heller as President, in addition to Mary’s role of Director .
Entrepreneur, investor and media personality, Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) has made “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020”(EBW2020) her mission. By leveraging her business, policy, and media initiatives, Vanderveldt strives to guide motivated women to success and help make their visions a reality by providing the tools, technology & resources.
In business, she is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. and the Creator/Curator of the $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund (DICF) to power entrepreneurs worldwide. Leader of the Dell Founders Club and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, Vanderveldt oversees the program that provides access for Dell’s 10M small business customers. Her resources and expertise helps entrepreneurs worldwide build and grow their companies.
In addition to her work at Dell, Vanderveldt holds the position as Founder & CEO of the holding company, Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, the CEO of VH2 Energy Investments & Green Girl Energy, and is the Founding Organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success) for women. Vanderveldt serves on the Advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises, Current Motor, Belle Capital and the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member. Vanderveldt also sits on the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. Co-Founder of The Billionaire Girls Club, Vanderveldt believes technology is the key denominator to the success of growing companies. She holds a patent for one of the first “personalization software” applications, United States Patent 6266668.
In 2012, Vanderveldt helped architect the first Federal and State based Entrepreneur in Residence Bill, aimed to simplify small business regulatory hurdles to help business owners start and grow their companies.
Vanderveldt created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe. She has been featured on NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Today Show.
Patti Winstanley is owner and President of the Aztec family of businesses that include: Aztec Promotional Group, LP, TEE Time USA, Southwest Stitches, QTI Promotions and Apparel, and Graham Embroidery, all full service promotional companies with a combined 100,000 square feet of manufacturing that specialize in screen printed and embroidered apparel, sublimation for branding specialty products, chenille, wide format and digital print and design. She is also partner and CEO of Chicka-D, an original, unique line of licensed women’s and girl’s apparel that follows the latest clothing trends and sells to the retail market.
Patti has dedicated much of her life to education and mentorship. She serves on the Board of Directors and Regional Committee for the Women’s Business Council, Southwest, where she won Regional Advocate of the Year in 2010, and the Women Working Together Award in 2011. Patti also represents WBCS as one of their Advocates on the WBENC National Forum, is Vice Chair of the Government Committee and Chair of the Host Committee for the 2015 National WBENC Conference and Business Fair. She serves on the membership committee for the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, and is the WBEC-West, Tucson Forum Chair and was nominated for WBE Advocate of the Year in 2012. Patti also serves on the Board of Directors for the Go for the Greens Women’s Business Conference. She was named as an Enterprising Woman for 2013 by Enterprising Woman Magazine and as a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization – she served on the steering committee for the 2013 annual conference. Patti speaks on the benefits of WOSB certification and the realities of doing business with the federal government for WIPP, American Express Open and the SBA.
Patti is active in the community serving as Chair of the Austin ISD – Reagan Early College High School Community Advisory Committee, as the Junior League of Austin – Community Council and Financial Development Committee Sustaining Adviser, and the Women’s Symphony League Education Committee. She serves on the Austin Women Business Leaders-Powerful Women Committee, which mentors graduate Women in Business at The University of Texas at Austin and as a mentor to small business owners through Big Austin. She is currently working to complete her CAS Certification through the Promotional Product Association International.
Patti has a long history of special events and promotional experience. She enjoys promoting other small businesses as much as her own companies. She has built her business through investment in technology and acquisitions, which have resulted in the creation of Designica Asset Management Software, which Aztec now distributes. Changes are constantly in their company processes to promote sustainability and support of worthwhile causes.
Patti has a BA in Education from The University of Mississippi. She and her husband Dave have twin boys, Austin and Ellis, daughter- in -law-Paige, two year old twin grandsons, Hugh and Bauer, granddaughter June Elise and soon to be daughter-in-law- Katie.
Carla McDonald is the founder of The Salonniere, the leading dedicated source of entertaining inspiration from party experts. A successful entrepreneur, marketing executive, television host, philanthropist, former magazine columnist and nationally-recognized hostess and tastemaker, Carla founded The Salonniere in 2014 to celebrate the important and joyful role that social gatherings play in our lives. Prior to founding The Salonniere, Carla had a successful career in marketing, first in New York, where she rose quickly to the top of the public relations industry, and then in Texas. At 28, she became the youngest Senior Managing Director in the history of Hill & Knowlton, one of the world’s largest PR firms. At 30, she became the EVP and Managing Director of the North American Marketing Practice at GCI, another major global PR firm. Under her leadership, GCI’s North American Marketing Practice grew by more than 400% in less than 24 months, helping the firm earn its first-ever honor as the nation’s PR agency of the year. At 31, Carla was named one of the top PR executives in the country and one of the top under-40 executives in New York by Crain’s New York Business. In 2000, Carla served as the CMO of a venture-backed Internet company that she renamed and repositioned. The company was sold six months later. In 2001, Carla moved to Austin and founded Dynabrand, which grew to become one of the highest-revenue, independent PR firms in the state. Carla currently serves as the on-air host of “On the Town,” a weekly television segment about the arts. Carla is the recipient of a number of honors including the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America, the YWCA Leadership Award, the Austin Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the AYW Community Leadership Award and the Austin Creative Alliance Award.
January 2014 – Present (6 months)www.thesalonniere.com
Playful and delightfully informative, The Salonniere is the leading dedicated source of entertaining inspiration from the world’s top party experts. A celebration of the important role that social gatherings play in society…
September 2009 – Present (4 years 10 months)
“On The Town,” hosted by Carla McDonald, is a weekly television segment that provides Time Warner Cable’s 1,000,000+ viewers in Austin, San Antonio and other parts of central Texas with information about arts and entertainment events taking place in the area.
May 2002 – Present (12 years 2 months)
Dynabrand is a national marketing firm that helps build awareness and sales for national consumer lifestyle brands.
Melinda Garvey is regarded as one of the most dynamic women in the greater Austin area for her work as a successful female entrepreneur, community philanthropist and role model.
As founder and Publisher of AW Media, Inc., which publishes Austin Woman Magazine, entering its 12th year of publication, and ATXMANMagazine, she is responsible for leading the fastest-growing niche publications in Central Texas. As a community leader, she is a powerful contributor to many Austin organizations and serves as a mentor for young organizations and businesses. Garvey also served asEntrepreneur In Residence for The McCombs Business School at The University of Texas for the 2011-2012 school year.
With proven publishing and marketing expertise, Garvey has guided Austin Woman Magazine to become the first successful women’s business and lifestyle publication highlighting entrepreneurs and causes in the greater Austin area. The magazine has become highly recognized for its in-depth profiles and success stories on distinguished, educated and interesting women, with well-remembered covers on Susan Dell, Luci Baines Johnson, Jody Conradt, Liz Carpenter, Wilhelmina Delco, Elizabeth Christian, Gay Gaddis and many others.
In June of 2011 Garvey launched ATXMAN—Austin Man Magazine. Nearly three years later, ATXMAN is following closely in its sibling’s footsteps with a focus on the great men in Austin. AW Media, Inc. also produces three major events, AW Anniversary Luncheon, ATXMAN Golf Classic, 18 Holes for 18 Charities, and, launching in April 2014, the Woman’s Way Business Awards for woman-owned businesses.
In 2006, Garvey was one of nine women nationwide selected to receive Office Depot’s “Businesswoman of the Year” Award. She also is the 2006 winner of BIG Austin’s “Most Creative Company Award” and the Greater Austin Business “Community Advocate Award.” Austin Woman also won the Hispanic Chamber “Best Media” award and BIG Austin’s award for “Best Business Practices”. In 2013, Garvey was awarded the prestigious “Women of Distinction” award from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and was named a Profile in Power winner by the Austin Business Journal.
Garvey is a graduate of DePauw University and holds a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland University College. Melinda is married to her business partner and New Zealander husband, and they have six year old son named Beckom.
February 2002 – Present (12 years 5 months)
AW MEDIA…Proud publishers of the award-winning Austin Woman and ATXMAN magazines; Pink Pages, Guide to Good Health, ATXMAN Golf Classic-18 Holes for 18 Charities, Woman’s Way Business Awards and AW Anniversary Event.
What Ron will bring to your business: Passionate about driving results for our clients, Ron has written and directed some of the most successful direct response campaigns in the history of the industry. His creativity has helped to generate more than $1,000,000,000 in sales for Valvoline, SC Johnson, Rug Doctor, Ultimate Chopper and other top direct response marketers throughout the country.
Favorite professional moment: Creating crystallizing messaging which connects a product’s unique selling proposition with the mind of the consumer through a powerful demonstration. That is an infomercial moment.
Favorite quote: “Swing for the fence.” (H. Jackson Browne)
Cesari Direct stands for Brand + Response. We use brand-building, response-driving communications to help make small brands big and big brands bigger.
We’re a full-service, brand-building direct response agency. Since 1993, we’ve demonstrated that no one knows more than we do about building brand equity while driving consumer behavior through direct response. Our model is 100% accountable, we know what’s working… we don’t guess.
Our fully integrated campaigns (DRTV, radio, print, digital and social) will build your brand while generating quality leads… driving direct sales, online or retail… giving you more impact for every single media dollar… and increasing your marketing ROI.
Our clients are our best advertising. We’ve had the privilege of working with both hugely successful entrepreneurs and also Fortune 500 companies to help build some of the best known brands in America including Microsoft, Clorox, SC Johnson, Conair, GoPro, Silk’n, George Foreman Grill, Rug Doctor, Oxi Clean and Sonicare.
We even wrote the book. In 2011, our CEO Rick Cesari and Creative Director Ron Lynch released their new book “BUY NOW – Creative marketing that gets customers to respond to you and your product” (Wiley Press).
Direct Response Marketing, Full Service DRTV Agency, Creative, Media Buying, Production, Campaign Management
One of the most respected faces in automotive sales, Lisa Copeland is a dedicated pioneer in the field of automotive marketing and management with over 20 years of proven success. As a member of the National Chrysler Dealer Council, she now represents the
North American pulse of the FIAT brand.
Named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by the Austin Business Journal in 2012, and recognized for her innovative marketing techniques, Copeland continually raises the bar on North American FIAT sales.
As the Managing Partner of FIAT of Austin the number FIAT retailer in NAFTA since the brand’s return to North America, Copeland was also recently honored by Chrysler Group Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne for record-breaking FIAT 500 sales.
Co-author of New York Times best seller “Succeeding Against All Odds,” a book described as the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ for entrepreneurs, Copeland share the story of “The Bet.” “The real premise of the story was not about record breaking sales,” said Copeland.
With extensive knowledge of acquiring, training and retaining diverse candidates Copeland earned FIAT of Austin recognition as #6 Best workplace in North America by Automotive News in 2013., in March of 2014 was appointed to the Dealer Advisory Council for Autotrader.com and In 2014 Northwood University named Copeland “Outstanding business Leader 2014” . Positioned as an expert in sales and management, her success story has been featured in prominent publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Marie Claire and Automotive News.
Copeland is also the co-founder of Women Impacting the Nation and The Project 19 Foundation, non-profit organizations that are dedicated to advancing leadership roles for women. In 2012, she was named “Women of
Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and as the creator of BuyingCarsHerWay.com, she empowers women as consumers by offering inside information to female consumers.
General Manager/Managing Partner FIAT of Austin member of Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships October 2010 – Present (3 years 9 months)13049 Hwy 183 North Austin TX 78750FIAT of Austin is the Number One FIAT retailer of all time since the brands reemergence to the US market. We have recently been awarded the Alfa Romeo franchise also.
Owner, LBTJ email@example.com
“We have helped clients increase sales up to 38%”
LisaBeth “LB” Thomas is the Big Cheese and partner of the LBTJ Group, an Austin-based advertising agency which specializes in marketing, advertising and television/video production. A list of current and former clients include: Amy’s Ice Creams, Service King Collision Repair, Waterloo Ice House, The Hewlett Family of Dealerships, Montana Rib and Chop House, Precision Camera and Video, The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center and Keep Texas Beautiful. Thomas also produces for HBO, Discovery Channel, E!, Miramax, Disney, HGTV and numerous others. She also serves as the first president of newly formed, Texas Women in Business (TWIB). She was one of the founding members that created this organization with the mission to encourage and empower women to reach their personal and professional goals. TWIB was formed in August of 2010 and now has approximately 500 members. Education, mentoring and philanthropy are at the heart of TWIB.
Jean Backus – Board Member of The Wizard Academy
Orphan turned successful entrepreneur
Jean is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. She is a founding principal of Carpenter & Langford, PC, an Austin, Texas based CPA firm. The firm began operations in 1991 and she has worked successfully with her business partner, Joe Langford, for twenty years. Her firm specializes in all aspects of accounting, consulting and tax services. Prior to that, Jean had two other successful businesses that began in the early eighties: another CPA firm and a computer company, both of which were subsequently sold. Jean loves to serve in this area and makes the mysterious world of money understandable, fun & easy. Her firm has been recognized by the Austin Business Journal for nine consecutive years as one of the top 25 accounting firms in Austin, Texas.
Jean has participated in public speaking engagements, has served on non-profit boards and makes financial presentations to various businesses and associations. She also developed and taught a financial course at Austin Community College for many years. Through the years of her successful practice including decades of experience, she became increasingly aware of the psychological and spiritual elements invariably present in many people who appear to have financial anxiety and fear. She has been known as a “financial therapist” because of her creative and witty approach to assist clients with either making money, saving money or reducing the anxiety around money. She utilizes spiritual principles in creating realistic expectations and financial transformation based on each client’s unique set of circumstances. This “money magnet” will teach you how to vibrate at the frequency of prosperity. Her popular financial presentations are heart-felt and outrageous.
She is co-writing a book about a unique system and approach to finances with well-known author, presenter and ER physician Todd Michael. She lives in the Austin Hill Country with her fabulous husband, Andrew, and two Himalayan cats.
Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, an early stage life sciences/biotech using 3D bio-printing of live cells to build custom implants and grafts for breast cancer reconstruction.
A Dynamic executive with over 25 years of cross-functional industry experience and an excellent blend of technical and marketing skills. She led numerous strategy, marketing and engineering organizations both as Executive Director at Dell Computers and at IBM. With over 17 years in product development and customer insights at both the engineering and marketing level, she has experience launching new business start-ups within a larger corporation.
Active in the entrepreneurial community, Ms. Bosworth is an Executive-in-Residence with several applied entrepreneurship programs, mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs, in El Paso and Austin, to develop their own high-growth (more than a $1 Million) companies. She advises innovative “start-ups” on all aspects of strategic planning from critical hiring, business development to capitalization. Ms. Bosworth is honored to serve as Chair for UTEP’s College of Engineering Advisory Board. In 2010, she led a task force that recommended a strategy to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and is now involved in its implementation.
She started her career in manufacturing process development for IBM Austin and quickly moved into management where she led custom software development projects and launched a Technical Marketing Center earning awards for her contributions to sales. At Dell, she led organizations in building strategic business partnerships, software product marketing and created multiple technical sales support functions: enabling over $500M in sales. She launched a professional services business unit and has expertise in customer support services.
Specialties: Strategic Planning, Operations, Management, Customer Experience Strategy, Customer Loyalty