John Whitcomb, President and CEO, is a successful entrepreneur and revered thought leader. John has worked with numerous start‐ups, as well as Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies and large institutions. He has provided strategic advisement regarding advanced technology implementation for AT&T, Bharti‐Airtel, Boeing, Cisco, Compaq, Delta Airlines, Duke Energy, Goldman Sachs, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sprint, T‐ Mobile, Telecom Egypt, the US White House, US Navy, IRS, US AID, NRO and NASA. He developed technology and operations to securely manage Aerospace, Internet, Telecom, Transportation, Utility, and Military enterprises for the largest organizations in the US and abroad. John is a leader in the advancement of Business Intelligence solutions involving Big Data, Cloud and Visualization solutions for the world’s largest IT and Communications networks. In addition, he has consulted in Educational Media Technology across many industry sectors.
Nino Pero, Vice President, has completed a broad range of design projects in both print and digital media, winning industry awards for almost two decades including the Award of Distinction for the Complete Branding Systems of Denver International Airport, Airport City Denver; and the “American Graphic Design & Advertising 28 Awards.” His traditional design experience includes identity and logo development, collateral and brochure design, photo-illustration, and specialized items such as design guidelines documents, master plan renderings and marketing and sales collateral. Nino’s digital design experience includes responsive and accessible website design, interactive mapping, user interface design, and information architecture. With an approach centered on collaboration and strong project management, Nino helps to translate ideas into effective visual communications and application designs.
David M. Talon, Business Growth, has deep experience as a strategy consultant, with early stage rapid growth companies and as a mid-level executive in the corporate sector. As a Managing Partner at iGrowth Strategies, David focuses on international strategic development, growth strategy and execution, market penetration, sales and marketing. As Managing Director at AEA Advisors, he works with clients to optimize their executive summaries, pitch decks, business plans and due diligence packets with the goal of increasing investment attraction.
During his 25+ years of global business experience, he has developed and managed multi-country business growth and communication optimization projects in over 55 countries in Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. David serves currently on the Board of Directors for the Rockies Venture Club, and has served on numerous professional and charitable boards of directors throughout his career.
Anna Evans, VP Engineering & Product, has experience as an entrepreneur working in start-ups, and at pre-IPO stages. Evans provides a broad spectrum of expertise and leadership skills in Engineering, Product Management, Technology Leadership for Sales & Mktg, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management. She is also a laser physicist. Anna has led digital campaigns and is fluent in Russian language. She was in the top quadrant of her graduate engineering class at Stanford University.
Anna's familiarity with product and software development, passion for driving great design, and ability to innovate sets her apart from most executives. She is responsible for managing the PMIQ agile team delivering the company’s platform software products. Anna’s ability to understand and align the needs of marketing, sales, and customer implementation is key to the company’s ability to support millions of users, with end-to-end ownership of full product lifecycle by defining and driving product strategy. She is an adept problem solver and the recipient of several awards.
Anna's professional passion is working with teams to create unique solutions, products, and business models while helping organizations connect the digital dots with the unique needs of business lines and individuals. She loves to turn initiatives into team success. Her personal passions are science, nature, sustainability, start-ups, and laughter.
Board of Directors
John Elms, Independent Director and Chief Marketing Executive, is the president and CEO of Connexall USA, Inc. and is an accomplished executive with 25-plus years of senior management in the high-tech industry including CEO roles at both public and privately-held companies, a venture-backed startup, and his own entrepreneurial ventures. His deep expertise in operations, sales and marketing, and finance, coupled with exceptional communication skills, allow him to create rapid transformational change in the companies at which, and with which, he works.
John is a Fast Company Fast-50 recipient and was an Ernst &anp; Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He has been featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Bloomberg Television and was a contributing author to the book Inside the Minds of Wireless Leaders. John holds an honors degree from Harvard University and is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.
Michael White is recently retired Associate General Counsel for AT&T Mobility where he worked for 22 years. He has considerable experience in strategic partnering and complex global licensing arrangements including co-directing the AT&T Wireless and Cingular company integration and the historic Apple iPhone launch exclusive to AT&T Mobility. He directly supported the AT&T Mobility President of Emerging Devices, the CEO of AT&T Mobility, the SVP of Strategy, the Chief Marketing Officer, the SVP of International Roaming, and the SVP of Meter Integration.
Sanjay Kapoor, Mentor to CEO, is an established global leader in Telecom and allied industry. Sanjay was the Chief Executive Officer for India and South Asia of India’s largest telecom company, Airtel. Sanjay remains one of the key leaders in building Bharti Airtel from being one of the players in the industry to making it the number one telecom in India, during his 15-year tenure with the company. Sanjay's leadership extends well beyond the confines of Airtel, where he is now a well-recognized industry spokesperson globally. Presently, Sanjay is an active member on the board of India's leading companies like Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd, PVR and VLCC. Sanjay is also a Senior Advisor with Boston Consulting Group. He was declared the “Telecom person of the year” by Voice and Data in 2012.
Board of Advisors
Tom Farmer, Communications and Corporate Journalist Advisor, formerly served as a CNN newsman and the executive producer of Larry King Live where his professionalism and excellence was recognized by winning both the George Foster Peabody Award as well as two CableACE awards. Tom combines years of corporate marketing and interactive media expertise with the perspective of a veteran network television journalist. His consultancy, Brick Duck Communications, specializes in developing and managing strategic communications for advanced technology programs funded by Global 100 companies and governments. He enjoys leading customer experience design initiatives, as well as B2C and B2B strategic research. Ultimately, Tom helps companies distill unique, competitive market positions and brand personalities; creates differentiating corporate themes or storylines; develops key message systems to guide consistent communication strategizes; and works on website architecture.
Scott Mize, Media Venture Advisor, is an entrepreneur, venture development executive, advisor, and speaker in the field of high technology. He has 30 years of experience in the information technology, new media, Internet, nanotechnology and clean tech fields. He currently provides venture development services to early-stage companies and established corporations in the infotech, nanotech and clean tech spaces. Scott is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Network Society Ventures, a seed-stage global venture investment firm.
Scott served as a principal in Double Impact, a venture catalyst firm, providing business development, capital advisory and strategy services to early-stage wireless, Internet, information technology, and new media companies. Scott co-founded and served as CEO of “Zelos!”, an early publisher of personal learning products on CD-ROM, which Charter Communications later acquired.
Ron Zimmerman, Television Production Advisor, a life-long journalist at CBS, CNN, ABC and Fox who has produced more than 4,000 live television newscasts, and worked as a foreign correspondent covering wars in Central America for ITNA and CNN. As a member of the Directors Guild of America, Zimmerman covered feature film productions and film openings for Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight. He directed hundreds of segments of America’s Most Wanted, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20 and Nightline. Correspondents that Zimmerman has directed include: Mike Wallace, Chris Wallace, Brian Ross, Bob Woodruff, John Quinones, Sam Donaldson, Geraldo Rivera, Ashleigh Banfield, Campbell Brown, Major Garrett, Dave Marash, Lisa Stark, John Nance and Griff Jenkins and others.