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2019 Tech Innovation Summit featuring Mark Cuban

Jan 29 | TPC Scottsdale | 17TH Hole Skybar

Technology, Innovation & Golf

invisionAZ is proud to present the 4th Annual Tech Innovation Summit, CONVERGE at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The event will take place on the greens of the Open and will provide attendees the unique opportunity to attend one of the nation's premier golf events, while networking with global thought leaders.

Presented by invisionAZ, this invitation-only event will bring together national innovators, business executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, investors, and other prominent thought leaders. The Summit will feature panels, keynotes and discussions on the issues that are critical to the innovation community. invisionAZ’s 2019 Tech Innovation Summit featured an in-depth conversation with prolific entrepreneur Mark Cuban. The 2020 event will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to discuss the important issues of the day while enjoying VIP access to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Who will be attending

The CONVERGE Tech Summit will bring together local, national and international business leaders. Summit attendees will be innovators, top level executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, investors and other prominent thought leaders.

Event Objectives

The Summit will build upon and continue to establish the state as a dynamic and growing tech hub.

In previous years, legislation has been signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey at the Tech Summit. Specifically, legislation establishing Arizona's FinTech Sandbox and Arizona's PropTech Sandbox, was signed in prior years. We believe that there will be several exciting announcements made at this year’s Tech Summit, as well.

Program

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Converge Tech Summit
Wednesday January 29, 2020 | 8:00AM - 2:00PM
17TH Hole Skybar
Candid conversations with the venture capitalists, business executives, and state leaders who are shaping Arizona's tech innovation ecosystem.

Exciting announcements and the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists
and other respected innovators.

Lunch at The Open with Nationally Recognized Keynote Speakers.

Afternoon at The Open: Shot at Glory,
on the 16th hole.

The fun continues that evening at The Birds Nest.
 

Speakers

Jack Selby
Thiel Capital - Managing Director. John R. Selby (Jack) is a technology entrepreneur. His current primary role is as Managing Director at Peter Thiel’s family office, Thiel Capital, in Los Angeles. As a “PayPal Mafia” member, Jack co-founded, along with Peter, Clarium Capital Management, a macro hedge fund after selling PayPal to EBay in October 2002. At PayPal, Jack joined as an original employee and later served as a Corporate Officer/Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s international and corporate operations. As an active technology investor and advisor, Jack is involved with companies such as SpaceX, Bird, Affirm, Blend, FreedomPay, Q Bio, POPSUGAR and many others. Jack received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hamilton College and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.


Doug Ducey
Douglas Anthony "Doug" Ducey (born April 9, 1964) is the 23rd and current governor of the U.S. State of Arizona. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was sworn in as governor on January 5, 2015. He also served as the 32nd state treasurer of Arizona. He is also the first man to serve as Arizona Governor in over 17 years. Prior to serving in elected office, Ducey served as the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery before he and his business partner sold the company in 2007. On November 4, 2014, Ducey won the election to become governor of the State of Arizona, the first open seat for governor in 12 years, succeeding Jan Brewer. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ducey moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1982 where he attended Arizona State University. In addition to his involvement with Cold Stone Creamery, he also worked at a local Anheuser-Busch distributor during his time in college, and Procter & Gamble following his graduation with a degree in finance.


Steve Brown
Steve Brown is the Founder and Managing Partner of Trinity Capital Investment, a leading provider of venture loans and equipment leases to emerging growth companies. A trusted industry veteran, Brown founded Trinity on the premise that it’s not how you act on your best day but how you react on your worst day that defines a relationship or partnership. This philosophy is deeply embedded in the firm’s approach, and leverages Trinity’s financial, technical, and operational expertise. Brown’s 30 years of experience in venture equity and venture debt is apparent in his ability to adeptly manage sales and strategic business operations working with early-stage companies. He served as general partner at Point Financial Capital Partners, a venture leasing fund and held a prior role as the president and CFO of InvestLinc Financial Services, an early-stage private equity fund and consulting firm. He has also worked as a partner at Cornerstone Equity Partners, a private equity fund.


Steve Pidgeon
Steven Pidgeon is a corporate partner in the global law firm DLA Piper. He concentrates his practice on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. He has worked on over $40 billion in transactions. Steve’s clients operate in a wide variety of industries, including technology, sports and entertainment, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, homebuilding and consumer goods. Steve is the Co-Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s Phoenix office.


Jerry Coleman
Jerry Coleman, Offerpad founder, is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the institutional single-family rental industry. In 2012, he partnered with the Blackstone Group to co-found Invitation Homes which acquired, renovated and managed over 50,000 single-family homes, and deployed over $10B in investment capital. Invitation Homes went public in early 2017. Jerry has also started several other businesses, including Elevation Home Energy, one of the Southwest’s largest solar companies and Alliance Investment Group, which acquired, entitled and developed over 10,000 acres of land. He supports numerous professional and charitable organizations including invisionAZ, the Anasazi Foundation and Forever Young Foundation, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He holds an accounting degree from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University.


Chris Camacho
A proven leader with more than 10 years in executive management roles, Chris Camacho serves as the President & CEO at one of the longest standing public private partnerships for economic development across the country. He previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President. During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 322 companies creating 55,617 jobs and $5.6 billion in capital investment. Some of the more notable projects include Apple, Deloitte, Infosys, Creighton Medical School, Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin, General Motors and many others. He oversees the domestic and international business development and market strategies while serving as GPEC’s executive leader in community interactions.


Ernie Garcia
Ernie Garcia, III co-founded Carvana and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since the inception in 2012. Mr. Garcia is also Chairman of the Carvana Co. Board. Prior to founding Carvana, Mr. Garcia held various roles at the DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. from January 2007 to January 2013. From January 2007 to December 2008, he served as a financial strategist. He was a managing director of corporate finance from December 2008 to November 2009. From November 2009 until January 2013, he served as a Vice President and Treasurer and Director of Quantitative Analytics. As Director of Quantitative Analytics, Mr. Garcia was responsible for the firm’s ongoing development of consumer credit scoring models, and its utilization of those tools in retail vehicle sales deal structuring and vehicle price optimization. Prior to DriveTime, Mr. Garcia was an associate in the Principal Transactions Group at RBS Greenwich Capital from 2005 to 2006, where he focused on consumer credit based investments. Mr. Garcia holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.


Rick Smith
A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted electrical weapons, body worn cameras and software. Rick was winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Dr. Robert Robbins
Dr. Robert C. Robbins is the 22nd president of the University of Arizona. Previously, he was CEO of the Texas Medical Center. An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon and researcher, Robbins enjoyed a 20-year faculty career at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. He also was president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, among other roles. Robbins holds a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi. He completed surgical training at the University of Mississippi, cardiothoracic training at Stanford University, postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.


Joel Barthelemy
Joel E. Barthelemy, Founder and CEO/COO of Scottsdale-based GlobalMed, has a vision of quality, timely care for all through connected health. Barthelemy has spent the last 16 of his 30+ years in the technology industry focused on the development of connected health systems. Under Barthelemy's leadership, GlobalMed uniquely stands as the only telemedicine provider to complete all parts of the process in-house, from inception to distribution. Active in his community and industry, he currently sits on the board of Sun Health Services, the Arizona Bio Industry, and the ASU Health Futures Council, is an Ambassador to the Veterans’ Medical Leadership Council, and is a board advisor for SEE4Vets.


Brian Bair
Brian Bair, Offerpad founder and chief executive officer, is one of the most successful residential real estate agents in the United States. He’s spent the last decade helping solve his clients’ problems, by providing homeowners with a concierge approach to real estate. In 2017, Brian was awarded the Most Innovative Real Estate Agent of the Year by Inman, and the Wall Street Journal named him the second highest-performing real estate agent in 2014 and 2017. He has been credited for selling the most existing homes in the United States since 2010, and he attributes his success to simplifying the process for owners and buyers. Brian previously served as co-founder and managing partner of Lexington Financial, LLC and Bridgeport Financial Services LLC, one of the largest acquisition and sales companies in the Southwest.


David Lee
David Lee is currently Co-founder and Chairman of Refactor Capital, a seed-stage technology fund with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco focused on biotechnology and health startups. Previously he was the Managing Partner of SV Angel, a seed-stage technology fund with investments in Airbnb, Twitter, Snap, Slack, Pinterest, Stripe, Doordash, Coinbase and others. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Technology Investors. He has a BS from Johns Hopkins, MSEE from Stanford University, where he received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, and a JD from NYU. He is a 25-year cancer survivor and is on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Jay Kahn
Jay Kahn is responsible for Light Street’s public and private investments globally in the Internet and media sectors. In addition to managing Light Street's public investments in Internet and media, Jay has led or co-led all of Light Street's private investments including Slack (IPO), Pinterest (IPO), Uber (IPO), Lyft (IPO), Spotify (IPO), Harry’s (acquired by Edgewell), Toast, ezCater, Unity, and Everlane. Prior to joining Light Street in 2011, Jay was an Associate at Elevation Partners, where he evaluated late stage growth and buyout investments in Internet and media on behalf of the $1.9 billion fund. Prior to Elevation, Jay was a Senior Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting from 2003 to 2006. At L.E.K., Jay evaluated business strategies and acquisitions for technology and media companies. Jay holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 2010, and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, where he graduated magna cum laude, 2002.


Dan Dillon
Dan Dillon Jr. oversees the operations of ASU Enterprise Partners’ affiliate organizations. He previously served as ASU’s chief marketing officer and senior vice president, a post he assumed in 2013. During his tenure, he launched the ASU Enterprise Marketing Hub, and built and shaped its award-winning staff. His primary focus was to advance affinity for the university, which he and his team accomplished by enhancing the integrity of the ASU brand and implementing innovative and impactful marketing activities across the university. Dillon is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years in domestic and global management roles in the highly competitive consumer packaged goods and restaurant industries. Dillon has served in C-level and executive positions for leading U.S. companies, including General Mills, Keebler, Nabisco, Heinz, Con Agra and Coca-Cola. Prior to coming to ASU and launching the Enterprise Marketing Hub, Dillon was chief marketing officer at Outback Steakhouse and most recently the executive vice president at Ruby Tuesday Inc.


Matt Mead
Matt Mead was sworn in as governor of Wyoming on January 3, 2011, and was sworn for his second term on January 5, 2015. Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. Mead has served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as United States Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U.S. attorney, he returned full time to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming. Since taking office, Mead has put a focus on economic growth, a state energy strategy, consolidation of government services, supporting local government and enhancing infrastructure and creating additional access to high-speed broadband. He continues to travel to communities around the state to hear from residents in the places where they live and work. He maintains an open door policy in his office at the Capitol Building.


Heidi Jannenga
Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT, a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree and the leading software solution for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Heidi advises on the company’s strategic direction and product innovation, while advocating for the rehab therapy profession on an international scale. Since starting the company in 2008, Heidi has guided WebPT through several milestones, including a seed round with Canal Partners, VC round with Battery Ventures and most recently a partnership with PE firm Warburg Pincus; five acquisitions, and numerous awards, including best in KLAS, Best Places to Work and Inc.’s Top Company Culture. In 2017, Heidi was honored by Health Data Management as one of the most powerful women in IT, and she was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2018, she was named the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year at the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. She also is an active member of the YPO Scottsdale Chapter. Her proudest accomplishment is being a mom to her daughter Ava. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, Taiko drumming and practicing yoga in her spare time.


Jeff Guldner
Jeff Guldner leads Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its primary subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Company (APS). The companies are headquartered in Phoenix. Guldner was promoted to his current position in November 2019 from his dual roles as president of APS and executive vice president, public policy of Pinnacle West. Since joining APS in 2004, Guldner has held a number of leadership positions responsible for areas including legal, rates and regulation, government affairs and customer service. Prior to APS, Guldner was a partner in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLP, where he practiced public utility, telecommunications and energy law. Before practicing law, Guldner served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy and was an assistant professor of naval history at the University of Washington. Guldner is dedicated to community involvement and actively serves on boards of directors, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Partnership for Economic Innovation, the National Association of Manufacturers and Arizona Theatre Company. He is chair of the East Valley Partnership board of directors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and graduated magna cum laude from the Arizona State University College of Law. Guldner also completed the Reactor Technology Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Advanced Management Program at Columbia Business School.


Courtney Williams
Courtney is co-founder of Emagine Solutions Technology, bringing operations, strategy and customer analytics experience to the venture. She began this startup after her sister experienced a high-risk pregnancy where ultrasound was a lifesaving diagnostic tool. Courtney has 12 years of leading customer metrics and analytics in Fortune 500 companies, and international marketing experience in Africa and Latin America. She served on the board of Open Windows Foundation in Guatemala, a public health organization that serves the greater Antigua area. She is a Marketing graduate from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and received her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Rebecca Clyde
Rebecca Clyde is the CEO and co-founder of Botco.ai, a conversational marketing platform that enables businesses to engage customers with AI-enabled chat. Botco.ai was recently selected as an awardee of the Fall 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge. With more than 20 years in digital marketing in the technology industry, Rebecca is passionate about advancing women in tech and currently serves as the co-managing director for Girls in Tech Phoenix. Prior to Botco.ai, Rebecca founded a digital marketing agency, Ideas Collide, now in its 13th year serving global enterprise clients. She was previously a digital strategist at Intel and holds an MBA from Arizona State University.


Dawn Grove
Dawn Grove is Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, the parent company of PING and related subsidiaries, and has served on the board of directors of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation continuously since 1995. KMC’s main subsidiary, PING, is one of the top three golf equipment brands in the U.S., exports about half of its products outside the U.S. and has earned the most Golf Digest Hot List awards of any golf equipment brand for three straight years (2012, 2013, 2014). Ms. Grove serves as Chairwoman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council (formerly known as the Arizona Association of Industries) and is the longest serving member of its board of directors. In 2015, she was appointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which directly advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and other cabinet members on issues related to strengthening U.S. manufacturers and achieving policy solutions that allow them to remain globally competitive.


Jessica Pacheco
Jessica Pacheco is vice president, external affairs for Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility. Pacheco's primary responsibilities include state and local public affairs strategy, reputation and brand management, community affairs, corporate giving, and employee and customer communications. Pacheco has developed deep knowledge of the company’s business units through two periods at APS. She served in numerous roles from 1997-2006, including customer care in the call center, community and economic development and franchise agreement management. In 2009, Pacheco returned to APS as director of stakeholder engagement. She guided the company’s state and local government strategy, advocacy efforts and managed stakeholder relationships. Pacheco has worked extensively in economic and community development arenas throughout Arizona, the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. She led general advocacy efforts for the Arizona business community as senior vice president for public affairs at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. Pacheco serves as president of the board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and as chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is active as a director with a number of other community and business organizations, including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. Pacheco is a past director for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board and Maricopa Community College Foundation Board and is past chair of the Border Trade Alliance Board.


Sandra Watson
Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted to Arizona more than 750 companies that have committed to invest nearly $10 billion in capital and create more than 125,000 jobs. During her tenure with the Arizona Department of Commerce, and now the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Ms. Watson served in multiple positions with increasing responsibilities and results. She has led Business Attraction, Business Development, Innovation & Technology, Workforce and Marketing divisions. She served as the Executive Director on the Governor’s Council of Innovation & Technology in advancing the state’s Innovation and Technology roadmap. Ms. Watson began her career in Canada and brings not only a wealth of knowledge on the regional, state and national levels but can execute effectively on an international scale.


 
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