The Israel Conference 2011
May 30, 2013
May 31, 2013
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Advisory Board and Organizing Team:

 

Yossi Vardi
Chairman
Sharona Justman
Managing Director
STEP Strategy Advisors
Jeff Pulver
Chairman
Zula
Eran Wagner
General Partner
Gemini Israel Ventures
David Lonner
CEO & Founder
Oasis Media Group
Zohar Levkovitz
Founder
RoundA
Yair Landau
Founder
Mass Animation / Bedouin Media
David Renzer
Former Chairman and CEO
Universal Music Publishing Group
Avi Yaron
CEO and Founder
Visionsense
Isabel Maxwell
President emerita
CommTouch
Ross Avner
VP Business Development, Co-Founder
Tako
Levi Shapiro
Partner
TMT Strategic Advisors
Sharon Rechter
Co-Founder and EVP
BabyFirstTV
Jacob Segal
Founder
Investor Research Group
Glenn Yago
Director of Capital Studies
Milken Institute
Adi Adam Rubin
Director of Customer Relations - Enterprise Sales
Magento eCommerce
Gary Rubenstein
Managing Director
Rubenstein / Justman
Management Consultants
Frank Williams
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Irvine Global Innovation Group

 

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Yossi Vardi

 

Yossi Vardi - CO-CHAIR
Yossi Vardi is one of Israels early entrepreneurs and has co-founded, lead, and participated in building over 60 high-tech companies.

Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ now sold to AOL. Yossi Vardi has an extensive government and public career, holding the position of Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Chairman of Israel s National Oil Company and Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Many of Yossi Vardis investments have resulted in the company going public such as answers.com, Scopus, Granite, and Lasers with many being acquired. Yossi Vardi sits on the advisory boards of 3i and Amdocs and has served on boards of numerous state and private corporations including Bezeq, Israel Electric, and the Bank of Israel. He has also been an advisor to the CEOs of AOL, Amazon, and Allied Signal.

Yossi Vardi has received many awards, including the Prime Minister of Israel Hi-Tech Award for life achievements on two occasions, the Industry Prize, the Ramniceanu Prize and C-E-Os Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

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Sharona Justman

STEP Strategy Advisors


 

Sharona Justman - STEP Strategy Advisors CO-CHAIR / CO-FOUNDER
Sharona Justman is a Connector and is the co-Founder of The Israel Conference - hosting a mega-networking event in one of the largest US cities and bringing the top CEOs and leadership of Israel-facing companies together.

The Israel Conference inspires Israeli entrepreneurs and US investors and the international corporate world to meet, ideate, and create new ventures together. Companies enjoy presenting their technology, products, and services that innovate and open new markets. The Israel Conference is a business event to showcase the innovative spirit of the Israeli market and has enjoyed presentations from hundreds of CEOs and leaders of companies that do business in Israel. The Israel Conference is the result of collaborative efforts from the business community to bring the best companies to the stage. Yossi Vardi and Sharona Justman are the co-Chairs of this annual event in Los Angeles.

In addition to organizing The Israel Conference, Sharona is a businesswoman known for connecting companies and leaders to align in creating rich opportunities for business. Sharona combines a strong business background with a solid tech understanding and adds a dash of marketing flair which positions her as a top advisor to many companies.

Sharona is the Managing Director of STEP Strategy Advisors (www.STEPstrategy.net), a strategic planning and acquisition advisory firm that facilitates expanding the growth of companies through market entry planning and execution as well as an advisor to facilitate growth through acquisition working with some of the largest Private Equity firms in the US.

Sharona co-founded Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants (www.RJMC.net) providing enterprise-wide information technology and operations improvement management consulting services to middle market companies in technology, distribution, manufacturing, financial services, entertainment, and consumer product markets.

Sharona Justman began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a CPA. Sharona is an alumna of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and California State University, Northridge in Accounting and Economics.

When not obsessively planning The Israel Conference or managing STEP Strategy Advisors, Sharona plays music, writes poetry, watches classic movies, and practices speaking Hebrew, Spanish, and English.

The Israel Conference launched in 2009 to expand the conversation between the business community and the exciting happenings in the entrepreneurial Israeli market. STEP is known for connecting companies and people together to create new business opportunities, drive new business, and facilitate acquisitions. STEP is an established M&A Advisory firm and known for business acumen that supports the parties in making aligned decisions. STEP Strategy Advisors is a strategic planning and acquisitions advisory firm that facilitates expanding the growth of companies through market entry planning and as well as an advisor to facilitate growth through acquisitions working with some of the largest Private Equity firms in the US.
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Jeff Pulver

Zula


 

Jeff Pulver - Zula
Jeff is an Internet Pioneer who is known for helping to accelerate the worldwide acceptance of VoIP. He is also an early-stage investor in Israeli startups. A co-founder of Vonage, one of the biggest and earliest VoIP companies around, Pulver is a self-described futurist, serial entrepreneur and long-time evangelist for VoIP technologies. In 1995 Jeff defined VON to stand for Voice/Video on the Net and continues today to contribute words to both the telecom and social media vernacular. From 1997 to 2008 he hosted/produced the VON Conferences. Mr. Pulver is the founder of Free World Dialup (FWD), the VON Coalition, Vivox and others and is the co-founder of Zula and VoIP provider, Vonage. He has influenced the creation of numerous other startups. He discovered health & wellness and hosts a new conference, #140You in NYC.

Zula is developing a comprehensive solution for initiating, managing and maintaining mobile team communication. As work teams become more mobile and cross-organizational, there is no ideal solution to help businesses communicate and collaborate on the go. The Zula Solution was designed for mobile from the ground up and allows team members from inside and outside of the organization to seamlessly join a conversation, collaborate, share documents, take a poll and instantaneously connect over voice-tools that are essential for effectively managing a virtual team.
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Eran Wagner

Gemini Israel Ventures


 

Eran Wagner - Gemini Israel Ventures CO-FOUNDER
Mr. Eran Wagner has been a General Partner at Gemini Israel Funds since 2011. Mr. Wagner serves as Managing Partner of WSG Management LLC. Mr. Wagner served as the President of North American Operations at cVidya Networks Inc. Mr. Wagner has an extensive knowledge in the Telecommunications industry and has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, and marketing and customer relations. Prior to joining cVidya, Mr. Wagner served as a Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Planning and General Manager, Cross Portfolio Product Business Unit at Amdocs where he was responsible for developing its overall product strategy, including portfolio planning, foundational products, product integration, as well as the development of new innovative solutions in the Amdocs Research Lab. Mr. Wagner co-founded XACCT Technologies Ltd. (XACCT Technologies 1997 Ltd.) in May 1997 and Xpert UNIX Systems Ltd. in 1993. Mr. Wagner served as an Executive Vice President, Technology of XACCT Technologies Ltd. since January 2000 and Chief Executive Officer from June 1997 to January 1998. Prior to XACCT Technologies, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Xpert UNIX Systems Ltd. He served in an elite technology unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Mr. Wagner served as Chairman of the Board of XACCT Technologies Ltd. since June 1997. He serves as a Director of ConteXtream, Inc. and TranzMate. He is a Co-Founder of both the IEFF (Israeli Entrepreneurs and Founders Forum) in the Silicon Valley and the Israel Conference (www.theisraelconference.org) in Los Angeles. He is a serial inventor with multiple granted patents. Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Gemini Israel Ventures is a leading Israeli venture firm specializing in early and seed stage investments in technology companies in sectors that include mobile, digital media, enterprise software, online services and semiconductors. Gemini manages over $700M in five funds. Gemini counts over twenty M&A and IPO transactions to its successes. These companies include Allot, Butterfly, Ceragon, Commtouch, Diligent, Itemfield, Jacada, Mellanox, nLayers, Ornet, Precise, Saifun, Traiana and Verisity.
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David Lonner

Oasis Media Group


 

David Lonner - Oasis Media Group
David Lonner is the founder of Oasis Media Group, a management and production company based in Los Angeles. Under the Oasis banner, Lonner represents writers, directors, and producers in the film, television, and online content arenas. Prior to founding his own company, Lonner was a talent agent at William Morris Agency from 2003-09. He was previously a partner at Endeavor where he established their Motion Picture division. Lonner also spent several years at Creative Artists Agency and began his career at ICM. Lonner is a committed philanthropist working with numerous organizations. He serves as a former board member of the Early Childhood Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and former chairman of the entertainment division of the United Jewish Fund. Additionally, he is a board member of the Phase 1 Cancer Institute, American Pardes Foundation, and Entertainment Industry Foundation. Lonner graduated from Tulane with a BA in Sociology.

Oasis Media Group is a Management and Production Company based in Los Angeles
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Zohar Levkovitz

RoundA
 

Zohar Levkovitz - RoundA
Zohar Levkovitz is the Chairman of SpaceIL. Zohar founded Amobee and led the company through its recent acquisition by SingTel. Zohar has been at the forefront of mobile and internet technology development for over 10 years. As former CTO of Comverse 3G, MMS and WAP Push activities, Zohar led the development and compilation of several architectures and concepts, currently accepted as standards by the global telecom industry. During his tenure at Comverse Mr. Levkovitz held several key positions in the standardization bodies: Member at the 3GPP2 SC (TIA / EIA), chairperson for a strategic technology committee at OMA (WAP Forum), specification author for 3GPP. In addition, Mr. Levkovitz has gained experience in the online advertising arena as General Manager of Smartshopper.com and as a VP of Product Development at Hotbar.com Inc.

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Yair Landau

Mass Animation / Bedouin Media


 

Yair Landau - Mass Animation / Bedouin Media
Yair Landau is the former Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President, Sony Pictures Digital. Landau formed Sony Pictures Digital in 1999, bringing together all of Sony Pictures digital artists and software engineers from Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Online Entertainment and Columbia Tristar Interactive into one division.

Landau supervised production of Imageworks first animated short, THE CHUBB CHUBBS, which won several awards including an Academy Award for Best Short Film (animated) in 2003. Landau has grown Sony Online Entertainment into the worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming building upon EverQuest, the most successful MMO PC game in the United States with Star Wars Galaxies launched in partnership with Lucas Arts in 2003.

Through Sony Pictures Digital, Landau developed the technology and formed the five-studio Movielink partnership, the first major studio Internet movie download service, launched in 2002. Most recently, he reorganized Sony Pictures Digital Networks to focus on emerging mobile entertainment, broadband video delivery and media software.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Landau earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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David Renzer

Universal Music Publishing Group
 

David Renzer - Universal Music Publishing Group
David Renzer, Former Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), was responsible for overseeing the activities of UMPG's 57 offices in 47 countries.

Since Renzer joined the company (then called MCA Music Publishing) in 1996, UMPG has grown exponentially through direct signings and catalogue acquisitions. UMPG is the global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian/Gospel and Classical Music.

Major signings, renewals and deals under Renzer include: the catalogues of Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Justin Bieber, Florence & The Machine, Eminem, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, U2, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Owl City, Alex Da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Leon Russell, Desmond Child, Sean Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Ester Dean, T-Pain, Dave Grohl, The Killers, Juanes, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, 50 Cent, Danny Elfman, the catalogues of Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Bernstein, Bee Gees, Glen Ballard, Cash Money and Notting Hill. Renzer was also responsible for deals with Holland Dozier Holland and the Henry Mancini catalogues, Film/ TV administration deals with Warner Bros. Pictures/Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks, as well the acquisition of Interscope Publishing, All Nations, Epitaph, Momentum, Forerunner, Marantha Music, EMack and the John Phillips catalogues.

Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to SVP and GM. During his decade-long career there, Renzer helped Zomba achieve ASCAP's R&B Publisher of the Year and Pop Publisher of the Year awards.

Renzer sits on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital. David Renzer received his B.A. from N.Y.U.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the leading global music publisher. Headquartered in Los Angeles, UMPG has grown exponentially through both direct signings and catalogue acquisitions, which include the BMG Music Publishing, Zomba, Polygram, and Rondor catalogues.
UMPG has some of the most important contemporary songwriters and artists on its global roster, including: 3 Doors Down, 50 Cent, ABBA, Christina Aguilera, Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Chemical Brothers, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Daughtry, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Franz Ferdinand, Juan Gabriel, Robin and Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Elton John, Keane, The Killers, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Brian McKnight, Ne-Yo, Prince, The Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Bernie Taupin, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Keith Urban, and the catalogues of Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein, to name a few.
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Avi Yaron

Visionsense


 

Avi Yaron - Visionsense
Avi Yaron is the CEO and Founder of Visionsense. Avi has 20 years of management and innovation experience that evolved from the communications world, first as an officer in the Israeli intelligence forces and later in Eldat Communications, an Infrared diffused wireless communication company. Among his initiatives, he founded MotoTech, which developed advanced ignition systems for motorcycles and was among the developers of the microprocessor labe at Tel-Aviv University. Due to a brain tumor that was detected by coincidence, Avi Yaron became deeply involved in the minimal invasive surgical field. This personal experience led him to found Visionsense.

Avi Yaron has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.S. in Management from Boston University. He holds several patents in the field. He is a visiting lecturer in the MBA entrepreneurial programs of MIT and Babson College.

Visionsense has developed a patented technology, which provides surgeons with real-time, high-resolution, natural stereoscopic vision for Minimal Invasive Surgery applications. The design of the proprietary single sensor is based on multidisciplinary technologies combined with sophisticated image processing algorithms.
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Isabel Maxwell



 

Isabel Maxwell - CommTouch
Isabel Maxwell is a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum and co-founder of The McKinley Group, creator of the pioneering Magellan online search engine that was successfully sold to Excite. She is president emerita of CommTouch (NASDAQ:CTCH).

Isabel Maxwell brings over fifteen years of international journalism and entertainment experience with accomplishments including production/direction for the Yorkshire and Southern Independent Television networks in the UK and feature film production for New World Pictures. She was a founding director serving on the Board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-LA from 1986-1998 and is a long-time member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), U.K. Isabel Maxwell holds honor moderations in Jurisprudence and a B.A. and M.A. in history and modern languages from Oxford University. She has divides her time between Los Angeles, Israel and Silicon Valley.

Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH) is a leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services for vendors and service providers, increasing the value and profitability of customer solutions by protecting billions of Internet transactions on a daily basis. With 12 global data centers and award-winning, patented technology, Commtouch capabilities in email, Web, and antivirus easily integrate into our customer products and solutions, keeping safe more than 350 million end users.
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Ross Avner

Tako
 

Ross Avner - Tako
Ross Avner Former Head of Yahoo! Games where he oversaw P&L responsibilities, product, staff esources, and the overall strategic and business direction for the web property. He's been part of the Games Industry for over 12 years in both startup and corporate roles.

TAKO does to Apps what Dropbox does to Files. We connect users with their apps. Additionally, TAKO allows users to share their apps with others as well as run their apps from social networks such as Facebook.

TAKO frees software that is tethered to specific hardware or platform regardless of whether those apps reside at the home, the office or the Cloud. We remove all barriers. TAKO does this by adjusting to the device automatically, in real-time, and linking the user with their apps. We also enable users to share their apps with their friends, family and colleagues and making any apps one click away. Do you have an application at your office or home? Do you want to run it in your iPhone, iPad or any other device without install it there? Well, this exactly what we do, run it in you device and we adjust it to that device automatically.
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Levi Shapiro

TMT Strategic Advisors
 

Levi Shapiro - TMT Strategic Advisors
Levi Shapiro is a wireless industry expert having been an analyst in the mobile media sector, a lecturer, and a frequent author.

Levi founded Two Minute Television, a short-form, ad supported TV series with episodes averaging 4 million broadcast and cable TV viewers, carriage on 110 major websites, and distribution on carriers in North America, Asia and Europe. Levi founded Snack Mobile to develop proprietary software enabling a new category of mobile media- combining casual mobile gaming with live-action video.

As Director of Audience Metrics at Telephia, he developed partnerships with movie studios, TV networks, game and Internet publishers, record labels, brands and advertising agencies and was instrumental in the company's acquisition by Nielsen. He spent the early part of his career in Tokyo and Beijing with Toyota Motor Corporation and with IBM in Milan.

Levi is fluent in English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, and Italian. He holds degrees from Tulane (BA), Cornell (Asian Studies) and MIT (MBA).

TMT is a global management consulting firm ??? dedicated to driving results for our clients. TMT combines strategy with technology, and insight with action, collaborating with clients to deliver results that endure. Specialist consultancy with expertise and relationships in the technology, media and telecom sectors. Proven track-record with strategy, research and US business development projects.
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Sharon Rechter

BabyFirstTV
 

Sharon Rechter - BabyFirstTV
Sharon Rechter, along with business partner, Guy Oranim, conceptualized and co-founded BabyFirstTV. In her role as executive vice president, she leads the business development and marketing activities for the company with a clear passion to bring quality, new educational programming to families of babies and toddlers.

Sharon has a broad background in television programming and recently served as the vice president and head of operations for The Israeli Network (the Israeli television channel in the U.S.). She was responsible for the general management of the network, and focused on areas including business development, advertising and subscriptions. Before entering the television broadcast industry, she headed the strategic planning department at GNS Advertising in Israel where she was responsible for developing strategic plans for a variety of lifestyle brands. Sharon received her B.A. in business administration from the Arison School of Business and her L.L.B in law from the Radziner School of Law, both at The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel.

BabyFirst is a fun-filled TV network made just for tots and their parents. Meet our adorable characters and introduce your child to basic building blocks like numbers, colors, animals, art, music and more! Get it on TV, online and on your mobile/tablet device.
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Jacob Segal



 

Jacob Segal - Investor Research Group
Jacob Segal, Principal of Investors Research Group (IRG) is an active investor/advisor in Southern California-based companies with sales in the $3M-$10M range. His investment experience includes transactions with companies in the airport concessions business, financial service marketing, wire and cable manufacturing, radio programming distribution, bakery equipment, and medical devices.

Jacob Segal is and has been an investor in Creative Host Services, Thaya Communications, Suede AM Pack, American Equity Trust, and Rhythm Radio. Additionally, Mr. Segal participated in the acquisition, management and disposition of over $200M in real estate investments including apartment buildings, shopping centers, and office buildings.

Jacob Segal received his Bachelor's in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his MBA from UCLA.

Jacob Segal is an Executive Board Member of the Southern California Israel Chamber of Commerce

Investors Research Group (IRG) is a private investment group that invests in Southern California-based companies with sales in the $3M-$10M range and in real estate investments in the $1M-$50M dollar range.
The Southern California-Israel Chamber of Commerce (SCICC) is dedicated to fostering bilateral business, trade, and investment opportunities between Southern California and Israel. With its extensive, dynamic network of companies, business executives and political leaders, the SCICC has served as a facilitator of joint venture programs between the two countries for over twelve years. Through networking events, mentorship programs, investment forums, educational seminars and industry-specific meetings, the SCICC contributes to stronger business alliances between Southern California and Israel.
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Glenn Yago

Milken Institute
 

Glenn Yago - Milken Institute
Glenn Yago is Director of Capital Studies at the Milken Institute. He specializes in financial innovations, financial institutions and capital markets. Yago has extensively analyzed public policy and its relation to high-yield markets, initial public offerings, industrial and transportation concerns, and public and private sector employment.

In the area of capital access, Yago is creator of the Milken Institute Capital Access Index, an annual survey that measures access to capital for entrepreneurs across countries, and co-creator of the Opacity Index, a measure of the openness of financial markets around the world, critical factors in determining the economic health of a nation. Both indexes are referenced regularly in academic and business venues.

Yago has worked on financial innovations transfer and privatization projects in the Middle East since 1996, primarily in Israel and Jordan, and in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. His efforts were instrumental in the issuance of the first municipal bond in the history of Israel to finance a development project in Tel-Aviv, and in spurring significant legislative amendments to democratize the capital markets of Israel.

In the area of environmental finance, Glenn Yago focuses on developing financial innovations that monetize environmental goods and services. He organized "Financing Our Global Environmental Future," a 2001 conference co-sponsored by the Milken Institute, the U.N. Foundation and The Nature Conservancy; authored Financing Global Environmental Futures: Using Financial Markets and Instruments to Advance Environmental Goals (Milken Institute Policy Brief, 2001); and teaches Environmental Finance and Urban Economic Development courses at the Tel Aviv University Recanati School of Business Administration. A central component of the 2002 environmental course was a feasibility study for financing restoration of the Yarqon River, an urban waterway that runs through seven municipalities in the most densely populated area of Israel. Yago is also a member of the California State Teachers Retirement System Clean Technology Advisory Board, breaking new ground in the arena of environmental investing.

Before coming to the Institute, Yago was director of the Center for Capital Studies in New York, which he founded in 1992 to develop insight into the process of capital access and ownership change. He was a faculty member of the City University of New York Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Economics, and a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Business Government at Baruch College City University of New York.

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Adi Adam Rubin

Magento eCommerce
 

Adi Adam Rubin - Magento eCommerce
Adi Adam is the Director of Customer Relations - Enterprise Sales for Magento eCommerce.

Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store. Magento's intuitive administration interface contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique business needs. Completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento offers companies the ultimate eCommerce solution.
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Gary Rubenstein

Rubenstein / Justman<br />Management Consultants
 

Gary Rubenstein - Rubenstein / Justman
Management Consultants
Gary is the co-founder of Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants, a leading strategic management consulting firm focusing on information technology and operations improvement servicing Fortune 1000 clients over the past sixteen years. Gary's expertise in technology integration is invaluable. Gary was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Management Advisory Services group for over seven years and was previously the Director for Internal Systems Audit for Great Western Financial Corporation. Gary holds a BS in Finance from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Gary is a noted speaker on technology and operations management.

Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants is a management consulting firm focused on Information Technology and Operations Improvement.
RJMC's considerable expertise in project management, business processes and procedures, complex organizations, and enterprise-wide systems spans over twenty years of working with project teams to identify solutions that best serve the strategic interests of the organization.
RJMC provides its Clients with specialized knowledge and expertise that result in practical and effective solutions. RJMC focuses on areas where technology can facilitate substantial operational improvements. Our Systems Assessments are a great tool for moving towards positive change.
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Frank Williams

Irvine Global Innovation Group
 

Frank Williams - Irvine Global Innovation Group Advisor
Frank Williams is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine Global Innovation Group. He believes in inspiring an innovation-driven partnership between Israeli institutions and the University of California Irvine (UCI). Currently Frank is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies at UCI. His role requires active engagement with multinational corporations, universities, and governments. The shift from a country-centric corporation to one that is more global in its outlook will have a radical impact on leadership development. He seeks to help students acquire a higher level of cultural and emotional intelligence; an intellectual understanding of the global business context, in other words, an ability to comprehend just how complex it can be to conduct business and/or collaborate with different people and cultures around the world. Williams has a background in mortgage banking with Capital Direct Funding, private money lending company. Williams as well has experience from working on various campaigns, most recently Teresa Hernandez for Congress 32nd Congressional District of California, Meg Whitman for Governor of California, and Carly Fiorina for California U.S. Senate. His experiences led him to serve on Capitol Hill for Congressman Sam Graves (M-06), Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, and as a volunteer for the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC. The Irvine Global Innovation Group mentors and collaborates with undergraduate and graduate students at UCI to address generational challenges. The organization believes that our collaborative adaptive management structure between multinational corporations, universities, and governments provides the necessary opportunity to build the needed experience to be competitive in the global economy. Our organization is committed to providing students with tangible skills that will be transferable to their future career of choice.

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