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Adam Swart

CEO | Founder – Crowds on Demand

Adam Swart founded Crowds on Demand in October 2012 to revolutionize the "people" business and to give everyone the ability to have experiences usually reserved for ‘A-list’ celebrities. Before starting Crowds on Demand, Adam worked as a Reporter for AOL’s Patch sites, in product management positions at various Bay Area start-up companies, and as a political organizer for campaigns including Jerry Brown’s successful election as Governor of California in 2010. Adam has long been an active investor. He first developed his interest in the market at the age of six years old when he decided Southwest Airlines was a good company to invest in due to the Honey Roasted Peanuts. He continues investing in quality businesses to this day. In his free time, Adam can be seen running on LA’s beautiful beaches, piloting small planes, and exploring the world. He has made it to six continents and is still working his way to Antarctica. Contact Adam at adam@crowdsondemand.com.

Ash Kumra

CEO | Founder – Dream it Alive

White House Award Winner - DreamItAlive.com Co-Founder - Entrepreneur Speaker / Author / Advisor. Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author and public speaker recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash has been cited in 100's of interviews & articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times & OC Register for his expertise in entrepreneurship, conscious business, public speaking & law of attraction. Ash is currently co-founder of DreamItAlive.com; one of the largest global online communities helping people seek their dreams, goals and aspirations in life using Dreamboards, visualization features, and helpful content. DreamItAlive.com was founded by successful entrepreneurs and has been featured in top publications like Forbes.com, Microsoft Biz Spark, American Express Open, and OC Metro (see coverage here): http://bit.ly/1406yBf .

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Ben Cooke

Co-Founder and President – Lucid Public Relations

Ben Cooke brings a rare blend of creative talent and business savvy to the LUCID team. Drawing from his background in production and PR, his keen understanding of new media, and his business know-how, Cooke thrives at helping clients rethink and revitalize their businesses. One of Ben’s greatest PR-related joys is getting to know a client’s business as well as the client. Ben is also a prolific networker, with a strong track-record in facilitating strategic alliances for LUCID’s clients. His ability to give the media stories they want has landed Lucid’s clients on Good Morning America, Today, Dr. Oz, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, People Magazine and the front page of Yahoo.com. Ben doubles as the “Chief Creative Officer” at LUCID, directs the overall creative vision for the Firm, and leads LUCID’s daily client strategy meetings.  Lucid has had the privilege of working alongside a wide variety of clients ranging from NASA, AMC TV and Montel Williams to the smallest of start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to grow their audience with media exposure.

 

 

Molly Reynolds

Director of Business Development – Lucid Public Relations

Molly Reynolds, over the years, she has worked with numerous successful entrepreneurs; analyzing their business models and developing strategic marketing and publicity plans to bring their companies to the next level (and then the level after that!).Prior to working with LUCID, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Glendale Outpatient Surgery Center, where she was a featured expert on American Health Journal. She was also the Marketing Director for Gifted Journeys (which received nods from The New York Times, NPR, and ABC News for being a reputable agency) and the Production Coordinator for Tombo, working on commercial spots for Apple, Coca Cola, and Petco, among others. Ms. Reynolds has given marketing lectures and seminars for universities, medical associations, and professional business summits and is quoted in the media.In addition to being a Marketing Director, Molly is also a writer. Her work has recently been featured on AOL, Everyday Health, The Examiner, Business Opportunities Journal, and Young Upstarts and she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her musicals have been presented in both Los Angeles and New York – most recently at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival and New York Musical Theatre Festival. 

Brock Pierce

Uber Entrepreneur/Investor

Brock Pierce is a 15-time entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions. Pierce was called a "guru" ofthe Bitcoin space by USA Today in 2013, given his numerous businesses and contributions to the Bitcoin economy going back to early mining activitiesin 2009. Prior to his Bitcoin activities, Pierce launched his first of many digital and virtual currency startups in 1998, which have collectively processed billions of dollars in sales. Pierce is currently a Managing Director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund and sits on the boards of IMI Exchange, GoCoin, ExpressCoin, KnCMiner.cn, Robocoin Asia, MastercoinFoundation, Xfire, Playsino,FGL, and Spicy Horse Games. He is also BitAngels Los Angeles City Leader and an angel investor in numerous Bitcoinrelated startups such as BTC China. Pierce also speaks regularly aboutBitcoin at leading conferences ranging from the Milken Global Conference to Inside Bitcoin.

Christopher Miglino

CEO | Founder – Social Reality

Christopher Miglino, since co-founding our company in April 2010, has served as our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Miglino, who has over 15 years of experience running various advertising companies, oversees all of our affairs. Some of the companies Mr. Miglino has helped launch programs for include Diet Coke, Bank of America, Nestle, General Mills, HBO, National Geographic, Target, Aflac, and Bayer. In addition, from August 2008 until March 2010, Mr. Miglino was CEO of the Lime Ad Network, a subsidiary of Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA), where his responsibilities included management of interactive and innovative advertising programs for 250 green and socially conscious websites. Prior to that, from June 2004 until August 2008, Mr. Miglino was CEO of Conscious Enlightenment, where he oversaw their day to day operations in the publishing and advertising industry. Since 2004, Mr. Miglino has served as a board member for Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles, a studio that encompasses over 20,000 square feet of yoga spaces including a restaurant.

Daniel Miller

Customer Service & Partner Director of Benchmark Email

Daniel Miller was born and raised in Las Vegas but moved to Malaga, Spain, where he started a successful computer consulting company, building an extensive portfolio of premier clients who relied on his expertise on a regular basis. Miller started working as a sales representative for Benchmark Email and successfully has become a Partner Director.

David Ochi

CEO | Founder – Alpha Sprouts

David Ochi is co-founder of Alpha Sprouts, an early stage investment and consulting firm as well as the Executive Director of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Ochi has over 20 years’ experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise – a tutoring company called A’s Unlimited – at the age of 13. Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies.

Debra Eckerling 

Founder – Guided Goals and Write On (WriteOnOnline.com)

Debra Eckerling works with individuals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to set goals and manage their projects. She has more than 15 years of experience in communication and project management with a specialty in writing, social media, and live-networking. Eckerling works as an editor for Social Media Examiner and My Kids’ Adventures.  Debra is the founder of Write On (WriteOnOnline.com), a live and online writers support group. Through *Write On *and Guided Goals, she has helped individuals improve their skills and productivity, as well as take their projects to the nextlevel. Debra is the LA organizer for #140conf, and hosts a monthly hangout for writers, artists, and entrepreneurs in West Los Angeles.

Jerome Chang

CEO | Founder – BlankSpaces & CODAspace

Jerome Chang is the founder and a still practicing licensed architect. Because he is an early pioneer of coworking, Jerome has co-founded LExC, a League of Extraordinary Coworking (the first national network of coworking spaces); COSHARE (the first national association of shared spaces); and the TBD-name first organization of coworking providers in LA. Jerome honed his design skills at Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), known worldwide for the office headquarters of Google, Chiat/Day and Mother Advertising. Prior to CWA, Jerome was a designer at SFJones Architects, which has designed renowned restaurants such as Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, Hamasaku, and Lucky Strike Bowl. Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University. He instilled some right-brain training and a little more left-brain to develop BLANKSPACES. And with each project for BLANKSPACES and for private clients, Jerome iterates and improves the various elements that constitute the BLANKSPACES experience.

Keven & Robyn Lee

CEO & Managing Partner of My World on a Plate 

Chef Keven A. Lee, a.k.a. "Cheven" is recognized as Hollywood’s hottest culinary mastermind. Cheven specializes in internationally inspired cuisine with a focus on a modern farm to table approach. His creations are described as an eclectic version of Classical French Mediterranean with strong Pacific Rim and Asian influences. The presentations are simply breathtaking.  Currently, Cheven owns and operates My World on a Plate catering and events based in Hollywood California. Together with his younger sister and business partner Robyn, the two are a highly motivated dynamic duo. My World on a Plate has become one of “THE MOST” sought after catering teams in Southern California. Their work has been appreciated by highly respected charities, organizations, retail venues and Hollywood Icons such as Westime, VERTU, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Nobel, Jimmy Fallon, Lady Gaga, Johnny Galecki, Tyrese, Kirsten Lea, Charlotte Ross, LA Kings, Wayne Gretzky, After School All Stars and March of Dimes…just to name a few. My World on a Plate has also had the pleasure of catering events for television shows and productions such as Family Guy, So You Think You Can Dance, My Fair Wedding, Oprah Winfrey Network, 20th Century Fox and American Idol and more. Recently, Cheven debuted on "Around the World in 80 Plates" on the Bravo television network. He competed against 12 chefs on an international culinary inspired journey! Cheven and My World on a Plate were also featured on 2 episodes of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, Fox 11 News, KTLA in addition to being featured in Luxe online marking, Rising Hollywood, 944 Magazine, and the LA Times.

Lisa Nicole Bell

CEO – Inspired Life Media Group

Named a Woman Making a Difference by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Lisa Nicole Bell is a serial entrepreneur, award winning content creator, and startup advisor with more than 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and brand development. As the CEO of Inspired Life Media Group, Lisa leads a team of development executives and creative professionals who collaborate on original multiplatform content. Under Lisa's leadership, Inspired Life Media Group has served major media outlets and Fortune 500 companies including Lionsgate, Procter and
Gamble, Fast Company, and Luna.

Lisa Vebber

Founder – Reboot

Lisa Vebber spent over 20 years in television Warner Bros, Sony, Disney, Comcast and NBC. Now a television strategy expert, she now helps international companies navigate the American television market via Reboot. Vebber also gives back to the community by teaching the next generation about the entertainment business, warts and all at USC.

Marina Lee

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of Women In Tech Network

Marina Lee (Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of Women In Tech Network & Startups Edge, Conference Organizer, Mentor & Connect Entrepreneurs with Investors, Board of Directors, C & Company, Contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, The Glass Hammer, Business News Daily and Book: Women Change The World -May 2014), E3 Event with 150+ Game Industry Executives, Media Partner of DEWexpo, Vator - Splash, Launch Fest & Hackathon, OC Mobile Conference, LA Game Conference, Technology Investors Forum (formerly VCs in The OC) and The Israel Conference, Panelist at Disrupt LA Tech Summit & America's Startup, Advisor for C-Launcher Startups Competition - C Launcher Awards and Silicon Beach Event, Committee Team: Toshiba Golf Classics - 250 Executive Women - 3rd Annual Women's Business Day and Golf Clinic, Founder & Executive Producer of Interviews Featuring: Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki & Dr. DeepakChopra https://www.linkedin.com/in/marinalee1 (See more info for Bio) Linkedin Group: http://ow.ly/vZwA6 (Include) Twitter: Twitter.com/WomenInTechNet (Include)

Matt Baca

Entertainer | Educator

Matt Baca has seen it all in business, from white-knuckling through rounds of layoffs to year-end baller bonu$e$ (yes those are dollar signs). From start-ups to Fortune 500s, he’s observed the world that is corporate, serving as training specialist and education consultant in a variety of industries including telecom, manufacturing and health-care. You shouldalso know Matt Baca is a stand-up comedian, and shares his humorous observations in corporate America with audiences around the globe. He currently is a consultant within the banking industry (boring!) and is a lecturer at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s MBA preparatory program for international students (exciting!), blending the holy trinity of entertainment, education, and business. He hopes this Santa Monica gig goes better than the shareholders’ meeting last week. Learn more at mattbaca.com!

Michael E. Napoliello

Partner - Radar Pictures 

Considered the pioneer of experiential marketing, Michael Napoliello, Jr. co-founded the world’s largest promotions agency, Usmp (www.usmpagency.com). Napoliello and Usmp specialized in major brand introductions for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Napoliello also led the team that sold Usmp to global advertising powerhouse Omnicom Group in a largest of its kind deal. After Usmp, he established Radar Pictures (www.radarpictures.com) with legendary film producer Ted Field. As a writer, producer, and board member, Napoliello is positioning Radar as one of Hollywood’s preeminent boutique movie studios. Radar is known for award-winning films such as “The Last Samurai” and the $100 million grossing Ben Stiller comedy, “The Heartbreak Kid.” Mr. Napoliello continues to advise various start-up enterprises and is an avid boxer.  Highlights: Partner of Radar Pictures which produced films such as “The Last Samurai” and “The Heartbreak Kid”; Former Co-Founder of USMP, the world’s largest promotions agency which was sold to global advertising powerhouse Omnicom Group. Napoliello is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at USC's Marshall School of Business.

Michelle Garakian

Member of Mayor Garcetti's Business Team

Michelle Garakian currently serves as a member of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s business team and liaises to the tech and cleantech communities. In this role, she works to find business solutions, big and small, to various challenges and turns lessons learned into macro business policy to enhance the City’s tech and cleantech ecosystems. She is the former Vice President for the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), a prominent business organization that advocates on behalf of economic and environmental sustainability.  In this role, Michelle coordinated all legislative and policy activities and administrated the Council’s successful marquee Summits, forums and workshops. Prior to joining the LABC, she worked and studied in Cairo, Egypt. And prior to living abroad, She served for two years under Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn in the Mayor’s office of Economic Development. Michelle received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended the American University in Cairo. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Cleantech Los Angeles and the Eagle Rock Yacht Club. 

Natalie F. Wilmore

Blank Rome 

Natalie Wilmore is a corporate attorney at Blank Rome, a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and other cities across the county. Natalie takes a special interest in advising entrepreneurs and small companies in their formation and organizational matters. She advises companies from their inception regarding the various matters that may arise over the course of the Company’s early existence, including jurisdiction of incorporation, employment issues, protection of intellectual property, investor relations, negotiation of real estate leases, shareholder disputes and taxation issues. Natalie concentrates her practice in general business, including transactional, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, corporate formation, and restructuring matters. She has experience providing counsel to small companies, foreign private issuers, public companies, hedge funds, and financial institutions.

Terry Brussels

Success Center 

Terry Brussel, PhD, CCHt, Director of Success Center and I've been a certified hypnotherapist since 1969. One of the proudest achievements of my career has been the creation of the Seven Keys to Self Actualization, a system which is a systematic program of personal growth which helps you to reach your fullest potential in all areas of your life: Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. This system, when implemented and mastered, has unparalleled results. And what is most exciting, it allows you to use your most precious and unlimited resource, */YOUR MIND/*.