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CHARIS MARQUEZ

Charis MarquezCharis Marquez is the Director of Site Merchandising/Vertical Experience for All Product categories at Sam’s Club. Charis Marquez has over 16 years in retail in positions in Human Resources, Supply Chain Operations and, for the past 8 years, Ecommerce. Charis spent 16 years with Sears Holdings, Charis’ prior experience includes over 16 years at Sears Holdings Corporation as Head of Ecommerce and Digital for Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands and being responsible for the general management and P&L for Kenmore.com and Craftsman.com, along with managing the Brand presence and marketing online for Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands. Charis has spoken at several conferences on branding and Ecommerce technology and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

RONA FOURTÉ

Rona Fourté, as Director of Supplier Diversity for Walgreens, leads a team to impact the diverse owned business inclusion rate in contracting goods for resale, goods not for resale and professional services. She and her team serve as the primary liaison and subject matter experts for identifying, developing and introducing diverse suppliers for opportunities at Walgreens. Rona also supported HR Transformation and the implementation of a new service delivery model for human resource administration, inclusive of Compensation and Benefits Administration, Organizational Data and Employee Data. Rona is an integral leader within the Walgreens Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to joining Walgreens, Rona led supplier diversity initiatives in both the private and public sectors and held senior management roles in finance and accounting. Rona directed the Chicago Minority Business Opportunity Center, a $1.2M US Department of Commerce, MBDA funded project, and was acknowledged by the National Director for successfully executing financial transactions for minority owned businesses in excess of $105M.


CARL DUMELE


Carl Dumele, President and CEO for Newovo Plastics, brings 20 years of executive level decision making to the company. Carl’s previous experience working within Fortune 500 companies has exposed him to various aspects of business management; from managing staff personnel, creating production processes, to implementing and developing start-up companies. His entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in many profitable ideas as well as cost cutting strategies that have allowed several companies to prosper. Newovo Plastics is a full-service shop staffed with skilled innovators who can convert your simple ideas, napkin sketches and drawings into a 3D rendering (CAD file). Services include 3D Printing prototypes as well as custom production molds using Thermoplastic micro-injection machinery to bring your idea into production.


MELVIN FLOWERS

Melvin Flowers is the Global Director of Legal Services – Strategic Alliance Platforms and Strategic Ventures for Accenture Plc, a leading global Strategy, Digital, Outsourcing, Consulting, and Information Technology firm. He is a U.S. lawyer and a Qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. Mel has global responsibility for managing a team of lawyers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia; providing legal counsel to Accenture Senior Leaders related to Complex global technology transactions, Strategic Alliances, Outsourcing, Offering and Asset Development, Compliance and Corporate Governance. He has extensive experience in negotiating and structuring Telecom Network transactions, Strategic Alliances and Reseller Arrangements, Strategic Ventures, Merger Due Diligence and Post-Merger Integration, Cloud Computing, Software and Technology Licensing, Joint Development, Technology Consulting, Outsourcing and Vendor Investment arrangements.


PAUL BARSAMIAN

Paul Barsamian is an Information Security executive with over a decade of engineering and operating experience in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Working for Accenture Plc, Paul has served Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, products, resources, communications and high tech sectors and was previously responsible for a $13.5m security business across North America for Accenture’s Communications Media and Technology business unit. He was recently recognized by the Accenture Inventor Award Program for patents he authored in both Security and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technologies. Mr. Barsamian is also responsible for developing software prototypes for Internet of Things (IOT) business models such as Precision Agriculture, and advising clients on software, services, integration and strategy for the use of unmanned systems and connected devices as well as serving as the lead architect for the Robotics community of practice.


ANDREA ROSE®

Andrea Rose® is an award winning Inventor who revolutionized online shopping with her patented virtual shopping system used by such notable companies as Lands End, Sears and H&M to name a few. Andrea is also the recipient of the prestigious award of “Recognition” from The Tesla Science Foundation. She currently has over 100 inventions and is a working inventor living in New York City. Andrea founded The Inventors Road Show” whose mission is twofold: Helping inventors navigate the difficult and daunting task of commercializing their inventions by providing them the tools they need and teaming up with companies who are seeking the next “Big Idea” and is looking for new products to help inventors bring their “Ideas to Industry™”. The Inventors Road Show™ has teamed up with HSN and will be looking for products to get on national television!!! The “Intelligence Union” has teamed up with Andrea Rose and “The Inventors Road Show TM ” helping inventors bring their products to China.

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