KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2017

JONATHAN ALLEN

Jonathan_Allen_HeadshotJonathan Allen is a Business Development Manager with Amazon Business, Amazon’s B2B marketplace that brings the ease of retail purchasing to business customers that use Amazon as a procurement platform. Jon is a member of the Commercial Products Group focused on bringing on new sellers to the marketplace and expanding offer count for our buyers. Jon has also worked with numerous MBEs, WBEs, and organizations that connect Amazon Business with diverse sellers to assist our organizations and enterprises that are using the power of Amazon to meet their diversity supply benchmarks.

MICHAEL FRERICHS

MICHAEL FRERICHSMichael Frerichs was elected Illinois State Treasurer in November 2014. In Illinois, the Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. The Office invests money on behalf of the state and local units of government. Mike also believes in providing individuals with the tools so that they can invest in themselves. He does this by encouraging savings plans for college and trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, removing barriers to a secure retirement, and protecting residents from predatory companies. The Treasurer’s Office actively manages approximately $25 billion. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of principal. The investment returns are significant: For every $1 spent to run the office, Mike nets $28 for the state’s residents. Michael graduated from Yale University and spent two years in Taiwan where he taught English to young students and learned to speak Chinese. He returned to Champaign County and launched his own technology business. He was elected to the Champaign County Board and elected Champaign County Auditor. Frerichs currently serves as Vice Chairman of National Association of State Treasurer’s Legislative Committee as well as Trustee on the Illinois State Board of Investment.


STEPHEN KEY

STEPHEN KEY HEADSHOTA successful award-winning inventor and entrepreneur, having licensed over 20 products in the past 30 years and a holder of over thirteen patents, Stephen’s products have sold in Wal-Mart, 7 Eleven, Disney Stores and theme parks worldwide and have been endorsed by basketball great Michael Jordan and Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek. Stephen’s innovative Spinformation rotating label has been licensed for use on many products including a product called Accudial which shows parents how to dose their child’s liquid medication by weight versus traditional age, making it more accurate. Stephen co-founded inventRight, a company dedicated to educating inventors and entrepreneurs with an idea about the steps to build wealth through licensing. Inventright provides students with a comprehensive 10-step program to licensing their invention ideas, as well as access to instructional videos, audio lessons, expert interviews, and—best of all—one-on-one personal coaching. Stephen’s book One Simple Idea and One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs are available in book stores as well as online.


ARTHUR TAN-CHI YUAN

yuan-arthurArthur Tan-Chi Yuan is the director of the Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center, an adjunct professor and Director for the John Marshall Law School Patent Clinic. He brings years of patent preparation and prosecution experiences from the intellectual property law firms of Senniger Powers, LLP in St. Louis, Missouri and currently with the law firm Loeb & Loeb, LLP as a senior counsel. He prepared and prosecuted the firm’s U.S. clients’ patent applications and prosecuted the corresponding foreign patent applications relating to electronics, computer systems, software systems and business methods. He has authored patentability opinions and non-infringement/freedom-to-operate opinions, advised U.S. clients on Chinese patent law issues, advised Chinese/Taiwanese clients on U.S. IP laws, patent infringement litigation before the U.S. District Court, ITC proceedings, re-examination proceeding before the USPTO, and practiced appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

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