Executive Director of Communications
SPEAKERS AT QUEENS COLLEGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE
Friday, April 15, 2005, Persia Campbell Dome
MORNING KEYNOTE (8:30 am): “Adventures of a Student Entrepreneur”
John Lusk collaborated in the development and promotion of MouseDriver—a computer mouse shaped like a driver golf club head—while he was a student at the Wharton Business School. The product was immediately profitable, generating $1 million in sales within its first year on the market. The MouseDriver Chronicles: The True-Life Adventures of Two First-Time Entrepreneurs (Perseus, 2002), the book Lusk co-wrote about his experience, is required reading in more than 150 universities and graduate programs in the United States. Lusk is currently Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft.
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE (1:30 pm): “The Hispanicization of America and Implications for Entrepreneurs”
Violy McCausland-Seve, principal of VMS Associates, is one of the top Wall Street bankers working in Latin America, where she has led more than $50 billion in successful transactions. She pioneered restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising for companies in the region as a top manager at J.P. Morgan. She subsequently helped future World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn develop his company’s Latin American practice.
Len Schutzman held a variety of senior executive positions at PepsiCo for 20 years, including senior vice president and treasurer. There he managed the company’s worldwide financing activity and directed its mergers and acquisitions program. After leaving Pepsico, Schutzman operated a venture capitalist fund that targeted minority-owned startups. Today, he is an executive professor of business administration at the University of Rochester. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College in 1967.
John Bronson, a 20-year veteran of PepsiCo, consolidated its Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC subsidiaries into a single reporting unit and oversaw worldwide compensation and benefits for more than 350,000 employees. An experienced “angel investor,” he is chief operating officer for one of the properties he helped to fund—television studio Madison Road Entertainment.
Patrick DeSouza advises public and private companies in defense, software, and wireless devices as president of Plain Sight Systems. He served the White House as director of the National Security Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rob Kaplan is co-founder and managing partner of Housing Innovation and Beyond (HIAB) LLC, and a principal in the Venture Marketing Group. He previously founded a direct marketing travel agency.
Gregg Lederman, founder of Brand Integrity Inc., utilizes his 12 years of experience in business and marketing strategy to assist Fortune 1000 clients such as Corning Inc., Frito Lay, and Microsoft Corp. Prior to founding Brand Integrity, he owned and operated several other businesses.
Barry Libin is an entrepreneur and periodontist. His interests have spanned the clinical practice of periodontics, building businesses, and public service, to the production of the musical GREED!, for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music. He was chairman and CEO of BML Pharmaceuticals, a research and development company, and is presently chairman and CEO of Biopolymer, a drug delivery company.
Sangam Pant became general partner of the early-stage venture fund Evercore Ventures after holding senior management positions at technology-oriented firms such as eCompanies, Lycos, and Ziff-Davis. Pant has degrees in engineering and business.
Chip Quigley, president of Kingdom Entertainment, an event production firm, has staged concerts and award ceremonies at such major venues as Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theater, and Carnegie Hall. In 1993, his company collaborated with Quincy Jones on the celebration of the 52nd presidential inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial.
Allison Wing, a corporate attorney, started her baby products and services company, giggle, after giving birth to her son in 2002. Seeing the world in a new way, she recognized that design-driven, healthy and smarter baby products and services were needed. Her career has included senior positions in publishing and retail.
Trev Warshauer is founder, president and chief salesman of Wild Fruitz Beverages. He created this seven-flavor line of nutritious sparkling drinks after achieving success as a book salesman and stockbroker.