Brent C.J. Britton, de la Peña & Holiday
Brent C.J. Britton, the Esquire, is a technology lawyer, teacher, and author in San Francisco, California, and Tampa, Florida. A former computer scientist and software engineer, Britton was the first graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory to become a lawyer and he was the first volunteer legal associate at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Recently described by 83 Degrees magazine as “arguably the most sought after one-man think tank for entrepreneurs across Central Florida,” Britton has been advising technology companies for more than 20 years in Boston, Silicon Valley, New York, and Florida.
In 2013, Britton published “Ownability: How Intellectual Property Works,” which has been adopted as a text for teaching IP law to engineers at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. In the 90’s, he founded Britton Silberman & Cervantez, LLP, the San Francisco law firm, which, prior to its acquisition in 2000, was noted in the press for its long list of dot-com clients — including craigslist, OpenTable, and LinkedIn — and its “young, hip, cool, and fun” atmosphere.
Amy Espinosa, World IA Day Tampa Bay
Amy Espinosa has been designing digital experiences since the late 90’s. Her passion for information architecture and user experience design has led her to found Dots & Cubes, a Tampa-based consulting firm. Her current work focuses on designing information systems for cross-channel environments that positively impact and evolve communities. She believes in sharing the practice of information architecture and brings World IA Day to Tampa Bay annually.
Alfred Goldberg, Absolute Mobile Solutions
Alfred Goldberg co-founded Absolute Mobile Solutions in 2000 and has worked with innovative companies and their customers in over a dozen countries.
Alfred holds the Mobile Marketing Association’s Tier-1 Certification, a professional distinction received by demonstrating knowledge obtained while working in the Mobile Marketing industry.
Alfred was an instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology and has taught mobile design, development, and mobile marketing to over 200 students. He has also held a number of mobile marketing workshops around the world.
Alfred is a frequent public speaker who has presented at over 150 industry events. He utilizes his broad knowledge to communicate the most complex solutions in clear, direct ways the audience can embrace and utilize.
Alfred devotes a great deal of his time giving back to his community and has held leadership roles in a number of organizations that support technology entrepreneurship and the creative industries.
Nate Lehoux, Kucera Family Office
Nate Lehoux is not your typical, color-inside-the-lines MBA finance guy. Deeply involved in Tampa Bay’s high-tech startup scene, Nate brings his high-energy brand of entrepreneurial coaching to dozens of local founders, helping them refine their business models and presentation skills as they pursue various stages of funding. In addition to his role as Vice President of Business Development for Kucera Family Office, which focuses on commercial real estate and angel investing, Nate sits on the advisory boards of two Tampa Bay tech firms, where he assists with product development, strategic partnerships, and capital relationships.
Topher Morrison, Key Person of Influence
Topher Morrison is the Managing Director of Key Person of Influence – USA, a growth accelerator firm that has worked with over 1,000 companies, globally, to help them dominate their market share. He is featured in the award-winning documentaries “The Compass” and “Riches,” and his first book Stop Chasing Perfection & Settle for Excellence has been hailed as The self-help book for people who are sick of self-help books. His most recent book, Collaboration Economy, was released May 6, 2014, and reached national best-seller status within hours.
His extensive speaking schedule, spanning over the past 25 years, has taken him throughout the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore and has earned him a global reputation as an expert in mass-communications and influence. Topher has spoken for top execs with American Express, Microsoft & Google, just to name a few.
Savannah Peterson, Entrepreneur
Savannah Peterson is a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and known voice in the hardware space. Savannah advises and consults with companies and entrepreneurs alike, working to apply new technologies and develop innovative products with them. She thrives on the go-to-market journey and is a facilitation hub of ideas, resources, and engineering. Prior to joining Speck Design, Savannah was the Director of Global Community at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D Printing community, where she empowered and enabled the over 25,000 3D Printing businesses.
A true hardware nerd, Savannah has helped friends, clients, and fellow creatives raise over $4.5M through crowd funding. Before diving head first into a design, Savannah worked at Fox Sports Northwest, the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington, and founded her own Social Media Marketing Agency, Savvy Marketing Seattle. She travels the world as a public speaker, most recently featured at the Silicon Beached Festival, the Ford Research and Innovation Lab, SXSW, a three city tour of New Zealand for #NZSMJ and last year’s inaugural Gasparilla Interactive. An avid mentor for women and men in tech, she mentors and teaches at Stanford, NYU, and PACE University. She has been featured in/on Forbes, the BBC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, CNET, The Verge, and much more. When not geeking out, she’s tasting wine and romping through the wild blue yonder with her rescue mutt, Martini. She encourages you to say hi on twitter @SavIsSavvy.
Paola Schifino, Schifino Lee
Paola Schifino is Principal and Co-Founder of Schifino Lee, who forged a successful advertising and branding business over the last 20 years. Paola has achieved many accolades, including Tampa Bay Business Journal “40 Under 40” winner; and two-time finalist of the Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year.
Over the last two decades, she has positively affected the growth of major regional and national brands such as Vology, Vigo Importing, AT&T and WellCare Health Plans, Gerdau through award-winning rebranding and communication initiatives.
Paola graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Florida. She then earned her Master of Business Administrations in International Marketing from the University of South Florida. She currently serves on the advisory board for Bank of Tampa’s Women Connected Group and USF’s ZAP Advertising Program.
Glenn Selig, The Publicity Agency
Glenn is president and CEO of Selig Multimedia, Inc., TPA’s parent company, which he established. In a relatively short time, the corporation has grown into a powerful force in public relations. The company also owns and operates PR NewsChannel, a competitive, aggressive and affordable news release distribution company.
Glenn is a noted crisis management expert, frequently called on by network and cable news networks, radio stations and print publications nationwide for his expert PR opinion on news events. Glenn has been sought out by ABC News, TV Guide, CNN, CBC News, Agence French Presse, Hollywood Life, local news and many others. He is also a popular public speaker at business conferences and media events.