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Savannah Peterson

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Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez helps successful companies raise their visibility, transform their brand, and attract more business. His specialty is launch campaigns for brands, events, products, and ideas.

Throughout two decades, he has developed successful online experiences for renowned brands such as Disney World, Disney Land, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Herschend Family Entertainment, HSN, Publix Supermarkets, Sony Music Entertainment, AB InBev among others, and many of these have produced millions of dollars in sales in record periods of time.

Alex has produced strategic digital content for clients in 4 different continents and three different languages (English, Spanish, and Mandarin).

He has also received some of the most prestigious awards in Web, Advertising, and Social Media, including – Webby Awards, Official Honoree – Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Best Use of Social Media” (two years consecutively) – Addy Awards – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf Guardian Award

Alex heads the team at YMMY Marketing, a creative digital agency specialized in helping businesses connect their brands with potential customers, using a wide variety of digital tactics.

Alex has been using computers since 1985 and has participated in online social media since 1994, way before the rise and popularity of the internet. Since very young, he discovered the power of digital media to connect an individual’s need with an accurate solution.

He is the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Digital BACON: Make Your Online Presence Irresistibly Attractive,” the host of the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcast The Digital Marketing Minute, as well as a bilingual speaker for conferences and events.

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Patricia Lawman, PhD

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Pat is a co-founder of Morphogenesis, Inc. and has served the Company as Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Pat also served as Morphogenesis’ Chief Operating Officer from 1996 until 2003. Pat previously served as Division Director of Cancer Molecular Biology at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute, where she initiated and led the multifaceted molecular biology, gene targeting, gene therapy, gene delivery, and universal stem cell projects. Pat holds degrees from the University of Florida in Anthropology, Plant Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology with specialties in Hematology and Oncology and has held faculty positions at several Florida State Universities.

“Morphogenesis is a clinical stage company developing novel cell and gene therapies based on distinct and synergistic technology platforms. Our mission is to change the way chronic diseases are treated by engaging the innate intelligence of the body.”

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Morphogenesis Inc. has developed, patented, and currently owns a comprehensive product portfolio of cellular and gene therapies that can detect monitor and control cancer.

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Taylor Pearson

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Taylor is an entrepreneur and author of The End of Jobs. Inc.com rated The End of Jobs one of the Top Three ‘Start Your Own Business’ Books of 2015 and a Top 25 Business Book of 2015. WSJ Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur James Altucher said of it:

“Entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure. You have to jump on the train or lose your chance. Now are the time and Taylor’s book describes exactly how to do it.”

A former Brazilian Super Bowl champion, Taylor has lived in Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam, and Thailand.

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Phil Michaels

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Phil Michaels is a dual-degree graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA): Entrepreneurship & Master of Science (MS): Marketing at Sykes College of Business from The University of Tampa (UT).

Phil is now pursuing his passion in Social Entrepreneurship as CEO and co-founder of Tembo. Tembo educates children in slums around the world using mobile phones. In 2016, Phil and his team were listed in Forbes as the top 30 entrepreneurs under 30. Tembo was 1 of 6 finalists (out of 20,000+ teams) in Bill Clinton’s $1M Hult Prize competition, defeated all 8 Ivy Leagues and was the only team from the U.S. that advanced. Tembo also made it to the 2nd round of judging for the Forbes $1M HeroX competition and was 1 of 6 in the world to be accepted into the IBM Smartcamp hosted at the Techstar’s Barclays Accelerator in NYC.

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Richard Berman

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Director, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability | Visiting Social Entrepreneurship Professor, MUMA College of Business

Richard Berman is Director of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Visiting Social Entrepreneurship Professor at the MUMA College of Business, and a Courtesy Professor at the Institute for Innovation & Advanced Discovery.

A recognized global leader in public health education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda.

Richard served as President of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY from 1995 to 2009 and is credited with turning the struggling college into a high-ranking liberal arts school. During his tenure at Manhattanville, he successfully increased both local and international student enrollment, established two new buildings, invested in better technology, and developed additional graduate programs, among other advancements.

A hands on leader, Richard devoted the last 40 years to promoting health, education, and equality in various capacities. He has served on the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethic Equality of the American Council on Education, Division III President’s Council of NCAA, ProPAC, New York State’s Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Higher Education, and as a trustee of State University of New York (SUNY). He also served as an advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the largest peacekeeping operation in the world.

Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President of New York University (NYU) Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, at the National Academy of Sciences.

Richard attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1966 and his MBA and MPH degrees in 1968. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattanville College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Medical College.

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Vincenzo Landino

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Vincenzo is the founder and CMO of Fifty 2 Creative, a digital marketing agency specializing in brand storytelling through digital and social media. Vincenzo is also the host of the Brand Boost Podcast, a podcast designed for businesses looking to take marketing to the next level by learning from those doing it. Vincenzo is also a speaker and brand correspondent, working with brands like Applebee’s, Tinder, DC United, Barilla Pasta, BeastGrip and more. Outside of his professional life, Vincenzo is a die-hard Steelers fan, avid golfer and wine maker.

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Jorge Brea

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Jorge is the CEO of Symphonic Distribution, one of the leading independent partners for digital music distribution services to stores such as iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, Spotify and more.

Because Jorge Brea wasn’t backed by a big record label a decade ago when he was a DJ and producer, he was having trouble getting his music out.

So in 2006, with no venture capital or outside funding, he started a company at his parents’ house in Tampa, FL that would make it easier for him and his peers to get heard.

The days of this small startup are long gone, however. Today the company has distributed over 300,000 releases of over 7,000 record labels and 15,000 artists around the globe and paid out over 8 million in royalties.

Symphonic continues to develop new technologies in the form of in-house systems and have expanded offerings to include marketing, sync licensing, publishing administration, graphic design services, and more.

Their team of 12 passionate individuals pride themselves on quick responses and direct one-on-one conversations and advising with clients, from the basics of managing a social network to mastering and brand development to fine-tuning a marketing plan. Their goal is to become the one-stop shop for the music industry while maintaining a personalized approach with our clients.

In Jorge’s spare time he loves to attend concerts, play racket ball, travel and enjoy a nice mojito in the sunny beaches of Florida with his wife.

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Emily Brick

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Emily Brick is a Senior Product Designer at BuzzFeed, where she spends her time making the internet a better place and perusing cat articles. Previously, she’s designed for Birchbox, NBC Sports, and most recently Shapeways – a 3D printing marketplace. When she’s not designing or writing CSS, she can be found relaxing in Brooklyn with her 2-year-old pit bull.

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