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Hossein Pakravan -  Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President of Business Development
Marketing, Business Development, Solutions Marketing, Alliances & Partnerships, Market Analysis

For over 25 years, Hossein has held senior leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies, developing new business through creative product and solution development, professional services, sales and marketing initiatives.  Hossein specializes in the telecom, Wireless, high-tech, Internet and Electric Utility markets. As Senior Worldwide Enterprise Alliance Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett-Packard) and EMC, Hossein developed business strategy, established alliances, and managed the implementation of several joint business development plans that resulted in significant market expansion for the company.

Hosseinís consultancy practice brings his considerable business, technical and partnership building expertise to smaller companies. He works closely with small-to-mid-sized companies and start-ups, helping them analyze market requirements, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, identify potential partnerships and alliances, and develop comprehensive go-to-market strategies and plans. Concurrently, he consults, and delivers training workshops geared toward helping companies implement comprehensive, integrated business development programs.

Hossein holds a M.S. in Engineering from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a B.S. from Iowa State University, and post-graduate courses from University of Minnesota.


Tom Dennis - Chief Technical Officer & Vice President of Engineering

Tom has over 35 years of outstanding engineering and business management experience.  He has been a senior engineering executive and corporate officer at a number of large, medium, and small companies (including AT&T Bell Labs, Xylogics, Cabletron Systems, Russound, and others), delivering many successful products to market.  He has extensive experience in markets including  Networking, Software, Hardware, Telecommunications, Wireless, and Storage.  He has a strong background in product development management, including all disciplines necessary to define, build and deliver products.  He has demonstrated strengths in creating and implementing product visions, leading product development efforts, implementing product development methodologies, project management, quality by design, quality assurance, release engineering, and more. 

Tomís consultancy practice (Effective Engineering Consulting Services [http://www.effectiveeng.com]) applied his considerable engineering, technical, and business management expertise to the task of helping engineering organizations identify and eliminate the causes of ineffective engineering that can lead to late project deliveries, poor product quality, high development costs, and other engineering and organizational problems. 

Tom has a broad technical and business education, including an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MS-EE from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a BS-EE from Lehigh University, all achieved with highest honors.  


Advisors:

Bob Naftal - Senior Technical Advisor

Bob has over 21 years experience including electronic systems design and development, coupled with software engineering, deployment and operations.   He has managed systems engineering, software development and IT operations teams.   At Bell Labs, he worked on advanced military and commercial processors and his work in quality hardware design processes led to first pass success of many complex designs.

Bobís work in Product Lifecycle Management and his current consulting leverage his experience in the processes and systems to support collaborative design and manufacturing for customers ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses.  His efforts have reduced high-tech product time-to-market by 30%.  In this area he gained significant experience in supply chain operations and partner and vendor management.

Bob holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.  He has completed professional education in Technical Project Management, Engineering Management and Quality Development Methodologies.


 

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