Vinton Cerf – Keynote Speaker

SVP & Chief Internet Evangelist


Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.

SPECIAL GUEST: Arianna Huffington

President and Editor-in-Chief

Huffington Post Media Group

Arianna is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of 13 books, including The Fourth Instinct, which explores the instinct that takes us beyond our first three — our impulses for survival, sex, and power — and drives us to expand the boundaries of our caring to include our communities and the world around us. She is a founder of the Huffington Post, which is launching GPS for the Soul, a new iPhone app that measures your stress level and then connects you with the things that help you course-correct.

SPECIAL GUEST: Deepak Chopra, MD

Co-author "Super Brain; Founder of The ChopraFoundation and Chopra Center; YouTube/ChopraWell

Deepak Chopra LLC

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of more than sixty-seven books with twenty-one New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than eighty-five languages. Co-author with Rudolph E. Tanzi, their latest New York Times bestseller, Super Brain: Unleashing The Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being (Harmony, November 6, 2012) is a new PBS special. Chopra serves as the Founder of the Chopra Foundation, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Distinguished Executive Scholar, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. Time magazine has described Dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine. PHOTO CREDIT: TODD MACMILLAN, NOT FAR NOW STUDIOS


Managing Director


Mary’s primary areas of expertise are forecasting, scenario planning, product management and market research. Mary has spent the past 20 years either in strategic planning and forecasting or “in the trenches” of health and wellness services organizations developing and delivering health and wellness products, programs and services. She has conceived, designed and implemented an award-winning health behavior change coaching program and is passionate about creating opportunities to increase individual activation and for individuals to engage in self-care.   For audiences across the healthcare, medical, corporate, policy and patient communities, Mary provides a practical and provocative look at health behavior change, consumer and patient engagement, emerging information and medical technologies – and resulting challenges and opportunities for today’s healthcare organization.

Mary holds an MPH in Health Policy and Administration with a focus in Aging from the University of California at Berkeley. Her undergraduate Bachelors degree is in German from University of Virginia. She has been a member of CCA’s Transitions of Care Workgroup and the Markle Foundation’s Connected for Health Workgroup.

SUMMIT CO-EMCEE: Jeffrey Makowka

Senior Strategic Advisor, Thought Leadership


Mr. Makowka has over a decade of experience in strategic consulting and market research. For more than half of that time, he has been focused on the wants and needs of the 50+, both domestically and internationally. As Senior Strategic Advisor in AARP’s Thought Leadership group, Jeff helped to launch, and now co-manages, the [email protected]+ initiative, which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors. Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the program enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry, and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50.

Mr. Makowka earned a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature (double major) and received his Masters of Arts (Licentiate) in Philosophy (Magna Cum Laude).

Fred Allegrezza



Fred Allegrezza is founder, CEO, and investor of multiple successful startup companies with over 30 years experience in technology, management and business development. Previously, Fred was the Executive Chairman at AnySource Media (ASM), developing software and content for Internet Connected HDTVs.  ASM was acquired by DivX and continues to integrate ASM software into name brand HDTVs.  Prior to that, Fred was co-founder /CEO of Vertasent, building Switched Digital Video for Cable TV.  Vertasent, acquired by Motorola in 2006, delivered $50M in systems. In 1997, Fred founded Vivid Technology, a Video On Demand (VOD) company, which merged with Concurrent Computer Corporation, delivering over $125M in VOD, 40% of the cable market.  Fred was an investor /Director for OpGate, developing advanced codecs and acquired in 2006 by Cisco for technology behind Cicso Telepresence. Previously, Fred was an executive with General Instruments (now Motorola) leading the development of Interactive Cable Systems. Fred holds a BSEE Degree from Drexel University.

Jérôme Arnaud

President and CEO

Doro AB

Jérôme Arnaud has more than 20 years of experience in the sector of telecommunication and information technologies. Jérôme Arnaud was appointed as Managing Director of Doro France in 2000 and developed the international expansion from the French subsidiary into EMEA. He founded the Care division inside Doro in 2006, and has been Doro’s worldwide CEO since October 2007.

Doro is market leader in telecommunications for seniors, and is a public Swedish company. With more than 39 years of experience in the telecom sector, the company today focuses on developing, marketing and selling products, software, TeleCare and mHealth solutions specially adapted to the growing worldwide population of seniors. Doro’s broad range of user-friendly mobile phones is unique and the company’s exceptional know-how has been recognized through several international design awards. The products are sold in more than 30 countries on five continents. Read more on

Brian Bischoff

President & CEO


Brian Bischoff has made a career of using sensing technology and process improvement to enhance and automate business in a variety of industries. Since 2001, Brian has worked with hundreds of senior care providers to best understand how they can improve care experiences, enhance resident health, and lower care costs by adopting a technology-enabled care. As a co-founder of Healthsense, the fastest growing provider of aging services technology, Brian plays a significant role in innovation, strategic development and user experiences. This focus enables Healthsense to create true partnerships with the providers it supports.

David Dring

Executive Director, Selfhelp Innovations

Selfhelp Community Services

2012 marks the twentieth year David Dring has served the Aging Network. Originally as a special consultant to the NYC Department for the Aging and their non-profit venture, the Fund for Aging Services, David’s career spans program development within local, small, community-based service organizations to national associations to international philanthropies and government agencies. Throughout, his focus is on the strategic mechanisms in which services to older adults and their caregivers can be delivered with quality and at a scale that can support the Aging Tsunami.

David served as an Executive at the National Council on Aging where he led the development of a decision-support software system that became VitalAging, LLC, an $8 million venture with NY Life. He later led the team that created the award winning, Initiative.

David currently serves as the Executive Director of Selfhelp Innovations where he is devoted to leveraging technology to enhance the tools that staff use to deliver care and the services that clients use to enrich the quality of their lives. In this role, he provides strategic advice on how the organization can align business requirements with innovative technologies and practices to expand service opportunities. He also serves on as a Commissioner of CAST (Center for Aging Services Technology) at LeadingAge, on the board of Older Adult Technology Services (OATS) and as a member of the Age-Friendly NY taskforce.

Lavinia Evans-Axel

General Manager

People Media

Lavinia Evans-Axel began her tenure with People Media as Vice President of Product Development. Her role quickly expanded to include offline marketing and management of a marketing budget that grew to more than $20M, including the company’s first TV campaign which helped flagship site rapidly quadruple its membership. Despite being specially targeted to baby boomers, OurTime is among the largest paid dating sites in the U.S., adding 2.5 million members in the last year alone. Evans-Axel’s team launched a TV marketing campaign for that spurred unprecedented growth. BPM has become the nation’s largest dating site for black singles.

Previously, Evans-Axel owned and operated consulting group Thought-Rocket LLC, which developed and optimized social media programs and user experience enhancements for companies seeking to build stronger reciprocal relationships with their customers. Her initiatives boosted revenues for online personals brands such as LavaLife, ChristianConnection and OnlineBootyCall. Before founding Thought-Rocket, Evans-Axel worked at Spark Networks for six years and rose to the position of General Manager for There, she led a site redesign that resulted in a dramatic rise in conversion and retention, and won a coveted Webby Award for Best Social Networking Site.

Stephen Ewell

Executive Director

CEA Foundation

Steve Ewell is the executive director of the CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives. He joined the CEA Foundation in January 2012 and is the first person to hold this position.

Prior to joining the CEA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection, with 86 chapters and more than 40,000 members.

While at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Steve served as the director of the Metro Washington, DC region where he built the membership in DC, Maryland and Virginia into one of the largest and most active regions in the organization through a wide variety of policy engagements and programs.

Steve graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.

Dr. Mary Furlong

President & CEO

Mary Furlong & Associates

Mary Furlong Ed.D., MFA’s president and CEO, is a leading authority on the baby boomer generation as it moves toward and beyond age 50. Through her three companies: SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996) and Mary Furlong & Associates (2002) she has raised over $130 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Mary produces the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit each year. In 2011 Mary received the Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award. She is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University and her book, Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace, has been translated into four languages.

Jill Gilbert


Digital Health & Silvers Summits

Jill Gilbert

Jill Gilbert is a relationship alchemist. Through each event she crafts, she blends the most expert speakers, thought-provoking themes, forward-leaning trends and vibrant venues – along with the smartest participants – and stirs briskly. The result is a unique and mighty brew of ideas, imagination, innovation and creativity, not to mention a healthy yield of rewarding new business friendships.

Jill’s mantle as catalyst-in-chief is well earned. Her list of credits ranges from speaker, publisher and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to Hollywood producer to producing breakthrough industry conferences. Her most recent accomplishments including producing the Digital Health Summit and Silvers Summit, the acclaimed adjuncts to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that showcase technologies and trends reshaping the worlds of healthcare, wellness and living a thriving life. Her Digital Health Summer Summit in San Diego, which premiered in 2012, got rave reviews and will be expanding in 2013.

Jill’s earlier roles include serving as e-commerce VP at and co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, the first national directory and advice source on senior living. She also was in feature film development and production at Columbia Pictures, Disney, MGM and Love Spell Entertainment.

When she’s not mixing people and ideas, Jill enjoys a quiet glass of wine and a loud USC Trojans game.

Jody Holtzman

SVP, Thought Leadership


Jody Holtzman is SVP for Thought Leadership at AARP where he leads the organization’s efforts to simulate innovation in the marketplace that benefits people 50+ and society over all. In this role, he and his team work with entrepreneurs, the investment community, and the technology industry to help focus on the needs and wants of people 50+ and the opportunities of the Longevity Economy. Jody is a member of AARP’s leadership team. He has a degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.

Fred Howard

VP of Marketing

KingsIsle Entertainment

Fred HowardFred Howard serves as Vice President of Marketing for KingsIsle Entertainment and oversees marketing initiatives for the hit online game Wizard101. Over the last three years, Wizard101 has become one of the leading online games for families. Today, the game serves a multigenerational audience of more than 20 million registered players. Prior to joining KingsIsle, Fred served as Vice President of Marketing for Hoover’s, Inc., D&B’s online business division. In his leadership role, he and his team were responsible for all marketing initiatives including customer acquisition and retention, traffic generation, product marketing, pricing, and on and offline merchandising. From 2001 until 2005 Fred worked in Dell’s consumer marketing organization and held positions driving customer retention, as well as managing the P&L for Dell’s consumer services business and its 6 billion dollar consumer desktop business. Prior to joining Dell, Fred spent five years in the financial services business.

Daniel Hubbell

Senior Marketing Manager for Accessibility


Daniel Hubbell is the Senior Marketing Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft. With a career spanning more than 12 years at Microsoft, his current role is focused on increasing the awareness of topics related to making technology easier to use. Dan regularly speaks at events and conferences on the topics of Accessible Technology and is the current President of the Board for the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). He has a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Communications from San Francisco State University.

David Inns

President & CEO


David is currently President and CEO of GreatCall Inc. GreatCall provides a range of mobile health and safety services. Since the launch of the Jitterbug® platform in 2006, GreatCall has been innovating in services ranging from mobile access to live registered nurses and medication adherence to mobile personal emergency response. GreatCall’s Jitterbug was the first mobile service designed for older consumers and 5Star Urgent Response™ was one of the first mobile PERS solutions in the world.

Before joining GreatCall, David was Vice President, Consumer Markets for Bell Mobility in Canada where he ran the $1.6 billion consumer market P&L. He was also Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Bell Canada where he ran the $4 billion wireline P&L. David was a Partner at DiamondCluster International in the Chicago and San Francisco offices. David holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers.

Robert Jarrin

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Qualcomm Incorporated

Robert Jarrin is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He is based in Washington, D.C. and represents Qualcomm on U.S. domestic regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences. His areas of responsibility include federal wireless health policy, healthcare legislative affairs, FDA regulatory oversight of converged medical devices, FCC mobile health efforts, CMS telehealth reimbursement and ONC regulation of health information technology.

Jarrin frequently lectures on mHealth and medical device regulations for the George Washington University Health Policy Department and the Case Western Reserve University, Case School of Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.

Gary Kaye

Chief Content Officer

In The Boombox

Gary KayGary M. Kaye is an award-winning journalist who has been covering hi-tech since IBM launched its first PC in 1981 when he worked for NBC radio.  He later became the technology producer for “ABC News Business World”, and “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”. At CNN and CNN/fn he covered technology for programs including: CNN/Fortune, CNN Newsstand, American Morning, New Economy Watch, and Digital Jam.  More recently he was the lead producer for technology at the Fox Business Network.  Currently he focuses on the nexus of Baby Boomers, Seniors and Technology.  He created “In The Boombox”, the first website to focus exclusively on technology with a Boomer perspective.  He is a regular contributor to the AARP website, AARP radio, and a half dozen other websites.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Carl Korobkin

Vice President of OEM Solutions


As vice president of OEM solutions, Carl Korobkin works with current and future Tobii partners to develop world-class commercial and consumer eye-tracking solutions. With his expertise, Tobii devices are moving into broader use within the consumer market, including applications in personal computing, gaming, automotive and other consumer and professional devices. Korobkin brings more than two decades of experience in engineering, business development, and executive management, and is recognized for pioneering leadership in mobile, embedded, and online technologies and services.

Before coming to Tobii, Korobkin was the director of worldwide strategic development for online media at Dolby Laboratories, where he oversaw home entertainment ecosystems for connected consumer electronics like SmartTV, SmartPhones, Blu-Ray, PC, Tablets, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 for streaming media services like Netflix, HBO-GO, Vudu, and Best Buy CinemaNow.

Korobkin earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Kwindla Kramer


Oblong Industries

Kwindla Hultman Kramer is CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment. Oblong was responsible for the gestural interfaces in the film Minority Report, and the company’s current customers and partners include Boeing, SAP, GE, and others. Kwin’s background is in programming, hardware design, and the development of large-scale systems architectures. Before helping to start Oblong he served as the founding CTO of, one of the web’s largest content aggregators and a two-time webby award nominee. Kwin holds degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory and Harvard College and lives in Los Angeles.

Nate Kvamme

VP - Business Development


Nate Kvamme, VP Business Development at MapMyFitness, has more than 10yrs experience in business strategy and partnership development, across healthcare and consumer products in both international and domestic markets. With Fortune 100 and startup experience, Nate co-founded B-cycle, bringing together Humana Inc., Trek Bicycle Corp and CP+B to spin-off the first US based Bike-sharing Company, with Denver’s citywide program launch April 2010.

As Director in Humana’s Innovation Center, he established the freewheelin and initiatives. Prior to Humana, Mr. Kvamme co-founded Skincheck Skin Cancer Clinics, and also built out the Asia Pacific business unit of, Xyron Inc., residing in Tokyo, Japan from 2001-2005.

Nate’s a graduate of Colorado State University (Cum Laude – B.S. Engineering) where he served as captain of the football team and earned All-American honors and the University of Louisville (MBA Entrepreneurship with Honors). Nate is also a two-time Ironman, two-time Leadville 100 and NYC Marathon Finisher.

Joseph Kvedar, MD

Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare


Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, creating a new model of healthcare delivery, by developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients.  His programs leverage information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and simple remote health monitoring tools – to help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. He is internationally recognized for his leadership, and serves as a Board member for a number of organizations, including Continua Health Alliance, Care Continuum Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association. 

Isaac Litman



Mr. Litman joined Mobileye after serving as CEO for Telepath, Motorola’s exclusive distributor in Israel and Turkey, and CEO for ABSC, a company specializing in the fields of business intelligence and development. Mr. Litman was also a special projects manager for the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. Aside from his extensive business and marketing experience, Mr. Litman graduated from the Tel-Aviv University Law school and is a registered attorney at the Israeli Bar. Mr. Litman holds a B.A in Economics from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.

Peter Mahoney

Chief Marketing Officer

Nuance Communications

Peter oversees the worldwide marketing for Nuance and is also the general manager for the Dragon desktop business. Peter joined the company in 2004 as the vice president of worldwide marketing for the speech division and has most recently been the senior vice president and general manager of Dragon. Prior to Nuance, Peter held leadership roles in marketing, product management and operations at ATG, Engage and PictureTel after a successful career in sales and alliances at IBM. Peter has a B.S. from Boston College with a double major in Physics and Computer Science.

John Marick

Co-Founder and CEO

Consumer Cellular

John Marick is the co-founder and CEO of Consumer Cellular, one of the longest operating and largest mobile virtual network operators of cellular phone service in the United States.

In October 1995, Marick launched Consumer Cellular, a company built on the belief that everyone should have access to the safety and convenience of cellular service. At that time, Consumer Cellular had just two employees and under Marick’s leadership has grown to 650 employees with offices in Oregon and Arizona.

Marick began his career in marketing with McCaw Communications, which became the country’s first wireless service provider. While there, he noticed cellular operators were focused on providing service to high-use business clients, which left individuals with lower-use needs struggling to find affordable cellular service. This is when Marick realized his vision for Consumer Cellular – a company that helps everyone obtain affordable cellular service that is easy to understand and use.

Diane Marino

Vice President, Vantis Health & Medical Devices

Ipsos Vantis

Diane has more than 15 years of experience delighting clients. Her mission is to improve her clients product introductions with exceptional market research and consulting in the health industry and particularly the medical devices category. With over 10 years specializing in medical devices within B2B. She has a strong understanding of the B2B health-care sector where customer adoption often depends upon relationships and highly educational selling.

Rodrigo Martinez

Life Sciences Chief Strategist


Rodrigo Martinez is passionate about the crossroads of design + biology. As Life Sciences Chief Strategist at IDEO and member of the Health & Wellness practice, he tackles some of the most interesting challenges in health care, life sciences, and the emerging wellness space. With his colleagues, Rodrigo is also experimenting approaches to design with living organisms.

Danny Osadca


Standard Innovation

Danny Osadca became the Chairman and CEO of Standard Innovation Corporation in December 2010. Danny is focused on business strategy and managing distribution to continue to grow the business. Prior to joining Standard Innovation, Danny was President and CEO of Med-Eng Systems Inc., a world leader in providing innovative electronic counter measure solutions and protective equipment. Before Med-Eng Systems, Danny was President and CEO of DY 4 Systems, where he engineered a complete financial turnaround and managed a successful IPO (TSE). During Danny’s CEO career, he has mentored CEOs in medium to large businesses, helping them lead their organizations to sustainable growth in national and global markets. Danny has also held Board and Trustee positions with a number of technology companies during his career. Danny holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Thomas Paul

Chief Consumer Officer

United Healthcare

As Chief Consumer Officer for UnitedHealthcare, Tom’s oversees the organization-wide strategy to grow, expand and deepen UnitedHealthcare’s relationship with individuals and embed the organization’s Consumer Promise – to be with you every step of the way – throughout the business and culture. Tom leads consumer research efforts to help UnitedHealthcare understand the changing needs of today’s consumers. He is also responsible for strategies to ensure UnitedHealthcare connects with consumers and guides them to a better, more personal experience with our organization. Tom is a graduate of the College of Pharmacy at North Dakota State University.

Kevin Pereau

Senior Vice President


Kevin brings 25 years of International business experience in the high tech sector to QUENTIQ. He helped launch and grow companies like Sybase and Cambridge Technology Partners whee he held senior executive positions in sales, business development, marketing, ecosystem development and delivery operations. A consummate though leader, Kevin is passionate about leveraging technology to help make a difference in healthcare. QUENTIQ is all about changing and sustaining behavior, empowering individuals to make more informed decisions and take responsibility for their own health.

Now based in San Francisco, Kevin has also worked and lived and worked in Austria and Brazil. He is extremely well connected in the healthcare industry via a strong network of personal and professional contacts.

Nick Pudar

VP Strategy and Business Development


Nick Pudar, Vice President of OnStar Strategy and Business Development, is responsible for the managing the business planning activities and development of key business relationships critical to sustaining the OnStar business. He assumed this position on February 1, 2005.

Pudar started his General Motors career in 1981 as a GMI co-op student. In 1986, he joined the Stamping Plant Modernization team as part of the Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Group and worked on metal-fab automation systems. In 1990, he joined the Industrial Engineering department in the Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada to coordinate cross-plant throughput improvement efforts for GM’s newly modernized stamping plants. In 1993, Pudar joined the Corporate Strategy staff as a business analyst.  Three years later, he was appointed Director of Corporate Strategy and Knowledge Development. In 2004 he became Director of Global Planning and Strategic Initiatives.

Pudar received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1986 and his masters of science in management degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1990.

Matt Ramage

Sr. VP Product Marketing


Since 1992, Matt has held a variety of management positions at VTech, in areas including account management, sales, distribution and pricing. Today, he drives product management, channel marketing and customer support services for VTech and the company’s AT&T-licensed brands in North America.  Matt is an alumni of Oregon State University where he studied economics.

Justin Rattner



Justin Rattner is the CTO of Intel. Justin also directs Intel Labs — leading global research efforts in processors, programming, systems, security, communications, user experience and interaction. Intel Labs fund academic research worldwide through Science and Technology Centers, international research institutes, and faculty awards.

In 1989, Rattner was named Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine for his leadership in parallel and distributed computer architecture. In December 1996, Rattner was featured as Person of the Week by ABC World News for his visionary work on the DOE ASCI Red System, the first computer to sustain one trillion operations per second (one teraFLOPS) and the fastest computer in the world between 1996 and 2000. In 1997, Rattner was honored as one of the Computing 200, the 200 individuals having the greatest impact on the U.S. computer industry, and subsequently profiled in the book Wizards and Their Wonders from ACM Press.

Justin is a trustee of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and serves as Intel’s executive sponsor for Cornell University.

Ned Russell

Group Managing Director

Saatchi & Saatchi Health|Wellness

Ned is the Group Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi’s healthcare agencies. His job is to lead two companies – Saatchi & Saatchi Health (an agency focused on the medical community) and Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness (a consumer agency) – in making their clients more successful.

The Saatchi & Saatchi healthcare companies are the premier agencies in their field, representing 4 of the top 10 selling drug brands and are known for their strong creative product (having won the first-ever Grand Clio in Healthcare and winning ‘best-in-category’ honors for its digital, direct marketing and advertising work).

Ned is a frequent public speaker on issues facing the advertising and communications industries and he serves on the Board of Everybody Wins!, a New York City-based education and mentoring program. Ned and his wife Teresa live in Manhattan with their two noisy boys.

Erik Sande

Vice President, General Manager

Philips Home Monitoring

Erik Sande is the Vice President and General Manager of the Home Monitoring North America business of Philips Healthcare. In this role, Erik is responsible for delivering Philips TeleCare and Telehealth solutions in the US and Canada and providing strategic insight on the future direction of Philips Home Monitoring solutions. Previously, Erik served as the International General Manager of Philips Home Monitoring, where he successfully drove the growth of the Canadian Philips Home Monitoring business and managed the execution of Home Monitoring’s international expansion of Philips TeleCare in Japan, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining Philips Healthcare, Erik was the Vice President and Head of Personal Financial Services Marketing at HSBC Bank North America. He has held a wide variety of executive positions in sales and marketing, product management, finance, human resources and general management across healthcare, financial services, energy and media sectors. Erik has a long history of volunteering and has served on number of boards including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Stage Theatre Company, Westminster Charitable Foundation and the Power Plant Art Gallery.

Erik holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mount Allison University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Erik lives in Oakville, Ontario, CA with his family.

John Shalam

Chairman and Founder

Voxx International

Shalam leads an active life outside of VOXX International as a member of the Wharton School Club of NY; member of the Ben Franklin Society, University of Pennsylvania and a member of the JP Morgan/Chase Bank Metropolitan Advisory Board. He is a life member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity; Officer of La Chaine Des Rotisseurs (NY Chapter); member of the Ordre Mondial Du Vin; Fondateur de L’ Academie Brillat-Savarin; Past President and Director of the Old Westbury Horsemen’s Foundation.

Shalam is also active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), and is chairman of CEA’s Investment Committee as well as chairman of CEA’s Charitable Foundation. He was instrumental in helping CEA become an active participant in the Wireless Communications Industry, establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001, and acting as its first and founding chairman. Shalam was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October, 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Shalam received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Shoemate

Vice President of Innovation and Business Development

UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Jeff Shoemate is the vice president of innovation and business development at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. In this role, Shoemate leads a team responsible for the development of new product and service offerings.

Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Shoemate served as one of the leaders who built the consumer marketing function at Best Buy from 1999 to 2009. He held various marketing leadership roles focused on new business development, brand strategy and marketing, innovation, and customer centricity.

Previously, Shoemate held roles in consumer marketing, product development, branding and research with Nielsen Marketing Research, James River Corp. and Jostens.

Shoemate received a bachelor’s degree in history from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota at the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis.

Bob Stephen

Vice President, Home and Family


Bob is a Vice President at AARP with responsibility for setting the organization’s strategy around activity connected to the 50+ and their families.  This activity includes AARP’s extensive work on caregiving, communities for all ages, and intergenerational relationships.

Prior to joining AARP, Bob spent over 20 years with consulting organizations focused on strategy development and new venture development.  He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Rick Valencia

Vice President & GM

Qualcomm Life

Rick is a true champion of healthcare innovation. By day Rick runs Qualcomm Life, leading the company’s product development and technology strategy in the wireless health market. He also has a hand in driving innovation via Qualcomm’s strategic partnerships with Rock Health and the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund. Rick is an active member of ACHE, HIMSS and mHIMSS.

As founder and CEO for ProfitLine, Rick cultivated his business savvy building the company up from a one-man show into a $35 million enterprise. Rick now uses his know-how to help fellow entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies as a mentor at the Founder Institute and on the Executive Committee of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum.

Health is pervasive in Rick’s life. He is a self proclaimed health nut, which he also imparts upon his family. Rick is a native Southern Californian and gives back to his community. He is a former Chairman and long-time board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Diego County and a Chairman of the local chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Author, The 30-Day Love Detox / Relationship Expert

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Dr. Wendy Walsh is America’s thought leader on relationships. On CNN every week, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Walsh coined the term “slow love” which she promotes in her forthcoming book, The 30-Day Love Detox. As host of Investigation Discovery network’s popular series, “Happily Never After,” she guides viewers through the sometimes treacherous side of love. As resident expert at, no subject is taboo in her popular advice column. She brought her trademark no-holds-barred style to season four of The Doctors and the show was nominated for a 2012 daytime Emmy award. Dr. Wendy also lectures on evolutionary psychology and human mating strategies at California State University Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, The Ricki Lake Show and The View.

Victor Wang

Founder and CEO


Victor grew up in Canada, programming role-playing games for MS-DOS at age six. He received a BASc in Mechatronics Engineering with Distinction (Minor in Commerce) from the University of British Columbia, and worked stints in telemarketing, environmental research, aerospace manufacturing, particle physics, oil sands, medical robotics, and the military, as an officer. Victor then completed his MS at MIT, where he researched human-machine interaction for NASA while serving as one of the premier leaders in graduate student government.

Considering his own grandparents in Taiwan, Victor founded GeriJoy to improve quality of life for seniors living away from family. GeriJoy supports seniors’ mental health through patent-pending virtual companions that provide similar health benefits to owning live pets. They also deliver mentally stimulating content such as photos and news from family members, and provide intelligent, compassionate conversation, available 24/7.

David Weigelt


Immersion Active

David is the co-founder and President of Immersion Active. Founded in 1998, Immersion Active is the digital marketing agency focused on the boomer and senior markets. David’s primary responsibility is that of marketing strategy. He works with clients to help them define their needs and goals, as well as providing them with insight on integrating 50-plus friendly campaigns into their current marketing initiatives.

David, along with Immersion Active partner Jonathan Boehman, are the authors of the leading book on how to profitably engage boomers and seniors online. Titled Dot Boom: Marketing to Baby Boomers through Meaningful Online Engagement, the book has received praise from national and international marketing notables, including Microsoft, PBS, and AARP.

David attended McDaniel College where he taught as an adjunct professor for 10 years and was a founding board member of IMMN (International Mature Marketing Network).