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Tony Lynn with Red Tree Labs and Kurt Uhlir with Sideqik


Tony Lynn / Red Tree Labs  Linkedin Facebook Twitter 

Multifaceted, resourceful technology professional with a distinguished career building world class technology environments and teams. Experience in building teams from the ground up in start-ups to re-factoring well established teams in public companies. Energetic and resourceful leader with the ability to build consensus across all levels of the organization. Built his first software program at age 12 and has been part of both public and private companies. Loves the energy that comes with startups and is looking to constantly capture lightning in a bottle!

Kurt Uhlir / Sideqik Linkedin Facebook Twitter Google+ 

Kurt has a history of building disruptive technology and has led teams in social, location and mobile across six continents. He has helped marketing teams and hundreds of consumer brands with their marketing mix and digital marketing strategies.

Kurt is currently CEO and cofounder of Sideqik, an Atlanta-based startup. Sideqik focuses on helping digital marketers with their marketing partnerships and verifying the ROI of each cross-promotion. Website Magazine and Forbes have both highlighted Sideqik’s unique approach to helping digital marketers reach their goals, and Sideqik was chosen to kick off Venture Atlanta in 2013.

Prior to Sideqik, he was on the front lines at NAVTEQ, helping define the spatial and location-based industries. During his tenure leading competitive strategy and business affairs, Navteq completed an $880M IPO and eventual $8.1 billion sale to Nokia. He also is the lead inventor on fundamental patents covering check‐in services and mobile advertising. Three years after the sale, Kurt joined Vitrue and served as Director of Corporate Development, leading acquisition, partnerships, and growth strategy through their sale to Oracle.

Kurt currently serves as a mentor with Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint “startup studio” and the Atlanta Ventures Accelerator (AVA). He attended Vanderbilt University, where he ran Cross Country and track, and later received a Master’s in financial engineering from the University of Alabama.


David King with VoApps, John Souza with Social Media Marketing University, and Amit S. Jariwala, Ph.D with Georgia Institute of Technology


David King / VoApps

John Souza / Social Media Marketing University Linkedin Facebook Twitter

John Souza is the founder of Social Media Marketing University (SMMU), the largest social media certification program since 2009. The program includes 13 comprehensive programs and has been featured by Fox Business News, Inc., Forbes, and other national media.

SMMU has garnered numerous accolades, earning recognition by The Mashable Awards, International Business Awards, the Tech Marketing Awards and Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising Companies” campaign. Through the company’s offerings, clients such as SAP make a resounding impact on millions of social media users on a daily basis.

Amit S. Jariwala, Ph.D / Georgia Institute of Technology Linkedin Facebook Twitter



Justin Sacks with StartupPoint and Timothy C. Gaines with Mitel


Justin Sacks / StartupPoint Linkedin Facebook Twitter

StartupPoint’s founder, Justin Sacks, has been a passionate advocate for local entrepreneurship and asset based community development for more than a decade. He has consulted to a range of organizations, from large institutions like the US Agency for International Development to myriad grassroots community groups, in an ongoing mission to support communities to grow their economy based on the resources they already possess. Justin is a serial entrepreneur, patent-holding inventor, and internationally published author on sustainable local economic development. For this work, Justin was named one of the UK’s top 100 social entrepreneurs under 35 in 2008. Justin holds a B.A. in Architecture magna cum laude from Yale University and a M.Sc. in Economic History with merit from the London School of Economics. And, Justin has always loved maps.

Timothy C. Gaines / Mitel Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Vice President of Channel Sales, US

With more than 20 years of sales and general management experience in the telecommunications industry Tim is a VoIP and UC pioneer. A proven leader in building high-powered sales teams with a strong track record of developing successful channel organizations with premier partners.

Prior to Mitel Mr. Gaines spent 6 years at ShoreTel where he served as VP of Sales for North America. Other assignments include leadership positions as Senior Vice President of Sales at Covad (now MegaPath), a leading provider of Broadband and VoIP solutions for commercial and government business segments, and as WW VP of Sales at StarVox.

Previously, Mr. Gaines also served as Regional Director and General Manager for a U.S. subsidiary of Fujitsu, and as Regional Director at PictureTel where he was one of the architects of a high-growth distribution strategy that led PictureTel to be recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (1992 to 1996).

Mr. Gaines received a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.


Special Edition: Georgia CIO Leadership Association


Lisa LaRoque/Georgia CIO Leadership Association Twitter

First part of career spent in marketing for LOB application software companies; Moved into business development for technology service providers over the last nine years, most recently having worked for Intellinet, a management consulting and technology solutions firm.

Jay Ferro/American Cancer Society

Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society has more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Jay is responsible for the people, strategy and operations of the Global Information Technology organization.

Prior to joining ACS in 2012, Jay served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AdCare Health Systems, a rapidly growing and recognized innovator in health care facility management. Jay spent the previous 7 years at AIG (American International Group), most recently as VP and CIO for AIG Aerospace, a leading global aerospace insurer. At AIG, Jay implemented numerous improvements that have delivered substantial value to the organization while managing significant organizational change in a turbulent market environment. In addition to his role as AVP of Information Technology with AIG Personal Lines, Jay was selected as CFO for Operations and Systems in 2006 and led multiple global IT Finance and Governance Standards initiatives that resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the organization.

Jay continues to be a thought leader in the Information Technology arena and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and Nationwide. In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as Chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.

His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the non-profit group, Priscilla’s Promise, in honor of his late wife, which raises funds for cervical cancer education and research, and currently serves as its Executive Director. In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization which helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community, and in 2013 was named Board Chair.

Jay earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Masters of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. Jay continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Terry College of Business.

Jay lives in the Metro Atlanta Area with his 3 sons: Trey, Connor and Alex.