CONFERENCE PANEL TEAM
 

 

Mr. Joey Beitdashtoo, Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Mitratech, Inc.

Mr. Beitdashtoo has extensive experience in the sales and delivery of software and services to Global 1000 firms worldwide. His background reflects a record of significant achievements and contributions in managing and leading a broad range of e-business activities in both a strategic and operational capacity. Prior to joining Mitratech Mr. Beitdashtoo was Senior Vice President for Business Strategy at Hummingbird Corporation with responsibility for the company's Corporate Business Strategy, Global Strategic Alliances, Worldwide Professional Services and Analytic Application Solutions. During his tenure, Mr. Beitdashtoo helped engineer several major acquisitions which transformed Hummingbird into a major player in the Enterprise Software marketplace.

Prior to Hummingbird, Mr. Beitdashtoo served as Vice President of Professional Services at Cognos, culminating a l6-year career with that company. His background also includes positions with Alexander Grant & Company (Grant Thornton LLP) and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Beitdashtoo has established a reputation as a versatile senior executive with a demonstrated capacity to build and lead successful, sustainable businesses based on solid fundamentals, ethics, integrity, honor and trust. Mr. Beitdashtoo's holds Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Computer Science.

Eric Peters, Private Investor

Mr. Peters has over 14 years experience in managing the day-to-day operations of a Software Development company including, VP Sales & Marketing, COO, CFO, Product and Project Management, Programming, and Quality Assurance.  He was the co-founder of Plaid Brothers Software, a software company that provided software for the brokerage industry.  He was responsible for various areas in the company as the company grew from a 2 person to a 100-person company and later was acquired by Sungard Data Systems.  Eric has an honorable discharge from the US Marine Corps and holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

S. Ramesh, is the founder and President of Philosopher's Stone Ventures, LLC.

Ramesh is the founder and President of Philosopher's Stone Ventures, LLC. He is an experienced Chief Technology Officer, Chief Software Architect, and a successful entrepreneur. He is also an active investor in early stage technology companies, and a prominent member of angel investment clubs, including the Tech Coast Angels (TCA), and the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE); and is an advisor for GKM Ventures. He has a great deal of experience in early stage venture capital, technology incubation, distributed enterprise computing, biotechnology, telecommunications and financial software platforms. Mr. Ramesh currently sits on the board of five companies in the internet infrastructure and enterprise software spaces. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on technology investment and early stage funding in entrepreneurial conferences in southern California.

 

George White, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Intel Corp.

George is thought of by many as one of the ‘Fathers of Technology’ in Orange County. He Co-founded and ran Corollary, Inc., from “two guys in a garage” until it was acquired by Intel, now called their Advanced Chipset Division. Three years after introduction, the Profusion chip which he helped develop, is still largest revenue source for Intel’s Advanced Chipset Division. He also managed to beat “Intel marketing machine” message that 8-CPU chip set was impossible and unnecessary, convincing the industry of vision and Compaq, Hitachi and Samsung to be co-development partners. George was also a finalist in Orange County Entrepreneur-of-the-Year and an MIT grad.

Phil Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and Director, Vital Stream, Inc.

Former Senior Vice President of AnaServe, Inc., Former Director of North American Sales for Globalink, Inc., UC Davis Graduate

Phil Rodas, National Account Manager, Quest Software, Inc.

Phil Rodas is a Senior Account Manager responsible for Quest Software solutions that provide application performance management for the availability and reliability of critical business applications. He has been with Quest Software as they’ve grown from 25 employees to over 1,800 and has consistently performed as one of the top sales associates selling into local and national accounts.  Phil has been in the industry for over 10 years, beginning with Computer Associates through the buy out of Legent Corporation.

Andrew Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Lee Hecht Harrison, Inc. Outplacement Services

Andrew is a Senior Vice President in Lee Hecht Harrison's Irvine, California office.  He is known for his passionate interest in helping clients to obtain meaningful employment through the development of targeted career objectives and proactive job search skills.  Andrew’s expertise focuses on individual career transition consulting with a special emphasis on communication strategies.

Andrew is a Certified Career Management Practitioner and former President of the International Association of Career Management Professionals (IACMP), Orange County Chapter.  Andrew's career transition consulting experience began in 1978 as an executive recruiter.  His client companies covered a variety of industries including manufacturing, medical/healthcare, real estate development and public accounting.  Previously, he acquired his accounting experience with Kenneth Leventhal & Co. (now Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group).  As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Andrew gained a wealth of knowledge in leadership, counseling and team building.

Mr. Johnson frequently serves as a guest lecturer and panel member on career transition issues.  He is also active with local colleges and universities.  Andrew is a member of the Director’s Advisory Committee for the Women’s Opportunities Center, University of California, Irvine Extension where he serves on the Executive Committee  He also participates in the student mentoring program with the College of Business & Economics at California State University, Fullerton.

As a cum laude graduate of California State University-Fullerton, Andrew also received the Arthur Young Award for academic excellence.

Ken Lilley, Regional Sales Manager, Clearswift, Inc.

Kenneth Lilley has been a successful software product sales professional for the past seventeen years. Currently with Clearswift Corporation, the world's leading provider of software for managing and securing electronic communications. Clearswift delivers the capabilities for organizations to protect themselves against email and web-based threats, meet legal and regulatory requirements, implement productivity-saving policies and manage intellectual property passing through their network. Ken's focus is on the growth of the South West region. Previous to that, Ken worked with Excelery, a Boston start-up, and launched the company's sales efforts in the west. Prior to that, he served as Broadvision's Southwest Regional Sales Manager, and helped grow the region during the exploding dot com era. During his tenure there, Ken grew his sales team from three people to 38 and played an integral role in increasing the company's sales revenues by 251 percent in 1999 and 112 percent in 2000.     

Bart Greenberg, PARTNER, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP

Bart Greenberg is a partner in the Orange County office of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP. Bart practices general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings.

Bart has assisted in mergers and acquisitions in a wide variety of industries, including automobile collision repair, medical supplies distribution and information technology. Bart's practice has emphasized the representation of consolidators and roll-up strategies, focusing on all acquisitions and financing activities, including private and public equity, senior credit facilities, and mezzanine and vendor facilitated debt facilities. He has represented issuers and venture capital funds in numerous private placements, and has substantial experience in the licensing and distribution of software and other products and technologies. Bart has also had significant involvement with the leasing of facilities for cellular and other communications purposes.


 

 

     
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