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2nd Annual New Technology, Small Business & Inventors Conference

Speaker Bios - Page 1

Adolphe Alexander

Engineer & Designer.

 

Barry Barsky

Barry was born in Philadelphia on January 22, 1943. From the time of childhood his family and other adults recognized that he possessed both technical and organizational skills.

Subsequent to gaining his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania Barry worked at SK&F in the engineering departments responsible for the design of new processing and manufacturing machines.

As time progressed Barry lead six engineering departments in R&D, new product development, and gained nine patents and has three applications for patent. This was done in such companies as TELEFLEX, NORTH AMERICAN DRAGER, AIRSHIELDS, FREDERICKS CO., COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS and SOLAR LIGHT COMPANY.

2010 Barry decided to leave industry and begin his own engineering and patent drafting business. This is working better than even Barry envisioned.

Beside his own engineering business Barry is a board member of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INVENTORS and finds time to serve as a volunteer at the FRANKLIN INSTITUTE in Philadelphia.

 

Barbara Bigford

Barbara Bigford’s success story is an Entrepreneur’s dream. Her company grew 400% in just two years with sales projections over $10 million from a recent licensing agreement.

Exposure for her product has ranged from presentations on QVC to a featured article in The Wall Street Journal. Barbara and her bright designs were also featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and CNN News to Hollywood’s 2008 Golden Globes awards, where Beach Pockets were among the swag given out to celebrities. Barbara’s success doesn’t stop here. On the television show, The View, with Barbara Walters, the Beach Pockets Invention and Design was voted the number one favorite summer product.

Barbara graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and Columbia University studying in the medical/dental profession and the arts. During this time, Barbara ventured out in the entertainment industry auditioning and landing roles on several television commercials, and industrial films. She also participated in art shows exhibiting her water color paintings. Barbara’s passion for creativity has welcomed the skills of discipline, inspiration, and vision. "Set goals, create the plan, and remember to embrace the obstacles will often bring success."

After years of combining success in business, a medical background, and engaging in the arts of Mindfulness and Inspirational Wisdom from various authors and coaches around the world, Barbara has set her goals to guide future entrepreneurs worldwide with her own inspirational wisdom and coaching.

 

Jay Butera

Jay Butera is an entrepreneur, writer and speaker living near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Brown University and the Haverford School, he has independently studied the issues and technologies of energy and global warming for over twenty years.

As a writer, Mr. Butera has written about a wide range of topics including maritime issues, business, health and travel. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including Fortune Small Business, American Health, Yankee Magazine, Travel Holiday Magazine, GQ, National Fisherman, The Farmer’s Almanac, Newsday, The Providence Journal and The Chicago Tribune. In 2006, his first-person account of the process of selling one of his businesses was featured in Fortune Small Business magazine and on CNN.com.

An avid sailor, Mr. Butera studied maritime history and writing at Brown University and studied celestial navigation in subsequent years. In 1995 he sailed from the United States to Bermuda using only traditional celestial navigation methods.

In 1979 he worked on commercial ships involved in the salvage and containment of the runaway blowout of the Ixtoc-1 offshore oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ixtoc-1 disaster was an underwater gusher which spewed 30,000 barrels of oil each day for almost nine months. To this day it is considered the largest oil spill in history.

At the site of the Ixtoc-1 oil well disaster, Mr. Butera gained firsthand knowledge about the hazards of offshore drilling and he began formulating opinions about the world’s dangerous reliance on fossil fuels. "I watched that mess of crude oil gushing into the Gulf, out of control week after week. I saw the waters literally burning as oil and gas poured out. I felt the heat of those flames and watched the slick spread all the way to Texas. That experience changed me forever," he has said.

In recent years, Mr. Butera turned his attentions to his life-long passion for environmental conservation and energy efficiency. His experiments in alternative energy began in 1990 and eventually led to the installation of a 5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at his Pennsylvania home. That system, which has operated without down-time for over four years, was the first full-scale solar power installation in his home township.

Mr. Butera is not affiliated with any political organization and he does not represent any environmental group or industry organization. Therefore, his presentations are objective and spin-free -- based entirely upon his own experiences, observations and research.

 

Jay Cohen

Mr. Cohen is a former long-time president of the American Society Inventors. He has extensive experience assisting independent inventors with commercialization of their respective technologies.

 

Andy Daga

Andy is responsible for the inception of the wireless recharging system and its suite of technologies that Momentum Dynamics is building. He operates as the company's chief executive and as the lead systems engineer. Andy has degrees in architecture, engineering and aerospace technology and has worked on major construction projects in the US and Asia, including the design of major power generation facilities as well as serving as a consultant to NASA. His forte is complex multidisciplinary technology design.

Andy is a visionary who brings a practical approach to solving problems. While electric vehicles had their start in the US a hundred years ago they have emerged today as one of the answers to help rid Americans' dependence on foreign oil and to create a cleaner, safer environment. MD is not driving the paradigm shift from gasoline powered vehicles to battery electric vehicles....rather we are capitalizing on what started out as a trend and now has the same traction that computers had in their early stages.

Andy knows how to build-whether it's a team, a building or tomorrow's life changing technology. Andy has also directed a division of Bentley Systems, Inc. a major CAD software company that dominates the civil infrastructure engineering market and has been a consultant to major aerospace firms and NASA on projects that include:

  • the solar power array structures on the International Space Station
  • space based solar power studies for the US Department of Defense
  • NASA's Constellation Program, advancing the multidisciplinary systems engineering for lunar surface habitat design

He received his first two US patents while an undergraduate. As a professional architect he has worked with firms including Raytheon, and Gilbane Building Company, where he managed a team of engineers on the design analysis of a $1 billion dollar industrial facility. As a consultant to NASA and Boeing he is recognized as a leading authority on advanced multidisciplinary technologies for lunar and Mars exploration.

Here on Earth, Andy is focusing his efforts on creating the technologies to wirelessly and automatically charge electric vehicles-for all manner of vehicles, commercial fleet, passenger and government. Electric vehicles are not the wave of the future; they are here today to stay. Just ask every major automotive manufacturer who has committed money, time and resources capturing a share of this new market.

 

Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D.

Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience with innovative business and technology development. Currently at BFTP/SEP, he is responsible for a portfolio of over 30 young physical science companies in the region, and for identifying new investment opportunities. Mark has significantly improved deal flow and enhanced portfolio quality since he joined the team in January of 2006. Previously, Mark was Director of Technology and New Business Development for Polysciences Inc., a privately held specialty materials company headquartered in Warrington, PA. Throughout his career, Mark has also worked for Rohm and Haas Company as Director of Corporate Development: Licensing, as well as numerous other positions within the company and in joint ventures.

 

Jeff Dobkin

Jeffrey Dobkin is a speaker (blah blah blah, yip yip yip) and a marketing consultant (marketing plans, pr, market strategy, plan analysis: audits and review, media review) who happens to be an amazing writer (corporate literature, articles, brochures, ads, collateral, annual reports, technical material), specializing in direct-selling print and web (DR Ads, catalogs, TV scripts, web copy) and direct marketing material (letters, direct mail, mailing packages brochures, catalogs, post cards and of course web copy.) He's also pretty darn good at analyzing catalogs, ads and campaigns, direct mail packages - and marketing campaigns. Go on, test him out: send him your marketing package for a free analysis, or call with your toughest marketing question! He's a fun and motivating speaker, a solid direct response writer, and has written over 250 articles and 5 books on direct marketing, including the popular, "How to Market a Product for Under $500." Over 5,000,000 people have read his information-rich, explicit How-To articles on marketing and direct marketing which have been featured in over 300 magazines.

For work Jeff reads over 125 business magazines a month. For enjoyment he reads technical magazines about printing and graphic art. Dobkin is a master graphic artist, and an accomplished fine artist.

Jeffrey lives with his wife and three children (ages 12, 16 and 18) in a 115-year-old house on the outskirts of Philadelphia in the lazy town of Bala-Cynwyd, PA. He plays racquetball a minimum of three times a week, and is ranked in the top 5 players in Pennsylvania. He's also a bicyclist and avid long time motorcyclist.

Mr. Dobkin is a past board of directors member of the United Inventors Association-USA, and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Mail Order Association, and is also on the board of the American Society of Inventors.

Jeffrey Dobkin can be reached at the Danielle Adams Publishing Company at 610-642-1000. Visit www.danielleadams.com for some of his writing.

 

Bob Fesnak

Robert Fesnak is the Managing Partner of Fesnak and Associates, LLP. Bob has developed an extensive background in audit, accounting, tax, valuation and financial consulting for many public and middle market companies. He has over twenty years of experience with concentration in the manufacturing, high-tech, service, real estate, wholesale, health care, leasing and broker-dealer industries. His experience included assisting clients in the registration of various debt and equity securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including various SEC filings.

Bob has presented seminars on SEC regulations, business valuations, accounting and related fields for national accounting firms, the University of Pennsylvania, the PICPA, various trade and professional organizations, and has served as an instructor at a major financial institution. Bob has been quoted in Business Week SmallBiz and has authored an article for the "Capital Growth Interactive’s 2001 Venture Guide" on valuing technology companies. Bob has also appeared on "Money Matters", a financial oriented cable program, discussing various financial planning strategies, and "Venture Talk", a radio program. He has been quoted in various publications including Business Week SmallBiz.

Bob was a partner at Smart and Associates, LLP from 1990 to 2004. Bob is a former audit principal with Laventhol and Horwath where he served a diversified client base. Prior to his tenure at Laventhol and Horwath, he was a member of Grant Thornton, another international CPA firm.

Bob has extensive experience providing accounting, consulting and valuation services to public and closely-held companies. He has assisted manufacturing companies with capital and operational budgets, cash flow forecasts, evaluations of cost accounting methods and business valuations. Bob has experience with the Principals of Lean Manufacturing. In addition, Bob has provided merger and acquisition services to both acquiring and target companies.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and his Master of Business Administration from Temple University, both with honors. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bob is a Certified Valuation Analyst and a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Bob is also a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Accountants (Philadelphia Chapter). Bob is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and has received the designation Fellow, American Board of Forensic Accounting. Bob is an adjunct professor in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (USP).

Bob is a former member of the investment committee for the Penn SE Mezzanine Fund, L.P., which provided mezzanine financing to middle market companies. He is a member of the Ethics Committee for Olympus America, Inc. Bob is also on the board of directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Eagle National Bank.

 

Thomas Fetterman

Mr. Fetterman is a successful independent inventor and entrepreneur. He invented and patented a gel filled shock-absorbing crutch tip in 1989. He launched his product himself after manufacturers declined to license it from him. His proven sales then provoked the largest manufacturer in the field to purchase his invention for $100,000 plus 8% royalties. After two years of manufacturing difficulties, Mr. Fetterman took back control of his product, resolved the problems, and developed a profitable home business having sold more than 90,000 pairs to date. He also sells many different crutches and accessories.

Mr. Fetterman received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts in 1968. He then traveled and worked in southeast Asia for four years after graduation. He also bought, renovated, and rented out inner city houses for 20 years. For the last 15 years, he has traveled for three months out the year for adventure.

 

William Haney

My name is William Haney designer, inventor and advocate for good health and the quality of life from Bensalem, PA. I have a full time job along with running Universal Arts, Inc. and I am also involved with the Bensalem Township Kiwanis. Imagination Land is a playground for challenged and unchallenged children, which is one of our projects. My invention, “Lunar Hop™” space age hopscotch game, was installed into the playground spring and summer of 2006.

On July 23rd, 1972 my life took on a whole new meaning and I was forever changed. I had broken my neck in a swimming pool accident. I was unable to move my arms and my legs. I tried to hold my breath as long as I could and eventually blacked out. When I awoke I was on my back, poolside, with a man standing over me calling my name.

He was running a key up and down the bottom of my foot asking me if I could feel it. I could not. He called for an ambulance. I briefly remember him telling them to be careful with how they moved me. Then I remember arriving at the hospital. Doctors explaining X-rays, Telling me I was lucky to be alive. The C-3 and C-4 in the cervical area were damaged and I needed surgery. If not for my brother Tom Haney, the man that jumped into the water to rescue me, I just-then found out, I would have died.

After surgery and intense therapy, over time I learned how to walk and use my arms again. I even had to learn how to write all over again and still today I have a problem lifting weight over my shoulders. Yes, this was definitely a life altering experience I will not soon forget.

Note: Through my recovery it dawned on me that something was needed as a motivational tool to help people regain walking skills and I stored that information away for a later date. That invention was “Lunar Hop™.” It was also our first patented idea/invention.

The birth of a new awareness was flooding my mind and ideas were beginning to overflow.

As for me, I firmly believe that UNIVERSAL ARTS, INC. is a window of opportunity that helps bring me closer to improving the quality of life for others, one life at a time. I hope that sharing this brief history illustrates my passion for life and sheds light on the fact I have never forgotten that every day is a gift. I guess that's why we call it "the present".

Mr. Haney is also a board member of the Nikola Tesla Inventors Club and the American Society of Inventors.

 

Jenny Isaacs

Bucks County Renewables sponsored the first 2 EV conversion workshops on the East Coast in 2007 and 2009 and in conjunction with the Green Jobs Academy of Bucks County Community College is working to implement systematic EV instruction in area automotive technology training centers as well as training existing service technicians in the "green" niche of recycling existing internal combustion engine vehicles into battery-electric commuter cars and trucks.

Jenny Isaacs is passionate about alternative education as well as alternative fuels. She is the founding director of a homeschool learning center and a Montessori school and has been active in Friends schools as a teacher, administrator and Board member. She has blogged extensively on EV's and is also a published poet and a free-lance editor.

 

Kreg Jones

Professor, Art Institute of Philadelphia.

 

Petar Jovanoic

Vice President, Sonora International Trade.

 

Alex Kasich

Alex Kasich is owner of Alex Kasich & Associates, an independent small business advisory firm. Alex's business advisory services are aimed at helping organizations make and save money through greater efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, Alex is an Accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent Business, a non-profit research, training and accreditation organization. Since 1984 the Institute has been working with independent businesses providing practical advice that works.

Alex earned degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from West Virginia University, and has 25 years of experience as a senior business executive. Alex was President of two organizations, Image Enhancement Group, a promotional products manufacturer and distributor, and Alexander Enterprises, an export trading company.

Alex also held positions as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, Product Consultant and Commercial Salesman. Alex has experience in all aspects of business operation, including operations management, finance and accounting, sales and marketing, strategic planning, quality control, human resources management - and a genuine fascination for finding new and better ways of doing things.

While at West Virginia University, Alex competed in intercollegiate athletics in cross country and track & field and was an NCAA All-American in cross country. Upon leaving West Virginia University, Nike, Inc. invited Alex to Eugene, Oregon, to represent Nike as a member of their elite track and field club, Athletics West.

During his running career, Alex competed at national and international levels in cross country, track and field and road racing. Accomplishments include an American Record, two world bests, two National Championships, 3-times U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier, and a 9th place finish at the 1981 New York City Marathon, with a time of 2:13:20.

 

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