Marthin  De Beer, Senior Vice President, Emerging Business Group, Cisco Systems

Marthin De Beer

Senior Vice President, Emerging Business Group
Cisco Systems

Marthin De Beer

Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco’s video and collaboration group, is responsible for the company’s efforts around end-to-end video and collaboration, energy, and home networking.

Video and collaboration are two of Cisco’s five corporate priorities and key growth drivers for the networking business. In addition to managing Cisco’s efforts in these two areas, De Beer is responsible for incubating a steady stream of high-growth, emerging technology businesses that can generate $1 billion in revenue and take Cisco into new adjacent markets. Under his leadership, Cisco’s telepresence business has grown from an emerging technology to become the market leader. De Beer was instrumental in Cisco’s successful acquisition ofTandberg, a global leader in video communications. His additional responsibilities include Cisco’s home networking and connected energy efforts.
Under De Beer’s guidance, Cisco’s pursuit of innovation continues with the Cisco internal Idea Zone (I-Zone) contest, as well as the open, external Innovation Prize (I-Prize) competition. Winning ideas from these contests are selected to become the next Cisco emerging technology.
During his more than 16-year tenure at Cisco, De Beer has held various leadership positions, including responsibility for Cisco’s global enterprise IP communications solutions and leading the introduction of Cisco’s Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID) solution. He was instrumental in taking Cisco’s IP communications business from inception to a nearly $1 billion business.
Earlier in his career, De Beer was founder of two startup companies and has held senior marketing and engineering positions at Hughes LAN Systems, Persetel Computer Systems, and Atlas Aircraft.
De Beer is on the board for the U.S. Russia Business Council and is a member of the selection committee for the World Economic Forum, Technology Pioneer Community. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is also holds several technology patents.

Mitch  Joel, President, Twist Image

Mitch Joel

Twist Image

Mitch Joel
When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world (including Wal-Mart, Costco, Sears and Sephora), they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and called him “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.” In 2006, he was named one of the most influential authorities on blog marketing in the world.
At the podium, Joel delivers powerfully customized speeches, drawing upon over 2,000 dynamic slides that create a one-of-a-kind audience experience. He unravels the fascinating world of new media, mobile marketing, and social media. He teaches corporations how to understand digital marketing, and how to stay ahead of the curve by understanding trends that are necessary in today’s business environment.
Joel is president of Twist Image, an award-winning digital marketing andcommunications agency (although he prefers the title, media hacker). He has been called a marketing and communications visionary, interactive expert and community leader. He is also a blogger, podcaster, passionate entrepreneur and speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his marketing insights on digital marketing and new media. In 2008, Joel was named Canada’s Most Influential Male in Social Media, one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, and was awarded Canada’s highly prestigious Top 40 Under 40. Most recently, he was named one of iMedia’s 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators in the world. Marketing Magazine named Twist Image one of the Top 10 agencies in Canada for two years running (and the only digital marketing pure-play to make the list). Prior to Twist Image, he co-launched Distort Entertainment, the only hard music label in Canada to have major label distribution (Universal Music) and whose roster features the platinum-plus Juno Award and MuchMusic Video Awards, Alexisonfire and City and Colour.
Joel is the chairman of the board of the Canadian Marketing Association and a former board member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. He has been involved with the content committee for both and the Web Analytics Association, and is on the advisory council for many businesses and charitable organizations.
 He is a frequent contributor to BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Marketing Magazine, Profit, Strategy, Money,
The Globe & Mail and many other media outlets. His newspaper column, “New Business - Six Pixels of Separation,” appears in both The Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Sun. He also has a regular column, “Media Hacker,” in The Huffington Post. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation is a business and marketing bestseller. His next book is titled CTRL ALT DEL.

Ben  Kaufman, CEO and Founder, Quirky

Ben Kaufman

CEO and Founder

Ben Kaufman

Ben is the 23-year-old Founder & CEO of Quirky. Ben’s entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year in high school with a second mortgage on his parent’s house and the founding of an ipod accessory company called mophie. Shortly after  mophie won “Best in Show” at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving people around the world in the development of new consumer products.

The rapid growth of the mophie brand led to its acquisition in August of 2007, which allowed Ben to begin focusing his efforts on bringing 'social product development' to the next level.   After two years of research and development on a unique technology platform which became the foundation of his future work, Quirky launched publicly in June of 2009.  

A passionate and opinionated speaker, Ben talks Quirky, Products, and Design to audiences around the world.  Over the past 5 years, Ben's work has landed him coverage in hundreds of Newspapers (New York Times, USA Today, Daily News, New York Observer), Magazines (Business Week, Entrepreneur, New York Times Magazine, WIRED), and TV networks (CNBC, FOX Business News, The Today Show).  In 2007, Inc Magazine named Ben the number one entrepreneur in the country under the age of 30 (...he was 20 at the time). 

Other than being a part of the development of new & awesome products, some of Ben’s favorite things include his niece Lily, Jay-Z, cool kicks, and black t-shirts.

Patrick  Lavelle, President and CEO, VOXX International

Patrick Lavelle

President and CEO
VOXX International

Patrick Lavelle

Pat Lavelle is president and CEO of VOXX International Corp. He joined the company when it was Audiovox in 1977, was appointed to its board in 1993 and became CEO and president of Audiovox Corp. in 2005. In 2011, the company changed its name to VOXX International.

Lavelle began as an audio salesman and held numerous sales management positions before being appointed vice president of mobile accessory products in 1980. Under Lavelle’s direction, the company began to diversify into the mobile electronics category and quickly became a dominant manufacturer of automotive entertainment and security systems. In 1992, Audiovox’s Mobile Division was consolidated into Audiovox Electronics Corp. and Lavelle was named its president. Since then, "electronics" has continued to expand, adding consumer products, and today the company markets a broad line of home and portable audio, video and multimedia products. 

In 2005, the company decided to expand into the consumer electronics (CE) accessory space. With the acquisitions of the RCA Accessories and A/V Group from Thomson S.A., Terk Technology Inc, Oehlbach GMBH, Technuity Inc., and Schwaiger GMBH.  VOXX has become a major supplier of CE accessories to the top retailers, and distributors across North America and Europe.

Under Lavelle, the company has acquired a variety of well known audio brands that include Jensen, RCA, Advent, Acoustic Research, Phase Linear, Mac Audio, Magnat and Heco. Perhaps the most significant acquisition to date has been the addition of Klipsch, Jamo, Energy and Mirage to the company’s portfolio. Completed in early 2011, the Klipsch acquisition along with the company’s existing business has given Voxx #1 marketshare in the premium loudspeaker category at retail.

Additionally, the company has rapidly expanded its automotive OEM business and today supplies entertainment and/or remote security products to Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Porsche, BMW and Bentley. 

Most recently, Voxx has announced the acquisition of Hirschmann Car Communication GMBH. This acquisition will position the company as the leading worldwide supplier of automotive digital TV tuner systems.

A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Lavelle has been the chairman of the Mobile Electronics Division and chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA)® Executive Board. Currently, Lavelle sits on the CEA Executive Board as a member at large.L

Lavelle is a member of the board of trustees for Marist College, NY. He and his wife, Patty, have three children, Michael, Meghan and Katie. In his spare time, Lavelle enjoys boating, skiing and golfing.

Andrew  Macey, Vice President of Strategy, Sapient

Andrew Macey

Vice President of Strategy

Andrew Macey

Phil  Molyneux, President and CEO, Sony Electronics, Inc.

Phil Molyneux

President and CEO
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Phil Molyneux

In September 2010, Phil Molyneux was appointed president and COO of Sony Electronics Inc.  In June 2011, the Sony Corp. Board of Directors elected Molyneux as a Sony group executive. Molyneux oversees the electronics business of Sony in the United States.

He is a 23-year veteran of Sony's European electronics operation, where he most recently served as managing director of Sony Central and South East Europe (SCSE). In this role, Molyneux created a new business model for Sony's consumer and professional products designed to engage a highly-diverse consumer population and increase operational efficiency, driving business growth within the region.
Consequently, SCSE emerged within Sony as a leading innovator of best marketing, sales and operational practices, and remains a top-10 revenue contributor to Sony’s global electronics business. Molyneux's geographic area of responsibility grew from 14 to 20 countries as a result. From 1997 to 2007, while based in the U.K., his responsibilities were expanded to include manufacturing, systems and related software, core technology and retail peripheral products. Molyneux led Sony's entry into the computer peripheral retail market and played a pivotal role in its expansion into component supply for the mobile phone market.
He joined Sony in 1987 as a sales engineer to develop untapped business for the semiconductor and component unit in the U.K. Over the next 10 years – in both sales and marketing positions – he expanded the business across Europe, and led Sony to the No. 1 market share position in several related areas, including magnetic and optical drive technology.

Molyneux was awarded an apprenticeship in electromechanical engineering with the U.K. Ministry of Defense, completing his studies in 1982. He then studied computer technology at the College of Central London.

Geoffrey  Moore, Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting, Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Geoffrey Moore

Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting, Venture Partner
Mohr Davidow Ventures

Geoffrey Moore

Rossi  Ralenkotter, President and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)

Rossi Ralenkotter

President and CEO
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)

Rossi Ralenkotter

As President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Rossi Ralenkotter is responsible for marketing Las Vegas and Southern Nevada as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. Under his leadership, the LVCVA successfully launched “Vegas Stories,” the most successful branding campaign in tourism history. The campaign is best known for its oft-repeated tagline, “What happens here, stays here.™” It was selected the No. 1 campaign by the voting public this fall and will be inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame. The LVCVA owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With Ralenkotter’s oversight, Las Vegas remains the world’s tradeshow capital, hosting 60 of the larges 250 tradeshows.

Ralenkotter has embarked on a new three-year vision plan to see the Las Vegas destination through unprecedented economic times. The plan includes global sales and marketing strategies designed to aggressively market the Las Vegas destination while also ensuring efficiency and flexibility.
He began his career at the LVCVA 39 years ago as a research analyst. Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2004, he was the Authority’s executive vice president and senior vice president of marketing. Before joining the LVCVA, he worked for a local telephone company and served in the United States Air Force. He is a 60-year resident of Southern Nevada.  
Ralenkotter is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, Destination Marketing Association International, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Hotel Sales Marketing Association. He also is incoming chair of U.S. Travel Officers on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Travel Association. He recently completed his term as chair to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce and will remain on the Board.
He was named Employer of the Year by the Employee Service Management Association in 2006, one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News in 2005, and in 2004, he was selected Co-Brand Marketer of the Year by Brandweek magazine. He was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, listed in Who’s Who of America. Additionally, he served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism.
Ralenkotter earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arizona State University in 1969 and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1971. 

Gary  Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent's largest annual tradeshow, the International CES.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers' battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry's highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 'mastermind' for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a "top lobbyist" in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington, D.C. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort).

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

Joe  Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Panasonic Corporation

Joe Taylor

Chairman and CEO
Panasonic Corporation

Joe Taylor

Joseph M. Taylor serves as chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corp. of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. The company develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of digital and other electronics products for consumer, workplace and industrial purposes primarily for the U.S. and Canada. 

Under Taylor’s leadership, Panasonic Corp. of North America, which is based in Secaucus, NJ, plans to move its headquarters to a new site in Newark, NJ in 2013 as part of its effort to transform itself into an innovation leader in green business. The company’s new home will offer employees easy access to a major regional mass transit hub and will incorporate energy-savings, water-savings and accessibility throughout its design. The aim is to achieve LEED certification for the new office tower.

In addition to his role leading Panasonic’s North American operations, Taylor also serves as an executive officer of parent company Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corp. In this role, he formulates and executes Panasonic’s global business strategy.

Prior to this appointment, Taylor, a 28-year Panasonic veteran, served as the company’s COO from 2007 and before that president and COO of Panasonic Industrial Co., as well as vice president and member of the board of Panasonic Corp. of North America.  

Taylor has represented Panasonic in numerous board and technical educational initiatives, including programs with New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center, the Herrick Laboratories of Purdue University, NJIT and Rutgers University. He has been a member of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, chairman of the board for the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Co., and serves on the boards of several Panasonic companies. Taylor is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He also holds a doctorate in engineering honoris causa from NJIT, New Jersey’s technology university.