Ricardo Levy is an executive and entrepreneur whose career spans more than three decades of founding and building successful businesses. Born and raised in South America to a European immigrant family, he completed engineering studies in the United States at Stanford and Princeton before returning to South America to run a family business. In 1969 he sold the business and returned to the United States to complete his PhD at Stanford in Catalytic Chemistry. In 1974, after a number of years in the petroleum and petrochemical industry, he co-founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Catalytica, a research and development firm serving the chemical, pharmaceutical and clean energy industries. The firm’s discoveries resulted in over 100 patents and led to the formation of three companies, one of which became, under Levy’s leadership, the largest supplier to the pharmaceutical industry in North America and was sold to European firm DSM in 2000. Dr. Levy has served on several public and private Boards and from 2010 to 2016 served on the Advisory Board of the Santa Clara University Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a global incubator of social entrepreneurs. He continues to be a mentor for that program. Dr. Levy is a Lecturer at the Stanford University Chemical Engineering Department, where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship, leadership and new venture creation. He is the author of the book “Letters to a Young Entrepreneur: Succeeding in Business Without Losing at Life – A Leader’s Ongoing Journey” published in 2015.
Roger Dickinson was a founder of Torrington Research Company, serving as Chairman until its sale in 2006. Currently owned by Boyd Corporation, Torrington designs and manufactures motorized fans for high volume OEM applications. Mr. Dickinson continues to consult on the company’s business development activities including marketing and creation of technical concepts. Mr. Dickinson was formerly Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Torin Corporation, a world leader in the production of air moving devices. Prior to Torin, he held a General Management position at ASCO and sales engineering positions with the Trane Company. Mr. Dickinson was a a Director of Seitz Corporation, served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Advisory Council, and was a member of the Board of Finance for the City of Torrington. He holds seven patents and is a registered professional engineer. Mr. Dickinson earned a BSME degree from Duke University in 1966.
Thad Dungan serves as Global Head of Automotive Business Development for Amazon Web Services (AWS), based in Michigan where he works with big auto to help transform their businesses by using the AWS cloud platform. Prior to his current role, Mr. Dungan was Head of Americas for HERE Technologies in the Automotive Group. A seasoned enterprise software executive, Mr. Dungan has more than 30 years of product marketing, product management and general management experience. He has worked in various roles at SAP SE and Manugistics (JDA Software) including Head of Operations, Vice President of Strategic Customer Engagement, Vice President of Product Management and Vice President of Solution Consulting. Mr. Dungan also served in various supply chain leadership roles at General Motors and General Motors Brazil including vehicle logistics, program management, and strategic sourcing. He was also co-founder and principal of Vehiclocity, a transportation marketplace that provided technology solutions for the automotive remarketing segment. Mr. Dungan earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Brigham Young University.
Effective with the March 2001 merger of Nonlinear Dynamics and NovoDynamics, Donald C. Garaventi became President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the combined company, and in April 2005 he became CEO and Chairman of the Board. Prior to this, Mr. Garaventi spent the majority of his career at Rohm & Haas where, as Vice President and Business Group Director, he led the Polymers, Resins and Monomers business unit to sales of $2 billion and after-tax profits of $200 million. Following his retirement from Rohm & Haas Mr. Garaventi was President of Diversa Corp, a biotech company. In January 2000 he joined Catalytica Advanced Technologies, Inc. as Business Manager for Catalytica NovoTec before moving on to NovoDynamics. Mr. Garaventi received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Michael Robinson is a dynamic change agent skilled in repositioning organizations into high performing, results oriented, customer-driven teams that consistently deliver exceptional customer value. Mr. Robinson recently joined VMware as Vice President North America Healthcare, where he is responsible for industry strategy and sales execution. Prior to VMware, Mr. Robinson was Vice President for Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences business in the United States. In this role he was responsible for more than $3 Billion in revenue, driving Microsoft’s business initiatives into both commercial and public sector organizations in the Provider, Payer, Life Sciences, Public Health and Human Services verticals. Mr. Robinson is also the Founder and Managing Director of Miro Ventures LLC, an investment firm focused on Health IT to reduce health disparities in underserved communities. Mr. Robinson’s background includes roles in executive management, enterprise sales, project management and business strategy development. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as Vice President Operations for Hitachi Data Systems Solutions Corporation (HDSS), where his duties entailed development, sales and delivery of complex business solutions for HDSS’ customers worldwide. Other industry experience includes serving as Vice President professional services for Hitachi Data Systems, Managing Director of Services for Sterling Software, President of minority-owned IT consulting firm Robinson-Cole and Associates and 15 years in various technical and management positions with the New York Telephone Co. Michael holds an executive MBA from Pace University in New York and a BS in Management from National-Louis University in Chicago. Mr. Robinson is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Information Technology Senior Manager Forum (ITSMF), New York Urban League (Previous Board Chair) and the Pace University School of Business Advisory Board. He has also received multiple awards for his community commitment including: Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry and the prestigious Frederick Douglas Award from the New York Urban League.
David Rock has significant experience in capturing exciting, high-growth opportunities by creating advanced technologies to disrupt targeted markets. During his tenure as CEO, David has led the development and release of numerous artificial intelligence products, including the NovoHealth Platform. Prior to becoming NovoDynamics President and CEO in 2005, David was the General Manager and Senior Director of Engineering for the KinetDx Solutions business unit at Siemens Medical USA, Inc. While under Mr. Rock’s management, the business achieved record revenues and received the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Market Penetration Award by capturing over 50% of the echocardiography PACS market. Prior to working in the medical industry, Mr. Rock performed neural network development as a Research Computer Scientist for the U.S. Government; developed graphics software for LucasFilms, Ltd.; and created a commercial programming language for generating computer-aided-design graphics. In addition to his management and technical experience, Mr. Rock has co-authored eight patents. He holds a BA in Economics and Computer Analysis from Valparaiso University and completed the Accelerated Business Management Program at the Emory University Goizueta Business School.