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Wall Street Investment Visionary
Topic: Uncertainty Brings Opportunity

Peter Ricchiuti is the business professor you wish you had back in college. He teaches at Tulane University and has received numerous awards. In a competition, Peter’s teaching delivery skills placed him atop of entries from more than 400 universities representing 43 countries. He has been featured in/on The Wall Street Journal,  BARRON’s, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC and The Nightly Business Report

Peter began his career at the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co in Boston and later managed more than $3 billion as the Chief Investment Officer for the State of Louisiana. He is the host of a popular weekly business show on NPR in New Orleans. Peter is a husband, father, author, media personality (and a darn good public speaker) who has attended games in all 30 current major league ballparks.

Executive Director of Raps

Paul Brooks is the Executive Director for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) located in Rockville, Maryland.  Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical device regulatory environment including his 25 plus years working with the British firm BSI (British Standards Institution) and was the Senior Vice President of BSI Americas Healthcare division.

Paul served on the Board of RAPS for five years before being appointed Executive Director. Paul has a long history of working with industry on quality assurance.  He was formally recognized as a third party for FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health as well as Canada’s Canadian Medical Devices Conformity Assessment System. In addition, Paul spent years volunteering with various agencies and industry to help maintain high safety standards for new devices and technologies being evaluated for the US, Canadian and European marketplaces.


President of The Federal Group and DTA Legislative Representative

Patrick Cooney established The Federal Group, Inc. in 1999 with the objective of providing affordable, high quality government relations consulting services to companies, associations, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Cooney represented the interests of the national clinical laboratory scientists as Associate Director of Government Affairs for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and the physical therapists as the Senior Policy Advisor for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).   As the senior advocate for each of these organizations he was responsible for the federal legislative and political strategies of each profession on Capitol Hill.  ASCLS and APTA remain valued clients of The Federal Group today.

Mr. Cooney served as a congressional aide to Congressman Dick Swett (D-NH) who served the United States House of Representatives from 1991 – 1995.  He also served as the State Field Director on the 1990 reelection campaign of the late Senator Jim Exon (D-NE) who served as a Senator from 1979 – 1997.

Mr. Cooney has expansive knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, and political processes in Washington.  He frequently speaks on government relations matters, particularly in the area of health care policy. As a long time advocate for sound public health policy he formerly served as Chair of the Public Health Advisory Board for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Mr. Cooney is a graduate of the College of Business at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Vice President, Unique Device Identification Services and Solutions, USDM Life Sciences

Jay was most recently Senior Advisor for Patient Safety in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Jay developed the framework and authored key requirements for FDA’s Unique Device Identification system.

At USDM Life Sciences, Jay focuses exclusively on providing business process, technology and compliance solutions for the regulated life science industry.

Award-Winning Podcaster and Acclaimed Concert Pianist

Matthew Zachary is a community builder. After surviving end-stage brain cancer, he ignited a global movement of cancer renegades united in advocating for choice, equity, and a dignified path to a productive life.

As the Founder of Stupid Cancer, Inc., Matthew is one of today's most influential patient leaders. With a passion for storytelling, connecting people, and agitating the status quo, his legacy is to have galvanized the patient voice and challenged conventional wisdom about the art of survivorship.

Matthew is also an award-winning podcaster, recording artist, and acclaimed concert pianist.

Best-Selling Author and Leading Business and Data Expert
Topic: Artificial Intelligence in Practice

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling business author, keynote speaker and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He is one of the world's most highly respected voices anywhere when it comes to data in business and has been recognized by LinkedIn as one of the world's top 5 business influencers.

He is a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum, writes regular columns for Forbes and LinkedIn Pulse and his expert comments have been featured on TV and radio (e.g. BBC News, Sky News and BBC World) as well as in high-profile publications including The Times, The Financial Times, the CFO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Bernard has written a number of seminal books and hundreds of high profile reports and articles, including the international best-sellers ‘Big Data in Practice: How 45 Successful Companies Used Big Data Analytics To Deliver Extraordinary Results’, 'Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance', 'Key Business Analytics: The 60+ Business Analysis Tools Every Manager Needs to Know', 'The Intelligent Company' and 'Big Data for Small Business' in the For Dummies series.

Best-Selling Author and Management Consultant
Topic: Information to Action: Data Driven Decision Making

Michael Treacy is the President and founder of Treacy & Company. He brings over 30 years of experience helping companies achieve market leadership. Mr. Treacy’s ideas about customer value propositions and growth disciplines have been used by companies across the globe to reshape strategies, bolster competitive positions and dramatically improve top and bottom line performances.

Michael Treacy’s books have gained international attention.  In the 1990s he showed how to gain a competitive advantage through value leadership in The Discipline of Market Leaders a New York Times bestseller.  A decade later in Double Digit Growth, a Business Week bestseller, he proved how rapid, steady and profitable growth can be dialed up on purpose.

A former professor of management at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michael Treacy has published numerous articles over the past two decades in magazines and journals and is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.  He is also currently engaged in a major research study to understand the performance discipline that allows certain companies to routinely achieve high performance – in growth, cost control, safety, or other important goals – while other firms struggle with uncertain results.

Executive Director, Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO)

Mr. Vranas, CAE, is the Executive Director for the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO). The ADSO members support 15,000 doctors, 45,000 staff and $8.9 billion in collective revenues are produced by their members annually.  A 17-year veteran of the American Association of Orthodontics, an international dental specialty association, Mr. Vranas has an extensive career managing associations.

Past CEO and Current Chairman, Dentistry 4 Children

Mr. Baynham is the former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of D4C Dental Brands— a 75 office DSO located in the southeast, providing support to pediatric and orthodontic dentists. During his three-year tenure D4C’s revenue increased by 50% and EBITDA grew 100%. D4C recently completed a very successful sale. Mr. Baynham also serves on the board of two other DSOs and is a co-founder of Invisible Ink, a tattoo removal company.  Before joining D4C Dental Brands, Mr. Baynham was COO of Smile Brands, a 350 office DSO. As EVP/GM at LensCrafters, he helped grow the company from 150 locations to over 4,650 across North America.  Mr. Baynham has played a key role in the integration of Sunglass Hut, Peale Vision, Sears Optical, and Target Optical.  He was also the Chairman of the Board of OneSight Foundation, a program dedicated to improving vision worldwide.  He served in the United States Army for 5 years as an artillery officer.  Mr. Baynham is a graduate of Murray State University with a BS in Finance

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Tru Family Dental

Mr. Patel is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Tru Family Dental and a Senior Advisor to Long Point Capital. Tru Family Dental was established in 2014 as a Dental Support Organization focused on supporting successful neighborhood dental practices that provide lifetime quality care in private practice settings. Tru Family Dental currently serves its valued patients from 10 locations in Michigan and Illinois. Mr. Patel has built an exceptional management team, scalable operating infrastructure and a proven execution strategy to deliver outstanding patient experience and business results. In his capacity as Senior Advisor to Long Point Capital, a middle market leveraged buyout firm, Mr. Patel serves on the Board of Directors of UMA Enterprises. Previously, Mr. Patel was Managing Director of CITG Capital, a private equity firm he established that focused on investing capital on behalf of an entrepreneurial family office. Before joining CITG Capital, he was a Principal at Long Point Capital where he led acquisitions of two successful platform companies. Prior to Long Point Capital, Mr. Patel was an Investment Analyst at Frontenac Company, a Chicago based private equity firm. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch in its New York City office. Mr. Patel received a B.B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. with honors from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).



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