Phorum 2013 Advisory Board
Allen Born – Advisory Board Chair
Allen Born is a Director at Fairmount Partners. Allen focuses on originating and executing middle-market investment banking transactions in the Internet and Cloud Computing sectors. He has advised on exclusive sale assignments, buy-side transactions, financings, and various other strategic advisory assignments and has completed more than 50 transactions totaling over $13 billion in consideration.
Alan Bender – Chair, Content Committee
Al Bender is Global Portfolio Director of the Secure Cloud Program at Unisys. He is responsible for portfolio and product management of the Secure Cloud and Hybrid Enterprise programs. He has vast experience in systems management, cloud, and virtualization and automation solutions. Al holds both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Engineering from Penn State University.
“I am convinced that Cloud-based delivery is the future for IT. Businesses need to understand its value and use it to its fullest.”
Staci Bender – Co-chair, PR Commitee
Staci Bender is Founder and Principal of Slice Communications, a public relations and social media agency with clients in e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate and travel, as well as non-profits. Staci helps create effective messaging for businesses in all stages of growth. She has a decade of experience in public relations and marketing and serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia. Staci is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Scott Kinka - Advisory Board Member
Chief Technology Officer
Scott Kinka is Chief Technology Officer and founding partner of Evolve IP, a cloud-based technology provider that offers businesses a better way to buy and manage their applications, infrastructure, and security. Scott is responsible for designing, implementing and delivering a comprehensive suite of cloud solutions. He has been a featured speaker at technology conferences including VON, IT Expo, Channel Partners, Broadsoft Connections, and ITEC, and has been featured in Business Week and Inc. Magazine as well as industry and trade magazines.
Brian Knotts – Advisory Board Member
Senior Vice President and Chief Architect
SunGard Higher Education
Brian Knott is Senior Vice President and Chief Architect at SunGard Higher Education. Brian and his team develop global architecture to support the company’s products and services, helping SunGard Higher Education bring the right solutions to market faster and helping customers build a better digital campus. Mostly recently, Brian was senior vice president at SunGard Infinity, where he built the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering and transformed legacy products into solutions and services that could be delivered via the Infinity platform.
Suzanne Lentz – Chair Marketing Committee
Suzanne Lentz is Vice President of Marketing for LiquidHub, a management and technology consulting company focused on fueling digital transformation for clients in the healthcare, financial services, insurance and commercial markets. Suzanne and her team focus on creating clear communications with LiquidHub clients and partners, optimizing business processes, and growing LiquidHub’s brand. Suzanne brings a strong combination of skills to LiquidHub having served in marketing and sales leadership roles with both technology companies and marketing consultancies. She earned a BS in Engineering from University of the Pacific.
Cassandra Oryl – Co-chair, PR Committee
Cass Oryl is a Founder and Principal of Slice Communications, a public relations and social media agency with clients in e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate and travel, as well as non-profits. Her previous positions were at Innovation Philadelphia, a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the technology sector in the region, Braithwaite Communications in Philadelphia, and Ketchum Public Relations in Washington, DC. Cass is a graduate of The Catholic Univeristy of America.
Charles Robins – Advisory Board Member
Charles Robins is Managing Director of Fairmount Partners. He has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, strategic consultant, and investment banker. Previously, he was Managing Director, co-head of Corporate Finance, and led the U.S. technology practice for Investec Inc. Prior to his investment banking career, he founded and operated companies in the software and telecommunications arena. Charles was a Ph.D. research fellow at New York University where he also earned master’s degrees in computer science and mathematics. He graduated from Brooklyn College.
Dianne Strunk – Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Dianne Strunk is Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), an association representing emerging growth companies in the Technology, Life Sciences, MedTech, and CleanTech industries. PACT connects these emerging growth companies with venture investors and professional advisors and technology-focused corporations to network, develop relationships, pursue business opportunities, and market and promote their businesses to foster growth and innovation. Strunk also serves as the publisher of imPACT Times, a quarterly publication offering informative updates on regional companies and technology trends that is read by more than 6,000 business leaders in Greater Philadelphia.
Al Bender, Unisys – Chair
John Keller, Unisys
Dan Lucky, Micro Strategies
Doc Parghi, CSC Independent Testing Services
Naresh Ramdas, LiquidHub
Suzanne Lentz, LiquidHub – Chair
Emily Herman, PACT
Kim Landry, Hollister Creative
Demo Pit Committee
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions – Chair
Anthony Gold, Healthy Humans
Ellen Weber, VisionMine