Howard Brodsky is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Brodsky is responsible for creating a cooperative retail powerhouse in the marketplace. CCA is comprised of 14 companies with aggregate sales of over $10 billion. CCA companies consist of Carpet One, Flooring America, ProSource Wholesale Flooring. and 12 other companies from biking to lighting with over 3,000 retail locations in the US, Canada and Australia. CCA newest division is CCA for Social Good servicing non-profits and over 600 child care centers.
Ryan FitzSimons is the Founder & CEO of Gigunda Group Inc., a worldwide award winning marketing innovation agency of strategic thinkers, creative dynamos and former brand-side marketers dedicated to creating breakthrough brand experiences that move consumers from indifference to action. Amassing 250+ awards worldwide since 2007 including honors at Cannes, Promo Magazine’s Most Creative Agency in America title and multiple accolades from Forbe’s, Fast Company, AdAge, AdWeek and BrandWeek for Best Work of the Decade, Gigunda creates and executes some of the most celebrated, studied and game-changing brand campaigns in the world. Gigunda’s work is showcased in dozens of marketing text books and published in multiple languages.
Gary Hirshberg is the husband of writer Meg Hirshberg and the father of three yogurt eaters. He is President, and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (Hyperion, 2008). Gary frequently speaks on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business. Gary has received nine honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership. He was named a Gordon Grand Fellow at Yale, one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by Business Week and one of the top ten, “most inspiring people in sustainable food.” by Fast Company. Gary was also featured in the successful 2009 documentary film, “Food, Inc.” And you can see him in the “Just Eat Organic” Rap Video he wrote and performed on YouTube.
As CEO of Dyn, Jeremy brings his garage-tech enthusiasm and Worcester Polytechnic Institute degree to set and communicate the strategic direction of the company, hire and retain the best talent, and make sure there is money in the bank. In over 10 years at Dyn, Jeremy Hitchcock has done it all from shipping to customer service to talking tech with some of the biggest brands on the internet. Under Jeremy’s leadership, Dyn has become the fastest-growing DNS provider in the world, teaching people how to “break free” from their old DNS provider while offering a superior level of personal interaction and customer service, telling anyone who will listen that “DNS is Sexy.” He helped nurture a free open-source project into a vibrant technology company that currently boasts more than four million customers and growing. He has been a presenter at numerous conferences and events (including Web 2.0 and Interop) and he participates in many industry consortiums and organizations like ICANN SSAC and NANOG.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States. In addition to DEKA, one of Dean’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 250,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 50 countries around the globe. High-school-aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $14 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean’s goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.
Professor Catherine Rielly has taught international community economic development for the past eight years at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development where she was International Academic Program Chair. A Political Economist, she has conducted research, training, and technical assistance for the past twenty-five years on women’s empowerment, public policy, economics, democratization and governance, for the following organizations: the Harvard Institute for International Development, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the Governments of Mali, Zambia, and Uganda, and the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on women’s economic empowerment and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS through building women’s financial independence. As a Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon, she conducted doctoral research on women’s participation in informal savings and credit organizations and the gender-specific division of labor and income. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and her B.A in History from Stanford University. Dr. Rielly has conducted comparative research and written journal articles on policy processes in over twenty countries.
Tym Rouke is an outspoken voice on pediatric cancer and patient and family centered care. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Dana Farber Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council. When not focusing on his family, Tym is the Director of Program for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, one of the largest Community Foundations in the United States. There he oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking, including a substantial fund to support the prevention and treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders.
Tym and his family live in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Michael Swack is a professor at the University of New Hampshire where he has appointments at the Carsey Institute and at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Dr. Swack was the founder and former Dean of the School of Community Economic Development (CED) at Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Swack has been involved in the design, implementation and management of a number of community development lending and investment institutions both inside and outside the United States. He was the first Chairman and served for 17 years as a board member of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), a state-chartered equity fund for community economic development ventures and projects. He is the founding president and a current board member of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. He was a founding board member of the National Association of Community Development Loan Funds (now the Opportunity Finance Network), a trade association of Community Development Finance Institutions, and a current member of the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Since 2000 he has also directed the Financial Innovations Roundtable, a program that promotes new approaches and policies designed to build the field of community development finance and increase access to capital for community development intermediaries. Internationally he has been involved in development finance and microfinance work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Dr. Swack has published in the areas of economic development, development finance, community investment and mission related investment. He received his doctorate from Columbia University, his master’s degree from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matt Albuquerque is a certified practitioner in orthotics and prosthetics with 25 years of experience and is president of Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics.
It was the summer of 1996 when Matt took the steps to making his dream of truly helping people a reality. At the time, he was working for a national O & P organization, where he felt that their biggest concern was strictly a “bottom line” mentality without any regard for healing the person. Being able to make a positive impact on people’s lives was the reason he had entered the field. Working for this national company, where fiscal responsibilities outweighed doing the right thing proved to be an intolerable situation for him. He was left with making the decision of either leaving the field or finding another way. Next Step was started to provide another way. Next Step became the embodiment of a group of people who were put together to provide an atmosphere where sincere care can be given, dignity and respect can be attained and where people are treated as people.