Speakers and Moderators

Mark Ahern, Managing Director, JLL

Mark Ahern leads JLL’s Project and Development Services group in central Virginia. Mr. Ahern has 30 years of industry experience in commercial general contracting and project management. He leads the JLL team that was recently awarded project management services for the Medicines for All lab in Richmond’s Biotech Park, and the Kilo Manufacturing Facility, Hybrid Manufacturing Facility and SAPIR #1 warehouse in Petersburg, VA.

Mason Ailstock, Immediate Past President, AURP; Senior Principal, HR&A AdvisorsMason Ailstock

With more than 15 years’ experience working with education institutions, governments and private industry, Mason Ailstock has a proven track record of converging real estate, academia and business activities to advance communities of innovation. Prior to joining HR&A, Mason served as Vice President of Operations at The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a private operating foundation created to provide research facilities and equipment to non-profit educational organizations.

Prior to joining TUFF, Mason served as Chief Operating Officer of the 7,000-acre (2,833-hectare) Research Triangle Park (RTP). Prior to his leadership at RTP, Mason served as the Real Estate and Global Partner Manager at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Mason played key roles in the master plan execution and real estate transactions of the 250-acre (101-hectare) research campus, accounting for $250,000,000 USD in investments, over 500,000 sqft of LEED Certified multi-tenant, research and academic space. In 2016 Mason was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship where he traveled to Sweden and Saudi Arabia researching the development of university-anchored innovation districts. 

Mason is the Past President and current Board Member of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Co-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) University Development and Innovation Council, a member of the Atlanta ULI Center for Leadership, and the Global Eisenhower Fellowships Network.

Joseph Allen, President, Allen and Associates

Joe Allen served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN) securing passage of the Bayh-Dole Act which fostered R&D partnerships between universities and U.S. industry. The Economist Technology Quarterly called this law “possibly the most inspired piece of legislation to be enacted in America over the past half century.” On leaving the Senate staff, Joe was Executive Director of Intellectual Property Owners, Inc. (IPO) where he worked to create the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit before going to the U.S. Department of Commerce where he became the Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Joe became President of the National Technology Transfer Center established by Congress to promote industry/federal laboratory R&D partnerships. In 2008 he founded Allen and Associates a consulting firm specializing in technology management/IP issues. Joe was the lead witness before the South African parliament on their Bayh-Dole law and consulted with the Republic of Kazakhstan to develop its technology transfer laws. In 2013 he co-chaired the White House Lab to Market Summit. The Association of University Technology Managers presented Joe with the Driving Innovation Award “For His Tireless Work and Support as a Champion for the Bayh-Dole Act during the Past 30 Years” and the Bayh-Dole Award, its highest honor. He also writes a monthly column for IP Watchdog on technology management issues. Joe currently leads Bayh-Dole 40, a broad based coalition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of that landmark law.

Susanne Althoff, Assistant Professor, Emerson College

Susanne Althoff is a veteran journalist and assistant professor of publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She has served as an adviser for several student-led start-ups. Her book LAUNCHING WHILE FEMALE: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Backwill be published on October 27, 2020, by Beacon Press. Based on interviews with 100 women founders, as well as nonbinary entrepreneurs, the book exposes the obstacles they face and proposes ways to make the entrepreneurial community more inclusive and equitable. In addition to gender, Althoff’s book examines the impact of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other identities.

Peter Baird, Senior Associate, Perkins and Will

Peter Baird is a planner and designer who is passionate advancing the design qualities, application of data/information, and collaborative opportunities of science and technology locations. He advocates for deep-dive analysis to establish transparent design decisions, improve problem solving, and create open dialogue with the community. His experience has led to a strong understanding of research environments, funding realities, and the company growth dynamics that underpin campus and innovation environments. His experience spans multiple master plans and facility programs across the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Jonathan Bates, Executive Director, Real Estate Administration & Research Park, University of Utah Research Park

Jonathon Bates is the Executive Director for Real Estate Administration for the University of Utah with responsibility for the development of strategic initiatives to manage the University's real estate transactions. With responsibility for supporting the academic institution, as well as the University Health system, Jonathon is actively involved in leading real estate transactional work including management of a lease portfolio representing over 1.5 million square feet and close to $35M in annual obligations. Additionally, Jonathon oversees a property management and operations team that currently manages sixteen properties totaling over one million square feet of office, lab and clinical space. Jonathon also acts as director for the University of Utah Research Park and has goals to update the Park's Master Plan, Mobility Plan and Architectural Guide with a focus towards further development, densification and, most importantly, increasing the financial contribution that the Park continues to make for the University of Utah and the State of Utah. The University of Utah Research Park encompasses 320 acres and is currently home to over 51 private companies and 81 University entities totaling over 14,000 employees located in over 4 million square feet of space with another 400,000 square feet under construction or in final design. Jonathon has an Executive MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Scott C. Baxter, President, S.C. Baxter Consulting, LLC

Scott Baxter has a successful track record developing and commercializing new innovative technologies and products in the medical device, consumer electronics, and security industries. His titles have included VP Digital Solutions, VP R&D and GM Global Innovation Center. Scott’s teams have successfully launched over 50 products around the globe utilizing new and breakthrough technologies. Scott is an active angel investor and serves on various boards and advisory committees. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. www.linkedin.com/in/scottcbaxter

Rich Bendis, Chief Executive Officer, BioHealth Innovation, Inc.

Rich Bendis is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, angel investor, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries. He also serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America, a national public-private partnership focused on accelerating the growth of innovation economy in America; also the founding Chairman of The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation; founder and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia; and asked to serve as the Co-Chairman of the AURP BioHealth Caucus. As a recognized expert in the field of the innovation economy, Rich has served on numerous distinguished boards and task forces including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership Advisory Task Force, the Small Business Innovation Research Committee, the National Association of State Venture Funds Board; State Science and Technology Institute and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute as a National/Regional Judge and Entrepreneur of the Year winner. Rich has provided global consulting services to over 16 countries and 22 states, several cities and regions, along with international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, European Commission, French Embassy, the German Marshall Fund, The Canadian Consulate, METI, AKEA, the International Science Parks and Innovation Expert Group and other global entities. Rich serves on Governor Hogan's Life Science Advisory Board. He was voted one of the Top 5 Speakers on innovation and creativity, voted 4th best Innovation Blogger, a 2017 most influential Marylander award and a 2017 Maryland innovator of the year award, in addition to hosting the BioTalk podcast series.

Josh Berger, Partner, MAg Partners

Josh Berger is company liaison and development lead for all MAg Partners projects. Josh has worked in the real estate industry for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the firm, Josh was Director of Operations for a commercial real estate development company in Lincoln, NE. He is a licensed real estate agent, licensed journeyman electrician, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. His distinct skill-set allows him to master plan, develop, design, and coordinate projects from start to finish. His primary role is to secure and implement real estate developments looking for equity investment opportunities.

Anthony Boccanfuso, PhD, President, UIDP

As the UIDP's President, Tony Boccanfuso is a leading expert on university-industry relations and over the past 29 years, he has gained significant experience and insights by working in the academic, corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Tony holds a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a BS in chemistry and political science from Furman University.

Tony also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations and is the former Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute.

Laura Weisskopf Bleill, Associate Director, University of Illinois Research Park Laura Weisskopf Bleill

Laura Weisskopf Bleill manages the community building portfolio of the Research Park at Illinois. She develops strategy behind the Research Park's events and programming; communications, branding and marketing efforts; and directs the Research Park's efforts to grow and retain its workforce. She also works with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across campus, and has been part of the core National Science Foundation I-Corps at Illinois team. In 2018 she served as an adjunct instructor for the NSF I-Corps national program cohort in Indianapolis. She is the co-PI and co-founder of the AWARE entrepreneurship inclusion effort funded by NSF, which has now has been replicated at other universities. She has a MA and BA in journalism from Northwestern University. An entrepreneur herself, Laura is CEO of a hyperlocal digital magazine in Champaign-Urbana.

Amy Bridger, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & External Engagement at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

In her role at Penn State, Amy oversees Knowledge Park at Penn State Behrend, the region’s only research park. The park consists of 864 acres which hold six multi-tenant buildings, twenty companies and over five hundred employees. Amy was a principal designer of Behrend’s Open Lab environment which guides how external organizations interact with campus. One project, the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network, is benchmarked nationally as best practices in academia-industry collaboration. Amy has a Master’s in Professional Studies in Homeland Security from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Professional and Technical Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Leah Burton, Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State UniversityLeah D. Burton

Leah Burton is the Director of Centennial Campus Partnerships and Industry Alliances at NC State University. In this role, she manages the campus-wide strategy for corporate and government interactions with NC State, including the University’s award-winning Centennial Campus.

Prior to joining NC State in 2000, Leah was the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, a regional economic development organization marketing the 13-county Research Triangle region. Before moving to North Carolina, she was the Public Affairs Manager for telecommunications company US West. Leah has a communications degree from the University of Colorado.

Kevin Byrne, MBA, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation, Inc.Kevin T. Byrne

Kevin Byrne spent his early career at Arthur Andersen with a primary focus in the real estate and financial services industries. In 1997, Kevin founded Byrne & Associates, which focused on providing investment-banking services to small and middle market companies. After earning his MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business in 2001, he joined a real estate development firm as the Chief Financial Officer, managing a balance sheet of over $200 million and leading new transactions of over $150 million in just two years.

In 2003, he joined The University Financing Foundation (TUFF) and has managed all aspects of the firm including the firm’s new investments in education and research projects, which total over $800 million. Kevin oversees the operations of the firm and, through his leadership, the firm has become involved in all aspects of research park creation and ongoing operations including the development of facilities. He has crafted full-scale park business plans, assisted in the strategic and master planning of research parks and has helped several global parks with the creation of innovative investment structures enabling these parks to maximize the efficiency of their limited resources. Kevin is an honors graduate from Furman University and currently serves as a past president of the Association of University Research Parks.

Emma Carlo-Guerrero, Network and Consortia Coordinator, Institute of Innovation

Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics by Tecnológico de Monterrey. Has worked in the public sector for over 9 years at the Institute for Innovation and Technology Transfer. Has several diplomas in data base management, project management and public policies. Her fields of experience include strategic planning, statistics, international collaboration, and design and monitoring of KPIs, including a key role in the design of policy instruments for the State’s and the STI sector’s development. Is currently the Network and consortia Coordinator at the Institute of Innovation.

Casey Carrillo, Program Manager, University of Arizona Center for Innovation, Tech Parks Arizona

Casey Carrillo is a Program Manager for the University of Arizona Center for Innovation. Carrillo is responsible for managing the incubator’s regional cohort-based programming throughout Southern Arizona.

An Arizona native, Casey graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education. Casey worked at the University of Arizona for five years during her time as a student and staff member. Casey worked at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management where she learned the importance of incorporating innovation in education and transitioned to the Office of Digital Learning where she supported UArizona’s efforts to provide a virtual learning experience for students.

Dwaine Chapel, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Research Park at South Dakota State University

Dwaine Chapel has been the CEO/Executive Director of the Research Park at South Dakota State University since March 2012. He currently oversees the business recruitment efforts for the Park and the day-to-day operations of the Brookings Innovation Center. Dwaine enjoyed 6 successful years in Madison, SD as the economic development director of the Lake Area Improvement Corporation. His experience also includes time as a real estate broker, a home builder, and general contractor. He attended SDSU acquiring a degree in Economics in 2004 and a master’s degree in 2005 from the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at SDSU.

Stephen Coulston, AIA, Principal, Perkins and Will

Stephen Coulston is a Principal in the Austin office of the award-winning design firm Perkins and Will. With a passion for engaging in the innovation economy, Stephen has spent his 25-year career working at the intersection of the higher education, research, healthcare and government sectors.  As an architect and urban planner with a focus on strategizing, planning and designing the built form, Stephen leads the southwest regional planning practice, contributing to the firm’s national urban design and architecture practice, including research park, academic health, college-town, and innovation district planning, urban design and facility planning.

Deborah Cummings, Principal and Senior Director, TEConomy Partners, LLC

Deborah Cumming's 20 year experience in state and regional technology-based economic development, both as a consultant and government official, have made her a well-respected thought leader in the field. At TEConomy Partners, Deborah's research and analytical skills are drawn upon for a range of projects, and her strategic thinking, project management skills, and attention to details have contributed to TEConomy's reputation for ground-breaking work of the highest quality. Deborah leads projects in strategic planning, cluster-based economic development, program assessments, best practice methodology, science and technology policy, and impact analysis.

During Deborah's career, which includes nearly 15 years as a senior program manager at the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, she has managed state and regional technology strategies and program designs, which have been implemented into robust economic development initiatives. Her work includes analyzing a region's business community and research assets to determine which factors contribute to the area's competitive advantage; analyzing their economic position in relation to peers; and developing strategies and actions upon which the region can position itself for future development.

Deborah has an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a BBA and BA from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College.

Brian Darmody, Chief Executive Officer, AURP 

Brian Darmody was announced AURP CEO in February 2019. In this new role, Brian will lead AURP into new initiatives including expanding membership, international partnerships and funding in order to build out additional member benefits.  Over the course of the year, Brian will be winding down his activities at UMD where he currently serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) of Corporate Engagement at the University of Maryland (UMD). At UMD, Brian is responsible for developing the overall university strategy for corporate relationships, as well as the development of projects and policies to support these initiatives centrally and through the colleges and schools on the UMD campus.

Previously, he was the University’s AVP for Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Division of University Relations, AVP for Research and Economic Development, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Development, Director of State and Federal Relations in the President’s Office and has served in the university’s legal counsel office. He serves on national and state boards, including: Fraunhofer USA, the Maryland Economic Development Association, and the Maryland Tech Council. 

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore and he received his BS from the University of Maryland, College 

Greg Deason, Senior Vice President Entrepreneurship and Place Making, Purdue Research Foundation

Greg Deason, Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Place Making at the Purdue Research Foundation leads the teams that are building a vibrant entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem at Purdue University.   By accelerating startup and tech-based company activities and developing places that provide innovative live, work, play and learning environments Purdue has emerged as a world leader in moving Ideas to Impact, ranking 3rd Nationally in startup creation.  Mr. Deason’s responsibilities include the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Ventures, Discovery Park District, and the Purdue Research Park.  Deason received the AURP Career Achievement Award in 2013.

Daniel Duncan, President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation CampusDaniel J. Duncan

Dan Duncan began his tenure with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987 when he accepted the positions of operations manager at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE. Following that position, he served as director of the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center; assistant director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station; and assistant dean and director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division. In 2011, Dan moved into his current position as executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation.

Duncan was born on a diversified farm and ranch in Sioux County, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a MS in Agricultural Economics-Agribusiness, and BS in Animal Science and Agronomy all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a LEAD VII Fellow and member of the Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement and the Agricultural Builders of Nebraska.

Eric Edwards, MD PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Phlow

Dr. Edwards was previously co-founder of Kaléo, Inc. a pharmaceutical company in Richmond, VA, USA. He is the co-inventor of multiple marketed products, including AUVI-Q, epinephrine for the treatment of allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis). Dr. Edwards is named on over 215 issued and pending patent applications and is a published author on numerous scientific publications. During his 16 years at Kaléo, he held several executive management positions including Chief Science Officer where he was responsible for overall scientific strategy and all pharmaceutical development programs, Chief Medical Officer responsible for developing a medical affairs team and capability while operationalizing the Company’s clinical program strategy, as well as Vice President –Innovation, overseeing Kaleo’s innovative, research and development pipeline and overall product strategy for the Company.

After leaving Kaleo, Dr. Edwards began working with Dr. Frank Gupton on the challenges associated with drug shortages and drug pricing in the United States. Together, alongside with their strategic partners, they have built a world-class team focused on solving these challenging problems, including the over-reliance on foreign manufacturers for our Nation’s most essential generic medicinesand their ingredients. Dr. Edwards obtained his B.S. in Biology, Ph.D. in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Doctor of Medicine degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia

Kate Engel, Director of Communication and Culture, Nebraska Innovation Campus

In her current position at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC), Kate Engel is responsible for developing and implementing programs for NIC aimed at creating a culture that encourages collaboration and partnerships between NIC, the university and the community. NIC programs are focused on creating opportunities for people with different skill sets to meet and socialize – a critical aspect in developing a culture at NIC that embraces and sparks innovation.

Kate grew up on a farm near Red Oak, IA and is a Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate and earned a MA in Management from Doane University. Kate is currently working on a PhD in human sciences with a specialization in leadership studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jessica Figenholtz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Perkins and Will

As a respected leader in the higher education sector, Jessica is focused on enhancing learning experiences and outcomes in the rapidly evolving education landscape. Jessica’s curiosity constantly drives her to ask how things are done and the reasoning behind specific decisions, allowing her to critically think through the approach from multiple lenses. Jessica is regarded for her thorough understanding of the client and project context. She is deeply involved in planning, redevelopment, and sustainability—and believes that design should deliver impact, create value, and transform lives for today’s learner and future generations to come.

Hunter Flodman, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Hunter Flodman is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.In addition to teaching junior and senior level chemical engineering courses, Dr. Flodman is the faculty adviser for the Engineering Student Advisory Board and the faculty sponsor for the Engineering Readiness Academy.He serves as the technical adviser for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. As a staff consultant for the Center for Chemical Process Safety, Flodman teaches chemical engineering faculty from around the world how to incorporate process safety into chemical engineering coursework.

Stephen Frayser, MBA, Executive Director, STAR Park, Texas State University Stephen G. Frayser

Steve Frayser is the Executive Director of the Texas State University’s Science Technology Advanced Research (STAR) Park and Co-Director of the new Materials Applications Research Center (MARC). Frayser joined STAR Park in 2012. Frayser brings over three decades of experience in economic development, research park management and successful efforts to spur the innovation economy at Texas State. Prior to joining STAR Park, he served as one of the principal staff leaders of the University of Nebraska’s original Technology Park in 1996, eventually becoming its President in 2003. Over the next nine years the Park added over 2,400 jobs, 300,000 square feet of laboratory, engineering and office space and $68 million in private sector investment. In conjunction with tenant companies, a $1.5 million need based scholarship endowment was created and 30 acres were set aside for students to employ sustainability practices through experiential learning.

Frayser earned his MBA from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, has served as a Public Service Fellow while working on his MPA and earned his BS in political science and public administration from Colorado State University. He’s and active member of AURP, the Texas Association of Research Parks and Incubators, as well as the Federal Advocacy and Technology Councils of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Laura Frerichs, Director, University of Illinois Research Park, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Economic Development 

Laura Frerichs is responsible for managing startup company oversight of the University of Illinois Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. There are 90 companies located in the Research Park, which is a development including 200 acres on the campus of the University of Illinois. She developed innovative entrepreneur support programs including the Entrepreneur-in- Residence program, I-Start launch program, Student Shared Services, SBIR and Industrial Design assistance. Frerichs led recruitment of new research and innovation centers in the Research Park for large publicly traded firms including: Abbott, Abbvie, John Deere, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Dow Chemical, Grainger, Riverbed, Citrix, ADM, Raytheon, Yahoo, and other publicly traded firms. She has also been instrumental in leading more than 100 event offerings annually for clients including technical training, entrepreneur education, and networking activities. Under her leadership the Research at the University was named AURP Outstanding Research Park of the Year in 2011, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 3 College Town Incubators in 2013, and by Forbes in 2010 as one of 10 Incubators Changing the World. Champaign-Urbana has emerged as one of the top 20 cities for venture capital per capita, with 3.4 the national average invested for early stage firms.

Nick Goodwin, PhD, MAPM, Chief Operating Officer, Anglia Innovation Partnership

Nick is Chief Operating Officer for Anglia Innovation Partnership and focussed on the growth and development of the Norwich Research Park (UK) research and innovation cluster. The Park is home to a diverse range of life-science businesses, a leading university, regional hospital and four independent research institutes with over 15,000 staff. Nick leads on the Park’s 10-year ‘Forward Together’ strategy to attract investment, strengthen the business community and achieve the translation and application of world-leading ‘frontier’ research into societal benefits. Nick believes that community building and place making are central to the park vision to ‘Change Lives and Rethink Society’.

Tom Hardy, Managing Member, Palo Alto Partners & Altair Real Estate Services

Tom has over two decades of urban planning and economic development experience. He works with primarily with institutions, local governments and non-profits. Tom has worked extensively with Urban Innovation21a partnership between universities and economic development agencies in Pittsburgh. He previously provided consulting services to York College and its Knowledge Park. Tom earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pittsburgh.He holds the American Institute of Certified Planners’ AICP designation. His undergraduate degree is in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Kate Hier, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, Architect and Laboratory Planner, The Clark Enersen Partners

Kate Hier is an Architect, Principal, and Laboratory Planner at Clark & Enersen, specializing in the design of science and technology projects at higher education institutions. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Design and a Master of Architecture. During her 11 years of professional experience, she has led design on numerous high-profile projects at colleges, universities, research parks, and medical education centers across the Midwest. As a leader of the firm’s Science and Research Design team, her focus lies at the intersection of process flow, visioning for the future, and design excellence.

Mitchell Horowitz, Principal and Managing Director, TEConomy Partners, LLCMitchell Horowitz

As the Vice President and Managing Director of TEConomy Partner, LLC, Mitch Horowitz’s work centers on research park feasibility analysis and conceptual plan development includes USC Biomed Tech Park, Georgia State University, East Baltimore Life Science and Technology Park, Pittsburgh Technology Space Study, University of Maryland Baltimore incubator feasibility, and Friendship Technology Park in Hagerstown, Maryland.

He has built a strong record of accomplishment in technology development where he has worked as a principal economic development consultant, high-ranking state development official and as an executive in a fast-growing diversified technology firm. Prior to starting TEConomy Partners, Horowitz spent a number of years with Battelle's Technology Partnership Practice and prior to that he worked with a diversified technology firm. As part of his executive management responsibilities, Horowitz served as president of a mezzanine capital financing group and executive vice president for business development and marketing for a fast growing clinical trials informatics company.

Horowitz holds a MA in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA from Cornell University.

Terry Howell, PhD, P.E., Executive Director of the Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Terry Howell is the Executive Director of the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.The Center provides a broad set of consulting services to the food industry, from helping startups navigate regulations and gain market access to providing access to multiple pilot plants for product testing.The Center provides product development support, sensory testing, microbiological testing, workshops to serve the food industry, and access to groundbreaking research capabilities in the university’s Food Science and Technology department.Prior to joining the University of Nebraska, Howell was Senior Manager of Product Development at McKee Foods Corporation.Howell is a past-President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Jeff Johnson, MBA, Director, Tech Center Research Park, Virginia TechJeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is responsible for all aspects of establishing and leading the research and innovation portion of the 100-acre, $450 million, mixed-use Tech Center based on the internationally acclaimed Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Jeff identifies, vets, recruits and supports technology-based companies that are focused on commercializing discovery and growing businesses that matter. In 2009, he founded his own consulting company, Averitas, to help small and medium-sized businesses profitably grow. He has worked with several national and international brands. Prior to that, he was founding CEO and Executive Director of an innovative healthcare-based work force training program for adults, and an arts-based education program for high school students in Cleveland, Ohio. He has over 20 years of corporate experience and has held director and senior-level executive leadership positions with profit and loss responsibilities at global industry leading companies in automotive tires and building material finishes. As a certified Six Sigma Champion Trainer, Jeff also holds an Executive MBA from Tulane University and a bachelor in chemistry from Virginia Tech.

Maurice Jones, President and CEO, LISC

Maurice A. Jones was appointed CEO and President of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in September of 2016. LISC is one of the country’s largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and catalyze economic opportunity for residents. Prior to joining LISC, Maurice was the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where his primary job was to utilize Virginia’s assets to solidify its position as the preeminent place to live, work and conduct business.

Maurice previously served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from April 2012 through January 2014. As the second most senior official at HUD, Maurice managed the Department's day-to-day operations, the annual operating budget of $40 billion and the agency's 8,900 employees. Before his appointment at HUD, Maurice was President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He joined Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of Pilot Media, in 2005, serving as Vice President of the Landmark Publishing Group. In 2006, he became the Vice President and General Manager of Pilot Media, and in 2008 he became President and Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot.

Maurice also served as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner. Other positions include: Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and Director of the Fund during the Clinton Administration, Associate Attorney at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, and Partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners. Maurice received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Greg King, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

Greg King serves as the Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Georgia Tech where he develops innovation partnerships between companies and campus. In addition, he supports the state’s economic development efforts by identifying and representing the unique higher education resources and opportunities to those companies looking to relocate or expand in Georgia. Greg also leads Georgia Tech’s engagement with industry that involves the creation and operation of innovation or technology centers on or near campus. Greg holds a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and a MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He was also part of the Fulbright International program representing university-industry collaboration and economic development.

Erin Koshut, Executive Director, Cummings Research Park

Erin Koshut is the Executive Director of Cummings Research Park (CRP) in Huntsville, Alabama. With 300 companies situated over more than 3,800 acres and employing 29,000 employees, CRP is the second largest research park in the U.S. and the fourth largest in the world.

Erin is responsible for managing and marketing CRP, and for providing a business environment that is conducive to growing existing industry and recruiting new industry into the Park. In her role as CRP Director, Erin is leading a comprehensive master planning effort to ensure another 50 successful years for CRP. Working with stakeholders and community partners, Erin is working to transform the culture in the Park and create a vibrant environment where employees can connect, work, live, learn, and play. Erin recently shepherded a re-branding of the Park, rolling out a new CRP brand and messaging across communication platforms, partners and CRP companies.

For 14 years, Erin worked for AkinsCrisp Public Strategies in a variety of growth positions, rising to Vice President for Washington, DC, and Huntsville, AL, Operations. During her tenure at AkinsCrisp, Erin managed the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC), a five-state regional technology and economic development initiative. This initiative linked academia; federal, state and local government; and the private sector to advance new job creation by leveraging the region’s high tech assets. In 2004, the TVC and the Research Triangle Partnership in Raleigh, N.C. were both selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration as the top regional economic development organizations in the country for enhancing regional competitiveness.

She graduated from Lipscomb University with a BA in public relations.

Dr. Martha Leal-Gonzalez, PhD, Director of Planning, Postgraduate, Outreach, International Cooperation and Reseach Networks, Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo León

Innovative leader, holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in England. Since 2002 she has worked in the public sector, first as coordinator of advisers to the Director General of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), and from 2004 to January 2007 as head of the Technical Unit for Special Projects and Strategic Information from the same institution. Starting in 2009, she assumed the Direction of Planning, Postgraduate, Outreach, International Cooperation and Research Networks of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo León.

Chris Leary, AIA LEED AP, Vice President, Jacobs

Chris Leary has served asPrincipal-in-Charge on many of Jacob’s most complex and innovative laboratory and office projects. His passion is for improving building performance and sustainable design with innovative tools and practice models. His diverse project experience includes office and lab tenant fit-outs, with clients ranging from large established corporations to edgy and fast-growing start-ups, as well as complimentary core& shell mixed-use projects for the developers that lease this space to these tenants.

Julie LenzerChief Innovation Officer; Director, UM Ventures, The University of Maryland, College Park

As Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Director of UM Ventures, Julie Lenzer is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.

Most recently, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters.

Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority focused on igniting the entrepreneurial culture and bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. During her short tenure, the MCE quadrupled its client base and saw the creation of new programs such as 3D Maryland, a leadership initiative connecting resources in additive manufacturing; the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator focused on Conscious Capitalism; and a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab and other leading research institutions. A serial entrepreneur, Julie was also the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses using technology transfer.

Peter Loya, Senior Manager for Community and Tenant Relations, Tech Parks Arizona

Peter Loya is responsible for managing tenant and employee relations, neighborhood and community relations, educational outreach, workforce development and fundraising. He is the main point of contact for over 6,000 employees at the UA Tech Park and leads the Tech Cat program which brings together employees from the various companies creating connections and establishing a broader sense of community. He also leads the health and wellness activities of the Park in partnership with YMCA. His day to day activities create a unique atmosphere for employees at the Park making it one of the region’s best workplace. He brings more than 15 years of professional experience to the Tech Park team and he has experience with customer service, team training, sales experience, logistical planning, and community outreach. He is an active member of the community and volunteers his time with SAAF, Habitat for Humanity, and many other organizations.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in Psychological Science and a minor in Sociology.

Ariella Lukach, PhD, Vice President, Strategy & Positioning, Stiletto

Ariella specializes in multi-year strategic planning and execution support for high-impact initiatives, market focusing and positioning, institutional and corporate governance, multi-sector stakeholder relations, business planning, market intelligence, funding applications, and business development. Ariella has a strong scientific background and works in the intersection of science, industry, and government.Working with research & technology parks,businesses, communities, governments, academic institutions, non-profits, industry associations, and economic development in North America and Europe has given her a unique lens into how to create economicandsocialsuccess for clients. Industry expertise include cleantech, ICT, smart grid, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, smart agri-food, and healthcare.

Allison Madden, MBA, Director of Operations and Secretary, University of South Florida Research Foundation

Allison Madden is director of operations for the University of South Florida Research Foundation in Tampa, and also serves in the officer position of secretary of the USF Research Foundation, Inc. The Research Foundation is a non-profit, direct-support organization serving the research mission of the University of South Florida. Allison is responsible for corporate governance, strategic planning, and all areas of USF Research Park operations including planning, construction, vendor and client relations, and compliance. The Research Park is a vital component of USF’s Innovation Enterprise which infuses $582 million yearly into Florida’s economy, sustains more than 4,000 public and private sector jobs, and returns more than $71 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers.

Allison joined USF in 1988 and has also served as chief financial officer and business manager for the USF Research Foundation. She earned a MBA with focus on management and BS with honors in information systems and decision sciences, both from USF. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.

Kenneth Marcus, MBA, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Tech Parks ArizonaKenneth M. Marcus

Ken Marcus began his career with the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) in 1999 as controller, where he quickly placed controls, procedures and budget systems in place to provide accurate management reports to the Campus Research Corporation’s (CRC) Board of Directors. Ken is directly responsible for the finances and operations of the UA Tech Park and UA Bio Park, which includes lease negotiations, compliance, maintenance, building renewal, construction and food operations. He sits on the Arizona Center for Innovation Advisory Board, a technology incubator where he provides finance and client facility support. Ken developed a site-wide data, cable and telecom system, a large municipal water system and electrical infrastructure system, as well as developed and implemented cafeteria improvements, life and safety improvements and the construction of the Vail Academy and High School’s Julian Wash Greenway, a 222-acre Solar Zone and adjacent public roadway improvements. These projects required Marcus to develop close government, industry and community partnerships.

David Martin, Director, Nebraska Innovation Studio

David Martin has served as director of Nebraska Innovation Studio since 2017. Since coming to Nebraska Innovation Studio, he has overseen the construction of a new metal shop, a 50% increase in membership, and the creation of a therapeutic program for local veterans. Previously, he was a writer and producer for CNN, The Associated Press, and others.

Cameron McCoy, PhD, Associate Vice President, Economic Engagement & Emerging Initiatives, Lehigh University

As the Assistant Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Career Services at Lehigh University, Cameron McCoy is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the Lehigh University’s economic engagement functions, including corporate relations, foundation relations, career services, federal agency – industry – Lehigh relation, research park development assessment, and some elements of technology transfer and economic development.

Prior to joining Lehigh in June 2014, he served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Engagement office (CEO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where he was responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the award winning University Research Campus (URC), coordinating research enterprise activities with industry partners, developing and expanding the engagement pipeline, and growing external partnerships with Oklahoma’s economic development organizations. He was also responsible for all marketing and public relations activates related to University Economic Development efforts, which include the CEO, Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the University’s student focused Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW).

McCoy holds undergraduate degrees from Washington State University in architectural studies, history and social studies, with minors in military science and leadership studies. He earned a MA in leadership at University of Oklahoma. He earned his PhD with a focus on economics and educational administration.

Veena Misra, Director, National Science Foundation ERC ASSIST Nanosystems Center, North Carolina State University

Veena Misra is the Director of the National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Advanced Self- Powered of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). She is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University and a 2012 IEEE Fellow. She is also a distinguished lecturer for IEEE Sensors. Veena has authored or coauthored over 200 papers. Dr. Misra was the recipient of the 2001 National Science Foundation Presidential Early CAREER Award, the 2011 Alcoa Distinguished Engineering Research Award, and 2007 Outstanding Alumni Research Award and the 2016 R.J. Reynolds Award.

Jackie Kerby Moore, Past President, AURP; Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Jackie Kerby Moore is the Executive Director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park and has been since its inception in 1998. This 350-acre technology community is affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories. The Park serves as home for more than 40 companies and organizations employing over 2000 people, while total investment in the Park exceeds $385 million. In recognition of its success, the Sandia Science & Technology Park received the Outstanding Research Park of the Year Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in 2008. Jackie also leads Sandia Labs Technology-Based Economic Development Programs.

In related activities, Jackie is a past president of the Board of Directors for AURP, an international association. She chaired AURP’s first Washington Summit and led the effort to get the first Science Park legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House. Jackie serves on the Board of Directors for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and the Santa Fe Business Incubator. In 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award from the AURP.

Jackie has been recognized as one of New Mexico’s Power Brokers, was honored for Who’s Who in Technology in New Mexico, and has appeared on the cover of New Mexico Woman Magazine. Jackie has been featured on CNBC Television and has been a frequent participant on local Radio Shows in New Mexico. In addition, she regularly speaks on the topic of Research Parks at conferences and events throughout the world, including in China, Taiwan, Finland, France, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland. 

Thomas Osha, Board Chair, Global Institute on Innovation Districts; Senior Vice President, Innovation & Economic Development, Wexford Science & Technology 

In his current role, Tom Osha guides Wexford’s implementation of its Knowledge Community strategy across its portfolio, working with Wexford’s partner universities and research institutions, entrepreneurs and innovators, growth companies, and economic development stakeholders globally to position Wexford’s research park developments as critical hubs in the regional innovation ecosystem. Tom is an engaging speaker who has recently delivered keynotes on creating innovation ecosystems and helping universities, research institutions, cities, regions, and federal governments, leverage their research and technologies into knowledge-led economic development.

Chuck Peters, Partner, Altair Real Estate Services

Chuck founded and manages Altair Real Estate Services, LLC a full-service real estate company.Chuck has provided comprehensive advisory, brokerage and property management services for Knowledge Park and Penn State Behrend since 2017. Previously he worked extensively with Pat Whalen in managing real estate for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. While attending Gannon University, he founded ErieNet which was sold to Stargate in 1999. Chuck was appointed by Governor Wolf to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. He was recently selected to serve on the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

Benham Pourdehimi, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute

Behnam is the William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University and is also a professor in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as Associate Dean in the Wilson College of Textiles and is the Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute. He is best known for his contributions to nonwovens and establishment and the growth of nonwovens at NC State. His work in the area of filtration won him the O’ Max Gardner award in 2015 (The Highest award by the University of North Carolina System), and in 2018, he received The Holladay Medal for Excellence (The highest faculty award bestowed by NC State University).

He joined NC State in part to take on a leadership role in the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC). Under his vision, the center morphed into the Nonwovens Institute (NWI). NWI is the largest university-based research institute in the nation across all disciplines.

Aiswariya Raja, Research Associate, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

Aiswariya develops research associated with faculty and corporate interests, gathers data from primary and secondary sources, and conducts fundamental data analysis to yield actionable information. She also leads proposal efforts for future work at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. She works closely with the Executive Director of the Scott Institute in managing large components of the annual CMU Energy Week. Aiswariya has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from CMU's Heinz College. She is a former Teach for India Fellow, where she led a class of 80 second and third grade students from lowincome communities in Tamil Nadu, India. Her strengths and interests lie in combining data analytics, communication, and program management to maximize social impact.

Kelley Rich, Executive Director of Commercialization, IDEA Center at University of Notre Dame

Kelley Rich is the Executive Director of Commercialization at the IDEA Center of the University of Notre Dame overseeing the Commercialization Engine process that transforms early-stage innovations into attractive investment opportunities through problem, technology and market validation. Kelley is an experienced entrepreneur with previous brand management, innovation and marketing leadership roles at SC Johnson and Whirlpool Corporation. Her brand innovation experience includes: WhirlpoolⓇ, AmanaⓇ, KitchenAidⓇ, ZiplocⓇ, RaidⓇ, and GladeⓇ. She has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a masters in aerospace engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Carol K. Robertson-Plouch, DVM, Chief Executive, Convergence Bioscience, LLC

Dr. Robertson-Plouch is an advisor working with companies and academia following 26 years in executive large pharma roles. She has led programs across multiple therapeutic areas in human and animal health, directly impacting success of >5 blockbuster/leading products. She has led corporate-wide innovations and systems improvement, working across matrixed teams including R&D, business development, regulatory/pharmacovigilance, and academic relationships. Carol received her DVM from the University of Missouri; leadership/professional certificates from UCSF, Northwestern. She has received corporate awards in bioethics, research excellence/quality, and the President’s Recognition Award. She is currently a Board Director of the comparative oncology “Canines-N-Kids Foundation”. linkedin.com/in/carol-robertsonplouch

Ben Robinson, Director of Activation Services, Collaborative Real Estate (Collab) 

Ben serves as the Director of Activation Services at Collaborative Real Estate (Collab), responsible for leading a team that fosters the exchange of ideas and information at Tech Square through the curation of an active community environment. Prior to joining Collab, Ben’s professional career has included service as an Infantry Officer in the US Army and positions in operations & logistics, finance, and corporate strategy & innovation at Shell Oil Company, Facebook, and Delta Air Lines, respectively. Ben holds a BA in History and German from Davidson College, NC and an MBA from Rice University, TX.

Mark Romney, Chief Strategy Officer, Aggie Square - University of California, Davis 

Mark Romney, Director for Research Development & Industry Alliances with UC Davis Health in Sacramento, has been actively engaged in facilities planning for 26 years, including a special concentration on research facilities. He co-authored several NIH CO6 Grant Applications, resulting in grant awards exceeding $6 million.  Romney co-authored the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Shared Lab Facility Grant and the Large Facilities Grant, providing over $25 million in grant funding for the construction of the stem cell program facilities, and he has stewarded the process of planning and implementing an innovation district master plan on the UC Davis Health campus.

Stephen Scherer, Founder, Craftstrom

Stephan Scherer is the founder of Craftstrom, a company who is participating in the American-Made Solar Prize Challenge. Stephan received his MSc in Industrial Engineering, with a focus in Automotive Engineering and Open Innovation. After a short stint at BMW in Munich, Stephan figured out that the automotive industry wasn't exciting enough, so he trained himself in petrophysics. Stephan founded a consulting business in the oil and gas industry. Stephan also developed an automated solar container and built his own camping solar power plant.

Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD, Executive  Director of Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Martha Schoonmaker

Martha Schoonmaker is the Executive Director for the PIC MC Foundation, the entity that develops, manages and markets the Germantown campus on behalf of Montgomery College.  PIC MC is an integrated academic, business and research campus and is the only community college with a hospital, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, located as the anchor resident partner. Schoonmaker manages contracts, leases and partnerships with existing resident tenant partners, including Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, is responsible for the development of corporate partnerships that expand internship, learning and career opportunities for students within PIC MC. 

Jared Serfozo, Creative Director, Programs & Digital, Collaborative Real Estate (Collab)

Jared operates as the Creative Director, Programs & Digital on the Activation Services team at Collaborative Real Estate. Originally from Central Florida with a background in web development, Jared uses an addiction to new technology and media production to find solutions to problems. For Tech Square community, he uses a blend of tech, media publishing, and community engagement analysis / programming, to help local individuals and companies connect, exchange value, and find their next breakthrough.

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona; President, Campus Research Corporation

Carol Stewart is responsible for the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges and serves as president of the Campus Research Corporation. She is also president of the UA Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator serving the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 30-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry.

Previously, she was the chief executive officer for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) and helped to expand the organization’s international credibility by showcasing best practices to research parks across the globe. She also directed the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, where she spearheaded the development of the park, advancing the park to over the one-million-square-foot milestone. Carol is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association's Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010.

Simran Trana, AVP Innovation and Commercialization, Indiana University

Simran Trana is Associate Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization at Indiana University. The office’s mission is to drive innovations to market for the benefit of the public, the university, and IU innovators, to drive state, national and global commerce. Simran has 27years of experience in business development, technology licensing,venture creationand new product launch. Tranastarted her career inacademic tech transfer,and spent the last10 years in industry.Sheholds a master's degree in plant genetics from Punjab Agricultural University and a master of business administration from University of Ottawa.

David Tyndall, Principal, Gateway Development Services

David Tyndall is co-founder of Gateway Development, the original developer and current majority, for-profit owner of the initial phases of Tech Square. He is also lead principal in the Gateway management division involved in everything from marketing to maintenance at Tech Square and co-founded the company that provides community activation and maintains the virtual Tech Square community organization.

Graduating from Georgia Tech with a BS in Building Construction, David worked in construction project management before attending Emory Law School. A 1988 honor graduate and law review managing editor, he was recognized as Emory’s most outstanding real estate law graduate and practiced both construction and real estate law before founding Gateway in 1998.

Alone and in partnerships with others, David has developed, managed and consulted on research and innovation districts with multiple universities. He is also personally involved with several start-up companies, is a sponsor of university research and is an active venture investor.

Kenneth J. Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Real Estate, MIT Investment Management Company

Kenneth J. Williams, Director Real Estate, joined MITIMCo in 2008. Prior to joining MITIMCo, he was a Project Executive with Murphy & McManus, Inc. in the development group where he managed the development of laboratory and medical buildings. Ken is responsible for managing large complex capital projects. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Kenneth is a registered architect, licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Catherine Vorwald, Director, Life Sciences, Sterling Bay LLC

Catherine oversees the development and operations of the company’s growing life sciences portfolio: The Labs by Sterling Bay. Prior to joining Sterling Bay, Catherine was the Associate Vice Provost for technology development at the Illinois Institute of Technology responsible for their technology park and intellectual property effort. She spent several years as Director of Business Development for Wexford Science & Technology working on marketing and leasing initiatives for several Wexford property locations. Catherine has marketing and business development experience at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 200, has academic research experience at the NIH and the University of California, San Francisco, and has intellectual property technology transfer experience at Stanford, Johns Hopkins Universities. Catherine holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science Degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.