Philip H. de Leon, International Trade Specialist, BISNIS, U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)
BISNIS (Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States) is the U.S. Government`s one-stop shop for doing business in Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union. Their Search for Partners Program helps match NIS firms with potential partners in the U.S. Mr. de Leon will be specifically addressing the "Tricks of the Trade" in attracting Export financing for NIS transactions. In 1998, BISNIS created the BISNIS FinanceLink to assist in finding financing. U.S. companies are encouraged to use their free service by completing a form. The form is forwarded to participating financial service providers that are incorporated and active in the U.S. and have expressed an interest in doing business in the NIS.
Sandy Vora, Legal Counsel-Workplace Issues, Office of General Counsil, U.S. DoC
Sandra Vora is a lawyer with the Office of the General Council specializing in Workplace Issues. She is responsible for defending the U.S. Department of Commerce in cases including but not limited to sexual harassment. Ms. Vora will make a presentation to the delegation about the liability of the Department of Commerce concerning the conduct of its employees both during and off-work hours. All DoC employees must attend this briefing. As participants of a U.S. Department of Commerce program, all SABIT delegations are given the same briefing as DoC employees and are held to the same standards of conduct.
Michael E. Hale, President, Hale & Associates LLC
Michael Hale has been an integral component to the SABIT training team for several years. First presented to SABIT's Defense Conversion Program in 1995, Michael Hale's business culture program has prepared hundreds of SABIT interns for successful business meetings and negotiations with U.S. partners. The program is designed to give program participants a better understanding of the cultural differences between potential U.S. and NIS partners and their operational frames of reference.
Derek Nowek, International Trade Specialist, BISNIS, U.S. DoC
The Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS) is the U.S. Government's one-stop shop for doing business in Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union. Their Search for Partners Program helps match NIS firms with potential partners in the U.S. Mr. Nowek will travel with the delegation to the site visit with Apple Computer and the STARWEST Conference in San Jose, CA. He will assist the group in meeting with vendors at the show that may be interested in doing business.
Judith Currie, Exports Controls Specialist, Bureau of Export Administration, U.S. DoC
Export controls on commercial encryption products are administered by the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Rules governing exports of encryption are found in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 C.F.R. Parts 730-774. Sections 740.13, 740.17 and 742.15 are the principal references for the export of encryption items. In most cases, your encryption item will be eligible for export under a license exception, so you should carefully review the encryption policy in Part 740 and 742.15 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) before you submit a license application. If your product and/or end-user do not qualify for a license exception or an encryption licensing arrangement, you must request an individual export license for your transaction. These license applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This guidance is designed to help you in applying to export certain encryption items not eligible for a license exception or encryption licensing arrangement and should only be used in conjunction with the relevant portions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Examples are encryption exports that require a license are exports of technology (ECCN 5E002), products that contain an open cryptographic interface, or "non-retail" products to government end-users located outside the countries listed in Supplement 3 to Part 740. Also, all exports of encryption items to the terrorist-supporting and embargoed countries require an export license.
Alice Zalik, Office of Legislative and International Affairs,
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. DoC
For over 200 years, the basic role of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The PTO is a non-commercial federal entity and one of 14 bureaus in the Department of Commerce (DOC). The office occupies a combined total of over 1,400,000 square feet, in numerous buildings in Arlington, Virginia. The office employs over 5,000 full time equivalent (FTE) staff to support its major functions - the examination and issuance of patents and the examination and registration of trademarks.
Jay P. Kesan, Assistant Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Jay Kesan received his J.D. summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received several awards and served as associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Kesan is a registered patent attorney and practiced at the law firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in the areas of patent litigation and patent prosecution. He also has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending law school, Professor Kesan worked as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York and published numerous scientific papers and obtained several patents world-wide. Professor Kesan teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, law and regulation of cyberspace, and science, technology and the law. Professor Kesan teaches Patent Law, Law and Regulation of Cyberspace and Theoretical Foundations of Intellectual Property. At the University, he holds positions in the College of Law, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
Sergei Shkurkin, Principal and CEO, Sergei Shkurkin and Associates
Sergei Shkurkin and Associates is a consulting group specializing in providing services to U.S. companies doing business in Eastern Europe, as well as providing contract services to U.S. government programs whose aim it is to assist Eastern European economies in transition. Project Finance Development International provides marketing and financing services to American high tech and agribusiness firms working in Eastern Europe. The Executive Directors' contract duties include marketing to prospective Eastern European customers, arranging financing, contract negotiations, formulation of joint venture companies, registration of companies in Eastern Europe, selecting suppliers, preparing applications and business plans for financing from The Export-Import Bank of the United States, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Upon project realization duties include making shipping arrangements, and assisting with project management. Current projects include a grape vine nursery in Moldova financed by US EXIM, a hologram production facility in Ukraine using lease financing, and a tomato greenhouse in Ukraine utilizing OPIC financing. Joint ventures formed include Nursery Groups East, a Moldovan-American company, and FoodPro Ukraine, a Ukrainian-American company. FoodPro International is the primary American client for these projects.
Walter C. Reichert, International Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company
HP software solutions enable service providers to rapidly implement new services that generate new revenue and remain competitive, while ensuring a high-quality of service. The HP Netaction software suite is an integrated family of Internet and voice software solutions that enable the development, integration, and deployment of e-services in wireless, wireline, IP, and convergent networks. The HP OpenView software suite is the world's leading Internet and e-services management solution, addressing the management of applications, systems, services, the Internet, networks, hardware, and storage. Together, HP Netaction and HP OpenView solutions help organizations succeed by supporting an always-on infrastructure that enables businesses to develop, integrate, deploy, and manage the dynamic solutions necessary for increased flexibility and improved time-to-revenue. HP and the HP business partners also provide a broad portfolio of services and support to keep service provider and enterprise IT infrastructures up and running 24x7.
G. William (Bill) Walster, Ph.D., Interval Technology Engineering Manager,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The Computer - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses. With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries. The Java platform is the foundation for smart Web and network services. Its openness and flexibility have positioned it as the foundation of the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture - Sun's solution for creating, assembling and deploying smart Web services - and more.
W. Clifton Oliver, President & CEO, Clifton Oliver & Associates
Clifton Oliver & Associates is an Information Technology consulting practice specializing in technology management and multi-platform issues. With over twenty years experience in design, development, and implementation on a variety of platforms, they can assist their clients in all aspects of information processing needs. They specialize in strategic planning for technology management, project facilitation, data warehouse planning and implementation, database design and application development and training on systems administration.
Rajendra Mehta, TIS Sales & Service, Software Development, ATEC Group, Inc.
ATEC was founded in 1994 on several core competencies including Local and Wide Area Networking, Telecommunications, Internet/Intranet, Y2K, Software Development and Manufacturing. The corporate plan divides the company into four divisions focused within their core competencies to deliver value to their clients. These four divisions span the needs of a diverse customer base and provide products and services specifically for the market they serve. Briefly they are as follows: IT Enabled Services, Technology Integration Services (TIS), Internet Access and Integration, and Animation and Digital Publishing.
Edward Robin, TwistedPair Group Ltd.
Twisted~Pair Group, Ltd. is a cross disciplined team of business analysts, Internet developers, graphic artists and marketers that have over 50 years of combined experience. Their engagements span a broad range of industries and organizations including, Financial Services, "Big 5" Management Consulting firms, Foreign Governments and Non-Profits. Twisted~Pair Group, Ltd. provides their clients with all the business analysis, site design, programming and graphics skills necessary to take each client's project from inception to implementation. Twisted~Pair performs Client-Side audits of existing web sites. A Client-Side audit refers to an analysis from the customer's perspective (what can be seen on the web using a browser). The core competencies of Twisted~Pair Group, Ltd. combined with our direct access to some of the countries most well respected CEOs allow us to present our clients with synergistic business opportunities and capital investment. Through our Wall Street contacts, angel funding, venture capital and mezzanine financing can be secured.
Mark Minevich, Managing Director/Executive Consultant, ITF Global Partners
To enhance opportunity companies need appropriate information, strategy and vision coupled with sufficient capital to effectively direct and power their business model to meet the challenges associated with achieving a position of dominance. ITF Global Partners provides the business background, knowledge, strategic banking and capital to increase the value and scope of today's companies. Through ITF Global Partners' guidance and counsel, companies have access to all the necessary tools to achieve increased growth, valuation and capitalization and a position of international dominance in their industries. ITF Global Partners applies specific industry and domain knowledge to enhance the revenue model, business model, marketing plan and management infrastructure of their client companies to enhance their value to investors. ITF Global Partners supply knowledge and strategic banking relationships as the currency of investment to provide for enhanced function and value for companies.
Valerie Robin, Director, Business Development and Analysis, Custom One Design, Inc.
Valerie Robin is an attorney specializing in high technology, finance and healthcare. In her capacity as Director she formulates the business and operating strategy for CID's custom ASIC business which includes a patented manufacturing process and a proprietary design methodology. She is also responsible for soliciting investments and targets and establishes partners in networking, telecommunications, computer hardware, automatic test and instrument equipment. She has represented clients with technology licensing issues involving Microsoft, IBM/Lotus and LAN technology. She has extensive experience in franchising, leasing, leasing and employment and I skilled in litigation, negotiating, government procurement and drafting settlement agreements. She is also President of Robin Consulting Group which develops business plans, secures early stage financing and has devised Internet and e-commerce strategies for start-ups.
B. Shiv Prasad, Country Head - North America, Duncan Infotech
Duncan Infotech is a part of the USD 600M Duncan Goenka Group, one of the top ten industrial houses in India. Duncan Infotech leverages the group's global presence and infrastructure to offer customer-centric software services in: Internet Practice, Healthcare Practice, Oracle Practice, and Enterprise Solutions (ERP, CRM & SCM). Shiv has over two decades experience in the IT industry in effective customer satisfaction and technology management. He has worked with clients like Xerox, AutoZone, J&J, Bank One, Delta, Home Depot and ABN Amro. In his earlier assignment with BFL Software, as Assoc. Vice President, he was responsible for operations in US East Coast and Canada. During his assignment as GM (Technical) at a client site in Memphis, TN, he created and managed a virtual mini BFL out-sourcing center with of over 100 people working across the globe. Shiv is responsible for all activities of our North American operations including customer satisfaction, technology management and employee welfare.
Joseph Bitran, President and CEO, s3 International LLC (s3i)
S3 International LLC (S3i) is a management services firm providing a family of innovative software-based systems for enterprise solutions. All systems are driven by Enterprizer, a proprietary, integrated Java based assessment and optimization engine and application platform. Through many successful client projects, they have demonstrated that these systems can benefit virtually any subject requiring analysis, decision and action. Their clients have included consulting firms, businesses large and small, governments, and NGOs in a variety of countries and cultures. Joseph Bitran has more than 30 years of international experience in executive management, marketing, training and simulation systems, including systems design, enterprise modeling concepts and applications, and facilitation consulting. His experience spans continents, with assignments in more than 40 countries.
Jonathan Yavelow, Consultant - Life Science and Systems, Sarnoff Corporation
Advances in electronics and information technology are transforming drug discovery and delivery, medical diagnostics, and genetic research. Sarnoff can help you reap the benefits in efficiency, efficacy, and time-to-market. Their research teams perfectly complement your own R&D effort with decades of expertise in electronics, computers, and bio-informatics. Microfluidics technology shrinks a chemistry lab to the size of a business card. Computer vision tools pre-screen medical images for possible tumors. Computer breakthroughs are accelerating genomic research. Hand-held diagnostic devices and disposable hearing aids are on the horizon. Major companies already team with Sarnoff to find new approaches faster, with better return on investment. Companies may license their inventions, contract for new research, or join in a new venture company to commercialize a technology. Dr. Yavelow is also professor of biology and specialist in the cellular and molecular biology of cancer at Rider University, was appointed chairperson of the department of biology on September 1, 1997. A member of the biology faculty since1982, Dr. Yavelow has received more than $1 million in research and equipment grants to support his reseach. He has received grants from such organizations as the National Institutes of Health, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, and New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research. In addition to studies in general or cell and molecular biology, the biology department is involved in several interdisciplinary initiatives including biochemistry, marine science, the new biopsychology program, and bioethics. It has a growing high school molecular biology outreach program that has received significant corporate funding from Schering-Plough Research Institute, The Merck Company Foundation, Public Service Electric & Gas, and Janssen Pharmaceutica. There is also collaborative research on a variety of projects between Rider faculty and students and the medical staff of St. Francis Medical Center of Trenton.
Daniel Tobok, Vice President Sales, Data Peer
In the face of massive data loss due to hardware failure or destruction, it's absolutely imperative to restore service and data as quickly and completely as possible. Nearly half of all companies suffering from a catastrophic data loss close their doors forever immediately. More than 90 percent close in the years following. DataPeer's special-purpose quick-response team will work with your company to implement a plan that will maximize data recovery and minimize your downtime as you rebuild. Their dedicated staff is on hand 24/7. They'll begin work immediately using our highly available resources and complete inventory to get you back up and running in no time. Prevention is key to successful data recovery - DataPeer will help you create a backup and prevention program using off-site hot backups, failover services and custom technologies. DataPeer's disaster recovery and prevention programs are supported by an advanced network infrastructure. They have superior bandwidth, power, protection, monitoring and support from highly trained and experienced personnel.
Patrick B. Comer, Partner, Instant Gravity
Instant Gravity (IG) is a technology consultancy specializing in systems architecture, software development, S.W.A.T. team services and technical due diligence. Their clientele includes financial services firms, venture capitalists, Global 1000 firms and their spin-offs. At the heart of IG's core competence is technology architecture and system design. They are committed to providing technology solutions that solve business problems and propel the bottom line. Their system design philosophy adheres to today's market demand for applications that are extensible, scalable and maintainable. Over the past 10 years, key IG team members were involved in designing and developing business and mission critical applications for major New York financial services firms. These systems - real time trading systems, global research systems, analytics engines, and enterprise decision support systems - have withstood the test of time and continue to be indispensable. Mr. Comer leads the strategy team by developing cutting edge counsel for clients. Mr. Comer has a solid track record in business strategy and corporate development in the internet community. Prior to IG, Mr. Comer was Director of Strategic Development for govWorks Europe. He led the team to launch European business including recruiting, financing, strategy, business development, technology migration, opening the UK office, and managing use of Arthur Andersen consulting. Mr. Comer was the Chief of Staff for govWorks, Inc where he worked directly with the CEO as the company grew from 10 to 250 and raised over $60M.