Lisa has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, strategic planning and entrepreneurship. She brings her background in the Arts from time at the San Francisco Opera Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and ACT to the tech and consumer electronics world. She was a Co-Founder of Green Building Studio, Inc., which created a SaaS tool and XML schema to condense weeks of architecture and engineering work into mere minutes. Green Building Studio, Inc. was acquired by Autodesk in 2008. Lisa currently serves as Board Chair for SoCo Nexus, an incubator and innovation hub located in the North Bay. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Program Committee for the North Bay Angels. Lisa holds a BA in Electronic Music and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise. Her latest endeavor, Scollar, brings her entrepreneuring spirit to a new and growing market; combining artistry of design and new technical tools into an entirely new concept of pet wearable.
John F. Kennedy, CTO at Scollar, Inc. and a licensed mechanical engineer, is overseeing the development of Scollar’s hardware and software systems that will transform the pet collar and product industry. Mr. Kennedy has over twenty years of experience developing sophisticated cloud service solutions that have transformed markets. The lead creator of the open Green Building XML (gbXML) schema and the Autodesk Green Building Studio web service (Insight 360), Mr. Kennedy was the President and CTO of Green Building Studio, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Autodesk. Mr. Kennedy holds both a BS and MS in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on resource sustainability and received top honors from San Francisco State University. Mr. Kennedy presented his resource sustainability thesis to the Clinton administration’s Interagency Material and Energy Flow Workgroup in 1997. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the North Bay Angels and serves as a Chair of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County.
Terry has over 20 years experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has deep experience in High Tech industries ranging from storage and large systems to Consumer Electronics and Wireless. Terry’s experience includes managing global operations and supply chains for large Fortune 500 companies Toshiba and Qualcomm, as well as Blackberry and Kyocera Wireless. Terry has managed global MFG, including both in house as well as outsourced MFG operations through Tier 1 Contract Manufacturers in the US, Europe, Latin America, Mexico, and China. While at Qualcomm, Terry designed and implemented the first Build-To-Order process for mobile phones while outsourcing MFG from the US to China, reducing COGS by 48%. At BlackBerry he managed the introduction of 7 new products in 2 years through two plants in Mexico. More recently, Terry has worked with start-up companies, setting up Operations and Supply Chain operations. Terry holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Herman is a hardware architect and designer with over 30 years of experience developing products based on technologies such as digital video, cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and high speed broadband. Previously, as Senior Director of Engineering at Verizon Telematics, he architected and developed the Verizon Hum automotive tracking product that is also a Wi-Fi hotspot. Previously, at start-up Hughes Telematics (Verizon later purchased in 2012), Bryant architected, design and developed the State Farm ‘Drive Safe and Save’ tracking product. Yearly product volumes for each were over 1 million units. He also was consultant to Casemate, developing their first Bluetooth wearable product. Prior to this, he developed digital video and high speed broadband products for various companies. He holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.