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About Ron Klein

Ron Klein is an ordinary man who accomplishes extraordinary things. He is a PROBLEM SOLVER. Every solution has resulted in monumental change, either in a new invention or a simple solution. His innovative ideas have changed the world. He is the inventor of the Magnetic Strip on the Credit Card, Credit Card Validity Checking System and the developer of computerized systems for Real Estate (MLS) Multiple Listing Services, Voice Response for the Banking Industry and BOND Quotation and Trade Information for the New York Stock Exchange.

Ron‘s latest patent is for a device that enables a visually impaired person the ability to identify an item when in physical range of that item. It utilizes a smartphone and special coded adhesive labels.

He was the founder and CEO of his public company, TECHNITREND, INC.
He was the founder and CEO of his company GENERAL ASSOCIATES, INC.

Married with two children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Arlene, married 59 years, live in Sarasota, Florida.

Ron and Arlene have a special love for animals and serve to create a better tomorrow for all animals.

Ron is a Senior Olympian bicyclist medal winner, and sailing enthusiast.

Member – Board of Directors for: Carly’s Cause, LLC
“Carly’s Cause”  is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to providing technology, therapeutic services, and financial assistance to verbal and non verbal children with physical disabilities and neurological disorders.”

Ambassador to TrustCircle
Mental health care gap is the world’s most challenging and under-served problems our humanity is facing and is leading to a global epidemic.

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About Richard Gibson

Inventor and Technology Leader

Richard is a technology pioneer who established himself in the industry when key punch cards were used to deliver instructions to computers.  He worked on the earliest mainframes, the initial portable microcomputers, and the first desktop PCs.  His expertise has been seminal in the expansion of technology across the globe.

During the past 16 years Richard has led international teams of professionals at Compaq/Hewlett Packard, resulting in stronger eCommerce strategies, exponential sales growth, and increased marketing exposure.  He actively promoted collaboration in the development and execution of online purchasing solutions that resulted in higher customer satisfaction, engagement, and sales.  Richard managed large-scale global product releases that translated business objectives into tangible results, ensuring product features and functionality achieved targeted objectives for quality improvement and technological advancement.

Richard Gibson is the “Father of Business Advantage” within Small and Medium Business eCommerce

Richard and his wife Jan reside in Austin, Texas.  Together they work with entrepreneurs and inventors to support their intellectual property and product creations and assist in getting these to market.  Richard and Jan help clients analyze their business models and overcome challenges, providing them with answers and solutions for taking their ventures to the next level.

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About David Boos

President / CEO, Cornerstone Consulting, Inc.

ELI Managing Partner

Cornerstone Consulting provides enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions that connect, integrate, track and report all aspects of business operations–from product development, sourcing, manufacturing and inventory to sales, e-commerce, finance and customer service. With more than 30 years of management and IT experience in the natural products industry, Cornerstone Consulting helps suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers be more efficient, productive and profitable in running and growing their businesses to the next level.

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About Cherie Mathews

Cherie started her career in the field of Computer Engineering specializing in Research and Development for IBM in Burlington, Vermont. After her career with IBM, Cherie followed her passion of education and taught Physical Education for 14 years while raising her two children. While teaching, Cherie proudly co-pioneered The First Tee National School Program which started with 48 students and has been instrumental in reaching over 10 million young people for The First Tee organization throughout the USA.
Cherie is the Founder and CEO of an Austin, Texas-based company that has won many Innovative Awards and has been nationally recognized. The name of her company is Healincomfort, appropriately named because from personal experience, it was the last thing that occurred. Healincomfort is dedicated to helping women heal in comfort and dignity after mastectomy surgery in their battle against breast cancer with her patented and innovative post-operative garment. Cherie chose to bootstrap her business as a social experiment to learn if people still believed in a good product and whether it was possible to grow a business organically and by word of mouth. Healincomfort recovery garment holds two US Patents and four US Trademarks and has 72 thousand Twitter followers; it has helped over 18,000 patients across the USA. Recent awards and recognition include the 2016 Austin Woman Magazine Woman’s Way Award for Product Innovation.  Healincomfort was one of the 15 SBA National Finalists for the 2015 InnovateHER business competition in Washington, DC, winner of the 2015 Texas Women In Business Philanthropy, and winner of the 2014 Award and Austin Woman Chamber of Commerce Blazing Star Award.
Cherie was a panelist for SXSW RISE on “how to bootstrap your business,” and a 2013 RISE finalist for Roy Spence “Don’t Do Mild Award for socially responsible businesses”. Cherie is an active member of Amazing Women Alliance, Texas Women in Business, and The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.Cherie is the co-founder, advisor and Certified National Trainer for NSP who is training Physical Education teachers across the United States to implement The First Tee National School Program and its 9 Core Values and 9 Healthy Habits. Cherie also proudly serves on the board of The First Tee of Greater Austin, which provides a safe and educational place for children to get them off the streets and onto green grass and is often heard saying “we are more than a game!”

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