For more information contact:
Marie Peterson, CMP, Manager
817-272-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Payne has worked in local government for 30 years and has served as the City of Arlington's Economic Development Manager since December, 2009. Prior
to his current role in Arlington, Bruce has served as the assistant director of the Community Development & Planning department managing the development
services division where he helped create the city's One Start Center, and also as assistant director of Community Services over HUD grants management and code enforcement.
Bruce has previously served as planning director for the City of Southlake, Texas, and as planning director in multiple jurisdictions in eastern North Carolina. Bruce holds a B.S. degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a M.A. degree in Geography from East Carolina University. He also has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1993, is a member of the Tarrant County Workforce Improvement Committee, and is a member of Martin United Methodist Church in Bedford. Bruce is married to Lori Payne and has two sons, Dylan, age 20 and Trevor, age 14.
Debbie has over 30 years of senior management experience with a track record of successfully taking early and mid-stage healthcare, life science and technology companies from concepts through product development and into commercialization. Besides business development, operational and legal experience, she has extensive international experience in Europe, China, the Americas and Asia. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Debbie is the inventor/co-inventor on five US patents. She currently serves on the board of directors for Private Access, Inc. and BionorthTX.
As a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business with a Minor in Psychology, Hayden started his professional career in the field of economic development working in business recruitment and business retention and has spent the last decade working in economic, community, and small business development. With a belief in the power of community development through engagement and partnerships he was the founding Director of IDEA Works FW, a mixed-industry incubator formed from a public-private partnership with the City of Fort Worth, and guided the vision and launch of the program for its first three years. He has served as an organizer for multiple Startup Weekend events and is a past organizer for the Fort Worth chapter of 1 Million Cups. In the community he serves on the boards for the Near Southside, Inc., the Fort Worth Library Foundation and volunteers with various groups exploring entrepreneurship with youth in our community.
Jorge Varela, Director of TECH Fort Worth, has led or been a part of the executive team at technology startups that have had successful exits in telecom,
software, and IT services. He has driven growth and value in both his own as well as for client companies as a coach, mentor, and consultant, by developing
a holistic approach that integrates customer desirability, product feasibility, and market viability. Jorge's tasks at TECH Fort Worth includes working with
clients to identify value in ideas, define a market strategy, and launch their product or company.
As an individual who loves the excitement and energy of the startup, he has founded or owned businesses in markets as diverse as telecom, software, IT services, materials distribution, shipping, real estate, café, and even a professional soccer team in Belize. His businesses have operated internationally with emphasis in North and Latin America although negotiations have spanned cultural differences from obtaining startup funding from a Japanese VC firm to negotiating contracts for steel with the Ukraine.
Jorge is also the Executive Chair of the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks, the association of angel investor networks in Texas and is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation on Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR and STTR) grants for computer technology solutions. He is a speaker on topics on entrepreneurship, startup funding, and the entrepreneurial eco-system recently presenting sessions for the National Business Incubation Association and the U.S. Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship.
Jorge is originally from Belize and has also lived in Mexico, USA, and Germany. He is fluent in English and Spanish and hopes to soon conquer German beyond the rudimentary sentences that gets him in trouble but can't seem to get him out.
Jorge graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Economics and Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.
An entrepreneur, an angel investor, and most recently the CEO at Bridge Alliance, Ken brings a unique perspective to any project utilizing his experience in
business consulting, creative agency and technology engineering background.
He started his career with NCR, IBM and AT&T where Ken learned about internet technologies and infrastructure at some of the largest companies in the world. He then went on to work for Grant Thornton management consulting which sold to Hitachi Consulting. Ken is a technology engineer and design some of the biggest Fortune 500 dot-com implementations as well as worked on internet banking projects at Chase and KeyBank.
His entrepreneurship experience came at Corprasoft, a legal software company that eventually sold to Wolters Kluwer and he helped Acquity Group go public in 2012 which was reacquired by Accenture in 2013. He also served as the President of a Dallas based marketing agency called Imaginuity Interactive. Ken is also an investor in several startup companies in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.
Mike has spent the last 25 years of his career as an entrepreneur and CFO of four successful technology startups, the last of which, SoftLayer Technologies, was sold to IBM in 2013. Today, he plays professional golf and still advises the startups in which he invests. Mike is married to his beautiful wife Becky and they have four children and one granddaughter. He is also a proud 1980 graduate of UTA and believes his education there set him on a path to success.
Scott Parsinen is a proud husband, father and die-hard UT Arlington Alumnus. He is the CEO of the exciting dental technology startup Cadmus Dental which was created at UTA's Startup Lounge. Scott is a champion of the startup community, a 1Million Cups organizer, Co-founder of House of Genius Arlington, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the local Arlington coworking incubator PinnStation and mentors several young entrepreneurs.
Sean Arena's passion for travel aligns perfectly with his current role as Executive Director, New Business Ventures & Tech Partners for Sabre. Having
worked in the travel tech industry for 18 years, Sean's experience at Sabre spans Corporate Strategy, Product Marketing, Business Development, Point of Sale
Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Digital Media, User Experience, and Supplier Distribution. Over the past decade, Sean has led the design,
development, and/or execution of a dozen strategic innovations driving over $100M in shareholder value.
Most recently, Sean has been spearheading many strategic agreements and initiatives designed to strengthen and expand Sabre's presence across existing and emerging businesses in the online sector. Prior to joining Sabre, Sean held several Strategic Marketing positions in the Telecommunications, Utility Finance, and Pharmaceutical industries. Sean holds an MBA and dual BBA degrees in Marketing and Management from Texas Christian University.
Vicky Teherani is a financial and operational executive who grows topline and delivers bottomline in a multicultural/global environment. Teherani is an empathetic leader who understands and partners with sales/marketing and operations in creating win-win decisions. She is decisive and skilled in leading companies facing growing pains. Teherani is a quick learner who can visualize strategic and tactical solutions and lead teams to resolve challenges. She achieved revenue growth of more than 200 percent in the last four companies associated with. Teherani holds a BBA in accounting (1979) and an MBA in finance (1981) from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. Teherani is proficient in spoken and written English and written Chinese.
Cooper Dukette is the Director of Operations for Austin Coding Academy. At ACA he manages operations of the 4 locations in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas ( Dallas Coding Academy is one of them - whoop!). Prior to working for ACA, Cooper founded an Ed-Tech company that served college tutors. He also loves to camp, play music and explore new business models! Cooper has an MBAE from Acton School of Business, and a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Tony Rutigliano is the President and CEO of the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. The purpose of the organization is to forge alliances between
property owners, business interests, residents and the City of Arlington to improve and enhance the economic vitality and overall environment of Downtown
Additionally, Tony serves on a variety of volunteer boards including the Arlington Convention and Visitors' Bureau Board of Directors, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is currently Board President of the Texas Downtown Association Board of Directors.
Tony earned a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics and a master's degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. McCabe is Executive Director of the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI). He has provided leadership for various research organizations for more than 30 years in both
the university and industrial arenas. He has been a leader in creating technology-based economic development resulting from successful R&D programs. His technical experience and background are
in the areas of polymers, fibers and composite systems. He is the sole inventor on U.S. Patent # 4,661,336 concerning the production of carbon fibers.
Prior to the UTARI position, Dr. McCabe was Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the Research Institute at the University of Dayton. While there, the University of Dayton and its Research Institute became a regional leader in technology-based economic development and a national leader in materials research. Dr. McCabe played a significant role in convincing GE Aviation to build a research center on the University of Dayton's campus. The GE EPISCenter will create new technology and products for integrated electric power systems for aircraft.
Dr. McCabe's prior experience also includes directing the development and application of advanced composite materials for all jet engine composite components at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was responsible for the material selection, process development and the production of certification composite fan blades for the GE 90 engine.
Dr. McCabe received his Ph.D. in 1975 and his M.S. in 1973, both in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He received his BS in Chemistry from Capital University in 1971. He also holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati (1980). The Dayton Business Journal identified Dr. McCabe in "Who's Who in Aerospace and Defense" in their May, 2014 listing. In 2001 Dr. McCabe was invited to attend the week long 48th National Security Forum at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, and in 2002 he was named a Fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE).