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As Outreach Officer, Megan is responsible for stakeholder engagement and outreach initiatives in the eight states that comprise the Texas Region: Alabama,
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
Before joining the USPTO, Megan worked as trademark attorney and civil litigator in private practice in Dallas.
Megan is actively involved in the legal community, having served and chaired a number of different committees within the International Trademark Association (INTA), Dallas Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section, and DFW Women in IP.
Megan graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Megan also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, a Legislative Intern for the U.S. Senate, and is a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Michael Chaffin is a strategically-focused, visionary, and results-driven business executive, with 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, business manager, and management consultant. He leverages team strengths and cross-functional collaboration to accomplish ambitious goals and drive successful business results in a broad range of industries including technology products & services, financial services, apparel licensing, entertainment, and manufacturing. Michael has led high-priority initiatives to redesign all aspects of organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including sales management, accounting, IT, production and human resources.
Since 2004, Michael has served as Business Manager for the multi-platinum hip-hop artist, Nelly, for which he was originally hired to turnaround Nelly’s Apple Bottoms apparel line. Through restructuring from a production firm to a licensing entity, Michael was able to grow the business from $2M in revenue in 2004 to over $100M in 2008. He also manages the business side for numerous Nelly tours and six albums, as well as the Derrty Apparel line, several TV partnerships, and Nelly’s record company, Derrty Entertainment.
In early 2015, Michael partnered with Mark Cuban to launch the Three Commas apparel line, a concept derived by Mark Cuban based on the fact that there are three commas in a billion dollars. The idea started as the brand label for inspirational quotes from Mark Cuban’s website. It grew to become an aspirational business brand developed for the driven Millennial. Three Commas is about the journey to success not the end. While a billion dollars is not the measure of success, the fact that anyone can achieve that defines the American dream.
Michael has developed successful partnerships and programs over many years with B&E Industries, an $80 million a year advertising specialty firm that manufactures and sells spirit related items through their 5 call centers to high schools in 48 states. Projects with B&E include transitioning new C-Level management including COO, CFO, and CTO, reviewing new business ventures and providing oversight to their custom CRM and ERP system development and rollout. In partnership with B&E, Michael successfully launched the online stores for the hit Discovery Channel programs Fast N’ Loud, and Street Outlaws as well as the OWN hit show Sweetie Pies. He also launched the “Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill” and related merchandise kiosk at the DFW Airport in Dallas.
In 1999, as an early innovator in the social networking marketspace (prior to Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace), Michael founded the social networking company Six Degrees Online. He successfully launched the initial beta website in March of 2000, and subsequently closed the business in 2002 due to a lack of funding during turbulent economic times.
Michael started his professional career in 1989 as an Account Executive for Attachmate software where he contributed to the growth of the company from $30M in sales in 1989 to $65M+ in 1992. From 1993 to 2000 Michael was Co-Founder and Business Development lead for Akili, a technology consulting company specializing in business process reengineering, organizational change, and application development. He developed the sales & marketing strategy which helped grow revenue to $23M prior to its sale to Koch Industries.
Michael was awarded an MBA in Marketing from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1998. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 1988.
Michael currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is active in the start-up communities both in St. Louis and Dallas, where he is focused on opportunities in the apparel, technology, online casino, and cannabis projects. Since November 2013 he has served on the Governing Board of Make-A-Wish Missouri. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for Covenant House, an international charity that focuses on homeless teenagers.
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.
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.
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.
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).