Gary Brooks is the Chief Marketing Officer for Cortera. A B2B marketing addict, born leader, innovator and change agent with an entrepreneurial spirit and a proven track record of delivering measurable business value and enabling positive change.
Gary is a revenue focused marketing executive with a passion for marketing accountability and a reputation for delivering breakthrough performance, revenue scalability and building highly successful businesses.
Gary was bitten by the start-up bug when joined a group of internet visionaries that started AltaVista (acquired by Compaq) which became the number one Internet search engine in 1996. Since then, he has fueled his passion for marketing innovation and revenue acceleration by serving in executive leadership roles at Ariba, Fortress Technologies, TRADEX (acquired by Ariba), KnowledgeStorm (acquired by TechTarget), Servigistics (acquired by Marlin Equity Partners) and Bomgar Corporation. At TRADEX, he developed and executed the strategic market positioning that led to the company’s acquisition by Ariba for $5.6 billion in Ariba stock. At Servigistics, he repositioned the company and re-engineered the company’s sales and marketing process which accelerated revenue growth and led to the sale of the company in 2009. At Bomgar, he completely transformed the company’s marketing strategy and processes to enable the company to achieve double-digit, year over year revenue growth in 2010 and emerge as a recognized enterprise remote support market leader.
Gary has also served in consulting and advisory roles with MarketPro, KnowledgeStorm (acquired by Techtarget), Performance PR, Abovo Group, DWL (acquired by IBM), TORAD Engineering and Emcien.
Gary earned his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and a M.S. from Leslie University. In 2006, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) named Gary the Technology Marketing Executive of the Year.
Specialties:B2B marketing, sales pipeline development and nurturing, revenue scalability, sales process development and managment, strategic market positioning and message development, marketing accountability and sale enablement.
As the Managing Partner of Infinite Strategies Group, LLC, Lori Dubuc heads the company’s strategy and business development operations and personally provides leadership training, workshops, and executive development for individuals and organizations. Lori’s unique understanding of business allows her to offer practical and creative strategies to optimize human potential. Her 20 years of experience with both Fortune 500 and start-up companies includes leadership positions in human resources across a variety of industries. Lori also serves as a coach and mentor, incorporating art and science into her approach.
Lori’s areas of expertise include organizational design, coaching, training and development for executives and mid- level leaders; strategic human capital optimization; identification and development of high performers; cross- functional project management; and talent restructuring. Lori facilitates workshops, groups, and leads multi- functional leadership teams. Her expertise in large companies spans organizational transformation, strategic human capital positioning, and restructuring talent for retention and deliverables. She has also led the evaluation of mentoring program effectiveness for high potential employees within Fortune 500 companies.
Lori graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Missouri. She also has a master’s degree in human resources and management from Webster University.
Sue Johnson is a senior Human Resources leader currently working as an independent consultant. She has extensive strategic human resources experience focusing in the areas of Change Management, Talent Management, Team Effectiveness, Succession Planning, Executive Coaching and Employee Engagement. She has experience in successfully leading corporate changes, building/rebuilding and leading teams, project management, coaching for performance, and linking business and human capital strategies.
Sue supplements her education from Indiana University and 25+ years practical business experiences with the following: designation as a Senior Professional In Human Resources (SPHR); certified practitioner of: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); PDI (Personnel Decisions International)–360 Profiler; Resilience Alliance–Personal Resilience Profile; DDI (Development Dimensions International)–360 Profiler; DiSC Communications Style Facilitator; executive Coaching specialized training
An Atlanta resident for over 10 years, Sue has one son who is a senior in college.
Candace Klein is the founder and CEO of two successful startup companies: Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend. Bad Girl Ventures is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating and investing in woman-owned startup companies. SoMoLend is new technology platform that connects business borrowers seeking loans with lenders looking to make a return on investment. Candace has six years of lobbying experience, with the Northern Kentucky Chamber and United Way and four years of legal experience. Candace continues to practice as an attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP with a focus on corporate matters, business advocacy and government relations for startup companies and small business clients. Candace led the Communities Practice at Property Advisors, with the title of “Maven” and the job description, “run and think.” She is actively committed to her neighborhood, Over the Rhine, where she lives and has based both of her businesses.
Candace is a 2008 graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law where she earned her J.D. She also received her bachelor degrees from Northern Kentucky University. Candace is the co-chair of CFIRA. She works diligently with other CFIRA members to be the voice of the crowdfunding industry. CFIRA works closely with the SEC and FINRA to establish industry standards and best practices.
Maurice Lopes is a co-founder of EarlyShares. He previously served as CEO and founder of Hotbrick Network Solutions, an international network security appliance manufacturer with offices across the globe. In addition, he has held a variety of management positions at Motorola, MCI-Worldcom, GICC and Bellsouth. Today, Maurice is considered an expert on capital formation and crowdfunding legislation, he has dedicated the last year to educating America on the JOBS Act. And how it will change all businesses in America. Maurice is a frequent guest at universities such as: Georgetown University, MIT, Columbia University, Ai School of Entrepreneurship, Nova, and Harvard Business School. He is on the governing board of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
Jonathan Wilson/Taylor English
Jonathan B. Wilson is a member of Taylor English’s Corporate & Business practice group and his practice includes corporate securities, corporate finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. He has represented both Fortune 100, middle-market and start-up companies in transactional matters for roughly 20 years. Jonathan was the general counsel or chief legal officer of Interland, Inc. (NASDAQ: INLD), Web.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWWW) and EasyLink Services International Corporation (NASDAQ: ESIC) where he advised senior management and the board of directors on SEC reporting, NASDAQ compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley matters, corporate governance, governmental affairs, contracts, litigation, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan led Web.com’s legal department through its growth and merger with Website Pros, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSPI) in September 2007, at various times acting as the corporate secretary and the executive in charge of Corporate Development. He spent the first ten years of his career in private practice with large Atlanta firms, including Paul Hastings, LLP and King & Spalding. Jonathan has represented both large and small companies in outsourcing, patent licensing, software licensing, distribution and strategic alliance agreements. In 2009. he founded the Renewable Energy Committee of the ABA’s Public Utility Section and he continues to chair that Committee, writing and speaking frequently on renewable energy and clean technology development.