The Biggest Tech Networking Extravaganza in Tampa Bay
2023 | Tampa, FL | November 2nd
Annual health conference and pitch competition. Connect with entrepreneurs, investors, wellness disruptors, and non-profits dedicated to making an impact in healthcare, in benefit of children everywhere. Keynotes, Tampa Tank, Talk Tracks, and more. Register to attend.
Disrupt the Stage benefit concert! Ready to Disrupt the Bay on the bay? Exclusive VIP experience at the Cardone Estate. Indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, live music, and more. Don’t miss out! Register to attend.
Disrupt the Streets is taking over Thunder Alley to educate, engage, and enlighten the next generation of philanthropists. We welcome young professionals, families and pets to make an impact. Free event open to the public.
Connect with the Elite of the tech world, enterprise execs, and investors! Discover the latest trends, innovations and opportunities in the Bay Area tech scene! Register to attend.
DTB IS WHERE THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE IMPACTS THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN
Disrupt the Bay is a program of the Save the Kids Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to health innovation for the benefit of children everywhere. We exist to educate, inspire, and connect leading disruptors in healthcare today for the benefit of our children’s tomorrow.
Connect over innovative sessions, the Tampa Tank pitch competition, art pop-ups, live performances, and more at DTB 2023. Two days, three joy-filled events. February 4th (Health Conference and VIP Benefit Concert) & February 18th (Community Event) in Tampa, FL.
Our mission is simple, full hearts, full bellies, and full support. The 3-part program includes a wellness conference, fundraising party, and community giveback event.
Our beneficiaries range from mental health and the fight against pediatric cancer to closing the gap on food insecurity and supporting children survived by parental suicide.
Join us for DTB 2023!
4th February, Tampa Marriott Water Street
Join us for the inaugural Tampa Tank Pitch Competition, where 5 startups from the South East US will pitch live in hopes of securing funding “shark tank style” to a panel of investors. Featured on this year’s investor panel are Kevin Harrington and Jay Goss.
Seeking entrepreneurs in the health and wellness space, food, service, and product. View application details below, click apply now.
Application submissions for 2023 close on January 1st, 2023
Update: Application for 2023 is now closed. Participants will be announced on January 16th. Submissions now is for year 2024.
CEO, No Limit Technology
Stan Liberatore, 36, is a Tampa native and a serial entrepreneur. He started his first venture in 2003 with a mortgage company and later found a passion for technology. He has worked for and consulted for several startups, SMB, and enterprise environments. He developed his skills in pro-services working for Kforce for 8 years. He is also an IT Project Manager, Certified Scrum Master, & Certified Scrum Product Owner with 12+ years of experience in B2B, professional services, IT, staffing, and consulting.
He is the founder and President of No Limit Technology--a boutique tech firm that focuses on tech professional services and staffing.
He is a philanthropist and is serving as the Board Chairman of Save the Kids Foundation (STK) and its fundraising arm, Disrupt the Bay (DTB). STK is a nonprofit that raises awareness, accelerates clinical trials, and funds pediatric cancer treatment research to give kids affected by the disease a better chance in surviving; while DTB is a health-tech conference that highlights on topics in Healthcare and Biotech, Mental Health, and the Startup competition scene that introduces up and rising companies.
A devoted husband and father of 3, he juggles his professional and personal life well, and make sure to stay healthy and fit through mixed martial arts where he trains, fights, and competes.
Founder at NOSTALAB
"John's domain knowledge of medicine, technology and marketing make him a keen observer of digital health and only one of a handful of thought-leaders that can clearly articulate the importance of this movement in human history."
John Sculley, Former CEO, Apple and Pepsi
“John Nosta’s deep understanding of innovation, technology, and marketing establishes him as an essential voice in today’s exponential world.
Peter Diamandis, Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, Executive Founder of Singularity University
"John Nosta provides a comprehensive perspective on the digital health movement. With unique sensitivities to science, consumer engagement and brand marketing, he tells a story that helps drive mindshare and market share."
Eric Topol, MD, Cardiologist, Editor-in-Chief, Medscape, Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer
John has an established reputation as a vocal advocate for strategic thinking and creativity. He has built his career on the “science of innovation,” a process where strategy and creativity work together to create inflection points in the market. He has also been recognized for his ability to translate difficult medical and scientific concepts into material that can be more easily communicated to consumers, clinicians and scientists. Additionally, John has distinguished himself as a scientific thinker. Earlier in his career, John was a research associate at Harvard Medical School and has co-authored several papers with global thought-leaders in the field of cardiovascular physiology with a focus on cell volume regulation, acute myocardial infarction, ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. John also distinguish himself as one of the youngest authors to be published a major peer-reviews publications in Harvard’s history.
John cut his teeth at the "big" agencies including Ogilvy CommonHealth, where he has held a series of positions including Chief Creative Officer, Chief Strategic Officer and unit President.
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/john-nosta]
We are reimagining health and wellness from the front seat of Einstein’s car traveling at the speed of light. Apart from this, we envision that the future will be completely empowered by a unique combination of technology and brilliance.
General Partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health
Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health is a seed-stage healthcare (no bio-pharma) venture capital fund with operations on both coasts, led by Jay Goss and an 8-partner team, with 50 companies in its portfolio over 4+ years of investing. It is differentiated in the venture marketplace in one very special way: Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health has 300 Limited Partners (investors), the vast majority of whom are leading healthcare companies, healthcare executives and clinicians, who are able/willing/motivated to commercially support its portfolio companies. Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health is much more than “just a check” and enjoys backing companies that are putting a dent in the healthcare universe.
Prior to launching Wavemaker 360, Jay Goss made a career of operating and growing early stage companies. He has been a 4X CEO, 2X President, 5X COO, 1X CFO, 2X EVP/SVP, 1X Managing Director, 1X General Partner, 1X Board Chairman, 1X Treasurer. In nearly all of these roles, he was responsible for commercialization, fundraising and product development.
◉ Early-stage company CXO (30+ companies)
◉ Corporate / New Business Development: Disney / ESPN, Reed Elsevier, Summa Group
◉ MBA, USC Marshall School of Business (Concentration in Entrepreneurship & Price Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies Fellow)
◉ BA Economics & Business, UCLA
Passion starts an idea, execution completes it.
From Fortune 100 companies to startups, Kevin helps companies of all sizes grow and scale their business.
An original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization—Kevin Harrington has pushed past all the questions and excuses to repeatedly enjoy 100X success.
His legendary work behind-the-scenes of business ventures has produced well over $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making dozens of millionaires.
Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue.
Managing Partner at Card1Ventures
Chief Executive Officer at Mawer Capital
General Partner at TampaBay.Ventures
Andreas Calabrese began his venture capital career with Capital A Partners (Cap A) in Sweden, where he sourced and analyzed investment opportunities. By the age of 25, he became the second-youngest partner of a venture capital firm in the Nordics. Cap A became one of the most successful early-stage funds in Europe, and had three IPOs and one 45X return from an acquisition by Zynga.
Andreas has a focus on industrial and enterprise technologies, and has reviewed over 12,000 early-stage investment opportunities. He has worked with as a trusted advisor for tech founders from the first check to exit.
Andreas is a former debate champion, voracious reader and a former competitive alpine skier at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.
Andreas lives full-time in Tampa.
Founding Partner at DKFL Capital
Founder & CEO, MergingMinds International LLC | Managing Partner, TransAtlantic Venture Partners | Co-Founder & Partner, Global Blockchain Ventures (GBV) | Co-Founder & Chairman, EduPortle Inc. | Advisor, C5 Capital
Venture Capitalist | Serial Entrepreneur | Board Member | Former C-Level Executive |
Dieter Kondek has over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, startup mentor, and senior executive in the technology industry. He co-founded and invested in multiple successful startups and served as CEO and in senior leadership positions at both venture capital-funded and publicly listed companies in the software and infrastructure technologies industries.
He was co-founder, and chief executive officer of DynaPel Systems Inc., a big data and video analytics company, from 2002 to 2006. He raised more than $10.0 million in capital and guided the company from startup to IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he was chief executive officer of Agent Video Inc., an AI and video analytics company. He raised more than $5.0 million in capital and build a global team in the US, Israel, Europe & Asia. Previously, he led Pivot3 Inc., a Texas-based Hyperconverged storage company, as its vice president of Sales and Business Development from 2009 to 2013. Pivot3 reach leading market position in hyperconverged and video surveillance storage segment and together with the executive team he raised more than $100 million from venture capital investors like Lightspeed Ventures, Focus Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Interwest Partners.
His career began at IBM Corporation in 1976. Subsequently he co-founded the largest IBM PC reseller in Germany. He was Managing Director at public listed Computer 2000 AG from 1988 to 1994, which was subsequently merged with Tech Data Corporation, Florida largest Company by market cap and the second largest IT Distributor worldwide. He was Co-Founder and President EMEA at Tradex Technologies from 1995 to 1997, a B2B marketplace e-commerce exchange, which was acquired by Ariba, Inc. in a stock deal valued at $1.86 billion and was Florida’s first USD Billion unicorn exit.
He also served in senior executive positions at Dell Computer from 1997 to 1998, MetaCreations from 1998 to 2000 and Linotype-Hell AG from 1994 to 1995. He was formerly Board Member at Agent Video Intelligence, Inc. (USA, Israel) 2006 to 2007, DynaPel Systems, Inc. (USA, Norway) from 2002 to 2006, Linotype-Hell AG (USA, Germany) from 1994 to 1995, and Expander AB (Sweden) from 1991 to 1994.
Dieter is Co-Author of the Book “Blockchain in Healthcare”.
Dieter is a frequent speaker & panel member at several events like Smart City Blockchain Conference | Smart City Expo Atlanta | Synapse Innovation Summit | ETRE | CeBIT | Internet World | EuroChannels | European Technology Forum | ISC West | TechSec Solutions
Managing Director at LCG Advisors Investment Bank
Ms. Gold brings to LCG over 20 years of corporate advisory experience working with middle-market businesses across multiple sectors. Prior to joining the firm, she spent four years with an M&A-focused boutique investment banking firm, previously held positions with accounting firms Grant Thornton and Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, and started her career at The General Electric Company.
At LCG, Jami’s primary role to cultivate relationships with founder & family-owned companies to facilitate the successful completion of M&A transactions, capital raising, and other corporate finance transactions across all industries.
Ms. Gold has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Economics from Emporia State University in Kansas. She is a board member of Gracepoint, a steering committee member of the University of Tampa Board of Fellows, a board member of GEMS (Girls Empowered Mentally for Success), a member of the University of Tampa’s Financial Advisors Committee, a founding and board member of the Tampa Chapter of the AM&AA, she sits on the grievance committee for the Florida bar and is and a member of ACG throughout the state of Florida and has served on multiple committees.
Sr. VP of Investments at I-Bankers Direct
Christopher Norton serves as an officer of IBD Venture Capital LLC in addition to being the Senior Vice President of Investments at I‑Bankers Direct. Mr. Norton brings over a decade of experience in servicing high net worth investor and institutional investor accounts. He brings experience from investing in unique Pre-IPO opportunities in the secondary markets to I-Bankers Venture Capital LLC. Mr. Norton holds a Series 7, 63, and 65 license.
Executive Editor and Co-founder at Grit Daily
Jordan French is an award-winning journalist and the Executive Editor at Grit Daily News, his sixth company.
Following work as an engineer and a two-year stint as an enforcement attorney at the Federal Energy French grew his first company, (as CEO and COO) to Fast 50 and Inc. 500 rankings and his first exit/buy out. At BeeHex, his third company, French 3D printed food -- including pizza you eat -- for astronauts.
On the editorial staff at TheStreet.com, Jordan French is a columnist or regular contributor to The Next Web, Inno & Tech Today, Entrepreneur, CIO.com, TechCrunch, Tech.co, Huffington Post, business.com, Outlier magazine, and Influencive. French also served on the leadership
team at FOWNDERS, the social-impact startup accelerator serving entrepreneurs internationally and based in Newark, New Jersey.
Prior to his media, entrepreneurship and legal careers, French worked as a payload engineer for NASA's Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program. He also worked on micro-electro-mechanical devices, Free Electron Laser beam delivery systems and on a XML bariatric Medical Intake Chair at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. French holds a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Analyst at ARK Invest
Alexandra “Ali” joined ARK as an Analyst on the Genomic Revolution strategy in February 2020. She focuses on gene editing, stem cell and novel immunotherapy technologies.
Prior to ARK, Ali conducted clinical cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Montefiore Medical Center; and was a Senior Research Program Manager at IBM Watson Health. Ali incorporated her own consulting firm in 2018. Ali has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters in Epidemiology and Community Health from New York Medical College. She has additional training from the MIT Labs in Human-Computer Interaction for User Experience Design.
Ali has published over 25 articles spanning cancer research, AI and space medicine. She has three filed patents and received the Manager’s Choice Award in 2017 and 2018, and the Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 from IBM Watson Health.
Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer at Moffitt Cancer Center
Edmondo Robinson, MD, MBA, FACP, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Moffitt Cancer Center.
This newly created position is critical to Moffitt’s success navigating a continually evolving health care industry. Dr. Robinson is responsible for expanding Moffitt’s ecosystem from within and outside of health care to deliver on consumer-oriented, real-world solutions for clinical practice, research and administrative processes essential to support growth and competitive advantage. He also oversees Moffitt’s portfolio of digital innovation, including the development and commercialization of health products, tools and technology. With this role, Moffitt aims to create and test new services, programs, partnerships and technologies that leverage digital innovations, while challenging the status quo to reduce the cost of care, improve quality, increase access to care, and enhance the patient experience.
Previously, Dr. Robinson was the Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Vice President of Consumerism at ChristianaCare, one of the largest health systems in the mid-Atlantic. He was responsible for the transformation of health care delivery to advance population health initiatives and the move from volume-based to value-based care with a special focus on developing and managing ChristianaCare’s consumerism and digital strategies.
Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College an adjunct senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He holds a medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles; an MBA
with an emphasis in health care management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; and a master’s degree in health policy research also from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Medical Information Officer at BayCare Health System
Dr. Alan M. Weiss joined the BayCare Health System as their CMIO in August, 2018. He primary responsibilities over all clinical systems, their associated governance as well as over providing executive leadership over data and analytics.
Prior to BayCare, Dr. Weiss spent 5 years in the Memorial Herman System in Houston, Texas, as their first Ambulatory CMIO. In that role, he had responsibilities over GE Centricity, Cerner and eClinic Works EHRs. Central to that role was EHR optimization efforts as well as the conversion of GE Centricity to Cerner.
Before Memorial Hermann, Dr. Weiss was the Assoc. Medical Director of Inpatient Systems at Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles where he helped develop and implement their EHR, Epic.
A general internist by training, Dr. Weiss spent 10 years practicing at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He also reported directly to their CIO to assist on EHR implementation and optimization efforts, was the head of their business informatics group in primary care, head of main campus internal medicine operations and also was an internal medicine section head. Furthermore, Dr. Weiss spent time teaching medical student and residents while providing both ambulatory and inpatient care.
Before medical school, Dr. Weiss worked for Eli Lilly as a clinical information analyst, helping to develop data entry systems for clinical trials as well as analyzing that data for FDA reporting and for medical journals. Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan with a double major in computer science and philosophy. He also has both an M.B.A. and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. His M.B.A involves a double focus on health care management as well as the management of information systems.
Dr. Weiss is passionate about patient care and advocates for the proper use of data and analytics to refine EHR development towards the inclusion of evidence-based medicine.
CEO at Digital Medicine Society
Jennifer C. Goldsack co-founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing digital medicine to optimize human health. Ms Goldsack’s research focuses on applied approaches to the safe, effective, and equitable use of digital technologies to improve health, healthcare, and health research. She is a member of the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Previously, Ms Goldsack spent several years at the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), a public-private partnership co-founded by Duke University and the FDA. There, she led development and implementation of several projects within CTTI’s Digital Program and was the operational co-lead on the first randomized clinical trial using FDA’s Sentinel System.
Ms Goldsack spent five years working in research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, first in Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery and later in the Department of Medicine. More recently, she helped launch the Value Institute, a pragmatic research and innovation center embedded in a large academic medical center in Delaware.
Ms Goldsack earned her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford, England, her masters in the history and sociology of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA from the George Washington University. Additionally, she is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Ms Goldsack is a retired athlete, formerly a Pan American Games Champion, Olympian, and World Championship silver medalist.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Nuance Communications
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Oliva, D.O. MMM CPE FACPE, is the vice president and chief medical officer for Nuance’s Healthcare division. Dr. Oliva draws on more than 15 years of executive healthcare experience. As chief medical officer, he personally has been involved with the implementation and expansion of clinical documentation programs since 2004. Previously serving as chief medical officer for Borgess Health, Dr. Oliva was accountable for the clinical practice of medicine across all Borgess Health entities including ambulatory care, hospital care and extended care services. He is currently Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Oliva received an MS in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy & Management. He is a Certified Physician Executive, a designation earned from the American College of Physician Executives.
Global Vice President Clinical Innovation at Oracle
With over thirty years engaged in the clinical research, I love working in different geographies, across various therapeutic areas, creating and transforming processes. I continue to learn and applying my passion to fuel the digital adoption momentum stimulated by the pandemic. Let’s introduce new, better experiences, and open up the clinical research ecosystem for patients, health care professionals, sponsors, regulators by unlocking the power of technology. Let’s achieve the vision of clinical research being an accessible and feasible care option to anyone. For me, there is nothing better than a great mystery or challenge. I am grateful for all the inventors that work unwaveringly to make our world healthier.
COO, Co-Founder at Native AI
Sarah Sanders is a co-founder at Native AgTech, a B2B platform designed to democratize agricultural data. Previously, Sarah was a territory account executive at Toast. Sarah Sanders holds a bachelor of business administration degree in management from the University of Kentucky.
President & CEO at Progressive Dental Marketing
Bart Knellinger, Founder & CEO of Progressive Dental Marketing specializes in helping dental practices attract and close large profitable cases, specifically full-arch cases, in an effort to drastically increase overall production and profit without the need to drastically increase their new patient volume. In addition to his cutting-edge strategies for marketing, he is also the Founder of The Closing Institute. A fully accredited continuing education curriculum dedicated to training treatment coordinators and team members in the most advanced processes to close full-arch dental implant cases. Bart has helped thousands of practices identify areas for growth and has been noted as one of the leading innovators in dentistry today. Bart has spoken for some of the industry’s largest organizations including The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Dawson Academy, Pikos Institute, The Pankey Institute, BIOLASE ®, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and more. He was recognized on the Business Observer’s 40 Under 40 for Tampa Bay and has driven Progressive Dental Marketing to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for 6 consecutive years. Bart has even been featured on the magazine covers of Dental Town, and Decisions In Dentistry, along with speaking on their podcasts. Due to constant innovation, growth, and long-term client retention, Progressive Dental Marketing has become one of the fastest growing companies in dentistry.
Principal Partner at Retention Partners
Dr. Kent Wessinger is a People Scientist focused on sustainable solutions to cross-generational growth, with an emphasis on attraction, engagement and retention of millennial employees & clients.
In 2016, he launched and continues to manage what many C-suites have called the foremost proprietary data bank on growth and revenue with millennials. He has successfully helped Fortune 500 financial services companies, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, nationwide real estate and insurance firms, governments in North and Central America, non-profits, and many small businesses develop a relevant strategy to solve their workforce crisis.
Having spearheaded decades of focused research and data collection, he understands employee behavior intimately, and the surgical approach to winning in our current business environment. Utilizing his proprietary research and successful implementation experiences, Dr. Wessinger will strategically help you achieve the following:
CIO and CTO, Technology Executive, Business and Technology Advisor
As an internationally respected CIO and CTO who has lived and worked across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas, Bill possesses considerable multicultural awareness as well as adaptability.
Over the course of his career, he has amassed an impressive track record of growing revenues, delivering next-generation digital solutions and optimizing operations.
As a clearly known and acknowledged innovator, he has focused on what's coming next in terms of emerging technology application and adoption such as Quantum Computing, AI, Blockchain, and Next Generation Analytics and Computing.
EVP & CIO at Tampa General Hospital
Scott Arnold joined the senior leadership team of Tampa General Hospital in 2010 overseeing Tampa General’s largest technology implementation, transformation and conversion to an electronic medical record. In 2013, his responsibilities were expanded to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, then broadened again in 2018 to Executive Vice President accountable for technology, clinical engineering and innovation processes. During his time as CIO, Tampa General has earned numerous awards for health information technology including the prestigious “HIMSS Stage 7 Award” issued to less the 5% of all US hospitals, Hospital and Health Networks “Most Wired – Advanced” recognition and rated one of the “Best Hospital IT Departments” (over 200 personnel) by Healthcare IT News. Prior to joining Tampa General, Scott served as technology Corporate Vice President for Mercy Health in Saint Louis, Missouri. He also held leadership positions with Daleen Technologies, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace with international assignments spanning the globe, including Australia, South America, Middle East and Western Europe. Scott served on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay Health Information Exchange, served on the Epic Connect Governing Council and the O’Neil Center’s Health Informatics Advisory Council. He also maintains active membership with the American College of Healthcare Executives and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
Scott earned a master’s degree from Washington University’s School of Engineering, master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology, bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University’s College of Applied Science, accredited by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and awarded project management professional certification
(PMP) from the Project Management Institute. He is also an instrument rated pilot licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration
CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Jennifer Greenman is the Chief Information Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). An accomplished healthcare executive with over fifteen years of experience leading diverse teams in innovative technology solution development, delivery, and support, Greenman joined CTCA® in July 2019 from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, where she served for five years as Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of Operations at Health First
Walders joined Health First in 2019 as CIO and Senior Vice President of Operations Support with more than 20 years of experience in various Information Technology (IT) leadership roles, along with a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy.
He leads the organization in planning and implementing enterprise information systems. contracting & supply chain, the project management office, and the performance improvement department to support business operations and strategic goals. He oversees all health system integrated corporate initiatives in to achieve more effective and cost beneficial enterprise-wide operations.
Walders received his Bachelor in Information Systems from the University of Maryland and his Master in Healthcare and Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Interim CEO at Tampa Bay Tech
As a Tampa native, and USF alumni, Virginia has always had an interest in networking in, and for, the Tampa Bay tech community. She has connected many technology candidates with companies in the area and mentored many students in seeking and continuing careers in in Tampa Bay. As such, Virginia has been an active member of Tampa Bay Tech for over 8 years and has recently spearheaded the formation of the Tampa Bay Tech foundation which will bring additional services to our technology seeking talent.
Virginia began her career developing high speed telecommunications protocols for satellite communications and devices for remote data center right here in Tampa Bay. Her journey then took her on to lead software development teams and consult with customers nationally and globally in various technologies, industries and disciplines.
She has worked for global companies, such as Verizon, United Airlines, and Nielsen; is published for her work on the Cyber Security standard NIST-IR 7628; and is now consulting as a technology expert for Patent Litigation. While her work often takes her out or the area, Tampa Bay is home and where she continues to build connections and support technology opportunities for our technology companies, community partners, and technologists.
Executive Director at Tampa Bay Tech
Meghan brings a business development and marketing background to Tampa Bay Tech with having worked in a variety of industries from non-profit to manufacturing and everything in between. Meghan has been living in Tampa Bay for over eleven years and has been passionate about being a community connector and bridging the region together.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay Tech, Meghan was with the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation leading the charge in bringing businesses and companies to the city of St. Pete to help advance the local economy and community. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from John Carroll University where she also played soccer all four years.
When she isn’t working or playing pickleball, Meghan enjoys spending time with organizations like Where Love Grows, Truth North Society and Masterminds Tampa Bay, helping to make a difference and creating a better community for everyone.
Founder and CEO at Omni Public
Cesar R. Hernandez is a first-generation entrepreneur of indigenous Mayan immigrants from Guatemala. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Consulting firm Omni Public. He has worked the past 14 years as a publicist, lobbyist and advisor to startups, governments, public officials and academic institutions. Cesar has worked with companies such as Tesla Motors, Google, Apple, GM, and advises disruptive technology companies such as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Bird Rides and Ford Motors. Cesar’s firm currently represents companies across the globe from Los Angeles to London. His work has been published in the Oxford Strategy Review and featured in Forbes, INC, Entrepreneur, Axios and Vogue Business.
He received his MBA from Oxford University and a Certificate in Disruption Theory from Harvard Business School. He is a former Student Body President and Trustee at the University of South Florida where he majored in Bio-Medical Science, Political Science and Economics. He is one of the founders of the Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce and a seed stage investor in startups and a limited partner in Venture Capital firm, Tampa Bay Ventures and UK Based Minerva Ventures.
Advanced Consulting Services, Leader at IMEG Corp.
Brendon leads a specialized technology advisory service practice for one of the largest Healthcare engineering firms in the US. He is a business and systems process expert who has extensive background with helping clients maximize their technology investments. While his experience is very deep in Healthcare, he also works with numerous clients in the a variety of markets including Education, Pharmaceutical, Transportation as well as Hospitality.
Brendon’s experience includes leading Johnson Control’s Healthcare Technology Services group supporting North America and Asia. He was also a Principal for IBM Global Services and managed a portfolio of consulting clients in the central and east regions of the US.
His experience in technology integration and related IT systems is considerable. Brendon is proficient in HL7, FHIR, JSON, DICOM, SQL Databases, MDIL, API development, Webservices and has worked with numerous EMR, PACS systems including GE, Siemens, Cerner, Epic and Meditech. Brendon is also certified in Lean process improvement for clinical workflow.
AVP - South East at Softserve
Joseph is a seasoned sales leader in both the SaaS product and technology consulting spaces. Early in his career he quickly developed a unique framework for enterprise selling that accelerated his movement through the ranks to where he sits today at SoftServe. His breadth of technology and selling experience have given him a unique perspective on how transformative technology can be applied to various industries and scenarios. Joseph holds a bachelor’s in science, a master’s in bioinformatics, and MBA from Northeastern University.
Chief Information Security Officer at Guidepoint Security
Gary Brickhouse is the CISO at GuidePoint Security, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s information security program, inclusive of building and maintaining GuidePoint’s internal security architecture and control practices. Gary also leads the GRC Services consulting practice where he is responsible for the development and delivery of GRC service offerings to support our clients. This unique position allows Gary greater visibility into customer needs from an industry services perspective and also as a practitioner, addressing the same risks for GuidePoint.
Before joining GuidePoint, Gary was the Security and Compliance Architect for The Walt Disney Company, working on a large, multi-year business program where he served as the subject matter expert for compliance, data privacy, infrastructure and application security, as well as securing emerging
technologies like RFID. Previous to working at Disney, Gary was an Information Security Specialist at Publix Super Markets, one of the nation’s largest retailers.
Gary is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and webinars, covering a wide array of information security topics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College, holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is an ITIL v3 Expert.
VP of Cybersecurity at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute
Dave is responsible for ensuring that the company’s health and business information assets are secure and protected and readily available to authorized users in a timely manner. He guides the selection and implementation of security solutions through policy, architecture, surveillance and training initiatives.
With extensive expertise in the information security space, Dave has received industry recognition for his involvement with initiatives that demonstrate thought leadership and outstanding business value. Prior to joining FCS in 2022, Dave served as Senior Cyber Advisor/President of Alpha Omega Advisors, Inc., providing executive level advisory services in cyber operations, risk and mitigation. From 2015 – 2021, as Chief Information Security Officer with Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL, he constructed a comprehensive cyber security program.
During this time, Dave was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission Regulatory Healthcare Robocall Protection Group and was an active contributor/member in the Healthcare-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC), one of 21 ISACs protecting our nation’s critical infrastructures and countering emerging world-wide cyber threats.
Dave received his undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg and a master’s degree in Information Security from Norwich University.
Founder and Chairman at Whiteside Security
Larry Whiteside Jr. is a veteran CISO, former USAF Officer, and thought leader in the Cybersecurity field. He has 25+ years experience in building and running cybersecurity programs, holding C Level Security executive roles in multiple industries including DoD, Federal Government, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Critical Infrastructure.
Larry currently serves the Co-Founder, President, and on the Board of Directors at Cyversity, a 501(c)3 non-profit association that is dedicated to to achieve the consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to diversify, educate, and empower.
Since 2009, via Whiteside Security, which he founded, Larry has advised several corporate security executives and companies across the cybersecurity industry on how to make Cyber Security a number one objective to their business. He has helped CEOs and board members of private cybersecurity companies achieve their goals in sales, marketing, and customer retention.
Larry has spoken in front of C Level leadership and Board of Directors of some of the largest private and public sector organizations in America. A thought leader in the industry with extensive experience presenting at conferences such as the Gartner Security Summit, RSA Conference, and SC World Congress, Larry has been featured in many articles relating to information security and risk management.
Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Huston-Tillotson University, an HBCU that is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of Texas.
Chief Information Security Officer at Mad Mobile
As Chief Information Security Officer at Mad Mobile, Steve designs and builds transformational cybersecurity and IT infrastructure to scale for hyper-accelerated growth.
Steve has built a reputation ensuring information assets and technologies are fully protected across a wide range of complex global enterprises, helping them operate within acceptable levels of risk and keeping pace with evolving technologies, vulnerabilities, and exposure to threats. His strategy is to drive a collaborative cyber-aware culture for every decision maker, individual contributor, and third-party relationship.
Before joining Mad Mobile, Steve was the Head of Global Security for Sykes (acquired by the Sitel Group in 2021), where he secured client programs generating over $4B in annual revenue.
Steve is a lifelong learner, having recently completed an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and created (ISC)2's Online Cyber-safety Program which has been delivered in schools all over the world. Steve believes in the power of partnership with government agencies and the community, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Homeland Security from Saint Leo University.
Outside the office, you may find Steve practicing martial arts, sharing insights at community events, or serving one of the causes for which he is passionate, including the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Make-A-Wish Foundation, or speaking out on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
Chief Information Security Officer at Galway Holdings
Bruce Beam is the Chief Information Security Officer at Galway Holdings.
He has more than 20 years of experience leading IT/ICT and security teams for large enterprises and the US Navy, and leads all aspects of (ISC)²’s global IT/ICT and cyber security operations.
Beam’s experience extends to executive levels, defining strategy, innovation, integration, and automation. His experience in the US Navy enabled him to engage in multiple disciplines for worldwide operations with both military and civilian counterparts.
Beam led numerous worldwide initiatives while in the US Navy and with Citibank before leading all information security at CoreSite. While at CoreSite, he was responsible for all aspects of information security and IT infrastructure enabling unprecedented uptime and security posture with a defence-in-depth approach.
Beam is a CISSP and CISM and holds a Master of Information Technology and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University.
Regional Vice President of Sales and Operations at Innovative Consulting Group
Rachel has been a part of the healthcare and IT community for over 20 years engaging in both operational and sales executive roles. Rachel is recognized by clients and peers as being skilled at building strong internal and external business relationships to create a collaborative environment. She strives to deliver “value-based” project solutions with organizational leadership to align and achieve a patient-centered vision of healthcare delivery. In her role as Regional Vice President with Innovative Consulting Group, she is responsible for establishing strategic goals and action plans around new and existing business development while supporting sales activities in the southeast states of SC, GA, FL, AL, MS and LA.
Acupuncture Physician at Healing Centre
Dr. Harvey Kaltsas, AP, Dipl. Ac, (NCCAOM) has been practicing acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1975. A graduate of Amherst College and the New England School of Acupuncture, he was Chair of the Florida Board of Acupuncture, President of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is currently V.P. of the National Guild of Oriental Medicine , OPEIU #62, AFL-CIO - by which he was named Acupuncturist of the Year for 2022. He is the only acupuncturist ever to testify before the U.S. Senate and was Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine magazine. Dr. Kaltsas' three most recent books are available on Amazon: X-Rayed to Death, Can Curcumin Cure Cancer?, and Overcoming Covid-19 with Faith, Hope, and BioSoluble Curcumin.
Psychiatrist & Owner at Embracing Life Wellness Center
Dr. Fickey was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Chemistry from the University of South Florida. She later attended medical school at the University of South Florida, graduating with her medical degree. During her medical school training, she was awarded Outstanding Student in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry and was also elected President of the American Medical Student Association.
Dr. Fickey finished her adult psychiatry residency at The University of Florida and then went on to further specialize in child psychiatry, completing the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program at the University of South Florida. Dr. Fickey has been in private practice since 2010 and founded The Embracing Life Wellness Center in 2014.
Dr. Fickey is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. This fellowship is an honor that is appointed to distinguished psychiatrists to commemorate them for their substantial contributions and dedication to the psychiatric profession.
Dr. Fickey is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Clinical TMS Society. Dr. Fickey also works as a forensic psychiatric consultant.
Dr. Fickey is a Diamond Provider for NeuroStar TMS.
Child Psychiatry Fellowship 2007 – 2009, University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
Psychiatry Residency 2004 – 2007
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Doctorate of Medicine 2000 – 2004
USF College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences for Chemistry 1997 – 1999
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1994-1997
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
CEO, Mental Health Executive - TMS Specialist
Karan Narwal, MD & CEO, has been a part of the mental health community for 10+ years as a clinical researcher, treatment specialist & business executive in the psychiatric community. He is a graduate of Aureus University School of Medicine & New York Institute of Technology, a former Student Body President and a former collegiate athlete. Under his executive & clinical leadership as a part owner of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment facilities, Dr. Narwal was able to establish a leading mental health treatment center in the Tampa Bay community providing over 15,000 treatments utilizing NeuroStar Advanced Therapy. He is a former speaker at Disrupt the Bay 2021 and has been a guest on multiple mental health related podcasts around the country. Since getting involved within the mental health space, he has published studies specific to TMS treatment, is an active contributing member of Clinical TMS Society, a board member of StayWhole Wellness Foundation, and is currently working privately as a Mental Health Consultant within the Healthcare and Technology industry. He resides in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife & dog, and loves to call the Bay Area his home!
Founder at Brick Street Farms
Co-founder and CEO of Brick Street Farms & Thrive Containers. Founded in 2015, Brick Street Farms strives to change the production and distribution of food systems. By utilizing cutting-edge indoor hydroponic practices and zero chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers, our mission is to grow the most nutritious produce at the heart of consumption. BSF is direct to consumer, hospitality & grocery. We are changing the way people connect with their food.
Enjoy a warm breakfast and cappuccinos with DTB 2023 attendees, explore table sponsors, and settle for the pitch competition.
Discussing the fundamental assumption that technology—and society—are undergoing the single biggest transformation in human history. This exponential path directly impacts key areas, including medicine, AI, robotics, blockchain, and cryptocurrency.
AI is everywhere, and we are impacted by its capabilities in work and life every day. We already see the massive contributions it is making across healthcare domains, but are we prepared to leverage this tremendous value? Dr. Edmondo Robinson of Moffitt Cancer Research sits down with experts in all things healthcare and AI to discuss the disruptive ways we can capture its benefits to empower a healthier future.
Hear from leading non-profits changing the landscape for children everywhere.
Buckle up! This panel is all about disruption. Bill Gennovese leads an exciting panel of CIOs of leading healthcare organizations as they discuss tools and technologies for a digital age that are enabling the transformative healthcare CIO
From smart and connected cities to blue zones, we will hear from experts on the connection between community and wellness.
CISOs from across the state of Florida will discuss the future of healthcare security.
5 startups throughout the southeast US will present in front of a live panel of investors and industry influencers for the chance to get funded live! Shark tank style.
Check-in with your online ticket and enjoy the festivities, don't forget to give!
All aboard! VIP Party will be at the Cardone Estate so all guests can enjoy a unified evening in celebration of children everywhere. This event takes artistry and the joy factor to another level. Micro-fair, cocktails, elevated entertainment, live auction, live art and more in benefit of our 5 beneficiaries supporting children.
Dress your Disrupt the Bay graphic tee with your finest streetwear. Have fun with fashion and walk for the best cause...the kids! Meet at the Thunder Alley
Make an impact alongside some of the worlds leading wellness disruptors. Join us for Disrupt the Bay 2023.
4th Feb, 2023 | Disrupt the Seats, Tampa Marriott Water Street | Disrupt the Stage, Cardone Estate
4th Feb, 2023 | Disrupt the Seats, Tampa Marriott Water Street