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Duan Dankesreiter

Duane is the Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Duane oversees the Research team which is responsible for creating research products that support the DRC’s strategic priorities of economic development, the talent pipeline, and talent attraction. Duane’s also leads the DRC’s activities around supporting the launch and growth of innovation activities in DFW by connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and the business community.

In 2013, Duane and his team were a Grand Prize Winner in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards for Communication Excellence competition. The prize recognized the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Economic Development Guide as the best chamber publication in the nation. More recently, Duane helped lead the launch of Dallas Innovates, a new online news site dedicated to telling the stories of innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth. The website,, launched in December 2015.

Duane joined the DRC in August 2009. He was previously employed at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for 14 years. There he led demographic and economic data research efforts.

He is a member of the Dallas Area Business Economists and the Council for Community and Economic Research. Duane also serves as a member of the Cedar Hill Economic Development Board of Directors and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center Board of Directors.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A) degree from the University of Texas – Dallas.

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Abid Neemuchwala

Over the course of a 3 decade long & distinguished career in the technology industry Abid has established a  reputation for bold transformative thinking, a laser focus on results and an unwavering commitment to maximizing  stakeholder value. He has displayed a consistent ability to align and motivate his organizations to envision and deliver  business results leveraging technology as it unfolds, resulting in market differentiation, rapid scaling and industry  leading profitability. 

Abid is currently investing and mentoring next generation technology software and services companies as Co-founder  of Dallas Venture Capital and as Chairman and CEO of Compass Digital Acquisition Corp (CDAQU). 

Abid began his journey with Tata Consulting Services (TCS) in 1992 out of campus at IIT Bombay. A time of rapid  acceleration in the nascent Indian IT services industry, Abid quickly rose through the ranks, from software engineer, to  sales, establishing new global delivery models, pioneering software engineering processes, running P&Ls, but what he  enjoyed most is conceptualizing and building new businesses and doing transformational mega deals. Post the GFC,  Abid took the mantle of building a new business and under his leadership TCS’s Digital Ops business scaled to $2 billion  in less than ten years and has to his credit personally leading many mega deals each of them billion dollar plus. 

In 2015, he joined Wipro as its COO, and was soon promoted to CEO and then to Managing Director. Overseeing over  $9 billion in revenues and 185,000 employees, Abid’s mandate was to lead the company into its digital future while  building a more diversified and profitable core. He implemented a strategy that focused on stronger client  partnerships and investing in digital-first and agile capabilities, while strengthening execution and driving deeper  employee engagement. Abid took assertive action in divesting non-core businesses; acquiring digital capabilities  resulting in Wipro’s digital business growing to 40% of overall revenues at a 35% CAGR over his 5 years along with  improving customer satisfaction by 1000 bps and signing Wipro’s largest deal to date. 

A believer in the impact of brand and culture on business performance, Abid led a strategic effort to rebrand Wipro  while concurrently streamlining and modernizing the company and promoting a culture of innovation. In his quest to  establish next generation paradigms he sponsored a first of its kind venture fund and piloted an enterprise crowd sourcing platform that will become a benchmark for the future of work in the IT services industry post-COVID. Always  focused on talent development, Abid drove the creation of deep capabilities in human-centric design, cloud,  artificial intelligence, and hyper-automation. 

In June 2020 after retiring from Wipro, he joined the board of Virtusa (VRTU) which was battling activists. He was a part  of the team that helped exit the company to Barings Asia PE at a 28% premium to its public market valuation. 

Over a remarkable career spanning multiple countries and organizations, Abid has established himself as a humble,  and passionate leader, focused on helping his clients, employees and peers realize the power of technology. He is  equally passionate about the community and his family. He has served on various non-profit boards including Texas  Economic Development Corporation and the World Affairs Council of DFW. He has been a member of the Business  

Roundtable in Washington DC and of the Indo-US CEO forum. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of 26 years and  three children in college and beyond.

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Steven Levy

Known as “America’s premier technology journalist” (Washington Post), Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution since the early 1980s, reporting every major trend and profiling its key figures. He is currently Editor at Large at WIRED magazine, where he was one of its founding writers. During the height of the internet boom, he was the columnist and chief technology correspondent for Newsweek. He also wrote columns for Rolling Stone and Macworld.

His first book, Hackers (1984) would become known as the iconic story of computer culture and an inspiration to generations of coders and makers. His unparalleled coverage of Apple includes Insanely Great (1994), the history of Apple’s Macintosh computer; and The Perfect Thing (2006), the story of the iPod. He also wrote the Britannica entry on Steve Jobs, and his obituary on Jobs drew over a million readers.

Years before Bitcoin and the crypto explosion, Levy wrote Crypto (2001), the story behind that transformative technology. It won the Frankfurt Digital book prize for best nonfiction of the year. His definitive book on Google, In the Plex (2011), was a New York Times bestseller and Amazon’s business book of the year. He also wrote a true-crime book, The Unicorn’s Secret (1988), which was adapted into an NBC mini-series. Levy’s most recent book, Facebook: The Inside Story, is the definitive story—written with
unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and other insiders– of the company that connected the world and reaped the consequences.

Earlier in his career, Levy interviewed Bob Marley and found Einstein’s brain, but not for the same story. He lives in New York City with his wife, Pulitzer prize-winning writer Teresa Carpenter.

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Jim Adler

Jim Adler
Founding Managing Director and Board Member
Toyota Ventures

Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota Ventures, and an executive advisor at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory

Jim joined Toyota Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft.

Previously, Jim was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP, among others.

Jim started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

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James Loomstein

With more than 15 years experience in strategic planning, digital marketing and consumer insights, James is all about staying a step ahead of the digital marketing status quo.

An industry veteran with leading-agency experience, he set out to build an agency that would create compelling digital experiences, deliver actionable takeaways and customize digital efforts to unique consumer bases.

FOR FUN: You can find James keepin’ it Rogue delivering his opinions on the latest happenings in the Dallas sports world, as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and as a sought-after digital marketing speaker.

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Yoram Solomon

Dr. Yoram Solomon is the Author of The Book of Trust and 12 more books, 9 patents, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 technologies, for which he was dubbed “TI’s Great Innovator.” Dr. Solomon was named by Innovation Excellence as one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers from 2015 to 2019, and by Thinkers 360 as one of the top 20 Global Thought Leaders on
Culture. He was a columnist at Inc. Magazine, Innovation Excellence, and other publications, where he published 300+ articles.

Dr. Solomon holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, an MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an LLB from the Tel-Aviv University Law School, and an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ort Singalovski. He completed the executive Marketing Management Program at Stanford University and the Developing the Strategic Leader program at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Colorado Springs. Dr. Solomon is certified by CCL to administer
the KEYS and SKILLSCOPE assessments and is an authorized provider of school board training by the Texas Education Agency.

He has founded several startups and sold a startup company in Silicon Valley. He has held various positions from General Manager of a $100m business unit in a Fortune 200 company to a Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, and to CEO.

Dr. Solomon held (and still holds) positions as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.

A National Speakers Association Professional Speaker, he spoke in several different national and regional conferences, including the Human Resources Southwest Annual Conference, the Association for Strategic Planning National Conference, CDX Annual Conference, and many more.

Yoram was the host of the first TEDxPlano in 2014 and spoke at TEDxOakLawn in 2018. His customers include a wide range of Fortune 500 companies as well as startups, for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, in a broad spectrum of industries from technology to retail, healthcare, defense, and education. He served companies such as AT&T, Dannon, Amway, Texas Instruments, and many more, who described his keynotes and workshops as transformative.

In 2015, he was elected to the Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees. Yoram served in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade and as a USAF CAP pilot and Aerospace Education Officer.

Dr. Solomon is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business since 2018.

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Carlos Martinez

Visionary leader and entrepreneur with thirty-one years of professional consulting experience in the implementation of enterprise-wide software applications and business transformation solutions in the upstream oil and gas industry. During his career with EDS and PriceWaterhouse, Mr. Martinez performed various consulting roles including systems engineer, management consultant, and Principal Consultant.

Mr. Martinez was instrumental in the design, build and implementation of PW’s Production and Revenue Accounting software (PREMAS). He was the President and Founder of Strategic Systems & Products (SSP) where he developed the vision and achieved SAP solution certification for the READYUpstream All-In-One solution which disrupted the SAP software space as the first template pre-configured solution for the upstream oil and gas industry. Performed as North America upstream oil and gas practice leader at Capgemini LLC after their acquisition of SSP. As Vice President, Mr. Martinez had overall responsibility of all practice management including financial performance, staff recruitment and retention, marketing and business development, product/service vision development and execution, and client management.

Mr. Martinez is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business and member of the SMU COX Associate Board since 2018.

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Alex Ramsey

Growing a company takes more than an idea as Alex Ramsey knows well. It takes leaders who can inspire people and make the best decisions possible about the unknown. That’s how Alex Ramsey plays an important role in coaching entrepreneurs and shaping the future.

With a commitment to improving leadership, influence, and communication, Alex has created a variety of professional development programs. Her company Lodestar Universal delivers these to corporations and entrepreneurs along with executive coaching. Her continuing research allows her to discover new approaches to meet the evolving challenges entrepreneurs face.

And she walks her talk: As president of a family company that started almost 50 years ago, she receives daily opportunities to apply all her ideas and “theories” to reality!

Her curiosity, research, and discoveries have led Alex to create a variety of university classes, including the one she teaches on managing a fast-growth company at SMU’s Cox School.

A former Dallas Morning News columnist, Alex is a serial entrepreneur and professional speaker who was invited, not once but, three times to ring NASDAQ’s opening bell. Alex is well-respected for her work with high-tech companies raising venture capital. The Wall St. Journal, Harvard Management Update, and Investor’s Business Daily, have covered Alex and her work. Clients also have included corporate giants such as ExxonMobil, Liberty Mutual, and UPS as well as startups.

A lifelong resident of Dallas, Alex holds a B.A. and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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John Terry

Early in his career, John designed and built high-powered television stations, later moving into product management where he led technology development and worked with the television networks during the conversion from analog to high-definition digital television.

He completed his MBA at SMU Cox in the mid-90s, and soon thereafter started an advisory firm focused on early-stage companies and owner-managed and family businesses. Focused on finance, capital structure and performance, ChurchillTerry has advised more than a hundred businesses on issues ranging from funding to growth to turn-arounds to exit. John selectively invests in privately held companies, venture funds and hedge funds.

He has taught entrepreneurship courses to graduate students at SMU Cox for 25 years, and created the Venture Capital Practicum course in 2002 for select students to get hands-on venture and PE experience sourcing deals for the SMU MBA Venture Fund where he sits as a founding board member.

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Jim Chester

Jim Chester is a partner in Dallas-based technology boutique law firm Klemchuk LLP. Jim has spent the last 25 years advising companies worldwide and on the Internet to address legal challenges related to business and corporate matters, intellectual property, technology transactions, eCommerce & international transactions.

He is also an adjunct professor at SMU’s Cox School of Business, teaching Entrepreneurial Law & Business law. Jim previously taught at Baylor Law School for 20 years and has served as an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Dallas and at Texas A&M- Commerce.

Jim is currently a mentor-in-residence in the SMU INCubator and serves on the advisory board for the Texas A&M- Commerce, “Venture College” student incubator.

Jim is also an entrepreneur himself, having founded or co-founded several startups. His most recent ventures include VENTAC ( ), a subscription-based service that provides legal counsel, forms, and similar legal resources to startups and innovation-based companies; and Engage (, an executive suite concept exclusively for attorneys.

Jim’s professional honors include being named to the Texas “Rising Stars” and “Super Lawyer” lists since 2008, being listed in D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” and earning an “AV® Preeminent” Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell®.