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Jim Brown

Jim Brown Founder and President of Tech-Clarity, Inc., is a recognized expert in software solutions for manufacturers and has 20 years of experience in application software, management consulting and industry research focused on the manufacturing industries. Jim founded Tech-Clarity Inc. in 2002. Since that time, Jim has served in a research and analyst role partnering with other analyst firms including, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), The PLM Evaluation Center and AMR Research. Additionally, Jim established Aberdeen Group's Product Innovation & Engineering Practice after they acquired Tech-Clarity in 2005 and subsequently served as VP and Group Director for Aberdeen's PLM and Manufacturing Industry Research Practices. In 2008, Jim established Tech-Clarity "2.0" to continue his mission to make the value of technology clear to business in the Web 2.0 era. Jim is an experienced author and public speaker and enjoys the opportunity to participate in conferences about improving business performance through software technology.

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Maureen Carlson

Maureen Carlson a Partner at Appleseed Partners, has been providing strategic marketing services for 20 years including market research, product marketing, positioning, and how to develop effective demand generation programs. Maureen's B2B technology experience spans from emerging companies to larger established brands. Maureen has conducted three research studies sponsored by Planview for product development as well as for other markets, is an active guest blogger, and participates in the development of new market strategies with the company.

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Don Creswell

Don Creswell has lead sales and marketing for SmartOrg since it was founded in 2000. In addition to directing domestic and international sales, he manages partner alliances, writes ValuePoint™, SmartOrg's monthly e-newsletter, directs Webinar and conference programs and leads a partnership with SAP. He is currently a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals. Prior to founding SmartOrg, Don held senior management and executive positions at SDG Decision Systems, the Decision Quality Association, SRI International, Pan American World Airways and RCA Corporation.

Steven Cristol

Steven Cristol is founder and managing partner of Strategic Harmony® Partners, an innovation and brand strategy consulting firm that has pioneered the integration of product strategy and brand strategy. During 30-plus years of consulting and corporate experience, he has helped some of the world's most innovative companies -- from Global 100 to Silicon Valley startups -- build and manage brand equity and optimize product development portfolios. He is also a recognized thought leader on simplifying the customer experience and, as a Free Press and McGraw-Hill business author, his books have been published in eleven languages. Steven has devoted the past decade to creating a disciplined and more effective process to align innovation with the most compelling value propositions and increase customer satisfaction, competitive impact, and resource efficiency.

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Avjit Dugal

Avjit Dugal is a senior consultant at Kalypso with over five years of professional experience. He specializes in new product development, quality assurance, market research, alliance marketing and stakeholder management. Avjit has experience in a number of industries including consumer durables, industrial manufacturing, nonprofit, and gaming. In these fields, he has held a variety of roles including marketing, engineering and strategy. Avjit has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams and aligning resources across multiple geographies and departments to deliver large-scale business programs.

Avjit is a key member of Kalypso's Portfolio & Pipeline Management practice, assisting client organizations with the implementation of decision-making disciplines in innovation and new product development. His experience includes the definition of portfolio strategy, portfolio analysis, resource management, and the implementation of gated development processes. Avjit has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Amy Kenly

Amy Kenly, Director of Social Media and Analyst Programs at Kalypso has over 15 years professional experience in innovation and product development and leads Kalypso's Social Product Innovation practice. Her work focuses on how social models and technologies are used to innovate and develop new products and services. Amy is a leading voice in the innovation space and is deeply active on both LinkedIn and Twitter. Recognized as a thought leader in social product innovation, Amy focuses on how social models and technologies are used to innovate and develop new products and services.

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Sean Klein

Sean Klein is a Business Analyst at Kalypso who brings over two years of professional experience to our clients. Sean has a background in marketing and design, and has developed a passion for technology and innovation. He brings experience in ideation, creative process management, product pipeline and life-cycle management, and IP portfolio governance. Mr. Klein has recently graduated with a Masters in Global Innovation Management from NC State University, where he has led multiple projects concerning new product development and commercialization processes.

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