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Ben PappasVerify icon
Ben Pappas
4.95
165 consultations
About Me 👋 Greetings, I'm Ben Pappas, a trailblazer in data strategy, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. As the CIO of Valuetainment, PBD Podcast, Bet-David Consulting and Minnect, I'm not just playing the game—I'm changing it. I transform data into dynamic business solutions that rewrite the rules. Professional Highlights 🏆 My career is a series of masterstrokes in entrepreneurship and strategic innovation. At Beti Technologies, I didn't just create an AI-integrated sales platform—I revolutionized sales automation, culminating in a blockbuster exit. My roles at BMP Insurance Services, CallCreator, and Orange Labs were more than jobs; they were a series of triumphs in growth and lucrative exits, showcasing my flair for scaling businesses into empires. Expertise and Impact 🚀 I don't just specialize in building first-party data systems; I redefine them for e-commerce and media giants, merging AI prowess with shrewd business acumen. The $100M deal I sealed at Summit Risk Advisors? That's just a taste of how I navigate the high-stakes world of mergers and acquisitions. Personal Life and Interests 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🎨 Beyond the boardroom, I'm a family man, an artist, and a coach. My life's canvas is rich—adorned with a loving family, over $2 million in art sales, and countless moments coaching my kids' teams. These aren't just hobbies; they're the colors that make my life a masterpiece. Why Connect with Me ⁉️ Join forces with me for unparalleled insights on: 1. Mastering AI and data strategy to catapult business growth. 2. The roadmap from startup launch to headline-making exit. 3. Juggling a high-octane career with a fulfilling personal saga. 4. Crafting and leading teams that don't just function—they excel. I'm not just sharing knowledge—I'm offering a blueprint to thrive in the business arena while living a life rich in experiences. Let's start this journey of transformation together."
About Me 👋 Greetings, I'm Ben Pappas, a trailblazer in data strategy, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. As the CIO of Valuetainment, PBD Podcast, Bet-David Consulting and Minnect, I'm not just playing the game—I'm changing it. I transform data into dynamic business solutions that rewrite the rules. Professional Highlights 🏆 My career is a series of masterstrokes in entrepreneurship and strategic innovation. At Beti Technologies, I didn't just create an AI-integrated sales platform—I revolutionized sales automation, culminating in a blockbuster exit. My roles at BMP Insurance Services, CallCreator, and Orange Labs were more than jobs; they were a series of triumphs in growth and lucrative exits, showcasing my flair for scaling businesses into empires. Expertise and Impact 🚀 I don't just specialize in building first-party data systems; I redefine them for e-commerce and media giants, merging AI prowess with shrewd business acumen. The $100M deal I sealed at Summit Risk Advisors? That's just a taste of how I navigate the high-stakes world of mergers and acquisitions. Personal Life and Interests 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🎨 Beyond the boardroom, I'm a family man, an artist, and a coach. My life's canvas is rich—adorned with a loving family, over $2 million in art sales, and countless moments coaching my kids' teams. These aren't just hobbies; they're the colors that make my life a masterpiece. Why Connect with Me ⁉️ Join forces with me for unparalleled insights on: 1. Mastering AI and data strategy to catapult business growth. 2. The roadmap from startup launch to headline-making exit. 3. Juggling a high-octane career with a fulfilling personal saga. 4. Crafting and leading teams that don't just function—they excel. I'm not just sharing knowledge—I'm offering a blueprint to thrive in the business arena while living a life rich in experiences. Let's start this journey of transformation together."
Parsa RiahiVerify icon
Parsa Riahi
5
27 consultations
Parsa Riahi: Cofounder and CTO of DYNE (AI for Restaurants), is a trailblazing tech entrepreneur and a recognized machine learning researcher in Canada. A graduate of The University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering, he has made significant strides in the food service industry by leveraging his expertise in Neural Architecture Search, Transfer Learning, NLP, and Reinforcement Learning to develop DYNE's cutting-edge ML engine. Under his leadership, DYNE has emerged as the industry leader for AI in the food service sector, achieving remarkable growth and establishing strategic partnerships with tech behemoths. Parsa's commitment to community and mentorship is evident in his contributions to combating food insecurity and inspiring the next generation of tech leaders. His journey is marked by a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit, technical prowess, and a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact on the world.
Parsa Riahi: Cofounder and CTO of DYNE (AI for Restaurants), is a trailblazing tech entrepreneur and a recognized machine learning researcher in Canada. A graduate of The University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering, he has made significant strides in the food service industry by leveraging his expertise in Neural Architecture Search, Transfer Learning, NLP, and Reinforcement Learning to develop DYNE's cutting-edge ML engine. Under his leadership, DYNE has emerged as the industry leader for AI in the food service sector, achieving remarkable growth and establishing strategic partnerships with tech behemoths. Parsa's commitment to community and mentorship is evident in his contributions to combating food insecurity and inspiring the next generation of tech leaders. His journey is marked by a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit, technical prowess, and a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact on the world.
Devon Nicoletti
Devon Nicoletti
5
consultations
Making finance great again. 💰🇺🇸 Consulting CFO making business owners lives better through excellent financial management. >10 years experience working with small business owners doing $5-$150m in revenues implementing strategies & finance & accounting teams to make small business failure rates shrink. Analysis: Compliance & accuracy Burn rate Customer acquisition cost & retention KPI implementation & tracking Inventory Expenses Vendor Automation Software Reporting Benchmarking Strategies: Growth Marketing Profitability Liquidity Pricing M&A Exit Customer acquisition & retention Debt management Tax Data: Descriptive analytics Predictive analytics Triple bottom line Forecasting Cash flow management
Making finance great again. 💰🇺🇸 Consulting CFO making business owners lives better through excellent financial management. >10 years experience working with small business owners doing $5-$150m in revenues implementing strategies & finance & accounting teams to make small business failure rates shrink. Analysis: Compliance & accuracy Burn rate Customer acquisition cost & retention KPI implementation & tracking Inventory Expenses Vendor Automation Software Reporting Benchmarking Strategies: Growth Marketing Profitability Liquidity Pricing M&A Exit Customer acquisition & retention Debt management Tax Data: Descriptive analytics Predictive analytics Triple bottom line Forecasting Cash flow management
Terralynn Forsyth
Terralynn Forsyth
5
consultations
Founder and Product Leader in AI, data, design, and product management. Have worked cross-functionally between tech and government for +10 years. I am currently Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at FutureFit AI, an AI platform for driving workforce system transformation with government agencies, employment services, and industry partnerships. I am also leading our second AI product, Career Copilot, an AI career assistant designed to help users get to career clarity. We're backed by leading investors like JP Morgan, Acumen, and Techstars and participated in the c100, Hampton, NextAI, and Techstars Workforce Accelerator. I lead both product and data teams focused on the growth stage of the company's two products responsible for driving product strategy, design and user experience, data practices, and algorithm development. Over the years, I have taken our company’s product work in the B2B/G space from 0 to 1, led three different functions, and am now scaling our product strategy, roadmap and operations. As part of my work, I have also led research on the future of work and skills with global partners, including the OECD, World Economic Forum, and Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity. My work has been featured in The Economist, Financial Times, BNN Bloomberg, and BBC. I am an avid reader, science fiction enthusiast, and fierce techno-optimist. I’m happy to chat about product management and leadership, becoming a founder, building with AI, career growth and development, and how to stay competitive with AI. The AI future looks bright :)
Founder and Product Leader in AI, data, design, and product management. Have worked cross-functionally between tech and government for +10 years. I am currently Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at FutureFit AI, an AI platform for driving workforce system transformation with government agencies, employment services, and industry partnerships. I am also leading our second AI product, Career Copilot, an AI career assistant designed to help users get to career clarity. We're backed by leading investors like JP Morgan, Acumen, and Techstars and participated in the c100, Hampton, NextAI, and Techstars Workforce Accelerator. I lead both product and data teams focused on the growth stage of the company's two products responsible for driving product strategy, design and user experience, data practices, and algorithm development. Over the years, I have taken our company’s product work in the B2B/G space from 0 to 1, led three different functions, and am now scaling our product strategy, roadmap and operations. As part of my work, I have also led research on the future of work and skills with global partners, including the OECD, World Economic Forum, and Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity. My work has been featured in The Economist, Financial Times, BNN Bloomberg, and BBC. I am an avid reader, science fiction enthusiast, and fierce techno-optimist. I’m happy to chat about product management and leadership, becoming a founder, building with AI, career growth and development, and how to stay competitive with AI. The AI future looks bright :)
Sabrina ValdezVerify icon
Sabrina Valdez
5
consultations
Sabrina is a retail guru with over 20+ yrs of experience in Fortune 500 companies. She had led buying, inventory, supply chain, analytics and financial teams to success!! She coaches companies and individuals allowing them to reach their full potential. As a Coach she has passion for developing leaders & unlocking meaningful insights that impact their trajectory in both their personal and professional lives. She focuses on creating an authentic coaching engagement that helps uncover the greatest challenges at hand and a plan to overcome them. Her philosophy is centered around coaching the whole person inclusive of mind, body and spirit. Sabrina’s coaching focused on action-based roadmaps that lead to deeper insights & maximizing results! She enjoys developing goals that stretch her clients beyond their current capacity both personally and professionally. Seeing them achieve results that they once thought was out of reach brings her tremendous joy.
Sabrina is a retail guru with over 20+ yrs of experience in Fortune 500 companies. She had led buying, inventory, supply chain, analytics and financial teams to success!! She coaches companies and individuals allowing them to reach their full potential. As a Coach she has passion for developing leaders & unlocking meaningful insights that impact their trajectory in both their personal and professional lives. She focuses on creating an authentic coaching engagement that helps uncover the greatest challenges at hand and a plan to overcome them. Her philosophy is centered around coaching the whole person inclusive of mind, body and spirit. Sabrina’s coaching focused on action-based roadmaps that lead to deeper insights & maximizing results! She enjoys developing goals that stretch her clients beyond their current capacity both personally and professionally. Seeing them achieve results that they once thought was out of reach brings her tremendous joy.
David GonzalezVerify icon
David Gonzalez
5
consultations
I WILL SEND VIDEOS OF KINGPIN SHOULD YOU REQUEST. Product Manager at Minnect🤝 Ex-Gartner 📊 Harvard Class of 2020📚 Former Harvard Men’s Lightweight Rower and Team Manager🚣🏼‍♀️ Let’s talk about🗣️: -Setting yourself up with a professional career at a young age -Product Management -Getting into top schools -Interviewing best practices -Your resume and how to make it better -Rowing & lifting -Good money habits for young professionals (a dollar saved is a dollar earned 💰) -Mindset for young professionals -Any topic in which you would like to have a logical soundboard Welcome to Minnect! My name is David, but many of you may know me as Minnect Support. Born in Miami, the son of Cuban🇨🇺 immigrants and a first generation college student at Harvard. I majored in Economics with a minor in Psychology, with some stat classes sprinkled throughout. 🎓Upon graduating in the midst of the pandemic, I began my career at Gartner. I was a Business Strategy and Operations Associate for about two years. During this time frame, I helped shape Gartner’s digital event strategy and developed tools that optimized Client Success Associates’ abilities to serve clients. During my client facing rotation, I worked with Heads of Finance and Real Estate, some from Salesforce, Abode, Whole Foods, etc., on their mission critical initiatives while simultaneously revolutionizing how clients were served by developing a framework orientated around the client’s job to be done. 👨‍💻I made a lateral pivot into Product by joining a team derived from a start-up Gartner had just acquired. I worked in a multitude of features until I was elevated to the task of integrating Gartner’s Peer Community into their event portfolio, allowing for the continuation of an in-person experience on a digital platform. 🚣🏼‍♀️I rowed for nearly 8 years. In high school, I was a two-time Scholastic National Champion and won the Lightweight 8+ Youth National Championship by open water my senior year. I then walked on to the Men’s Harvard Lightweight Rowing team, where my accolades include a gold medal at Eastern Sprints and a silver medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest regatta in North America. Since then, I have dabbled in strength training. I’ve competed in two powerlifting competitions and won bronze at my second event totaling ~1275 pounds. Other than that, my hobbies including cooking, reading, enjoying nature, 👾gaming🎮 and hanging out with my dog Kingpin🐶 Thanks for using Minnect!I
I WILL SEND VIDEOS OF KINGPIN SHOULD YOU REQUEST. Product Manager at Minnect🤝 Ex-Gartner 📊 Harvard Class of 2020📚 Former Harvard Men’s Lightweight Rower and Team Manager🚣🏼‍♀️ Let’s talk about🗣️: -Setting yourself up with a professional career at a young age -Product Management -Getting into top schools -Interviewing best practices -Your resume and how to make it better -Rowing & lifting -Good money habits for young professionals (a dollar saved is a dollar earned 💰) -Mindset for young professionals -Any topic in which you would like to have a logical soundboard Welcome to Minnect! My name is David, but many of you may know me as Minnect Support. Born in Miami, the son of Cuban🇨🇺 immigrants and a first generation college student at Harvard. I majored in Economics with a minor in Psychology, with some stat classes sprinkled throughout. 🎓Upon graduating in the midst of the pandemic, I began my career at Gartner. I was a Business Strategy and Operations Associate for about two years. During this time frame, I helped shape Gartner’s digital event strategy and developed tools that optimized Client Success Associates’ abilities to serve clients. During my client facing rotation, I worked with Heads of Finance and Real Estate, some from Salesforce, Abode, Whole Foods, etc., on their mission critical initiatives while simultaneously revolutionizing how clients were served by developing a framework orientated around the client’s job to be done. 👨‍💻I made a lateral pivot into Product by joining a team derived from a start-up Gartner had just acquired. I worked in a multitude of features until I was elevated to the task of integrating Gartner’s Peer Community into their event portfolio, allowing for the continuation of an in-person experience on a digital platform. 🚣🏼‍♀️I rowed for nearly 8 years. In high school, I was a two-time Scholastic National Champion and won the Lightweight 8+ Youth National Championship by open water my senior year. I then walked on to the Men’s Harvard Lightweight Rowing team, where my accolades include a gold medal at Eastern Sprints and a silver medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest regatta in North America. Since then, I have dabbled in strength training. I’ve competed in two powerlifting competitions and won bronze at my second event totaling ~1275 pounds. Other than that, my hobbies including cooking, reading, enjoying nature, 👾gaming🎮 and hanging out with my dog Kingpin🐶 Thanks for using Minnect!I
Ken Armitt
Ken Armitt
5
consultations
Having owned many businesses over the past 24 Years, I have gained invaluable experience across multiple sectors and also helped build many different technologies today. My experience within the software development world has enabled me to diversify my knowledge across Software & Tech, Finance Brokering & Lending, Automotive Industry, and numerous other fields like FinTech and Blockchain as well in which I have held businesses in all of the mentioned industries over the years.
Having owned many businesses over the past 24 Years, I have gained invaluable experience across multiple sectors and also helped build many different technologies today. My experience within the software development world has enabled me to diversify my knowledge across Software & Tech, Finance Brokering & Lending, Automotive Industry, and numerous other fields like FinTech and Blockchain as well in which I have held businesses in all of the mentioned industries over the years.
Brian Francis
Brian Francis
4
consultations
Brian Francis is a distinguished professional in the financial technology sector, currently serving as the Head of AccountChek at Informative Research. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has been instrumental in driving innovation and technological advancements within the industry. Prior to his current role, Brian served as the CTO at FormFree, where he honed his expertise in digital verifications and account aggregation. Under his leadership, AccountChek has become a pivotal platform for mortgage lenders, streamlining the loan qualification process by enabling borrowers to securely and efficiently share their financial data. His efforts have significantly reduced manual errors and fraud risk, while also improving connection success rates to above 99%. This has led to the completion of over 32.9 million jobs and the closure of more than 3.1 million mortgage loans, totaling over $1.1 trillion. Brian's vision for modern banking connections and Open Finance has been a game-changer, ensuring more secure and lasting connections for users. His commitment to data quality and his ability to foster partnerships, like the one with MX, have elevated the standards of mortgage lending data. Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Brian continues to be a driving force in the fintech space, dedicated to enhancing the borrower experience and accelerating the lending process.
Brian Francis is a distinguished professional in the financial technology sector, currently serving as the Head of AccountChek at Informative Research. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has been instrumental in driving innovation and technological advancements within the industry. Prior to his current role, Brian served as the CTO at FormFree, where he honed his expertise in digital verifications and account aggregation. Under his leadership, AccountChek has become a pivotal platform for mortgage lenders, streamlining the loan qualification process by enabling borrowers to securely and efficiently share their financial data. His efforts have significantly reduced manual errors and fraud risk, while also improving connection success rates to above 99%. This has led to the completion of over 32.9 million jobs and the closure of more than 3.1 million mortgage loans, totaling over $1.1 trillion. Brian's vision for modern banking connections and Open Finance has been a game-changer, ensuring more secure and lasting connections for users. His commitment to data quality and his ability to foster partnerships, like the one with MX, have elevated the standards of mortgage lending data. Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Brian continues to be a driving force in the fintech space, dedicated to enhancing the borrower experience and accelerating the lending process.
Keith Crane
Keith Crane
consultations
As a dedicated Account/Channel Manager with over a quarter-century of executive business development acumen, I bring a wealth of expertise in driving sales within the data center construction and infrastructure sector. With a robust background encompassing thirteen years in mission-critical infrastructure sales to federal, state, and local governments, commercial markets, and value-added resellers, I offer a unique blend of industry insight and entrepreneurial prowess. My journey began as the founder of a successful creative marketing services company, where I honed my skills in solution-oriented sales and client relationship management. Over the years, I've cultivated a reputation for exceeding revenue goals through a combination of new and repeat business, strategic relationship building, and a commitment to delivering optimal solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client. At Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), I served as a Strategic Account Manager/Channel Manager, spearheading multimillion-dollar sales initiatives of IT solutions and mission-critical infrastructure to end-user clients and through channel value-added resellers. My track record of consistently achieving 25% to 40% above quota each year is a testament to my ability to execute sales strategies effectively and drive revenue growth. In my current role as a Mission Critical Sales Representative with an infrastructure provider to the data center industry, I am entrusted with driving sales within the data center end-user market, specifically focusing on 3 Phase UPS Systems and accessories. My responsibilities include fostering long-term relationships, collaborating with internal and external teams, and providing consultative recommendations to meet end-user project requirements. With a deep understanding of CRM systems such as Salesforce, proficiency in technical and proposal writing, and a commitment to ongoing professional development, I am equipped to navigate the complexities of the data center construction and infrastructure business with finesse. My core competencies also include channel marketing and management, sales analytics, and strategy development, ensuring that I am well-positioned to deliver value at every stage of the sales process. I look forward to leveraging my expertise and passion for innovation to help individuals and organizations alike navigate the ever-evolving landscape of data center infrastructure with confidence and success.
As a dedicated Account/Channel Manager with over a quarter-century of executive business development acumen, I bring a wealth of expertise in driving sales within the data center construction and infrastructure sector. With a robust background encompassing thirteen years in mission-critical infrastructure sales to federal, state, and local governments, commercial markets, and value-added resellers, I offer a unique blend of industry insight and entrepreneurial prowess. My journey began as the founder of a successful creative marketing services company, where I honed my skills in solution-oriented sales and client relationship management. Over the years, I've cultivated a reputation for exceeding revenue goals through a combination of new and repeat business, strategic relationship building, and a commitment to delivering optimal solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client. At Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), I served as a Strategic Account Manager/Channel Manager, spearheading multimillion-dollar sales initiatives of IT solutions and mission-critical infrastructure to end-user clients and through channel value-added resellers. My track record of consistently achieving 25% to 40% above quota each year is a testament to my ability to execute sales strategies effectively and drive revenue growth. In my current role as a Mission Critical Sales Representative with an infrastructure provider to the data center industry, I am entrusted with driving sales within the data center end-user market, specifically focusing on 3 Phase UPS Systems and accessories. My responsibilities include fostering long-term relationships, collaborating with internal and external teams, and providing consultative recommendations to meet end-user project requirements. With a deep understanding of CRM systems such as Salesforce, proficiency in technical and proposal writing, and a commitment to ongoing professional development, I am equipped to navigate the complexities of the data center construction and infrastructure business with finesse. My core competencies also include channel marketing and management, sales analytics, and strategy development, ensuring that I am well-positioned to deliver value at every stage of the sales process. I look forward to leveraging my expertise and passion for innovation to help individuals and organizations alike navigate the ever-evolving landscape of data center infrastructure with confidence and success.
Christopher Keddy
Christopher Keddy
consultations
Specializing in Building Automation and HVAC and Energy controls. My mission is to provide remote support and mentoring for automation, HVAC, and energy equipment and control technicians, engineers, project managers and sales personnel. Specializing and certified in all of the top brands from Tridium, N4 and AX, Distech, Schneider, JCI, Automated Logic, Carrier, and more, from BACnet, Lonworks,Modbus protocols RS485 and TPI wireless. Not limited to the construction installation and service, troubleshooting, and repair. As a married man and father of two, we can have productive conversations about family life and relationships. Residing in the New York Metro area, I have 20 years of experience in the electrical, HVAC, and the building automation fields. My team provides installation and repair of climate controls, implementing energy savings through hardware and software, as well as solving complex problems and implementing solutions. As a married man for 7 years and with my wife for 10, I am a father of two, with a 5 year old girl and 10 month old boy, I understand how important a family and work life balance is, which makes me a ideal candidate to discuss common day-to-day issues that may arise. I am available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, I will respond to each request in the order received and will return each call or message as soon as possible. I am eager to be of assistance.
Specializing in Building Automation and HVAC and Energy controls. My mission is to provide remote support and mentoring for automation, HVAC, and energy equipment and control technicians, engineers, project managers and sales personnel. Specializing and certified in all of the top brands from Tridium, N4 and AX, Distech, Schneider, JCI, Automated Logic, Carrier, and more, from BACnet, Lonworks,Modbus protocols RS485 and TPI wireless. Not limited to the construction installation and service, troubleshooting, and repair. As a married man and father of two, we can have productive conversations about family life and relationships. Residing in the New York Metro area, I have 20 years of experience in the electrical, HVAC, and the building automation fields. My team provides installation and repair of climate controls, implementing energy savings through hardware and software, as well as solving complex problems and implementing solutions. As a married man for 7 years and with my wife for 10, I am a father of two, with a 5 year old girl and 10 month old boy, I understand how important a family and work life balance is, which makes me a ideal candidate to discuss common day-to-day issues that may arise. I am available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, I will respond to each request in the order received and will return each call or message as soon as possible. I am eager to be of assistance.