- Gaming Panel - Kraig Baker, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine (moderator)
Kraig Baker focuses on advising clients and providing assistance with licensing transactions across the full range of issues in media, entertainment, technology, sports, advertising, privacy, social media, and Internet matters, with a particular emphasis on mobile, digital media and entertainment. He is also an adjunct professor to the Masters in Digital Media Program in the School of Communications at the University of Washington, where he has taught classes on "Digital Media Law and Policy" since 2001 and teaches the law section of the Advanced Interactive Marketing and Digital Publishing certificate programs at the University of Washington. Kraig's clients include: adidas America, Amplify, Belo, Comcast, Discovery, E! Entertainment Television, Holland-America Lines, KCTS-TV, Microsoft, Nintendo, Pokemon USA, Random House, REI, Root Sports Northwest, Seattle Times Company, T-Mobile, Vulcan, and Washington Film Works.
Amy Lillard, Executive Director, Washington Filmworks
Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks and has been with the program since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated 242 Million dollars to the statewide economy.
Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at "The Blair Witch Project," "American Psycho" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.
Brent Friedman, Co-founder, Rainspark Labs (watch video here)
Jordan Weisman, CEO, Harebrained Schemes LLC Jordan Weisman has been the creative force behind several interactive entertainment companies, including his latest venture, Harebrained-Schemes LLC. Along the way, he created MechWarrior, Shadowrun and Crimson Skies, three of the longest running franchises in the game industry.
Weisman is a New York Times bestselling fiction author, winner of the Northwest E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award, Time Magazines Ten Best Ideas, and dozens of design awards. He is an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and co-founder of the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington.
- Mobile Panel -
Chetan Sharma, Founder & President, Chetan Sharma Consulting (moderator)Chetan Sharma is Founder and President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. He is considered a leading authority on the mobile data technologies and consumer trends. Some of his clients include NTT DoCoMo, Disney, KTF, China Mobile, Toyota, Comcast, Motorola, FedEx, Sony, Samsung, Alcatel Lucent, KDDI, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Skype, AT&T Wireless, Reuters, Juniper, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Reliance Infocomm, SAP, Merrill Lynch, American Express, and Hewlett-Packard.
Tom Huseby, Managing Partner, SeaPoint Ventures
In 1997 Tom formed SeaPoint Ventures. Prior to forming SeaPoint Ventures, Tom co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corporation, a manufacturer of cellular infrastructure equipment. Before Metawave, he was the first president and CEO of Innova Corporation, a manufacturer of digital millimeter wave radios. Tom spent the first seventeen years of his career at Raychem Corporation where he held a variety of executive positions in Europe, South America and the U.S. His last position at Raychem was Group Vice President of the Industrial Products Group.
Tom is currently Chairman of the Board of Airspan, Ground Truth, and Zumobi, and a board member of Hubspan, Kineto Wireless, Modiv Media, Mojix, Photobucket, and SinglePoint. He is past chairman of Qpass, SNAPin Software, Telecom Transport Management and past board member of Tegic Communications. In addition to his duties at SeaPoint Ventures, Tom serves as a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners, and Covera Ventures and is a strategic advisor to Voyager Capital.
Barry Morehart, VP, Global Channel Partners, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Barry Morehart is Vice President of Global Channel Partners for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the global sales and marketing organization that harnesses all of Verizon’s cloud, mobility and other platforms to serve the rapidly transforming enterprise market with integrated solutions.
Morehart is a proven performer and leader with a 22-year track record of business sales and management success. He has led the drive to simplify and improve the customer experience; optimizing enterprise sales teams to leverage industry expertise. He has earned the Verizon Winner’s Circle award for outstanding sales performance several times and also led strategic business planning efforts for the company’s Professional Services and Technology Vertical. In addition, Morehart supervised numerous networking and fund-raising events benefitting shelters that serve victims of domestic violence in several states in the United States.
Sterling Wilson, CEO, Zettics
Sterling Wilson has an extensive track record building companies from start-ups into large, successful organizations. Prior to taking the helm at Zettics, Sterling was the President and CEO of Ground Truth, where he guided the company through inaugural product launches and venture financing. Prior to Ground Truth, Sterling was President and a member of the Board of Directors of Qpass, a market-leading digital commerce infrastructure company. At Qpass, he was responsible for managing the company as it grew from a venture-backed start-up to a company with 300 international employees and leading its sale to Amdocs (NYSE: DOX) for $300 million. Prior to Qpass, Sterling was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations at Concur Technologies (NASDAQ: CNQR), a market leader in SaaS expense report and travel management software. During his tenure, Concur expanded to more than 400 employees in 17 domestic and four international offices. He managed Concur's IPO and secondary offering and helped transition the company from a shrink-wrap software company, to a client-server company, and ultimately to an Internet company. Sterling holds a BS in Accounting from California State University at Bakersfield.