Luke is the driving force in technology at Rocket Wagon, and he prides himself on building highly functional technology teams. With experience leading technology teams at international agencies and startups, he works to create the right solution for the problem.
Outside of software development, Luke has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Physical Computing at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandcenter, co-founded the RVA hackerspace, and helped build the world’s most advanced hovercraft.
Phil brings over 15 years experience in growth, digital and technology focused on helping companies refine and maximize their core value proposition. Like most at Rocket Wagon, he brings a multi-disciplinary background to his work including business strategy, leading change, experience design, software engineering, and quantitative analytics.
Skylar leads product experience and delivery to build engaging platforms for customers with a hybrid approach of engineering and design. From high growth startups to the Fortune 100 enterprises, Skylar has delivered ambitious solutions at the intersection of strategy, design, and technology.
Skylar serves as a Board Member to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering. In his spare time, he participates in creative hackerspaces from building surgical tables for the developing world to building robotic toys for big-box retail.
Zac leads Rocket Wagon’s Software Engineering group and is focused on application architectures that support performant, efficient, and scalable software that runs both on handheld devices and in the cloud.
He has spent near 9 years building engineering teams that have helped design, build and scale software in industries such as finance, retail, healthcare and telecommunications.
Wade is Rocket Wagon’s Chief Innovation Officer and GM of the Northeast region. He is focused on on collaboratively leading multidisciplinary teams to create innovative digital solutions using new technology that drive new solutions transforming business for both Rocket Wagon and it’s clients.
Wade’s 17 years of experience in client management, product development, design (UX/UI), blockchain, distributed ledgers, digital currencies, applications and platforms across a multitude of industries gives him a unique ability to drive innovative thinking and new solutions, not just MVPs. Having starting two of his own companies, led large client/internal teams as an across-discipline thinker his goals are simple: deliver excellence for clients and teams; design solutions that surpass expectations of quality and effectiveness; drive business success; and make a positive difference in the world we all share. Ultimately, making life for people a little better everyday by developing better products and experiences.
Alex leads Rocket Wagon’s advanced analytics and product management practices. His expertise is in transforming data into value using artificial intelligence, deep learning, neural networks, machine learning, and data science.
Before working in tech, Alex worked ten years and over 100 races worldwide as a race strategist, data scientist, and vehicle dynamicist for IndyCar racing teams and the Indianapolis 500.
Alex created InnoArchiTech and writes for its blog (www.innoarchitech.com) and other industry-leading publications. He also teaches courses on AI, machine learning, and data science.
Bill Seibel is Executive Chairman of Rocket Wagon. Previously, Bill was the Founder and CEO of Mobiquity. In four years, Mobiquity grew to 600 employees across twelve offices in four countries – making it the fastest growing and one of the largest mobile professional services firms in the world.
Jan Hofmeyr serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Network and Operations Officer for Comcast. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the network and operations, including engineering, reliability and quality to deliver industry-leading video, high-speed data and voice services for both residential and business customers.
Cheryl Smith specializes in providing IT consulting and crisis management support to companies that want to fix or transform their IT. She has executive experience as a CIO in the airline, health care, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consulting industries.
Chris was SVP of GSK’s Global Wellness business, a $3 billion portfolio that included market-leading over-the-counter brands including Panadol, TUMS, Breathe Right, NicoDerm, Nicorette, and Flonase. He significantly grew GSK’s Wellness business while also sharpening the Wellness category strategies and dramatically improving the new product pipeline.
Mark is CEO of Approach Infinity, providing services to firms in the areas of wireless communication and emerging technologies and growing technology companies. Mark is COO of ISARA Corporation while serving as chairman of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) industry standardization group Quantum Safe Cryptography.
Officer with a proven record in various roles helping companies succeed through explosive growth and change. CIO for Wawa (2016 Forbes 36th largest privately held company) leading and executing on all IT strategy, IT security and process improvement methodology during hyper-growth.
Eric Williams spent 20 years as Catalina Marketing's Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). During his time at Catalina, he led the development of Catalina's multi-petabyte data warehouse, helped in the development of the first "Internet-delivered" loyalty marketing solution, and developed industry-leading predictive analytics platforms.
JJ Sendelbach is the Managing Director of Doublejay Consulting (DJC), a consultancy to the consulting industry. DJC is a boutique management consulting firm specializing in data-driven strategic advisory to the professional services and technology industry.
Mark owns Senior Helpers Boston and Senior Helpers South Shore MA, leading home-care agencies serving the greater Boston metropolitan area.
Brian is a customer focused, driven, performance focused and cutting-edge executive who leverages teams and talent to execute large scale, global initiatives. An accomplished thought leader who holds deep experience with Boards and Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, healthcare and service focusing on the needs of internal and external clients.
Ashkan is extremely passionate about making a global change leveraging technology and new solutions having worked at Cisco Systems, BlackRock, Agenus (biotech), and a publicly traded VC firm Hercules Technology Growth Capital within the life sciences & technology group.
Scott is a partner based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting, where he works with global companies to accelerate digital transformation and innovation.
Prior to Mobiquity, he was CEO of Gumball, a consulting firm helping CEOs grow their companies rapidly and effectively. Seibel earlier served as Chairman and CEO of Demantra, a pioneer in supply chain and marketing collaboration and analytics that he sold to Oracle in 2006.
Before Demantra, Seibel was Chairman and CEO of ZEFER. There, he oversaw the company’s organic growth to more than $130 million in revenue in its first 18 months of operations. Prior to launching ZEFER, Seibel was EVP of Cambridge Technology Partners – 1992’s #2 IPO. He launched CTP’s international operations and later led nine of the company’s 12 business units.
Seibel has been recognized as Tech Luminary in 2012, 2012 Technology CEO of the Year, Penn State Outstanding Alumni in 2011, Bishop Canevin Ring of Honor in 2015, and 2015’s New England’s Top Small Business. In 2013, Forbe’s featured Bill in an article entitled ‘Mobiquity’s Founder And CEO Bill Seibel Is Unstoppable’
Jan Hofmeyr serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Network and Operations Officer for Comcast. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the network and operations, including engineering, reliability and quality to deliver industry-leading video, high-speed data and voice services for both residential and business customers. Jan’s team also handles the delivery and operational support of the Syndication business, as well as the development of the Analytics Technology Platform for the company.
Jan joined Comcast in 2009 as Vice President, Product Delivery, and then served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the X1 Platform—Comcast’s next-generation video platform. He led the cross-functional teams—hardware, software, services, operations and deployment—that developed and launched XI, and oversaw the wide scale growth and deployment of X1 to customers across the Comcast footprint. The X1 platform is now licensed to several cable providers in the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Comcast, Jan held leadership roles at several technology companies, including Entriq, where he served as Executive Vice President, and Microsoft where he served as Director of TV Strategy in the Windows organization.
Jan earned a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Hofmeyr received Microsoft’s IP Leadership Award.
Ms. Smith is a key industry “go to” person when an organization is faced with a particularly challenging IT crisis or need— corporate mergers and acquisitions (4 companies in 4 years at KeySpan) or divestures ($20B corporate split at Cendant); massive organic corporate growth ($40B in 4 years at McKesson); strategic system ‘saves’ (system for 1.3M employees at the NHS in the UK; major customer billing system at Verizon).
Recently she was the EVP and Interim CIO of WestJet Airlines, the 2nd largest Canadian airline, responsible for transforming the company’s IT applications, operations, and infrastructure into one of the most technologically advanced in the airline industry. She was the CEO of a technology startup, utility.net, which offered Broadband over Power Line (BPL).
Chris led the introduction of OTC Flonase, establishing Flonase as a category-leading consumer brand and delivering $300+ million in first-year sales. Mr. Rich played a key role in the completion of GSK’s joint venture with Novartis Consumer Healthcare, personally overseeing the successful anti-trust negotiations with regulatory authorities around the world. He reported directly to the president of GSK Consumer Healthcare; and was a core member of GSK’s global Consumer Healthcare Leadership Team.
Prior to that, Mr. Rich was Vice President of Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. His leadership roles there included Vice President and head of the US Analgesics business unit, Vice President of Global New Products, and Vice President of Retail Development.
Pecen served as Sr. Vice President, Research and Advanced Technology and technology advisor to the CEO of BlackBerry. He was responsible for the creation and management of their Advanced Technology Research Centre and a significant portion of BlackBerry’s wireless patent portfolio.
Pecen invented a number of technologies that have later been adopted in global standards, including the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS), High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+), Long-Term Evolution (LTE) for 4G wireless and others.
Pecen is a regular advisor to the Canadian government on wireless communication and a veteran of the wireless industry. He is an author and editor of a number of text books on wireless technology and holds more than 100 fundamental patents in areas of wireless communication, networking and computing.
Prior to Wawa, Ms. Suzanne L. Keenan served as Senior Vice President of Customer Service – Comcast Cable Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Comcast Corp. Ms. Keenan oversaw customer service operations and was responsible for developing and promoting national customer service initiatives.
Before joining Comcast in 1999, Ms. Keenan served in various management roles for PECO Energy’s distribution company, including Vice President of Customer and Marketing Services, General Manager Customer Service and Director of Field Services.
She was named Penn State’s Nuclear Engineering Outstanding Alumni Lecturer for 1999 and Penn State’s Outstanding Engineering Alumna. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Keenan holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MA from the University of Pittsburgh in Health Physics.
Eric Williams served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Catalina Marketing Corporation Inc until his retirement in 2012. In addition, he had the title of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) for Catalina Marketing Corporation Inc. and was responsible for the overall consumer privacy activity for the company. He has more than 35 years of retail and technology experience including management, sales, marketing, systems design, development, and operations positions within retailers and information technology companies.
In 2007, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum named him CIO of the year and in 2011, Information Week ranked Catalina Marketing as one of the top five most innovative technology organizations in the nation according to their Information Week 500 study. He was also one of Information Week’s featured CIOs in 2011 and he and Catalina were the focus of the cover article on Big Data that same year.
Mr. Sendelbach currently serves on the boards of advisors of several advanced analytics and AI companies, such as Kayrros, RapidMiner, Sereene, SpaceKnow and Traxpay. Prior to founding Doublejay Consulting, Mr. Sendelbach was a Partner at Droege & Company, New York, Chief Operating Officer of WestLB, New York, Deutsche Bank North America and Deutsche Bank Capital Markets, Japan.
Friedman serves on the private duty advisory committee of the Home Care Alliance of MA and serves as Vice Chair on the MA Committee for the Home Care Association of America hoping to influence this statewide, and industry change. He has served as a faculty member in Lasell College’s E.L.D.E.R. Partnership Program.
Previously, Mark was Partner of and Managing Director for the Americas for ECSI Consulting, a boutique consultancy focused on Innovation and Growth. He was the founder and managing partner at Real Time Strategy – a general management consultancy where he specialized in strategy development and implementation with a focus on troubled organizations. Prior to that he served as Vice President and head of Retail for Adidas US and Canada.
Mr. Brian R. Lurie is a founder of Aliro Group, an online web based talent referral acquisition company. He is also the owner and founder of a c-suite executive coaching and Information technology strategic planning business and at the same time serves on the advisory boards of multiple technology based business. He formerly served as Vice President and CIO of Gardner Denver, a four-billion-dollar heavy equipment manufacturing company. Previously, he served as SVP and CIO of Teleflex Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices used in critical care and surgery procedures.
Before Teleflex, he served as VP of information technology, at Stryker Orthopedics, which is the world’s largest designer, developer, manufacturer of reconstructive, trauma and sports-medicine orthopedic products. Mr. Lurie is a guest lecturer at University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Temple University and at numerous Information Technology forums. He has received many accolades including the CIO Leadership Networks 2008 Top 10 Leaders & Innovators Award and Premier 100-Computerworld magazine 2009. In 2011, he was profiled in “The Transformational CIO” by Hunter Muller and “The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders” by Marc J. Schiller.
Ashkan is an Entrepreneur, Strategist, Healthcare, and Technology business leader with 15+ years experience in new innovation models, enterprise implementation, and partnerships. His experience spans technology, consulting, venture capital, and healthcare working for Cisco Systems, BlackRock, Agenus (biotech), and a publicly traded VC firm Hercules Technology Growth Capital within the life sciences & technology group.
Prior to BCG DV, Ashkan started and ran multiple businesses acting as the CEO of a Venture Accelerator called IDEA, the CFO for a technology start-up called GHC (acquired by The Capital Network), and most recently the GM of Healthcare & Commercial Strategy for Mobiquity, a digital engagement provider, creating solutions for the Global 2000 with 9 offices worldwide and 200 clients (approximately 50% within healthcare practice) within the G2000.
During his tenure at Mobiquity he led the company through several acquisitions for global expansion, launched the first FDA-approved Digital Medicine System with Otsuka/Proteus, and formed new ventures such as Centros Health, CureForward, and BioPay.
He holds a B.S. and High-Tech MBA from Northeastern University; as well as completing an executive-education program from Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan focused on Health Policy and Technology Commercialization.
Scott is a partner based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting, where he works with global companies to accelerate digital transformation and innovation. He is a recognized thought leader in technology and innovation, and has more than 25 years of experience in business leadership, strategic planning and technology management for Fortune 500 companies and startup ventures.
Prior to Heidrick, Scott was the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Safeguard Scientifics, which provides capital and relevant expertise to fuel the growth of technology-driven businesses in healthcare, financial services and digital media.
He also co-founded and served as President and Chief Strategy Officer at Mobiquity Inc., a leader in delivering innovative digital solutions for enterprises, where he continues to be Chairman of the Advisory Board. Scott has held executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies including GE, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin, has been the CEO of a leading strategic planning firm, Decision Strategies International, and has also started business ventures in software including OmniChoice, a CRM/Analytics applications provider. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Fulton Financial Corporation (FFC).
Scott has authored a book entitled, “The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution”, and has been a long-time thought leader in the mobile and digital space. In addition, he is a chapter author in the books “The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in the Interlinked World” and “Inside the Minds: Small Business Growth Strategies: Goals for Successful CEOs.”
Scott is a Senior Fellow in the Management Department at the Wharton School, an Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured at MIT, Babson, Duke, Georgia Tech and INSEAD on Digital Innovation, Emerging Technologies, Business and IT Strategy, and New Venture Creation. Scott founded and directs the Game Changer Collaborative, which is made up of leading companies focused on cross-sector digital innovation opportunities. He also holds three patents for analytics solutions and has been quoted as a thought leader in numerous publications including the CIO Magazine, WIRED, Forbes, Knowledge@Wharton, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Scott earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.
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