PHX Global to Local innovation Summit: Biographies

Date: December 10, 2019


Global to Local Innovation Summit: Sustaining Growth

December 10th at Skysong, 12:30 - 6:30pm


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12:30 - 1:00pm Gather & Connect

~ 1:00pm Start of Interactive Program

Keynotes and More. Distinguished speakers, lively discussion and audience participation.

5:20pm End of Program

5:15 - 6:30pm Reception


Speakers in order of appearance.


Scott Hamilton - CEO at ENP Institute & NextWorks. In addition to his leadership roles at ENP Institute and Next Works, Scott is at Disrupt HR Orange County/San Diego Keynote Speaker on Innovation and Strategy. The ENP Institute, based at the University of California Irvine, UCI Beall Applied Innovation, is comprised of several thousand middle to large market enterprise C-suite leaders, top thought influencers and investors who meet to review emerging trends, transformative strategies, and innovation methods. The ENP Forums (over 370 since 2008) are held in exclusive corporate and academic venues with 150 to 1000 pre-qualified C-suite and top functional area attendees per event.


Doug Bruhnke - founder/CEO at Global Chamber. Doug is an international entrepreneur, speaker and investor dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® reach new markets across metros and borders more successfully. He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of collaborating international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University. Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, he's been married for 37 years, and he and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter who is a Nurse Practitioner in Palo Alto, California.


Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Senator Sinema knows firsthand the challenges everyday Arizonans face - including exporters. Born in Tucson, Kyrsten went through some tough times growing up. Her family struggled to make ends meet, and for a while they were even homeless. But they got by thanks to family, church, and hard work. Kyrsten’s childhood experience showed her the power of hard work and the importance of helping others. On the exporter side, Senator Sinema is a long time supporter of Exim Bank. Read more.


Senator Martha Kelly. At the event we included a video by Senator Martha McSally, but we subsequently learned of her cover up of crimes by the U.S. White House. Beyond politics, there are basic leadership behaviors that we can NOT tolerate here, ever.


Senator Candidate Mark Kelly. Arizona has the chance to have two Senators who advocate for international business success AND that support truth, transparency and the rule of law. Read more about Captain Mark Kelly.


Jaime Casap - Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is also an author and serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap

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Janice Washington - State Director at AZ Small Business Development Center Network. Janice C. Washington, MBA, CPA (RET), is the State Director of the America’s SBDC Arizona Network. As an innovative and strategic leader, she directs the largest, most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. 

Washington’s background features more than 30 years of broad-based business experience working with large corporations and small businesses. A successful entrepreneur in her own right, Washington was Principal of her own accounting and financial consulting firm for more than 21 years. Prior to starting her own firm, she held various analytical, administrative and management positions at Honeywell Information Systems and Intel Corporation, in addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at Western International University and the University of Phoenix. 

Washington holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Jackson State University. She has been an active leader on numerous boards and commissions, including community, state, national and municipal. Washington has represented Arizona on the national level as a former Board Member of America’s SBDC and is currently a member of the national ASBDC accreditation committee. 


Marco Lopez - President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS). Marco A. López, Jr. is the President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS), a business advisory firm that provides strategic business development and policy direction to both international and domestic organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Senior Adviser to the Chairman of Grupo Carso and The Carlos Slim Foundation, and previously served as U.S. advisor to the successful presidential campaign of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on topics of border security and safety, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding IBS, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), helping lead an organization with a $12 billion budget and 60,000 employees.

Marco has had an accomplished career in the public sector. At the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona's largest border community of Nogales, Arizona shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of the vote in 2002, one year before being tapped by then governor Janet Napolitano to work at the Arizona State Capitol.

Dr. Heidi Jannenga - Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT. 
Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT, a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree and the leading software solution for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Heidi advises on the company’s strategic direction and product innovation, while advocating for the rehab therapy profession on an international scale. Since starting the company in 2008,  Heidi has guided WebPT through several milestones, including a seed round with Canal Partners, VC round with Battery Ventures and most recently a partnership with PE firm Warburg Pincus; five acquisitions, and numerous awards, including best in KLAS, Best Places to Work and Inc.’s Top Company Culture. In 2017, Heidi was honored by Health Data Management as one of the most powerful women in IT, and she was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2018, she was named the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year at the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. She also is an active member of the YPO Scottsdale Chapter. Her proudest accomplishment is being a mom to her daughter Ava. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, Taiko drumming and practicing yoga in her spare time.

Social Media: LinkedInTwitter


Anita Malik - Candidate for Arizona's 6th Congressional District. An experienced content visionary and leader, Anita most recently served as COO for ClearVoice. In this role, she led growth strategy and managed daily operations, bridging technology development with editorial. Today she serves as an advisor to the ClearVoice executive team as they scale global operations, now as a part of Fiverr International Ltd.  

Previously, she was responsible for "managing the content team and defining the vision for the department, driving publishing industry standards" at a mobile tech start-up. And before that, Anita spent seven years at the helm, as founder and Editor-in-Chief, of East West, overseeing the content, marketing and direction of what became the foremost pan-Asian American lifestyle magazine in the country. The publication began in February 2004 and obtained subscribers nationwide.

A tribute to her success, Anita was named to the 2007 Folio 40, a distinguished magazine industry list, made up of 40 individuals that “represent the best of what the industry has to offer.”

Before moving to magazines, she worked as a newspaper and radio journalist. Anita also was previously the Deputy Director at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a double bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Finance.


Thiru Thangarathinam - founder and CEO of MST Solutions. Thiru Thangarathinam is the founder and CEO of MST Solutions, a technology services firm that specializes in transforming customer experience through CRM, marketing automation and cloud integration solutions. He founded the company in 2012 and has built it into a thriving global organization that has become well known for designing, building and implementing innovative technology solutions that help their clients achieve stronger business outcomes.

Thiru is an accomplished executive and lifelong learner who is passionate about building an organization that leaves a legacy through the pursuit of its purpose, values, vision and mission. As a result, MST Solutions has been named one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies several years in a row, a Best Places to Work, and one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona. Thiru was recently recognized by Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Most Admired Leaders in the Valley in addition to being a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist for 2019.

An active member of the community, Thiru volunteers time and resources to organizations like the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is also an active member of YPO and Conscious Capitalism Arizona.


Dr. Hiral Tipirneni - Candidate for Arizona's 6th Congressional District. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni has dedicated her life to serving her community, solving problems, and improving lives. She’s served the Phoenix area for more than 20 years as an emergency room physician, cancer research advocate and, most recently, on the board of directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation, which supports the county’s public health care delivery system. She is now running in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District to bring pragmatic problem solving to Washington.

Hiral came to America from India with her family at the age of three. Her parents were seeking the American dream because they knew the United States was a place where, if you worked hard and lived by the rules of democracy, you could be successful no matter where you came from. Hiral’s father eventually secured a job in his field of structural engineering in Ohio, where she and her brother were raised in a working-class suburb of Cleveland. Hiral’s mother, a social worker, was the director of a downtown Cleveland senior center and initiated its Meals on Wheels program. Hiral often accompanied her mother, and it was then she began to feel the tremendous impact small acts of service can have on another person.

Following a childhood illness, Hiral was inspired to learn more about medicine and, after graduating from public school, she eventually earned her medical degree through an accelerated, competitive program at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Hiral met her husband, Dr. Kishore Tipirneni, during her first year of medical school. After she served as Chief Resident of the University of Michigan’s Emergency Medicine program, Hiral and Kishore looked for a place they could settle down, practice medicine, and begin raising a family. They sought somewhere that reflected the Midwestern values they both learned growing up. They chose Phoenix.

After losing her mother and nephew to cancer, Hiral directed her passion and problem-solving skills to evaluating and directing funding for cutting-edge cancer research. She now leads teams of researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates in the fight to treat and cure breast cancer, prostate cancer, and childhood leukemia.


Bill Youngdahl - Associate Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bill Youngdahl is an Associate Professor of Project and Operations Leadership at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He teaches courses and executive education programs on global digital transformation and project leadership. Bill also recently developed a user-friendly cloud-based solution, currently in soft launch, that ensures greater inclusion of diverse team members during ideation stages of design thinking and innovation.


Gary Covert - Executive Advisor and Executive Coach at Gary Covert Consulting. As a top executive coach and executive advisor, Gary has worked with key leaders in some of the most admired companies around. The leaders who work with Gary regularly report accelerated drive to results, higher-functioning teams, as well as significant growth in individual and leadership effectiveness. Clients work in a diverse range of industries, including technology, global hospitality, eye health, restaurants and hospitality, health care, financial services, construction, defense, and energy.

Originally from Nashville, Gary has lived in the Valley for nearly 30 years and earned an undergraduate degree in Japanese from ASU and his Masters degree from Thunderbird.


Sidnee Peck - Chief of Staff for Zero Mass Water. Sidnee Peck serves as the Chief of Staff for Zero Mass Water, a science and technology firm in Scottsdale where she provides strategic leadership to promote rapid growth of the world-changing company. As a customer-focused innovator, she has served as co-founder in multiple companies leading strategic new market entry and market growth.

Peck is the former CEO of SMART Brain Aging, Inc. a healthcare technology company focused on dementia. Under her leadership, SMART was awarded the Arizona Innovation Challenge award in 2016; she founded the Aging 2.0 Local chapter, and was a founding member of the action team for Dementia Friendly Tempe. She was co-founder of Innovation Principle, a new market development consultancy working with a billion-dollar global technology company developing new products.

Sidnee served as an instructor of entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University for nine years, where she also launched the Center for Entrepreneurship in 2014. Peck lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is devoted to innovation - she found her passion for startups as a co-founder with technology company, Alaris in 2009. She has her bachelor’s in accountancy from the University of New Mexico and her MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business. 


Juan Padres - Public Affairs Manager at TuSimple. Juan Francisco Padrés also known as JP, is the Public Affairs Manager for the autonomous trucking company TuSimple. Based in Tucson, AZ, JP is responsible for government, business, and community outreach in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Born and raised in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Juan studied at the University of Arizona where he earned his BA in Political Science and his MBA from the UA Eller College of Management.  Previous work experience has been at the City of Tucson where he served as the Economic Development and International Trade Specialist, as well as in the private sector with companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and as an entrepreneur and business owner in Tucson.  

Juan is married to his wife, Maria Paloma, and they have two daughters, Paloma and Rebeca, and a beagle named Bruno.  Juan enjoys spending his spare time in San Carlos, Mexico with friends and family, and is an avid skier in the winter months.


Anita Verma - Co-founder of SLM and Director of Marketing at Vermaland. Anita was raised in Phoenix and went on to attend the University of Arizona. There, she received her BS in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Marketing.  Anita then received her MBA from the University of Southern California in 2007. She then worked for Vermaland, one of the largest private land owners in Arizona. There she received extensive training in land acquisition and development. She was listed as one the ”Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate” in 2014 by Arizona Business Magazine and “Global Real Estate Leader of the Year” in 2018 from Global Chamber Phoenix. In 2019, Anita founded SLM with two other partners. SLM provides smaller land investors with the opportunity to invest in larger real estate projects.


Tim Grein- President and CEO of WALBAR Engine Components. For the last 3+ years, Tim has been the President & CEO of WALBAR Engine Components, an independent, build-to-print manufacturer of turbine engine components, primarily for commercial aerospace OEMs, with manufacturing operations in both Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico and Chandler, Arizona. Prior to his current role, Tim worked for 10 years in a middle-market private equity firm where he was responsible for making and managing investments in the aerospace, industrial services and specialty metals industries. Earlier in his career, Tiim worked in operational and business development roles within GE Power Systems and he was spent five years as an officer in the US Army, serving in both international and domestic assignments.  


Susan Sly - CEO/Founder of Step into Your Power & Co-CEO and Co-Founder at Radius AI. Susan Sly is a tech investor, best-selling author, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur.  She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television, The CBN, The Morning Show in Australia and been quoted in Forbes Magazine Online.  Susan is the author of 7 books. Her book project with NY Times Best Selling Author, Jack Canfield, made six Amazon Best Selling lists. Susan has built channel sales teams that have produced over $1.6 billion in sales.

She is currently the Co-CEO, and cofounder, of Radius AI – a Silicon Valley and Phoenix based AI company.  Susan recently completed a certificate in AI and Machine Learning from MIT.

Susan has completed the Boston Marathon 6X and placed Top 10 in the Pro Division of the Ironman Triathlon in Malaysia.  Susan is passionate about philanthropy and has dedicated a significant amount of time and money working to liberate girls from trafficking and invest in education to support women and girls who have survived trauma and abuse both domestically and overseas.

Susan is the mother of five children and resides with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Find out more about Susan at

Susan truly believes we can have it all.


Joel Barthelemy - President and CEO of GlobalMed. Joel E. Barthelemy, President and CEO of Arizona-based GlobalMed has a vision of quality, timely care for all through connected health.   He was elected to the AZBio Board of Directors in November of 2014.

Barthelemy has spent the last 18 of 30 plus years in the technology industry focused on the development of connected health systems.  He and his team developed the first lightweight, true HD video examination camera and the first cloud-based Image Management Exchange for Telemedicine.  He continues to drive the transformation of healthcare globally, by developing and integrating secure, efficient health delivery systems that improve access and quality of care, while eliminating unnecessary costs.

Barthelemy actively inspires the design and implementation of effective, high functioning innovation engines that simplify the care delivery process within government, clinical and commercial settings, including military and veterans’ administration organizations, correctional facilities, hospital systems, clinics and urgent care, teaching facilities, sports medicine, and corporate wellness programs.

Under Barthelemy’s leadership, GlobalMed has improved the delivery of healthcare in over 55 countries, has designed the system that has help to deliver millions of consults to US veterans, the White House, the US Military and has been recognized as an outstanding innovator, community advocate, and a high-growth company. 

Neal Schoenbach - Vice President of Global Business Development at GlobalMed. Neal is VP of Global Business Development at GlobalMedthe leader in telemedicine deployments in the U.S. and around the world. Schoenbach has guided the creation of robust virtual health programs for multiple Fortune 500 companies and government entities, including the White House Medical Unit, California Correctional Health Care Services, the Mayo Clinic, ADP, Department of Veterans Affairs, University of California, Petrobras, NHS, International SOS and Meditar. With a background in pharmaceuticals for bariatric and naturopathic medicine, Schoenbach is a recognized industry leader in correctional telemedicine, Direct-To-Consumer telehealth, remote patient monitoring and specialty virtual care. He holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry. 


Stuart A. Hill - Commercial Director at Social Care Network (SCN). Stuart A Hill is an I.T. Security expert and the Commercial Director of Social Care Network LLC (SCN). SCNs mission is to simplify and speed up the process of using IT in the Adoption & Fostering community. SCN is a non-profit dedicated to improving outcomes for supported children and adults by assisting the organisations and people that care for them.


Our facilitators of audience participation, including report-backs.

Alex Devereux

Dr. Diane Hamilton

Gary Covert

Hank Marshall

Jeanine Jerkovic

Mike Langley

Mike Simmons

Rick Buss

Rob Millar

Russ Yelton

Scott Bailey

Steve Zylstra

Tina Sweis

Professor Roberto Ancis


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