Dan Walter is a Member of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC. He advises emerging and established companies on their legal options at every stage of their business’s life cycle and regularly assists with partnership and corporate taxes, federal and state tax credits and incentives, real estate and corporate transactions, executive compensation and general corporate matters. He is a Tax Law Specialist, certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.
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The explosion of cryptocurrencies since his introduction in 2014, has allowed him to catapult the momentum into the soon to be released website.
Social Media, Community Management and Community Engagement have been at the forefront of Joe’s expertise in the blockchain space.
Rachel Siegel is a content creator, influencer & speaker in the blockchain space.
Her work is geared towards mass adoption of common consumer culture through entertainment targeting millennial audiences. You can find her video content at www.YouTube.com/CryptoFinally or keep up to date on social media @CryptoFinally on Twitter & Instagram.
Rachel comes from a production background working for companies such as HPE, Lion King, Wicked, Blue Man Productions (Blue Man Group) & Weight Watchers. This includes several spots for NBC, NPR, Rolling Stone, Telemundo & ESPN.
She has a background in live events including work for Madison Square Garden NYC, Millennium Park Chicago & The Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park NYC.
Jacob Lill has an impressive track record of building sustainable businesses and developing innovative technologies that allow his businesses to have a vast and efficient positive impact.
Jacob’s innovative spirit started at a young age in the alternative medical industry. Jacob quickly became the largest alternative medical provider in Colorado and Nevada, working directly with the state governments to create smarter regulations. After reaching this level of success, he began helping other business leaders in the industry to optimize their operations and increase the value provided to patients.
During his time in the alternative medical industry, he saw a problem and the real needs of end-of-life patients, so he launched a large non-profit cooperative and created a charitable organization dedicated to assisting end-of-life patients with their high medical costs and personal expenses.
After Jacob became interested in the sharing economy, he went on to start a real estate group specializing in alternative housing. In less than two years, Jacob built and franchised a national brand with over a hundred million dollars of assets under management.
After spending several years being fascinated by crypto currencies and learning about blockchain technologies, Jacob stepped down from his CEO role to fully engulf himself in everything blockchain. He has focused on building technologies and systems that allow for increased connection and simplified communication.
Jacob is currently involved with many projects in the blockchain space and has fully dedicated his time, resources and skillsets to help these projects bring the benefits of these technologies to the mainstream.
Benjamin Leff is an expert token sale community manager with experience growing and managing large online communities across multiple social media channels. Founder of Leff Ventures, Ben is highly knowledgeable in creating grassroots excitement for new blockchain investments by leveraging years of experience building extensive industry relationships. Ben is a firm believer in the power of creating a project around the needs of the community which varies from the traditional business model in the blockchain world; this comes from his experience in consulting several ICO/blockchain projects from Mauritius to the United States to Vietnam and the UAE. From volunteering as a Global Ambassador for Liquid Exchange to co-hosting the Houston Bitcoin Meetup with over 2,700 local members, Ben believes that mass adoption lies in the hands of the community at-large.
Rob Lalka is Professor of Practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the Executive Director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Lalka is the co-founder of Medora Ventures, a consulting firm that supports investments with returns for shareholders, the local community, society overall, and generations to come.
He moved to New Orleans from Washington, DC, where he was a director at Village Capital and a senior advisor at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Before that, Lalka served in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships and was on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff.
Lalka graduated from Yale University and holds his master’s degree in global public policy from Duke University. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood, where he serves as a Commissioner for the Broadmoor Improvement Association.
Victoria Adams Phipps is a nonprofit executive who was pivotal in solidifying New Orleans’ status as a hub of entrepreneurial activity. She is the Vice President of Programs at the New Orleans Business Alliance, the economic development engine for the city, and Executive Director of 504ward, an initiative to attract and retain young professional talent. Prior to joining the NOLABA team, Victoria was Executive Producer of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a week-long festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. She worked with organizations like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce.com, and Uber to engage over 50,000 event attendees, driving $4.3MM in funding and resources to local startup ventures. Her efforts contributed to New Orleans being ranked #5 City Where Entrepreneurship is Booming by Entrepreneur Magazine andsolidified Inc. Magazine’s declaration that New Orleans is the “Coolest Startup City in America.”
Victoria is a board member of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and a member of the board of directors at Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, where she Chairs the Programs and Volunteers Committee. She is a local member of Global Shapers, an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, and an alumna of the New Leaders Council Institute. Victoria was named to Gambit’s 2016 40 Under 40 list and was recognized as New Orleans Magazine’s Top Female Achievers in 2018.
Ricky Bennet is the CEO and Founder of The Richway. He was an All-American College Basketball player at Houston Baptist University. After college he went on the play professional basketball, his basketball career was cut short due to injury in 2007.
After 18 months of no success in corporate America and after losing every penny that was earned during his basketball career, He started his first home-base business. Ricky helped that company exceed over a billion in sales while also creating a multi million dollar business himself from 2008-2013.
Early 2014 he started his own sales group around a class 1 medical device and turned it into a million dollar business in just months.
Now he is leading the way as the Worlds First Personal Enrichment Coaches, The Richway.
Sterlin Lujan is a futurist, freedom activist, visionary, and public speaker. He is the former Communications Ambassador and Opinion Editor for Bitcoin.com. His background is steeped in activism, journalism, academia, and cryptocurrency technologies. He worked with Bitcoin.com from 2015 and until 2019. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, he studied psychology and clinical counseling. He has a bachelors degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Cecillia and they live together in Texas. He is currently working on finishing his first book, a collected works called, Dignity & Decency: Rhapsodic Musings of a Modern Anarchist.
Proven experience in strategic planning, building and managing multiple high-performance teams in both startups and larger private and public companies, creating efficient operations, assembling advanced technology research and architecture groups, consulting on organizational development, writing business plans, coaching executives, training managers, defining and developing new products and services, providing architectural leadership, and successfully launching into new markets.
· 30+ years technical and technology management experience, in both software and hardware
· Sharply-honed skills in implementing effective structure within highly creative teams
· Early stage high-tech company executive experience – vision, strategy, business plans, funding, staffing, product management, architecture, R&D, operations, marketing, product launches, boards of directors
· Angel and VC fund raising successfully closed, capitalization, investor relations
· On-time and on-budget product development and IT project management
· Multiple successes with 1.0 and mature products, many full-life-cycle experiences
· Requirements-driven architecture, design, implementation, QA, usability, feature control
· Management of co-development partnerships and OEM licensing, trade shows, and technical collateral
· Leadership style of open communications, consultative decision making, trust, grooming contributors for higher productivity and managers for excellence