Mr. Dave Copps

Dave is known locally and internationally as a futurist, technologist and visionary on the role that emerging technologies will play in transforming markets and the world. Dave has founded, launched and sold two technology companies that have placed machine learning and artificial intelligence in hundreds of companies around the world. In 2017 Dave was recognized as Emerging Company CEO of the Year in Texas while serving as CEO of Brainspace Corporation which was acquired by Cyxtera in 2017. Dave received his BA from the University of North Texas. He is an invited member of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on AI, the Xprize Visioneering team, a Capital Factory Partner, a frequent speaker at MIT’s EmTech conferences as well as universities and technology incubators all over the world. Dave currently serves as CEO of Hypergiant Sensory Sciences where he leads the company’s development of its Spatial AI platform. When Dave is not being a geek he enjoys collecting custom guitars, exotic cars, brewing craft beer, ocean sailing and family time at his home on the island of Bequia in the Caribbean.

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Ms. Desirée Patno

Named the highest-ranking woman and 4th overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by in 2017, Desirée Patno is a leader helping women establish strong economic foundations for the future. With over 26 years in real estate and championing gender equality, the CEO and President of Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE) and the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) has left her mark on diverse real estate sectors, selling over 6,000 properties, providing relocation services for major Fortune 100 companies, and connecting entrepreneurs to billions of dollars in business resources

Patno is a national speaker and commentator featured at several agencies, organizations and publications including the White House; MBA’s Annual Convention & Expo and Summit on Diversity and Inclusion; CIFS Financial Services Expo; National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan advisor to the President, Congress and SBA; Million Women Mentors and others

She resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2016, she was honored with HousingWire’s Women of Influence award and was selected the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year.

In 2012, Patno won the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year award as well as HousingWire’s Women of Influence award for the first time. NAWRB is honored to be one of only 11 organizations listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for the SBA.

Since 2010, NAWRB has raised awareness of diverse opportunities, supporting the Office(s) of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) which is tasked with the development and implementation of workforce and supplier diversity standards for the multi-trillion dollar housing sector. NAWRB contributes greatly to the success of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program which presently awards $19.67 billion of federal small business contracts to women-owned small businesses.
Patno is the Publisher of NAWRB Magazine—winner of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in 2015, 2016 and 2017—and is a monthly contributor to RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine, National Mortgage Professional Magazine and various industry publications.

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Mr. Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Truss Point Partners, a boutique global financial services company specializing in liquidity solutions for owners of fine art and alternative assets.  A graduate of Hobart College in New York with a B.A. in History and Economics, Jonathan initiated his professional career in residential and commercial construction after having received a graduate degree from Northeastern University for Construction Management.

He quickly developed into a real estate financier and investor, having closed hundreds of millions of real estate and business lending transactions.  When founding Truss Point Partners, Jonathan engaged established credit facilities to provide a global list of asset owners with debt-based lending solutions against their assets.  As a natural evolution to the success of Truss Point, Jonathan created a proprietary fine art and alternative asset bond structure, providing global asset owners with an income stream against their otherwise illiquid assets.  Jonathan celebrates his 25th year of marriage this month to his wife, Jennifer, and has two sons in college:  Jeffrey is expected to graduate in 2020 with double major from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jared is a Sophomore at SMU – Dallas.

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Mr. Jeffory D Blackard

Jeffory D. Blackard is an American businessman, real estate developer, philanthropist, and visionary. He is the President and CEO of Blackard Global, Inc. as well as the Chairman of the Global Council on NeoRetroism.
Beginning his real estate career in Dallas-Fort Worth in 1981, Mr. Blackard has developed over 30 Master Planned Communities encompassing over 15,000 single-family home sites. In addition to an early focus on single-family home site development, Mr. Blackard’s experiences have covered the gamut of the real estate industry through the acquisition and development of projects including: commercial centers, office parks, multi-family, recreational and amenity centers, condos and villas, patio home communities, row homes, town homes, luxury estates, towers, manufacturing facilities, industrial parks, houses of worship, retail centers, education facilities, hotels and resorts, restaurants, marinas and golf courses. Altogether, Blackard companies have created billions of dollars in real estate assets internationally and have also been responsible for tens of millions of dollars in public/private infrastructure projects including water and sewer treatment plants, structured parking systems, underpasses, and bridges.
Through his years of extensive world travel, Mr. Blackard has become an expert on the evolution process of a village. Over time, he developed an awareness of how the Euclidean development patterns, typical in America and even in many of his earlier project, had segregated people and damaged the fabric of society. Mr. Blackard had an epiphany: Our zoning constructs have taken society away from its natural evolution—the village. Villages have evolved naturally over thousands of years, embodying how people were meant to live together and meet contextual needs that a cookiecutter approach to community never could. As a result, Mr. Blackard resolved to bring this ethos home to America and develop the first contemporary village from scratch.

This is now realized in Adriatica, a $200+ million vertically integrated, mixed-use development located in the heart of McKinney, Texas. Adriatica is inspired by the Croatian fishing village, Supetar, on the Island of Brač and serves as a prototype of this new philosophy of real estate development—one which encompasses so much more than just the physical surroundings, but seeks to meet the needs of lifelong residents and daily visitors alike. Mr. Blackard’s unparalleled understanding of the evolution of communities, from the rural community lifestyle, through the birth of cities, the exodus to the suburbs, and the movement towards “New Urbanism,” in addition to his wealth of experience in real estate development, gave rise to Mr. Blackard’s innovative philosophy of “NeoRetroism” – a veritable functioning, economically self-sustaining village.
In the time since Adriatica’s development, Blackard companies have engaged in a number of new NeoRetroism development projects in the United States and Europe and have sought to educate and engage people all over the world in the mission of reknitting the fabric of society by rethinking the way we build communities. Mr. Blackard’s interests also include a lasting commitment to protecting the environment, having been awarded the National Wetland Conservation Award from the Department of the Interior, one of the highest environmental awards in the nation. It is also a priority of every project to give meticulous attention to the needs of people with disabilities and physical challenges, as evidenced by the firm’s designation as Developer of the Year Award by Accessology Too, LLC.
Outside of real estate, Mr. Blackard is committed to environmental excellence through his company Zero Global Waste, which is operationalizing clean fuel technology throughout the developing world, and exhibits a passion for spreading hope throughout the world by giving both resources and time to charitable ventures. He founded Amazon Outreach to take the Gospel to the most remote regions of the Amazon Basin. He then spearheaded the construction of the Linda Esperanza, a 100-foot riverboat equipped with medical and dental facilities. By doing this, he was able to provide aid to the most inaccessible native tribes. Mr. Blackard is also involved with the Christian mission’s organization, E3 Partners, and has traveled to over 20 countries on five continents, ministering to a variety of people from orphaned children to Heads of State.

Blackard’s influence extends to the political realm, being regularly called upon by Presidents and Prime Ministers for consultation. With expertise in how communities, economies, and people develop, he continues to act in an advisory role for international Heads of State, as well as a variety of state and local government officials and businessmen in the United States.
Blackard attended Northwestern University and was named as one of their 100 most notable graduates.

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Mr. Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of Capital Factory, a coworking community and mentorship-based accelerator designed to help startups find their first investors, customers and employees. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow. Josh lives in Austin with his wife Amy and three children. The best way to reach him is on Twitter @joshuabaer  

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs at Capital Factory, Austin’s largest coworking space and most active investment fund. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow.  He represents Austin internationally as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow. Josh has lived in Austin with his wife Amy and three children since 1999. The best way to reach him is on Twitter @joshuabaer



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Mr. Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor who partners with early-stage companies to bring innovative ideas and technologies to market. As the Managing Director of ERA Capital Partners, Richard oversees the investment selection, capital formation, and go-to-market strategies for a portfolio of investments in the high-tech, healthcare, and energy sectors. Prior to these roles, Richard was a Global Director for American Express Global Corporate Payments where he was responsible for identifying and closing over $4.3B in new business with the company’s largest global commercial clients. During his tenure he managed new product development, data analytics consulting and international sales & marketing programs. Additionally, Richard has led diverse global finance, supply chain, manufacturing and operational consulting engagements with some of the world’s leading companies including AT&T, ExxonMobil, Ericsson, CEMEX, Owens Corning, and Celanese.

Richard is a seasoned and innovate business advisor with leadership experience in strategy, M&A, operational transformation, turnarounds/restructuring, complex commercial negotiation, and private equity transactions. Richard holds a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College and an MBA in International Marketing from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and ESADE Business School. Richard was also a fellow in Organizational Development & Change Management at Johns Hopkins University. Richard resides in Dallas, Texas where he is active in several community and non-profit organizations.


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Mr. Bradley Laye

Bradley Laye is a notable non-profit professional executive having raised or led teams that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in annual campaigns, capital campaigns and planned giving/endowments.  He retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas in July 2019 having taken over in 2013 as one of the youngest CEO’s of a larger Federated city.  Prior to assuming that position in 2013, Bradley was the Chief Operating Officer at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

Bradley served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island where he was responsible for all financial resource development including endowment and planned giving, the annual campaign, capital and supplemental gifts.  He also worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta as the Legacy Officer stewarding “mega gifts” in the Atlanta Jewish Community.  He began his career as a Jewish professional as the CEO of Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, one of the youngest to ever serve as a Hillel CEO.

He is an honors graduate from Tulane University.  After college, he spent one year learning at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

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Mr. Adil Adi

Under Adil’s leadership, WorldLink has grown from 1 employee to over 1,200 in offices throughout the world. WorldLink’s recognition from Inc., Deloitte, and others can be attributed to its Cloud & Data/Analytics Consulting, Talent Solutions, and Managed Services to some of the world’s largest corporations. WorldLink takes a unique approach in its Consulting arms, partnering with leading start-ups to bring the most cutting-edge technology to its clients. As CEO, has driven WorldLink’s vision and direction. The technology world has benefitted through his leadership, as WorldLink has developed valuable use cases in emerging areas such as Big Data/Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Blockchain applications. Adil has also placed a large bet on extending quality of life through the use of technology. As recognition for his WorldLink vision, Adil was a 2016 Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Southwest region.

Adil is also highly active in the private equity space because he is constantly immersed in new technologies. He finds tremendous value in sharing his entrepreneurial expertise directly with his peers. Adil feels it is important to give back to the entrepreneur community by providing guidance and funding, which acts as a catalyst for success. As a result, he has sponsored numerous incubator-type organizations to help graduate the next generation of entrepreneurs. His latest innovations have taken root in the area of the Family Office, where Adil is blending investment and charitable contributions in an unprecedented way in order to give birth to the next wave of socially conscious investors. His strong mission and vast network from Government Leaders in areas of need to leading Silicon Valley VCs have enabled Adil a valuable platform to create paradigm shifts to further improve our innovation ecosystem.

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Mr. Josh Ungerman

Mr. Ungerman’s experience as aformer IRS Senior TrialAttorney andDepartment of Justice(DOJ)Special Assistant U.S. Attorney areinvaluable in helping clients with IRS civiltax and criminaltax controversy matters at all levels alongwithtax and estateplanning. The tax and estate matters in whichJosh is involved are typically very complex fromboth a factual and legalperspective. These matters often requirelegal and accountingskills. Josh is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Ungermanis involvedin defending Taxpayers & issues against IRS inquiries and actions. The IRS defense practicecovers Civil and CriminalExams, InvestigationsandTrials. Many of Josh’s Tax Controversy matters include an offshorecomponent.

Mr. Ungermanis often calledupon to remediate non-compliant offshorestructures and adviseonoffshore compliancerequirements.
Mr. Ungermanis selectedtomany “Best of”attorney listsbyhis peers including: Best Lawyers, D Magazine and Texas Monthly. Hewas selected to the Texas SuperLawyersTop 100 Lawyers inTexas list.

Prior to joiningthe firmin 1994, he was a civilprosecutor for the InternalRevenueService,Dallas District Counsel office. Hewas also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of JusticeinDallas duringhistime as a civil prosecutor. Prior to becoming an IRS attorneyof aspecial assistant U.S. attorney, he served asa law clerk tothe HonorableCarolynM. Parrat the United States Tax Court inWashington, D.C.
Joshis a frequentspeaker ontaxtopics including domestic and offshoreIRS exams, IRS estatetaxstrategies, tax shelter defense,recent tax legislation, IRS criminaltaxinvestigation techniques, statetax controversy issuesand IRS offshorecomplianceissues.
Mr. Ungermanwas admittedtopractice in Texas in 1990.

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