Kim Lavine - Principal & Founder, Writer & Producer
All great journeys begin on the strength of just one individual and their dream. The historic journey of THE NEXT BIG DREAM began with critically-acclaimed, bestselling business author, Kim Lavine,
Identified as America's Expert on Inspirational Business Advice, Kim touches millions around the world through her appearances on The Today Show, Rachel Ray, Good Morning America, NBC & ABC news, CNN, CNBC, FOX, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, and features in USA Today, Country Living, Guideposts, Inc, Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Forbes, to name a few. Read more...
Terry Cross - Director of Corporate Governance
Advising on financing strategies, capital formation, corporate governance.
Mr. Cross has helped start-up over 50 companies as a first-round investor in Google, PayPal, Napster and Inktomi, to name a few. Appointed to An International Task Force for a World Financial Center, Terry is a Founding Member of the Michigan Venture Capital, and a Board Member of the Great Lakes Angels.
After graduating from Wayne State University with an MBA in Finance, Mr. Cross entered the machine tool business in Detroit, Michigan, with The Cross Company, (publicly traded) the world’s leader in Automated Machine Tools. Mr. Cross worked in many departments of The Cross Company, learning the business from the ground up.
Mr. Cross co-founded, CP Systems Company specializing in high-speed, small parts, automated assembly machinery and built it up to an annual revenue base of $10.0 million. Mr. Cross sold CP Systems Company to Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, a NYSE listed company.
Mr. Cross entered the securities business through a training program with Eastman Dillon Union Securities in 1972. In 1974, Mr. Cross joined Kidder, Peabody & Company in their Detroit, Michigan office and remained there until 1985 when he was transferred to Kidder’s flagship Park Avenue office in New York City. In 1985, Mr. Cross was elected a Senior Vice President and shareholder of Kidder, Peabody & Company. In 1988, Mr. Cross was transferred to Kidder’s San Francisco office and remained there until 1998. During his years in San Francisco from 1989 until 1998, he focused almost entirely on the technology companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. In1995, Kidder was acquired by PaineWebber. Mr. Cross left PaineWebber in July of 1998 to pursue private investments. In February 2000, Mr. Cross co-founded Sonoma Photonics, Inc in Santa Rosa, CA where he served as CEO and Chairman until he resigned to return to Michigan in August 2002. During his tenure, Mr. Cross spearheaded the development of the business plan and raised $ 10.7 million in venture funding from domestic and European investors. Sonoma Photonics was sold to Northrop Grumman in 2008 for a significant return. In August 2002, Mr. Cross returned to Michigan and founded Windward Associates, a private investment partnership, where he focuses on capital formation advisory.
Mr. Cross’ past board memberships include: G2 Networks, Inc. of Los Gatos, CA, Safari Technology Inc. of Lawton, Michigan, GCB Technologies of San Jose, CA, InGenius Technologies of Kalamazoo, MI., Wordenglass Inc. of Kalamazoo, MI., Machine Vision International of Ann Arbor, MI, Inivest of Detroit, MI, and Triumph Resources of New York City, and Pure Entropy Solutions of Lake Orion, MI [as Chairman], and MIST Innovations of Detroit as Chairman.
Mr. Cross was a founding investor of three companies resulting from MIT’s Technology Transfer Department: Intellitec, Axiomatics, and LNL Technologies. He served as a board member for Axiomatics and Intellitec. He was also a member of MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. He has served as a financial advisor to Triscend Semiconductor of Mountain View, CA, Macropore Corporation of San Diego, CA. and All-American Semiconductor of San Jose, CA.
He currently serves as Board Chairman of Fusion Coolant Systems, Ann Arbor, MI, a Director of Monarch Antenna, a Delphi Corp. spinout, IROA Technologies, LLC of Ann Arbor, MI, ArdentCause L3C., NextCAT of Detroit, MI, Lead Director of AutoHarvest.org [501c‐3], and Director and Interim CFO of InfoReady, Ann Arbor, MI. among others. Since 2002, he has mentored over 50 company founders in Southeast Michigan and has been instrumental in helping entrepreneurs raise in excess of $100 million of capital funding.
Mr. Cross was named The Distinguished Alumni in 2005 by The School of Business Administration at Wayne State University where he is also their first Executive in Residence - Entrepreneurship. He also served on the Business School’s Board of Visitors and on The Critiquing Committee for their Entrepreneur Course relating to business plan development. He also administers the prestigious Adams Family Fellowship for Entrepreneurship for The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. He currently serves as business plan evaluator for the SEIC Michigan 21st Century Jobs’ Fund Pre Seed Fund, the SEIC Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund Accelerator Fund, the SEIC Michigan 21st Century Follow-On Fund, the SEIC Michigan 21st Venture Match Fund, The Great Lakes Entrepreneurs’ Quest and The First Step Fund in Detroit, MI. He is a member of The Rochester Hills Mayor’s Business Committee. He was deeply involved in many aspects of TechTown, a Detroit based incubator from 2003 - 2009. He currently serves an adviser to The Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund at The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan where he was named Outstanding Adviser for 2010-‐2011.
In September of 2007, Terry was named to the Task Force for a World Financial Center by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of Korea’s most prestigious educational institutions. In 2010 Terry was elected to the Board of the Detroit Chapter of The American Technion Society associated with The Technion in Haifa, Israel.
He is a past Board member of Great Lakes Angels, a founding member of Michigan Venture Capital Association, a Board member of Automation Alley’s Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan, a Board Member of Ann Arbor Angels, a former Trustee of Mariners’ Church of Detroit, and a former trustee of The Professional Children’s School of New York City and Chairman of The Executive Board of Michigan-Emerging, an event focusing on the emerging sectors in Michigan’s economic recovery.
Terry resides in Oakland County, Michigan.
Emily Dickey - Chief Marketing Officer
With over 15 years of successful global brand management experience for Fortune 100 companies, Ms. Dickey brings priceless expertise developing and executing industry-leading digital and experiential marketing campaigns working both inside the world’s top agencies including Young & Rubicam, Lowell Cambell Ewald, and SapientNitro, as well as senior global brand management positions inside Ford Motor Company, where she helped implement one of the first wildly-successful digital campaigns for Fiesta, following it up by leading the first introduction of a European light-truck model (Transit Connect) into the U.S. automotive marketplace.
As CMO for MM MEDIA, Ms. Dickey has brought her formidable creative talents and priceless agency experience to the task of crafting a ground-breaking integrated multimedia marketing model for MM MEDIA’S flagship project THE NEXT BIG DREAM, then leveraged her superb relationship skills to secure A-level meetings with leaders and key decision-makers at the world’s biggest brands, successfully identifying and articulating brand objectives through research, then positioning a sophisticated strategy around them to drive us forward to close the sale.
In her agency experience, Ms. Dickey has used her broad in-depth knowledge of the conventional and rapidly-evolving digital advertising industry to help define strategies and build consumer awareness for Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat. In her roles of digital management she’s devised platform strategies designed to create memorable customer experiences and deliver brand objectives through experiential marketing, content development, media planning, mobile and social marketing, while validating customer deliverables through data science, consumer intelligence and analytics.
With a rare talent for articulating big-picture creative vision and a sophisticated understanding of market trends and emotional drivers, Ms. Dickey has demonstrated over and over again an unparalleled ability to communicate with Chief Marketing Officers charged with the management of the world’s most valuable and recognized brands. Through her impressive understanding of unique revenue demographics contributing to their bottom-line, Ms. Dickey has been instrumental in packaging and presenting deliverables to it through a complex and engaging marketing strategy designed to make meaningful connections with their core consumers.
CHOKHA PALAYAMKOTTAI - CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Chokha Palayamkottai has more than 16 years of experience in software development, architecture and design in the areas of cloud, wireless, distributed, scalable and parallel computing. He also holds executive positions in Locify, Inc, Video MD and Integral and Open Systems, Inc, where he directs the company's product strategy and is responsible for product architecture, implementation, and operations.
Previously he served as the President of Logicpotion, Inc, where he helped launch eCommerce portal platform and augmented the marketing strategy with wireless based solutions. He also served as a Co-Chair of The Indus Entrepreneurs non-profit organization, where he assisted companies in the early stages of product development and mentored entrepreneurs.
As an architect and Co-Founder at Locify, he designed and developed algorithms for location based services for Geo Caching and aggregating geo-spatial data to serve targeted ads for the retail industry. This was implemented on a highly-distributed cloud-based platform for scalability. As the CTO and architect for VideoMD, he has designed and developed algorithms for transitional care to reduce re-admission rates of patients at hospitals, built with an HIPAA-compliant integration engine on a cloud platform. Previously, he was also the lead architect for Smartcard Health Technologies, Inc, where he successfully ported EMR records on a smart card chip.
Palayamkottai also oversaw IBM’s cloud platform migration from SCE to Openstack-based platform and integrated with Softlayer based architecture after its acquisition. Under Palayamkottai’s leadership and role as a Vice-chair for IEEE Computer Society (SE Michigan), numerous workshops for embedded systems have been organized and helped contribute to publications from the group’s research. He also has been an advisory board member for On It Foundation and Blogoxy and was the IT Director for Embodied Education Collaborative.
Palayamkottai holds an engineering degree in Computer Science Engineering with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Computing.
Brian Vander Ark - Multiplatinum Rock Star & Music Director
Original songs, music direction and scoring. WHEN YOU DREAM
Brian Vander Ark is a multiplatinum rockstar who has written some of the most iconic rock anthems of a generation, selling millions of records and inspiring a Hollywood blockbuster starring Mark Wahlberg & Jennifer Aniston. With a fiercely-uncompromising commitment to his art, he's rocked the world from arenas, sound stages and every television set, collaborating with legends on original film and music productions including Bill Szymczyk, Producer of The Who, and Hollywood A-Lister Jeff Daniels. One of America's greatest songwriters, Brian is taking his multi-platinum songwriting and performance virtuosity to new heights to inspire billions to dream.
Kerry Kerr - CFO, CPA, MBA
Kerry Kerr brings 35 years of high-level accounting experience to MM MEDIA as a CFO and Controller specializing in SOX, Monthly Closing, and Mergers and Acquisitions. His most recent position was Controller for a San Francisco Clean Tech Angel Fund and it's respective management company, where Mr. Kerr handled partnership and LLC accounting for both the Fund and the Mgt LLC organizations, including monthly closing, recording and valuing fund investments.
As an M & A Consultant on multiple projects for RoseRyan, Mr. Kerr has performed due diligence activities for a California-based organization buying up smaller businesses throughout the United States, performing interim CFO duties for acquired businesses including oversight of integration into acquirer as well as instituting proper controls and GAAP accounting procedures. Additionally, Mr. Kerr performed period end closing activities for acquired organizations including submission of required period end financial data to acquirer per required policies, preparing opening balance sheets for acquired organizations.
As Project Controller for RoseRyan client Osteologix, Inc, Mr. Kerr’s duties included preparing reconciliations, journal entries, closing binders and financial statements. Additionally he was charged with the preparation of consolidated financial statements (Danish subsidiary), quarterly SEC filings, management of annual external audits, implementation of internal control processes (SOX). He further assisted in the IPO process (reverse merger into a public shell), managed investment portfolio activities and performed accounts payable activities, managed employee benefits and prepared payroll, processed stock option agreements and accounted for stock option activities.
Specializing in Controller and SOX activities for several biotech, software and high-tech organizations in the San Francisco Bay area for over 4 years, Mr. Kerr has acted as a due diligence specialist involved with acquisitions, and a 404 Project Manager and testing, documentation and control design expert.
Mr. Kerr graduated from Michigan State University - The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management with an MBA, Accounting, Finance
Go Go Luckey
Go Go Luckey Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production company specializing in reality and scripted content for television, digital media and advertisers. Led by veteran entertainment industry executives Julie Auerbach, Henry Capanna, and Tina Gazzerro Clapp, Go Go Luckey has built a reputation over the last 11 years as one of the leading creative houses for fresh, cutting-edge programming with a signature cinematic look and style. Go Go Luckey is sought after by networks and brand marketers seeking to connect with hard-to-reach young-adult audiences. With a passion for telling attention-grabbing stories, the company has produced hundreds of hours of compelling programming for its clients, which include virtually every major broadcast and cable network.
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