Meet the judges: FIU Track


John C. Fleming, a serial entrepreneur, is the technology practice lead at Biztegra Partners, a social Web agency based in West Palm Beach. He started his career as a software developer in 1979 and has worked nationally and internationally in engineering, sales, marketing, services and general management in industries ranging from high tech to real estate. Fleming has started companies, raised money and has been part of teams that built products that became market leaders.

Robert H. Hacker is the managing partner of GH Capital, a Miami-based financial consulting boutique. He is a professor in the FIU Engineering School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is author of “Billion Dollar Company” and is finishing his next book on social entrepreneurship. He is also the CFO at the One Laptop Per Child Association and is a board member of the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center at FIU and the South Kent School.

Mike Tomas is president of The ASTRI Group, an early-stage private equity investment company providing capital, business development and strategic marketing support. He is also president and CEO of Bioheart, an adult stem cell company dedicated to autologous cell therapies for the treatment of chronic and acute heart damage and peripheral vascular disease. Previously, he worked 18 years in the telecom industry in the U.S. and Mexico. He chairs FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.

Erika Twani is CEO and a founding board member of Learning One to One Foundation, which aims to improve the potential of today’s youth. Before that, she was the education industry director for Microsoft Latin America’s Multi-Country Region and received the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award. Twani also owned a company in Brazil, which she grew to $60 million in sales in six years. She serves on FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center Board of Advisors.

Ricardo Weisz is an international marketing expert in startups, brand development, licensing and marketing of products and services and has successfully headed various ventures. During his tenure with The Walt Disney Co., he launched operations in multiple countries, was a Zone VP and GM, and headed a Latin American SBU. The angel investor has held board positions including Orangi Corp., Consult A Doctor, Miami Innovation Fund, The Winner’s Circle and New World Angels.

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