Attorney Stephen Zralek gathered a panel of Nashville's finest business owners and interactive experts to discuss how technology can lead to a new revenue stream for companies for an invitation only breakfast event.
David A. Owens is professor of the practice of management at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he focuses on entrepreneurship. Specializing in innovation and new product development, he is known as a dynamic speaker and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He provides consulting services for a wide range of clients around the world, including NASA, The Smithsonian, Nissan LEAF, Gibson Music, TVA, Cisco and LEGO, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR’s Marketplace. Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, David was the CEO of Griffin Technology in Nashville.
Nicholas Holland is Founder of centresource, an interactive agency in Nashville, which was recently named the 46th fastest growing inner-city firm in the United States. Centresource's motto is to "build, brand and boost" and they help businesses look at their overall strategy and find new ways to make or save money through interactive media.
Before starting centresource, Nicholas worked as a Risk Analyst, which provided a foundation in business analysis and that has been invaluable to operations and financial management.
Carter Hopkins, a recent college graduate, co-founded CityStreak. Finding his way from Shreveport, Louisiana, Carter occasionally finds his roots with his thick Cajun accent. When he can be understood, he is most likely talking wild ideas about traveling the country or passionately pursuing life. Described by some as a combination of "Groupon" and the "Amazing Race," CityStreak already has an amazing following after launching just a few months ago. Their mission is to connect people with each other to make memories and have a blast in their city. Come hear how two young entrepreneurs turned a dream into a thriving business that's built on a digital platform.
Parker Polidor is the Founder of Cell Journalist, which provides a real-time, hyper local content platform to 150+ local TV stations and newspapers. Prior to Cell Journalist, Parker, an inveterate entrepreneur, started and later sold Mountain Valet, the first parking management company in Vermont serving ski resorts. Mountain Valet grew from three employees and one account to seven locations with over 40 employees across three states. Parker has traveled to 37 countries and participated in humanitarian trips to Asia and Central Africa.