Meet our Partners & Listen to their stories

With an MBA and 20 years’ experience in health care, Jill has successfully managed small businesses. Responsible for all aspects of the business, she is known for her ability to reduce expenses and increase productivity. Trained as a state-level Baldrige examiner, she has a systematic approach to evaluate organizations and tie performance measurement back to vision and strategy. Although she has successfully delegated all painting projects to her husband, she is always looking for new technology that makes people’s lives easier to bring to market.

Dr. Cory S. Goldberg is a Plastic Surgeon dual-certified in both the US and Canada, with advanced training in Craniofacial Surgery at the University of Southern California and Cedar’s Sinai. After completing medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario he earned a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering while doing his Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Toronto where he is now an appointed Lecturer in both medicine and engineering faculties. Dr. Goldberg specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and volunteers for Operation Smile doing cleft lip surgery around the world. He runs his cosmetic surgery practice in Toronto and is the Medical Director for Sanctuary International Spas. Dr. Goldberg has recently completed an executive MBA through Cornell and Queen’s schools of business. He has been featured on CTV Canada AM, CBC News, Rogers Media, and City TV Breakfast Television.

Bruce is co-founder of Server Dome, a company launched by Academic Innovation Partners to commercialize a revolutionary data centre design from Oregon Health and Science University. Bruce has over 20 years of business experience. He has successfully developed new product offerings and marketing programs, providing solutions to customers across a variety of industries.

Glenn is a senior project management professional and experienced guide with an entrepreneurial disposition. His focus continues to be on leadership, business planning, relationship management, team work and collaboration. Over the course of thirty-plus years in information technology Glenn has been profoundly impacted through his work with people from many countries and cultures in numerous project environments. Glenn’s background is in information technology infrastructure, operations management and service delivery. In recent years Glenn’s interests have taken him increasingly into the realm of technology innovation and business start-ups.

Chuck has a degree in Electrical & Electronics from the University of South Dakota of Mines & Technology and for over 33 years he has used his passion for industrial engineering to help companies grow sales exponentially. From his position of Antenna Design Engineer at Texas Instruments to his most recent position as Chief Technology Officer at D & W Marine Systems Management, he has a long track record of understanding complex technologies and their practical features to affect sales solutions in the semiconductor, marine, and other high-technology industries. In addition to a high technical IQ for innovative products he uniquely has demonstrated the ability to restructuring engineering teams & workflows for maximum cost-efficiency & productivity.

Justin specializes in management and human resources consulting; counseling; executive and supervisor coaching; training; organizational development; conflict resolution; critical incident consulting. He graduated from the following programs: Northwestern University MSLOC, Learning and Organizational Change, University of Colorado Denver MA, Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, and University of Northern Iowa BA, Health Promotions.

Michael graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s Degree in Business Management. He is a 30-year US Air Force veteran, with a background in military intelligence and air operations, as well as over 2,500 hours in various USAF aircraft. He has worked in the US House of Representatives as a Defense Legislative Fellow and possess a certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. While in the Air Force, he led organizations of up to 350 people and served on 6 military deployments, including 4 operational combat deployments.

David is an accomplished medical communications professional with 25+ years of experience in the Biologics and Pharmaceutical Industries. David has held diverse positions of increasing responsibility. Specific experience in Neurology, Psychiatry, Oncology and immunologic aspects of Biologics. David has worked for large pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca and Novartis, 2 small startup companies and a mid-size pharmaceutical company. David has also worked as a self-employed consultant to the pharmaceutical industry.

Stephen is a civil engineer with over three years of professional experience, focusing in site development and transportation design, with project experience on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Northern California. With a background in transportation, site/civil, utility, and rail engineering, Stephen brings a high-quality and comprehensive approach to a project.

Nicholas specializes in business development & market research analysis. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with B.A. Psychology and Business/Spanish minors. He added to his Business and Technology Acumen by attending Northwest Renewable Energy Institute to obtain “Wind Tech Certification” – Wind Turbine Technician Program.

Joshua has over 12 years’ experience serving in the United States Armed Forces in numerous Aviation Maintenance Management leadership positions working on the popular Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters: UH-60 Maintenance Test Pilot & Pilot-in-Command, Air Mission Commander; Aviation Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Manager, and UH60 Crew Chief/Mechanic. He holds an FAA Airframe & Power plant rated license & Commercial Pilot rated license with an “Instrument” rating and graduated with aeronautical & aviation degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide and North Central Institute, respectively.

Joseph has been in the software development & programming industry for over 24 years. During this time, he has developed valuable experience within the information technology industry in addition to specialized software programming in the following industries: Construction, Semi-Conductor, Financial, and Loan Originations & Servicing. Joseph has many skills & talents in software development yet his experiences in business analysis is the greatest asset to our team. What he enjoys most about the partnership is the team collaborative environment and working to improve on new technologies. He earned a bachelors of science in Information Technology degree from Coleman College. Joseph is compassionate and believes in community volunteer service. He can often be found volunteering and giving time at the Americare Hospice & Palliative Care center.

Dave is a highly successful operations executive with expertise in building/optimizing and leading multi-million dollar organizations, through the use of processes, installing effective measurement systems, and infrastructure to maximize business operations worldwide. He has extensive experience in classified and unclassified networks, Information Technology, Radars and Weapons, and Ship Systems. He has proven success in delivering optimal results in high-pressure environments through initiatives that exceed operational performance targets and yield measurable outcomes. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis in late ‘80s. Subsequently, he furthered his engineering education by securing an M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School. In 2005, he procured an MBA from Rutgers Business School in New Jersey. Consequently, Mr. Forster scholastic achievements and extensive professional career make him an undeniable asset at any organization. Prior to his current position, he worked with the U.S. Navy in Washington D.C. as Program Manager for the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems department. He was responsible for almost every facet of getting complex sensing information and intelligence implemented into daily naval operations.  His scope of responsibilities was so expansive that, in addition to his operational duties, he also initiated client engagements and negotiated contracts, some in the excess of $1 billion. He also helped to generate huge cost savings initiatives.

Mr. Ali has an undergraduate degree in biology from The University of Houston and a pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University. He has over 15 years of combined experience in clinical and retail pharmaceutical settings. Mr. Ali is the co-founder of Autism Diagnostic Technologies.

Jackie has strong leadership and high performance business skills developed from training and academic studies at United States Military Academy at West Point & Murray State University. She is also certified in quality management methods via certification of Six Sigma methodologies designed to improve business processes. She has over 13 years’ high-level experience in human interpersonal relations and effective communication for team building. She is service-oriented and an ambassador of goodwill and hospitality to all VIP university-partners. She is the primary liaison for the investment community at our international trade shows and VIP special events. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for children social causes, sports, and spending quality time with family.