Global Advocate for Mobile Corporation
Howard Brush Dean III is an American former politician who served as the 79th Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 2005 to 2009. Dean was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Presidential Election, 2004.
He was the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1987 to 1991, and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986. In the 2004 election, Dean was the top fundraiser and front-runner, prior to the Iowa caucus, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Dean pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing, which is centered on mass appeal to small donors that is more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public.
Dean earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005. In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama used the 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy.
Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer who is the current President of the Producers Guild of America that boasts over 5,000 members. He is the former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a large non-profit organization with 300 employees and 6,000 members. Koch has been a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors since 2004. His father, producer and studio executive Howard Koch, was president of the Academy from 1977 to 1978 making Hawk Koch the first second-generation president in the Academy’s history.
Prior to serving as president of the Motion Picture Academy, Koch was the president of the Producers’ Guild of America. Koch also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the National Film Preservation Foundation.
As a producer, executive producer, executive, or assistant director, Hawk Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 50 major motion pictures among them such classics as “Marathon Man,” “Chinatown,” “Wayne’s World,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Heaven Can Wait,” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of our time, among them Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Warren Beatty, and Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to his duties at the Academy, Koch continues to develop and produce movies.
Henry G. Cisneros, Ph.D.
Mr. Cisneros is the founder and Chairman of Cityview, one of the nation’s premier institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. In 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. He was subsequently elected to four terms. In 1992, President Clinton appointed Mr. Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”). After leaving HUD in 1997, Mr. Cisneros became President and COO of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Mr. Cisneros currently serves on Univision’s Board of Directors. He has served as President of the National League of Cities and as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is currently a member of the Advisory Boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation and was honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.” Mr. Cisneros sits on each of CityView’s Investment Committees.
Mr. Cisneros graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. and a Masters degree in urban and regional planning. He earned an Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, studied urban economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Don Bivens is immediate past chair of the 55,000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and is a former President of the Arizona State Bar. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.
Robert Colorina is Director with AIAC Investment Group, an equity firm of manufacturing and technology companies currently in 20 countries and 20 US states. He has held positions as an officer with Bank of America Investment Banking and Ford Motor Co. Mr. Colorina has served as special advisor in corporate, international, policy and entrepreneurial situations.
He attended on behalf of the U.S. the inaugural Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Forum in Asia attended by the President Clinton and 17 other member heads of state. Separately, he has attended programs with the International Chamber of Commerce in China; the ASEAN Forum in Indonesia; World Bank/IFC and IMF in Washington DC; the UN in New York and Africa; and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Colorina has conducted business in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America with extensive travel in each.
While based overseas, he was a senior advisor to Sun Microsystems, Royal Financial Holdings Pty Ltd, and The Keppel Group of Singapore, a conglomerate part of the sovereign wealth fund, Temasek Holdings, which manages assets in excess of $180 billion.
He has been involved in transactions with First Pacific; Agribrands; Illinois Tool Works; GlaxoSmithKline; China 2 Net LLC; and US Major League Baseball. He maintains strong relationships with the alternative investment and family office community. He served as advisor or member to the U.S. Commerce Department (as Chair of its MBDA forum), Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Allworld Growth Entrepreneurs Network, and University of Virginia’s diversity board. He has served as special advisor to former RNC Chair Jim Gilmore. He also served on international boards under Virginia Governors (now US Senators) Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (President Obama’s first DNC Chair).
Mr. Colorina graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He later participated in executive programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Benjamin Lu currently serves as the Head of MNC client services and deployment at GDS Infrastructure. Mr. Lu joined GDSI in 2012 and is responsible for global client services and deployment. Prior to joining GDSI, Benjamin was a consultant for MechanicNet Group (“MNG”), a SaaS based marketing and retention software provider for small medium sized businesses. While at MNG he led development and marketing strategies. Mr. Lu also conducted market research which included market sizing as well as competitive analysis of the SaaS retention software industry.
Previously, he managed his own fund, where he designed the fund’s investment strategy, executed the trading of equities and derivatives as well as managed the fund’s portfolio risks. Earlier in his career, Benjamin worked as a corporate development analyst at UTStarcom performing industry research on worldwide IPTV distributors and operators.
Prior to working at UTStarcom, Mr. Lu did a stint at Rutberg and Co., a boutique Investment Bank focused on M&A advisory and private placement fundraising for companies in the mobile and digital media industries.
Mr. Lu received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis.