Information Systems and Operations Management Advisory Board
Commercial, Digital & Finance IT Head
Shawn Kondratiuk: Alcon Labs - Commercial, Digital & Finance IT Head
Commercial Data & Technology
About Jacob Locke: Jacob is the Director of Commercial Data & Technology at Alcon. He and his team are responsible for creating and maintaining dashboards and analytics solutions for Alcon’s US Commercial Operations. While new to the Data and Analytics industry, Jacob is a CPA and has been with Alcon since 2011 holding various roles in Financial Reporting, FP&A, ERP Deployment, and Commercial Operations. Jacob lives in Fort Worth with his wife and three daughters.
Head of SAP Practice
Commercial Data & Technology
About Asim Syed: Asim Syed is a result-oriented leader with +19 years of experience for defining, building, implementing and optimizing best-in-class IT strategies, operations and business solutions. He offers expertise in Digital transformation, Process improvement, strategic decision making and Consulting. Asim has helped many global customers in Manufacturing, Retail, Life sciences and other industries for successful business transformation program. Asim is part of advisory board at UTD and UTA and he is often invited as a guest speaker at large professional events, universities and conferences.
About Peter Healey: Peter Healey is a Vice President of Account Management at Buxton, where he establishes and maintains strategic partnerships with high profile healthcare and retail clients. He advises clients on the best way to apply consumer analytics to answer their unique business questions. Peter brings account management experience from a variety of industries to Buxton, including e-commerce and logistics. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Texas Christian University and MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Deep Cognition Labs
CEO & Co-Founder
Mandeep Kumar: Mandeep is the CEO and Founder of Deep Cognition, an innovator and technology leader providing enterprises and developers with unique deep learning algorithms. He is credited for designing and developing one of the fastest-growing deep learning AI-based GUI development and deployment platforms. Mandeep has collaborated with researchers, fortune 500 companies, and developers to build and install custom AI modules into their operations. He brings a wealth of knowledge on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship to the board.
NA Region Support and Repair
About Brian White: Currently serving as Head of Customer Support for the Ericsson North America Market, Brian is a thirty-year veteran managing the development and delivery of complex network and software solutions primarily for telecommunications service providers. As an evangelist for the innovation driven by analytics and transformative digital solutions Brian has led the creation of strategies for migration to next generation technologies, evolving businesses to new business models and optimizing business operations to maximize quality and velocity of product delivery/deployment.
Chief Operating Officer
About Mahesh Kashyap: Mahesh is a technology entrepreneur with current focus on financial markets, & artificial intelligence. He is particularly fascinated by public equity markets & how they behave under different circumstances. He is on advisory board of few DFW based AI technology startups where he provides guidance with product & business roadmap to become successful. In past he mentored high school students & other entrepreneurs on time to time basis.
Director, BIS Innovation
Dilip Rane: Pepsico, Director, BIS Innovation
Venkat Rajan, PhD
ReNi Analytics, Inc.
President and CEO
Venkat Rajan: ReNi Analytics, Inc, President and CEO
About Vidhya Balakrishnan: Vidhya is a Senior Director of Software Engineering at Sabre which is a Travel Technology company. She has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry and grew in ranks from a developer to Senior Leadership roles. She manages a global team of 100+ technology team members including data scientists, architects and developers. Her technology domain expertise revolves around Data Analytics, Customer experience and Personalization. She has wide experience in a variety of industries including Travel, Auto Finance, and Telecom where she was responsible to define and execute enterprise Data Strategy. Vidhya is a certified Brain-Based Coach. The Quiet Leadership approach that this coaching adopts is firmly rooted in Neuroscience and teaches leaders how to effectively bring out the best in their team by understanding brain’s physiological properties that lead to an energized ‘toward state’ to solve dilemmas at workplace. Vidhya is active in the DFW Data circles and is a member of multiple professional groups. She speaks at various industry events on a wide range of Data Analytics topics.
Senior Manager, Texas Region
Gavin Berry: Sogeti USA, Senior Manager, Texas Region
Eric Haney, PhD
Lone Star Analysis
About Eric Haney: Eric Haney is the Chief Technology Officer for Lone Star Analytics. He has been in this role since 2018 and his previous positions include Deputy CTO Eric Haney is the Chief Technology Officer for Lone Star Analytics and previously served as Deputy CTO and Lead Analyst at the company. In his current role, Eric is responsible for guiding the technical direction of the company. He manages the development and roll-out Lone Star’s core software applications, TruNavigatorTM, AnalyticsOSTM, and TruPredictTM. His principal goal is to connect individuals with the information required to make pragmatic, objective decisions. Eric completed his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington culminating in his dissertation, Data Engineering in Aerospace Systems Design & Forecasting. His academic research team’s collaborations with DARPA and NASA have been published in The Aeronautical Journal.
Heather Avery, PhD
Customer Analytics and Infrastructure
About Heather Avery: Heather joined Aflac in 2001 and held positions in Internal Operations, Change Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing, and U.S. Analytics. In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic oversight and operations of Aflac’s Analytics department, with a focus on providing efficient, value-driven Analytics to optimize business outcomes. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in computer science from Columbus State University. She earned a master of business administration and a doctor of philosophy in computer science and software engineering from Auburn University. She is an ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt.
Managing Director, Applied Intelligence
Ashok Nayak: Accenture Digital, Managing Director, Applied Intelligence
Director, Analytics & Business Insights
Christopher Seil: Christopher is the Director of Analytics & Business Insights at TD Ameritrade (now part of Charles Schwab). His teams are responsible for empowering data-supported decisions across a variety of domains including client profitability & segmentation, platform interactions & client experience, service performance, operations, and trading. He also leads teams that focus on analytics enablement & data infrastructure. Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Christopher helps lead an enterprise-wide analyst development program that hires, onboards, and develops analytics talent over a two-year rotation across the organization. Prior to his roles in analytics, Christopher held a variety of senior leadership roles in operations, sales, learning & development, and strategic planning across an 18-year career in financial services. Christopher holds a BBA in Management & Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and an MS in Advanced Data Analytics from the University of North Texas. He has served on the advisory board for 3 years and is a regular speaker and guest lecturer at analytics events across DFW
Richard Vitek III
IT Data Experience Director
Richard Vitek III: Lockheed Martin, IT Data Experience Director
Dennis Tkach, PhD
Canton & Company
Chief Operating Officer
About Dennis Tkach: Dennis serves as Canton & Company’s Chief Operation Officer. With 15+ years as a research scientist in the biomedical field, and then a market research/ program expert for health IT and provider organizations, Dennis has led successful, multi-year research projects for the US Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. His work has been recognized in multiple peer-reviewed journals and with a US patent. Building on that foundation, Dennis shifted to focus on business strategy, helping companies identify market trends and competitive intelligence, and using that information to guide their sales and marketing efforts. Prior to joining Canton & Company, Dennis led the Accountable Health Communities model for Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, a national CMMI program to transform healthcare delivery by addressing patients’ Social Determinants of Health. He also led Market Insights and Strategy for Medecision, Health Informatics for Vizient, and a series of scientific research roles for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sg2, and the University of Chicago.
Nabil Raad, PhD
VP of Data Science
About Nabil Raad: : Nabil Raad is VP of Data Science at GM Financial. In this capacity, Nabil leads the Development of analytical solutions that support strategic and operational initiatives across the globe. Previously, Nabil was Director of Product Development Analytics at Ford Motor Company. Other positions held at Ford include Director of Enterprise Risk, Managing Director of Ford Credit’s Global Business Center in India, Quantitative Risk Director for Asia-Pacific and Africa, and head of Pricing Optimization. Prior to joining Ford, Nabil held various positions at Citibank and consulting firms in the areas of analytics, quality, and software engineering. Nabil has extensive experience in the field of Complex Adaptive Systems, simulation, and optimization where he has largely focused on developing transformative strategies that shape and shift the behavior of social-technical systems across several businesses. Nabil holds a BS in Computer Science, a MBA, and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Nabil has extensive teaching and speaking experience in areas related to data science, computer science, risk management, and leadership. He serves as a global mentor across several organizations and serves in several advisory boards in higher education and business.