Business Development – Technology, Healthcare, Agriculture
Arnaldo Carrera has consulted for information technology, agribusiness and healthcare businesses on their market entry and expansion strategies into the U.S. and Latin America. With over 25 years of experience in banking, technology and operations, he held executive positions at Safra National Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Bankers Trust Company, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
Born and raised in Brazil, Arnaldo has lived in the U.S. for the past 40 years, is fluent in Portuguese and English, and currently serves on the board of the Brazil-Florida Business Council in Tampa, Florida. Arnaldo also served as a trustee of ITDU (a non-profit corporation that promotes the publication of reliable trade data), and several other non-profit boards.
Victoria Yampolsky, CFA
Business Strategy & Finance
Victoria Yampolsky is a business and financial strategist with over 15 years of experience consulting start-up, small and mid-sized businesses on how to monetize their service or product offerings. She serves on the board of Mobilosophy, a full service mobile and web studio, and Plan to Start, a content management platform providing strategy advice for small businesses.
Previously, she worked at Deutsche Bank Research where she focused on arbitraging trading discrepancies within the capital structure of North American and European companies, and was an IT consultant for CapGemini’s Financial Services Division. She also co-founded several ventures in the media and entertainment industry and currently advises Stonestreet Studios on distribution of their content.
Born and raised in Russia, Victoria has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years, and is fluent in Russian and English.
Strategic Planning & Innovation
Giannina Razuri is an accomplished financial services professional with over 20 years of experience in payments, digital innovation, sales and business development, and strategic product marketing leading enterprise-wide initiatives within highly competitive financial products and services throughout North America, Latin America & Caribbean (LAC), and Europe.
Most recently, she has been leading the strategic development and innovation with simpler digital payment solutions, mobile platforms, and innovative customer-facing technologies with a sharp focus in FinTech.
Ms. Razuri career in financial services and FinTech has given her a deep understanding of the global banking ecosystem.
Ms. Razuri is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and has conversational knowledge of Portuguese.
Technology Sales Executive
Tim has over 30 years of successful experience in sales, business development and project management most recently as the CEO of the Platinum Technology Group. Prior to the Platinum Technology Group served as Director of Federal Sales for WildPackets, Inc. Tim’s last five years have been focused on the delivery of CIP (Critical Information Protection) and CIIP (Critical Information Infrastructure Protection) solutions to the government and international financial institutions. Served as Project Manager for Naval Air System Command Cruise Missile Project (Contract Number: N00019-91-C0-0131).
Tim is a current and active member of InfraGard (www.infragard.org). Tactical market focus is working with system integrators focused on delivering public sector information security and healthcare data protection. Platinum Technology Group LLC is a small disadvantaged owned and HUB zone business.
Product & Web Strategy
Adriana Beal has 15 years of the experience in the tech industry in the U.S.
She has worked with large companies like HP, Dell, and Bank of America, and also promising start-ups like Spredfast and Square Root. Most recently she was a Director, Product Management at Gravitant, a provider of software-as-a-service in the cloud space recently acquired by IBM.
Born and raised in Brazil, Adriana has lived in the U.S. for the past 10 years, and is a repeat speaker at events sponsored by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) .
She is fluent in English and Portuguese, and has conversational knowledge of Italian, Spanish, and French.
Communications & PR
With over 25 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations, Christie Curreri is an effective copywriter, communicator and public relations (PR) strategist. She combines strategic thinking with creative direction and execution to establish and strengthen brands, generate business, and sustain customer relationships through impactful visual and written communications.
Christie’s industry experience is diverse, ranging from start-up to well-established organizations in software and technology, healthcare and senior home care, financial services, law, accounting, consulting, the arts, local government, and consumer retail goods and services. She has also worked with a variety of marketing and advertising agencies to provide specialized copywriting expertise.
Brooklyn Chen is a Harvard student who grew up in Taiwan, and is concentrating in neurobiology.
At Harvard, she has created and presented discussion materials with her team for eBay through Harvard Business School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship class. She has also had finance background in working in Wealth Management at the Carlyle Group-backed bank, Ta Chong Bank, in Taiwan.
In addition, she was a Sales & Trading Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was on the Asian Currency FX desk and the Institutional Equities Sales desk. She has also worked at UBS Taiwan as a Wealth Management intern.
Corporate Growth Strategist
Vanessa has over 25 years of global experience helping companies grow their revenue and market share. Her experience includes both Fortune 100 companies to SMB’s in industries such as telecommunications, IT software and services, digital rights management, outsourcing and nearshore operations, banking and healthcare. Vanessa has held a number of executive positions, and now consults with organizations to aid them in adopting a market focused strategy for long-term, profitable, sustainable growth. She has also spent a significant amount of time managing and growing nearshore operations and shared service facilities, as well as advising corporations on corporate strategy specific to nearshore operations.
Born and raised in Kenya, and then South Africa, Vanessa has lived in 4 continents and 6 countries and recently immigrated to the U.S. Her multi-cultural background means she often takes a different and innovative perspective on challenges. She is fluent in English and has conversational ability of Spanish.