Brian A. Berg
Berg Software Design
Berg Software Design is a consultancy that has provided design and development services for storage devices, storage interfaces and file systems since 1985.
Brian A. Berg, its President, has a wealth of experience with Storage Area Networks, iSCSI, SCSI, USB, SAS, IDE/ATA/ATAPI/SATA and Fibre Channel, as well as Flash Memory, Optical Storage (CD, DVD), Magnetic Storage, RAID Arrays and Server Blades.
Burniece Consulting Services
Tom Burniece is an independent business consultant, with over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and storage markets. He specializes in working with startups and small companies to build a strong strategic plan that is executable and can lead to a successful company.
Mari Mineta Clapp
Mari Mineta Clapp has over 20 years of experience in high tech developing new markets, creating powerful brands and highly differentiated marketing platforms for innovative start-ups focused on data center or carrier networks. She works closely with IT leaders to drive thought leadership and network transformation as large corporations take greater control of their network infrastructure and deploy open networking solutions.
Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Big Switch Networks and led the company’s corporate and Open SDN product launch and worked with Jayshree Ullal and Andy Bechtolsheim on the launch of Arista Networks and the industry-changing Arista 7500. She was also on the launch team at Avici Systems, the first start-up to make it into the core of AT&T’s network- subsequently she was hired as a direct report to the CTO of AT&T. Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Vidyo, Inc. the winner of the 2010 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, VP of Marketing at BitGravity, a next generation CDN, and VP of Corporate Relations at UB Networks, the pioneer in Ethernet networking, founded as Ungermann-Bass.
Chief Ethernet Evangelist
Office of the CTO
As Chief Ethernet Evangelist at Dell, John D’Ambrosia focuses on components technology and leads the company's involvement in industry groups. John has been an active participant in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999.
At the present time, he is the chair of the IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force. John served as secretary for the IEEE 802.3ap Backplane Ethernet Task Force, and participated in the development of XAUI for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. John, also, served as a director and secretary for the Ethernet Alliance, and was the chair of the XAUI Interoperability work group for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance.
Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit
Vice President of Product Marketing
Blaine Kohl is currently an independent consultant, focused on marketing of Ethernet products. She also sits on the advisory board of 4Blox, a software iSCSI company.
She was formerly CMO for the Ethernet Alliance, a non-profit industry consortium that she helped found; consults for a variety of hardware and software companies. Ms. Kohl has held multiple marketing and sales executive management positions: VP of Marketing and Sales at Tehuti Networks, an Israeli 10 Gigabit Ethernet start-up; VP of Marketing at Bandspeed, an IEEE 802.11 start-up; and Director of Marketing at Intel's LAN Access Division (LAD) where she managed the development and launch of the industry's first 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs and iSCSI HBAs as well as directed seed investments, participated in M&A decisions, and was instrumental in many critical partnerships. Ms. Kohl came into Intel via the acquisition of Level One Communications, which had acquired Jato Technologies, a 1 Gigabit Ethernet start-up. Prior to Jato Technologies, Ms. Kohl worked for Motorola.
Chris Lyon, a 12 year storage veteran is currently the executive director of the FCIA and has held that position for over eight years. Prior to FCIA, Chris has held various marketing positions at Vixel, McDATA, Connex and SAN Navigator.
In 2005, Chris achieved the title of Certified Association Executive (CAE) – the highest professional recognition available from the American Society of Association Executives. A CAE must meet a rigorous set of requirements to be eligible to take the examination covering Governance & Structure; Leadership Processes; Management & Administration; Internal & External Relations; and Programs & Services.
Chief Architect of Systems & Solutions
Stan McClellan is the Chief Architect of Systems & Solutions at ZNYX Networks. In this capacity, he is responsible for the architectural definition of systems based on strategic technologies and industry standards, such as PICMG 3.X AdvancedTCA™.
Dr. McClellan has held positions in enterprise, military/aerospace, and academic industries, and served as chief technologist, chief architect, or lead engineer for several distributed real-time systems. Most recently, he was a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Power Tagging Technologies, developing a revolutionary approach to Smart Grid systems using advanced signal processing. He has also served as a technology & business consultant for commercial entities including BellSouth, MCI/Worldcom, Motorola, Cisco, 3Com, Alcatel, Nortel, N.E.T., Gerson-Lehman Group, the National Science Foundation, and others.
With 25+ years experience in the telecommunications market, Dr. Ray Mota brings a talent for complex technical thinking and provides strong direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Ray has developed a vast network of influential relationships, which has strengthened his solid reputation among his peers in the industry.
Prior to assuming a partnership at Synergy, Ray honed his industry experience and expertise as a user, manager, and network integrator. His management career is highlighted by the strong direction and expert advice, as well as his commitment to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering others to succeed, that he provided during his tenures at Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, and Eastman Kodak.
Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks and architecture. He has been the keynote speaker for Internet World (Amsterdam), E-Services World (Paris), Business Journal Summit, and Hewlett Packard Executive 2000. He has also been a presenter at the Columbia Business School. His commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, NY Times, and the SF Chronicle.
In October 2000, HispanicBusiness.com selected Ray, with other notables Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, as one of the top one hundred most influential Hispanics in the United States.
Ray’s numerous professional affiliations include the Princeton University Club; MIT Enterprise Forum; National Association of Rocketry; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Ray holds five amateur baseball World Series titles and has coached at the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers. His successful baseball career inspired him to write Maximum Ability, (Lulu.Com, 2005), which focuses on mind power and using the cognitive abilities involved in sports to achieve excellence in not only the athletic arena but also in business fields and in other aspects of a person’s life. Ray donates 100 percent of the book’s proceeds to Motavation Group, which organizes sporting events for sick children.
Entrepreneur and private investor
Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and startup CEO from the semiconductor and computer networking industry. Featured in "They made it!", a recent book about silicon valley entrepreneurs. Direct experience founding and growing venture funded semiconductor and systems companies based in silicon valley and India, managing off shore and multi geographic development teams. Proven expertise in developing & managing successful technology and product strategies. Successfully developed and launched industry's highest performance content processor three times larger than the Pentium with 500+ man years of development. Has been involved with Ethernet technology development since 1985 and contributed to the creation of several IEEE 802.3 standards. Delivered the industry's first commercial full duplex Ethernet and three speed 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet silicon solutions. Holds BSEE and MSEE degrees, with multiple patents on Ethernet and data communications technology.
Samba currently serves on the board of two companies and advisor to several startups.