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Dr. Ivan Jileta

Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master of Research in Management Science from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain). A Master in Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, Arizona). Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and a Master in Administration degree from Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education, ITESO (Guadalajara, Mexico).

Ivan has been working for the electronic and mechanical industry for +18 years responsible for operations and business. Managing customers such as Cisco, Google, Apple, Amazon, Electrolux, among others in multiple countries. Also, he has been a board member in private companies.

Currently working for Flex as Sr. Director-Global Account Management based in Austin, Texas. His focus is in Latin America, US, Middle East and Asia regions to support the business and operations in the Consumer-Electronics and Semiconductor sector. His research and interest are in International Business, Negotiation, Global Political Economics, Operations and Cities.


Jaycen Thorgeirson

Founder & CEO of Uviaus

From bootstrapped start-up to multi-million dollar business. Jaycen has firsthand experience starting and growing a technology-based business.

He’s worked with Executive Leadership from small to Fortune 100 companies, solving for sales and marketing challenges.

As Founder and CEO of UviaUs, he continues to lead and grow his business. UviaUs’ philosophy of Delivering Remarkable runs deep in not only how they approach business but also by what they effect!

Lara Merriam-Smith

Inventor & Entrepenuer

Lara is a project manager at Northwest Innovation Resource Center and a marketing specialist, as well as an inventor herself. In her work at NWIRC Lara helps dozens of companies and individuals navigate the startup world.

A prolific writer, Lara has written dozens of articles and given over 30 presentations educating and coaching entrepreneurs about startups, building business, and inventing.

She has also taught classes at Seattle University, and Lake Washington Technical College on market research strategies, and has extensive experience as a freelance Market Researcher.

Her knowledge and experience are invaluable.