Scott Wilson is the founder and principal designer of Chicago-based MINIMAL. A former Global Creative Director at Nike, Wilson has been a design leader in organizations such as IDEO, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Fortune Brands and Motorola. Equal parts visionary designer and serial entrepreneur, Wilson consistently delivers compelling and thoughtful solutions to market across a wide range of industries.
Founded in 2007, Scott Wilson's vision for MNML has been to create a hybrid design studio that merges his love of consulting with top global brands, partnering with start-ups, and his intense passion for his own entrepreneurial ventures. Responsible for brand-defining icons and game-changing new product ecosystems for companies like Xbox, Microsoft, Google, Dell, Nike, Coalesse and Apple, MNML's field of play ranges widely from technology, medical and consumer products to lifestyle, furniture and environments.
MNML's own start-up ventures, such as LUNATIK, have been equally groundbreaking. In 2010, TikTok+LunaTik disrupted the product development world when Wilson used crowd-funding site Kickstarter to launch the designs. His studio experiment, which became an overnight phenomenon upon launch and raised $1M in 30 days, has been credited with ‘kickstarting' Kickstarter and continues to inspire countless designers and entrepreneurs around the world.
Wilson's next generation studio model puts MNML in a unique position in the product development industry. Moreover, the inspiration and virtual mentorship that Wilson continues to provide to creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world sets him apart as one of the few transformative designers working today.
As a result, Scott Wilson's work has been recognized with over 60 International Design Awards, including the prestigious Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Product Design (2012). His work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as MoMa, MCA, Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Triennial and Chicago Art Institute. Wilson has also been featured in countless publications including ID Magazine's Top 40, TIME Magazine's Style+Design100, WIRED Magazine and Fast Company's Masters of Design, where he was named one of their 50 Most Influential Designers in America. www.MNML.com
Giacchetti earned his BA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992. Following graduation, he worked for Wellfleet Communications in a variety of finance positions, culminating in corporate FP&A. Wellfleet was Fortune Magazine's "Fastest Growing Company in America" in 1992 and 1993. Following Wellfleet's merger with Synoptics to form Bay Networks in 1994, Giacchetti co-founded The Vision Consulting Group. During the 1990s wave of SAP implementations, the company provided specialized resources to large implementation projects. Giacchetti later focused his consulting work on operational integration of merged and acquired entities, and significant process improvement programs. In 2005, he began a relationship with ProcessUnity, Inc., as a Preferred Stock investor, subsequently initiating and closing transactions with institutional and individual Series A/B investors. Giacchetti advised and assisted the CEO in repositioning the business to capture the large GRC market opportunity. In 2007, Giacchetti co-founded and was the sole investor in Quidley and Company Fine Art, a direct and channel sales entity for investment-grade artworks. Quidley quickly established itself as a significant player in the international market with a dominant position in the US. Through a turbulent macroeconomic environment and a substantial downturn in the fine art market, Quidley grew 36% from 2008-2010 while the Mei Moses index declined by 26%. Giacchetti profitably sold his equity in the business in 2012. He currently consults to medium-to-large divisions and corporations, most recently helping Bose Corporation enter the mass-customization market.
Linda Murphy was the Founder and CEO of Flex Enterprises, Inc. in Victor, NY for over 25 years. Her firm was in the industrial rubber business supplying Original Equipment Manufacturers with industrial belting, hose, accessory items and sub-assemblies for companies like: Xerox, IBM and Eastman Kodak. If you've ever visited Disneyland or a major resort and ridden in a commercial EZ Go Golf Cart then you've arrived at your destination using her company's main drive assembly under the hood. The main spindle drive belts which operate the rotary on the "Black Hawk" Helicopters is provided by Flex Enterprises. Linda sold flex Enterprises in January of 2012 to Omni Associates from Worcester, Mass.
Prior to starting Flex Enterprises, Inc. in 1986, she obtained a Master's degree from RIT and had a small independent advertising consultant practice. She started her career in the Broadcast and Media industry in 1977; first working in Advertising Sales for Delaware Today magazine and then later moving into radio. She and her husband, Guy moved to Rochester in 1978, less than a year after being married. She worked for Lin Broadcasting in two properties; first at WMJQ and later became the Sales Manager for WBBF. Linda has a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. She currently operates an independent practice as a Chair and Coach for Vistage International based out of San Diego, California. Vistage is the world's largest CEO organization with 17,000 members in 15 countries worldwide. Linda also teaches as an Adjunct at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Saunders College of Business and is the Chair for the newly formed Honeoye Lake Economic Development Task force.
Her passion is to help other entrepreneurs make better informed decisions, analyze strategic opportunities and grow their businesses. She enjoys watching the entrepreneurial spirit grow and thrive in our area. Her discussion today centers around the thoughts, ideas and considerations that new entrepreneurs must evaluate when deciding to "give birth, nurture and grow" a new business. She hopes that you'll enjoy her experience and insight as she likens this experience to that of raising a family.
David Dey is the president of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship, a B. Thomas Golisano Foundation partner. The Institute specializes in helping businesses succeed by providing consulting and training services. The Institute helps entrepreneurs develop the skills and knowledge needed to build successful businesses or ventures through workshops. The Institute also sponsors a series of seminars designed to help businesses with specific topics. David is one of the nation’s foremost experts in research and application of Social Entrepreneurship. David is a professor, presenter, author and expert on Social Entrepreneurship. David has a B.A. from Delaware State University and a M.S. degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Dr. Raj S Murthy is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Specialization - Marketing), a Masters in Business Administration (MIS and International Business) and a Bachelors in Engineering (Computer Science). He is a four time nominee for the Eisenhart Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is an avid modder, open source enthusiast and technologist. His research has been published in major academic journals and his work has received mentions in the Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Murthy teaches several courses ranging from Marketing Concepts (Graduate), Internet Marketing and Principles of Marketing classes (UG). In the spring of 2011 he pioneered a brand new Search Engine Marketing and Analytics class as part of RIT's paradigm shifting New Media Marketing curriculum. He was recently awarded the Provost's Learning and Innovation Grant in 2012 for the development of a course on Social Media. This course is currently under development under the title "Effective Social Media for Marketing Communication" and is planned to be offered in Spring 2013.
Dr. Delmonize "Del" Smith is an associate professor of management at the Saunders College of Business, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, leadership, and organizational behavior. He is also the founding director of RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE).
He has extensive management experience in industries such as healthcare, IT, education, and government. He has served in numerous roles throughout his career, including systems analyst in the U.S. Army, consultant for Fortune 500 companies, management scholar, and serial entrepreneur.Dr. Smith received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Faulkner University, Masters of Science in Management from Troy University, and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama.
Andrew Phelps is the founder and Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). He is also the founder and former Director of the School of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is the originator of the Masters of Science in Game Design & Development within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, as well as the Bachelors of the same name, both of which are nationally ranked in the top 10 by the Princeton Review. His work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times, CNN.com, USA Today, National Public Radio, IEEE Computer, and several other articles and periodicals. He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and game engine technology and maintains a website featuring his work as an educator, artist, programmer, and game addict. Primary research and teaching interests include online gaming, electronic entertainment, 3 dimensional graphics and real time rendering, virtual reality, and interactive worlds. He holds the rank of Professor at the Institute
Bob Bailey is a partner with Truth Collective.
With more than 20 years in the business, including the past four as President of Partners + Napier, Bob knows what's what. He loves the intellectual rigor of business and marketing strategy, but what really drives him is building teams and client relationships that have each other's backs and create great work.
He led his past agency teams to 97-100% client satisfaction levels for past 3 years running, so he's skilled in thrilling clients, not just satisfying them.
His leadership, wit and smarts has impacted clients as diverse as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Excellus BlueCoss BlueShield, Bausch + Lomb, Capital One, and Xerox. And this expertise has been shared across many local and national not-for-profits in his role as board member and Lantern Award winner of the Ad Council. Because Bob believes it should be. His passion for helping others is our inspiration for our commitment: with the input of our clients and the collective, we will designate a percentage of our annual profit to a local non-profit organization.