Brett Cornwell is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization for Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization. He oversees and is responsible for the Licensing and IP Mangement, New Ventures, and Industry Alliances Division activities. This includes partnering with industry to commercialize the A&M System’s portfolio of technologies to spin out of new companies in support of the commercialization of technologies. Brett serves as an adjunct graduate faculty at Texas A&M University teaching courses in technology commercialization in the Mays Business School. He is also a Faculty member at the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin as an instructor in the Master’s in Science and Technology Commercialization degree program. Brett Cornwell was a program coordinator for the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC) for ten years and served as the deputy director for three. He was recognized as the Outstanding Technology Transfer Intermediary in Arkansas in 1997, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2001, designed major portions of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Technology Assessment process for the RIB-IT program and has been published in R&D Enterprise, Asia Pacific. He is a co-author of Marketing Scientific Results published in October 2004.
Omar Hakim is a management consultant, entrepreneur and angel investor with over 23 years of experience. He has mentored over 100 technology startup companies since 1997. Omar was the co-founder and first managing director of the Aggie Angel Network, which is now one of the most active angel networks in Texas. Prior to co-founding the AAN, Omar was the General Manager of the Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC), a non-profit business incubator providing strategy and intellectual property consulting services and fundraising assistance to technology startups. Omar was also the co-founder of IP Tactics, an IP monetization and professional services firm. Prior to co-founding IPT, Omar was with Accenture for ten years and founded Accenture’s Asia region network consulting practice which supported all network engagements across 15 countries. Prior to relocating to Asia, Omar worked in Accentureʼs New Business Models group, served as a liaison to Accenture Technology Ventures ($1 billion VC fund), and also managed one of Accentureʼs five patent portfolios made up of over 500 awarded and pending patents. He has been awarded seven patents and has over 15 patents pending.
As founding principal of Hollinden | professional services marketing, Christine is passionate about helping professional services firms distinguish themselves from the pack. Her energetic and forward-thinking approach has earned her industry recognition and status as a sought-after speaker on marketing topics. Prior to founding Hollinden in 1993, Christine’s career included serving as director of marketing for KPMG in Houston, regional communications manager for Coopers & Lybrand, and marketing coordinator for Grant Thornton. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Houston at Victoria, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She also holds the prestigious CPSM (Certified Professional Services Marketer) designation and is a Certified Kolbe Consultant. Dedicated to her field, she served as an adjunct professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston for over ten years and currently teaches Social Media for Business at Rice University’s Susanne Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
William P. Ramey III (“Bill”), graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995. In the field of Intellectual Property Litigation he has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list from 2013-2017, a Houston Top Lawyer for 2013-2017 as selected by H-Texas magazine and Houstonia Top Lawyer 2013-2017 as selected by Houstonia magazine. In 2011, he took the entrepreneurial plunge himself and founded the law firm of Ramey & Schwaller, LLP, a nationally recognized Intellectual Property Boutique. His practice concentrates on obtaining, enforcing and licensing intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has extensive technical and patent prosecution/preparation experience and has successfully navigated numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes. Outside of his law practice, Bill is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and entrepreneurship with Texas A&M’s May’s School of Business; serves on the Advisory Council for both the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and the Texas A&M Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council; and, is a member of the Aggie Angel Network.
Michael R. Wilkinson leads Paragon Innovations’ business strategy and vision, product design and development, and customer relations. Since its inception in 1990, Mike and his team have grown Paragon into one of the nation’s leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola and Siemens, among others. Wilkinson himself earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13. In addition, Wilkinson was the district chairman of the Circle 10 council Explorers, and in 2007 won the William H. Spurgeon III Award, the highest recognition for the Exploring program. Wilkinson graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (now ESET). (Whoop!) Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International. Wilkinson is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formally CNVE) and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department. He frequently guest lectures for the Engineering and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He annually judges the Venture Challenge and the Raymond Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program. Wilkinson serves on the College of Education STEM summer camps committee. Wilkinson is currently serving as a Design & Manufacturing Forum Tri-Chair of Tech Titans. Wilkinson has served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (now Tech Titans). Additionally, he is a former chairman of the American Electronic Association’s (AEA) North Texas CEO roundtable. Lastly, Wilkinson is financially involved in the Texas A&M Foundation.
Blake Petty, Executive Director
Blake Petty serves as the director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. Petty received his bachelor’s from Texas A&M in ’98 and his master’s in 2000. After graduating from A&M, he worked in administrative positions at the university and Texas A&M System, including a 10-year stint in the Office of Technology Commercialization. Most recently, Petty served as assistant vice president of Research and coordinated all Innovation, Industry Relations and Business Development initiatives at Texas A&M. He also facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for the campus and its faculty researchers. In addition, he served as a founding partner in the launch of Startup Aggieland.