Place your bets on your favorite 2019 Community Catalyst Award winner! Who in your community is going above and beyond? Are they collaborating with other resources and/or regions? The winner will be honored during Upstate Unleashed.
MELANIE SHAPIRO | Token | Co-founder / CEO
Token is the first universal identity network – for keys, cards, passwords, and IDs. As co-founder and CEO, Melanie is an advocate for personal freedom. She recently spoke at TED2018, and the United Nations about identity ownership. Prior to Token, Melanie co-founded Digsby, which was acquired in 2011. She received her MBA and BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
MARK ONEY | EmployeeChannel | SVP, Product Operations
Mark is a serial entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley. He cut his teeth at Apple, and continued on to launch eight ventures of his own. Most recently, Mark joined EmployeeChannel, Inc., as SVP of Product Operations. He’s an RIT alumni, a founding member of RIT’s West Coast Board of Advisors, and a member of the UNY50 Leadership Network.
JOHN TORRENS | Vertical Companies | President
Dr. Torrens is a healthcare and education entrepreneur with 25 years leading high growth companies. In addition to Vertical Bioscience, John also holds a faculty position at Syracuse University’s Whitman School, where he is recognized as an award-winning Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice.
Stellar programming with plenty of networking.
Melanie Shapiro, Token
Building an IoT company
Mark Oney, EmployeeChannel
Scaling a Startup Dev Team
John Torrens, Vertical
Christine Tate, VARA
Creating VC-ready Financials
Chuck Stormon, Acumen