Troy Gautier / Alliances Progress, LLC
Troy J Gautier is the Managing Director and Chief Alliance Officer of Alliances Progress, LLC.
Alliances Progress is a highly specialized boutique consulting firm which provides collaborative framework solutions for businesses worldwide: strategic alliances, commercial partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, etc.
Alliances Progress also manages a member firm organization connecting large and small businesses across multiple sectors to grow revenues and capabilities through an innovative network platform of local and international companies.
Troy has been designing and implementing business ecosystems for more than 30 years, first as a partner with a global big four consulting firm and more recently as an entrepreneur and business partner for small to mid-tier companies with strong growth ambitions.
Troy is on several advisory Boards and is the President of the southeast chapter of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, covering eight US States and all of Latin America. He is an accomplished writer and speaker and publishes a monthly article on the evolution of business partnerships and how collaborative networks are changing the way we work and live.
Troy is a dual national, USA and European Union, lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and works internationally.
Jack Shaw / Adaequare
Jack has worked at, spoken for and consulted to such well-known Atlanta area technology providers as MSA, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Harbinger, CA Technologies, Fiserv, IBM, and Infor and for such other well-known Atlanta companies at Coca-Cola, General Electric, Georgia Power and Georgia Pacific helping both them better understand and plan for the strategic business impacts of emerging technologies.
At the start of this year, Jack was voted by over 12,000 meeting planners, executives and conference attendees as one of the world’s Top 5 Technology Futurists for 2014. Jack has spoken in all 50 states and 20 foreign countries around the world.
In 2014, Jack joined Adaequare, a provider of emerging technology solutions for both users and providers of business technologies, as VP of Sales. Jack graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.
Mike Wittenstein / Storyminers
Mike Wittenstein is the founder and managing principal at Storyminers, an experience, service, and business design consultancy known for its game-changing work with leading service brands. Mike is also a world-class expert on experience, service, and business design, who has helped over 400 organizations in 25+ countries make their experiences better—to the tune of $1.5B in value created. As eVisionary, he started IBM’s first experience and service design practice and helped establish the international Customer Experience Professionals Association.
By his own admission, he is a designer who can’t draw. Mike is ranked as a top customer experience influencer by SAP, MindTouch and others. His clients include: Air Canada, Apple, Best Buy, BlackRock, Clorox, Delta Air Lines, Holiday Inn, IBM, LeasePlan, McDonald’s, Party City, Publix, Safeway, Zaxby’s, and many other customer-friendly brands.
Mike enjoys helping companies discover, design, and deploy their future-state experiences and introducing new ideas like Human Prototyping”(ask him about it) and the Customer Experience Design + Study Tours (coming up later this year in Australia and the UK).
Mike earned his MBA from Thunderbird, BA from the University of Florida, and studied in Brazil and Russia. He lives in the Atlanta area and tries to squeeze in woodworking projects on the weekends.