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Robert Arnold

President & Principal, RHA Results LLC

Kathryn Cartini

CMO, Upstate Venture Connect
CEO, Peacock Media

Michael Lightman

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at InfoDev, World Bank Group

Andrew Scheinman

CEO, Nidus BioSciences
Principal & Owner, Scheinman Law

Wed 25

Robert Arnold

Mr. Arnold is an accomplished President and Board Director with over four decades of international experience driving revenue growth and spearheading operational excellence for Rotork PLC, a group of industrial engineering companies serving the oil/gas, power, municipal, mining, and industrial markets. He drove new market penetration, built high-performing motivated teams, aligned business strategy and processes with corporate vision, and delivered on expectations.

His expertise includes strategic planning, finance, P&L management, negotiations, risk assessment and mitigation, engineering, process controls, automation, manufacturing, health & safety, customer service, and executive mentoring.

Currently the President of RHA Results, Mr. Arnold is focused on helping individuals and companies to develop and implement strategies in line with their vision. He works with his clients on the development of strategic planning, business plans, product development, team building, market definition, pricing, establishment of measured goals, and steps for funding.

Mr. Arnold received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, as well as a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University. Additionally, he earned a Senior Executive Certificate in Global Economics, Strategy, and Leadership from the London Business School.

Fri 20

Kathryn Cartini

Ms. Cartini is a social entrepreneur with a passion for sharing stories. After graduating from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, she began to pursue her interests in marketing, media, and empowerment. In 2011, she began Peacock Media, a boutique inbound marketing and creative content firm that specializes in working with startups and venture capital firms throughout the northeast.

Kathryn also serves as the CMO for Upstate Venture Connect, which aims to create a regional, sustainable environment for business growth. Additionally, to advance entrepreneurial and economic opportunities for women, she also works as an Associate Partner at Chloe Capital.

Tue 24

Michael Lightman

Mr. Lightman is a troublemaker who likes to take the role of ‘friendly contrarian’ with startups. He’s played the role of entrepreneur, investor, incubator director, and ‘fixer of broken startup programs’ around the world. Mike has worked with companies that have won Tech Crunch Disrupt, been on Shark Tank, and made millions on Kickstarter.

Prior to receiving his MBA from UR’s Simon School of Business, Mike graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Computer Information Systems.

Mike is currently focusing his time on bringing high speed internet to rural US. He is also supporting a World Bank accelerator program in Ethiopia and supporting companies at SXSW. He lives in Buffalo with his amazing wife and even better puppy.

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Andrew Scheinman

Dr. Scheinman is a serial entrepreneur and lawyer with vast experience in the life sciences. He has over 30 years of experience in a variety of fields, ranging from molecular biology to patent law. Through his work with startups and business consulting, Dr. Scheinman is frequently able to utilize his expertise and combine his interests. Serving as CEO of Nidus BioSciences is Dr. Scheinman’s latest project. Nidus began as a facet of the University of Rochester, but has since transitioned to a free-standing commercial enterprise. There, Dr. Scheinman helps with technology licensing, IP strategic planning, scientific development, and general practices relating to business growth. Additionally, he is Principal and Owner of Scheinman Law, consulting with university and private business clients on business tactics regarding IP matters.

In addition to his own ventures, Dr. Scheinman takes on various consulting projects. In 2013 alone, he helped guide GradFly and StrongArm Technologies (two Rochester-based ventures) through the stages of business development. He has also served as a coach for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program, a mentor at HTR Launchpad in Rochester, and has given presentations on science, entrepreneurship, and IP throughout the state of New York.

Dr. Scheinman holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois-Urbana, a Ph.D. in Biology and Molecular Biology from UCLA, and a J.D. from California Western School of Law.