Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.
- John Wooden
Imran Akram   Imran is the CEO at NuAxis Innovations. He founded the company in 2005 and grew the business based on a history of successfully delivering mission-critical solutions to the Federal Government and large enterprise customers. Imran graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Pakistan with a BS in Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University with a MS, Computer Science, and the University of Virginia with a MS in the Management of Information Technology.

Imran Akram

Imran is the CEO at NuAxis Innovations. He founded the company in 2005 and grew the business based on a history of successfully delivering mission-critical solutions to the Federal Government and large enterprise customers. Imran graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Pakistan with a BS in Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University with a MS, Computer Science, and the University of Virginia with a MS in the Management of Information Technology.

Kevin Mikolashek   Kevin Mikolashek is an attorney and has served as an Army Officer, Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, and Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In the Army, Kevin served as a prosecutor. After leaving the Army and joining the Department of Justice, the cases Kevin investigated and litigated have involved multi-national organizations, and complex issues involving the Department of Defense and intelligence community. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a JD from the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

Kevin Mikolashek

Kevin Mikolashek is an attorney and has served as an Army Officer, Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, and Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In the Army, Kevin served as a prosecutor. After leaving the Army and joining the Department of Justice, the cases Kevin investigated and litigated have involved multi-national organizations, and complex issues involving the Department of Defense and intelligence community. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a JD from the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

John Burnham   John was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense - Threat Reduction and Arms Control. Prior to entering the Senior Executive Service, John served as a Navy SEAL Captain. He was the Commander, Joint Interagency Task Force - National Capital Region (JIATF-NCR). He also served as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group Deputy Commander and SEAL Team FOUR Commander. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, College of William and Mary (MBA), and distinguished graduate of the National War College. He is a native of Rhode Island.

John Burnham

John was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense - Threat Reduction and Arms Control. Prior to entering the Senior Executive Service, John served as a Navy SEAL Captain. He was the Commander, Joint Interagency Task Force - National Capital Region (JIATF-NCR). He also served as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group Deputy Commander and SEAL Team FOUR Commander. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, College of William and Mary (MBA), and distinguished graduate of the National War College. He is a native of Rhode Island.

Mark Edgar   Mark is Founder and Managing Partner of Hard Yards Capital and has made a career of building successful teams on Wall Street from the ground up. Mark built Nomura's Americas convertible and equity linked franchise quickly becoming a top 5 bank in the product. Mark held positions within Nomura's executive leadership teams in both Fixed Income and Equities, as well as sitting on the Global Sales Executive Group. Prior to Nomura, Mark built and founded a successful convertible and fixed income team at JonesTrading. Additionally, Mark was an Executive Director and top salesperson at Deutsche Bank transforming it into the number one convertible business on Wall Street. Mark has served as a C-suite advisor to many companies and management teams. Mark has a passion for helping and supporting veteran groups and serves as an ambassador for both the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Third Option Foundation.

Mark Edgar

Mark is Founder and Managing Partner of Hard Yards Capital and has made a career of building successful teams on Wall Street from the ground up. Mark built Nomura's Americas convertible and equity linked franchise quickly becoming a top 5 bank in the product. Mark held positions within Nomura's executive leadership teams in both Fixed Income and Equities, as well as sitting on the Global Sales Executive Group. Prior to Nomura, Mark built and founded a successful convertible and fixed income team at JonesTrading. Additionally, Mark was an Executive Director and top salesperson at Deutsche Bank transforming it into the number one convertible business on Wall Street. Mark has served as a C-suite advisor to many companies and management teams. Mark has a passion for helping and supporting veteran groups and serves as an ambassador for both the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Third Option Foundation.

Marcus Shaftel   Located in Austin Texas, Marcus Shaftel currently leads software development at Cirrus Logic. Starting at ENI Power, he designed new technology for physical vapor deposition processing employed by semiconductor manufacturers including Intel and Motorola. Marcus then joined Ticom Geomatics, a company specializing in signals intelligence solutions for the Department of Defense. While on staff, Marcus designed and fielded the first multi-level security solution enabling interoperability of tactical and national geolocation systems. Marcus served as Director of Programs at Ringtail Design, a data visualization software company. Marcus holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marcus Shaftel

Located in Austin Texas, Marcus Shaftel currently leads software development at Cirrus Logic. Starting at ENI Power, he designed new technology for physical vapor deposition processing employed by semiconductor manufacturers including Intel and Motorola. Marcus then joined Ticom Geomatics, a company specializing in signals intelligence solutions for the Department of Defense. While on staff, Marcus designed and fielded the first multi-level security solution enabling interoperability of tactical and national geolocation systems. Marcus served as Director of Programs at Ringtail Design, a data visualization software company. Marcus holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Price   Andrew was the Co-Founder and Director of Outreach at Unite Us, a technology startup company reshaping the delivery of health, government, and community services to communities through real-time networks. Additionally, Andrew was instrumental in the business development for Edge Tactical Solution, an unmanned vehicle system focused on supporting law enforcement and first responders. Outside of technology, Andrew is a real estate investor with assets valued over $1Bn across the US. He is an avid outdoorsmen and is a staunch supporter of our service members where he enjoys giving back by volunteering his time to nonprofits focused in military and law enforcement such as the Navy SEAL Foundation, where he serves as an ambassador, and the CIA Third Option Foundation.

Andrew Price

Andrew was the Co-Founder and Director of Outreach at Unite Us, a technology startup company reshaping the delivery of health, government, and community services to communities through real-time networks. Additionally, Andrew was instrumental in the business development for Edge Tactical Solution, an unmanned vehicle system focused on supporting law enforcement and first responders. Outside of technology, Andrew is a real estate investor with assets valued over $1Bn across the US. He is an avid outdoorsmen and is a staunch supporter of our service members where he enjoys giving back by volunteering his time to nonprofits focused in military and law enforcement such as the Navy SEAL Foundation, where he serves as an ambassador, and the CIA Third Option Foundation.

Mike Martin   Mike was a portfolio manager with UBS O’Connor, a $6 billion multi strategy global hedge fund, where he managed a long short equity strategy and led the investment team through 600 initial public offerings and private placements. While at O’Connor, Mike was the 2nd highest contributor, out of 74 investment professionals, generating over $160 million in profits for the fund. Prior to O’Connor, Mike was a director on the convertible securities team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a Navy SEAL officer, Mike conducted several deployments to include Afghanistan and Iraq. Mike currently serves as their Vice Chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation Board of Directors. Mike earned his B.S. in Mathematics with merit from the United States Naval Academy.

Mike Martin

Mike was a portfolio manager with UBS O’Connor, a $6 billion multi strategy global hedge fund, where he managed a long short equity strategy and led the investment team through 600 initial public offerings and private placements. While at O’Connor, Mike was the 2nd highest contributor, out of 74 investment professionals, generating over $160 million in profits for the fund. Prior to O’Connor, Mike was a director on the convertible securities team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a Navy SEAL officer, Mike conducted several deployments to include Afghanistan and Iraq. Mike currently serves as their Vice Chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation Board of Directors. Mike earned his B.S. in Mathematics with merit from the United States Naval Academy.