Dr. Scott Parazynski is a highly decorated physician, astronaut, best-selling author (“The Sky Below”) and tech CEO. He is a widely sought after keynote speaker on innovation, risk management, mentorship and leadership under extreme adversity.
Scott has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school years in places such as Senegal, Lebanon, Iran and Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver for a career in emergency medicine and trauma.
In 1992 he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks. Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping flight; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn's crewmate and "personal physician"; and assembly of the Canadian-built space station robotic arm.
In October 2007, Scott led the spacewalking team on STS-120, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era's "Apollo 13 moment." He was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2016.
In addition to being a diver and accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot. On May 20, 2009, he became the first astronaut to stand on top of the world, the summit of Mount Everest. As a life-long explorer, he and a colleague set the first bootprints adjacent the world’s youngest lava lake, inside the crater of Massaya Volcano in Nicaragua.
He is a prolific inventor/product developer, and serves on the Boards of several companies. He is Founder and CEO of Fluidity Technologies, focused on the development of revolutionary input devices powered by machine learning to intuitively move through physical and virtual space. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Community Wellness, delivering state-of-the-art remote patient monitoring and wellness coaching to aging adults.
Mike Furlotti is a software consultant focusing on portfolio risk management and quantitative trading systems. He began his career as an electrical engineer developing a variety of analog devices such as particle detectors, optoelectronic transceivers for telecommunications networks, and antennas and radios for mobile devices. Mike holds an BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Physics from Washington University, and is a CFA® charterholder.
Rear Admiral John Weldon Lockwood, president of Lockwood Associates, specializes in maritime industry-related marketing and business development, government and legislative affairs, and homeland security consulting. Prior to launching Lockwood Associates, Rear Adm. Lockwood served with the US Coast Guard in commands across the globe. In 1987, he returned afloat as the first Commodore of the Caribbean Squadron, the largest joint Coast Guard-Navy air and surface force assembled since World War II. His assignments ashore included command of all Coast Guard units on eastern Long Island, liaison officer to the Commander in Chief of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, and political officer at the US Mission to the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, Switzerland. While at USUN, he was a member of the US Delegation to the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, and was Executive Assistant to the US Ambassador for Law of the Sea, Elliot Richardson. Currently, Rear Adm. Lockwood represents Vigor Shipyards on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, the Port of Seattle’s Industry Working Group, the Board of Directors of the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, and the Coast Guard Puget Sound Area Maritime Security Committee. He is a former officer and board member of the Propeller Club of Seattle. He was the founding president of the Lake Washington Council of the Navy League of the United States, as well as a National Director and President of the Northwest Coastal Area of the Navy League. He holds a current secret security clearance. Rear Adm. Lockwood is a graduate of Hofstra University, the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Dianna Raedle is the CEO and Founder of Deer Isle Group, a New York City investment advisory firm, specializing in growth strategies and complex capital solutions with a focus on global markets, emerging markets, with a specialty in advising CEO’s and companies in the financial services, asset management, innovation and technology, real assets, real estate and oil and gas industries. Prior to Deer Isle Group, Dianna was co-founder, co-managing member and on the investment committee of Millennium Americas, a sub-advisor to the Millennium Americas Special Situations Fund, which invested in private capital transaction across the Americas with a focus on Latin America. Dianna spent the early part of her career in structured finance at institutions that included CS First Boston, where she worked in London and Switzerland, SBC Warburg, and Citibank.
Dianna received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. She serves on the Princeton University Entrepreneurship Council Alumni Advisory Board and teaches workshops at the Princeton University Keller Center for Entrepreneurship. She is co-chair of the strategy committee for the Harvard Business Club of New York and is Board Emeritus/former co-chair of the HBSCNY Community Partners program which does pro bono consulting for non-profit organizations.
Jim Snyder retired from Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LP as of December 31, 2007. He was a founding principal and had served as its President and Chief Executive Officer continuously since 1978. Mr. Snyder was responsible for managing the strategic direction of the company and, as Chief Executive, was ultimately responsible for the implementation of investment strategy for all funds and separate accounts.
Mr. Snyder holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a BS degree from the University of Colorado; he is a member of the Texas Bar Association. In addition, he is a co-founder and charter member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a past member of the Real Estate Roundtable, and a member (as well as past Chairman) of the National Associate of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM).
He was the co-founder of both the NewTower Trust Company and the Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT), a $5 billion commingled open-ended real estate fund. NewTower Trust Company, a Maryland chartered trust company, serves as trustee for MEPT.
Mr. Snyder has served on corporate and charitable boards, including NewTower Trust Company Board of Directors, Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LP, The Highlands, Inc., Seattle Children’s Home Board of Trustees, Health Resources Northwest (HRN) Board of Trustees (NW Hospital), Northwest Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, University of Washington/Northwest Hospital Board and Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board, University of Washington.