Max Christoff is an Executive Director of Information Technology at Morgan Stanley. Based in San Francisco, he has global responsibility for collaborative and communications technologies at the firm. Over his 13-year career at Morgan Stanley, these products have included email, calendar, wireless, electronic fax, instant messaging, directory, identity management, desktop productivity suites, browsers, search, and collaboration software. Max helped to develop the 2004 Google IPO auction system and has chaired the firm’s technology architecture group. More recently he has focused on the challenges and opportunities of knowledge worker productivity, information overload, social computing, and data leakage within the enterprise. He is a founding member of the Information Overload Research Group, holds an advisory board membership for Microsoft’s Business Division, and serves as CTO of the Aleshire Institute for Greek Epigraphy. Max graduated summa cum laude in Classics from Columbia University and received his graduate degree from Princeton. When not puzzling out dactylic hexameters in ancient Greek, Max is an avid pianist and diver.
Darryl Garrett is Founder and Chairman of TAG, LLC, an independent consulting firm that assists companies with strategic planning and business development within the national intelligence community. He is currently acting as a senior advisor to the IT Solutions Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and to two offices at the CIA. He also is a Vice President and partner at Reality Mobile, LLC. He covers the intelligence community as a member of IBM’s Strategic Business Relationships Team, consisting of a dozen retired senior flag officers from across the US and UK military. He serves as a Director on the Board of six technology companies in the US and Canada.
From 2001-2004 Darryl was a Senior Vice President at Photon Research Associates, which was acquired by Raytheon. From 2000-2001 he was a Technical Director for BAE SYSTEMS.
In March 2000 Mr. Garrett received the Career Intelligence Medal from the CIA for his innovative work with nontraditional industry partners. He retired early as a senior official from CIA as a SIS-05. From 1997 until his retirement he was one of ten members of the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology Board of Directors. From 1996-2000 he was the Director of the Technology Office of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), comprised of 325 government and contract staff responsible for its technology and research and development programs. He also concurrently served as the Chief Technology Officer for NIMA.
Mr. Garrett is a graduate of the National Security Program at Harvard and has a Masters of Science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. He graduated summa cum laude in mathematics and minor in physics from Texas Tech University.
Kip Knight is a classically trained marketer with over 25 years of experience with some of the world’s leading companies, including P&G, PepsiCo and eBay. Kip is president of Knight Vision Marketing which provides strategic marketing consulting services and also serves as Dean of the US Marketing College that works with the U.S. State Department.
Kip began his career at Procter and Gamble in charge of various leading consumer brands. He worked in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division in a variety of marketing and general management roles, including CMO for Taco Bell. From 2002 until 2008, Kip worked at eBay, where he served as Vice-President of Marketing for North America, the first head of International Marketing, as well as Regional Vice President.
He earned his B.S. degree from LSU in Marketing and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Farzad Naimi is a serial entrepreneur and a co-founder of LiteScape Technologies.Farzad brings twenty-one years of successful Silicon Valley startup leadership to the company and is responsible for leading LiteScape’s Business Development initiatives. Farzad started his high-tech career at a start up, Centex Telemanagement, as the head of Technology, and led Centex to its IPO, which preceded its subsequent acquisition by MCI.He continued his career as Executive Vice President and COO at Prestige International, Japan’s largest Customer Relationship Management organization that later had a successful IPO in Japan. Farzad was a co-founder of Genesys Labs, a leader in delivering real-time customer interaction software solutions to medium- and large-sized businesses, that went public and was subsequently acquired by Alcatel for $1.6 billion.He participated in a successful start up, VisaNet do Brazil, funded by Visa International and four major banks in Brazil.VisaNet do Brazil has become the largest e-commerce and retail banking group in Latin America and one of the most profitable companies in Brazil. Farzad has been the co-founder and chairman of several other companies including IQLabs, an enterprise software company specializing in real time IT infrastructure provisioning and management, and Sentek, a profitable global system integrator with clients such as American Express, Master Card, Visa and other major financial institutions.
As a member of adjunct faculty at Golden Gate University, Farzad taught MBA courses in its School of Industry and Technology. Farzad is actively involved with Entrepreneurship Programs at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore.
Oscar (Oz) Pieper
Oscar (Oz) Pieper is a true pioneer in the field of automated identity management with special emphasis on biometrics. He formed Identicator Technology in 1991, which was the first biometric company involved with fully automated finger and facial ID.
Pieper co-founded the Bio API Group to establish biometric standards with Microsoft, IBM, Novel, and Compaq in 1997. He also co-founded the International Biometric industry Association in 1998.
Peggy Taylor is CEO of Venture Builders, a consulting company for startup businesses whose clients include Market-Touch, Solix Internet and TradePayment.com. Prior to Venture Builders, Ms. Taylor served from 1989 to 1999 as senior vice president of PeopleSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT) In addition to RightNow’s board of directors, Ms. Taylor serves on the boards of OnDisplay, Inc. (Nasdaq: ONDS), Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NYSE: FIC), Perksatwork.com, iChoose and NightFire.