Kevin Zhang
Partner, Upfront Ventures

Upfront_Kevin-Zhang.jpgKevin looks for interdisciplinary entrepreneurs solving big problems in healthcare and the life sciences. He's also a passionate gamer and invests in interactive media platforms, tools and content. Prior to joining Upfront in 2012, Kevin was at The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised on strategy, M&A and operations for technology, healthcare, and industrial goods clients in the US and Asia. Previously, Kevin worked at Verscend Technologies, a healthcare software startup in Boston, focusing on data analytics product development selling into payers and providers.

 

Rom Hendler
CEO, Red Hills Ventures

Rom Hendler Exec Photo 2Rom Hendler is the Chief Executive Officer at Red Hills Ventures as well as the founder and CEO of InnoVel, an open innovation center based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Prior to Red Hill Ventures and InnoVel, Rom spent 25 years in the travel industry where he held several C-level roles with Las Vegas Sands. He worked relentlessly on process enhancement and efficiencies, and developed corporate best practices for marketing analytics, distribution strategies, CRM, revenue management, e-commerce, loyalty programs, direct marketing, casino floor optimization, and marketing systems.

Rom holds an MBA specializing in Hospitality Management from IMHI – Institut de Management Hotelier Internationale (a joint Cornell-Essec program), Paris, and a B.Sc. in Hotel and Food and Beverage Management and Nutrition from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The depth of his knowledge, as well as the his cutting-edge initiatives, place him as a worldwide expert in the operation and management of various hospitality elements in integrated mega-resorts, including hotels, entertainment venues, and gaming. The uniqueness of his career progression allowed him to be uniquely qualified to meet his current role as a leader in Travel Tech development.

Jay Ackerman
President & CEO

jay20shot201_blazer-3.jpgJay is the President and CEO of Health Data Vision, Inc., a leading innovator of SaaS platform solutions for clinical data collection and analytics. In his role, he is responsible for scaling operations, accelerating business growth and fostering product innovation to propel the Company’s impact in the healthcare industry for health plans, providers and healthcare professionals.     

He is seasoned software and services executive with over 25 years of experience in various leadership capacities, including his most recent position as Chief Revenue Officer at Guidance Software, a publicly traded software security company. Prior to this, Jay served as the Worldwide Head of Sales & Customer Success at ServiceSource, where he enjoyed a successful 9-year career as the company expanded globally and grew revenue from $25m to $265m. He was also the President & CEO of WNS North America. WNS, a well-regarded business process outsourcing organization, evolved out of British Airways and grew rapidly as a commercially driven organization.   
 
Jay holds his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business along with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Connecticut College.  Jay resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.