Dominic Sellers-Blais, CEO and Founder
Dominic Sellers-Blais founded IfWizard Corporation in 2012 and leads the strategic and technological development of the company. Mr. Blais has been programming since 1982 and has been a software entrepreneur for the past twenty years. Mr. Blais is the inventor of technologies in a variety of domains including big data, AI, biotechnology, embedded systems, communications, and HPCC.
While his particular focus is the application of psychology and other human factors to computer science and he has developed commercial behavior modification software and psychiatric collaborative training systems, Mr. Blais believes in a historical multi-displinary approach to improving human analytics.
Gary Conley, Director
Gary Conley is the president and majority stockholder of the Conley Capital Group, a registered investment advisor and consulting firm. Mr. Conley started his career as a stockbroker with Dean Witter in 1971 and founded the Conley Capital Group in 1990.
Mr. Conley has been key to the financial and marketing direction of IfWizard Corporation from the company’s earliest days, working directly alongside Mr. Blais regularly and acting as a mentor on many matters. Mr. Conley continues to guide IfWizard’s fundraising, channel development, and sales strategy, bringing his decades of entrepreneurial experience, business acumen, and diverse creative insights to IfWizard’s operation.
Greg Merten, Director
Greg Merten was the Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard’s highly successful Inkjet division. He grew that organization from 75 employees on one site in 1984 to over 10,000 employees in 6 sites around the world. Revenues grew 2,000 fold from 3 million to over 6 billion, an annual compound growth rate of about 50% for 20 years. During this experience Merten became a student of communications and organizational effectiveness, focusing on results.
Mr. Merten also focused on the dispersal of hyper growth and results, lessons learned in Inkjet to the rest of HP during and after the merger with Compaq. He currently consults and speaks in leadership and communications effectiveness at Oregon State University and elsewhere. Oregon State University has recognized Mr. Merten’s achievements by selecting him as a Distinguished Career Engineer, and to their Engineering Hall of Fame.
Alan Meyer, Advisor
Alan Meyer studies industry emergence, corporate venturing, and technology entrepreneurship using organizational theory and sociology as theoretical frames. Nanotechnology and venture capital are recent research contexts, where the National Science Foundation has supported his work on corporations’ adoption of venture capitalists’ investment practices, and the emergence of a network of scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors seeking to commercialize nanotechnology.
Meyer has been awarded grants totaling over $2.1M by the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Health Services Research, the U.S. Army Research Institute, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechologies Institute, and the Australian Research Council. Meyer co-founded the Lundquist Center for Entrepreuership’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program, an interdisciplinary program that enables graduate students in business, law, and the sciences to work in multi-disciplinary teams to pursue the commercialization of leading-edge technologies invented by scientists at UO, OSU, OHSU, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
David Mills, Advisor
David B. Mills has practiced law in Oregon for 40 years, appearing in state and federal courts and arguing cases before the state appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was on the list of Best Lawyers in America and was a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit. His clients included Portland General Electric, local utilities and numerous major banks. He was the speaker at numerous Continuing Legal Education programs and frequently served as an expert witness. He was a partner in the firm of Hammons & Mills for nearly 30 years. During that time, he formed a software company and was engaged in the development of a database application which was sold nationwide.”
Barbara Sellers-Young, Advisor
Barbara Sellers-Young is an interdisciplinary scholar with an international research profile on the moving body and globalization, which has taken her to Sudan, Egypt, Nepal, Japan, China, England and Australia. Dr. Sellers-Young’s research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Centre for Cultural Research into Risk at the Charles Sturt University in Australia as well as a Davis Humanities Fellowship. Other research awards include a Pacific Rim Planning Grant and a Video Development Grant from the Teaching Resources Center and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. She is the recipient of the 2011 Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research and the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Sellers-Young was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in July 2008. Prior to that, she was a professor at the University of California, Davis where she served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and as executive director of the Robert and Margit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. She has also taught at universities in England, China and Australia
Zhaohui Wu, Advisor
Zhaohui Wu is a professor at Oregon State University in the College of Business. He is currently teaching and conducting research on supply networks, environmental management strategy in operations, alternative/sustainable food systems and agricultural cooperatives. Zhaohui worked as a buyer at Lord Corporation, an U.S. aerospace company, and as a project manager at CMEC, a Chinese international trade company.