Cognida: Establishing trusted service relationships
Platform that provides innovative blockchain agnostic solutions for enterprises
Co-Founder, CEO Windmill Enterprise
Michael Hathaway’s career has placed him in the vortex of multiple electronic revolutions. In his early career, he worked with pioneers in electronic music and digital audio. After developing a line of affordable digital audio products at Lexicon (acquired by Harmon Industries), he transitioned to the networking sector. He was a technical contributor during the early days of Ethernet and ATM network switches, culminating in developing the first gigabit capable Internet packet forwarding engine for a DARPA project while working at BBN. He was a founder and executive at the pioneering terabit Internet router startup, Ironbridge Networks, and CTO at network processor startup Agere (acquired by Lucent Micro).Since 2003, after a short stint working with Venture Capitalists, Michael set his sights on developing a signaling and messaging layer to facilitate secure transactions over the public Internet. After 10 years of applying his architecture principals across multiple consulting projects, he founded Information Xchange (IX) and developed the Tensor-Connect platform based on his architectural principles. This lightweight information management platform assigns tokens to users and software applications, providing parameter level access permissions to Internet accessible data. This technology is the core of applications in Industrial IoT and agriculture sectors. With blockchain now reaching a level of maturity to support enterprise applications, he is spearheading the incorporation of blockchain into Tensor- Connect. He believes the incorporation of blockchain into enterprise data security to be the foundation of yet another electronic revolution.
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman Windmill Enterprise
Bing Byington is a serial entrepreneur creating businesses in the mobile wireless, digital imaging and healthcare sectors. The famous words “Some people see things as they are and ask ‘why’? Others see things as they should be and ask ‘why not?’” initially led him into the very early days of the cellular phone industry. He became the CEO and a principal of a consortium of seven Mobile/Cellular licenses in the US and two internationally and sold his business to George Soros and the predecessor companies to Verizon and AT&T Mobile. In his next venture, he built industry leading digital imaging software for early generation digital cameras. The benefits and cost savings for consumers and photographers were obvious to him. As the digital photography market matured, the company’s solutions became mainstream and utilized for events, weddings, school photos, and government IDs. The business was sold to Kodak. Bing is currently Executive Chairman of CareConnex, integrating patient data from hospital ICUs and emergency wards, beyond the hospital walls into EMRs, lowering re-admissions and supporting “aging in place.” These healthcare, wireless, and technology experiences have led him to his clear understanding of the need to utilize protocols layered on top of a blockchain to create platforms to deliver enterprise solutions for a variety of industries.
Mr. Byington is co-author of a bestselling book on blockchain and crypto-currency on Amazon.
Founding Partner, Advisor Windmill Enterprise
Wayne Lawler is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of leadership management roles in the technology, software, hardware and semiconductor fields working at IBM, Dell, Flextronics, HP Enterprise, Applied Materials, and Information Xchange.Wayne’s guidance has repeatedly resulted in revenue growth multiples, business transformation success, and successful timely product launches. Key roles include: Sales & Business Development, Global Account Management, Program Management, New Product Development, Supply Chain Management Operations & Procurement, Customer/Supplier Business & Relationships Management, and Software Development Contracts Management.
Wayne graduated from Duke University with a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business and from Michigan State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management from the Eli Broad College of Business.
Partner, Advisor Windmill Enterprise
Frank Fernandez has been managing and advising multi-billion-dollar institutional private equity portfolios for more than 20 years. More recently, he has been utilizing this experience to serve as an advisor to blockchain projects such as Cognida, Hatch Crypto and Vault Wallet. He founded Gateway Private Capital (“GPC”) in 2004 to advise large institutional investors and assist with the management of their private equity portfolios. Since 2008, he also has served on the Investment Committee for Keystone National Group, a private equity and private credit fund manager with over $1 billion under management. Frank previously was the founding member and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Alternative Investments Asset Class at the $100 billion Florida State Board of Administration.During his six years at the Board, Frank managed a private equity portfolio with over $6 billion of committed capital, including a $1 billion direct investment program and a $1 billion co-investment program. He was a member of more than 20 advisory committees, for funds at Carlyle Group, Apollo, among others and from 2000 – 2004 served as the Vice- Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association. After receiving an MBA in finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and a BS in engineering from Tulane’s School of Engineering, Frank began his career in New York at Kidder Peabody & Co. in the investment banking department and then moved to Smith Barney in Chicago. A former officer in the U.S. Army, he has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation.
Chief Marketing Officer Windmill Enterprise
Josh Jones is a global corporate and marketing strategist who specializes in growth expansion strategies, branding, communication, marketing technology and measurement and go-to-market initiatives. Prior to joining Cognida in 2018, he led B2B initiatives and marketing for Oh My Green. His 14+ year background allows for complex understanding and improvement of revenue growth and service levels across pre-sales, negotiation, and product and service delivery. Notable is his in-depth insight and application of customer experience and outreach programming, where his efforts focus on acquisition and conversion.
Josh’s greatest strengths are his creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurship. As the Founder and President of Dine on Demand, a food technology company, he produced organic growth and sold the company in 2016 to Zula Food. He then served within the role of VP, Sales and Marketing for Zula Food, where he led national expansion efforts. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach through deployment of digital marketing solutions that create an insight-driven culture. Josh is recognized as a volunteer for multiple industry organizations, including serving as VP for the Restaurant Marketing and Delivery (RMDA) Board.
Former President of Wanchain
Dustin graduated from Columbia University in 2007 and went to work at Goldman Sachs one year before the financial collapse. Watching the banking meltdown from the inside, Dustin came to the realization that the problems were systemic and that solutions would need to come from outside the existing system. Embarking on a journey of financial entrepreneurship, Dustin received his MBA from the University of Michigan and co-founded multiple companies within the blockchain space: Satoshi Talent, Tendermint, Stokens Venture Capital, and the Austin Blockchain Collective that now has more than 100 members. He most recently served as President of Wanchain where he helped fuel it’s meteoric growth to a $1 billion market cap in less than 7 months. He is presently CEO of his new start-up that is focused on security tokens.
CEO, Founder Rivetz
Steven is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven served as President and CEO for 14 years at Wave before transitioning to the board of directors. A popular speaker on cybersecurity and trusted computing, Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities, and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms. He is founder and CEO of Rivetz, a decentralized & hardware-based cybersecurity ecosystem. Rivetz provides the core infrastructure for cybersecurity and seeks to fully enable the hundreds of millions of devices that have security already built-in.
Vice President Wanchain
Oliver Birch graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He is passionate about innovation and planning, creating and managing large projects within Clinical Trials. Oliver first got into the crypto space in 2011, researching and writing academic papers at university about the rise of bitcoin. Currently, Oliver is Director of Global Community Management and Vice President of Global Communications at Wanchain. He previously worked as a Senior Project Manager for MeDiNova Research Spain (with an established parent company in London, UK). Oliver helped set up the MeDiNova network in Spain. Its principal aim is to conduct clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies.
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