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Sep 21st -23rd

Nexus Conference

September 21st-23rd 2017

Speaker Biographies

Ed Asner

Ed Asner is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He is also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy film Elf (2003) and its animated remake Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014). He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven.[3]

In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up, and made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode "Yahrzeit". In early 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT. He starred in the Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television and has appeared in the 2013 television series The Glades. Asner recently guest starred as Guy Redmayne, a homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florrick's campaign in the sixth season of The Good Wife.

Jeff Berwick

Jeff is the Editor in Chief at The Dollar Vigilante. Berwick founded Stockhouse, a penny stock promotion and marketing site, which he later sold. He later was an investor in Bitcoin, appearing publicly on Fox News and other mainstream press outlets to discuss the digital currency. He also appeared on Bloomberg to discuss Bitcoin.

Perianne Boring

Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” by a leading industry publication for her public policy accomplishments. Perianne is a communications expert and avid public speaker. She has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (“CES”), Money 20/20, South by Southwest and many others. She also contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television host and anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.

Perianne graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. Raised in Florida, she currently resides in Washington, DC.

Ellen Hodgson Brown 

Ellen Hodgson Brown is an American author, political candidate, attorney, public speaker, and advocate of alternative medicine and financial reform, most prominently public banking. Ellen is Founder & President of Public Bank Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publicly run banks. She is also the President of Third Millennium Press, and is the author of twelve books, including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution, as well as over 200 published articles. She has appeared on cable and network television, radio, and internet podcasts, including a discussion on the Fox Business Network concerning student loan debt with the Cato Institute's Neil McCluskey, a feature story on derivatives and debt on the Russian network RT, and the Thom Hartmann Show's "Conversations with Great Minds."

Derrick Broze

Derrick is the Founder & Host at The Conscious Resistance Network. He is an agorist activist, writer, host of the Conscious Resistance Network and organizer of the Decentralize Your Life 2017 tour. The tour includes educating people about the philosophy of agorism, promoting decentralized lifestyles, and disruptive technologies such as Bitcoin. Derrick is promoting cryptocurrency as one of the many tactics to build a stateless society through voluntary adoption of self sustaining voluntary systems. 

Dr. Patrick M. Byrne

In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropic projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students. Byrne also created the Main Street Revolution marketplace for small American entrepreneurs, a pet adoption service that has connected people with 75,000 pets in less than two years, and Farmers Market which now makes fresh, locally grown produce available to 45% of the US population.

In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). In 2011, Ernst & Young gave Byrne its National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2014, Overstock was named one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research.

A "classical liberal," Byrne believes that our nation's success depends on education and capital markets. Since Milton Friedman's passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (now "EdChoice"), an organization leading the national push for school choice. Toward the goal of clean capital markets, in 2004 Byrne began a vigorous citizen-journalist campaign focusing on regulatory capture, hedge fund mischief, settlement system failures, systemic risk, and the possibility of economic warfare against the US by organized crime and foreign governments. His stance caught the attention of Wall Street analysts and reporters, becoming a point of high controversy until the crash of 2008, occasioned by many of the things of which Byrne had warned. Byrne's website DeepCapture.com subsequently received much recognition, such as Weblogs Award "Best Business Blog" (2008), Business Pundit's "Best Business Investigative Journalism" (2009), and Xmark's "Top Site on Corruption in the USA" (2010).

In 2012, when no firm of $1 million in revenue yet accepted bitcoin as a payment method, Byrne's pro-freedom political orientation led him to decide that Overstock.com, then with $1.4 billion in revenue, should accept the digital currency. Having gained familiarity with blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici, a subsidiary within Overstock.com building blockchain-based financial technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici's t0.com securities trading platform to become the first person in history to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain.

Byrne received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master's in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and is a frequent guest lecturer discussing internet commerce, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.

Colin Cantrell

Colin is the Creator and Lead Architect and Developer of the cryptocurrency Nexus. His love for computer programming started as a child when his Father bought him a copy of Visual Basic.NET. He quickly began creating computer games and has been programming ever since. In his late teens, Colin was an intern at Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, where he spent an entire summer building rockets with the team and working on a rocket design that is now being used at Vector Space Systems. He discovered Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in 2013 and quickly began investigating to learn how blockchains are programmed and function. After he had a thorough understanding of the Bitcoin code, he began developing Nexus in April of 2014. Since that time, he has produced hundreds of thousands of lines of original code for Nexus and has developed many unique protocols.

Jim Cantrell

Jim Cantrell is an American entrepreneur, mechanical engineer and road racer. He is CEO and co-founder of Vector Space Systems. After working at the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales) and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, he worked as an independent consultant to aerospace companies for fifteen years and was on the founding teams of SpaceX and Moon Express.

Doug Casey

Mr. Casey, a graduate of Georgetown University, has served on the Board of Governors of Washington College, and as a Trustee of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, Northwoods University and the Liberty Foundation. He is also the founder of the Eris Society, a non-profit organization that annually brings together over 75 of the world's leading free-market-oriented thinkers on a wide range of eclectic topics related to the arts, sciences, technology, finance and medicine.

His firm, Casey Research, LLC., publishes a variety of publications and web sites with a combined weekly audience in excess of 200,000 individuals, largely high net worth investors with an interest in resource-development and international real estate. Its current services include, The International Speculator, Casey Investment Alert, CaseyResearch.com, KitcoCasey.com, What We Now Know. Casey Research also operates the Explorers' League, a membership organization dedicated to identifying and following the careers of the world's most successful professionals in the fields of mineral exploration and development.

Mr. Casey has lived in seven countries and visited over 150, most of them several times. His main sport is polo, but he has been also active in skydiving, martial arts, scuba, auto racing, and competitive shooting in the past.

Joseph Ciccolo

Joe Ciccolo is an accomplished expert in building and implementing successful BSA/AML programs for traditional and non-traditional financial institutions offering a variety of banking products and services.

Following 10+ years in legacy bank compliance, Joe founded BitAML, a regulatory compliance advisory group devoted exclusively to helping bitcoin startups and innovators leveraging blockchain technology. BitAML allows him to share his subject matter expertise with those that share his passion for digital currency and all the potential it holds for the future.

Joe is a frequent guest speaker at both bitcoin and blockchain conferences. He also meets regularly with traditional bankers, and volunteers his time and talents with the non-profit Blockchain Education Network..

Brooks Clifford
 

First discovered bitcoin in 2013 while working at Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and I've been obsessed with crypto currencies ever since. Bitcoin combines my two favorite subjects; technology and finance and I love discussing both sides of the world.

DCI Capital Advisors, LLC is a private investment group founded in 2016. Our mission is to provide exception returns for investors within the crypto-currency space. 

Angus Champion de Crespigny

Angus is a Senior Manager in EY’s Financial Services Office where he leads the firm’s distributed infrastructure strategy for the financial services industry. In his role, Angus brings together global teams to deliver engagements and develop services and thought leadership on blockchain and related technologies for financial services clients. In addition to institutional clients, Angus has advised a number of startups, regulators, governments and is a frequent speaker at conferences internationally. Angus has published numerous articles and performed regular interviews for industry media, specializing in the practical implementation of distributed infrastructure innovations and the development of new business models in the financial sector and beyond.

Eleesa Dadiani

Owner of Dadiani Fine Art Gallery, Eleesa hopes to bridge cryptocurrency with the art word. She believes there is a new type of buyer which is not the typical centralist-elitist art buyer of the past. A strong believer in Bitcoin and blockchain technology, she states: 

“This could be a turning point for the crypto-currency market. For many years, it has been ridiculed, but when traditional businesses, such as galleries, take it seriously, it is a sure sign that this is a very important technology.”

Eli Dickison

After graduating with a B.S. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Eastern Oregon University, Eli followed his passion for foreign languages, travel, and business to China where he purchased and managed a group of English language schools. It was in China that Eli first read about Bitcoin – capital controls in China made the possibility of projecting value instantly across borders intriguing and useful. Though Eli followed the cryptocurrency space for several years, it wasn’t until 2016 that he took the plunge and started an OTC Bitcoin trading business with his friend and business partner, Jesse Parsons. Learning to trade Bitcoin was truly a school of hard knocks, but Eli and Jesse persevered and built a profitable business which they co-own and operate full time.
Eli now lives with his wife in the Puget Sound region of Washington State where they home school their five children. 

Jonny Dubowsky

Jonny Dubowsky is a rock ’n roll scientist. He’s spent the last 20 years working to solve many of our most urgent sustainability challenges, using IOT sensors, A.I and machine learning, and blockchain technology to create effective watershed, agriculture & ecosystem management tools. As a songwriter & performer touring w/ some of the biggest acts on earth, he has been able to help in launching programs such as “the largest grassroots day of action in history”(CNN) on October 24th 2009, with Bill McKibben & 350.org launching 5900 events in 189 countries.
Jonny is Founder and Director of The Rock 'n Renew Foundation, Rock ‘n Renew uses art, music and science to inspire community action.

Jonny is the lead singer for Jonny Lives!, a popular, thundering rock band with a biofuel tourbus and a growing critical and popular reputation. Jonny Lives! has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The CBS Early Show, Good Day Live, Good Morning America, & every major radio program in the nation. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, Debbie Harry, Meatloaf, Everclear, The Fountains Of Wayne, The Wu Tang Clan, The Strokes, The Killers, & many other legendary artists. Dubowsky has penned songs for movies such as Van Wilder 2, The Rocker (featuring Rain Wilson), and many others.
Dubowsky was named one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Music Moguls 2.0” and was featured on NPR’s Talk of The Nation as a result of the innovative social benefit programs he created with RnR artists, musicians, brands & communities.
The Sense Collective is a new non-profit co-founded by Dubowsky which is providing a much-needed home for collaborative research, incubation & development of emergent technologies (blockchain, VR/IR, AI) which benefit the shared management of our social & natural capital. Dubowsky began mining Bitcoin in 2013 & participated in the ICO for Ethereum, Factom, Synereo, DASH, & several others. He envisions a future where music streaming & public works management run on Nexus nodes.

Dino Farinacci

Dino is a Founder, CEO, CTO, CMO, developer, tester, release manager, product manager, and payroll manager at lispers.net. He was a former Cisco Fellow and Software Engineer at Cisco Systems. Lispers.net is a non-profit engineering consulting company dedicated to the advancement of the Internet. Under Dino's direction, lispers.net is building state-of-art next-generation Internet Architectures and Protocols to enable modern-use applications to scale securely and run efficiently.

Adella Toulon-Foerster

Like crypto-currencies themselves, Adella Toulon-Foerster lives in the intersection of technology, finance, law, and entrepreneurship. Adella co-founded a consultancy in 2001 which built online gold-based payment systems, providing her with uniquely long-term experience and perspective on alternative financial systems.

She has guest lectured at the University of South Carolina, given testimony for a United Nations committee, and presented at conferences around the world. She is the co-founder of the Caribbean Blockchain Association, Senior Research Fellow at the Financial Technology Institute at New World University, and she serves as an editor of Ledger, the premier University of Pittsburgh peer-reviewed scholarly journal covering the crypto-currency space. She has worked, invested and advised start-ups in the crypto space for almost a decade.

Adella holds two degrees in law, for which she wrote dissertations on international financial centers and on the impact of Bitcoin on traditional banking systems. Her present focus is on financial regulations, compliance programs, money transmitter laws, ICOs, Crypto hedge funds, FinCen requirements and guidance, and helping startups in the crypto-currency space successfully navigate those ever-changing regulations so they can reach their goals.

Adella is the Director of the FinTECH law practice at the Cogent Law Group, LLP in Washington, DC and is working on the launch of the first ever crypto-currency Incubator on the east coast.

Flip Filipowski

Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski is a Polish American technology entrepreneur born in 1950 in Chicago. He is currently the Executive Chairman and CEO of SilkRoad Equity, a private investment firm, and founded Platinum Technology in 1985. He founded or co-founded Blue Rhino Corporation, Primo Water, SilkRoad technology Inc., DBMS Inc., the House of Blues, SolidSpace Inc., onramp Branding, MissionMode and InterAct 911.[1] Platinum technology was sold to Computer Associates in 1999 for $3.5 billion, a record at the time for a software company.

Catherine Austin Fitts

Catherine is the president of Solari, Inc., publisher of the Solari Report, and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC. Catherine served as Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration, and was the President of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. Catherine has designed and closed over $25 billion of transactions and investments to-date and has led portfolio and investment strategy for $300 billion of financial assets and liabilities.

G. Edward Griffin

G. Edward Griffin is a writer and documentary film producer with many successful titles to his credit. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he is well known because of his talent for researching difficult topics and presenting them in clear terms that all can understand. He has dealt with such diverse subjects as archaeology and ancient Earth history, the Federal Reserve System and international banking, terrorism, internal subversion, the history of taxation, U.S. foreign policy, the science and politics of cancer therapy, the Supreme Court, and the United Nations.

Ernest Hancock

Ernest is the Radio Talk Show Host of Declare Your Independence and owner of Freedoms Phoenix. Ernest was instrumental in the efforts of the Ron Paul grass roots campaign. He designed the "r3VO_|ution" slogan, which was adopted by the campaign and activists. His show has been on the air for the past decade making it one of the longer lasting podcasts on libertarianism.

Scott Haze

Scott Haze (born in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor, writer and director. He is an alumnus of the Stella Adler Conservatory and Playhouse West. In 2006 Haze envisioned, built and founded The Sherry Theater in the North Hollywood Arts District in California, naming the theater after his mother. Plays penned by Haze have included 2006's Devil's Night and 2011's Angel Asylum, both of which he acted in as well as directed. Haze has appeared in television and films. Haze's breakout performance was in his portrayal of Lester Ballard in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, directed by James Franco.

After filming Child Of God, Haze directed a documentary about wrestler Leroy Kemp, titled Ghosts & Goblins. Haze signed on to play Skeet McGowan in James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying.

September 5, 2013, Haze was named one of Variety's 10 Actors To Watch For 2013. This comes after Haze reaching huge success on an international scale, with films he starred in being accepted into international film festivals including the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, 70th Venice Film Festival, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, The 51st New York Film Festival The 2013 Austin Film Festival, and many others.

John Held

John Held is Senior Director within the Performance Improvement practice of Alvarez and Marsal, a global consulting company. He has helped conceive, design and launch new technologies in the area of predictive analytics, Big Data, and secure collaboration for leading technology companies and for clients in high tech, consumer packaged goods and retail.
John has had the benefit of being on the edge of several of the the largest innovation bubbles in his career in high growth and high hype areas such as predictive analytics, social collaboration, SaaS, Cloud and APIs. He seeks to shed light on how new paradigms may impact the industry value chain, and to help companies make selective bets on what they truly need to master to enhance competitive advantage.

Stacy Herbert

Stacy was an Associate Producer of Popetown, a satirical cartoon series set in a fictitious Vatican, commissioned by the BBC who, on its completion, decided not to broadcast it out of fear of offending Catholics. Herbert wrote in the New Humanist in 2004: "But if comedy is catharsis, then, based on "its" list of troubles...the Catholic Church is in real need of some laughter. Wouldn't such sounds be more welcome than the gasps of horror usually accompanying any article or programme about the Catholic Church?"

Herbert is a co-host, with husband Max Keiser, of The Keiser Report on RT and Double Down on Radio Sputnik.

Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Boulder to study Analytic Number Theory prior to moving into cryptography via industry exposure.

His professional experience includes founding three Cryptocurrency related start-ups- Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK- and a variety of colorful positions in the public and private sector. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in September of 2013.

His current projects focus on education of cryptocurrency topics, evangelism of decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream.

George Howard 

George is an accomplished senior-level operations, marketing, strategy, and legal executive; consultant; educator; author; and expert witness with extensive experience in both large and emerging companies. He has a proven track record of successful corporate and startup leadership and was COO of Norton, President of Rykodisc, and an Original Founder of TuneCore.

As an educator, George has taught classes in Copyright Law, Emerging Business Models, Ethics, Leadership, Creative Promotion in New Media, Record Industry Operations, authored numerous scholarly articles, and was the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Berklee College of Music. As an author, he has published two books on the music industry (Berklee Press), regularly contributes to Forbes, the NYT, and has authored hundreds of widely-read articles on marketing and strategy that have appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post, Time, The Music Business Journal, and others.

Max Keiser

Max is an American broadcaster and film maker. He hosts The Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on Russian state media channel RT that features heterodox economics theories. Until November 2012, Keiser anchored On the Edge, a program of news and analysis hosted by Iran's Press TV.  He hosted the New Year's Eve special The Keiser's Business Guide to 2010 for BBC Radio 5 Live. Keiser presented a season of The Oracle with Max Keiser on BBC World News. He produced and appeared in the TV series People & Power on the Al-Jazeera English network.

Adam Kokesh

Adam is an author, activist, and independent journalist. A decorated veteran of the War in Iraq, Kokesh came to disparage war and advocate nonviolent resistance to power. Identifying as a libertarian, Kokesh has called for a "new American revolution" and has announced plans to run for President in 2020 on the platform of an "orderly dissolution of the federal government." His 2014 book FREEDOM! outlines his beliefs and philosophy.

Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress and 2-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

His pragmatic policies and political leadership bring a vision of a society in which peace and economic prosperity prevail. .

Toni Lane

Toni Lane is an artrepreneur in the Digital Currency and Blockchain Industry who co-founded CoinTelegraph and the virtual blockchain nation movement. She has been affectionately entitled, “The Joan of Arc of Blockchain” and “Young Star of Bitcoin” by her peers and various publications.



​Miss Lane ​serves as an advisor to several notable companies, funds and family offices, including, but not limited to: SingularityU, Factom, Propy, The United Nations, Lykke, HSBC, Cicso, P&G, Institute for the Future and St. Gallen Symposium.

Sterlin Luxan

Sterling Luxan, founder of the psychologic anarchist, is a professional writer, editor, research assistant, and aspiring counseling psychologist. He writes regularly for a couple of webpages, namely the Art of Not Being Governed and Bitcoin.com. He has also written a peer reviewed scholarly article for the International Journal of Reality Therapy. He takes a special interest in the psychological and psycho-pharmacological aspects of voluntaryist anarchism.

Elizabeth McCauley

Elizabeth is a blockchain business development and marketing consultant. She handles business development for bridge21 and serves as Global Business Development Head for Coinsecure. As an early Bitcoin advocate, she’s previously headed up nonprofit and political outreach for BitPay and ran Bitcoin Magazine.

Elizabeth serves on the boards of the Bitcoin Foundation and Code to Inspire. Prior to getting involved in Bitcoin, she worked for a US Member of Congress. Elizabeth is also a member of Femtech Leaders and Top FinTech Influencer.

Tatiana Moroz

Tatiana is an American folk singer-songwriter, liberty activist, and peaceful revolutionary, Tatiana Moroz is pioneering creative autonomy and freedom as the creator of the artist cryptocurrency Tatiana Coin. Tatiana merges music with modern technology to encourage social awareness. She helps renew the power of songwriters to unite our communities. Her inspiring new album “Keep The Faith” was released in 2017. She is the founder of Crypto Media Hub, a PR, event, and marketing consultancy for the digital currency community..

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is the youngest,  life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano presided over more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court — criminal, civil, equity, and family. He has handled thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings, and divorces. He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for two years and Seton Hall Law School for 11 years and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He was often chosen by the students as their most outstanding professor.

Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year.Judge Napolitano joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in January 1998 and currently serves as the senior judicial analyst. He provides legal analysis on both FNC and Fox Business Network (FBN) throughout the day, Monday through Friday. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property.

David A. North

Dave North is Sedgwick’s President and Chief Executive Officer—a position he has held since 1995. Under Dave’s leadership, Sedgwick has grown from a boutique, regional third-party claims administrator to the premier global provider of innovative business solutions in the areas of workers' compensation, disability, absence management, property loss adjusting and more. Sedgwick has more than 15,300 colleagues in over 300 offices in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland who take care of people and organizations by delivering cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting and other services. At the time of its sale to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in 2014, Sedgwick was valued at $2.4 billion and boasted a remarkable 99% customer retention rate.

Dave has over thirty-five years of experience in risk management services. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional industry conferences. In 2016, EY honored Dave with its Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southeast U.S. Region. He previously developed and taught the American Management Association course on Advanced Risk Management Strategies: Managing the Total Cost of Risk. In 2002, Dave was recognized by Business Insurance as one of the 35 “Rising Stars” in insurance worldwide. And in 2003, he co-authored the book The Art of Self-Insurance. Dave has served on the board of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute and is past chairman of the board of the Integrated Benefits Institute. 

Dave is currently a director for The Institutes, the leading provider of professional education for the risk management and propertycasualty
insurance industry. In 2016, Dave was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslem to serve on The University of Memphis’s newly chartered Board of Trustees. He previously served on the university’s Board of Visitors and concurrently serves on the University of Memphis Foundation Board and the President’s Innovation Board. In addition, Dave is a member of the Business Insurance Women to Watch Advisory Board.

Jordan Page

Jordan Page is a national advocate for individual freedom. He tours the United States performing concerts to educate the public to this end. One of the issues he has championed is cannabis freedom. Jordan is now doing direct activism as a Caregiver with CannaSense, a medical cannabis collective that helps patients in all 50 states gain access to cannabis medication. CannaSense has a streamlined process for helping patients get access in strict compliance with The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, The Affordable Care Act and the US Constitution..

Jesse Parsons

Jesse Parsons is a founder and managing partner of The Coin Trading Company, LLC which focuses on over-the-counter bitcoin sales.. He and his business partner, Eli Dickison (also at Nexus), have focused on growing the business and have recently hired the company's first employee to manage the trade-desk. Jesse has a BA in International Studies and a BS in Civil Engineering both from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA in Education from Biola University near Los Angeles. Prior to succeeding as an entrepreneur, he worked as a civil engineer, a high school math and science teacher and a school improvement specialist for the Oregon State Department of Education. Jesse and his wife have eight children and currently live near Salem, Oregon.

Ron Paul

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice. He returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th district of Texas, serving on the House Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.Since his retirement from Congress,

Dr. Paul has continued to work for limited constitutional government through organizations he founded, including the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), Campaign for Liberty, and Liberty PAC. In addition to hosting the nationally syndicated podcast Ron Paul’s America, Dr. Paul has launched The Ron Paul Channel, an online network airing original programming on today’s most pertinent issues.

Robert Anthony Peters

After completing his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Robert was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. As a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been acting, producing, and directing professionally in theater, film, and voiceover for over a decade, with principal roles in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Steve Jobs,” and many more. An active libertarian for even longer, he has lectured internationally on the relationship between art and liberty, speaking at several Students For Liberty events, the State Policy Network annual conference, the Bastiat Society, APEE, FreedomFest, Arizona FreedomFest, Coins in the Kingdom, the Hero’s Journey Conference, Coins in the Kingdom, Libertopia, PORCfest, FEE seminars, Institute for Liberal Studies Summer Seminar series, and the Free Minds Film Festival. He records audiobooks, is a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute, and is on the inaugural FEE Alumni Board. He has lead discussions for Liberty Fund and has been published in The Freeman. He also manages his family’s retail shipping store in Tucson, AZ. His screenwriting and film directorial debut is with “Tank Man,” an exploration of the individual who resisted the advances of the Chinese army after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Some of the talks he has given are on the relationship between art and liberty in Western civilization, a history of music and liberty, the impressionists as entrepreneurs, using art in advocacy, libertarianism in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” and utilizing plays to teach economics, as well as lessons from Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for economic understanding in crypto currency. He has also spoken about the potential changes in fundraising for in film utilizing digital currencies and tokens.

Drew Phillips

Activist, entrepreneur, freelance Videographer/Editor. Having been involved with a few alternative currency models revolving around silver and gold, it wasn’t hard to see bitcoin’s potential to challenge state run banking. After looking around the bitcoin space for a place to jump in, it made sense to start a coalition of bitcoin users with a Voluntaryist / libertarian perspective. Bitcoin will face many challenges in the next few years if it is to become a successful global currency, and due to the decentralized nature of the bitcoin protocol, it has the potential to overcome the biggest and most violent challenge faced by alternative currencies: the state..

James-Micheal Reed 


James-Micheal Reed is the CEO & Creator of Practicalvr. As a record setter at corporate AT&T, Micheal saw that his skillsets could have more impact if put to use building the future. So he learned to code, built a product, and committed himself to pioneering the fourth transformation. Addicted to the idea of merging the digital reality with our physical reality and a long time love for blockchain, he aims to use his unique cross-technology insights to disrupt the concept of data. As a long-time privacy rights activist, Micheal plans to advocate and help guide the industry as we usher in the new world of collaborative computing and the issues it may face.

Peter Schiff

American investment broker, investor, author, financial commentator, and radio personality. He is CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Westport, Connecticut. He is founder of Euro Pacific Canada Inc., a Canadian registered global brokerage firm headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Burlington, Ontario; Montreal; Vancouver; and Tokyo. He is also founder and chairman of Euro Pacific Bank Ltd., offshore bank based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; founder, CEO, and chairman of Euro Pacific Asset Management, LLC., an asset management company founded in Newport Beach, currently relocated to San Juan, Puerto Rico, since 2013; and founder and chairman of SchiffGold, a precious metals dealer based in Manhattan.

Brett Tabke 

Brett Tabke has worked in the computer industry for three decades. Tabke is currently the CEO and founder of Pubcon Inc. He was also the founder of PHD Software Systems, a specialty software manufacturer that produced a line of software for Commodore computers in the 80's and 90's.

Christina Tobin

Throughout her life, Tobin has brought people of different backgrounds together. Her life’s mission consists of spreading unity, peace, and opportunity by reforming the electoral process in America.

 As Ralph Nader’s National Ballot Access Coordinator in 2008, she helped collect more than 500,000 signatures to put Nader on 45 state Presidential ballots and the District of Columbia, more than any other third party or independent candidate. She’s non-partisan and her petitioning company Free and Equal Inc. has gathered over one million signatures for Independents, Green, Constitution, Republican, Democrat & Libertarian Party. She’s an expert in both defending signatures & coordinating petition drives.

In 2008, as an empowered woman with a vision for dramatic change to our skewed electoral system, she established The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, an organization focused on election reform, symposiums, debates, and transparency. The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is dedicated to opening the electoral process in America to finally break the two party duopoly’s stranglehold on voters and our elections.

We work to give the power back to the individual voter.
What sets Free & Equal Elections apart is our ability to reach both the left and the right. The Free & Equal Elections Foundation will continue to help shift power away from the controlling few and toward freedom, liberty, and prosperity for all.

James Tobin

James Tobin founded Taxpayers United of America (TUA) in 1976, which has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN and NBC news programs. His tax-cutting activities have been the subject of articles by major media including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the USA Today.
Tobin received an M.A. in International Economics from Northern Illinois University. He worked for nine years as a Federal Reserve Bank Examiner, specializing in international finance. Tobin was one of the first economic experts to predict the collapse of Continental Bank and to warn of the dangerous extension of credit by U.S. banks to bankrupt foreign governments. From 1979 to 1999, Tobin taught economics at Elmhurst College. Tobin gained notoriety in 1977, leading the first successful property tax strike in Illinois history. Subsequently, his organization has saved taxpayers more than $100 billion. In 2002, Tobin ran for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, representing the Libertarian Party of Illinois..

Lyn Ulbricht 

Lyn Ulbricht is Ross Ulbricht's mother. Ross was the creator of the Silk Road website, which had a very important role in the history of bitcoin. Currently, Ross is serving a double life sentence without parole for all non-violent charges. Lyn has worked to bring awareness to the case and raise funds for Ross’s defense through www.FreeRoss.org. She has had many media interviews and public appearances and has helped bring awareness to the public of the case and Ross's appeals. Her efforts have shined light into the darkness of the justice system, proving it to be a darker place than anywhere found on the dark web.

Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura is a former professional wrestler, actor, political commentator, bestselling author, naval veteran, television host and politician who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He was the first and only member of the Reform Party to win a major government position, and later joined the Independence Party of Minnesota.

Ventura first entered politics as Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, from 1991 to 1995. The city is the sixth largest in Minnesota and a suburb of Minneapolis with a population of 56,000. In November 1998, Ventura “shocked the world” by becoming the first third-party candidate elected as the Governor of Minnesota. He ran a low-budget campaign centered on grassroots events and ads that urged citizens not to “vote for politics as usual.” Ventura described his political positions as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal,” and he defeated both the Democratic and Republican candidates with this progressive viewpoint.

As governor, Ventura oversaw reforms of Minnesota’s property tax, approved the first sales tax rebates for Minnesotans for three consecutive years, and granted cuts in income taxes. Other initiatives included the construction of Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s first light rail system—a public transportation system that is still being expanded today. He also supported property tax reform, gay rights, abortion rights, legalizing hemp production and the use of medicinal marijuana.

Ventura left the Governor’s office in 2003, deciding not to run for re-election. After leaving office, he became a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2004. Since that time, he has hosted a number of television shows and has written several New York Times bestselling political books.

He was the host and executive producer of truTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, which won a prestigious “Stony Award” from High Times Magazine in 2010. He was also the host of the political talk show Off The Grid, which aired on RT America and online at Ora.tv from 2013 to 2015.

In September 2016, the former Governor released his latest book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. Though Ventura has been outspoken about the value of cannabis throughout his public life, this book focused on necessity to legalize cannabis nationwide. The Washington Post states Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto is “quite convincing about the ineffectuality of the War on Drugs.” The book presents—for the first time—why Ventura is more adamant now than ever before about supporting marijuana legalization.

Throughout his career, Jesse Ventura has built a reputation as a rebel and a freethinker; he has no qualms about questioning authority. His new political variety talk show “The World According to Jesse” will air on RT America in the U.S. and in major cities worldwide every Friday at 7:30 and 10:00 pm eastern beginning September 8, 2017. 

Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JesseVentura. 

Roger Ver

In 2011 Roger heard about Bitcoin for the first time. The price was still under a dollar each but he already knew that it was one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. His company Memorydealers became the first established business in the world to start accepting Bitcoin for payments. Roger then went on to become the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin startups. He nearly single handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin and blockchain businesses including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, and many many more. Those businesses have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of additional funding, and now serve tens of millions of customers around the world. Roger has devoted his full time attention to Bitcoin and blockchains ever since, and currently serves as the CEO of Bitcoin.com

Robert Viglione



Rob is the Co-founder of ZenCash and a former physicist and mathematician with experience working on Bitshares, BlockPay, Zclassic, Seasteading, and Bitgate. He's currently a PhD Candidate in Finance researching cryptofinance and teaching “Bitcoin & Blockchain Applications in Finance."

Rob holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing and the PMP certification. He is a passionate libertarian who advocates peace, freedom, and respect for individual life.

Erik Voorhees

Erik Voorhees | CEO and Founder, ShapeShift AG

Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity.

Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous Bitcoin and industry conferences, Erik humbly suggests that there is no such thing as a “free market” when the institution of money itself is centrally planned and controlled. This blog is about the human struggle for the separation of money and state, and about Bitcoin as the instrument by which it will happen.

Arry Yu

Arry has over 20 years of experience working with the best in the Fortune 500 like: Google, Microsoft, Expedia, and KPMG, LLP. She is the COO of CakeCodes and brings her passion for business to the company. Arry's strength comes from over 15 years of IT business development, product strategy and implementation experience serving Fortune 500 companies working on everything from large enterprise data warehouse projects to executive strategic organizational design to trustworthy computing user experience research projects. Because she has both business and technology expertise, she is able to navigate fluidly across the business as a fluent operator end-to-end. Over the years, she's helped small companies scale revenues from $4M to $12.5M in less than two years, to scaling a company's staff of 3 people to a staff of 100 in less than two years. She's also worked with the best entrepreneurs through 500Startups in San Francisco, and was voted a 40 under 40 for the Puget Sound Business Journal. Arry is also a graduate of Cornell University, N.Y.