Board of Directors
|Governor George Allen
President, George Allen Strategies, Washington, D.C.
Allen served his home state of Virginia as Governor from 1994 to1999 and as U.S. Senator from 2001 to 2007. He currently serves as President of George Allen Strategies, Co-Chairman of the NAM’s National Competitiveness Initiative, Ambassador of the Association for Passive Optical LAN Technology, and is the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation. As Governor, Allen successfully cut taxes by more than $600 million; repealed or amended 71% of all regulations; and grew the economy – making sure the world knew “Virginia is Open for Business” resulting in the creation of over 300,000 net new private sector jobs during his four year term. As Senator, Allen successfully initiated policies to make America a leader in innovation and technology. He was Chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force and created the Competitiveness Caucus.
President, AIMS 360 / Focal Technology Solutions, Los Angeles, CA
Shahin Kohan is the President of AIMS 360, and is a member of Voices for Innovation. His company creates ERP software for the fashion industry, with over 7,000 users worldwide. The company’s state-of-the-art software solutions for apparel manufacturers and wholesalers dramatically improves the way companies in the garment industry manage their businesses. Kohan has spoken out on the need for better IP protection for American businesses in emerging markets; he knows selling his software in emerging markets with weak intellectual property protections would threaten his business. Kohan, among other small business leaders, does not have the resources to defend his company against piracy internationally. He has signed letters and met with members of Congress in an effort to tackle the problem of unfair competition from overseas manufacturers.
Prof. of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Popper specializes in torts, product liability, and antitrust law. He has published papers about the negative effects of IT theft on the economy and has outlined ways in which the Federal Trade Commission can exercise its authority to sanction IT theft. Popper has also testified in Congress on regulations for imports of defective and unsafe products from foreign manufacturers. He advocates for raising public awareness on problems of overseas IT theft and issuing guidance to companies on how to address this issue.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Law, Eugene, OR
Eric Priest specializes in intellectual property law and policy, with an emphasis on copyright, technology, and intellectual property issues in China. He has published articles on copyright piracy in China, and his research analyzes emerging, innovative solutions to the piracy problem. Priest previously ran a Beijing-based technology start-up company, originally founded at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, focused on digital media licensing in China.
Partner, Keystone Strategy, New York, NY
Jeff has more than 15 years of experience advising and advocating for leading technology firms on competition and intellectual property issues. At Keystone, Jeff’s practice focuses on legal and regulatory disputes, business strategies and public advocacy, often incorporating expert technologists and economists. Prior to joining Keystone, Jeff began his career as an Intellectual Property Attorney at Irell & Manella and later King, Purtich, Holmes & Berliner in Los Angeles. He later founded and was General Counsel of AirWave Wireless, an enterprise wireless software management company.
Vice President Government Affairs, Rockwell Automation, Washington, D.C.
As Rockwell Automation’s senior executive in Washington, D.C., Quinn is responsible for government affairs, communications and strategic business development at the state, federal and global levels. Prior to his current assignment, Quinn was Rockwell Automation’s vice president for strategic development, Asia Pacific (2007 – 2010), and chief representative for China (2005 – 2007). As senior corporate officer in Asia Pacific, Quinn was responsible for strategic programs and initiatives, gov’t relations, market and competitor analysis, external communications and university programs.Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Quinn served nearly 20 years in various commercial, trade, and national security capacities with the U.S. Government in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Quinn served as an elected Governor on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, 2005 – 2006, and is a current Board Member with the United States Information Technology Office (USITO). Quinn speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
|Andrew J. Sherman
Partner, Jones Day LLP, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Sherman is a corporate and transactional attorney at Jones Day and is a recognized international authority on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, capital formation, franchising, and other types of intellectual property harvesting, leveraging and related growth strategies. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business for 28 years and at Georgetown University Law School for 7 years where he teaches courses on business planning, business strategy, entrepreneurship, and best practices in business lawyering. Mr. Sherman is the author of 26 books and numerous articles, white papers, blogs, and related publications, and is one of the world’s leading speakers on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, and the leveraging and licensing of intellectual property.
CEO, Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, Temecula, CA
Born into a manufacturing business and learning the business from the ground up, Mr. Paulson’s experience includes all the typical aspects of running a family business. His education centered on a combination of business management and associated technical training. Patents include 16 Utility and Design patents and patents pending, in the fields of optics, mechanical designs and optical physics.
Paulson Mfg exports to 80 countries and specializes in Safety and Security Products. Mr. Paulson is Chairman of the National District Export Council, and Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association. In addition, he is a Member of the President’s Export Council subcommittee on Export Administration; the California Inland Empire District Export Council; California Chamber of Commerce International Committee; Export University’s Executive Oversight Committee; and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council.