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Founders

Reaz Hoque
Chief Executive Officer

Considered a visionary technology thought-leader, Reaz has co-written 7 groundbreaking technology books and quickly became one of the nation’s youngest authors involved in the internet tech boom of the late 90’s. He is a key contributor to various industry trade magazines, and a frequent guest speaker at international business conferences and events from London, UK to Sydney, Australia. Recently during his 10 years in management consulting with SYNERGY, Reaz continues to help premier, cross-industry organizations use both current and emerging technologies to solve complex business problems, reduce costs, and gain competitive advantage. By working with major fortune 1000 companies like JP Morgan/Chase and Northrop Grumman, he quickly gained industry acclaim for his ability to analyze a manual process, automating that process, and building business applications to streamline those processes.

Andy Jacques
Chief Operating Officer

Executive production consultant, brand innovator, and creative strategist Andy Jacques has been praised for his proven ability to transform businesses, brands, and creative blueprints from inception to definitive successes. Andy has coached and lead employee retention, niche executive placement, and organizational development projects for companies such as Proctor & Gamble / Gillette, Bank of America, EMC Corp, and TJX while keeping a hand to the pulse of what a modern organization desperately needs to establish an attractive corporate culture in today’s progressive and diverse ‘tech forward’ workplace. Having worked extensively with senior level executives across a number of industries: Advertising Agencies, PR Firms, Marketing Directors, and Business Principals he acquired extensive experience creating effective Customer Experience Management programs leading to increased customer retention and brand loyalty.

Chris Parsons
Ambassador of Possibilities

With extensive experience in corporate/channel partnerships, business development, marketing, & talent acquisition, Chris has partnered with business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs to scale their organization. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In addition, the majority of his higher education and business studies took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout his career he has successfully helped organizations launch businesses in new markets, and managed numerous high grossing strategic partnership programs. Chris has worked in conjunction with both large enterprises to later stage startups such as Sony, LG, Samsung, Sonos, CBRE, and DraftKings. By understanding what truly drives sales, negotiations, and exponential growth, through SYNERGY Chris believes in unlocking that potential so every founder can optimize the global reach and impact of their innovations.

Sreejith Rajagopalan
Ambassador of Possibilities

Marketing, business development and project management professional, his experience in business management, innovation and development has been widespread in the startup community. Through his consulting experience, he has a sound and thorough understanding of business processes, consolidation, and expansion, brand management, business development, in addition to creating a go-to-market strategy, pricing models, & distribution networks with revenue & P&L budget responsibility. With a strong portfolio of successful startups that have grown past Series A, Sreejith is a proven strategic thinker with the niche leadership ability of builder strong teams, managing, empowering, and coaching founders to achieve superlative results under extreme pressure and rapidly evolving environments. His expertise in growth hacking, technical development & a firm understanding of Lean Startup Methodologies adds tremendous value to the visionaries the SYNERGY team works with.

Jeff Kazmucha
Ambassador of Possibilities

Jeff is an expert in wellness management and technology in Silicon Valley with vast experiences in business development and strategic partnerships with companies and cross-industry organizations. His 10+ yrs of experience lies in leveraging software platforms to enhance customer engagement, fix inefficient business practices, minimizing costs, and promoting successful product branding. He has been at the forefront of building and implementing on-demand marketplaces, niche wearable technologies, and establishing competitive advantages and market fits for many startups. In his words, “I like and prefer to live & work how my children play – Do everything with an undeniable passion and unstoppable purpose. It’s just much more fun that way!”

Since attaining his Master’s of Science degree from Indiana University, over that past 10 years Jeff has created a specialized niche mentoring and advising startups in the health and wellness space around Silicon Valley and beyond.

Liwen Ma
College Ambassador

Liwen is the college ambassador for SYNERGY. She started working with the company after SYNERGY helped launch her company Beyondle, a mobile platform that combines social challenge activities with donations to student organizations. She has successfully raised seed fund from Mr. Raj Singh, who is featured on Forbe’s “30 under 30”. Liwen has worked in several startups in the U.S. and France, obtaining years of experience in marketing, sales and PR. She has also worked in Wei Fund, a Silicon Valley based venture capital focusing on early stage investment.

Darren Nunes
Advisor

CEO & Founder – i2r consulting – Darren Nunes received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, and his M.S. in Power Systems Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Darren has technical expertise in real-time simulation, controls verification and validation, workflow management/optimization, software development, testing & integration, computer-aided engineering (CAE), product lifecycle management (PLM), business development, and sales. He has held positions in various industries including aerospace, utilities, and PLM software. I2R Consulting is an independent consulting firm specializing in transforming “innovation 2 reality”. The company’s principals and technical staff are composed of engineers and marketing experts with vast experience in modeling and simulation, PLM (product lifecycle management), various programming languages, integration of software and hardware, business development, sales, and internet marketing.

Santosh Pilkhane
Advisor

Santosh Pilkhane has multiple years of diversified experience in the Technology Industry across Digital Transformation, Innovation Consulting, New Product Incubation and Go to Market Strategy. Having worked with founders across the US, India, and UK Santosh comes to SYNERGY with experience spanning across large matrix organizations, startups & mid-sized companies.

Highly passionate and enthusiast about emerging technologies he has worked as strategy consultant for one of the World’s fortune 500 Banks and has been actively associated with disruptive startups and their acceleration. His experience includes consulting and driving several innovative ideas and solutions to life. In addition to his specific focus on fintech during the past few years, Santosh’s other areas of interest include AI, IoT, Smart Systems, Cognitive Computing, and Data Analytics to name a few.

Shane Ketterman
Advisor

As a thought leader on digital marketing and branding, Shane has been mentoring and coaching startup founders over the past decade. With a deeply routed understanding of leveraging content marketing, Shane was able to build and grow his boutique media company until it was acquired in 2012. His passion is now to leverage his experiences and knowledge to teach founders the core principles of leveraging technology through content creation using today’s new powerful social trends.

His passion for design thinking, branding, customer engagement metrics, and content marketing is what fuels his desire to impact technology startups focused on sustainable ‘smart growth’ once they reach the MVP stage. In his spare time while not speaking to entreprenuers, Shane does long form improv, acts in local plays, and loves to travel!

Robert Adelson
Legal Partner

As a business and tax attorney for over 30 years, Robert Adelson is currently a partner at the prestigious Boston law firm – Engel & Schultz LLP, and also currently serves as Chairman of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET).

Robert’s expertise with startups includes choice and formation of a business entity, allocating equity and founder agreements, negotiations, term sheets and closing funding with angels and VCs, licensing and commercial contracts, stock, options and employee and contractor arrangements, trademarks, NDAs and IP protections. He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation.

Robert is also a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech, CEOWorld, CEO Legal Refresher, among other publications.