Speakers

Robb Myer

President and Chief Product Officer, NoWait

Is there anything worse than an hour-long wait at a restaurant?  Robb Myer didn’t think so.  That’s why he founded NoWait, the first and only mobile app dedicated to letting customers know the wait time before even stepping foot into the restaurant.  Now, NoWait is used in over 3,000 restaurants across the United States and seats 10 million guests per month.

NoWait was developed at Pittsburgh’s startup accelerator, AlphaLab, where Robb now acts as an advisor.  Since its launch in 2010, NoWait has been on a steady incline of use from both the restaurant and consumer.

Robb received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and his BS for electrical engineering from the University of South Florida.  Post graduation, Robb worked in engineering for multiple companies.  His most notable job was serving as director of solutions management at Electronic Benefit Data Systems (EBDS) for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  There, he developed the first small-group-focused Health Reimbursement Account, which became the fastest growing and highest margin product for EBDS. 

In 2013, Pittsburgh Business Times named Robb one of the 40 most outstanding business leaders under the age of 40.

Kelly Collier

CEO AcitvAided Orthotics

After an injury caused by swimming, Carnegie Mellon University student, Kelly Collier, realized that standard back braces were highly outdated.  In a class her senior year at CMU, Kelly came up with the idea to upgrade back braces into a flexible and supportive posture-correcting shirt. 

Studying biomedical engineering and business, one of Kelly’s classes required students to make something relevant and useful to the medical world.  Along with a group of students, Kelly met with clinicians and doctors who specialize in back pain to create an alternative to bulky braces.  They created a lightweight shirt with components that help patients use their own muscles to improve posture and combat lower back pain and lumbar spine disorders.  The class project found so much success that Kelly deferred an acceptance to a PhD program at Johns Hopkins University to take ActivAided Orthotics further.

After her graduation in 2011, Kelly entered AlphaLab’s accelerator.  Over a few months, ActivAided Orthotics built a clientele that pushed 600 units out of their office.  Since graduating AlphaLab in 2012, ActivAided Orthotics has made $100,000 in sales and even found a celebrity client in Pittsburgh Penguin, Harrison Ruopp.

In 2014, Kelly was named Western Pennsylvania’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Greg Petro

CEO First Insight

Too often, retail stores are forced to mark down prices for merchandise they just can’t seem to sell.  Greg Petro saw this problem as an opportunity.  After a 25-year career in the retail industry and with one of the world’s leading supply chain technology firms, Greg combined the two fields to create First Insight.   He founded First Insight to reconnect brands and consumers to determine how products will perform before any costly decisions have to be made.

Founded in Wexford in 2007, First Insight is a program used by retailers predicting what proposed products will sell and the price shoppers might pay for it.  This is done through a series of “games” loyal customers of stores can play online.   Overall, it allows consumers help retailers choose the right merchandise for the right price based on customer input.

First Insight increases the number of popular products by 100%, raises prices on 11% of products, and grows gross margins by 3-9%. 

Since transforming his startup into an established company, Greg now is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, is on the board of advisors at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and speaks at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate business schools about using technology to identify and deliver what customers want.

Scott Morley

VP Marketing and Clinical Affairs, ALUNG

Founded in 1997, ALung is a Pittsburgh-based company dedicated to developing medical devices for treating respiratory failure. Most notably, ALung developed the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System (RAS). The Hemolung RAS is a dialysis-like alternative to mechanical ventilation, originally developed at the University of Pittsburgh. 

With a background in biomedical engineering and clinical affairs, Scott Morley came to ALung in 2003.  He oversaw the design and testing of the Hemolung RAS and readied the device for its initial human trials.  As the Vice President of Marketing and Clinical Affairs, Scott managed all aspects of a single-center first-in-man clinical study in India and a multi-center pilot in Germany.

The Hemolung RAS officially began development in 2005 and clinical tricals began in 2010. In 2013, ALung and the Hemolung RAS received CE-mark approval.  In July of 2014, Jon Sacker became the first U.S. patient to use the Hemolung RAS. Now, over 75 hospitals in 19 counties have used the Hemolung RAS to treat their patients.

Learn more about Jon Sacker how Hemolung RAS saved his life here.

 

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