Michael Dershem is a seasoned business development entrepreneur who has assisted multiple ventures and attracted millions of dollars of capital. Outstanding track record in strategic business planning and development, capital and financial sourcing, multi-disciplinary problem solving, and technology development. Strong technology-transfer background from government and university research to private sector commercialization. Michael began his ‘serial entrepreneur’ career over twenty years ago. His first foray was as co-owner of RX Returns, which grew to become the largest pharmaceutical returns company in the nation. He later helped form a niche banking company, which became one of the fastest growing private companies in New Jersey. Serving as founding CEO of Pharmasset, an Emory University start-up company, successfully raised over $25 million in private equity funding and executed a $30 million research and development agreement with DuPont. The company has subsequently gone public and was acquired by Gilead Sciences for $11 Billion. Michael graduated with a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and holds an MBA as well.
Christos Gryparis is EVP/Chief Platform Architect at MAPay. His 37 year career in technology integration and software development has included providing services to almost every business sector, with an emphasis in recent decades on the challenges of payments and transaction flow/integration. Mr. Gryparis is formally educated in the behavioral sciences and computer science, and has received numerous certifications in the areas of computer/network engineering, security, and finance. His background includes contributions in banking technology, wholesale distribution/just-in-time inventory, analytics/modeling, EDI development, transactional processing and fulfillment, security / authentication, local and wide-area networking, computer telephony integration, data migration and due diligence, and heterogeneous platform integration.
John Parker has an extensive and diverse professional career financing, advising, counselling and managing growth companies in a variety of leadership capacities. Currently, John is the co-founder, President and a Director of Keystone NAP, LLC, an advanced data center and managed services provider located in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. John is also the co-managing partner of GenCounsel, LLC, a professional services firm through which he also established a sizeable practice as strategic advisor and attorney to many growth-oriented technology, SaaS and cloud computing firms. Prior to starting GenCounsel, John (i) served in a variety of executive positions with Airclic Inc., including President, CFO and General Counsel. (ii) was a senior business attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP where he led many strategic business transactions, mergers/acquisitions and public and private securities’ offerings, and (iii) was a lending officer for predecessor banks of Wells Fargo and Comerica. John graduated from Villanova University School of Law and Dickinson College (economics) where he also co-captained the intercollegiate football and baseball teams.