WiseWear™ is a team made up of PHDs, MBAs, C-Level Executives, creatives, academics and published researchers and scientists. Pulling from Fortune 500 companies, startups, and the Department of Defense research lab the WiseWear™ team is set to empower you.
Jerry is a high octane PhD-turned-entrepreneur who gets things done and never gives up. Fueled by inspiration, workouts, and daily shots of espresso he is dedicated to empowering people with the tools that they need to live a happy, healthy & productive life. Jerry has 15 years of experience as a thought leader, inventor, start-up business consultant for Venture Capital firms, and program manager for the DoD SBIR program. Jerry has several patents pending worldwide, has published 55 manuscripts, book chapters, invited review articles, and has delivered 70 keynote presentations. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt U., and his MBA from McCombs School of Business, U. of Texas at Austin.
Jason is a seasoned professional in statistical process improvement and overseas manufacturing. While working for AT&T Jason lead dozens of cross organizational multimillion dollar projects related to Six Sigma. As director of operations for Epiphanie bags LLC, he developed domain expertise in overseas manufacturing, contract negotiations, import/export logistics, distribution and supply chain logistics. As a project management professional Jason has a combination of unique skill sets that complement WiseWear;s rapidly forward moving progression.
Tony is a seasoned Systems Engineer with significant experience leading diverse technical teams in the creation and deployment of products designed for the DoD and commercial sectors. He has over 30 years hands-on design and development experience specializing in the advancement of product and capability through the application of innovative hardware and software solutions. Tony has co-founded and served as CTO for two startups, holds a patent for a submersible handheld, and has a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.
Brian combines quantitative analysis and business understanding to provide the resources and planning needed for corporate success. Brian received his BA in mathematics from Emmanuel College, MBA from the University of Akron, and MS in the finance department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brian is an experienced investor, and has completed many corporate projects on topics ranging from financial leadership to capital budgeting.
Dr. Ehsaneh “Sunny” Shahhaidar has extensive experience in multi-disciplinary research, new product development, and project management with a proven track record of delivering new business solutions and innovations. She received her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also earned her M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, and National University of Iran. Both her Ph.D. and M.S research focused on smart wearable sensors. Sunny is passionate about cutting-edge technology and improving people’s life through innovative engineering solutions. Sunny has numerous peer reviewed publications in wearable systems and biosensors. She is currently a member and reviewer of IEEE transactions.
David Elam is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Texas San Antonio Department of Physics and Astronomy working under the Consortium Research Fellows Program. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Florida. His research interests include photonics, materials science, metal oxide thin film characterization and THz bioeffects. As the leader in research & development at WiseWear, he defines and drives products forward.
Britni graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in public relations and minor in business. As a part of the audience development team for Emmis Communications, she managed the consumer marketing efforts for six different magazine publications. Her experience lies within marketing communications, social media, PR, content development, and brand management. Being an enthusiast of health, technology, and style, she hopes to share WiseWear’s story with the world.
Holly Coulter joined WiseWear in March 2015, as Executive Assistant and Office Manager. She has over 20 years of administrative experience, in a variety of industries including finance, legal, medical, and education. Not only did she provide administrative support to executives, but was responsible for being the gatekeeper, customer service representative, bookkeeper, compliance trainer, human resource manager and event planner. As the administrative professional at WiseWear, Holly provides executive-level assistance to the team and makes sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently. She assists in the development and implementation of company policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs, and practices within the company.
Jason is a proven product developer with a history of assembling and leading diverse teams to create innovative product solutions. Jason has 20 years of development experience, including nearly 15 years as a co-owner of a small business dedicated to prototype and product development. He has successfully developed multi-million dollar solutions for DoD and Fortune 10 companies, as well as quick turn projects for speculative start-ups. Jason holds three patents, and has a BSEE from the SD School of Mines.
Lee Chan is a strategic luxury jewelry and accessories consultant and innovator with a reputation for results. Her extensive experience consists of brand management, global sourcing, product development, operations, production, manufacturing and business development for major brands such as Swatch, Coach and Reed Krakoff. High profile companies turn to Lee when faced with operational, technical, and production challenges. She has consulted with top designers and executives to streamline the creative development process from concept to production.
DAVID L. KATZ MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He has been named one of America’s Top Physicians in Preventive Medicine three times by the Consumer’s Research Council of America, and serves as a judge of best diets for the annual ranking published by US News & World Report. In 2009, he was a widely supported nominee for the position U.S. Surgeon General. He was named one of the 25 most influential people in the lives of children by Children’s Health Magazine. In 2012 he was cited by Greatist.com as one of the 100 most influential people in Health.
Mr. Spraggins concentrates his practice on the development and enforcement of intellectual property. Mr. Spraggins has significant experience in developing and implementing highly customized, client centered patent strategies for organizations of all sizes across a wide range of industries and technologies. Mr. Spraggins has provided counsel to clients on a variety of intellectual property matters including patent portfolio creation and development, strategic counseling, offensive and defensive patent analysis and opinions, technology transactions, and patent licensing and litigation. Mr. Spraggins practices in the technology fields of web-based applications, distributed computing environments, mobile device applications, medical devices, circuit design and fabrication, and computer hardware. Prior to forming BKLS, Mr. Spraggins was a partner at Biggers and Ohanian LLP, an intellectual property boutique specializing in patent development and enforcement. Before that, Mr. Spraggins was a patent attorney at another intellectual property law firm in Austin. In both firms, Mr. Spraggins was responsible for preparing and prosecuting hundreds of patent applications and providing strategic advice and counsel to in house counsel of various corporations. Mr. Spraggins received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Florida State University, where he was Executive Editor of The Florida State University Business Law Reviewand a member of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.
Dr. Elliott Brown is a pioneer in biomedical sensing. Elliott has 13 U.S. patents, and has published over 250 technical papers, book chapters, and review articles. He earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and his BS in Physics from UCLA. After serving as Assistant Group Leader at MIT Lincoln Labs, Elliott then served as a Program Manager at DARPA, where he helped create and execute programs in advanced RF technology. Dr. Brown is the recipient of an Achievement Award from the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Ron is a business development professional with over 25 years of experience successfully growing high technology businesses and their ecosystems. Ron serves as President of Power Matters Alliance since Feb. 2013 and as an executive with Powermat Technologies. From 2002 – 2012, Ron filled various roles at Intel and as President and Chairman of the Board of the WiMAX Forum, an industry association driving 4G wireless broadband. At Intel, Ron launched and served as General Manager of Intel’s Broadband Wireless business startup delivering one of the first 4G broadband modems. Initial role at Intel included Intel Capital Investment Director and Director of New Business Development at Intel’s Architecture Labs, successfully funding and managing the launch of multiple seed and new business ventures. Earlier in his career, Ron was Vice President of Marketing at a computer peripherals manufacturer and developed one of the first VOIP instant messaging applications. Prior to his contributions in the corporate world, Ron also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Aside from his current endeavors at Sunshine Ventures, Inc. and several other industry engagements, Roy Terracina channels his expertise into a number of board memberships. Roy is the vice chairman and chair of the Audit Committee for U.S. Global Investors, Inc. in San Antonio (GROW-NASDAQ), an Advisory Board Member of Milestone Partners Private Equity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Access Venture Partners in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently the chairman of the board of Our Lady of the Lake University. Roy is also on the board of the Harvey Najim Family Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, a board member of Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Italian Foods in Austin, Texas and Key Green Insulation Company in San Antonio, Texas. He is on the regional board of the World President’s Organization, and was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year by Venture Magazine and was recognized in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in Finance” and “Emerging Leaders.” Roy earned both his bachelor’s of science and master’s degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Basheerah Ahmad is a woman who understands what it takes to impact the lives of others. Her love for performing and working with inner city youth, led her to receive the coveted title of Miss Black America in 1996. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, with honors, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and in 2001, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development. From 1998 to 2001, she helped create several groundbreaking youth performing arts programs in the state of Oklahoma. It was as she worked as an Artistic Director for Inner City Dance in Oklahoma City that Basheerah began to take a closer look at the health of her students. Although many of them were extremely talented, they were not healthy. It was at this point in her life that Basheerah began to dedicate her career to the world of obesity and injury prevention. In 2001, Basheerah decided to take her love for performing and fitness to another level by moving to Los Angeles, CA. After years of hard work and preparation, she is considered one of the fastest rising Fitness Experts in the industry.
Emmanuel Acho is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). Acho played in 48 games during his 4 year career at Texas, including 26 starts. As a senior, he was consensus first-team All-Big 12 linebacker (Coaches, AP, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram). He won the 2010 Arthur Ashe Award, was named to the 2011 AFCA Good Works Team, and was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. He was also a finalist for the 2011 Lott Trophy for college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and Wuerffel Trophy. He led his team in tackles in 2011 and, over his 4-year career, recorded 278 tackles (159 solo), 41 TFL, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs, 13 PBU and 26 pressures. Acho, who is of Nigerian descent, is extremely community minded and has been actively involved in a foundation started by his parents called “Living Hope Ministries,” which helps provide medical care to those in need in Nigeria.
Paul S. Saenz, D.O. a native San Antonian, received his medical education at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He completed his Family Practice training in Phoenix, AZ followed by a Sports Medicine fellowship in Seattle, W A. He returned to San Antonio in 1988 and established himself as the city’s first Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist. Dr. Saenz is board certified in both Family Practice and Sports Medicine and is an associate clinical professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio Medical School and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He serves as a team physician for the NBA San Antonio Spurs, the WNBA Silver Stars, the San Antonio Missions Double A Baseball Club, San Antonio area high schools and universities. He was appointed to the medical staffor the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and for the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City. He served as team physician for USA Pentathlon at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
In 2010, Dr. Saenz was selected as the St. Mary’s University Distinguished Alumnus and voted as one of Texas “Top Doc’s” by Texas Monthly Magazine. More recently Dr. Saenz served as Team Physician for USA Track and Field at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey and in July, 2012 accompanied USA Basketball while they participated in Pre-Olympic competitions in Manchester, England and Barcelona, Spain.