Centennial Bios: Miami

J. Duncan Berry
- Panelist
Principal, Applied Iconology, Inc

J. Duncan Berry is a "visual equity analyst." His work centers on re-animating a brand's sensory equities in order to expand emotional connections with consumers/customers.

We are currently extending the learnings gained from innovation and design work in FMCG/CPG for the banking and financial services industries.

If your firm would like to leverage existing consumer insight research into powerful design initiatives — designs that produce emotionally resonant messaging to move people, services and product — let's talk!

Proprietary qualitative research techniques enable us to isolate key emotional drivers. On this foundation, we establish the logical "analogs" associated with each driver. These analogs guide our detailed stretch work; we employ semiotics, archetypes, ritual analysis and related methods to anchor and guide the process.

For many years managing director of a high-end, private label import company, Berry has extensive experience with global enterprise process management, marketing, systems design and quality control.

He also maintains an international reputation as an art and architectural historian, publishing and lecturing at universities and academic symposia in the United States and Europe.

Berry was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna (Austria), an IREX Scholar at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany), a Fellow of the Institute of International Studies, and University Fellow at Brown University where he received both his Ph. D. and A. M. degrees in the History of Art and Architecture. He received his undergraduate degree (with honors) from The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH).

Carlos Dominguez
- Keynote Speaker
Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO Cisco Systems Inc.

Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President in Cisco’s Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. He advocates for the broad and creative use of technologies that are transforming how companies do business and creating distinct competitive advantages and new business models for those who adopt them. Dominguez says video, Web 2.0 applications and the increasing use of social networks, at home and at work, are at the heart of the collaboration revolution that is helping companies use the power of collective intelligence to produce revolutionary ideas for new products, better customer service and greater cost reductions.

Dominguez has been with Cisco for 16 years and has first-hand experience in how Cisco deploys technology in good, and bad, economic times to drive productivity and growth. He is a key speaker for Cisco and has been the featured keynote for a wide range of audiences, from CEOs and engineers to media executives.

You can view a sample of his recent presentations from the New Jersey Connected Broadband Summit 2008 and from Networkers Brasil, where he displayed a hologram and “teleported” Cisco CEO John Chambers from San Jose, California to the stage in Sao Paolo. He was also the featured keynote at Venture Atlanta 2008, the 2008 NCA Security & Technology Conference in Seattle and Televisa’s Executive Meeting in Mexico. He frequently uses humor and video in his talks and speaks to how he himself uses many “Generation Y” such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and video blogs. He also brings a global perspective from his frequent travels to Latin America.

In addition to public speaking, Dominguez advises Cisco customers about technology strategy and direction. He spends times with startup companies operating solely on the web as well as with established companies that are interested in using Internet innovations to do business differently. 

Dominguez spent most of his career at Cisco with service providers, including cable operators, mobile operators and content providers. He ran Worldwide Service Provider Operations for three years, helping to double Cisco’s service provider sales. Previously he headed U.S. Service Provider Sales and led Cisco’s Enterprise line of business in the northeastern United States.

Before joining Cisco, Dominguez held management positions at Timeplex, Inc. in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and at New Jersey Bell/Bell Atlanticom in Newark, New Jersey.

He was recently named one of the top 50 Hispanic executives in the United States by Hispanic Engineering and Information Technology magazine. In 2008 he was elected to Cisco’s Mexico Board, which oversees new business in Mexico and the board of directors for the Cisco Foundation, which teams with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations in making investments in technology and communications in underserved areas around the world. Dominguez also serves on the Board of Directors of Medidata, the YMCA of Greater New York (the largest YMCA in the world), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology Advisory Board. 

Rafal Ohme, CEO LABoratorium
- Panelist
CEO LABoratorium

Rafal Ohme is a professor at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology and the Institute of Psychology - Polish Academy of Sciences. He has cooperated with the faculties of Stanford University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and California Institute of Technology.

Author of Consumers New Mind (in press), Subliminal Facial Information (2003), editor of Unconscious Affect (2006), and trilogy on Automaticity (2001, 2002, 2003).

He is a member of Advertising Research Foundation, American Academy of Advertising, Association of Consumer Research, NeuroPsychoEconomics, European Advertising Academy, Society for Personality and Social Psychology and other international scientific associations. He has been awarded by the President of Poland, the Prime Minister of Poland, and the Polish Science Foundation and received the Fulbright Scholarship.

Pete R. Pizarro
- Alumni Co-Chair
Chairman and CEO The eLandia Group

Pete R. Pizarro currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The eLandia Group.  Appointed to this position in April 2008, he has recently secured $130million in expansion capital and financing at eLandia to support the company’s growth initiatives. Mr. Pizarro brings to eLandia extensive business experience in strategic leadership and management in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry throughout the United States and Latin America. Mr. Pizarro leads the company’s targeted acquisition strategy, identifies key growth and business development opportunities and drives financial and operational performance amongst the company’s key assets. In addition, he directs leadership team activities in identifying, acquiring and developing information technology companies that are poised for growth.

Pete Pizarro previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Telefonica USA, Inc from 2002 to 2008.   In this role, Mr. Pizarro was responsible for designing and executing Telefonica’s strategy and the full P&L responsibility of its 3 US-based strategic business segments. This entailed managing the telecommunication and IT Services needs of US Multinational Corporations throughout the USA, Latin America, Central America and Caribbean Regions and Telefonica’s Residential and Large Enterprise Business segments in the US and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining Telefonica in 2002, Mr. Pizarro served as the President and CEO of Esavio Services Corporation, network integration and managed services consulting company based in Philadelphia, PA.  In addition, Mr. Pizarro has fulfilled the role of CFO and other executive positions at various international firms including Nobart Inc., The Siman Group, and KPMG.  His past endeavors include major capital expansions and investment projects in Miami, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador along with significant experience working with local regulators in the Telecommunications industry. 

Mr. Pizarro provides leadership and serves as the Chair of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization.  Further, Mr. Pizarro is the Chair of the State of Florida Venture Opportunity Fund, the State of Florida official economic development focused Venture Capital Fund, and he actively participates on Northwestern University’s Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board.

Mr. Pizarro has been recognized by Miami Today as South Florida’s Top Communications Leader and by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the 101 Top International Leaders in South Florida. He is a recipient of the Kellogg, Shafner award and in 2004 he was inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame.  He has also appeared on television as a guest on the Miami-Dade Television channel, CNN en Español, Alberto Padilla’s “Economia y Finanzas” daily Spanish news program and Comcast’s Newsmaker Program segment. 

Mr. Pizarro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Miami and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has participated in ongoing senior management and executive leadership development programs at INSEAD, in France, and other educational institutions.

Thomas Stat
- Panelist
Associate Partner & Senior Client Liaison, IDEO

Tom is an associate partner and senior client liaison at IDEO where he directs business development efforts and helps lead the Chicago office. Leveraging 25 years of experience in fulfilling clients’ design needs through passionate and responsive service, he brings a wide range of communication, marketing and business strategy skills to IDEO project teams and client relationships.

Prior to joining IDEO, Tom provided strategic planning, design, marketing and client services management to new and established service businesses in the U.S. and Asia. During his tenure with the internationally recognized architectural firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Perkins & Will, Murphy/Jahn and Lohan Associates, and in his independent consulting work, Tom has provided strategic planning, business, environment design, and communications consulting to a variety of multi-national companies, in projects as diverse as corporate headquarter buildings, international airports, hospitals, schools, and cultural facilities in the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East.

Tom has a multi-disciplinary background that includes aerospace engineering studies at Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Boston University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an executive MBA from Stanford University.

In his spare time, Tom runs, builds furniture, acts as a private IT/audio visual consultant to friends and family and imagines what musical instrument he should learn to play. He has climbed Mount Fuji, communed with wild monkeys in Indonesia, endured renovating a 105-year-old house and survived having a first grader and college freshman simultaneously. Tom now lives with his wife, two daughters, one dog and a fish in Northbrook, Illinois.