Brian Nilles - Founder/CEO
successful Executive Management, led Evolver - bringing human Avatar creation
tools to the web (acquired by Autodesk 2011), eight years as CEO of Vicon/House of Moves, world’s largest manufacturer of
motion capture used for character animation – Games, VFX, TV, Engineering, Life
achievements - 33% CAGR over 10 years,
IPO, Academy Award™, Emmy™, several successful M&A's.
In an effort to prove that men really are capable of multitasking, Brian balances his passion for innovation with his family and a sports schedule including surfing, downhill mountain biking, barefoot waterskiing, snowboarding, and an occasional very long trail run.
Tom Armbruster - Sales/Marketing, Partnerships, Product road mapping, Operations
Tom has held leadership roles in fast growing technology
companies including personally delivering Vicon and House of Moves into the
market leadership position for Film and Games.
Tom’s combination of relationship sales skills and his Mechanical Engineering
background makes him lethal when it comes to delivering products to clients
that they really want to buy.
Tom also closed
the top 5 largest deals in the industry’s history, was the driving force in Vicon’s
technical team’s recognition of a Sci-Tech Academy Award™, and accepted the
Emmy™ for his work in expanding worldwide presence in a spinout Film offering - 2d3.com.
When not conquering the earth in the media and entertainment space, Tom balances his time between the joys of family and his career of sailing wins.
Alberto Menache - Facial Animation Genius
has 20 years in visual effects for blockbuster films including Superman
Returns, Spiderman, Stuart Little II, Polar Express, Shrek,
and many others. He is the world renowned technical author and visionary
for visual effects technology advancements in the field of procedural facial
muscle systems and volume deformation toolsets for digital character animation
software and motion capture integration. Past positions include Visual Effects Supervisor at House of Moves, Digital Effects Supervisor at Sony Imageworks and Character Technology Supervisor at PDI/Dreamworks.
In Alberto’s spare time, he authors books
about Motion Capture, and Animation. His latest is
“Understanding Motion Capture, 2nd Edition”
Stefanie Boose - Executive Producer
Stefanie brings a long, successful history of content production and management in Film work
as well as TV features, episodics and commercials. Currently Executive Producer at Animatrik
Film Design™, Stefanie has also performed Producer roles at Image Engine™ with
credits on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; District 9 (for which she was VES nominated); The
Incredible Hulk; and 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; on Walt
Disney Pictures™ Valiant’ Stefanie managed the Vanguard editorial
department for this fully animated feature film, and at
The Mill™ she was 3D Producer and earned credits on award winning international
commercials for clients including Nike, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Vodaphone.
Stefanie is the one in the room who can help the techies
understand Content Art, Story, Production Techniques, Timelines and basic
reality, and she regularly does so while keeping our soft male egos intact.
Matt Lawrence – FP&A / Strategic Road Mapping (a.k.a. Excel
Matt’s passion to help business concepts grow into
enterprises. He has served in various financial and operational roles,
both as a company leader and has a trusted consultant.
He is currently a partner of The Branstetter Group, bringing over
15 years of combined experience in retail and service operations, strategic
planning and turnaround management. Matt had his own consulting practice
serving various clients and he also served as the chief operating officer for
House of Moves, an animation software and service company, responsible for the
ops of the business. And met really cool people while at House of Moves;
read Brian’s, Tom’s and Alberto’s bios for examples of Matt’s definition of
Matt enjoys riding his Derringer (www.derringercycles.com)
around Orange County…usually to catch up to his wife and two kids.http://www.linkedin.com/in/mjlsaSvein Rorvik - VP Engineering - Web and Mobile
Svein carries 17 years of successful software architecture
experience focusing on development of highly scalable business critical
systems, the largest of which is currently $3B in annual transactions. He
has been in senior management roles for over a dozen years and has extensive
experience building engineering teams for startup companies. He has
contributed to the success of such companies as Clear Channel, Realty Trac,
Google, and others.
Svein has a genuine knack for using phrases like “yeah we can do
that” and “we’ll have it done in a couple days” a LOT more than “wow – that is
really hard”, or “it’s going to take weeks.
Outside his time overdelivering at work, he spends time with his
family in the US and abroad.
Wilson, big CTO skills
has a seemingly impossible combination of technical depth/breadth - as well as
the people and project management skills required to be a genuinely good
leader. This year marks his 20th year in 3D computer graphics,
most of which was spent managing the challenges of complex, small and large
team software development. You’ll see the results of his work every day
in animated films, special FX , computer games, on the web and on mobile
pretty sure Taylor gets those killer management skills from managing his large
family which at one point required a bus. We’re thinking that being a
senior technology executive is the easier of those two jobs.
Jim Sadler - Product designer
Jim is a true innovator in the product
design world and has produced shockingly cool action sports products with gigs
at Oakley, Burton, North Face, Bern, Billabong, Black Diamond, CaseLogic, Under
Armour and a dozen or so others. He is
the guy that can take a functional spec and turn our punk ass drawings into a
product that not only works, but also looks great, is manufacturable, and
minimizes cost while maximizing quality and customer stoke factor.
In his spare time, Jim spends time
outdoors using all the products he designs - charging on his mountain bike, snowboard and motorcycles.
Ryan M. Fuller -
12+ years of Creative Design, UI Architecture, Brand Development, Mobile App
Development & Design, Industrial Design, Professional Photography, Product
Creation and Sports Marketing. Ryan has held Founder, Creative Director, and
Lead Designer roles with Oakley, National Geographic, Virgin Records, UFC,
PurePhoto.com, JrPixels Corp., Estebull Corp. and Net Applications. Ryan
currently holds the Creative Director roll at Klickthru, where Ryan creates
advertising products for both desktop and mobile devices that are seen by 100+
Million viewers per month.
Personal Site: www.photofurious.com