April 28th e-dinner Speakers

Martin T. Focazio
President, Focazio.Com Enterprises

Jim Flynn
Principal, @Work Technologies

Jim Flynn is a principal of @Work Technologies, a NYC-based software vendor that has developed the WorkOut Internet Bill Presentment (IBP) system. WorkOut is an XML-driven system that was developed in Java and utilizes CORBA distributed object technology. It enables any organization to instantly transform their existing billing print data streams into light-weight documents that can be delivered over the Internet.

Jim co-authored one of the earliest and most comprehensive books on the Java language, entitled "Visual J++ Java Programming". He is also an editor at "Java Electronic Commerce Magazine". Prior to co-founding @Work, Jim ran a company called Greenbar Software, which was aquired by FileNet Coporation in 1996. He was also the Vice President of International Financial Systems Ltd., a leading vendor of electronic money transfer software. Jim began his career at AT&T where he was a Natioanl Account Executive, Computer Systems Engineer, Project Leader, and Programmer Analyst.

Jim is a Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He earned a BS from Manahattan College and an MBA from New York University.

Robert Frankel
Principal, RTF Company

Garnet Heraman
CEO, StockObjects

Robert Levitan
Founding Partner & President, Betterhealth.com (iVillage)

Steve Masur
Managing Director, EntMedia

Steve Messer
CEO, LinkShare

Bob Ponce

President, i-Contact Media

Adeo Ressi
President/CEO, MethodFive

Otho B. Ross
Attorney at Law

Jonathan B Spira
President, The Basex Group, Inc.

Jonathan B. Spira is the founder and Senior Managing Director of The Basex Group, a 15-year-old research and management consulting firm specializing in new and emerging technologies. He is also a founder of AlleyEvents, Inc., the creators of the popular Silicon Alley community calendar site, and of WebCentral Ventures, Inc., which manages a series of virtual community Web sites targeted at licensed professionals such as physicians and lawyers. He also publishes the InfoBasex mailing list, which features news and feature items relating to interesting business and technology issues.

Mr Spira is a founding board member of the Association of Internet Professionals (formed through a merger of the IDA and ISIP), the largest professional society in the industry, where he chairs the Ethics Committee. Mr Spira is also a Judge of the Global Information Infrastructure Awards (GII), and previously has served as a Judge for the Marcom Awards. Mr Spira is asked to speak frequently on the future of technology and has authored papers on information and knowledge management.

Recently, he chaired the Building Business Virtual Communities '98 conference.

Mr Spira has served on various boards of non- and not-for-profit organizations, and advises several professional associations on the strategic importance of new media. He has helped these organization formulate successful on-line strategies for their membership. Mr Spira attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München.

What excites Mr Spira about the present state of technology is that we have created a magnificent infrastructure, with the power to bring people together in a variety of different ways. Now the challenge is to make the technology itself more useful, and bring people of like interests together working towards a common goal.

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