Cody Marx Bailey, XRAM Capital
Founder of the North Texas Blockchain Alliance, CEO of XRAM Capital and many other startups over his 25 years in entrepreneurship. As an early adopter of internet & computing technologies, he has found himself at the intersection of the blockchain and finance ecosystems.
Andrew Rosell, Winstead Attorneys
Andrew Rosell is a member of Winstead's Corporate, Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. Andrew has a diverse corporate and securities practice representing wealth managers, mutual fund managers, private investment fund managers, family offices and public and private companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions. He has experience representing registered investment advisers in all aspects of their business, including: formation, investment portfolio transactions, due diligence, regulatory compliance, fund formation and liquidation and business cessation.
Gavin Fearey, Winstead Attorneys
Gavin Fearey is a member of Winstead's Corporate, Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and the firm’s Investment Management & Private Funds Industry Group. Gavin counsels private investment fund managers and entrepreneurs in structuring transactions and navigating compliance issues related to the Commodity Exchange Act and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. He brings more than 16 years of corporate, investment funds and regulatory compliance experience as both in-house counsel in Texas and at large Midwestern law firms.
Brant Pallasch, Strait Capital
Brant Pallasch is the Chief of Operations at Strait Capital. Pallasch’s broad experience includes developing the infrastructure to assist emerging fund managers, designing and implementing process controls and procedures for asset management, and managing relationships with brokers and service providers. During his tenure with Strait, Brant has driven best practices and implemented KPIs across Strait’s divisions of private equity administration, hedge fund administration, compliance services and family office divisions. He leads the Leadership Committee, working with firm Directors to drive efficiencies, improve processes and procedures, and ensure the effectiveness of internal controls.
Mark Rasmussen, Jones Day
Mark Rasmussen is a trial lawyer with more than a dozen years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance related to cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and blockchain technology and is actively involved in Jones Day's Blockchain initiative.
Cijoy Olickal has 20 years of experience in Management Consulting, Information Technology, and Global Operations. Cijoy has transformed processes and systems for the Global 100 and served in senior leadership roles for PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, HP, SAP, Infosys, and Brinker International.
Danny Thankachan, J.D.
Danny has a legal industry background and more than 20 years’ experience managing technology teams and IT infrastructure for law firms around the country. This makes him advantageously positioned to guide clients through the ever-changing landscape at the nexus of law and technology.
Stephen Paul Ellis, NTBA
Stephen’s career so far has spanned a wide range of fields from shipping and logistics, broadcast production, marketing, and sales, to business development and research. Stephen has leveraged the skills from this wide array of positions in a few entrepreneurial ventures, in each of these, Stephen has approached these projects with a mix of research, analytics, and technology. Stephen is one half of Canlser & Ellis a research partnership focused on computer science and technology research, through this partnership he has explored subjects such as remote drone security, e-commerce strategy, cryptocurrency, blockchain infrastructure and financial research.
David is a Cybersecurity Engineer with a background in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. His in-depth understanding of distributed networks, cryptography, and embedded systems has led him to pioneering work in the intersection between the IoT and Blockchain space. David has successfully implemented a distributed IoT platform using ICs ranging from 8-bit microcontrollers to 64-bit ARM devices hosting full RTOS deployments. He has shown that it is possible to deliver NIST approved cryptography for tunneling and signing on ultra-low-power devices using cryptographic ASICs and other specialized hardware. David’s pursuit in understanding cybersecurity from the lowest levels of hardware to the high levels of systems and networking has accelerated him into cutting edge research in the field both occupationally and as a hobby.