The GEW kickoff event looks at the future through the eyes of KC corporate strategic planners. Learn about the next big thing and the problems that need entrepreneurial solutions.
Emerging Latino markets - Cici Rojas, Tico Productions
Transportation and the Hyperloop - Clint Robinson, Black & Veatch
Sports technology - Mary Sloss, Fan Three Sixty
CiCi Rojas is an accomplished C-Suite Executive turned entrepreneur, having built enterprises both in for profit environments. Many of you may know CiCi from her leadership roles at the Central Exchange, the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Truman Medical Center. She also served as vice president with the Washington, D.C.-based United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she decided to transfer her development skills, and extensive network to co-lead Tico Productions and Tico Sports LLC, a company established by her and her husband in 2014. The enterprise is a full-service multi-media production and bilingual marketing company that developed a Spanish language broadcast and community engagement platform for professional sports teams. Her first partnership was formed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, and the company has since added the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Clint Robinson is working on the future of engineering as a steering committee member of the Engineering Change Lab of the USA where all disciplines of engineering are working together to help build the future tools and skills that ensure everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing. Recent projects that you may be familiar with are Virgin Hyperloop One, EV superchargers, Solar City and smart and connected cities. Clint is associate vice president and director of state and local government affairs at Black & Veatch, starting his career in 1984 as a professional engineer. His projects have included designing water and wastewater facilities in North and South America; reaching out to elected officials with resources and specialists to help them make the best decisions with regard to infrastructure; and assisting cities and states to become smart, sustainable and resilient with diverse portfolios in energy, water, telecommunications and safety and security.
Mary Sloss is a branding expert who blends creativity and insights to bring brands to life. With more than 10 years of experience in branding and marketing, Mary has worked with several technology startups and data firms in the Kansas City region. As the marketing director for FanThreeSixty, Mary directs the company's brand strategy and market position as the leading provider of data-driven fan insights that result in remarkable fan experiences for the sports and entertainment industries. Prior to FanThreeSixty, Mary worked at Pinsight Media, helping position the company as a leading mobile data and insights provider. She has consulted with a handful of startups on their brand strategy and market position and was the co-founder of Athena League, a grassroots effort to foster and empower female entrepreneurs.