As Director of Sponsorship, Alok is responsible for community relations among the product management and product marketing community through exposure and participation with the SVPMA, Silicon Valley’s first and original product management community created back in 2000. A technology research expert, Alok founded IMEX Technology Insights to offer services combining product marketing, product management, and competitive intelligence disciplines. His previous titles include director of marketing, product marketing manager, product manager, marketing programs manager, marketing manager, and industry analyst. A Silicon Valley native, he often attends lectures at the Computer History Museum and reminisces about the glory days of Atari. Alok graduated with a BS from the University of California, Davis.
As Director of Programs, Debashish is responsible for identifying and managing speakers and topics for the monthly events. Debashish is a versatile product management leader with extensive experience in successfully bringing software products to market in the life sciences, enterprise content management, and related domains. He has held senior product management roles at companies such as Medidata, Bioclinica and Veeva, and has been a consultant to several global bio-pharma companies. Early in his career he was a research scientist solving problems in artificial intelligence and image analysis. Debashish has a PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
As Director of Special Events, John is responsible for managing SVPMA’s job fair and social networking events. John is a product manager at Oportun, focusing on building digital payments and pricing solutions. Before Oportun, he’s served as a product manager at Visa and has spent over ten years as a software engineer at firms ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. When he’s not wrestling with product issues, he enjoys watching movies, reading good sci-fi and history books, and fighting an ongoing battle with weeds in his family garden. John has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
As Director of Workshops, Mayla helps to develop and manage SVPMA’s workshop series. She is principal of MC Training specializing in presentation skills coaching and training. She works with accomplished professionals to increase their effectiveness in high stakes communication situations. She was Adjunct Professor for ten years in the Engineering Management Program at Santa Clara University and provides private coaching to senior leaders at Stanford University and Medical School. Many of her clients are Product Managers who work for companies such as Cisco Systems, eBay, Intuit, and NetApp. Mayla is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Master’s degree from California State University, San Jose.
As Director of Finance, Sam is a Finance and Accounting Professional with over 25 years experience working with start-ups and public international companies. He also co-owns and operates his own consulting and marketing business. Sam has served as Controller, Director of Finance, Chief Administration Officer / Business Manager, and CFO in different industries. Sam’s wide industry experiences include professional services – law, engineering, mass communications, environmental services, construction, real estate, internet technology, non-profits and government / defense contractors. Sam graduated with a BS in Finance and an MBA in international Finance from Saint John’s University.
As an advisor to the board, Theresa provides support across programs. She is the author of the bestselling book, Be the Go-To: How to Own Your Competitive Market, Charge More, and Have Customers Love You for It. She also leads Lina Group, Inc., which specializes in market dominance strategy, and has been involved at Stanford University since 2006. She has served as chief strategy and marketing officer for several technology startups, has advised hundreds of companies, and began her career at Accenture, where she helped found, lead, and grow what is now a multibillion-dollar business unit. Theresa is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on strategy, market leadership, innovation, and technology topics.
As the President, Tom leads the board at SVPMA. Tom’s diverse experience in startups through Fortune 100 companies includes over 10 Years’ experience each in Product Management, Technical Marketing, and IT/Operations combined with 25+ Years’ experience in information and cybersecurity, with over fifty successful product launches. Tom is currently with a cybersecurity technology accelerator, focused on developing technologies to secure emerging technologies at scale: 5G, IoT, Cloud, AI/ML, and Quantum Computing. Tom holds a variety of professional certifications: CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CSM (Certified Scrum Master), CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner), AWS Certification, and has an MBA and BS from Santa Clara University.