Ray Shaffer

Ray Shaffer, Principal at FCL, LLC Consulting
A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ray is the Principal of FCL, LLC Consulting, a technology consulting company specializing in interim management and "C" on demand services. He brings over 30 years of technology and executive management experience across multiple business environments.

Prior to forming FCL, LLC, Ray was the Director of Information Technology at BBVA Compass Bank, and Director of Technology at Regions Financial in Birmingham, AL. Ray also was the Director of Application Delivery at GMAC, and the Chief Architect for R.L. Polk Company in Detroit, Michigan. His experience also includes working with manufacturing, direct marketing, and retail organizations.

Ray graduated from Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania with a BS in Computer Science in 1985 and received his MSEE from the University of Alabama, Birmingham IEM program in 2008.

Tanveer Patel

Tanveer Patel, Founder & CEO of Exerceo LLC

Tanveer is an experienced entrepreneur with almost two decades of experience in Information Technology in the healthcare arena. For many years, she has worked with small to large companies (Fortune 500) including GE medical Systems. Her business experience, as well as her expertise in handling growing companies, managing risk and developing international relationships is a keystone to ensure our long term commitment to clients and excellence of our services.

Ms Patel has been investor and adviser for multiple organizations, including Healthcare companies such as Comply MD and Secant Healthcare. She founded and led CircleSource a Healthcare Software Development Company until its acquisition in 2010. She has also served in the Board of HIMMS, was a member and founding member, Vice President of the Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama, and currently serves as President of Birmingham Venture Club.

Mrs. Patel is a gifted public speaker, and routinely gives talks related to strategic planning, start up development/growth, and international business.


Strategic planning, Startup development/growth strategies, International business.


Diann Jackson

Diann Jackson, Regions Bank
Diann Jackson has been employed with Regions Bank for the past 30 years as a Systems Engineer. She supports many applications and currently focuses on the Risk and Legal applications.  Diann holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is married and has 6 children between the ages of 15 and 28.

David A. Conner

David A. Conner, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus E&CE at University of Alabama at Birmingham
David A. Conner holds the B.E.E. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a Licensed Professional Engineer, and is a Life Fellow of IEEE.  He is currently in his 50th year of practice as an Electrical Engineer having worked in academia, industry, and government.  His longest engagement in academia was at UAB where he served as the founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding Executive Director of the Center for Telecommunication Education and Research.  His primary industry engagement was with IBM where he was the engineering leader on a team that analyzed communication interference problems in the Apollo/Saturn spacecraft environment.  In government, Dr. Conner served as Science and Technology Advisor to the Governor of Kentucky and as a Science and Technology Advisor within the US Congress.  Although he has retired from UAB, Dr. Conner continues to teach at UAB on a part-time basis and serves as a consultant to the business and professional community.

Vincent Cirel

Vincent Cirel, SVP / CIO – Norwegian Cruise Line
Since early 2008 Vincent Cirel has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami, Florida. From 2003 - 2008 Vincent served as Vice President and CIO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Both of these well-known and respected cruise brands, along with Oceania Cruises make up the current cruise industry portfolio of Apollo Management - today one of the largest and most successful global private equity firms.

With over a decade in international luxury tourism and nearly 20 years in information technology and engineering, Vincent adds a wealth of business, technology, and industry specific experience to the NCL executive team. After joining Regent as its first CIO, Vincent built a world-class IT organization facilitating the systems and process requirements to fuel the Regent brand expansion. Vincent also served as a key member of the executive team facilitating the Apollo acquisition of Regent.

Prior to joining Regent, Vincent served as Vice President and CIO for Grand Expeditions (GEI) based in Boca Raton, FL. As VP/CIO, he was a key contributor to the M&A activities of GEI as a roll-up of eight global luxury travel brands.

In addition to key industry memberships and certifications, Mr. Cirel holds several degrees including a BS in Mathematics and MSEE in Information Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Lura Campbell

Lura Campbell, Operations Director at AT&T (retired)

Daniel M. Baeza

Daniel M. Baeza, Ph.D., P.E; Chief Technology Officer, Green Point Partners

Dr. Baeza is the Chief Technology Officer at Green Point Partners.   Dr. Baeza has over 35 years of experience in the fields of engineering, engineering management, and system design. He has architected and built numerous complex communications systems over the years and is at the forefront of innovative design. His infrastructure plans and installations have provided voice and data services for hundreds of thousands of businesses and to millions of people.

As a veteran scientist and project coordinator, Dan has been at the forefront of technological innovation throughout his career – first at Coulter Electronics, then at BellSouth, Bell Communications Research, and the prestigious AT&T Labs, where he directed a product performance lab, including environmental testing and analysis. Dan is also a patent holder as well as a published author, with several scholarly papers and a textbook to his credit.