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Tech Hub Executives Speakers Series


Growing to Scale: Overcoming Barriers to Growth



November 21, 2019


Registration:  Begins 12:15 PM
Networking and Pizza: 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Presentation: 1:00 – 2:00 PM


100 Cummings Center, Suite 221-E Beverly MA USA


The CEO and key partners – leadership team, investors, other key employees, and board members – must decide if they want, in effect, to re-launch the company on a trajectory towards significant growth. The challenges facing tech company leaders who want to grow their companies is the topic of this program. Panelists with deep experience across a range of tech companies will share their experience with firms that have successfully driven and sustained growth. Learn the barriers to significant growth and what changes to your organization and operations are necessary to be successful as a larger company. Get an overview of the issues to be discussed in an article published nationally by Mr. Williams entitled, Growing to Scale: Overcoming the Barriers to Success. Download the full article HERE.. Key topics include:

The Moderator and Panel

Rick Williams - Moderator

Rick Williams - Moderator

Managing Director, Williams Advisory Partners, LLC.

Williams has a breadth of experience as an executive and board director for technology companies including medical technology, software, and financial services. Rick is a nationally published thought leader on how to improve a company’s chances for success. He was Chairman of the Board of Point Care Technologies and formerly was Chairman of a quasi-public bank/VC firm providing financing to companies with limited access to conventional financing. Rick is on the board of Amorphex Therapeutics an ocular drug delivery company. Rick is past President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. He was a management consultant with the global consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., working on business strategy and acquisitions and the economic and strategic impact of government policy and regulations on a broad spectrum of industries. He is a physics graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Neil Baron

Neil Baron

Managing Director, Baron Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners founder Neil Baron is an internationally recognized authority on selling and marketing complex products, services and solutions. He has served in a variety of senior marketing and management roles at companies such as IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, Sybase, Art Technology Group, Brooks Automation and ATMI. An MBA from Harvard Business School with a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, Baron served as an expert advisor to the HBS faculty in the new class: Commercializing Science. He is an expert contributor to FastCompany and several other publications, focusing on product marketing and specializing in selling value to risk-averse industries

Robert Kmetz

Robert Kmetz

Principal, Kmetz Management Consulting LLC

Robert (Bob) Kmetz is the Principal of Kmetz Management Consulting LLC. He served as CFO, Treasurer and Controller in both public and private companies with a focus on tangible results including long term, profitable growth, turnarounds, and conventional and creative financings. He has provided leadership to private and public companies, including VC financed, private companies financed by debt and internal cash flow, and a post IPO public company, all under $100 million in revenue. He started his business career in tightly managed Fortune 500 companies, both in headquarters and a $1B manufacturing division.  Bob attended St. Lawrence University; received an M.A. in Economics from American University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nick Stawasz

Nick Stawasz

Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Mr. Stawasz is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. He concentrates his practice in transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, securities law compliance and general corporate matters. Mr. Stawasz is a member of the firm’s Training Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee. Prior to joining Pepper in 2013, Mr. Stawasz was an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston.