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Judges

2020

Wes Johnston
Managing Director, Venderity Capital LLC

Wes Johnston has more than 25 years of experience in technology and telecommunications as a CEO/COO operating executive and as a managing director in fund backed private equity. He is an accomplished industry strategist, consultant and turnaround CEO.

Johnston held multiple positions in the technology and telecommuncations industry, including director and chairman of the board of Alpheus Telecommunications, a fiber transport and communications solutions provider; director and chairman of the board for Imagine Communications & Gates Air, a producter of OTT and OTA broadcast infrastructure solutions; director and chairman of the board for Elo Touch Solutions, a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of interactive touch monitors, computers, touch screen components and display signage solutions; and director of Tweddle Group, a technology-enabled business services provider and automotive supplier. Some notable accomplishments include growing a global ICT telecommunications infrastructure solutions provider to revenues exceeding $6 billion; building a cloud servicers SaaS/ASP datacenter business from startup through $100M in VC funding, product development, sales growth and $280 million IPO in 1999 (Nasdaq:USIX); and leading numerous strategic acquisitions, including market entries in Canada, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

Mr Johnston has authored numerous articles and thought leadership pieces. Johnston has a BA degree in Math and Economics from Princeton University, an executive MBA from Georgia Mason University and completed a two-week study abrod at Oxford University in the UK.

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Julia Okinaka
President, Accuity Consulting Services

Julia has been consulting for private and public organizations for over twenty years. Julia is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and specializes in helping clients with process improvement, IT system implementation, strategic planning, internal controls, project management, organizational change, and communications. Her clients come from various industries including banking, healthcare, education, government, not-for-profit and entertainment. Prior to joining Accuity, Julia worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Advisory Services, Goldman Sachs in Private Wealth Management and Human Resources and the Gillette Company in both their Manufacturing and Sales/Marketing Divisions. Julia received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and serves on the board for The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation.

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Barry Weinman
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kineticor, Inc.

Barry and his partners at Associated Venture Investors (AVI) / Allegis Capital / AllegisCyber and prior funds have helped over 74 private companies go public. Barry has led and participated in investments resulting in over $35 billion in market value, including: Palm (NASDAQ), Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE), Caere (NASDAQ), Cadnetix (NASDAQ), Columbia/HCA (NYSE), Women.com (NASDAQ), Medscape (NASDAQ/WebMD), Liveworld (NASDAQ), InfoGear (CSCO), Be Inc (NASDAQ), Quokka (NASDAQ), and XOMA (NASDAQ).

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Barry held management positions with AT&T, IBM, and Fairchild Semiconductor. He co-founded Interactive Applicatinos Inc., the first on-line manufacturing software and services company, merged it with Boole & Baggage which then went on to have an Initial Public Offering.

Barry joined the University of Hawaii Foundation Board, serving first as Chair of the Endowment Committee and then Chaiman of the Board. He was Co-Chair, with Senator Daniel Inouye, of the UH Centennial, raised $328 Million against a target of $250 Million. Barry launched the Upside Fund to help originate spin-outs of UH Intellectual Property. He is a former Board member and Chairman of the $2.4 Billion Endowment of the Queen's Health Systems.

Barry holds a B.S. from Clarkson University and an M.A. from the London School of Economics. He taught Entrepreneurship in the MBA program for 6 years at the University of Southern California.