Marcus Goncalves is an Assistant Professor of Management at Nichols College, and an Adjunct Professor at Boston University. He has more than 20 years of management consulting experience and practices in United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East. Mr. Goncalves is the former CTO and earlier on CKO of Virtual Access Networks, a startup that, under his leadership, innovation and project management skill, and with the use of his Knowledge Tornado methodology, was awarded the best enterprise product at the International Comdex Fall 2000 after only thirteen months of company’s inception, which lead six months later to the acquisition of the company by Symantec.
Marcus is also the former CEO of iCloud, Inc., which was later acquired by GenExpo, and the former COO of ParkingAccess.com, a successful online parking reservation company. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, a BA in Business Administration, and is a doctoral candidate on Education at Boston University. He has more than 35 books published in United States (5 in Brazil and many others translated in several idioms, including Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, German, Spanish and Romanian) and is often invited to speak on these subjects worldwide. As president of MGCG, Inc., he specializes on leadership and innovation, knowledge, project, change and risk management practices. Marcus is also a member of the Project Management Institute.
In 1989, Marcus was simultaneously awarded Who’s Who in the “US Executives” and in the “Computer Industry” by the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundation
Brian E. Porter is the Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships for MGCG. He is also the President of Product Invention Management, based in Addison, IL, and concurrently the Director of Technical Product and Market Development for Semler Industries, Inc. Mr. Porter has over fifteen years of experience in project management, product development, engineering, safety listings, patent, business strategy and start-up management in computer sales, consumer products, hazardous waste industry, industrial manufacturing and retail product markets.
Mr. Porter holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Management with Specialty in Project Management from Boston University. Currently, he teaches graduate courses at Boston University in E-Commerce, Accounting, Financial Management, Project Management and other disciplines. He also is Adjunct Professor for Nichols College in Creative Decision Making, New Product Development, Web Design, Effective Business Writing, International Business and International Marketing
Mr. Porter has maintained his professional engineering license in the state of Illinois for more than a decade. He also holds multiple patents in the USA, and numerous pending both domestically and internationally.
Brian is a member of the Project Management Institute and has credentials as a Project Management Professional (PMP). His international efforts include working with firms in China, Canada, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Great Britain, Egypt, Italy, Dubai, South Africa and Germany.
He has also completed books on Global Management Strategies, International Project Management and Natural Negotiation for Engineers besides other papers being published on project management topics. In 2012 his article “Split Decisions” was the cover story for Mechanical Engineering magazine.
Alan Cline, PMP, PMI-ACP, is currently a Consultant and Agile Iteration Coach, and president of Carolla Development, a project management consulting company. Al has been in the software industry for about 35 years, and a process engineer consultant for the last 25. He holds an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the PMI. He also teaches BA, PM, PMP-prep classes, and ACP-prep classes internationally. He is the currently writing a book on agile practices for those new to agile so that they can deliver software predictably with unusually low defect rates. Previously, Al was the Director of Software Engineering for Flairsoft Federal. He was the software engineering lead and iteration coach for a $3.3M agile project at Wright-Patterson Air Force base. He was a lecturer at Ohio State University for nine years, and the AVP of Nationwide’s Requirements Center of Excellence. As a consultant, he helps develop his clients’ in-house processes, and works with upper management on the harder problem of strategic deployment and cultural change for implementation. Al has helped his clients develop their own PMO’s and software development roadmaps. Al earned his M.S. in Physics and B.S. in Math, both contributing to his passionate zeal for rigor in software development and project management.