Brian E. Porter, P.E., PMP, 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.
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 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.