Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee Event

February 18, 2016

Gary Shapiro
President and CEO
Consumer Technology Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES® - The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He led the industry through its successful transition to HDTV, co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC).

Shapiro authored CTA's New York Times best-sellers, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses" (Harper Collins, 2013) and "The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream" (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 400 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.

Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts and received the exhibition industry's highest honor, the IAEE Pinnacle Award. He currently sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and has served on NVTC's Board of Directors, on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington, as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University.

Scott Case
Entrepreneur and Inventor

Timothy "Scott" Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that was one of only a handful of startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As CTO, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline's hyper-growth. Most recently, Case co-founded Main Street Genome, a startup focused on developing a software representation of the entire Main Street Economy.

In 2011, Case was named founding CEO of the Startup America Partnership, and now serves on the board of Up Global where he invests his energy to support high-growth startup communities in the U.S. and around the world.

Prior to joining the Startup America Partnership, Case served as CEO of Malaria No More, where he worked to inspire individuals and institutions in the private sector to end deaths caused by malaria. Previously, Case helped build a portfolio of intellectual property at Walker Digital and is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for Priceline. Case also co-founded Precision Training Software, a software company that developed the world's first PC-based simulated flight instructor and photo-realistic flight simulator.