Speakers

A Summit Dedicated to Building the New Nevada Based on Trust

Becky Harris

Becky Harris

Becky Harris is the Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. She was appointed to this role by Governor Brian Sandoval in January 2018. 

Before being appointed to the Board, Ms. Harris represented State Senate District 9 in Clark County for two legislative sessions. During the 2017 Legislative Session, she served on the Senate Judiciary, Finance, and Education Committees. Additionally, she served as the Treasurer of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States and had recently been selected to Chair its Committee on Responsible Gaming. At that time, she also served as Nevada’s State Director for Women in Government. During the 2015 Legislative Session, she served as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee. 

Kylie Rowe

Kylie Rowe

Kylie Rowe is the Vice President of Economic Development at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. With a focus on lead generation, Rowe is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring the attraction of new LVGEA client companies in Southern Nevada.

Prior to her move to Las Vegas, Rowe spent a decade in Reno where she most recently was the Vice President of Relocation and Corporate Services at Dickson Realty, a trustee on the Board of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and a team member of TEDxUniversityofNevada.

Previously, Rowe was also the Assistant Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno and the President of Nevada's Graduate Student Association.

Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She was recognized as an Outstanding MBA student by UNR in 2017.

Honored as a ‘Twenty Under 40’ award winner in Reno-Tahoe and the ‘Best Talk Show Host’ of Northern Nevada, Rowe is an ambassador for Nevada who enjoys public speaking, hiking and she is most commonly known for wearing hats.

Follow Kylie online @KyRoBiz.

Larry Burtness

Larry Burtness

Larry Burtness has served in the Washoe County Recorder’s Office since 2001, first as the Chief Deputy Recorder and most recently as the elected County Recorder. Prior to his public sector service, Larry worked in the private sector for over 20 years, working with and supporting County Recorders in Northern Nevada and Northern California. His combined years of private and public sector experience give Larry a unique and practical operational perspective in the County Recorder space.

As a 15-year member, and current President, of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), Larry has participated with government and business partners from across the country establishing standards, best practices, white papers, and model legislation related to property records.

A pioneer and implementer of innovative business processes in the Recorder’s Office for over 15 years, Larry and his staff have recently set the bar high with a practical use of the Blockchain in local government by meeting a service pain point for their customers throughout the U.S. and abroad. The new process replaces the laborious task of affixing a raised seal, wet signing a physical paper record, and delivery by snail mail. The new process provides electronically certified copies of Washoe County marriage records with a unique fingerprint (hash code) attached, which is then stored on the ethereum Blockchain which provides the absolute authentication of the record to a requesting agency.

Yo Sub Kwon

Yo Sub Kwon

Yo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hosho, the leading blockchain security company. As a early contributor to the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, Yo Sub Kwon co-founded Coinsetter, one of the first US-Based cryptocurrency exchanges, which was later acquired by Kraken. He went on to be the architect and co-founder of LaunchKey, a cybersecurity company focused on providing multi-factor authentication. LaunchKey was Pantera Capital's first non-blockchain related investment. Later acquired, LaunchKey is now owned by TransUnion.

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

Michael is the Co-founder and CEO of Las Vegas-based company Tokes Platform. He hails from an eclectic background in finance, technology, and the blockchain & cryptocurrency industries. Through his career he has developed aptitudes in a number of disciplines within private wealth management, including securities analysis, investment selection, and portfolio construction and management. These techniques were further refined through the completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program administered through the CFA Institute, a prestigious financial designation.

Michael began analyzing cryptocurrencies in 2013 and quickly began introducing them as an alternative asset class, and potential diversifier in the portfolio construction process. With proficiencies in computer hardware management, he subsequently developed extensive mining operations focused on POW-mineable cryptocurrencies, with a specific emphasis on profit maximization techniques, and custom mining software development. After a number of successes in both finance and blockchain, he co-founded the blockchain technology company Tokes Platform as an initiative targeting payments in the legal cannabis space. The company now develops full crypto-based point-of-sale software, seed-to-sale tracking on blockchain, supply chain management solutions, and is seeing significant interest in adoption in a diverse range of industries.

Lauren Rosenblatt

Lauren Rosenblatt

Lauren is the Principal of E-Centricity, a consulting firm based out of Las Vegas, NV. She is an Executive with extensive legal experience with regulated markets, litigation, contracts, and public agencies. Prior positions include utility advisor for restructuring of the retail and wholesale electricity markets; managing attorney at FERC Enforcement; and litigator handling government investigations, shareholder suits, and commercial contracts and complex financial instruments. Markets experience includes financial, commodities, and services markets. Broad and deep expertise in the electric service sector extends to legal, policy, operational, and business model issues pertaining to all aspects of electricity service, and the current transitions in the rapidly-evolving western electricity markets.


Gabriel Allred, Ph.D

Gabriel Allred, Ph.D

Gabriel is the co-founder and COO of Las Vegas-based company Tokes Platform. He has been active in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2013, identifying early the disruptive potential of blockchain, and its use cases outside of finance.  

In cofounding the Tokes Platform, he has had success driving the development of blockchain products for the legal cannabis industry; including crypto based point of sale systems and supply chain management using blockchain.  Aside from his efforts in the blockchain space, Gabriel has a PhD in cognitive psychology with dissertation work exploring topics in behavioral economics.  Through his research, he has a strong knowledge of inferential statistics and has employed his experimental design knowledge conducting applied research for the 711th Human Performance Wing, a division of the Air Force Research Labs.


Wendy Stolyarov

Wendy Stolyarov

Wendy Stolyarov is the Director of Government Affairs for Filament, a Reno-based company that builds blockchain hardware and software solutions for the enterprise and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allowing companies to securely connect devices and machines that interact and transact value independent of a central authority. She joined the company in 2017 and has advocated for responsible state-level blockchain policy in Colorado and Nevada. Prior to joining Filament, she worked for NARAL as a field director and as a citizen lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature for the Libertarian Party of Nevada. She's lived in Northern Nevada for a decade, and aims to trail-run and hike as much of the beautiful Silver State as possible. 

Phil Dhingra

Phil Dhingra

Phil Dhingra moved from Austin, TX to Reno in February to launch Titan Seal. Titan helps recorders make certified documents paperless by placing unique document fingerprints on the Blockchain.

Titan Seal is the first startup in the country to partner with a County Recorder’s Office to put marriage certificates on the blockchain—making the process quicker and more secure. Before working on Titan Seal, Phil was a coder and designer of iOS apps.

Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd is the CEO of HashRabbit, a software company focused on advancing large-scale blockchain mining infrastructure. He got his start in the Vegas tech community as a designer and developer until his introduction to Bitcoin in 2012. In 2014, he co-founded HashRabbit and participated with his team in the Boost VC accelerator in Silicon Valley. HashRabbit's upcoming plans include building Nevada's largest cryptocurrency mining operation. In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading about history and economics.

Jackie Morck

Jackie Morck

Jackie Morck is CEO of Totem, a blockchain technology, strategy, and design company. Jackie is a Silicon Valley native and has been at the cutting edge of technology for more than a decade.

She has over four years of experience in machine learning and blockchain, founded a B2B technology company, and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Originate, a pioneer in AI-driven technologies.

Passionate about growth stage organizations, Jackie has focused her energy on bringing innovation to legacy-based industries through her own companies and others. She is currently an analyst at ShadowFund Ventures, which invests in technology for the built environment, and has sat as an Executive in Residence at The Combine, whose mission is to help companies successfully scale. She’s spoken at conferences and at startup events across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

If she doesn’t answer her phone, she is probably, swimming, hiking with her best dog friend, Mulder, or scuba diving wherever she thinks she can find some fishes.

Steve Yeager

Steve Yeager

Steve is a Nevada Assemblyman representing the voters in District 9. He was proud to support legislation in 2016 in the following areas: voter rights, protecting our public lands (including Red Rock), greater protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence, bringing back rooftop solar and other forms of renewable energy, greater access to healthcare, including for the mentally ill, and bringing more fairness and efficiency to our criminal justice system.

Weynand Kuijpers

Weynand Kuijpers

Weynand Kuijpers is a rocket scientist that loves slingshotting new technologies into customer-centric orbits. He has been working with teams at the start of the internet in Europe and spent the millennium celebration in a datacenter. First follower, team player and very passionate about bringing equal opportunities to young talent around the world.

Worked for global players like PSINet and NTT helping to establish their businesses in Europe.  Supported the European Football Association (UEFA) in optimizing their IT strategy and execution of it.

Joined the ThreeFold Foundation to help undoing the digital divide that currently exists and build the building block for a new neutral, private and affordable internet.

As a person he is a social thinker that inspires people and organizations to do things different, aspire to reach their full potential, develop unique strengths, grow personal influence, liberate collective intelligence and achieve personal and business goals. 

Ethan Clift

Ethan Clift

is the Principal of Government Affairs firm, Clift & Co. An entrepreneur in his own right who has turned his natural talents to elevating women, girls and lady bosses everywhere. Founder of Girl Empire, Parlor Shows, Lean Crafting and Checklet, he’s a start-up super-connector. He’s played a critical role in countless business launches and partnerships (including the passage of the Nevada blockchain bill in NV and the first blockchain pilot focused on putting expedited marriage certificates on the blockchain. It’s no surprise he sits on Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison’s Nevada Entrepreneurship Task Force.

Ethan’s been a key figure as the entrepreneurial scene in Nevada has exploded. He co-founded Maker Faire Reno, organized Start-up Weekends and has built an electrifying network. He knows the players, sees the big picture, and can connect the dots.