Skip to Content
Session 2

Dealmakers Conversations

Presented By: Smart Business Dealmakers

Dealmakers Conversations

  • A Dealmakers Award Conversation with Stephen Wasco, CFO, NuCurrent

  • A Dealmakers Award Conversation with Ryan Shelton, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, PhotoniCare



Dustin S. Klein
Chief Content Officer
Smart Business

Dustin is an award-winning business journalist, bestselling author, and the chief content officer of Smart Business. Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed thousands of business and civic leaders, and helped more than 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into books. A trained investigative politics reporter and former digital media entrepreneur, Dustin joined Smart Business in 1997 after serving as an editor at several daily newspapers.


Stephen Wasko



Ryan Shelton, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder

Dr. Shelton is a passionate and motivated business-focused engineer with a profound personal connection to the problem PhotoniCare is solving. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University, followed by three years of post-doctoral research at the University of Illinois. He has been building optical imaging systems for 20 years and managing engineering teams for 15 years. He leads PhotoniCare as its CEO and drives the company’s long-term vision and strategic plan. He has experience raising private financings, as well as negotiating and executing various research contracts, license agreements, distribution agreements, and other business development activities. He is passionate about his family, mountain biking, and music.

Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Chicago, IL
Tel: (800) 988-4726