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Session 9

Dealmakers of the Year Presentation

Congratulations to the 2023 Dealmakers of the Year Award Winners!


Ali Ahmadi

Ali Ahmadi is a 3-time venture-backed tech startup veteran with $20M+ raised in institutional capital. He has extensive experience in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as well as Value-Based Care (VBC) business models and has a proven track record in establishing strategic partnerships across vertical & horizontal integrations including BlueCross BlueShield, Microsoft, SAP, PwC, Salesforce & Northwestern Mutual. He has over 18 years of business development experience in various industries including Power/Energy, Aerospace, and Military/Government.

Marc Bernstein
Founder & CEO

Marc Bernstein is the Founder and CEO of Balto, the real-time guidance category leader, with over 150 million contact center conversations analyzed and optimized in real-time and the highest-rated solution on G2 with 4.8 stars. Marc began his career in SaaS sales, starting as a business development representative earning Sales Performer of the Year and Clutch Player of the Year as a quota-carrying account executive at TopOPPS (acquired by Xactly). After recognizing that he and his colleagues made preventable and costly mistakes on phone calls, he realized there had to be a better way, and thus began the story of Balto. Balto’s artificial intelligence understands phone conversations to be as effective as possible in every customer conversation.

Marc was recently named a CCW Next Generation Leader to St. Louis’s Titan 100 list of executives making an impact on the region. Marc earned a B.S. in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Todd Boyman
Co-Founder + CEO
Hungry Planet, Inc.

Todd is an entrepreneur who has worked globally founding and investing in a variety of companies ranging from tech to food to trading. As Co-Founder & CEO of Hungry Planet, he is working to bend the curve on human and planetary health by ensuring that our growing human family can be nourished in a way that is sustainable, healthful, and hopeful.

Guy Friedman
Co-Founder & CEO



Max Hillman

Max Hillman is President of SureCam, a leader in fleet telematics, focused on making video and vehicle tracking easy for busy companies. SureCam enable companies with vehicles to have real-time visibility into safety and productivity through a cloud connected dash camera and fleet management software. Hillman also serves as Operating Partner with Lewis & Clark Capital, a boutique Private Equity firm in St. Louis, MO. Previously, Hillman was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Link Strategy Group, a strategic sales and marketing agency.


Jerald Kent
CEO & Chairman



Barry Sandweiss
General Partner
Cultivation Capital



Daniel Schaefer
Native Pet, INC

Dan is co-founder and CEO of Native Pet. Before Native Pet, he spent four years in Product Innovation at the Boston Consulting Group, helping consumer goods companies build in-house products & brands. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BBA from The University of Dayton. He and his wife Cait live in University City with their three kids and dog.

Conference Location

#1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Tel: (314) 521-0682