Blockchain for Business

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Blockchain is being hailed as a technological advancement not seen since the internet was brought to the public. Despite many consumers not having a full understanding of what blockchain is, they have heard that it will be immensely impactful on the world and they want in on it. Join us for this important dinner event, where Richard Gordon of IBM and Ken Zimmerman of Chateaux will discuss the basics of blockchain and, courtesy of True Tickets, Matt Zarracina will demonstrate a real-world example of a concert ticket blockchain solution in action.

The Speakers:


Richard Gordon IBM North America, Blockchain Solution Leader

Richard is the Blockchain Solution Leader for North America. Richard has previously held various leadership positions within IBM in Services, Software Sales and Systems Hardware. In his last role, he managed an ecosystem of over 300 ISVs and SIs, around the world, that developed their solutions and services on IBM platforms, and has extensive knowledge of IBM’s Channel sales in both SW and HW. He joined IBM in Scotland, and has had the opportunity to work in various countries including, France, China and England. Richard is currently based in the New York area.

Matt Zarracina True Tickets, Co-Founder

Alongside co-founding True Tickets, Matt serves as Director of Innovation in Thales Group’s innovation and ventures practice (“Thales xPlor”). His work entails the application of Design Thinking concepts to identify, assess, and develop disruptive innovations for broader commercial applications (Blockchain & DLT, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Augmented Reality, and Big Data).

Prior to xPlor, Matt was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he led growth, M&A, and innovation projects for several Fortune 500 companies. Before Deloitte, Matt served as a helicopter pilot in the United States Navy. He served for three deployments during his service tenure, with two as a pilot in the Western Pacific and one as an advisor to the Ministry of Oil in Iraq. His work with the Ministry of Oil’s Bayji Refinery is published in the Journal of Operational Research Society.



Ken Zimmerman Chateaux, Principal

As Principal & Enterprise Architect at Chateaux, Ken brings over 30 years of experience in technology consulting and management, having worked with clients in retail energy, automotive, healthcare, financial services, insurance, media and manufacturing industries.
Ken has significant experience improving business and operational performance by implementing technology-based solutions including data warehouse and marketing analytics, enterprise architecture, customer engagement strategy, performance management, global sales incentive management and digital marketing strategy.

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