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Rob Glander

CEO and President, GWC Warranty Corporation

Rob Glander is a self-proclaimed music geek and bon vivant. In 2009, GWC recruited Glander to help guide the company out of the depths of the recession. He joined and spent most of 2010 recruiting a top leadership team to re-engineer the entire company, modernizing it from a very traditional, family-run type of business into a more professional operation. Before that, he worked in a variety of finance, operational management, marketing and executive roles at GM/GMAC, Chase Auto Finance, and Barclays Bank after earning a MBA from Northwestern.


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Scarlett Sieber

VP of Operations, Infomous

Scarlett is a rising star in the NYC tech scene. She is VP of Operations at Infomous, the visual exploration company. She is an avid consumer of all things tech and venture capital. Outside of work, she is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Forbes, and WeWork. She is a mentor at Dogfish Accelerator, NYC Fellow for Startup Leadership Program (a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators) and a member of IvyConnect (a private community that brings together the most inspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, and distinguished professionals). On social networks, Scarlett has many high profile followers including investors, executives, entrepreneurs etc and is seen as a resource for news regarding social networking, women empowerment, and startup tactics.

Scarlett is 1 of the 500 Global Youth Ambassadors for A World at School that, in collaboration with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, is a global movement of young leaders working to get every child access to education by the end of 2015. She is also an Ambassador for One Young World and am an Ascend mentor, mentoring Pan-Asian students in the US helping mentees gain insight that help them develop professionally.


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John C. "Thunder" Thornton

Founder & CEO, Thunder Enterprises

John C. Thornton founded American Rug Craftsmen, Inc. of Sugar Valley, GA in 1984, built it to revenues of $100,000,000 and sold it to the world's largest carpet supplier, Mohawk Industries in 1993. American Rug was the world's largest producer of decorative floor mats and area rugs. Thornton was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 and his company made the list of Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies in America. Thornton founded American Weavers in 1994, a leading supplier of textile products to Wal-Mart and Kmart which he later sold as well. 

Currently he is the founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises, a real estate development firm with projects in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Hawaii, Montana, North Carolina and Tennessee. A graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, he is a former trustee of Maryville College, the University of Tennessee and the UC Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Olan Mills Company and InBrand Corporation and currently serves a director of Med Center Display and Genera Energy. Thornton resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife Eileen. They have five children, Dori, Johnny, Ryan, Katie and Sam.


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