Mr. McCollum, a former US Congressman and Florida Attorney General, is a Partner in the Public Policy and Regulation practice with Dentons, a multinational law firm. He has deep knowledge, relationships, and technical expertise in international trade, governmental policies and regulations, and provides consultation in the areas of life sciences and health care, manufacturing, and technology in the private sector as a legal counsel and advisor.
Mr. McCollum served as Attorney General of Florida from 2007 to 2011, where he addressed issues ranging from a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, addressing issues such as mortgage and Medicaid fraud, and the Deep-water Horizon oil spill.
A Republican, Mr. McCollum served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 8th district from 1981 to 2001. He served on the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Services, and Intelligence committees and a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime; chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence; vice chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee; ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve; and vice chairman of the House Republican Conference for three terms. He was one of the 15 members selected to serve on the House Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.
A native of central Florida, Mr. McCollum has been active in investigating consumer fraud cases, and he spearheaded an investigation and settlement of telecommunications advertising and data use practices while serving as attorney general. In private practice, he advised a wide range of clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, technology and health care sectors on a host of policy and regulatory matters, and he maintains a wide-ranging set of relationships with thought leaders at the federal and state level as a result of his public service.
Mr. McCollum is a retired commander in the United States Naval Reserves, where he served for 23 years. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida with a B.A. and a JD, where he served as President of Florida Blue Key, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Mr. Heard has enjoyed a 50 plus year career in the aerospace industry with a variety of assignments and interests. Following five years with the Air Force, that included tours with Strategic Air Command and Air Force Systems Command, he joined the Boeing Company.
While with Boeing, Heard divided his efforts between engineering, marketing/business development, and program management. As a vice president, he directed the Tandem Rotors Programs (CH-46 and Ch-47), the Comanche Program (RAH-66) and served as the deputy program manager of the V-22 Osprey Joint Program Office. In total, he managed six multi-billion dollar Department of Defense programs for Boeing. Additionally, he was vice president of domestic and international marketing/business development for Boeing’s passenger, cargo and tanker military aircraft programs and was Boeing Aerospace’s senior executive in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Heard has also been a long time participant in space activities, particularly as they relate to transitioning the Kennedy Space Center to a multi user spaceport.
Mr. Heard has served on numerous cabinet level panels and commissions (including the Defense Science Board and the Commercial Space transportation Advisory Committee). He has been a frequent witness before both the U.S. Congress and foreign legislative bodies on the subjects of strategic deterrence, battlefield mobility, space exploration, and the role of technology in national defense and space policy. He continues to actively serve on a number of local, state and national boards and commissions associated with aerospace issues ranging from training and education to economic development.
A 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Heard also holds advanced degrees in engineering and business management respectively from the University of Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow for 1975/1976. He is enjoying an encore career as an aerospace consultant working with clients from the public and private sectors on both aviation and space programs. He has just been awarded a life time achievement award by the National space Club.
Mr. Gutta is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician who has been practicing in since 2001. Mr. Gutta also currently serves as Finance Chief for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Brevard Physician Associates. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida College Of Medicine, entrepreneur and investor.
Mr. Gutta is past President of Brevard Emergency Services. Mr. Gutta is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he completed his Undergraduate and Medical School.
Since joining AML in 2008, Mr. Prince has been instrumental in developing the company’s energy business. He has developed strategies, secured millions of research dollars, and formed and led a multifaceted team of world-class collaboration partners. With a strong technical and business background, Mr. Prince’s is credited for successfully fulfilling the company’s largest and most strategic projects.
Mr. Prince has over 25 years of success as an innovator, entrepreneur and executive. His track includes multiple ventures where he was instrumental in the development of technologies by providing novel approaches and solutions to complex challenges.
He was co-founder and Vice President of Development of Optical Process Automation, which was acquired by JDS Uniphase. He was also co-founder and Vice President of Product Development of Advanced Manufacturing Automation (AMTI), which was acquired by ESEC. Mr. Prince’s leadership at these and other organizations included managing the development of multi-million dollar projects, recruiting and development large teams of technical talent, and positioning his ventures for high-value exits, including over $500 million in combined values to date.
Following acquisitions, he served and held key management positions such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Global Automation Division of JDS Uniphase, where he coordinated the global automation of divisions in the U.S., Europe, and China–with the completion of several major milestones as part of the integration of this venture into JDS Uniphase.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Prince served as Vice President of Software Engineering of WT Automation, a developer and manufacturer of automation equipment for military and microelectronics industries. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.
Maggie Kavalaris heads Dentons’ legacy Corporate practice and is a member of the Venture Technology practice. Her practice focuses on corporate finance, securities and intellectual property licensing, with an emphasis on the representation of venture-backed, emerging growth companies, in particular, technology companies.
Ms. Kavalaris transactional experience includes venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings, including underwriter side representation of investment banks in technology company equity offerings. She also advises companies in all stages of development with respect to corporate governance and operations, technology development, transfer, licensing and distribution. Ms. Kavalaris is a frequent speaker on technology, corporate finance, intellectual property, law firm management and women in leadership and law firms.
Recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ms. Kavalaris accolades include: Elected to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership Board; 2005 Elected Chair of Washington, DC based WCF (formerly Women’s Campaign Fund); 2005 Elected to the Board of Directors, San Francisco Zoological Society; 2001 Named to Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top 100 Lawyers in California List; and 2000 LMA San Francisco Law Firm Marketing Partner of the Year, 1999
Prior to joining Dentons, Ms. Kavalaris was a partner in the Venture Capital, Emerging Companies, Public Offerings, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Technology Transactions practice groups in the Washington, DC office of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. Before that, she served three terms as a member of the Executive Board of Gray Cary from 1996-2005, its national Marketing Partner from 1995-2004 and chair of the Corporate and Securities Group from 1999 to 2002.
She also served as managing partner of Gray Cary’s Washington, DC office from 2003-2005. Ms. Kavalaris received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1981 and earned her B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in 1977, where she was elected to membership in the Pyrtanean Honor Society and the Order of the Golden Bear.