Meet The Makers

An innovative collective of like-minded folks making useful and
enduring technology products

Enrique M. Triay

Venture Consulting Manager

A longtime resident of Miami, Enrique joined The Launch Pad in 2020, after serving as Director of the Innovation Hub at Broward College. There he developed the Startup NOW Entrepreneur Training Program, a South Florida accelerator in partnership with CareerSource Broward that launched 41 startups since 2016. Enrique’s problem-solving mindset has been a constant in his pursuits in engineering, finance, software development, data analysis & modeling, automation, operations, management, entrepreneurship, publishing, mentoring, education & parenting. Aside from his role at The Launch Pad, he provides strategic and operational expertise and financial advice to selected early-stage and growth companies as a consultant. He holds BS and Master of Chemical Engineering degrees from Cornell University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/etriay

Richard A. Macdonald, Jr.

Entrepreneur In Residence
Internationally experienced business leader who has successfully founded consulting practices around the world, and led and delivered highly complex multi-year digital transformation programs for global companies around the world, as a consulting partner at PwC and consulting executive at Cisco Systems.  Co-founded PwC’s Communications Industry consulting practice in the U.S. and grew practice to $200 million in three years.  Co-founded PwC’s Market & Customer Management consulting practice in the U.S. and grew practice to over $100 million in three years.  Moved to Hong Kong and founded PwC’s Asia Pacific Market & Customer Management consulting practice, and grew practice to $53 million in two years.  Digital transformation programs led and delivered ranged from omnichannel/communications to customer care and billing to contact centers to performance analytics and reporting.
 
Lived and worked in the U.S., Asia (Hong Kong) and Europe (London).  Mentor and advisor to startup companies ranging from cryptocurrency investing to AI powered employee engagement.  Instructor at startup accelerators and boot camps, including 500 Startups Growth Accelerator, and 500 Startups boot camps including “Go-To-Market Plan”, “Marketing and Sales” and “Building and Leading Exceptional Teams.”  
 
Experience in the financial services, banking, insurance, communications, computer, high tech, automotive and airline industries.

Javier Ferrer

Venture Consultant

Javier, also known as “Javi”, is a recent member of The Launch Pad joining in the fall of 2019. He is a double Cane, currently pursuing his master’s in business analytics and studied finance in undergrad with a minor in entrepreneurship. Javi looks at businesses from a data and analytics standpoint, offering insights and trends that wouldn’t necessarily be obvious at a glance. At the core of this data-driven attitude is a passion for creativity and thinking outside-the-box. Founder of a financial trading company, Javi is always looking for an edge for his business as well as constantly pursuing the next big idea. He believes that embracing failure and being able to consistently move forward is a major key to success for any entrepreneur.

Lara Hopkins

Venture Consultant

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