Mark Greenshield is founder and CEO of Firebrand Games, an international AAA game studio with 4 studios in the U.S. and U.K. that have developed titles for consoles, handhelds, and mobile including Need for Speed, Cars 2, Nascar Unleashed, Grid, and Dirt. Mark has been a game industry executive for over 20 years and in 2011 opened a studio in Baton Rouge, right across the hall from Pixel Dash. Mark currently serves on Pixel Dash’s advisory board.
Marcus Lyle Brown
Marcus Lyle Brown is a Louisiana State University alumnus with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Theatre, a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and a Doctoral Fellow in Communication & Media Studies. As an academic, Marcus has chaired Arts & Humanities and administered distinguished workforce training programs receiving over $4 million in funding for film & music production, as well as digital media development.
As a governmental economic development consultant, he has supported over $50 million in tax credit eligible production activity and facilitated unprecedented international marketing & promotional achievements in the entertainment industry.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild with over 50 film & television credits, Marcus also directs & produces motion picture and broadcast television content. A member of the International Game Developer’s Association, Marcus consults as an executive of business development, government relations, motion capture production and also produces & designs multi-platform smartphone applications. Marcus currently serves as a consultant for Pixel Dash.
Mike Moles was founder and CEO of Antares Technology Solutions, a software consulting firm with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Houston, for over 20 years. In 2004, Mike accepted the Louisiana Lantern Award for Information Technology from Governor Kathleen Blanco and Louisiana Economic Development for Antares’ success, contribution, and commitment to the Louisiana economy. Mike currently serves as director of the New Orleans office of Perficient Inc., a large international IT consulting firm. Mike currently serves on Pixel Dash’s advisory board.
Dr. Paul S. Lieber is an award-winning practitioner, author, and educator on achieving ROI and measures of effectiveness within big data, strategic communication and marketing environments. He has literally accomplished this the world over, introducing comprehensive analytics, data integration and communication strategies for organizations in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australasia. In doing so, Lieber guided the re-brand/re-launch of several entities, likewise achieved media and/or analyst coverage in the world’s most influential press outlets. He was the Learning Theory Expert at Serious Games studio Virtual Heroes, and persists as an editor/writer (‘Paul Stuart’) for Extreme Gamer (Canada) and That Aussie Game Site (Australia). Paul currently serves on Pixel Dash’s advisory board.
Rick Mekdessie Before starting e-Gov Systems (formerly RAMware, LLC), Rick Mekdessie founded RAM Systems, which provided technical consulting and development services to large IBM Mainframe clients in the New Orleans area. While consulting with a large drug store chain to develop an automated sales and use tax solution, Rick discovered a void for businesses that had to file sales tax returns to multiple local parishes in Louisiana. Rick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University.
In 1997, e-Gov Systems was formed with its flagship sales tax program, Sales Tax Manager®. The software program is used for the preparation and filing of state and local sales and use tax returns in Louisiana. Sales Tax Manager® continues to be particularly well received by small-to-medium sized businesses, accounting firms, and practitioners that file returns for their clients. Sales Tax Manager® became a registered trademark of e-Gov Systems. e-Gov Systems has grown from originally offering its desktop sales tax program to now offering a suite of web-based solutions to collect sales taxes, occupational license, property taxes, insurance premium taxes, and fines.