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2024 Economic Outlook Conference Speakers

Zack Kass


Zack Kass - (Go-To-Market) Lead at OpenAI

Topic: Artificial Intelligence


Zack Kass is a highly respected figure in the field of technology and innovation. He currently serves as the GTM (Go-To-Market) Lead at OpenAI, one of the world's leading artificial intelligence research organizations.

As GTM Lead, Kass is responsible for developing and executing OpenAI's go-to-market strategy, working closely with key stakeholders to identify new opportunities and drive growth. He is also responsible for managing relationships with customers, partners, and investors, helping to build and maintain OpenAI's reputation as a world-class organization at the forefront of AI research and development.

Kass spends a lot of his time consulting Fortune 1000 C suite, politicians, and other global leaders on their AI strategies; and he has presented in dozens of board meetings. He believes the future is full of hope and abundance, but it's dependent on the safe and effective adoption of AI. He brings energy, optimism, and humor to his presentations, and welcomes earnest Q&A.


Commander Eric Doyle - Blue Angels


Eric “Popeye” Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer of RAVN Aerospace where he is in charge of all mission, operations, and maintenance. Eric is a native of League City, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996. Following college, Eric attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his commission in December 1996.

In September 2017 Eric joined the Blue Angels as the Commanding Officer and Flight Leader and following that tour he took over as the Director of the Blue Angels F/A-18E/F Transition Team. Eric is currently the President of the Tailhook Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Air Shows. Eric has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in all variants of the F/A-18 and over 750 carrier-arrested landings.


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