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Richard Bendis is a distinguished and successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, technology-based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in innovation and economy building. He is the founding president and CEO of Innovation America, a global innovation organization focused on accelerating the growth of the U.S. entrepreneurial innovation economy.
Bendis founded the Bendis Investment Group, a financial intermediary and consulting firm, along with managing his own angel investment portfolio. Bendis also served as the founding president and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia, a three-state regional public/private partnership dedicated to growing the wealth and workforce of the Greater Philadelphia region. IP managed a portfolio of programs in four distinct areas: direct equity investment/financing assistance; technology commercialization; global/regional economic and workforce development; and market research and branding.
Previously, Bendis successfully leveraged a career in the private sector (with Quaker Oats, Polaroid, Texas Instruments, Marion Laboratories and Kimberly Services) and the venture capital industry (RAB Ventures) to lead the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. As its president and CEO, he developed KTEC into a globally recognized model for technology-based economic development. Bendis also successfully built an Inc. 500 health-care software company, Continental Healthcare Systems, which he took public on NASDAQ and later sold to an international conglomerate. He was a nominee for the 2005 Ernst and Young National Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year Award and received a regional Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1996.
The Fremont Street Experience
(Shuttles leave at 6:30 p.m. and return at 10 p.m.)
NBIA will arrange a shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street Experience. The Strip is known as the modern-day hub of Las Vegas, and the Fremont Street Experience is classic Vegas at its best, featuring legendary casinos, free entertainment and traditional gambling hospitality.