Speakers & Panelists

Carolyn Labatt

Opening Keynote

CEO, Computer Solutions

Carolyn Labatt is the majority owner and CEO of Computer Solutions, San Antonio’s largest systems integrator, and a leading provider of complex technology business solutions.

Carolyn has been on the forefront of the male-dominated technology industry since buying Computer Solutions in 1984 as a struggling Apple dealership. Time and again, she has had to rethink, re-position and reinvent her company to adapt to changing market conditions, take advantage of opportunities and keep her vision consistently moving forward.

Ken Saks

Panelist

Founding Partner, Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, L.L.P.

Mr. Saks is a founding partner in the law firm of Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, L.L.P. and has practiced for over 32 years in general business advisory, estate planning and asset protection, real estate, construction, non-profit, international transactions and commercial litigation.  He attended St. Mary’s University and holds B.B.A., Finance, J.D., and a Master of Law in International and Comparative Law (LL.M.).

Mr. Saks is also a fee attorney/escrow officer with Stewart Title Co. for over 10 years and served on the Texas Judicial Counsel for the State of Texas following the appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the State Senate from 2017- 2021. He has been recognized as National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Best of the Bar- Top 100 Settlements in 2019. 

Alan Kramer

Panelist

Executive Vice President, Bank of San Antonio

Since being at The Bank of San Antonio Alan has helped create and lead the bank’s PPP programs, executed its Main St. lending platform and is helping implement policies and procedures as the bank continues to transition into a multi-billion dollar institution.

Throughout Alan’s career he has worked on many sides of business acquisitions, mergers and sales.  From the small business owner buying their first franchise via an SBA 7A loan to a publicly traded company acquiring a manufacturing company in Europe, Alan has continued to deepen his personal education on issues impacting his clients and serves not only as a potential source of capital but as a trusted advisor throughout his clients’ business lives.

Christi Rohmer, CPA

Panelist

Consultant, ATKG

Christi Rohmer, CPA, is a consultant with ATKG working with clients on M&A services including valuation, due diligence, negotiation and support, as well as fraction CFO services. She has a finance background including ten years as CFO of the ISS Facility Services, Inc.’s US operations and the legacy company, Sanitors, Inc., which she helped grow from a regional business with operations in two states to a large national entity through acquisitions and organic growth. Her experience also includes obtaining financing for a rapidly growing oil and gas services company as its CFO, serving in a variety of financial management roles for manufacturing companies, and three years in public accounting at EY.  She has specific expertise in negotiating M&A, equity capitalization and senior debt transactions as well as business valuation, due diligence, transition and integration.

Christi Rohmer, CPA

Panelist

CEO, Marketing Initiative Worx, Inc.

Liz Papagni is a brand and marketing thought leader who has worked with a vast array of clients, from established small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. With a passion for helping companies develop strategies that convince and convert customers, she has launched and propelled many brands by providing: Marketing, Brand Strategy, Digital, Social
Amplification, Creative, Content Creation and Traditional Media.

With her strategy-first philosophy, Liz partners with her  clients to help them determine their distinct market position,  reinforce customer relationships, and maximize results.

Nathaniel Rizzo

Panelist

President, Rx Technology

Nathan Rizzo is President of Rx Technology providing Technology Construction and IT Support with Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Nathan served as the Director of Business Development before spearheading the Managed Service practice which has turned Rx Technology into one of the premier IT Support firms in Texas.

Nathan received his M.B.A. in 2009 from the University of Dallas.

 

Cyndi Mergele

Panelist

Senior Director, RSM, US, LLP

Cyndi is a human resources professional serving private equity and strategic buyers in human resources diligence and HR related integration/post-close planning.  Her broad base of human resources experience serves clients across numerous industries, including manufacturing, health-care, energy, high-tech, construction, not-for-profit, retail, and government contracting.  Her over 20 years of experience includes human resources and payroll strategy and operations, compliance, talent management, compensation, and benefits. She has supported both domestic and multi-national transactions. 

Cyndi’s focus on risk mitigation and value creation supports clients in achieving deal thesis alignment and planning for HR transition issues. Cyndi is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and has been published in a number of periodicals and trade publications.

 

Michael Kiolbassa

Closing Keynote

President, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats

Michael is a native San Antonian and began his career in the family sausage business in 1987 after a two-year period working in the commercial banking industry as a credit analyst.  Since then, he has overseen the transformation of the family meat company from a small family business to one of the fastest growing meat brands in the US with national distribution of their sausage, chorizo and dry-cured bacon.  He was named one of San Antonio’s “40 under 40” rising business stars, the 2004 Small Businessperson of the Year by the Small Business Administration and a 2016 and 2020 finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.  In 2020, his company, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats was named by Forbes Magazine as one of 25 “Small Giants” in business.  His company was the focus of a case study on successful transitions in family business by Stetson University’s Family Business Enterprise Center and has been named a Top Workplace in San Antonio for the past seven years.

Tim Geppert, CPA

Moderator

Panelist

CFO Advisor, Vaco

Tim provides insight and solutions for Family Businesses and Construction and Engineering Companies. These include general contractors, concrete, masonry, interior, electrical, mechanical, telecom, utility, flooring and specialty contractors.  Tim was involved in international projects in Surinam, Colombia, Jamaica, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Mexico and Brazil.

Lisa Mochel

Moderator

Vice President, Treasury Management, Business Development Officer, Lone Star Capital Bank

Lisa is a Treasury Management specialist with over 30 years experience. Her responsibilities include working with commercial customers to assist them with business operations efficiencies. Lisa is also the business development specialist for Lone Star Capital Bank. Lisa is very active in the community, chairing and serving on various committees and organizations.