Frank Braski is a “Renaissance Geek”, part artist, scientist, engineer, dreamer and doer. Passionate about empowering and engaging others through self-discovery and life-long learning, Frank strives to be a positive role model for creativity and entrepreneurship. Born in Columbus, he traveled the world as a serial entrepreneur, executive consultant, maker, inventor and tinker. He built two multi-hundred million dollar industrial, mobile and internet services practices during his tenure at IBM. At TSYS, he created the IdeaCenter Innovation Lab and developed several patent-pending technologies, including an international patent for mobile wallet payments. He is currently the Commercial eChannel manager for mobile at Synovus. Ten years ago he began volunteering with FIRST Robotics, is a Columbus Space Program mentor, and hosts the Regional and Super-Regional LEGO robotics competitions at Columbus State University. He created the first-of- its-kind event, STEAMuL8! bringing over 7,800 attendees and over $458k to the local economy. Frank has helped create and launch several stand-alone businesses, sold a franchise, and most recently founded ColumbusMakesIT!, and the RiverCity Foundry, the regions’ first Start-up accelerator in partnership with Troy University. He mentors several area startups, and multiple K-12 robotics teams. He loves this country, his family, EDM and the dubstep, robots, drones, and creating elaborate Halloween and Christmas musical light shows.
Cyndi Price, BSc(Psych), ALA
Chi Sigma Iota
Cyndi Price is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of increasingly responsible corporate leadership, including driving and growing large multi-million dollar sales campaigns for major Fortune 500 companies. Cyndi has the EQ to match Braski’s IQ, with specific expertise in organizational leadership, strategic planning, problem analysis and resolution, developmental training and resource management. Cyndi earned her Bachelors in Science Psychology at Troy University and her Associates in the Liberal Arts from Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC). She’s pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Troy University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As an urban farmer, she calls herself a “Chicken Charmer” but we all know she’s really the Hive’s Queen Bee!