Business Advisors

The Quantum Materials leadership team is able to draw upon the experience and wisdom of a world-class grouo of business advisors.

David Bray - Advisor

David Bray

Business Advisor

Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, and providing leadership as a non-partisan federal agency Senior Executive. Since 2017, he has served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf and focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the Internet. He accepted a role of Co-Chair for 2016-2017 with an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015 and as a Faculty Member giving talks on Impact and Disruption at Singularity University since 2017. He also was named a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Human-Machine Cognition in 2018. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021 and a Marshall Memorial Fellow. Business Insider also named him one of the “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World”.

David’s passions include “near impossible missions” involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. This included rolling-out new technologies that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. He received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership in change-adverse settings. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties.

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Zac Jiwa

Healthcare Business Advisor

Most recently, Zac has served to transition The Karis Group, Inc. from a legacy patient advocacy call center business to a technology-enabled services business where he restructured the company, hired a new executive team and raised capital to align the company for future success. At MI7, Inc., he led the charge to build disruptive, cloud-based technology in the healthcare interoperability space by working to commoditize clinical data exchange. Through his work with ZEEM Consulting he has served in strategic advisory capacity to digital health companies like Medici (Telehealth), Cureatr (Telepharmacy), Texas Health Catalyst @ Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, Pacific Crest Securities, Pristine (telehealth via Google Glass) and Freebird Interactive.

 Zac was previously the chief technology officer and health IT coordinator for the Department of Health in Louisiana where he oversaw federal and state initiatives related to the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009), as well as, driving innovation initiatives for the department. Previous posts include business development manager for Connected Health at Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, healthcare product manager for Motion Computing’s C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant Tablet PC, and chief information officer for Pediatric Subspecialists at Children’s Hospital of Austin.

Don Kleinschnitz - Advisor

Don Kleinschnitz

Business Advisor

Don Kleinschnitz is a product development and engineering management specialist who assists companies in the ideation, architecture and development of innovative solutions; enabling new market penetration and growth.

Before becoming an innovation advisor, Don was a 40+ year technology executive leading product development within start-ups to Fortune 100 companies; ultimately responsible for solutions generating hundreds of millions in product revenues. 

Don most recently was a Chief Development Officer at Computer Associates and held various GM and VP of Development roles at StorageTek, HP, Symantec and PowerQuest.

After a successful career developing new products and opening new revenue streams for many enterprises, he now shares his passion and knowledge for innovation by advising executives in enterprises and small companies, helping them build innovative products and agile processes.

Haydn Shaughnessy - Advisor

Haydn Shaughnessy

Business Advisor

Haydn Shaughnessy is an expert in the platform and ecosystem economy, with a thirty year background in innovation and transformation. An ex-editor of Innovation management and columnist at, he has also written on strategy for the Harvard Business Review and Gigaom. Haydn's thought leadership has covered enterprise innovation, global structural transformation, AI, blockchain and the apps economy.

He began his tech career in product and service development in downstream satellite, broadband and mobile applications. His career focus has been on understanding how business ecosystems function and new ways to build sustainable competitive advantage. Haydn was educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

Roy Truitt - Advisor

Roy Truitt

Business Advisor

Roy Truitt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Before co-founding HubCiti, Inc. in 2010, he financed, founded and was CEO of Truco Enterprises, the brand licensee of "On the Border" retail snack products found in grocery stores throughout the U.S.

Starting over a dozen companies, Roy is experienced in international business, marketing, brand building, management systems, finance, commercializing technology, and is a pioneer in internet-based logistics systems.

Prior to founding Truco, Roy was an owner of a startup import company with offices in Dallas and Hong Kong operating in 9 countries supplying consumer goods to U.S. mass merchandisers.
In the early 90’s Roy had an exclusive agreement with Sam’s Wholesale Club to market and distributed Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart products in Russia. Working with the Russian government's Atomic Energy Ministry, he established a retail, wholesale and national distribution facility in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Founding ThermaLInk he licensed patented medical technology from the University of Dayton. Founding TruNet, he linked 20+ companies to build and host websites for Sam’s Club Business Members and developed some of the first build-it-yourself website software. He was a founder of Serve West Dallas, an innovative Christian collaborative that became a model studied and published by Baylor University. He is an active member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors.

He founded HubCiti in Dallas, TX. and In 2013 moved its headquarters to Austin, TX. HubCiti was a hyper-local information delivery platform that allowed residents and visitors to find a variety of local information on mobile devices. Partnering with local newspapers for marketing and sales, HubCiti provided a platform for local businesses, television stations, non-profits, artists, musicians, schools and city governments to "get found and tell their story". He currently invests and advises early stage and growth companies.

Jim Young - Advisor

Jim Young

Business Advisor

Jim Young is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an Armor Officer. He is the Managing Partner of Sabot Development, LTD, an Austin-based real estate property company with a focus on development and construction of mixed-use apartments and hotels.   He has participated in the development of over one hundred projects as a Broker, Partner or Principal. These range from net-leased single tenant, retail centers, to Multifamily (apartments). Jim earned the highly regarded Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Designation and served as the CCIM Chapter President for Central Texas in 2017.

On the development side, Jim’s work has resulted in multiple sites to build 300-400 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Complexes in downtown Austin and San Marcos, a 66-story downtown Austin hi-rise tower, and a new South Austin Aloft Hotel. He is currently entitling a new construction apartment project in East Austin, a 350-unit, light-rail station apartment complex in North Austin, and a 243- unit apartment complex in Odessa, Texas.