ATC Apr 18 Leadership Dinner – Rapid Value Creation and Scaling for Middle-Market Tech and Industrial Companies

Ken Bresnen, Managing Director of Denary LLC will lead Chairman of Sensuron, Pierrick Vulliez; President and CEO of Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions, Robb Misso; and CEO and Co-founder at Healthy Life Enterprises, Inc and GetHealthy.Store, Jon Armstrong, in exploring these topics.

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We have all seen that Value Creation can result from fortunate intuition, lucky breaks and just being at the right place at the right time. But Value Creation can also result from a deliberate, systematic process. This intentional process leverages multiple factors that together can increase corporate value at a brisk rate. Scaling is the art and discipline of managing, controlling and optimizing the dynamics of swift business growth. Scaling takes place across all company disciplines and interfaces. Value Creation and Scaling skills go hand in hand.

This panel of experienced entrepreneurs and corporate leaders will discuss their personal experiences and observations in growing firms to middle-market stages and beyond. They will touch on such matters as:

  • Value-Directed Vision and Strategies
  • Operational Effectiveness (Delivering on the Brand Promise)
  • Operational Efficiency (the Importance of Process)
  • Team, Culture, Leadership
  • Value Building Transactions


Wednesday, Apr 18 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | Z’Tejas Downtown (map)

Ken Bresnen

Ken Bresnen is Managing Director of Denary LLC, a Corporate Development advisory and Investment Banking firm.  Ken has served in senior leadership, operational and corporate development roles both in large companies and early-stage ventures in the computer equipment, software, and Internet industries and in several heavy industrial industries. Before forming Denary, Ken Bresnen was Managing Director of an international investment-banking firm specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions of technology companies. Just prior to this, Ken was co-founder and CEO of Trialsmith Inc., an Internet business serving 60,000 attorneys. Ken Bresnen began his career as a semiconductor engineer with Texas Instruments in Germany. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as a Titan II ICBM combat crewmember and later was a consultant to the U.S. government on telecommunications in the Soviet Union. Ken holds an MBA from the Wharton School and received a BS Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M.



Pierrick Vulliez

Originally from the French Alps, Pierrick Vulliez founded his first company, 4DSP, in Nevada in 2004 and moved it to Austin in 2010. He opened 4DSP’s EU operations in the Netherlands in 2006. 4DSP designs and manufactures high performance Digital Signal Processing equipment for the Defense market. Between 2010 and 2016, his firm introduced 6 new products per year and was recognized for its innovation through multiple awards. Maintaining high profitability over this six-year period, as CEO Pierrick grew 4DSP’s revenue at 50% per year, entirely on internally generated funds. In 2016, 4DSP was acquired by Abaco Systems, a 700 person electronics firm owned by PE fund Veritas Capital.  In 2015, Pierrick Vulliez also founded Sensuron, a firm developing sophisticated Fiber Optic Sensing instruments used in Aerospace, Energy production and Medical Robotics applications. He is the Chairman of Sensuron. Pierrick received his MSEE from ESIEE Paris.  Before forming 4DSP, he worked as a Hardware Design Engineer for Sundance Multiprocessor (UK) and doubleBW/Eonic (Netherlands).

Robb Misso

Robb Misso, CEO and owner of Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions has 25 years’ experience in the Semiconductor and Manufacturing Industries. Robb is one of the founding members of Austin Regional Manufacturer’s Association(ARMA) and was recently a past Chairman of the Board for ARMA. Robb also participates on the Board of (CESMII) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing™ Innovation Institute and has recently joined the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association. Robb’s passion is workforce development and participates within the community to promote that initiative. He is the Vice Chair of the Austin Community College Welding Program. He is actively involved with the Austin Chamber of Commerce and has participated in their annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. in an effort to lobby on behalf of manufacturing companies in the United States. Robb is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder.



Jon Armstrong

Jon has served as CEO of multiple early stage and growth companies in Austin with 2 companies being sold. He currently serves as Co-founder and CEO of Healthy Life Enterprises, Inc. HLE is an eCommerce platform for doctors and wellness professionals to sell supplements and other wellness products through their own branded eCommerce store. Jon is a Trilogy alumni, and was also CEO of Adlucent, a digital marketing analytics technology company for large online Retailers. Jon was previously a Partner at Accenture where he did business and technology consulting in the corporate payments and lending space. Jon has deep expertise in eCommerce, sales and marketing, commercial banking and payments. Jon has lived in Austin for almost 20 years, and enjoys live music, world travel and Sooners football. Jon received an MBA from Texas Christian University and a BBA, Finance from the University of Oklahoma.



5-6 pm – Networking Cocktail Hour

6-7 pm – Speaker Presentation

7-8 pm – Dinner

This event features subject matter expert speakers addressing best practices, problem solving, and thought leadership in a confidential environment. The discussion-style event allows executives to freely exchange ideas and experiences, have open discussion on emerging trends, issues, and new market opportunities, and promote research that facilitates the advancement of the industry.

The event will be held at Z’Tejas downtown.

Free valet is provided to those who register.


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