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The Team
 
Manoj Saxena, Driver & Racing Enthusiast
Manoj Saxena is a serial entrepreneur and an accomplished CEO with a passion for education, innovation, and automotive racing.  He currently serves as Vice President and Global Solutions Leader for IBM Global Business Services (GBS) where he leads IBM's multi-billion dollar Global Solutions and Assets business. Born in Hyderabad, India, Manoj was always interested in finding out what made things tick and was drawn to the technology, speed, and innovation behind car racing. He believes that innovation through science and technology has a profound impact on all sections of society and sees the advanced technology behind car racing as an interactive and fun way to engage and excite children about building technical and scientific careers.

Professionally, Manoj has successfully founded, managed, and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five year span: Webify, an emerging leader in industry-specific SOA middleware, was acquired by IBM in 2006 and Commerce One bought Exterprise, a business process collaboration software company in 2001. 

An active community leader, Manoj serves on the Board of Any Baby Can and Saxena Foundation and holds numerous other Advisory Board positions including Global Giving, St Edwards University Business School, and Michigan State University's Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance. 

Manoj is the recipient of multiple awards including "Entrepreneur of the Year", "IT Technologist of the Year" and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Michigan State University, from where he had received his MBA in 1989.  He also holds a Masters in Management Studies Degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India.
Richard Zimmermann, Co-Driver, Racing Coach
Richard Zimmermann is a professional racing drivers coach from Oceanside, CA. Richard has been coaching and instructing drivers for the past 14 years. He has been racing competitively for the past 21 years. Richard competed in Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000 National Championship, as well as Vintage, NASA, Porsche Club, and SCCA events including the SCCA World Challenge. In addition, Richard also competed in Mexico for two years winning back to back championships while wining every race he competed in.

In 1996, Richard begun instructing for Track Attack Racing School owned by CEO of Just Marketing, Zak Brown. While he lived in Indianapolis, he also became Assistant Team Manager for RCM Motorsports a F2000 National Championship team. Later he became an instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School, instructing at Laguna Seca and Road America. At the same time be started a professional F2000 team with a partner, only to have his partner default on the funding. In 2001, Richard moved to Las Vegas where he accepted a position as an instructor at the Derek Daly Academy. In 2003 he was promoted to Chief Instructor. In 2005, Richard briefly worked for Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch as Chief Instructor of the Radical Racing School. Richard then accepted the position as Chief Instructor of American Racing Academy where he also became Director of Operations. In 2007 the American Racing Academy was purchased by the Mario Andretti Racing School where Richard became the Director of Operations for Road Course Division.

During Richard’s career he has coached or instructed top drivers such as Indy Racing League (IRL) drivers Sarah Fischer, Danica Patrick, and JR Hildebrand. In addition, he trained multi-time SCCA National Run-offs champion Wayland Joe. He also coached in the Ferrari Challenge series and Porsche Club of America.

Richard as appeared as a driving expert on several local news stations, as well as, on the Discovery Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine. Additionally, Richard coached celebrities such as Keanu Reeves and shared track and classroom time with Mario Andretti. Richard is currently pursuing his education degree in elementary education.
Shaku Selvakumar, Media, Sponsorship and Public Relations
Shaku Selvakumar is the World Wide Lead Strategist for Web and Social Media for IBM WebSphere.  In this role, she is responsible for envisioning and implementing web and social media marketing strategies that favorably position, drive awareness and generate demand for the WebSphere brand.  Prior to this, she was the World Wide  Go To Market lead for SOA and Smart Work within the EBF program at IBM where she was responsible for translating broad messaging and marketing objectives into targeted, executable, recommendations to help geographies deliver on their revenue objectives.  Shaku brings an ability to successfully highlight the USP and collaborate successfully with an extended ecosystem of stakeholders using high impact integrated marketing and social media tools to drive demand generation and impact corporate goals.   Previously she handled the marketing integration for the Webify acquisition at IBM and covered product marketing and communications by brand and industry.  Shaku was recognized by IBM as a top performer and selected to join the company’s exclusive Leadership Development Program.

Prior to IBM, she worked for Webify and played key role in the company’s acquisition by IBM in August 2006.  At Webify, she handled the IBM Alliance marketing relationship and has successfully identified opportunities that aid awareness, credibility and lead generation.

Before her stint at Webify, she was a brand and corporate communications consultant and created, marketed and produced revenue generating programs for clients.  Her consultancy services include strategic business development, investor and analyst relations and brand management.

She also worked for Royal Dutch/Shell, a Fortune 100 petroleum giant from 1990 to 2000, managing Brand and Corporate Communications and responsible for corporate and marketing communications, media relations, in-house communications and external community affairs. Her work included the rollout of the company’s marketing communications programs and their public affairs initiatives. 

Shaku graduated from the University of Bradford, UK with a Masters in Business Administration.  She is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi specializing in advertising and public relations.  She also received her Bachelor of Arts from Osmania University in India.

Shaku has been involved in various social and professional non profit groups such as TiE, ATC, ICC and AWTA. 

Twitter: @shakus
LinkedIn: shakuselvakumar
Blog: www.browngirlinthering1.blogspot.com
Suki Steinhauser, CEO of Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Suki Steinhauser is the Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools of Central Texas. As CEO, she empowers young people to stay in school and achieve at their highest potential by supporting the work of 150 staff, 100 AmeriCorps members and 1,000 volunteers, working in over 50 schools throughout Central Texas. Suki joined Communities In Schools in 1994 to start up the award-winning ASPIRE Family Literacy Project and has built numerous innovative programs to nurture the educational success of students facing tremendous personal barriers.

Suki is active in the nonprofit community where she has used her experience and business acumen to improve the lives of disenfranchised youth and families. She has worked in the area of community development, served as the President of the Board of Directors of Austin Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Seedling Foundation, the Texas Cultural Trust Digital Media Project and Reading Rock Stars of the Texas Book Festival. She is an officer of One Voice Central Texas and the CIS of Texas Network and a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Austin Essential class. Suki has been featured in the Austin Business Journal's annual Profiles in Power.

Suki has a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Suki's nonprofit career began after being inspired to serve others as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa where she taught math for three years. This spirit of service is shared by her husband, Chester and their children, Annie and Nick.
Michael Bento, Executive Vice President, Communities In Schools
Mike Bento is the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Communication at Communities In Schools, the nation's largest dropout prevention organization with operations in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Mike has consulted with major for profit and non-profit organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Park Service, the State of Montana, and many others. Previously Mike was the Senior Vice President at the National Park Foundation, overseeing all corporate and consumer marketing programs and channels. For thirteen years, Mike was a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, directing the agency's work on behalf of Miller Brewing Company, Pfizer, Nestle, and the U.S Centers for Disease Control among others.

Mike has a B.A in Philosophy from Georgetown University, and has performed graduate work in philosophy at Georgetown. He has served on the Boards of the AIDS Action Foundation and the NAMES Project of the National Capitol Area, and currently serves on the Board of Food & Friends, a Washington DC based non-profit providing home delivered meals to people living with AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Mary Campana, Marketing and Development
Mary Campana possesses over twenty years of a unique blend of experience from the corporate and non-profit sectors and a proven track-record of success in sports marketing, fundraising, business development and strategic planning. Mary combines her passion for helping others with her professional expertise to further the mission of organizations.

Mary currently serves as the Chief Development Officer of Communities In Schools of Central Texas; an affiliate of a national dropout prevention agency. She has a proven reputation of successfully spearheading multi-faceted fundraising programs, developing management systems, and leveraging resources through collaborative relationships. In just two years with CIS, Mary built a strong development department with a shared vision and strategy, streamlined the fundraising activities and significantly increased the agency's budget and local presence in the Central Texas community.

In the twelve years prior to joining Communities In Schools, Mary served as a tireless champion and advocate for children with disabilities, children and adults with mental illness and victims of abuse. Mary increased the Suicide and Crisis Center's budget by $200,000 and branded the center as the city of Dallas' crisis intervention expert. Mary demonstrated her passion for children in foster care while working at the Helping Hand Home for Children in Austin. During her time there, Mary developed successful fundraising and marketing strategies, securing over $3M to provide a safe haven for hundreds of abused and neglected children.

For more than a decade, Mary led the Corporate Communications Department at Beckett Publications, a leading publisher of monthly sports and collectible magazines. As a member of the management team, Mary helped grow the publishing company from two to seven monthly magazines and thirteen annual price guide books. Under her guidance, the Corporate Communications department coordinated 17 annual marketing events and 13 annual tradeshow events. In addition, Mary designed and managed Beckett's Publication's Charitable Giving Program.

In addition to Mary's professional accomplishments, she always makes time to work with nonprofits in a volunteer capacity, serving on Boards, volunteering her time, raising support and advocating for their clients. For twelve years, Mary volunteered with Equest; a therapeutic horseback riding program assisting physically and mentally challenged adults and children. Mary worked directly with clients on a weekly basis but also implemented several fundraising events and was a member of the Exhibition Team demonstrating the programs success.

Mary's passion for philanthropy, her diverse background and business experience in the sports marketing arena is a perfect match for The Race to Win project.
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