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Gabe Higgins

Tampa Bay, Florida

8 years experience articulating the technological foundations of blockchain technology including cryptographic hash functions, distributed network consensus mechanisms, and public-private key cryptography; devising and articulating fundamental valuation methodologies for crypto-assets; evaluating game theory and decentralizing governance models associated with blockchain technology; and working with key drivers of blockchain networks’ design and their impact on the four key dimensions of blockchain performance including speed, scalability, privacy, and security.

Gabe is a sought after blockchain speaker and educator. Known for his ability to translate highly technological insights and strategic considerations to wide audiences including clients, his presentations have been requested by such organizations as the University of South Florida, University of Florida, Department of Homeland Security, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Secret Service, Financial Executives International, Bay Area Manufacturers Association, as well as numerous news media organizations & enterprises across multiple industries.  In 2015, he became one of the country’s first Certified Bitcoin Professionals.

He is a co-founder of BlockSpaces, a blockchain integration provider helping businesses connect to enterprise networks. He also currently advises startups and VC funded blockchain companies with strategic partnerships and technical direction. He is the lead organizer for some of the largest and longest blockchain meetup groups in the state, and is the co-author of “Thank God for Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption and Redemption of Money”, 2020, which provides a moral argument for sound money.

Scott SPiegel

Miami, Florida

I am an attorney focused on the Financial Technology sector, helping clients navigate the evolving regulations around state and federal money transmission requirements and securities laws – as applied to digital currency. I regularly advise clients on which states require licensure, facilitate communication with the financial regulators, and when necessary, assists in the MTL application preparation. I also help my clients with their AML Policies, banking relationships, company formation, fundraising endeavors, securities determinations, and contractual review.

I began my career as a stock trader for a major brokerage firm and grew into the role of a wealth products wholesaler where I connected with clients by understanding their needs and delivering customized, novel solutions.

I ask a lot of questions and bring an open mind to every challenge. It’s that mindset that has made me a much sought-after attorney for organizations facing stubborn or unique challenges.

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Eryka Gemma

Miami, Florida

As the Venture Director at a Digital Asset Hedge Fund, Eryka is well versed in the bitcoin space and has helped hundreds of people safely navigate the cryptocurrency ecosystem. She is a public speaker, content creator, and strategic business advisor focused on growing the decentralized ecosystem. 

 

Eryka writes a bitcoin column for Escape Artist Insiders Magazine, one of the oldest ex-pat communities teaching readers how to store wealth effectively.

She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2015 with a pilot’s license and Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. After graduating magna cum laude, she worked at CIT Bank in their Aircraft Trading & Leasing division and then as Marketing Director at Aerolease Aviation. 

The ability for blockchain to increase transparency, reduce corruption, and eliminate human error drove Eryka to leave corporate America. She is now focused on bringing technical and economic education on digital assets to the masses. 

Her affinity for bitcoin stems from an appreciation for sound money and honest reporting. As a teenager, she was a delegate in Washington State for the Ron Paul campaign.

 

Eryka enjoys breaking down complex concepts and has helped hundreds of people safely navigate the cryptocurrency ecosystem for their first time.

Lennart Lopin

Sarasota, Florida

Master in Computer Science with emphasis on Language processing, AI, Machine Learning. Senior Software Engineer. Born in North-Eastern Germany, grew up in Vienna, Austria, and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida. First love was science, in particular Astrophysics. Graduated from Rostock and Goettingen university in Germany in 2003 with a master’s degree in Computer Science and a specialization in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. Thesis focused on automated text-analysis and summarization. 

IIn 2005 designed a chatbot “Prelude” and won an international championship in the category of best self-learning system. Spent vast amounts of time on various private and public software projects. Discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and has been involved in the Bitcoin ecosystem ever since, including the creation of the cryptocurrency project “Marscoin”, automated loan application processing platform “Standard and Riches” and cryptocurrency trading software “BitcoinMetaTrader”. In 2018 co-founded the Florida Blockchain Association, an industry specific alliance of businesses promoting blockchain technologies in Florida.

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Lenny Mauricio

Palm Beach, Florida

Lenny Mauricio has developed a unique way of helping companies grow their business online through growth marketing tactics ranging from SEO, Pinterest Marketing, Google My Business, and everything in between when it comes to digital marketing. 

Focused on the B2B sector, he’s helped multiple companies across various industries capture a market-first approach to digital marketing. 

A lover of the beautiful, “Florida Beaches“, and all things sunshine state, Lenny spends most of his time in the Palm Beaches working his internet marketing magic; if he’s not in Medellin, Colombia. 

He is one of the FBBA’s most dedicated community leaders and is the hidden hand behind most of the FBBA’s digital efforts. 

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