Chairman and CTO, Appvance AI
Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER. Kevin has been featured by Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX News, and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, Planet Forward Innovator of the Year nominee, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin, and inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame. While he has a technical background with 85 worldwide patents, he is known as a very dynamic speaker who is a true entertainer that is funny, excites people, educates & energizes audiences to action.
Mr. Surace led pioneering work on the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first plastic multichip semiconductor packages, the first human-like AI virtual assistant (Portico), soundproof drywall, high R-value windows, AI-driven building management technology, AI-driven QA automation, and the window/energy retrofits of the Empire State Building and NY Stock Exchange. He is also an accomplished music director, conductor, producer, and percussionist, with over 1000 performances.
Kevin is a producer/partner and tech director with Tony Award Winning WitzEnd Productions, a board member of Rubicon Theater. He has produced, music directed, designed sound, produced/edited video, marketed, or played in over 60 productions. He has extensive sound design, mixing, mastering and video editing experience and holds an Engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration in music.
His national professional credits include writing, producing and directing “2AM At The Sands” with Andrew Samonsky, conducting the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, producing and conducting Christmas at the Cathedral “Musical Theater Orchestra and Singers”, and producing and conducting the “Broadway and More” show with acclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry.
He is currently active co-producing, investing, or technical direction with WitzEnd Productions, including 1660 VINE, “Diana: A True Musical Story”, Estella Scrooge, Poseidon and others.