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CEO Insights - A Conversation with Glide and Pantheon 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

6:00 - 7:30 PM


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Jonathan Lopez

CEO, Glide

Jonathan is proud to be born and raised in El Paso. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a BBA in Finance in 2010. He worked in finance throughout college and began his career as a financial planner immediately upon graduation. In 2017, Jonathan partnered with Andrew Harris as founding partners of Truvize Financial Planning, introducing El Paso to an innovative and unique financial services business model. In 2018, he and his partners Andrew Harris and Ernie Alonzo founded Glide, becoming the first company to bring dockless electric scooter technology to El Paso.

Erik Pavia

CEO, Pantheon

Erik is Pantheon's founder and CEO. Prior to starting Pantheon, he was on the founding team of the marketing-tech company Knotch and StartX, the first-ever Stanford-affiliated accelerator. Erik has a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University. Erik was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is a first-generation American, college graduate, and entrepreneur. Outside of building Pantheon, he spends his time teaching about entrepreneurship and technology as a clinical professor at UTEP, as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Medical Center of Americas, and as the host of the Techquila Podcast.


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Jonathan Tavarez

Founder, Borderland Big Ideas

Jonathan is a structural engineer at the American Institute of Steel Construction in Chicago, Illinois. He has experience with high-rise building design, design for safety-related components in nuclear power plants, and now oversees the development of two ANSI-accredited standards that are critical to the structural steel industry. Jonathan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the founder of Borderland Big Ideas, he is extremely excited to learn more about his hometown and to work with the influential people progressing the region forward.


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