George J. Awad is the Founder and Managing Director of Intellectual Asset Management Group, an advisory/investment firm focused on incubating, assisting, and investing-in companies/ventures to harvest the greatest value through their life cycle, inclusive of product commercialization, capital financing (private and/or public), intellectual property monetization, roll up, and/or structuring liquidity events. In this context, George has worked with domestic and international private and publicly listed companies to develop, deploy, and execute comprehensive financial, technology, intellectual asset development, commercialization, and monetization plans with aplomb. George has also founded, grown, and exited from a number of technology-focused start-ups across various industries including blockchain, distributed/cloud computing, energy optimization, pharmaceutical, and business services. Most recently, George, through IAMG, was engaged by the Knox Investment Group (the Family Office of Thomas J. Knox) to act as its Managing Director. In this capacity, George was responsible for strategic investment, business development, syndicated investment, and operational oversight of a diverse investment portfolio spanning domestic and international direct investments, PE/Venture Fund investments, equities, fixed income, and real-estate investments. George also led the investment committee, and coordinated the sourcing, due diligence, presentation, and analysis of pipeline investments. On behalf of KIG, George maintained various board appointments and executive roles in various KIG affiliated/invested companies. Exemplary appointments and roles included: Homestead Insurance Company (Board Member, President), ORB Automotive Corporation (Board Member), Akers Biosciences, Inc. (Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs), Claim Watcher (Corporate and Legal Affairs), and INDECS Corp (Corporate and Legal Affairs). George has over twenty years of experience in law, technology, and finance. A graduate of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, George earned a B.S.E., in Electrical Engineering. George then earned his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Additionally, George returned to the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, to complete certificate coursework in finance and accounting. As an engineering student at Penn, George was an integral member of the Solar Car Racing where he participated in the design, construction, testing, and actual racing of the “Liberty Belle” solar race car (from Battery Park in Manhattan to Philadelphia). After a gap year working as a systems analyst for a US company in Dusseldorf Germany, George earned his law degree from Pepperdine. Returning to Philadelphia George embarked on his legal career working for prestigious nationally ranked law firms (first at Woodcock Washburn and then Drinker Biddle) focusing initially on intellectual property – patent portfolio management, licensing, and litigation and then added an additional specialty in corporate law. After nearly ten years in private practice representing the gambit of client types and sizes (from startups to Fortune 100 companies), George founded IAMG to share his value-driven model with the market. George is active supporter of quality education and the arts sitting or having had seats on the boards of Rowan University Foundation, Independence Charter School, and the “Philly Pops”.