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Thao Khuat, co-founder CARPET HEATER
Thao Khuat has over 10 years of experience in planning and operations. She was an industrial engineer for B/E Aerospace where she was in charge of strategic planning, business process improvement and performance measurement to achieve cost reduction, better product quality and customer satisfaction. She was certified for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of The Association of Supply Chain Management (APICS) and Project Management Institute (PMI).
At the City of Seattle, she has been part of the team to provide essential utility services to the residents to keep Seattle the best place to live and work. In additions, she runs an Airbnb hosting business driven to create connections with the world. Combining her industrial engineering background with her hospitable personality, she has created a balancing, welcoming and positive environment where her guests will not only be able to switch off, relax and recharge but also have a sense of belonging. She uses the Carpet Heater for her hosting business.
Thao earned her Master degree in Engineering Management from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Chris Kenji Beer, co-founder CARPET HEATER.
Chris has a broad range of sales and business development experience working for startups. Chris has led a number of technology based teams.
These include as founding member of Freei Networks Ltd. (which became one of the largest Internet service providers with over 3 million subscribers); BluZinger (a Bluetooth and WiFi network partnered with General Growth Properties); Media Lead (a mobile apps/games publisher); Media Portal USA, (a Toshiba-Softbank mobile phone barcode solutions provider); co-founder, Freei- Asia; co-Publisher/Editor, Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Asia Pacific Economic Review, and technology writer for Northwest Asian Weekly. He generated over $10 million in business for these companies.
Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University. He spent one year (no degree) at the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs, and studied Japanese studies at Jo-Ochi (Sophia) University in Tokyo