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Jack Hidary

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Jack D. Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the finance and<br /> technology sectors and is currently focused on clean energy technology<br /> and policy.<br /> <br /> Hidary co-founded Vista Research in 2001 as an independent financial<br /> research company serving institutional investors. Hidary sold Vista to<br /> the Standard & Poor's division of McGraw-Hill in April of 2005<br /> (<a href="http://www.vistaresearch.com">www.vistaresearch.com</a>).<br /> <br /> In 1995, Hidary co-founded and served as President and CEO of<br /> EarthWeb/Dice. He raised three private rounds of equity and completed a<br /> record breaking IPO. Under Hidary's leadership, EarthWeb/Dice earned the<br /> prestigious Business Week Info Tech 100 award as the third fastest<br /> growing IT Company. Dice.com is currently traded on the NYSE under<br /> ticker DHX.<br /> <br /> Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Hidary has received<br /> several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a<br /> Global Leader of Tomorrow at the WEF, Davos. Hidary is also a member of<br /> the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Clinton Global Initiative.<br /> <br /> Hidary has been particularly involved in issues of energy and<br /> transportation. He is chairman and co-founder of the Freedom Prize<br /> Foundation (<a href="http://www.freedomprize.org">www.freedomprize.org</a>), which provides monetary prizes to<br /> cities, schools and other entities that can most reduce their petroleum<br /> use. The Freedom Prizes were mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy<br /> Act of 2005 (Title X: 1008).<br /> <br /> In New York City, Hidary was a leading proponent of switching over the<br /> taxi fleet to high mileage hybrids. Hidary serves as Chairman of<br /> SmartTransportation.org (<a href="http://www.smarttransportation.org">www.smarttransportation.org</a>), a non-profit<br /> dedicated to promoting clean energy and transportation policy in the US.<br /> <br /> <br /> Hidary studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and<br /> was then awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the<br /> National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, Hidary<br /> conducted research in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as<br /> positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance<br /> Imaging (fMRI) to study brain and disease states.<br /> <br /> Hidary serves on several boards including the X Prize Foundation <a href="http://www.xprize.org" target="_hplink">http://www.xprize.org</a> and the National Renewable Energy Lab <a href="http://www.nrel.gov" target="_hplink">http://www.nrel.gov</a>. A<br /> frequent keynote speaker, Hidary has presented at venues including the<br /> business schools of Yale and Columbia.

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