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John Salzinger, Founder and Chief Business Development Officer at MPOWERD, is a serial entrepreneur and is always looking for a problem to solve using new technologies and new ways of ideating around them. At MPOWERD, John devotes himself to overall strategy, maximizing the global distribution of their innovative clean energy solutions, marketing to various verticals and markets simultaneously as well as developing new product lines. Together with principal inventor and one of MPOWERD’s original co-founders, Jason Snyder, he worked to develop the Luci inflatable solar lantern after an earthquake in 2010 left thousands without power in Haiti. He continues to play a leading role in developing innovative new solar products to positively impact the lives of people everywhere. Having begun his professional career in fashion photography, John worked in the global print market before shifting to television as a News Editor for ABC World Television News. Adapting to changing technologies, John became a multimedia producer, writing, editing and producing his own voice-overs for Associated Press Digital. Moving beyond news and into finance, John was instrumental in opening the NYC office for Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) and subsequently founded Platinum Processing, an ISO of EVO Merchant Services where he hired and managed a staff of Sales Representatives, Value-Added Resellers and supported hundreds of clients nationwide, processing millions of dollars annually. Just before co-founding MPOWERD, John was a consultant at Clever Rooster and a Director of Sales and Content at social, local, mobile, tech start-up, gopogo.