Founder & CEO

Thomas J Zerega

Tom Zerega is the Founder and CEO of Magnetic 3D, an innovative glasses-free 3D tech Company based in New York City. Magnetic 3D helps companies achieve unparalleled engagement and depth perception with their enterprise platform for glasses-free 3D and XR applications.

Tom’s roots are in broadcast where he worked for nearly 20 years as an actor with major networks such as CBS, NBC and ABC/Disney under the stage name Tommy Michaels. He spent nearly a decade playing the role of “Tim Dillon” on All My Children where he was nominated for an Emmy Award. As a child actor he played the role of Gavroche on Broadway, appeared in many TV commercials, made-for-TV movies and primetime shows including “Third Watch”, and “Law and Order”. Tom graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Film & Television and launched Magnetic Media as a Digital Signage business in 2004 winning both the Mall of America and Pyramid Management Group 17 properties for their initial deployments.

Seeking creative solutions that provided clients with even greater engagement and utility, Magnetic Media successfully exited the 2D digital signage space and launched as the 3D Pro AV and Digital Signage brand “Magnetic 3D” in late 2006.

Mr. Zerega’s vision for the products stems from a fascination with Hollywood’s ability to make the impossible feel real through state-of-the-art visual effects. Aiming make this type of movie magic a reality and bring it to consumers at home, Tom and the team at Magnetic 3D began shaping a “holographic” 3D display product line to mimic the effects depicted in science fictions films and cult classics such as Avatar, or Back-to-the-Future. Magnetic 3D’s products were launched as an HD solution and have recently been upgraded to 4K.

Tom spear-headed R&D efforts and worked on the display optics for the product line. He has overseen quality control, licensing, display and content production, software development, vendor relations, and is involved in business development, sales, marketing, and fund raising for the Company.

Though an entrepreneur, angel investor, media personality, and inventor, Tom is currently most recognized in the public spotlight today as expert on holographic and glasses-free 3D technology. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Denise of ten years, and loves spending time with his 3 year old daughter Carliana.

Chief Operating Officer

John Bracciante

Mr Bracciante is primarily responsible for the development of the company’s worldwide distributor, reseller, affiliate, and outside sales partner relationships. He plays a key role in their education and training to ensure that all customers are well versed in glasses-free 3D technology, providing support relating to all facets of hardware, software, content, and network solutions.

Mr. Bracciante also engages in business development with vendor partners, OEM’s, and suppliers, while overseeing critical aspects of the company’s supply chain and logistics services.

John has a diverse management and sales background, spending the majority of his career in the hospitality industry where he focused on resort management – including restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife. Prior to joining Magnetic 3D, Mr Bracciante served 5 years as a General Manager with the Gerber Group, overseeing their venues within Starwood Hotel’s renowned W New York–Times Square.

John is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As a member of the Class of 1992, John played lacrosse at Cornell and was an active member of the Beta Theta chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Chief Content Officer

Andrew Gellis

Formerly Head of Film at the IMAX Corporation, Andy pioneered the development of dramatic, narrative filmmaking in the 1570 IMAX format in both 2D and 3D earning worldwide recognition for his accomplishments in the Giant Screen industry. He wrote, produced or Executive produced numerous IMAX films including T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, Spacestation 3D, China: The Panda Adventure, The IMAX Nutcracker, and The Hidden Dimension, and the documentaries Galapagos, and Mission to Mir. He managed the Company’s relationships with NatGeo, Discovery, The Smithsonian, Mandalay Pictures, Lockheed-Martin, NASA, NSF, and the 120 worldwide museums, aquariums, and zoos housing IMAX theaters.

Working for Sony Pictures and New Technologies he helped steer the company into IMAX filmmaking and wrote and produced the highly acclaimed IMAX destination film Across the Sea of Time: NY3D for the flagship IMAX theater at Lincoln Square.

It was in his role as production SVP at Cinema Group that Andy got his first taste of IMAX. He supervised production of the 1570 IMAX documentary film Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic and then co-wrote and produced the destination film, Hidden Hawaii for the Honolulu IMAX Theater.

Gellis was the Inaugural Chairman of the non-profit Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and former President of the Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) before merging it to form the GSCA. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on the Executive Board of the Shorts and Animation Branch.

As head of Cinevest/Andrew Gellis Productions, he has written and developed film projects in all formats for a wide variety of studios and production entities. He has regularly provided consultation services to industry professionals and Wall Street financial firms regarding many aspects of the film industry. He was an Executive Producer of Grandview, USA, a CBS Theatrical Production/Warner Bros release, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, and C. Thomas Howell. In addition, he was a production executive at CBS Films, Inc., and a studio-based producer at 20th Century Fox.

A graduate of Harvard, Andy began his career in the newsroom at WCBS-TV in New York City before becoming a talent agent. He represented actors, writers, and directors for film, television, and stage and was responsible for discovering and nurturing such Broadway shows as The 1940’s Radio Hour, and the Tony Award winning shows Agnes of God and Torch Song Trilogy.

Location Based Entertainment & Immersive Experiences

Devon Padgett

Devon is currently the Las Vegas Sales and Events Director for Magnetic 3D. After a successful energy and sports entertainment consulting career in Denver, he moved to Las Vegas in 2015 where he teamed up with and helped re-activate the dormant 14m dome in Downtown Container Park while helping to sell and produce brand activations for SKTCH EVENTS, AWG Events, NADA, SONY, Canvas Events, Imprint Events, Ciroq Vodka, Non-Fungible Labs and Grafico Las Vegas. He has been involved with Wisdome LA since its opening in 2018 as a host, experience creator, DJ, and event booking and corporate sales consultant while helping to explore new markets and partnerships for the company. Most recently he directed and co-produced multiple 360 projection mapping immersive shows for the grand opening of AREA15 LAS VEGAS as part of Gallerie360 in 2021.

Devon has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Senior VR & AR Advisor

John Cunningham

John is the CEO of consulting company Spatial Synergy, COO of the global VR/AR Association and volunteers as the Director of Special Programs at the Space Force Association.

Throughout his 30-year career in high-tech, John has helped companies create new lines of revenue and grow existing revenues through new product development and global market expansion. He has built high performing direct and indirect sales organizations for leading technology companies such as Unity Technologies, Aruba Networks, Motorola, HP, & Verizon.

As a pioneer in the XR and AI industry, John has helped organizations such as the US Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Siemens Energy, and the City of Orlando implement XR and AI into their operations. In 2019 he established the Central Florida Chapter of the VR/AR Association to foster the creation of the Modeling and Simulation ecosystem which has grown to the largest and most active globally and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the VRARA helping to lead the industry association’s presence around the world.

In 2020, John was hired by Unity Technologies to develop Unity's public sector strategic plan and build their Government and Aerospace business and brand. He led the business to win many large direct programs to develop transformational XR, AI and digital twin solutions as well as building a large ecosystem of integrators, independent software developers and device manufacturers. Nearly 90% of all XR solutions across the public sector are made with Unity.

John is also helping the rapidly growing space industry to take advantage of new technologies such as XR and AI and serves as a Director at the Space Force Association where he co-founded and helps to lead the SFA Creator League which is a technology skills development program to help develop the United States Space Force’s digital capabilities.

John has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia for 23 years. He has been married for 32 years and has two sons, both serving proudly in the US Air Force. He also served in the US Army as a Communications and Special Operations Officer.

Senior Technical Advisor

Peter Giokaris

Peter founded Athanos to research and build a novel 3D viewing system. Prior to Athanos, he worked at Oculus VR, where he helped architect and design software interfaces for the first virtual reality development kits.

His experience as a software engineer spans 25+ years and has accumulated credits on numerous video games, working Meta, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, THQ , Midway Games and Zipper Interactive. He has a degree in Computer Sciences from Western University in Ontario, Canada.

Senior 3D Medical Device, Robotics & Visualization Advisor

Burton Tripathi

Burton recently became the CEO of Beyeonics Vision Ltd., a pioneering MedTech company in the field of digital surgical platforms for imaging during ophthalmic procedures. He is leading the company's strategic direction, driving innovation and propelling the organization forward in its mission to revolutionize patient care in ophthalmology.

Dr. Tripathi has over two decades of Medical Device leadership experience, specializing in developing disruptive technologies, leading commercialization efforts, and facilitating M&A. He recently served as CEO of TrueVision Systems Inc., before he concluded the sale and integration of TrueVision with Alcon.

A leading figure in the transformation of surgical visualization from analog to digital, Dr. Tripathi, author of over 30 patents, has been instrumental in the adoption of digital imaging technology across all types of microsurgery. Dr. Tripathi has a Doctorate from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's from Cornell University, both in Mechanical Engineering.  He began his career at McKinsey & Company, followed by advancing leadership roles with Intuitive Surgical, Allergan, and Alcon.

Senior Corporate Development & Retail Display Advisor

James C. Ackerman

Jim is the CEO of Unified Resources in Display and the Brand Experience Lab. Unified Resources is a design and manufacturing company that produces point of purchase displays for some of the most iconic retailers and CPG brands in the world. The Brand Experience Lab helps Unified find and develop the leading technologies in retail that help CPG brands increase their sales and deliver the latest in retail experiences for their customers.

He began his career as a practicing attorney specializing in corporate securities, and mergers and acquisition law. His client base included many large manufacturing, service, financial, and real estate companies.

For over a decade, Jim was a principal of Ackerman Consulting Group serving as an advisor to many companies in the paper, packaging, and point of purchase display industries for mergers, acquisitions, financings, and strategic alliances. He was the founder and CEO of Sloan Securities Corporation, an investment bank and stock brokerage firm with nine nationwide offices. Sloan was an early adopter of institutional online trading, spearheading the creation of a prime brokerage unit for small institutions providing capital to emerging public technology companies.

He has and currently serves on the board of directors for several charitable associations. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.

Senior Digital Signage & Digital Out of Home Media Advisor

Paul Kline

Paul is a Digital Signage Industry professional with many years experience as an LED and LCD flat panel display solution provider focusing on Digital Signage rollouts and Retail Applications. A Senior Consultant with Creative Realities, Inc. with additional expertise in system design and hardware/software/component procurement, Paul has over 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing of Digital Signage and components.

He has designed and implemented major projects at JFK Airport, NY Penn Station and Herald Square. As an early innovator of LCD enhancements Paul has been able to supply custom digital solutions to Airports and transit application across the US, as well as for the high-end specialty retail sector. As a prominent industry leader, he served as Chairman of the Society for Information Displays (North East) for three years.

Senior Advisor Media, Advertising & Sponsorships

Daniel J. Partelow

Daniel J. Partelow is an accomplished marketing and sales leader with over 20 years of industry experience. As the Head of US Sales at Brand Innovators, Daniel is dedicated to fostering hyper-growth teams that achieve exceptional results. Since its establishment in 2011, the Brand Innovators community has grown to include more than 50,000 senior brand marketers from Fortune 500 and other leading global brands, making it the largest professional network of its kind.

Under Daniel's leadership, his team organizes and monetizes over 200 events annually across major cities worldwide, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, London, San Francisco, and more. These events provide brand marketers with unparalleled Continuing Digital Education and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Brand Innovators events are strategically aligned with prominent industry gatherings such as CES, the Super Bowl, SXSW, Cannes, and Advertising Week, proving essential for brands and marketers to forge important, lasting connections.

These events feature senior brand marketers sharing insights on leveraging new digital technologies and platforms—such as social media, content marketing, AI, video advertising, data analytics, DOOH, and ecommerce—to enhance consumer engagement and promote a culture of shared knowledge. Additionally, Brand Innovators events serve as a vital marketplace for brands to connect with and learn from over 200 top-tier publishers, enabling technology companies, agencies, and other innovative minds to engage, collaborate, and gain insights from the best in the industry.

Before joining Brand Innovators, Daniel played a pivotal role in the success of Taboola, a leading marketing and advertising technology platform. As the first hire on the media sales team, he was instrumental in building the company from its inception to its IPO, which culminated in a valuation of $2.6 billion when it went public in 2021.

Daniel holds a marketing degree from Quinnipiac University, underpinning his extensive expertise and strategic approach to driving growth and innovation in the marketing sector. The Quinnipiac School of Business is accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it in the top 5% of business schools worldwide.

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Magnetic 3D

450 Lexington Ave 4th Floor
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(877) 225 8950

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