OUR TEAM

BRIAN BURLINGAME
PRESIDENT

Brian Burlingame is President of BlueStar VenturesTM, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, specializing in providing consulting services for organizations to help meet their contractual obligations. 

Brian and his team have demonstrated expertise in a wide variety of disciplines to include: Brand creation and management, computer programing services, full-service recycling, energy efficiency assessments, change management, and communications. Before his current role, Brian was Global Process Owner for Talent Acquisition at Johnson & Johnson, where he led governance, proactive development, and enhancement of the end-to-end process of acquiring talent. Brian's career experiences include leadership positions with Merck & Co., Lockheed Martin, and Pfizer.

Brian is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Before entering the corporate world, Brian had an extensive career as a pilot for the United States Navy. Over a period of 20 years, he served in a myriad of assignments including flying combat missions in Kosovo and Desert Storm, serving as the commanding officer for Patrol Squadron ONE at Whidbey Island, Washington, where he led a diverse workforce of over 300 personnel with worldwide national security responsibilities, and working as the chief operating officer for the United States Naval Academy.

Brian served as a board member of the Navy League for five years (highest corporate and individual fundraiser). He is active with the Travis Manion Foundation where he established a memorial in his Mother's honor, Marine Corps League of PA and the Toys for Tots Campaign. He holds degrees from the United States Naval Academy and National Defense University.

KIM CHOTKOWSKI
BUSINESS ADVISOR
Kim Chotkowski is the Chief Executive Officer of BlueStar VenturesTM. Kim is an accomplished business consultant with over 20 years of providing value-add solutions to clients. Most recently, Kim has held the position of CEO of the Licensing Executive Society USA and Canada, a global intellectual capital professional society having approximately 10,000 members worldwide.

Kim started her career with Public Service Electric and Gas in the Power Generation Unit where she was a certified fuel barge unloader and managed hazardous and other waste mitigation. She then practiced law with Hopgood, Calimafde, Kalil, and Judlowe in New York City (now merged with Morgan and Lewis) practicing in their patent litigation group where she represented Glaxo-Wellcome relating to ANDA litigation against Zantac. She later moved to Pitney Bowes, Inc. of Stamford, CT where she was a member of their Capital Asset Management team in which she was responsible for Corporate IP business development and branding activities.  In 2001, Kim became employed with InterDigital Communications Corporation where she was the Vice President of Strategic IP Management and a member of the global licensing team. There Kim strategically grew the product and patent portfolio helping to ensure InterDigital’s financial success for years after her departure. As the owner of Brandywine Ventures, Kim has negotiated complex, global deals frequently traveling to the Pacific Rim and Europe. She has negotiated with more than 70 companies worldwide, obtaining licenses worth approximately over $2.5 billion on behalf of their clients in a variety of technologies including wireless and wired telephony (handset, air interface and base station), routers, polymers, microprocessors, semiconductors, USB, touch screens, automotive components, active storage systems, editing software, video on demand, pharmaceuticals etc. Kim is a proven leader with capabilities in building teams, strategic thinking and implementing workable plans.

Kim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Humanities/History from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a JD from the Franklin Pierce Law Center (The University of New Hampshire) and an MBA, concentration in international business, marketing and finance, from Sacred Heart University. Kim is a member of the Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York and Patent Bars, and a Certified Licensing Professional. Since 2009, Kim has been listed by the Intellectual Asset Management Magazine as one of the top 300 IP Strategists in the World. Kim is an inventor herself holding two US patents. Kim supports her husband in his role as a Col. USMCR and their combined interest to support the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Kim is also on the Board of Director for Radley Run Country Club located in West Chester, PA.

Kim has been a frequent speaker and US Congressional educator regarding the topic of a strong patent system to support strong economic growth in the US. She has also spoken on behalf of the US State Department on Licensing in China and has been frequently published.

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