An Evening of Conversations about Reinventing Retirement

Panelists: Ravi Agarval, Hans Geyer, and Louis Burns

Moderator Stuart Silverman, Founder and Director of Next Stage Roadmaps

Evening Line-up

  • 6:00-6:30pm Networking & Refreshments
  • 6:30-8:00pm Panel Discussion
  • 8:00-8:30pm Networking Continues

You’ve left Intel, you’ve done some consulting or perhaps joined another company. What now? Your friends are retiring and you’re thinking about it or know that it is something that you’ll have to think about in the future. “Retirement” used to mean a gold watch, more days on the golf course and someone (or yourself) nagging you to get things done that have been on the back burner for far too long.

Today “retirement” isn’t what it used to be and the word retirement might send chills up your back. Maybe it’s time to reinvent yourself and take a different approach. How do you now fulfill your life? New ventures? Volunteerism? Travel? Perhaps a combination. Our panel of former Intel executives will discuss how they approached the “retirement” challenge and how it’s working out.

This session discussed how Intel Alumni are making the most of their retirement years.  Most agreed that the discussion generated new ideas and thoughts on shaping an ideal retirement for yourself.

Many thanks to our venue host, Techcode Silicon Valley.

IAN Silicon Valley Chapter 
Annie Lung, Ursula Herrick, Bruce Schechter, Jacob Tanz, Monie TenBroeck and Mike Trainor

The Moderator

Stuart Silverman is the Founder and Director of Next Stage Roadmaps, LLC ( which provides workshops for adults helping them transition into their Retirement and their Next Stage of life. These workshops cover all areas of Retirement, including Lifestyle, Encore Careers, Finance, Health and Wellness, and the development of a Customized Roadmap for each attendee. He currently teaches his Retirement Workshops locally at Stanford University, and in the past has taught them at Avenidas, a Positive Aging Center in Palo Alto, and at the Palo Alto City Libraries. He has also run Retirement Discussion and Support Groups at Avenidas. This is his Encore Career and he is passionate about helping adults successfully make this transition, which many times is not easy. For the past 35 years, he was CEO and Principal of two high-tech, sales and marketing consulting practices, New Way Marketing, and SalesRamp. Prior to that, he worked for Digital Equipment Corp and Prime Computer in various Sales and Marketing Roles. He has a BSEE from University of Michigan, an MSEE and MS in Political Science from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Certified Retirement Coach from Retirement Options, Inc.


Ravi Agarval is a C-Level senior executive with over 30 years of corporate experience in the US, Europe, Japan, China, Southeast Asia and India at major technology companies, including Intel and Microsoft. As General Manager of Intel Japan, Ravi was instrumental in building the Intel brand by conceiving and launching the “Intel in it” initiative, which ultimately led to the worldwide “Intel Inside” campaign. As President of Intel China, he drove Intel’s entry into China and developed a multi-billion-dollar business by establishing a strong eco-system and brand awareness. Ravi co-taught Intel managers with Stanford University faculty, focusing on strategies for Asia’s emerging markets. As head of Microsoft’s MNC group in Asia, Ravi grew the business exponentially in India and key Southeast Asian markets.

Currently, Ravi teachers MBA/EMBA students at Singapore’s Nanyang Business School as a Practice Faculty, specializing on emerging markets strategies. Ravi is on the Asian Advisory Council of Washington University in St. Louis. Ravi served on the board of the Singapore American School for five years.

Louis Burns spent 30 years at Intel Corp and 3 years as CEO of Care Innovation.

His long career at Intel started as a Field Application Engineer in St. Louis, followed by a promotion to Regional Application Manager in Dallas coverings the South East region of the US.  Louis was then promoted to World Wide Director of all the field application engineers and relocated to Intel’s HQ in Santa Clara.  His career blossomed in the field of IT and he became CIO.  Louis then moved Intel Folsom facility where he held a number of General Manger positions including GM of chipset division and Digital Health Group.  Following a creation of a joint venture with GE Louis became and ran the Care Innovation company till his retirement.

Louis has been retired for four years; he serves on the Advisory board of UC Davis School of Nursing and mentoring new entrepreneurs.  He is a triathlete and multiple Ironman events finisher.

Hans Geyer joined Intel on April 1, 1980 as FAE Specialist for microprocessors in Germany. He managed Intel EMEA for much of the 1990s, the 386/486 Microprocessor Division in Santa Clara from 92 till 94, and then moved to Folsom in 1998 to run the flash business, the XScale and cell phone chipset business, the Ethernet business, and last the storage business. He retired from Intel end of 2006. He sat on the Board of Directors of Trident Microsystems and then Spansion till 2015. After retiring from Intel he continued to travel a lot, became an avid hunter and fly fisher, built a new house and now manages the home owners association he’s living in.

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