2016 CompTIA DC Fly-In Attendee Biographies
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Head of IT
Chris Alejandro is a Technology Executive for EduVision, LLC and its subsidiary Arizona College, a medical school with locations in Arizona and Nevada with a focus in Nursing and Allied Health programs. As Head of IT for the College, he is responsible for defining and executing the strategic technical vision ensuring alignment with the institution’s goals, supports academic and operating plans, and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Arizona College, Chris held leadership and technical positions with leading higher education and financial institutions such as Apollo Group, DeVry University, American Express and Wells Faro Bank. Recognized in 2009 by the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 under 40 program and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber “Up and Coming” Latino Leaders Awards. Alejandro is actively involved in numerous business, political, and non-profit organizations such as Arizona Technology Council, CIO Forum, Valley Leadership, PCH Emerging Leaders Foundation, and Phoenix Suns Charities. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Vice President of Sales
Reflexion Networks, Inc.
Scott Barlow is Vice President of Sales and Product Management with an extensive record of achievement in channel sales and business development; strong technical expertise and domain knowledge in rapidly evolving hosted services (SaaS) markets, including email and Web security, archiving, eDiscovery, email encryption and state and federal compliance regulations, such as FINRA, HIPAA, and more. Barlow frequently speaks at industry events on SaaS, hosted and managed services, compliance opportunities for solution providers and ways to maximize drag-along revenue opportunities. Barlow holds an MBA and a Masters of Science in Geophysics from Boston College.
New Jersey Tech Council
James Barrood leads one of the oldest and largest technology trade associations in the country. The mission of the Tech Council is to help individuals and their organizations grow and succeed while supporting the tech, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state and region. He sits on several boards including the NJ State Chamber of Commerce, R & D Council of New Jersey, Jumpstart Angel Network, NJ Innovation Council, Innovation New Jersey, and National Association of Corporate Directors-NJ. Prior to heading the Council, Barrood led the top ranked entrepreneurship center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 10 years. Since 1997, he has been active in the regional entrepreneurial and business communities. Recognized as a Small Business Advocate (NYER) and among 'Forty Under 40 Business Achievers' by NJBIZ, he frequently speaks at business events and has appeared on MSNBC, ABC, My9, NJTV and News12. He is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author Lessons from the Great Recession. He has been a columnist for NJBIZ, written articles for Entrepreneur magazine and newspapers/sites, including BusinessInsider.com, the Star-Ledger, NorthJersey.com, The Providence Journal, and University Business and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally. Barrood brings with him a background in small business/family business and the real estate and automobile industries, as well as marketing and e-business expertise. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
Thomas Bonina has twenty-eight years of experience in IT management and development with providing customers with a depth and breadth of experience around delivering complex solutions across many technical domains. He supports the building of go-to-market resources and leveraging Accenture assets to differentiate the company’s health offerings. Bonina has a proven track record of maintaining executive relationships and in managing large complex projects of successfully deployed solutions. He has led large sales deals and delivered to both the commercial and federal side of the business with easy transition between them.
Technology Niche Practice Leader
WirhumSmith & Brown
Jim Bourke is a Partner, Member of the Board of Directors and Management Committee at WithumSmith+Brown in Red Bank, New Jersey and is Director of Firm Technology and Technology Niche Practice Leader. Bourke has been a frequent speaker to many State CPA Societies, the AICPA and other organizations on topics specifically related to technologies used by the business community today. He has been consulted by numerous Firms throughout the United States on appropriateness of technologies being employed within the Firm and has also been a frequent speaker on related topics for the New Jersey Technology Council, NJ Biz Magazine and other organizations. He has authored many articles dealing with firm technology issues and was featured on the cover of past issues of Accounting Technology Magazine and Practical Accountant Magazine.
In Bourke’s role as Technology Niche Practice Leader, he heads-up the Firm’s business development, audit, tax and consulting services areas for companies engaged in the technology sector. Bourke works with technology companies from start-up to those ready to realize their exit plan and helps them every step of the way from navigating through capital infusion, traditional financing, equity transactions, tax incentives, etc. He is Past President for the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he is past Chair the AICPA’s CITP Credential Committee and of the AICPA’s Tech+ Conference, a past member of the AICPA's Board of Directors and AICPA Council. Bourke is also a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Technology Council. He has been continually named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in Accounting and has been named by The CPA Technology Advisor as a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting Technology.
Founder & CEO
STEM STARS E-Learning
Stephen Brown is an International CES Judge, and a dynamic technology professional with over 15 years of experience in software application development, technology product analysis, and startup business coaching. He has been featured on HLN, and various news outlets as a technology insider and on-air consultant. As a highly skilled programmer, Brown has been team lead on development projects with several biometric security firms, Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech.), and SunTrust Banks. He has also created educational software, and e-Learning solutions for largest IT training institutions in the southeast. Currently, Brown is a full-time IT director, keynote speaker, and technical writer. He is the lead editor for http://digilyfe.co, and founder of http://stemstars.org, a platform that teaches youth ages 13-18 science and technology.
Bond Associates/Madery Bridge Associates
Bartlett Cleland is the Managing Director of Madery Bridge Associates, public strategy firm specializing in public policy, thought leadership, advocacy, messaging, advertising, coalition building, strategic planning, and tactical advice for corporations, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. Madery Bridge is adept at navigating the world of policy, law, economics and politics, in the states, locally and nationally. The firm has broad policy experience, but also deep knowledge of communications policy, technology, intellectual property, health IT and tax, amongst others.
Cleland is also the Policy Counsel for the Institute for Policy Innovation, a free-market “think tank” dedicated to promoting lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a smaller, less-intrusive federal government. IPI currently focuses on tax cuts, long-term tax reform, educational choice, high-tech and Internet issues, and the rollback of harmful and counterproductive regulations. He was one of the primary U.S. Senate staff driving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (a comprehensive update to the copyright laws), the Internet Tax Freedom Act, as well as encryption and “supercomputer” export controls. He worked on all legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding copyright during his Hill tenure. Later Cleland represented the software industry handling a variety of copyright issues including open source and proprietary challenges, and a variety of tax and finance issues particular to the software industry. In addition he served as the tax counsel for the Information Technology Association of America and TechAmerica, as well as the Regional VP of Texas.
Cleland currently serves on the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors, which involves working closely with the Internet Caucus and such projects as GetNetWise, a project to assist parents in understanding the Internet and how to protect children on-line. He also serves as the Chair of the Technology and Communications Taskforce of the American Legislative Exchange Council and was recently named Policy Advisor for telecom at The Heartland Institute. Previously he served on the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce, a group comprised of leading Internet businesses and organizations and formed by 49 state attorneys general to focus on identifying effective online safety tools and technologies.
Cleland began his professional career in the human resources field with Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement. Volunteering for many political campaigns, he joined the Ashcroft for Senate campaign as a research assistant in 1994. He went to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to work for Senator John Ashcroft, serving as the Senator’s technology counsel from 1996 – 1998. At the same time, he held various management positions ultimately serving two years as operations director. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as technology and policy counsel, and advised Commissioner Grover G. Norquist on the Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Associate General Counsel and VP, Software, at the Information Technology Association of America.
Cleland graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration. He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University. He is admitted to the Missouri bar.
Senior Security Researcher
Stephen Cobb has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional for 20 years, helping companies, consumers, and government agencies to manage their information security, with a focus on emerging threats and data privacy issues. The author of several books and hundreds of articles on privacy and security in e-commerce, healthcare, and other fields, Cobb has spoken in more than a dozen countries at a wide range of venues including TEDx. He currently heads a San Diego-based security research team for ESET, one of the world's largest security software firms, while also conducting post-graduate research at the University of Leicester in England.
With over 40 years’ experience in IT, Bob Coppedge has worn just about every hat there is – developer, network engineer, IT Director, CIO (Chief Information Officer), consultant and, since 2007 CEO of Simplex-IT. He created Simplex-IT to be the “good guys” in the IT world, specializing making IT work for small to medium businesses. He has written for and been quoted by both local and national publications. He grew a volunteer non-profit organization (Greater Cleveland PC Users Group) to 1,200 members and conducted over 40+ free technology-based meetings from 1995-2000.
Coppedge can translate the technical “geeky” side of IT to business folks, and also understand the needs of business. Simplex-IT offers a complete outsourced IT department for our clients – manufacturing firms, service organizations, local governments, nonprofits and law offices. Fanatical about customer service, Simplex-IT is the guardian of its clients’ networks, protecting them from viruses, hackers, cybercriminals, disgruntled employees, natural disasters and downtime.
Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Nashville Technology Council
Alex Curtis is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Nashville Technology Council (NTC). He has developed and executes on the Council’s strategic communications plan as well as the organization’s new public policy program and leads the NTC’s Advocacy Committee. Curtis comes to the NTC from an innovation-policy perspective. Over his 19 years in public policy, working for two U.S. Senators, one Administration, and a public advocacy organization that he helped grow into a thought leader, he worked to develop influential coalitions of tech companies and public interest groups. He honed his communication skills creatively explaining hard-to-understand concepts to legislators and the public. These include issue-based viral videos that became “Internet memes” recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Moyers on America, and multiple episodes of The Daily Show. In Nashville, Curtis developed a program to empower creators to take control of their small business by leveraging their creative spark and today’s technology. Working directly with creators and hosting over 60 hands-on workshops, his unique curriculum helped artists build their small business, measure results, and understand the impact technology to their bottom line. Curtis, his wife Magi, and their two adorable children live in Nashville. He has a BS in Business from Wake Forest University and his JD from the University of Akron School of Law.
Secure Designs, Inc.
Ron Culler is co-founder of Secure Designs and serves as the CTO, technology architect, MSS visionary and security evangelist for the company. With more than 23 years of experience in the technology, channel and security fields, he is a disruptive thinker actively engaged in expanding the understanding of security and technology for businesses of all sizes. Culler’s expertise as a security consultant, technology innovator and industry thought leader is in high demand with companies, business councils and technology associations. A regular speaker and writer on channel issues, technology legislation, cloud and Internet security, he is particularly known for his thought leadership role in encouraging small and mid-sized businesses to protect their data and personal assets from the growing body of IT threats and breaches. He is an active member of multiple industry advisory councils and boards and provides mentorship to several entrepreneurial organizations.
Group Director, Export Compliance and Government Relations
Cadence Design Systems
Larry Disenhof has 35 years of experience in compliance with trade regulations that apply to high tech, most notably at Cadence, which is a leading provider of Electronic Design Automation technology and Semiconductor IP. He is past Chair of CompTIA's Export Committee, is on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Compliance Alliance, Chair of the EDA Consortium Export Committee. When not working, Disenhof is Logistics Chair of the Salem, NH American Cancer Society's Relay for Life; on the board for an organization formed to help the homeless and housing insecure in southern New Hampshire, and is the father of twins; one a cinematographer, the other a geologist working at a DOE technology lab.
Director of Public Policy & Research
Minnesota High Tech Association
John Dukich oversees all aspects of MHTA’s government relations activities and helps to foster a vibrant high tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Minnesota. Prior to joining MHTA, Dukich worked in government relations at the Minnesota State Bar Association and the law firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb. He holds a B.S. in Statistics and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
Tom Erickson is a founding director of Acquia, working with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members. Erickson joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer. As he has done throughout a 30+ year-career in enterprise software, he is focused on driving customer success and business strategy. Erickson also leads the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuates through extensive travel to the 11 countries and 3 US offices from which Acquia currently operates. Prior to Tele Atlas, he was the CEO of Systinet, the leading company in SOA governance, which was acquired by Mercury Interactive. He has also had executive roles at webMethods, Baan, Watermark and MRO Software. His blend of startup and established software company experience has offered him a unique view into rapidly scaling software companies.
At Acquia, Erickson has guided the company to CAGR bookings growth of 1250%. In 2012, Acquia was named the fastest growing software company in the USA in the Inc 500 list of private companies and received the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Private Company of the Year award. In 2013, Acquia was the top private company on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list. Systinet’s revenue grew 5 times in the 18 months Erickson was at the helm prior to the sale of the company. He led webMethods’ international growth from 2000-2004 at a CAGR of 90% in what was arguably one of the toughest periods for enterprise software ever. Erickson began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS Honors degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has spent 14 years of his career living in Australia, England and France. He continues to be passionate about travel, languages, photography, and food and wines. He knows many pilots on a first name basis.
President & CEO
Spencer Ferguson is the President & CEO of Wasatch IT (formerly Wasatch Software), a multi-million dollar supplier of IT products and services. He first gained industry experience while working on Microsoft’s licensing and anti-piracy teams. In 2002, Ferguson founded Wasatch IT as a software licensing reseller. The company now sells more Microsoft licensing than any other Utah-based company. Ferguson has since overseen the evolution of the company to include resale of a wide array of hardware and software technologies, and the addition of an IT services team to support SMB customers. Ferguson holds numerous industry sales and technical certifications from companies such as Microsoft, Symantec and VMware. He has also garnered numerous individual awards – most recently, Utah Business magazine named Spencer to the prestigious ’40 under Forty’ list, which recognizes the top young executives in the state. Ferguson is pleased to contribute to the success of the computer industry by serving on TechSelect’s Advisory Council, Microsoft’s Partner Research Panel, and formerly served on Kaspersky Lab’s Partner Advisory Council. He also serves on Granite School District’s Information Technology Business Advisory Board, and the board of directors for three non-profit organizations: Salt Lake County Business Alliance, the Channel Vanguard Council, and the Susan Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund. In May of 2013, Ferguson graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and received an honorary “Certificate of Entrepreneurship” from Salt Lake Community College based on his achievements. In October of 2013, MSPmentor recognized Ferguson as one of the top 250 managed services executives in the world.
Orinoco Systems LLC
Diego Ferrer is a Senior IT Executive with a proven track record in systems design, development and maintenance, vendor management including engineering, networking, and office technologies. He has extensive experience with IT strategic planning. Ferrer is currently in charge of professional services for his company, Orinoco Systems LLC, and has over 25 years of technical experience in the IT Industry. As an active member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ferrer has traveled to Springfield to speak with legislators advocating fair contracting practices. He served in the board of the Illinois Procurement Policy Board, where he reviewed the State's contracting activity in the areas justified as sole source, emergency, professional and artistic, and for construction, service and commodities. He had served on the board of Youth Guidance a mentoring organization and Camerata Chicago, a chamber orchestra. He has been a member of Chicago Unites and has been on the board of Association of Latino Information Technology Professionals (ALITP).
Director of Programs
Sara Fraim is the director of programs for the Mass Technology Leadership Council where she manages the Internet of Things, Big Data, and Cybersecurity cluster communities and all program initiatives within. She also works with the CXO community, is a program manager for the Council’s Annual State of the Technology Report, and runs the annual Innovation unConference, now in its 8th year. Prior to MTLC, Fraim managed events for Telecommunications Magazine and the M2M Zone (now M2M Council).
Norbeck Technologies, Inc.
Bobby Gallon is the President of Norbeck Technologies, Inc., which he founded in 2000. A retired veteran of the United States Air Force, Gallon’s experience includes nearly 40 years in information technology, including personnel, facility and network security. He has a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science from Rollins College. Gallon has held various certifications throughout his professional career, including that of a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). His clients, both government and commercial, have included the Departments of Justice and Labor, the Export Import Bank of the United States, and the United States Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
California Technology Council
Matt Gardner is the chief executive of the California Technology Council. He brings together backgrounds in economic development, nonprofit management and startups in his approach to building the CTC. Prior to the CTC, Gardner was a senior vice president at TechAmerica, where he led initiatives to develop a startup value proposition and focus the organization on serving members. In his previous role as President and Chief Executive of BayBio, he served in one of the most visible roles of public leadership in the life science industry in the world. He led a restructuring and executed a turn-around which led to an increase of more than 100% in membership, while developing a dynamic platform for member-driven engagement. His career in nonprofits began at the Technology Council of Maryland, where he established a number of legacy programs including that Tech Council's suite of member benefits.
Gardner has had the privilege of serving as founder and chair of the life science advisory boards to two members of Congress. He has been active in the community through directorships and advisory roles for organizations including the California Association for Local Economic Development, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, UC Davis External Research Advisory Board, and the University of Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program. Before his career in trade associations, he spent almost a decade in economic development. He was the North American Director of Business Development for the government of Queensland, Australia. Gardner’s work included biopartnering campaigns, capital formation programs and participation in policy teams ranging from economic diversification in primary economies to venture financing. While serving Queensland, he founded and chaired of the Queensland-United States Bioscience Business Council. In prior advisory roles, he served as a board member of the Maryland Technology Development Center (an incubator), as a life science advisor on the Corporate Relations Advisory Group of JHPIEGO at Johns Hopkins University, as the founder and director of the first-ever life science advisory board to the World Bank Development Marketplace, and as a biotechnology advisor to the California Commission for Economic Development.
He was a member of the founding Global Board of Advisors for the Patent and License Exchange and was a charter member of the LA Morning Rotary Club serving downtown Los Angeles, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Arts in History, both from the University of San Diego. His Master's thesis, entitled The Seeds of Innovation, explored the roots of San Diego's biotech and telecommunications industry development.
President & CEO
New York Technology Council (NYTECH)
Erik K. Grimmelmann is currently President and CEO of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH), a non-profit industry association that supports the tech industry in New York. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology including twelve years at Bell Labs. He has held executive positions at AT&T, where he served as Internet Strategist starting in 1991, and Dun & Bradstreet, where he was SVP, Technology Infrastructure. Beginning in 2000 he held positions as CIO and CTO at a number of startups including one founded by IBM, Intel, and AT&T. He currently teaches information systems and data analytics at the City University of New York (CUNY). He has served as a White House technology advisor and on panels of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. In addition he has severed on the boards of numerous industry organizations including the National Information Infrastructure Testbed, the Information Industry Association, and the New York Software Industry Association. Dr.
Grimmelmann holds a B.A. from Haverford College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. He completed his post-doctoral study at Bell Labs and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition he has completed executive education programs at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
Director of Organizational Development
Amy Henderson is the Director of Organizational Development at LeanKit, the industry-leading enterprise Kanban and Lean work management software provider. Prior to LeanKit, Henderson was the CEO of Firefly Logic, a Nashville-based boutique custom software development firm. A native of Nashville, TN., Henderson champions technology as a career choice for students and adults, and works with students of all ages in the Middle Tennessee area to explore the wide range of STEM roles available. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Technology Council, the IT Career Cluster Industry Advisory Council for the Tennessee Department of Education, and the External Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department at Middle Tennessee State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from MTSU, and her career includes 18 years of software development and project management consulting.
Marketing & Project Coordinator
Chas Hendricksen is the Marketing & Project Coordinator for various divisions of Benchmark Systems, an AntWorks Company, headquartered in Lynchburg, VA. Hendricksen has been a faculty member within Liberty University’s School of Business since 2012, leading the capstone course (strategic planning and business policy) for both undergraduates and MBA candidates. He serves on the board of directors for a global healthcare non-profit organization as well. Additionally, Hendricksen provides business consulting services to multiple businesses in the central Virginia area covering areas of finance, management, marketing, and strategic planning for numerous industries. In 1997, he founded and operated a landscape contractor business whose designs were published by manufacturers nationwide. This company was profitably divested in 2010 in order to explore new opportunities. Hendricksen holds two degrees from Liberty University (BS in Business Marketing and a MBA), where his passion for serving others in the development of their formal education began. He also has an Associate’s degree in Science from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. Hendricksen has had the pleasure of being asked to speak for multiple technology conferences on the subject matter of strategic planning across the country.
Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT)
Beth Hoeg is a B2B Information Technology professional with more than 20 years of experience in leading technology and organizational improvement initiatives. She is the Vice President of Operations for Trinisys, a Nashville based software integration company, and has overseen internal operations and all professional service engagements at Trinisys since 2009. In her spare time, Hoeg fulfills one of her many passions; promoting the success of women in STEM curriculum, by serving as President of the Board of Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT), where she has been active and held various positions since 2009. She also sits on the board for the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) bringing forth women’s issues within the technology community. Additionally, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), is active in the Project Management Institute (PMI), and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Hands on Nashville.
Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
On July 1, 2015, J.B. Holston assumed the role of Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. His goal is to position the school as a fundamentally vibrant part of the community — spanning businesses, the entrepreneurial community, and civic constituents — and have it become a high-impact, necessary part of every student’s journey. J.B. Holston has 30 years success as a global scale-up CEO and entrepreneur, and is active in a range of civic initiatives around innovation, open government, entrepreneurship, impact investing, and microfinance. He was the founding Executive Director for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (“BEN”) in Colorado. BEN’s role is to connect Colorado’s great serial entrepreneurs around the mission of promoting and accelerating Colorado’s ‘gazelle’ companies – those firms in technology, health, energy, natural foods and products, and aerospace that will be Colorado’s next economic and employment drivers. BEN includes over 250 advisors and nearly 60 great Colorado companies 18 months after launch. Holston remains on BEN’s Steering Committee.
Holston also served as founding CEO for NewsGator (now Sitrion) from 2004 through 2012. In that role, he was named the Colorado Technology Association's Technology Executive of the Year in 2010. Prior to Sitrion, he started and led a broad range of for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises at the locus of technology and media. Past positions include President of Ziff Davis International, where he was a member of the executive team that completed the successful LBO of the company with Forstmann, Little and subsequent sale to Softbank. In that capacity, Holston launched Yahoo! Europe as a joint venture between ZD and Yahoo!. Holston held senior executive positions at NBC and GE after starting his career with the Boston Consulting Group. He has a BA and MBA from Stanford University. In 2014, The Colorado Technology Association awarded him the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the technology industry in Colorado. Holston and his family live in Denver, Colorado.
President & CEO
Nashville Technology Council
Bryan Huddleston is the president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council(NTC), the largest technology trade association in Tennessee. By connecting, uniting, developing, and promoting our community, the NTC propels the Nashville area forward to be a national leader in technology-based innovation and development. Huddleston has worked in the technology industry his entire career in positions as mentor, product manager, developer and business development. He began his career as a computer repair technician, while a student at Murray State University. He moved to Nashville in 1995 to join Ingram Industries. He has worked at Quest Software(now Dell) and spent eight years at Microsoft Corporation. Huddleston sits on multiple community boards including the Lipscomb University SCI advisory board, Nashville State Foundation, Women in Technology and Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He also sits on the Savant Learning Systems advisory board. He is married and hard at work adding diversity to the future technology workforce with three beautiful girls under the age of 9. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercise and "tinkering" with technology.
Cyber Security Policy and Compliance Analyst
Booz Allen Hamilton
Lylia Igwebuike is a Cyber Security Policy and Compliance Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. She has Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Criminal Justice Management from the University of Maryland University College, Maryland. Igwebuike is an ingenious, resourceful and detail oriented individual with specialization in areas such as Cyber Security, Network Security, Information Assurance (IA), Certification and Accreditation (C&A) or Assessment and Authorization (A & A), Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, Physical and Environmental Security. Her CompTIA Security + certification enhanced my strong hold in information security. She works as a contractor for Federal and State government agencies and she also have experience in private companies.
Muhannad (MK) Kanaan
CSC Government Solutions
Muhannad Kanaan (MK) is a cultivated Senior Technical Manager/Program Director and Solution Executive with 25+ years of noteworthy success with IT programs supporting various federal government clients. Kanaan joined CSC in 2003 through the DynCorp acquisition and is currently an IT Program Director and a Solution Executive with the CSC Government Solution (a subsidary of CSRA). He has been supporting IT solutions activities for various government agencies (e.g. EPA, NIH, NASA, DOE, PBGC, DEd) since the early 90s. Kanaan assisted in creating the CSC NPS Solution Leadership Institute (NSL Institute) and its predecessor pilot program, the Solution Architect Development Program (SADP). He has served as a Management Board Member of the NSL Institute. He served as a member of the NPS Civil CTO Council and also a member of the CSC NPS CIO Council. Through his involvement in the CTO/CIO councils, he provided a vision, strategy and direction for technology that ensures a strategic, wide approach to IT that minimizes duplication of effort; ensures interoperability, transparency, openness, compatibility and collaboration. Kanaan has a strong grasp of existing and emerging technologies and stays abreast of developments within his client's agencies. His technical expertise at both strategic and operational levels includes: IT investments, IT security, enterprise solutions, enterprise architecture (EA), open source, systems design and implementation and software development. Kanaan is active in a number of strategic initiatives outside of CSC. He represented CSC at the American Technology Council (ATC)/ Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Emerging Technology and Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Groups. He has a MS Environmental Engineering/Environmental Management from Johns Hopkins University. He has received a graduate certificate from George Washington University in Information Security Management and another certificate from GWU in Information Systems. He also received a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornel University.
Paul Karch is a pioneering business executive with an established reputation for inventive solutions and distinguishable approaches to achieving both internal corporate and client organizational goals. As a classically trained network/computer engineer, Karch is recognized leader in distinctive and cost-effective technology solutions for U.S. government and commercial organizations. Karch serves as Founder/CEO of an industry-leading boutique consulting organization with expertise in business development, market strategy, mergers and acquisitions and technology assessment and review.
He has led international contract strategy, winning technology architecture and solution sales that have exceeded over $40 billion in life cycle value with deployments in 50+ countries and on 6 continents. Additionally, Karch is a featured speaker and writer and has been interviewed by Lou Dobbs, CNN Money Line with representative segments including “After Y2K, Personnel, Opportunity and the Future.” His articles have been featured in the Washington Post, Washington Technology, Federal Computer Week, London Daily Telegraph, The Independent (London) and numerous other publications. Karch is currently a member of the CompTIA public policy committee, the Everything Channel Advisory Board, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the Government Affairs Chairman for the American Teleservices Association (ATA).
Co-Owner & Visionary
Amy Kardel loves technology, but what she really enjoys is seeing how business process can improve the results of small businesses through IT. As the founder of two start-ups, she knows first-hand what it takes to help a business use IT as a strategic weapon. With 20 years of experience in the IT industry, she continuously explores new ways to determine how her firm can apply technical expertise to solve business problems. She nurtures relationships with partners in the IT channel to continuously improve the services she can deliver for her clients. As the premier IT consulting and services firm in her local region, Clever Ducks services a range of business industries including medical, accounting and finance, legal, local government, wineries and nonprofits. Unlike many other smaller companies, Clever Ducks has particular focus on the needs of regional business and on larger enterprises located in our area and beyond.
After traveling the world working for international technology companies and building her expertise in technology consulting, Kardel started Computer Network Services (now Clever Ducks) with her husband Peter in her hometown San Luis Obispo in 1991.Their vision – to help businesses in San Luis Obispo County be on the forefront of technology and stay competitive in the global market through computer and telecommunication network systems. In order to keep her clients competitive, Kardel is diligent in staying current with industry trends and in leading the way in innovative solutions and delivers “trade secrets” directly to her clients. Kardel’s commitment to collaboration frames her desire for those around her to grow and reach their potential. She has been a leader in her local business community by serving in local technology resources, Rotary and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, especially in legislative affairs. She is current board member of CompTIA. She is also very active nationally with HTG Peer Groups with others in her industry and as an advisory board member for the software company ConnectWise. She finds time in San Luis Obispo, which was recently named the happiest city in America, for community involvement with a focus on youth development. An alumna of UC Berkeley and Washington University, she is a lifelong sailor and is married to Peter with four amazing children.
Regional Network Administrator/Senior IT Support Sepcialist
Gensler and Associates
Damilola Kehinde (“Dammy”) is Gensler and Associates’ Regional (Southeast) Network Administrator/ Senior IT Support Specialist. Kehinde joined Gensler in December 2014 with lists of credentials and accomplishments including: Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awardee by the Junior Chamber International Nigeria, Cisco Global Recognition Awardee for Extraordinary Contribution to the Cisco Academy Program (Mind Wide Open), Cisco Learning Institute Ambassador for Africa. Kehinde holds a CCNA certification in Routing and Switching, a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor for CCNA (CCAI-CCNA) and also an MBA in Health Care Management. Kehinde tutors CompTIA courses on weekends (A+ and Network +) at a local training institute, Cybersoft Technologies Corporation, in Lanham Maryland.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
President & CEO
Minnesota High Tech Association
Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). Together, with the associations 300 member companies and organizations, she works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. Prior to MHTA, Kelliher served in the Minnesota legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. She chairs Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, as well as the Minnesota Ballpark Authority Board of Commissioners, and in 2014 was elected vice chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees. Kelliher teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and serves on the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Textile Center of Minnesota and the Minnesota Regenerative Medicine Boards of Directors. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Kilpatrick IT Solutions, LLC
Kevin Kilpatrick founded Kilpatrick IT Solutions 8 years ago from a spare bedroom. It has since become an award-winning IT firm with 7 employees. Recognized by MSPmentor.net as one of the 100 top Managed Service firms in the world with less than 10 employees, Kilpatrick IT continues to grow under its founder’s leadership.
KEO Marketing Inc.
Sheila Kloefkorn is a marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience. She has helped hundreds of enterprises increase revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. She leads a talented team of marketers in creating and executing award winning marketing campaigns across the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the world. After helping to lead the world’s largest youth marketing agency in the late 1990s, Kloefkorn founded KEO Marketing in 2000. KEO Marketing is a full-service, business-to-business marketing agency located in Phoenix, Arizona. It specializes in marketing strategy, messaging, digital infrastructure, execution and analytics. KEO Marketing grows Fortune 1000 companies as well as medium-sized businesses. Kloefkorn is the recipient of many local and national marketing awards. She was recently named one of the “Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year” and “Top 25 Dynamic Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal. On behalf of her company and client, she received a Stevie® American Business Award for “Marketing Campaign of the Year,” and a Stevie Worldwide Women in Business Award in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. Kloefkorn is committed to making a difference in the community. She is President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Business Marketing Association, a past president of the American Marketing Association and was the founding Co-Chair of SEMPO AZ (Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization AZ). She is a certified business coach and frequent national and local speaker on a wide range of marketing and business topics.
Chuck Lennon is the president of TeamLogic IT®, a national provider of comprehensive IT services for businesses. With locations across North America, the company provides managed services, computer consulting and support services for companies seeking to outsource their IT or that require supplemental IT support services. Under Lennon’s leadership, TeamLogic IT has grown to nearly 100 franchise locations. The company is a Franchise Business Review Franchise 50 Award winner, a distinction given to franchisors that receive high owner satisfaction ratings, and has received its #1 technology franchise designation for four years in a row. MSPmentor has named TeamLogic IT to its list of top MSP companies, and Lennon has been named to the MSPmentor 250 list of top managed services executives. Earlier in his career, Lennon served as vice president of marketing for Sir Speedy, Inc., and as vice president of marketing for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.
Gene Lew has over 25 years of technology management and engineering expertise in the mobile, Internet, cable and multimedia industries. Before joining HeyWire, Lew served as Vice President of IP Advanced Technology for international directory & DNS services provider, NeuStar, where he led the technology strategy for its global IP product offerings. Prior to that, he served as Chief Technology Officer at PAIX (acquired by Equinix), where he was responsible for the company’s IP technology and services. He served as Vice President of Advanced Technology at Road Runner, Time Warner Cable’s Internet division, managing technology strategy and development efforts for its broadband voice, video and data offerings. Lew and his engineering teams have been granted more than 35 patents worldwide, with numerous others pending.
Tino J. Mantella
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
Tino Mantella joined TAG in September 2004 as the organization's new President. Mantella, prior to joining TAG, had amassed over 20 years of related experience leading two of the nation’s more prestigious volunteer-driven organizations - National Arthritis Foundation and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. The Technology Association of Georgia has emerged as the largest technology trade association in the United States, serving over 32,000 members. Many of TAG’s unique offerings flow through its 34 distinct special interest groups. Whether a technology, tech-enabled, or service- providing company, employees at all levels find value through their TAG membership. TAG’s aim is to help Georgia become a top five State for technology. Connecting, celebrating, and recognizing our members, promoting the industry, influencing public policy and building the tech workforce represent the strategic elements of our service. Mantella is a member of the boards of: Venture Atlanta Coalition Inc.; TAG Education Collaborative; the Midtown Alliance; the Alpharetta Technology Commission; the Tech College System of Georgia’s Foundation; the Chambers of Commerce in North Fulton and for Georgia; and on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Vice President, Government Affairs and Statewide Economic Development
Technology Association of Georgia
Heather Maxfield serves as the Vice President of Government Relations and Statewide Activity. In this role, she is responsible for producing TAG's annual State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report. This report, which is supported by the Georgia Economic and Com-munity Development Department (GDEcD), the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), provides an in-depth analysis of factors critical to the continued success and growth of the Atlanta technology community. Maxfield is also responsible for executive TAG's Business Launch Competition, facilitating leadership council meetings, TAG radio, the TAG Ambassadors program, developing white papers and TAG's Society Showcase, as well as several TAG Societies including BPM, CRM, Entrepreneurs and Infrastructure Societies.
Prior to joining TAG, Maxfield was a Community Outreach Director for Edison Learning – an education management company. Other experience includes nearly a decade of educating state and federal legislators on issues facing Georgia credit unions and educators, serving as an account coordinator for Duffey Communications, a public relations firm in Atlanta, interning for Rep. John J. LaFalce (D-NY) and working on the political campaign of Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA). She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from State University of New York at Brockport. She has also attended the University of Georgia.
CEO and President
Marci McCarthy is currently the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. She is also the CEO and Chairman of ISE® Talent boutique executive recruitment and talent management firm that is dedicated solely to Information Security Executives® and professionals. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada. McCarthy was selected as one of the TiE Top Entrepreneurs for 2015. The recognition honors top metro Atlanta-area entrepreneurs who have a proven track record for success in management and building companies that show growth, profitability, and sustainability. She also has received a congressional citation from Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-Ga.) in the 4th Congressional District of Georgia for her overall work in fostering greater professionalism in the IT security industry and enhancing the efforts of the private and public sectors to protect cyberspace. McCarthy is a member of the advisory board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP). She also serves on the Board of Directors for TechBridge, a nonprofit group that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology & business expertise to other nonprofits, and has done so for over a decade.
Emily McLeod Sulkes
The Creative Coast
Emily McLeod is the Programs Manager at The Creative Coast, responsible for convening and connecting the creative and entrepreneurial community in Savannah in a variety of ways – particularly through the intentionally interdisciplinary Geekend, The Creative Coast’s signature event. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Washington Meetings Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, where she managed programs focusing on a range of topics from Bitcoin to hosting the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, India’s Prime Minister, and Angelina Jolie, among others. She has her master’s degree in strategic studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At SAIS she served as editor-in-chief of the SAIS Review of International Affairs, publishing issues on cyber policy and sports & international relations. Her undergraduate degree is from Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, CA, where she studied government and leadership. Originally from Seattle, she loves connecting with other west-coasters who found themselves east.
EVP & Partner
Katherine McElroy is an Executive Vice President and Partner at c3/consulting, a management consulting firm that helps organizations through significant growth and change – from strategy to execution. She is passionate about the power of technology to improve lives and businesses. She leads projects that drive IT alignment and position IT to be a critical partner with the business. She is an active, contributing member of the Nashville Technology Council, serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Council, Finance Committee, and Education Outreach Committee. In addition, she has worked closely with Metro Nashville Public Schools to develop and monitor its Learning Technology Plan. She is now co-chair of the Alignment Nashville Learning Technology committee. Prior to c3, McElroy spent 20 years leading software development at TCS Management Group/Aspect Communications.
The Comdyn Group, LLC
For 18 years, through technology including software development and staffing, Chuck Morris has helped companies become more efficient and gain a competitive advantage in their marketplace. He started as an IT Recruiter, later moving into account management, project management, operations management, vice president of sales, executive vice president, partner and now President and COO. His goal is to make The Comdyn Group the vendor of choice with our clients and a business partner they are happy to refer.
Astronics Test Systems
As the President of Astronics Test Systems, Jim Mulato oversees the strategic direction of the company, delivering successful results year after year in key markets. Previously, Mulato was the President of the Airbus Group’s North American Test & Services operation as well as Chairman and CEO of the EADS North America Defense Company. Before EADS, he had a successful 15-year career with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he held several technical and management positions in Orlando, Florida and San Antonio, Texas. Mulato holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA in Finance from Florida State University. He also provides leadership for several organizations including the CEO Roundtable at the University of California, Irvine, the Ohio State University Engineering Board, and the Florida State College of Business Board of Governors. He was named Outstanding Technology CEO for Orange County, California in 2013 by the OC Tech Alliance.
Since 2010, Rich Napoli has helped lead OFS through its rapid growth and has positioned OFS as a leader in digital product development. Napoli has over 35 years of experience in the software industry running product development for five different software firms, including Voxware (NASDAQ: VOXW) and two others he helped grow and then sell to Oracle and State Street respectively. In recent years, he served as CEO of Fusion Technologies, an offshore software services firm he grew and sold to Alliance Consulting in 2006. He also served as CIO for a division of State Street, where he led an IT staff of 250 people. Napoli has his BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and his MBA in Finance from New York University.
President & CEO
Utah Technology Council
Richard R. Nelson is President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council, the premier trade association for helping grow and protect Utah’s over 5,000 high-tech and clean-tech companies, representing nearly 10% of the state’s total payroll. Under his leadership since 1999, the Council’s industry-driven priorities have fundamentally changed the early-stage capital structure of the state (thru passing Utah Fund of Funds’ $121M Fund I), helping to pass and fund the $30M/ year Engineering Initiative substantially increasing computer science and engineering graduate capacity and the $400M USTAR Initiative, raising the Rigor in high school STEM graduation requirements and 12th grade math competency, mainstreaming computer science as a high school “science” credit, and creating the new $30M STEM Action Center to fundamentally upgrade K-12 with digital tools for students and professional development for teachers. Honors include “Governor’s Medal of Science and Technology,” “CEO of the Year” from Utah’s technology industry and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the UofU College of Engineering. Named one of the “100 Most Influential People” in Utah (Utah Business since 2002), Nelson served as the first chairman and CEO of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA, 2007-2009) representing 20,000 technology-related companies. He currently serves on two national innovation boards including Innovate + Educate and TECNA along with being appointed by the Governor to the new STEM Action Center board. He has served on the boards of the Utah Fund of Funds, Governor’s Economic Development Board, Governor’s Commission on Education Excellence, national PKD Foundation Board and others. He has an MBA from Northwestern University, BS degree from BYU, and served on the Reagan for President national staff as national finance administrator. Since a successful kidney transplant in 1991, he loves working, cycling and living in Utah with his family.
Technology Association of Oregon
Skip Newberry is the President of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), one of the nation’s fastest-growing trade associations dedicated to supporting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship at a regional level. Before joining the TAO, Newberry served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, his projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, a regional open data initiative, and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund. Previously, Newberry was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TECNA (Technology Councils of North America), which is a global network of technology and entrepreneurship associations, and he serves on Worksystems Inc.’s Workforce Investment Board. Newberry is a 2012 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.
Josh Nisbet joined Deloitte as a Director of State Government Programs in 2014, where he works with state governments across the United States. Prior to coming to Deloitte, he served for 5 years as Vice President in CGI’s State and Local Markets practice and more than a decade in similar roles in public sector at IBM. Nisbet has market eminence as a thought leader in the state government industry. He serves as Vice Chair on two national state & local government industry advisory boards (CompTIA and ITAPS) dedicated to furthering the enablement of state programs through the use of technology best practices. He also participates regularly with many state government national associations. He is an alum of Brigham Young University. He lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with his wife, Lucy, and their three busy children. He serves on several local nonprofit boards promoting foster youth, community health, and youth sports and music programs.
With a background in technology project management, marketing and sales, Rebekah Panepinto is highly equipped to help clients grow their business. Her areas of expertise lie in building relationships and encouraging entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life!
Senior Vice President, Services
ASI System Integration Inc.
Angel L. Pineiro Jr. is the kind of experienced, highly-credible hands-on service executive any service professional would prefer to work for. Starting out in the IT services industry more than 34 years ago as a field technician delivering services to customers, Pineiro rose quickly to leadership and is today an IT industry executive widely known as an expert with superior skills in solving complex service and business problems. Attributing his own success to his training and the exhaustive list of certifications he has earned combined with his three decades of real-world experience in workflow, business processes and methodologies, Pineiro has long been a champion of providing educational and employment opportunities for people entering the marketplace.
Pineiro was invited to the White House for an event convened by President Obama to discuss strategies for helping our nation’s nearly 4 million long-term unemployed get back into the labor market. He also served as a panelist in a briefing for Capitol Hill staffers on "Attitudes toward a Career in IT" spearheaded by Congressman Roskam (R-IL) and Congresswoman Sanchez (D-CA) to form and populate the Congressional Caucus on Small Business IT. Additionally, he recently appeared on TV with U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) in support for his On-the-Job Training Act.
Pineiro is Chairman of an IT Commission to facilitate collaboration between schools and employers in New York City. He was also appointed to the Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education by the NYC Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and quickly nominated and elected Chairman of the Advisory Council. Working closely with Per Scholas, YearUp, NPower and Brooklyn Job Corps, Pineiro has helped to provide technology education, training and job placement services for low income communities. ASI, the IT firm for which he serves as Senior Vice President, has supported this mission and has hired over 900 IT technicians through these programs. Additionally, Pineiro served as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for The Creating IT Futures Foundation.
He chairs the IT/Tech Industry Partnership Committee launched by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Alliance, through the Good Help Program and serves on the Executive Committee for the Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU). Extending his leadership beyond the classroom to his industry colleagues, Pineiro currently serves as Chairman of the IT Service & Support (ITSS) Executive Advisory Council of CompTIA.
Plum Unified Communications, LLC
Greg Plum launched PlumUC to provide the telecom and IT channels access to a wide range of unified communication, conferencing and collaborations solutions. In his previous roles, Plum was director of business development for the Conference Group and the vice president of channel development for StartMeeting, an affiliate of Free Conferencing Corporation, the largest privately-held conferencing provider in the world. Plum has been involved in channel development since 2001 and has enjoyed building channel sales operations from scratch. In addition, he currently serves as a faculty member of CompTIA, and an independent Microsoft training specialist for Brainstorm, Inc. Plum’s passion for the channel, as well as his desire to form long-term relationships with his partners and clients, earned him the honor of being named a Channel Executive of the Year Finalist in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Primary initiatives of Plum’s company are to assist Microsoft partners with understanding and implementing voice options for Office 365 and Skype for Business, and to educate end-users on Lync, Skype for Business, and Enterprise Voice integration.
Director, Global Trade Compliance
Dee Ruilova is the Director of Global Trade Compliance (GTC) for Avaya Inc. She is based at Avaya’s local office in Washington DC. Avaya is a leading global next generation business collaboration and communications solutions company. She has vast experience in import, export operations and compliance matters throughout the world. In addition, Ruilova has led and beenm, acquisitions, divestitures, bonded facilities, and special economic zones etc.; implementing effective compliance programs and systems integration to support global trade activities. She initiated her career by supporting import/export compliance program for Graner Corporation, a division of Philips Netherlands where she had responsibility for commercial as well as munitions related trade activities. Ruilova had a lengthy tenure with Sony Electronics Inc., where she was responsible for their export compliance program for 7 business units. While at Sony she expanded her subject matter expertise in import operations and compliance; Carnets, TIB’s, Trade Shows’, Maquiladoras; systems design and implementation; voluntary disclosures and was a contributor to strawman proposals to U.S. Customs and BIS. Prior to joining Avaya in October of 2010 Ruilova was the Licensing Manager for United Technologies Corporation, (UTC) where she had responsibilities for Commercial as well as State Department licensing and regulatory matters.
Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics. MassRobotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help create and grow the next generation of robotics and smart connected device companies. Prior to joining MassRobotics Ryden was the founder and CEO/COO of VGo Communications, Inc. where he oversaw the development and launch of the market leading VGo telepresence robot. Previously, he was Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation and Founder and President of Exeter Analytical, Inc, a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. Ryden is on the board of AUVSI New England and serves at the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.
CEO & President
Rory Sanchez is CEO & President of SLPowers. For the last 16 years, Sanchez has been responsible for the company's strategic direction and high-level architecting of its award winning IT security and technology management platform, Guaranteed Networks, a comprehensive offering which has positioned SLPowers as a recognized leader in the secure managed computing space.
Austin Sanderson is a native South Carolinian located in Greenville, SC. With nearly 10 years of IT Consulting experience in the public sector, Sanderson is now walking the path of a tech entrepreneur. In September 2015, he founded askIT LLC, an IT consulting company aimed at connecting businesses with IT professionals. While the website is in development, he is adamant that his adaptive system will change the way IT support services are handled, whether the beneficiary is a large institution, a small to medium-sized business, or an individual.
Sanderson is also a strong believer in centralized communication, and he wants to use his ideals to improve the efficiency of Information Systems in our service economy. Moreover, Austin believes that many laws pertaining to Information Technology are too broad and dated, creating an impediment to Internet commerce (and competition in general). As one solution, he suggests that USPTO industry classifications evolve in conjunction with start-up marketplaces. With many new startups pushing boundaries, Sanderson wholeheartedly admits that this is a difficult undertaking, but he embraces any challenge that might enact change.
With a wide set of experience in IT support spanning classroom technology, audiovisual, videoconferencing, and systems administration, he believes knowledge gaps are the root cause of the recent explosion in IT staffing and recruiting firms. For this reason, he is spearheading a campaign in South Carolina to educate IT Staffing firms on how to most effectively entice talent. His goal is to help fill as many open jobs as possible with certified and professional candidates.
Dan Shapero, founder of ClikCloud, is a highly-skilled, results-driven, top technology marketing and business development executive. He has a track record of driving revenue growth and positioning companies for public offerings or acquisition. Shapero is a member of the CompTIA Board of Directors and held executive positions at Ingram Micro Cloud, Kaseya, Avamar (EMC), Vicinity (Microsoft), State of the Art (Sage) and Platinum Software Corporation (Epicor). He is a frequent speaker on topics including digital marketing, business transformation, managed services, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and mobile computing
President and Virtual Chief Technology Officer
Internet & Telephone, LLC
MJ Shoer currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Internet & Telephone, LLC, New England’s premier MSP headquartered in Methuen, Massachusetts with an office and colocation facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shoer was the founder and President of Jenaly Technology Group, Inc., which he started in February of 1997. In December 2015 Jenaly was acquired by Internet & Telephone, LLC. Shoer has held several technology and management positions with a variety of technology companies, focusing on sales automation, executive information management and electronics distribution and recycling. He was also a principal in the first dial-up Internet Service Provider in the Seacoast New Hampshire region.
Shoer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire, graduating in 1986. He concentrated in Soviet Studies and studied in the former Soviet Union. He holds several technical certifications with companies such as Cisco and Microsoft and has completed several business and technical certificate programs.
Shoer is very active in both the local community and the global IT community. Locally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Seacoast Family YMCA, now part of the Granite YMCA. He also served as a Director and Board President for Seacoast Crime Stoppers. In the global IT community, Shoer serves on several advisory councils. He is also very active in CompTIA, currently serving as Board Chair. Shoer has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of both the Audit and Investment Committee and the Certification Advisory Council. Additionally, he participated in the formation and testing of the CompTIA Security Trustmark and CompTIA Managed Services Trustmark as well as serving as a CompTIA Ambassador. He has been named to the Locked in the NOC Hall of Fame for the MSPmentor 250 ranking of the 250 most influential executives in the IT industry.
Shoer is also an accomplished writer, having published his first book, Hassle-Free Computer Support, in August of 2006. His latest book, The Tech Multiplier, reached Best Seller status in the technology category on Amazon.com in February of 2013. He also writes a technology column for Seacoast Media Group, publisher of Fosters Daily Democrat, The Portsmouth Herald and seacoastonline.com. Shoer is often interviewed and asked to contribute to both local and national media outlets on the topic of information technology and related matters. He maintains a blog about IT for small and mid-size businesses at mjsblog.jenaly.com. A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Shoer resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with his wife, three children and two dogs. He maintains an active Twitter feed under the hashtag @mshoer. You may also connect with him via LinkedIn.
Wisconsin Technology Council
Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Tech Council is the non-profit, bipartisan science and technology policy advisory board to the governor and the Legislature. Its programs include the Wisconsin Angel Network, the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest and regular events that connect entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and others with a stake in the tech-based economy. Still serves on the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment and advisory boards for the UW-Madison College of Engineering, the WiSys Technology Foundation and the Waisman Center Biomanufacturing Center, among other civic and business groups. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Still writes a syndicated column that appears regularly in more than two-dozen publications.
Still moderated the Wisconsin Economic Summits (2000-2003) and helped write the Wisconsin Prosperity Strategy in 2010. He is the co-author of “Hands-On Environmentalism,” published by Encounter Books, New York. He was a 2008 winner of Madison Magazine’s “Best of Madison Business” award and was named to InBusiness magazine’s 2010 Executive Hall of Fame. Still was named “Communicator of the Year” by the Public Relations Society of America/Wisconsin in 2012. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences Communication in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Director of Business Development
Bulent Taskan is the National Director supporting state and local government, research and education for Level 3, a U.S.based global telecommunications company. Taskan brings two decades of leadership experience and represents CompTIA on its SLED Executive Council. In addition, Taskan is also a past Corporate Affiliate Vice Chair for the National Association of State CIOs, Past Chair and Honorary Lifetime Member for the National Association of State Technology Directors and also serves on the CLC for ACUTA, which is the Association of College and University Technology Advancement.
Howard Tech Council
Tracy Turner, Executive Director of the Howard Tech Council on Columbia, MD, joined the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in December 2013, and previously served as the Director of the Carroll Technology Council in Westminster. Turner brings a wide skill-set to the HTC including program development and management, event coordination, nonprofit administration and community outreach. She is a recent graduate of the inaugural class of the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women and serves on the Howard County Public School’s Applications and Research Laboratory Early College Program/Network Security Advisory Board, the ARC of Howard County’s Employment Advisory Board, as well as the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of Central Maryland Advisory Board. Under Turner’s leadership, the HTC continues to build upon the connections, strengths and reach achieved over the past three years and continues to advance the region's technology and business communities. Turner is also responsible for conceiving, coordinating and executing programs for MCE clients including the Innovation Catalyst program, various partner and pipeline programs.
Chief Information Officer
Barry Vandevier, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President is responsible for Asurion’s expanding IT portfolio of support and services, including business and enterprise architecture, project portfolio management (PPM), application development, front and back office operations, and Asurion’s mobile applications (AMA) business. Vandevier began his career as an industrial engineer interning with American Airlines, where he was focused on business process optimization and staffing algorithms for most aspects of airport operations. He later joined Sabre as a software developer, supporting agency and hotel reservation products before moving to the company’s Travelocity division, as a lead software developer. During his tenure at Travelocity, he was instrumental in the creation of the online agency’s site functionality and was ultimately named Chief Technology Officer, responsible for all decisions about the site’s technical direction and architecture. He was later named CIO of Sabre, where he was responsible for Sabre’s technology organization supporting its Software-as-a-Service businesses in agency distribution, airline products and reservation services, and hospitality services. Vandevier earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
Elizabeth Wharton is a business and public policy attorney specializing in technology-related interests. She advises companies, educational institutions, and government entities on the integration of unmanned systems and other emerging technologies. She has worked with information security and start-up companies for over 10 years on contracting, organization and management, licensing, and project development matters. A frequent contributor and commentator on technology policy, she has been quoted in publications such as the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and Tripwire's The State of Security. Wharton has presented on the privacy, research, and risk management issues surrounding unmanned aircraft and information security at conferences including Security BSides Las Vegas and F3Expo. Active in the community, she is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Government Relations Task Force for the Technology Association of Georgia, and is an executive officer with the Atlanta AUVSI Chapter. She also serves as a mentor adviser for early stage information security and machine learning focused start-up companies selected for CyberLaunch VC's accelerator program.
Senior Project Manager, PMP, ITIL
Derrick Williams is an experienced project manager offering 20 years of success leading all phases of diverse technology projects. In addition, Williams is known as a business strategist; frequently managing complex several multimillion-dollar projects simultaneously while aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. He frequently manages cross-functional domestic and offshore teams. Furthermore, he is an excellent communicator; leverages technical, business and financial acumen to communicate effectively with client executives and their respective teams. He is also known to take strategic risk, and develops coalitions of 3rd parties. He is a participant to the U.S. Army's Cyber Security Summit with state legislators, the business community and academia. Williams is a participant to the Legislative Cyber Security and Drones Round Table with state legislators, the business community and academia. Moreover, he sits on the board of directors for several organizations and is frequently part of State Capitol Hill Days and will be part of the Washington D.C. Fly in team addressing law makers on legislation that impacts the Technology industry. Of many bills, both technology, and non-technology related, Williams is currently lobbying support for Georgia H.B. 767 "Spencer Pass Law", Georgia H.B. 487 "revision of sales and use tax provisions for all entities participating in the data center industry", H.B 816 "Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act", and Safe Harbor Laws intended to stop human traffickers.
Dawn Marie Yankeelov
Dawn Marie Yankeelov is current chair of the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (www.talklou.com) and is president of U.S.-based ASPectx specializing in business strategy, competitive intelligence, marketing and public relations for growth technology companies, and technology-driven corporations. As a marketing and public relations practitioner for 28+ years, she has counseled many companies on their marketing needs and executed effective campaigns in targeting, select markets using Internet tools and traditional methodologies. Her client list includes international startups, publicly-traded firms, and other niche firms, primarily in the technology and healthcare sectors.
In 2012, Yankeelov presented at the International Public Relations Society of America Conference on “Mobile Engagement: A Winning Strategy.” Other topics over the years have included online strategies such as, “Customer Retention: Learn Critical Factors for Maintaining Online Commerce Success.” In 2009, she presented at the Kentucky SHRM conference on “The Primer: HR and Social Media,” as well as at other regional events. In 2007, she presented at IABC Heritage Region Conference on the topic of “Social Networking and Search.” For seven years, she spoke on various topics at the International Virtual Communities Conference held then in Europe by Infonortics, Ltd. In her Kentuckiana region, she continues to speak at area chamber-related series for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, One Southern Indiana, and the Enterprise Corp. She also contributed to the American Bar Association's Emerging Businesses Series for 2005 and 2010, handbooks for those companies in growth sectors. She can also be found on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter @dawnyaspectx.
Pinnacle Transplant Technologies
Russ Yelton is CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, a rapidly expanding tissue bank and medical device company located in Phoenix. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies is a multi-service tissue bank dedicated to ethical participation in the donate life process. The company is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited. Yelton also serves as Chairman of the Arizona Bioindustry Association, Chair of the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program Review Committee, as a member of the Flinn BioScience Roadmap Steering Committee, Board Member New College Dean’s Advisory Board, ASU and as a Board Member at the National Business Incubation Association. He was the former President/CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, founding President of the Arizona Business Incubation Association and founding member of the Mountain South Incubation Alliance. Russ received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Appalachian State University, his MBA from Western Carolina University and he completed Sustainability Studies at the Vienna School of Economics. He is also a Flinn-Brown Fellow.
COO & Senior Vice President
The ASCII Group
Doug Young has been with The ASCII Group, the nation’s oldest community of independent solution providers, since 1995. ASCII is comprised mainly of small- and medium-sized businesses, and its mission is to strengthen its members’ businesses with programs that provide turnkey cost-cutting strategies, innovative business building programs, marketing assistance and extensive peer interaction. Young has responsibility at ASCII for all membership issues as well as ASCII’s partnerships with several multibillion dollar distributors, and he is at the forefront of promoting the importance of the independent solution provider in the technology industry. He is also the co-creator and administrator of ASCII’s popular list serv, where ASCII members have traded over 110,000 messages helping each other with vendor recommendations, partnership opportunities, technical problem solving, and general business issues. Before coming to ASCII, Young served as an attorney on Capitol Hill, primarily focusing on labor issues for a House Subcommittee. In addition to his work at ASCII, he dedicates his time to several charitable activities, including Make-a-Wish, Our Daily Bread in Fairfax, VA and the local University of Notre Dame alumni club. Young holds an undergraduate degree in government from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the College of William & Mary.
President & CEO
Arizona Technology Council
Steven G. Zylstra, Sc.D. (Hon.) serves as president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, a role he assumed in December of 2007. He is responsible for strategy, development, operations and accomplishment of policy development, business goals and objectives and all financial matters related to the Council. Zylstra is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona. He is a leading advocate for improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. From 2000 to 2007, Zylstra served as president and CEO of both the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection. He concurrently served as president and CEO of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center and the Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology, both Technology-based Economic Development (TBED)-focused organizations. Additionally, Zylstra was president of the Pittsburgh Biomedical Development Corporation, an affiliated organization of the Pittsburgh Technology Council that invested in start-up biomedical and biotechnology companies.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Zylstra was the director of business development for Simula Technologies, Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona, since 1995. Simula specialized in the research, development, testing and manufacturing of high-technology transportation seating and safety systems, advanced polymers, composite technologies and ballistic armor systems.
Zylstra currently is a member of the Arizona District Export Council and (U.S.) Council on Competitiveness and serves as chair of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).
He serves on numerous committees and boards including the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; Arizona District Export Council Board; Arizona Science Center Board of Trustees; CEMOSoft Advisory Team; Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Global Trade and Market Access Committee; the Sun Corridor, Inc. Board of Directors; Sonoran Schools Advisory Board; Paradise Valley School District Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) Advisory Board; Teach for America – Phoenix Corporate Working Group; the Industry Partner Board of the University of Arizona, College of Engineering, Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Network Advisory Council, and the Wilkes University – Mesa Advisory Board. Zylstra is also an Ex-offcio member of the Board of Trustees of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and also chairs its Board of Stewards. Zylstra holds a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering technology from Western Michigan University. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Technology from the University of Advancing Technology.