Speakers

 

Walt Jaqua

South Bend Community School Corporation

Walt Jaqua has actively participated in the corporate I.T. business field for over thirty-five years with vast experience in managing, administering, servicing, and supporting a wide variety of information systems and networks. His instructional experience began in the early 1980’s while teaching repair classes on the original IBM PC to other technicians looking to advance their skills. Mr. Jaqua continued teaching technology to other technicians nationwide, in addition to his daily corporate...show more

Walt Jaqua has actively participated in the corporate I.T. business field for over thirty-five years with vast experience in managing, administering, servicing, and supporting a wide variety of information systems and networks. His instructional experience began in the early 1980’s while teaching repair classes on the original IBM PC to other technicians looking to advance their skills. Mr. Jaqua continued teaching technology to other technicians nationwide, in addition to his daily corporate duties, until 2009 when he left the business world to build the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Information Technology program from the ground up. Through his leadership, high school junior and senior students have had the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience, earn college dual credits, obtain multiple industry recognized certifications, secure internships, and acquire part-time and full-time jobs. His alumni have entered directly into a career, attended post-secondary community college and university, and joined all branches of the military. Mr. Jaqua believes in lifelong learning and sets an example for his students by engaging in I.T. contract work during the summer, keeping his certifications current, and pursuing new certification paths for his students and himself.

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Nick Lane


Nicholas Lane is an award-winning cybersecurity instructor and practitioner with 20 years of experience in the IT and security industries. He frequently travels to military bases to deliver advanced security certification courses - while also having trained the DoD, FBI Academy, United Nations, and many Fortune 500 organizations.

Nicholas received EC-Council's prestigious "Instructor Circle of Excellence" award for being one of the top 5 EC-Council security instructo...show more

Nicholas Lane is an award-winning cybersecurity instructor and practitioner with 20 years of experience in the IT and security industries. He frequently travels to military bases to deliver advanced security certification courses - while also having trained the DoD, FBI Academy, United Nations, and many Fortune 500 organizations.

Nicholas received EC-Council's prestigious "Instructor Circle of Excellence" award for being one of the top 5 EC-Council security instructors in North America. Award presented at the 2018 Hacker Halted conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he was one of 10 hand-picked SMEs worldwide to serve on CompTIA's Network+ Advisory Committee as one of the co-designers of the current Network+ (N10-007) certification. 

Nicholas serves on CompTIA’s Instructor Network Advisory Committee which pools together the subject matter expertise of thousands of instructors worldwide for the furtherance of Information Technology. He holds CompTIA A+, Network+, Cloud+, Cloud Essentials Certifications in addition to many others. 

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John McGlinchey

CompTIA

John McGlinchey is the Executive Vice President for Global Business Development, for CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. CompTIA represents more than 12,000 member companies and registered users around the world; and is the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce.
John is responsible for leading the global business development team in the promotion and sales of CompTIA certifications. This includes the development and delivery o...show more

John McGlinchey is the Executive Vice President for Global Business Development, for CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. CompTIA represents more than 12,000 member companies and registered users around the world; and is the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce.
John is responsible for leading the global business development team in the promotion and sales of CompTIA certifications. This includes the development and delivery of partnership relationships as well as cooperating with the education and training communities across the world.

With 25-plus years of commercial experience, the majority in the IT training and certification industry, John is a successful, dynamic, strategic and highly committed senior executive with a proven track record as a leader, directing sales staff in the consistent achievement of targets and performance metrics.

Prior to taking on his current role with CompTIA in June 2013, John served as the organization’s Vice President for Europe and the Middle East, providing senior strategic direction, leadership, management and support to the EME team. He joined CompTIA in 2011 as regional sales director for the United Kingdom.

Before joining CompTIA, John held executive sales positions with New Horizons, QA, GTG and Technical Training Ltd.

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Lee McWhorter

Woz U - Education

IT Expert Generalist and Educator

 

Lee is the Lead Author and Instructor for the Cyber Security program at Woz U (https://woz-u.com).  Offering both online and campus-based programs, Woz U is revolutionizing how individuals are educated, trained and prepared for technology careers.

 

During his career, Lee has developed skills about Linux, networking, web development, scripting and cybersecurity.   Lee has also designed and taught programming,...show more

IT Expert Generalist and Educator

 

Lee is the Lead Author and Instructor for the Cyber Security program at Woz U (https://woz-u.com).  Offering both online and campus-based programs, Woz U is revolutionizing how individuals are educated, trained and prepared for technology careers.

 

During his career, Lee has developed skills about Linux, networking, web development, scripting and cybersecurity.   Lee has also designed and taught programming, networking and security courses for Tulane, ITT and Midwestern; as well as for CEU and certification level training firms. 

 

Lee has past almost all 13 of CompTIA’s exam certifications, and has been a regular CompTIA Instructor Network Train the Trainer participant and was the PenTest+ Train the Trainer lead instructor.

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Shaquille O'Neal

NBA Hall of Fame & 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Media Personality, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of...show more

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100.

But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ last year by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA on TNT. 

In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses.

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Anthony Sequeira

CBT Nuggets

Anthony began his IT career in 1994 with IBM in Tampa, Florida. He quickly formed his own computer consultancy, Computer Solutions, and then discovered his true passion—teaching and writing about Microsoft, Cisco and anything CompTIA offers! Anthony has lectured to massive audiences around the world while working for Mastering Computers. Anthony has never been happier in his career than he is now as a full-time trainer for CBT Nuggets. He is an avid tennis player, a private pilot, a semi-prof...show more

Anthony began his IT career in 1994 with IBM in Tampa, Florida. He quickly formed his own computer consultancy, Computer Solutions, and then discovered his true passion—teaching and writing about Microsoft, Cisco and anything CompTIA offers! Anthony has lectured to massive audiences around the world while working for Mastering Computers. Anthony has never been happier in his career than he is now as a full-time trainer for CBT Nuggets. He is an avid tennis player, a private pilot, a semi-professional poker player, and enjoys getting beaten up by women and children at the martial arts school he attends with his daughter.

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James Stanger

CompTIA

James Stanger, PhD has consulted with corporations, governments and learning institutions worldwide about IT security, open source, and network administration for over 20 years. Organizations include the British Army, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Oracle, General Dynamics, West Point (U.S. Army), NTT Japan, Symantec, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the US State Department, New Horizons, Dell, the United Arab Emirates Cultural Division, the Open University (UK), the US Navy, Mesei Univer...show more

James Stanger, PhD has consulted with corporations, governments and learning institutions worldwide about IT security, open source, and network administration for over 20 years. Organizations include the British Army, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Oracle, General Dynamics, West Point (U.S. Army), NTT Japan, Symantec, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the US State Department, New Horizons, Dell, the United Arab Emirates Cultural Division, the Open University (UK), the US Navy, Mesei University and SoftBank.

He is a respected authority in security, networking, and open source. His area of expertise include security analytics, penetration testing, Linux and open source, network administration and monitoring, blockchain, and end point host support. He has provided consulting concerning the business of risk management, as well as network architecting. He has also created education programs and curricula worldwide. He has published dozens of articles, books, and blogs. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Currently, James is Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, where he works with IT professionals, hiring managers and executives worldwide to identify critical skills, and help build CompTIA’s education programs. He lives and plays in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.

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Todd Thibodeaux

CompTIA

Todd Thibodeaux is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry.

Since joining the organization in 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networ...show more

Todd Thibodeaux is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry.

Since joining the organization in 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications and public advocacy.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a frequent commentator and source quoted in news coverage of the technology industry, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and USA Today. He also contributed written columns to a variety of business and industry publications, including CIO and InformationWeek Dark Reading.

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, his love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

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Jill West

MJ West Enterprises, Inc.

Jill West, co-author of Network+ Guide to Networks and instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, brings a unique cross-section of experience in business, writing, and education to the development of innovative educational materials. She has taught multiple ages and content areas using a flipped classroom approach, distance learning, and educational counseling. Jill was instrumental in piloting a flipped classroom program for learning support courses at North Georgia Techn...show more

Jill West, co-author of Network+ Guide to Networks and instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, brings a unique cross-section of experience in business, writing, and education to the development of innovative educational materials. She has taught multiple ages and content areas using a flipped classroom approach, distance learning, and educational counseling. Jill was instrumental in piloting a flipped classroom program for learning support courses at North Georgia Technical College, and she has over a decade’s experience working with Jean Andrews in textbook development. Jill and her husband Mike live in northwest Georgia where they homeschool their four children.

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