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American Vinyl to Headline CES Government 2020


VIENNA, Va. September 30, 2019- CES Government today announced that Rock and Roll legend and Grammy award winning guitarist Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter will bring his band, American Vinyl, to perform at CES Government 2020.  Baxter, widely recognized and regarded for his nearly three decades of advising top US government and business leaders on national security and defense issues, is the former lead guitarist of the Doobie Brothers and one of the founding members of Steely Dan.

American Vinyl includes vocalists and musicians from iconic bands Boston, Grand Funk Railroad, the Whalers (Bob Marley), Steve Miller Band, Stray Cats and others. For a full list of bios: https://www.americanvinylallstarband.net/bios

“Skunk has been part of CES Government for nearly a decade, each year providing a provocative plenary session featuring an “out of the box” perspective on the intersection of technology and national security and defense,” said Government Business Executive Forum Chairman and CES Government CEO Don Upson.  “American Vinyl at CES Government is more than special.  It celebrates a rich history of bringing together top professionals in government and business from the United States and around the world.” 

Baxter is an emeritus member of the Government Business Executive Forum- the member organization that produces CES Government each January in partnership with CES.

To keep with tradition, Baxter will provide a plenary address at this year’s conference, the focus of which for CESG 2020 will be the implications and importance of American leadership and investment in artificial intelligence. 

“I always look forward to CES Government, and American Vinyl is delighted to be part of the conference’s `15th year celebration,” Baxter said.  “It is CES Government’s unique blend of formal and informal discussions, and its partnership with CES, that makes it special and different from other government IT conferences.  These discussions and the relationships they enable are more important today than ever – technologies change fast and global threats loom large.”

“I want to congratulate CES Government on 15 years of pulling together the most influential government and technology leaders in our industry,” said Tim Smith, OnPoint President and longtime GBEF Executive Committee Member. “Each year, we look forward to the new and continued relationships fostered at CES Government and are proud to support both CES Government 2020 and the GBEF.”


About OnPoint
OnPoint Conculting, Inc. (OnPoint) is the national security arm of Sapient Consulting, delivering IT Infrastructure, enterprise systems and solutions for the U.S. federal government. Their specialized strategy, cyber and technology capabilities are changing the way their clients improve performance, effectively deliver results and manage risk.

About CES Government
CES Government kicks off the year each January for those leading the digital transformation in information technology as applied to government missions. Anchored in US Federal, and with global reach, the primarily by-invitation agenda brings together the most senior government and business technology professionals, all against the backdrop of the world’s most prestigious technology showcase: CES.  partner nations. CES Government is produced by the Government Business Executive Forum.

About the Government Business Executive Forum
The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) is a premier network of top government and technology professionals in business and government.   As with CES Government, the GBEF is anchored in US Federal and global in its reach.  The GBEF produces an annual program of meetings, events and activities that enable substantive discussions and relationships, so vital in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape.