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CES Government 2020 Speakers

CES Government 2020 Keynote

General John F. Kelly, USMC (Ret.)

Former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Homeland Security and Former Head of Southern Command

Before serving as President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security, and the head of Southern Command, General John F. Kelly had a remarkable 45-year career in the United States Marine Corps. Some of his most notable work included rebuilding our military, defending our Nation, and securing our borders.

Government Keynote

Richard Haley, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

Richard L. Haley, II was appointed as the executive assistant director of the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch in June 2019. He most recently served as the assistant director of the Finance and Facilities Division.

As executive assistant director of the Information and Technology Branch, Mr. Haley will be in charge of three divisions that meet and support the FBI’s IT needs. About 1,800 federal employees and contractors work in the branch, providing support and services to the FBI around the world.

Industry Keynote 

Greg Hughes, Veritas Chief Executive Officer    

As an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as an executive in enterprise software, Greg leads Veritas, a global leader in data protection and availability. Previously, Greg was the CEO of Serena Software, where he led the successful turnaround and sale to Micro Focus International Plc. Greg has also held executive roles in technology investment firms HGGC and Silver Lake Partners.

Greg joined Symantec through the acquisition of Veritas, where he was Executive Vice President of Global Services. Prior to Veritas, Greg was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led the Software Practice.

Critical Infrastructure Keynote    

The Infrastructure keynote will feature three of the world’s most recognized professionals in digital transformation of global transportation infrastructure.

John P. Wagner
Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner
US Customs & Border Protection
Bio  
Rich Ceci
Intelligent Cargo Management
Sr. Vice President, Technology and Projects Port of Virginia
Bio  
Sjoerd Blum
Chief Information Officer
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Bio  

Featured Speakers

Dominic Cussatt
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Deputy Chief Information Officer
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

James Geurts
Assistant Secretary
US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition

Elizabeth Capello
Chief Information Officer (Acting)
US Department of Homeland Security

Rich Ceci
Sr. Vice President, CIO
VA Int’l Terminals, Port of Virginia

Charles ‘Chuck’ L. Harrington
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Parsons Corporation

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Rich Ceci

Rich Ceci

Sr. Vice President, CIO

Sr. Vice President, CIO, Port of Virginia
Rich Ceci
Sr. Vice President, CIO
VA Int’l Terminals, Port of Virginia

Rich Ceci is recognized globally as one of the top technology experts in seaport technology management and modernization. Mr. Ceci was pivotal in creation of the first semi-automated terminal in North America (Port of Virginia), in the Global Expansion Project or GEP for the Port of New York/New Jersey and in IT modernization initiatives for the Port of Abu Dhabi. Rich Ceci has few peers in deploying effective IT strategies for today’s massive cargo ships and cargo transport operations.

Craig Abod

Craig Abod

Chief Executive Officer

Carahsoft
Craig Abod
Chief Executive Officer

 

James Geurts

James Geurts

Assistant Secretary

US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition
James F. Geurts
Assistant Secretary
US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A))

On Dec. 5, 2017, Mr. James F. Geurts was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)), following his confirmation by the Senate November 2017. As the Navy’s acquisition executive, Mr. Geurts has oversight of an annual budget in excess of $100 billion and is responsible for equipping and supporting the finest Sailors and Marines in the world with the best platforms, systems and technology as they operate around the globe in defense of the Nation.

Mr. Geurts previously served as the Acquisition Executive, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, where he was responsible for all special operations forces acquisition, technology and logistics. In this position his innovative leadership and technological ingenuity provided rapid and affordable acquisition that positively impacted the USSOCOM acquisition work force and the special operations forces capability on the battlefield. These contributions were recognized by both private and public institutions during his tenure to include earning the Presidential Rank Award, USSOCOM Medal, William Perry Award and Federal Times Vanguard Award for Executive of the Year.

Prior to Senior Executive Service, Mr. Geurts began his career as an Air Force officer where he served as an acquisition program manager with engineering and program management leadership positions in numerous weapon systems including intercontinental ballistic missiles, surveillance platforms, tactical fighter aircraft, advanced avionics systems, stealth cruise missiles, training systems and manned and unmanned special operations aircraft.He has over 30 years of extensive joint acquisition experience and served in all levels of acquisition leadership positions including Acquisition Executive, Program Executive Officer and Program Manager of Major Defense Acquisition Programs.Mr. Geurts is a distinguished 1987 ROTC graduate from Lehigh University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB and in National Security Resourcing from Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. Mr. Geurts also attended executive leadership and international studies programs at Harvard Kennedy School and George Washington Elliot School.

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, IRS

US Dept. of Treasury
Harrison Smith
Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
Internal Revenue Service, US Dept. of Treasury

Harrison Smith is the Chief Procurement Officer (Acting) at the Internal Revenue Service within the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Smith is responsible for all acquisition programs and contractual commitments for equipment, supplies, and services for IRS and Treasury Departmental Offices (approximately $2.4 billion annually).

Prior to joining the IRS, Harrison served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Naval Sea Systems Command. As the Industry Liaison for DHS, he was responsible for providing leadership and direction for DHS offices and outside officials for all aspects of the DHS industry engagement program. He also promoted rapid and innovative approaches to solving complex problems and served as a principal advisor to the Chief Procurement Officer on matters relating to all aspects of procurement.

Harrison has over 15 years of operational procurement experience, including acting as the Contracting Officer for several multi-billion dollar IT procurements. As the Director of the Enterprise Acquisitions Division with DHS, he was responsible for a portfolio of 25 strategically-sourced contracts with a cumulative value of $68 billion. He has also worked in policy and strategic analysis positions for the U.S. Congress, and has supported the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Business Initiatives and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel under the auspices of the Presidential Management Fellows program. Harrison holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from The American University, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Harrison brings a wealth of leadership, acquisition, and operational experience and a high standard of professionalism. Currently, Harrison is focusing on leveraging the financial underpinnings of major IT agreements to accelerate and amplify the value of IT projects, and creating a repeatable and flexible structure for deploying innovative processes to support the government’s contracting needs.

Jose Arrieta

Jose Arrieta

Chief Information Officer

US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Jose Arrieta
Chief Information Officer
US Department of Health and Human Services
As the CIO, José provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s $6.3B IT portfolio in support of the Department’s expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in science underlying medicine, public health, and social services. He is responsible for providing assistance and guidance on the use of technology-supported business process reengineering; investment analysis; performance measurement; strategic development and application of information systems and infrastructure; policies to provide improved management of information resources and technology; and better, more efficient service to our HHS clients and employees. José leads the development of HHS-wide IT strategy with an immediate focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology. In addition, José provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on how to advance the Department’s mission through the use of transformative information technology approaches.
Christopher Amon

Christopher Amon

Chief, Firearms Operations Division

US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Christopher Amon
Chief, Firearms Operations Division
US Bureau of Alochol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives

Christopher Amon has been the chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Firearms Operations Division since February of 2019. In this role, Special Agent Amon oversees the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), the NIBIN National Correlation and Training Center (NNCTC), and ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence Programs. He is also Chairman of the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board, which consists of Chiefs of Police, United States Attorneys, District Attorneys, and Laboratory Directors from major cities who advise ATF on policies related to Crime Gun Intelligence.

John P. Wagner

John P. Wagner

Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner

US Customs & Border Protection
John P. Wagner
Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner
US Customs & Border Protection

Executive Assistant Deputy Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection. John is the architect of the successful US Global Entry and TSA pre-check programs and is at the forefront of facial recognition and biometric authentication technologies to streamline air, land and sea travel and security.

Elizabeth Capello

Elizabeth Capello

Acting CIO

US Department of Homeland Security
Elizabeth Cappello
Chief Information Officer (Acting)
US Dept. of Homeland Security

Beth Cappello is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, performing the duties of Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Office of the CIO (OCIO) provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions. OCIO has modernized vital IT systems, matured the organization to contemporary IT management disciplines, and significantly enhanced the cyber defense posture of the enterprise.

Ms. Cappello is a veteran senior executive with significant leadership and management expertise from a career spanning 29 years in government service. Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Cappello served as Executive Director, Field Support Directorate within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology. There she led a geographically diverse team of over 750 Program Managers, Information and Telecommunications Technicians, and Mission Support specialists supporting approximately 62,000 CBP personnel. Ms. Cappello was responsible for a highly complex portfolio of technology including traditional IT systems such as local area networks and desktops, voice, video, and wireless radio communications, as well as law enforcement specific technologies serving both the law enforcement and travel / trade facilitation missions at over 1400 locations worldwide.

Dominic Cussatt

Dominic Cussatt

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Deputy Chief Information Officer

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Dominic Cussatt
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Deputy Chief Information Officer
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Widely regarded as one of the government’s most accomplished technology executives, Dominic Cussatt is central to cloud-based migration of major VA systems that directly affect millions of veterans who depend on VA’s massive health care network – the world’s largest healthcare network. Security is central to all IT management and Dominic brings to his position extensive experience and success, most visibly as the CISO for the US Department of Defense, where he worked on mission-critical DoD security protocols and processes, as well as on security policies across government and to include NATO and US national security agencies.

Michael Dent

Michael Dent

Chief Information Security Officer

Fairfax County, Virginia
Michael Dent
Chief Information Security Officer
Fairfax County, Virginia

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Eric Gillespie

Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman

Govini
Eric Gillespie
Founder and Executive Chairman
Govini

Coming soon…

Amy Hess

Amy Hess

Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Amy Hess
Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division FBI

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Jamie Holcombe

Jamie Holcombe

Chief Information Officer

US Patent and Trademark Office

Jamie Holcombe
Chief Information Officer
US Patent and Trademark Office

As CIO for the US Patent and Trademark Officer, Henry ‘Jaime’ Holcombe, is principal advisor to the agency on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology, which together provide technology to PTO’s 17,000 employees in support of the Office’s innovation and IP protection missions. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Holcombe served as Chief Executive Officer of Visium Technologies, a cybersecurity start-up, and Chief Operations Officer for TJ Westlake LLC., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. He served as Vice President and General manager for Harris CapRock Crtiical Networks segment, which provided managed security services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, ground network operations and sustainment, and high-value OT and engineering cyber services.

Francis Bedel

Francis Bedel

International Association of Railways

Chief Information Officer
Francis Bedel
International Association of Railways
Chief Information Officer

Francis Bedel is the principal technology executive for the organization that represents 200 national railroads in 140 countries on all five continents. With digital transformation of the top priority for railroads globally, Francis has set an ambitious agenda that regularly brings together top rail executives in efforts to advance technology utilization and security in the global rail system. Uniform standards, pilot tech testing, and tech information sharing are priorities he continues to pursue.

Mittal Desai

Mittal Desai

Senior Advisor and Former CISO

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mittal Desai
Senior Advisor and Former CISO
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A recognized and respected government technology leader, Mr. Desai holds executive responsibility for the development, implementation, and maintenance of FDIC’s information security systems, processes, and policies that are required to protect the expansive breadth of the enterprise systems and data. Mr. Desai joined FDIC in July 2018, prior to which he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He provided strategic direction for and managed the Commission’s information security, systems assurance, records management, and privacy programs. He has also held multiple positions within FERC, ranging from a regulatory policy analyst to leading the annual Inspector General FISMA audit. Mr. Desai joined FERC in 2007, prior to which he worked for KPMG in their Advisory Services practice supporting numerous commercial clients with IT general and automated controls evaluation.

Adam Lee

Adam Lee

Vice President, Chief Security Officer

Dominion Resources
Adam Lee
Vice President, Chief Security Officer
Dominion Resources

As Dominion Resources’ first Chief Security Officer, Mr. Lee is responsible for all physical and cyber security across Dominion’s national footprint. He directs development and implementation of all policies and procedures that protect both physical and cyber assets. He is point for interaction with government and all levels of law enforcement, and he is charged with privacy governance and compliance with all security regulations, laws and evolving protocols. He brings to his position more than 20 years senior executive experience with the FBI, most recently as Special Agent in Charge for the Richmond, Virginia office.

Commander Brian Lee

Commander Brian Lee

Homeland Defense Bureau

Phoenix Police Department
Brian Lee
Commander, Homeland Defense Bureau
Phoenix Police Department

Commander Brian Lee is a 29-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and the current commander of the department’s Homeland Defense Bureau.  Commander Lee has served in a variety of assignments during his tenure to include the Traffic Bureau, Homeland Defense Bureau, Police Employment Services, and Family Investigations Bureaus before rejoining the Homeland Defense Bureau. 

Commander Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration (BA) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Ottawa University and a Master of Arts (MA) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Securities Studies.      

Justin Legary

Justin Legary

Branch Chief, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate

US Customs and Immigration Services
Justin Legary
Branch Chief, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
US Customs and Immigration Services

Mr. Legary plays a central role in technology management in support of the USCIS mission to provide trusted and timely immigration, employment and identity information through a number of technology-driven programs.

Jaspal Sagoo

Jaspal Sagoo

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Disease Control
Jaspal Sagoo
Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Disease Control

Jaspal Sagoo brings 40 years of technology experience to his position. As CTO’s point for driving innovation into the Agency’s priority missions, Mr. Sagoo oversees and manages a team of direct reports, with a focus on research and development (R&D) and infrastructure architecture that cut across the nation’s premier public health agency. His team develops and implements IT standards, best practices, and strategic initiatives in support of the CDC’s business and scientific mission priorities. Mr. Sagoo provides ongoing advice to all levels of CDC executive leadership, public/private sector CIO/CTO peers, local/state health departments, foreign officials, vendors, and other Federal agencies. He is accountable for the CDC’s strategic and tactical capabilities, which are essential for effective responses to public health emergencies.

Ian Liddel-Grainger

Ian Liddel-Grainger

Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset

Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Ian Liddel-Grainger
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Shaun Khalfan

Shaun Khalfan

VIce President Information Security

Freddie Mac
Shaun Khalfan

Vice President Information Security, Freddie Mac

Shaun leads Freddie Mac’s information security program and strategy, including security architecture, operations and engineering in alignment with the Three Lines of Defense. In this role, he leads a multiyear roadmap to mature the program, enable digital transformation initiatives, and reduce security risk to Freddie Mac. Shaun previously served as the Head of Information and Technology Risk for Freddie Mac, where he established and operationalized a second line of defense information and technology risk function for the company. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Shaun served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He led the development and execution of the cybersecurity strategy and was responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives, ensuring that systems and information are adequately protected.

Prior to joining CBP, Shaun served as director of cybersecurity with the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, where he led a team of senior Navy civilians and military officers to deliver strategy, governance, policy, and oversight of Department of the Navy cybersecurity initiatives. Shaun’s previous roles include serving as security operations center (SOC) manager, security architect, technology program manager, and Army combat veteran.

Gundeep Ahluwalia

Gundeep Ahluwalia

Chief Information Officer

US Dept. of Labor
Gundeep Ahluwalia

CIO, US Dept. of Labor

As a tech leader focused on IT innovation, Mr. Gundeep Ahluwalia leads the growth and transformation of the Department of Labor’s Information Technology (IT). Since assuming the CIO post in October 2016, Mr. Ahluwalia has provided strategic leadership for the Department’s IT planning, initiatives, staffing and services—ultimately advancing the mission critical work that the Department delivers to support American citizens. Mr. Ahluwalia engages and collaborates with senior DOL leadership, DOL agencies leaders, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other key stakeholders to formulate IT strategies, governance policy, budget, and IT investment processes. Under his leadership, he directs IT Modernization projects, ensures information.

Bryan Slater

Bryan Slater

Asst. Secretary for Admin and Management

US Dept. of Labor
Gundeep Ahluwalia

Asst. Secretary Admin & Mgmt., US Dept. of Labor

Bryan Slater was appointed by President Trump to serve as the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management in October 2017. He directs all Department processes governing the mission portfolio of the Department to include its IT infrastructure.

Prior to his role as the Assistant Secretary, Mr. Slater was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao and approved by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). At DOT, Mr. Slater managed all facilities operations, acquisition, human resources, security, Working Capital Fund and operations activities at the Department. In his role, he was also instrumental in driving the development of key priority government reform goals, including launching the Department’s enterprise/shared services program.

Mick Stawasz

Mick Stawasz

Deputy Chief for Computer Crime

US Dept. of Justice
Michael ‘Mick’ Stawasz

Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, US Dept. of Justice

Michael ‘Mick’ Stawasz is a pioneer in the enforcement and prosecution of cybercrime. For more than 15 years he has fought cybercrime and prosecuted cyber criminals in the United States and abroad. He leads the Department of Justice team that prosecutes computer attacks and intrusions, and he continually supports efforts to improve the collection of electronic evidence. The case histories he and his team establish are shaping in real time our national cyber security legal framework. Mick Stawasz also leads a comprehensive outreach program designed to both educate and engage industry in the defense of cyber-attacks and cyber crime.
Debbie Stephens

Debbie Stephens

Deputy Chief Information Officer

US Patent and Trademark Office

Debbie Stephens

Deputy Chief Information Officer, USPTO

 
Dale McFee

Dale McFee

Chief of Police

Edmonton Police Service  (Canada)
Dale McFee

Chief of Police, Edmonton Police Service

Chief Dale R. McFee, OOM is the 23rd Police Chief for the Edmonton Police Service. He has an extensive background in policing, including 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (nine years as Chief of Police) and six years as the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Saskatchewan government. He has been promoted by the Governor General of Canada to the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is a Governor General Leadership alumnus, former Citizen of the Year within his home community, and the recipient of a Provincial Policing Leadership award. He lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of leadership and change management in private and public sector organizations.
Paul Thanos

Paul Thanos

Director Office of Finance and Insurance Industries

US Dept. of Commerce
Paul Thanos

Director Office of Finance and Insurance Industries, US Dept. of Commerce

Based in Washington DC. Mr. Thanos is responsible for executing policy, analysis, and promotion initiatives pertaining to finance and insurance industries, trade and project finance, financial technology, and access to finance. His focus includes how blockchain technology is impacting the financial services, global supply chains, and international trade. In May 2018 he was an invited speaker highlighting U.S. perspectives on blockchain technology during the Blockchain Game Changer Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. He leads the U.S. delegation to the OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee. His team manages and leads
the Department of Commerce’s Trade Finance Advisory Committee which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce on how business and government can work together to expand access to private sources of trade finance. His team closely collaborates with several USG agencies and organizations including the Department of Treasury, USTR, Export- Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Federal Reserve. He is a regular guest lecturer across the United States on topics ranging from trade policy, impact investing and the intersection of services and manufacturing industries.
Maria Roat

Maria Roat

Chief Information Officer

US Small Business Administration
Maria Roat

Chief Information Officer, US Small Business Administration

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Maria A Roat became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology.

Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for establishing and leading DOTs technical vision and strategic direction, driving innovation and planning for technology growth supporting internal and external facing mission activities.

Ms. Roat served 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004 in a number of capacities including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program. 

Bill Marion

Bill Marion

Chief Information Officer

US Air Force
Bill Marion

Chief Information Officer, USAF

As CIO, Bill Marion provides executive leadership in support of three directorates and supports 54,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy, networks and network-centric
policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Deputy Chief Information Officer, Mr. Marion provides oversight of portfolio management, delivers enterprise architecture, and enforces freedom of information act and privacy act laws. He integrates Air Force warfighting and
mission support capabilities by networking air, space, and terrestrial assets. Additionally, he shapes doctrine, strategy and policy for all cyberspace operations and support activities.
Lim Vermeer

Lim Vermeer

Chief Executive Officer

QPR Cost Control
Lim Vermeer

Chief Executive Officer, QPR Cost Control

Lim Vermeer’s nearly 20 years of experience in implementing Action Based Costing has effectively positioned QPR Cost Control as a global leader in financial management process software for health care, government, manufacturing, logistics and finance. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Lim Vermeer splits his time between Europe and Washington/Baltimore.

Teddy Vagias

Teddy Vagias

Partner

Mason Harriman Group
Teddy Vagias

Partner, Mason Harriman Group

Theodore Vagias, Teddy is the Founder of Mason Harriman Group and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vagias serves as a Member of The Advisory Board at Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc.

Sjoerd Blum

Sjoerd Blum

Chief Information Officer

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Sjoerd Blum

Chief Information Officer, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

 One of Europe’s most accomplished CIOs and ranked second globally on the Global Airport Innovation Power List, Sjoerd leads the digital transformation of Europe’s busiest airport (aircraft movement) and third busiest in terms of passenger travel.

Renee P. Wynn

Renee P. Wynn

Chief Information Officer

NASA

Renee P. Wynn

Chief Information Officer, NASA

Renee Wynn came to NASA from the Environmental Protection Agency where she had served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information since July 2013. Ms. Wynn has 28 years of federal service and 25 of those years were with EPA. Ms. Wynn has been working in the federal CIO world since 2011 and has been able to bring her experience working on environmental policy, budget formulation and analysis plus program management to her role as CIO.

Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom

IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom
Chief Information Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As JPL’s IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Tom leads research and hands-on experiments with emerging technologies. Currently the most interesting is the intersection of Internet of Things, Robotics, Advanced Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence.

Tara Murphy Dougherty

Tara Murphy Dougherty

President, National Security Practice

GOVINI

Tara Murphy Dougherty
President, National Security Practice
GOVINI

Tara Murphy Dougherty is President of the National Security Practice at Govini, where she leads strategy and growth in the federal government marketplace. She has held leadership positions relating to technology and defense issues across industry, government, and the non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Govini, Tara led government business accounts at Palantir Technologies and served as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Tara holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jim Mitre

Jim Mitre

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Analysis

GOVINI

Jim Mitre
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Analysis,
GOVINI

Jim Mitre is the Senior Vice President for Strategy & Analysis. He oversees a team of data scientists and analysts focused on solving national security challenges. Prior to joining Govini, Jim was the Principal Director for Strategy & Force Development in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked on defense strategy, strategic analysis, and force development. He also served as the Executive Director of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the Department’s preeminent strategic guidance document. While with the Defense Department, Jim served in Kabul, Afghanistan and Nairobi, Kenya. He previously co-founded a private counterterrorism research organization, the SITE Institute. Jim holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.

Charles 'Chuck' L. Harrington

Charles 'Chuck' L. Harrington

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Charles ‘Chuck’ L. Harrington
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Charles Harrington was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2008. He was named Chairman of the Parsons Board of Directors later that year and President of the corporation in 2009. Before his appointment in 2006 to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Parsons, Mr. Harrington was the founding President of one of Parsons’ divisions. In addition to his responsibilities at Parsons, Mr. Harrington serves on the boards of AES Corporation and J.G. Boswell Company. He also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Business-Higher Education Forum, the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees, and the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Foundation Board of Directors.

Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

Veritas

Greg Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
Veritas

Greg Hughes is the Chief Executive Officer at Veritas. Greg is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as an executive in enterprise software.
Previously, Greg was the CEO of Serena Software, where he led the successful turnaround and sale to Micro Focus International Plc. Greg has also held executive roles in technology investment firms HGGC and Silver Lake Partners.
Greg came to Silver Lake from Symantec where he served in a variety of senior executive positions, most recently as President of the $4 Billion Enterprise Product Group.
Greg joined Symantec through the acquisition of Veritas, where he was Executive Vice President of Global Services. Prior to Veritas, Greg was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led the Software Practice.
Greg holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Christopher Ginder

Christopher Ginder

Regional Director, Civilian Agencies

NetApp

Christopher Ginder
Regional Director, Civilian Agencies
US Public Sector
NetApp
 

As the Civilian Regional Director of NetApp US Public Sector, Chris Ginder is responsible for NetApp’s Civilian federal organization as well as their federal healthcare vertical. In his role, Chris is accountable for developing and maintaining relationships with customers, key vendors, prime integrators, and vertical partners. Chris is focused on providing clarity, direction, accountability and education to the Civilian field sales team for NetApp. Chris has been with NetApp since 2007 and has held multiple leadership roles across the federal business unit. Prior to joining NetApp,Chris held sales and marketing positions at companies such as Dell, OpenText, and Adobe, focused on the public sector and enterprise markets, and has been in the IT industry since 1995. Chris holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Georgetown University.

James Gfrerer

James Gfrerer

Chief Information Officer

US Department of Veterans Affairs

James Gfrerer
Chief Information Officer
US Department of Veterans Affairs

James P. Gfrerer was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer and was confirmed by the United States Senate on Jan 2, 2019.
As Assistant Secretary, he leads a team of more than 8,000 employees and 8,000 contractors in the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) to deliver technologies and services that improve the Veteran experience. OIT manages an IT budget of $4.2 Billion in support of the Veterans Benefits, Veterans Health, and National Cemetery Administrations and the entire $200 Billion VA System. In this largest centralized IT program in the Federal space, OIT executes the enterprise IT strategy, transforms the business, operates the network infrastructure, and secures all applications and systems.
Prior to joining VA, Mr. Gfrerer was an Executive Director with a Big Four professional services firm for over three years. As a leader in the firm’s Advisory and Cybersecurity Practices he and his teams assisted commercial sector clients in business process optimization, risk management, cyber risk transformation, and managed services outsourcing. He worked in numerous industry sectors including industrial products, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and healthcare.
Ahead of his commercial sector tenure, Mr. Gfrerer was an active duty Marine Corps Officer, rising to the rank of Colonel. Throughout his 28 years of service, his assignments included specialties such as infantry, IT, training, and cybersecurity. He served as a Marine Corps-wide System Support Officer, supervising IT and decision-support systems, migrating legacy systems to web- and micro-based applications, and developing early mobile applications. In his operational tours, he commanded at every level, including four combat tours in Kuwait, Iraq, and Haiti. His final active duty assignment was as a DoD Detailee to the Department of State, where he was a Senior Executive in Counterterrorism Communications and a Senior Military Advisor and Cybersecurity leader for an Undersecretary.

Andrew Liu

Andrew Liu

Senior Vice President

Parsons Corporation

Andrew Liu
Senior Vice President
Parsons Corporation

Andrew Liu is a Senior Vice President at Parsons Corporation leading the company’s Smart Cities sector and its suite of related digital solutions. In this role, Mr. Liu is responsible for development of the Smart Cities strategy, the product portfolio, and leading go to market of new and innovative solutions to support cities across the world. Mr. Liu has over 20 years of experience delivering infrastructure projects as a civil engineering and technology professional and has held senior leadership roles at other Fortune 200 companies leading strategy, transportation, ventures, advanced mobility, and Smart Cities. Andrew also comes from an entrepreneurial background and has held leadership roles in multiple transportation related startups. Mr. Liu is a licensed civil and geotechnical engineer in the State of California and also holds a BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA, and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Christophe Arend

Christophe Arend

Member of Parliament

French National Assembly

Christophe Arend
Member of Parliament
French National Assembly
Tony Bardo

Tony Bardo

Vice President, Government Sales

Hughes

Tony Bardo
Vice President, Government Sales
Hughes

Anthony “Tony” Bardo has over 30 years’ experience with strategic communication technologies that serve the complex needs of government. Since joining Hughes in January 2006, Bardo has served as assistant vice president of Government Solutions, where he is focused on providing Hughes managed network broadband solutions and applications to Federal, State, and Local governments. Bardo also served as Chair of the Networks and Telecommunications Shared Interest Group (SIG) for the Industry Advisory Council, an advisory body to the American Council for Technology (ACT).
Before joining Hughes, Bardo was with Qwest Government Services for nearly five years where he was senior director of US Government Civilian Agencies sales and marketing, senior director of marketing, and senior director of business development. Prior to Qwest, Bardo spent 14 years with the government markets group at MCI where he held the position of executive director for civilian agencies. During his tenure, his teams managed programs for the Federal Aviation Administration’s national air traffic control network, the Social Security Administration’s toll-free network, the U.S. Postal Service Managed Service Network, and the U.S. General Services Administration’s FTS2001.

Mr. Bardo is a 1974 graduate of Virginia Tech where he majored in economics with a minor in public communications.

Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter

Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter

National Security SME, Musician, Artist

Jeffrey ‘Skunk’ Baxter
National Security SME, Musician, Artist
General William ‘Bill’ Bender

General William ‘Bill’ Bender

USAF (ret.), Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations

Leidos

General William ‘Bill’ Bender
USAF (ret.), Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations
Leidos
Brian Bonacci

Brian Bonacci

Senior Director, Partners and Channels

Equinix Government Solutions

Brian Bonacci
Senior Director, Partners and Channels
Equinix Government Solutions
Brian P. Burns

Brian P. Burns

Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4i and Deputy CIO

United States Coast Guard

Brian P. Burns
Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4i and Deputy CIO
United States Coast Guard
Rocky Campione

Rocky Campione

Chief Information Officer

US Department of Energy

Rocky Campione
Chief Information Officer
US Department of Energy
Cameron Chereh

Cameron Chereh

Chief Technology Officer

Dell Federal

Cameron Chereh
Chief Technology Officer
Dell Federal
Anil Cheriyan

Anil Cheriyan

Director, Technology Transformation Services

US General Services Administration

Anil Cheriyan
Director, Technology Transformation Services
US General Services Administration

Anil Cheriyan is the Deputy Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Director of the Technology Transformation Services (TTS). The Technology Transformation Services applies modern methodologies and technologies to improve the public’s experience with government. TTS helps federal agencies build, buy and share technology to achieve their digital transformation and modernization goals.

Mr. Cheriyan was appointed as Director of TTS in January 2019. In this position, he oversees the Presidential Innovation Fellows, 18F, the Office of Products and Programs, and the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence along with offices that provide support across TTS.

Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Cheriyan was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at SunTrust Banks, where he led the transformation of the banks’ digital, data, and operations. Prior to SunTrust, he led several consulting practices at IBM and PwC Management Consulting, where he drove the business and technology transformation for the firms’ strategic clients.

Mr. Cheriyan earned his Master of Science and Master of Philosophy Degrees in Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Imperial College in London, UK. He has been the recipient of numerous industry awards throughout his career, including IDC CIO 100, Computerworld Premier 100 Leader, and Enterprise CIO of the Year.

Experienced Board Member, Growth Advisor, Technology and Operations Leader, Consultant, Chief Information Officer perspective with a demonstrated history of results in transformation and innovation. Strong information technology professional skilled in Strategy Formulation, Robotics Process Automation, Enterprise Software, Enterprise Architecture, Cyber, Digital Transformation, Cloud and Offshoring.

Robert ‘Bob’ Costello

Robert ‘Bob’ Costello

Executive Director, Enterprise Networks and Technology

US Customs and Border Protection

Robert ‘Bob’ Costello
Executive Director, Enterprise Networks and Technology
US Customs and Border Protection
John Donohue

John Donohue

Chief, Strategy Initiatives

New York Police Department

John Donohue
Chief, Strategy Initiatives
New York Police Department
Rick Driggers

Rick Driggers

Deputy Assistant Director Cybersecurity and Communications

US Department of Homeland Security

Rick Driggers
Deputy Assistant Director
Cybersecurity and Communications
US Department of Homeland Security
 
Rick Driggers is central to the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) mission
to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the nation’s cyber and communications
infrastructure. CS&C actively engages the public and private sectors as well as international
partners to prepare for, prevent, and respond to catastrophic incidents that could degrade or
overwhelm strategic assets. Rick previously worked as the Principal Deputy Director, Operations,
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
Karen Evans

Karen Evans

Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response

Department of Energy

Karen Evans
Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response
Department of Energy
Kevin Graber

Kevin Graber

Chief Information Security Officer

United States Secret Service

Kevin Graber
Chief Information Security Officer
United States Secret Service
 

An accomplished professional with over 24 years of experience in critical IT disciplines as well as leadership roles at the strategic, managerial, and supervisory levels within the federal government and private sector, Kevin Graber is responsible for leading the agency’s risk management program, to include all aspects of information security: security operations, incident response as well as information assurance and account management. In concert with other executive leaders across DHS, Kevin is leading the transformation of business processes in areas of secure application development, identity and account management, and operations
and sustainment.

Rich Haley

Rich Haley

Executive Assistant Director Information and Technology

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Rich Haley
Executive Assistant Director Information and Technology
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrington

Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrington

Chief Executive Officer

Parsons Corporation

Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrington
Chief Executive Officer
Parsons Corporation
Mr. Arthur G. Hatcher

Mr. Arthur G. Hatcher

Director of Cyber Capabilities and Compliance, Office of CIO

United States Air Force

Mr. Arthur G. Hatcher
Director of Cyber Capabilities and Compliance, Office of CIO
United States Air Force
Jason Henry

Jason Henry

Unit Chief Law Enforcement Information Sharing

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS

Jason Henry
Unit Chief Law Enforcement Information Sharing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Jason A. Henry currently serves as the Unit Chief of the Department of Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Law Enforcement Information Sharing Initiative (LEISI). In this role, SSA Henry manages and directs day to day operations to develop an agile information sharing capability for law enforcement information sharing across the Department to secure the Homeland. Operations include program management, development and execution of information sharing agreements, and outreach to other Federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement.

Prior to this role, SSA Henry was the Program Management Oversight Unit Chief within the Law Enforcement Support and Information Management Division, Office of Investigations (OI).

SSA Henry’s 28 plus years of Federal service began when he joined Army, and later the Immigration and Naturalization Service as a clerk for the U.S. Border Patrol in Sacramento and later as a Special Agent in San Francisco.

SSA Henry received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis in September 1996.

John Higginbotham

John Higginbotham

President

Blue Ridge Networks

John Higginbotham
President
Blue Ridge Networks
Chris Howard

Chris Howard

Vice President, U.S. Federal

Nutanix

Chris Howard
Vice President, U.S. Federal
Nutanix

Chris Howard is the Vice President of the Federal organization at Nutanix. In this role, he leads a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 professionals in sales, engineering, channels, professional services and marketing to support U.S. Defense, Civilian, Intelligence, and FSI organizations. Chris’ expertise has developed over more than 20 years supporting Federal government customers in the areas of data center infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud computing. Prior to Nutanix, Chris held leadership positions at VMware and Dell. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from West Virginia University.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Vice President, Enterprise Analytics

US Postal Service

Jeff Johnson
Vice President, Enterprise Analytics
US Postal Service

Henry (Jamie) Holcombe is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he is the principal advisor to the agency on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology.
Most recently, Mr. Holcombe served as the Chief Executive Officer of Visium Technologies, a cybersecurity startup, and Chief Operations Officer for TJ Westlake LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Prior to these executive roles, he served as the Vice President and General Manager for Harris CapRock Critical Networks segment, providing managed security services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, ground network operations and sustainment, and high-value IT and engineering cyber services.
At Harris CapRock, Mr. Holcombe led the company’s Government Solutions line of business to deliver operational excellence and growth. Previously, he had served as Harris’ Vice President of Information Technology for Global Systems and Process, and as IT Services’ Director of Civil Programs and Commercial Accounts, as well as Client Executive to the U.S. Department of State.
Mr. Holcombe has also served in a variety of executive level positions at various firms, including as Vice President of Information Systems for the Universal Service Administrative Company; as Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations, and Corporate Secretary for Globix; and as Chief Information Officer of Cambrian Communications. He has also been an Architect and Senior Principal Consultant to companies in telecommunications, entertainment, and insurance.
Mr. Holcombe began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army where he served as company commander in the 1116th Signal Battalion and was awarded both the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and Most Outstanding Officer of the Year. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, finishing first in his class in computer science. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in information systems from Chaminade University in Honolulu, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from George Washington University.

Ron Jones

Ron Jones

Public Sector Intelligent Automation Strategy

Blue Prism

Ron Jones
Public Sector Intelligent Automation Strategy
Blue Prism

Ron Jones (@rgjSP) is an experienced leader specializing in enterprise technology strategy and consulting for the public sector.
Ron currently serves North American Public Sector organizations implementing Blue Prism, the world’s most scalable, secure, and proven intelligent automation platform.
Blue Prism was recently named to Fast Company’s inaugural list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators – an honor achieved by 50 companies, and they are the only RPA provider and UK-based company to be recognized.

Ron Keesing

Ron Keesing

Director of AI and Machine Learning

Leidos

Ron Keesing
Director of AI and Machine Learning
Leidos
General John F. Kelly

General John F. Kelly

US Marine Corps (ret.), Former Chief of Staff, President Donald J. Trump

Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

General John F. Kelly
US Marine Corps (ret.), Former Chief of Staff, President Donald J. Trump
Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Jeannette Lee

Jeannette Lee

Chief Executive Officer

IIAWeb.com

Jeannette Lee
Chief Executive Officer
IIAWeb.com

Jeannette has over 30 years of experience with leadership and achieving growth. Jeannette founded and sold Sytel, a 300-employee enterprise IT firm with recognized brand and culture. Jeannette has served on boards, was guest-lecturer for several years for The Georgetown University MBA for Entrepreneurship. She is a member of CEO.org and served as a chapter officer of YPO. She was a member of the advisory board for an early-stage venture while actively involved in investing in commercial IT and public-sector ventures. She has a BA in Economics, The George Washington University.

Andrew Liu

Andrew Liu

Senior Vice President, Smart Cities

Parsons Corporation

Andrew Liu
Senior Vice President, Smart Cities
Parsons Corporation
Michael McCalip

Michael McCalip

Vice President, Government Programs and Strategy

Carahsoft

Michael McCalip
Vice President, Government Programs and Strategy
Carahsoft

Michael McCalip is the Vice President at Carahsoft responsible for strategic growth. He is an award-winning business executive with experience across technology and management consulting. Michael is a self-driven respected professional known for taking on the most difficult challenges with a history of leading and influencing large workforces, complex operations and budgets that accelerate performance and improve affordability.

Brett McMillen

Brett McMillen

Director, US Federal Civilian Agencies

Amazon Web Services

Brett McMillen
Director, US Federal Civilian Agencies
Amazon Web Services

Brett joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) in May 2011 and is a general manager on the AWS Public Sector Team. He oversees customer relationships with the U.S. Federal Civilian Government and the Defense Health Agency.
Prior to AWS, Brett spent six years in sales and sales leadership positions at Qwest Communications in the U.S. Federal Government business. Most recently, Brett was leading Qwest’s federal government healthcare strategy. Prior to joining Qwest, he helped create and manage sales for Telverse, a wholesale VoIP start-up which was successfully sold to Level 3 Communications. He started his career as an engineer in the telecommunications industry shortly after the break-up of the Bell System. He has worked with both the large established telecommunications companies and multiple competitive start-ups.
Brett graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Robert Meteer

Robert Meteer

Senior Analyst

GOVINI

Robert Meteer
Senior Analyst
GOVINI
Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Senior Federal Account Executive

Trustwave

Ian Moore
Senior Federal Account Executive
Trustwave
Nick Nilan

Nick Nilan

Director, Public Sector Product Development

Verizon

Nick Nilan
Director, Public Sector Product Development
Verizon

Nicholas Nilan is the Director of Product Development for Public Sector at Verizon. He is responsible for the development and deployment lifecycle of innovative and mission impacting products and solutions for Federal, State and Local, and Education customers. Previously, he led Federal Marketing strategy at Verizon, and before that, engineering teams supporting mobility and Internet of Things deployments in the Department of Defense. He has been in the telecommunications industry for over 14 years and holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors and the Chair of the IoT Working Group for AFCEA DC.

Robert ‘Bob’ Osborn

Robert ‘Bob’ Osborn

Chief Technology Officer, Global Government

ServiceNow

Robert ‘Bob’ Osborn
Chief Technology Officer, Global Government
ServiceNow

Experienced Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Digital Transformation, Operationalizing AI, Cloud Adoption, Emergency Management, IT Strategy, Data Warehousing, Project Portfolio Management, and Command. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Science focused in Information Management from Syracuse University.

Yemi Oshinnaiye

Yemi Oshinnaiye

Deputy Chief Information Officer

US Customs and Immigration Services

Yemi Oshinnaiye
Deputy Chief Information Officer
US Customs and Immigration Services
I am an experienced IT executive with a track record of building high performing teams. I believe strong collaboration and trust are the building blocks to success. I have an entrepreneurial philosophy, that promotes creativity and cutting edge solutions. My areas of expertise include business strategy, software development, system architecture, system analysis, infrastructure, training, leadership and coaching.
Ed Parkinson

Ed Parkinson

Chief Executive Officer

FirstNet

Ed Parkinson
Chief Executive Officer
FirstNet
Edward Parkinson is the Executive Director of External Affairs and is also performing the non-executive functions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He served as Acting CEO from October 2018 – May 2019. Before joining FirstNet, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including national security, emergency preparedness, and cybersecurity. Previously Mr. Parkinson served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specializing in public policy. Mr. Parkinson holds degrees from Georgetown University (M.A), and WITS University, (B.A., Hons).
Matthew Perdew

Matthew Perdew

Chief Executive Officer

Wind Talker Innovations

Matthew Perdew
Chief Executive Officer
Wind Talker Innovations
Matt Perdew’s career path made him a natural for his role as Co-Founder & CEO of Wind Talker Innovations. He is a U.S. Air Force (USAF) veteran who served for 10 years, as both an E-3 AWACS Instructor/Evaluator and Senior Surveillance Technician, and as Surveillance Flight Operations Manager.
Matt continued service for eight years in the Air National Guard (ANG), as Director of Command and Control for Future Plans and Programs, where he was responsible for IT projects with a portfolio valued at over $650 million, governed by Military Standards and DoD regulations. He developed requirements for integrating emerging technologies and executing projects for NORAD BCSF future development. Matt also served as Air Battle Manager in Anchorage, Alaska, where he routinely controlled over $3.2 billion in USAF and ANG assets in a confined airspace, ensuring that Homeland Defense missions were safely executed.

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Peavy

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Peavy

Chief Information Officer

Ambit

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Peavy
Chief Information Officer
Ambit
Sandy is one of our industry’s most experienced and respected executives, having spent 36+ years with the federal government in a variety of IT leadership roles, including Deputy CIO of the Air Force Reserve Command, the first CIO of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, one of the founding members of the Department of Homeland Security, and member of the DHS CIO Council.

Sandy became one of the founding members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upon its creation in 2002, helping to create and strengthen the homeland security enterprise. As a DHS Component CIO, Sandy was a member of the Department’s CIO Council where she helped provide the IT services required to protect and secure our Homeland. As one of the original Component CIOs, she helped stand up the Department’s core communications, computing, and enterprise services, as well as the CIO Council’s governing structure and IT strategy. She continued shaping DHS’s IT strategic framework, priorities and investments for the next 13 years until her retirement. Prior to the FLETC’s move to DHS, Sandy served on the Department of Treasury’s CIO Council for 3 years. Here she helped provide the direction and development of Treasury’s IT strategy, management of IT investments, and leadership of key technology initiatives.

Sandy’s career with the federal government began as a GS-3 computer assistant for the Office of Personnel Management. She then served 13 years in IT as a civilian in the Air Force, including a stint with Space Command tracking satellites and ballistic missiles; helped DISA consolidate their Defense Megacenters; and ended her DoD career in 1999 as the Deputy Director/CIO for Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC).

Ms. Peavy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education (magna cum laude) from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Mercer University. She is a graduate of National Defense University’s (NDU) Advanced Management Program (AMP) and is a licensed private pilot.

Mike Pullen

Mike Pullen

Vice President

CGI

Mike Pullen
Vice President
CGI

Mike Pullen is an accomplished executive and information technology professional with over 25 years of technical and management experience. Serving as the leader of CGI’s IDIQ Strategic Solution Center (ISSC) responsible for federal IDIQ marketing, business development, and daily business activities for contract vehicles, and schedules, he manages all aspects of the IDIQ contracts as well as CGI’s IDIQ contract vehicle portfolio.

Mark Radlinski

Mark Radlinski

Chief Security Officer

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Mark Radlinski
Chief Security Officer
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Mark J. Radlinski was appointed as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March of 2019 after serving as the Director of Safety and Security since August of 2016. In this position, Mr. Radlinski oversees all aspects of security to include: protective service operations, personnel security, physical security, and insider threat activities. Additionally, Mr. Radlinski is responsible for maintaining comprehensive continuity of operations plans (COOP), occupational safety and health (OSH) programs, and the oversight of national security information and facilities.

Before joining FERC, Mr. Radlinski served as the Chief of the Classified Operations Branch at the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) from August of 2012 to August of 2016, where he was charged with ensuring the integrity of USCIS operations by providing security services, operations management, administrative security policy and counterintelligence capabilities to identify threats, develop mitigation strategies, and disseminate information to senior leaders and DHS HQ.

Prior to this assignment, he served as the Deputy Director of the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) in the White House where he managed the implementation of integrated Continuity of the Presidency (COP) and Continuity of Government (COG) policies and plans necessary to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of the Presidency and the U.S. Government in case of natural disaster, terrorist attack or essential services interruptions.

In addition, Mr. Radlinski served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer completing numerous deployments in support of the Global War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Boarding Officer. Furthermore, Mr. Radlinski served with the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division as a Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) officer in Iraq from May 2006 through April of 2007.

Josh Ray

Josh Ray

Managing Director Global Cyber Defense Lead

Accenture Security

Josh Ray
Managing Director Global Cyber Defense Lead
Accenture Security

Josh is the Global Cyber Defense Practice Lead for Accenture Security. He has over 18 years of combined commercial, government and military experience in the field of cyber intelligence, threat operations and information security. Prior to Accenture’s acquisition of iDefense, Josh was responsible for Verisign’s enterprise Cyber Intelligence Program as well as the operations and product strategy for the iDefense business as GM. During his work with Raytheon, Josh created and managed the Cyber Threat Operations Intelligence Program, which handled enterprise-wide intelligence activities focusing on defining and providing early warning of advanced cyber threats targeting Raytheon’s networks. Josh also held technical leadership roles with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the Northrop Grumman Corporation at the Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO), providing intelligence support to focused operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology from George Mason University, an Executive Certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management and served honorably as a member of the US Navy.

Sean Reyes

Sean Reyes

Attorney General

State of Utah

Sean Reyes
Attorney General
State of Utah

SEAN D. REYES – Utah’s 21st Attorney General
In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Within a year, he reorganized and re-energized the office internally and recaptured the trust of the State with striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators, and white-collar criminals. After winning the election in 2014 by one of the largest margins nationwide, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars.
After graduating summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1994, Reyes earned his law degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley in 1997. He practiced for nearly fourteen years at Parsons Behle & Latimer, the largest law firm in the State, where he became one of the first minority lawyers to make partner at a major Utah firm. While there, Reyes represented clients on some of the largest and most high profile litigation cases in the history of the State. He argued or briefed cases before state and federal courts throughout the country, including the Utah Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been honored nationally and locally with a long list of awards for his legal skills, leadership and unparalleled commitment to public service and has founded and served multiple non-profit organizations.

Jose Rivero

Jose Rivero

Commander Information Technology Services Bureau

State of Utah

Jose Rivero
Commander Information Technology Services Bureau
State of Utah

Over 15 years of experience in directing technical teams, problem solving, and implementing cost effective systems to meet the changing needs of a dynamic business in a mixed platform environment.

Specialties: Business/Project Strategy & Direction, Quality & Performance Management, Crisis & Risk Management, Team Development/Motivation, Recruitment/Deployment, Policy Design/Development, User-Requirement Consulting, Client Relationship Management, Strategic Partnership with C-Level Executives

Project Management, Help Desk Implementation/Development,
Software Deployment, Disaster Recovery, Quality Assurance Monitoring, Image Creation/Administration

Chris Rodriguez

Chris Rodriguez

Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Department of Homeland Security

Chris Rodriguez
Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Christopher Rodriguez is the Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). In this role, Dr. Rodriguez serves as the Homeland Security Advisor and State Coordinating Officer for the District of Columbia. He also is the State Administrative Agent for all homeland security federal grants funding for the District and the National Capital Region which includes parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland. HSEMA is responsible for emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery for the City, including operations for a 24-hour emergency operations center and the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center, the District’s intelligence fusion center.
Prior to HSEMA, Dr. Rodriguez served as Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness from 2014-17, where he led statewide strategies, policies, and operations on counterterrorism, resiliency, and cybersecurity. While serving in New Jersey, his home state, Dr. Rodriguez led the office during a national rise in homegrown violent extremism and established close relationships with the private sector and federal, state, and local law enforcement. Recognizing the critical role the public plays in stopping attacks before they happen, Dr. Rodriguez also increased the office’s engagement with the public—building and maintaining key relationships with faith-based communities.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he became a senior analyst in its Counterterrorism Center. In this position, he monitored terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, closely collaborating with U.S. Intelligence Community partners at the federal, state, and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the United States and its allies. During his time at the CIA, Dr. Rodriguez also oversaw an analytic unit that handled global economic and energy security, as well as related counterintelligence and cyber threats. From 2009-11, while deployed at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Dr. Rodriguez was a key U.S. interlocutor with the European Union during the height of the Euro crisis. He has been recognized by the CIA and Director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements.
Dr. Rodriguez received a BA from Williams College and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Ron Ross

Dr. Ron Ross

Senior Fellow, Cyber Security

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Ron Ross
Senior Fellow, Cyber Security
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include cybersecurity, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. His publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 199 (security categorization), FIPS 200 (security requirements), and NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (enterprise risk management), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls), SP 800-53A (security assessment), SP 800-37 (Risk Management Framework), SP 800-30 (risk assessment), SP 800-160 Volumes 1 and 2 (systems security engineering and cyber resiliency), SP 800-171 (security requirements for nonfederal systems and organizations), and SP 800-171A (security assessments for nonfederal organizations). Dr. Ross leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency group that includes the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for developing a Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.
Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. He also supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Ross has lectured at many universities and colleges including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Naval Postgraduate School, and George Washington University. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on a national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. Dr. Ross is a five-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to cybersecurity projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. He has received the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards and has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Dr. Ross has been selected as an (ISC)2 Fellow and inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame receiving its highest honor of Distinguished Fellow.
During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Donna Roy

Donna Roy

Chief Information Officer

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Donna Roy
Chief Information Officer
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Identity and data nerd. I am passionate about using innovative techniques to leverage identity, data and information. Excited about 5G, IoT, AI/ML and Cloud, I am committed to continuous learning and innovation to drive change. I am comfortable with modern development approaches (agile, DevSecOps, cloud services). I am leaning forward on zero-trust security frameworks, immutable infrastructure, and advanced data management using predictive analytics and ML. I am working to eliminate low level work with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) with an eye toward scaling Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

I enjoy networking with government and industry peers, working with State and local partners and always ready to face new challenges.

Stephen M. Ryan

Stephen M. Ryan

Partner

McDermott, Will & Emery

Stephen M. Ryan
Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery

Stephen (Steve) M. Ryan provides lobbying, litigation and counseling services for the high-technology community and companies in highly regulated industries, while addressing the combined legal, political and press related challenges stemming from congressional oversight and investigation. He is head of the Firm’s government strategies practice.
Steve served as general counsel to the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (GAC) and participated in all aspects of the committee’s legislative and oversight activities. In addition, he served as deputy counsel of the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, directing investigations against La Cosa Nostra and other criminals during the Reagan administration. He also served as an assistant US attorney in Washington, DC, prosecuting criminal cases. Steve received a special commendation from the attorney general and other Justice Department awards.
Steve tries cases for his lobbying clients. For example, while registered to lobby for an electric utility, Steve successfully argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against Enron. He has won cases regarding preemption of state law in Connecticut and New Jersey for a California bank that is a key lobbying client, and an antitrust case in the US District Court for the Northern District of California for a key internet utility.
A leader on internet governance issues, Steve has represented companies and their individual officers in their interactions with a range of law enforcement agencies, including the US Department of Justice, agency inspectors general and state attorneys general. He is often called upon to help conduct internal investigations to assist management and corporate boards. As part of his deep commitment to pro bono activity, Steve has represented Operation HOPE, a financial literacy group, for the last decad

Jaspal Sagoo

Jaspal Sagoo

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Disease Control

Jaspal Sagoo
Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Disease Control

As Chief Technology Officer of the Nation’s premier Public Health Agency, Jaspal Sagoo is responsible for and leads the development of Information Technology standards, best practices and strategic guidance in support of CDC’s business and scientific mission priorities.

Under Mr. Sagoo, the CTO Office operates both the CDC Technology R&D and Infrastructure Architecture activities. Mr. Sagoo has been with CDC since 1989, serving in a number of roles. Beginning at the CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP), Sagoo served as a Senior Network Engineer and Chief Technology Officer and Co-chair of the CDC CTO Council.

Since 2004, Mr. Sagoo has served as the CDC Chief Technology Officer, playing a significant role in the development of CDC IT Tactical and Strategic IT Policy. In addition to his role as CTO, Mr. Sagoo co-chairs the HHS Cloud Computing Advisory Council (CCAC), the CDC High-Performance Computing (HPC) committee and co-chairs the CDC Innovation and New Technologies Subcommittee (INTS).

Wayne Salzgaber

Wayne Salzgaber

Director, United States National Central Bureau

Interpol

Wayne Salzgaber
Director, United States National Central Bureau
Interpol

As Director, Mr. Salzgaber acts on behalf of the Attorney General as the official U.S. representative to INTERPOL, the world’s largest International Criminal Police Organization, and its 194 member countries. In this capacity, he leads the U.S. Government’s efforts to share and exchange international criminal investigate, border security and humanitarian assistance information across the INTERPOL communications platform, and has responsibility for all personnel and assets dedicated to INTERPOL Washington’s mission of supporting domestic and international law enforcement and border security operations around the globe.
Mr. Salzgaber is serving at INTERPOL Washington on detail from the Department of Homeland Security where he has worked since its creation in 2003. Mr. Salzgaber has worked in the public sector for over 30 years serving in key investigative, law enforcement, and military leadership positions with the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Office of Inspectors General at the Departments of Homeland Security and Treasury, and most recently with Homeland Security Investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mr. Salzgaber was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jane Seu

Jane Seu

Senior Partner

Korn-Ferru

Jane Seu
Senior Partner
Korn-Ferru
Michael Sherwood

Michael Sherwood

Director of Information Technology

City of Las Vegas

Michael Sherwood
Director of Information Technology
City of Las Vegas

Michael Sherwood is the Director of the Information Technologies Department, which manages the city’s computer systems and technology needs. Mr. Sherwood also serves as co-chairman of the city’s Innovation Team

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Chief Executive Officer

OnPoint

Tim Smith
Chief Executive Officer
OnPoint

Tim Smith has spent over 20 years largely supporting the Federal government, provident leadership and management success to the contractor community. As President of OnPoint Consulting Inc, Tim leads an organization that is leveraging technology to improve the way national security programs work with a focus on cybersecurity, engineering and development, analysis and digital transformation.

Chad Steelberg

Chad Steelberg

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Veritone

Chad Steelberg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Veritone

Chad Steelberg is a visionary serial entrepreneur who has co-founded several highly successful Internet software companies. As the Executive Chairman and CEO of Veritone, Chad has brought innovation and thought leadership to Artificial Intelligence that is transforming businesses worldwide and solving human problems on a massive scale.

Shiva Verma

Shiva Verma

Principal

Grant Thornton

Shiva Verma
Principal
Grant Thornton

Shiva Verma is a principal with Grant Thornton LLP’s Public Sector practice. As the lead for PS’ cost management services, Verma provides enterprise cost and performance management solutions to public and private sector organizations. His area of focus includes ABC/M, fee/price setting, budgeting, business process improvement, change management, LSS, strategic planning, value engineering, and target costing. Verma’s cost management and fee-setting clients include the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, Social Security Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the FDIC, the SEC, U.S. Postal Service, Regence Health Care, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, Energy, Defense, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. He has helped agencies brief oversight bodies such the OIG, OMB, GAO and Congress.

Randall G. Walden

Randall G. Walden

Director and Executive Program Officer, Rapid Capabilities Office

United States Air Force

Randall G. Walden
Director and Executive Program Officer, Rapid Capabilities Office
United States Air Force

Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director and Program Executive Officer for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition. The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.

Joe Zuramski

Joe Zuramski

Chief Executive Officer

Reliasource

Joe Zuramski
Chief Executive Officer
Reliasource

Mr. Zuramski is the President of ReliaSource. Leveraging a commercial Finance and Banking background coupled with deep Project Management Experience earned over the last 15 years, Joe has developed and managed innovative solutions to complex problems at a multitude of Federal Agencies and Fortune 500 Companies, focused on value engineering to bring his clients high quality solutions at a fraction of the competitors cost. Joe has developed solutions to and been awarded over $125 Million in Federal contracts. Joe’s mastery of financial models combined with his hands-on understanding of Technology and Business dynamics enable the development of tailored, value-engineered, customer-centric programs.
Under Mr. Zuramski’s leadership, ReliaSource has grown into a provider of IT solutions across broad technical landscapes that encompass the entire United States geography. Working closely with customers, Joe and ReliaSource have earned the trust of client management and leadership at all levels. Joe is proud to have a large contingency of IT and Finance Professionals, and former Federal Executives as friends and advisors. Mr. Zuramski holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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