Pelican Drones, Inc. - Owner and Founder
Chris Tonn is the owner and founder of Pelican Drones, Inc. established in 2014. Chris graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a focus on Sales and Marketing. Pelican Drones is the culmination of a personal life dream to live on the beach and work where others vacation.
Pelican Drones was the first FAA-approved company on the gulf coast and operates with an incident-free flight record.
Chris came from the telecom industry working as the Director of Sales for Preway Sales, a southeastern based wholesale industry conglomerate and has extensive experience in the production of large consumer events as well.
Pelican Drones, Inc. - Director of Sales & Advancement
Alan Gray is the Director of Sales & Advancement for Pelican Drones is a licensed urban planner from Pensacola, Florida. He is a GIS specialist and also works in urban design, development programming, and transportation planning. He graduated from the University of Alabama with an undergrad and a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Alan has worked on both sides of the table as a public sector regulator and private sector developer for hundreds of projects. His community connections have led to some very interesting projects for Pelican Drones.
Baptist Health Care - Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Dr. Phillips is a seasoned healthcare IT information security professional, as well as an operational technical infrastructure service Director. He is a graduate of UAB's MSHA, MSHI, MBA programs. Thad began his PhD studies in Health Systems Management at Tulane in 2004 prior to Hurricane Katrina and evacuated to Mobile, AL hours before the storm, where he continued and completed his education over the next 7 years while working full time in Healthcare IT Security and Operations at the University of South Alabama Health System.
Dr. Phillips began his current position with Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, FL in 2018 as the enterprise Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Most recently, he has been given an additional role as the Interim IT Director of Technical Infrastructure Services. He brings 20+ years of applicable Administration/Information Technology operations experience to his teaching as an adjunct faculty member with both Tulane University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
IBM - Director, Data and AI Expert Labs & Learning, North America
Lakisha R. S. Hall is Director of Delivery in North America for the newly formed Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning organization. Her team is responsible for the execution and implementation of solutions and services for a combined Data and AI portfolio.
Navy Federal Credit Union - Campus Recruiting Program Manager, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition
Will has over 10 years of experience in recruiting. He joined Navy Federal Credit Union in May 2011 as a Recruiter on the Talent Acquisition team. He has supported a variety of business units with hiring over the years. In July 2014, Will transferred from our headquarters campus in Vienna, VA to Pensacola. FL.
Currently, Will manages our campus recruiting/outreach programs in developing strategies to identify candidates for opportunities at the credit union and promoting Navy Federal as an employer of choice. He serves as a trusted advisor to our business partners and brand ambassador in helping individuals secure a career at the world’s largest credit union.
Prior to Navy Federal, Will worked at a Nonprofit HR, a human resources consulting firm in Washington, DC which specializes in staffing services.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in August 2007.
During his spare time, he enjoys relaxing with family and friends, traveling, and is passionate about sports.
Navy Federal Credit Union - Recruiter III, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition
Tara has over four years of experience in recruiting. She joined Navy Federal Credit Union in January 2009 as a Delinquency Control Counselor under the Collections Division, and worked in various roles before transitioning over to Talent Acquisition in 2014. She has supported a variety of business units with hiring over the years, ranging from Branch, Real Estate Lending, Human Resources, Administrative Services, and Consumer Lending.
Currently, Tara recruits for our Information Services Division. She serves as a trusted advisor to our business partners and brand ambassador in helping individuals secure a career at the world’s largest credit union.
During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and son, being on the water, and cheering for the Florida Gators!
Retired EVP/CIO Financial Industry
Bill Hills’ more than 40 year career in industry and consulting has focused on leading and supporting sustainability, growth and transformation for industry-leading companies including Chase Econometrics, Johnson & Johnson, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Xansa, PLC, and, most recently, Navy Federal Credit Union. Bill retired retired in 2019 after being with the credit union for 10 years and serving as its Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the last 5 years.
Mr. Hills’ is a consummate leader with a proven track record of blending effective business processes with practical information technology solutions to improve corporate performance. His multidisciplinary background includes extensive experience in developing applications on a wide-range of platforms, driving innovation for competitive advantage, and affecting large-scale organizational transformation to improve operational and business efficiency and effectiveness.
Mr. Hills was named a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2016 and a Constellation 150 Business Transformation Leader in 2018. Under Mr. Hills’ leadership, Navy Federal was named a ComputerWorld Best Places to Work in IT organization in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In addition, the project management office that Mr. Hills formally created in 2013 was named PMO of the year by The Project Management Institute in 2015.
Cognitive Big Data - CEO
Lloyd Reshard serves as both the CEO for Cognitive Big Data Systems Inc. an award-winning AI computer vision technology startup. In April of 2012, Mr. Reshard retired after 26 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he spent his last six years as the Chief of the Munitions Aerodynamics Sciences Branch. There, Mr. Reshard managed one of the largest branches with 34 employees, and executed $250M in programs in six years, averaging over $40M annually. He initiated and collaborated in over $10M in research to investigate alternative ways to process data in real-time and found that AI using artificial neural networks was the number one way, followed by reconfigurable computing. His passion and drive lead to the founding of one of NSF most successful centers, the Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing.
He currently serves on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a national award-winning engineer, his recognitions include Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement Government (2009), the DoD Civilian Meritorious Service Award for the Global War on Terrorism (2009), the General Lester L. Lyles Award for employee mentoring (2010), the National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Vision Award (2008) and the Air Force Material Command NAACP Award (2007) for promoting diversity in the workplace.
Innovation Institute University of West Florida - Director, Innovative Program Development
Christian Garman is the director of Innovative Program Development at the University of West Florida Innovation Institute. He specializes in design thinking, using the Institute's trademarked IDEA method to bring transformative, innovative change to any challenge. Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts/Telecommunications and Film from the University of West Florida and is currently earning his Master's degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from UWF. He's projected to graduate from the program in the spring of 2020. Prior to his work at UWF, Christian was the morning meteorologist at WEAR TV in Pensacola for 20 years.
Dr. Dallas Snider
University of West Florida - Associate Professor and Chair of the Information Technology Department
Dr. Dallas Snider is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Information Technology Department at the University of West Florida. Dr. Snider teaches data mining and a variety of database courses. He is currently involved in research projects with the U.S. Navy Medicine Operational Training Center - Pensacola, the Andrews Institute, and the Florida Department of Health. Prior to working at UWF, Dr. Snider worked as a database application developer for Northrop Grumman and Acxiom Corporation.
GDIT - MPTE TSS Program Director
I am a graduate of the University of Rochester in N.Y., and was designated a Naval Flight Officer and a bombardier/navigator in the A-6E Intruder in 1992.
After I retired from active duty in 2013, I decided to settle my family in Pensacola and started my own business; Sean O'Brien Consulting, LLC. The firm provided IT Business Integration, Solution Architect, Business Capture and Development, Strategic Planning, Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems and IT Operations services. In 2015 a contract evolved into a full time executive position with GDIT. I am currently the Program Director for the MPT&E TSS Program.
My Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V” device, Arial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals. (www.linkedin.com/in/spobrien/)
I am married to the former Jennifer A. Schulz of New York and Mobile, Alabama. We have five sons Connor, Dillon, Abner, Colin and Danann.
Dr. Paul Glisson, DO, MBA, FACEP
Baptist Healthcare - Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Glisson currently serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Baptist Healthcare, Pensacola, Florida. In this role, he examines the intersection of patient care, medical staff education, training and administration, and data monitoring to measure and improve patient outcomes. He is a member of HealthStream's team of Physician Coaches, who has provided lectures and on site coaching concerning physician engagement, quality measures and IT implementation. He brings over ten years of healthcare experience to his role at Baptist and brings knowledge in physician leadership, quality initiatives, and change management. He also currently serves as the Board Chair for Strategic Health Initiative, operating Florida’s largest Health Information Exchange.
After working several years as a front line emergency medicine physician first in the military, and then in both the for-profit and the non-profit sectors, Dr. Glisson went on to become the medical director for a large multi-facility physician group. In this role, he led quality and lean initiatives for the emergency department, and was acknowledged for ability to connect with other physicians to implement change. His accomplishments also include marked results in process improvement, and leading EMR implementations at two large facilities.
After earning an MBA at Auburn University, Dr. Glisson began to concentrate on physician leadership. While still working in the emergency room part time, he became the CMIO at Baptist Health Care and focused on meeting meaningful use criteria, where Baptist would go on to a full EMR implementation and achieve CPOE adoption rates in the 90% range. This experience has led him to work towards physician engagement, and the results that can come from a truly engaged team of physicians, nurses, and ancillary support staff. In his current role, he is responsible for clinical quality improvement for the health system and preparing for the change to a reimbursement model based on accountable care.
Dr. Glisson has a true focus on outcomes, and is able to draw on his experiences with information technology, technology adoption, physician scorecards, and even the disruptive physician to meet this challenge.
Doctorate of Osteopathy
Masters Business Administration
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Studer Community Institute - Chief Leadership Development Officer
Passionate about leadership development, organization growth and making a difference, Rachael is Chief Leadership Development Office for Studer Community Institute, responsible for the Training and Development program including creation of curriculum, and the implementation of leadership training programs, workshops, customized business solutions and EntreCon®.
Rachael Gillette’s unique background combines over 20 years experience in leadership, coaching, training and speaking. Former Executive Director of Pensacola Young Professionals, she holds the Bar of England and Wales and a Bachelors in Law and American Studies from Keele University, England.
She practiced as a Barrister-at-Law for 9 years in England and as a Family Mediator on the First Judicial Circuit in Pensacola, FL. Rachael is a John Maxwell certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker. Gillette is a member of the American Business Women’s Association and Impact 100.
An avid sailor, Rachael competes in local, national, and international regattas and is the winner of the British Virgin Islands Interline Regatta, Regata-al-Sol and four-time winner of the Women’s Gulf Yachting Association champion, Race for the Roses and Pensacola Yacht Club’s Offshore Sailor of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year.
Dr. Eman El-Sheikh
University of West Florida - Director and Professor, Center for Cybersecurity
Dr. Eman El-Sheikh is Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Professor of
Computer Science at the University of West Florida. Eman has extensive expertise
in cybersecurity education, research and workforce development and received
several awards related to cybersecurity education and diversity. She leads UWF’s
efforts as the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence Regional
Resource Center for the Southeast U.S. and received several grants to enhance
cybersecurity education and training. She teaches and conducts research related
to the development and evaluation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
for cybersecurity. She has published several books, including most recently,
Computer and Network Security Essentials by Springer Publishing, over 70 peerreviewed articles and given over 100 presentations and invited talks. Eman holds
a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.
Walmart - VP & Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Adam Ely is an entrepreneur and operations executive having founded a security product company and held leadership roles with several Fortune 100 companies. Ely is currently Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer with Walmart. Prior to this role he co-founded Bluebox Security, acquired in 2016, was the CISO of Salesforce's Heroku business unit, and led security and compliance at TiVo and within The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to his current role, he has served as an advisor to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 on technology, cyber security, operations and serves as an advisor to Florida State University.
Studer Community Institute - Founder
Quint Studer is founder of Pensacola’s Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the community’s quality of life and moving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties forward. He is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to many. He currently serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of West Florida.
Quint has given his life to designing the building blocks for people and organizations that guide them to achieving and sustaining high performance. In 2000 he founded a consulting firm that implemented leadership systems and practices to help organizations attain and sustain outstanding results and create cultures of excellence. Over the years, it won multiple awards, including the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. By the time the firm was sold in 2015, it had 250 employees.
Inc. magazine named Studer its Master of Business, making him the only healthcare leader to have ever won this award. Twice Modern Healthcare has chosen him as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for his work on institutional healthcare improvement. He has served as a guest lecturer at institutions of higher learning, spoken to a wide range of audiences across the U.S., and is a nationally recognized expert regarding leadership. He is often interviewed by radio and TV shows, as well as magazines and newspapers across the country.
In addition to Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America, Quint has authored seven books, including Results That Last, which reached number seven on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. He writes a weekly employee development column that runs every Sunday in the Pensacola News Journal.
His newest venture is Vibrant Community Partners, a company that coaches communities in building out a blue print for achieving growth and excellence. The firm focuses on education, downtown development, economic development, including training for small businesses and civic engagement. The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Civic Engagement are two training organizations created to help communities reach their potential.
Studer and his wife, Rishy, are residents of Pensacola, Florida. Passionate about giving back to the community, they share their time and resources with local and national non-profit organizations.
Zix/AppRiver - President & CEO
David J. Wagner joined Zix as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016 and also serves as a member of Zix's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Zix, Dave held leadership roles at Entrust for 20 years. Most recently he served as President of Entrust from 2013 through 2015, where he led the successful integration of Entrust after its acquisition by Datacard. Dave delivered revenue growth and led the re-investment strategy to move Entrust solutions to the cloud. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Entrust from 2003 to 2013. Before joining Entrust, Dave held various finance and accounting positions at Nortel Networks and at Raytheon Systems. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he received both an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master of business administration (MBA) degree.
AppRiver - Senior Security Specialist
Currently a Senior Security Specialist at AppRiver, LLC. – part of Zix , his team is responsible for global network deployments and manages the SecureSurf global DNS infrastructure and SecureTide global spam & virus filtering infrastructure as well as all internal applications. They also manage security operations for the entire company. He holds a CISSP certification in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science degree with a major in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Alabama. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Pensacola. He is also well-versed in ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques and has been involved in technology for more than 20 years.
Jim has presented at NolaCon, ITEN WIRED, BSides Las Vegas, BSides Atlanta, BSides San Francisco, CircleCityCon, DEF CON, DerbyCon, CypherCon and several smaller conferences. He is a regular contributor to the Tripwire Blog and Peerlyst. He regularly attends national security conferences and is passionate about conveying the importance of developing, implementing and maintaining security policies for organizations. His talks convey unique and practical techniques that help attendees harden their security in practical and easy-to-deploy ways.
Jim is a senior staff member with BSides Las Vegas, a member of the ITEN WIRED Planning Committee and the President of the Florida Panhandle (ISC)2 Chapter. He served as President and CEO of GridSouth Networks, LLC, a joint venture between Creative Data Concepts Limited Inc. and AppRiver, LLC., and founded Creative Data Concepts Limited, Inc.
He stays connected with the InfoSec and ethical hacker community and is well-known by his peers. In addition to his work at AppRiver, he devotes his time to advancing IT security awareness and investigating novel ways to implement affordable security controls.
When not at the computer, Jim can be found working out, playing guitar, traveling or just relaxing with an adult beverage.
Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS) - Director of Software Engineering
Greg McMenimen proudly served in and retired from the US Coast Guard and has over 30 years of experience leading development teams that have created software solutions for the DoD, government, Healthcare, and automotive industries. Throughout his career he has traveled the world building his skills in international relations and gaining a fondness for cultural immersion.
Greg empowers his team by creating a culture that encourages free communication, autonomy, and efficiency. He believes in having a freedom and responsibility approach that allows his team to grow and feel ownership in the products they are developing.
Greg lives in Pensacola and he is currently the Director of Software Engineering at Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems. IRIS is the industry leader in early detection systems for diabetic retinopathy and other retinal pathologies. IRIS’s end-to-end diagnostic solution is designed to work within a primary care setting and helps to increase access and create better outcomes for patients with sight-threatening disease.
EBSCO Industries, Inc. and Microsoft - Solution Architect
Samir Behara is a Solution Architect with EBSCO Industries and builds software solutions using cutting edge technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over 12 years of IT experience working on large-scale enterprise applications involving complex business functions, web integration, and data management in various domains like Insurance, Manufacturing and Publishing.
Samir is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national conferences and is the Co-Chapter Lead of the Steel City SQL Server UserGroup, Birmingham, AL. He is the author of www.dotnetvibes.com
Pen Air Federal Credit Union - VP of Information Technology
Galen Counselman grew up in Pensacola and he is a proud University of West Florida alumni. He has 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Galen spent a large part of his career in healthcare where he developed his passion and expertise for information security and privacy. In 2015 he transitioned to the financial industry as the AVP/Information Security Officer at Pen Air Credit Union and today he serves as the VP of Information Technology. Pen Air is a not-for-profit, member owned financial institution, serving Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama since 1936.
Robert L. Jones III
Beggs & Lane - Partner/Tax Attorney
Robert L. Jones, III is a partner in the firm’s Pensacola office. Robert is a board certified tax attorney. He serves as Practice Group Manager for the firm’s Corporate and Tax practices and is a member of the firm’s Wills, Trust and Estates practice group. Robert practices in the areas of tax law, corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, including high-net worth estate tax planning, probate, not-for profit and charitable organizations, and business planning, from the creation of a business to succession planning.
Robert is a sixth generation Florida resident. Robert received a B.A. from the University of Florida. He was a member of Florida Blue Key and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity while at the University of Florida. Robert received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, College of Law, where he was an Editor of the UALR Law Review. Robert then received a Master of Laws degree in Taxation, from the University of Florida, College of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Florida Tax Review.
Robert is the President (2017-2018) and member of the Estate Planning Council of Northwest Florida, the Board of Directors for Baptist Health Care Foundation, a graduate of Leadership Pensacola (2018), and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Robert is admitted to practice to the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and all Florida state courts. Robert is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Mr. Jones was recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine in the field of Tax Law. Robert also has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Federal Income Taxation at the Florida Coastal School of Law. He is also involved with his church and many other community activities.
Beggs & Lane - Partner
Jack Zoesch is a partner in the firm’s litigation group. His has litigated and served as trial counsel in cases involving complex business disputes, government contracting, breach of contract, intellectual property, business torts (including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty), shareholder disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation, products liability, and medical malpractice. He has authored numerous motions for summary judgment and appellate briefs in both state and federal courts.
Jack serves as manager of the firm’s government contracts practice group. He counsels and advises government contractors throughout northwest Florida and the Southeast. His work in this sector includes such matters as negotiation of teaming agreements and subcontracts, litigation between contractors, disputes with the government, and intellectual property issues. Jack has also defended against federal white collar criminal prosecutions of alleged defense contracting fraud and procurement violations. He frequently speaks and presents to local industry groups on pertinent issues to government contractors.
Jack also maintains an active intellectual property practice. He has litigated a variety of intellectual property claims, including trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and cybersquatting. He files trademark applications, helps businesses guard their confidential and proprietary information, and assists with the intellectual property aspects of transactions. During law school, Jack published a Comment in the Catholic University Law Review on the relationship between jazz arrangements and copyright law and worked as a summer associate and law clerk at Finnegan, a large intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C.
Jack is AV peer-review rated for high ethical standards and preeminent legal ability in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. For the last six years he has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers statewide.
DBA/BI Consultant for Hosting/Ntirety
I spend 82.25 percent of my time thinking about, proving concepts, writing about, talking about and implementing solutions for SQL Server technologies. I have an affinity for HADR, Reporting, BI, data analysis, SQL internals, capacity planning, architecture, virtualization, performance tuning and optimization and aggregations. The other 22 percent of my time I spend working on how to make accurate percentages. I work from home out of my Office Del Castillo. I am an author, sometimes-blogger and presenter on SQL technologies. I am happily back in Pensacola from Orlando, where the traffic was miserable.
Wilber Tech LLC - Owner
Carson has worked across the Emerald Coast in robotics, software design, IT and web management, and education, in all of nonprofit, government, higher education, and private sectors. He co-founded and serves as Director of Education for a Pensacola nonprofit, INERTIA Education Programs, Inc., as well as three technology companies touching quantum computing, artificial intelligence, distributed systems, cybersecurity, and general technology services. He co-presented “Digital Media & Social Engineering: Using Your Data Against You” at ITEN WIRED 2018 and has spoken on ITEN WIRED Radio. At the University of West Florida, Carson focuses on research and academic programs to develop artificial intelligence, pursue certifications in cybersecurity, and earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Mathematics, and Software Design & Development. He works with K-12 schools as an Ambassador for the UWF Center for Cybersecurity to encourage young students to pursue the industry in Florida and the NWFL region.
Glenda R. Snodgrass
The Net Effect, LLC - President
Glenda R. Snodgrass has been President, lead consultant and project manager at The Net Effect since the company's inception in 1996. Ms. Snodgrass is primarily engaged in cyber security training, threat analysis and mitigation for commercial, nonprofit and governmental organizations. In addition to conducting securityrelated workshops, corporate training and delivering cyber security defense presentations at professional conferences and conventions, she spends time drafting network security procedures and developing employee security awareness training programs for clients. A frequent contributor to Tripwire's The State of Security blog and Business View magazine, she also provides expert witness testimony in technologyrelated court cases. Her dynamic personality and effective teaching style have made her a soughtafter public speaker and corporate trainer for more than twenty years. Currently President of Gulf Coast Industrial Security Awareness Council, Vice Chair of Mobile Chapter 117 of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International), member of the steering committee for Gulf Coast Technology Council, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Snodgrass is also an active member of InfraGard and recently graduated from the FBI Citizens' Academy. She holds a B.A. from the University of South Alabama (1986) and a maîtrise from Université de Paris I PanthéonSorbonne in Paris, France (1989).
bluFON Corp - Founder
Nino Vidovic, Ph.D. is former Chief Technologist, AI Enabled IT, Service Assurance
and Cloud Application Services at Digital Workplace, Konica Minolta
Business Solutions. He oversaw technology direction, leading design
of AI Enabled Cloud Management and Service Assurance Platforms and
various cloud-based SaaS management solutions, directing a global team
spanning multiple research and development sites on three continents,
and collaboration with strategic partners and customers.
Before Konica Minolta, Dr. Vidovic was CTO Centre for Innovations,
Corporate Research at Huawei. Prior to Huawei Nino was Vice President
and Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Network Management Technology
Group, Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Nino held the positions of Vice
President of Internet Platform Technology Organisation at AT&T. Nino was
founder and CEO of a couple Silicon Valley startups, holds a doctorate in
Computer Science from the University of Zagreb and a masters in Computer
Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
William E. Pearson III
Island Technologies Inc. - Business Intelligence Architect
Bill Pearson, SQL Server Analysis Services Maestro, SQL Server MVP, CPA, CITP, CGMA, CMA, CIA, MCDBA, MCSE, is a consultant, author, mentor and business intelligence architect who has been working with business intelligence for over 20 years, and with the integrated Microsoft Business Intelligence solution since its inception. Bill has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional multiple times for his technical experience implementing Microsoft BI, as well as his contributions to the community as an author and speaker. Bill’s recent series’ include the Stairway to MDX and Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX columns at SQLServerCentral.com, and he presents regularly at SQL Saturdays and other diverse events worldwide. Bill is a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust.
Becker Digital - Creative Director
Hannah Becker is the Creative Director at Becker Digital, a veteran-owned marketing and public relations agency headquartered in NW Florida. Becker has a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, and certifications in cybersecurity, education and nonprofit management. Before moving back to the Sunshine State, Becker taught business, computer science, and economics at multiple Midwestern universities. Today, she focuses her work on supporting mission-driven organizations in achieving their community goals.
Becker’s been active in the realm of influencer marketing since 2012 and has collaborated on national campaigns with AARP, BB&T, Forté Foundation, Heifer International, Intuit Quickbooks, Lincoln Military Housing, Reward Volunteers, TYLENOL®, and others. She is passionate about relationship-focused digital strategies that cultivate brand loyalty and improve communities. Becker volunteers as a career mentor with Hiring Our Heroes, Society of Military Spouses in STEM, and Military Officers Association of America’s Pensacola Chapter.
Austal USA - Cybersecurity Leader
Patrick Hilgendorf is the IT Security Manager for Austal USA where he is responsible for securing business systems and industrial equipment for the world’s largest aluminum ship manufacturer. Patrick previously served at the Pentagon where he developed policy for securing Air Force weapon systems to mitigate against increasing threat of cyber attacks. He also developed autonomous satellite antenna steering solutions used to deliver aircraft surveillance video for Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. Patrick holds the “Certified Ethical Hacker” and “Certified Incident Handler” certifications. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering.
ActiGraph - Director of IT and DevOps
Richard Shaw is a Director of IT and DevOps for ActiGraph, LLC, where Richard leads ActiGraph’s IT and software product development efforts by providing effective leadership, technology supervision, and positive administration while implementing best practices in information technology and development operations.
Richard has worked as a software developer for ActiGraph. He has created and maintained various desktop and web applications covering various programming languages. He has also worked as an IT administrator in his earlier career for ActiGraph where he designed, installed, configured and optimized enterprise computer systems and networks in a cross-platform environment.
Richard was born in Jacksonville, NC on August 21, 1985. He grew up most of his younger years in Virginia, graduating high school in 2003, before joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004 at the age of nineteen. He graduated from USMC Aviation Electronics before honorably leaving the military in 2007. He continued his education and graduated with a A.S. in Computer Programming, Analysis, and Web Development from Pensacola State College in 2017 and further continues his education into Cybersecurity as PSC.
Richard is married to Kelly Shaw, a future veterinarian currently advancing her career at Pensacola’s Safe Harbor Animal Hospital. He lives in Pensacola, FL. He enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and running. His favorite hobbies are video games, custom PC building, and freelance software programming.
George Rey Sr.
COTS Technology, LLC - President
Lieutenant Commander Rey retired from the U.S. Navy after completing 33 years of active duty in the United States Navy’s Submarine Service. During that period he served on 5 submarines, 3 major staffs, and two tours in the Pentagon. He started COTS Technology, a consulting company, supporting
industry, academic, and government entities in operational and research
endeavors with a focus on robotic systems. Commander Rey was a key member that development and implemented Tulane University’s Long-term Estuary Assessment Group (LEAG) developing biosensors for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Commander Rey’s most recent activities established the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program at Nicholls State University’s Geomatics’ program. This program was the first in Louisiana to receive an
FAA approved Certificate Of waiver Authorization (COA) to fly in the National Air Space (NAS). Commander Rey established the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Leads this statewide organization as the founding president. Commander Rey Continues to work with companies to develop their UAS programs that meet the FAA’s
Part 107 requirements. He is the Transportation Sector Chief and serves as a Board Member of the InfraGard’s Louisiana Member's Alliance with a focus on aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Deidre Melton, CFE,CIA,CISA,CISM,CR...
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University - Internal Auditor & Investigator
Deidre Melton serves as an assurance, risk management, investigator, and advisory professional specializing in information technology/cybersecurity at her alma mater, Florida A&M University. Deidre began her career working in educational and local/state government audits for the State of Florida Auditor General's Office.
Deidre is the current President of the ISACA Tallahassee Chapter and Leadership Development Chair for SheLeadsTech Tallahassee. She earned her B.S. of Management and Master of Business Administration at Florida A&M University. Additionally, Deidre is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC).
Inmogeia Technologies, Inc. - CEO & Founder
Shana is an internationally focused entrepreneur creating technology that makes an impact. Her passion is stimulated by developments in global health technology trends that use emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain. She has dedicated her career to finding the intersection between technology and transformational outcomes. Prior to founding Inmogeia Technologies, Shana was the cofounder of an assistive technology company, Puffin Innovations, which used AI and internet of things connectivity to empower those with severe disabilities. She received an MBA from the prestigious MIT Sloan dual degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing China.
Eletype - CEO & Founder
Michael is the CEO and founder of Eletype, Inc. and also serves as the CTO-In-Residence at ATDC. He works as a mentor and advisor to many of Atlanta's hottest startup ventures. Previously Michael was CTO at BrightWhistle/InfluenceHealth where he helped produce the latest generation of healthcare digital marketing technology, landing BrightWhistle as a Facebook Innovation Competition Award winner.
He also volunteers with Teens Living With Cancer, a local support group for teens and young adult cancer patients.
An active presenter at conferences, Michael has held speaking engagements on social media, digital marketing, and healthcare at TechCrunch, CallRail, HIMSS, HMPS, HCIC, SHSMD, Health 2.0, HealthBox, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Tech.
Molly Akin, CFCE, EnCE, MSDF
Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Special Agent Supervisor
Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) Molly Akin has been employed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for over twenty years. SAS Akin has served approximately fifteen years of her career specializing in cybercrime investigations and digital forensics. SAS Akin currently supervises the FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center (PROC) Cyber High Tech Crime Unit. Her squad conducts criminal investigations which includes Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), business email compromise scams, and network intrusions. SAS Akin is the current State Chair over the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF), Cyber Terrorism Focus Group. SAS Akin also coordinates the RDSTF Region 1 Cyber Group, which meets quarterly to discuss cyber trends and other cyber-related matters impacting Northwest Florida.
SAS Akin holds a bachelors degree in criminology from The Florida State University and a masters of digital forensics from the University of Central Florida. Her certifications include: CompTia A+, Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS), EnCase Certified Examiner, International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), Berla Vehicle Forensics, Cellebrite CCLO/CCPA, and MSAB XRY. SAS Akin is also a certified instructor for the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, specializing in defensive tactics.
Sharpen - Chairman and CEO
Mike co-founded T2 Systems in 1994 and led the company in the role of president, CEO, and Chairman through 2016 when the company was acquired by Thoma Bravo. T2 is a leader in providing mission-critical software, hardware and infrastructure to the parking industry, and has been one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Customers include some of the largest cities and most prestigious universities in the US and Canada, as well as the largest parking operators in North America.
Under his leadership, T2 has been recognized in the Inc. 500, Software 500, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Indiana Growth 100, and as an Indiana Company to Watch. Prior to founding T2, Mike’s career included marketing, sales and project management at IBM, PepsiCo and General Motors. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
Mike remains an advisor to the board of T2 Systems, and now manages Jupiter Peak, LLC, a family investment company that invests capital in early stage technology companies, venture capital, private equity, real estate, and other business ventures. He serves on the boards of BP3 Global, Sharpen Technologies, Techpoint, the Indiana Repertory Theater, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, as well as serving in an advisory capacity to Petra Capital in Nashville. He is the former board chair of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, and the Techpoint Foundation. He also served on the board of the International Parking Institute for eight years.
Mike currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Sharpen Technologies, a progressive Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) technology company based in downtown Indy. Starting as one of the company’s primary investors, he is now focused on growing and scaling the company, building out the team, and positioning the company for success.
His latest project – SILO Auto Club and Conservancy — centers around his love of collectible and performance cars in downtown Indy, where he lives with his wife, Liz. They both enjoy golf, skiing, and good wine, as well as visits from their busy adult children: Savannah and Sean, who both attend the University of Utah, and Christopher, who also lives in Indy.
Florida State University - Associate Dean
Ebe Randeree's background spans the fields of technology, healthcare, leadership and higher education. His specific interests are in outreach and creating pipelines from k-12 to higher education to industry. As part of a National Science Foundation project started in 2005, he has focused his service role on recruiting more women and minorities to the STEM fields. He is the Associate Dean of Finance & Administration at the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University where he teaches courses in leadership, career prep, health informatics, and technology. He focuses his efforts on community outreach, employer partnerships, and supporting k-12 programs. Ebe has a master's degree in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Buffalo. He started at Florida State University in 2006.
YakMotley - CEO
Captain US ARMY Retired
375,000 social media followers: 228,000 Facebook, 100,000 YouTube, 14,000 Instagram, 5000+ linkedIn
YouTube Silver Play button awardee- (YakMotley YouTube Channel)- 100,000 subscribers and 33 million video views
Created a 6 figure income on YouTube and social Media
Hayes e-Government Resources, Inc. - Cyber Security Strategist
Danielle Alvarez has over 18 years of IT experience in business and government sectors. She has provided IT expertise in numerous market sectors, including education, healthcare, banking and finance, agriculture and natural resources, retail, and law enforcement.
Danielle is currently the Cyber Security Strategist for Hayes e-Government Resources, Inc. She formerly served as the Floridas Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Other roles have included the Manager of IT Security and Compliance and the Information Security Manager & Compliance Officer for the Florida Department of Financial Services. In addition, she worked for the Florida Auditor General, private sector firms, and a college.