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For Immediate Release
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Mary Shea Sutherland, MaryShea@UpsonTG.com

Mar. 28, 2019 (VIENNA, Va.)The Government Business Executive Forum announced today Dr. Barry West and Chrissie Coon as Co-Chairs for its flagship conference, CES Government, held in partnership with CES annually. CES Government 2020 will be take place January 9-11, 2020 at Park MGM, Las Vegas, NV and 2020 marks CES Government’s 15thanniversary.

CES Governmentis the premier annual government technology conference held in partnership with the world’s most prestigious technology trade show: CES. 180,000 technology professionals from more than 160 countries participate in CES – from these, 400 are invited to participate in CES Government.

Dr. Barry West is Chief Executive Officer of West Wing Advisors. He is one of the most recognized names in U.S. government technology, having served as Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce, FEMA, National Weather Service, FDIC and others in his nearly 30-year career in technology management. He has held senior positions in industry as well, most recently to include President of Microtech before launching West Wing Advisors earlier this year. Dr. West has attended and participated in the planning of all 14 CES Government conferences.

Chrissie Coon is President of Upson Technology Group and Co-Chair of the Government Business Executive Forum. She is recognized nationally for her public relations and marketing skills, especially as applied to public safety technology. She is a former senior marketing professional for the Nation’s largest emergency communications network – FirstNet – and is a 15-year veteran of the North Las Vegas Police Department. At FirstNet, Ms. Coon orchestrated FirstNet’s participation in CES and CES Government the past three years. “From my work at FirstNet, I know firsthand the value of CES Government. I am delighted to join Dr. West as co-chair for the conference’s 15thanniversary.”

“CES Government is our sector’s premier annual summit. Chrissie and I are honored to serve as co-chairs in this milestone year,” said Dr. Barry West. “Every year I say it can’t get better and every year it does. The bar is high, but we plan to exceed all expectations next January.”

CES Government continues to sell out each year. Registration will open in early July, is primarily by invitation and limited to 400 executive level and high-ranking attendees. Executive roundtables, plenary sessions, keynotes and other activities will focus on emerging technologies that touch local, state and federal government in areas of artificial intelligence, cyber security, IoT, smart government, big data, Iaas, Saas, and cloud applications especially as applied to defense, intelligence, healthcare and law enforcement missions.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with Barry and Chrissie to build the most provocative CES Government yet,” said CES Government Program Director Paul Krein, an 8-year veteran of CES Government. “They bring years of experience and technical insight that will enhance the CES Government programming and will help to frame pivotal discussions around emerging technologies in local, state, federal and international government tech sectors.”

“With CES as a backdrop, attendees can expect large U.S. Federal and American government participation and significant participation from U.S. partner nations,” said Dr. West.

“It is the partnership with CES that sets this conference apart and provides the greatest value to attendees – government and industry alike,” Ms. Coon added. “Our agenda will substantially intersect the CES pavilions of cyber security, transportation, drone technologies and smart government. Again, it will be a pleasure to work with Dr. West and the Government Business Executive Forum membership on this anniversary production.”


About the Government Business Executive Forum

The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) is a premier network of top government and technology professionals in business and government. Anchored in the United States, global in its reach, the GBEF builds an integrated program designed to bring influencers of government and technology together at its flagship event, held in partnership with CES- CES Government.