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Craig Abod

Craig Abod

Founder and President


From $0 to nearly $6 billion in 15 years, Craig Abod is widely regarded as the premier software distributor and sales strategist in the government technology sector. More than 300 software companies rely on Carahsoft’s unmatched performance in positioning products across Federal, state and local jurisdictions. Carahsoft continues to receive numerous recognitions and Abod himself is a Fed 100 winner.

Brad Antle

Brad Antle


Antle Advisors, LLC

In his new venture Brad Antle prepares company clients for sale and expansion through improved performance and operational efficiency. He has few peers in this arena, having built and sold two major companies – SI International and Salient (eventually Salient CRGT). Recognized throughout the government technology circle, Brad has chaired the Northern Virginia Technology Council and serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations and companies.

Charlie	Armstrong

Charlie Armstrong

Managing Partner

E274 Inc.

After nearly 30 years as one of the US government’s most recognized technology executives, Armstrong left his most recent position as Assistant Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection to form E274, a company that provides comprehensive support for businesses seeking to enter or expand their public sector portfolios. His expertise spans all public sector markets, but has a deep concentration in homeland security and law enforcement – US, state and local and US partner nations as well.

Ray Baxter

Ray Baxter

Baxter and Associates

After an extraordinary career in telecommunications, Ray Baxter retired from Century Link and today is one of the GBEF’s original members. He continues to consult on major telecommunications procurements and lends his support in producing both the GBEF annual agenda and the CES Government program.

Skunk	Baxter

Skunk Baxter


National Security SME, musician, guitarist

Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter consults with America’s most senior professionals in the intelligence, defense and national security communities – government and business alike. He is widely respected for his deep knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking he brings to strategic and tactical challenges facing the United States around the world. National security aside, a worldwide audience of millions knows him for his years as the Doobie Brothers lead guitarist and co-founder of the legendary group Steely Dan. He is a Grammy award-winning guitarist.

Bill	Bender

Bill Bender

Senior Vice President – Strategic Accounts


General Bender provides strategic program advice to the senior management of one of the sector’s premier names in advanced technology applications to address major government challenges. Before joining Leidos, General Bender served nearly 34 years in top military IT positions, the last as CIO of the United States Air Force where he was responsible for 50, 000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe, with oversight of an Air Force IT investment strategy and portfolio valued at more than $17 billion annually.

Teresa	Bozzelli

Teresa Bozzelli


Upson Technology Group

By any measure, Teresa Bozzelli is one of the top names in government technology, having held senior management positions at Booz-Allen, IBM and IDC Government Insights, and then as President of Sapient Public Sector, a position from which she left in 2018 to join Upson Technology Group as partner and senior advisor. Teresa is a strong advocate to encourage professional development and advancement of women in technology – government technology in particular. She is a multi-year winner of the prestigious Fed 100 and has successfully raised millions of dollars for worthy charities like the Children’s Inn and the USO. She has co-chaired CES Government for several years and remains a valued board member and advisor to the conference.

Dave	Brannon

Dave Brannon

Vice President, Strategic Development


A seasoned and highly-respected IT executive, Dave brought his more than 25 years of senior Lockheed -Martin IT management, strategic and operational skills to Leidos through its acquisition of a $6 billion Lockheed Martin global IT solutions business unit in 2016. Today, he leads development of key initiatives and growth strategies for Leidos and is recognized for his thought leadership throughout the government technology and management sectors. His experience also includes M&A where he successfully led and integrated a $350m strategic acquisition for Lockheed.

Scott	Buchholz

Scott Buchholz

Chief Technology Officer

Deloitte Federal

Scott Buchholz is a managing director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and serves as the government and public services chief technology officer and the national emerging technologies research Director. A leader and visionary with more than 20 years’ experience in consulting, Scott advises clients on implementing technology innovations, solution architecture, and legacy systems modernization to transform their businesses, increase IT productivity, and improve customer experience. He is recognized as a thought leader on advanced technology applications to transportation, health care and other priority government missions. As such, Scott regularly is invited to address conferences across the country. More

Michael	Callihan

Michael Callihan

President, Inc.

Michael Callihan is a technology innovator with deep experience and expertise in software engineering and business consulting, especially in the design and building of best practices in application architecture. As president of Michael is a steadfast and ardent advocate of advancing IT management in health care – interoperability and the cost and efficiencies this can produce across health care’s many components is a priority focus of both Michael’s and

Teresa	Carlson

Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Global Public Sector

Amazon Web Services

Arguably the most recognized woman in the global public technology sector, Teresa is one of the most recognized names, period. From the ground up, Teresa built AWS’s government cloud services sector to the preeminent global market position AWS enjoys today. An advocate of cloud-based services for government as a means to infuse innovation and efficiency, Teresa is sought-after as a speaker at IT and government management conferences around the world. Her numerous awards include multiple Fed 100 recognitions, as well as the Fed 100 Eagle award. In addition to AWS, Teresa’s schedule includes work with numerous charitable and non-profit organizations. She serves on many boards, to include the Executive Committee of both the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Professional Services Council.

Daniel	Chun

Daniel Chun

President and Managing Director

Occam Solutions

As a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Dan brings to OCCAM Solutions a vision to provide the highest value services to OCCAM customers in both the public and private sectors. He is a leader, philanthropist and fiercely competitive professional. OCCAM provides a spectrum of high-end technical services in applications, IT infrastructure and direct mission support. More

Charlie	Church

Charlie Church

Director of Business Development

Iron Bow Technologies

Charles H. Church, Jr. is a senior member of the Space Systems Group growth team leading the Enterprise Modernization growth team. Previously, he led the Oracle’s Business Development for Federal Civil Hardware Sales since September 2014 and has been at Oracle since June 2012. Charles served in the government as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate and Preparedness Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Will	Coffey

Will Coffey

Sr. Manager Technology Solution Architecture & Implementation

Accenture Federal Service

Will Coffey has more than 20 years’ experience integrating the most complex cloud, digital cyber and big data technologies into government processes and missions. He is an experienced technology leader with a demonstrated history of working with clients of all sizes around the world to solve their most complex business and technology challenges, and helping organizations continue to shift, implement, mature, and evolve in the way they consume, provide, and support those services.

Chrissie	Coon

Chrissie Coon


Upson Technology Group

Chrissie Coon is President of Upson Technology Group and Co-Chair of the Government Business Executive Forum and CES Government 2020. Chrissie is recognized nationally for her public relations and marketing skills, especially as applied to public safety technology, 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.

Tom	Davis

Tom Davis


Holland & Knight

Tom Davis is one of the most recognized names in government technology. Davis has an unmatched record of service, performance and recognition. Technology business and procurement strategy are among his areas of expertise. He is a true SME when it comes to government technology, and he enjoys broad respect from within and across government and business. More

Jon	DeLapp

Jon DeLapp


East Bay Partnership, LLC

A Marine Corps veteran Jon DeLapp brings 20 years of senior management and business development experience to the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, East Bay Partnership. Jon is respected for his disciplined business development skills in data storage, analytics, agile program management DevOps and advanced cyber security solutions.

Mike	Dent

Mike Dent

Chief Information Security Officer

Fairfax County, Virginia

When it comes to county government in the United States, Mike Dent knows no peer. Regularly awarded by the National Association of Counties as one of the top three best-managed jurisdictions in the United States, Mike is respected globally as an innovator and a cyber executive who continually incorporates and updates the most advanced technologies to guard against today’s complex cyber threat matrix. Mike Chairs the Cyber Security Subcommittee of the National Capitol Region, which incorporates the 23 jurisdictions surrounding Washington, DC. He is a regular speaker on cyber security nationwide and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Ro	Dhanda

Ro Dhanda

Regional Vice President


Widely regarded as one of the government technology sector’s most skilled and effective enterprise software sales professionals, Ro has held top sales positions at Dell/EMC, Daon, Microsoft and Iron Mountain. Ro is connected, knowledgeable and an innovator in the development and execution of successful sales strategies that engender long-term customer relationships.

Sean DuGuay

Sean DuGuay

Vice President of Business Development


Sean is a proud 10-year United States Marine veteran with more than two decades senior management experience in government technology: skilled in IT Modernization, Strategy, Risk Management, Security, and Business Process. Sean brings a spectrum of high-value skills to ICF.

Al 	Ford

Al Ford

Artificial Intelligence Alliances


Sales, sales management, business development and marketing – all at Dell, Al Ford is a 20-year company veteran. His knowledge of Dell and the Federal government saw him shift gears in 2018 to become point for Dell’s strategic initiatives in artificial intelligence.

Randy	Fuerst

Randy Fuerst

President and Chief Operating Officer

Oceus Networks

A 30-year government tech sector veteran, Randy is a senior executive with a record of performance at both Oceus Networks and as Chief Operating Officer of one of the sector’s most respected names: CACI. At Oceus, Randy provides both operational and strategic leadership and has positioned one of the most innovative, secure communications technologies into critical markets, most especially defense.

Eric	Gillespie

Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman


Eric is widely regarded as the government technology sector’s premier market research and data analyst. Both an innovator and entrepreneur in business intelligence and analytics, Eric has created built and successfully sold companies in the data analytics space. The company he founded and now leads creates high-value data products and services for commercial clients interested in public sector business. He is an author, SME, regular speaker and congressional witness on public sector market and technology trends. More

Christian	Haliburton

Christian Haliburton


Rick	Havrilla

Rick Havrilla

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder


Rick Havrilla brings over 20 years of experience designing and implementing enterprise software solutions with over ten years of experience working with collaboration technologies. He has worked with numerous organizations on their system architectures to integrate collaborative solutions that fit seamlessly into their architectures and products. As Chief Technology Officer at CollabraSpace, Rick integrates new technologies and determines the viability and potential of new collaboration prospects.

Pat	Herwig

Pat Herwig

General Manager, Civilian Sales

Iron Bow

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in sales leadership of IT products and services within the civilian, intelligence and defense markets. Throughout his career he has managed various sales and engineering teams on process and technology integration to deliver year-over-year growth.
Currently, Patrick serves as General Manager of Civilian Sales for Iron Bow. In his role he is responsible for the strategy, management and delivery of information technology solutions in support of U.S. government civilian agencies.

John	Higginbotham

John Higginbotham

Chairman and CEO

Blue Ridge Networks

Entrepreneur, Investor, innovator and business leader, John Higginbotham carries more than three decades of tech experience and leadership in his position as CEO of Blue Ridge Networks. Chantilly, VA-based Blue Ridge Networks is a recognized leader for proven network cybersecurity solutions with no reported vulnerabilities in over 15 years of providing best-in-class network access and malware protection to government and enterprise customers.

Mark	Hinson

Mark Hinson

Regional Manager, Dept. of Defense


Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, VA-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers.

Nick Hoffman

Nick Hoffman

Senior Acct Executive, Federal


Nick brings more than 15 years of successful sales and senior account management experience to Proofpoint – the leading name in stopping weaponized email and domain hijacking in enterprise IT architectures. His background includes 11 years at Cisco and 3 years managing federal IT sales in cybersecurity.

Mario	Hyland

Mario Hyland

CEO and Founder, Inc.

For 30 years Mario Hyland has led and played integral roles in the design, engineering and testing of critical healthcare, defense and myriad government programs and missions. His passion is healthcare management, which led him to found and focus on this sector. A sought-after speaker on health care technology interoperability, Mario is a recognized expert in health care technology management, and government management generally.

Ryan	Jannise

Ryan Jannise

Area Vice President

U.S. Defense Systems at Oracle

Ryan is a leader in sales of proven and cutting edge technologies to solve highly complicated, mission-critical problems. His specialization is in the U.S. Public Sector marketplace with primary focus on sales of cloud, on-premises and off-premises technology to assist in solving complex enterprise-scale solutions, improving IT efficiency and effectiveness, maximizing performance and availability, and implementing optimal architecture.

Anthony	Jimenez

Anthony Jimenez

Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer


Anthony (Tony) R. Jimenez is the award-winning Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of MicroTech, one of the largest Hispanic-owned IT Integrators in the nation. Under Tony’s leadership MicroTech is focused on Technology Services, Cloud Computing, Product Solutions, Network Systems Integration, Cyber Security, Telecommunications, Mobility and Big Data Solutions.
He is a Retired Army Officer and a Service-Disabled Veteran with more than 24 years of Active Military Service. Since founding MicroTech in March of 2004, Jimenez has grown the business into a profitable quarter-billion dollar company with skilled professionals in more than 30 states supporting more than 100 prime contracts with civilian and defense agencies of the Federal government and providing IT and network support to numerous Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

Scott	Johnson

Scott Johnson

CEO and Founder

Sage Management

Scott founded Sage Management in 2004 with a mission to reduce telecommunications expenses and mitigate telecommunications arbitrage. Under Scott’s leadership, Its proprietary software is state-of-the-art, and Sage clients include the top names in telecom, cable and financial services. Sage has produced direct savings to clients of more than $1.5 billion, and today audits for its clients more than $2 billion monthly in telecom expenses ($25 billion annually), with an average resolution volume of $400 million.

Will	Jones

Will Jones

Senior Vice President

Carahsoft Technology Corp

Will Jones is Senior Vice President at Carahsoft Technology Corp. As a member of the executive management team since the company’s inception, Will has played a key role in the company’s record year-over-year growth, culminating most recently in 2017 bookings of $4.4B.
Specifically, Will has led the strategic growth and development of Carahsoft’s VMware and virtualization-related business units focused on the federal, state and local government, education and healthcare markets.

Chris	Kane

Chris Kane

Director, Federal


Chris has a track record of building potent sales management strategies for companies entering or expanding their public sector business footprint. Today he manages Veritone’s Federal business. Veritone is an innovative $2.5B analytics platform used widely by the world’s most recognized companies.

Paul	Krein

Paul Krein

Chief Technology Officer

Red River

Paul Krein is the Chief Technology Officer at Red River. He is an established sought-after industry thought leader, a prolific author and editor of whitepapers, business and technical articles. At Red River, Paul is leading the company’s growth strategy for innovative solutions, focusing on customer demand to adopt Cloud-based mission support and back-office capabilities. Red River has developed a strong reputation for providing IT products and services to government and enterprise customers, and has been recognized by Govini, a leading Federal procurement and business intelligence platform, as a front-runner for growth in Cloud Computing and Software-Defined Data Services.

Jay	Lambke

Jay Lambke


Government Acquisitions, Inc (GAI)

Government Acquisitions, Inc (GAI)
Jay brings over 20 years’ experience leading various organizations specializing in the IT needs of the Federal, State, Local, and Education markets. As President of Government Acquisitions, Inc, he is responsible for leveraging his experience and relationships to maneuver GAI through its ongoing operations, providing strategy and leadership. Prior to joining GAI, Mr. Lambke was president of Prism Pointe Technologies and GovConnection.

Barry	Levine

Barry Levine

Strategic Programs, Public Sector, Americas


A respected and recognized business development professional across public sector markets, Barry possesses a demonstrated history of accomplishment in the computer software industry. He is skilled in business process, sales, partner management and CRM.

Ryan	Liley

Ryan Liley

Senior Sales Director


Ryan Lilley is a Senior Sales Director within the Oracle Corporation’s North America Public Sector Hardware group. He leads a team of field sales representatives covering the Department of the Army & Department of the Navy. Ryan is responsible for all HR functions, pipeline development and execution, and performance against quarterly goals while coordinating with other Oracle sales stakeholders.

Jean-Pierre	Loubinoux

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Director-General (CEO)

International Union of Railroads (UIC)

From his position as CEO of the UIC, Mr. Loubinoux advocates for the interests of some 200 national railroads in more than 140 countries. He was the first CEO of Eurostar and has nearly four decades senior management experience in the rail sector. A true “Renaissance Man,” Jean-Pierre is a published poet and globally recognized artist, whose paintings have been exhibited in major world capitals. He sits on or leads many international transportation organizations, and is the lead advocate for the digital transformation of the global rail sector.

Mike	Maiorana

Mike Maiorana

Senior Vice President, Public Sector


One of the most recognized names in public sector IT, Mike’s track record in advanced telecom applications to government is unmatched. A skilled leader with sales, operations, customer relationships, strategic partnerships, Mike is a recipient of the prestigious Fed 100 and sits on the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Executive Committee.

Howard	Marshall

Howard Marshall

Senior Director

Cyber Threat Intelligence, Accenture Security

Howard joined Accenture security after 23 years senior executive experience with the FBI, where he concluded his Federal career as FBI Executive Assistant Director, Cyber division. At Accenture, Howard provides strategic guidance on the company’s rapidly accelerating global cyber services business. His Accenture responsibilities also include global operations for select cyber services.

Edward 'Sonny'	Masso

Edward 'Sonny' Masso


Flagship Connection

Former United States Navy Admiral, Sonny Masso is globally recognized as a technology SME, especially in cyber defense. He is a regular speaker at cyber conferences, and a consultant to the sector’s biggest names in technology. Sonny Masso is especially knowledgeable about cyber and technology as applied to vital missions of defense and intelligence.

Michael	McCalip

Michael McCalip

Vice President


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.

Luke	McCormack

Luke McCormack

Public Sector Technology and Management Consultant and SME

Former CIO, Department of Homeland Security

One of America’s most knowledgeable SMEs on applications of technology to public sector enterprises, Luke McCormack stepped down in 2017 as Chief Information Officer for the US Department of Homeland Security. He was one of the country’s most experienced and respected CIOs and served in that role for DHS, Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He chaired the Federal CIO Council and is a regular speaker on the application of ICT to public sector missions.

Ray	McDuffie

Ray McDuffie

Vice President, Strategic Programs


Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong military and protective services professional skilled in Government Acquisition, Enterprise Software, Partner Management, Enterprise Architecture, and BPA.

Brett	McMillen

Brett McMillen

Director, US Federal

Amazon Web Services

Recognized and respected across the government technology sector, Brett McMillen is responsible for AWS’s US civilian and select global government markets as well. His background is in communications sales, having held senior sales positions at Qwest Communications, Level 3 and MCI.

Luisa	Miller-Hughley

Luisa Miller-Hughley

Vice President, Public Sector Marketing


One of the government technology sector’s top marketing professionals, Luisa supports Verizon-Nokia strategic missions through disciplined marketing strategies that engage customers and advance brand recognition and company capabilities.

Srini	Mirmira

Srini Mirmira


Blue Ridge Networks

Dr. Srini Mirmira is an executive with strong technical and business experiences in the fields of information technology and energy, spanning private, government, and international sectors. Over the last 15 years, in various roles, Srini has been responsible for product development, commercialization of new technologies, investing in and securing financing for programs and companies, managing domestic and international programs, and developing regulatory policies to create new markets.

Jim	Moran

Jim Moran

Senior Legislative Advisor

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Globally recognized as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable SME’s on American government, James P. “Jim” Moran is a senior legislative advisor in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Jim is a former U.S. Congressman who served Virginia’s 8th congressional district from 1991 to 2015. He advises the Firm’s lobbying practice in such specialty areas as defense, government contracting, trade, foreign governments, economic development, renewable energy and technology.

Dave	Neumann

Dave Neumann


Excella Consulting

With a strong technical and managerial background that includes executive roles at IBM and NASA, Dave Neumann brings his more than 20 years government technology expertise to Excella, where h leads the company’s Strategic Growth organization, providing oversight for all strategic business development and related growth strategies.

Bob	Osborn

Bob Osborn

Chief Technology Officer-Federal


Bob is an accomplished senior executive who has held many high-level IT leadership positions, including Director of Logistics IT for the U.S. Army G4, Deputy J6/CIO for U.S. Transportation Command, Deputy CIO at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and CIO of the National Nuclear Security Administration. He has led major IT and organizational transformations throughout his career and is a thought leader recognized across the public sector market. As a user of ServiceNow.

Alex	Ostrowski

Alex Ostrowski

Director of Strategic Alliances

Chris	Painter

Chris Painter

Cyber Security SME, Former (and first) US Cyber Coordinator

Department of State

For nearly 30 years, Chris Painter has led pioneering efforts first in the investigation, prosecution and enforcement of cybercrime, and later in the global development of coordinated multinational cyber policies and collaboration between the United States and its allies. He was the first US Cyber Coordinator and is recognized globally for his tireless efforts and energy to push greater global collaboration in the fight against cybercrime and cyber terrorism.

Andrew	Pelletz

Andrew Pelletz

Senior Manager, IT and Services Consulting


With more than 25 years’ experience in providing technical and process support to a range of government missions, Andrew Pelletz is one of the sector’s most recognized names in applying advanced technologies to government and critical infrastructure sectors. He has strong knowledge and experience in Federal law enforcement and Department of Justice domains.

Mathew	Perdew

Mathew Perdew

CEO and Co-Founder


More than a United States Air Force veteran, Matthew Perdew’s military career included direct operational control of some of the most sensitive flight operational missions and operations of the Air Force. An entrepreneur with a groundbreaking technology that combines precise geolocational capabilities with data and intelligence applications, Matthew is the force behind Wind Talker.

Patrick 	Peterson

Patrick Peterson

Founder & Executive Chairman


Patrick Peterson is Agari’s visionary founder and executive chairman, who has spent more than 15 years securing the email ecosystem. In this executive leadership role, he supports Agari’s growth initiatives by working closely with customers and partners to further the company’s roadmap and vision. Peterson founded Agari in 2009.

Mike	Pullen

Mike Pullen

Vice President


Mr. Pullen is an accomplished senior executive and information technology professional with over 25 years of technical and management experience. Serving as the Leader of the CGI’s Federal Contract Vehicle Portfolio, Mr. Pullen manages all aspects of the Contract Vehicles as well as other CGI MAC and Agency-specific contract vehicles.

Tom	Ragland

Tom Ragland

Business Development and Integration


Tom Ragland is one of the most recognized names in government technology. Retired Army Lieutenant General, and part of the original team that created the Department of Homeland Security under then Secretary Tom Ridge, Tom has few peers in his management and process experience in government, especially technology applications to vital missions. He brings his knowledge and expertise to priority Dell initiatives and customers.

Joshua	Ray

Joshua Ray

Managing Director and GM, Global Cyber Defense

Accenture Security

As Managing Director for iDefense Security Intelligence, Josh is responsible for the research operations, product development and go to market strategy for Accenture’s global cyber intelligence practice. He has over 16 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.

Gilbert	Reveillon

Gilbert Reveillon

CEO, Mobile LOOV

President, ONCCEF ICT and Digital Economy

Entrepreneur and technology visionary, Gil Reveillon is recognized globally for his work in advancing application of blockchain, crypto-currency, quantum computing, AI and a range of digital technologies. He is President of France’s prestigious ONCCE ICT and Digital Economy division and is the European chair of the Government Business Executive Forum.

Mitzi	Rivoire

Mitzi Rivoire

Account Executive

Iron Bow
Stephen	Ryan

Stephen Ryan


McDermott, Will and Emery

Steve Ryan is Washington’s premier technology sector lawyer on issues that run a spectrum from acquisition to crisis management. A skilled lobbyist and litigator, Steve builds effective strategies for corporate and sector clients and has an unmatched record of success. He is regular speaker on technology, politics and the Internet at conferences around the world.

John	Saling

John Saling

Sr. Account Manager, IC/DoD Programs


Currently the Director of US Public Sector Programs, John Saling joined MemSQL in 2018 to manage and direct the IC and DoD Programs. Saling brings more than 20 years of data analytics, text analytics, and big data experience to his leadership role at MemSQL Federal. MemSQL, the No-Limits Database, is helping to deliver operational analytics at scale to the IC, DoD and Civilian Federal government customers which is key to real-time dashboards, predictive analytics, machine learning, and enhanced customer experiences.

Sanjay	Sardar

Sanjay Sardar

Vice President for Modernization and Digital Transformation


After a distinguished government career, Sanjay Sardar serves as Vice President for Modernization and Digital Transformation at SAIC. In this role, he is the senior executive responsible for managing SAIC’s customers efforts in modernizing how they deliver services. Prior to this role, Sanjay served as the Vice President for Advanced Analytics and Simulation.

Dan 	Schulman

Dan Schulman

Founder and Chief Technology Officer


Dan Schulman is an industry leader recognized for his development of creative and effective solutions to protect data and critical infrastructure. As an experienced cybersecurity professional with multiple certifications, Dan started MissionCyber in 2015 and now supports protection of some of the governments most sensitive data and processes. Dan is an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

Samara	Schulman

Samara Schulman

Founder & CEO


Samara Schulman is the Director of Business Operations for OnPoint Consulting, Inc., a company delivering secure IT infrastructure, enterprise systems, and solutions for the US Federal Government. She brings 15+ years of experience in financial analysis, project management, and recruiting, and holds PMP, CSM, and ITIL certifications.

Ray	Schwemmer

Ray Schwemmer

President and CEO


Ray Schwemmer has over 20 years of Internet technology experience in large system design and development, project management, sales, and marketing. As President/CEO, Ray uses his extensive Internet technology and management experience to lead CollabraSpace through the rapid corporate growth of a leading software and services provider. He also assists in building the company’s distribution channels, strategic alliances, partnerships, and corporate development activities.

Gary	Shapiro

Gary Shapiro

President and Chief Executive Officer

Consumer Technology Association and CES

One of the world’s most recognized technology executives, Gary Shapiro leads the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies. The CTA produces CES®  – the world’s most prestigious technology trade show with its more than 180,000 attending technology professionals, and its more than 4500 exhibits covering more than 2.7 million square feet of innovation exhibit space. Shapiro directs a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers.  He is an author and speaker globally on innovation and the impact of technology on the transformation of how we live, work and govern. More

Tim	Smith

Tim Smith



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.

Carey	Smith

Carey Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Parsons Engineering

Carey Smith is responsible for the profits and losses of the federal and infrastructure businesses, as well as implementing the corporate organic growth strategy built on continuous technology innovation. Before joining Parsons, she served in progressive leadership roles at Honeywell, including as President of its defense and space division, Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support, and President of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Honeywell, Carey held various positions at Lockheed Martin. She is on the NN Inc. Board of Directors and the Professional Services Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors and is a member of the Intelligence National Security Alliance.

Jonathan	Smith

Jonathan Smith

Business Development Executive

Chad	Steelberg

Chad Steelberg

Executive Chairman and CEO


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.

Trent	Teyema

Trent Teyema

Senior VP & Chief Technology Officer

Parsons Engineering

Trent Teyema is one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts for the company’s federal business. Trent will drive Parsons’ intellectual property protection and technology solutions through new research and development initiatives and technical engagements with customers. Trent has spent more than two decades in the cybersecurity field, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Cyber Readiness for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and was twice appointed to roles in The White House. Trent holds a master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University, as well as several technical certifications.

Graeme	Thomson

Graeme Thomson

Director of Sales


Snowflake is the leading data warehouse built for the cloud. Its unique architecture delivers proven breakthroughs in performance, concurrency and simplicity. For the first time, multiple groups can access petabytes of data at the same time, up to 200 times faster and 10 times less expensive without the limitations of legacy systems as relates to data size, query complexity, and concurrency.

Don	Upson

Don Upson

Founder and Chairman

Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF)

For more than three decades, Don Upson has played major roles in the application of technology to government missions in state and Federal government jurisdictions. As founder and chair of the GBEF, Don’s vision is to advance government and business communication on technology applications to government Upson also is the founder of CES Government, the government technology sector’s premier global conference, which is held annually in partnership and during the world’s most prestigious technology trade show: CES.

Lim	Vermeer

Lim Vermeer

Owner and Director

QPR Cost Control, BV

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.

Steve	Vito

Steve Vito

Senior Advisor

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Since launching his professional career over 30 years ago, Steve has participated in all aspects of the marketing and media continuum – including senior positions in a wide range of media companies as well as in a leading DC-based advertising and public relations firm. Considered an innovator in marketing technology to government, Steve regularly speaks on this subject in forums across the country.

Doug	Wagoner

Doug Wagoner

Senior Advisor

Cheryl	Waldrup

Cheryl Waldrup

Vice President, Federal Capture


Cheryl Waldrup leads the capture organization within the Federal Civilian Division of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). Cheryl is a senior capture and business development executive with more than 20 years of experience in the information technology (IT) and federal government contracting arena. She has served at both privately-held and publicly-traded companies, as well as one of the largest ESOPs in the United States. Specializing in capture, brand management, partner marketing, strategic planning, business development and product launch, Cheryl’s experience spans diverse markets in both large scale and smaller, entrepreneurial environments.

Bob	Walker

Bob Walker

Executive Chairman

MoonWalker Consulting Services

Bob Walker brings nearly five decades of legislative and executive experience to client relationships. Bob is the former Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district, and served as Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee and worked with several Presidents on space and technology agendas. He is a master legislative strategist and remains the only sitting Member of Congress ever to have received NASA’s prestigious Medal of Honor for Distinguished Public Service. More

Barry	West

Barry West


West Wing Advisory Services

Dr. West is one of the most recognized names in American government technology and management. His career includes service as CIO of the National Weather Service, Department of Commerce, FEMA, the FDIC and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He is a former President of the American Council on Technology, AFFIRM and an adjunct professor at Georgia State University. While at Microtech, Dr. West supported Microtech CEO Tony Jimenez in execution of his vision to build a customer-centric innovative business providing the most advanced solutions to complex government mission requirements.

Joe	Zuramski

Joe Zuramski



Mr. Zuramski is the President of ReliaSource. Inc, a WOSMB and HUBzone certified business. Founded in 2002 by Joe and his wife Julie, ReliaSource has become a leading technology provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), ServiceNow Software as a Service (SaaS), and Cloud Enablement Services across multiple, complex technical landscapes in locations all around the world.

General Membership

Michael	Angelakis

Michael Angelakis


Integration Technologies Group Inc.
Tony	Bardo

Tony Bardo

Assistant Vice President – Government Solutions

Jim	Burris

Jim Burris

President and CEO

Ashburn Consulting, LLC
Michael	Chiari

Michael Chiari

Director Business Development

NTT DATA Federal
Kathleen	Cowles

Kathleen Cowles


Deep Water Point
Justin	Fleshman

Justin Fleshman

Vice President of Strategic Operations

Valiant Solutions, LLC

Justin Fleshman is instrumental in the internal and external strategic operations of the firm while leading Valiant’s Capture, Proposal, Legal, and Contracts efforts. Prior to joining industry, Justin served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Offices of Environmental Management and Nuclear Energy. In these roles, he served as a chief advisor to multiple Assistant Secretaries, Senior Executive Service career Federal employees, and the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretaries of Energy.

Ivette	Granier-Smith

Ivette Granier-Smith

Vice President

ARSC Federal
Kim	Hayes

Kim Hayes

Co-Founder and CEO

The Ambit Group

Since founding The Ambit Group in 2004, CEO Kim Hayes has provided the operating vision, dynamic energy, and servant leadership that have propelled Ambit’s growth and federal success. A relentless and driven entrepreneur, Kim launched Ambit as a Service Disabled Veteran. She is a tireless executive, whose business acumen and energy are matched by a strong sense of philanthropy. More

Trey	Hodgkins

Trey Hodgkins

Chief Executive Officer

Hodkins Consulting, LLC
Rick	Indyke

Rick Indyke

Manager Public Sector Business Development

John	Kaden

John Kaden

General Manager, Public Sector


John Kaden is responsible for the strategy and execution across Public Sector for Cloudflare, managing all aspects of sales and marketing for the Federal, State and Local markets in the US and Canada.

Eric	Larsen

Eric Larsen

Director of Federal Sales

Motorola Solutions
Jack	Le Grand

Jack Le Grand

Federal Enterprise Account Manager

New Relic
Evan	Lee

Evan Lee

Vice President

Mike	Miller

Mike Miller

VP of Federal Sales

Veeam Software
John	Simmons

John Simmons

Managing Partner

The Roosevelt Group

Prior to founding The Roosevelt Group, Mr. Simmons spent 11 years as a senior advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he initiated and led the national security lobbying practice and was the lead for the State University of New York federal appropriations team. Before joining the law firm, Mr. Simmons served for a decade as appropriations associate and military legislative assistant to former senior Member of Congress James T. Walsh (R-NY).

Chris	Spina

Chris Spina

Business Development Manager, FSI Civilian


Chris Spina a Member of VMware’s vCloud Air and vCloud Government Service (vCGS) team where he is responsible for US Public Sector Civilian, IC, and FSI markets. Chris has a 29-year proven track record in IT-related sales and sales management.

Chet	Thaker

Chet Thaker

Chief Executive Officer

Telebright Software Corporation

Chet’s early interests were an Account Management software for regional Bell operating companies such as Pacific Bell, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic. Chet then led the company to develop and deliver a pricing and network design software system related to advanced voice and data network services for BellSouth (now AT&T). Current professional interests include implementation of Robotic Process Automation tools across labor intensive processes in business and government sectors.

Tim	Tignor

Tim Tignor

Vice President

NTT Data Services

Tim Tignor is a senior technology executive with over 25 years of experience in IT consulting. As a Vice President within NTT DATA’s Public Sector, Mr. Tignor lends his considerable government and commercial experience to lead NTT DATA’s business development efforts across all Federal Civilian agencies. During his tenure at NTT DATA Tim has provided strategic direction and tactical implementation to win several significant accounts for the company. Prior to NTT DATA, Tim served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at NCI where he led delivery for the Agile Technology Sector at multiple government agencies, including; United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Communications Commission, the Executive Office of the President and the Internal Revenue Service.

Teddy	Vagias

Teddy Vagias


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.

Robert	Withers

Robert Withers

Director of Public Sector

New Relic, Inc.

Bob Withers is Director of Public Sector at New Relic, and is responsible for supporting Federal Agencies, Department of Defense and State and Local government. He has over 25 years of experience in software and data analytics, focusing on the end user experience. Prior to joining New Relic, Withers served as Director of DoD and IC at Teradata. His focus has always been around Big Data with companies such as Wily, IBM, Sybase and the US Government. Bob is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Computer Science.

David	Yang

David Yang



David Yang has more than 28 years of experience in the technology sector holding various executive positions responsible for driving the growth and adoption of leading-edge technologies. David is currently a Senior Vice President at ITG where he works alongside clients in the public and private sector to create and deliver digital transformation initiatives.

Daniel	Zubairi

Daniel Zubairi

President and Managing Director


Daniel F. Zubairi founded SydanTech in 2000 with the determination to provide expert information assurance and cyber security technologies to the US Government and Corporations. During his tenure, Mr. Zubairi has served as an advisor to Governors, Cabinet Level Appointees, Members of Congress, Department and Agency Chief Information Officers, and numerous commercial and government executives. He has held a CISSP since 2002 and a PMP since 2006. He holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).