2014 Speakers

Samy Alihamad

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Computer Technology Solutions

Samy Alihamad is a Consultant and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer at Computer Technology Solutions (CTS). He has been with CTS for the past four years, and has experience in developing business applications with various Microsoft tools. Mr. Alihamad has also done extensive research in the Data Mining field. He co-authored a paper on Targeted Action Rule Discovery, which was published by the IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications.

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Justin Beck, CCIM, CPM

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Beck Property Company, LLC

Justin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Beck Property gained from his diverse background and educational experiences. In addition to his role as a real estate Broker, Justin is active in all aspects of the firm's operations including brokerage, development, management and marketing.

Prior to joining Beck Property Co., Justin was with AmSouth Bank. There he worked in the trust division and was involved in property and timberland management.

Justin is active in many civic and professional organizations including N.W. Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), where he sits on the board of directors, National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Pensacola Association of Realtors, Suburban-West Rotary, Junior Achievement, and United Way. Justin is also a member of the 2008 class of Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) a nine month long leadership program given by the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce to develop Pensacola leaders.

Justin holds a B.S. in management from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Florida and Alabama and holds the prestigious CCIM designation from the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.

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Stephen Brown

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Director, Product Management
LANDESK Software

Stephen Brown leads LANDESK Software’s mobility product business. Before LANDESK, Stephen was the president of Arellia where he managed sales, marketing, support, and business operations. Previous to Arellia, Stephen held product management and engineering management positions at Symantec, Altiris, and Axent. At Symantec, Stephen championed key initiatives for Altiris product and business integration after Altiris was acquired in 2007. He also led many strategic areas including Symantec’s mobile device management, security integrations, and IT analytics products. Stephen has a MBA from the University of Utah, a BS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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Janusz Chudzynski

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Research Associate and Software Engineer
Academic Technology Center at the University of West Florida

Janusz Chudzynski is a Research Associate and Software Engineer for the Academic Technology Center at the University of West Florida, where he is responsible for the development of innovative applications using various technologies. Janusz earned a M.S. in Computer Science at the University of West Florida, and a M.S. in Management and Marketing with a minor in Information Systems from Warsaw University Technology in 2006. He received an Apple Scholarship to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2009. Janusz has also taught several courses for the University of West Florida and co authored two books about programming mobile devices. In his free time he develops apps, learns about new technologies, or plays beach volleyball.

Janusz developed the ITEN Wired apps. Come to see his BOF session about "Internet of things, contextual computing and rise of the iBeacons" on Friday at 2pm. You can follow Janusz on Twitter @appzzman or check his current projects on LinkedIn.

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Todd Fisher

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VP and Managing Consultant: Technology Strategy and Business Architecture

Todd Fisher is a veteran business and technology professional with 18 years’ experience creating innovative strategic approaches to align business and technology initiatives. He has served small and large companies in varying Executive capacities such as Chief EA, COO, VP Corporate Communication and Chief Technology officer. He has intimate and direct experience developing growth strategies and has been instrumental at helping early stage companies and Incubator Innovation efforts achieve and sustain rapid growth. Todd serves as a VP and Managing Consultant for Accelare’s Technology Strategy practice.
Todd is an entrepreneur at heart and is always using his passion for new business and innovation to drive growth and creativity. He exercises great humility in the presence of all who work with him and is committed to a Listen, Learn and Lead philosophy. Todd is an avid Snow Boarder, Surfer and hopes to one day be a successful fiction author.

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Robert Foster

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US Division Manager – CALEA Compliance

Robert Foster’s almost 50 years in the Technology arena includes 17 years with IBM where he moved from Field Engineering, to Management, to Sales, to Product Development Manager, and to Division Manager of Office Systems Strategy. Subsequent to his IBM career, Foster became involved with numerous start-ups in Austin, Texas, that are involved with Cyber Security: www.Apogee.US (CALEA Third-Party – i.e., facilitating wire taps for Homeland Security, the FBI and other Law Enforcement agencies); and www.SecureLink.com, experts in Remote Access Security in highly regulated environments). Foster has also served as the Membership Director for the largest Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) in the United States. He is a Member of InfraGard, a Partnership between the FBI, other Law Enforcement entities and the Private Sector. His presentation in last year’s ITen Wired Summit gave a declassified glimpse at the NSA’s History and Surveillance Programs.

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Ron Foudray

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Vice President Business Development Cyber Division
Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Ron Foudray is vice president of Business Development for the Cyber division of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, qualifying and capturing new business consistent with division strategy and objectives for a $1 billion portfolio. He is focused on engagement initiatives with existing customers, while positioning the business for growth with new customers across the defense, intelligence and international arenas.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Mr. Foudray served as a project executive for Business Development for IBM Business Consulting Services (federal). In that capacity, he was responsible for developing new business, strategic planning, organizing, staffing, and directing the activities of a $200 million, profit and loss operating group. His primary activities were focused on C4ISR support to the intelligence community.

Don Gulling

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Verteks Consulting

“Don is the Founder and CEO of Verteks Consulting – a leading provider of computer networks and VoIP Unified Communications systems in Central Florida. Don is an experienced IT professional, project manager and system architect with over 20 years of experience in the IT field. Don began his IT career in 1987, working as an application programmer for a company providing ad agencies and publishers with customized word processing and ad creation software.

Over the past 17 years, Don has worked with clients in a wide array of industries - including Insurance, Banking, Medical, Government, Distribution, Transportation, and Education. Don has pursued ongoing technical education, as well as additional project management and system design training. Don is a trained and certified VoIP system designer with 14 years of experience working with VoIP for business and government. Don has extensive system design and project management experience with IT projects of all kinds – including server virtualization, application customization, network infrastructure, wireless networking, document management, storage-area-networking, and unified communications.

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Michael Hicks

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President & CEO
Hixardt Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Hicks has been involved in the field of Technology for over 25 years. He received his BS Degree in Computers and Information Systems, from Florida A&M University in 1988 through the Navy's BOOST program. Hicks was accepted into the Naval Flight Program and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1989. At Air Wing 5, he was assigned the duties of creating an IT department for the Wing, which supported all of the squadrons at NAS Whiting Field. He helped in creating a base-wide fiber network construction, data center design and construction, network design and support. In 1987, he established Pensacola Internet, the first company to introduce 56K modem and wireless Internet access in the area.

He sold off the company in 1998 and became IT Director at Network Telephone, managing IT as the company grew from 55 employees to 600+ employees in 9 states. He oversaw projects such as data center design, fiber network design, wireless network design and construction and assisted in billing, OSS, trouble ticket, network monitoring system selection and integration. In 2001, he left Network Telephone and founded Hixardt Technologies, INC., now one of the predominant IT firms in the Southeast, offering Next Generation Cloud and Wireless Services, Virtualization Consulting services, quick response times, and competitive pricing.

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Jack Hierholzer and Grayson Mixon

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Distribution Analyst and Distribution Engineer
Gulf Power

Jack has a BS degree in Environmental Sciences / Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He has worked at Gulf Power since 2004 where he is responsible for the outage management system. Before that he worked with ESRI GIS – first for the state of Georgia producing digital and paper road maps, and later tax parcel cadastral databases, and then with Southern Company supporting the GIS system for building distribution network models. The outage management system is built directly off the GIS data model.

Grayson has BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering as well as a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked for Gulf Power in the Distribution Control Center for four years, working on mobile workforce, distribution network management, and advanced metering applications. Grayson is a subject matter expert in Big Data Analytics at Southern Company, usually related to data coming from the Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Prior to Gulf Power, he worked in the Florida State University College of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering.

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Paul Jones

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Chief Information Officer
City of Pensacola

Paul L. Jones is currently the City of Pensacola’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) where he leads the City’s Technology Resources Division. He has over 30 years’ experience managing all aspects of technology, including strategic planning, IT Governance, budgeting, life cycle management, process improvement, systems security, and team leadership.

In addition, Paul currently holds CISSP, ITIL Expert, Security+, and Project+ certifications, is a certified ITIL instructor, an adjunct instructor at Pensacola State College, and serves on several technology advisory committees. He was recently awarded the 2014 Technology Achievement Award for Innovative Leadership in Management of Information Technology by the Florida Local Government Information System Association (FLGISA).

Paul believes that the key to successful technology management is creating a business-centric environment and building a team driven by a culture of service excellence and continual service improvement. 

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Ben Jones

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CEO and Senior Systems Engineer
Rooted Technology Solutions

Ben Jones is the CEO and Senior Systems Engineer of Rooted Technology Solutions, based in Fairhope, Alabama. He has over eight years of professional IT experience along the Gulf Coast with a variety of sectors including banking, public utilities and services, and healthcare among others. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Private Cloud and Server Infrastructure, a VMware Certified Professional in Datacenter Virtualization, a Cisco Certified Associate in Routing and Switching, Security, and Design. He has received recognition from the NSA and Committee on National Security Systems for meeting the CNSS 3011 training standard. He maintains his blog in the IT community that receives 2,000 monthly visitors where he interacts and contributes with other IT professionals aspiring for certifications. He and his wife Amy are the proud parents of their two toddlers, Liam and Hudson. They enjoy getting out and making memories. Ben has a love for his personal savior Jesus Christ, and believes in working with a commitment to the values implored by the Bible. A scripture of encouragement for him is Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

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Jennifer McFarren

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Director of Workforce Development
Greater Pensacola Area Chamber

Jennifer McFarren is a University of West Florida graduate who has spent several years working in development positions the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. Her work has included Programs & Events Management and Workforce Development, both of which have required her to facilitate partnerships between the Chamber and other local civic and workforce organizations. McFarren Specializes in workforce development, incumbent worker training programs, career & technical education, economic development, quick response training programs, community development, communications, volunteer engagement, contract negotiation, and public relations. She also serves with several local non-profits, including work as the United Ministries, Vice-President – Board of Directors; Pensacola Young Professionals, Economic Development Committee; United Way of Escambia County, Emerging Leader Society & Funds Distribution Committee; and CareerSource Escarosa, Board of Directors.

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Jeffrey Mitchell

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Director of Information

Jeff Mitchell is an IT problem solver, bringing passion, expertise, and finesse to his work with both people and technology. In 2009, Mitchell became Chief Technology Officer for CRC Data Technologies in Destin, Florida. CRC's mission rapidly evolved from repairing computers and installing SMB networks to providing virtualization and cloud services. As CTO, Mitchell helped CRC achieve partnerships with Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, EMC, and VMWare and broadened CRC's customer base by networking and defining sales processes for new business.
In 2012, he became needed a Director of Information Technology and Office 365 Practice Manager at Bit-Wizards. Bringing expertise in Office 365 (Lync, Exchange, SharePoint) and Microsoft System Center, Mitchell helped Bit-Wizards move its clients' IT infrastructure to the cloud and automate IT system management. Partnerships with Windows Azure and Windows Intune brought cloud-based networking, storage, and operating system management to Bit-Wizards customers. Since April 2013, Mitchell has been a member of the Pensacola ITT Tech's Program Advisory Committee, contributing to the school's degree programs in Information Systems and Cybersecurity and Network Systems Administration.

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Sudheesh Nair

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Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Business Development
Nutanix Inc.

Sudheesh is building a world-class sales team at Nutanix Inc, that understands the challenges customers face with their virtualized datacenter infrastructure. He has a deep conviction that if you listen to the customer and the broader market, and focus your business priorities accordingly, everything else falls into place. He is passionate about turning conventional wisdom of enterprise sales upside down by hiring a diverse mix of sales people and technologists who value customer trust over everything else, use social media to nurture and evangelize, and have an unparalleled commitment for software tools to innovate in sales and demand generation. Prior to joining Nutanix, Sudheesh built a strong foundation for a sales career, holding a variety of technical and sales leadership positions at IBM-XIV, DDN, ONStor and Zambeel.

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Jim Nitterauer

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Senior Systems Administrator
AppRiver, LLC

Jim Nitterauer is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at AppRiver, LLC. 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 and manages network security for the entire company.

He was President and CEO of GridSouth Networks, LLC, a joint venture between Creative Data Concepts Limited Inc. and AppRiver, LLC. Jim is also the founder and President of Creative Data Concepts Limited, Inc., a well-known Web services provider that has been located in Pensacola, Florida since 1998.

Jim holds 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.

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Gary Osland

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Business Development Manger, focusing on U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity
Cisco Systems Inc.

Along with being a Subject Matter Expert in the Cybersecurity field, Gary Osland identifies and develops new Cybersecurity solutions and innovations. Past roles at Cisco include Systems Engineering and Strategic Account Management. He has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, holding roles in Engineering, Defense, and the Service Provider industry. Osland is also a Cyber Operations officer in the Alabama Air National Guard as well as a member of the Military Cyber Professional Association and a member of the State of California Cybersecurity Task Force.

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Marcel Shaw

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Sr. Systems Engineer
LANDESK Software

Marcel Shaw is a Senior Systems engineer with LANDESK Softyear with over 20 years of experience in the systems engineer, network management and software field. Shaw develops in depth network infrastructure, protocols, and security standards. At LANDESK, Shaw creates certified LANDESK products to meet Defence Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation (DIACAP) Process standards.

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Dr. Dallas Snider

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science
University of West Florida

Dr. Dallas Snider is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of West Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Integrated Computing and M.S. in Instrumental Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received a B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College. Before joining UWF, he worked as a data warehouse developer for Northrop Grumman Information Systems and prior to that as a database application developer for Acxiom. Dr. Snider’s teaching and research interests include data mining, data warehousing, information visualization, and software development.

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Jonathan Stevenson

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Chief Technology Officer
Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems

Jonathan Stevenson is experienced in developing and managing strategic IT initiatives for large healthcare systems. Jonathan previously served as the Director of Analytic and Data Management at Ochsner Health System, one of the largest healthcare providers in the South. Jonathan has been a speaker at both Informatica World as well as the CDA Academy. He has also been the reference of many articles on Healthcare and Data, most recently an article published by Government Health IT, titled "How Ochsner is Amazon-izing itself with big data." Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, is the father of two curious boys and a husband to a healthcare provider.

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Gregory J. Touhill

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs
Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Department of Homeland Security

Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he focuses on the development and implementation of operational programs designed to protect our government networks and critical infrastructure systems.

General Touhill retired from the U.S. Air Force in July 2013 after a distinguished career culminating as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems at U.S. Transportation Command—one of the nation’s 10 combatant commands. A highly decorated combat leader, he served as the United States Defense Attaché to Kuwait and as the 81st Training Wing commander, where he established the Air Force’s Cyberspace Operations training programs and led the $1 billion rebuilding of Keesler AFB, Miss., in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

General Touhill is a distinguished graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Advanced Communications Officer Training school, where he received the Webb Award as the top graduate. He also is a graduate of the Air War College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows program, and the University of North Carolina’s Logistics and Technology Program for Executives.

General Touhill maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Acquisition Professional, and the Advanced Professional Director certifications.


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C. Andrew Walgamuth

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Community Relations Specialist
ITT Technical Institute of Pensacola

As an ambassador for technology education C. Andrew Walgamuth travels the region motivating young people to STEM careers. Andrew has engaged many civic and business leaders in generating career opportunities for college students and graduates. This role includes promoting ITT Technical Institute through campus tours, speaking engagements, and on-campus interviewing. After graduating from Purdue University, Andrew went on to work for the largest print-on-demand online publisher, Author House. He then went on to become a successful Indiana Realtor, implementing early digital opportunities for his clients. Three years ago he shifted his career focus to his passion, education; and he moved his wife and three boys to the Pensacola area. He enjoys learning about new technologies and spending time outdoors with his family

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Landon Zabcik

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Software Architect
Spectrum Systems, Inc.

Landon Zabcik is Software Engineer and Project Manager for Spectrum Systems, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Auburn University. He has been designing and developing software solutions on a variety of platforms and languages for over 10 years. His most recent areas of work include industrial data acquisition systems, user interface design, SOA architecture, solutions deployment, and cyber security. Landon most enjoys designing elegant solutions to complex problems, and is a passionate advocate of open source technologies.

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