Art Jacoby, Principal, JACOBY
Mr. Jacoby is a well-known technology and cybersecurity advisor and investor based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has had a remarkable career that began in economic research followed by corporate planning and merger and acquisition management. Since 1986, he has served as CEO or President of several companies, provided Board-level advisory services to several hundred businesses, raised and invested capital and sourced and negotiated acquisitions and divestitures. In 2012 he co-founded Maryland Cyber Investment Partners to offer growth capital to promising cybersecurity companies. In 2014, recognizing that Maryland has exceptional cybersecurity companies, he founded the Buy Maryland Cyber program to accelerate the industry’s success. In 2015, with growing support for Buy Maryland Cyber, he incorporated the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.
Joe Mezzanotte, Partner, Whiteford | Taylor | Preston LLP
Mr. Mezzanotte has more than two decades of experience in complex real estate and business transactions. He is the Co-Chairman of WTP’s Real Estate Section and Real Estate Development, Leasing and Land Use Industry Group. Mr. Mezzanotte’s practice encompasses a full range of complex commercial real estate transactions and development work including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, entitlements, leasing and corporate matters relating thereto. In addition to his real estate practice, Mr. Mezzanotte has also served as outside General Counsel and a strategic advisor to privately held corporations and not-for-profit institutions.
Mike Binko, President & CEO, kloudtrack®
Mike is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and fierce proponent of strong startup communities. Currently Mike is President | CEO and member of the Board for kloudtrack® a cyber|cloud venture. Mike is also Founder and Managing Partner of the active angel group GeminiVenture Partners and Founder|Chair of Startup Maryland – a regions initiative forged out of the Startup America Partnership, now UPGlobal. Mike founded and served as CMO for the venture accelerator LaunchFuel® after exiting PSINet – one of the first commercial Internet Service Providers (ISP). Mike is a recognized thought-leader on early stage venture finance, crowdfunding|JOBS Act and brand|affinity marketing. He serves as director/advisor on numerous corporate and non-profit Boards.
Mike Willetts, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Market Leader, PNC
Mike Willetts is a Senior Vice President and Market Leader with PNC Bank responsible for all aspects of the Baltimore Region’s Commercial Banking activities. His team focuses on a wide range of industries with a particular focus on the growing Cybersecurity marketplace and they support their clientele’s growth by providing financing, cash management, asset management and risk management solutions. He has over 15 years of banking and financial management experience across the commercial, retail, and affluent banking business lines.
Mike currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce where he serves on the Finance Committee and is a former board member of the Baltimore chapter of Back On My Feet and the Montgomery County Chamber Foundation. He sits on PNC’s local Foundation Committee and has led the bank’s involvement with the regional EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Boston College University where he was a 4 year starter on the varsity football team.
Ellen Hemmerly, Executive Director & President, UMBC Research Park Corporation and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UMBC
Ms. Hemmerly is Executive Director and President of the UMBC Research Park Corporation and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is responsible for overseeing a 525,000 SF high technology research and technology park ([email protected]) which includes three incubators, an accelerator and research park, and two technology commercialization programs (ACTiVATE and INNoVATE). [email protected] currently has 120 tenants (including 50 cybersecurity/IT and 46 life science companies). [email protected] companies have access to faculty research collaborations, student workers, specialized technology training programs, and a full range of business services including access to experienced entrepreneurs and funding.
Ms. Hemmerly received the 2011 Innovator of the Year award recognizing [email protected] innovations in cybersecurity, was named a 2012 Corridor Person of the year finalist and also in 2012 received Leadership Through Athletics’ – Leadership in Business award. In 2013, Ms. Hemmerly was for the second time elected by The Daily Record as one of the Most Influential Marylanders (Technology category) and bwtech’s Cyber Incubator won SmartCEO’s Technology Implementer Emerging award.
Prior to joining UMBC, Ms. Hemmerly was Vice President at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) serving as its Senior Lender and Director of the Enterprise Development Fund, the City’s venture capital fund. Prior to joining BDC, Ms. Hemmerly was an Associate with K.S. Sweet Associates, a real estate advisory and development firm, and TDH, a venture capital firm. In addition, after graduating from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management with an M.B.A., Ms. Hemmerly spent six years as a banker with Mellon Bank (formerly Girard Bank). Ms. Hemmerly has a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Mathematics from Moravian College.
Tami Howie, Executive Director, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Tami Howie serves as the Executive Director for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. Over the past 20 years Tami has helped technology companies grow in the Mid Atlantic region and nationwide from start up to public companies and beyond. Tami has been involved with the successful exits of over 150 companies and has represented technology companies, angel investors, venture investors, private equity investors, SBICs and underwriters such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Tami spent 13 years as a partner in distinguished law firms such as DLA Piper and Cooley Godward and most recently was with a $75 Million technology government contractor where she served for 5 years as the General Counsel and most recently President. Tami has been named one of America’s Top Lawyers and has received the Young Gun Award from the Washington Business Journal. Tami is active in the arts community both as an advisor and performer where she performs in bands and theater with her husband.
Michael Ryan, CEO, South River Technologies
Michael Ryan is an expert at applying complex security technologies to solve real business problems. With nearly 30 years of business expertise, Mr. Ryan is an entrepreneur that has led technology startup teams from idea to successful business.
As part of the 1992 start-up team of Maryland-based OTG Software, he successfully lead a team of developers and the company grew to a successful acquisition by EMC. His focus on innovation for productivity enhancement led him to develop groundbreaking technology for Windows to enable users to access remote files as if they were on the local desktop. The technology was licensed to California-based online storage startup Xdrive, and Mr. Ryan joined the company as Vice President, Client Architecture. Xdrive was later acquired by AOL. In 2001, he formed South River Technologies to further drive secure file sharing and collaboration technologies for business.
Mr. Ryan has shared his significant technology and leadership experience as both board member and President of the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council (CRTC) and guided the organization to grow from a local county focused networking group to high-impact regional organization. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), a hybrid incubator and accelerator serving Maryland’s innovative technologists, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses, and served on the Board of Directors for Sonum Technologies, a Maryland-based artificial intelligence firm that specializes in the development and application of natural language processing technology.
Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland.
In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with his family in Annapolis and is passionate about mountain biking and Ironman triathlons
Evan Dornbush, Chief Executive Officer, Point3 Security, Inc.
Evan co-founded Point3 in 2014 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. He worked as a Computer Network Operator for the National Security Agency back when Cyber meant something totally different. Before co-founding Point3 Evan was Director of Customer Experience at Vulnerability Research Labs, a security research firm acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation.
He holds a M.S. in computer science from The George Washington University and has fathered four ridiculously good looking children.
Karen Austin, Publisher, United States Cybersecurity Magazine
Karen Austin is the publisher of American Publishing, which has produced the United States Cybersecurity Magazine since 2013. The publication offers solutions-based content about the most pressing cybersecurity issues faced by the nation. American Publishing also produces the Armed Forces Directories for Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade and is the official publisher for Fort Meade Alliance.
With more than 30 years of business, sales and publishing experience, Karen began her career in physical security as a first responder focused on safety equipment. During 9/11, she was a Counterterrorism Security Equipment Specialist for a government contractor serving the U.S. and its territories. She worked tirelessly for Ground Zero supplying equipment for command posts, working day and night with senior leaders to set up communications hardware to remediate the attack. Following her tour of duty in New York, she was assigned to visit high risk areas in U.S. territories susceptible to terrorist attacks including Guam, Saipan, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. She deployed equipment and trained first responders to use it. This work culminated in the very first “To-Go Kit” for terror attacks. Ms. Austin serves as an advisor on various boards focused on business and women’s issues.
Valerie Corekin, CPCU, ARM, Vice President, Senior Risk Advisor, PSA Financial
Valerie Corekin, CPCU, ARM, joined the PSA team in October 2010 as a Commercial Lines Account Executive specializing in middle market business. She has particularly extensive experience servicing the needs of clients in the technology, commercial real estate and manufacturing industries. She is an astute technology user who regularly incorporates technological solutions into existing processes with the aim of benefiting her clients.
Valerie has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. Before joining PSA, Valerie was the Director of Commercial Insurance at Long & Foster Insurance. She has held leadership roles in several organizations including Royal SunAlliance Insurance Company where Valerie was the Operations Manager for Underwriting Centers in Seattle and Denver; as well as Applied Systems where she served as an Agency Consultant working to solve insurance agency technology problems throughout the country.
Valerie holds an Associate in Risk Management designation and earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 2002. She attended a small independent college in Los Angeles, majoring in metaphysics.
Spencer Wilcox, Director of Security Strategy, Risk and Assurance, Exelon Corporation
Spencer Wilcox is the Director of Security Strategy, Risk and Assurance at Exelon Corporation, where he is responsible for physical and cyber security risk, governance, awareness, projects, portfolio and physical and cyber strategy. Spencer started his career in Exelon as a forensic analyst with Constellation Energy Group in 2004, and has progressed through the security organization in a variety of positions, specializing in the last line of his job description, “Other duties as assigned.”
Spencer holds certifications in cyber and physical security from (ISC)2, ASIS and others. He proudly serves on the boards of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc., and the Fort Meade Alliance, in addition to volunteering as a speaker on cybersecurity, telecommunications security, and crime prevention in many venues.
Gina Abate, President and CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions (Edwards)
Gina Abate is the President and CEO of Edwards Performance Solutions (Edwards), a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) that helps organizations achieve secure operational performance. She is responsible for the direction, leadership, and performance of Edwards. Ms. Abate leads strategy and capture across all solution offerings, including cybersecurity and Edwards’ ECHO: Secure-Repeatable-Agile framework.
Ms. Abate’s leadership and industry knowledge provides a platform allowing her to develop a strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and growth. Under her leadership, Edwards was named a Baltimore Top Workplace as named by the Baltimore Sun. She has been featured in multiple articles, including The Business Monthly, promoting Edwards’ cyber capabilities.
Prior to joining Edwards, Ms. Abate was a Vice President at NTT Data Federal Systems (formerly Keane Federal Systems) and BAE Systems. She has 25+ years of proven leadership with executive, technical, and business management experience in the Federal Government as a Civil Servant and a commercial sector contractor. Ms. Abate also holds a BA in History and Political Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Paralegal Master’s Certificate from Southwest Texas State University.
Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth O. McCreedy, Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Aerospace, Maryland Department of Commerce
Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth O. McCreedy, Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Aerospace in the Maryland Department of Commerce, is a 1980 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Commissioned as a military intelligence officer, he served at Army posts in Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas as well as overseas in Panama, Germany, Kuwait, and Bosnia Herzegovina. He commanded a scout platoon, a counterintelligence/interrogation company, a signals intelligence battalion, and finally, he took command of Fort George G. Meade, Maryland in June, 2005 and served in that capacity until July 2008.Â During his tenure, the Base Realignment and Closure process brought over 5,000 new jobs to the post and over one million square feet of new construction.
Col. McCreedy retired from the Army on 30 September 2008. Since that time, he worked in the non-profit sector doing workforce development, then for ManTech International Corporation. In 2013, he became Executive Director of Maryland Therapeutic Riding, a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding instruction to people with disabilities. He remained in that richly fulfilling job until November 2015 when the State of Maryland approached him about an opportunity to lead the Cybersecurity and Aerospace strategic industry sectors in the Department of Commerce.
Col. McCreedy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington and Lee University, a master’s and doctorate in American history from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is a graduate of both the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and the Advanced Strategic Art Program.
Timothy Lorello, President & CEO, SecuLore Solutions
Tim Lorello is President & CEO of SecuLore Solutions, a Cybersecurity firm focused on solutions for our Public Safety Infrastructure.Â Prior to founding SecuLore, Mr. Lorello was SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a NASDAQ company headquartered in Annapolis. TCS was well known for its pioneering innovations benefiting Public Safety and spearheaded Regulatory (FCC) and Legislative activity to support the advancement of our 9-1-1 system. Mr. Lorello held a broad range of roles during the 21 years of his tenure at TCS, including SVP and GM of TCS Network Intelligence Division, responsible for the development and global deployment of messaging and location technology platforms for wireless operators on six continents. As part of the C-suite, he was directly involved in raising capital for TCS, including a $10M mezzanine financing round in 1999; and his commercial expertise provided the foundation for TCS to become a publicly-traded company in 2000. Prior to TCS, Mr. Lorello worked for 11 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he specialized in R&D for one of the world’s preeminent telephony switching platforms and the creation of AT&T’s Advanced Intelligent Network platform. Mr. Lorello holds 20 patents and has an MSEE from Northwestern University and a BA in Physics from University of Chicago.
John Williams, CEO, CyVision Technologies
John is the CEO of CyVision Technologies, an advanced technology cyber company that blends disparate cyber data for visualization and modeling for optimum change management. John is responsible for overall direction and performance of CyVision. John leads all strategic partnerships and product integrations and offerings.
John is a technology evangelist with over 33 years of CEO experience, specifically P&L and Balance Sheet responsibility, in various areas of technology. While everyone knows DRM (Digital Rights Management) from either iTunes or Windows10, John was in the room when it was invented in 1991. John has over 33 years of experience in the field. For the past 25 years, Mr. Williams has been involved in emerging technology and patent backed technologies as an operating officer and as an investor.
Matt Olsen, President of Business Development and Strategy, IronNet Cybersecurity
Matt Olsen currently is President of Business Development and Strategy at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm based in Fulton, Maryland. In this role, Olsen drives IronNet’s business growth by building critical partnerships and relationships, ensuring customer success, facilitating sales opportunities, and developing the business and market strategy for the company.
Olsen is a leading authority on national security, intelligence, and law enforcement issues, having played a critical role in shaping the nation’s counterterrorism and cybersecurity efforts. He was appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), where he led the government’s efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism activities from 2011-2014. Prior to joining NCTC, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency.
Olsen also served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions and was responsible for national security and criminal cases. He was a federal prosecutor for over a decade and served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In addition to his work with IronNet Cybersecurity, Olsen teaches at Harvard Law School and is a national security analyst for ABC News. Olsen graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.
Darrell Laffoon, Vice President of Technology, EZShield
Darrell Laffoon is the Vice President of Technology for EZShield, an industry-leading provider of identity protection services to consumers and small businesses. In this role, Darrell has executive responsibility for the strategic planning, development, implementation, security, compliance and overall administration of distributed and centralized enterprise information systems. With EZShield since its inception in 2001, Darrell has established the company’s technological vision and infrastructure, and he provides technical leadership and IT alignment across the organization. Darrell and his team work closely with product development to identify, assess, and recommend appropriate emerging technologies and oversee their integration and alignment with Company needs.
With more than 30 years of technology experience in key and executive leadership roles, Darrell possesses a deep knowledge of application and web development, enterprise architecture, security, network infrastructure, R&D and IT governance processes. He has a fundamental belief that the goal of technology, in any organization, is to meet the strategic enterprise goals by leveraging technology resources to produce the highest return on investment and support growth. He studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Maryland and received his Certified Information Executive (CIE) certification from The Institute for CIO Excellence. Darrell is an active member of the IT Committee for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland.
Darrell and his wife of 30 years, Robin, are the proud parents of six adult children and the doting grandparents of one grandchild. He and his wife reside in Bel Air, Maryland with their ‘new’ children, their four Chihuahuas.
Gregg Smith, CEO, Silent Circle
Gregg Smith is a security and mobile technology industry veteran with 20+ years of experience. Gregg is currently CEO of Silent Circle, a secure communications company based in Maryland. Gregg is also on the boards of Kesala, Datatribe and Evergreen Advisors. Prior to Silent Circle, Gregg was CEO of Acuity Mobile, KoolSpan and Acuity Mobile. Gregg was also President of Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH) and SVP of TeleCommunincations Systems (NASDAQ: TSYS) Gregg has led 7 companies to successful exits. Gregg is a much sought-after speaker at mobile, wireless, and security industry events.