Gina Abate, President and CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions (Edwards)
Chairman of the Board
Gina Abate is the President and CEO of Edwards Performance Solutions (Edwards), a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) helping organizations achieve secure operational performance. Gina’s strong leadership and industry knowledge enables strategic plan development for growth and to advance the company’s mission. Under her leadership, Edwards expanded its offerings to include cybersecurity and IT services, complementing a strong enterprise management and training history.
She is featured in multiple publications promoting cyber awareness and was recently recognized by The Daily Record as one of their “Most Influential Marylanders” for her contributions to current and emerging technology.
Prior to joining Edwards, Ms. Abate was a Vice President at NTT Data Federal Systems (formerly Keane Federal Systems) and BAE Systems. She has 30+ years of proven leadership with executive, technical, and business management experience in the Federal Government as a Civil Servant and a commercial sector contractor.
Gregg Smith, CEO, Attila Security
Board Member & Executive Committee Vice-Chair
Gregg Smith is a security and mobile technology industry veteran with 20+ years of experience. Gregg is currently CEO of Attila Security, a secure communications company based in Maryland. Gregg is also on the boards of Kesala, Datatribe and Evergreen Advisors. Prior to Attila Security, Gregg was CEO of Silent Circle, 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.
Darrell Laffoon, Chief Technology Officer, EZShield
Board Member & Executive Committee Secretary
Darrell Laffoon is the Chief Technology Officer 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.
Jay B. Turakhia, Senior Vice President, SunTrust
Board Member & Executive Committee Treasurer
Jay B. Turakhia is the Business Banking Market Leader for SunTrust in Maryland. In this role, Jay leads a team of exceptional bankers who provide counsel to clients from start-up to 25 million in sales. Prior to transitioning to his current role, Turakhia spent time as a relationship manager in both commercial and small business banking. In both roles, his primary responsibility was advising clients throughout Maryland on strategies to effectively manage cash flow and grow sustainably.
A native of Baltimore, Turakhia was named one of Maryland’s 20 in their 20’s – an award based on professional accomplishment, civic involvement, and impact of achievement. In addition to serving on CAMI’s board, Turakhia is proud to serve on the board for the Harbour School – a school designed to provide individualized education to students with learning disabilities.
Turakhia graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011. He helped establish the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs, and volunteered in the College Park Scholars’ Advocates for Children program. He is an Alumnus of the Robert H. Smith School of Business with dual degrees in International Business and Marketing.
Evan Dornbush, Chief Executive Officer, Point3 Security, Inc.
Board Member & Executive Committee Assistant Secretary
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.
Joe Mezzanotte, Partner, Whiteford | Taylor | Preston LLP
Board Member & Executive Committee Legal Counsel
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.
Michael Volk, Vice President Cyber Risk Solutions, PSA Insurance & Financial Services
Board Member & Executive Committee Assistant Treasurer
As the lead for PSA’s Cyber Risk Solutions Practice, Mike Volk is responsible for helping clients make informed decisions about cyber insurance and develop strategies to reduce cyber risk. For the past six years he has worked in several roles where he helped individuals and organizations navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape. Prior to joining PSA in 2016, Mike worked with individual job-seekers, industry experts, as well as government organizations and contractors in areas related to cybersecurity training and workforce development. He has also authored several articles on topics related to cyber risk, cybersecurity education/training and cybersecurity workforce development. Mike contributed to Anne Arundel Community College as the Business Development Coordinator for the CyberCenter and Instructional Specialist for the Cyber and Technology Training area. Before that he served as the Cybersecurity Navigator and Project Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in Baltimore City.
Prior to joining PSA in 2016, Mike worked with individual job-seekers, industry experts, as well as government organizations and contractors in areas related to cybersecurity training and workforce development. He has also authored several articles on topics related to cyber risk, cybersecurity education/training and cybersecurity workforce development. Mike contributed to Anne Arundel Community College as the Business Development Coordinator for the CyberCenter and Instructional Specialist for the Cyber and Technology Training area. Before that he served as the Cybersecurity Navigator and Project Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in Baltimore City.
Mike received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McDaniel College. Additionally, he held a CompTIA Network+ certification from 2/2013-2/2016
BUSINESS/CUSTOMER SERVICE PHILOSOPHY
“In an environment where businesses must become increasingly reliant on technology to compete, my approach is to partner with our clients in a consultative role to help simplify security in the cyber age and give them the guidance and support they need to make informed decisions about how to manage cyber risk. I also value partnerships that enhance my ability to serve our clients.”
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.
Peter Gouldmann, PMP, CISSP, CISM
Cybersecurity Risk Management – U. S. Government
Peter Gouldmann has extensive experience in cybersecurity with leadership roles encompassing business and organizational risk, system security management and regulatory compliance. Pete advises executive leadership on risk decisions while developing and directing the implementation of risk management strategies. Previously he directed staff responsible for IT security compliance and regulatory reporting, and managed a global, multi-agency network and support consolidation project.
Pete’s 30+ years of information technology and security experience includes positions in public, private, domestic and global organizations and the United States Air Force. In addition to industry certifications, he holds a Masters Degree in Information Management, a Bachelor of Science in Management, and is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University’s Advanced Management Program.
Pete is an expert in, and often speaks and writes about information risk management. He has co-chaired the Committee on National Security Systems Permanent Subcommittee and the (ISC)2 Government Advisory Council. He was awarded the President’s Award for his contributions to (ISC)2. Pete is also attributed for his contributions to the National Institute of Standards and Technology SP800 series information security publications and is an Assistant Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland University College’s Cybersecurity Management and Policy Program.
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]’s 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.
Krysta Herring currently holds the position of Director of Asset Management & Leasing at Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) [NYSE: OFC], an office real estate investment trust that specializes in owning and developing properties in strategic/ mission-critical locations. In her current role, she is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and strategic direction to the asset management and leasing functions. She is responsible for generating and maintaining revenue for the company, overseeing customer satisfaction and for the financial performance of a 4.9 million square foot portfolio of office buildings in Maryland.
Krysta has over 10 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining COPT, she was a Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield, where she specialized in project leasing for institutional clients in the Northern Virginia market. In that role, she exclusively represented property owners, providing leasing and strategic advisory services for ground up office developments, redevelopments and the repositioning of existing assets. She completed leases for over 2 million square feet of office space while there.
Krysta is active in a number of local industry organizations, including the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She has served on the executive committee for March of Dimes and the fundraising committee for Women & Wine benefitting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Krysta earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary. She is a Baltimore native and alumna of The Bryn Mawr School. She now lives in Annapolis with her husband Tilghman, son Bennett and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Shelley Lombardo, Chief Operating Officer, Evergreen Advisors
Shelley is the Chief Operating Officer at the firm and manages the Corporate Advisory practice of Evergreen Advisors. She has a broad background in corporate finance focusing on small business and the middle-market. Shelley has over 20 years of experience working with middle-market companies in including healthcare, Fintech, business processing outsourcing, and cyber. In her pre-Evergreen life, she earned her stripes at a number of financial institutions working in the commercial, retail, and marketing areas. Shelley obtained her M.B.A. from UMUC and her B.A. from Greensboro College in North Carolina. She also completed the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. She is currently serving as Past President of XPX Maryland, Chair of the Board for the ETC (Emerging Technology Center), serves on the board for the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland and the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPs), and is a co-chair of the Glenelg Country School Speaker Series.
Christina Majernik, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Domain5
Christina W. Majernik is Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at Domain5. Domain5 is a wholly owned subsidiary of FEDDATA, a $350M leading provider of technology and data security services to industry and government.
Christina is charged with driving Domain5’s entrance into the commercial cybersecurity market by building critical partnerships and relationships, ensuring exceptional client experience and deliverables, and developing its market strategy. In addition, as a practitioner of risk management, cyber governance, organizational resilience, and regulatory compliance (FFIEC, GLBA, SEC, FINRA, NYS DFS), Christina has a unique background to advise her clients on best practices in securing their enterprise alongside her technical teams of experts.
Prior to joining Domain5 in August 2017, Christina held several senior leadership positions in Cybersecurity:
- Founder, President and CEO of Secquity Advisors. Christina helped clients clearly and proactively address the complex nature of cybersecurity through holistic assessments of organizational and technical risk, prescriptive roadmaps to achieve cyber maturity for compliance, effectiveness, and resilience.
- Vice President of Cybersecurity Services for Optio Labs, a mobile security platform, operated and funded by Allied Minds. In her role, Christina worked directly with clients to provide cybersecurity services and next generation solutions. Her practice areas included large universities, financial and professional services firms, and state and local governments.
- Director of Cybersecurity Services (Art of Exploitation) at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) Cyber Intelligence Group, where Christina led the creation and successful development of TCS’s enterprise cybersecurity services and solutions and international cybersecurity training.
- Prior to TCS, Christina founded the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Training Center’s Center for Cybersecurity Training, where she developed training partnerships with large commercial clients, provided corporate information security consulting to Fortune 500 companies and expanded the Center’s national and international training practice via online and channel partnerships.
Christina earned BAs in Psychology and Political Science from Canisius College of Buffalo, and an MA in Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Christina lives with her husband Matt and children Cole and Melana and her two dogs, Prescott and Murray in Annapolis, MD.
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.
S. Keith Moulsdale, Partner, Whiteford Taylor Preston
Mr. Moulsdale co-chairs the Cyber Security, Information Management & Privacy practice at Whiteford Taylor & Preston. His practice focuses on licensing, IP, data security, privacy and other e-commerce and technology-related legal issues that organizations face, both in the U.S. and internationally. He regularly counsels a wide range of organizations – including financial institutions, software vendors, and trade associations – in connection with their most significant data security concerns, including: data security breach attempts; cross-functional assessment, containment and response efforts; mitigation strategies; information security policies; and compliance with statutory notification requirements.
In addition, Mr. Moulsdale regularly represents software and technology companies that develop and distribute products and services that mitigate data security risks, as well as cybersecurity forensic companies.
J. Thomas Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM)
With more than 25-years in the economic development profession, Tom has worked with partners in industry, higher education and at every level of government. His career projects exceed $10 billion in value and 50,000 jobs; these include the 2005 BRAC win for Aberdeen Proving Ground and numerous corporate and agency headquarters, research laboratory and industrial projects for major private sector and government clients.
Tom has held leadership positions at the local, regional and currently the state level. His work with the University System of Maryland is focused on fueling company creation and tech commercialization, growing R&D partnerships with industry and government, developing internship and apprenticeship programs, and launching the USM’s new $25 million early-stage Maryland Momentum Fund. His efforts span all industry sectors, to include: aerospace, cyber/data sciences, bio-health, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous systems, energy, environmental sustainability, additive manufacturing and education-technology. Prior to the USM, he served as President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.
He is a lifelong resident of Maryland, a proud husband, father and graduate of UMBC. He enjoys coaching and is active on many boards related to finance, economic development, public policy, education and health.
2016 UMBC Alumni of the Year for Distinguished Service; 2015/2013 Daily Record, Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs; 2014 Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Industrialist of the Year.
University System of Maryland is a $5 billion global institution with more than 164,000 students enrolled across 12 campuses, 2 regional higher-education centers throughout the State of Maryland and more than 6,000 enrolled from outside MD and the United States. The System conducts nearly $1.3 billion in sponsored research annually for the federal government and industry.
CEO and Co-Founder, Think|Stack
Chris is a passionate leader and entrepreneur. His career started early, founding his first business during his sophomore year of college. Since that time, he has continued his growth in business, community and family. As a proud Baltimore resident, Chris has focused his growth in his city and hopes to lead change and revitalization in his hometown.
Today, Chris spends the majority of his time leading and cultivating the culture of Think|Stack. Think|Stack is the only human centered technology services firm in the world. They lead FI’s through digital transformations; designing, building and maintaining their infrastructure and cyber security platforms.
When he is not at Think|Stack he can be found serving on the Maryland Governors Workforce Development Board as the Chairman of the Cyber and IT Taskforce. His work there helps to create policy to develop the future workforce for tomorrow’s jobs. His passion for workforce development has led to a partnership with YearUp Baltimore, a technology internship training program that serves underprivileged youth in Baltimore.
For fun, Chris started Sachse Ventures, which supports Baltimore startups. This provides Chris with a creative outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit and also helps to cultivate successful startups in his home town. Through Sachse Ventures, Chris is a mentor, investor and board member for a variety of startups.
During his career Chris had the pleasure of graduating with his BA in business management and MA in Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He also completed the CUES Executive Innovation Program at Stanford and MIT.
Along his journey, Chris has been supported by his wonderful and growing family. His wife, Jordan, daughters Maguire and Emerson and son Connor, make it all worth it. Chris works hard to find balance, spending as much time as he can with his family.
At Think|Stack, we design meaningful customer experiences and innovative technology solutions for conscious brands. We believe that technology should support experiences that bring people together rather than encouraging isolation. Whether designing experiences that delight customers or creating social impact, people should come before the technology. We are entrepreneurs, project managers, engineers, and technicians who respect the interconnectedness of technology systems. We collaborate within an agile environment to design innovative solutions to real problems.