Terry Orletsky begins his 50th year in IT in 2018. He started in the business as a mainframe operator with punch cards and magnetic tape in 1969 in Canada. Orletsky became a programmer by necessity and spent more than a decade working for a large wholesaling concern. Orletsky joined The Ken Blanchard Companies in 2003 as Vice President of Information Technology and helped shape their I.T. posture into a solid platform that now serves a global company with double the revenue. Orletskly was named I.T. Executive of the year in San Diego in 2013 and 2015 in the large privately held company category. He is a member of the San Diego CIO Roundtable, AITP, and SIM.
Dr. Clay Posey joined the Department of Management and the Cyber Security and Privacy Faculty Cluster at UCF in Fall 2017. Prior his arrival, he was an Associate Professor in the Information Systems, Statistics and Management Science department as well as the Associate Director of the Cyber Institute at the University of Alabama. His research has been published or is forthcoming in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, Computers in Human Behavior, and Computers & Security, among others. In addition to interests in online self-disclosure, analytics, and privacy, his research largely focuses on the positive (e.g., compliance, protection-motivated behaviors) and negative (e.g., computer abuse, insider threat) information-security related behaviors of organizational insiders. These efforts in the behavioral domain of cyber security have been funded by the US Department of Defense and IBM.
Jim Crow currently serves as the head of IT for The Marvin Companies, a group of privately held manufacturing companies in the fenestration (windows and doors) industry. Starting as a full time professional programmer at the tender age of 17, Jim has been in IT his entire career. After moving up through the application development side of IT, he then served as CIO for several companies, including Eaton Corp (divisional), Twin Disc, Sub-Zero/Wolf, the Chicago Skyway, the Indiana Toll Road, Emerson Electric (divisional), and Marvin. At Eaton, he was also the Director of Product, Manufacturing, and Tool Design. Jim holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University and an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and was a Senior Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award. Crowe is highly regarded for his broad knowledge and expertise in every aspect of IT, such as infrastructure, cyber-security, mobile, eCommerce, disaster recovery, manufacturing and financial systems, cloud, business intelligence, contract negotiation, leadership, team building, and motivation. He has a reputation as a leader who can deliver large scale solutions on time and on budget.
Doug Pointious currently serves as a BI Analytics Executive with Amerisure Insurance. He is an innovative technology executive, who has gained extensive expertise in strategic planning and complex solution delivery for an array of very successful business and information technology ventures. Pontious’ broad experience includes accomplishments ranging from designing, developing, and implementing high-performance technical architectures to leading a large Business Process Outsourcing organization.
As a seasoned global leader, Doug Pontious has accumulated significant operational, marketing, and customer service related business expertise in delivery of sophisticated enterprise application suites and advanced Business Intelligence frameworks. He has also established a strong business acumen from a diverse base of industries including insurance, financial services, and healthcare. All gained while serving in vital executive positions with a passion for designing transformational business solutions and developing highly professional teams.
Candy Alexander has 30 years of information security experience working for various high-tech companies. She has held several positions as CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) for which she developed and managed corporate security programs. She is now working as a virtual CISO and executive cyber security consultant assisting companies large and small to improve their potential risks through effective security initiatives.
Alexander was the chief architect for the Cybersecurity Career Lifecycle for the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) and is a long-standing director on the international board. She is also the inaugural president and past board member of the ISSA Education and Research Foundation. Alexander has also served as vice president of education and vice president of international relations for the ISSA. She remains a loyal member at the local level with the New England Chapter and the ISSA-New Hampshire Chapter.
Alexander has received numerous awards and recognition, including that of Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA, ranking her as one of the top 1 percent in the association and she was inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame in 2014. She also had the opportunity to be a featured speaker for the IT Security Symposium at the United Nations and received an invitation to the Offices of the White House to speak on the importance of security awareness to the President's Cyber Czar staff.
Ben Cranmore has been involved in the Computer business since 1972 when all you needed was a degree and the ability to spell the word computer to be employed on data processing. His first position was IT dept manager for General Dynamics in 1972. His long career has included working in both large and small corporations, as well as self-employment in the software development business for 10+ years. Currently, Cranmore serves as the Chief Information Officer for Furniture Mart USA. He created the IT department in 2003 with just one other person, and over the last 15 years, he has developed the IT function into a 9-member team capable of taking on Virtualization (even Hybrid) cloud implementations, conversions, very large development projects, (where it made sense - avoiding where it did not). Cranmore holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Business management and a MS degree in project management with emphases in Information Technology. Furniture Mart USA’s immediate efforts embrace network security working with a Fortune 500 security consultation company, over the next 2 - 4 months we will be heavily involved in the computer security arena.
Roger Cressey is a partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the firm’s cybersecurity practice in the Middle East. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was President and Founder of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, a security and risk management consulting firm.
Cressey’s government service includes senior cybersecurity and counterterrorism positions in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. At the White House, he served as Chief of Staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board from November 2001 – September 2002. He also served as Deputy for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff from November 1999 to November 2001. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy and managed the US Government response to multiple terrorism incidents, including the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11th attacks. For ten years, he served as an on-air counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, appearing on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and CNBC. His commentary has appeared in numerous domestic and international radio and print outlets.
Prior to his White House service, Cressey served in the Department of Defense and Department of State. His overseas experience includes serving with the US Embassy in Israel and with UN peacekeeping operations in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. While in the former Yugoslavia, Cressey was part of a United Nations team that planned the successful capture of the first individual indicted for war crimes in Croatia. From 2001 – 2006, he taught a graduate course on U.S. counterterrorism policy at Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.
Herman Brown serves the City and County of San Francisco as the CIO for the SF District Attorney’s Office. His private-sector mentality and a track record of success, proved valuable contributions to the City & County for the last 5 years. With over 25 years of experience in IT, Herman’s managed several enterprise initiatives that consolidated services, streamlined processes, and lowered overall city operating costs. His experience spans various industries; defense, manufacturing, healthcare, software development, advertising and now local government. Herman’s aims to bring efficiency, transparency, and productivity to government by leveraging technology. As CIO for the DA’s Office, Herman leads the effort to transform a government law firm laden with paper to a digital one that rivals any private sector organization.
Michael is the Sr. IT Manager / End User Technologies and Project Management for Gesa Credit Union. In his position, Michael is responsible for IT Security, corporate and branch computing environments, data center and telephony operations as well as large projects for the IT Department. Michael joined Gesa in 2012 as Project Manager – IT where he was tasked with providing project management oversight for Gesa’s core Credit Union software conversion. Prior to Gesa, Michael has worked for multiple organizations in varying roles, working both as an individual contributor and in management where he has been responsible for everything from implementing enterprise security patching policies and procedures to managing telephony infrastructure and data center operations at a nuclear facility.
Michael earned an undergraduate degrees in Finance, Operations and Information Technology from Pacific Lutheran University and a MBA in Technology and Innovation Management from Pacific Lutheran University as well as Post-Graduate Certificates in Management and Leadership, Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.
Additionally, Michael is the co-owner of Die Empty CrossFit and an NCAA basketball official.
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