Advisory Board

Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards

Chief Manager at Nybble

Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards is a seasoned executive with more than 26 years of experience envisioning, planning, creating, delivering, consolidating, and managing strategic technology solutions in the airline and transportation industry. He has held executive and leadership positions at United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Currently, he is chief manager at Nybble Limited. He actively interfaces with public boards regarding IT audit and compliance and is currently serving on the board of Farelogix Inc. Bob’s experience spans strategy, architecture, program management, IT engineering, security, and operations. His contributions include: leading the long-term strategy of airline business systems; leading and executing one of the largest and most complex airline system migrations to date; leading global operations of technology systems; managing IT service providers; being instrumental at the creation of one of the top ten retail websites; delivering an industry-leading mobile strategy; being the designated integration officer for IT throughout the United/Continental merger; providing thought leadership to modernize the global airline industry with groundbreaking technology; and transform how airlines distribute and generate new revenue.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Founding Director at SCI

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is the founding director the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holds faculty appointments in the departments of Physics and Bioengineering. He serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to a number of national and international research centers and institutes. Chris is also on the board of directors for the Computing Research Association and is the co-director of the Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC). Chris is a world leader in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. He is fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Chuck House

Chuck House

CEO at InnovaScapes Institute

Chuck House

Charles (Chuck) H. House the CEO of InnovaScapes Institute. He also serves as executive director of the Novim Group Epiphany Awards. He spent thirty years in engineering research and development with Hewlett-Packard, including five years as director of corporate engineering. He left HP to become senior vice-president of product management and development at Informix Software, followed by becoming president of the VISTA Division of Veritas Software. He then was president of Spectron MicroSystems. After Spectron was sold to Texas Instruments, Chuck held an executive vice-president role at Dialogic, which was acquired by Intel where he retired in 2006 as their Collaboratory Research director. Chuck has also served as chancellor and CEO of Cogswell Polytechnical College, and as executive director of Media X @ Stanford, where he is now a distinguished visiting scholar. A former president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and vice-president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), he is a Fellow of both. He is the only recipient of the Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for “extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty.” He is trustee of the Computer History Museum; and was chairman of the National Security Advisory Board for the Air Line Pilots Association after 9-11.

Jack Ring

Jack Ring

Managing Member at OntoPilot

Jack Ring

Jack Ring has more than sixty years of multifaceted experience as business executive, system practitioner, intraprenuer, entrepreneur and management coach in aerospace, industrial, commercial and public sector. Jack is most noted for his clear and deep thinking on systems and on systems of systems. He has led technology, product, process and systems development, as well as competitive intelligence, market research, and strategy development.  His employers and clients have included GE Aerospace, Honeywell Computer Systems, Edelbrock, Ascent Logic, IBM Object Technology Practice and more than a dozen high tech startups. Currently a senior analyst with Cyon Research, Jack is also systemist at Educe, managing member of OntoPilot, and a member of Kennen Technologies. Jack is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE where he co-founded and co-chaired the Intelligent Enterprises Working Group and served as vice-chair, Fellows Committee. Other organizations he is associated with include the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society; International Systems Science Society; International Society for Systems Pathology; Association of Knowledge Work; International Society for Performance Improvement; and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Jack has presented more than 50 papers, panels, and tutorials at international systems conferences. While at GE Jack was the inaugural chair of the company-wide software engineering workshop which grew to 2500 participants in only three years. While at Honeywell, he co-led the formation of the Honeywell Fellowships in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the CIM Systems Research Center at Arizona State University.

Jim Rottsolk

Jim Rottsolk

CEO at Trovares

Jim Rottsolk

Jim Rottsolk is a globally recognized leader in high-performance computing (HPC) and parallel computing. He is most noted as a cofounder, chairman, and CEO of the global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. and as the head of long-term strategy for processor technologies as senior director of Microsoft’s SiArch group. He has served as chairman director of Implicit Bioscience, Inc., and as director and advisor of several firms. Prior to entering the computer technology business, Jim was a partner in the law firm of Stoel Inc. Currently, Jim is president and CEO of Trovares, a firm focused on HPC graph analytics.

John Voeller

John Voeller

Board Member at Dynexus

John Voeller

John Voeller is a globally recognized leader in technology and risk mitigation. He has spent much of his career developing advanced automation technology with a strong focus on maximum integration and automated intelligence. Starting with work on AI with colleagues at Xerox PARC in the 1980’s and moving through intelligent, integrated object environments, John has led industry thinking on building systems that are not predicated on the assumption that things will go as planned. Recently retired as senior vice-president and chief knowledge officer of global giant Black & Veatch, John co-founded and was CTO of BV Solutions Group, and was also CTO of True Product ID, responsible for the strategic vision and systems development of key anti-counterfeiting technology applications. He served as technical leader for the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Technology Alliance (CBRTA), working on advanced technology to deal with terrorist threats. John has advised societies including ASME, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, and has worked with a number of Federal agencies looking at the future automation in both physical and cyber domains. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Digital Solid State Propulsion and served as a director of Microvi Biotech and The Center for Understanding Change. He helped found and sits in the Board of Dynexus a startup with advanced battery management technology.

Kurt Richarz

Kurt Richarz

Startup Advisor

Kurt Richarz

Kurt Richarz is an accomplished senior executive with more than 32 years in the technology, digital storage, cloud computing, digital retail storage and big data industries. He spent the last 30 years in technology sales and support with international responsibility throughout the majority of that time. His world-wide focus encompassed sales and all surrounding support functions including – inside sales, account management, customer service, field applications engineering, sales operations, business planning, and strategic marketing. He worked for successful technology companies including Seagate Technology (as executive vice-president), Maxtor Corporation and Quantum and had annual revenue responsibilities ranging from $4 billion to $15 billion. He has extensive customer experience around the world with deep knowledge and contacts in the Americas, ASIA, Europe and China. He is currently retired from his full-time corporate life and is acting as a board advisor in the startup community.

Louis Hecht

Louis Hecht

Advisor

Louis Hecht

Louis is a seasoned executive with more than three decades of experience in the fields of resource economics and geospatial collaboration. For twenty years he led business development of the Open Geospatial Consortium, and he has held spent the past seven years advising businesses in implementing creative ways to monetize ideas and technologies for decision support. Louis’ experience spans business development, decision support, geospatial systems, open technologies, open data for business and government missions, and collaborative industry standards. Louis led and executed the buildout of Open Geospatial Consortium and founded Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) Ltd.

Mark Mahan

Mark Mahan

President at MMCO

Mark Mahan

Mark Mahan is president of MMCO. He is a seasoned software entrepreneur and executive, noted for his expertise in systems analysis, software development, system performance, security, and networking. He honed these skills in the 1970’s when Mark helped develop credit authorization transaction processing systems for major retailers utilizing mini-computers. Mark was responsible for a custom operating system kernel and overall system performance. Mark co-founded MAJIQ, a global leader in enterprise software and services for the pulp and paper industry and served as president until 2005. Mark’s knowledge and passions include internals of processor architecture, security, and networking. His interest in languages also led him to serve on the PL/I X3J1 language standards committee.

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford

SVP & CISO at vArmour

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford is a national figure with more than 20 years of security operations leadership and executive-level policy experience in some of the largest and most critical public and private sector organizations in the world. He has held executive and chief security officer (CSO)/chief information security officer (CISO) positions at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), The Chertoff Group, the State of Colorado, and the State of California. At NERC, Mark directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program and worked with electric utility companies across North America. Earlier in his career, he led led the United States Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT). Currently, he is senior vice-president and chief cybersecurity strategist at vArmour. Additionally, Mark serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and the National Cybersecurity Center. He is an affiliate at both the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Desert Research Institute, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Poneman Institute. Mark serves on several advisory boards, including Chevron, Cylance,and the CISO Summit Advisory Board for the annual BlackHat security conference.Mark was appointed by President Obama as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under-Secretary for Cybersecurity; Awarded SC Magazine’s “CSO of the Year”; named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity; and awarded the CSO Compass Award for leadership achievements in the security community.

Omid Moghadam

Omid Moghadam

CEO at Ascendant Dx

Omid Moghadam

Omid Moghadam is an innovative scientist, entrepreneur, venture investor and educator. He has inventions in medical imaging, cryptography, microprocessor design, medical devices, diagnostics, digital photography, data science and communications. Omid specializes in launching new ventures with social impact in health, big data and technology. He is is perhaps best known for his work at Intel as head of strategic programs. He led Intel’s entrance into electronic health records and Genomics industries. Intel spun out the former into Dossia. Since he left Intel, Omid has founded and chaired CardioWise and Rapid Dosimetry, and served on the board of NanoWatt Design, OsteoVantage, and The Diary Corporation. He has served as an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Children’s Hospital Boston, and the California Healthcare Foundation and as a board member at Best Shot Foundation and Health-e Australia Pty. He has held academic positions at Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Lally School of Business at Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute, and has served on the advisory board of Base Health Corporation and as an Executive-in-Residence at UCLA. Omid’s latest venture is Ascendant Dx, a diagnostics firm commercializing new ‘omics’ tests for diseases with poor or no existing diagnostic tests.

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall

Chair at Cinturion Group

Richard Marshall

Richard H.L. Marshall is founder and chairman of Cinturion Group, a global provider of cross-border communications services, CEO of X-SES Consultants, and strategic advisor to numerous organizations, including, AquaComms (Ireland), ConsulSys (India), and Hatha Systems. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on cyber-related policy, legal and technical issues. He is a frequent keynote speaker on cyber executive leadership issues and a cyber-security commentator on CNN, BBC, Politico,FedScoop, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Previously, Richard has served as special adviser to the government of Moldova on developing its national cybersecurity policy; as director of Global Cyber Security Management at the Department of Homeland Security; as deputy director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Commerce; and as senior legislative affairs officer and associate general counsel, Information Assurance, National Security Agency. Richard is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is highly respected for facilitating program and contract development. He has extensive leadership experience and success in designing growth strategies, integrating policy, culture and training with technology issues, building relationships and delivering lasting results.

Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre

Chair at Ketchum Innovation Ctr

Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre has more than four decades of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive, venture investor and board member working at leading universities, high-technology companies and venture capital firms. Now, he focuses his time serving on boards such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate, the Sun Valley Economic Development organization, and the Ketchum Innovation Center, where he chairs the board of directors. Previously, Rick was a partner at OVP Venture Partners, and held senior leadership roles at Apple Computer (VP of Advanced Technology), Borland International (SVP of R&D/CTO), Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Tektronix. He started his career at Rutgers University, as a computer science professor focused on artificial intelligence. Rick has also led on-campus venture incubators at UCSD and the University of Washington, and has served on a number of government and university advisory boards, including the Software Patent Institute. Notable contributions include: carrying out early research in the representation of fuzzy knowledge; founding board member of CSNET, which evolved into NSFNET and, ultimately, today’s Internet; and testifying before the Congress of the United States on the coming impact of the “Global Information Infrastructure.”

Ricky Solomon

Ricky Solomon

Director at Aspen University

Ricky Solomon

Ricky Solomon has over 30 years of experience in the financial service industry, including structuring both public and private financings and as an active venture capital investor.
He has held executive and leadership positions in the financial industry, including roles at multi-strategy market neutral funds, including Amaranth, where he was founding partner and director of global convertible arbitrage and a long/short equity book, at Paloma Partners, and later at Veriton. He began his work in the financial industry at Wechsler & Co, where he became a partner and a managing director in charge of trading. Ricky currently serves on the board of several companies, both public and private. Among them are Link3D, an industrial 3D Printing software firm, Aspen University, a public, for-profit online higher-learning institution; Ipsidy, a public payments and security company; and Unaliwear, a private monitoring company for senior citizens, which leverages the use of artificial intelligence.

Tom Pennino

Tom Pennino

President at TPTech

Tom Pennino

Tom Pennino is a seasoned executive in the field of Electronic Design and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and a recognized leader in circuit board design. At Bell Labs he was design automation leader for Lucent Technologies, where he was responsible for Lucent’s product realization process, from design engineering through release to manufacturing. Subsequently at Mentor Graphics he was responsibile for Electronic Design and Manufacturing Solutions. Today, Tom advises the EDA industry in the domain of electronic design flow and imaging complex design environments, through his firm, TPTech. Tom has served as chairman of the EDA Industry Council, group vice-president of the Electronics Industries Association (EIA), and on the board of EIA, and as chair of the Design Automation Conference (DAC).

Tom is a sought-after keynote speaker at EDA industry events and is widely quoted and published in Bell Laboratories Technical Journal, Computer Design, Electronic Design, Electronic Engineering Times among others.

Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards is a seasoned executive with more than 26 years of experience envisioning, planning, creating, delivering, consolidating, and managing strategic technology solutions in the airline and transportation industry. He has held executive and leadership positions at United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Currently, he is chief manager at Nybble Limited. He actively interfaces with public boards regarding IT audit and compliance and is currently serving on the board of Farelogix Inc. Bob’s experience spans strategy, architecture, program management, IT engineering, security, and operations. His contributions include: leading the long-term strategy of airline business systems; leading and executing one of the largest and most complex airline system migrations to date; leading global operations of technology systems; managing IT service providers; being instrumental at the creation of one of the top ten retail websites; delivering an industry-leading mobile strategy; being the designated integration officer for IT throughout the United/Continental merger; providing thought leadership to modernize the global airline industry with groundbreaking technology; and transform how airlines distribute and generate new revenue.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is the founding director the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holds faculty appointments in the departments of Physics and Bioengineering. He serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to a number of national and international research centers and institutes. Chris is also on the board of directors for the Computing Research Association and is the co-director of the Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC). Chris is a world leader in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. He is fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Chuck House

Charles (Chuck) H. House the CEO of InnovaScapes Institute. He also serves as executive director of the Novim Group Epiphany Awards. He spent thirty years in engineering research and development with Hewlett-Packard, including five years as director of corporate engineering. He left HP to become senior vice-president of product management and development at Informix Software, followed by becoming president of the VISTA Division of Veritas Software. He then was president of Spectron MicroSystems. After Spectron was sold to Texas Instruments, Chuck held an executive vice-president role at Dialogic, which was acquired by Intel where he retired in 2006 as their Collaboratory Research director. Chuck has also served as chancellor and CEO of Cogswell Polytechnical College, and as executive director of Media X @ Stanford, where he is now a distinguished visiting scholar. A former president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and vice-president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), he is a Fellow of both. He is the only recipient of the Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for “extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty.” He is trustee of the Computer History Museum; and was chairman of the National Security Advisory Board for the Air Line Pilots Association after 9-11.

Jack Ring

Jack Ring has more than sixty years of multifaceted experience as business executive, system practitioner, intraprenuer, entrepreneur and management coach in aerospace, industrial, commercial and public sector. Jack is most noted for his clear and deep thinking on systems and on systems of systems. He has led technology, product, process and systems development, as well as competitive intelligence, market research, and strategy development.  His employers and clients have included GE Aerospace, Honeywell Computer Systems, Edelbrock, Ascent Logic, IBM Object Technology Practice and more than a dozen high tech startups. Currently a senior analyst with Cyon Research, Jack is also systemist at Educe, managing member of OntoPilot, and a member of Kennen Technologies. Jack is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE where he co-founded and co-chaired the Intelligent Enterprises Working Group and served as vice-chair, Fellows Committee. Other organizations he is associated with include the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society; International Systems Science Society; International Society for Systems Pathology; Association of Knowledge Work; International Society for Performance Improvement; and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Jack has presented more than 50 papers, panels, and tutorials at international systems conferences. While at GE Jack was the inaugural chair of the company-wide software engineering workshop which grew to 2500 participants in only three years. While at Honeywell, he co-led the formation of the Honeywell Fellowships in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the CIM Systems Research Center at Arizona State University.

Jim Rottsolk

Jim Rottsolk is a globally recognized leader in high-performance computing (HPC) and parallel computing. He is most noted as a cofounder, chairman, and CEO of the global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. and as the head of long-term strategy for processor technologies as senior director of Microsoft’s SiArch group. He has served as chairman director of Implicit Bioscience, Inc., and as director and advisor of several firms. Prior to entering the computer technology business, Jim was a partner in the law firm of Stoel Inc. Currently, Jim is president and CEO of Trovares, a firm focused on HPC graph analytics.

John Voeller

John Voeller is a globally recognized leader in technology and risk mitigation. He has spent much of his career developing advanced automation technology with a strong focus on maximum integration and automated intelligence. Starting with work on AI with colleagues at Xerox PARC in the 1980’s and moving through intelligent, integrated object environments, John has led industry thinking on building systems that are not predicated on the assumption that things will go as planned. Recently retired as senior vice-president and chief knowledge officer of global giant Black & Veatch, John co-founded and was CTO of BV Solutions Group, and was also CTO of True Product ID, responsible for the strategic vision and systems development of key anti-counterfeiting technology applications. He served as technical leader for the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Technology Alliance (CBRTA), working on advanced technology to deal with terrorist threats. John has advised societies including ASME, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, and has worked with a number of Federal agencies looking at the future automation in both physical and cyber domains. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Digital Solid State Propulsion and served as a director of Microvi Biotech and The Center for Understanding Change. He helped found and sits in the Board of Dynexus a startup with advanced battery management technology.

Kurt Richarz

Kurt Richarz is an accomplished senior executive with more than 32 years in the technology, digital storage, cloud computing, digital retail storage and big data industries. He spent the last 30 years in technology sales and support with international responsibility throughout the majority of that time. His world-wide focus encompassed sales and all surrounding support functions including – inside sales, account management, customer service, field applications engineering, sales operations, business planning, and strategic marketing. He worked for successful technology companies including Seagate Technology (as executive vice-president), Maxtor Corporation and Quantum and had annual revenue responsibilities ranging from $4 billion to $15 billion. He has extensive customer experience around the world with deep knowledge and contacts in the Americas, ASIA, Europe and China. He is currently retired from his full-time corporate life and is acting as a board advisor in the startup community.

Louis Hecht

Louis is a seasoned executive with more than three decades of experience in the fields of resource economics and geospatial collaboration. For twenty years he led business development of the Open Geospatial Consortium, and he has held spent the past seven years advising businesses in implementing creative ways to monetize ideas and technologies for decision support. Louis’ experience spans business development, decision support, geospatial systems, open technologies, open data for business and government missions, and collaborative industry standards. Louis led and executed the buildout of Open Geospatial Consortium and founded Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) Ltd.

Mark Mahan

Mark Mahan is president of MMCO. He is a seasoned software entrepreneur and executive, noted for his expertise in systems analysis, software development, system performance, security, and networking. He honed these skills in the 1970’s when Mark helped develop credit authorization transaction processing systems for major retailers utilizing mini-computers. Mark was responsible for a custom operating system kernel and overall system performance. Mark co-founded MAJIQ, a global leader in enterprise software and services for the pulp and paper industry and served as president until 2005. Mark’s knowledge and passions include internals of processor architecture, security, and networking. His interest in languages also led him to serve on the PL/I X3J1 language standards committee.

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford is a national figure with more than 20 years of security operations leadership and executive-level policy experience in some of the largest and most critical public and private sector organizations in the world. He has held executive and chief security officer (CSO)/chief information security officer (CISO) positions at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), The Chertoff Group, the State of Colorado, and the State of California. At NERC, Mark directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program and worked with electric utility companies across North America. Earlier in his career, he led led the United States Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT). Currently, he is senior vice-president and chief cybersecurity strategist at vArmour. Additionally, Mark serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and the National Cybersecurity Center. He is an affiliate at both the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Desert Research Institute, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Poneman Institute. Mark serves on several advisory boards, including Chevron, Cylance,and the CISO Summit Advisory Board for the annual BlackHat security conference.Mark was appointed by President Obama as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under-Secretary for Cybersecurity; Awarded SC Magazine’s “CSO of the Year”; named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity; and awarded the CSO Compass Award for leadership achievements in the security community.

Omid Moghadam

Omid Moghadam is an innovative scientist, entrepreneur, venture investor and educator. He has inventions in medical imaging, cryptography, microprocessor design, medical devices, diagnostics, digital photography, data science and communications. Omid specializes in launching new ventures with social impact in health, big data and technology. He is is perhaps best known for his work at Intel as head of strategic programs. He led Intel’s entrance into electronic health records and Genomics industries. Intel spun out the former into Dossia. Since he left Intel, Omid has founded and chaired CardioWise and Rapid Dosimetry, and served on the board of NanoWatt Design, OsteoVantage, and The Diary Corporation. He has served as an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Children’s Hospital Boston, and the California Healthcare Foundation and as a board member at Best Shot Foundation and Health-e Australia Pty. He has held academic positions at Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Lally School of Business at Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute, and has served on the advisory board of Base Health Corporation and as an Executive-in-Residence at UCLA. Omid’s latest venture is Ascendant Dx, a diagnostics firm commercializing new ‘omics’ tests for diseases with poor or no existing diagnostic tests.

Richard Marshall

Richard H.L. Marshall is founder and chairman of Cinturion Group, a global provider of cross-border communications services, CEO of X-SES Consultants, and strategic advisor to numerous organizations, including, AquaComms (Ireland), ConsulSys (India), and Hatha Systems. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on cyber-related policy, legal and technical issues. He is a frequent keynote speaker on cyber executive leadership issues and a cyber-security commentator on CNN, BBC, Politico,FedScoop, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Previously, Richard has served as special adviser to the government of Moldova on developing its national cybersecurity policy; as director of Global Cyber Security Management at the Department of Homeland Security; as deputy director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Commerce; and as senior legislative affairs officer and associate general counsel, Information Assurance, National Security Agency. Richard is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is highly respected for facilitating program and contract development. He has extensive leadership experience and success in designing growth strategies, integrating policy, culture and training with technology issues, building relationships and delivering lasting results.

Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre has more than four decades of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive, venture investor and board member working at leading universities, high-technology companies and venture capital firms. Now, he focuses his time serving on boards such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate, the Sun Valley Economic Development organization, and the Ketchum Innovation Center, where he chairs the board of directors. Previously, Rick was a partner at OVP Venture Partners, and held senior leadership roles at Apple Computer (VP of Advanced Technology), Borland International (SVP of R&D/CTO), Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Tektronix. He started his career at Rutgers University, as a computer science professor focused on artificial intelligence. Rick has also led on-campus venture incubators at UCSD and the University of Washington, and has served on a number of government and university advisory boards, including the Software Patent Institute. Notable contributions include: carrying out early research in the representation of fuzzy knowledge; founding board member of CSNET, which evolved into NSFNET and, ultimately, today’s Internet; and testifying before the Congress of the United States on the coming impact of the “Global Information Infrastructure.”

Ricky Solomon

Ricky Solomon has over 30 years of experience in the financial service industry, including structuring both public and private financings and as an active venture capital investor.
He has held executive and leadership positions in the financial industry, including roles at multi-strategy market neutral funds, including Amaranth, where he was founding partner and director of global convertible arbitrage and a long/short equity book, at Paloma Partners, and later at Veriton. He began his work in the financial industry at Wechsler & Co, where he became a partner and a managing director in charge of trading. Ricky currently serves on the board of several companies, both public and private. Among them are Link3D, an industrial 3D Printing software firm, Aspen University, a public, for-profit online higher-learning institution; Ipsidy, a public payments and security company; and Unaliwear, a private monitoring company for senior citizens, which leverages the use of artificial intelligence.

Tom Pennino

Tom Pennino is a seasoned executive in the field of Electronic Design and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and a recognized leader in circuit board design. At Bell Labs he was design automation leader for Lucent Technologies, where he was responsible for Lucent’s product realization process, from design engineering through release to manufacturing. Subsequently at Mentor Graphics he was responsibile for Electronic Design and Manufacturing Solutions. Today, Tom advises the EDA industry in the domain of electronic design flow and imaging complex design environments, through his firm, TPTech. Tom has served as chairman of the EDA Industry Council, group vice-president of the Electronics Industries Association (EIA), and on the board of EIA, and as chair of the Design Automation Conference (DAC).

Tom is a sought-after keynote speaker at EDA industry events and is widely quoted and published in Bell Laboratories Technical Journal, Computer Design, Electronic Design, Electronic Engineering Times among others.