Chairman of the BILT National Convergence Technology Center
Chief Information Officer Le-Vel
Matt Glover serves as Chairman of the Business Industry Leadership Team for the National Convergence Technology Center. The center is responsible for guiding the curriculum for more than 70 colleges nationally to make work force ready students in STEM related fields. He is a military veteran and a technology executive with 29 years of industry experience. He is the CIO (Chief Information Officer) for Le-Vel, a mid-market health and wellness company in Frisco, Texas. He has been honored by his peers by being selected as a finalist as Tech Titans Corporate CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of the Year for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). He has also been honored to serve on the CTO Round Table for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology.
Dr. Ann Beheler
Principal Investigator (PI) National Convergence Technology Center
Executive Director of Emerging Technology Grants, Collin College
Ann Beheler has been in the Information Technology industry for over 30 years, and she is now responsible for Emerging Technology grants at Collin College. In that capacity she leads the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), a five-year $4 million National Science Foundation grant. The work of the National CTC builds on a previous four-year $4.4 million National Science Foundation grant. From 2011-2015, Ann also led the National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technologies Consortium, an almost $20 million Department of Labor TAACCCT grant. Among other things, Ann is known for effectively bringing together business and industry using a streamlined process – known as the “BILT Model” – to identify with them the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) they predict will be needed by "right-skilled" job candidates in the future.
PHILIP ANDREWS MANAGING DIRECTOR AT INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION CENTERS
Philip Andrews is the Managing Director of International Innovation Centers that are focused on Smart Cities and Industry 4.0. He is also a member of the North-Central Texas Council of Governments forum focused on drones. He is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) teaching ME graduate school. His main topic is Smart Manufacturing. He is also involved as a mentor and judge with 3 Innovation Centers, incl. Cleantech Open in L.A., The DEC, and Atlas Solution Center on Golden, CO.
SYSTEMS ENGINEER, SLED AT FORTINET
Amy Arnold works as a systems engineer focused on public sector security. With more than a decade of IT networking experience, she holds certifications in security, routing and switching, voice and collaboration, design, and wireless technologies. She maintains a popular technical blog focused on networking technologies (amyengineer.com) and is active in the networking community. She can be found on Twitter as @amyengineer and LinkedIn.
CLIENT EXECUTIVE - IBM
Sai Bezawada is a technology and business leader leading IBM's public sector business for Texas with over 20 years of experience in leading complex transformation engagements in public and private sectors. He has management experience in managed services, enterprise transformation and people management. Sai joined IBM's services business as an application development consultant in the fall of 1999. Sai's responsibilities included full P&L, HR, service delivery and sales. Sai is actively involved in the North Texas community volunteering on the Collin College advisory board and mentoring students seeking to enter the workforce. Sai has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit and currently lives in Frisco, TX
AARON BURCIAGA, CAP, ACE
Aaron Burciaga is a renowned Data Scientist, AI Engineer, author and Advisor. As a seasoned technology and business leader in both startup and enterprise settings, he has focused his career on delivering efficiency and value through automation, data science, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, and emerging concepts and innovative technologies. Aaron's roles have included Senior Director Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at ECS Technology, Global Operation Director Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at HCL Technologies, CTO at Analytics2Go, Vice President Data Science & AI at Booz Allen Hamilton, Global Analytics Platform Lead at Accenture, and Senior Research Scientist at Elder Research. Aaron was a Marine Corps officer and Iraq war veteran and was the head operations research analyst and director of an operations analysis activity at the Pentagon, supporting the Marine Corps Headquarters. Aaron is a Forbes contributor, frequently invited keynote and speaker, and Certified Analytics Professional (CAP). Aaron received his M.S. Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and his B.S. from the US Naval Academy.
REGIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER VMWARE IT ACADEMY
Susan Coefield has more than 20 years’ experience in helping Education implement new technology and curriculum. Her career started with Apple Computer; and then, she worked for Cisco Systems for 11 years. She has been with VMware since 2016 managing the VMware IT Academy throughout the Americas.
PRESIDENT AT CENTER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Carolyn Corbin is an award-winning, best-selling global author-speaker-socioeconomic futurist, and founder of the Center for the 21st Century, which provides speeches, executive briefings, consulting, and organizational training in critical 21st century issues. Although she is semi-retired after a 45-year career, Carolyn continues to hold the title of President of that corporation and personally serves a few clients upon request. Mostly, however, her current mission is to serve community organizations who wish to tap into her knowledge and expertise developed throughout her career.
PROJECT MANAGER CRITICAL START
Chelsea Fitzgerald has been in the Information Technology field for over 6 years. She received her Associates of Science degree in Information Technology from Collin College; and thereafter, received her Bachelor's degree in Leadership Development from University of Texas in May 2019. Chelsea began her career in IT as a Network Engineer and recently transitioned to IT Project Management.
VICE PRESIDENT DIGITAL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY OFFICE
Tu Huynh is the Vice President of Digital Business Transformation Office at Comerica Bank Incorporated in Dallas, TX. He has worked at Comerica Bank since 1997. During this time, he has worked on many critical projects for Comerica, including relocation of the Comerica’s headquarters from Detroit to downtown Dallas. He has efficiently managed and executed multi-million engineering projects for the past 22 years and designed a highly scalable and adaptable technology infrastructure that allowed Comerica Bank to grow and gain competitive advantage over other financial institutions in addition to various other significant accomplishments. He was an adjunct faculty member in Information Technology at North Lake College and served in various advisory boards.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 5K TECHNICAL SERVICES
Corey Kirkendoll is the President & CEO of 5K Technical Services, a business committed to establishing solid IT solutions for SMB clients throughout the North Texas area. He has over 25 years of experience in the Information Services & Technology sector.Corey is a Tech Titan and has received numerous awards in the IT industry. He is also recognized by his peers as an expert in what he does. Corey holds Bachelors and MBA degrees in Information Technology Management and Conflict and Resolution Management from Jones International University in Colorado.He and his wife, Tonia, live with their three lovely children in Allen, TX.
SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER JUNIPER
Yang Lai is a Senior System Engineer that has been working as a network consultant since 1996 and has been focused on Juniper products since 2006. Yang has been involved with architect, design and implementation of networks as large as 40,000 network devices. He has achieved the expert level of Juniper certification. Yang lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INTERLINK
Candy Slocum is recognized throughout North Central Texas and the state, as a visionary and innovator for bridging the gap between business, government, and education. She is Executive Director of North Central Texas InterLink, Inc., a regional non-profit business~education alliance that was named a Model Program by the State of Texas for impacting North Central Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs which showed measurable improvement by using InterLink’s information of InterLink’s labor market data to develop CTE Programs that graduate students with the skills and knowledge to proceed into the workforce or higher education. Candy has over 25 years experience as a Labor Market Strategist forecasting occupations, industries, skill, and knowledge needs that will be in demand in the workforce of the future, and the trends that will change the future workforce.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER CISCO SYSTEMS
Scott Veibell is the manager of Customer Delivery Collaboration Technology at Cisco Systems, Inc. He’s a veteran of the US Army and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho and a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University in Garland, Texas. Scott has worked at Cisco Systems for the past 22 years. Prior to Cisco, Scott worked as a manufacturing engineer at Texas Instruments Defense Systems (now Raytheon) from 1987-1995. From 1995-1998, he was a support engineer at Selsius Systems, which was later acquired by Cisco in 1998.
PUBLIC SPEAKER AND CO-FOUNDER RDM INNOVATION TRAINING
Glenn Wintrich has more than 40 years of international delivery, marketing, service line management, and innovation training and consulting experience. His global business experience, systematic approach, and leadership in systems architecture allowed customers to take full advantage of current and emerging opportunities in their business environments.
AMERICAS MANAGER CYBERSECURITY ACADEMY
Kim Yohannan is responsible for the Alteryx SparkED education program in the Americas. Previously, she managed the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy program in the Americas for three years. Before PANW, she managed the EMC / Dell Academic Alliance program in the Americas for ten years. Prior to EMC, she worked at Xplana Learning, an educational software company, as their Senior Director of Operations and five years at Nortel Networks working on education programs. Before Nortel, Kim spent seven years as a bilingual elementary school teacher with a focus in English as a Second Language (ESL). Kim is passionate about education and creating partnerships with academia that enable students to obtain the IT skills they need to excel in today’s job market.