Chief Operating Technologist at KonicaMinolta
Vidovic is a Technology Innovator and Global Business Executive with extensive experience directing high-level technology development and engineering efforts for innovative software, cloud, mobility, Internet of Things and telecommunications solutions. He is an effective leader of technical and business teams throughout all phases from initial conception through product introduction. Vidovic is also a Growth Architect who leverages technical expertise and knowledge of world markets to build strategic partnerships with vendors, clients, and stakeholders to foster collaboration and drive high-quality products. He is a popular motivational leader who inspires teams to exceed expectations in complex environments.
Director of Technology at Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Vern Boyle is director of Technology for Northrop Grumman’s Cyber Division (CD). Vern is responsible for defining and executing CD’s technical strategy. This includes driving division internal investment plans and increasing customer funded contract research and development. Areas of emphasis include cybersecurity, signals intelligence, information operations, and critical infrastructure protection. He also defines technologies that support the business’ mission area strategies in the defense, intelligence, and civil arenas. Vern also leads the division Advanced Cyber Technology Center that focuses on producing high end products and solutions to address customer hard problems.
Vern has more than 20 years of experience defining, developing and deploying advanced cyber, SIGINT and intelligence solutions. His areas of expertise include high speed optical and digital processing, global communication systems, network and protocol processing, SIGINT systems, and complex system architecture development. Vern has led numerous programs and multi-disciplined engineering teams through full life cycle development and deployment. Prior to Northrop Grumman he worked as a technical director and chief technologist at Essex Corporation and Harris Corporation. Prior to that he worked on space programs at Lockheed Martin.
Vern holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Stephen Dunnivant
Dean, Advanced Technology Center Gulf Coast State College
Dr. Stephen Dunnivant has over 25 years of experience in higher education and economic development. He is originally from upstate New York and a graduate of Gulf Coast State College, FSU, George Washington University, and the University of West Florida. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is a published educational author. At Gulf Coast State College, Dr. Dunnivant played a leadership role in developing their $35 million Advanced Technology Center, establishing key partnerships with local and national industries to stimulate regional economic development.
Registered Patent Attorney, AdamsIP, LLC
Mr. Adams is the founder of AdamsIP, LLC—an intellectual property law firm in Mobile, AL and New Orleans, LA. He primarily focuses on patent filings, prosecution, licensing, and business strategy.
Before law school he performed extensive technical research in two quite different disciplines—audio electronics and biochemistry. Mr. Adams attended The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served on the Law and Psychology Review, Campbell Moot Court Board, and the Bruce B. Siegal Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.
Hunter is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the National Association of Patent Practitioners, the American Bar Association (ABA), the ABA Intellectual Property Law section, the ABA Business Law section, and the Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association.
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, UWF
Thomas Asmuth is an artist and an Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida where he teaches courses in digital and experimental media at the UWF Department of Art. Asmuth utilizes science and technology as method and media to explore culture, aesthetics, social practices, and performance. Asmuth is an alumnus of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San José State (MFA 2009) and holds a BFA in Painting (2000) from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Asmuth’s process is a complication of disciplines that often defies categorization. In 2003, a physicist friend encouraged Asmuth to reincorporate scientific and technological media into his art. That year he built a series of meditative chambers that included home-made particle physics instruments which unveiled subatomic processes like cosmic rays, Muon decays and Alpha particles for the viewer. The subjects of Asmuth’s current research include autonomous robotics, portraits and imaging of the ‘Space Race’, invisible spectra, voxel aesthetics, and wearable computing.
Asmuth’s works and collaborations have been exhibited in the United States and internationally including: NetArtizen, Thompson Gallery (San José State University), SECAC2013, Brick City Gallery (Missouri State University), 319 Scholes (NYC), turbulence.org (sic), the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2011, Istanbul), the Laguna Art Museum (CA), 2006 Zer01 Biennial (2006, 2008, & 2012 San José, CA), Salisbury University (MD), and the Francis Tang Teaching Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY).
Sky Lab Manager, UWF Outreach
Mr. Barksdale has been the University of West Florida’s Skylab Technology Manager since the inception of this state-of-the-art computer lab in 2010.
John has been working in higher education for twelve years while also taking on freelance projects that involve technology and training. His experience in this realm includes managing computer labs, teaching computer software courses and assisting faculty, students and staff members with computer and other technology issues. As an instructor at National University and Pensacola State College, he was responsible for the development and deployment of instructional materials for software in-service training sessions and technology courses. John is a graduate of the Instructional Technology Master of Arts program at Virginia Tech.
John could foresee the value of 3D modeling in education and proposed the early adaption of 3D printers in the Skylab computer lab. The first 3D printer was installed in Skylab in February of 2014.
Research Associate and Software Engineer, Academic Technology Center at the University of West Florida
Janusz Chudzynski is a Software Engineer, Research Associate, and Instructor at the Academic Technology Center of University of West Florida. He is engaged in a research and development of innovative applications using various technologies in the support of learning and research in learning. Janusz published two books related to mobile programming and authored multiple mobile and web apps on different platforms. Recently he decided to explore the possibilities of IoT and programming wearable devices. He was one of the first developers in the world that published app on Apple Watch platform.
Janusz developed the ITEN Wired apps.
Founder, CEO, Robotics Unlimited Inc.
Sebastien Cotton, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of Robotics Unlimited Inc. Dr. Cotton has over 8 years of experience in the Industry, He is a former internationally renowned Scientist with expertise in robotics, biomechanics of legged system and actuation systems. Dr. Cotton has authored multiple papers in international Journals and Conferences.
Dr. Cotton was a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition between 2010 and 2014. At IHMC, he was the Co-PI of the FastRunner project and led a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers towards the development of an extremely fast, inherently stable and energy-efficient biologically inspired bipedal robot. His research work led to the development of several new technologies and concepts. Dr. Cotton and his team own the world speed record for a legged robot with their HexRunner robot (a scaled up version of OutRunner), which reached 33 mph outdoor and 45 mph in a lab environment.
Before joining IHMC, Dr. Cotton was a Research Associate at the LIRMM in France where he gained experience in the modeling and control of humanoid robots. He developed a virtual model to improve the modeling and balance control of humanoid robots. His work has been applied to several humanoid robots. Beside robotics, Dr. Cotton conducted several experiments in human locomotion and introduced a major tool in the biomechanics community, dedicated to the study of balance for Humans.
Dr. Cotton received a Ph.D. in Robotics in 2010 from the Université de Montpellier 2, a M.S in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from the Université de Montpellier 2, and a B.S in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Université d’Avignon in 2005. He received a PhD Fellowship from the CNRS and won an award of excellence during his MS degree.
Director, IT Academy, UWF
Nicole Gislason is the director of UWF Training Solutions and IT Academy. She is an educator and service provider who strives to expand and improve training opportunities in the 10-county region of Northwest Florida. Her primary role in higher education is to collaborate with business leaders, educators, and government officials — connecting people who have common needs but different missions. The results are collaborative training projects created by true partners with measurable plans for success. With industry input, she develops career technical certifications and custom training programs for business professionals. Many programs focus on Information Technology, Project Management, Supervisory Skills, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Leadership Training.
Regionally, Gislason supports two important groups: (1) career-changers and veterans seeking certification in information technology and (2) manufacturing, financial and technical employers seeking quality improvement and leadership training for their workforce. The first group benefits from a competitive grant of $3.9 million awarded to the UWF IT Academy to meet the demand for high-skill technical employees. UWF was one of only six universities in the United States that received H-1B awards in 2012. The second group benefits from a state-funded initiative to support manufacturing employers.
Gislason serves a national audience of her peers as the chair-elect of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Outreach and Economic Development Network. Founded in 1915, UPCEA serves 395 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America.
Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology, UWF
Dr. Ramie Gougeon, RPA, joined the University of West Florida faculty in the Department of Anthropology in Fall 2010. He previously attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA Anthropology, 1994) and the University of Georgia (PhD Anthropology, 2002). Dr. Gougeon began his professional archaeological career while still a student, taking his first “shovelbum” position in 1993. He has worked in both academic and compliance archaeology settings. He is on the boards of the Florida Archaeological Council, a group advocating for the profession of archaeology and the protection of our cultural resources, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the Pensacola Archaeological Society. Dr. Gougeon has research interests in the prehistory of the Southeast US, particularly pertaining to socio-political complexity and household anthropology. In recent years he has begun an exploration of how 3-D technologies can be applied in archaeological ceramic studies to answer questions about prehistoric peoples of the Southeast.
Assistant Vice President, UWF Outreach
Dr. Brice Harris was appointed Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Opportunity in July 2015. Previously at UWF, Dr. Harris held the titles of Associate Director and, later, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement. Dr. Harris began his employment with UWF in 2010 as a Consultant to the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, and later served as Co-Director of that center.
A Pensacola native, Dr. Harris’ career to date has centered on military, economic, and political affairs, and includes periods of service in federal and state government, as well as in the private sector. Dr. Harris completed tours of service as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He has also worked as a private contractor to OSD and the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College, and as a consultant to two separate federal contracting entities. Additionally, Dr. Harris has served as Defense & Space Coordinator in the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of strategic programs, projects, and activities related to Florida’s aerospace and defense industries. Previously, Dr. Harris served as the Chief Operations Officer of a stage one technology company formed to commercialize a software suite developed by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
Dr. Harris holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida (1999); an M.S. in Defense & Strategic Studies from Missouri State University (2001); and a Ph.D. in Politics & International Relations from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom (2007).
IT Director, Austal USA
Brent Hutfless is the IT Director of Austal USA, the American branch of the global defense and commercial shipbuilder Austal, a Top 100 Federal Contractor. Brent has over twenty years of experience and leadership within technology and security, across challenging roles in aerospace and defense, healthcare, manufacturing and training industries. He holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Troy State, and a master’s in computer science / software engineering from the University of West Florida. Brent is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and maintains a GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC). Active within the security domain, he serves as president of the Gulf Coast Industrial Security Awareness Council, as an officer for the Panama City chapter of (ISC)2, and contributes to Peerlyst and LinkedIn communities. Brent is also a regional speaker, contributing writer, researcher, and has taught medical informatics and health records topics at the university level.
Perry Journey is a Software Engineering senior at the University of West Florida. His studies at the university have been focused on 3D printing and it’s implementation into robotics. Journey’s experience with 3D printing has grown from maintaining the university’s 3D printers to leading a team of engineering students whose goal is to design and 3D print a quarter scale autonomous unmanned aircraft.
Software Architect, ActiGraph
Daniel Judge is a Software Architect at ActiGraph. He has over 13 years of professional experience as a software developer using mainly .NET technologies. Daniel is an active member in several local Toastmasters groups and is serving as Area Director in 2015-2016. He is a member of the Pensacola Bay Community Band where he plays tuba and euphonium. Daniel and his wife Megan live on a small farm with several dogs, cats, horses, and a donkey named Raya.
Chief Operating Officer, Affiniti
Ira Levy is the Chief Operating Officer of Affiniti and was named to that position in 2014. Mr. Levy led the creation of the One Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network consortium which received a $110 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant, the second largest nationally. He led the consortium as Chief Information Officer of Howard County, Maryland (2010). Ira was personally recognized at the White House Champions of Change (2012). Additionally, the One Maryland initiative was named 2012 Best in Category by the National Association of Counties (NACO) and as the 2011 Fiber Network of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).
Subsequently and prior to joining Affiniti, Mr. Levy served as the Chief Executive Officer of Torrential Systems (2013), an IT development company. Mr. Levy holds a Master’s Degree in Information & Telecommunications Systems and an MBA – both from Johns Hopkins as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Florida.
Cathleen C. Lilli
Director of IT Infrastructure, Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Through the majority of Cathleen Lilli’s career, she has had the great opportunity to span many jobs as an IT professional. These jobs range from Application Development, Systems Engineering, to Sales & IT management positions (application & infrastructure). The variation of job roles assisted her in understanding all aspects of delivering IT services. Additionally, she had a unique opportunity for two years, as the Customer Service Partner representing the Chief Operations Officer for a large Northeast Bank. In this role, she was able to transform the Operations Division from inward-focused to a customer driven and customer-focused organization. This experience was personally rewarding and incredibly eye opening for her to see that when the conversation changes to focus on the customer all differences are set aside and solutions are developed.
Director of Information, Bit-Wizards
Jeff Mitchell is an ITPro and problem solver bringing passion, expertise, and finesse to his work with both people and technology. During his fifteen years in the field, Jeff has identified and implemented IT solutions ranging from geographically dispersed systems for Small and Medium clients to enterprise deployments of private and hybrid cloud integrated solutions.
Heavily tied into the community of Northwest Florida Jeff has worked as Infrastructure Admin, Chief Technology Officer, Office 365 Practice Manager, Director of IT and Cloud Infrastructure. Jeff has been a member of the Pensacola ITT Tech’s Program Advisory Committee, contributing to the school’s degree programs in Information Systems and Cybersecurity and Network Systems Administration. In addition to speaking engagements at ITGulfCoast, iTenwired (3 Years), IT Pro Camps, SQL Saturdays, Microsoft Road Shows and is a published contributor with Microsoft Press. Jeff lives in Fort Walton Beach Florida where Bit-Wizards corporate office is located. He knows more about Batman than you and enjoys New Orleans Saints football and playing the guitar.
Chief Operating Officer, ProctorU
Jarrod Morgan co-founded a leading company in the growing online education industry and continues to push the envelope in the organization’s development. Morgan now serves as Chief Operating Officer and was the company’s first proctor. Under Morgan’s leadership, the company has grown from a handful of clients in 2008 to over 700 institutions and proctored over 1 million exams. With Morgan’s guidance the firm opened additional offices in eight states and its workforce has expanded from half a dozen employees in January of 2011 to more than 600 in 2015. The service has developed into a brand trusted by prestigious institutions such as the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, Northwestern University and many others. In the education industry Morgan is known for his work ethic, leadership, ambition, positive attitude and infectious sense of humor. Prior to ProctorU, Morgan served as director of technology for Andrew Jackson University. In 2013, Morgan was named as one of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. Morgan works out of the Hoover, Ala. office where he coordinates the day-to-day operations of the growing online proctoring team.
Editor in Chief, AndroidCentral.com
Phil has served as editor-in-chief of AndroidCentral.com since 2009. In a previous life he spent more than a decade in the newsroom of a two-time Pulitzer finalist newspaper in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. In his current life, he’s got the greatest job in the world, a gorgeous wife, two beautiful daughters and a mutt named Max. You can find him on Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.
Senior Systems Administrator, AppRiver, LLC
Jim Nitterauer is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at AppRiver, LLC. His team is responsible for global network deployments and manages the SecureSurf global DNS infrastructure and SecureTide global SPAM & Virus filtering infrastructure as well as all internal applications and manages network security for the entire company.
He was President and CEO of GridSouth Networks, LLC, a joint venture between Creative Data Concepts Limited Inc. and AppRiver, LLC. Jim is also the founder and President of Creative Data Concepts Limited, Inc., a well-known Web services provider that has been located in Pensacola, Florida since 1998.
Jim served as President of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and 2004 and has served as an active member of its Board of Directors. He has chaired the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee and hosted its monthly television show. Jim has also served as president of Santa Rosa County Crimestoppers, Inc. from 2002 through 2009.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science degree with a major in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Alabama. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Pensacola.
Jim, his wife Susan, their two boys and a dog reside in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Baseball, running, playing guitar and family activities take up most of his ‘spare’ time. Jim and his family attend Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.
Associate Dean, College of Communication & Information, Florida State University
Ebe Randeree is the Associate Dean for the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University. He leads the college efforts in Finance/Administration, Communication, and Internships/Outreach. He joined FSU from the University at Buffalo where he taught courses in Strategic Management. His education and research are in the areas of Technology, Health Informatics, and Leadership.
Vice President, Konica Minolta
Ekta is a charismatic entrepreneur and a seasoned technology and new ventures leader with over 20 years industry experience. As a founding member of the Business Innovation Center in North America and the Chief Innovation Officer, Ekta is responsible for developing a global transformation strategy for Konica Minolta, invest in the startup ecosystem to accelerate the pace of innovation and create a portfolio of new business for the company. As a corporate venture capitals, Ekta works closely with VC’s, start ups and academia to incubate transformative solutions and drive key differentiation in the Konica Minolta portfolio. Prior to joining Konica Minolta, Ekta was leading Research and Innovation at eBay Inc. Ekta is passionate about driving sustained innovation, methodical execution and delivering lasting outcomes to build enduring businesses.
Glenda R. Snodgrass
President, The Net Effect
Glenda R. Snodgrass has been President of The Net Effect, as well as its lead consultant and project manager, since the company’s inception in 1996.
Ms. Snodgrass is primarily engaged in drafting network security protocols and developing security awareness training programs for clients, in addition to conducting securityrelated workshops and delivering cyber security defense presentations at professional conferences and conventions.
An active member of the Gulf Coast Industrial Security Awareness Council, InfraGard, ASIS International, and Gulf Coast Technology Council, as well as numerous civic organization, Ms. Snograss holds a B.A. from the University of South Alabama (1986) and a maîtrise from Université de Paris I PanthéonSorbonne in Paris, France (1989).
Co-founder, Executive Vice President, Digital Boardwalk
Brian Wilkey, co-founder of Digital Boardwalk, has been with the company since its inception in 2008. With a background in information technology, and an education in business administration in management information systems, Brian continues to drive Digital Boardwalk’s commitment to innovation. As Digital Boardwalk’s Executive VP, Brian oversees all business operations as well as business development efforts including strategic planning, market expansion, and partner relations.
Prior to Digital Boardwalk, Brian worked in the Architectural and Engineering industry for an award-winning architectural firm in Central Florida. Brian worked with his team of architects in the design and development of some of Florida’s most recognized commercial architecture projects including the state’s first “net-zero” green building. Although the crash of the housing market did not lend Brian many opportunities in the industry, architecture and design remain Brian’s childhood passions.
In his free time, Brian is an avid cross-country mountain-biker, traveling the country in pursuit of the best trails. After nine months of high-altitude conditioning, Brian mountain-biked up and down Colorado’s Pikes Peak in 2013. On a rainy day Brian enjoys researching technology and studying astrophysics.
Sr. Vice President of Software Engineering, ActiGraph
Jeremy Wyatt is the Sr. Vice President at ActiGraph, LLC. Founded in 2004, ActiGraph provides robust, clinical grade physical activity monitors to large institutions for kinetics research in very large-scale studies. Jeremy joined ActiGraph as a hardware engineer and helped redesign one of the first commercially viable monitors that the company sold. Jeremy has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of West Florida.