The ITEN WIRED Team

Benjamin Loader

Programming

Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Benjamin Loader, was born in the town of Zanesville, Ohio. Benjamin has an older brother, Andrew, and developed a love for baseball that would shape his childhood. After attending Philo High School, Benjamin graduated in 2004, armed with a strong foundation in education and the values of hard work and camaraderie. In 2007, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and excelled in the field of cryptology and Intelligence Analysis. He set himself apart early in his career, attaining the highest training within his field in record time. Mid way through his career in Intelligence, he changed his trajectory to tackle the field of Cyber. He spent the last few years of his Army career as a Offensive Cyber Operations and Capabilities Development Analyst.

With a remarkable breadth of expertise under his belt, Benjamin's journey led him to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). His promoted through the ranks, demonstrating strong leadership and strategic knowledge and capability. He ended his civil service time with the Agency as a GS15 Mission Coordinator, where he oversaw the tactical and strategic operations of a multi-disciplined analytical team, orchestrating cyber defensive operations with interagency partners, both inside the US and internationally.

After nearly seven years serving within CISA, Benjamin embarked on his next journey. He currently serves as a Senior Lead Technologist with Booz Allen Hamilton. In this role, he provides critical insights into the federal government, critical infrastructure, and national security partners as they collectively work to tackle the ever-present, ever-growing, threats within cyberspace. He provides innovative and creative solutions to current and future clients around cyberspace operations, ranging from strategic to tactical level operations; integrating capabilities ranging from cyber threat intelligence to on-keyboard analytic processes and technologies. Most recently, he was selected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for IT Gulf Coast, local to Pensacola. He is a father of two boys, soccer coach, and dog-lover.

Join us on the #CyberCoast

ITEN WIRED: GROWING THE CYBER COAST

ITEN (Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Network) WIRED Summit is the Southeast’s premier cybersecurity and IT conference to connect, collaborate and build community with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and educators on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship topics.

The three-day event highlights the area’s cybersecurity, information technology and entrepreneurial communities and explores emerging technology and innovators in start-up tech, artificial intelligence, robotics, and emerging technologies on the national scene.

The summit, which began as an economic development initiative in 2008 by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, is now hosted by IT Gulf Coast.

ITEN WIRED is a not-for-profit, technology-focused conference.  Proceeds from the event are used to support IT Gulf Coast's local STEM initiatives, including endowments to the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

The next ITEN WIRED Summit will take place on October 18-20, 2023.

Meet the Team

The ITEN WIRED | TechNet CyberCoast planning team is composed of volunteers from IT Gulf Coast, AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter, and other members of our local IT, tech and entrepreneurial community.

Jim Rhodes

Community and Public Relations Director
UWF Center for Cybersecurity
Director

Jay Smith

Managing Partner
Data Revolution
Sponsorship Chair

Sean O'Brien

Navy Account Manager
IBM
Programming Chair

Amelia Dixon

Enterprise Architect
Navy Federal Credit Union
Logistics Chair

Elizabeth Rasnick

Assistant Professor
UWF Center for Cybersecurity
Logistics

Carson Wilber

Penetration Tester
IBM X-Force Red
Marketing Chair / Secretary of ITGC

Patrick Rooney

Director
Co:Lab Pensacola
Sponsorship / Programming

Paris Harman

Intern/Grad Student
Navy Federal/Embry-Riddle
Public Relations

Michelle Sims

Lead Employer Engagement Specialist
Public Consulting Group
Programming

Alan Galindo

Business Services Representative
CareerSource EscaRosa
Programming

Emily Cone

Account Manager
TEKsystems
Programming

Kelvin Singleton

Cybersecurity Solutions Architect
Leidos
Programming

Mark Nissley

Business Development Lead
Red Hat
Programming

Shae Vernier

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton
Marketing

Benjamin Loader

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton
Programming

James Morris

Senior Program Director
Global Business Solutions (GBSI)
Programming

Scott Harvey

CRO
Swiftworks Technology
Programming