Patrick Rooney

Programming Committee


Director and Business Coach, Co:Lab Pensacola
Lead Principal Consultant, Coastal CxO Services, Inc.


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Patrick Rooney is the Director and Business Coach for Co:Lab Pensacola, a program of Florida West EDA, in partnership with Pensacola State College. He also serves as the Lead Principal Consultant at Coastal CxO Services, Inc. where he leads a team of Executive/Senior Managers providing comprehensive business and technology consulting services. The firm delivers C-Suite expertise to firms’ Founders, Management, Investors, and Directors. Coastal CxO helps identify critical pain points, prepares strategic and tactical plans addressing root causes (not mere symptoms), assists with improving business processes across the entire enterprise, and resolves problems hindering success in achieving business objectives.

He has served as a Senior Financial and Operations Executive working with start-ups and midstage firms in defense, electronics, software development/systems integration, education, manufacturing, multimedia distribution, information security and health-care. His 30-years of work experience encompasses a vast range of experience from controller, vice-president, and CFO to CEO and Chairman with companies such as Brand Asset Digital, Cogon Systems, Deloitte Touché & Co, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) & others.

He has a proven track record in building and leading high performance teams needing effective assistance with private fund raising, enterprise process improvements, and operating management process development. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with magna cum laude honors. He earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in November 1980. He also completed a year long program on Multinational Management at Georgia Institute of Technology through the Southern Center for International Studies.

Join us on the #CyberCoast


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

Jay Smith

Managing Partner
Data Revolution
Sponsorship Chair

Sean O'Brien

Navy Account Manager
Programming Chair

Amelia Dixon

Enterprise Architect
Navy Federal Credit Union
Logistics Chair

Elizabeth Rasnick

Assistant Professor
UWF Center for Cybersecurity

Carson Wilber

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

Patrick Rooney

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

Alan Galindo

Business Services Representative
CareerSource EscaRosa

Emily Cone

Account Manager

Kelvin Singleton

Cybersecurity Solutions Architect

Mark Nissley

Business Development Lead
Red Hat

Shae Vernier

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton

Benjamin Loader

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton

James Morris

Senior Program Director
Global Business Solutions (GBSI)

Scott Harvey

Swiftworks Technology