Sean O'Brien

Programming Chair

Program Director, GDIT


I am a graduate of the University of Rochester in N.Y., and was designated a Naval Flight Officer and a bombardier/navigator in the A-6E Intruder in 1992. My Operational assignments include Attack Squadron Five Two (Knight Riders), NAS Whidbey Island with deployments onboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Attack Squadron–One One Five (The Eagles) forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. Where he deployed onboard the USS Independence (CV-62). I then reported to Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine to receive training in the EA-6B Prowler. I was then assigned as a Plank Owner to Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Eight (VAQ-128) providing electronic attack support to U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations. My last squadron assignment was as Operations Officer for Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Two (VAQ-132). During this tenure, the Scorpions, flying off the USS George Washington (CVN-73), provided round the clock combat air support for Operation Enduring Freedom. My shore assignments include instructor duties with VA-128 and VAQ-129. I was the EA-6B Systems Phase Head, a class room and flight instructor and El Centro Detachment OIC. Most recently while at NETC, I flew as an Associate Instructor with VT-86 in Pensacola. I earned an MS in Information Systems and Operations at Naval Post Graduate School. I then served as Computer Network Operation Branch Chief on the Joint Staff in the J-3 Deputy Directorate for Global Operations and Information Operations. I reported to NRD New Orleans as the Executive Officer in June 06. In December 2007, I assumed command of Naval Recruiting District New Orleans. My tenure at NRD New Orleans started in the months following Hurricane Katrina. My leadership was said to be instrumental in the critical reestablishment of Navy Recruiting on the gulf coast and the ascension of NRD New Orleans from number 26 to the number 3 recruiting district in the country in just three years. In 2009 I was selected by the Chief of Naval Operations to Command a Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion forward deployed to Taji, Iraq, the largest Navy command on the ground in Iraq. I led this Battalion of 450 Sailors guarding 4,000 of the most violent terrorists in Iraq, as well as training all Iraqi Correctional Officers to transition detention operations to the Gov. of Iraq in April of 2010. I returned from Iraq and reported to Commander Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) as the Deputy Director of NETC Information Management Division. Along with the staff and field teams, we provided secure, reliable, state of the art information technologies and business capabilities on the world’s largest training network to enable NETC’s mission; training every sailor for the fleet. After I retired from active duty in 2013, I decided to settle my family in Pensacola and started my own business; Sean O’Brien Consulting, LLC. The firm provided IT Business Integration, Solution Architect, Business Capture and Development, Strategic Planning, Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems and IT Operations services. In 2015 a contract evolved into a full time executive position with GDIT. I am currently a GDIT Program Director for the MPT&E TSS Program. My Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V” device, Arial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals. ( I am married to the former Jennifer A. Schulz of New York and Mobile, Alabama. We have five sons Connor, Dillon, Abner, Colin and Danann.

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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 and Florida West Economic Development Alliance.

ITEN WIRED also operates as a not-for-profit, tourism-focused, community event with proceeds being donated back to local STEM initiatives, including an endowment with the University of West Florida’s College of Science and Engineering.

The next ITEN WIRED Summit will take place on October 5-7, 2022.

Meet the Team

The ITEN WIRED planning team is composed of volunteers from IT Gulf Coast, Florida West Economic Development Alliance, and other members of our local IT, tech and entrepreneurial community.

Jim Rhodes

Community and Public Relations Director
University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Laura Campbell

Sales & Operations Consulting, Inc.
Sponsorship Chair

Sean O'Brien

Program Director
Programming Chair

Amelia Dixon

Enterprise Architect
Navy Federal Credit Union
Sponsorship / Logistics

Emily Cone

Account Manager

Michelle Gadson

Business Services Representative
CareerSource Escarosa

Alicia Rosado


Patrick Rooney

Co:Lab Pensacola
Sponsorship / Programming

Dean Davis

President and Co-Founder
Navigate Firm

Terry Enos

AVP Data Center Strategy
Navy Federal Credit Union

Harry Huelsbeck

Manager, Cybersecurity
Northrup Grumman

Carson Wilber

Research Associate

Guy Garrett

Assistant Director
University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity
Student Programming

Michael Silver

GlowRage Events, Inc.

Sena Madison

Director of Communications
FloridaWest EDA

Don Heins

IT Gulf Coast

Karen McLouth

Community Director
Jetty IoT