Stanton D. Anderson is currently senior counsel to the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing 3 million companies and organizations of every size, sector, and region. In this capacity, Anderson works to advance the Chamber’s efforts on legal reform and defense of business interests in the courts. He chairs the Chamber’s involvement in the coalition to protect the lawyer-client privilege. He also chairs the Chamber’s effort on Global Regulatory Divergence. In 1981, Mr. Anderson founded his own law firm—Anderson, Hibey, Nauheim and Blair—and in 1995, he joined the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. As part of his law practice, Mr. Anderson represented a number of Japanese interests, including the semiconductor, electronics, and machine tool industries. He continues to have close relationships with senior Japanese political figures and travels to Tokyo often. He currently represents several U.S. companies seeking to resolve regulatory issues in Japan. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University.
Recently retired from the position of Chief Information Security Officer to the Central Intelligence Agency, a position he has held for the past 15 years. As the Agency CISO, his responsibilities included cryptography, information security policy/processes, standards and requirements, testing and network defense/response. He also served as the Agency’s designated officer for all discussions with the information security industry and its commercial partners. A pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation’s most sensitive secrets and has worked in every area of information and data security. His earlier assignments at the CIA included participation in the technical design of the Intelligence Community’s first counterterrorism database and delivery of the Agency’s first secure TCP/IP local and wide area network for the Counterintelligence Center. In recognition of his expertise and contributions, Mr. Bigman has received numerous CIA and Director of National Intelligence awards.
Over twenty-five years of experience in large, high-technology organizations in many disciplines such as operations management, business development, customer relations, change leadership, and strategic planning. RADM Masso retired from the US Navy in 2009 as Commander Navy Personnel Command after two tours of duty with previous service as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Commander of Naval Surface Forces Command. He has worked in the private sector in various leadership positions at SAIC, Anteon Corporation, Logicon-Syscon, Scientific Atlanta, Unisys, and General Electric. His mix of public and private sector experiences affords him unique insights into implementing information technology transformations in large organizations. He received a BAE in History and Education from the University of Mississippi with an array of academic additions throughout his career. He is a frequent speaker and industry advisor on matters of national security particularly with respect to IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. He was recently named as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in their Cyber Security arena.
Virginia’s 64th Governor (1982 – 1986) and two-term United States Senator (1989 – 2001). Currently serves as Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees of The MITRE Corporation, as a member of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, and in other national security positions. He also serves on the boards of the Invacare Corporation and other for-profit organizations.
Until his retirement in 2016, Bill Smith has held numerous leadership positions in technology, operations, marketing and public policy. Smith began his career with the former BellSouth Corp. in 1979 where he was responsible for the company’s DSL, Internet and wholesale business units served. He also served as Chief Technology Officer, setting the overall technology direction for BellSouth’s core infrastructure.
In 2008, he joined AT&T Technology Operations and, as President, led a team of over 100,000 employees in the areas of technical space planning, hardware planning and engineering, compute, storage, customer care and network operations, including integrated IT command and control functions, labs testing functions, global fleet and transportation management across the company’s global service footprint. Smith also serves on the Board of Directors for Oclaro, Inc. and the Advisory Board for Tillman Infrastructure, LLC.
Smith graduated with honors from North Carolina State University.
Mark Stachiw is currently a Managing Partner, General Counsel and Secretary and Founder of Artic Partners, a boutique equity firm investing in technology based companies. Prior to joining Artic Partners, Mark held a similar role with NxGen Partners. In these roles, Mark has found and evaluated over 350 investment opportunities and has directed six investments in companies valued over $30 million. Earlier in his career, Mark held various leadership roles, ultimately becoming the Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Secretary, at MetroPCS Communications, Inc. a $5 billion dollar Fortune 500 public wireless communications company, where he was responsible for board governance, legal, regulatory and external affairs. Mark took MetroPCS public in 2007, raised over $28 billion in debt, and was instrumental in quintupling the company’s addressable market and over sextupling its revenue. Mark was also played a key role in leading the company’s combination with T-Mobile, the largest domestic merger announced in 2012. Mark has served as member of the Board of Directors of SkyTitan International, and GruupMeet, Inc., Tractus Corp and Health Tech Pal Corp, the latter three being portfolio companies of NxGen Partners. Mark received both Juris Doctor, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, and he is a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Anthony J. Tether is a former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a former director of the National Intelligence Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has served on the Army Science Board, the Defense Science Board, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He has held a number of senior industry positions in his career including former CEO and president of The Sequoia Group, former CEO for Dynamics Technology Inc., a former vice president and general manager at for SAIC, and a former Vice President for Technology and Advanced Development at Ford Aerospace. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was honored with both the National Intelligence Medal and the Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Tether received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Science (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. McCoy is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience at the highest levels of government and the private sector. He has planned and executed major doctrinal changes, multi-billion dollar programs, legislative support activities, association creations, and company strategic financing initiatives as a senior executive within the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, the aerospace industry and the venture capital community. As a dedicated professional, he has served with distinction at the highest levels within the legislative and executive branches of government, and has received Presidential, Defense and Air Force Secretarial and Congressional recognition for his accomplishments. Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Washington Capital Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm; Vice President for Government Relations for Thiokol Propulsion; Assistant Secretary for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Installations and later Assistant Secretary for Readiness Support; Air Force Systems Acquisition Review Council; Member of the Professional Staff, Senator Jake Garn and the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee; Director of Policy Research, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Scientific Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Engineering and Systems; Deputy Assistant and Staff Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Member of the Professional Staff, National Security Council, The White House; and Officer, United States Army. Mr. McCoy received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1967, and a Master’s Degree in Business Financial Management from George Washington University in 1975. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Viet Nam, and other military medals while on active duty as an officer in the United States Army; and, as a civilian, Medals for Extraordinary Service by two different Secretaries of Defenses and the Secretary of the Air Force.
Founded Cyber Solutions & Services Inc. in 2011, and is currently acting as the company’s CEO and President. Mr. Winkler has over 25 years of executive achievements that span DoD Project Management and Private Industry and include experience across all Military Departments, DoD Agencies, OSD, Congress and Congressional Staff. He is the former Program Executive Officer of U.S. Army PEO EIS where he commanded a $4 billion/year budget and led 40 major programs supporting finance, logistics, personnel, communications infrastructure, biometrics, medical and war fighting functions. He was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in 2003 and reported to the Army’s CIO/G-6 as the Army’s first Chief Knowledge Officer and Principal Deputy for Governance and Acquisition, where he established Army IT Policy, Processes and Personnel Development Programs. Mr. Winkler’s federal service awards include multiple Presidential Rank Awards; the Secretary of the Army’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2011, 2006), the Army’s Superior Unit Award, the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award (2000, 1996). He has an MBA from William & Mary, an MPA in Acquisition and National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Virginia Tech.
Served in the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 16th District for 20 years. He has also served as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee; Chair the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry; Member of the President’s Commission on Implementation of the U.S. Space Exploration Policy; Member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council. He received the NASA Distinguished Public Services Medal. Today he is on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation, Space Adventures and SpaceDev. From 2006 – 2008, he was Chairman of the Space Foundation and is presently a Director Emeritus of that board. Congressman Walker holds a B.S. in Education from Millersville University where the Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership is located. Additionally, he has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin and Marshall College.
Speaker Gingrich is a national leader, political news analyst, and commentator recognized globally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs. He served the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 to 1999, and was elected and served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, he was named TIME’s “Man of the Year.” Speaker Gingrich served as a member of the Defense Policy Board, as well as a distinguished visiting scholar at the National Defense University, and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was a Republican candidate for President of the United States from 2011 to 2012 promoting a broad policy agenda focused upon energy development, national security, scientific advancement, and immigration reform. Speaker Gingrich is a former college professor of history, environmental studies, and geography, and he is the author of more than two dozen best-selling historical novels and public policy. He received his B.A. in history from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Don Upson is a recognized leader in government technology and management with more than three decades experience. He currently is the managing partner of Upson Technology Group (UTG), a firm that specializes in bringing innovative technologies to government and critical infrastructure sector markets.
Upson spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, where he served as Republican staff director of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is most recognized for his work as Virginia’s first Secretary of Technology – the first office of its kind to combine traditional functions of a chief information officer with major economic development responsibilities.
Upson is also the founder and co-chair of both the Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) and CES Government and serves on the Executive Committee of the USO Metro. He is a six-time winner of the prestigious Fed 100, honoring the 100 most influential technology leaders in the U.S. federal sector.
Most recently, Upson served as Chief Operating Officer of UNICOM Global a $350m VAR and reseller of technology products and services to the public sector.
Based in Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Networks is a visionary cybersecurity pioneer providing proven network access, infrastructure, and endpoint security solutions. Its products isolate, contain, and protect critical operations and endpoints to provide a new layer of cybersecurity defense that eliminates or neutralizes vulnerability to cyberattacks. Blue Ridge solutions have protected critical operations for some of the largest US government, financial, healthcare, and other critical infrastructure customers for more than twenty years with no reported breaches.