VP, Corporate Strategy Tenable Network Security, Inc.
Matt Alderman is Tenable’s vice president of strategy. In this role he is responsible for developing long-term strategies for messaging, new market entries and product development to meet the emerging needs of Tenable’s customers across the globe.
An information security and compliance veteran with more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing solutions in direct support of business objectives, Alderman came to Tenable from RSA, where he led product strategy and messaging. Before RSA, he was responsible for enhancements to the SaaS platform and policy compliance solution at Qualys, where he also co-authored “Policy Compliance for Dummies.” Alderman was the founder and CTO at ControlPath, where he and co-inventor Sean Molloy were issued U.S. Patent 7,788,150: method for assessing risk in a business.
Director of Technology Services Old Dominion Freight Line
As director of technology services for Old Dominion Freight Line, Christina Bray brings 16 years of proven success in IT solution delivery, program management and service operations areas. Bray has extensive process knowledge, relationship management skills and a track record of delivering portfolios on time and with-in budget.
Bray holds a B.A. in philosophy and medieval history from Syracuse University and is pursuing an MBA in human resource management from Northcentral University.
Director of Technology Architecture Harris Teeter
Chase Cabanillas is the director of digital technology at Harris Teeter Supermarkets. Cabanillas joined HT in 2010 to run IT security and has since managed various parts of IT, including networking, architecture and data analytics. Previously, he was an IT director at regional grocery chain Bashas' for 10 years where he was responsible for networking, systems engineering and storage. It was during this period that Cabanillas earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Director, Global Information Security Qorvo, Inc.
Brandon Champion currently leads the information security program for Qorvo, a S&P 500 semiconductor company with over 30 administrative, engineering design, and manufacturing locations across the globe. Before accepting his role at Qorvo, hewas responsible for information, personnel and physical security for a Federally Funded Research and Development Center in Virginia.
Additionally, Champion serves as a chief warrant officer in the Army National Guard and is assigned to North Carolina’s Cyber Defense Network Team. He also is an adjunct professor for several universities.
Champion has earned a master's of science degree in information technology from the University of Maryland University College, and a bachelor's of science in applied information technology from the University of Baltimore where he graduated summa cum laude. He is a CISSP, a Certified Ethical Hacker and a Project Management Professional.
Solution Architect MapR Technologies
Daniel Faile is a senior solution engineer for MapR Technologies. He is responsible for assisting customers and clients with strategy and successful adoption of MapR’s Big Data technologies throughout the Southeast. He is currently helping customers achieve their key business transformation initiatives through various Hadoop technologies.
Faile has held many positions in Fortune 100 companies, ranging from manufacturing to financial services. In these corporations he has served in various roles of management, corporate and IT strategic planning, and network and systems Management. Faile holds a bachelor's in computer science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Sr Mgr, Information Security Cree, Inc.
SVP & CIO Extended Stay America
Ames Flynn is the CIO at Extended Stay America. From 2012 - 2013, Flynn served as SVP and CIO for Rent-A-Center. Prior to Rent a Center, he served as VP of digital strategy and IT business solutions at Michaels Stores and also held held executive leadership positions with Delhaize America, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Furniture Brands International.
Flynn has served on the boards of the Rowan County United Way, Salisbury Academy, American Furniture Manufacturers Association and Dallas CIO Executive Council.
Scott Frost is Belk’s director and chief information security officer. In this role, Frost has the responsibility of leading information technology security, compliance, disaster recovery and business continuity for the company. Frost was previously director of cybersecurity and incident management for Time Warner Cable in Charlotte, North Carolina, and before that, held information security leadership roles for The Home Depot in Atlanta and Verizon Wireless in Columbus, Ohio. Frost also founded and operated his own security assessment company from 2007—2010.
Frost is a graduate of Ohio State University, with a bachelor of science in business administration. He received his master of science in network security from Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland, where he is a candidate for a D.Sc.
VP, Operations Synack
With more than 15 years of experience in data communications and security, Tony Gambacorta is passionate about ruining the bad guy’s day. Prior to joining Synack, he headed up field operations for SilverTail Systems, acquired by RSA, where his team was responsible for thwarting business logic abuse, money laundering and fraud. He’s held a range of positions in mobile data and remote monitoring, including launching support operations for Bytemobile, acquired by Citrix. As Synack's VP of operations, he’s focused on attacking the challenges of vulnerability discovery with an adversarial mindset and novel approaches to crowd security intelligence.
Sr Director of Technology/CISO Extended Stay America
Ben Hall serves as the CISO and senior director of technology for Extended Stay America, Inc. His teams are responsible for the technology and operations of information security, corporate IT and all guest-facing technologies. Prior to joining Extended Stay, Hall spent the prior 11 years at First Data Corporation, where he led various IT departments, and most recently served as the director of IT, global technology operations.
Director of Data Analytics Sonic Automotive
Director Raytheon | Websense
Bob Hansmann works with Raytheon | Websense product and Security Labs teams to analyze trends in threats, technologies and best practices to help customers achieve effective security postures. Analyzing zero-day threats, data leakage, disaster recovery, insider threats and APTs have been part of Mr. Hansmann's role for over twenty years as a champion for several leading security vendors. His deep involvement in both business and government sectors has made him a respected presenter for delivering a balanced perspective of current and future challenges along with strategic, actionable advice.
CIO Duke Energy
Chris Heck is VP and CIO for Duke Energy. He is responsible for IT strategy, architecture, and the delivery and support of IT applications across the company. Previously, Heck was managing director of IT operations and infrastructure. Prior to that, he led IT strategy and compliance for the company, which included architecture, security, sourcing strategy and the project management office.
Heck began his career with the company in 1983 as a programmer in the information services department. In 1987, he joined the marketing and rates department as an analyst programmer. Heck was named division manager of operations, workstation services and support in the corporate resources group in 2000. He was director of operations for DukeNet Communications in 2002 and VP of sales and marketing in 2003. In 2005, Heck led the PMO for the Duke Energy/Cinergy merger integration effort, and he was responsible for the successful integration of the two IT organizations. He assumed his current position in 2014.
Heck graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University with a bachelor of science in computer science and received a master of computer science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Director of Security The Babcock & Wilcox Company
Gary Howell currently serves as the director of cybersecurity for Babcock & Wilcox, responsible for all facets of information security with this global leader in energy and environmental technologies. Prior to 2015, Howell served for 10 years as the CISO for Chiquita Brands International, overseeing all security strategy and operations for the $3B Fortune 750 enterprise. Howell previously served as president of his own consulting company, IT director for Amstar and VP for CMI. Howell also served as one of the most recognized IBM midrange platform experts for more than 20 years, performing technical consulting, performance and development activities for many IBM business partners and customers.
Federation Principal & Field CIO EMC Corporation
Brant Hummel serves as a federation principal and field CIO for the Office of the Federation at EMC. He and his team are responsible for defining customers' business and IT transformation journeys using innovative and emerging technologies, ideas and processes. Hummel’s involvement and leadership in both the business and technical strategies has made him a ‘go-to’ resource for IT leaders seeking to understand current state challenges, capitalize on future state opportunities and define a value-based roadmap with clear milestones to transform.
Prior to joining EMC, Hummel spent 10 years as a principal in a consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA where he defined and delivered transformation results for customers ranging from Fortune 1000 firms to small and medium sized businesses across a wide range of industries.
SVP & CIO Family Dollar
Josh Jewett has strategic and operational responsibility for all aspects of IT for the $19B+ discount retailer operating more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces. He leads the teams responsible for all hardware, software, networking and telecommunications for Dollar Tree and Family Dollar’s operations. Jewett is also responsible for assuring the IT department and its investments align with, support and deliver the company’s vision to be the best small-format convenience and value retailer serving the needs of families in their neighborhoods.
Prior to joining the company in 2002, Jewett served as senior director for Answerthink Inc., an international management consulting firm. Jewett earned a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College.
SVP & CSO Vantiv
Kim L. Jones is SVP and chief security officer at Vantiv and has been an intelligence, security and risk professional for almost 30 years. A sought-after speaker and industry thought leader, Jones has built, refined and/or managed security programs in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, outsourcing and defense industries.
Jones has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in information assurance from Norwich University and holds the CISM and CISSP certifications.
Dr. Kevin McKenzie
CISO & Executive Director Clemson University
Dr. Kevin McKenzie is CISO and executive director of the office of information security and privacy and customer relations and learning technologies at Clemson University. He holds a faculty appointment as research professor in the Holcombe department of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University. He responsible for all IT security and privacy-related matters and oversees the customer-facing IT support for Clemson University.
McKenzie is responsible for leading, guiding and directing information security professionals dedicated to ensuring the security and privacy posture of a top 25 public research university supporting the following computing environments: academic, research and operational computing, high-performance/supercomputing, two on-campus health care/provider facilities, hosted external partnerships, and two statewide healthcare partnerships. Overseeing customer relations and classroom technologies, he is responsible for the oversight of customer-facing support, including help desk, call center, computing labs, classroom technology, training, distributed support local and statewide, and retail computing sales operations.
Currently McKenzie leads an initiative creating the cybersecurity track as part of a center of excellence in next-generation computing and creativity at Clemson University.
President Carolina Panthers
From a commitment to customer service to the aesthetic renovations in Bank of America Stadium, Danny Morrison’s presence as president of the Panthers is clearly evident as the steward of owner/founder Jerry Richardson’s vision. Morrison’s association with the Panthers began more than 20 years ago at Wofford College, where he was director of athletics from 1985—1997 and SVP from 1997—2001. Morrison coordinated a fundraising effort that refurbishes the college’s facilities to host an NFL training camp. Carolina has now conducted training camp at Wofford for 21 consecutive years, and the training camp is regarded as the most fan-friendly in the NFL.
Morrison works with team leadership on the business operations and Bank of America Stadium business interests and represents the organization in league matters. Since 2009, the Panthers have been innovative and aggressive in improving the fan experience while reaching new levels in corporate support and sponsorships.
Morrison attended Wofford, lettering four years in basketball and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in mathematics. Morrison also obtained an M.A. in administration and supervision from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Director, Security & Network Transformation Zscaler, Inc.
Kevin Peterson is the director of security and network transformation at Zscaler, where he primarily works with the largest cloud security deployments to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved. Peterson brings with him the advantage of having led the security efforts for one of McKesson's major business units, as well as the company-wide cloud security strategy. As a top practitioner and trusted advisor on both enterprise and cloud security topics, his goal is helping everyone achieve the most effective security with the lowest cost to the business.
EVP & CIO CommunityOne Bank, National Association
Duke Prestridge joined the CommunityOne Bank in 2012 as CIO. He has more than 25 years of IT experience managing large-scale operations and enterprise technology systems. Prestridge holds certifications across many critical IT development and management platforms and methodologies. He attended Vincennes University and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has held various national and international leadership positions across multiple technology industries, but has focused primarily on the banking industry.
VP, Training Reality-Based Leadership
Nicole Price has screwed it all up but has also learned a ton in the process. When Price began her first leadership assignment based on conventional leadership wisdom, she initially found less than successful results. In fact, she saw a drop in the level of accountability her team was projecting. Pretty quickly she learned that there was a better way to achieve results through incorporating a philosophy similar to that of Cy Wakeman’s Reality-Based Leadership. She made a fundamental shift in her mindset to call her team to greatness through ditching the drama and finding success in spite of the circumstances and facts that held them back. She’s been living the philosophy and helping other leaders gain similar insights ever since. In 2011, Price joined forces with Wakeman to help spread the reality-based message. She has helped introduce the philosophy all over the U.S., Canada and China. Price has also worked to develop training programs and certification courses teaching others to facilitate Wakeman’s reality-based philosophy.
Price has experienced great success working with organizations in corporate, nonprofit, healthcare and manufacturing environments.
VP – Cloud Solutions Saviynt
Vibhuti Sinha is the VP of cloud solutions at Saviynt, where he is responsible for strategy and architecture of next-generation solutions securing various cloud providers and platforms.
Prior to Saviynt, Sinha led large-scale IAM and security platform implementations for Fortune 500 organizations. He has also partnered with several large financial institutions in architecting and addressing their IAM, security and compliance goals.
CEO Dimension Data North America
Mark Slaga was appointed CEO in 2013, and provides the strategic leadership of Dimension Data in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Additionally, he develops, communicates and implements effective growth strategies and brings a wide range of operational, business, sales and technical skills to the role. During his tenure as COO, Slaga managed all operations across North and South America, including professional services, consulting, managed services, IT outsourcing and vendor alliances. Prior to that role, he served as CTO and CIO, responsible for the Americas’ IT organization and the organization’s technology vision. Slaga also managed solutions and services development, and the identification of emerging technologies for future service offerings. Prior to that role, he served as the VP of advanced technologies at Dimension Data, where he spearheaded the company’s highly successful converged communications practice, which was named Cisco’s IP Communications Partner of the Year for 2004 and 2005. Slaga is a frequent contributor and resource for the media, and has been quoted in key business and industry publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Business Week.
Chief Architect, East Region Red Hat
As a chief architect, Michael Solberg is responsible for helping Red Hat customers achieve their key business transformation initiatives through open source architectures and technologies. He regularly advises a range of Fortune 100 companies in financial services, healthcare, retail and transportation verticals on such topics as cloud computing, Big Data, high-performance computing and enterprise middleware. At Red Hat since 2008, Solberg has led a number of successful initiatives to assist strategic customers adopt new virtualization, systems management and engineering practices. His past experience includes building web hosting infrastructure and he is an avid supporter of the OpenStack project. Solberg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and is a regular speaker at industry events.
Chief Data Officer BB&T
As EVP and Enterprise CDO for BB&T, Jim Tyo is responsible for the overall strategic vision, planning, execution and management of all activities related to operation of the enterprise data office for BB&T, with the overarching goal of leveraging data to drive business insights into revenue opportunities, ensure regulatory compliance, and identify and manage risk. The EDO ensures the data management strategy yields a high degree of data quality and client data protection through a robust data governance program and appropriate security controls without constricting the flow of business activities. They are the champions of data as a strategic asset to challenge and improve current products, services and processes, enabling BB&T to be the Best of the Best.
Tyo formerly worked at USAA where he held multiple executive positions in risk management, product development and most recently, designed, established and led the Bank’s first chief data office. Tyo has also held senior positions within GE Capital and Key Bank.
New York Times Best-selling Author
Don Yaeger is an eight-time New York Times best-selling author, longtime associate editor at Sports Illustrated and award-winning leadership keynote presenter. In the past 25 years, Yaeger has authored books with everyone from Walter Payton (he lived the last 10 weeks of Payton’s life with the Chicago Bears legend while writing his autobiography), to Michael Oher to John Smoltz and John Wooden. During his career he has asked more than 2,500 winners from the world of sports to share the characteristics they believe allowed them to stay consistently ahead of their competitors. Those answers resulted in the book “Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions.” His next project is a study of some of sports’ great culture builders, from Mike Krzyzewski at Duke to Jerry West in the NBA to Bobby Bowden at Florida State to Anson Dorrance at North Carolina. It will be published in 2015.