Speakers
Howard A. Schmidt - Former Cyber Advisor, CSO, CISO - U.S. Government, Microsoft, Ebay

Howard currently serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. Read More
Rick Walsh - Mobile Lead, Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6, U.S. Army - G-6, U.S. Army

Since 1985, Mr. Walsh has dedicated more than 28 years of government service in the field of Information Technology. He began by introducing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) into the Defense Fuel Supply Center (DFSC), representing the DoD to the Petroleum and Airline Industry. Read More
Tom Simmons - Area Vice President, Public Sector - Citrix

Tom Simmons has more than 25 years of information technology management experience, with a core emphasis on the Public Sector market. Tom acts as both spokesperson and advocate for public/private partnerships around technology initiatives such as mobility, BYOD, telework, disaster recovery, HSPD-12, SOA, virtualization and IT consolidation. His understanding of the unique requirements of both government customers, and the systems integrators who support them, has helped drive Citrix's year-over-year growth and relevance in this market. Read More
Tom Temin - Host, Federal Drive - Federal News Radio/WTOP

Tom Temin has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Tom is currently the host of Federal News Radio's live morning show, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read More
Chris Dorobek - Founder, Publisher and Editor - GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. Read More
Kurt Roemer - Chief Security Strategist - Citrix

As Chief Security Strategist for Citrix Systems, Kurt Roemer leads the security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO Office, Mr. Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. Read More
Calvin Hsu - Vice-President, Product Marketing, Corporate Desktops and Apps Group - Citrix

Calvin Hsu is Vice-President of Product Marketing for the Corporate Desktops and Apps Group at Citrix. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for the flagship Citrix XenDesktop product line, and is the Citrix evangelist for desktop virtualization in the IT industry. Read More
Faisal Iqbal - Systems Engineering Director, Public Sector - Citrix

Faisal Iqbal brings more than eight years of engineering, consulting and project management experience to his current role. He is currently focused on providing mobility, virtualization, and cloud solutions for several agencies throughout US Public Sector. Read More
Lisa Schlosser - Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer - Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Lisa Schlosser currently serves as the Deputy Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President and Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer. Read More
Peter Fotopoulos - Director, Network Operations Division, Network Operations Division, Defense Media Activity - Department of Defense

Peter G. Fotopoulos was born on 2 April 1962 in Athens Greece. He attended Ohio State University and joined the United States Air Force in June 1984. Read More
Steve Cooper - Chief Information Officer - Department of Commerce

Steven I. Cooper was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce by Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 16, 2014. As CIO, Cooper serves as the principal adviser to Commerce’s 12 agencies’ CIOs and the Deputy Secretary. He also leads development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of a robust enterprise IT security risk program, and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services. Read More
Nikki Robinson - Remote Access Lead, Federal - ActioNet

Nikki Robinson is currently the Remote Access Lead for a large Government customer. Nikki started as Junior Network engineer, and has worked her way up to a Senior Systems Engineer, and now a Team Lead. Read More
Matt Conner - Acting Chief Information Security Officer - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Mr. Matt Conner is the Acting Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Cybersecurity Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As the CISO, Mr. Conner oversees the protection and secure operation of NGA's critical missions and information enterprise. Read More
Grant Schneider - Federal Cybersecuity Advisor - Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Grant M. Schneider is a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. In October 2014 Mr. Schneider was assigned as the Federal Cybersecurity Advisor within the Office of E-Government at the Office of Management and Budget. Read More
Haar Sandhu - Chief, Mobile Remote Access Division, IRM - Department of State

Mr. Sandhu is a mobile program manager at the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM). He has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private high tech sector. Known as a visionary, he possesses keen abilities to lead and implement organizational change and use progressive technology to achieve business and mission goals. Read More
Michael Mestrovich - Technical Director, Global Communication Services, CIA - Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. Michael Mestrovich was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level on 18 August 2008 and is currently serving as the Technical Director for the Global Communications Services (GCS). Read More
Kimberly Rice - DOD Mobility Portfolio Manager - Defense Information Systems Agency

Ms. Kimberly Rice has recently been appointed as the Portfolio Manager for the DoD Mobility Program. In this capacity Ms. Rice is responsible for providing oversight and direction to the organization providing enterprise capabilities and services that enable global mobility capability in support of operations for joint warfighters, National level leaders and coalition partners. Read More
Troy Schneider - Editor-in-Chief - FCW, GCN

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by 1105 Media Inc. Read More
Chalan Aras - Vice-President and General Manager, CloudBridge Networks, Services and Cloud Providers Group - Citrix

Chalan Aras is the leader in the Citrix CloudBridge networks environment, Suppliers Group Services and Citrix Cloud. Aras's experience includes management roles and overall leadership of significant products in leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. Read More
Mike Singer - Senior Director - Citrix

Mr. Singer is a Senior Director with Citrix Solutions the leading provider of virtualization, networking and collaboration solutions. In this capacity he is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer success within the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence community. Read More
Joseph Mani - Technology Architect - NESDIS

Joseph Mani has almost 15 years of experience in the Federal Government as a Physical Security Specialist, IT Administrator and System Architect. He started at NOAA in 2009 and was the Enterprise Architect for the Environmental Satellite Processing Center (ESPC) in Suitland, MD. He kick started the migration of legacy mission systems to a virtualized infrastructure and has continued his efforts to modernize mission and mission support infrastructure while working for the NESDIS ACIO. He is currently working on initiative to consolidate mission support systems across NESDIS. Read More
Speakers
Howard A. Schmidt - Former Cyber Advisor, CSO, CISO - U.S. Government, Microsoft, Ebay

Howard currently serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. Read More
Lisa Schlosser - Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer - Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Lisa Schlosser currently serves as the Deputy Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President and Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer. Read More
Peter Fotopoulos - Director, Network Operations Division, Network Operations Division, Defense Media Activity - Department of Defense

Peter G. Fotopoulos was born on 2 April 1962 in Athens Greece. He attended Ohio State University and joined the United States Air Force in June 1984. Read More
Steve Cooper - Chief Information Officer - Department of Commerce

Steven I. Cooper was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce by Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 16, 2014. As CIO, Cooper serves as the principal adviser to Commerce’s 12 agencies’ CIOs and the Deputy Secretary. He also leads development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of a robust enterprise IT security risk program, and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services. Read More
Nikki Robinson - Remote Access Lead, Federal - ActioNet

Nikki Robinson is currently the Remote Access Lead for a large Government customer. Nikki started as Junior Network engineer, and has worked her way up to a Senior Systems Engineer, and now a Team Lead. Read More
Matt Conner - Acting Chief Information Security Officer - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Mr. Matt Conner is the Acting Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Cybersecurity Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As the CISO, Mr. Conner oversees the protection and secure operation of NGA's critical missions and information enterprise. Read More
Grant Schneider - Federal Cybersecuity Advisor - Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Grant M. Schneider is a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. In October 2014 Mr. Schneider was assigned as the Federal Cybersecurity Advisor within the Office of E-Government at the Office of Management and Budget. Read More
Haar Sandhu - Chief, Mobile Remote Access Division, IRM - Department of State

Mr. Sandhu is a mobile program manager at the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM). He has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private high tech sector. Known as a visionary, he possesses keen abilities to lead and implement organizational change and use progressive technology to achieve business and mission goals. Read More
Michael Mestrovich - Technical Director, Global Communication Services, CIA - Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. Michael Mestrovich was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level on 18 August 2008 and is currently serving as the Technical Director for the Global Communications Services (GCS). Read More
Rick Walsh - Mobile Lead, Cybersecurity Directorate, OCIO/G-6 - U.S. Army

Since 1985, Mr. Walsh has dedicated more than 28 years of government service in the field of Information Technology. He began by introducing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) into the Defense Fuel Supply Center (DFSC), representing the DoD to the Petroleum and Airline Industry. Read More
Kimberly Rice - DOD Mobility Portfolio Manager - Defense Information Systems Agency

Ms. Kimberly Rice has recently been appointed as the Portfolio Manager for the DoD Mobility Program. In this capacity Ms. Rice is responsible for providing oversight and direction to the organization providing enterprise capabilities and services that enable global mobility capability in support of operations for joint warfighters, National level leaders and coalition partners. Read More
Troy Schneider - Editor-in-Chief - FCW, GCN

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by 1105 Media Inc. Read More
Tom Temin - Host, Federal Drive - Federal News Radio/WTOP

Tom Temin has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Tom is currently the host of Federal News Radio's live morning show, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read More
Chris Dorobek - Founder, Publisher and Editor - GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. Read More
Tom Simmons - Area Vice President, Public Sector - Citrix

Tom Simmons has more than 25 years of information technology management experience, with a core emphasis on the Public Sector market. Tom acts as both spokesperson and advocate for public/private partnerships around technology initiatives such as mobility, BYOD, telework, disaster recovery, HSPD-12, SOA, virtualization and IT consolidation. Read More
Kurt Roemer - Chief Security Strategist - Citrix

As Chief Security Strategist for Citrix Systems, Kurt Roemer leads the security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO Office, Mr. Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. Read More
Calvin Hsu - Vice-President, Product Marketing, Corporate Desktops and Apps Group - Citrix

Calvin Hsu is Vice-President of Product Marketing for the Corporate Desktops and Apps Group at Citrix. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for the flagship Citrix XenDesktop product line, and is the Citrix evangelist for desktop virtualization in the IT industry. Read More
Faisal Iqbal - Chief Technical Officer, Public Sector - Citrix

Faisal Iqbal brings more than eight years of engineering, consulting and project management experience to his current role. He is currently focused on providing mobility, virtualization, and cloud solutions for several agencies throughout US Public Sector. Read More
Chalan Aras - Vice-President and General Manager, CloudBridge Networks, Services and Cloud Providers Group - Citrix

Chalan Aras is the leader in the Citrix CloudBridge networks environment, Suppliers Group Services and Citrix Cloud. Aras's experience includes management roles and overall leadership of significant products in leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. Read More
Mike Singer - Senior Director - Citrix

Mr. Singer is a Senior Director with Citrix Solutions the leading provider of virtualization, networking and collaboration solutions. In this capacity he is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer success within the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence community. Read More
Joseph Mani - Technology Architect - NESDIS

Joseph Mani has almost 15 years of experience in the Federal Government as a Physical Security Specialist, IT Administrator and System Architect. He started at NOAA in 2009 and was the Enterprise Architect for the Environmental Satellite Processing Center (ESPC) in Suitland, MD. He kick started the migration of legacy mission systems to a virtualized infrastructure and has continued his efforts to modernize mission and mission support infrastructure while working for the NESDIS ACIO. He is currently working on initiative to consolidate mission support systems across NESDIS. Read More
Howard Schmidt - Former Cyber Advisor, CSO, CISO - U.S. Government, Microsoft, Ebay

Howard currently serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

He brings together expertise in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years. He most recently served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the United States. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners. His former White House appointments include Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). He previously held positions as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military and law enforcement service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, and is Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute. He previously served as a member of the PSG for ENISA. He currently is a Professor of Research at Idaho State University. He also is a member of the World Federation of Scientist, Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a retired forensic scientist, researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.
Lisa Schlosser - Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer - Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Lisa Schlosser currently serves as the Deputy Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President and Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer.

She previously served as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, and the Director, Office of Information Collection, Office of Environmental Information, for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa was also the Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Associate Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer, US Department of Transportation (US DOT), and as the Associate CIO for IT Security for the US DOT. Before joining the Federal Government, Lisa worked in the private sector as Vice-President, Business Operations and Incident Response Services, for Global Integrity, and as a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young LLP.

Before entering the commercial sector, Lisa served as a Military Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Army, and recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves. Lisa holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

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Peter Fotopoulos - Director, Network Operations Division, Network Operations Division, Defense Media Activity - Department of Defense

Peter G. Fotopoulos was born on 2 April 1962 in Athens Greece. He attended Ohio State University and joined the United States Air Force in June 1984.

From 1984 to 1988 he served in the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands as a law enforcement officer and in the pass and registration section.

From 1988 to 1991 he served with the 7206th Security Police Squadron in Athens, Greece. After completing the Army Military Police Investigators Course he served as the NCOIC of Security Police Investigations. He deployed during Desert Storm One and assisted as a Greek Linguist for the U.S Air Force Aerial Refueling Squadron. He further assisted the U.S. Army 558th USAAG during search and recovery operations in the Aegean Sea.

From 1991 – 1997 he served with the 435th Security Police Squadron at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany as the NCOIC of Reports and Analysis and the Novell Network Administrator for the Command Group. Mr. Fotopoulos left active duty service in August 1997 and began his civilian government service career.

From 1997 – 2000 he served as the Chief of Network Operations, Headquarters American Forces Network Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. He then deployed to Bosnia – Herzegovina for Operation Joint Guard to establish the first ever AFN radio network there.

From 2000 – 2012 he served as the Chief Information Officer for Army Broadcasting Service/Soldiers Media Center, Arlington Virginia.

From 2012 – Present he is serving as the Chief, Enterprise Network Operations Division and Enterprise Architect, Headquarters Defense Media Activity at Fort George Mead, Maryland.

Mr. Fotopoulos married Maria-Imee Dacar in April 2007 and they have four children, Christina, George, Miko, and Adriena.
Nikki Robinson - Remote Access Lead, Federal - ActioNet

Nikki Robinson is currently the Remote Access Lead for a large Government customer. Nikki started as Junior Network engineer, and has worked her way up to a Senior Systems Engineer, and now a Team Lead. She graduated with her Masters of Science Degree in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management in 2013. She holds several Citrix and Microsoft certifications, and has worked in a few Citrix environments for government customers. She has a wide depth of knowledge when it comes to creating Citrix solutions, including XenApp, XenDesktop, Netscaler, Provisioning Services, Machine Creation Services, and Storefront.
Matt Conner - Acting Chief Information Security Officer - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Mr. Matt Conner is the Acting Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Cybersecurity Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As the CISO, Mr. Conner oversees the protection and secure operation of NGA's critical missions and information enterprise. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Conner was a Senior Technical Manager with General Dynamics Information Technology and served as the Lead Information Assurance Engineer for NRO's Enterprise Security Services Contract. In this role, Mr. Conner lead a group of security engineers and officers deployed worldwide in support of NRO operations. Mr. Conner has 16 years of experience in the information assurance field, and has conducted security posture analyses, penetration tests, vulnerability assessments and social engineering exercises for commercial and government customers including DoD, NASA and IC agencies. Mr. Conner earned his Master's Degree in Information Security from UMUC in 2010 and holds numerous industry recognized certifications, including CISSP-ISSEP, PMP, CISM and CISA.
Haar Sandhu - Chief, Mobile Remote Access Division, IRM - Department of State

Mr. Sandhu is a mobile program manager at the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM). He has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private high tech sector. Known as a visionary, he possesses keen abilities to lead and implement organizational change and use progressive technology to achieve business and mission goals.

As the Division Chief of the Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) Division, Mr. Sandhu was personally selected by the Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) to institute a new mobile office and to lead the strategic and operational vision of the mobile program.

Prior to joining the IRM, Mr. Sandhu was Deputy Director and Acting CIO/Director for Consular Systems and Technology (CST) in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, at the U.S. Department of State. He led and provided management oversight to support 300 locations worldwide and over 50,000 Department users. Additionally, he commanded all aspects of strategic planning and implementation, as well as maintained and transformed a portfolio of over 110 mission critical legacy applications. He also managed to successfully break barriers and negativity between IT and Business units by providing transparency into all initiatives/status and prioritizing projects and enhancements based on business input.

In addition to his extensive federal experience, Mr. Sandhu also brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the corporate world. Before working for the Federal government, he began his career in the corporate world as a systems engineer at Wang Government Services, 3COM Corporation and Lucent Technologies supporting a variety of federal and corporate clients.

Mr. Sandhu has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and numerous performance awards from both government and the private sector. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an ITIL Expert. Recently, Mr. Sandhu completed the rigorous CIO Certificate Program at the National Defense University.
Joseph Mani - Technology Architect - NESDIS

Joseph Mani has almost 15 years of experience in the Federal Government as a Physical Security Specialist, IT Administrator and System Architect. He started at NOAA in 2009 and was the Enterprise Architect for the Environmental Satellite Processing Center (ESPC) in Suitland, MD. He kick started the migration of legacy mission systems to a virtualized infrastructure and has continued his efforts to modernize mission and mission support infrastructure while working for the NESDIS ACIO. He is currently working on initiative to consolidate mission support systems across NESDIS.

He is also a US Army veteran, serving as an Infantryman and later in the Military Intelligence Corps. He has extensive overseas experience working at US Embassies and Consulates in over 30 different countries while working with for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, US Department of State.
Michael Mestrovich - Technical Director, Global Communication Services, CIA - Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. Michael Mestrovich was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level on 18 August 2008 and is currently serving as the Technical Director for the Global Communications Services (GCS). In this role he is tasked with developing the systems engineering strategy and architecture for GCS and ensuring that individual projects, technologies, and systems are integrated in a way that ensures the highest degree of reliability, sustainability, security and performance. He was recently named as the CIO Mobility Executive and is tasked with directing the Agency's enterprise mobility efforts to include the development of an enterprise mobility strategy and architecture and overseeing the execution of individual CJO mobility projects and programs. From May of 2012 until I February of 2014, Mr. Mestrovich served as the Chief Architect for the Intelligence Community (IC) Desktop Joint Program Management Office. In this role, Mr. Mestrovich was responsible for the architecture, engineering and deployment of the IC community desktop computing environment within the IC Information Technology Enterprise which included such components as identity management and authorization, e-mail, unified communications, mobility, and application and desktop provi sioning. From October of 20 IO until May 2012, he was the Senior Technology Officer for Solutions. In this capacity, Mr. Mestrovich oversaw the architecture and engineering efforts of Directorate for Information Management as they related to infrastructure information technology (IT) components. He directed a two year effort to consolidate the agency's data centers and e-mail infrastructure, deploy a common desktop computing environment, unified communications system and thin client/VDI solution. From August 2008 until October 20 I 0, Mr. Mestrovich served as the Senior Technology Officer for Innovation where he led the research and evaluation of next-generation IT solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Information System enterprise in order to identify products, tools, environments, sy terns, and methodologies for their applicability to improve the analytic process.

Prior to joining DIA, Mr. Mestrovich worked as a systems engineer for Cisco Systems for 11 years. He provided network design guidance and architectural and implementation support for various DoD entities in Europe, Southwest Asia, and Africa, to include U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. Air Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Army Forces CENTCOM, and Multinational Forces-Iraq.

Mr. Mestrovich served in the U.S. Air Force from 1991 - 1997. After completing Basic Communication Officer Training at Keesler Air Force Base, he was assigned to U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, from 1991 - 1994. He worked as a software engineer at STRATCOM developing nuclear weapons targeting software for the Single Integrated Operation Plan. He was then assigned to Headquarters EUCOM, where he served as a communications engineer for the EUCOM Intelligence Directorate (J2) from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Mestrovich is a recipient of the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert certification in routing and switching, having achieved hi certification in 2000 and is a 2012 Federal Top I 00 Award winner. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 while on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. He then attended Creighton University where he received his Master's of Science in atmospheric science in 1994.
Rick Walsh - Mobile Lead, Cybersecurity Directorate, OCIO/G-6 - U.S. Army

Since 1985, Mr. Walsh has dedicated more than 28 years of government service in the field of Information Technology. He began by introducing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) into the Defense Fuel Supply Center (DFSC), representing the DoD to the Petroleum and Airline Industry. Following his time at DFSC he was the Senior Information Manager for a multi-national firm responsible for the build of the Information Technology School House. He was the Information Assurance Program Manager for the Army Materiel Command (AMC) for 10 years where he was responsible for over 500 Systems, Applications and Circuits.

While at AMC, John received a Baccalaureate Gold Medal for excellence in Information Technology from Computer World for the Secure Bluetooth CAC Sled. His certifications include: CISSP, ITIL Foundation, Capability Maturity Model Level 3 Program Manager and Federal Information Technology System Professional Manager (FITSP-M).
Kimberly Rice - DOD Mobility Portfolio Manager - Defense Information Systems Agency

Ms. Kimberly Rice has recently been appointed as the Portfolio Manager for the DoD Mobility Program. In this capacity Ms. Rice is responsible for providing oversight and direction to the organization providing enterprise capabilities and services that enable global mobility capability in support of operations for joint warfighters, National level leaders and coalition partners. She oversees the Agency efforts to extend enterprise services to mobile devices in order to operate a fully operational secure Mobility Enterprise Service to the Department of Defense.

Prior to this position, Ms. Rice served as the Program Director for the Cross Functional Solutions Center at DISA with responsibility for a diverse portfolio of programs to include DISA’s Medical Community of Interest (MED COI), Cloud Broker and DoD Mobility. Additionally, she served as the Program Manager for the Global Command and Control System – Joint (GCCS-J) Program Management Office (PMO), an ACAT 1AC program and system of system of record for Joint Command and Control (JC2) for the DoD. Ms. Rice also worked as the Program Control Chief for the Global Combat Support System – Joint (GCSS-J) Program Management Office (PMO), an ACAT 1 AC program as well as various positions in Strategic Plans & Policy Division in DISA and the Joint Electronic Commerce Program office.

Ms. Kim Rice was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up around the world as part of a Foreign Service family. She earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Government and Politics from George Mason University. She joined the Defense Information Systems Agency as part of the Outstanding Scholars program following graduation from George Mason University.

Ms. Rice was certified at Level III for Program Management in 2005 and completed the Advanced Program Manager’s course in 2007 and the Executive Program Manager’s course in 2012. Her awards include a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Troy Schneider - Editor-in-Chief - FCW, GCN

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by 1105 Media Inc.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Mr. Schneider was New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal,The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Mr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
Tom Temin - Host, Federal Drive - Federal News Radio/WTOP

Tom Temin has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Tom is currently the host of Federal News Radio's live morning show, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

He was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines, both of which were regular winners of national reporting awards. He started out at a small weekly newspaper in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1977, after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Tom is now a communications and publishing consultant. Before joining Federal News Radio, Tom wrote (and continues to write) a column on government IT and acquisition topics.
Chris Dorobek - Founder, Publisher and Editor - GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better.

He is an award winning journalist and thought leader. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award — the first working journalist win that award in its more than 20 year history. In 2014, he was recognized with the Association of Federal Information Resource Managers President’s Award for Media.

Before joining GovLoop, Dorobek served as the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program, the DorobekINSIDER. He also served as the Internet evangelist for Federal News Radio’s Web site, FederalNewsRadio.com. Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with nearly two decades of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.
Tom Simmons - Area Vice President, Public Sector - Citrix

Tom Simmons has more than 25 years of information technology management experience, with a core emphasis on the Public Sector market. Tom acts as both spokesperson and advocate for public/private partnerships around technology initiatives such as mobility, BYOD, telework, disaster recovery, HSPD-12, SOA, virtualization and IT consolidation. His understanding of the unique requirements of both government customers, and the systems integrators who support them, has helped drive Citrix's year-over-year growth and relevance in this market.

Prior to joining Citrix, Tom served in senior management positions with companies such as Compaq, Trend Micro, and MicroWarehouse, driving their public sector solutions.
Kurt Roemer - Chief Security Strategist - Citrix

As Chief Security Strategist for Citrix Systems, Kurt Roemer leads the security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO Office, Mr. Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. An information services veteran with more than 20 years experience, Mr. Roemer's credentials include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation, he served as Commissioner for the US public-sector CLOUD2 initiative, and he led efforts to develop the PCI Security Standards Council Virtualization Guidance Information Supplement for the payment card industry while serving on the Board of Advisors. Mr. Roemer regularly contributes his expertise on security-related topics in global online, print and broadcast media.
Calvin Hsu - Vice-President, Product Marketing, Corporate Desktops and Apps Group - Citrix

Calvin Hsu is Vice-President of Product Marketing for the Corporate Desktops and Apps Group at Citrix. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for the flagship Citrix XenDesktop product line, and is the Citrix evangelist for desktop virtualization in the IT industry. Since he joined Citrix in 2004, Hsu has contributed to the launch of significant XenDesktop and XenApp software releases, thus contributing to the US$1 billion in revenue reached by the company in 2007.

Hsu has more than 15 years’ experience in software technology, marketing and management. Before joining Citrix, he was product marketing leader for a software-defined corporate storage virtualization company. He has a background in data quality management and database requirements methodologies, and he was a management consultant for federal government agencies. Hsu graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Faisal Iqbal - Chief Technical Officer, Public Sector - Citrix

Faisal Iqbal brings more than eight years of engineering, consulting and project management experience to his current role. He is currently focused on providing mobility, virtualization, and cloud solutions for several agencies throughout US Public Sector. He is a regular speaker at industry events and is a spokesperson around technology initiatives such as datacenter consolidation, desktop virtualization, mobility, telework, cloud computing, thin client initiatives, and IT consolidation. Prior to Citrix, Faisal worked at Bechtel Corporation as an architect delivering next-gen IT solutions to key commercial and government projects worldwide.

Faisal holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.
Chalan Aras - Vice-President and General Manager, CloudBridge Networks, Services and Cloud Providers Group - Citrix

Chalan Aras is the leader in the Citrix CloudBridge networks environment, Suppliers Group Services and Citrix Cloud. Aras' experience includes management roles and overall leadership of significant products in leading technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Aras joined Citrix after working at Cisco, where he led the Enterprise Mobility (Wi-Fi) as Vice President of Marketing for the Business Unit Wireless Networks. Prior to joining Cisco, Aras was General Manager and Vice President of Product Management for the division of Solutions Polycom voice communications, and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Ditech Networks, a provider of VoIP conveyor mobile platforms exchange. He held other senior marketing roles in various ventures of voice and video networks, and began his career at IBM.
Mike Singer - Senior Director - Citrix

Mr. Singer is a Senior Director with Citrix Solutions the leading provider of virtualization, networking and collaboration solutions. In this capacity he is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer success within the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence community. Prior to joining Citrix Mr. Singer was Vice President of Dell’s federal software business.

Previously he was President of Distributed Solutions, a leader in acquisition lifecycle management solutions to the Federal Government. Prior to DSI he was Vice President of Avaya’s Federal Business Unit from 2005 through 2007. In this capacity he was responsible for Avaya’s worldwide federal practice of 280 people and $200M in annual sales. Prior to Avaya, he was the Senior Director of Government Sales & Marketing for Adobe Systems. He was responsible for directing Adobe’s sales strategy and business plan for worldwide government business.

Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Singer was Director of Sun Microsystems software sales in the Americas from 1998 to 2003 and Managing Director of Sun’s Government Software Group from 1992 to1998. Previous to Sun, Mr. Singer held various sales and management roles with Apple Computer’s Federal Systems Group from 1986 through 1992.
Steve Cooper - Chief Information Officer - Department of Commerce

Steven I. Cooper was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce by Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 16, 2014. As CIO, Cooper serves as the principal adviser to Commerce’s 12 agencies’ CIOs and the Deputy Secretary. He also leads development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of a robust enterprise IT security risk program, and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services.

Prior to joining Commerce, Cooper served as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Information Services and CIO. Previously, Cooper was the Deputy CIO, as well as IT Director and CIO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, where he oversaw a team of 400 professionals working to ensure the operational excellence of mission support and business systems and the underlying technology infrastructure. In February 2003, Cooper was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where, among other accomplishments, he developed the Department’s first IT Strategic Plan.

Prior to joining DHS, Cooper was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for Information Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In this role, he launched the development of the National Enterprise Architecture for Homeland Security to address information integration within the federal government and the sharing of information with state, local, and relevant private-sector entities.

Cooper also has more than 20 years of private sector experience, including working as Senior Vice President and CIO of the American Red Cross, where, most notably, he helped start the first-ever National Call Center to provide emergency financial assistance during Hurricane Katrina. Cooper was also a founding partner of Strativest, a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security, emergency response and preparedness, served as President of Fortified Holdings, and worked as CIO for Corporate Staffs at Corning, Inc. Previously, he also served in senior management roles with Eli Lilly Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation, MAXIMA, Inc., and CACI, Inc.

In 2007, Cooper was named one of the Top 100 CIO’s in America by CIO Insight. He was also named Government Civilian Executive of the Year by Government Computer News in 2003; a Titan of Technology by the Northern Virginia Technology Council; was a recipient of the Fed 100 Award recognizing the 100 Most Influential People in Federal Government Technology; and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Five to Watch while serving in the White House. Cooper has served as a board member and officer of several nonprofits and humanitarian organizations working to more effectively help people and emergency responders prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Cooper received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, and was honorably discharged as a Naval Air Reserve petty officer following service during the Vietnam War.
Grant Schneider - Federal Cybersecuity Advisor - Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Grant M. Schneider is a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. In October 2014 Mr. Schneider was assigned as the Federal Cybersecurity Advisor within the Office of E-Government at the Office of Management and Budget. In this position he is responsible for providing strategic guidance in all areas of federal cybersecurity to include incident management, oversight, and policy development. Mr. Schneider serves as the co-chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM) subcommittee (ICAMSC) which is focused on policy, standards and implementation of strong authentication capabilities for government to government as well as government to citizen interactions. Mr. Schneider is also responsible for OMB E-Government oversight of the government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program which is reducing cybersecurity vulnerabilities by providing agencies with increased situational awareness about their information systems and networks.

Mr. Schneider joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1993 and most recently served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). He was selected for the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in February 2003. As the CIO, he lead the technical efforts of a global team of more than 4,200 Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for the IT assets, resources, capabilities, and services supporting over 80,000 Intelligence Community customers worldwide. He was responsible for the oversight and execution of an annual IT budget in excess of $600 million.

Mr. Schneider has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from George Mason University.