Brian J. Conroy | Board Member

Brian J. Conroy | Board Member

Brian Conroy has over 30 years of experience as a senior technology leader in Life Cycle Systems Engineering, Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Operations, and Engineering Program/Project Management. He is currently working for NOVA Corporation, a tribally owned company established by the Dine’ Development Corporation by the Navajo Nation Tribal Council. He has had a very successful and diverse career within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His career started as a Submarine Engineer and progressed to numerous Project Engineering challenges to include submarine maintenance and modernization, establishing forward deployed bases and IT Network Design and Development. He was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Commendation and numerous Engineering Awards.

His career advanced to that of a Naval Sea System Command Information Technology Division Director. In 2008, he took a position with DHS as the Enterprise Operations Director and then to a Deputy Executive Director within Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In this position his responsibilities included the deployment and sustainment of IT and Law Enforcement Technology.

Mr. Conroy holds undergraduate Engineering Degrees in Civil and Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, is certified as a DoD Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, DHS Program Manager Level 3, and DHS Contracting Officer Level 3. He is also a DHS First Responder, DHS Surge Capacity Force Member (Tier 3) and a Doctoral Candidate in Information Assurance.

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Maisel N. Klütts | Board Member

Maisel N. Klütts | Board Member

Mr. Maisel N. Klütts has over 30 years of experience leading the research, development and introduction of new products into the telecommunications, defense, and fire suppression industries.  He currently works for Williams RDM, a woman owned small business focused on research, development and manufacturing for the defense, energy, & residential fire suppression markets.

Mr. Klütts is the Director of Engineering, Business Development, and Planning, concentrating on increasing the number and velocity of innovative engineering solutions which are transitioned to commercially viable products.  During  his 10 years at Williams RDM, Mr. Klütts has led the development of the Tibbetts award winning IECS tactically deployable micro power grid, and was responsible for the research, development, and successful commercial product launch of the F-16 SMS MTE and F-22 SWAT flight line testers and STFS Plus, Plus LC, and Plus Sensor residential fire suppression products.  Mr. Klütts is currently responsible for the development and introduction of the STARTTM Sensor Network border security intrusion detection system.  During Mr. Klütts’ 30 year career he has specialized in product and program management of new product development, from conception to successful commercial deployment, focusing on time to market, development cost control, and product profitability.   He holds undergraduate degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

 

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César Martinez | Board Member

César Martinez | Board Member

César is one of the top media advisors in the US and Latin America, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, political advertising and broadcast news. During the 2008 Presidential Elections, MAS Consulting was the Hispanic advertising agency of record for the McCain-Palin campaign, with César was in charge of production of Hispanic media materials for Senator McCain.

César served as Hispanic Creative Director/Producer for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and was a member of the Strategy/Media team for Bush-Cheney 2004. He has also served as Hispanic Creative Director for Jeb Bush 2002 and Rick Perry 2002 Texas Governor Election Campaign. César’s experience also includes campaigns in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.

César is the recipient of numerous prestigious advertising awards including Clios, EFFIE, Telly, Mobius as well as Addy awards. Additionally he was named “Creative All Star” by Adweek. César has been a guest speaker in many forums including George Washington University, Harvard University, Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain) and Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) to name a few.

On the Public Affairs Arena, César has helped many organizations with their Hispanic communication needs like the Foundation for a Better Life and MATT.org (Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together). He is a member of the board of ProLiteracy World Wide, which is the most important Non-Governmental Organization in the world for Adult Literacy. Further, he also helped pass legislation for the anti-littering campaign in the city of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico. He has also been active in the Water fluoridation campaign for Bexar County in the City of San Antonio, as well as a Plastic Bag Recycling movement/campaign for Bexar County in the city of San Antonio.

 

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Ilia Rosenberg | Board Member

Ilia Rosenberg | Board Member

Ilia Rosenberg is VP Programs at Cogniac Corporation, a market leader in specialized applications of Artificial Intelligence for Homeland Security, Geospatial Intelligence and Defense markets. Ilia is an executive with a track record of delivering strong results across a wide range of functions, geographies, and business models. Prior to joining Cogniac in 2016 he served as Managing Director of ISR GeoSensing consulting group, where he was leading technical developments and commercial negotiations with a variety of gov’t and private customers. From 2011 to 2015 he served as Chief Technologist for AGT International Global Delivery Organization in its Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

In this role he supported leading the worldwide engineering team to assure effective development of new products and creative solutions in line with the AGT strategy for growth and acquisition. Before joining AGT International in 2011, Ilia Rosenberg served as the Director of Technology Assessment for the Boeing Global Security Solutions in Arlington, VA. Since 2005 he participated in the work of Boeing Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration group with the mission to initiate and grow global R&D alliances and secure strategic technologies. From 1995 to 2005 he was a Boeing Integrated Product Team lead on the Space Station Communication System and co-chaired the Space Station Boeing-NASA International Partners Super Problem Resolution Team. After the Shuttle Columbia accident he led activities in Radio Frequency Systems Certification Assessment for the Space Shuttle Return to Flight Program. Before joining Boeing he worked in the field of atmospherical physics and completed his postdoctoral studies at the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His projects were covered by Washington Technology, New York Times, Time Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, The BBC, Discovery Channel, and Washington Technology.

 

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Wesley B. White | Board Member

Wesley B. White | Board Member

Wesley White is a retired Army Infantry and Force Management Officer with 20 years active duty leadership, management, and programs experience, retiring out of the Pentagon as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. White is now the Director of Military Business Operations for PowerFilm, Inc. a flexible thin-film solar developer and manufacturer. PowerFilm makes amorphous silicon rollable and foldable solar panels used for military basing, vehicle and man-portable remote power solutions. Wes has been with PowerFilm since Feb 2011.

Prior to joining PowerFilm, Wes was a marketing manager for Rockwell Collins for 3.5 years hired to stand-up and lead the ground vehicle C4ISR (Command and Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance business.

Wes received his Army officer commission from Iowa State University. After completing Infantry OBC, Airborne, Ranger, and Bradley Commander courses White was assigned to the 3-36th INF Regt (later 5-5 CAV), 3AD in Germany where he deployed to Desert Storm. His assignments include infantry platoon leader and special staff, company grade command in the 101st Air Assault Division, senior staff level positions in the Operational Army, instructor and leader positions in TRADOC, and seven years in the Pentagon on the Department of the Army Staff.

In the Pentagon, LTC White served for three years in the G3 reorganising Division structures, developing Stryker Brigades, and as an FD Directorate XO. After the G3, White was assigned to the G8 where he served for four years working on the Future Combat System (FCS) program, multiple Force Protection initiatives, and a tour of duty in OIF as the HQDA liaison officer to CENTCOM.

Wes’s current PowerFilm duties include working with the DoD, Fed Govt, and Industry Team partners to fill remote energy capability gaps and develop and provide solar power solutions at the tactical and operational levels. PowerFilm, Inc is also supporting DHS/FEMA programs around the globe by providing remote power to command and control centres, hospitals, and areas devastated by disasters.

Wes received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University

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Mark Wood | Board Member

Mark Wood | Board Member

Mark is a Business Manager with Utility Corporations and specialises in working with police agencies to solve community relations and transparency issues through the development and implementation of body camera and in-car camera systems. Mark is a life-long police officer and brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to Utility. He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1982 and retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in 2016.

Mark has been involved in virtually every aspect of law enforcement including patrol, investigations and administration. His administrative experience includes a heavy emphasis on policy writing, accreditation, crime analysis and IT acquisition projects. These projects include Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), Automated Mugshot Systems, Crime Analysis Systems, and CAD/RMS systems. Most recently, Mark served as the executive officer to the Deputy Chief of Operations and was the body camera project manager for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Mark is originally from Detroit and has lived in Michigan, Texas, Indiana and Georgia. He is married to Christy and together they have five children ranging in age from 16 to 30. He enjoys music, hiking, camping, travelling and motorcycle riding.

 

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