Governor Matt Mead
Matt Mead, Wyoming's 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.
Governor Mead initiated a comprehensive state energy strategy released in 2013 and updated in 2016. He initiated an innovative state water strategy released in 2015. He moved the entire state to a 100 gigabit broadband network. His rules initiative has resulted in fewer regulations and improved public access to rules. His focus on increasing state competitiveness, for example, through technology, innovation and expansion of business opportunities in numerous economic sectors, has brought national recognition.
Wyoming's accolades include: most business friendly tax climate, third best for new business startup activity, best state to start a business, first in Mountain Region workforce development, best state to make a living, second highest rate of confidence in state government, first in nation in terms of state funding for higher education and many more.
Governor Mead is currently Chair, and has also served as Vice Chair, of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association. He serves as Co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. He is past Chairman (2015-2016) of the Western Governors' Association where his Chairman's Initiative, a continuing one, was Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
Matt and Carol have been married 26 years and have two teenage children.
Tony Young, CIO
Mr. Tony Young was selected as the State Chief Information Officer by Governor Mead in September 2016. Mr. Young most recently served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff collaborating with State agencies and providing strategic leadership.
Prior to serving in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Young was the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office by then U.S. Attorney David D. Freudenthal in September 1998. Mr. Young was retained in that position by U.S. Attorney Matthew H. Mead in October 2001 and again by U.S. Attorney Kelly H. Rankin in June 2008. Prior to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Young was a Special Agent with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigation, assigned as the Supervisor of the Major Investigation Team and the Major Case Unit, which specialized in the investigation and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations linking drugs to Wyoming.
Additionally, Mr. Young was the State of Wyoming’s first certified forensic computer investigator and has extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of computer crime, Internet crime, Identity Crime and child exploitation through the use of computers and the Internet. Mr. Young has been certified as an expert witness on drug trafficking and computer crimes in District Courts throughout Wyoming and Federal Courts in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, Arizona, California, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Washington. Mr. Young has been called upon to testify to legislative committees and subcommittees for the passage of stricter laws to protect children. Mr. Young is certified both as a professional peace officer and a professional peace officer instructor. His education in Criminal Justice was earned at Boise State University.
Keynote Speaker Arnie Shimo, CrowdStrike
Arnie previously was the CTO and Chief Architect for cyber transformation at DOE Y12.
Prior to that, Arnie led cybersecurity, advanced solutions, SOC and SIC service delivery
for Lockheed Martin IS&GS as their Deputy CTO.
Dr. Mike Borowzcak, Univeristy of Wyoming
Dr. Mike Borowczak is the Director of the Cybersecurity Education and Research center (CEDAR) and a faculty member of the Computer Science department at the University of Wyoming. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (2013) as well as his BS in Computer Engineering (2007) from the University of Cincinnati. His research focused on detection and prevention of information leakage from hardware side channels. Mike’s current research interests include developing safe and secure distributed heterogeneous systems (UAVs to the IoT) while also developing authentic cyber learning experiences for K-20 students. Mike also has over a decade of industry and research experience – mostly revolving around the semiconductor and bioinformatics industries – with specific experience at Texas Instruments, Intel, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to his industry experience, Mike spent two years, while completing his Ph.D., as a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow – teaching and bringing real-world STEM applications in two urban high schools. Since then, he has worked with university faculty to promote and extend K20 STEM outreach in Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. He has authored peer-reviewed articles and papers, presented at national and international conferences, and taught undergraduate/graduate courses in Computer Security, Data Mining, VLSI and pedagogy in STEM. Mike is an executive committee member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on VLSI, as well as an active member of the IEEE, ASEE, ASTE, among others.
James Drever, SBDC
Regional Director in South Central Wyoming for the Wyoming SBDC has been serving clients in the area for several years. Before joining the Wyoming Small Business Development Center team, he was a Marketing Director at a local software company, serving clients nation-wide. Before earning his MBA at the University of Wyoming, James lived, worked and studied in several different countries, also running a small consulting business. Beyond general business assistance, Jim specializes in E-Marketing/E-Commerce, and Risk Management, including Cybersecurity in which he has CISO Specialist certification and has taken certificate classes in vulnerability assessment, ethical hacking and cybersecurity risk assessment & management. He assists and advises clients with these topics statewide.
When not working, Jim can be found volunteering with the ski patrol, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or wearing a firefighter's uniform as part of the local volunteer Fire Department. Jim lives with his wife and two boys near Centennial, Wyoming.
Carrie Johnson, AT&T
Market Development Manager for AT&T’s FirstNet Program and works with rural and tribal first responders to understand their priorities and share their insight as the National Public Safety Broadband Network is developed. Prior to joining AT&T’s FirstNet Program, Carrie worked as the Manager of Government and External Relations for SDN Communications in Sioux Falls, SD. Carrie started her career as a policy adviser for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson on telecommunications and cybersecurity public policy. Carrie advised the Senator during the Senate’s deliberation on the FirstNet enacting legislation and helped push for strong rural coverage objectives in the law. Carrie received her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from American University. She completed a Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Certificate from Mitchell Hamline Law School in May 2017.
Robert Pettigrew, Wyoming Medical Center, Casper
Matthew Plowman, Viridian Weapon Technologies
Matthew is part of the Viridian Weapon Technologies Management Team. During his tenure at Viridian, Matthew has helped this organization navigate extensive growth in numerous categories and new areas of business. Viridian has a diversified product line that provides the self-defense, military and law enforcement markets with category-leading products.
More recently Matthew and the team have helped the company evolve through innovation and new product development into an advanced-technology leader. Their FACT Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) provides law enforcement with a new solution to documenting significant use of force and officer-involved shooting incidents. Matthew has been managing numerous aspects of this product launch, including all legal and government compliance issues and agency testing and evaluation along with assisting in sales and marketing and all other activities associated with bringing FACT WMCs to market.
Matthew received his law degree from Minnesota’s William Mitchell College of Law, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and as Class Valedictorian. Prior to joining Viridian, Matthew spent several years with the large Minneapolis law firm of Gray Plant Mooty. He has nearly 20 years of background experience in the insurance and risk management field. Matthew is a native of southern Minnesota and currently resides in the Minneapolis area. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Kyle Prawel, Green House Data
Kyle Prawel is a senior solutions architect with Green House Data, a sustainable datacenter and cloud services company headquartered in Cheyenne. Kyle hails from over 20 years in the IT industry, with more than 10 years in Healthcare IT specifically. Now more broadly exercising his passion for technology, dovetailed with creative problem solving, Kyle assists organizations navigate the cloud, designing secure IT infrastructure and solutions. His attention to satisfying project requirements while leveraging future technology trends provides customers with leadership that avoids pitfalls while remaining economical in implementation.
Ali Ragan, WYDOT
Project manager for the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s GIS/ITS program. She joined WYDOT in 2013 and has served as project manager on number of projects including a Federal Highways Administration funded Weather Responsive Traffic Management project. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo in mass communications and previously worked as a journalist.
Dave Ritz, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
David Ritz is an intelligence officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). He has over 15 years of military, law enforcement, and federal intelligence experience.
Since joining I&A in 2010, David has contributed to or written intelligence reports on such issues as cyber security, counterterrorism, and transnational organized crime. In 2015, David joined I&A's Field Operations Division and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he provides national Intelligence Community support to Wyoming's state, local, and federal first responders.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, David served multiple tours on the Korean Peninsula as a Korean linguist. He received a B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Intelligence Analysis from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Cheyenne with his wife and daughter.
Sean Sanchez, Optiv
Jack Walkenhorst, All West Communications, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lived in Oakley, Utah since 1983. I have worked in the telecommunications industry for 32 years. Graduated from Salt Lake Community College AAS Degree Electronic Engineering Technology. Married 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Jason Wille, ACT
Jason got his start in the telecommunications industry in 2006 when he worked as a summer technician for Dubois Telephone (DTE) in Baggs, WY. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Jason joined DTE’s sister company, Advanced Communications Technology in 2009. Since then, Jason has worked in business sales, marketing, and is now the Commercial Department Manager, where he oversees the customer service and sales departments with a focus on broadband expansion. While working at ACT, Jason also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming in 2016.
Brian Woody, Union Wireless
Brian Woody assumed the position of Chief Customer Relations Officer for Union Telephone Company in the fall of 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Woody had worked in several different positions with the company including as Director of Engineering, IT Systems Supervisor, Project Engineer and MCM Technician. In addition, Brian worked out in the field literally constructing several cell towers beginning in 1992, just two-years after Union made its entry into the wireless communications industry.
In his current role, Brian oversees the departments of Advertising and Creative; Customer Care and Retail Stores; Operator Services; and Marketing and Business Sales. Brian’s in-depth knowledge of telecommunications was gained from hands-on experience by working up through the ranks. This effort provided him with a unique business perspective of today’s highly competitive, fast-paced, and constantly world of wireless communications.
Mr. Woody holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology followed by a stint as an Applications Developer, writing several computer programs still used by a variety of businesses across the United States of America. His personal interests include enjoying the great outdoors, particularly in Wyoming.
Brian is currently serving as the President of RWA (Rural Wireless Association).
Dan Young, Department of Enterprise Technology Services
Information Technology Administrator for the State of Wyoming since October 2017. In this position, he oversees the core computing and communication infrastructure of the State. Support services include application development, data center operations, network connectivity, government cloud services, system software and telecommunications. Previously, Dan oversaw the Information Services division for the State of Wyoming and prior to doing so was the Supervisor for the Client Services group. Prior to joining State government, he was an Area Manager in the beverage industry providing oversight for sales operations in southeastern Wyoming.