Board of Advisors
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Arlington County, VA
Appointed in August 2000, Jack Belcher is the first Chief Information Officer for Arlington County, where he is also the Director for the Department of Technology Services. On September 11th, his office provided direct technological support for the County’s First Responders and the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which coordinated the region’s response to the Pentagon crisis. Within forty minutes of the first attack on the World Trade Center, the EOC was up and operational providing necessary coordination for all first responders. He and his staff were recognized for their innovation in extending wireless connectivity to the Pentagon.
Brandt Professional Services, LLC
Mr. Brandt has been the Chief Information and Knowledge Officer for several AMLaw 100 law firms. He has over twenty five years of experience in the field of legal automation working with geographically distributed organizations across the globe on projects as diverse as: green technology, knowledge management, communities of practice, green technologies and processes, IT executive mentoring, electronic workflow management/reengineering, mobile technologies and IT structure/personnel requirements. Mr. Brandt has also served in numerous capacities in the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), the most recent being on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Law Technology News Editorial Board, a columnist for Legal IT Professionals, and a frequent educational speaker at regional and national user, trade shows and industry conferences.
President and Founder
PC Recycler, Inc.
Jeremy’s predilection for entrepreneurial ventures first emerged from a simple dorm room, cottage industry during his time at the esteemed Military College of South Carolina (The Citadel). Witnessing a need for his fellow students to sport their team spirit during college athletic events, Jeremy began producing shirts for his fellow faithful. After his time at The Citadel, Jeremy chose to travel for a year in South America, immersing himself in the study of Spanish and international business. Upon his stateside return, Jeremy began acquiring and selling previously owned computers on eBay. As demand grew, Jeremy discovered some of the old computer systems he had obtained were not fit enough for sale. It dawned on him that the disposal of these unsalvageable devices needed an environmentally sound solution. Many recycling firms would not accept these devices for processing; however, Jeremy was not deterred. He developed his own process for the effective, secure recycling of such products, and in 2003, established PC Recycler, Inc. in Albany, NY. Successful growth lead to an expansion into the Washington, D.C. area market in 2005, and demand for PC Recycler’s signature green solutions has yet to slow.
Chief Information Officer
Scottsdale Community College
Dustin Fennell has over 16 years experience in the education domain in the roles of a faculty member, administrator, and for the past ten years as an IT professional where he specializes in strategic technology alignment and integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning opportunities. In his current role of chief information officer (CIO) of Scottsdale Community College, he is responsible for all phases of implementation of both instructional and administrative information and technology systems. This blog is a collection of rantings, experiments, thoughts, and challenges.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Fairfax County, Virginia
Through strategic and policy planning, Gibson directs Fairfax County IT department’s 450 employees and its many business units including information security; courtroom and public safety technologies; Web site development; infrastructure; financial systems; business applications; and Geographic Information Systems, among others. Gibson is a member of several professional groups including serving as the most recent chair of the Washington Metropolitan CIOs; Council of Governments CIO Committee (2006-2007 chair); National Capital Region Interoperability Working Group; Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Advisory Group; Virginia IT Leaders; Metropolitan Information Exchange; and Government Management Information Society.
Miriam Heller, Ph.D.
MHI Tech Systems
Miriam Heller as Principal of MHITech Systems provides systems analysis and consulting services in sustainability, infrastructure, e-learnings. Miriam’s experience in sustainability spans 25 years, bringing systems thinking to design, modeling, and multi-criteria decision and risk analysis of sustainable, often complex, infrastructure and manufacture. Her current engagements address adaptive infrastructure for climate change, greenhouse gas measurement, sustainable IT metrics, uncertainty quantification and sustainable engineering professional certification.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder
Sumir Karayi founded 1E in 1997 with the goal to drive down the cost of IT for large organizations by identifying and eliminating waste. Sumir has been at the forefront of the Green IT movement since the beginning. Pioneering PC power management and establishing a market-leading role, 1E is now helping its clients save costs with a number of IT efficiency solutions including server reduction and energy management technologies. Under Sumir’s leadership, 1E has become a successful, global organization. 1E remains privately held and is headquartered in London and New York and with 16 million licenses deployed world-wide. 1400 organizations in 42 countries have trusted 1E to help them work effectively, productively and sustainably. To date, 1E’s energy efficiency solutions have helped organizations save in excess of $530m in energy costs alone, cutting CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons.
Director of Data Center Solutions
Jeff Klaus is the Director of the Intel Data Center Manager Solutions team. Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) is a revenue bearing SDK which provides power and thermal monitoring and management for servers, racks and groups of servers in data centers. Management Console Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs) can integrate Intel® DCM into their console or command-line applications and provide high value power management features to IT organizations. Jeff has held several marketing roles in software and client manageability space, covering small and medium business and emerging markets. Jeff earned his BS in Finance at Boston College and his MBA at Boston University.
SVP & Chief Information Officer (CIO)
David Kline is the Senior Vice President Technology, Chief Information Officer of Viacom and its MTV Networks unit. Prior to coming to Viacom, Mr. Kline served as Executive Vice President and CIO of Discovery Communications since 2007. In this role, he provided global leadership, strategic management and technical guidance for Discovery's IT operations and facility engineering worldwide. Prior to Discovery, Mr. Kline spent nearly 10 years at Rainbow Media Holdings, the content subsidiary of Cablevision Systems. At Rainbow Media, Mr. Kline rose to the post of Senior Vice President and CIO, Information Systems & Facilities Management, with full accountability for information systems and facilities performance. Previously, Mr. Kline served in management positions at Integrated Systems Group and North Shore Health Systems. In 2009, Mr. Kline was named Business Executive of the Year and CIO of the Year Mid-Atlantic States by the Tech Council of Maryland. He is on the CIO Executive Board of the NCTA as well as the Board of Advisors of the Harris Corporation and Hofstra University. He is a graduate of Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science in management and marketing, as well as a Masters of Business Administration in information systems.
Program Director, Sustainability
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Candace Labelle is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she is the director for CSC's internal sustainability initiative known as CSC GreenWay. Launched in June of 2008, the program is responsible for developing and implementing CSC's short and long term corporate environmental and sustainability strategy. Through this program, CSC is actively engaging employees and reducing the environmental footprint of their global operations, supporting 92,000 employees in over 80 countries.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Gwinnett County, Georgia
John Matelski is an Information Technology & Security executive with over twenty-five years of progressively responsible experience. He is currently the Chief Information Officer and Director of IT Services for Gwinnett County, Georgia. In his current position, John’s duties include executive management of all information technology resources and systems that support County operations. John has vast technical and executive experience across all aspects of information systems, information technology strategies, security, green IT, management best practices, voice and data communications, systems development methodologies, and IT governance. John has been published in several industry trade journals including Computerworld, JD Edwards Quest magazine, Government Technology magazine, State Tech, and Profit to name a few. He has also been honored to conduct key notes, workshops and presentations at industry conferences across the globe. John graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. Matelski has a proven track record of leadership in the public and private sectors utilizing innovation and resourcefulness with a proven ability to build a compelling vision, and move an organization toward it. He also consults with numerous commercial and government entities across the globe to establish strategies to proactively deal with IT and security issues.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
A native of Madrid, Spain, Pablo G. Molina is Associate VicePresident for Information Technologies since 2007 and campus CIO since 2000 at Georgetown University. He teaches graduate courses on Ethics and Technology Management, Managing Information Security, and other topics. He worked as director of information technology for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, lecturer/director of information systems for Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, and senior lecturer for the University of Missouri in Saint Louis Business School. Before his career in academia, he was MIS manager at the Saint Louis Zoo. Prior to that, he created and managed a technology company in Madrid, where he also served as Editor in Chief of computer magazines, authored several books on technology, and taught information technology at the Escuela de Hacienda Pública. Pablo has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Saint Louis University, has done graduate coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in Saint Louis, and is pursuing a Doctorate degree at Georgetown University. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, a Certified Novell Engineer, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Degree Controls, Inc.
Rajesh Nair is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Degree Controls Inc, a NH company that was built around the critical need for reliable cooling of high availability electronic products for medical, military, telecom and IT markets. He holds more than a dozen patents in several related technical fields and is a recognized entrepreneur. Currently he is working on developing ‘Green’ technologies and business models for reducing power consumption by data centers. He holds Bachelor degrees in Physics and Electrical engineering and Masters degrees in Electronic product design and Manufacturing engineering. He also serves on the board of New Hampshire High Technology Council and Industrial Advisory Board of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at UMass, Amherst. His interests are photography, movie making and coaching teenagers in science, technology and entrepreneurship.
Walid Robert Norris
Deputy Director of Energy & Carbon Initiatives
Green IT Council
Walid Robert is the Deputy Director of Energy & Carbon Initiatives for the Green IT Council. After 10 years in Europe in the fields of digital marketing and e-commerce, he has recently transitioned to the field of business sustainability & clean technology. In addition to business sustainability consulting and carbon & energy management solutions, his areas of expertise include: Web & Mobile strategy, Community Marketing, and Customer Retention. With a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from The University of Birmingham (UK) Business School, he started his career in Brussels at Sony for six years working in product marketing and e-commerce. After a move to London, he worked as a management consultant at a BMW Group company. Most recently he was the Country Manager for AT Internet, the leading European web analytics company, which he established and grew in the UK, Scandinavia, Netherlands and Ireland. Walid Robert is now based in the USA and working for CliMetrics (an EcomNets brand) on the launch plans for a new Enterprise Carbon Energy Management offering. With a strong focus on business, profitability and the bottom line, the new software and consulting offering is designed to help organizations reduce cost and generate new revenue streams by measuring and optimizing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste.
Director of ITJack
The Grameen Foundation
Khuloud Odeh is Director of IT for the Foundation. She is also a PhD candidate at the Volgenau School of IT and Engineering – George Mason University, and recently received Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) from Sweden.Her sustainability Master’s thesis focused on the role of ICT and broadband connectivity in sustainable urban development. She also holds B. Sc and Master’s degrees in computer science. Her PhD research is focused on sustainability assessment methods of cloud computing and she recently published and presented a paper titled “Framework for assessing environmental, social and economic sustainability impact of cloud computing” at the CMG 2010 conference.
Senior IT Advisor
General Services Administration (GSA)
In January 2011, Bajinder N. Paul was appointed as the Senior IT advisor to the Associate Administrator of General Services Administration (GSA) in supporting its mission of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Mr. Paul is responsible for leading modernization strategies that leverage innovation and cloud computing in implementing agile and on-demand IT infrastructure in support of government wide initiatives. Recently, Mr. Paul was recognized by Federal Computer Week as a “Federal 100” in 2010 and 2008 as an “Agent of Change,” improving the government’s use of information technology.
Director, Platform Technology Division, Department of Information Technology
Fairfax County, Virginia
Jeff Porter has spent over 29 years in the IT industry working in different roles, ranging from a technician to a director, in both public and private sectors. He spent the first 13 years of his technology career working for the Air Force, spending most of that time in Europe in support of the European theatre. Jeff spent five years in Government Service working in Heidelberg, Germany, providing support for over 200 IT facilities, and direct IT support for our troops in Bosnia. He spent 3 years as an IT consultant working as the Integration and Implementation manager for a major cable and internet provider. Currently, he manages the Infrastructure Platform Division for Fairfax County Government. He is responsible for the overall management of the IT Service Desk, Desktop Support, Server Support (UNIX and Microsoft Windows Servers), Database Support (SQL and Oracle), Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SCCM, AntiVirus Support, Storage and Remote Access. Jeff attended the University of Maryland while in the Air Force in Europe, majoring in Information Systems.
Global Head of Energy & Sustainable Technology
Thomson Reuters (UK)
A creative, innovative, highly motivated individual who has a strong track record and drive to succeed. Experienced in developing global strategies and transformation at a corporate, business, sales and customer level. Experienced across global business, strategy and energy alongside large scale transformation as Global Head of Energy & Sustainability/Strategy for the last 5 years, closely working with C level executives and directors within large multi billion dollar organisations alongside the wider ICT/Energy industry. Responsible for managing teams, multi million pound investments and tens of millions as an operational budget.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
University of Massachusetts
Bob is the Chief Information Officer and an Associate Vice President for the University of Massachusetts system. In the capacity of University CIO, Bob leads the University Information Technology Services group, a University wide IT group dedicated to servicing enterprise applications and technology on behalf of the University and its campuses. As well, Bob serves on several Executive governing bodies representing enterprise applications and technology as well as chairs the campus CIO leadership council. Bob has over 20 years of experience in information technology and services, consulting and management in the fields of Higher Education and Healthcare. Bob has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
City of Alexandria, VA
Tom Trobridge is the CIO and Director of Information Technology Services Department providing leadership for all information technology and telecommunications technology and related services for an independent city that provides services to 150,000 residents with a city staff of over 2,600 employees and an annual budget of $550 million. IT Department Director for department of 42 full-time IT professionals with an annual operating budget of over $6 million and over $22 million capital investment program.
Senior Vice President (SVP)
International Data Corporation (IDG)
Vernon Turner is responsible for world-wide research across the server, software, network and services programs for the IT Enterprise. Mr. Turner advises IDC clients on the competitive, managerial, technological, integration and implementation issues for complete systems environments. Mr. Turner’s areas of expertise include enterprise computer and storage relationships, technology recovery and capacity planning, performance management and end-user perspectives. He has helped to drive research on the evolution of the next generation Internet Infrastructure including grid computing, service centric IT infrastructures, utility computing solutions, processors and modular server designs. In addition he has worked with several industry customer councils in an advisory role on server network and storage architectures to take advantages of initiatives such as IT Consolidation. Mr. Turner has a strong background in the technology requirements of the finance and banking communities and comments frequently on high availability and disaster recovery requirements for mission critical workloads. Finally, Mr. Turner is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and Financial Times as well as commenting on technology showcases for CNBC, CNNfn, and international media outlets. Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Turner was Vice President, Technology Services, with State Street Bank in Boston where he managed the deployment of hardware technology (tape, disk, server, print) across a multi-data center environment. He held similar responsibilities at Fidelity Investments. Mr. Turner holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a Computer Science undergraduate degree from Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford, England.
Vice President of Operations
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
Mike Ulmer is NAMIC’s Vice President – Operations. His areas of responsibility include information technology, research, human resources, and facilities management. He also oversees NAMIC Web Services, an association subsidiary providing web design, hosting, electronic messaging, and e-commerce solutions for NAMIC members and affiliate organizations. Prior to joining NAMIC in 1997, Mike held IT positions in the financial services and manufacturing sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Mike and his wife, Susan, have two children.
Vlad Vinogradsky is a senior technical architect supporting Microsoft's Public Sector business. He works with a variety of Federal customers, systems integrators, and partners on developing innovative solutions that include cutting edge Microsoft technologies. Vlad has over 20 years of software industry experience as a developer and architect. Prior to joining Microsoft, Vlad developed complex software solutions in a number of domains including terminal guidance systems, real-time image processing and recognition, document imaging, securities governance, supply chain management, insurance, and fixed asset accounting. Throughout his career, Vlad has worked on a diverse array of platforms ranging from Inmos Transputers and specialized vector processors to mainframes, VAXes and personal computers, using a variety of programming languages and distributed technologies. Vlad received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in automatic flight control systems from the Moscow Aviation Institute. Vlad was born and raised in Moscow and immigrated to the United States in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife, two kids, and fluffy white dog.