Rewire, Reinvent, Simplify, Secure

September 22, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | Virtual Event


Walt Carter, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer
Homestar Financial Corporation

With more than twenty-five years in technology leadership roles, Walt specializes in alignment with purpose and technology innovation. Before joining HOMESTAR Financial Corporation as Chief Digital Officer and CIO in March of 2018, Walt and his teams implemented technology changes for Primary Capital Mortgage to drive 205% growth in origination volume in just over two years. Before joining Primary Capital Mortgage, his team at Generation Mortgage received accolades from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg, and MarketWatch for innovative use of technology as a key differentiator for the company.

Walt is adept at working through complex business challenges and has successfully implemented several enterprise-wide packaged software solutions. Walt is a frequent speaker to professional groups on the topics of leadership, governance, risk management, and compliance.

After earning a BS in Physics from Guilford College, he began his career as a technical officer in the US Air Force, and over the years he has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett, BDM, TRW, and Ajilon Consulting. Walt earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. While at TRW, he won the President’s Award for his leadership on its largest commercial project. Walt was named Corporate CIO of the Year in 2014 by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and more recently has been named to the Constellation Research “Business Transformation 150” for 2020 and last week received a third nomination for CIO of the Year in Georgia.

Robin Bienfait, Chief Executive Officer

Robin Bienfait was the Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer and senior advisor for Samsung. Robin joined Samsung with 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering. As a global intrapreneur, Robin launched Samsung Business Services and advised on the B2B investment strategy. Now as CEO for Emnovate, Robin is advising and providing leadership to emerging businesses. Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry, where she led the enterprise business unit and software development team, end to end product security, tier 3 technical customer service, global network services, corporate security and corporate IT. Robin held senior leadership positions across AT&T including Bell Labs, Global Network Services/GNOC, business continuity and disaster recovery, and compliance. As an officer at AT&T, Robin’s last role was leading of global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety. A global influencer holding 15 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was recently named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM and Inc.’s top 18 women to watch in 2018.

Scott Stanton, Information Security Director, Global Products Division
Owens & Minor

Scott Stanton is the Information Security Director of Owens & Minor’s (NYSE: OMI) Global Products division.  Reporting to OMI’s Global CISO, Stanton oversees cybersecurity for OMI’s Halyard Health, Medichoice, Medical Action, and AVID businesses.  He joined Halyard Health in 2015 as Associate Director of Infrastructure Security and created its security program during their spin-off from Kimberly-Clark in 2015.

Previously, Stanton held several architecture, strategy, and program management roles during his 10 years with the Information Security program at Cisco Systems.  Before Cisco, Stanton held technical security roles for Scientific-Atlanta, Coca-Cola, and General Electric.  He holds a BA in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Tye Hayes, Chief Technology Officer
City of Atlanta

Tye Hayes is the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Atlanta Information Management for the City of Atlanta. Tye is a Navy veteran and a consummate professional with over 20 years of experience as a Technologist, Solutions Architect, and Business Strategist within the Information Technology industry. Most recently, Tye served as the Deputy CIO for Atlanta Public Schools. She has an extensive background in IT services, having previously served as an Information Security Officer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where she led the Information Security Compliance and Governance group. In this role, she directed information and data integrity for all IT functions, helping the company create its first Information Security Roadmap and an Integrated Forensics and Computer Incident Response team. Tye’s established track record of technology leadership and digital transformation has been recognized on local and national levels. She is well respected within the Information Technology field, having been awarded the 2014 CIO 100 Award, STEM Women of Color for IT Leadership Award, Modern Day Technology Leader, and Black Engineer Award.

Tye is a transformational leader with a myriad of experience in innovation, security, and IT solutions.

James BairdVice President and Chief Information Security Officer
International Market Centers

James serves as a Vice President of IT and the Chief Information Security Officer for International Market Centers (IMC). As the senior Information Security member, his role oversees all the programs and processes involved with Information Security, Information Privacy, and technology risk management across the company and he works diligently to ensure that sensitive information used for business is protected from accidental or intentional misuse.

Before his work with IMC, James held Information Security leadership roles in the fintech industry with Global Payments, Prommis Solutions, and TransCentra and in the nonprofit charity sector at the American Cancer Society where he led crucial security program transformation activities in support of corporate realignment and move to the cloud.

Throughout his career, James has focused his attention on maturing security and IT capabilities through the structured use of people, processes, and technology. This approach has worked well in designing and implementing security programs using ISO 27001, the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF), the NIST Supply Chain Management (ICT SCRM), the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). He also has extensive experience managing security compliance programs for PCI-DSS, PA-DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, and Sarbanes-Oxley, and privacy compliance for HIPAA, CCPA, and the GDPR.
James holds a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance (MSIA) and maintains the CISSP, CISM, CIPM, and several other IT and Security-related certifications. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS) which is Georgia’s premier provider of audio-based information for individuals who are visually-impaired or otherwise print-impaired.


Jim Penrose, Chief Operating Officer

Jim Penrose has solved complex challenges faced by the private sector and the US Intelligence Community. His experience includes 17 years of service at the NSA and 6 years in the Senior Executive Service. His roles include Founder and Chief of the NSA Operational Discovery Center, Technical Director for Counterterrorism and Mission Manager for the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center. Jim received numerous commendations including the Presidential Rank Award and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal from the Director of National Intelligence.


Gregg Shupe, Digital Experience Thought Leader

Gregg Shupe has nearly 20 years of professional marketing experience across a broad range of industries including enterprise IT, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. While focused on delivering Digital Experience Strategies, Shupe has a proven track record of helping companies and business partners digitally transform their organizations into the modern era.


Thom Tate, Senior Sales Engineer

Thom is a Senior Sales Engineer who has been with Progress since 2019 where he assists his team with general knowledge across the entire Progress portfolio. He has 20+ years of experience as a Sales Engineer in Enterprise software solutions and as a technical trainer. He helps our existing customers become aware of our other technologies and helps them to develop strategies that allow them to take advantage of those assets.


Mac Sheehan, Cyber Security Practitioner

Cyber Security Practitioner with over 20 years of professional security experience. Strong knowledge of Cyber Intelligence, Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Management, Cyber Defense, and Security Operations. In Mac’s pre and post-sales engineering career, he has advised top global organizations spanning every major industry, solved complex business challenges, and worked with great leaders and technologists.


Ellis G. KirbyDeputy Chief Operating Officer
Fulton County Government

Ellis Kirby is an action-oriented executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in utility, healthcare, research, education, and government operations.  As Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Infrastructure, Ellis Kirby is responsible for managing Public Works, Real Estate & Asset Management, and Information Technology, along with providing strategic alignment with Registration & Elections.   His oversight includes $200 million in operations, $600 million in capital projects, and over $18 million in strategic technology upgrades.

Before his appointment to this position in September 2018, Kirby served as the Director of the Department of Real Estate & Asset Management, with responsibility for managing over 5 million square feet of buildings, 200 plus buildings, and an operational budget of over $30 million along with a capital plan of over $200 million. He previously served as Regional Vice President for Sodexo’s Campus Division serving clients in the Southeast and Mid-west regions.

Ellis is a member of numerous trade groups and associations and holds a variety of industry certifications including LEEDS Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Cogeneration Professional (CCP) along with other related certifications.  Ellis has been active in community activities over his career that includes Rotary, Jaycees, Sertoma, and Toastmasters.

Ellis graduated with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Georgia and a Masters of Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sandeep Angra, Vice President of Technical Services
Delta Global Services

Sandeep Angra is the Vice President of Technical Services at Delta Global Services-Staffing, a Subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Sandeep is a strategic business leader with a history of inspiring and motivating geographically dispersed teams to deliver enterprise solutions, digital transformation, mergers and acquisition, enterprise security. IT integration, data management-, warehousing-, and business intelligence-related projects.
Before joining DGS, Sandeep has 20 years of consulting experience in leading a wide range of transformation engagement in a wide range of industries from financial services and banking to media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. Recognized as a subject matter expert (SME) he has led large multi-million-dollar programs, driven incremental revenue opportunities, and substantially increased PwC’s brand with potential and existing clients. Sandeep is known for his ability to direct decisions and lead strategic efforts across function to integrate and apply advanced data analytic capabilities in multi-layered organizations. With a focus on developing talent, Sandeep has spearheaded programs, including serving as Dean of PwC’s internal university to educate new consultants on best practices in data risk management, data warehousing, data visualization, and content management. He enjoys challenges, delivering solutions for clients, and serving in an advisory capacity.


Michael OwensBusiness Information Security Officer

Dr. Michael Owens is a senior-level global business leader, entrepreneur, and cybersecurity executive with over 25 years of experience within corporate, government, and military organizations. He is the Business Information Security Officer for Equifax’s largest business unit functioning, a senior level role with the Global Security organization with the responsibility of leading a high-performing team of information security directors and analysts and to provide ownership, advice, and counsel to Business, IT, and Operations executives regarding key initiatives that could be impacted by compliance, risk, and cybersecurity issues.

He ran as a candidate for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 13th Congressional District from June 2019 until June 2020. The goal was to become the first member of Congress with a working background in cybersecurity. Michael is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and a VP – Board of Directors with LISTA’s Georgia TechLatino Council.

Michael’s educational background includes North Carolina A&T State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, California Intercontinental University, U.S. Army War College, and Harvard University.

Kathryn Eckhart, Sales Director, US-Central

Kathryn Eckhart is a Director at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense.
At Darktrace, Kathryn works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Kathryn’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 4000 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including Forbes Cloud and CNBC Disruptor 50. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and is based in Darktrace’s Atlanta office.

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