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NC Tech Talk: Brooks Raiford interviews Geoff Lang of MetLife and Bob Hawkins of EMC Corp.

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Brooks Raiford   Brooks Raiford, President and CEO, NCTA

Brooks Raiford has served as President & CEO of NCTA since 2008. NCTA is the statewide industry association for the tech sector, representing over 700 member companies and organizations that employ over 100,000 North Carolinians.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was Business Development Director with Balfour Beatty Construction.

Brooks’ current leadership activities include serving on the North Carolina eLearning Commission; the Board of Advisors of North Carolina New Schools; the Board of Directors of the Technology Councils of North America; the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition; and President of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee.

Recently, the organization that represents the technology associations across North America named Brooks the 2014 “TechVoice Champion,” the first time an association CEO has received this award for advocacy on behalf of the tech sector.

Brooks’ wife Stephanie is a Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and they have two children, Lauren and Will.

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Geoff Lang   Geoff Lang, VP & General Manager of Global Technology & Operations, MetLife

Geoff is Vice President and General Manager of MetLife Global Technology and Operations (GTO), a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. As its first employee, Geoff is the ambassador for GTO in Raleigh where MetLife is committed to delivering innovative solutions and infrastructure that help MetLife deliver a world-class customer experience. Geoff is responsible for overall site management, community and university relations, talent recruiting, new hire onboarding, and employee support for GTO Raleigh.

Prior to MetLife, Geoff worked at IBM for 22 years and then at RBC Bank in Raleigh where he was responsible for all information technology of the regional bank. Geoff holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Bob Hawkins   Bob Hawkins, VP of North Carolina Operations, EMC Corp.

Bob Hawkins is the Vice President of North Carolina Operations at EMC Corporation, the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management. In this role, he is responsible for strategic s manufacturing plant in Apex, with executive responsibility for the software development facility in RTP and data center / lab in Durham. He is also responsible for developing partnerships with business and education, and is active in NCTA and local Chambers of Commerce.

Mr. Hawkins joined EMC in 2005 with more than 29 years’ experience in high-tech manufacturing. Prior to coming to EMC, Mr. Hawkins held executive positions at Solectron and NCR in manufacturing and information technology. Mr. Hawkins is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Technology Association, where he currently serves on the Board. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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Greene Resources, Smith Anderson Law Firm, and GEMA Touch

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Jason deFreitas   Jason deFreitas, Vice President of Recruiting Solutions, Greene Resources

Jason deFreitas is Vice President of Recruiting Solutions supporting the recruiting strategy and leadership for each of the recruiting divisions at Greene Resources. Jason entered the industry over seven years ago quickly setting contract and direct placement records. He was recognized after his first year by the North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals as Recruiter of the Year. Jason has experience overseeing large recruiting deliveries at Greene Resources for multiple clients. Jason is a leader in implementing innovative recruiting strategies that include video technology and social media. Prior to entering the staffing industry Jason was a teacher in low income schools in Maryland and North Carolina. He earned a First Year Teacher of the Year nomination and Maryland Math Teacher of the Year recognition.

Jason is an active volunteer with Tammy Lynn Center and serves as a Board of Advisor for North Carolina Technology Association and Board of Advisor for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and is a Certified Personal Consultant and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist.

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David Hayden   David Hayden, Attorney, Smith Anderson Law Firm

David Hayden provides government contracting, corporate and employment law advice on a broad range of federal contracting corporate issues for a variety of defense contractors. He regularly advises companies and directors and officers on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters. He also uses unique corporate and white collar investigation skills as a former federal prosecutor, including federal procurement fraud investigations in government contracting.

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Joanna Rogerson   Joanna Rogerson, Founder and CEO, GEMA Touch

GEMA is working to become the established thought leader in remote oncology patient support and monitoring. Our proprietary hardware and software infrastructure enables the control of a cloud-based, HIPAA compliant program that is personalized to each patient and triages real-time results for providers. The platform completely eliminates flat “reminder-based” monitoring and reduces reactive patient support burden from phone calls/email. As founder, my job is to establish relationships with strategic partners, developers and designers, engage initial customers and solicit early investment. Gema Touch is backed by Healthbox and partner BCBS TN. Winner of the 2013 Healthbox Innovation Award.

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Nick DeMarco with Practichem

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Nick DeMarco   Nick DeMarco, Founder and President, Practichem

Nick DeMarco has started multiple companies since 1995 with two successful exits. Practichem, his latest, simplifies complex scientific instruments with web technology opening complex science to a wider group and increasing the pace of discovery. Nick lives in Raleigh with his wife and three children.

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Ian Henshaw with the Open Data Institute of North Carolina

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Ian Henshaw   Ian Henshaw, CEO of The Open Data Institute of North Carolina

The Open Data Institute is catalyzing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates data to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

Ian is an entrepreneur in Cary, NC involved with several companies and markets mostly related to technology. Ian serves on the Town of Cary Economic Development Committee, is active with the Cary Chamber of Commerce and several charitable organizations.

A customer-focused, inquisitive, fast-learner, Ian has a record of rapid advances in responsibility and leadership roles. Ian has experience in multiple corporate functions and industries and a passion for multicultural engagements allowing him to see the big picture and to develop products and processes to best fit that picture.

Ian’s goals are to develop high-quality, high-reliability products that exceed customer expectations. Technology is used as a tool to improve business processes and practices leading to a proven record of success.

Specialties: Technology, process change, leadership, team building, entrepreneurship, organizational growth, multi-cultural interaction.

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NC Tech Talk with North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)

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Brooks Raiford   Brooks Raiford, President and CEO, NCTA

Brooks Raiford has served as President & CEO of NCTA since 2008. NCTA is the statewide industry association for the tech sector, representing over 700 member companies and organizations that employ over 100,000 North Carolinians.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was Business Development Director with Balfour Beatty Construction.

Brooks’ current leadership activities include serving on the North Carolina eLearning Commission; the Board of Advisors of North Carolina New Schools; the Board of Directors of the Technology Councils of North America; the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition; and President of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee.

Recently, the organization that represents the technology associations across North America named Brooks the 2014 “TechVoice Champion,” the first time an association CEO has received this award for advocacy on behalf of the tech sector.

Brooks’ wife Stephanie is a Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and they have two children, Lauren and Will.

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Michelle Calton   Michelle Calton, VP, Membership Development, NCTA

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Marc Montoro   Marc Montoro, Sr. Director, Programs & Communications, NCTA

Marc Montoro is the Sr. Director of Programs & Communications for the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA).  NCTA is the statewide trade association that represents the tech sector through public affairs and workforce development initiatives, along with events.  Marc is responsible for the development and execution of NCTA’s events portfolio, including content creation, speaker coordination and sponsorship sales.  He also leads NCTA’s communications strategy, including web and social media presence, digital marketing and media relations.

Marc has over 14 years of marketing and communications experience, mostly in technology.  The first five years were as a recruiter.  He started in IT staffing and solutions for TEKsystems, then working for Lucas Group, placing finance/accounting professionals.  He moved to North Carolina in 2004, where he started with NCTA, serving as the Programs Manager for two and a half years.  Then, he held marketing roles with WRAL Tech Wire and Restaurant.com, before returning to NCTA, where he has been in his current role for over four years.

Marc has a BA in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he played football for the Tarheels.  He lives in Hillsborough with his wife (Natalie) and two daughters (Molly and Daphne).

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Craig Scates    Craig Scates, Partner, Resolvit

Craig Scates created, and leads, Resolvit’s Southern Region, which currently includes branch offices in Raleigh/Durham, NC, San Jose, Calif., and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Craig has Profit & Loss management experience in both small and large company environments, serving the information technology, telecommunications, homeland security, law enforcement, defense, and intelligence industries.

Craig’s background features 15 years with GTE Data Services and GTE Government Systems in an array of disciplines including sales, business development, systems development and integration, strategic planning, and financial management. Prior to joining Resolvit, Craig served for 4 years as President and General Manager with Digital Audio Corporation, a Triangle-based company that creates specialized technology for global forensic and intelligence communities.

Outside of Resolvit, Craig is an avid golfer and cook captain of a local competition BBQ team, The Kings of Q. He and his wife, Susan, have lived in the Triangle area since 2000 with their 15-year-old triplet boys.

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Steve Chase   Steve Chase, Senior VP of Global Sales, Alphanumeric Systems, Inc.

As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steve Chase ensures that Alphanumeric delivers solutions to its customers that enable better, faster, and more efficient business operations. By building future opportunities for Alphanumeric, Steve identifies new and leading technologies to satisfy the current and future needs of customers.

With 26 years experience in the technology industry, including 22 years at Alphanumeric, Steve offers his unique combination of broad technical expertise and wealth of business knowledge to ensure the company provides each client with a good customer experience at a good value. With a long-standing career in the technology arena beginning in the early ‘80s days of PCs, Steve has consistently lowered costs, increased revenue, and mitigated risk for Alphanumeric’s customers. His diverse background also includes business development success in Alphanumeric’s document imaging and staffing services. As a testament to his knowledge and expertise in the technology field, Steve is a sought-after speaker for information technology trends and how technology will impact the workplace.

Steve currently serves as an active member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and the North Carolina Technology Association. He also serves as a founding member of the Rex Patriots, a key component of the Rex Healthcare Foundation.

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