A Look Back at Our 2018 Speakers

2018 | Guest Speaker: Jeff Strueker

Author, Pastor, and Former U.S. Army Ranger 

Jeff Struecker confessed faith in Jesus Christ as his savior as a teenager. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for more than 22 years before retiring as a chaplain with the rank of Major in 2011.

Jeff spent most of his Army career serving in special operations units. He served in many positions in the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. He left active duty as a Sergeant First Class, while serving as an ROTC Instructor to become a chaplain. Jeff served as a chaplain in many Airborne and Ranger units before retiring from the US Army in 2011. He was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2017.

Jeff has been deployed to combat in Panama, Kuwait, Somalia, and many tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He holds many decorations and recognitions for his military service, including the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for valor. He has attended many professional military schools and has received many badges to recognize his specialized military training as an Infantryman, a Paratrooper, a Ranger and a Chaplain.

Jeff is an avid runner and has competed in and completed numerous marathons and ultramarathons. He also competed in and won the US Army’s Best Ranger Competition in 1996. In his spare time, Jeff is a writer. He is an award-winning author with many books in print. Jeff has served churches in many different positions. He has previously served as youth pastor and associate pastor. Upon retiring from the US Army, Jeff accepted a position on the staff of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. In 2014, he became the Lead Pastor. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. They have five children and two grandchildren. He holds a Ph.D. from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in N.C.

He has numerous other honorary and earned degrees.

2018 | Guest Speaker: Marcus Bullock

Founder and CEO of Flikshop

Marcus Bullock is an entrepreneur, justice reform advocate, and public speaker.

Following his 2004 release from prison, he launched a construction business that grew to employ over 18 employees. Bullock is also founder and CEO of Flikshop, a  free app that enables incarcerated people to receive personalized postcards from their families; building community and decreasing recidivism. He also founded the Flikshop School of Business, a program that teaches returning citizens life skills and entrepreneurship via computer coding and software development.

He is a inaugural cohort member of Techstars anywhere 2018 and John Legend’s Unlocked Futures business accelerators. He is also a member of the Justice Policy Institute’s board of directors and serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.

Married with two children, Bullock’s story has received coverage from Forbes, CNN, Washington Post, and NPR.


2017 | Guest Speaker: Pat Gelsinger

CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012 nearly doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings more than 35 years of technology and leadership experience.

Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO.  A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wifi.  He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.

Gelsinger earned a Master’s degree from Stanford University in 1985, his Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an Associate’s degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications. He is a recognized values-based leader receiving the Gordon University Faithful Leader Award and a sought after speaker on technology, culture, business, and faith-based topics globally.

2016 | Guest Speaker: Jim Traficant

Managing Director, Accenture

Over twenty years of executive leadership in Defense, Intelligence, IT, and Healthcare supporting federal, commercial, and international clients.

Traficant was named to Federal Computer Week’s 2011 Annual “Federal 100,” which honors the top executives who have had the greatest impact on the government information systems community. He also is featured in Gary Shapiro’s New York Times bestselling book, “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream,” for his compelling healthcare story and innovative solutions for healthcare transformation.

Specialties: Having experienced the challenges and unique opportunities of the US health care system, I’m committed to bringing enterprise intelligence to medical providers and payers – the right data, to the right person, on the right device, at the point of care. In business time is money. In health care time is lives. Committed to saving lives and improving outcomes through improved information management.

2015 | Guest Speaker: Bill Fraine

COO XPO Logistics

Bill was one of nine children born to Lorraine and Frank Fraine in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined FedEx in 1979 as a handler washing trucks and spent 20 plus years working from handler to Senior Vice President reporting directly to Fred Smith, founder and CEO.

He became CEO of ZOHO, a dot-com, and over the years as held leadership positions with many top companies. Today Bill has a family of four girls with his wife Dawn and lives in Gibsonville, NC. Bill holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for XPO Logistics – Supply Chain in High Point, NC where he leads a team of over 7,000 employees’ servicing Fortune 50 companies.

His life was changed at the age of 42 when in 2001 he came face to face with his Lord and Savior and gave his life to Jesus. Bill looks forward to discussing a God who calls things that are not as if they are.

2014 | Guest Speaker: Doris McMillan

President and Chief Strategic Officer for McMillon Communications, Inc

Doris E. McMillon is the President and Chief Strategic Officer for McMillon Communications, Inc., a full-service communications firm specializing in strategic positioning and effective communications.

2013 | Guest Speaker: Jamie Winship

Jamie Winship was born in Washington, DC in 1959 and upon graduating from high school, attended Radford University where he graduated with a double-major in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Jamie then joined the Fairfax County Police Department where he was named Police Officer of the Year and promoted into the Criminal Investigations Section in his second year of service. In Jamie’s fifth year of service he was contacted by the Central Intelligence Agency and offered a position working in the Muslim world.

Jamie then earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in English and Intercultural Studies from Columbia University and held teaching positions at the University of South Carolina; Universitas Mataram, Indonesia; Bandung Alliance School, West Java; Mustansaria University, Baghdad, Iraq; Global Services, Amman, Jordan; and Al-Quz University, West Bank, Palestine.

Jamie has been married for 30 years to Donna and they are the proud parents of three sons, two daughter’s-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Jamie and Donna currently live and work in Jerusalem, Israel.

2012 | Guest Speaker: Tom Papania

Wise guy…Good fellow…Mobster…Enforcer Mafiosa…Gangster

These are all names that at one time described Tom Papania from an abused New York street punk of 15 years of age until 1984. Tom’s main goal in life was to make Al Capone look like an amateur.

Tom worked his way up in organized crime to a trusted position in the New York Gambino organized crime family. Tom answered directly to the now deceased Paul Castellano. Tom wielded fear, terror, and brutality to control the New York mob’s expanding interests. Bomb threats to contracts on Tom’s life couldn’t stop the hell bound course crime had put him on.

On a road to Damascus experience, Tom Papania surrendered his life to Christ. Tom’s past caught up with him and he was sent to the Atlanta federal penitentiary to await trial. The trial was one of Atlanta’s longest, lasting 11 months. God used the maximum security cells of the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary to mold and develop Tom’s new Christ-like character.

After almost a year, Tom was set free by the Grace of God. Tom continued in his commitment to Christ and is now an ordained evangelist and executive director of God’s Saving Grace Ministries. Tom now goes back into the prisons with the power of the holy spirit, truly setting captives free.

Tom Papania ™ is a well known speaker and evangelist traveling the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and other countries where God has been using Tom.

2011 | Guest Speaker: Ron Kaiser

Board Member, OPNET Technologies, Inc.

Ron Kaiser has more than 30 years experience in public and private finance, accounting and operations management and has served as CFO or CEO for companies in the information technology, life sciences and high tech manufacturing sectors. Since 1981, when he served as CFO in his first Initial Public Offering, raising $2.6 million for the world’s first industrial L.A.S.E.R. manufacturer, through 2011 when, as CEO, he helped orchestrate the sale of MobileAccess Networks to Corning Cable and Glass, he has served as CFO during six IPO’s which raised over $400 million on initial valuations totaling over $1.7 Billion and as an executive officer during the sales of 5 companies totaling over $1 Billion.

He has served since 2003 as a board member for OPNET Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ; OPNT); a Bethesda MD applications and network monitoring software company, since 2005 as audit committee chair and board member for Vocus Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:VOCS), a Lanham, MD SAAS provider of social media, content marketing and media relations, and since 2008 as audit committee chair and board member for Tangoe, Inc. (NASADQ: TNGO), an Orange, CT global enterprise communications lifecycle management software company which became Public in August of 2011.

Ron also serves as a managing director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center, a Maryland incubator / accelerator serving the Homeland Security and National Security Industries, as a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the NACD, and as a Board member of the Annapolis Area Christian School, a K-12 private school in his home town of Annapolis, Md. For his services as CFO of “OTG Software, Inc.” and of “Trusted Information Systems, Inc.”, Ron was nominated as a MidAtlantic “CFO of the Year”, receiving the “Community Service” award in 2001. The January/February 1999 issue of Tech Capital magazine named him one of the East Coast’s Top CFOs.

Ron has participated in the NVTC “FastTrac” series over the past three years as a presenter or coach, has been an instructor and seminar speaker for over fifty AICPA and state CPA society programs on internal control procedures, C.O.S.O., operations management, and IT security and has participated in a number of regional and national panels on the IPO process and on Public Reporting, including a 2007 NYC “IPO Bootcamp” program sponsored by NASDAQ, and a representative CFO spokesperson for small cap industry companies in transition meetings with the PCAOB.

He is a Michigan native and has lived with his wife Teresa in the Annapolis, Maryland area since 1995. Both Ron and Terre are active in their local church and involved in several local ministries.

2010 | Guest Speaker: Brit Hume

Senior Political Analyst, FOX News Channel

With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX’s weekly public affairs program, “FOX News Sunday.”

Hume stepped down as anchor of “Special Report” in December 2008 after more than 10 years at the helm of the program. Under his leadership, “Special Report” was the highest rated political program on cable television. In this capacity, Hume also served as the Washington managing editor and was responsible for overseeing news content for FOX News’ Washington bureau. He also anchored all network coverage for every presidential election from 1996-2008.

Before joining FOX News in 1996, Hume was with ABC News for 23 years, serving as chief White House correspondent from 1989 through 1996. During his tenure, he contributed to “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings,” “Nightline” and “This Week” as well as various specials for the news division. Hume joined ABC in 1973 as a consultant for the network’s documentary division and was named a Washington correspondent in 1976. He was later promoted to Capitol Hill correspondent and reported on Congress until 1988.

Earlier, Hume reported for United Press International, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter with The Hartford Times and the Baltimore Evening Sun.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2003 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation, and a 1991 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Gulf War. The author of two books, “Inside Story” and “Death and the Mines,” Hume was named “The Best in the Business” by the American Journalism Review for his extensive news coverage of the White House.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Hume resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Kim Schiller Hume.

2009 | Guest Speaker: Elisa Levitz Cafferky

Account Executive, SAS Federal National Security Group

Elisa (Levitz) Cafferky has over 20 years experience in direct and channel technology sales, federal procurement operations, business development and sales management in the commercial software and technology solutions industry.  She has established a reputation as an expert “early adopter” sales and business development presence for early stage technology innovation companies.  However, after a major spinal cord injury paralyzed her oldest son in 2007, Elisa took off 18 months to be a full time caregiver to Nick.  Recently back in the high technology community, Elisa has returned to her roots as a technology sales rep to the community she has always loved working with – Domestic and National Intelligence.

Currently employed as an Account Executive in the newly formed SAS Federal National Security Group,  Elisa has held prior senior sales positions with pre-IPO/acquisition technology startups, including Tivoli Systems (now IBM), ActiveSW (to become WebMethods, Inc. and now part of Software, AG), Bowstreet Software, Tacit Knowledge Systems (now part of Oracle), and Fortify Software.  In 2005, Elisa, along with colleagues from Oracle, founded Sawteeth, Inc., a new technology company that provides secure search and ontology management to the intelligence and scientific communities.  Sawteeth, Inc., led by Paul Dixon, continues to provide technology and services to a discrete target market.

Prior to her entrepreneurial experiences, Ms. Cafferky was a territory sales manager at both Oracle and Sybase and was a Marketing/Business Development manager for a local 8(a) system integrator, CBSI, Inc.

In the Spring of 2000, when challenged by some close friends and her husband to reconcile her strong Jewish faith with her love of the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Elisa read the entire Bible on a dare.  Elisa’s journey to reconcile what she read in the Bible with her faith and her work/life philosophy has not been an easy one.  Elisa’s faith journey has been an interesting one full of ups and downs that she will share at this year’s High Tech Prayer Breakfast.

Elisa was a founding member of the ITCF (Information Technology Community Foundation) and served on the Senior Advisory Board from September 2000 – 2002.  She is active in several faith-based professional and community organizations.  Married with two sons, Elisa has a BS in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  Brendan is a freshman at Langley High School, and Nick is carrying on his mother’s tradition at the greatest university in this state, Virginia Tech.

2008 | Guest Speaker: Jonathan Crane

Past President and Chairman, SAVVIS, Inc.

Jonathan Crane was President and a director of SAVVIS from 2006 to 2008.  Previously, Jonathan served as President of Strategy and Alliances at MCI where he led company growth initiatives including the strategic redirection of MCI/WorldCom and the merger of MCI and Verizon. He also spent nine years leading MCI’s multi-national account sales organization and built strategic business sales and marketing initiatives targeted at winning and retaining some of MCI’s largest corporate customers.

Prior to joining MCI, Jonathan held CEO positions at several technology companies. Most recently, he was chairman and CEO of Adero, Inc., an Internet-based content distribution company. Previously, Jonathan was chairman and CEO of Marcam Solutions, Inc., an ERP software company focused on manufacturing, customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management applications. He also served as COO for Geotek as well as CEO of Lightstream.

Jonathan began his career in sales, marketing and product management at Bell of Pennsylvania, holding subsequent sales positions at Rolm Corporation and Sonecor, a division of SNET. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

2007 | Guest Speaker: Patrick Arnone

Partner, LGES

Patrick Arnone is an accomplished executive with 35 years experience in all facets of the high technology industry. Before joining LGES, Patrick was the founder and principal of Arnone & Associates, Inc., a senior level executive retained search firm. Prior to the formation of his firm in 1997, Patrick enjoyed a successful 30-year career in the high technology industry. He is a senior executive with diverse management experience in companies ranging from startups and emerging growth organizations to large established technology companies.

During Patrick’s career, he led and managed sales, marketing, consulting services, technical support, product development, finance, and operational divisions within different high technology companies, managing up to 375 employees. He had particular success in creating new business opportunities and turning around failing operations. As a vice president, Patrick established and led a highly successful Oracle Corporation Division, where, over a four-year period, the Division grew from 12 to 350 employees and from $2 million to $90 million in revenue. As the general manager and vice president, he developed the strategy and led the execution for the turnaround of the Sybase Public Sector Group, taking the business from $18 million to $85 million in three years. He also served in executive positions with PRC, QStar Technology, and Distribusoft and held various roles with IBM, Boeing Computer Services, and Storage Technology Corporation. He was involved in five startup firms as president, COO, executive vice president, and other functional roles.

Patrick has a reputation as a highly motivated and energetic leader with exceptional strategic planning and organizational skills, business knowledge, and P&L expertise. During a one year sabbatical in 1993, he volunteered his time and services to the Morino Institute, a non-profit entity where he assisted the founder, Mario Morino, in the discovery and definition of the organization in order to understand how electronic communications could serve those in middle to low income families from an educational, community, and social services standpoint. The Institute also developed the Netpreneur Program that was nationally recognized as an incubator for Internet companies based in the Washington, D.C. region.

He is a native of Washington, D.C. and lives with his wife Terry in Northern Virginia. Both Patrick and Terry are active in their church and involved in several ministries.

2006 | Guest Speaker: John J. "Jay" Coughlan

Chairman and CEO of XATA Corporation

Jay Coughlan is chairman and CEO of XATA Corporation. He previously served as president and CEO of Lawson Software, Minnesota’s largest software company. Mr. Coughlan joined Lawson Software in 1987 and became CEO in February 2001 prior to the company’s initial public offering in December of 2001. A premier provider of enterprise business management solutions to the service industries, Lawson serves more than 2,200 customers and has 1,700 employees worldwide.

During Mr. Coughlan’s tenure as president and chief executive officer, Lawson received numerous awards, including Deloitte & Touche’s Minnesota Technology Fast SO – where Minnesota companies are recognized for the most rapid revenue growth; Best Places to Work – named as an innovative employer in Minnesota; and Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification – an award certifying Lawson’s Global Support Center as being one of the best in the world. Lawson has achieved this certification for an unheard-of fifth consecutive year.

In addition to his responsibilities at Lawson, Mr. Coughlan is an active regional business advocate and serves on the board of directors for several local organizations including the Capitol City Partnership and High-Jump Software. In his role as President and CEO, Coughlan also inspired the company’s unique culture by promoting core values centered on people, integrity and competence. It is Lawson’s focus on people-both employees and the community as a whole that served as the impetus for the creation of Lawson’s community involvement program, Lawson Lends a Hand. Since the program’s inception, Lawson employees have volunteered thousands of hours and their financial support to dozens of organizations that focus on youth development in the areas of health, education and technology.

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2005 | Guest Speaker: Adolph Coors IV

Adolph Coors IV is a Colorado native, and the great-grandson of Adolph Herman Joseph Coors, who, in 1873, founded the Adolph Coors Company, which has grown into one of the largest breweries in the world.

Adolph has been married to B.J., who is also from Colorado, for over thirty-six years. They make their home in Grand Lake, Colorado. They have two sons, Shane, age 32, and Chip, age 27. Adolph & BJ. are the proud grandparents of four grandsons. Adolph spent three years in the United States Marine Corps as a cold-weather survival training instructor at the Marine Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center, located in Northern California.

After serving in the Marine Corps, Adolph graduated from the University of Denver School of Business, and spent two years with the Wall Street firm of Shearson Hammill & Co. as a Commodity Specialist. Adolph spent over ten years working for the Adolph Coors Company in various departments, including Administration, Sales, Marketing, Quality Control, Brewing, R&D, and Financial Planning.

Adolph founded the national marketing company of ADCO Enterprises. In 1979, after leaving the family brewing business, Adolph and BJ. began Denver Outreach Ministry, in order to share Jesus Christ with the leadership of Denver. Adolph now spends his time speaking to audiences throughout the United States and Canada, including Capitol Hill and The Pentagon.

Adolph Coors has served on the Board of Prison Fellowship, an international prison ministry, founded by Chuck Colson. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Family Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, and The Prayer Breakfast Network. Adolph has also been on the Board of Kanakuk Kamps, Christian camps for boys and girls, located in Branson, Missouri.

As an experienced public speaker, Adolph Coors IV continues to express the truth of God’s Word, the strength of forgiveness, and provides insight for successful living, as he shares his fascinating story, one that challenges every listener to discover the real meaning and purpose for life.

2004 | Guest Speaker: Gary McCollum

Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications Northern VA

Gary T. McCollum was named Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications Northern Virginia, December 14, 1999. He is responsible for all operations of Cox’s two Northern Virginia cable systems, serving approximately 260,000 customers in Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church and Fredericksburg, the towns of Herndon, Vienna and Clifton, and parts of Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

Mr. McCollum previously served as Vice President and General Manager for Cox’s Roanoke, Virginia cable system (1998-99). In that role, he spearheaded an effort to bring the Information Superhighway to all segments of the community. Mr. McCollum joined Cox Communications in 1989 as a manager trainee in Hartford, Connecticut, and was later promoted to a variety of management roles, including Plant Operations Manager, Director of Network Development, and Vice President of Customer Care.

Prior to joining Cox, Mr. McCollum served eight years on active duty as a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army and is currently a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. During his active duty military career, Mr. McCollum served with the Army’s elite Ranger unit.

Mr. McCollum is very active in community and industry-related projects. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Cable and Telecommunications Association, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Virginians for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Northern Virginia Urban League, Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, the Virginia Opera, George Mason University Minority Advisory Board and the George Mason University Foundation, among others.

Mr. McCollum’s previous community involvement includes Kiwanis Club, Junior Achievement and the United Way. He served as Vice President of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Minorities in Cable and is a life member of the NAACP. In addition, Mr. McCollum is a licensed minister.

Born in a housing project in Richmond, Virginia, Mr. McCollum was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a BA in Russian Studies and political science, as well as an MBA graduate from the University of Connecticut, where he concentrated on telecommunications.

Mr. McCollum and his wife, Cookie, reside in Herndon, Virginia. Mr. McCollum has a daughter, Arielle, who currently attends Hampton University.

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2003 | Guest Speakers: Phillip Merrick & Kim Cooke


2002 | Guest Speakers: Gary Daichendt & Ron Kaiser