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Richard "Dick" Anderson
Dick Anderson has held executive leadership positions in both the public and private sectors with a long and distinguished career in telecommunications rising from account executive to Vice Chairman of BellSouth and then Group President for AT&T running a $30B business serving global business clients as well as serving as a director for Cingular, Adtran, Metro PCS, and Computer Services, Inc.
Most recently, Anderson has been Chief Operating Officer at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. As well, he served in the administration of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
Anderson has long been involved in the Atlanta community being named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Business Chronicle and serving as the 2007 Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on the boards of Children's Healthcare, MARTA, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority, Clark Atlanta University, and Camp Twin Lakes. He also led Atlanta's most recent bid for the Super Bowl.
Anderson graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Marketing and MBA from Murray State University and was named Distinguished Alumnus in 1994 and Faculty Fellow in Business in 2005.
Trevor Bonnstetter serves as CEO of Telecom Management Services (TMS). TMS operates WK&T Telecommunications, Ben Lomand Connect and Ardmore Telephone Company, providing advanced telecommunications services to approximately 60,000 customers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
Bonnstetter has been active in several industry committees on the state level, working with telecommunications associations in Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Tennessee during his career. He has also served as president of both the Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Associations.
In addition to his management responsibilities with TMS and its related companies, Bonnstetter serves on the board of directors of iRis Networks, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) and ANPI.
Bonnstetter is passionate about creating educational opportunities for children, and was recently appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to the State Board of Education. He also serves on the board of the Graves County Eagle Foundation in Mayfield, Ky.
Bonnstetter earned a BS in Business Administration from Mid-Continent University, an MBA from William Woods University and a Ph.D in Management from Walden University. He and his wife, Tami, are raising two children in Mayfield, Ky.
Michael Hegeman, the Executive Director of wireless carrier development at Numerex Corporation in Atlanta, GA, is responsible for business development to create sell-to, sell-with, and sell-thru revenue opportunities. Previously, as the Director of Product Marketing at AT&T, was responsible for all go to market marketing strategies concerning the release of new AT&T Business Solutions applications and services. Michael, has a wide set of experiences in wireless technology. He managed the U.S. wireless strategy for Hewlett-Packard in the mid nineties. He was responsible for creating and maintaining valuable third party relationships for the HP palmtop PC as well as implementing a successful strategy for managing the retail and commercial distribution channels. He has worked for the EDS Corporation as Vice-President of the mobile application technology group. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from St. Mary's College in California.
Michael has extensive background in the wireless and telecommunications industries. Over twenty-five years of experience in sales, management, marketing and business development for companies such as AT&T, Hewlett-Packard Company, EDS Corporation, Networks In Motion, Skytel, and Ram Mobile Data/BellSouth. He maintains a great understanding of the wireless business processes including sales, creation of solutions, partnering with key third party vendors, and business development. Highly successful in revenue generation with P&L responsibilities
Bryan Huddleston serves as president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council. The mission of the Nashville Technology Council is to develop, connect and promote the Middle Tennessee technology community. The Technology Council serves to provide relationships, resources, advocacy and visibility to its 350+ corporate and institutional members. Our vision is to have growing and vibrant regional economy because of technology companies and individuals.
Bryan has lived in Tennessee the majority of his life and a Nashville resident since 1995. Prior to the Nashville Technology Council, Bryan worked at Microsoft for 8 years. Bryan has held previous positions as a mentor, product manager, developer and business development. Bryan has been active in the startup community by being a mentor JumpStart Foundry and Entrepreneur Center and investor in three startups. He sits on multiple community boards including the Lipscomb University SCI advisory board, Nashville State Foundation, Women in Technology and Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
As Senior Manager, Technical Services, Wes is responsible for outreach to, and data collection from, certain state, multi-state, regional, and national broadband providers. In this role,Wes develops and maintains in-depth working relationships with all providers, creating an atmosphere of cooperation for those providers among all state programs. Additionally, Wes is called upon to be the active voice among the organization regarding the activities and concerns of the provider community. Prior to becoming Manager, Provider Relations, Wes served as Senior Manager of GIS Services, Project Manager, and Technology Analyst for Connected Nation. He joined Connected Nation in February of 2005. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Network Management from Murray State University.
Lana G. Porter
Lana G. Porter, Founder and CEO of L&M Enterprises, is a retired executive from AT&T, with extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience in the telecom and software areas. She was CEO of Ameritech Library Services and Dynix Corp, the world’s largest developer of library software as well as President of NEATT Wireless, a small wireless provider in NE Arkansas that was spun off from Cingular/AT&T. Her telecom career included international and senior executive positions with Ameritech (now AT&T) over a 30 year period. She now focuses on business consulting for small and midsize businesses.
She has served on the Boards of Dynix, Leadership America and University of Detroit Mercy. She currently sits on the Boards of the Murray State University Foundation and Leadership-Women as well as advisory boards of several small and medium sized businesses.
She holds BA and MA degrees from Murray State University and an Executive MBA from The Ohio State University. In 2002 she was named Distinguished Alum of Murray State, in 2004 she was inducted into the Salem, Illinois Community High School Academic Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she was inducted into the premier class of Phi Kappa Phi at Murray State. She and her husband live in Chicago and Atlanta.
Gene W. Ray
B.S. in Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry, Murray State University, 1960
M.S. in Physics, University of Tennessee
Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, University of Tennessee, 1965
2005 – Present: CEO, GMT Ventures, LLC, La Jolla, CA.
Invest in and provides assistance to early stage companies
1981 – 2005: Founder, CEO and Director, The Titan Corporation, San Diego, CA
A leading provider of comprehensive information and communications products, solutions, and services for National Security and the Security of our Homeland, serving the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other government customers. Served as Titan's Chairman of the Board from April, 1999 until July, 2005 when the company was acquired by L-3 Communications for $2.65 billion.
1970 – 1981: Executive Vice President, General Manager & Director, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), San Diego, CA.
1968 – 1970: Chief, Strategic Division, U.S. Air Force (AFGOAS)
Held the position of Senior Appointee (Public Law 313) on the staff of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, with responsibility for leading a team of military and civilian analysts and scientists
1966 – 1968: Analyst, Aerospace Corporation, San Bernardino, CA
Contributed to weapon system analysis programs and specialized in the area of nuclear survivability.
Boards: Dr. Ray currently serves on the following boards: Murray State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Decision Sciences Corporation, and ARTEL Corporation as well as other high technology companies.
John Truitt graduated with a BA from the University of North Texas in 1991 and has worked in the IT Industry since 1992. After working for several years for a small network consulting firm he joined Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (now AT&T Wireless) where he was a pioneer in using Citrix and Wyse technology to centralize desktops and applications for over sixteen thousand users to lower costs and improve application support and performance. In 1998 John was recruited by Wyse Technology as a Systems Engineer to assist with large scale contracts with HP and Walmart and later became Director of Product Management for the San Jose based company. In 2004 John founded Kalleo Technologies with his brother (Doug) and father (Roger). Today Kalleo provides IT Services including Custom Cloud Services and Managed IT Services for thousands of users in the Healthcare, Government, and Mid-Size Business markets in 21 states.
John Vos is a Professor of Information Technology at West Kentucky Community and Technical College since 1989. John is an M.B.A. Graduate of Murray State University working closely with the TSM program for many years developing and building strong transfer programs from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Mr. Vos has been instrumental in providing IT educational programs that impact Kentucky by acting as a co-pi on a major National Science Foundation grant to develop the Kentucky IT Center (KITCenter). Its primary goal is to assist in building Kentucky's capacity for IT educators at the secondary and post-secondary level. John holds industry certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Professional. He is currently the main contact for the Cisco Regional Networking Academy program covering all of Western Kentucky. Most recently John has been involved with teaching other instructors across the country on the Cisco Certified Network Security curriculum. He has developed on-line live teaching methods and fully remote virtual lab facilities for enhancing student learning. Students participate from as far away as Germany, Japan, and Iraq. John also serves on the advisory board for the Paducah/McCracken County Telecommunications and Information Systems Authority.
Bob West, Account Director of State Government and Higher Education vertical markets for Earthlink Business and is responsible for the southeast and midwest regions of the US. having been in the business for 20+ years in the government and education space. Bob has received numerous awards for sales excellence and customer service. Bob currently manages statewide contracts for the state of Florida, South Carolina, and the state of Louisiana. Further, Bob was the advertising spokesperson for QWEST, doing television and print ads on behalf of QWEST. Mr. West graduated with a BA from the University of KY and he is a University of Kentucky fellow, lifetime alumnus, and University of KY varsity alumnus member. He also serves as Trustee of the Robert T. West Family Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that contributes to many charities including the Methodist Home of KY and the Lexington Rescue Mission, and is a member of the Corporate Affiliates Council for the National Association of State Technology Directors. Bob's daughter, Emily, proudly is a graduate of Murray State University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Bellarmine University. She is currently the director of acute Physical Therapy at Baptist Health System. He has 3 other children, Taylor, Turner and Blair each of whom have graduate degrees and/or are studying for/or have received their doctorate degrees. He is married to his lovely wife Patti and recently added a new member to the family, a new Boxer pup Bootsie was welcomed on Derby Day.
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