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|2017 SOS Speakers|
Keynote Address - Technology and the Texas Legislature
Representative John Zerwas, M.D. • Texas House of RepresentativesRepresentative John Zerwas, M.D. is serving his sixth legislative term in the Texas House of Representatives. He proudly serves the citizens of Texas House District 28, which encompasses northwestern Fort Bend County and is currently one of the fastest growing regions in the State of Texas.
In 2017, Representative Zerwas was named Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee by Speaker Joe Straus. Previously, Representative Zerwas served eight years on the House Appropriations Committee, four of which he served as chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on health and human services. Zerwas is a member of the Legislative Budget Board, is past chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, and a past member of the House Committee on Public Health.
In the 84th Legislative Session, Representative Zerwas served as Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education. This was his first term to serve as the chair of this committee. Chairman Zerwas is an advocate for increasing access to higher education and growing opportunities for graduate medical education. Since 2009, Zerwas has also served on the Committee on Public Health, where he brings firsthand experience and knowledge of health care systems and policy to the committee.
Disaster Recovery Planning – Are You Ready?
Session OverviewHear from a panel of experts about planning and successful execution of disaster recovery strategies. Discover the level of effort it takes to protect the state when mother nature comes calling, keep communications open for citizen emergency dialing and learn how FirstNet will enable first responder communications. We will also hear about an agency’s adoption of best practice in successful application of disaster recovery and business continuity.
Todd Kimbriel - Deputy Executive Director, State Chief Information Officer • Department of Information Resources
Mr. Kimbriel joined the agency in 2008 to serve as the Program Manager for the internal Information Technology division and was promoted to Director eGovernment and Information Resource Manager (IRM) in 2010. As the Director of eGovernment, he absorbed added responsibility for leadership of Texas.gov, the Official Website for the State of Texas. In 2012, he was given the additional responsibility to lead the Data Center Services transformation and program. Through hard work and a dedicated focus on customers, staff and bottom line results, Mr. Kimbriel was promoted to Interim Chief Operations Officer in 2013, and confirmed as Chief Operations Officer in 2014. As Chief Operations Officer, in addition to existing areas of responsibility, he provided leadership to critical programs including the state's voice and data network, technology cooperative contracts program, and technology policy and planning. Mr. Kimbriel was promoted again in 2014 to Deputy Executive Director. On January 1, 2015, he was named Interim Executive Director and Interim Chief Information Officer for the state, and currently oversees all operational aspects of the agency.
Kelli Merriweather - Executive Director • Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications
Chuck Phinney - State Coordinator for Preparedness - Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety
Todd Early - Deputy Assistant Director • Texas Department of Public Safety
Rudy Montoya - Chief Information Officer • Texas Attorney General’s Office
Higher Education in Texas: Serving Texas Through Transformational Learning, Research, Discovery & Impact
Although our mission statements may be quite unique, the technical challenges and opportunities facing higher education and state agencies are really more similar than different. In addition to highlighting the distinctive, research, scholarship, and student success initiatives at Texas A&M, our shared goals for positive impact on the state will be addressed from the perspective of IT shared governance, compliance, cybersecurity, and networking, among other topics.
M. Dee Childs – Vice President and Chief Information Officer • Texas A&M University
Value Engines and Innovation Systems: Game-Changing Business Strategy
15 years in Tech industry building Customer Experience Frameworks. Now more than ever CIOs navigate a rapid fast paced world of change, how can they partner and get more from technology vendors? What is Digital Transformation? What does it mean for the CIO, Organization Head and the business units. Currently Leading Across the 8 Dell Tech SABs, building a common language of customer value and models of digital transformation. Dell Brand Ambassador – Interim Speaker/Teacher in UT Mccomb’s – Executive Sponsor to TARMAC TX -Scientific Advisory Board to Costa Rica Public Sector - STEM Advocate
Alberto Arias - Strategy Lead, Experience Design & Transformation Solutions • Dell/EMC
State of the State: Where We Are and Where We're Going
Evan Smith - CEO and Editor-in-Chief • The Texas Tribune
Patrick Svitek - Primary Political Correspondent • The Texas Tribune