Scott Amyx

Scott Amyx was voted one of the Top 10 Global Speakers by Speaking.com. Scott is a thought leader, speaker, and author on wearables and the Internet of Things and the Managing Partner at Venture1st and CEO of Amyx+. Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. Scott has been nominated by global luminaries for TED Talk. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to represent cutting-edge research and case studies on wearables and the Internet of Things at the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest. Intel & TBS’s America’s Greatest Makers look to Scott to recommend the most promising startups.

Scott has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, Chicago Tribune, InformationWeek, Gigaom, ReadWrite, Forrester, Shots Magazine, Business News Daily, IBM Big Data & Analytics, Intel, Geektime, Examiner, TechBeacon, EE Times, IEEE, El País, Costco Magazine, and television and radio programs. He has spoken or is scheduled to speak at TEDx, World Economic Forum, International CES, Internet of Things World, IoT Asia, ITU Telecom World, M2M Summit, Smart IoT London, Internet of Things Security, Wearable Technologies Conference, IBM Insight, IBM Amplify, IBM Watson IoT, Cloud & DevOps World, Internet Summit, Global Big Data, JCK Las Vegas, Customer Service Experience, IN3 Medical Device 360 Summit, Razorfish Tech Summit, Location & Context World, Wearables TechCon, K-Global Startup, and more. Scott is the co-author of The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons, and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series, an academic publication by IGI Global, scheduled for 2016. 

Scott has over 19 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double-digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company.

Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.

Julie Severance

Julie Severance currently leads analytics strategy and business development planning activities for the IBM Analytics Strategy & Initiatives Office. Julie has a long history of demonstrated experience specifically in the data, business intelligence and analytics space, working with a multitude of Fortune 100-500 companies in various industries and countries throughout her career. As a senior leader and executive consultant, Julie has a a passion for helping others leverage their organizational and technology assets to drive innovation and improve performance. Her recent projects include working with the internal IBM business transformation teams and executive stakeholders to build and deliver a multimillion-dollar Big Data and analytics cloud offering, as well as partnering with core IBM business members in areas such as finance and supply chain. As a change agent, Julie collaborates and guides teams on organizing for success by educating and using analytics maturity ‘AQ’ and analytics centers of excellence ‘ACE’ frameworks and best practices to drive culture change, evolve organization skills, and raise awareness which ultimately ensures the successful adoption of data and analytics investments.

David B. Magee

Good judgement comes from experience, and David brings a wealth of experience from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. As an entrepreneur, he has launched numerous ventures including a $2.5 billion San Francisco-based investment advisory, an online financial education company that was sold to a $50 billion commercial bank, and an innovative hardware manufacturing company that is fully funded and set to release its first product in 2016.  As a general manager, David has driven business success in multiple C-level roles including CFO, COO, President, and CEO. As an inventor, he has multiple patents that are currently pending.

As an educator, David has taught university-level courses in corporate finance and business law. Finally, as a writer, his works on topics ranging from finance to economics to politics have appeared in CFO Magazine, Huffington Post, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun, Austin Statesman, News & Observer, and Salt Lake Tribune, among others.

Rick Geritz

John Crites

Mr. Crites is the Chief Information Officer at Modus eDiscovery and the President & CEO of the Triangle Technology Executives Council (TTEC).  Mr. Crites has over 25 years leadership experience in the development and management of information systems, cyber security and related infrastructure functions.  This experience includes leadership for a global information technology audit function; infrastructure development for DoD accredited services; development of data centers; integration of ERP systems; and other technology operations.  He is a successful Chief Information Officer with experience at RTI International and other firms providing business analytics services.  Mr. Crites also has a successful track record as a Chief Executive Officer at North Carolina’s premier research and education network firm (i.e. MCNC) and at ecommerce start-up firms. 

He relocated from Southern California to North Carolina in 2000 to support the start-up of an electronic commerce business for Rockwell International.  Mr. Crites enjoys volunteering his time to support scholarship programs, student mentoring, military veterans and entrepreneurs.

Jeannette Bensen

Accomplished scientist and leader in the expansion of academic clinical research with partners in industry and government. Longstanding commitment to improving health care through thoughtful and rigorous research practices exemplified in all of my areas of expertise from patient care, teaching and genetic counseling to bioinformatics, epidemiology and molecular genetics.

  • Director/Principal Investigator with multidisciplinary expertise in molecular and population genetics, epidemiology and clinical medicine. Strong ability to collaborate across disciplines.
  • Extensive background in management and oversight of population and hospital-based, multi-centered consortia, locally and nationally, with over 25 years of experience in design, development, implementation, and oversight of multifaceted observational projects.
  • Insightful, independent, motivated collaborative team player.
  • Molecular genetics focus on germline genetic variation in candidate cancer genes in pathways.
  • Clinical focus on cancer with additional experience in genetic disorders and other clinical phenotypes. Clinical experience with neonatal, pediatric and adult populations.
  • Key leadership role in establishing multiple university-level research resources. Creates cohesive working groups, develops policy guidelines and facilitates knowledge and data sharing. ♦ 10 million dollar multi-centered NC-LA Prostate Cancer Consortium (PCaP) ♦ Successfully lobbied for additional 5 million dollar post-hurricane Katrina extension ♦ 5 million dollar UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohorts ♦ UNC-SAS Health Outcomes Analytics Partnership
  • In depth experience in written and oral presentations to bench scientists, clinician researchers, and funding agencies. Internationally invited speaker.
  • Extensive publication record
  • Doctoral-level course development/teaching
  • Faculty/Student Mentoring

Jerry Amass

Mr. Amass has treasured a 41-year career with the National Security Agency. In 1975 his job began with an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States a commitment which is the very foundation of the agency’s mission. As an agency employee supporting the constitutions IV Amendment and privacy rights is fundamental and part of his ongoing research at the NC State Laboratory for Analytic Science.

Rick Williams

Field Application Engineer at NXP/Freescale/Motorola for the last 18 years. Consult and assist customers in designing various NXP products for IoT, home/business gateways, routers, industrial control, wearables, etc. Previous experience in the networking industry as a hardware and software designer at BNR/Nortel. Graduated from North Carolina State University with BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Engineering in 1988. Love to play golf and go to NCSU football and basketball games.

Keith Werner

Keith Werner currently serves as State Chief Information Officer. He was appointed to this position in December 2015. In this role, he leads Statewide IT planning and operations with an annual budget of more than $600 million and 2,200 employees.

Prior to his current appointment, Werner was named to lead the Statewide IT Division (SID) as Deputy State CIO. In his role, Keith was in charge of key IT functions across the enterprise, including procurement, solution architecture, enterprise architecture, and strategic planning. He also provided strategic direction and oversight of statewide initiatives such as Digital Services, the Enterprise Project Management Office, the Government Data Analytics Center, and the Innovation Center.

Earlier in 2015, Keith was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for Natural and Economic Resources, which includes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Department of Commerce. Keith had been CIO at DEQ since April 2013. Other CIO responsibilities include the Governor’s Office and Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

Keith has over 20 years’ experience as a business leader and manager with a diversified background in information technology and product development.

Jeff Williams

Jefferson Williams, M.D., MPH, is the Deputy Medical Director for the Wake County EMS System. He assists the medical director and the Deputy Director of Medical Affairs with research, continuing education and clinical quality assurance.

Dr. Williams completed his undergraduate and medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill, his emergency medicine residency at Harvard, and his EMS Fellowship and Masters of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. He practices Emergency Medicine with Wake Emergency Physicians, PA, within the WakeMed Health and Hospitals System.

Dr. Williams served with the South Orange Rescue Squad prior to medical school and has successfully published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed research articles, and delivered scientific and educational presentations at the national level.