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Industry, government leaders head list of Tech Yeah panelists for June 20 conference

Updated: Jun 11

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — A number of industry and government leaders will serve as panelists at the Tech Yeah conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, on June 20. Panelists will speak on topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence to the viewpoints of Chief Experience Officers at companies and government organizations, and from cybersecurity to the SBIR/STTR landscape and acquisition and procurement.


The keynote speaker at the third annual event is David Carroll, CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) Associate Director for Mission Engineering. Panelists will include federal officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy, Internal Revenue Service, CISA, Department of State, Department of Energy, and Department of the Treasury, as well as private companies such as World Wide Technology, Elastic, Quantum Computing, and ManTech.


“We’re excited to present seven different panels on a number of vital topics during Tech Yeah,” said Randy Cottle, President of conference host Trilogy Innovations, Inc. “The topics these experts will discuss are germane to the industry and reach across both the public and private sectors. Additionally, there will be a panel directly connected to cooperation and collaboration with West Virginia’s technology sector, which is the foundation upon which this conference was built.”


Tech Yeah host Trilogy was named by Inc. magazine as the fastest-growing company in West Virginia and listed in the Inc. 5000 for the past two consecutive years.


Specific panels at this year’s conference will include a CXO Panel; Generative AI/Data Transformation Panel; Cybersecurity Panel; Acquisition/Procurement Panel; West Virginia Economic Panel; SBIR/STTR Panel; and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Panel. A complete list of confirmed panelists is provided below.


For complete information about the conference, to register, or to see updates about speakers, panelists, and topics of discussion, go to the Tech Yeah conference website here.



CXO Panel

Moderator: Jason Herring, Vice President, Leidos

  • Dawn Barton, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Matthew Cornelius, Managing Director, Federal Industry, Workday

  • Lee Ann Crochunis, Deputy Director, Office of Information Technology, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • Nicholas Dimos, Assistant Director of Finance & Facilities Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Michael Horton, Former Chief Data Officer, U. S. Department of Holmeland Security


Generative AI/Data Transformation Panel

Moderator: Bill McKenna, Business Development Executive, World Wide Technology

  • Joshua Holcomb, Enterprise Architect/IT Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • John Dvorak, Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

  • Adam Lusin, Director of the Office of International Communications and Emerging Technologies Policy, U.S. Department of State

  • Michael Nichols, Vice President of Product Management & Security, Elastic


WV Economic Panel – WV Tech Alliance

Moderator: Frank Vitale, CEO, Forge Business Solutions

  • Dr. Ericke Cage, President, West Virginia State University

  • James Estep, CEO, West Virginia High Technology Foundation

  • Michael Graney, Executive Director, West Virginia Department of Economic Development

  • Craig Hartzell, President and CEO, Azimuth, Inc.

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Hoyer, Vice President for Economic Innovation, West Virginia University

  • Dr. Elizabeth Vitullo, Asst. Dean of Strategic Initiatives, West Virginia University


Breakout Session 1: Cybersecurity Panel

Moderator: Justin Valdes, Cybersecurity Consultant, Menlo Security

  • Josh Brunty, Head Coach of U.S. Cyber Team, Marshall University

  • Keith Busby, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Jody Ogle, Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA

  • Kedar Pavgi, National Capital Region Director and Acting Strategic Engagements Director, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

  • Tim Schaad, Vice President, Federal Civilian Sector Technical Director, ManTech

Breakout Session 2: SBIR/STTR Panel

Moderator: Sean Frisbee, President, Vertx Partners

  • Scott Aughenbaugh, Director, Air Force Tech Transfer & Transition Program Office

  • Chris Ford, Senior Advisor, Vertx Partners

  • Chetan Desai, Chief Operating Officer, NextGen


Acquisition / Small Business Panel

Moderator: Randy Cottle, President, Trilogy Innovations

  • Brian Goodger, Director, NITAAC, National Institutes of Health

  • Amanda Lopez, Contracting Officer, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Ria Sliger, Director, Acquisition, Management and Planning, U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • Andrew Stickley, Section Chief, Contracting Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Anita Allen, Small Business Specialist, U.S. Health and Human Services

  • Lucas Payne, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Patrick Mayle, Procurement Center Representative, U.S. Small Business Administration



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About Trilogy

Trilogy Innovations, Inc., located in Bridgeport and Morgantown, West Virginia, is an SBA Certified 8(a) small and minority-owned systems and software engineering company that delivers superior technical solutions for a variety of industries across private and public sectors. By applying a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Trilogy’s highly skilled and talented personnel have successfully applied these core values across a multitude of government agencies and businesses. Inc. Magazine recently named Trilogy the fastest-growing company in West Virginia for the second consecutive year.



Patrick Gregg, Executive Communications



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