2020 Build Bentonville Lunch - Technology
Many of us have been using digital technology for the majority of our waking hours, but now more than ever, it's become the main focal point of our everyday-- we have pancakes delivered to our doorsteps for breakfast, along with a new rug that shows up mid-afternoon. When we're in the office, we're hiring new talent without even having to meet them in-person. COVID-19 has shown us that digital transformation is here to stay. We're going to be seeing resilient, innovative, and highly digital businesses result from this pandemic, but what does our "next normal" look like in Bentonville? How are the local waymakers making an impact?
Join us July 30th at 12pm to find out! All registrants will receive the webinar information the morning of the event.
Omar Kasim is a serial entrepreneur in Northwest Arkansas. He has founded Con Quesos, Juice Palm, Plomo Quesadillas, and is the co-founder of Sider, a startup that connects small businesses with student freelancers. His entrepreneurial journey has been published on PBS' TV Show "Startup USA", Google's 2019 Economic Impact Report, and on Access Hollywood. Aside from running his businesses, Omar speaks regularly to schools and corporate teams on the subjects of motivation and thinking entrepreneurially. He also is an adjunct professor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Jeremy Ausburn - Senior Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Edafio
Jeremy Ausburn is the Senior Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Edafio, responsible for planning, designing, and integrating end-to-end security solutions that protect and grow our clients' businesses. Jeremy provides a hands-on, real-world perspective and an unparalleled ability to defend mid- to enterprise-level companies against today's evolving threats.
He brings to Edafio Technology Partners over 20 years of experience in the information and technology field where he has developed the critical ability to provide solutions that align with the unique vision and goals of an individual business.
Before joining Edafio, Ausburn was the Information Security Consultant/Network Security Engineer at Blu3 Technologies, Inc., where he delivered world-class IT consulting services for financial services organizations. This role included disaster recovery/business continuity, incident response, security awareness training, and research and development of policies, procedures, and processes for both the organization and clients.
From 2012 to 2014, Ausburn functioned as a virtual CIO for Allied Technology Group's clients, where he streamlined responsibilities including designing, planning, and implementing security, infrastructure, and services architectures.
Jeremy exemplifies his commitment to and advocacy for continuing education and professional development. His many degrees and qualifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Cloud Security Professional (CCSP); Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH); Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT), and Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE). He is also formally certified in Cisco Design and Networking, as well as a certified HIPAA Professional. Additionally, he is a member of Infragard, a collaborative branch of the FBI. Jeremy received his bachelor's degree in Professional & Technical Writing with a minor in philosophy from UA Little Rock.
Ausburn holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Better Business Bureau.
Eric Howerton is the Co- Founder and CGO of SKU Ninja + WhyteSpyder. In his own words, Eric was doing ecommerce before it was cool. In his career, he has helped regional companies build national business through online retail. He and our team strive to build programs and tools to give insights, get content and rich media uploaded to product pages as easy as possible. Eric has worked closely with the world?s largest retailers for over 5 years, helping his clients and partners win online.
Edwin Ortiz - Founder, Luncher
Edwin Ortiz founded Luncher in 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. He grew up in Mexico City where he managed a small public transit business at the age of 12. After several other entrepreneurial endeavors he attended BYU- Idaho where he received a Bachelors in Business Management with a focus in Supply Chain. Over the last decade, Edwin worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their operations and increase revenue through efficiency practices in 8 different countries. These experiences led him to start Luncher? after recognizing that lunchtime can often be a lost hour for working professionals who are already pressed for time in their daily lives.
Becca Shaddox - Partner and COO, i2i Labs
With more than 15 years of experience in technology at the Fortune 1 retailer and a background and education in technology; Becca has experience in running strategy, portfolio management, M&A, as well as focusing on expanding the future technology workforce.
Becca?s passion to expand her experience within the Fortune 1 externally to support all types of companies, from large to small and from startup to enterprise, has fired a strong passion as an entrepreneur. Becca began her own startup, ANCHOR in partnership with i2i Labs last year on a mission to grow an innovation and business ecosystem in Northwest Arkansas. Becca?s mission is to Transform businesses ability to connect, innovate & scale to create more value.
There will be a Q&A session following the panel discussion.
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Registration is required. If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact Evan Gray at the Chamber.
479-273-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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