Seminar Series
Financial Services &
Customer Service
& Marketing
Women In Business

Information Technology
d 2005-2006

Human Resources



22th Annual Information Technology Seminar
January 25-26, 2006

Speakers / Co-Sponsors

Keynote Speakers

Darwin A. John
Former Chief Information Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

IT Leadership Now and For the Future

Mr. John currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board to the FBI. Prior to this position, Mr. John served as a Special Adviser to the Director of the FBI, and as part of that position he served as Chief Information Officer for the FBI. Mr. John's previous assignments include Managing Director, Information and Communications Systems Worldwide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint; Vice President, The Scott Paper Company; Director of Information and Communication Systems Development and Operations, General Mills; and Senior IT roles at both Honeywell Inc. and Thiokol Chemical Corporation.

Mr. John is recognized as a leader who advocates teamwork and a continual development of leaders within the context of teams, resulting in peak levels of performance and achievement. He writes and speaks extensively across the country on leadership. He holds MBA and B.S. degrees from Utah State University and has completed Executive Management Programs at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania .

Mr. John will explore the multi-dimensional challenge that most contemporary CIO's face. That is to simultaneously catch up, keep up, and position for the future. Meeting this challenge is expected, while at the same time, executing the basics with excellence and tracking emerging technologies and what they make possible in the CIO's enterprise.

Erich Spengler
Director/PI, Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance

Cyber Security - Protecting Your Business
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Erich Spengler holds a masters degree from Loyola University of Chicago and has maintained a full-time faculty position at Moraine Valley Community College for the past ten years. Erich has an extensive background in information technology security and information assurance. He holds several major industry certifications, including CISSP, MCSE and CCNP. Additionally, Erich has a broad background in LAN/WAN design and infrastructure implementation.

Erich currently serves as the Director and Principle Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA @ This regional center serves a five-state area of the Midwest and focuses on a field which is critical to homeland security and which has a growing demand for qualified workers. The center is collecting, adapting, and enhancing curricula in cybersecurity, offering certificate and degree programs, and providing professional development for college faculty in the region. As the Director and Principle Investigator for CSSIA, Erich has also participated in Congressional Testimony to the House Committee on Science discussing the critical role played by community and technical colleges in the education and training of the Nation's workforce in cybersecurity and information assurance related disciplines.

Richard W. King
Chief Information Officer, Nu Skin Corp.

Aligning IT Investments to Meet Real Business Needs
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Mr. King currently serves as Chief Information Officer of Nu Skin Enterprises, a direct selling company with operations in 40 countries and revenue of over $1 billion annually. He oversees all information technology operations of the company and is a member of the management committee. He joined Nu Skin through the acquisition of Big Planet in 1999, an Internet services company that was founded by Mr. King. Prior to Big Planet, Mr. King spent eleven years at Novell where he was the executive vice president responsible for development and marketing of NetWare, Novell's flagship product with revenues of over $1 billion annually. Mr. King is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he completed a bachelors degree in computer science and various graduate studies in business, accounting, and computer science.

Mr. King will discuss key IT governance processes that involve the business in prioritizing and justifying appropriate IT investments. He will also discuss performance measurement and how communication is the key to managing expectations.

Dennis Phillips, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Gold Systems, Inc.

Adopting Agile Methods in Application Development: A Managerial Perspective
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Dennis came to Gold Systems in 2003 with extensive experience in information technology consulting and application software development. Dennis is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and business strategy for Gold Systems - a Utah-based custom application software development firm specializing in large-scale, internet-based database applications. Prior to joining Gold Systems, Dennis spent 11 years with Venturi Technology Partners finishing as the Oregon Market Manager.

Dr. Phillips will provide an introduction on how companies can leverage agile methodologies to reduce risk and improve success in application development. He will share real world examples to illustrate the benefits and pitfalls of adopting agile methods for both the developers and the clients.

Benjamin T. Wilson , JD, MCSE, CISSP
Attorney, Professional Corporation / Xcera Consulting, Inc.

New Developments in Security Policy Affecting Consumers
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Benjamin T. Wilson is an Attorney, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Information Security Committee. He advises clients on issues related to e-commerce and information security with a focus on public key infrastructures. Mr. Wilson received his Honors B.A. degree in economics from the University of Utah in 1987 and his J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1990. Mr. Wilson will discuss proposed revisions to identity-vetting policies used by software developers before placing digital certificates as trust anchors in applications. Specifically, Mr. Wilson will discuss the renewed effort by browser developers and public certification authorities to revise standards for chaining SSL certificates to root certificates in various applications used by consumers for digitally signed and encrypted communications.

Nancee Winslow
Chief Information Officer, Stewart Title Guaranty Company

The future is now!  The Paperless Real Estate Transaction
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Winslow started in the title industry in 1998 as the Chief Technology Officer of a large independent title company in Seattle , Washington . While there, she implemented new technologies for both title and escrow production and accounting.  Winslow went on to run the escrow operations for an independent escrow company in Bellevue and Seattle .  She soon advanced to Vice President of Escrow Operations for the Puget Sound area. A graduate of Utah State University , Winslow holds a Master's Degree in Business Information Systems and a Limited Practice Officer license in Washington State . With her vast experience in Title, Escrow and Technology, Nancee takes on the role of assisting in the formation of technology strategies for Region C (WA, OR, AK, NV) and facilitates national technology initiatives as a member of the IT Leadership Team for Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

This session will explore how today's technologies will change the biggest purchase of most people's lives.  What do we have to look forward to?  We will discuss online transaction management, electronic signatures, electronic recording of documents and online file storage and how they are a part of this evolving process.

J. Stephen Fletcher
Chief Information Officer, State of Utah

Topic: To Be Announced
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J. Stephen Fletcher is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the newly-formed Department of Technology Services (DTS) for the State of Utah . His goal as CIO is to review all IT functions in state government for efficiency and productivity, and build an IT service organization matching agency needs to IT solutions. Mr. Fletcher served as the CIO/CTO for the U. S. Department of Education, and has also held senior executive positions at several companies, responsible for daily operations. Mr. Fletcher graduated from the University of Utah . He also has received an MBA from the University of Dallas with an emphasis in engineering management.

Concurrent Speakers

Brad Benson
Manager of Executive Development, Intel Corp.

Managing Leadership Transitions at Intel:  Aligning People, Strategy and Culture to Drive the Digital Revolution

Brad Benson is the Manager of Executive Development at Intel Corporation.  Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.  Mr. Benson is responsible for ensuring that Intel's executives are equipped to tackle the business opportunities and challenges that face the company.  In addition to providing leadership programs that reinforce Intel's management culture, Mr. Benson's team provides consulting in the areas of strategic analysis and company strategy development.  Since joining Intel in 1997, Mr. Benson has held positions in human resources, information technology and manufacturing. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Benson owned a training and consulting company based in Seattle , Washington and spent two years in northern England doing volunteer service. Mr. Benson received his M.S. in Instructional Technology and B.S. in Political Science from Utah State University . After this session you will understand how Intel is utilizing executive development programs to help further build on the digital revolution that it helped launch.

Joe Celko

Topic - To be announced

Joe Celko was a member of the ANSI X3H2 Database Standards Committee from 1987 to 1997 and helped write the ANSI/ISO SQL-89 and SQL-92 standards.  He has written over 750 columns in the computer trade and academic press, mostly dealing with data and databases.  His last magazine column was "CELKO" in INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE magazine (CMP) and he currently writes for BMC's e-magazine. He is the author of six books: SQL FOR SMARTIES (Morgan-Kaufmann, 1995, second edition 1999, third edition 2005), SQL PUZZLES & ANSWERS (Morgan-Kaufmann, 1997), DATA & DATABASES (Morgan-Kaufmann, 1999) and TREES & HIERARCHIES IN SQL (Morgan-Kaufmann, 2004) and SQL PROGRAMMING STYLE Morgan-Kaufmann, 2005).

Darren Lee
President & CEO, NextPage, Inc.

Living on the Edge of a Flat World
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Darren Lee, a serial entrepreneur and visionary business leader, has a solid track record of establishing successful start up companies over the last 10 years. As co-founder & CEO of NextPage, he has led NextPage through launches of numerous profitable products to the market. Under his leadership, NextPage was named as a Fortune Magazine Cool Company, received KMWorld's Trend-setting Product award, and is recognized as one of the industry's most innovative technology companies.

Darren is a frequent industry speaker and has been quoted in a wide range of business and technology press, including BusinessWeek , New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Infoworld, and Business 2.0. Prior to founding NextPage, Darren was co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing at Knowlix Corp., as well as an executive with Open Market and Folio. Darren holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Brigham Young University .

The "World is Flat". So claims New York Times Foreign correspondent, Thomas Friedman, in his National Bestseller of the same name. This flattening world, where one can outsource to India and China anything from software development to tax preparation, has major repercussions for government, business, education, and society. These repercussions will be felt throughout the United States but Utah is particularly vulnerable. Will a flattening world be our economic demise, or drive us to new levels of prosperity? The answer - it depends, we can choose our own destiny. Darren Lee will explore the business risk and opportunity in a flattened world and discuss how you, your business, and your lifestyle will be impacted.

Brandon Brown
Manager, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP

System Authentication: Addressing the Weak Link

Brandon has 12 years experience in the financial services industry. He specializes in assessing security and controls over information systems. Prior to joining the Salt Lake City office of Deloitte, he served as Director of Audit & Risk Management for a provider of Internet authentication and digital signature solutions to global banking organizations. Brandon participated with the X9 standards body on system security standards for the financial services industry. He also has managed the financial and IT auditing functions of a $23 billion regional bank. Brandon is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Utah . He also is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He is a member and current Chapter President of the Utah Chapter for ISACA.

This presentation will address emerging trends with system authentication technologies.  While information security continues to make headlines, most organizations still rely on common passwords for authentication.  The stick of litigation stemming from security breaches, coupled with the carrot of widely available authentication technologies, has not moved most organizations from the comfortable password.  The future is likely to bring change!  Choices for strong authentication include:  biometrics, challenge-response tokens such as SecureID, and PKI. 

Amy Rees Lewis
Chief Executive Officer, Mediconnect, Inc.

Topic - To be announced

In 1996, Amy Rees Lewis founded a medical software company which she began with $23,000 in seed capital and went on to raise over $12 million of venture capital in order to develop the nation's first 100% web-based medical practice management system for physician offices. 

In 2001, Amy founded IPOP, LLC, which stands for "In Pursuit of Perfection", a Public Speaking and Entrepreneurial Consulting company dedicated to working with entrepreneurs launching new businesses as well as large companies launching new divisions.  She is currently an Owner and a Director of Globerian, a company located in Delhi , India that provides offshore business process outsourcing to US based businesses.  In 2004, Amy became CEO of Mediconnect, an online medical record retrieval company.  Mediconnect utilizes state-of-the-art web technologies and a patented workflow design to facilitate the retrieval of patient medical records for the Legal and the Insurance industries.

Amy has received numerous awards including the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from the Small Business Administration.  She has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company,  Business Week,  and many other national publications for her numerous accomplishments. 

Michael W. Allred
Security Officer, State of Utah

Harmful Hacking 201
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Mr. Allred has more than 15 years of experience in leading technical teams and managing technical projects. Mr. Allred has served for the last two years as the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Utah , where he has implemented a number of information security initiatives to enhance the security of the State of Utah 's Wide Area Network. Prior to this position Michael worked as the VP of Technical Operations for Digital Signature Trust, a Salt Lake City based Certificate Authority. He also served as the IT Director of Information Services for the State of Utah 's Department of Community and Economic Development. Mr. Allred received his Bachelors degree from Weber State University . He is a native of Utah and enjoy many of the outdoor activates Utah has to offer. He lives with his wife and four kids in Davis County .

This presentation will cover the expanding treat of cyber terrorism. It will include a basic definition of cyber terrorism and cyber crimes, and an overview of today's greatest threats and the motivation behind them. Also covered will be some specific attacks and tools, like Google Hacking, SpyWare and Phishing. He will also share ideas on how we can better secure cyberspace and better protect ourselves as individuals and our businesses.

Utah Information Technology Association (UITA)
Richard Nelson, President & CEO
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 460
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Phone: (801) 568-3500
Fax: (801) 568- 568-1072
Email: [email protected]
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Society for Information Management (SIM)
David Berg, President
Phone: (801) 578-5818
Email: [email protected]
Web site:


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