Dr. John Davidson
John is currently an Independent Investor and Advisor to many high-tech start-up companies. Previously, he was a general partner of Startup Capital Ventures and is now a Special Fund Advisor. John has over 35 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in the communications networking industry. Early in his career, John served as the University of Hawaii’s liaison to the Technical Working Group for the ARPANET program, out of which the Internet was born. His role in the ARPANET program included participating in the design and implementation of the TCP/IP protocols. John founded and led two successful communications networking companies. The first company was Ungermann-Bass, Inc., the networking industry’s first Local Area Networking company, which he co-founded in 1979. He served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and helped grow the company to $400 million in revenues and 1,600 employees.
John led the company’s development efforts through its IPO in 1983, and its $260 million sale to Tandem Computers in 1988. John left Ungermann-Bass (Tandem Computers) in 1993 to found his second company, Network Telesystems, Inc., a self-funded internet infrastructure software company, where he served as Chairman and CEO. The company supplied Internet Protocol software to ISPs, carriers and enterprise customers. NTS was acquired by Efficient Networks in 2000, which itself was acquired by Siemens in 2001. He received his BA from Middlebury College and his MS and PhD from the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Kevin Charest
Dr. Kevin Charest serves as the Vice President, Global Cyber Defense Operations, Information Risk Management at UnitedHealth Group at United Health and was previously the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Health and Services (HHS). Prior to joining the federal government Dr. Charest served in a number of entrepreneurial and senior executive positions in the private sector. Dr. Charest’s leadership in technology applications, innovation, and security were instrumental to the development of numerous products and services.
Dr. Charest holds a Ph. D. in Information Technology with a sub-concentration in Information Security and Assurance from Capella University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Army.