Want to Transform Your Future? Lay the Foundation of Knowledge Today

June 22, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Kas Henry, PhD, CTP, Six Sigma Black Belt

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Knowledge and learning can come from various sources. It is factual. Formal education is the process of learning how to seek knowledge and continue a journey of life long transformation. Somewhere along the way, some societies have switched from teaching the art of learning to teaching for the test. Life is not about having answers because there are no answers. Life is about choices and consequences that come with the choices made. Why then did we get off track and start teaching to tests? Why have we created the false expectation that there are right and wrong answers for all things in life, work government and societies? President Randy J. Dunn of Southern Illinois University System will engage with me in a discussion on how we have arrived at a time and place where education and pursuit of knowledge have ceased to be about transformation and become merely transactional.

Unleash Your Inner Goldilocks: How to Get It Just Right

Unleash Your Inner Goldilocks: How to Get It Just Right

Monday at 2 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Our show is about understanding that each person’s passion, life experiences and journey towards realizing their economic prosperity are unique. That unique journey cannot be made without self-empowerment and fellow travelers to enable success. The show explores how every human interaction has the potential for transforming all those who are engaged, seek to empower audiences by helping them find the path towards their pinnacle, and share experiences of others to help draw insight to help audiences shape their own path. While the individual journey is unique, none of us realize our vision of prosperity alone. The importance of a shared journey, need to understand self-interest holistically, sharing the burden, reaching the top by pulling others up, and seeing the collective strength because of our diversity are a part of the show’s dialogue. Keeping the soul at peace and embracing happiness, to see what is just right, is critical to unleash your inner power.

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Dr. Kas Henry, PhD, CTP, Six Sigma Black Belt

Dr. Kas Henry, PhD, CTP, Six Sigma Black Belt

Dr. Kas has made a mark in the unique space of value-centric leadership for sustained economic prosperity where personal empowerment is linked to economic empowerment. She is a sought after speaker and a practitioner businesses seek to manage through changes such as re-structuring, rooting out corruption or M and A integration. Her communication skills and ability to tell stories with an understanding of cultural nuances in a global community is experientially unique. She has mastered the art of dialogue with audiences, injecting humor to make difficult conversations possible. At a time when profits and ethics are looked as mutually exclusive, she focuses on busting the myth of false dichotomies that boot strap us and divide us.

Among some of Dr. Kas’s accomplishments and missions, she is dedicated to empowering others to build our shared prosperity. She developed the Ethical Leadership Character Trait Model (c) to connect personal value-centric empowerment to economic empowerment. Her professional experience in public and private sector include roles such as CFO and Sr. Vice-President of FP and A and VP of Continuous Improvement. She was on a university Faculty for 18 years teaching US Military, Public Safety and MBA Programs. She was named Finance Executive of the Year for Mid-America, 2006, was awarded the National Lybrand Award for “Financial Agents of Change” manuscript and is a Motivational/Keynote Speaker, and winner of 2015 Mentorship Award.

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Thomas E. Bayer, CPA, CSPM, CExP


Thomas E. Bayer, CPA, CSPM, CExP: Tom is a Partner in the Business Advisory Services practice of Sikich LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience providing clients a broad range of accounting, tax and advisory services. He is adept at providing business advisory services to commercial clients across various industries. Tom has specialized expertise in the areas of business succession planning, agriculture, tax and compliance, and business advisory. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Exit Planner (CExP) and is Certified in Strategic Performance Management (CSPM). View Guest page

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Bukola Bello


Bukola is the Principal and Owner of the lobbying and strategy development firm VISION M.A.I. CONSULTING, a government affairs and public relations consulting firm, specializing in the highest level of advocacy and media savvy materials, with offices located in Springfield and Chicago, Illinois. She has represented clients on a variety of issues: public utilities and energy, healthcare, education, post-employment benefits, education, gaming and fantasy sports, labor, corporate policies, finance and regulatory provisions. Prior to starting her own firm, Bukola spent much of her career in a variety of government and government-related positions. She served as a Pension Analyst to the Illinois General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability where she prepared historical, statistical, and economic analyses pursuant to legislative requests for legislators in the House and Senate. At COGFA, she co-wrote and authored seven published retirement reports. View Guest page

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Kevin S. Brame


Kevin Brame is a retired Deputy Fire Chief with a 40-year service. Most of his career was as the Chief Officer with the Orange County Fire Authority, CA and retiring as Deputy Fire Chief from the North Las Vegas Fire Department, NV. He has served in Fire Operations as well as Chief of Emergency Medical Services, Chief of Strategic Planning and Legislation, and Chief Training and Safety Officer. Kevin currently serves as the Training Specialist-Curriculum Manager for the Leadership and Executive Development Programs at the National Fire Academy. Kevin holds an Associate’s Degree in Mobile Intensive Care Sciences; a Bachelor Degree in Vocational Education; and a Master Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He was a 2006 Fire Service Fellow to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Kevin serves as the Executive Director of IPSLEI, an innovative multi-disciplinary leadership development program for public safety personnel. View Guest page

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Traci S. Campbell


Traci S. Campbell is a social entrepreneur, author, podcaster, IT consultant and founder of two organizations, the C.H.A.M.P. Community Project and The BIBO Foundation which produces the annual BIBO (Beauty In / Beauty Out) Awards. The C.H.A.M.P. Community Project (C.H.A.M.P. stands for “character”, “happiness”, “attitude”, “mentality”, and “purpose”) is a 501(c) (3) organization which aims to provide “mental and emotional” support education to single parents and teens. The BIBO Awards recognizes dynamic women demonstrating leadership in their communities and celebrates “real role models”. The BIBO Foundation educates and mentors budding female leaders and provide practical support to women in transition. View Guest page

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Christine Coyle


Christine is the Director of Client Partnerships. She provides clients with solutions for creating and maintaining a diverse workforce. This is accomplished through traditional hiring initiatives and customized programs to support both retention and re-entry. Christine began her career working for enterprise clients in Finance and Treasury then pivoted to client facing roles. Her experience includes working with complex enterprise clients at a $5B global staffing and professional services firm. Christine was drawn to The Mom Project because she wanted to utilize her expertise to drive innovative hiring solutions that engage women in the workforce. View Guest page

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Aria Craig


Aria Craig is a key-note speaker and best-selling author of The Single Mother Diaries series which coaches moms on leadership skills in personal and professional development in the areas of career and entrepreneurship, relationships, and parenting. She inspires women to reach their full potential and influence their children to be successful, productive members of society. Aria is the founder of The M.I.L.E. Movement which offers programs, courses, and books for mothers influencing leadership and empowerment. View Guest page

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President Randy J. Dunn, PhD


Dr. Randy J. Dunn was selected to become the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System on February 17, 2014, and he began his official duties at the University on May 1. Prior to coming to Southern Illinois, Dunn served as president at two other state institutions—Murray State University in Kentucky (2006-2013) and Youngstown State University in Ohio (2013-2014). Before that, Dunn was the state superintendent of education, appointed to that role by the Illinois State Board of Education. Dunn started at the Carbondale campus as an associate professor in 1995 and was named department chair in 2000, before leaving to assume the state superintendency. During his term as chair, he also taught in the joint doctoral program in educational leadership at SIU Edwardsville. Dunn began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership at The University of Memphis for two years before taking his faculty post at Southern Illinois University. View Guest page

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Ann Ebberts


Ann Ebberts is in her 3rd year as the Chief Executive Officer for AGA, overseeing the national office operations which provide services to its 100 chapters, educational events, the CGFM certification, research, promotion of accountability initiatives and intergovernmental cooperation for accountability professionals at all government levels.
Prior to AGA, Ebberts spent 30+ years providing management consulting services to the federal government, in financial management, process improvement, program evaluation and shared services. She has a B.S in marketing management from Virginia Tech and M.S. in systems management from the University of Denver, and is a certified Project Management Professional. View Guest page

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Chief Gilgenberg


Chief Gilgenberg has been a member of the Burbank Fire Department since June 1991 as a Paid On Call (P.O.C.) firefighter. He was hired as a fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic in Sept. 1994, in 2006 was promoted to the rank of Engineer, 2008 promoted to Lieutenant, 2013 appointed Battalion Chief in charge of Operations and in October 2015 he was appointed his current rank as Fire Chief. As Chief, he directs a fire department of 27 full-time and 25 paid-on-call personnel as well as the City of Burbank’s Emergency Service Disaster Agency (ESDA). Chief Gilgenberg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Benedictine University) and a Master’s Degree in Fire Service and Homeland Security Management (Southern Illinois University). He has held the position of rescue specialist on Illinois Taskforce #1 Urban Search and Rescue Team and is currently the Technical Rescue Chief for MABAS Division #21. Dave is a lifelong resident of Burbank, is married and has two children. dgilgenberg@burbankil.gov View Guest page

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Douglas A. Glenn


Douglas A. Glenn is currently serving at the Department of Interior as the DCFO and Director of the Office of Financial Management. Prior to that, Doug served as the Finance Director at NASA and the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Financial Policy and Operations at the General Services Administration. His career includes a mix of audit, consulting, operational, and management positions.
A native of San Diego, CA, Mr. Glenn holds a BS in Finance, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Certified Management Accountant. He has co-authored procedures listed in Office of Management Bulletin No. 07-04, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements and portions of the A-123 Implementation Guide. In addition, he co-chaired A-136 Committees in 2008 – 2010, served as the President of the Washington DC Association of Government Accountants (AGA) chapter, served as National AGA president in 2016 - 2017, and is leading efforts around data visualization for transparency. View Guest page

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Jonathan Gripe AAMS®


Jonathan Gripe AAMS® is a High-energy, client focused financial professional with Edward Jones. He has extensive achievement in client satisfaction, community service and small business growth. Over 35 years’ experience in executive consulting, strategic plan development and execution. Solid reputation for handling challenging clients, facilitating cross-functional teams, and developing innovative approaches vital to delivering desired results. View Guest page

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Rod Guy, VP of Strategy, NICE Public Safety


Rod has over 25 years of experience developing products and application solutions to help Public Safety agencies better protect and serve citizens and communities. For the past 10 years, Rod has been working with public safety agencies to understand the challenges of managing digital evidence and to develop innovative solutions which improve the usability of digital data, while addressing the need for security, data integrity and cost effectiveness. View Guest page

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Mike Henry


Mike Henry is an educator and practitioner with over 40-years of experience in academia and business. He has been instrumental in guiding young and non-traditional learners towards reaching their aspirational goals. Trained in Christian theology, educated in world religions and an avid life-long student of the humanities, Mike has put his knowledge to educate, mentor and council students and adults.
Part of his professional career was spend in helping At Risk teenagers in the Cook County Public School System find their purpose and turn their lives around through the process of completing HS across the North West Suburbs of Chicago. His students came from affluent suburban families with wealth but absolutely no family structure for a nurturing adolescent development. He understands the importance of a happy marriage for the unfettered growth of all its members for both self-empowerment as well as economic success. He is married to the Host of the show, Dr. Kas Henry. View Guest page

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IPSLEI


The International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized to support the development of excellence in public safety leadership. IPSLEI was formed in the spring of 2006 as a means of continuing the public safety industry collaborative in leadership and ethics initially established through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Public Safety Education Advisory Committee with a Carl D. Perkins VETA Grant for development of a comprehensive program for public safety leadership development. It is the desire of IPSLEI that through effective, realistic, and purposeful leadership dialogue and interaction among public safety personnel from all disciplines and at every level, we learn the true meaning of interoperability and create the safest environments for our organizations and our communities. For more details on IPSLEI please visit their website https://www.ipslei.org/home View Guest page

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Shawn Joylnn


Shawn Joylnn is a seasoned Emergency Management Service Professional and Leads through her innate desire to make a positive difference. As a Chicago Fire Department professional with a growth trajectory within the profession, she has contributed towards the City of Chicago’s safety in many different ways. She is a Paramedic at Chicago Fire Department and Instructor at Medical Tactics by Leomedicus. Shawn is earning her Master’s in Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration from southern Illinois University to strengthen her contribution with both knowledge and skill. View Guest page

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Frank Kosman


Chief Frank Kosman has more than 32 years of experience in municipal law enforcement with the Village of Bensenville. During the last 15 years, he has been the chief of police. Before that, he has held positions as a patrol officer, detective/juvenile officer, detective commander, sergeant and deputy chief. He has been especially active in juvenile related issues as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Du Page Youth and Family Services since 2002, a member of the Board of Directors of the Du Page Youth Services Coalition since 2007 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bensenville Youth Coalition since 2012. Frank received a B.A. degree in Administration of Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, from Bradley University and a M.A. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a member of the Du Page Chiefs of Police Association Executive Board. View Guest page

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Dr. Marina Kostina


Dr. Marina Kostina is a self-worth and net-worth coach, whose mission is to empower women holistically and help them charge what they are worth in an authentic way. She blends deep soul healing, energy work, mind-set shifting coaching techniques, and savvy business strategy, which allows each client to secure incredible results. As an Amazon bestselling author, a seven-time recipient of the US Department of Defense grants, a winner of the BIBO Outstanding Entrepreneurship award, and abundance researcher and speaker, Dr. Kostina’s work has been featured in such prominent media sources as USA Today, Telemundo, Chicago Tribune and People magazine. View Guest page

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Wanda Kuprianczyk


Wanda Kuprianczyk is an experienced veteran Emergency Management Service Leader in the Chicago fire Department with a proven track record and commanding presence. She is not only battle tested in a complex city emergency management and medical service but a nurturing leader who continues to develop careers of young EMS professionals. She brings a balance of strength and firmness with a kindness her profession demands. Wanda earned her BA in English from North Park University. She has earned a Master’s in Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration from southern Illinois University. View Guest page

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Mary Kate McDonnell


Mary Kate McDonnell is a Consultant with Clarity Insight and specializes in data visualization and super user training. She comes to the field of data and analytics after teaching high school math for four years in rural Mississippi and urban Chicago. She enjoys immersing herself in new technologies and building relationships with clients to deliver business insights. In her free time, you can find her scoping out the best bakeries or singing along to her favorite musical, Hamilton. View Guest page

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Nancy Nelson


Nancy Nelson is an Author, speaker, professional singer and certified life coach, who was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and completed her BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University in 2012. This after becoming a solo mom in 2009 when her husband disappeared. Growing up in an alcoholic home and then marrying into another alcoholic family offered real life education in the world of addiction. Certification in coaching was the natural next step for her in her journey to help women everywhere AND herself. After more than 350 hours of training, she was certified in 2014 through IPEC. It was during that training she knew she had to write her story.
She is also the Addiction Tribe Leader and a regular contributor for ESME.com (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere). Her first book “Lessons from the Ledge” is available on Amazon and honestly shares the message in her mess. View Guest page

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Urvi Purani


Urvi Purani, has spent 18 years in the tech industry. In her current role, manages third party suppliers who develop products to integrate within the Motorola Solutions mission critical system space. Her skilled expertise allow her to work with vendors to mutually benefit profitability. Urvi is passionate about STEM. She serves on the board of Local School District Foundation, an active leader within the Women's Business Council and the lead for Society of Women Engineers. She earned a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. A project management master's from George Washington University and is a certified SAFE Agilist. View Guest page

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Ram Ramamoorthy


Ram Ramamoorthy was born and bred in Pondicherry India. He earned a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Pondicherry University, India. His work experience in IT spans 20-years, ranging across India, Japan and USA. Having immigrated to the US in 2000, he has held various cutting edge technology positions currently working as a solution architect. In this role, Ram provides business and analytical solutions to CPG, food and beverage and Pharma industries. Ram now lives with his family in Chicago with his wife Shilpi and their son Aryan. View Guest page

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Allison Robinson


Allison is the founder and chief executive officer of The Mom Project. She drives the company’s vision and strategy in redefining the path to professional success for women. Allison has spent eight years with Procter and Gamble managing enterprise relationships and building consumer-led market strategies. In her most recent role on the Pampers brand, Allison was able to delve deep into the minds and hearts of millennial moms to witness the change technology was having on the way women not only interact, but approach work. After welcoming her first child Asher in 2015, Allison recognized the tremendous opportunity to create a talent marketplace to bridge the gap between employers looking for top talent and the millions of educated and professionally accomplished mothers across the country looking for meaningful work. View Guest page

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Joe Schum IV


Joe Schum is a dedicated public safety professional with over 20-years of volunteer and paid professional experience providing emergency services, education, and training to citizens, public safety members, and college students. He holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration from Colorado State University, and an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Colorado Mountain College. Joe has served as a fire explorer, firefighter, apparatus operator, company officer, and training officer during his career; he is currently a Captain for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Reno, NV. Joe is a Certified Facilitator for IPSLEI and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Leadership Development Program. He enjoys engaging others to think philosophically and critically while supporting them to reach greater potential. View Guest page

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Inayath Siddiqui


Inayath Siddiqui is a Senior Consultant with Clarity Insights, the largest consulting company in the US that focuses exclusively on data strategy, engineering, science and visualization. Inayath works with clients across CPG, Fast Casual restaurants, and manufacturing to deliver solutions around data. His background is in Computer Science and Engineering. He’s a technology and data enthusiast. In addition to being a consultant, Inayath is an entrepreneur that specializes in social media and mobile apps. View Guest page

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Mike Spain


Chief Mike Spain started his career in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Service operation in Iowa City Iowa over 40 years ago, From the onset of his career he has served in positions of Shift firefighter paramedic, Engineer, Chief Paramedic, shift supervisor/Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, Fire Chief in the Village of Richton Park, Bensenville and now a Fire District. Additionally, Chief Spain has experience as being a Village Manager, Director of a Hospital Based Paramedic operation and a Resource Hospital EMS Coordinator in Joliet, Illinois. This in addition to being hired as a consultant for EMS and Fire Agencies organizations, and being a publication reviver, and Currently, Chief Spain Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Fire Service and Homeland Security Management. View Guest page

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William R. Stark


William R. Stark, the practice leader at the global, management consulting firm Maverick LLC. Bill is also the firm’s co-practice director for mergers and acquisitions. Maverick’s clients historically rank among the Fortune 1000, and more lately, with engagements originating from the middle-market segment.
Maverick LLC pioneered the unique integration of the management and behavioral sciences. Because The Maverick Way assesses and addresses the needs of individuals, as well as the culture and intrinsically of an organization, the chance that behavioral issues may inhibit or impede the success of our collaboratively crafted business strategies and action plans is greatly reduced.
Prior to being one of the founding partners at Maverick, Bill was the director of acquisitions at the global security company ADT. Preceding his tenure at ADT, Bill was a serial entrepreneur in the high tech and wireless industries. View Guest page

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Bob Vanourek


Leadership expert and award-winning author, Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five companies, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion NY stock exchange company. They include winners of a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Bob is a highly popular speaker on ethical leadership.
Bob is the author of Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse, a 2017 International Book Awards Finalist, and the co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a 2013 International Book Awards Winner, called “the best leadership book since Good to Great.” Bob has been a contributing writer to many publications and a chapter-contributor to six books on ethics, trust, and servant leadership. As one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” for 2013-2017, Bob was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across America–Trust Around the World. Visit: http://www.bobvanourek.com/ View Guest page

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Kim Wirtz


My success in real estate is attributed to experience, professionalism and commitment to service in many areas throughout Northern Illinois. I have been a licensed realtor since 1992. I possess an extensive knowledge of the many cities and towns. I share that knowledge with my clients in an effort to make their home buying or selling experience a comfortable one. I take pride in my attention to detail and put all my efforts into understanding the needs of my clients. I constantly educate myself on the latest trends in the marketplace. It is my goal to extend the "royal treatment" to my clients all the time. Every telephone call or email received by me is returned in a very timely manner. I extend, prompt, courteous and professional service to all. • Century21 International Hall of Fame Inductee 2017 • Double Centurion Award Winning Agent 2004-2016 • Top Producing Agent Companywide 2004 - 2016 • Member National Association of Professional Women • # 1 Chicago Land Century 21 Agent View Guest page

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Chris Wooten, EVP, NICE Vertical Markets


With over 25 years’ public safety experience, Chris Wooten has a rich background in law enforcement and emergency communications. Chris has been instrumental in developing innovative technology solutions that help agencies improve case solvability, efficiency and public safety, while also overcoming the challenges associated with managing increasing volumes and varieties of multimedia digital evidence. During his 17-year tenure with NICE, Chris has helped to establish the NICE brand as a thought leader in the public safety space. Prior to joining NICE, Chris held executive positions with Motorola, JTECH Communications and Thales Contact Solutions. Over 3,000 police departments worldwide rely on NICE’s solutions. View Guest page

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