Jason Beighley is a dynamic innovator, entrepreneur and retired Special Operation Forces Operator with over thirty years proven global leadership experience across multiple business and government verticals. A consummate professional with over seventeen years direct experience in Special Operation Forces (SOF) Community with Tier 1 Special Mission Units, he is considered a deep subject matter expert and exceptional defense industry liaison with strong skills in cross cultural and organizational boundaries, research and development to market capabilities and project management. Mr. Beighley is a partner with Strategic Link Partners. Over the last five years he has thrived in fast paced environments in the defense industry and has a demonstrated track record of innovation, conceptualizing new solutions to deep problem sets and leading teams to successful outcomes. He maintains a current TS Clearance.
Prior to his tenure in industry, Mr. Beighley served as the Program Manager for an effort focused on a Robotics Operational Evaluation for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) during forward deployment to Afghanistan. In that role he supervised personnel, oversaw test and evaluation and provided a success platform for increased program funding now valued at over $3 million. During that time, Mr. Beighley provided guidance on the development of small arms for Fabrique Nationale Herstal-US. Previously, while still in the service, he led the team that developed a new assault weapon, HK 416 Assault Rifle. Mr. Beighley served as the primary liaison to the U.S. Army Armaments Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC/Picatinny Arsenal) and USASOC bridging the gap between end-users and ARDEC engineers to assist in streamlining the acquisition process and facilitating more agile and successful weapons development.
Joan Myers is a transformational leader committed to ensuring and developing the United States competitiveness and global presence. As an early-adopter and creative problem-solver of large cyber solutions, security and threat development systems, she possess an extensive knowledge of US global relations. She is an inspiring and energizing team builder successfully bridging global cultural constituencies and digital domains in collaborative environments.
Ms. Myers is a co-founder of Strategic Link Partners. Former positions include Director, Special Operation Forces (SOF) & Cyber Technologies, ARA, Director, Special Projects for the Partnership for Defense Innovation, Director, U.S. Policy for SAS, President and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and she served as an Assistant Secretary for the NC Department of Transportation. Ms. Myers has deep expertise in cyber security, contingency planning, enterprise risk management, high threat scenarios, resiliency, logistics and asset protection.
In 2013 Joan was conferred The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor for her work in technology, innovation, STEM education and national security. Joan is the winner of the 2007 Women of Achievement Award, 2003 Business Leader Magazine Woman Extraordinaire and was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal in 2001. She is the founder of the Eisenhower Fellowships NC Alumni Network and is a member of the International Counterterrorism Association, NACD, ASIS, and the OSS Society.
Randall Williams has over 25 years active duty military experience and demonstrated success in leading teams, operations and organizations through complex challenges, high threat situations and continuously evolving organizational dynamics in our nation’s most elite Special Operation Forces commands and in business. Mr. Williams is a co-founder of Strategic Link Partners. He completed his last active duty assignment as the J8 Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) where he managed all aspects of planning, programming, requirement validation, and technology exploitation in support of the JSOC. In his leadership role, he was the Senior Enlisted Supervisor for Technology, Exploitation, Research, Development, and the Acquisition Process for the Commands national mission force.
Prior to his tenure at JSOC, SGM Williams served over 20 years of operational service in the Special Mission Units (SMU) and Special Forces (SF). His previous assignments include Troop Sergeants Major, Assault Team Leader, Sniper Team Leader, Breacher (Mechanical/Explosive) and Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Instructor while at Ft. Bragg, NC (1999-2009) and Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant and Special Forces Senior Communications Sergeant in 3rd Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, NC (1991-1999).
Hon. Phillip J. Bond
President & CEO, Bond & Associates -Washington, DC
Phil Bond is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts and leader of the firm that bears his name.
A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and most recently as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.
Bond has been accorded numerous accolades during his 25-plus years in Washington, DC, including:
· Named to the Federal 100, the annual listing by Federal Computer Week of the most influential people in government technology;
· Named one of the Top 50 Tech Leaders of 2003 by Scientific American magazine for his policy leadership around nanotechnology;
· Elected Deputy Chair of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, a federation of more than 70 national technology associations around the world;
· Named a Tech Titan in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual listing of tech leaders;
· Recognized by Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, as one of The Fabulous Fifty, a listing of the most powerful staff in Congress;
Earlier in his career, Bond served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide, the world’s largest online career site, and General Manager of Monster Government Solutions.
From 2001 to 2005, Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In his dual role, Bond worked closely with Secretary Evans to increase market access for U.S. goods and services and further advance America’s technological leadership at home and around the world. He oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. During his tenure, the Technology Administration was the pre-eminent portal between the federal government and the U.S. technology industry.
Bond joined the Administration from the private sector, where he served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company, and previously as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council.
From 1993 to 1998, Bond served as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs from 1992 to 1993. Earlier, Bond was Chief of Staff and Rules Committee Associate for Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH) from 1990 to 1992. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.