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, he served 17 years as an operator in the Army’s only Tier One Special Mission Unit and is considered a deep subject matter expert and exceptional industry liaison with strong skills in cross cultural and organizational boundaries, research and development to market capabilities, project management and holistic security models. Mr. Beighley is a partner with Strategic Link Partners. Over the last years he has thrived in fast paced environments and has a demonstrated track record of innovation, conceptualizing new solutions to deep problem sets and leading teams to successful outcomes.
Prior to his tenure in industry, Mr. Beighley served as the Program Manager for a robotic Evaluation for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) which was forward deployed to Afghanistan. Concurrently, Mr. Beighley provided guidance on the development of small arms for Fabrique Nationale Herstal-USA. 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. Previously, while still in the service, he led the team that developed a new assault rifle for the Army Special Operations Command, the HK 416.
In Mr. Beighley’ s previous leadership roles in Praevius Group and Applied Research Associates, he provided guidance for the development of mission critical technology advances in battlefield technology. Mr. Beighley is a gifted instructor and has instructed the Master Army Profession and Ethics Trainer course for CAPE (Center for the Army Profession and Ethic), and previously served as a primary instructor for Viking Tactics for the delivery, execution and coordination of Special Operations Tactics and Marksmanship training. Throughout his career, he has developed multiple training platforms for the military, industry and law enforcement.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with “V” for action in Mogadishu, Somalia, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Mr. Beighley was also conferred the Carlos Hathcock Award in 2011, from the National Defense Industrial Association for his efforts in small arms development for the warfighter, and his work training the nation’s law enforcement agencies.
Joan Myers is a globally engaged, politically astute leader who has a deep passion for innovation, exceptional management skills and an intrepid commitment to U.S. competitiveness. 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 significant background and expertise in cyber security, contingency planning, enterprise risk management, high threat scenarios, resiliency, logistics and asset protection. Actively engaged in the global Eisenhower Fellowship program, she studied Cyber Terrorism and led the effort to create the NC Defense and Security Technology Accelerator. In 2010 she was the chief architect of a Cyber Test Bed project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that engaged a holistic security model of threat, training and policy constructs targeted to businesses. Ms. Myers deep workbench of skill sets provide a unique combination of depth in the cyber arts, social media, experience in the policy arena, and the ability to build successful integration models across cultural constituencies, digital domains and collaborative teams.
In January 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 and immediate past-president of the Eisenhower Fellowships NC Alumni Network and is a member of the International Counterterrorism Association, NACD, ASIS, and the OSS Society.
Sergeant Major Randall Williams (retired) 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 Sergeant 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).
Randall Williams has extensive experience in real world Special Operations missions and training while assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group and a Special Mission Unit during Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Iraq), Operation Restore Democracy and Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). He participated in 14 combat deployments and multiple training exercises around the globe over his career. Mr. Williams continues to support the Special Operations community and other Commands and agencies across the national security spectrum, law enforcement and corporate clients. His expertise in threat assessment, elite training elements, budget management , global intelligence and cross functional team development are a hallmark of his success, business acumen and leadership track record and enable him to operate on any continent, at any time.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (x8) 3 for Valor and 5 for Service, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Army Commendation Medal (x5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal (x7), National Defense Service Medal (x2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (x2), Southwest Asia Service Medal (x3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and numerous ribbons and accommodations.
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.