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    • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Endeavor Innovative Workspaces | 8831 Business Park Drive #301, Fort Myers FL 33912
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    The Regional Technology Partnership invites area business and technology professionals to join us on Thursday, December 14th, for a networking event and moderated panel discussion.

    Cloud Network Transformation: Hybrid cloud is the new normal and businesses need to ensure their network connectivity is part of the transformation to connect traditional IT, private and public clouds seamlessly. The game changing approach around software defined infrastructure for networks provides agility, simplified management and improved performance.

    Please join Linda Lyding, IBM Global Vice President for Network Services(ret.) our Moderator for the evening and interact with our panel of experts who have insights to share with you representing their Network transformation experiences. Learn how they have increased enterprise network agility, simplified access and improved their enduser experiences while planning for and adapting to future business changes and growth

    Planned Panelists

    John LaFreniere, Hertz Global Vice President of IT Architecture

    Mike Zibaie, IBM, Client Solutions Executive for Network Services

    Rick Qualman, IBM, Global Vice President, Network Services, Florida and Puerto Rico Senior Executive

    Jacob Ackerman, Chief Technology Officer for SkyLink Data Centers

    James Demetrius, CenturyLink, Solutions Architect

    Make a Tax Deductible Donation
    At this final event of the year, we are making available to our participants the opportunity to join SWFRTP in providing an additional Scholarship for a deserving Southwest Florida High School student.  Cash, Check and CC are all acceptable forms of donation!

    Your much appreciated donation will be matched 1:1 by SWFRTP to DOUBLE THE IMPACT we can have on our future technology leaders! Thank you for your continued participation, membership and donation during this Giving Season.

    Business leaders are looking for ways to modernize their traditional Network Infrastructure that will address both network data and voice requirements, while securely connecting to the cloud and improving overall performance.  Software Defined Networks and Software Defined WAN solutions are critical steps to helping organizations acquire, consume and manage Network resources. 

    • IP telephony services and collaboration - Voice services delivered via Cloud PBX and moving seamlessly from office space to mobile with secure access and voicemail
    • Startup new locations (branch offices, new retail locations) with connectivity in hours and days, not weeks! Handling performance managed through orchestration and automation capabilities that SD-N/SD-WAN can provide vs reliance on HW appliances from the traditional network design and architecture
    • Applications development and migration, delivered from the cloud with secure network capability and bandwidth on demand

    Thank you to our host location Endeavor Innovative Workspaces.

    Event Details:

    Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017
    Location: Endeavor Innovative Workspaces
    Address: 8831 Business Park Drive, #301, Fort Myers, FL, 33912
    Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

      • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.: Networking
      • 6:15 - 6:30 p.m.: Announcements
      • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion and Q & A
    Beer, wine, and light food will be served.

    Please RSVP to attend this free event.

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership, a member of Lee County’s Horizon Council, is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting the growth of the technology sector in Southwest Florida.

    More Info? Contact: Charlie Starnes |

    Sponsorship Opportunities are available.  Contact Stephen Craig at 407-760-3578 or
    • Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Endeavor Innovative Workspaces at 8831 Lee Rd.,#301, Fort Myers, FL 33912

    Healthcare IT Group

    IT Security Panel!


    Catalyze. Cultivate. Connect.


    Healthcare IT Group Event on IT Security with Expert Panelists

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    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership invites Healthcare IT and other interested professionals and allied organizations to the next meeting of the Healthcare IT Group

    This meeting is on Healthcare IT Security with an Expert Panel:


    ·        Cyber Security

    ·        Compliance and Governance

    ·        Data Security

    Meet your expert panelists:

    Barry Axlerod

    Chief Information Security Officer

    21st Century Oncology

    Barry has been a resident of Fort Myers since 1997.  From 1997-2001 he was the Vice President of Information Systems for NeoMedia Technologies, a downtown Fort Myers dot com startup.  From 2001-2011 Barry served as the IT Director for the Collier County Board of County Commissioners Agency.  In 2011, Barry became the Vice President of Information Systems for Apollo Information Services (which in 2013 was renamed SymMetric Revenue Solutions).  SymMetric was the revenue cycle management operation of ECI Healthcare Partners.  In June of 2016, ECI was acquired by Schumacher Clinical Partners and Barry became Schumacher’s IT Security Officer.  Barry joined 21st Century Oncology in November, 2017.

    Barry holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, an M.S in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.  Barry’s engineering experience includes positions with Kodak in Rochester, NY; the US Army’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, NJ;  Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ; Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT;  and Symbol Technologies, in Holtsville, NY.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a named inventor on 11 U.S. patents.

    Kris Handsel, CISSP, CRISC, CCSP

    Security Analyst, Arthrex

    Senior information security practitioner with progressive experience managing, securing, and assessing enterprises in the Healthcare and Aerospace & Defense industries.  Currently, Kris plays an integral role promoting information security and mitigating cyber risk at Arthrex, a global medical device manufacturer based in Naples, FL.


    Gregory Scasny

    CEO - Cybersecurity Defense Solutions

    Graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology. A native of Northwest Indiana, Gregory moved to Naples FL in 2008 to escape the horrible winters of NWI and live out his Jimmy Buffet fantasy.CEO of Cybersecurity Defense Solutions based out of Fort Myers, FL providing expert Cybersecurity consulting, training, and products to the SMB and Mid-Enterprise Market. IT Security is very near and dear to Gregory’s heart, and CDS feels that every company deserves the absolute best in Cybersecurity at a price that is affordable.

    A short list of accomplishments include:
    Providing training and presentations for NASA, the CyberReady Conference at MacDill Air Force Base, the IRS Cybercrimes Division , The City of Cape Coral, The International Auditors Association, The Identity Theft Task Force of Collier County, The Paralegal Association of Southwest Florida, and many others.
    Alumni board member of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership ( where we foster the growth of technology companies and education in SWFL. 
    Business Advisory Committee Member at Dunbar High School, the world's first Microsoft Certified High School.
    Advisory Board Member for The Rocket Lounge, Southwest Florida's First Startup Incubator and Accelerator.
    Served on the Editorial Board of The News Press in Fort Myers, and currently on second term for The News Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. 
    Frequent guest on ABC-7, NBC-2, Wink News and various radio stations for Cybersecurity and Hacking stories and expertise. 
    Gregory recently had the honor of taking the DHS ICS-CERT Industrial Control System Cybersecurity 301 Red Team/Blue Team course at Idaho National Laboratories.

    Debra LaFevers

    Market IT Director, ISO

    Physicians Regional Healthcare System

    Debra serves as the Market Information Systems Director and FISO and Leads IT security, driving the IT security strategy and implementation forward while protecting the system from security threats and cyber-hacking. Responsible for managing enterprise information security policy and strategy. Oversees the development, implementation, and enforcement of information security standards and procedures. Provide oversight of the IT infrastructure, provisioning, planning, installation and operation. Tasks include managing the system hardware, operating systems, software, and procedures that adhere to Company values and goals. The overall role is to enable partners and staff to have effective workflows and better patient outcomes and creating and implementing a strategy for the deployment of information security technologies.  Debra has worked for CHS for 13 years in many capacities including QA, Release Management and Corporate Trainer prior to transferring to Physicians Regional Healthcare System.

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    Gabriel de Paz, Vice President of Business Systems at 21st Century Oncology is the RTP board liaison to the group.

    Comcast Business is the Event sponsor. Comcast Business provides a variety of enterprise solutions for network connectivity and managed services that enable large businesses to simplify the complexity of their network in the face of dynamicinnovation.

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    Technomad is the corporate sponsor. Founded in 2012, they provide cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR), and other software and information technology solutions to healthcare institutions from the mountain west to south Florida. Image result for technomad


    Light food and beverages will be served

    This complimentary event is brought to you by Comcast Business, Technomad and all of RTP's annual sponsors.

    technology group floridaWhen: Tuesday, January 9th, 2017

    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, 8831 Lee #301, Fort Myers, FL 33912

    Cost: Complimentary


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Past events

Thursday, November 09, 2017 Panel of Leading SWFL Tech Product Managers - TECH Thursday
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Healthcare IT Event on IT Security with Expert Panelists
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 SBDC presents Cyber Self-Defense Expert Panel
Thursday, October 19, 2017 TECHmatch 2017 - An evening of interaction between Business, IT/TECH Professionals and Students
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 CANCELLED (IRMA) Panel of Leading SWFL Tech Product Managers - TECH Tuesday
Monday, August 14, 2017 Architecting the Agile Enterprise
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Search Engine Optimization Expert Panel - TECH Thursday
Thursday, July 13, 2017 TECH Thursday Gartner/FGCU Expert Panel on Hiring Tech Talent
Thursday, June 08, 2017 SWFRTP Networking Event With Guest Speaker Pete Nicoletti, Hertz Chief Information Security Officer
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9th Annual Technology Awards Dinner sponsored by CenturyLink
Thursday, April 13, 2017 TECH Thursday Networking and Awards Finalist Recognition Event
Thursday, March 09, 2017 SWFRTP and United Techies of America Networking Event
Thursday, February 23, 2017 SWFRTP presents...SkyLink Data Center Tour & Networking Event
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Cybersecurity 360: a different approach to prepare for cyber-attacks
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 SWFRTP presents... TECH Tuesday Networking Event
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2017 Awards Planning
Thursday, December 08, 2016 SWFRTP - presents "Boot up the Holidays" Party
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Get Connected Technology Breakfast
Thursday, November 03, 2016 CIO Roundtable
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Access to Technology Fair 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 CenturyLink Presents..."What's Brewing in the Cloud"
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Code for SWFL Brigade Launch
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Building Relationships at The Speed of Trust!
Monday, July 25, 2016 Code for SWFL Brigade Planning
Monday, July 18, 2016 SWFRTP Award Category Review
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Program Committee Meeting - Volunteer Opportunities!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 TECH Wednesday Networking
Friday, June 03, 2016 Hack-A-Thon 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016 EVENT UPDATE - SWFRTP - TECH Thursday Networking event
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Program Committee Meeting - Volunteer Opportunities!
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Hack-a-thon 2016 Planning
Thursday, April 28, 2016 The RocketLounge – the FutureMaker that is helping to create the tech startup industry in Florida
Monday, April 25, 2016 Hackathon 2016 Planning
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 SWFRTP Eighth Annual Awards Dinner
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 UPDATE - Cherwell Software sponsors Tech Networking Event
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Intellectual Property Protection for Start Up Tech Companies
Thursday, January 28, 2016 SWFRTP - TECH Professionals Networking event
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2016 Awards Committee Hangout
Monday, December 14, 2015 Hackathon 2016 Planning
Saturday, December 12, 2015 Intro to IoT - MicroControllers vs MicroProcessors - A Southwest Florida Hackerspace Workshop
Thursday, December 10, 2015 SWFRTP - presents "Boot up the Holiday's Party"
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Hackathon Planning
Thursday, November 05, 2015 CIO Roundtable - One Size Does NOT Fit All
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 TECHmatch 2015 - An evening of interaction between Business, IT Professionals and Students
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Hackathon Planning
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Digital Humanism: Swinging the Pendulum of Digital Business
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Program - Business Dev. Committee Meeting - Volunteer Opportunities!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Intro to Raspberry Pi: A Southwest Florida Hackerspace Workshop
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 TECH Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 TECH Tuesday Networking
Friday, June 05, 2015 Hack-A-Thon 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015 Intellectual Property with Livingston Loeffler, P.A.
Thursday, May 07, 2015 “SharePoint On-Premise vs. Cloud Version.”
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Lunch & Learn: Self Service BI (Business Intelligence) and Analysis. Microsoft's Power BI suite brings powerful analysis and reporting tools to the desktop
Thursday, April 09, 2015 Organizational Business Development & Events Committee Meeting - Volunteer Opportunities!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Seventh Annual Awards Gala
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 TECH Tuesday Networking / Meet our Award Finalists Event
Thursday, February 12, 2015 SWFRTP Programs Committee planning meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Mandatory Considerations Before Using Open Source Code
Thursday, December 18, 2014 WordPress Meetup SWFL - How to connect your website to social networks? About tools and processes.
Friday, December 12, 2014 SWFRTP - presents "Boot up the Holiday's Party"
Thursday, December 04, 2014 Leveraging the Cloud for Your Business
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 WordPress Meetup SWFL - How to Improve Your Store and Make More Money with Chris Christoff
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 SWFRTP presents Status Update on the IT Industry in Southwest Florida
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 Impact Forum Southwest Florida
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Programs Committee planning meeting
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 The Southwest Florida Security Showcase & Expo Hosted by The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 SWFRTP and LANDesk are partnering to present "Cloud vs. On Premise Considerations."
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2015 Awards Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 18, 2014 SWFRTP Hack-a-Thon 2015 Planning Meeting
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 SWFRTP Presents - Data Security "The Downside of the Digital Divide"
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Improving Results and Making Better Decisions with IBM's Business Analytics
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Setting up your Website in WordPress from Start to Finish
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 SWFRTP - Presents "Your Network: here today, gone tomorrow.?"
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Programs Committee planning meeting
Friday, May 30, 2014 SWFL Civic Hackathon 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Tech Networking and Learn More about our upcoming Hackathon Event
Saturday, May 03, 2014 (ISC)2 presents Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 SWFRTP February Networking Event "The JetScape Process"
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 SWFRTP invites you to an Evening of Networking
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SWFRTP - presents "Boot up the Holiday's Party"
Thursday, December 12, 2013 2014 Awards Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 SWFRTP invites you to an Evening of Networking
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Programs Committee planning meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 SWFRTP presents...Tour of Lee County Emergency Operations Center
Monday, September 30, 2013 2013 Awards Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 An Evening of Networking
Thursday, September 12, 2013 SWFRTP Board Retreat 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013 2013 Awards Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 IT & Project War Stories
Thursday, July 25, 2013 TECH Networking Thursday
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 TECH Tuesday forum on Data Security
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2013 Awards Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 May - TECH Networking & Social gathering hosted by ITT Technical Institute
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Dinner for SWFRTP Board of Directors
Thursday, April 18, 2013 TECHmatch 2013 - An evening of interaction between business and students.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Fifth Annual Awards Gala brought to you by CenturyLink
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 January Tech Partnership Social Gathering
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 SWFRTP - Tech Holiday gathering
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Electronic Medical Record - Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 October Tech Partnership Social Gathering
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Awards Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 23, 2012 2013 Awards Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Forum on Cloud Computing
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 IT "Big Five" Part 1 - Social Media, Next Gen. Mobile / App's.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Technology supporting the SWFL Tourism Industry social gathering.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Fourth Annual SWFRTP Awards Gala
Monday, April 23, 2012 Nominations are open for the 2012 SWFRTP annual awards and dinner
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 TECHmatch 2012 - An evening of interaction between business and students.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Final FGCU/SWFRTP Dinstinguished Lecture Examines Air Force Software Development
Thursday, April 05, 2012 Fifth FGCU/SWFRTP Distinguished Lecture Features Surround Technologies
Thursday, March 29, 2012 Fourth FGCU/SWFRTP Software Lecture Focuses on Testing
Thursday, March 22, 2012 Third FGCU/SWFRTP Software Lecture Features Industry & University Cooperative Research
Thursday, March 15, 2012 This Week's FGCU/SWFRTP Software Lecture Features Health IT
Thursday, March 08, 2012 TechXPO 2012
Thursday, March 01, 2012 FGCU/SWFRTP Software Technologies Distinguished Lecture Series Kick off with Jonathan Titas.
Saturday, January 21, 2012 SWFRTP hosts CIO Roundtable
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Membership Appreciation Dinner
Friday, December 02, 2011 December SWFRTP Leadership Meeting
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 TECHmatch
Thursday, July 07, 2011 Leadership Meeting
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 .Net Phone Development Workshop
Monday, June 20, 2011 SWFRTP Social

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