2021 Corporate Affiliate Committee
Organized in 1996, the NASTD Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) is a formally recognized advisory body with an influential voice in the activities of the association. The goal of the CAC is to serve as a forum for Corporate Affiliate Members to voice opinions and suggestions as to how to best serve NASTD in their purpose and use the interaction to build strong relationships between corporations and state government. The CAC serves as the liaison between the Corporate Affiliate Members, the NASTD Executive Board, the NASTD state members at large, and the NASTD professional staff in expressing and presenting Corporate Affiliate opinions and positions.
2021 Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) Leadership:
Chair - Bob West
Senior Account Development Director, Windstream Communications
Bob has more than 20 years experience with state government sales and business development. He has also been awarded for his efforts numerous times by companies such as Qwest, Earthlink, Deltacom and Windstream for developing strategic partnerships and relationships between state government and enterprise business. These awards were 18 times Chairman’s Club winner, 8 Presidents Circle awards and 7 Circle of Excellence awards.
Bob’s business and life philosophies are: integrity, enthusiasm, optimism, honesty, hard work, perseverance, loyalty and service. While beginning service to the NASTD CAC, he also serves as chairman and trustee of the Robert T. West Family Foundation, is a University of Kentucky Fellow, University of Kentucky lifetime alumnus and a University of Kentucky varsity letter member.
Bob lives in Lexington, Kentucky, is a former owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses and is, forever, a student of thoroughbred pedigrees and lineages.
Vice-Chair - Brian Allison
Lead Channel Manager, Public Sector Solutions – Marketing - AT&T
Brian Allison has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in various disciplines including network operations, strategy and planning, service and support and marketing. He began his telecom career in the United States Air Force (USAF) serving as a teletype/cryptography technician while supporting both domestic and international missions within the USAF Secure Communications Command. The foundation of his telecommunications experience came from the various roles served with Southwestern Bell, SBC and AT&T. During his 27+ year career, from Baby Bell to Ma Bell, he has acquired a wide range of experience in technologies for fixed, mobile and IP networks. Brian’s current role is focused on supporting AT&T’s Public Sector: State, Local and Education team.
Brian is a lifelong learner who enjoys keeping abreast of advances in technology related to automotive and home automation. He earned a business degree from LeTourneau University.
Brian lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife of 25+ years, Mellie. They enjoy cooking, traveling and home improvement projects.
Secretary -Tony Encinias
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, SLG - Dell Technologies
Tony Encinias is a chief strategist and innovation officer for state
and local government for the mid-Atlantic region and joined Dell
Technologies in October, 2019. Prior to joining Dell
Technologies, he was the vice president of technology for
ViON Corporation. Prior to his role with ViON, he was the
chief technology officer for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and later appointed by Governor Corbett to serve as the deputy
secretary for information technology and chief information
officer for the commonwealth.
Tony is a well-respected and sought after thought leader for large scale technology
operations, digital transformation and cybersecurity. He is a retired United States
Naval Officer, with more than 25 years’ experience in information technology management
with the Department of Defense, state government and private sector. During
his distinguished military career he served in leadership roles for the Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command and for the Department of the Navy,
chief information officer. In his final military assignment, he served dual roles as the
SAS 70 program director with the Defense Information Systems Agency and as the
executive officer of the Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Mechanicsburg.
He was honored with Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers,
Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders and State Scoop’s State Executive of the Year
Tony earned a Master's degree in information technology management from the United
States Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the
University of Colorado, a Master's Certificate in project management from the George
Washington University, a Federal CIO Certification through Carnegie Mellon University
and is a member of Drexel University’s MIS advisory board.