2018 Annual Conference Speakers

Thurl Bailey

Thurl_Bailey.jpgFrom the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most: to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership and discover opportunity in change.

Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. Because of his outstanding leadership skills and the quality of his character, as well as his impressive basketball skills, he was drafted by the Utah Jazz as the 1983 7th overall pick of the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. Thurl spent twelve of his sixteen years in professional basketball career in the NBA, and four years playing overseas in Italy and Greece. His courtesy and integrity both on and off the court and his strong sense of community service have led to numerous civic awards and earned him the nickname "NBA's Mr. Nice Guy".

When you meet Thurl Bailey you first notice a tall (6' 11") athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. Thurl is a gifted inspirational singer and songwriter. His first album, "Faith in Your Heart", released in 2000 was a best seller. His second album, "The Gift of Christmas", released the following year, also experienced successful record sales. His newly released CD, entitled, "I'm Not the Same", is a selection of uplifting R & B tunes. Among his many musical awards are the 2000 Pearl Awards of Best Contemporary Recording and Best New Artist of the Year.

His other awards include the NBA's prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award, The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award and the Italian League's 1998 All Star Games' Most Valuable Player.

One of Thurl's favorite activities is the non-profit youth basketball camp he has led for more than 17 years. His camps teach important life skills and have now been expanded to the corporate world to help businesses build winning teams and effective leaders.

Thurl leads a busy life as a professional speaker, singer/songwriter, businessman, community advocate and game analyst for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah men's basketball team. He and his wife Sindi live in Salt Lake City, Utah with their three children.

Brian Hobson
First Responder Network Authority

Hobson__Brian_profile_pic.jpgBrian Hobson has worked with FirstNet for more than four years, first starting on the state plans team where he ultimately led the development of 56 state plans delivered to all states and territories and engaged with stakeholders from across the country. After state plans were completed, Brian became the director of products and solutions for the FirstNet Authority working closely with AT&T as they launched the initial FirstNet product offerings. Recently, Brian has moved into the FirstNet Enterprise Strategy team, continuing a focus on technology development and advancement focused on public safety.

Before working at FirstNet, Brian spent 15 years working on several different wireless communications and networking projects at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (Dept. of Navy). In his last position, Brian served as the chief engineer leading broadband activities and software tool development for the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) sponsored by the DHS Office of Emergency Communications. In the 10 years supporting ICTAP, Brian had the great opportunity to work with public safety and interoperable communications across the country.

David Rizzo


David_Rizzo.jpgDavid Rizzo is vice president of product development at Compuware. He has been with Compuware for more than 19 years. He has been instrumental in determining the technical direction, design, testing, new feature implementation and ongoing maintenance for the Compuware product portfolio.

Angelo Riddick
United State Virgin Islands

ANGELO_RIDDICK__official__v4.jpgDirector Angelo “Tony” Riddick, a retired U.S. Army Colonel was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Governor Kenneth Mapp of the United States Virgin Islands appointed him to serve as the director of Bureau of Information Technology for the territory.
Riddick entered the United States Army after commissioning at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama in 1981. Prior to arriving in November 2016, he served in the Army in various positions from 1981 culminating 32 plus years of service as a former Infantry & Transportation Corps officer finally retiring as a federally certified chief information officer with the newly formed Army Cyber Corps. He retired from the Army in his final position as the director for the Capability Development Integration Directorate, a senior staff assignment in the Army Cyber Command then based in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

During his military career, he served as a commander or primary staff officer at many levels to include transportation commands in Europe and site lead for Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk, Iraq as a colonel in 2012. He also served as a battalion operations officer and led the Army’s help desk in the Pentagon, servicing over 17,000 customers in the Washington D.C. area. Upon retirement, Tony worked as a business development director for a small IT firm in Indiana where he developed the company’s cybersecurity business strategy for future business development opportunities.
He is a certified project management professional and worked several project plans and implementations for both civilian and U.S. government organizations around the world. He is particularly skilled with IT project management and voluntarily consults for several non‐profit organizational websites.
He is a graduate of all requisite U.S. Army military schooling including the Command & General Staff College and was selected to participate in the Army’s War College in 2005. Tony is also an airborne ranger and has completed many other military training schools in logistics, transportation, Infantry and information systems including the coveted systems automation course and the advanced management program. He received the Chief Information Officers Certificate and taught in the CIO certification program at the National Defense University from 2005 to 2011 concentrating in global enterprise networking and IT leadership and cybersecurity.

Riddick holds an associate of arts degree in Business from Marion Military Institute, a bachelor of
business administration degree with a minor in management from Albany State University and a masters of quality systems management with the National Graduate School of Falmouth, Massachusetts. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the Project Management Institute.
His most significant military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Army Meritorious Service Medals and the Combat Action Badge. COL Riddick was also awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Service Medal for superior community service as a volunteer. He also received a host of service medals for combat service, joint and Army commendations and achievement medals for performance and other operations during his career. He is the recipient of his fraternity’s International Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and community support while serving as an active duty officer, the forth‐highest award for service in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Doug Robinson

National Association of State Chief Information Officers

drobinson_2011.JPGDoug Robinson serves as executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. He is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic plan and policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues research and committee oversight.

Leslie Scott

National Association of State Personnel Executives

scott%20final.jpgLeslie Scott is the executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), a role she has held since 1999. As executive director she is responsible for overall management of the association and representing NASPE at national events and forums.

Prior to joining NASPE, Scott served in various roles for other national state government associations including the National Association for Government Training and Development, the National Association of State Procurement Officials and the National Association of State Chief Administrators.