Edafio’s CISO to speak on cybersecurity at Build Bentonville’s virtual LUNCH Thursday

With 34 people moving to Northwest Arkansas each day, Bentonville has quickly become a hot spot for serial entrepreneurship. Due to new technological advances, a biking mecca in our backyard, a hub for artists and makers, and a flourishing economy, our region has boundless opportunities for success. 

Bentonville Chamber of Commerce offers complimentary Build Bentonville virtual ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions to help executives, business professionals, and business owners stay up-to-date on the trends in digital strategy, technology, and cybersecurity that impact their industry. Becca Shaddox will facilitate Thursday’s technology panel. Her real-world experience and insights into technology will stimulate fresh thinking and inspire your team with new possibilities for how to grow and protect your company.

Many of us have been using digital technology for the majority of our waking hours, but now more than ever, it’s become the main focal point of our every day– we have pancakes delivered to our doorsteps for breakfast, along with a new rug that shows up mid-afternoon. When we’re in the office, we’re hiring new talent without even having to meet them in person. COVID-19 has shown us that digital transformation is here to stay. We’re going to be seeing resilient, innovative, and highly digital businesses result from this pandemic, but what does our “next normal” look like in Bentonville? How are the local waymakers making an impact? Join us on July 30th at noon to find out.

Click here to register: http://business.greaterbentonville.com/events/details/2020-build-bentonville-lunch-technology-7008
Registration is required.

Meet the Panelists:

Omar Kasim – Founder, Con Quesos, Juice Palm, and Plomo Quesadillas; Co-Founder, Sider

Omar Kasim – Founder, Con Quesos, Juice Palm, and Plomo Quesadillas; Co-Founder, Sider – Omar Kasim is a serial entrepreneur in Northwest Arkansas. He has founded Con Quesos, Juice Palm, Plomo Quesadillas, and is the co-founder of Sider, a startup that connects small businesses with student freelancers. His entrepreneurial journey has been published on PBS’ TV Show “Startup USA,” Google’s 2019 Economic Impact Report, and on Access Hollywood. Aside from running his businesses, Omar regularly speaks to schools and corporate teams on the subjects of motivation and thinking entrepreneurially. He also is an adjunct professor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business

Jeremy Ausburn –  Senior Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Edafio

Jeremy Ausburn –  Senior Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Edafio – Jeremy Ausburn is the Senior Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Edafio, responsible for planning, designing, and integrating end-to-end security solutions that protect and grow our clients’ businesses. Jeremy provides a hands-on, real-world perspective and an unparalleled ability to defend mid- to enterprise-level companies against today’s evolving threats.
He brings to Edafio Technology Partners over 20 years of experience in the information and technology field, where he has developed the critical ability to provide solutions that align with the unique vision and goals of an individual business.
Jeremy exemplifies his commitment to and advocacy for continuing education and professional development. His many degrees and qualifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Cloud Security Professional (CCSP); Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH); Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT), and Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE). He is also formally certified in Cisco Design and Networking, as well as a certified HIPAA Professional. Additionally, he is a member of Infragard, a collaborative branch of the FBI. Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in Professional & Technical Writing with a minor in philosophy from UA Little Rock.
Ausburn holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Better Business Bureau.

Eric Howerton – Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, SKU Ninja + WhyteSpyder

Eric Howerton – Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, SKU Ninja + WhyteSpyder – In his own words, Eric was doing e-commerce before it was cool. In his career, he has helped regional companies build national business through online retail. He and our team strive to develop programs and tools to give insights, get content, and rich media uploaded to product pages as easy as possible. Eric has worked closely with the world’s largest retailers for over five years, helping his clients and partners win online.

Edwin Ortiz – Founder, Luncher

Edwin Ortiz – Founder, Luncher – Edwin Ortiz founded Luncher in 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. He grew up in Mexico City, where he managed a small public transit business at the age of 12. After several other entrepreneurial endeavors, he attended BYU- Idaho, where he received a Bachelor’s in Business Management with a focus in Supply Chain. Over the last decade, Edwin worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their operations and increase revenue through efficiency practices in 8 different countries. These experiences led him to start Luncher™ after recognizing that lunchtime can often be a lost hour for working professionals who are already pressed for time in their daily lives.

Moderated By:

Becca Shaddox – Partner and COO, i2i Labs

Becca Shaddox – Partner and COO, i2i Labs – With more than 15 years of experience in technology at the Fortune 1 retailer and background and education in technology, Becca has experience in running strategy, portfolio management, M&A, as well as focusing on expanding the future technology workforce.

Becca’s passion for expanding her experience within the Fortune 1 externally to support all types of companies, from large to small and from startup to enterprise, has fired a strong passion as an entrepreneur. Becca began her startup, ANCHOR, in partnership with i2i Labs last year on a mission to grow an innovation and business ecosystem in Northwest Arkansas. Becca’s mission is to Transform businesses’ ability to connect, innovate & scale to create more value.

There will be a Q&A session following the panel discussion.
Registration is required. Click here to register: http://business.greaterbentonville.com/events/details/2020-build-bentonville-lunch-technology-7008
Please note, all registrants will receive the webinar information on the morning of the event.

Melissa Swann

Melissa Swann brings 25 plus years of experience in integrated marketing, public relations, face-to-face event management, sales activation, and client relationship management to her Director of Marketing at Edafio Technology Partners.