Posts tagged Smart Regions Conference
Congressman Brendan Boyle, US House of Representatives

Congressman Brendan Boyle was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. A first-generation American, Congressman Boyle’s father emigrated from Ireland in search of a better life. As the proud son of a janitor and a crossing guard, he learned from an early age that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

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Jake Rishavy, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

Jake Rishavy is Co-Founder of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a statewide public, private and academic collaboration based on accelerating the responsible adoption of smart cities practices. Jake also serves as the Vice President of Innovation for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.

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Zack Huhn, Venture Smarter

Zack Huhn is the founder of Venture Smarter and the Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Standards Subcommittee. In 2016 Zack launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to help smaller and medium-sized communities realize smart city success stories just like major cities. Recently, he has earned a spot on the list "Top 50 Global Leaders in Smart Cities".

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Tom Synan, Hamilton County Heroin Coalition

Mr. Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years, Mr. Synan has served as Police Chief for Newtown, Ohio. Mr. Synan served 10 years on the Hamilton County Regional SWAT Team where he held the position of Team Leader, planning and executing high-risk search warrants and operations which intervened on heroin distribution.
 

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Manu Bhardwaj, Mastercard

Manu Bhardwaj is the Director of Research and Insight for Mastercard. He is responsible for managing and building the Center’s relationships with respected thought leaders and research institutions.  In addition, he works closely with Mastercard’s Chief Economist and Center’s Chair of Advisory Council in developing the Center’s research agenda to deliver actionable insights around inclusive growth.

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Rhonda Binda, Venture Smarter

Rhonda Binda is Co-founder and SVP of Policy for Venture Smarter and Executive Director of their Smart Regions Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird. 

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Mark Zannoni, IDC

Mark Zannoni is Research Director for Smart Cities and Transportation within IDC’s Government Insights group, focusing on global transportation issues and key and emerging transportation technologies in the smart city ecosystem. Mark’s core research areas include mass transit, smart parking, connected vehicles, V2X and transportation infrastructure in the context of transportation innovation, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), global trends, economic development, and regulatory issues. His work covers all modes of transportation and their strategic application as they relate to smart cities worldwide. 

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