This panel of financial experts examines recent trends on the financial landscape of the industry, the performance of various investment opportunities in the sector, and how to position your company properly for investment and growth.
MODERATOR: SCOTT GREIPER, Secure Strategy Group
Mr. Greiper is the President and Founding Partner of Secure Strategy Group. He has had a distinguished 15-year career in the security and defense technology sectors as both a research analyst and investment banker, and is known as a thought leader in the industry. Before forming Secure Strategy Group, he was a Managing Director at Legend Merchant Group and Head of the firm's Convergent Security Group, which provided capital, strategic advisory and M&A services to growth companies in the security and defense technology markets. Previously, Mr. Greiper was a Principal and Senior Analyst at C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he covered public companies in the Global Security industry and was consistently ranked as one of the top analysts in the sector. He has worked with a range of industry leaders and is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at conferences and seminars across the country. Mr. Greiper attended the Executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a B. A. in Economics from The University of Chicago. He is a member of the FBI InfraGard program, BENS (Business Executives for National Security), ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) and NYSSA (New York Society for Security Analysts).
PANELISTS: SCOTT SACKNOFF, SPADE Indexes; KRIS TUTTLE, Soundview Technology Group; MANISH THAKUR, Hudson Fairfax Group; PHIL AGCAOLI, Cloud Security Alliance
Mr. Scott Sacknoff is the Index Manager of the SPADE Defense Index (NYSE: ^DXS), the underlying index for the Powershares Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSE: PPA). The SPADEÂ® Defense Index (NYSE: ^DXS) is a modified capitalization-weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies that benchmarks the performance of companies involved with defense, homeland security, and space. The Index is composed of more than 50 firms with representative business activities including: naval vessels, military aircraft, missiles and munitions, battlespace awareness, C4ISR, network centric warfare, homeland security including border security and biometric and screening systems, and space systems. Index values are distributed by the NYSEarca under the ticker 'DXS'. The Powershares Aerospace & Defense Portfolio ETF, designed to track the SPADE Defense Index, trades under the ticker 'PPA'. Historical data for the Index is available from 30 December 1997. The ETF was launched on 26 October 2005 and is highly liquid.
Kris Tuttle is the Director of Research for SoundView Technology Group which focuses on researching and analyzing emerging public companies in new technology areas. Kris has 35 years of active participation in computing technologies including as an early designer and programmer of microcomputers, a researcher building artificial intelligence applications at Carnegie Mellon University and a career at IBM applying a range of advanced technologies to the most challenging business applications faced by Fortune 500 companies.
Starting in 1992 he has been applying this background to technology stock investing. After the original SoundView was acquired, ultimately by UBS and Charles Schwab, he founded his own firm in 2005 and renamed it SoundView after re-acquiring the SoundView trademarks. Today the firm is focused on advisory services, research and developing more internet-based research and information services.
Kris has a BS in Applied Math/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Manish Thakur, is Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group, a strategic investment firm based in New York, Washington and London, focused on cybersecurity, intelligence, big data analytics, and defense private equity. Manish has spent over 20 years covering defense, technology, telecommunications and satellite companies as a principal investor, CFO and investment banker. Before founding HFG, he worked at such firms as Merrill Lynch, SG Cowen and HSBC, where his responsibilities included private equity and strategic investments, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Manish also serves as National Security Coordinator for a Capitol Hill-based political action committee. Manish holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a BSc (honors) in Economics from the University of London.
Phil Agcaoili has been an influential leader in the Information Security industry for over 20 years and has established world class security organizations from startups to the Fortune 25. Phil has led successful security teams at General Electric, VeriSign, Alcatel, Scientific Atlanta, Dell, and Cox Communications and was involved in three consecutive and successful startups. He co-founded SecureIT, which he sold to VeriSign for $70, and was VeriSign's first Chief Information Security Officer. He was also an early foundation member of Internet Devices, acquired by Alcatel for $181M. He was the Chief Security Architect for Scientific Atlanta which was acquired by Cisco Systems for $6.9B. Phil participated and influenced the development of the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. He's shaped Cyber Security for US Telecoms as committee co-chair of the FCC CSRIC and Communications Sector Coordinating Council, and Communications ISAC. He set cloud standards as a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and is co-founder/author of Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), Cloud Security Trust, and Assurance Registry (STAR) and Open Certification Framework, aligned security and privacy attestations with the AICPA for SOC 2 attestations (the replacement for SAS 70 attestations), set eDiscovery standards with EDRM, and is a privacy and trust leader as a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow and the Chairman of the Fellows. Phil won the inaugural Information Security Executive of the Decade Award in 2012, 2012 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices, 2010 Information Security Magazine Security 7 Award, and 2009 Information Security Executive of the Year Central Award. Many of Phil's team leaders have started their own companies or they have gone on to lead other successful global security teams.
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