2019 Memphis Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange

    The Leadership Board represents the region’s most prominent organizations and thought leadership. Board members recommend and vet topics, speakers and industry partners, ensuring each Exchange addresses the region’s most significant concerns.

    Leadership Board


    Keith Perry, SVP & CIO, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Michael Rodriguez, CIO, City of Memphis
    Jinyu "Gene" Sun, CVP & CISO, FedEx Corporation


    Charles Bertrand, CISO, Cyber Security Engineer, Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.
    Michael Boyd, CIO, SW Tennessee Community College
    Kyle Broussard, CIO, Vining Sparks
    Steve Crocker, CISO, Methodist Healthcare
    Brian Elrod, CISO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Aaron Goodwin, CIO & CISO, B.Riley Financial
    Robert Hess, CIO, Perkins / Marie Callendar's
    Tim Marsh, Special Agent, Counterintelligence/Cyber Program / Private Sector Coordinator, FBI - Memphis Field Office
    Lance Rea, CIO, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
    Eric Schmitt, SVP, Global IT Security, Sedgwick
    Cathy Simmons, Principal and Chief Compliance Officer, Legacy Wealth Management
    Jim Sorrell, CISO, Southwest Tennessee Community College
    Terry Stanford, Principal and Chief Compliance Officer, Diversified Trust
    Ayman Taha, CIO, TruGreen
    David Ulloa, CISO, IMC Companies
    LaShell Vaughn, VP & CIO, MLGW
    Scott Walker, CIO & VP of IT, TopRX

    Kicking off with tapas and signature cocktails, attendees can connect with peers across industries.
    Note: Please arrive on time for pre-event hors d’oeuvres.

    Next-Level Leadership

    Traditionally, security is seen as an obstacle within an organization. Meet the executives who are stepping up to change the narrative. This panel discussion outlines ways infosec leaders have elevated their leadership capabilities and how others can leverage their skills to position cybersecurity as a business enabler.

    In this session, you’ll learn:

    • Getting the C-Suite on board with prioritizing security
    • Making the connection to create a cultural shift toward security
    • Elevating the infosec leader’s role in influencing company and public policy and regulation


    Gene Sun, Corporate VP & CISO, FedEx
    Aaron Goodwin, CIO & CISO, B. Riley Wealth
    Brian Elrod, CISO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Matt Russell, Threat Intelligence Advisor, CrowdStrike, Moderator

    Now comes your turn to share ideas. Each table is headed by a Discussion Leader, ready with questions based on the keynote panel topic. Tables will collectively brainstorm opportunities to address challenges addressed by the panel. Attendees will then switch tables twice to discuss a new set of challenges and questions with a different group of peers. This allows attendees to connect and have in-depth conversations with more peers bringing unique perspectives from across different disciplines and industries.

    Discussions will continue to percolate across the entire space as attendees have the opportunity to refresh drinks and tapas.

    The program closes by wrapping up the evening’s conversation into tangible takeaways to implement into your own organization.

    CISO, B. Riley Financial
    Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, FedEx Corporation.
    Chief Information Security Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Threat Intelligence Advisory Lead – The Americas, CrowdStrike

    Solutions providers are vetted to include only the organizations bringing the most successful and innovative solutions to market. Sponsors must be approved by the Leadership Board.

    Interested in supporting the cybersecurity leadership community? contact us


    To learn more about the Memphis Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange or to answer any questions, please contact:

    Steven J. Bangsund, Executive Director
    Direct: 503.765.5117

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