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EI Conference 2023 Speakers and Tech Scouts

Additional Speakers and Scouts will be announced soon!

Dr. Bowne (rhymes with town) joined JCCC in July 2020, and immediately spearheaded JCCC’s 2021-25 Strategic Plan ensuring a shared and inclusive voice to advance the institutional mission and establish the College’s vision. Dr. Bowne is confident that JCCC’s faculty and staff lead the way, together, meeting the needs of students, employers, and the community. His focus when working with teams across campus includes implementing strategies to improve outcomes and close equity gaps for all students. Often seen on campus engaging with students, attending performances and athletic events, or participating in student leadership development programs, Dr. Bowne is committed to seeing students complete certificates and degrees, transfer to other colleges or universities to earn a bachelor’s degree, and/or advance in their careers. This ultimately reflects upon the success of a learning experience at JCCC. Dr. Bowne believes exemplary personal connections are essential to fostering strong partnerships. As a higher education leader in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro region, JCCC strives to increase access to the highest quality instruction and support services, resulting in a better life for the students and graduates. Dr. Bowne is one of 26 leaders selected nationally for the 2022-2023 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. This class of fellows represents the diversity of our nation’s most promising community college leaders. Their work includes learning from field-leading research, building partnerships while analyzing student outcomes, and setting a bold vision for equitable student outcomes while in college and after graduation. Dr. Bowne served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the entire Indiana community college system that includes 18 colleges statewide. His prior leadership positions include serving as chancellor of Ivy Tech in Muncie, Indiana, and Associate Vice President for College Advancement/Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. Dr. Bowne earned both his doctor of education and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University with concentrations in Human Resource Development. His bachelor’s degree, also from WMU, is in Geography/Urban & Regional Planning.

Tim is a key asset to USSTRATCOM for discovering and delivering superior warfighting capabilities by providing comprehensive scientific and technical research and analysis, helping researchers, engineers, scientists, warfighters, and program managers solve the most challenging technical problems. The Defense Technology Information Center, DoD IACs provide technology discovery capabilities and an efficient mechanism to acquire affordable, improved defense capabilities that mitigate adversarial threats. The DoD IACs serve the needs of the Warfighter by bringing the “think tank” to the Battlespace and build communities of interest in areas of critical importance to the DoD, including defensive systems, cyber operations, weapon systems, homeland defense and resilient energy. He also has responsibilities supporting NORD-NORTHCOM and SPACECOM. Prior to his current position, Mr. Fowler served 25 years in the US Navy both active and reserve in a variety of tactical, staff and command positions in both the continental U.S. and overseas. Tours included starting out his career in Surface Warfare, with follow on tours in Tactical communications, Combat Engineer's, and Technology programs at the Office of Naval Research. While in ONR he worked in ONR Global "TechSolutions" and Code O3T Transitions. He retired in 2011 as a Commander at United States Strategic Command J81. His career spans from the Cold War to Deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Fowler also has a strong and diverse business background to include working in the Insurance, Energy, and Defense sectors. While in the Defense sector he has been a Project Manager for SBIR/STTR's, USSTRATCOM OSD (IPA) representative working and managing Emerging Technology programs such as the Joint Capabilities Demonstration Program. (JCTD) He was assigned to the White House Covid-19 Task Force during the first phases of the crisis to assist in responding to worldwide pandemic technology needs.

Vincent began his KSBDC career in July 2020 starting up the Capital Access Center, which is one of only three such existing speciality centers within the ASBDC footprint. Before arriving at KSBDC , Vincent has been a banking professional for over 24 years specializing in commercial lending. Before starting a banking career, Haworth owned and operated a talent acquisition and music management company for thirteen years. Vincent is a lifelong Kansan and has been married for 26 years with a Junior daughter who is the featured twirler at Pittsburg State University. When the Kansas SBDC contacted Vincent Haworth in March 2020 in the middle of the pandemic with an idea of creating a Capital Center he jumped at the opportunity. Having been a volunteer and subject matter expert for the KSBDC for eight years it was an incredible opportunity to assist clients through the financial waters. Vince likes to say “Bankers working for the client, not the Bank”. Obtaining capital is often the most difficult hurdle for small businesses and realizing he could make a difference he signed on July 1st, 2020. Taking the idea, Vincent came up with the overall concept and developed all forms, job flows, trainings, and overall strategy for the Capital Center. Within a couple of months the center was conducting financial training with the Kansas SBDC advisors and community partners. Vincent’s experience with banking has been a big asset for the KSBDC advisors. Banking often has it’s own set of language and having Vincent there to translate dialogue and specific financial requests has been a vital asset. Even simple situations such as finding the right bank and lender for a client often led to dead ends when a capital request came to a KSBDC advisor. Instituting an “Ask a Banker” forum has been a popular social media channel for the KSBDC and their clients. The entire state of Kansas SBDC has been active with referrals to Vince in efforts to obtain financing. Vince in turn, has given back to the regional centers by referring over 160 new clients to the centers. Marketing efforts were in full swing by the fall of 2020 with a emphasis on educating key community leaders about the concept and services of the Cpaital Center. With help from the KSBDC marketing team, a website was created, along with electronic brochures that outline services. The Capital Center launched in late 2020 and has been instrumental to the Kansas SBDC’s efforts to meet the needs of Kansas small businesses struggling with capital infusion. The Capital Center offers expert financial guidance and capital acquisition consultation services for Kansas SBDC clients. The Capital Center has assisted more than 80 clients with almost $70 million in funding since inception and has conducted over 190 financial trainings and presentations. The Capital Center typically services 62 clients with an average of $28 million in funding requests monthly. Over half of this pipeline involves women and minority owned businesses! Seeing a need in western Kansas for more financial support, Vincent worked with the Kansas Lead Center to bring on another capital specialist specifically to handle clients west of Salina, KS. Alan Eichelberger is a former bank President with over 40 years of financial expertise! The Capital Center has focused on building referral relationships with Kansas community partners to advance the mission of the KSBDC. The CAC has received overwhelming support and has been asked to attend numerous monthly meetings as a featured partner with these organizations. There are many examples of loans that would not have been funded since the CAC was founded and impossible to cover in this write up.

Timothy Carty is the Founder and Director of Engineering at EMP Shield, Inc., in addition to holding a seat on the Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Tennessee School of Engineering. Mr. Carty has over 40 years of practical experience in the electrical, information technology, data, communications, and public service sectors. During this time, he has founded and partnered businesses providing network design, automation, security systems, electrical supply, and system integrations. From 1987 to 2017, Timothy was responsible for securing B2 Stealth Bombers located at a Midwest Air Force Base, construction of federal and state detention facilities, touchscreen network design development for military and detention facilities, and wireless network highspeed internet development for a large city in the United States. During this period, he was the President/Owner of a company responsible for cellular and wireless internet network development in Guyana, South America. This included satellite Earth stations with point-tomultipoint wireless networks, voice-over internet protocol (VOIP), voice-over satellite (VOS), fixed, mobile wireless, and cellular networks. In 2017 Timothy cofounded EMP Shield, LLC, which was incorporated in May 2018. EMP Shield, Inc. specializes in the development and manufacture of devices designed to protect homes, businesses, electric grids, and more from high-altitude electromagnetic pulses (HEMP) and lightning strikes. It is during this period that he has become intimately involved in the design, testing, and certification of similar technologies, vulnerability assessments, associated federal-level policy development, and the mitigation, response, and recovery of critical infrastructure. Mr. Carty serves on (9) national working groups and committees concerning HEMP and national power resilience for the following organizations/departments: Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Base San Antonio, National Electrical Resilience Council, Federal Bureau of Investigation InfraGard – National Disaster Recovery Committee, Data Center Security, Domestic Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, and National Resilience Power Work Group. He is a member of the National Security Collaboration Council, Homeland Defense, and Security Information Analysis Center. Timothy currently holds thirty-one patents individually and has co-developed an additional ten patents related to HEMP hardening, which are held by EMP Shield, Inc.

Dr. Dawsey received his PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi and has more than 40 years industrial experience in polymers and plastics, from research in new materials, to development of processing advancements, and identification of emerging business opportunities.  After serving as dean of the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University, he assumed his role as PSU’s Executive Director for the Advancement of Science and Technology. As part of this position, he leads efforts at the National Institute for Materials Advancement (NIMA).   Under Dr. Dawsey’s leadership, NIMA is partnering with materials producers, manufacturers, and leading research institutes to provide solutions to challenges in current materials usages, as well as discovering new opportunities where materials may provide relief to daily obstacles in manufacturing growth.

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