NexTech’s InfernoAR Video Conferencing Platform Expands Sales to USA Government Contracts

NexTech AR Solutions | October 01, 2020

NexTech AR Solutions, an emerging leader in augmented reality for eCommerce, AR learning applications, and AR-enhanced video conferencing and virtual events is pleased to announce it’s InfernoAR video conference platform is now entering the USA and international government contract sales channels of NCAGE, GSA, with the aim of landing large government agency contracts both in the USA and internationally. Nextech’s recently acquired wholly owned subsidiary Jolokia Corporation, now InfernoAR,  has a registered NCAGE Code for doing business with international governments, NATO Commercial and Government agencies globally. It also has been GSA approved which opens the door to Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules which are long-term governmentwide contracts.

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Defense Acquisition University's Chris Newborn Selected as SynED's May National CyberHero for Boosting Defense Contractors' Cyber Defense Systems

SynED | May 30, 2022

SynED, a national non-profit organization that identifies emerging best practices for effective articulation between employers, job seekers, and education providers, announced that Christopher Newborn, recently retired Professor of Information Technology (Cybersecurity Emphasis) at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), is this month's CyberHero. Chris's decades of experience and approach to his work positioned him to be an outstanding advocate for the protection of sensitive information in the U.S. Defense Industrial Base supply chain, the nation's private sector defense contractors. He worked with the acquisition workforce and Defense Industrial Base professionals who are responsible for acquiring, deploying, and maintaining cybersecurity capabilities and defending critical networks, systems, and data. While at DAU, Chris provided critical support to the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE and CASCADE II), established by the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research to bolster California's defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience. Chris and I worked together on the CASCADE program, and he was incredibly helpful in demonstrating the challenges that defense suppliers face in meeting requirements and finding cybersecurity workers. His duty to country and helping others really shines through. I have no doubt that his 'retirement' will just mean he's starting a new chapter in his service to others and national security." Liz Fraumann, Director and Senior Project Manager at synED CASCADE has spurred projects that support business assistance programs and the growth of the cybersecurity workforce through cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs. Chris takes a hands-on, real-world approach to his work. "I always say, I'm not necessarily a professor, I'm a consultant," Mr. Newborn shared. "The reason I say that is, I will take things in a real world scenario and put it to how it applies to you, so you can come up with efficient and effective methods to counter the threat, or at least come up with trade-offs." The U.S. government has responded to increasing threats to classified and unclassified information by issuing statutory and regulatory policies and procedures. However, these cybersecurity guidelines and requirements have proven to be challenging for businesses to properly implement and execute. "We have done a great job when we classify information as secret and above, we have great processes and procedures in place," added Mr. Newborn. "The problem is, when Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and other unclassified information is accumulated over a period of time, this information, when aggregated, can provide enough information to our foreign adversaries and competitors to get a leg-up." The Defense Industrial Base supply chain is complex and layered, with prime contractors, subcontractors, vendors and manufacturers, with a wide spectrum of size, experience and capabilities at every level. "[Our adversaries are] not just after our prime contractors and sub-contractors, they're after our manufacturers and vendors," added Mr. Newborn said. Many contractors, manufacturers, and vendors are small to medium-sized businesses that have limited staff and resources to meet ever-changing cybersecurity guidelines and requirements. To help mitigate these challenges, the government has sponsored training to help them better understand the statutory and regulatory requirements. While at DAU, Chris supported conferences and conducted workshops with Defense Industrial Base partners. With another DAU professor, Dr. Paul Shaw, Chris developed training content and supported multilateral "bootcamps" on acquisition topics, bringing in government employees, vendors, and academia to illuminate common issues and find solutions. Laura Rodgers, Senior Manager for Cyber Compliance at the North Carolina Military Business Center, said Chris brings a unique perspective that can't be found anywhere else. "He puts some structure on this nebulous thing called cybersecurity, and then he's got the technical chops to help too. He's been very helpful to the North Carolina defense industrial base and we've benefitted greatly from his expertise and insight." After meeting Laura on a webinar presentation, Chris offered to attend a weekly class put on by Laura so he can answer questions from her students. He attends each week and stays on late to answer questions. "There are just not many out there who are that committed to national security," added Ms. Rodgers. Chris graduated from Atlanta's Morehouse College in 1982, a historically Black men's liberal arts college. That year, Chris joined General Dynamics, where he worked on early electrification efforts for the M1 Abrams tank and the development of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. While working at General Dynamics in Detroit, Chris joined the Navy, where he received valuable training and education that furthered his career. He remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1984 to 1990. During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Chris was at the Tank Automotive Command where he oversaw all the secondary spare parts for the Army. Chris was the most senior person of color, having been promoted quickly to GS-14, the second-highest civilian Federal government employee ranking. "I may not have a uniform on, but if I do my job to the best of my ability as an acquisition professional, giving the tools to the warfighter, then they have a chance of doing their duty and going home safely to their families," Chris said of his work during Operation Desert Storm. "That is my motto, and that is what I've been following ever since." Chris was appointed to the Army's civilian staff at the Pentagon, where he worked on acquisition management from the government side. He says his time working at the Pentagon and living in the Washington, DC area was a career highlight. In 1997, Chris joined the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)'s Cybersecurity and Program Management Office, just as the military command was transitioning from Crystal City, Virginia, to San Diego. His duty was to procure and manage cyber capabilities for the program offices at SPAWAR, becoming both a subject matter expert and an acquisition manager. Then, after 30 years in government, Chris moved to DAU to pass on his knowledge. "I look at myself as a conduit of information, almost like a router. That is why I always come back and say, 'Sometimes you have to be that subject matter expert, sometimes you have to be the facilitator, and sometimes you just have to take notes." After 37 years with the Department of Defense, Chris officially retired in April 2022 and recently moved to North Carolina. Chris plans to return to DAU as a part-time Intermittent Professor to complete his work on a curriculum for cybersecurity requirements in the Defense Industrial Base. There is no one better placed to strengthen cybersecurity in the Defense acquisitions supply chain and workforce. He also hopes to be a bridge between the East and West Coasts' military businesses. In his spare time, he and his wife Agnes plan to volunteer with the local public school district to support teachers. About SynED CyberHero's Series SynED's CyberHero's series is a monthly column published nationally that highlights individuals who quietly go above and beyond in helping to secure our nation and communities by developing cyber talent. SynED is a national non-profit that identifies and highlights emerging best practices for effective articulation between employers, job seekers, and education providers. SynED is the proud recipient of the 2021 Association for Career & Technical Education Business-Education Partnership Award.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MetLife Names Chris Rosello Head of Federal Government Relations

MetLife | June 21, 2022

MetLife, Inc. announced that Chris Rosello will join the company as vice president and head of Federal Government Relations, effective July 5, 2022. He will lead the team responsible for representing MetLife’s interests before key federal stakeholders. Rosello will be based in Washington, D.C., and report to Susan Greenwell, senior vice president and head of Global Government Relations. A strong legislative strategy is essential to creating a policy environment that brings value to our customers. With his deep experience developing and implementing legislative strategies for a wide range of financial issues, Chris will play a critical role in strengthening our ability to advance MetLife’s policy advocacy initiatives.” Susan Greenwell, senior vice president and head of Global Government Relations Rosello joins MetLife from HSBC, where he most recently served as executive vice president and head of U.S. Public Affairs and led the planning, coordination and execution of the bank’s federal, state and regulatory strategy. Prior to joining HSBC in 2017, Rosello was senior vice president of Federal Government Relations at Wells Fargo, where he coordinated with internal business partners to implement Dodd-Frank Act provisions. Previously, he served in multiple roles in the U.S. Treasury Department, including as Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served in roles with the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and in the office of a Member of Congress. Rosello holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albany State University (State University of New York) and a master’s degree in government from The Johns Hopkins University. About MetLife MetLife, Inc, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help individual and institutional customers build a more confident future. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Ginnie Mae reach $3 Billion Milestone in MPF Government MBS

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago | June 30, 2022

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) announced that total issuance under the Mortgage Partnership Finance® Program (MPF®) recently surpassed $3 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The MPF Government MBS product resulted from a partnership forged by FHLBank Chicago and Ginnie Mae to issue securities guaranteed by Ginnie Mae and backed by mortgages originated by Federal Home Loan Bank member financial institutions. The MPF Government MBS product provides mortgage lenders, particularly smaller institutions, direct access to the secondary mortgage market and more mortgage loan solution options for their valued customers. Ginnie Mae developed the first mortgage-backed security in 1970, by pooling loans into a security sold in the secondary market. The MPF Program is an important partnership for making the Ginnie Mae MBS system accessible to small community banks and lender partners, and this $3 billion milestone demonstrates its value in the marketplace. This program advances our mission and commitment to ensure liquidity for government mortgage products and create more equitable and affordable homeownership opportunities for households across the country." Alanna McCargo,Ginnie Mae President Federal Home Loan Banks across the nation offer the MPF Government MBS product to their members. "As the MPF Program celebrates 25 years of helping community lenders nationwide, achieving this milestone with Ginnie Mae is another testament to our continued strong partnership," said John Stocchetti, Executive Vice President of the MPF Program. "Our business model provides community lenders access to the secondary market, and our relationship with these lenders gives their communities access to affordable mortgage products." The MPF Program's partnership with Ginnie Mae began in 2014 and continues to provide lenders a channel to the MBS marketplace. About the MPF Program The MPF Program allows eligible Federal Home Loan Bank members to sell conventional conforming and government loans to their Federal Home Loan Bank or other investors. To learn more visit fhlbmpf.com. "Mortgage Partnership Finance" and "MPF" are registered trademarks of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. About Ginnie Mae Ginnie Mae is a wholly owned government corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country. Ginnie Mae MBS programs directly support housing finance programs administered by the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service. Ginnie Mae is the only MBS to carry the explicit full faith and credit of the United States government.

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Gabriele Masili joins Granicus as Chief Customer Officer

Granicus | June 13, 2022

Granicus, the leading provider of government experience technologies and services, welcomes Chief Customer Officer Gabriele “G” Masili to the executive team. Masili brings 25 years of global executive leadership in customer experience, success, and support in the technology industry, serving hundreds of millions of customers throughout his career. Masili has worked at the world’s most innovative technology companies, including Amazon and most recently Microsoft, re-defining the customer experience in a digital world. As the Chief Digital and Technology Officer for Customer Experience and Success at Microsoft, he was responsible for digital-first customer experience, success and support, data and technology across all Microsoft clouds, products, and customer segments - empowering five billion interactions per year. Prior, he ran worldwide customer experience and support for Amazon’s Devices and Digital services, leading a highly diverse and multifunctional global team of 10,000. “In today’s world, users expect easy and intuitive engagements with all their service providers, and governments represent one of the most vital service provider relationships most people have across various stages of their lives,” said Masili. “Governments want to meet, and exceed, their constituents' expectations, and I love Granicus’ focus to help the public sector create richer, more productive digital relationships between government agencies and their constituents - ultimately resulting in better, more measurable and more equitable community outcomes. I’m excited to work with Granicus’ customers as their digital transformation partner to collaboratively create delightful experiences that nurture the relationship between government agencies and the people they serve.” Throughout his career, G has worked with some of the most customer-obsessed technology brands as an innovator and change agent, focusing on digitally transforming the customer experience and building organizations that deliver continuous improvements in customer satisfaction. G’s personal passion for customer excellence and transformative digital experiences that make measurable differences in people’s lives makes him the ideal addition to the Granicus leadership team and gives him the ability to rapidly make an impact in partnership with our government change agents.” Mark Hynes, CEO of Granicus Granicus has experienced significant growth over the past several years as government agencies have rapidly adopted cloud-based software and digital services from high-scale providers that are able to quickly and cost-effectively help them advance their digital experience goals while supporting government-scale data security and platform performance. Granicus has created the industry’s first purpose-built Government Experience Platform that helps governments accelerate their digital transformation. Now powering over 30 billion digital interactions annually and connecting over 500,000 government professionals with 300M opt-in subscribers, Granicus is proud to serve as a critical strategic partner to government innovators committed to delivering human, equitable and secure government experiences. About Granicus Granicus connects governments with the people they serve through their portfolio designed specifically for the public sector. Over 5,500 federal, state, and local government agencies and more than 300 million citizen subscribers power an unmatched Subscriber Network that turns government missions into quantifiable results. With comprehensive cloud-based solutions for communications, government website design, meeting and agenda management software, records management, and digital services, Granicus empowers stronger relationships between government and residents across the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. By simplifying interactions with residents, while disseminating critical information, Granicus brings governments closer to the people they serve—driving meaningful change for communities around the globe.

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