Las Vegas Speakers

Geary Sikich

Logical Management Systems

Geary Sikich is a Principal with Logical Management Systems, Corp., a management consulting and executive education firm with a focus on enterprise risk management and issues analysis; the firm’s web site is Geary is also engaged in the development and financing of private placement offerings in the alternative energy sector (biofuels, etc.), multi-media entertainment and advertising technology and food products. Geary developed LMSCARVERtm the “Active Analysis” framework, which directly links key value drivers to operating processes and activities. LMSCARVERtm provides a framework that enables a progressive approach to business planning, scenario planning, performance assessment and goal setting.

Prior to founding Logical Management Systems, Corp. in 1985 Geary held a number of senior operational management positions in a variety of industry sectors. Geary served in the U.S. Army; responsible for the initial concept design and testing of the U.S. Army’s National Training Center and other related activities. Geary holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana State University.

Geary has developed and taught courses for Norwich University, University of Nevada Reno, George Washington University and University of California Berkley. He is active in Executive Education, where he has developed and delivered courses in enterprise risk management, contingency planning, performance management and analytics. Geary is a frequent speaker on business continuity issues business performance management. He is the author of over 240 published articles and four books, his latest being “Protecting Your Business in Pandemic,” published in June 2008 (available on

Geary is a frequent speaker on high profile continuity issues, having developed and validated over 2,500 plans and conducted over 275 seminars and workshops worldwide for over 100 clients in energy, chemical, transportation, government, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, heavy industry, utilities, legal & insurance, banking & finance, security services, institutions and management advisory specialty firms. Geary consults on a regular basis with companies worldwide on business continuity, risk, competitive intelligence, strategy and crisis management issues.

Steven Eberlein

Tipping Point Resilience

Steve Eberlein and his wife Lydia Ledgerwood were living in Sri Lanka when a 9.1 subduction zone earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that took 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries circling the Indian Ocean, including 35,000 in Sri Lanka itself. As aid workers, they were active witnesses to one of the largest multi-national relief efforts in history, starting from its earliest hours.

In 2006, they returned to their native Oregon only to learn that the Pacific Northwest, too, was due for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami event like that that they had just experienced. In the final years of his decade with the American Red Cross in Oregon, Steve became wholly dedicated to educating communities and companies on the risk of West Coast earthquakes, including those caused by the San Andreas Fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Seattle Fault and the Aleutian Trench. His effort included the delivery of more than 120 ninety-minute presentations to more than 17,000 audience members in nearly 30 distinct communities, including Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Anchorage. Steve has also presented to dozens of top companies, senior State of Oregon officials, and even a world-famous rock band. The renown of Steve’s efforts culminated with an invitation to speak to 3,000 audience members at TEDx Portland – the largest independent TED event in the United States.

Tipping Point Resilience was launched in 2018 as a communications consultancy that specializes in earthquake preparedness. We aim to ignite enduring cultures of preparedness that are owned, sustained and propagated by our partners and audience members. Our goal is to unleash the power of each individual’s influence so that we can together create a lasting culture of preparedness throughout North America’s Ring of Fire.

Adam Markel

Adam is a recognized expert in professional and personal reinvention. A highly sought-after public speaker, transformational leader and business mentor, he guides individuals and businesses to capitalize on change and magnify their impact.

After building a multi-million dollar law firm, Adam became CEO of one of the largest business and personal development training companies in the world, overseeing more than $100 million in sales.

His unique expertise is in combining practical business tactics with accelerated learning strategies to embrace change, encourage innovation and increase sales for people and organizations worldwide. Adam inspires, empowers and guides people to achieve massive and lasting personal and professional growth.

Nicki Parr

Women’s Economic Ventures

Nicki Parr is the Business Recovery Specialist at Women’s Economic Ventures, a non-profit Women’s Business Center, based in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, California. A Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, with a broad experience in finance, operations and fraud risk management, Nicki has worked at PwC and Fortune 100 companies, before specializing in small business enterprises. Nicki also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and enjoys the opportunity to combine the two areas of finance and coaching in her current role. Women’s Economic Ventures is an SBA-affiliated Women’s Business Center (WBC) founded in 1997 which provides entrepreneurial training, consulting and financing to small business owners.

John D. Beattie

Sungard Availability Services

John is a Principal Consultant within Sungard Availability Services where, for the past 10 years, he works closely with organizations looking to establish or mature their business resilience, crisis management, business continuity, and disaster recovery programs.

He also leads Sungard AS’ third party risk management practice helping organizations to improve their ability to be assessed by customers and prospects; to assess their vendors; and to assure the needed synergy between them.

John is also a contributing member of the Shared Assessments Standardized Information Gathering (SIG) and Standardized Control Assessment (SCA) content committees where he is currently focused on developing the 2019 release of these tools.

His prior positions have included Global Director of Business Continuity for News Corporation and 15 years as a senior level consultant with Ernst & Young. John has also been a CIO, Program Manager and Programmer/Analyst.

Dr. Kenneth Ferguson

Ken Ferguson Consulting

Kenneth Ferguson has been involved in high profile initiatives for over forty years as an engineer, senior manger, and consultant .His current affiliations include being involved as a technology Vice President as well as providing strategic planning services .Involvements have included the power generation, information technology ,petrochemical industries including the private sector and government agencies. A recurrent responsibility has involved program development, change management, and transforming organizations to respond to key situations ,establishing effective cyber culture is a relevant, high priority involvement.

Dr. Ferguson has physics and engineering degrees from the University of Michigan(Ann Arbor) and Carnegie-Mellon University. Past affiliations have included as employee of Westinghouse Electric, and then Price-Waterhouse Coopers. He has operated his own consultancy for over ten years.

Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn


Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn comes to the 85th Support Command from the 377th Theater Sustainment Command in New Orleans, Louisiana where he served as the Deputy Commanding General. In this position he was second in command of over 38,000 Soldiers and Civilians assigned with over 5,000 Soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Brigadier General Dunn is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a 1982 graduate of Arkansas Tech University (Bachelor of Arts in Music) in Russellville, Arkansas. Commissioned as a Transportation Officer he entered active duty service in 1982.

Prior to his Joint Staff assignment, General Dunn served as Commander, Combat Support Coordination Team #2, Eight US Army in Taegu, Korea, serving as the senior US mission support to the Korean 4-star led (150,000 ROK Soldiers) Second Republic of Korea Army (SROKA). Before his command assignment, Brigadier General Dunn served on the Army staff in the Pentagon as Division Chief for Strategic Plans, Exercises, Concepts and Force Integrations, Army staff, G4. Prior to that, he served as the Division Chief for the Army G4 Logistics Operations Center (LOC) within the Army Operations Center (AOC) .

His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic and Advance courses Fort Eustis, Virginia; Combined Arms Staff and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a Masters of Art in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. General Dunn has served in a variety of operational staff and command assignments throughout his military career to include: Transportation School Brigade; followed by the 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Garrison Headquarters Operations, Fort Story Virginia and S3-Operations, 484th Transportation Battalion, Phoenix, Arizona. Other assignments: Movement Control Officer, Third US Army- G4/Army Central Command(ARCENT), Ft McPherson, Georgia; Contingency Plans Officer-J35, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany and Battalion Command as Post Commander-Ft Devens, Massachusetts.

Contingency and peacekeeping operational deployments includes: Somalia (10th Mountain Div/United Nations), Bosnia-Herzegovina (NATO/Italian’s “Carabinieri” Para-military Police Force), Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt (Third US Army), Honduras and Panama (7th Trans Group). General Dunn’s awards and decorations includes the Defense Superior Service Medal,(1st oak leaf cluster) Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3rd oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, Air Force Achievement Medal, SWA Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary and Service medals, Korean National Defense medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Staff Badges. He is married to the former Patricia A. Collins, also of Little Rock, Arkansas. They have one daughter, Grachaun (Carlos) Dunn-Correa, one son, Jonathan and one granddaughter Kharlyn.

Admiral James Loy

Department Homeland Security

In 2005, Admiral James Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency.

Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Admiral Loy retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its Commandant since May 1998. As head of the 90,000 person organization, he restored readiness through workforce development and modernized the Coast Guard’s fleet of ships and aircraft.

Prior to his service as Commandant, Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the headquarters management structure and overhauled the Coast Guard planning and budgeting process to focus more sharply on performance and results. From 1994 to 1996, he was Commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, supervising U.S. forces during the mass Haitian and Cuban migrations of 1994, and leading Coast Guard forces participating in Operation Restore Democracy.

A career seagoing officer, Admiral Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including command of a patrol boat in combat during the Vietnam War and command of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His military commendations and civilian honors are numerous, including the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal; four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Bronze Star with Combat “V”; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Naval Order of the United States’ Distinguished Sea Service Award, the Seaman’s Church Institute Silver Bell Award, the Navy League prestigious Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award, the Intrepid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other distinctions. Admiral Loy graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds Master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. Admiral Loy is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin, L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc and RIVADA Networks, Inc. Admiral Loy is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

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