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Resilience in the Digital Age


Amanda Keammerer
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Cybersecurity Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Amanda is the Vice President of Cybersecurity and Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

During President Obama’s administration, Amanda served as a special assistant and policy advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer at the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to the White House, Amanda led digital marketing initiatives at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and managed communications and community relations at LULAC’s National Office.

Amanda earned her MA in Global Communication with a double concentration in national security and IT policy from The George Washington University. Amanda earned her BA in Russian Studies from Smith College. Amanda is an Honorary Commander with the 502d Air Base Wing, and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Amanda is the founder and CEO of Javilud LLC, a small business focused on transforming partnerships at the intersection of people, politics, technology, and art. She is also the co-founder of the What in the World?! event series, which showcases women in international affairs, educates the public about global issues, and elevates diverse and undervalued voices.

Amanda is a proud graduate of San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) public schools. She mentors CyberPatriot students, advises local startups, volunteers with the West Commerce Business Alliance, and serves on the non-profit boards of Family Service and the SAISD Foundation. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling.

Rahul Gupta
Deloitte, US Smart Infrastructure Leader

Rahul focuses on Infrastructure and Capital Projects and portfolio includes 30 years of experience advising leaders in private and public sectors on innovation and transformation, policy, governance, operations, and performance associated with Telecom, Space Systems, Infrastructure, Cyber, and National/Homeland Intelligence. Rahul’s projects included smart cities, blockchain, safety and security, cyber, and capital projects in the US, Middle East, Central Asia, and Asia.”

Fred Bonewell
CPS Energy, Chief Security, Safety & Gas Solutions Officer

Fred Bonewell is Chief Security, Safety & Gas Solutions Officer (CSSGS) for CPS Energy.

As Chief Security, Safety & Gas Solutions Officer, Fred oversees all of CPS Energy’s Enterprise & Public Safety, Cyber & Physical Security, Fleet Operations, Business Continuity, Labor Relations, and Gas Delivery Operations.

Fred provides leadership and direction to a diversified team of safety and occupational health professionals providing expert advice to mitigate and reduce risk to enable our 3,200 union and non-union employees to work
in a safe manner. Through a behavior-based safety program, the company continues to experience a reduction in employee accidents through the promotion of safety awareness. A similar approach is being implemented externally to encourage safety among contractors as well as customers.
Fred has more than 30 years of leadership experience and has developed and implemented behavioral-based safety programs along with job safety analysis methods and improved risk evaluation in multiple companies.

Fred joined CPS Energy in 2015 where he built an enterprise safety plan around “Zero Harm” that focuses on a culture of actively caring and accountability of safety for all. Hesurveyed the recent history of incidents and systematically removed casual factors to drive safety improvements. From there he built a behavioral based safety program to get everyone involved in safety and to promote the concept of “watching each other’s backs,” which includes safety stand-ups to re-engage the entire work force after time away from the office during the holidays.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Fred spent 16 years at LG&E Energy establishing a safety department and improving their safety performance by 60%. There he developed strong relationships with union leadership, recognizing the connection to safe work. After that he spent 10 years at Florida Power & Light. Under his leadership of the safety and labor relations teams the company achieved the “Best Safety Program in the Southeastern Electric Exchange” award. From there, Fred spent time with several companies making significant impacts to their safety.

In addition to his role at CPS Energy, Fred sits on the Board of San Antonio Youth Literacy.

Fred has been recognized by the National Safety Council with the Distinguished Service in Safety award and with the San Antonio Business Journal’s C-Suite award in 2017.

Fred is a graduate of Indiana State University where he earned a bachelor’s in safety and environmental management and was a four-year letterman and captain of the golf team.

John Stafford
Smart Energy Water, Vice President

John is vice president for SEW, the leading software platform provider of digital customer experience for water, gas and electric utilities.

John shares product expertise in payment systems, RF wireless, industrial sensor networks, advanced metering infrastructure, software design services and customer experience software.

Prior to joining SEW, John ran Sensus North America and propelled Sensus’ utility AMI business to North America leadership in water, gas and electric.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

Hugh Miller
NETSYNC, Head of Innovation and Strategy

Hugh Miller has over 25 years of experience as an information technology (IT) leader and is widely recognized in the IT industry (Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader & Tech Titan - Top Tech Executive). He has held senior leadership positions in several industries, including technology startups, dotcom, insurance, utility, higher ed, and government. Most recently he was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Dallas (9th largest in the U.S.), where he was asked to overhaul the IT department and bring creative and innovative leadership to the City. His approach was to build an environment of transition while modernizing the organization. Previously, Hugh served as the CIO and CTO for the City of San Antonio (7th largest in the U.S.) for 13 years, where just one of the accolades he earned was San Antonio IT Leader of the Year. In San Antonio he was innovation leader for the city’s government and implemented many innovative Smart City initiatives, including various Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions. Hugh has also been a consultant to several organizations over the last three years including the City of Austin (11th largest in the U.S.) and New Orleans Convention Center. 

Hugh brings an innovative approach to technology and business solutions. One of his recent passions is to use technology to create impactful solutions in communities. He has been working on redefining the term ‘Smart Cities’ into ‘Communities on the RISE’. RISE encompasses a broader suite of impact in our communities by looking at four important areas…Resiliency, Innovation, Sustainability, and Equitability. As we look at projects to help our communities these areas encompass a more wholistic approach of impact that details the economic and social aspects of these initiatives.

Resilience is a hot buzzword, but too often it is associated only with physical infrastructure. In the digital age, utility and city leaders must develop a robust system of resiliency to ensure that critical data, IT, and OT systems are protected. This session will explore the perspectives of how utility and city leaders are developing physical and digital resiliency solutions.