Destination Innovation

April 29, 2015

Keynote Speaker
Anthony J. Moraco
Chief Executive Officer

Tony Moraco is the chief executive officer of SAIC. Prior to the separation of SAIC into two publicly traded companies in September 2013, Moraco was president of SAIC's Government Solutions Group. He also served as President of SAIC's Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, and previously was executive vice president for Operations and Performance Excellence, where he led the delivery of enterprise services. Moraco joined SAIC in February 2006 and served as both business unit general manager and deputy of the Space and Geospatial Intelligence Business Unit, where he led programs for U.S. Air Force space missions, National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and other programs within the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. Before joining SAIC, Moraco was with the Boeing Company from 2000 to 2006. There, he served as deputy general manager of mission systems in the Space & Intelligence Systems organization, as well as the director of Homeland Security Technology Integration. In these roles, he led programs focused on space ground segments, geospatial technology, and homeland security solutions. Moraco began his career at Autometric Inc. in 1984 and served in multiple positions including senior vice president for corporate development with management authority of corporate departments. He also developed geospatial production and imagery exploitation solutions. From 1992-1993, Moraco was a program manager at TASC for a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency contract for enhanced digital mapping solutions. Moraco earned a bachelor's and master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a board member for the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board, and Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families.

Keynote Speaker
Paul Singh
Managing Director, 1776
General Partner, 1776's Seed Fund

Paul Singh is a managing director at 1776 and a general partner in 1776's Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Singh was the founder of Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776) and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Previously, Singh was a Partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley that has invested in nearly 1,000 companies across 40+ countries. Singh has founded a few of his own startups (two successful exits and a number of failures in between) and spent some time at PBworks, AOL and Symantec. After graduating from Bishop O'Connell High School, Singh attended George Mason University. Singh can be reached at twitter.com/paulsingh.

Sherry Altman
Vice President, Strategic Innovation Group
Booz Allen Hamilton

Sherry Marin Altman is an experienced professional in the areas of business strategy, innovation and environmental management. She is an MBA with more than 15 years of experience in management consulting and engineering consulting.

Altman joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2001, and is now part of the top 1 percent leadership of the 22,000-person, $5 billion strategy and technology consulting firm. As a vice president, Altman leads Booz Allen's Innovation Services and Pivotal Growth offerings. She works with for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, advising senior leadership on some of their most critical and strategic issues. Her projects include business planning, investment advisory, market entry strategy, crowdsourcing and innovation transformation.

Prior to Booz Allen, Altman was an energy and environmental consultant, managing Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency projects. Altman was also previously a transportation planner, providing engineering consulting to state transportation agencies.

On the volunteer front, Altman is a founding member of the Mentor Capital Network, where she reviews business plans and advises early-stage social and eco-entrepreneurs on their multi-bottom-line companies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit organization founded to rescue and recycle plastic toys, keeping them out of landfills and giving them to children in need.

Altman holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, as well as a bachelor's in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University.

Nelson Ford
President & CEO

Nelson Ford has been chief executive of LMI since January 2009, simultaneously joining the board with his appointment as the company's eleventh president. As chief executive, he is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of LMI. Ford also serves as board chair of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis (CSBA) and on the board of NVTC.

Ford has extensive experience leading organizations and developing enduring, practical solutions to some of the most complex problems in the public sector, with particular emphasis on national security, financial management, healthcare, and resource management.

Under his leadership, LMI has expanded its regional presence and broadened its capabilities into emerging federal and international markets, receiving multiple "small business partner" and "best place to work" awards along the way.

Before leaving government to lead LMI, Ford served as the undersecretary of the army from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller from 2006 to 2007 and principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller from 2005 to 2006. From 2002 through 2004, he was deputy assistant secretary for health budgets and financial policy in the Department of Defense.

He was president and CEO of a medical manufacturing company from 1997 to 2000 and was the COO and CFO at Georgetown University Medical Center from 1991 to 1997. During the 1980s, he managed the health care consulting practice for Coopers & Lybrand and has extensive experience in the governance of health care organizations.

Ford holds a BA in history from Duke University and an MA in education from the University of Delaware and has completed additional professional training at the University of Pennsylvania. His wife is a retired government attorney and their three children all currently serve in the active duty military.

Matthew Koll
President and Co-Founder
410 Labs

Matthew Koll, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and information scientist with over thirty years of experience in search, social media and related fields.

He is president and co-founder of 410 Labs. 410 Labs makes tools and applications that cut through clutter to let people focus on the information and relationships that matter. 410 Labs' lead product is Mailstrom, which helps people take control of their inbox.

Koll was a founder and CEO of Wondir, Inc. (founded 2001, acquired by Revolution Health 2005). Wondir helped define the field of Live Q&A, combining search, instant messaging and profiling to connect people quickly and easily with other people who could answer their questions or provide assistance. From 2005 to 2008, Koll served in several executive positions at Revolution Health, providing leadership in Search and Community, Acquisition Marketing and Product and Technology.

Koll was a founder and CEO of Personal Library Software (PLS), which was founded 1983 and acquired by America Online in 1998. PLS took advanced search concepts from the research community and brought them to the publishing and enterprise search engine marketplaces. The PLS software was highly regarded for its natural language searching, concept searching, scalability and robustness. Customers included Dow Jones, The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, QVC, Grolier, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, the Associated Press, PBS, Bertelsmann, Informix, Apple, Congressional Quarterly, WebCrawler, Time Warner and the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the acquisition, Koll was an AOL Fellow, providing guidance on search, navigation and other strategic issues, including emerging technologies, market analysis and investments.

Prior to founding PLS, Koll was a professor at George Mason University and computer scientist at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). He holds a Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University and a BA in history from Rutgers University. Koll is active in several Washington, D.C. area angel investment groups and in programs to help entrepreneurs.