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Esther Smith
Esther Smith, 

Qorvis Communications

Esther Smith
Esther Smith is a well-known and highly respected technology community entrepreneur, having been founder and CEO of the company that was the predecessor to Post-Newsweek Business Information Inc. She is part of several key technology and Internet industry networks, with strong links to the finance community and business media. She is a founding partner of Qorvis Communications, a strategic communications firm based in McLean.

A leader in business, Esther founded the Washington Business Journal in 1982; she founded TechNews, Inc. in 1986, publisher of Washington Technology and the Washington Technology Almanac. Continually recognized as a leader in her field, she received the prestigious Earle Williams Award in 1999. She was honored as Washington Business Woman of the Year in 1997, and recognized by the Virginia Association of Female Executives as the recipient of the Award of Excellence. In 1995 she was "Champion" of Women in Technology and has been named to Washingtonian magazine’s list of Washington’s Most Powerful Women. Esther was recently elected to the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

Lawrence D. Schlang, President and CEO,
Bantu Inc.

Larry Schlang
A pioneer in the online collaboration and communication industry, Larry Schlang is the President and CEO of Bantu, Inc., the leading provider of presence-based, platform-independent, Instant Communications technology for enterprise software and services companies. Bantu’s flagship product, Bantu Messenger, enhances business applications, e-commerce systems and workflow tools with real-time instant messaging – giving them the competitive edge.

Larry drives the company’s strategic planning and direction and oversees Bantu’s partnerships to ensure that the company continues to develop as one of today’s premier providers of Web-based instant communications tools.

A corporate visionary, Larry has gained a vast knowledge of what it takes to build a high tech company in the new economy. Prior to Bantu, Larry served as Vice President of Operations and then President of Bantu’s predecessor company, IntraACTIVE, Inc. Under Larry’s guidance, IntraACTIVE was one of the first players in the Web collaboration and applications service provider markets. He was instrumental in selling IntraACTIVE’s groundbreaking and award winning Web groupware product, InTandem, to small and large companies, including Marriott, Ameritech, and SAIC. Larry was responsible for handling legal matters, partnerships and strategic relationships. Under his leadership the company recently sold InTandem to

Before joining IntraACTIVE, Larry served as Vice President and General Counsel for National Strategies Inc. where he handled various telecommunications and wireless issues at the Washington-based telecommunications consulting firm. Prior to working in the telecommunications industry, he practiced law at Shea & Gould, where he focused on commercial and securities law and litigation.

As an industry thought leader, Larry often presents at shows and conventions including Internet World, CTIA’s Global Wireless 2001, events and CommNet. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Thought from the University of Virginia and a law degree from George Washington University.

Jeff Payne, President and CEO, Cigital
Jeff Payne
Under Jeffery E. Payne's direction, Cigital has become the leader in software quality management (SQM) solutions, helping clients to develop and deploy software that is reliable, safe and secure. Cigital is one of the fastest growing companies in both the Washington DC area (4th fastest growing technology firm) and the United States (1999 and 2000 Inc. 500 and Fast 500 lists). The Company's foundation is built upon its exceptional corporate culture and staff. Cigital was recently awarded an Arthur Andersen FastTrack Best Practices award for its ability to retain and motivate its employees. As President and CEO, Jeff focuses on his vision for the future of software quality management and how to make that vision a reality at Cigital.

Jeff is a recognized expert in software quality management and has published more than 30 papers and given 50-plus invited lectures on the business aspects of software failure. He is an alumnus of the MindShare program—an invitation-only program that selects the most promising high-tech business leaders in the DC area and teaches them how to make their companies successful.

Jeff holds an B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College and an M.S. in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary. He is a past ACM National Lecturer and the co-founder of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. He is also a member of the Loudoun County Environmental Council, a group of local business leaders working to reduce the environmental impact of growth within Loudoun County, VA—the 2nd fastest growing county in the country.

Doug Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Métier
Doug D. Clark
Mr. Clark is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Métier. He brings over 20 years of technology and management experience to his role as the leader of the Métier management team.

Prior to co-founding Métier, Mr. Clark was a Regional Vice President for LANSystems, an international systems integrator, where he lead the development of project management tools, processes and best practices for the delivery of technology solutions to international law firms, investment banks, technology companies, entertainment companies and hospitals.

Before his tenure at LANSystems, Mr. Clark was a program manager and systems engineer for IBM, where he developed information technology solutions for complex satellite command and control ground systems for the US military and commercial clients. Prior to IBM, Mr. Clark spent ten years as an analyst at the National Security Agency. Part of very small cadre of graduates since 1957, Mr. Clark was selected to participate in an intense cryptologic skills course, where he graduated at the head of his class.

Mr. Clark is the inventor of the WorkLenz™ patent pending concepts and has directed the evolution of those concepts into the software product that is commercially available today.

Mr. Clark received a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems from The University of San Francisco.

Ken Kiser, Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales, Foundry Networks Ken Kiser
Ken Kiser is currently responsible for Foundry Networks’ sales organization covering the Mid-Atlantic States. Customers represented within this region include Fortune 500, Health Care, Financial, State Government, and Telecomm. Prior to Foundry Ken opened up the sales effort in the Eastern US for Force10 Networks. Force10 is an early pioneer in the 10Gig Ethernet market. In October of 1997 Ken joined CacheFlow as one of the first field representatives. During his tenure, he captured significant business at Xerox, Delta Airlines, Roadrunner, Marriott, Goldman Sachs and Global One. Eventually Ken was promoted to VP responsible for all of CacheFlow’s Service Provider sales efforts worldwide. In all of these roles, he has capitalized on his extensive industry experiences to solve the business problems of very demanding customers while significantly increasing the revenues for his employer.

He is a frequent speaker at both conferences and trade shows. Mr. Kiser holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in both Finance and Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.

He was a frequent speaker for CacheFlow Inc. and was once featured in a Communications News cover article.

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