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Competitive Business Innovations First Guest Blogger

Today I am delighted to introduce Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group

Today I am delighted to introduce Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group, as Competitive Business Innovation’s first guest blogger.  I am honored to have him blogging with us.

The Civitas Group is a consulting firm specializing in the field of homeland and national security founded in 2003 as a joint venture between Stonebridge International LLC and BKSH & Associates, a WPP operating company.

Our regular readers may recognize Mr. Gordon’s name from previous comments on this blog related to cloud computing and the City of Los Angeles’ proposed adoption.

Rick is an expert on security technology, business strategy and early-stage finance. Prior to joining the Civitas Group, Mr. Gordon was a senior consultant with The O’Gara Company, a strategic consulting firm that advised large systems integrators and emerging technology companies on the homeland security market.

Mr. Gordon was also CEO of Tovaris, a specialized encryption software development company, where he was responsible for raising the company’s initial investment capital and developing critical relationships with key strategic partners in the information security industry.

Additionally, Mr. Gordon was a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., serving many emerging technology companies and participating in several technology initial public offerings.

He also served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

He received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his BS in Engineering with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Please welcome Rick and be on the lookout for his future posts on the subject of security and cloud computing.

-Tune The Future-

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Ray DePena worked at IBM for over 12 years in various senior global roles in managed hosting sales, services sales, global marketing programs (business innovation), marketing management, partner management, and global business development.
His background includes software development, computer networking, systems engineering, and IT project management. He holds an MBA in Information Systems, Marketing, and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a BBA in Computer Systems from the City University of New York at Baruch College.

Named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers in 2009, Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing in 2010, and Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing in 2011, he is the Founder and Editor of Amazon.com Journal,Competitive Business Innovation Journal,and Salesforce.com Journal.

He currently serves as an Industry Advisor for the Higher Education Sector on a National Science Foundation Initiative on Computational Thinking. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. DePena now lives in northern California. He can be followed on:

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