"Desktop Alert is an exciting company with a bright, bright future," stated General Lord. "In today's information technology enabled world, the company's mass notification platform is a winner! I'm pleased to be a member of the Desktop Alert team and look forward to working as an advisor with this industry leading innovative company. Bringing the power of information technology to those charged with the responsibilities of protecting and preserving our nation's most precious assets is indeed noble work."
Four-Star General Lance W. Lord (Ret) was the Commander at Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Force's space and missile systems. The general oversaw global networks of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensured the combat readiness of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. He led more than 39,700 space professionals who provided combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
General Lord entered the Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of the Otterbein College ROTC program. He completed a series of Air Staff and Department of Defense-level assignments in strategic missiles after serving four years of Minuteman II ICBM alert duty. He directed the Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Program Management Office in Europe. He was a Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and represented the Air Force as a research associate in international security affairs at Ohio State University.
General Lord commanded two ICBM wings in Wyoming and North Dakota. In California he commanded a space wing responsible for satellite launch and ballistic missile test launch operations. He served as Director of Plans and as Vice Commander for Headquarters Air Force Space Command. The general led Air Force education and training as Commandant of Squadron Officer School, Commander of 2nd Air Force, Commander of Air University and Director of Education for Air Education and Training Command. Prior to assuming his current position, General Lord was the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff for Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
Upon retirement, Gen Lord has served as a Senior Associate of The Four Star Group, The Durango Group, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Astrotech Corporation and Sletten Construction Company. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Space Operations a subsidiary of the Astrotech Corporation. He is also a member of the Memorial Health Systems Board of Trustees in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Vice President of the Association of Air Force Missileers.
General Lord will assist the Desktop Alert executive team with strategic advice to assist Desktop Alerts' expansion in the U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense (DoD) agencies worldwide
"I am proud to be a part of the Desktop Alert team. I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and integrity of the organization that is interested in improving the capability of the military as well as governmental agencies. Desktop Alert personnel that I have been introduced to have expressed their desire to provide the very best capabilities that are needed in this diverse integration of communications within the military and support agencies for providing the very best information for military personnel operations and services. I look forward to supporting the efforts of this fine organization in their quest to provide the very best in services and support that is needed in all fields especially our military services”, stated General Harber.
Our founders met Stephen in 2005 when taking C# computer programming classes being taught by Stephen at Baruch College. Stephen has established himself as an world-leading industry expert on Microsoft Technology with certifiable accreditation's including that of Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP. Stephen Forte is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Corzen, Inc, a Manhattan (USA) based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms. Corzen was recently acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN). Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world.
He has written several books on database development including Programming SQL Server 2005 (MS Press) and is working on Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).
Justin Van Patten worked with Desktop Alerts founder Howard Ryan from 1998 to 2004 until being offered a fulltime position as a manager at Microsoft. Justin's contributions to the Desktop Alert application were and continue to be significant.
For upwards of 5 years, Justin was a Program Manager at Microsoft working on the Common Language Runtime (CLR) of the .NET Framework. He was responsible for many of the types in the Base Class Library (BCL). Justin also drove many of Microsoft community initiatives, such as the BCLTeam WebLog.
Andre Durand has been involved with our company’s technology since 1995. Andre Durand has provided insightful advice and key resources to Desktop Alert since day one of the company's existence. Andre Durand is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software industry, a recognized leader in the identity industry and a pioneer behind the concepts of the digital identity network. In addition to his role as CEO of Ping Identity, Mr. Durand co-founded and co-chairs Digital ID World, the official identity industry conference and magazine. Prior to Ping Identity, Mr. Durand founded Jabber, Inc., a leading global provider of in instant messaging and presence management platforms serving both the carrier and enterprise markets.
While at Jabber, Mr. Durand supported the incubation of the Jabber Software Foundation, a non-profit setup to facilitate growth of the Jabber Open Source project, where he served as chairman for 18 months, helping to drive adoption of Jabber's innovative hybrid open source and commercialization strategy. Prior to Jabber, Inc., Mr. Durand founded Durand Communications, a provider of client/server solutions for online databases and applications, where served as CEO for five years before selling the company to Webb Interactive in 1998.
Protexx, a Widepoint Company AMEX:WYY, is a member of the company's board of strategic advisory panel. The advisory board works with Desktop Alert to assist with the company’s business strategies and advancements. Protexx Inc™ is a provider of remote VPN’s, Device and Out-of-Band Authentication and through its parent company, Widepoint, is the leading provider of Identity Access Management and Multi-Factor thentication utilizing Asymmetric Authentication deployed as PKI. With over 1,000,000 physical credentials issued to the Federal Government Widepoint in the name behind the trust for Government credentialing.
Pat Morgan is a certified project management consultant to the commercial and federal research and development (R&D) sectors with over 20 years experience in systems-based Project Management. Pat is an internationally recognized project management researcher and conference speaker, and has appeared in leading professional management trade magazines. Pat is on the Board of Directors of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (www.asapm.org), as well as the Licensing Executive Society's - Software Licensing Task Force (http://www.usa-canada.les.org/).
"Bringing Tim on board allows Desktop to further strengthen our roots in the military community", commented Howard Ryan, president and CEO of Desktop Alert. As we build and market network-centric emergency alerting systems to the DoD, it's incredibly valuable to have the perspective of a career military professional who has first-hand experience implementing systems in the defense environment. We're honored and excited to have Tim as a member of our team and about the experience and enthusiasm he brings.
When describing his reasons for joining the Desktop team, Childers stated, "Having spent my entire military career at the Wing or Squadron level, I have seen first hand what it takes to operate and manage an operational unit and I understand the needs of a front-line organization at this level. From my varied experiences in the communications field, base operations and flying operations to management of flight and mission scheduling and most recently in Command and Control, I know the value of accurate and timely notification during routine and emergency situations". Childers adds: "Having seen Desktop Alert's capability demonstrated and realizing how this type of technology would've enhanced my job in Base Operations and the Command Post, I became excited in the product, the company and management team leading it. That's why I am honored to become a part of the team."
After being graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Management Brad was selected by the Arizona Air National Guard to enter pilot training in the United States Air Force. Officer Training was completed at Lackland Air Force Base followed by a year of T-37, T-38 Training at Moody Air Force Base where Brad claimed the highest academic and flight training score for the year and earned the AIR TRAINING COMMANDER'S Trophy as well as the BASE COMMANDER'S trophies. This led to a local check in the Super Sabre (F-100) as an Air Defense Command function protecting the southern border of the southwest. ADC converted our squadron to F-102 radar interceptors requiring training at Perriin Air Force Base at Sherman, Texas; once again Brad claimed the Commander's Trophies. Returning to Tucson in the Arizona Air National Guard, Brad continued to serve for 8 more years in the USAF reserves as part of the Arizona Air National Guard.