Speakers 2017-06-12T15:09:08+00:00


Opening Session Keynote Address

Michael Steep

Don Strickland, a former senior vice president of Apple, describes Mike Steep this way: “Mike is an incredibly engaging speaker and is an expert on technology and innovation. He has enormous credibility, and is one of the few executives who understands both strategy and operational execution, and how to transform disruptive innovation into disruptive opportunity.”

For nearly 30 years, Mike has been at the forefront of technology innovation. He currently serves as executive director of Stanford University Global Project Center’s Digital Cities & Emerging Technologies, a first-of-its-kind program that aims to change the way governments and companies think and operate as the world moves toward truly digitized urban centers—by harnessing focused research, commercial opportunity and new ways of thinking about governance and sustainability.

Previously, he was a senior executive running global business operations for companies including Apple, Microsoft and the world-renowned Xerox PARC. He built, managed and helped transform Fortune Group companies by utilizing emerging technologies to deliver innovation and groundbreaking, scalable business models. His team at Apple launched the first digital camera.

Today, he works with commercial clients—such as Airbus, BMW, Google, Merck and Booz Allen—to help transform their respective industries and company business models by leveraging big data, predictive analytics, cloud and mobile

Ross Smith

Ross Smith, director of customer engineering at Microsoft, is one of the nation’s top innovation thought leaders. Having spent more than 20 years developing and testing software for Microsoft, he knows how to cultivate an environment that can lead to increased collaboration, productivity and profit. Smith is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention.” Smith, who holds five software patents, has been featured in “The “Wall Street Journal,” “The Economist” and on CNBC and MSNBC.

Mike Lester

Mike Lester is the Technology Transfer Partnership manager for the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Technology Transfer Office. This team is devoted to transferring NASA’s patented space technologies and software to U.S. commercial companies, government agencies and academia.

Mike has an eclectic history of engineering, project management, business development, and strategic planning accomplishments for the U.S. military and NASA space programs.

While he has a passion for the development of new technologies for space exploration, he also strongly believes in making these technologies available to the U.S. public for use here on Earth—uses that can have a positive impact on our economy and our lives. He will share information about NASA’s Technology Transfer program that offers more than 1,400 patents for commercialization.

Dave Sadler

Dave Sadler has worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the construction field for nearly 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in civil engineering and is currently serving as director, Office of Construction at the Central Office, in Tallahassee. Dave was raised in the rural agricultural communities of west-central Florida. After graduation from the University of Florida in 1988, he began his career as a project engineer with FDOT in the Jacksonville Construction Office. In 1996, he was promoted to resident engineer, a post he held for six years before accepting the position of construction engineer at the State Construction Office in 2002. He was promoted to his current position in 2008. He has been an active member of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction since 2004, having been vice-chair and later chairman of the Roadway and Structures Technical Section. He also served on several AASHTO and NCHRP research committees and synthesis panels.



The stars will be out as some of your favorite celebrity impersonators belt out the hits! Take a journey through the decades with some of the biggest icons of the stage through the last 60 years. Each performer sings live and has all of the banter and nuances to go with their incredible look. The Motown Madness impersonators include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers and Diana Ross.

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