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Anil Menon

Anil Menon

Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer

Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy for the Cisco S+CC business and leading its global execution. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become an industry and thought leader in the use of the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world, drawing upon hundreds of such implementations around the globe.

Anil also serves as the Cisco Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer charged with identifying and driving the development of new solutions and business models for customers worldwide. As executive sponsor of emerging countries initiatives, Anil identifies transformational opportunities in such emerging country groupings as BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). His charter is to enable transformation by aligning Cisco technology and business architectures with each nation’s long- and medium-term developmental goals.

Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both corporate and business-unit levels. Appointed by the CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the IBM Strategy Team from 2005 to 2008.

Anil was previously a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (US) and later rose to head of the marketing department. From 1994 to 1996, Anil served as a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy. He has been on the executive committee for the Strategy Council on Strategic Planning, an international business think tank originating from the Harvard Business School.

Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root / MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.

Anil is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Anil currently lives in Bangalore as part of an international assignment.

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Munish Khetrapal

Munish Khetrapal

Managing Director – Smart Cities and IOT

Munish Khetrapal has 22 years of experience in the ICT industry and has diverse experience in GTM, Consulting and building Solutions for technology, services and software.

He is currently the Managing Director, for Solutions, S+CC working with Cisco Systems based out of San Jose. His responsibility involves building and managing technology based solutions that help to address opportunities in cities, enterprise workspaces and residential homes.

He has led transformational projects, joint ventures, PPP and driven key investments to develop new GTM capabilities for Cisco in industry solutions and cloud based offerings. He has been working with Cisco Systems since 1998 across leadership roles in Enterprise and Service Provider business.

Prior to joining Cisco he has worked in IBM Global Services and Digital Equipment Corporation in Services and Software organizations. Munish Khetrapal holds a MBA at University of Chicago (GSB now Booth School of Business).

23 years of Global ICT industry experience.

General manager with experience in Go To Market, Solutions, Product management & marketing, technology operations and strategic business development.

Industry expert on Internet of Things, secure cloud and fog computing, mobility, social and mega-trends impacting democratization/adoption of emerging and sensor technologies.

Built, grew and managed teams of over 100 people (both functional and direct report) that included members across Americas, Asia Pacific, Japan, Europe and Middle east.

Ability to apply evolving IoT / IoE technologies and built world-class, highly scalable, multi-tier infrastructures with different consumption models and diverse financial structures.

Strong track record in establishing relationships and exceeding “commits” through a multidimensional approach of working with internal cross-functional teams, ecosystem, engineering and operation functions.

Excellent negotiation skills (internal and external).

Strategic thinking with tactical implementation, “can do” attitude and enjoy challenges.

In the Dean’s list for the MBA program in Booth School of Business (University of Chicago).


Managing Director – Global Head of Solutions, Smart Cities, Cisco Systems


The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Volunteer Experience & Causes:

Founder Member of Charity Organisation – Education, Basic Civic Support Activities

Founder Member, Contributor and Oversight of Charity Organization.

Honors & Awards

Dean List
GSB, University of Chicago
March 2009

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Gail Essen

Gail Essen, CPP, PSP

Enterprise Integrated Security at Honeywell Building Solutions

Gail Essen is a 25+ year veteran in the security industry known for accelerating business development and process improvements for influential brands on both the technology and service sides of the business. Her progressive growth and wide range of experience, including owning a WBE, MBE, DBE business, converged in her role at Siemens, where she has established herself as a trusted business advisor to her clients.

Gail is Board Certified in Security Management holding the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) designations. She Chairs the Certification Committee for the ASIS Minnesota chapter, overseeing the CPP and PSP study groups. Gail proudly serves as the Vice Chair of the ASIS Women In Security Working Group.

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Steve Caroselli

Orion Entrance Control, Inc.
May 2009 – Present (7 years 2 months)

Orion Entrance Control, Inc. is an optical turnstile manufacture located in Laconia, NH focusing on architectural technically superior products.

My focus is on developing partnerships with End Users, consultants, architects, manufacturers, and security integrators toward a world class cradle to grave experience built around Great Conversations.

Founding Member
Delta Turnstile Controls
August 2005 – April 2009 (3 years 9 months)

Developed product, sales and marketing for startup turnstile venture.

Customer Support Director
2001 – 2005 (4 years)

Sales Manager / Customer Support Director
Gunnebo Entrance Control
2000 – 2005 (5 years)

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John Chigos

Founder, Chairman & CEO at PlateSmart Technologies, Inc.

John Chigos, CEO of PlateSmart® Technologies, has been asked to be a regular guest commentator on world events and security technology for, a weekly hour-long live webcast originating every Monday night at 7:00PM Pacific Time from the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, California. Mr. Chigos’ first appearance on the program will be on Monday, April 18th. That edition of the program will feature an extended conversation with Mr. Chigos for the first half hour, followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute interview with PlateSmart CTO Webb Wang conducted at this year’s ISC West conference. In future installments, Mr. Chigos will give brief five-minute commentaries. is hosted by Chuck Harold, a retired police officer, private investigator, private patrol operator and studio security executive with over 30 years of experience. Each week, Mr. Harold interviews guests representing many different facets of the security industry, including company executives, academic experts, security technology, the latest gadgets and more. When asked to describe the format, Chuck replied, “On this show, guard is a verb not a noun.” is heard by a vast and rapidly growing audience of over 60,000 listeners in 97 countries which includes both live listeners and podcast subscribers. Podcasts are available on multiple platforms including SoundCloud, Stitcher, Spreaker, TuneIn, iTunes, and in the near future, iHeartRadio. The program is streamed live by on channel 2.

PlateSmart is the creator of the industry’s leading ALPR-based video analytic solutions and a multiple award winner for excellence. Mr. Chigos, the company’s founder, is an acknowledged expert and thought leader on security technology, terrorism, and counterterrorism who has been published in multiple journals and spoken at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He commented, “Chuck and I share the same passion for alerting the public to the dangers we face from crime and terrorism. We are also both firm believers that advanced technologies such as PlateSmart are key to combatting these threats. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss these issues with Chuck in this forum. I think it can really serve to raise public awareness of the necessity of doing everything we can to secure our families, our cities, and our nation.”

About PlateSmart®
PlateSmart Technologies has developed the world’s first software-only Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) and video analytic solutions, which are compatible with both state-of-the-art and legacy cameras. PlateSmart offers both mobile and fixed ALPR and analytic solutions, which are designed either to function as stand-alone tools or to integrate with third-party software and hardware. ARES, PlateSmart’s enterprise ALPR-based analytic solution, provides real-time actionable intelligence with industry-leading accuracies and state jurisdiction recognition for complete situational awareness. PlateSmart’s solutions have been recognized as the most innovative and forward-thinking LPR technology by Frost and Sullivan.

DISCLAIMER: This press release may contain forward-looking statements and/or predictions. These statements are based on history, current knowledge, and current market conditions. They are subject to change without notice as conditions and knowledge change; therefore, undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

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Ken Mills

Ken Mills,
Ken Mills,
CTO and Marketing Lead – Surveillance and Security at Ken has been part of 2 start-ups within a large company — these experiences taught Ken to quickly find what will drive growth and leverage that knowledge to enable a diverse cross functional team of people to help achieve his goals. In each role, he not only had to sell to customers, but had to sell internally (a monumental task). He has built non-existent routes to market, channel partners, and had to teach fellow sales team members how to sell in new markets. All in the name of gaining net new customers and expanding our wallet share within our existing accounts.

Ken’s current goal is to lead a company as it takes on a new industry and/or a product. Ken says, “Change is inevitable, how we adapt to and conquer the change is what makes us great”.

Specialties: Building new routes to market, identifying trends in the market, created competitive advantages, bringing passion for success to the role.

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Patrick Bertagna

Security Guy Radio Guest, Patrick BertagnaPatrick E. Bertagna is Chairman of the Board, President, CEO of GTX Corp. & founder of GTX California in 2002 Co-inventor of our patented GPS footwear technology, his career spans over 30 years in building companies in both technology and consumer branded products.

Mr. Bertagna began his career in consumer products importing apparel from Europe and later went on to import and manufacture apparel, accessories and footwear in over 20 countries. In 1993, transitioning into technology, founded Barcode World, Inc. a supply chain software company, enabling accurate tracking of consumer products from design to retail. In 2002, he combined his two past careers in consumer products and tracking technology and founded GTX.  Mr. Bertagna, born in the South of France is fluent in French and Spanish.  He has formed alliances with Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, AT&T, Sports Authority & GE. He serves as a keynote speaker and has been awarded several patents.   Mr. Bertagna has extensive knowledge in the manufacturing industry, internet software development, building intellectual property portfolios and overall experience in early stage high-tech companies.  As a founder of GTX California and co-inventor of the GPS Shoe has enabled Mr. Bertagna to be uniquely qualified to be on the Board of Directors.

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Jim Spicuzza

Security Guy Radio Guest, Jim SpicuzzaMr. James Spicuzza, Jim, is the Co-Founder & CEO of CrisisGo. Prior to founding CrisisGo in 2013, Mr. Spicuzza co-founded an educational software content management company. Mr. Spicuzza was a Principal at a variety of major internet companies, including, Neon Internet, Midwest Internet & EarthLink. Jim Spicuzza received a Bachelors of Science from the Eastern Illinois University & CPA license.

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