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Rep. Andrew Barr
Rep. Andrew Barr
United States House of Representatives

U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013. Congressman Barr is fighting for policies that restore government accountability. In an ongoing effort to be an accessible to citizens of the Sixth Congressional District, Congressman Barr initiated several constituent coalitions focused on finding solutions that will help Kentucky’s Veterans and signature industries. Congressman Barr worked with Congressman Hinojosa from Texas to develop and pass the HELP Rural Communities Act, which ensures that Washington bureaucrats don’t needlessly and arbitrarily restrict access to credit for people in rural areas like Bath County, KY. He also collaborated with Congressman Maloney from New York to pass bipartisan legislation correcting the overreach by federal regulators implementing Dodd-Frank that prohibited investments by banks in debt securities issued by collateralized loan obligations. Congressman Barr currently serves on the Committee on Financial Services.
Rep. Andrew Barr
Rep. Andrew Barr
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013. Congressman Barr is fighting for policies that restore government accountability. In an ongoing effort to be an accessible to citizens of the Sixth Congressional District, Congressman Barr initiated several constituent coalitions focused on finding solutions that will help Kentucky’s Veterans and signature industries. Congressman Barr worked with Congressman Hinojosa from Texas to develop and pass the HELP Rural Communities Act, which ensures that Washington bureaucrats don’t needlessly and arbitrarily restrict access to credit for people in rural areas like Bath County, KY. He also collaborated with Congressman Maloney from New York to pass bipartisan legislation correcting the overreach by federal regulators implementing Dodd-Frank that prohibited investments by banks in debt securities issued by collateralized loan obligations. Congressman Barr currently serves on the Committee on Financial Services.BARR, ANDREW
Dr. Laura Barthel
Dr. Laura Barthel
Eastern Kentucky University

Laura Barthel, is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Corporate Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University. Before coming to EKU, she was an internal auditor at Tempur-Sealy International. She was responsible for Sarbanes Oxley implementation and refinement, risk assessment design, designing and implementing process automation projects, corporate entrepreneurial initiatives, and coordinating and auditing in conjunction with the external financial audit. Laura is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is an alumnus of EKU, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing Education and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting. Additionally, she earned a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from Kennesaw State University.
Dr. Laura Barthel
Dr. Laura Barthel
Eastern Kentucky University
Laura Barthel, is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Corporate Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University. Before coming to EKU, she was an internal auditor at Tempur-Sealy International. She was responsible for Sarbanes Oxley implementation and refinement, risk assessment design, designing and implementing process automation projects, corporate entrepreneurial initiatives, and coordinating and auditing in conjunction with the external financial audit. Laura is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is an alumnus of EKU, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing Education and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting. Additionally, she earned a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from Kennesaw State University. BARTHEL, LAURA
Mr. Milton Bartley
Mr. Milton Bartley
ImageQuest LLC

Milton Bartley is one of the region’s most recognizable business leaders. From serving as a combat leader in the United States Army to launching a world-class IT services company, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself, his family and his employees. Milton co-founded ImageQuest in 2007, and it quickly became one of Nashville’s fastest growing technology companies. ImageQuest is recognized as a pioneer in providing Managed IT, Cybersecurity and IT Compliance services. As the world cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically over the last two decades, Milton’s expertise uniquely has positioned him and ImageQuest to provide proactive risk management and IT compliance & governance programs for growing organizations in numerous industries. Numerous companies value Milton’s advice as their IT Consultant and vCISO. Milton is currently a member of the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for World-Class CIOs, CTOs, and Technology Executives. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. Milton’s latest article for Forbes can be found here: bit.ly/ForbesIQ – “Why Prioritizing Cybersecurity Makes Compliance Easier” Milton also has been an MSP Mentor Top 250, which recognizes the world’s top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs, and experts. Milton believes “it takes a team of committed individuals to build and grow a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.”
Mr. Milton Bartley
Mr. Milton Bartley
ImageQuest LLC
Milton Bartley is one of the region’s most recognizable business leaders. From serving as a combat leader in the United States Army to launching a world-class IT services company, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself, his family and his employees. Milton co-founded ImageQuest in 2007, and it quickly became one of Nashville’s fastest growing technology companies. ImageQuest is recognized as a pioneer in providing Managed IT, Cybersecurity and IT Compliance services. As the world cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically over the last two decades, Milton’s expertise uniquely has positioned him and ImageQuest to provide proactive risk management and IT compliance & governance programs for growing organizations in numerous industries. Numerous companies value Milton’s advice as their IT Consultant and vCISO. Milton is currently a member of the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for World-Class CIOs, CTOs, and Technology Executives. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. Milton’s latest article for Forbes can be found here: bit.ly/ForbesIQ – “Why Prioritizing Cybersecurity Makes Compliance Easier” Milton also has been an MSP Mentor Top 250, which recognizes the world’s top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs, and experts. Milton believes “it takes a team of committed individuals to build and grow a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.” BARTLEY, MILTON
Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz
Former U.S. Congressman

Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz is a Fox News contributor and author of three New York Times bestsellers. Chaffetz was elected to Congress in 2008 and served until 2017. He was selected by his peers to be a Chairman of the powerful Oversight & Government Reform Committee, where he led investigations into the United States Secret Service, the Department of Education I.T. vulnerabilities, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Benghazi terrorist attack, Fast & Furious and the IRS scandal. Prior to Congress, he was Chief of Staff to the Governor of Utah. A former placekicker on the Brigham Young University Football Team, he earned his BA in Communications in 1989 and then joined the local business community for 16 years before entering the public sector.
Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz
Former U.S. Congressman
Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz is a Fox News contributor and author of three New York Times bestsellers. Chaffetz was elected to Congress in 2008 and served until 2017. He was selected by his peers to be a Chairman of the powerful Oversight & Government Reform Committee, where he led investigations into the United States Secret Service, the Department of Education I.T. vulnerabilities, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Benghazi terrorist attack, Fast & Furious and the IRS scandal. Prior to Congress, he was Chief of Staff to the Governor of Utah. A former placekicker on the Brigham Young University Football Team, he earned his BA in Communications in 1989 and then joined the local business community for 16 years before entering the public sector. CHAFFETZ, JASON
Thomas Hoenig
Thomas Hoenig
Mercatus Center At George Mason University

Thomas Hoenig is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, Mr. Hoenig served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2012 until 2018. In that capacity, he oversaw FDIC operations and policy related to deposit insurance pricing, bank supervision, and financial stability and bank resolution. He served as Director of NeighborWorks America, which was established by Congress in 1978 to address housing issues nationwide. He also served as a member of the International Association of Deposit Insurers’ board from 2012 to 2017, and as the President and Chairman from October 2015 to October 2017. Previously, Mr. Hoenig was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee from 1991 to 2011. Mr. Hoenig was with the Federal Reserve for 38 years, beginning as an economist and then as a senior officer in banking supervision. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he led the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City during the Great Recession and the banking crisis of 2008 and 2009. During his time with the Federal Reserve, Mr. Hoenig chaired several key committees including the Conference of Presidents, the Committee on Bank Supervision, Regulation and Legislation, and the Information Technology Oversight Committee. Also, during his tenure Mr. Hoenig organized and hosted the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole economic symposium for global central bankers.
Thomas Hoenig
Thomas Hoenig
Mercatus Center At George Mason University
Thomas Hoenig is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, Mr. Hoenig served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2012 until 2018. In that capacity, he oversaw FDIC operations and policy related to deposit insurance pricing, bank supervision, and financial stability and bank resolution. He served as Director of NeighborWorks America, which was established by Congress in 1978 to address housing issues nationwide. He also served as a member of the International Association of Deposit Insurers’ board from 2012 to 2017, and as the President and Chairman from October 2015 to October 2017. Previously, Mr. Hoenig was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee from 1991 to 2011. Mr. Hoenig was with the Federal Reserve for 38 years, beginning as an economist and then as a senior officer in banking supervision. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he led the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City during the Great Recession and the banking crisis of 2008 and 2009. During his time with the Federal Reserve, Mr. Hoenig chaired several key committees including the Conference of Presidents, the Committee on Bank Supervision, Regulation and Legislation, and the Information Technology Oversight Committee. Also, during his tenure Mr. Hoenig organized and hosted the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole economic symposium for global central bankers.HOENIG, THOMAS
James Olson
James Olson
Former Chief of Soviet Operations of CIA

Professor James Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of the practice at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence. He served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying and To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
James Olson
James Olson
Former Chief of Soviet Operations of CIA
Professor James Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of the practice at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence. He served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying and To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.OLSON, JAMES
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Stifel Financial

Dr. Lindsey Piegza is the Chief Economist for Stifel Financial. She specializes in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets, and monetary and fiscal policies. Prior to her role with Stifel, she was the Senior Economist for an investment bank in New York City for eight years consulting clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A highly sought-after speaker across national and international forums, Piegza is often quoted in the business press. She is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox Business, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. Piegza is also a monthly op-ed contributor for The Hill.
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Stifel Financial
Dr. Lindsey Piegza is the Chief Economist for Stifel Financial. She specializes in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets, and monetary and fiscal policies. Prior to her role with Stifel, she was the Senior Economist for an investment bank in New York City for eight years consulting clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A highly sought-after speaker across national and international forums, Piegza is often quoted in the business press. She is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox Business, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. Piegza is also a monthly op-ed contributor for The Hill. PIEGZA, LINDSEY
Patrick Sells
Patrick Sells
NYDIG Platform Solutions LLC

Patrick Sells is Chief Innovation Officer at NYDIG, responsible for elevating the company’s bitcoin offerings and executing their mission in expanding bitcoin access. He leads NYDIG’s work developing industry-leading technology solutions and partnering with banks, traditional financial institutions, and more to help them meet the growing client demand for bitcoin offerings. Formerly the firm’s Head of Bank Solutions, Patrick has helped raise NYDIG’s status as a partner of choice in navigating the technology, governmental, audit and regulatory components necessary to offer bitcoin products and services in highly regulated industries.
Patrick Sells
Patrick Sells
NYDIG Platform Solutions LLC
Patrick Sells is Chief Innovation Officer at NYDIG, responsible for elevating the company’s bitcoin offerings and executing their mission in expanding bitcoin access. He leads NYDIG’s work developing industry-leading technology solutions and partnering with banks, traditional financial institutions, and more to help them meet the growing client demand for bitcoin offerings. Formerly the firm’s Head of Bank Solutions, Patrick has helped raise NYDIG’s status as a partner of choice in navigating the technology, governmental, audit and regulatory components necessary to offer bitcoin products and services in highly regulated industries.SELLS, PATRICK
Alyson Van Hooser
Alyson Van Hooser
Van Hooser Associates, Inc.

Tough beginnings presented Alyson Van Hooser with an ever-changing flow of diverse people and difficult problems to navigate. She could have become just another statistic. But negotiating these complexities at a young age taught Alyson perspective-shifting approaches to successfully engaging with all kinds of people and overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems in a way that transformed the trajectory of her life – and can transform yours, too! A Kentucky native, she is a wife, mother of 4, and a leadership author, speaker, and trainer with Van Hooser Associates.
Alyson Van Hooser
Alyson Van Hooser
Van Hooser Associates, Inc.
Tough beginnings presented Alyson Van Hooser with an ever-changing flow of diverse people and difficult problems to navigate. She could have become just another statistic. But negotiating these complexities at a young age taught Alyson perspective-shifting approaches to successfully engaging with all kinds of people and overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems in a way that transformed the trajectory of her life – and can transform yours, too! A Kentucky native, she is a wife, mother of 4, and a leadership author, speaker, and trainer with Van Hooser Associates.VAN HOOSER, ALYSON
Joan Woodward
Joan Woodward
The Travelers Institute

Joan Woodward is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. She is a member of the company’s Management Committee, Operating Committee, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Committee, and also serves on The Diversity Council, the Travelers Foundation Board and is Chair of the Military and Veterans Diversity Network.
Joan Woodward
Joan Woodward
The Travelers Institute
Joan Woodward is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. She is a member of the company’s Management Committee, Operating Committee, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Committee, and also serves on The Diversity Council, the Travelers Foundation Board and is Chair of the Military and Veterans Diversity Network.WOODWARD, JOAN