Event Directors
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    Thomas Blase
    Charlotte | Houston | Dallas

    Thomas is an Event Director for SecureWorld. He comes from a background of technology sales and finance, with five years of experience in the industry. His experience has given him an in-depth knowledge of the cutting-edge technology advances and the ever-changing landscape of cyber threats. He has a passion for helping organizations stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity and technology, and is always looking for ways to innovate and implement the latest solutions. He is also passionate about understanding the potential risks associated with new technology and how they could affect the world at large. Thomas is dedicated to discovering, building, and informing communities of cybersecurity executives. He has a proven track record of success in sales and finance, and has a keen eye for detail and a sharp analytical mind which allows him to quickly assess and respond to changing market conditions. He is an excellent communicator with a natural ability to build relationships with customers and partners. With his strong technical and financial background, he is always looking for new opportunities to bring the latest technology advancements and information to the table.

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    Tom Bechtold
    Virtual Conferences

    Tom works closely with the SecureWorld Advisory Council members and the content and media teams, and oversees the digital demand generation programs at SecureWorld. He partners with the vendor and practitioner communities to produce highly-attended, educational cybersecurity webcasts. When Tom isn’t helping InfoSec professionals make the world a safer place, he can be found hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his trusty golden retriever.

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    Erik Skoog
    Philadelphia | Atlanta | Detroit

    Erik is responsible for building, planning, and executing major cybersecurity conferences and events. With over 15 years’ experience in the events industry, Erik has a proven track record of producing important and successful conferences on the business and consumer side in the tech and outdoors industries. Erik has extensive experience working with C-Level executives, from start-ups to Fortune 500, and with vendors of all sizes. He has managed events ranging in size from small high-level corporate meetings to major trade shows of over 15,000 attendees. When not at the office, you will find Erik trying to keep up with his daughter or on a river with a fly-fishing rod in hand.

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    Bryan Roby
    Boston | New York | Kansas City

    Bryan Roby is the Director of Sales at SecureWorld, helping build a strong network of cybersecurity experts, thought leaders, and solution providers with a goal of driving leading-edge, relevant conferences. He has been in the event industry for six years and worked with a majority of Fortune 500 organizations and their CISOs. This is part of what gets him up in the morning: helping cybersecurity executives become more effective leaders and keeping pace with the ever-changing technology landscape. Outside of work, Bryan is a big outdoors hobbyist; golfing, hiking, skiing, and camping all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest are a few favorites. He even keeps hold of his dreams to make the PGA Tour one day, but sticks with SecureWorld as the day job.

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    Clay Gartner
    Chicago | St. Louis | Seattle

    Clay Gartner is a Sr. Event Director at SecureWorld focused on building relationships with our CISO Advisory Council and solution providers across our various markets. He brings over five years’ experience in the corporate event industry, with an extensive background working with Fortune 500 Chief Data & Analytics Officers, CIOs, and CISOs. Clay has a passion for problem solving with clients to ensure they are receiving high value from their partnership and investment with SecureWorld. A former collegiate athlete, Clay enjoys a wide range of sports, from golf to snowboarding and everything in between, as well as coaching baseball at a local high school.