#MACoCon Sponsor Showcase: Discuss Cybersecurity Attack Prevention, Net Zero Energy, Regional Magnetic Levitation Train and So Much More!

MACo’s Winter Conference will hold Sponsor Showcase Sessions to educate attendees about products and services from the conference sponsors. Each session will be 30 minutes and will be held in the Power Zone Lounge (sponsored by WGL Energy, Inc.), in the Skipjack AB room of the Convention Center at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

The Sponsor Showcase Session schedule is below:


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm:

Maryland’s 2016 Self-Sufficiency Standard Release

Sponsor: Maryland Community Action Partnership

Description: Maryland Community Action Partnership is publishing The 2016 Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland in an effort to ensure the best data and analyses are available to enable Maryland’s families and Individuals to make progress toward real economic security. This comprehensive, credible, and user-friendly measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition and where they live.

Speaker: Dr. Diana Pearce, Author



8:15 am – 8:45 am: 

Why Move to the Cloud?

Sponsor: Black Box Network Services and Mitel

Description: Why consider moving your business communications to the cloud? Simplicity, Security, Scalability and Flexibility, Future-proofing, Resiliency and Redundancy. Black Box partners with Mitel – the fastest growing, #1 provider of cloud business communications in the world – to offer hybrid, public, and private cloud solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of every customer.

Speaker: Sandi Faub, National Channel Manager, Cloud

11:45 am – 12:15 pm:

What You Should Know about Ransomware Attacks on Public Safety

Sponsor: SecuLore Solutions

Description: Why should you care about cybersecurity for the public safety market? Cyber threats and attacks on public safety are real. Cyber criminals use ransomware and other methods to disrupt the 9-1-1 systems and put lives at risk. Join the conversation to understand how ransomware works, why it has been so successful at getting past normal cybersecurity defenses and the multiple ways to stop these types of attacks.

Speaker: Tim Lorello, President & CEO of SecuLore Solutions, a cybersecurity firm focused on Public Safety

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm:

Net Zero Energy Opportunities and Market Update

Sponsor: WGL Energy Services, Inc.

Description: During this session, participants will learn key trends unfolding in the clean energy industry both in Maryland and on a national scale. WGL Energy will provide insight on the available opportunities for counties to meet their energy and sustainability goals and approach net zero.

Speaker: Richard Walsh, Program Lead, WGL Energy Services, Inc. Clean Energy Solutions

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm:

Superconducting Maglev in the Baltimore—Washington Corridor: Transforming the Region

Sponsor: The Northeast Maglev

Description: The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) is a US private company committed to the deployment of a superconducting magnetic levitation train (SCMAGLEV) to run from Washington DC to Baltimore City in just 15 minutes.  The SCMAGLEV is the fastest train in the world, offering the most technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, reliable, and efficient high-speed rail system.  TNEM’s ultimate vision is to link DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New York City.  Starting with the Baltimore—Washington corridor, SCMAGLEV will transform mobility and economic growth in our region and throughout the Northeast Corridor.

Speaker: Rob Kiernan, Senior Director at The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) in Baltimore City

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm:

Retirement Readiness for Plan Sponsors and their Employees

Sponsor: Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Description: How Nationwide is helping Plan Sponsors and their employees be prepared for Retirement, by looking at the various plan types and planning tools offered.

Speaker: Scott Wamboldt, Sr. Retirement Specialist, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

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