L-R Jim Muller, President; Speaker Jerry Giles, Technical Director, APAN

L-R Jim Muller, President; Speaker Jerry Giles, Technical Director, APAN

AFCEA Hawaii welcomed August keynote speaker Mr. Jerry Giles, Technical Director of APAN. APAN is a collection of communities developed to foster information and knowledge sharing between the U.S. Department of Defense and non-DOD entities who do not have access to traditional Department of Defense networks. Mr. Giles discussed cloud challenges APAN has identified such as on-demand cost, balancing technical requirements, lack of synergy with other Department of Defense cloud implementation strategies, plans and/or lessons learned, etc. Key points Mr. Giles made regarding cloud migration included the essential need for integration of IT and business deployment strategy, the necessity of building a cross-functional team to identify services needed, and the importance of viewing cloud migration as a data center migration with all of complexities that go along with transitioning a data center. He emphasized that it is critical to maintain the physical infrastructure until the cloud migration is completed, tested, and managers are comfortable with new processes and procedures.

Outstanding August awardees: Executive Gordon Bruce, CEO, Pacxa, Distinguished Life Member of AFCEA Donna E. Russell

We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:

Executive of the Month: Gordon Bruce, CEO PACXA

Prior to being appointed President and CEO of PACXA, Mr. Gordon Bruce served as the Director of the Department of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Honolulu for the past 8 years.

Under Gordon’s leadership, the City & County of Honolulu has received numerous awards and recognition for the use of technology including the prestigious Digital Cities Surveys Winner for 2011 (ranking Number 1 in the large city category), Sunny Award for Transparency, Best Fit Integrator, and KPMG Global 100 for Innovation.

Mr. Bruce brings over 40 years of experience and has worked for organizations such as the Estate of James Campbell where he served as the CIO and Vice President of Administration. He has also worked at The Queen’s Medical Center, Bank of Hawaii, and the Corporation City of Toronto.

He is a recipient of the Paul C.T. Loo award from Hawaii Pacific University and was recently recognized as one of the top 25 “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” in the United States by Government Technology Magazine.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canada and his Master’s Degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University.

Distinguished Life Member of AFCEA: Donna E. Russell

Donna E. Russell is a member of the AFCEA International Director-at-Large, class of 2015, serves on the AFCEA International Awards Selection Committee and has attended International Director meetings and awards ceremonies in San Diego, Baltimore and Fairfax as well as the Sarnoff/Boyes/Rockwell Awards ceremony in Washington DC.

Donna has been an outstanding, selfless supporter of AFCEA Hawaii since first moving to Hawaii in 1986. Seeing the need for expansion of revenue-generating activities beyond golf tournaments, Donna joined with two other AFCEA Hawaii members to develop a full-scale Technology Conference in Hawaii sponsored by AFCEA Hawaii. With a vision of a Department of Defense (DoD)-Industry show entirely staffed by volunteers, the TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference and Exhibition (TNAP) was born. Thirty years later, TNAP is considered the largest, most successful technology conference in the Pacific and is successfully co-sponsored by AFCEA International and AFCEA Hawaii.

Throughout her years as an AFCEA member, Donna has continually fostered the growth of the organization throughout her travels from Washington DC to the Far East. Donna’s commitment to AFCEA Hawaii includes twenty years as the Secretary of AFCEA Hawaii, fifteen years as the manager of the TNAP golf tournament and currently in her fifth year as a member of the AFCEA Hawaii Executive Board.

Donna’s contributions to AFCEA Hawaii have resulted in a five-thousand-dollar ($5,000.00) scholarship named in her honor. First awarded in Calendar Year 2013, the Donna E. Russell scholarship is granted annually to a current instructor or college student pursuing further education in a Science and Technology (S&T) field of study. In addition to the initial award, grants of one-thousand-dollars ($1,000.00) are available to award winners for up to three years of continued study.

Donna is also a past winner of AFCEA International’s Young AFCEAN of the Year award as well as the AFCEA International Meritorious Service and Medal of Merit awards. Locally, Donna is a past recipient of both the Executive of the Month and AFCEAN of the Month awards.Donna has been, is and will continue to be one of the outstanding leaders of AFCEA Hawaii providing guidance and tutelage to not only the younger members of the AFCEA Hawaii organization but also the AFCEA Hawaii Board of Directors and existing and new Officers of that organization.

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