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AFCEA Hawaii held a lively panel discussion in September themed “Storage Wars – the Future of Storage.” Moderated by Maj Joe Watson, USAF, panelists were Paul Astin, CTO, EMC Federal; Ronald Perkins, Sr. Data Center Architect, Tintri, Inc.; Bryan Jackson, Solution Architect, HP; Jeff Baxter, Sr. Engineering Manager, NetApp Federal; and Kian Beals, Sr. Storage Architect for DELL Federal. Discussion ranged from real time event analysis to virtualized architecture. Panelists also highlighted storage that sees, learns and adapts to usage; enterprise-class performance; and non-disruptive operations, especially for mission critical operations. This informative discussion showcased the panelists’ passion for their storage offerings.

We were pleased to recognize this month’s awardees:

Executive of the Month: Steve Reinstein; Western Regional Manager, Anixter Federal

Steve Reinstein is the Western Regional and Pacific Rim Government Manager for Anixter Federal. Anixter is a global distributor of power and data cabling, physical security products and fasteners. His home base is Southern California where he is a member of the AFCEA San Diego chapter. In his 8th year at Anixter, Steve oversees Anixter’s federal business in the Pacific and is an advocate for placing company resources to best serve DOD contractors and end users throughout the region. Anixter is most active in Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Korea. Prior to Anixter, Steve worked for Nextel and Sprint communications, where he developed a strong bond with first responders on the city, state and federal levels. Through that experience he developed the passion for providing communication services to mission critical personnel. Steve brings that commitment to the Anixter Pacific Team who strive to respond effectively to the needs of the Communications Community.

In Steve’s words, “AFCEA has been a unifying forum for networking with service and industry personnel in furtherance of higher standards of equipment and effectiveness. Although San Diego is my home chapter, it is my privilege to represent Anixter at AFCEA chapter meetings and events throughout the Pac Rim. The Honolulu Chapter, through its active membership, activities and events, lives up to its reputation as being the Gateway to the Pacific. Therefore, I plan my Hawaii trips to coincide with your chapter meetings.”

AFCEAN of the Month: Ms. Farrah Burke, Account Manager at Integrated Security Technologies Inc.

Farrah Burke is an Account Manager at Integrated Security Technologies, and one of our most active volunteers in the Chapter. Since opening the doors in 1998, IST’s ownership and staff have been committed to delivering leading edge security solutions that protect Hawaii businesses and their employees. She is responsible for development and management of integrated security design/installation services, such as camera surveillance, access control and intrusion detection systems that help protect people and property, and for preparing sales presentations and proposals, determining/negotiating budgets, managing leads and building/maintaining relationships.

Young AFCEAN of the Month: Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Jorge Valdez, USMC (Ret.) of MARFORPAC Jorge Valdez serves as the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), leading a combined military and civilian staff responsible for providing network operations and security for the MARFORPAC area of operation and headquarters.

Jorge retired from the Marine Corps after twenty one years of faithful and honorable service. His last assignment was with MARFORPAC as the Cyber Defense Branch Chief where he assisted in the planning and execution of developing the MARFORPAC Cyber Cell and also lead the charge for passing the command’s first Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI). During the summer of 2001, Jorge was one of the original thirty Marines to be selected for the new 0689, Information Assurance Technician MOS.

Throughout his career he has planned and developed strategies to improve cyber defense, minimizing external and internal vulnerabilities, and increase network performance and availability while reducing overall resource requirements in both garrison and tactical/deployed environments. He continues to conduct weekly risk assessments and quality assurance reviews to evaluate cyber compliance with Department of Defense regulations and to identify potential gaps in policies, procedures, and training.

AFCEA Students of the Month

Punahou School: Brandon Robert Takao. Brandon is charismatic, thoughtful, mature and caring. Brandon exhibits quiet, focused leadership skills at Punahou, modeling for all his classmates exemplary learning and a life well lived. His academic achievements, particularly in the STEM disciplines, are noteworthy. Brandon maintains a 3.9 GPA in a curriculum replete with Honors and AP courses. Brandon hopes to study Engineering at MIT or Carnegie Mellon University.

Farrington High School: Kevin John Ulep. Kevin is ranked number 1 in a senior class of over 500 students. He has overcome significant obstacles to obtain his current academic standing; most noteworthy is that he came to the United States from the Philippines only 4 short years ago. He has overcome cultural and language barriers and has been determined to succeed in school, not letting anything prevent him from attaining his educational goals. He currently has a 4.066 GPA and has one of the most daunting class schedules his advisor has ever seen in his 20 plus years of being a school counselor.

Kevin is currently enrolled in AP US History, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry (online), AP Art History (online), and is even taking a college class (Speech 151) which is being taught by Honolulu Community College after school here on the FHS campus! Last year as a junior, Kevin took AP English and AP Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP Calculus exam (highest score possible). He also was enrolled in Honors Chemistry and took an online Physics course. Kevin aspires to one day become a Chemical Engineer due to his passion and interest in the sciences.