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Jun 25 - 26, 2015

"Please join me at the Texas Digital Government Summit on June 25 and 26, 2015 . The Summit has a new location this year at the Hyatt Regency Austin!   The Summit is known for its tradition of compelling keynote speakers and thought provoking educational sessions addressing the most important topics that we face as technology leaders in government.  The Summit is also an excellent opportunity for state and local governments to engage in discussions, share best practices, and recognize the annual Best of Texas Award recipients. I encourage you to attend what has traditionally become one of the best technology events in Texas. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!"

- Todd Kimbriel , Interim Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources , State of Texas


Joe_Grant_Bluechel_headshotJoe Grant Bluechel

Vice President, Managed Services & Innovation – Data & Analytics

Joe Grant Bluechel brings over 17 years of experience in consulting, product development, data, and analytics. He possesses depth and breadth in the management of business intelligence, data warehouse, web applications, portal, and integration. He has directed the creation and delivery of technical education, training offerings, and lead business development and new product offerings across a wide spectrum of data and analytics initiatives. Joe has functional expertise in supply chain management and real estate management including lease administration and facility maintenance.

Joe spearheads all aspects of Brightlight’s Managed Services and the Brightlight Innovation Center. Brightlight Managed Services provides BI/DW/Analytics services focusing on infrastructure support, cloud services, and packaged services. The Managed Services department offers a wide variety of service levels and service options designed to sustain and optimize analytic environments focusing on technology such as IBM Netezza and Big Insights, Microsoft BI technology, AWS, MicroStrategy, Tableau, SAP Business Objects, Oracle, Cloudera, and Hortonworks. Joe also oversees the Brightlight Innovation Center with a mission
of ensuring Brightlight leads the market in applying new BI/DW and Big Data technology, methodologies, and capabilities turning research and ideas into innovation capability meeting the high value-add needs of our clients.

Prior to joining Sirius, Joe was a member of management and consulting teams at Accruent, CDS, Oracle, Peoplesoft and J.D. Edwards. He gained a breadth of hands-on leadership experience in support operations, business intelligence, web services, ERP, supply chain, system integration and web applications.


Elizabeth_Frisch_headshotElizabeth Frisch

Best-Selling Author & Founder of The Thrival Company

Elizabeth Frisch, Founder and CXO of The Thrival Company is the best-selling author of Mission to Million$ - Taking Big Ideas and Making Them Reality. Known for taking complex organizational issues and creating easy to implement frameworks, she has worked with over 50 different industries, all levels of local, state, and federal governments as well as NGOs/NPOs. She is nationally recognized for developing a unique and trademarked approach to performance and behavior-based auditing and has trained thousands of people globally in the areas of mobility management, business performance, auditing, and compliance. Having worked in state government herself, as well as provided consulting support to dozens of government agencies and cities, Ms. Frisch brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of public agencies and the cultures surrounding them.
Ms. Frisch has over 25 years of experience leading business performance, management, engineering, organizational development and auditing programs. She is also co-campaign leader and facilitator of the Central Texas 20/20 Mobility Campaign (funded by the City of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority) working with dozens of organizations across Central Texas to build effective mobility strategies into their organizations including TxDOT, AISD, ACC, Freescale, Bazaarvoice, NetSpend, AMD, Seton Health Systems, Parkway Properties, and many others.
She is a trained facilitator and has facilitated hundreds of retreats, events, training courses and workshops and is a keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, teams, auditing, and business performance. She frequently works as a high performance executive leadership coach and is hired to facilitate difficult dynamics and contentious meeting situations. Her work in the for profit, non-profit, and governmental arenas allows her to bring a broad and unique perspective on how to combine the best practices in each model of business to create organizations that deliver on their vision and mission and have fun doing it!  From the plant floor to the top floor, Elizabeth is just as comfortable in a hard hat and boots as working with boards and C-level management. In 2014, she was a Top 3 Finalist for the Austin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year out of hundreds of nominations for this award.


Dustin_Haisler_headshotDustin Haisler

Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic. As the finance director and later CIO for Manor, TX, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. In 2010 Haisler launched Manor Labs, a website that let residents submit their own ideas and vote other peoples’ ideas up or down. The most popular suggestions went to city officials for review and possible implementation. Haisler looked to the private sector to help broaden the adoption of these and other civic innovations, joining California-based Spigit as director of government innovation. While at Spigit, a company that makes crowd-sourcing and innovation management software, Hailser helped design and deploy innovation programs for New York City; Bogota, Columbia; and even part of the space program (through NASA’s Langley Research Center).
Notably, Haisler helped design and launch one of the first government open innovation programs in the United States in 2010, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation. Among other first-in-nation innovations, Haisler architected a Crowdsourcing Master Land Use Plan (Harford County, MD) and patented a crowd-based business process (Crowd-as-a-Service). Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. and the Today Show on NBC. An in-demand speaker, he has given two TEDx speeches – one on Disrupting Government (TEDxAustin) and the other on Disrupting Education (TEDxLivermore).
As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services, and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.


Jim_Meskimen_HeadshotJim Meskimen

Master Impressionist and Communication Coach

A professional actor for over thirty years, Jim Ross Meskimen appeared in the films Apollo 13, The Grinch, Frost/Nixon, The Punisher, There Will Be Blood, and many others. Some of Meskimen’s TV credits include recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, Lie to Me and Rules of Engagement. In 2011, the Australian Today Show dubbed Meskimen, “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.” His viral Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices has over a million views and subsequent viral videos have cemented him as a major YouTube talent. He can be seen currently in Impress Me, an original half-hour comedy that originated as a successful web series. Meskimen lives in Los Angeles with his actress wife, Tamara. Their daughter Taylor is also a performer. His mother is beloved actress Marion Ross, who played Mrs. C in the long-running ABC comedy Happy Days.