The RBTC is pleased to announce that this year’s TechNite will feature Keynote Speaker Bonz Hart and Emcee Caitlyn Scaggs.
Bonz Hart began his career as a serial entrepreneur, consultant and worked for software companies in the US and Canada. His reputation and expertise prompted DuPont to recruit him for their Information Technology Products Group in the late 1980’s. In 1993 Bonz founded Meridium in an office over his garage with the vision of helping the world’s asset-intensive industries protect People, our Planet, and Profits through effective Asset Performance Management software and services. Meridium never took any outside capital, instead growing through reinvesting its’ revenue until selling 24% ownership to GE in 2014. Growing to 500 fulltime employees and contractors, with headquarters in Roanoke and offices in: Houston, London, Madrid, Dubai, Bangalore, (India), Singapore and Australia by helping over 1,200 global sites in over 80 countries protect their production assets by predicting and preventing their physical assets from failing. Clients including ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Excel Energy, WestRock and many international companies depend on Meridium for their enterprise APM solutions.
In September of 2016 GE Digital purchased the rest of Meridium for an enterprise value of 500 million dollars. Bonz retired from GE/Meridium at the end of January 2017.
Bonz was an early President of the RBTC in the 1990’s.
Bonz will be sharing some lessons learned to help grow your business and our region.
Caitlyn Scaggs went from being a police officer to marketing professional and ultimately the Chief Growth Officer at Polymer Solutions Incorporated (PSI).
After joining the PSI team, she developed her skills as an expert ‘scientist’ in all things marketing, communications, and business development. Caitlyn has an affinity for actionable data and identifying the intersection between strategy and day-to-day activity. Her non-traditional background has helped shape her into the successful business person she is today.
In 2013 Caitlyn began her own marketing firm, Blue Mobius Marketing, and is regarded as a thought leader in social media and digital marketing strategy. She has a passion for public speaking, writing, business development and continuous improvement.