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As you know, Robolliance is a forum for technology partners and industry experts in robotics, surveillance and security to advance the understanding and awareness of the Autonomous Robotics marketplace.

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Meet the Experts

  • Tosh Akhgar
    Tosh Akhgar is Manager of Shuttle Computers, Solutions Group. Tailoring his experience of IT, sales, marketing and design he strategically executes corporate goals. A mix of old values and new values allow Tosh to be a leader in his industry. Starting from the age of eighteen he began his journey in the IT industry, doing diagnostics and repair along with technical sales support.
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  • David Antar

    David Antar is President of IPVideo Corporation, a manufacturer of network-based video technology solutions. With over 30 years experience in the technology and security industries, he is recognized as a visionary leader and member of the science and technology community.

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  • Bill Bozeman, CPP
    Bill Bozeman is president and CEO of PSA, the world’s largest system integrator cooperative, owned by the most progressive security and audio-visual integrators throughout North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.
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  • Mark Brodie
    Mark I. Brodie’s career in broadcast television and video production spans over 35 years. For the last ten years, he has been President and Director of films for MiB Mediaworks LLC, which provides media consultation, video production, and training services to major corporations and broadcasters throughout the Northeast US and beyond.
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  • Tom Dietz

    Tom Dietz has over 25 years of experience focused on providing solutions where real-time voice and video are reliably transported over traditional packet data networks (IP, ATM, Frame Relay). For the past 12 years his focus has been on outdoor operations that require reliable high performance connectivity to vehicles using mesh wireless technologies.

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  • Alice DiSanto

    Alice DiSanto has senior management experience with Fortune 100, three upstart companies and a regional hospital. In her role as Director of Marketing for Sharp’s robotics division, Alice is responsible for the development of the overall strategic marketing plan and brand strategy of the Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV).

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  • Mufit Ferman
    A. Mufit Ferman received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics and communication engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey, in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, in 1997 and 2011, respectively.
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  • Scott Goldfine
    Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in-person. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security, Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media.
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  • Margie Gurwin

    Margie Gurwin, a career marketing professional with expertise in the physical security space, is founder and principal of Content Creation Partners LLC. During the past 25 years, she has both headed up in-house marketing teams for high-tech B2B companies and worked within account management for advertising agencies handling them.




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  • Cynthia Hetherington

    Cynthia Hetherington, President of the Hetherington Group, has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. Cynthia has been recognized for her work in overseeing national and international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, South America, Europe and Asia.


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  • Brian Higgins
    Brian Higgins is founder and president of Group 77, a security and public safety consulting firm. He has over 30 years of combined military and civilian law enforcement experience, having concluded his service as New Jersey’s most populous county’s Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety.
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  • Claudine Hudson
    Claudine Hudson is a dedicated, meticulous and creative professional, with a unique skillset of Technical Agility and Strategic Business Consultancy. In her role at Shuttle, Claudine is considered as a “Problem Solver”, Solutions Architect, Sales Extraordinaire, sometimes even Counselor to her clients-but most of all an Advocate.
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  • Jack Ives
    For the last 20 years, Jack Ives has brought new technologies and solutions to market in the fields of application engineering, internet software, and 3D re-creations. As a co-founder of CyberExtruder, Jack helped move the company from start-up to commercially successful enterprise.
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  • Basil Jesudason
    Basil Jesudason is the Principal Engineer and the Software Lead of the current Sharp Autonomous Development Project at SLA (Sharp Labs of America). He develops software and algorithms for autonomous vehicles and works with a team of software engineers to ensure that the software is both easy to use and works as expected by the customers.
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  • Todd Kleperis

    Todd Kleperis is CEO of Hardcar Security based in California. Hardcar is a technology leader in the transportation of product and protection of locations related to the medical cannabis industry. Hardcar has a focus on replacing security guards with robotics, along with using threat detection software to reduce client risk across the entire enterprise.

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  • Dr. Komsuoglu

    Dr. Komsuoglu is a robotics expert and entrepreneur with over 19 years of research, development and start-up experience. Focusing on biologically inspired high-performance mobility and high-dexterity manipulation systems, Mr. Komsuoglu served as key personnel in several critically acclaimed multi-institutional robotics projects.

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  • Mark Kopec

    Mark Kopec has over 35 years of experience as a consultant on projects for the United States Department of Defense, Department of Energy, State Department and Homeland Security as well as many private companies, such as John Deere, Martin-Baker America, GigaCrete, Via Verde and more. Throughout his government consulting career, Mark has developed many deep contacts with companies in security industries.

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  • Greg Louks
    Greg Louks is a graduate of the West Point Class of 1988, where he was the First Captain and Brigade Commander of the United States Corps of Cadets. Upon graduating, he received the Pershing Sword and the Knox Trophy, given to the highest ranking cadet and the cadet with the highest standing in military efficiency, respectively.
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  • Brian Maffitt

    Brian Maffitt is a renowned educator in the field of motion graphics and special effects. His company Total Training, has been teaching computer graphics skills to customers since 1997. A software designer, Brian has developed plugins for special-effects post-production that are used in commercials, films and television productions around the world.

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  • William Marshall
    BG William J. Marshall III, USA (Retired) is a distinguished dual-career public servant with a 29-year span in law enforcement while simultaneously maintaining his membership for more than 35 years in the New Jersey National Guard (NJNG) where he achieved the rank of Brigadier General and served as the NJNG Deputy Commander.
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  • Eric Morse

    Eric Morse, CPP began his career in service to the Army National Guard - Mountain Infantry. He then went on to become a Police Officer and Firearms Instructor for the Newmarket (New Hampshire) Police Department. His move to the private sector was in 1997 for LSI Logic. This was the same year that he joined the ASIS organization of security professionals.

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  • John Nagy
    John Nagy joined Andrews International when Andrews International acquired his company, Nagy Protection Services, in November 2007. As a prior Senior Vice President of the Andrews International West, Nagy’s responsibilities include oversight of the region as well as anti-piracy operations, the Burbank Client Support Center (CSC) and the Business Support Unit (BSU).

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  • Louis Noriega
    Louis Noriega’s information technology career spans over 34 years of experience, with the last three years as President of Automated Port Solutions (APS) which provides Management Consulting, Operational, Physical Security and Technology Planning and Design services to critical infrastructure facilities throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
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  • Bob Norris

    Dr. William R. (Bob) Norris is an innovator with over 18 years of senior executive experience in high tech businesses. As an entrepreneur at John Deere, Bob’s focus was on the development and introduction of robotics products for agriculture, military, homeland security, private security, residential and emergency responder market segments.

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  • Ramesh Ratan

    Ramesh Ratan is CEO and member of the board of directors of Bell and Howell, a leading global provider of multi-channel communications and commerce solutions. He is also a member of the board of directors of BCC Software LLC, a Versa Capital company. Ramesh previously developed a new business platform to drive revenue growth via partnerships with global marketing data services providers.

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  • Joseph Ricevuto
    Joseph Ricevuto, after working 30-years in industry solutions marketing for AT&T, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Compaq, has established One to One Marketing as a marketing services company that designs, delivers, manages, and measures the effectiveness of multi-channel marketing services.

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  • Todd Rigby

    Todd’s proven leadership in technology distribution includes more than 20 years of experience in the Mining, Heavy Construction, Wireless Telecommunications, and Oil & Gas industries. As a dealer for Caterpillar and Trimble technology products, Todd recognized the need to offer the most capable wireless network as part of the product portfolio.

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  • Robotics Business Review (RBR) provides business intelligence for the global robotics industry. Members enjoy exclusive insights into global news, tracking of financial transactions, analysis of new technologies and companies, annual and quarterly research reports, access to the RBR50 Top 50 Companies list and much more.
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  • Robotics Trends is the only media brand exclusively devoted to robotics for the consumer market. Readers include engaged early adopters of robotics technology, who are actively seeking inspiration and information about how to buy, build and use new products. They also host the Robotics Marketplace and Robotics Conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) each year. 

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  • Nathan Ruff

    Nathan Ruff is a Managing Director for the Coalition of UAS Professionals. Nathan has over 17 years of experience as a Strategy & Operations Consultant to Fortune 500 companies around the world. Leading projects in North America, Europe, and Asia, Nathan has a proven track record helping organizations achieve superlative results.

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  • Natasha-Walkowicz-Shea

    Natasha Walkowicz Shea, an educator with extensive expertise in charter and alternative curriculum schools, is the Hudson Valley P-TECH Program’s Principal. Walkowicz Shea has experience with alternative school programs and charter school startups. Most recently, she was the Principal of Greenwood Lake UFSD in NY.

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  • Jay Stack

    Jay Stack, founder and president of IGM Creative Group, brings extensive management, marketing and development experience to every project. He has spent the last 30 years engineering effective marketing plans for B2B clients in the software, financial, biotech, pharmaceutical and legal markets. He has delivered successful programs for a number of prestigious firms.

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  • Mel Torrie

    Mel W. Torrie, M.S. is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) in Logan, Utah. ASI develops and sells systems for driverless ground vehicle control in Mining, Military, Agriculture, Material Handling, Automotive Proving Grounds, Industrial Cleaning and Security. 

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  • Greg Tucker

    Greg Tucker is the Senior Product Manager of the Sharp Robotics Business Division (SRBD). He coordinates market requirements research, specification planning and product development with a global team of hardware and software engineers, and business professionals.

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  • Ed Verbraak

    Ed Verbraak is a Principle Engineer at Orange & Rockland Utilities. For over 28 years, he has worked in the electric utility industry most recently in the area of reliability engineering. Prior to his present position, for five years Ed was the section manager of Emergency Management, responsible for maintaining the company’s emergency response plans.

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  • Ben Waters

    Ben Waters has been the CEO of WiBotic since 2015, when he and Co-Founder, Joshua Smith, commercialized the wireless charging solutions they developed at the University of Washington. Ben is responsible for company vision, strategy and operations. He is a Puget Sound Business Journal 2016 “40 Under 40” honoree.


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  • John Wickes

    John W. Wickes is a professionally trained Tree and Landscape Consultant. He has been continuously engaged in his field of expertise since 1983. He currently serves as Regional Governor for the New York State Arborists Association, and other numerous professional and service organizations.

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  • Marshall N. Wright

    Marshall Wright recently retired as the Director, Business Development for the State of Utah, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in November 2015. In that position, he was responsible for the development of new and sustaining Utah businesses in the economic sectors serving the Aerospace and Defense industry.

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  • Jack Wu

    Jack Wu is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Nightingale Security. He has 17 years of startup and corporate experience in product development and design. Jack joined eGroups as employee no 3. eGroups was subsequently acquired by Yahoo! in 2000, and renamed as Yahoo Groups. After Yahoo!, Jack was recruited by the CEO of Tickle to fill the role of Creative Director.

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  • Linda Ziemba

    Linda Ziemba is a Founding CEO of Drone Go Home (DGH). Linda brings over 25 years of startup and corporate experience in sales, marketing, security, and product development. Linda led LiveLOOK’s sales, marketing and operations to acquisition by Oracle in 2014. Drone Go Home builds a Radio-Frequency based system capable of detection, warning, and location of threat UAS, RC cars or boats and their ground controllers.

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Expert Corner

Balancing Optimism Critical Thinking of Security Robotics

Glass Half Full – Balancing Optimism & Critical Thinking of Security Robotics

Article written by Alice DiSanto, Director of Marketing, Sharp Robotics Business Development, Robolliance Expert

A common expression of optimism - “The glass is half full.” – is also optimistic common ground for the security industry when it comes to the basic benefits of robotics. Suppliers of air, land and sea robots appear to be in full agreement when touting that this technology will liberate manpower of routine guarding tasks, characterized as repetitive, mundane and at times dangerous, so that people can shift their attention to more critical, intelligence-based work.

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