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Mark D. Gelhardt


Mark D. GelhardtMark started his Technology career in the US Army and is currently a Colonel in the Georgia National Guard. At the pinnacle of Marks Army career, he was nominated and selected to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO equivalent, supporting President Clinton; the VP, the White House Staff; and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Mark is a combat veteran.

Since retiring from the service, Mark has held multiple leadership positions in IT, InfoSec and Cyber in the following positions: CIO/CSO for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline. CTO/Deputy CIO (over Global Operations) and CISO for InterCall - the world's largest conferencing company. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for TravelClick - a Software as a Service company in the hospitality space. Consulted as the Interim CISO for the Georgia Lottery and NCR. Currently Mark is the VP, Technology Governance for US Bank/Elavon – Elavon is fifth largest credit card processor in the world.

Mark is currently writing a book about his time at the Clinton White House, which should be published in June 2018. Mark's honors include being a published author, a key note speaker and panel member in the IT and InfoSec fields. Mark has been awarded CISO of the year finalist 2013, Global CISO of the year finalist 2014, and a National InfoSec Project award winner in 2013 and a finalist InfoSec Project award winner in 2015. Marks military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award) and other honors.