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SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting: The Changing Nature of Cyber Security Regulation: May 23, 2013

Tech Nite 13 ... Check Out the Photos

SVTC Members: Election of Class I Board of Directors, Cast Your Vote

Bits & Grits: May 21, 2013

BIG Small Business Event: May 23, 2013

Member News: Lumos Networks Launches Metro Richmond With 100 Gig Connectivity

Member News: Cottonwood Commercial Brokers $1,050,000 million Commercial Deal

SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting: The Changing Nature of Cyber Security Regulation; May 23, 2013, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg

(Networking begins at 11:45am)

Speaker:  Carlos Solari.  A conversation about the changing nature of cyber security regulation as it applies to small-medium businesses; what does it mean; why it now applies to them and why it is not going away.

About Carlos:

Born in Colombia, South America, Carlos Solari is the product of the American dream - the one of parents who aspire to more for their children. He was raised in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After graduating, he joined the US Army, where he served for thirteen years. During that time, he earned a master of science degree in systems technologies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and also graduated from the Army Ranger School. Solari later entered the FBI, where he served for more than six years, ultimately becoming one of the top IT senior executives in the Bureau. From 2002 to 2005, he was the chief information officer (CIO) for the White House in the Bush Administration. He has also held many jobs in the private sector in cyber-security, chief among them his position at Bell Labs. While there, he authored a collaborative work on a technology book called Security in a Web 2.0+ World, which was published by Wiley Publishers in 2009. Solari is considered an expert in cyber-security presently working in a startup company called WilkiTech and has recently published his first novel.

Networking begins at 11:45am.  Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE on May 23rd. Register early.


Tech Nite 13 ... Check Out the Photos


Thanks to everyone who came out for Tech Nite 13 on May 1st.  It was a fabulous evening with lots of networking and many connections were made! 


If you missed the evening, here's a peek at some photos so you can see what you missed.


Note:  Any reprints of photos should be credited to the photographer Holly Marcus and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.  Thank you.

PS: You can order prints from the Google Picasaweb page, - and of  course we'd also be happy to send you the digital file. Just let us know. 


SVTC Tech Nite 13 Photos


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Members: Election of SVTC Class I Board of Directors, Please Cast your Vote

SVTC members:  Check your mailboxes for your election ballot for the Class I of the SVTC Board of Directors.


In order for us to have a valid election we need a quorum, so keep an eye out for your email. All members have already received their individual emails with their custom link.  We are using SurveyMonkey to generate individual links to the survey/ballot for each SVTC member - these links have an expiration date (May 20th) and can only be used once.


There are 12 slots and 12 candidates. The bios of the candidates are available on our website on our SVTC Board Elections page.


The slate is as follows:

  • Johnnie Barr, ActionCOACH
  • Rathnam Chaguturu, SV SRI
  • Joey Groah, DIGICO Shoot I Post I Design
  • Chip Harvill, Cadence, Inc.
  • Mike Lam, Premier Technical Services
  • Anne Marchant, Shenandoah University
  • Mike Mitri, JMU College of Business
  • Ken Newbold, JMU Research & Public Service
  • Mike Murphy, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Ron Perry, grep Innovation
  • Greg  St. Ours, Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC
  • Nick Swayne. JMU College of Education

If you'd like to vote in person instead of electronically, please plan on attending the annual membership meeting on May 23, 2013 (11:45 am) at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg.


If you have any questions, please contact Nicky at


Thanks in advance for your active participation!



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 8:00am


This regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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BIG Small Business Event

May 23, 2013, 8:00am-4:30pm

Blue Ridge Community College-Plecker Center

1 College Woods Drive, Weyers Cave, VA

For established and perspective business owners and managers.

Learn. Act. Profit.
This full-day conference provides professional development and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, managers, and business owners.

Keynote speakers will motivate and inform us, and the day is filled with concurrent breakout sessions focusing on all the topics of interest and issues of importance to the business community.

Cost: $49 includes breaks and lunch.

For more information on the list of topics and speakers and to register visit



Member News: Lumos Networks Launches Metro Richmond With 100 Gig Connectivity

[WAYNESBORO, VA] - Lumos Networks Corp.  (NASDAQ:LMOS), a leading provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure & IP Services in key mid-Atlantic markets, today announced plans to build 100 Gig wavelength routes connecting Richmond to Ashburn and Lynchburg in Virginia. These networks are poised to handle the exponential growth in bandwidth as well as the need for superior latency and route diversity demanded by Enterprise and Carrier customers within Virginia driven by healthcare, education, financial and other bandwidth intensive applications. Lumos Networks will be offering a full suite of Ethernet, IP and wavelength services to key business parks, data centers and carrier POPs over a 92-mile metro ring connecting Richmond to key destinations in Lumos Networks' existing markets.

 "With the vibrant growth and innovation coming out of Richmond, we view it as a significant emerging technology hub.  Companies are increasingly reliant on big data stored in the cloud, so they need increasingly higher bandwidth to access this data in real time as well as over diverse routes to account for business continuity. Lumos Networks' next generation infrastructure will allow Richmond to respond to these needs," said Lumos Networks CEO Timothy G. Biltz.   "We've enjoyed the support we've received thus far from the business community and local leaders and we look forward to ongoing investments in the Greater Richmond Region."

The ability to leverage previously unattainable network speeds will be of great benefit to the educational, governmental, healthcare and research sectors throughout the Greater Richmond region.  To illustrate the power of a 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) network, all Virginia students in K-12 schools could simultaneously download an e-book in  under three minutes, smartphone data could be sent 50,000 times faster than current average speeds, and millions of medical records could be transmitted in just 60 seconds.

"While some providers are trying to extend the life of existing 10G and 40G gears, others such as Lumos Networks view a migration to 100G as absolutely necessary based upon a dramatic surge in network traffic," said Frost & Sullivan Analyst, Roopashree Honnachari. "F&S research validates that the demand for 100G networks has begun and it is here to stay. Lumos Networks is proud to be making the transition to 100G to keep with the market demand."

For more information about Lumos Networks and its host of products and services including 100 Gig wavelengths, please visit or call 877-328-9442.

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Member News:  Cottonwood Commercial brokers $1,050,000 million Commercial deal on the corner of Neff Avenue and Reservoir Street


[May 3, 2013, Harrisonburg] Cottonwood Commercial brokered a deal for the sale of a 1.25 acre parcel on the corner of Neff Avenue and Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. The parcel of unimproved land sold for $1,050,000 on Friday May 3, 2013. The seller was represented by Timothy Peters of Cottonwood Commercial and the buyer was represented by Ray Ressler of Cottonwood Commercial. The current approved plans for the corner are for a new gas station and convenience store location.


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