TECHquila Sunrise Episode 20

“Don’t let others determine your fate. That really came from my parents, and became part of my DNA.”

-Kevin L. Jackson, GC GlobalNet

 

In this episode of TECHquila Sunrise, Greg welcomes Kevin L. Jacson, CEO of GC GlobalNet, and host of Supply Chain Now’s newest podcast program, Digital Transformers, to the show. Listen…and be Lifted UP!

Greg White (00:02):

This week on tequila, sunrise, we’re talking to a veteran in every sense of the word technology, military, and just life in general. Listen up to what Kevin L. Jackson can tell you about his life story and what he wants you to take away from it. You know what to do listen up. It’s time to wake up to tequila, sunrise, where without the aid of tequila, unfortunately, we open your eyes to how tech founders and venture investing ticks focused on supply chain tech every week at this unholy hour of the day. So if you want to know how tech startup growth and investment has done, join me every single week for another aligning tequila, sunrise, Greg white here from supply chain. Now always happy, never satisfied, willing to acknowledge reality, but refusing to be bound by it. My goal is to inform, enlighten and inspire you in your own supply chain tech journey, subscribe to tequila, sunrise on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or anywhere else you get your podcasts. So you don’t miss a thing. The first half of our interview with Kevin L. Jackson,

Greg White (01:40):

All right, let’s bring in our guests. Kevin L. Jackson, Kevin is CEO and founder of GC global net, a global social networking and consulting platform aiming at educating small businesses and large corporations on cloud computing. And you’re going to hear why he’s eminently qualified to do that, but wait, there’s more Kevin’s list of current endeavors is as long as my arm, I could just send you to his Wikipedia page or his personal website, but I really wanted to pick a few of these things and highlight some of my favorites. So Kevin is a graduate of the Naval Academy, a BS in aerospace engineering. So when he says it’s not rocket science, he knows he’s also, uh, holds an M M a in national security and strategic studies with the Naval war college. And as if that isn’t enough and gosh, don’t you think it ought to be a master’s in electrical engineering from Navy postgraduate school, 15 years in the Navy, a Lieutenant commander carrier aviator and spacecraft systems engineer.

Greg White (02:42):

Kevin previously has led technology at numerous firms in the military finance and technology industries. He is currently also an adjunct professor in applied computing systems and technology at Tulane university GreenWave strategic to total network service in the crypto industry and strategic advisor to deal box who is out to democratize wealth by democratizing venture capital author of click to transform digital transformation game plan for your business. As of this moment, number one, new release on Amazon. I checked right before the show. Kevin, thanks for joining us. First of all, I don’t know how you have time, but I’m glad that you have chosen to share a little bit of time with us. And it’s particularly an honor to get some of your time knowing how hard that is.

Kevin L. Jackson (03:32):

No, thank you very much. I was wondering, I didn’t recognize the person you were talking about.

Greg White (03:39):

It sounds really good when somebody else says it, doesn’t it, it makes you feel really, really

Kevin L. Jackson (03:44):

I’m blushing. Can you see?

Greg White (03:46):

Yeah, again, so let’s, uh, let’s dive into this. I really appreciate you being here. I’ve actually talked to you several times on supply chain. Now this is the first time you and I have gotten to talk without adult supervision, the great Scott loop, right? Yeah. This could get dangerous.

Kevin L. Jackson (04:08):

You’re sure Scott’s not going to bust into your rung the second.

Greg White (04:12):

I’m sure he’s observing from somewhere, right? We’ll look. So we know even just a tiny bit about your education and your career days. First of all, thank you for your service. Thank you for everything you’ve done since that, to help, you know, with digital transformation with cloud, with other technology cybersecurity, I mean, you’ve had your hands in everything. So we’ll talk more about your journey a little bit later, but what we don’t know anything about is those 12 years in the desert. Kevin, tell us a little bit about your youth, about your, about your parents, your hometown, what kind of kid were you growing up?

Kevin L. Jackson (04:51):

Oh, wow. That’s um, and I’m glad you didn’t ask me where are you from? Because that can be a very difficult question because my family moved around round quite a bit where my, my parents both were both born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. So I guess you could call that home because that’s where my extended family is, but, uh, actually never lived there other than like going and staying with my grandmother over the summer or saying a few months here and there,

Greg White (05:29):

Weddings and graduations and whatnot.

Kevin L. Jackson (05:32):

Yeah. Graduations and whatnot. So I’m always in Baltimore, but, uh, my, my father was actually for short time in the army as an electronic technician and I was born right there in Atlanta. Believe it or not Pearson.

Greg White (05:51):

Wow. At Fort McPhearson. Wow. That’s where

Kevin L. Jackson (05:55):

I was born. That’s where I started. Then we moved to the Mississippi Gulf coast. My father was, uh, the left the army and he was a civilian in the air force already taught, um, electronics, 40 air force at Keesler air force base for a short while. Then we moved to new Orleans where believe it or not, my father worked on the Apollo moon, rocket, uh, the third stage, uh, McDonald Douglas there in new Orleans. And then he finally settled in with the FAA 30 plus year career with the FAA as a aviation facilities engineer, you know, all the technology that, uh, routes the planes. Oh yeah. Their traffic control system and all that. That’s what he was responsible for. Actually the retard. He was at FAA headquarters running quite a large component of the FDA. So we moved to Jersey and the district of Columbia, DC and Louisville, Kentucky, you know, so all over the place, I’m from the United States, but my mom was a nurse all those years. So she worked in hospitals in all those cities.

Greg White (07:17):

Well, I can see one why you embrace so much going on so much change and also why electronics, why aerospace, why military that had to have had a big influence on you.

Kevin L. Jackson (07:33):

So look, you know, I grew up in the sixties, right? So I was always into space travel and I’m sure my father working on a moon rocket was, was quite an influence, but my earliest memories really, uh, revolve around wanting to emulate the early astronauts and star Trek. And I know I looked in your past, you’re tracking yourself.

Greg White (08:03):

How could you not be in those days, man? I mean, it, you know, it was by the time I was watching it, it was, I think it was reruns. I don’t even remember star Trek was only just a few seasons. Right. But I’m not saying it was on all that. What’s that

Kevin L. Jackson (08:20):

Also in the original ones

Greg White (08:24):

I’ll never give you up. Yeah. But I mean, it was a special time, wasn’t it? I mean, there was a lot going on all the way through the sixties all the way through the eighties space was the final frontier to quote the show. So

Kevin L. Jackson (08:42):

I guess also, uh, growing up on the Mississippi Gulf coast, the fight for civil rights was really my everyday experience. I mean, uh, I mean, I R remember being in fourth grade and watching their KKK parading outside of my house. I’m not my house is my school actually. And, uh, being told during show and tell one of the classmates brought in a microscope and everybody was lined up to, uh, uh, look through the microscope, you know, in fourth grade. And when it’s Tom Khan for me to look at it, you know, the, a little kid at the stickler, I remember saying, I don’t want that inward look touching my microscope. Right. And, uh, and, uh, the teacher actually saying, well, if he doesn’t want you touching the microscope, you can’t touch his microscopes. I never got to look at the micros

Greg White (09:42):

Of course, appalled, but fascinated by these stories because I grew up in, mostly in Kansas, I’d moved around like you, but mostly in Kansas. And it was distinctly different. I can’t say that, you know, of course I would never experience what you’ve experienced, but I feel like there’s a lot more unity, comfort distance. Uh, still astounding to me to hear that that stuff happens when I have friends who, who not, not even in, you know, when, in the days when you were a kid, but in the fairly recent past have had things like that happen. It’s just foreign to me that people think that way, I guess. How do you think that, I mean, how, how much of that happened, Kevin, and how much do you think that impacted you and, and your clear and present drive and initiative or your goals as a person?

Kevin L. Jackson (10:39):

Well, yes, it absolutely happens. And it still happens in, in today’s world, but it can either make you stronger or it can destroy you in, in my case, it taught me really don’t listen to what is, don’t let others determine your faith and to always move forward and, and trust in yourself. And I think that really came from, from my parents. I mean, they taught me to always strive for yourself, Stroud for your future, and don’t let others put you down. So, um, that really became my DNA. And, and that has driven me my entire life. Even when the note a high school counselor tells me that you are not good enough to go to college, you should go get a good job at the Ford plant on the assembly line. You know, you can’t let others, uh, determine your future.

Greg White (11:49):

Yeah. I think that’s a particularly poignant message. Now. I think that’s a struggle. I mean, I see it. You can see the sort of, uh, hopelessness or helplessness that’s certain people have. And I really want to give them that guidance. I really want to give them that hope that nobody defines your future.

Kevin L. Jackson (12:10):

And it’s also important for education. It’s critical that you learn about the world and learn from others, but don’t take them on their word. You know, when, when we were young, your whatever your parents said was true, that had a lot of influence on everyone today. Like when my kids were, were going up after he got older, I mean, you would say something, but they’re just go to the internet right now, dad, but what’s happening now and go in the early days of the internet, most of the information on the internet was actually good. It was true. But nowadays it’s actually maybe flipping where much of the information, because it is, um, I guess, exciting, but it’s lies. It’s wrong, it’s false.

Greg White (13:15):

Or, or at least it’s what do you want to say hyperbolic, right? Yeah, yeah. You’re right. You’re absolutely right. And that’s what we’ve encouraged our kids. And I bet you have too is to look at both sides. And as my great grandparents used to tell me, there’s his side, her side and the truth. Right. So, um, so that, I mean, I think you really have to be discerning about that. And I started recognizing that a lot when well, look who cares what I think, I want to know when you started recognizing that. Sorry, I’m used to just talking to you Kevin, so

Kevin L. Jackson (13:56):

No, no problem.

Greg White (13:58):

Here’s what I think. Well, so what did you do as a kid? I mean, I know you must have done something besides work at seven places at once kids. So what did you do as a kid? What did you do for fun? Or,

Kevin L. Jackson (14:13):

You know, like I said before, I was a space age, right. So of course I built model rockets and launched them. Did you really? Wow. And I, um, I actually got into bowling when I was young and I’ve carried that, uh, until in the pre COVID age, my family and my wife and kids, we were in every type of bowling league. You could imagine really, really, really enjoyed that as, as a family. What’s your average? Uh, well, when I was bowling, my average is about one 85, one 86. That’s solid or yeah, but my son has like eight, 300 rings. So I’m not even a

Greg White (15:03):

That’s harsh when yeah. When your kids get better than you that’s when a lot of parents hang it up on a sport. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:13):

Absolutely. Let’s go boat. Nah, it’s all good.

Greg White (15:20):

I don’t think so.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:21):

But even, even today I keep tabs on space X and commercial space, but about 10 years ago, I started writing my blog as a hobby cloud musings, and then that blossomed into full-time writing and social media and my books. So, but that’s sort of goes back to what we were saying before work shouldn’t be work. It should be something that you enjoy. Uh, and I’ve been lucky in that things that I enjoy doing have been able to help me pay my bills.

Greg White (15:57):

Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:59):

A bit of luck I’ve had. So I enjoy social media, but I just so happened to be a social media influencer.

Greg White (16:06):

Yeah. For at least two companies Broadcom and at, and T I think correct. Or,

Kevin L. Jackson (16:12):

And Erickson and IBM and Intel and Microsoft and many others.

Greg White (16:18):

Yep. That’s right. That’s right. And you’ve done something with Dell as well. Um, that’s not social media though. That was a technology council or something. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (16:29):

And also at some of the events like, uh, VMware and Dell, I, I do, I guess doc leadership pieces, a lot of writing,

Greg White (16:39):

So. All right. So I gotta ask you, what are you not good at seriously? I mean, I’m not seriously. There’s gotta be something that you’re not good at. I can’t imagine what it can be.

Kevin L. Jackson (16:53):

Oh, I, I mean, ask my wife, she has a long list.

Greg White (16:58):

She’s she’s next on the interview list.

Kevin L. Jackson (17:04):

You know, I, I’m horrible at details. You know, I’m a big picture kind of guy. And as soon as you got to get down to the details, I said, okay, somebody else come along.

Greg White (17:15):

That’s good to know. How about sports? Are you a fan of anything

Kevin L. Jackson (17:21):

I see? Is that the Washington football team Jersey behind you?

Greg White (17:26):

Uh, no. Okay. That’s why all the, all the Cowboys fans hate me is they think that is, they think that’s yeah, that’s actually, uh, that is my favorite football player ever. The one who inspired me to play football, Otis Taylor from the Kansas city chiefs. Oh Yeah. Yeah. Well, Hey man, I paid my dues years of waiting or a great team. I’m happy. I’m happy.

Kevin L. Jackson (17:56):

Yeah. But big and football. I mean, uh, you know, with my family being from Baltimore that would have heydays of the, uh, Baltimore

Greg White (18:06):

Cool Colts. Yeah. Bert Jones. Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:10):

And, uh, so not hate the Colts.

Greg White (18:13):

Right. Cause they moved to Indy. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:16):

The moving vans and left Baltimore. Yeah.

Greg White (18:21):

So are you a Ravens fan?

Kevin L. Jackson (18:23):

So my, my father, my father is a season ticket holder.

Greg White (18:31):

Wow. That, that does your goodness.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:33):

The big grape and span. And my father in law’s Redskins. Oh, let me, sorry, Washington.

Greg White (18:42):

Well, the whole team. Yeah. We have to get up. We got to take a poll here for what they ought to be called right

Kevin L. Jackson (18:49):

Along as my, and my son, my son is a huge Washington fan. Uh, so, um, I, I’m a I’m Raven skin.

Greg White (18:59):

Are you okay? You gotta, you gotta walk a fine line there, but at least you’ve always got something to do on Thanksgiving day because like Washington plays almost every Thanksgiving you, because of when you grew up, I could totally see that. I remember Burt Jones and the coast. See you. Of course.

Kevin L. Jackson (19:23):

While game was in Memorial stadium in Baltimore watching Johnny Unitas play. Yeah.

Greg White (19:29):

Wow, man. What an incredible quarterback. The prototypical quarterback in Washington had some, some great quarterbacks too. I’m trying to think.

Kevin L. Jackson (19:40):

Let’s see Jorgensen,

Greg White (19:42):

Sonny, Sonny Jurgensen, right. Number 18. All right. So I feel like we’ve gotten to know a little bit about your childhood. Obviously you moved around. I mean, do you feel like that gave you kind of some of the ability to multitask to address things at a high level and, and obviously, you know, you relate at least one experience that kind of drives you to Excel.

Kevin L. Jackson (20:08):

Actually, I think it did because it taught me the value of change and how to look at things from multiple points of views, how to appreciate, you know, the other person’s viewpoint. Um, and empathy is a very important aspect of, of leadership. And I think the ability to understand other viewpoints to understand, um, that people have different backgrounds. And by moving around, I was able to experience a bit of, a lot of different things lived on the West coast, East coast. I’ve been overseas, I’ve been around the world. Right. So you really can, uh, engage with other people with other backgrounds and other thoughts in a constructive manner. Um, I think that

Greg White (21:08):

Even if their thoughts are stupid, I mean, arguably right. Even if I’m right, I mean, even if you arguably might think their thoughts are ignorant or oppressive or whatever you see, you can, by having experienced it so much, you can actually see where they’re coming from, whether it’s justifiable or just a vacation or not, um, you can actually see where people are coming from.

Kevin L. Jackson (21:35):

Right. And having that appreciation is important when you want to come to some type of an agreement to work.

Greg White (21:46):

That’s a really interesting perspective. I had not really kind of thought of it that way until you were saying that, but it doesn’t matter what somebody’s position is. You can create empathy for it, even if only to find agreement or to avoid conflict. Right. So, all right. So let’s jump forward a little bit to maybe your, certainly to your education. I’m fascinated by that. And you’re, and maybe even your early career days, but can you pin down one or two things happenings or experiences or mentors or anything like that, that you felt like really created a, an awakening or an epiphany or a pivotal moment in your life?

Kevin L. Jackson (22:29):

Actually, one that really sticks out in my life is actually in high school with my track coach. I ran track in high school and in college, but my, uh, track coach, coach B’s was also my physics instructor wow. In high school. And, um, he sort of instilled in me the, uh, drive to Excel in two ways. He, he took me on a track and taught me that I could reach down into my inner self to perform. And then he also in the physics class taught me that I needed to reach down into myself to be able to perform intellectually and that it was important to blend the two. So I think that put me in a position to move forward. Uh, the other thing that was a big, important aspect of my life as when I actually went to the neighborhood, went to flight training.

Kevin L. Jackson (23:40):

So I, uh, you know, always wanted to go on space. So when you’re in your late the astronauts, it’s all about becoming a pilot, a jet pilot, and being a, a test pilot because of all of the early astronauts were test pilots are determined by my research that of course, maybe pilots were the best. So that’s why that’s one reason why I wanted to go to the Naval Academy. But one thing I didn’t think about was that if you’re going to be in the Navy, you have to know how to swim. And he asked me, what do I don’t know at that time, I didn’t know

Speaker 4 (24:20):

How to swim really.

Kevin L. Jackson (24:23):

And when I went to flight training, one of the first things they did was you have to pass a swimming class and they throw you into the pool and say, swim to the other side where they threw me in the pool. Now I suddenly like a rock. We’re going to the bottom. Next thing I knew, I’m, I’m holding on to a pole. They’re pulling me out of the pool and I’m coughing up chlorine. And I saw my entire future going away because, Oh my God. So my best friend, um, actually, um, he was best man at my wedding. And, uh, he became an Ironman in the Navy, actually author Johnson. Uh, we were going through flight training in Pensacola at the same time. And we were, were, we both went through the Naval Academy, so we’ve known each other forever, so app, but he was in that class, uh, and he failed to, he couldn’t swim either. So, so that, that evening, you know, we, we left the base and we went out and we, uh, we were looking out, you know, to w w we think we’re, you know, we’re everything right. We’re going through jet training or flight training and the Navy, and we just failed a swimming. You had to be a little off. Huh?

Speaker 4 (25:56):

You had to be a little bit off Kevin, then something like that could keep you from being a pilot. You’re like, I’m going to be flying above it.

Kevin L. Jackson (26:04):

Exactly. And it’s like, so we’re sitting on the curb, sort of shaking our heads and, uh, what are we going to do? And he looked at me and he said, look, Kevin, we’re not going to quit. And we’re not going to stop. And we’ll take all the extra swimming training they need to give to us until we pass this course. And if, if I ever see you looking like you’re going to quit, I’m going to kick your . And, and, and you’re just not going to quit. And I looked at him and I said, you know, Audrey you’re right. And if I see you beside the drug on her, I’m going to kick your . I, we made a pack right there that neither one of us would let the other quick. And both of us, we did, they called it sub squad, remedial, swimming every day for like six months in order to pass all of the swimming tests. But we both pass. We both got our wins and we both became aviators, you know, but that was another lesson. Just keep pushing, never, ever give up, never ever.

Greg White (27:21):

And, and also a good lesson is a guy that threatened you to kick your is the right guy to be the first man at your wedding. You know, he’s got your back and you know, he’s going to keep you in check for the rest of your life, right? Yeah. So what do you, then this is probably way too deep on this topic, but do you recall what it was, who that, that kind of made it click that made I can do this swimming thing or

Kevin L. Jackson (27:51):

So I guess, and when I look back in my journey, it w it was, it was, um, sort of always having a plan, right. I always look to what I want to do in the future. And I made a sort of unconscious initially, but it became a regimen of mine that every year I would make my five-year plan. No, we talked a little bit about socialist countries, but I have your plans every year. Exactly. Right. Every year I would make my five-year plan about what I was going to be in five years and what I would need to do over the next five years to get there. Now, the plan always changed. Right? Any plan I made, always changed, but the mere act of thinking about the future and planning for the future gave me direction when things did change. And I think that’s really what enables me even today to keep moving forward. It’s not that I’m smarter than anyone else or better than anyone else. No, I don’t know about that, but

Greg White (29:14):

I’m guessing that you are smarter than a lot of other elses,

Kevin L. Jackson (29:18):

But really it’s about thinking about where you want to be in the future and planning to be there.

Greg White (29:28):

And that never say die spirit, man. Yeah. That, that, that’s just so impressive. So let’s, let’s turn to your, your daily life a little bit. So what, if anything, and currently know it’s not bowling and I’m sad for you in that regard, but outside of work, what do you spend your time on and, and blogging since you don’t count that as work I’m going to, I’m going to qualify that as work

Kevin L. Jackson (29:53):

Or to, yeah. So, um, right now, actually I’m in my home office most, most of the time. Um, I really enjoy teaching though. And you say, well, that’s work. I say, okay, I’m sorry, but it’s not. If you say so, uh, I started working with the Tulane university, the school of professional advancement and everything that I’ve learned in my life. Everything I’ve experienced in my life, the work I’ve done in building companies and changing companies and leveraging technology in a lot of ways, I feel that it’s important and why, and others should know what I learned. And I feel that it’s in a way, a duty to teach others about my experience and my world view. So they, they could leverage that, that point of view as they go into the world. Um, and I guess that’s one reason why I find myself, you know, writing books every time I finished writing a book, I say, best the last thing that’s too hard. I’m never gonna do that again. And three months later, I’m trying to write another book, you know, and it, and it’s, it’s like, I, I want others to learn what I have learned so they can leverage and be better than, than me developing a course right now on developing and designing information systems. I developed a course earlier on the diversity and inclusion in technology. And I don’t really see it as work as much as I see it as a responsibility.

Greg White (31:57):

I sense that even just looking at your profile, right, your LinkedIn profile or whatever, you can see the education in everything you do, including your companies, right. There is definitely that compulsion. And I really appreciate and applaud you for doing that because you do have a lot of knowledge. You have learned a lot. You’ve seen a lot and you, I believe can help people accelerate and catalyze their success because you can say, do this, don’t do that. Is it as much for you about helping people avoid missteps as it is giving them the right answer?

Kevin L. Jackson (32:33):

I’m curious, what’s right. Is different for everyone. And I can’t tell you what’s right for you, but I can tell you what I’ve seen in my life.

Greg White (32:43):

Do you leverage any challenges other than your initial bout at swimming? Are there any other challenges that you had that you might call even temporarily a failure or such a struggle as to be oppressive? Something you felt like something else you felt like you needed to overcome?

Kevin L. Jackson (33:02):

Well, yeah. I mean, everyone has failures in life, right? I mean, I want it to be a jet pilot and I actually got removed from the jet pipeline because my, one of my very last check rides, I was actually, you know, when you’re a jet pilot, you have to learn how to shoot down other planes. And I was in a test on how to shoot down or the planes. I was in a training aircraft and I was shooting at, was called a banner and I didn’t do well. And they actually say it. So you’re not going to be a jet pilot. You don’t want to go fly another aircraft. And I wound up flying Hakkasan in greyhounds, which was great. Right. Uh, but at the time I thought it ended my quest to become an astronaut because I was still pushing for that. But later people, the NASA was looking for people to go on the show and needs and requirements for becoming an astronaut just changed dramatically.

Kevin L. Jackson (34:11):

So then I focused on becoming a system specialist, a mission specialist that go into space. And what I’ve noticed is that not only does things change in the world, but what you can do to realize your dreams change. So never give up on your dreams. So I could still go to space while I didn’t become a mission specialist because hypertension, but it was just, just yet another thing, something that was outside of my control. It didn’t mean that I couldn’t continue working in the space industry. And I actually had the opportunity to work on the new horizon spacecraft to go to Pluto. Right. And I, I worked with, um, low earth orbit systems forwarder for the military. So, um, uh, really enjoyed being a part of the space industry. Although I never became an astronaut. So you can say I’ll fail, but not becoming an astronaut. But in reality, I succeeded in doing so many other things.

Greg White (35:25):

I would argue that you found a different path for success, right. Which is a common refrain. I’m sure you hear that all the time with all the people you talk to and educate and advise. Um, so many people had a, they had a vision for their life, but life had a different vision for them, right. And sometimes it’s more, it’s not even about failure. It’s more about recognition, but it’s also about knowing yourself, know, know what you can control, uh, and know what you can’t. That’s really, um, that’s really mature. I’m going to have to write that down and start using that at some point in my life.

Greg White (36:10):

Um, that that is a truth. I think the great Groucho Marx had something to say about that. If you’re not having fun, what are you doing it for to paraphrase? Exactly. Thanks for joining me for the first half of our interview with Kevin L. Jackson. Part two is coming next week. Don’t forget to join us in, listen up. And in the meantime, if you want to talk to Kevin, you can reach him on LinkedIn, GC, global net.com, Kevin L jackson.com or on his Wikipedia page. How many times do you get to say that? All right, that is all you need to know about supply chain tech for this week. Don’t forget to get to supply chain now,

Greg White (36:58):

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Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

 

Greg White serves as Principal & Host at Supply Chain Now. Greg is a founder, CEO, board director and advisor in B2B technology with multiple successful exits. He recently joined Trefoil Advisory as a Partner to further their vision of stronger companies by delivering practical solutions to the highest-stakes challenges. Prior to Trefoil, Greg served as CEO at Curo, a field service management solution most notably used by Amazon to direct their fulfillment center deployment workforce. Greg is most known for founding Blue Ridge Solutions and served as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader of cloud-native supply chain applications that balance inventory with customer demand. Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics, and E3 Corporation, where he pioneered their cloud supply chain offering in 1998. In addition to his work at Supply Chain Now and Trefoil, rapidly-growing companies leverage Greg as an independent board director and advisor for his experience building disruptive B2B technology and supply chain companies widely recognized as industry leaders. He’s an insightful visionary who helps companies rapidly align vision, team, market, messaging, product, and intellectual property to accelerate value creation. Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams to create breakthroughs that gain market exposure and momentum, and increase company esteem and valuation. Learn more about Trefoil Advisory: www.trefoiladvisory.com

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