CCO Technology is pleased to introduce three experienced entrepreneurs and leaders to inaugurate its new Advisory Board: Jon Dollan, Kimberly Tapia and Craig Chambers. According to Bo Howell, CEO of CCO Tech, the firm wanted insightful leaders to formalize the exchange of ideas between CCO Tech and the industry. “We sought a diverse group of experienced entrepreneurs in the technology, services, and cybersecurity space, and Craig, Jon, and Kim have all of that and more,” Howell said. He noted that each member brings significant experience in areas of technology innovation, strategic partnerships, and development of products and services. Howell also noted that all three members served in the U.S. military, as did Howell, a point of pride for CCO Tech. Kim Tapia, new board member, expressed her excitement in being part of CCO Tech in its early days. “Bo and I spoke often in 2018 when the company was in its infancy, so it is energizing to watch how CCO Tech has already grown in the first year and where it is headed in 2019 and beyond.”
Craig Chambers is a technology sector executive and corporate advisor with expertise in strategy, operations, and innovation management. During a thirty-year private sector career, he built and led successful executive and consulting teams serving the electronics, digital services, biomedical and diversified manufacturing sectors. He was president of two venture-funded businesses in the advanced video technology industry, developing computer vision products for military and commercial customers. More recently he served as a senior advisor and program executive at both the federal and state levels of government, focused on technology investment and commercialization. He is currently an instructor in smart government at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Mr. Chambers’ early career was as a commissioned officer in the US Navy submarine force, where he served on two nuclear attack submarines, first as reactor controls and communications officer, then as navigator/operations officer. He later co-founded and operated a non-profit corporation that created an online social learning platform to guide armed forces veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life. Mr. Chambers earned a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated in the top one percent of his class. He also holds a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He is a co-inventor on U.S. Patent #8,204,273, systems and methods for analysis of video content, event notification and video content provision.
Jon Dollan is the Cyber Strategy Director for the Savannah River National Laboratory where he oversees the lab’s cyber portfolio including business development and cyber relationships. His prior experience includes over 14 years of business and program development in both private industry and the U.S. Government. He previously held positions as the Director of Business Development-Africa for Frontier Services Group generating over $65 million in revenue and acquisition of key African logistic companies and as the Laboratory Director at the University Multispectral Laboratory at Oklahoma State University, where he led innovation in high-end scientific research supporting Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies. He spent 25 years in the U.S. Navy managing intelligence and cyber programs, which culminated in tours with the Chief of Naval Operations (N8) and later as the Director of Information Operations for the Secretary of Defense. In each position, Dollan was responsible for oversight of IO operations for the DoD and key IO technology investments. He completed his final military tour as the Signals Intelligence Director, NSA Georgia prior to retiring from the Navy in 2011 as a Captain.
Kimberly Tapia is a serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder & Managing Principal of the Polanko Group, a company recognized for building customer-focused businesses that are driven to achieve high-impact. Her fields of experience span over 12 years in the areas of Strategic Planning, Financial Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, Operational Excellence, Organizational Development, Project Management, and Leadership Principles. As an entrepreneur, Kim has utilized her comprehensive background to start a myriad of successful businesses. Kim believes in the importance of entrepreneurs and the direct impact they have on our global economy. Her approach to building a business is radically different and primes organizations for long-term success. Kim lives in Bexley, OH and actively participates within her community through memberships such as Board Member – Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Council, City Entrepreneur Leader – Bunker Labs Columbus, Platoon Leader – The Mission Continues Columbus 1st Platoon, First Connect Advisor – Rev1, Community Consulting Team, Equal Opportunity Advisor – US Army Reserves. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in resources & technology management from Troy University; she earned a master’s degree in business operational excellence & Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from The Ohio State University.
As the new board members come together, Jon Dollan shared his perspective on the future growth of CCO Tech. “Bo has the formal training of military service which comes across through his thoughtful and methodical approach to building an effective team, developing technology and growing the business to meet the needs of its customers. He has a firm grasp on the tasks at hand.” Adding to feedback provided by his fellow board members, Mr. Chambers noted that “the CCO Tech leadership team brings a great assortment of diversity through experience, backgrounds and skills to bring to market a perfect balance of technology and services as the “go-to” provider in the compliance space.”