Fuel is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of Palo Alto Networks® users and cybersecurity experts with a wealth of collective knowledge.
Meet the Fuel Board of Directors:
Dwight Hobbs, President
Security Services Engineer
Lancaster General Health / Penn Medicine
Dwight is a security engineer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that has spent the last 10 years doing information security research and training. Dwight’s duties include integrating security solutions with existing systems and reviewing vendor security posture for new products. At his previous job he worked to design and build educational capture-the-flag competitions where he has used Palo Alto Networks technologies for the past 6 years. Dwight holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.
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George Finney, Vice President
Chief Security Officer
Southern Methodist University
George Finney is the Chief Security Officer for Southern Methodist University and the author of three books on cybersecurity and has taught Cybersecurity and Information Assurance in the SMU School of Engineering. Before joining SMU, George worked with several startups and global telecommunications firms designing networks, writing policy, hardening servers, and educating users. George received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law and his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. George is a member of the Texas CISO Council, a governing body member of the Evanta CISO Coalition, and an advisory board member for SecureWorld. George is an licensed attorney in the state of Texas, a Certified Information Privacy Professional, a Certified Information Security Manager, as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and is a frequent speaker on Cybersecurity topics across the country.
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Blake is a 15+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in the agriculture, news media, financial, and telecom industries. Blake currently works for Enterprise Holdings in a hosting, network and security role. Blake has worked in many facets of IT, from front-line support and managerial roles to network engineering and security positions. Over the past five years, Blake has worked primarily in cybersecurity as a Senior Security Engineer, with Palo Alto Networks Firewall technologies as the core element. Blake lives in Fort Worth, TX, and has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife. Blake is an avid gardener and is active in his local church.
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Justin Flynn is a seasoned network and security architect with over ten years of design and configuration experience. He is currently a Senior Solutions Architect for Trace3. His job duties include gathering business requirements to design and architect secure processes and technologies along with setting the strategy and direction for security services and products. Justin has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University with a focus in IT Management. He is active in multiple user groups and has been a Fuel member since 2015.
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Chief Innovation & Information Officer
DeKalb County, Ga.
John is an Information Technology & Security executive with over thirty years of progressively responsible experience. He is currently the Chief Innovation and Information Officer for DeKalb County, Ga., a position he has held since 2012. John’s duties include executive management of all information technology and security resources and systems that support the County's operations, as well as driving innovation throughout the County enterprise. John has a B.S. in Computer Science and
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Jump Trading, LLC
Laura has worked in the security space for over 15 years with specialties in both Finance and Telecom. She is passionate about security and is always looking to expand her skill set through deliberate practice. Laura has an MS in Computer and Information Security from the University of Liverpool. She lives with her husband and son in the UK. Outside the office you'll find Laura out with her pugs, or scuba diving someplace warm.
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Data Communications Specialist
Los Angeles Community Colleges District
Mario is a CEH and Fuel original member from Los Angeles, California, and has been working and teaching in cyber security for ten years. He currently works as a Data Communications Specialist for the Los Angeles Community Colleges District and has been using Palo Alto Networks technologies for the past six years. Mario is working on a Master's degree in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University.
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Lead Network Security Architect
The Walt Disney Company
Gary believes there is no right way to do something, that diversity is imperative for growth, and that finding new ways to solve old problems requires bold moves. After spending over two decades working for NASA and founding several technology startups, including Network Chemistry, Gary knows what truly drives innovation. It’s about connecting with people you’re trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them. In his free time, Gary loves getting outdoors in Southern California with his wife Daina. Gary holds
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Fraser has been part of the Fuel User Group from the early days. Prior to being elected to the Board, he was part of the Fuel Community Development Council. He has an MS in Geography from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been supporting IT in the environmental consulting services arena for 15+ years in both a large enterprise, and small business environment. When he is not on his bike he and his wife are probably out walking their two blue heelers.
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Sr. Director, Customer Success, Global Demand Generation & Content Marketing
Palo Alto Networks
With over 20+ years of marketing experience (include studying marketing in college), Shanta has held several management roles in demand generation, marketing operations, corporate marketing, customer success, field marketing/ABM and now product marketing at enterprise security and software companies in the valley. Most recently, Shanta was the VP of Corporate Marketing at Nimble Storage and Sr. Director of WW Global Demand Gen at Blue Coat Systems.
Currently, she is leading the programs team including customer success, global campaigns and content marketing that is responsible for creating compelling content & programs for customers and prospects across all marketing deliverables and sales and channel enablement.
Shanta has been in the world of cybersecurity for the past 12+ years and has spent years in almost every domain of marketing continuing to fuel her knowledge and passion.
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Fuel User Group
Josh joins Fuel User Group with two decades of experience working in technology client services organizations. In recent roles, he has served as an executive director, COO, channel manager, partner and sales manager. Josh has
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