Meet Our Team

Tony Hodgson

For twenty-five years, Tony has helped enterprise and government clients transform the way they do business through information technology. An engineer and 3D/CAD specialist, he started his career designing NASA and commercial spacecraft, then led MCI and Verizon product marketing and sales teams designing and delivering strategic telecommunication solutions to global enterprise, utility, and government accounts. He served as product portfolio lead for Verizon’s partner program global expansion, and conceived the Verizon Wearable Computing & Augmented Reality program. A serial entrepreneur, Tony founded three award-winning software & IT services firms, then served as Business Development Director for Synapse Wireless, a 120-person Industrial IoT technology leader. Tony also served as Development Director at one of the largest business incubators in the U.S. where he coordinated mentorship, commercialization guidance, and access to growth capital for emerging tech startups. Tony is currently CEO of Brainwaive LLC, a global advisory guiding enterprise clients and tech startups in the fields of business innovation, emerging technology, and cyber-security for unconventional connected devices (AR/VR, mobile tech, wearables, IoT, UAS/drones, and more). He holds multiple industry certifications, and engineering degrees from Texas A&M and the University of Texas, Arlington. He is an active member of the IEEE developing standards for Augmented Reality and wearable device security, and promotes the Industrial Internet Consortium working groups in Business Strategy, Connectivity, and Smart Manufacturing.

Tony Hodgson

For twenty-five years, Tony has helped enterprise and government clients transform the way they do business through information technology. An engineer and 3D/CAD specialist, he started his career designing NASA and commercial spacecraft, then led MCI and Verizon product marketing and sales teams designing and delivering strategic telecommunication solutions to global enterprise, utility, and government accounts. He served as product portfolio lead for Verizon’s partner program global expansion, and conceived the Verizon Wearable Computing & Augmented Reality program. A serial entrepreneur, Tony founded three award-winning software & IT services firms, then served as Business Development Director for Synapse Wireless, a 120-person Industrial IoT technology leader. Tony also served as Development Director at one of the largest business incubators in the U.S. where he coordinated mentorship, commercialization guidance, and access to growth capital for emerging tech startups. Tony is currently CEO of Brainwaive LLC, a global advisory guiding enterprise clients and tech startups in the fields of business innovation, emerging technology, and cyber-security for unconventional connected devices (AR/VR, mobile tech, wearables, IoT, UAS/drones, and more). He holds multiple industry certifications, and engineering degrees from Texas A&M and the University of Texas, Arlington. He is an active member of the IEEE developing standards for Augmented Reality and wearable device security, and promotes the Industrial Internet Consortium working groups in Business Strategy, Connectivity, and Smart Manufacturing.

Bob Labelle

Bob brings over 25 years of experience in the technology domain, with focus on security, privacy and evolving and emerging technologies. He has extensive experience in the fields of security, privacy, identity management, virtual communities/worlds, Augmented Reality, networking, security protocols and software in healthcare, energy and power, telecom and manufacturing.  As a Senior Director, Strategic Innovation and Standards Solutions at the IEEE Bob led strategic initiatives in the global technical standards ecosystem across a host of standards bodies, organizations and alliances (ITU, IEC, ISO, IETF, ISOC, ETSI, CEN/CENELEC, ANSI, NIST, MAAWG). He held board seats on the Kantara Initiative and APWG, and was a member of the OECD ITAC. He launched the IEEE Industry Connections (IC) Program, and established the IC Security Stop e-Crime Working Group, IC Malware Working Group, Malware Metadata Exchange Format Working Group and the Privilege Management Protocols Working Group focused on embedded device and wireless system applications. Bob launched IEEE’s engagement with AR/VR including creating program content, and hosting globally-recognized experts to Augmented World Expo for exploration and road-mapping of open and interoperable AR tools, and addressing wearable privacy & security issues.

Bob Labelle

Bob brings over 25 years of experience in the technology domain, with focus on security, privacy and evolving and emerging technologies. He has extensive experience in the fields of security, privacy, identity management, virtual communities/worlds, Augmented Reality, networking, security protocols and software in healthcare, energy and power, telecom and manufacturing.  As a Senior Director, Strategic Innovation and Standards Solutions at the IEEE Bob led strategic initiatives in the global technical standards ecosystem across a host of standards bodies, organizations and alliances (ITU, IEC, ISO, IETF, ISOC, ETSI, CEN/CENELEC, ANSI, NIST, MAAWG). He held board seats on the Kantara Initiative and APWG, and was a member of the OECD ITAC. He launched the IEEE Industry Connections (IC) Program, and established the IC Security Stop e-Crime Working Group, IC Malware Working Group, Malware Metadata Exchange Format Working Group and the Privilege Management Protocols Working Group focused on embedded device and wireless system applications. Bob launched IEEE’s engagement with AR/VR including creating program content, and hosting globally-recognized experts to Augmented World Expo for exploration and road-mapping of open and interoperable AR tools, and addressing wearable privacy & security issues.

Jesus Molina

Jesus is a cyber security expert, researcher and inventor, with a current focus in industrial IoT and security standards. He co-chairs the Security Working Group at the Industrial Internet Consortium, and he leads the security evaluation program, spanning verticals such as healthcare, manufacturing, water-management and smart buildings. He is co-editor and co-author of the Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF), the current state of the art best practices document for evaluating industrial Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.  Jesus is a renowned security research leader who organized the IoT Sandbox at the RSA Conference (global cryptography and information security symposium), where he developed and presented exploits for commercial IoT devices, including locks, alarm systems and dolls. In 2014, he hacked into and assumed full control of every smart appliance in every room at an internationally-recognized, five-star hotel, and his research findings were covered by media outlets including NPR, Wired and The Register. He has presented in offensive and defensive security conferences, including RSA security, Blackhat and DEFCON. He authored several patents covering a wide range of security technologies. Jesus holds a M.S. and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Jesus Molina

Jesus is a cyber security expert, researcher and inventor, with a current focus in industrial IoT and security standards. He co-chairs the Security Working Group at the Industrial Internet Consortium, and he leads the security evaluation program, spanning verticals such as healthcare, manufacturing, water-management and smart buildings. He is co-editor and co-author of the Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF), the current state of the art best practices document for evaluating industrial Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.  Jesus is a renowned security research leader who organized the IoT Sandbox at the RSA Conference (global cryptography and information security symposium), where he developed and presented exploits for commercial IoT devices, including locks, alarm systems and dolls. In 2014, he hacked into and assumed full control of every smart appliance in every room at an internationally-recognized, five-star hotel, and his research findings were covered by media outlets including NPR, Wired and The Register. He has presented in offensive and defensive security conferences, including RSA security, Blackhat and DEFCON. He authored several patents covering a wide range of security technologies. Jesus holds a M.S. and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Ron Padzensky

Ron Padzensky is an information technology professional with an extensive background in business intelligence, advanced analytics, data visualization and data architecture. He has held a number of roles at fortune 100 companies, mid-size enterprises and consulting firms over the past two decades.  Ron has been working to advance the augmented reality industry for over five years. His deep expertise in hardware led to the creation of the Definitive Guide to AR Smart Glasses (ARGlassesGuide.com) which is a free, online infobase of the most promising products coming to market. This resource is used by people around the world to understand the technology that goes into AR hardware then allows them to interact with the data to learn about which products contain which technologies. He is also the author of Augmera.com where he writes educational posts on all aspects of augmented reality. His other forays into AR include serving as Analyst on the board of AugmentedReality.org, sitting on the IEEE Standards for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality committee, facilitating the annual Augmented World Expo conference and hosting the Chicago Augmented Reality meetup.

Ron Padzensky

Ron Padzensky is an information technology professional with an extensive background in business intelligence, advanced analytics, data visualization and data architecture. He has held a number of roles at fortune 100 companies, mid-size enterprises and consulting firms over the past two decades.  Ron has been working to advance the augmented reality industry for over five years. His deep expertise in hardware led to the creation of the Definitive Guide to AR Smart Glasses (ARGlassesGuide.com) which is a free, online infobase of the most promising products coming to market. This resource is used by people around the world to understand the technology that goes into AR hardware then allows them to interact with the data to learn about which products contain which technologies. He is also the author of Augmera.com where he writes educational posts on all aspects of augmented reality. His other forays into AR include serving as Analyst on the board of AugmentedReality.org, sitting on the IEEE Standards for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality committee, facilitating the annual Augmented World Expo conference and hosting the Chicago Augmented Reality meetup.

Karen Waverczak

Karen is a communications and public affairs professional with an extensive background in building communities through the development and execution of integrated marketing, communications, outreach and engagement programs. Primarily working in the technology sector, Karen has driven global initiatives in emerging technology, standardization and policy to connect diverse communities so they can meet their respective and collective objectives. Holding positions in industry and technology organizations, Karen has developed comprehensive strategies to build and drive international marketing and communications initiatives. She has established public and global affairs programs, and has worked to raise brand awareness and increase organizations’ global footprint and brand. Working in the global standards arena, Karen has provided leadership to the complex combination of people, processes and technology to deliver superior service and support to technical collaboration and consensus building communities. She has developed engagement strategies and frameworks for emerging technology initiatives, including in cyber security, IIoT, intelligent systems, artificial intelligence and smart grid. Karen has extensive experience is digital and brand strategy, market communications, market research, membership development and product development.

Karen Waverczak

Karen is a communications and public affairs professional with an extensive background in building communities through the development and execution of integrated marketing, communications, outreach and engagement programs. Primarily working in the technology sector, Karen has driven global initiatives in emerging technology, standardization and policy to connect diverse communities so they can meet their respective and collective objectives. Holding positions in industry and technology organizations, Karen has developed comprehensive strategies to build and drive international marketing and communications initiatives. She has established public and global affairs programs, and has worked to raise brand awareness and increase organizations’ global footprint and brand. Working in the global standards arena, Karen has provided leadership to the complex combination of people, processes and technology to deliver superior service and support to technical collaboration and consensus building communities. She has developed engagement strategies and frameworks for emerging technology initiatives, including in cyber security, IIoT, intelligent systems, artificial intelligence and smart grid. Karen has extensive experience is digital and brand strategy, market communications, market research, membership development and product development.

Frank Cohee

Frank is a foremost specialist in cyber security for non-traditional devices, industrial control systems, embedded systems, IoT devices, AR devices and tactical mobile data systems within large networks and enterprise applications. He has worked for twenty years in development of secure network architectures, information security, cyber-warfare operations and embedded systems security for mission critical operations and industrial applications, including highly classified operational environments for the US Navy, DARPA, CIA, US Army, and NRO.  Frank has strong expertise in Augmented Reality devices and human-interaction in restricted network environments. He led introduction of AR, mobile and blended reality devices as part of a mixed-media ecosystem and addressed obstacles associated with securing and certifying these devices from a red-team cyber security perspective. Frank has applied CAPEC standardization for threats, and led device testing based on DIACAP, RMF, and NIST cyber security standards. He is a thought leader in risk frameworks, threat categorization, modeling and validation. Frank architected and managed two cyber security divisions including test protocols for IoT devices. He provided cyber security device analyses for NRC and NERC CIP compliance for electric utilities. He is currently introducing AR applications and machine learning systems as part of a restricted US Army cyber threat group.

Frank Cohee

Frank is a foremost specialist in cyber security for non-traditional devices, industrial control systems, embedded systems, IoT devices, AR devices and tactical mobile data systems within large networks and enterprise applications. He has worked for twenty years in development of secure network architectures, information security, cyber-warfare operations and embedded systems security for mission critical operations and industrial applications, including highly classified operational environments for the US Navy, DARPA, CIA, US Army, and NRO.  Frank has strong expertise in Augmented Reality devices and human-interaction in restricted network environments. He led introduction of AR, mobile and blended reality devices as part of a mixed-media ecosystem and addressed obstacles associated with securing and certifying these devices from a red-team cyber security perspective. Frank has applied CAPEC standardization for threats, and led device testing based on DIACAP, RMF, and NIST cyber security standards. He is a thought leader in risk frameworks, threat categorization, modeling and validation. Frank architected and managed two cyber security divisions including test protocols for IoT devices. He provided cyber security device analyses for NRC and NERC CIP compliance for electric utilities. He is currently introducing AR applications and machine learning systems as part of a restricted US Army cyber threat group.