Earl Pace, Jr.
Earl Pace, Jr. is the co-founder of National BDPA. BDPA has grown into the largest national professional organization representing people of African descent in the technology industry. He was the first-ever National BDPA president. In 1997, he received the National Technical Association’s National Technical Achiever Award as Computer Scientist of the Year. In 2001 and 2002, Black Money Magazine named him as one of the 50 Most Influential African Americans in Information Technology. In 2011 he was inducted into the CompTIA Information Technology Hall of Fame joining Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and others with this honor. In 2013 he was inducted into theBDPA Hall of Fame as one of its first inductees.
Tyrone D. Taborn
Tyrone D. Taborn, Chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, the nation's oldest general-interest technology magazine for the Hispanic community. Mr. Taborn is also the producer of the award-winning syndicated TV show "Success Through Education."
With roots in both the Latino and Black communities, Taborn who grew up in Los Angeles, California, attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, Mr. Taborn majored in government. He also held membership in the Senior Honor Society "Quill and Dagger" and was one of 32 academic scholars honored with membership in the prestigious Telluride Association.
David L. Steward
David L. Steward founded World Wide Technology (WWT) in July of 1990. With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, David spends the majority of his time developing strategic supplier, customer and employee relationships. He plays a key role in WWT’s pursuit of large contract bids within its industry specific operating companies. Prior to starting WWT, David held various senior-level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Federal Express Corporation. Steward holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central Missouri State University. Steward was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Harris Stowe State University (2002) and Lindenwood University (2010).
Douglas Ash currently serves as Managing Director, Deloitte Information Technology Services. He is past Chairman of the Information Technology Senior Manager Forum (ITSMF), where he helped prepare African-American IT professionals for senior-executive roles within Fortune 500 companies. Ash holds more than thirty years of experience working for Fortune 50 companies within business, information technology, and executive leadership roles. He served as Vice President and CIO, Global Training and Logistics, and Vice President, Health Services & Solutions, for Lockheed Martin in Orlando before moving to Triad Isotopes. His career also includes thirteen years at IBM in a variety of information technology and management positions.
Linda R. Gooden
Linda Gooden currently serves as a board member for General Motors, Home Depot, Automatic Data Processing, and the Washington Gas Light Company. She also supports scientific and technical organizations.
After nearly 40 years in the defense industry, Gooden retired as a corporate executive and officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. As president of Lockheed Information Technology, she grew the unit over 10 years from $8 million to a $2.5 billion business.
In 2008, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce inducted Ms. Gooden into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame. She was honored as “Black Engineer of the Year” at the 2006 BEYA STEM Conference. Other recognition includes the Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Eagle Award.
Larry Quinlan is a principal at Deloitte LLP and serves as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). He sits on Deloitte’s U.S. Executive and Global Operating Committees and also chairs the Global CIO Council.
Quinlan has responsibility for all facets of technology including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution. He has been with Deloitte since 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership roles.
Quinlan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the West Indies.
He currently serves or has recently served on the advisory boards of NPower, the Executive Leadership Council, the National Initiative for Cyber Education, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Samsung Business Executive Advisory Board, and co-chairs the Global Leadership Forum Board.
Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Jr.
General Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, retired, is president of the Hawkins Group, where he provides clients with solutions to cybersecurity, strategic planning, risk management, and leadership development. Mr. Hawkins is on the Board of Directors and Advisors for multiple corporations and organizations, is the Director of Ezra Vision Ministries and also the pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, in San Angelo, Texas.
Mr. Hawkins is an internationally respected subject matter expert on leadership, strategic planning, cybersecurity, information technologies, military matters, and Christian discipleship development. He culminated his long and distinguished military career as the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Mr. Hawkins has been honored with numerous professional and military awards.
Mr. Hawkins graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer science. He graduated (Cum Laude), from Liberty Theological Seminary, with a Master of Divinity degree, and has also earned a Master of Science degree in management and human relations, from Abilene Christian University, and a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Ft McNair.