Mark Emery, a Division of Homeland Safety tech pioneer and plankholder, Authorities Know-how and Providers Coalition strategic advisor and founding member of the FITGov Summit board, died April 3. He was 68 years previous.
When DHS was created, Emery served the Transportation Safety Administration as deputy chief info officer. He supervised the inexperienced subject start-up and operation of the Transportation Safety Administration community and utility infrastructure and the modernization of FAA programs to the brand new purposes providers. As deputy CIO, Emery bolstered many accomplishments together with the institution of the $2 billion division infrastructure consolidation at TSA. After his a few years of service in that place, Emery continued to assist DHS in his retirement by way of a wide range of initiatives.
Previous to his authorities service he designed and constructed the primary built-in voice-data-messaging cell service in the US, Dash Spectrum, which gained the JD Energy High quality Award. He additionally obtained a number of patents for innovations associated to the convergence of wired and wi-fi communications providers.
He led and formed all kinds of expertise organizations in each enterprise and authorities adopting modern expertise, group, and course of improvements. After his authorities service, Emery guided organizations concerned with the federal sector as founding father of Emery Consulting LLC. From his consulting observe he launched a number of new companies, together with WNP Communications and PingTone Communications, and managed a $400 million portfolio of DHS contracts for a big programs integrator.
Emery was named a founding member of the FITGov Summit board when GTSC’s acquisition of the premier occasion for IT modernization, capital planning and governance was introduced in July 2022.
Emery was awarded the Market Maven award on the 2020 Homeland Safety In the present day Awards, which is presented to an distinctive particular person who contributes in a concrete and tangible approach to the effectivity, productiveness, and effectiveness of the homeland and nationwide safety market.
“Emery’s achievements and contributions are solely rivaled by the popularity he has constructed inside the neighborhood as a stand-up man who leads fundraising efforts for disabled community members and actively participates in organizations making impacts like TiE DC, which sponsors girls in expertise occasions,” his award nomination stated. “His ardour evolves into motion as he contributes in making a tangible distinction to the development in all areas of IT, human capital and cybersecurity. He makes a distinction with each transfer he makes and is precisely what the DHS mission is all about.”
Emery was the Golf Sports activities Coordinator for the Particular Olympics of Northern Virginia. He coached over 40 athletes of all talent ranges and arranged golf tournaments, co-chairing with the Down Syndrome Affiliation an annual fundraising golf event every June on the Springfield Golf and Nation Membership.
He was an authorized Program Administration Skilled, and earned a Certificates in Administration from the Wharton Faculty of Enterprise along with his tutorial levels, which included a Bachelor of Science diploma from Carnegie-Mellon College and a Grasp of Science diploma from the MIT Sloan Administration Faculty of Enterprise. He sat on the PingTone Communications Board of Administrators and the Tauqa Methods Know-how Advisory Board.
Emery is survived by his spouse, Barbara, two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He was laid to relaxation April 17 in Pittsburgh, his hometown.