This week, Milledge Hart and co-host Joe Pardavila are joined by a Resolutionist Power Couple: Shelly Myers and Alfred Seifert. Shelly is a retired Air Force officer that concluded her professional career in 2013 as the Executive Vice President of MSB Associates and Alfred retired in 2016 after 33 years as a combat arms pilot in the Navy and then the CEO of a cyber security company. Shelly and Al talk about their ‘meet cute’ at the Armed Forces Staff College, how they both transitioned from their lives in the military, and their mutual love of traveling.
About Shelly Myers:
Shelly ended her professional career in 2013 as the Executive Vice President of MSB Associates, providing key stewardship for this woman/veteran-owned small business as it continued to grow rapidly and expand services into the Federal and private sectors. In this capacity she provided executive consulting services to numerous Federal agencies including: Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS HQ (Office of the CIO), and the US Patent and Trademark Office; providing expert advice and assistance in establishing program management offices, acquisition policy, performance management, and governance.
Prior to coming to MSB Associates, Shelly capped a 30-year career in the public sector as the Deputy, Chief Information Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration, where she served as the Source Selection Authority for the transformational $308M Electronic Records Archives program to preserve and protect digital records across the Federal Government. She was also responsible for all agency Information Technology (IT) systems’ design, development, and maintenance. This included all policy and procedures necessary to carry out the agency’s IT mission of electronic records preservation. Before this Shelly was the Director, IT Program Management in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In this role she was responsible for the OIT acquisition and program management for all critical IT projects being put in place to facilitate the mission of this vital, new agency. She was awarded the TSA “Gold Medal” Award for Excellence in Technology.
During her tenure in the Federal Government, she was a member of the Senior Executive Service managing complex, multi-million-dollar programs. These programs include Business Systems Modernization for the Internal Revenue Service; Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems for the Federal Aviation Administration; and all major IT programs at the National Archives.
While on active duty in the Air Force (from which she retired as a colonel), she served as a Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence with direct oversight responsibilities for DoD’s role in the National Airspace System as well as all vital Air Force command and control programs. Her responsibilities included strategic planning, congressional liaison, policy development, and DoD advocacy in the National forum. She was awarded the Legion of Merit for her distinguished military career.
Throughout her career Shelly has led business process improvement and change management in every position held. She has also mentored and trained personnel and was often called upon to perform public speaking engagements. Shelly holds advanced degrees from Pepperdine University and the National Defense University. She is also a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and was awarded the Department of Homeland Security Certified Acquisition Professional, Program Manger – Level III certificate (for programs up to $1B).
About Alfred R. Seifert:
For over 33 years Al was a results-oriented leader in the military as a combat arms pilot and later in a cyber security company he founded. Throughout he was involved with the development and implementation of numerous advanced computer software systems. He also served as an invaluable member of numerous domestic and international policy boards that charted the future course of computer technology.
After retiring in 2016, Al returned to flying. In addition to holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, he is also serving as the president of the Phoenix Flying Club located at Tipton, Maryland. And in his spare time, he is creating several prototype solutions that address the storage, location, and inventory management of wine.
Prior to retiring, Al served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSB Cybersecurity, a Virginia-based advanced computer technology company that he founded in 1997. This company created a patented risk-based security management solution for Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) and Chief Risk Officers (CRO). As CEO, he was responsible for the business and technology operations for this rapidly growing cybersecurity focused small business. He also served as a key member of numerous leading-edge architecture, technical, and computer security design teams for clients like Department of Homeland Security, National Archives and Records Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Department of Defense (DoD.)
Before founding MSB Cybersecurity, Al served as Vice-President of Washington Operations for IFusion Com Corporation. In this role, he oversaw the public network infrastructure for the corporation and led a staff of 40 developers in the creation of the highly regarded ArrIve™ software; a leading application in internet push technology.
Prior to IFusion, Al was a senior officer in the United States Navy. His last position was Deputy Director, Systems Integration Division on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that position he directed the implementation of the Global Command and Control System that supports operations, planning, logistics, and execution of worldwide combat missions conducted by the DoD.
Before his assignment to the Joint Staff, Al was the Director of the Joint and Foreign Military Sales Division at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He negotiated the sale of Navy software and hardware to numerous countries, to include Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Thailand, Bolivia, and NATO member countries. He led the engineering team that designed the original Common Operating Environment (COE) and led the implementation of the COE for the military services and their coalition partners. The COE is now the DoD’s standard to which Command and Control (C2) systems’ applications must comply.
In 1992 Al was one of the 15 Navy and Marine Corps officers hand-picked by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve on the Naval Forces Capability Planning Effort. This select, visionary group developed the Naval vision for the 21st century. The report was titled, “… From the Sea.”
Al holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from George Washington University (1994), a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California (1983), and undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Al is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), an Information System Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP), and a Certified System Security Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP).
Al has held various leadership positions to include: CEO of MSB Cybersecurity; Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (General Powell), providing recommendations on the Single Integrated Operations Plan (SIOP); and Operations Officer, Department Head, and Officer in Charge of aviation detachments aboard Aegis class cruisers. He possesses a broad operational background in Naval, joint, and coalition warfare.
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