Advisory Board

Alvin Mills

Alvin Mills

Advisory Board Member

Alvin, VP Information Technology & Security with Texas Bankers Association, has been an Information Security Professional for over 26 years. He’s experienced in security infrastructure deployment and management, including project/people management.

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He has served in several roles within Information Technology & Cybersecurity from network security engineer, manager, director, Vice President, and Chief Information Security Officer. He has demonstrated a capacity to implement innovative cybersecurity programs that drive awareness, decrease risk/exposure, and strengthen organizations.

Alvin is experienced leading all stages of system development efforts, including requirements definition, design, architecture, testing, and support. He’s implemented innovative security programs that drive awareness, decrease exposure, and strengthen organizations.

He is a certified information system security professional (CISSP) and received his MSBA at Texas Tech University. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College where he teaches several cybersecurity courses.

Madhu Maganti

Madhu Maganti

Advisory Board Member

Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA is a partner at ABIP, P.C. and has over 18 years’ experience in Cybersecurity and other IT advisory services including IT strategy and planning, business process improvement and IT compliance assessments, and more. Madhu leads the firm’s Cybersecurity & Technology Services group. Madhu’s experience is with mid to large size firms across a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, energy and finance.

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Prior to joining the ABIP team, Madhu gained industry knowledge and global experience leading several IT and finance teams within a leading technology company, as well as serving in leadership roles at management consulting and CPA firms.

Madhu graduated from Bangalore University with a Bachelor of Commerce and from Baruch College (Zicklin School of Business, New York) with a Masters in Accountancy. He is a member of the Information Systems and Audit Control Association (ISACA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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Angelique Grado

Advisory Board Member

Angelique, VP, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at TechnipFMC, has over 20 years of information security experience, with 12 years of that time focused on information protection in the U.S. armed forces.

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Angelique was handpicked to represent the Armed Forces on the President’s National Infrastructure Protection Center’s team and was part of a force modernization effort creating secure, high-speed, network centric military operations. She has both supported White House Communications for an international Presidential (POTUS), Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) visit and broadcast presidential speech from a US Air Force site as well as was the Chief Information Officer of the first US Air Force military exercise group in Poland for a joint operations exercise providing both command center and tactical field communications.

She was the volunteer founder of the Houston-based InfraGard Oil & Gas SIG (CSC) with the FBI and has served on the board of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the ISSA. She and her husband moved to Houston in the early 2000’s to be close to family

Robin Laskowski

Robin Laskowski

Advisory Board Member

Robin Laskowski is a native Houstonian and a graduate of University of Houston with 20 years payments’ industry experience. Currently she serves as the VP, Director IT, Product-Merchant Acquiring. Prior Woodforest, she worked as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions, which was acquired by Paysafe in August of 2017.  After the Paysafe acquisition, Robin moved to a more product centric role where she managed delivery for an array of payments products.

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Robin’s management expertise is in: executive leadership, business relationship management, IT strategy, innovation, communications, business process reengineering, negotiating skills, international business, organizational governance, portfolio management, project management, planning and execution, team building and mentoring, merger & acquisition integration, payments solutions.

She is an active participant in the Society of Information Management (SIM) and leads the SIM advisory board for the University of Houston Computer Information Systems program.  She also participates in WNET (Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions).

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Gene Janiszewski

Advisory Board Member

Gene Janiszewski founded the Paradigm group – Professional and Executive Technology Search Firm in November of 2003 after a 27-year track record in information Systems. Paradigm group’s focus is to provide the highest quality technology resources to meet our clients’ most critical business/technology needs.

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Prior to starting the Paradigm group, Mr. Janiszewski held positions as IT Partner/CIO with Sirius Solutions, Senior Director of Technical Services with Sysco Foods, IT Director of Vericenter, and SAP Worldwide Director, Director/CIO/Vice President of Information systems with Radisys/Texas Micro, IT Director of Fulbright and Jaworski Law firm.

Gene is a Society of Information Management (SIM) Houston Board Member and VP of Membership. He is Co-VP of Membership for the SIM National Management Council and past President of SIM Houston Chapter.  Gene serves on the Advisory Committee of the University of Houston, Houston Baptist University and Fort Bend, and a Board Member of Genesys Works Group.  Previously he was President of the AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) Houston Chapter and Co-Chair of the Houston Technology Center’s Tech Champs Group. He is an active member of the Executive Association of Houston.

George Crawford

George Crawford

Advisory Board Member

Winner of the 2020 Houston CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award, George Crawford is responsible for directing all technology, innovation & transformation, strategy, merger/acquisition integration, and cyber security for Catapult Energy Services portfolio companies. He joined Catapult in 2013 as Partner and CIO/CISO helping create the shared services platform company that was the foundation for the five OFS companies he helped start. Mr. Crawford was interim President and COO for Roywell LLC from 2018 – 2020, a Catapult acquisition. He has been consulting with and helping Private Equity groups create shared services foundation companies for over 20 years.

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Mr. Crawford grew up in Houston and completed undergraduate studies at University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems with honors. He has served on many boards and advisory councils and currently serves as BOD President Emeritus for Houston Chapter of Society of Information Management (SIM), VP for ISACA Houston Chapter, Board Member for Hint Global Investments, member of LSC-UP’s President’s Community Advisory Council and on advisory boards for HBU, U of H, Lone Star College, Genesys Works, Cyber Houston and the NSF. As a member of the Greater Houston Cybersecurity Council, he works with C-Suites and BODs to help their companies and organizations ensure cyber preparedness.

Jesse Carillo

Jesse Carrillo

Advisory Board Member

Jesse Carrillo is responsible for directing all corporate technology, strategy and standards for Hines worldwide and has been at Hines since 1994. He took over the responsibility for Hines IT as CTO in 2007 and promoted to CIO in 2009. Mr. Carrillo completed undergraduate studies at Trinity University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, then received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Mr. Carrillo is a member of the CIO Executive Council, Greater Houston Cybersecurity Task Force, Real Estate
Cyber Consortium (RECC), Building Engines Client Advisory Board, WiredScore Smart Building Council, Executive Vice-President of the Houston Chapter of Society of Information Management (SIM), Prospanica – Association of Hispanic Professionals, and serves on the Realcomm International Advisory Council. Along with contributing to several technology articles, he was a featured writer for the book, Building a Green IT
Team, part of the Inside the Minds series from Aspatore Publishers.

He is also a strong supporter of promoting Youth In IT through his involvement with Genesys Works as a client and Board Member; serves on the Houston Baptist University (HBU) College of Science Engineering Advisory Board; and previously served as a VP on the Board of Trustees for The Shlenker School and mentor with Citizens Schools.

Jesse has been recognized for his achievements by being named a Premier 100 recipient in 2016 by Computerworld Magazine, the Julie Devine Digital Impact Award presented at the 2017 Realcomm
Conference, the Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, recognized as one of the Top 50 CIOs by the National Diversity Council in 2020, Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award – Enterprise Category in 2021, nd HMG Global Institute Leadership Award in 2021.

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith

Advisory Board Member

After almost 25 years with Shell Oil Company Gerard returned to private practice consulting as owner and principal consultant for STOS Info. At Shell he successfully served as Senior Systems Engineer, Senior Infrastructure Consultant, Technical Architect, Solution Architect and Security Development Manager. Prior to his career at Shell, Mr. Smith worked as a contract network and systems consultant and trainer with notable companies including NASA Johnson Space Center (Loral Space Information Systems), Amoco/BP, Vastar Resources, and Southern Methodist University’s Advanced Computer Education Center.

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While at Shell, as a Technical Architect, his focus was on secure and reliable solutions with optimized performance for hosting and networking infrastructure. Mr. Smith contributed to the architecture design and assurance for many global, enterprise IT solutions in the Downstream, Upstream, and Global Solutions/Products & Technology businesses. Over the past decade, these solutions have been focused on hybrid-cloud, multi-zone solutions that include migrations, public and private cloud, IT/OT convergence, and Internet of Things. During the past year, Gerard has served as the Solution Architect Architecture for a number of information security and network monitoring solutions.

Over the year’s Shell Oil Company formally rewarded Gerard for numerous accomplishments including recently the VP CIO Award for Deliver Together (2020), VP CIO Award for Business Value (2019), Shell Downstream VP CIO Award (2018), Vice President’s Award: Successful Delivery of Application Portfolio Management for Manufacturing & HSSE (2015), and was nominated for VP CIO Award for Innovation, Global Solutions – CRI Criterion Enhanced Experimentation Data Knowledge Extraction. His primary industry certifications include: Microsoft Azure Certified Solution Architect, Amazon AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate Level, ISC2 CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), ISACA CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) 8 and 9 Certified, and IBM Architectural Thinking.