August Cyber Breakfast

  • Creating the Next Cyber City
    August 30, 2016
    7:30 am - 9:00 am

Creating the Next “Cyber City” 

Cybersecurity has  become a white-hot industry, with a growth curve into the future to match. Attention and interest in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity is not new for our country, but in the St. Louis region, it has started to take shape as something special.Greater St. Louis has a significant regional IT workforce and diverse corporate, educational, and governmental resources. St. Louis has several key organizations that are heavily involved in cybersecurity including Scott AFB, Boeing, MasterCard, and others. The region’s many college and university computer science and MIS programs produce a large talent pool for employers. These assets, coupled with our exceptional telecommunications infrastructure, make St. Louis a very attractive IT and cybersecurity market.

As we look to build on our above successes, CyberSTL will create an ecosystem where private and public companies truly collaborate. An environment where start-ups, universities and colleges, nonprofits and workforce investment boards partner to strengthen our cyber footprint and lead the region to become the next “Cyber City.” CyberSTL will unite the region’s cybersecurity efforts into one voice. Together, we will educate, inform and update. As a collective, we will create measurements of success for the region and work as one to make those goals a reality.

Current CyberSTL Partners:
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The Midwest Cyber Center’s August breakfast will provide three outcomes:

  1. Introduce the concept of CyberSTL and share our desired outputs and outcomes for 2016 and beyond
  2. Bring together the leadership of CyberSTL to share the roles of their organization in our collective effort
  3.  Highlight an already proven collective impact model established in the region, BioSTL

Run of Show for the Event

  • 7:30 – 8:00: Open Networking & Breakfast
  • 8:00 – 8:10: Welcome from MWCCOE & why CyberSTL is important
  • 8:10 – 8:15: Introduce Panel of Speakers
  • 8:15 – 8:35: Panel Discussion
  • 8:35 – 8:45: Discussion of BioSTL model and impact for region
  • 8:45 – 8:50: Goals for CyberSTL in 2016 and beyond
  • 8:50 – 9:00: Questions from attendees

Biographies of Speakers at Breakfast


Francis joined the ITEN at its opening, where his duties included recruitment of new client companies, management of TEC’s mentoring program, as well as directing the incubator’s growth and funding. In the for-profit arena, Mr. Chmelir held numerous positions in retail and business to business sales. Additionally, Mr. Chmelir has experience in human resources with an emphasis on employee training and development. These skills were utilized in his sales training jobs with various employers. Francis Chmelir’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University with an emphasis on organizational psychology as well as graduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Missouri-Columbia.

Vijay Chauhan

Vijay Chauhan is experienced Corporate Business Development Executive and a startup CEO of multiple companies in the Life Sciences space. He was CEO of companies in the Consumer Healthcare, Ag/Renewable Energy and Cancer Diagnostics space. He is leading BioSTL’s initiative, GobalSTL ( to attract companies from Israel and Ireland to St. Louis that are a fit with St. Louis corporations and investors. GlobalSTL’s mission is to be a gateway to St. Louis’ world-class corporate and innovation ecosystem and to deliver strategic partners to drive business growth in North America for the companies it attracts. To date 4 Israeli companies have setup US HQ in St. Louis. GlobalSTL has developed a strong platform for sourcing Cybersecurity innovation from Israel, a leader in Cybersecurity technology.


Jason is a retired United States Navy officer and Missouri native. During his 20-year Navy career, he earned two Master’s degrees in Military Operational Art and Science and Information Technology Management, and sailed on five deployments. A husband of one and father of five, Jason enjoys hunting, reading, and a good scotch or bourbon. He is competent at pool and bad at golf, though he aspires to greatness in each. He is an active member in his community and promoter and supporter of local industry. Jason is the President of the Board of the Aegis Strategies Foundation, the President of the Board of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, Executive Vice President and Board Member of the Navy League – St. Louis Council, a Board Member of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Immediate Past President and Permanent Board Member of the Scott-St. Louis chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and a Ruling Elder at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sunset Hills, MO.  He serves on Industrial Advisory Boards for Washington University’s Sever Institute and Carrollton Bank.


As Executive Director of Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence (MWCCOE), Tony brings a wide variety of expertise, and a big desire to serve his community. Tony is responsible for building strong programs to engage veterans and students in the cyber industry and ensuring long-term viability of the organization’s mission. Prior to joining the MWCCOE, Tony was an original team member of the nationally recognized nonprofit organization, The Mission Continues. He built and managed all fundraising efforts resulting in multiple corporate partnerships and strong individual giving programs. Tony also served as a Military Police soldier in the United States Army for 9 years. During his time in service, Tony was selected to be the youngest Drill Sergeant in his organization and prepared over 2000 young men and women to serve their country.



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  1. Is there a Wait List for the breakfast? I received the notice today, but when I tried to registered, the event is sold out.

  2. Your date conflicts with the Missouri Governor’s CyberSecurity Meeting in Jefferson City.
    You need to Google for other events in the future,,

    • Thanks for your interest in our event! Check out our next upcoming September breakfast since your schedule conflicts with this one.

  3. does this meeting offer CPE credits to attendees – Is there a charge for this meeting

    • Great question! This free breakfast event would qualify for CPE credits since it falls under the category of cybersecurity seminars/conferences. You would have to keep records of your registration in order to earn 1.5 credits and record it under the appropriate category depending on your background/education requirements.

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