Fort Myers: Identity/Cyber Crime

Fort Myers: Identity/Cyber Crime


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower
13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers , Florida , 33907

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In today’s world, Identity/Cyber Crimes are happening fast and can be used as a weapon to take down governments and businesses worldwide. The Above Board Chamber of Florida is bringing in experts to share ways to protect our businesses and homes from ID Fraud, Internet fraud, Ransomware, and other ways that criminal activity targets us! We will also discuss anti-virus software and how to keep it updated. (Please note that our Lee County meeting is on a Friday for the month of April!)

Thank you to our meeting sponsors:

  • James Ritter, CEO & Founder of Pulse Technology Solutions (Bio Below)
  • Brett Turner, Sole Owner of Leapin’ Lawns, which is family-owned lawn maintenance and landscaping business. Serving Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties since 2007, homeowners and businesses trust our expert team to handle all their lawn maintenance and landscaping needs. We provide lawn maintenance, landscaping, fertilizer, pest control, irrigation, tree trimming, mulch, sod, and stones for residential and commercial accounts. Our company is fully insured, licensed, and certified for Best Management Practices. Our clients include condos, industrial buildings, real estate companies, HOA’s, residential, and the Edison Home. Brett is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.

Meet our Emcee:

  • Dave Elias, Chief Political Correspondent NBC 2 News. Dave brings more than two decades of experience to the team, covering nearly every story imaginable in that time. Dave served as an investigator on the West Virginia Media I-Team. He joined a team of five reporters assigned to investigating stories and exposing alleged corruption in the mountain state for WTRF-TV, WOWK-TV, WBOY-TV, WVNS-TV, all part of the network. Dave came to the sunshine state from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the Wheeling-Steubenville television market for WTRF-TV & FOX Ohio Valley. In 2009 Dave gained national recognition for his reporting by uncovering details that led to two Ohio Police Chiefs being arrested for plotting a break-in at the surrogate mother’s home for famed actress Sarah Jessica Parker. National news agencies later relied on Dave’s reporting throughout the later trial. During his tenure, Dave has interviewed President Barack Obama in Ohio. Dave’s aggressive reporting style has taken him to Washington, D.C., and New York City for investigations. After more than 24 years in the business. Dave has anchored, produced, and served as a bureau chief.

Our Panelists:

  • James Ritter, Founder and CEO at Pulse Technology Solutions; Pulse Technology Solutions has been serving Southwest Florida since 2006, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses. It’s always been our goal to provide enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small business sector, with small business prices. Our experience has allowed us to build and develop the infrastructure needed to keep our prices affordable and our clients up and running. We partner with many types of businesses in the area and strive to eliminate IT issues before they cause expensive downtime, so you can continue to drive your business forward. Our dedicated staff loves seeing our clients succeed. Your success is our success, and as you grow, we grow. James is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.
  • Patrick Neale, Patrick Neale & Associates, Patrick is an attorney, civil mediator, and arbitrator who practices law in the areas of foreclosure prevention and defense, bankruptcy, land use, contractor, real estate, zoning, administration. Patric moved to Collier in 1987. Patrick has served on and chaired many local charity boards and is currently on the boards of Avow Hospice, CHEF (Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation), and the Collier County Bar Association. Patrick has received numerous awards of distinction for his community and professional service. Patrick is an adjunct professor at FGCU. Patrick is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.
  • Kelly Hickok is an Investigator with the Economic Crimes Unit for the State Attorney’s Office of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. The Economic Crimes Unit is responsible for the prosecution of all financial and elder exploitation crimes throughout the Circuit, as well as serving the community to investigate public corruption & complex fraud schemes. Kelly’s experience expands thirty-one years as a State of Florida Law Enforcement Officer and over half of that career as an instructor & educator. Prior to the State Attorney’s Office, Kelly worked for a Statewide fraud & money laundering task force based in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Kelly continues to instruct at Miami-Dade College, the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy & throughout the community.
  • John Schlager, CEO & Co-Founder of Inceptus a result’s driven visionary that harbors a passion to innovate, create and build innovative business risk and cybersecurity solutions. He brings deep industry expertise and years of digital combat experience to provide businesses with cost-effective solutions to secure their data from even the most determined adversaries. John has almost thirty years of experience in the design, implementation, operations, and management of large-scale enterprises. He has designed and deployed security programs to meet the most stringent requirements. He has worked with some of the most at-risk organizations in the public and private sectors, including the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, civilian agencies of the federal government, Law Enforcement, and Fortune 100 companies, by developing robust security programs and by providing world-class security intrusion analysis, forensic, and remediation services to better detect, deter, defend, and respond to any threat that an organization will face. John is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.
  • Christian Wartchow, CEO, and Founder of CyberSecure IT Solutions. Before CyberSecure, Christian was a technology leader with Fortune 500 companies, including Siemens, Verizon, and Sprint. He now brings that Enterprise-level expertise to small and medium businesses. CyberSecure is more than an “IT Company.” They provide Computer and IT Services to more than 1,000 business and residential clients throughout Florida. Still, Their #1 mission is “To Protect and Defend clients from cyber-attacks, ransomware, hackers, and scammers.” Christian is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.

Our Featured Non-Profit:
Trish Fancher, Keep Lee County Beautiful which provides volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship through hands-on participation; people are motivated and inspired with an environmental focus that develops into a true sense of pride and ownership people feel empowered while volunteering with us because they immediately see the difference they are making in the health and appearance of their surrounding community. Trish is a member of the Above Board Chamber of Florida

For information on becoming an Annual Sponsor, a Meeting Sponsor, an Angel Lunch Sponsor a Member, an Ambassor or for more information please call 239-910-7426 and ask for Jeanne Sweeney, CEO/ Founder of the Above Board Chamber of FL. Together we can sail into 2022 and make it our best year yet!

Thank you to CONRIC pr + marketing for helping with us with our press releases and website to get this important meeting out!


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