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Featured Speaker – Ben Berry

Ben Berry is a strategic aerospace manufacturer and has led technology for large-scale organizations with diverse missions. He is the Aerospace Entrepreneurial CEO and Chief Digital Officer for AirShip Technologies Group’s AirShip Endurance EAGLE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Micro Intelligence StingerMAV, and AirScape intelligence-as-a-service. He has held various senior leadership technology positions serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company – Los Angeles. He is a Board of Director at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

He is the previous Chief Technology Officer for the City of Portland where he provided leadership for enterprise computing, analysis, design and deployment of computer applications, mobile and wireless computing services for public safety 1st Responders (police, fire, emergency communications, emergency management), and other customers.

Previously, he served as Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Chief Information Officer providing overall leadership, planning, development and delivery of information technology services for ODOT and several other non-transportation organizations. As CIO for the second largest state agency in Oregon, Mr. Berry was responsible for systems supporting highways, bridges, rail service, right-of-way determinations, DMV and Motor Carrier commercial trucking inspections and licensing throughout the state.

Berry is the former Regional Chief Technology Officer of Providence Health System Oregon, supporting a service area of eight hospitals and 33 clinics. He has held executive and management positions in sectors such as state and local government, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace/defense and airport transportation. Berry received his M.B.A. from UCLA, a B.S. in Life Science–Biotechnology from the University of Portland.

Mr. Berry currently serves on the following Boards:

  • Central City Concern (5yrs.)
  • University of Portland, School of Business – Operations and Technology Management (7yrs.)
  • Oregon State University, School of Business – Business Information Systems (7yrs.)
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (3yrs.)
  • Boy Scouts of America – Pacific Cascade Council Board (1 year)
  • iUrban Teen Technology (5yrs.)