InterNETworking 2018 Held for Public Sector Technology Professionals

2018 Post-Event Press Release 

LONG BRANCH, NJ – MRA International, an HP Platinum Partner located in Long Branch, held its 2nd Annual summer luncheon and professional learning event on July 12th, 2018 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey. Over 150 attendees joined together to participate in this one-day event, focused on Cybersecurity protection and Smart City innovation. Education and networking served as the premise of the day through informative Keynote presentations, in an open and relaxed environment with ample opportunity for guests to mingle with a diverse assembly of colleagues.

Event sponsors HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, D&H Distributing, APC by Schneider Electric, and NJEdge joined to support the day and build upon collaborative partnerships in the industry.

The day was emceed by Sheri Prupis, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at Virginia Community College System, who led a CIO meeting at 9:00AM where a panel presented their vision for sharing services across the public sector. Opening remarks were provided by Angelo Tirone, Account Manager at MRA International and son of CEO and President, Bruno Tirone.

Prupis kicked the day off by welcoming featured speaker Lev Gonick, CIO of Arizona State University, to discuss the future of innovation for Smart Cities. Gonick provided an insightful Keynote presentation that thoroughly explored technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects, and organizational development among ASU’s campus. His fascinating presentation served as an effective analysis and structured approach to the future of Smart Cities and the limitless possibilities moving forward. Guests were stunned by such progression and development within the ASU campus.

MRA International’s CEO and President, Bruno Tirone, delivered a ten-minute presentation about his company. The speech included successes, initiatives, and many thanks. Next up was NJEdge, a non-profit technology services provider and member-driven consortium for the nation’s leading education, research and healthcare organizations. Dr. Edward Chapel, Senior Vice President and COO for NJEdge, gave a fifteen-minute presentation outlining the “New NJEdge” to attendees, while reinforcing digital leadership and enterprise transformation.

Superintendent and CSA at Old Bridge Township Public Schools, David Cittadino, took the stage to express his gratitude for MRA International in partnering up with Old Bridge High School’s Learning Lab to assist transitioned learning students with career pathways to success. A Shop Rite store environment was created within the school, where Bruno Tirone provided students with the necessary tools and equipment to build on their skills by training and learning hands-on skills to prepare them for post-graduation opportunities.

The program concluded with a captivating keynote featuring Michael T. Geraghty, New Jersey’s Chief Information Security Officer and the first Director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC). He shared intriguing data and logistics of the current threat landscape of cybercrime and how NJCCIC is working to improve security measures among New Jersey. His speech inevitably took attendees into the mind of a hacker by examining incidents, investigations, and significant cybersecurity events, whilst providing strategical analysis toward developing an ecosystem sustained by digital resiliency against cyber threats.

The New Jersey Board of Education approved the interNETworking 2018 program for 2.0 contact hours for CMFOs, CCFOs, and QPAs and assigned course number 14354. All guests were provided certificates of completion, confirming their attendance and validating their credits in the subject of Information Technology.

The event was ideal for all public sector technology professionals, as learning objectives were fulfilled with attendees engrossed in the program. The day provided an intimate setting, a calm ambiance, and exclusive networking opportunities that are unique to this audience. The room was filled with an array of HP’s top products in innovation, security and performance, which included a Virtual Reality backpack, an ‘Are You HP Secure?’ Habitat, HP security giveaways, and various interactive product displays that offered customer engagement and made this event a one-of-a-kind experience.

As the event came to an end, the MRA raffle drawing took place, with excitement and anticipation filling the room. Two lucky winners were given an HP display monitor and an HP laptop with custom engravement by MRA International. Guests were directed to the Ocean Place’s Tiki Bar and were encouraged to join MRA for informal networking with colleagues, right off the beach.

InterNETworking 2018 was designed to inform and connect public sector tech professionals to the industry’s top leaders, offering knowledge and an unforgettably valuable experience. MRA International gathers leaders of the public sector with an agenda formulated to explore topics in the industry that are relevant and actionable to the organizations attending. All guests enjoyed a unique day of learning and a chance to collaborate, meet, and mingle by the Shore. This event offered much more than your average networking event – it was MRA International’s way to say thank you to their loyal and prospective customers and to give back to the public sector community, after over 15 years of success in the IT industry.

MRA International is a New Jersey contract-authorized HP Platinum Partner that provides hardware, software and technology solutions to government agencies, public and private schools, universities and non-profit organizations.

Media Contact:
Bruno Tirone
MRA International