About the Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Congressman Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper is currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after having been first elected to Congress in November of 2008.

Mississippi’s Third Congressional District stretches from Wilkinson County in southwest Mississippi to Oktibbeha County and includes the northeast corner of Jackson and the I-20 corridor into east central Mississippi.


Gregg has lived in the Third Congressional District since 1972 and currently resides in Pearl, Mississippi with his wife of thirty-seven years, Sidney. They have a son, Livingston, and a daughter and son in law, Maggie and Brett. The Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon where he served for many years as a Sunday school teacher for high school and college students.

The son of a former petroleum engineer and a mom who worked two days a week until she was 88 years old, Gregg learned at a young age the value of hard work and the importance of a quality education. Gregg and Sidney are both graduates of Mississippi College where he majored in Chemistry. He then earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Gregg practiced law for twenty-seven years, including serving as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland, Mississippi. He also served on the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board and remains active in his community as a member of both the Pearl and Rankin County Chambers of Commerce.  Additionally, Gregg was honored to serve as the board attorney for the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village until his election to Congress in 2008.


In the 115th Congress, Gregg was selected by the Speaker of the House to serves as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, a standing committee with vast oversight and administrative responsibilities in the House of Representatives and additional institutions. Chairman Harper also serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of three subcommittees: Energy; Environment; and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, where he serves as the vice-chairman.

A longtime advocate for American-made energy, Gregg Harper believes that Congress must advance ideas that stabilize fuel prices and build a steady supply of American energy.  On a more personal note, the Congressman and his wife, Sidney, are also committed to supporting families raising children with special needs. As a member of Congress, Gregg founded the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. He has also worked to streamline federal programs and services intended to be a support to youth with significant disabilities in transition from adolescence to adulthood.  In 2014, Gregg Harper authored the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act that was passed into law, ended taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and conventions, and redirected that funding to pediatric medical research.

A strong advocate for our Second Amendment rights, Gregg is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.  Congressman Harper has also championed laws removing burdensome and unneeded federal mandates, promoting innovative drug developments for neurodevelopmental disorders, and advancing telemedicine. He looks forward to his work in the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate conservative values in the important tasks and challenges facing America.

Spencer Cobb

For the last 20 years, Spencer Cobb has been helping some of the biggest companies in the world protect themselves from emerging cyber threats originating from  nation states, hacktivists and organized crime syndicates. A veteran of multiple successful cybersecurity startups (Secure-IT acquired by Verisign, ETSec acquired by JP Morgan, Air Defense by Motorola), all of  which focused on cutting edge cybersecurity solutions for protecting critical and confidential information in corporate and federal networks,  Spencer was recently Founder and Chairman of Mobile Active Defense Inc., a mobile device security company. Mobile Active Defense became a thought leader in mobile security, winning “Mobile Innovator of the Year” three years in a row from Secure Computing Magazine and many other industry accolades as it secured mobile ecosystems of companies around the world before being acquired in 2016 by Cyber adAPT Inc., a leading cyber threat detection company. Spencer now leads strategy and business development with Cytellix, the cybersecurity division of IMRI. The company secures over seven million devices with customers such as U.S. Army, Missile Command, DISA and DHS. Cytellix is now focused on commercial supply chain security, helping small- and medium-sized businesses achieve NIST and DFARs compliance through its innovative yet affordable vulnerability scanning and continuous monitoring services. Spencer resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children and is a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia.

Gary Lynn

Gary Lynn, a Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, will explain a major research program funded by the Undersecretary of Defense and over 500 companies (1,500 programs) to uncover how best-in-breed companies innovate better and faster. This talk will radically change the way new products (and services) are developed and launched: a roadmap for companies to survive and thrive in today’s competitive and turbulent times. He will share the insights of the development and commercialization process of 50 of the most successful products ever launched. Learn how technology companies effectively innovate. And, what critical benchmarks and metrics can dramatically improve innovation. You will learn tested strategies to drive successful innovation—and do it faster. There are five Critical Practices that separate the most innovative companies from the rest. Learn what they are, how to do them, and improve your odds of successful innovation by 70%.