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  • Finalists for the 2020 MSSBTA Transformation Leader of the Year Award Gather for a Virtual Roundtable

    MSS Business Transformation Advisory spent an afternoon talking with Arizona’s MSSBTA  Transformation Leader of the Year award finalists in a virtual panel discussion. They shared what it takes to be an effective transformation leader, how they lead their organization through a major transformation, and what being a transformation leader means in their organization.

    Watch the full Virtual Roundtable below:


    Meet Arizona’s 2020 Business Transformation Leaders and award finalists:

    Tim Roemer, State Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

    Tim Roemer has been the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Arizona for over a year as a transformation leader. Prior to that he served as Governor Ducey‘s Public Safety Advisor, Deputy Director of the AZ Department of Homeland Security, and ten years in the CIA, including a two year assignment in the White House Situation Room.

    In his roles in the Governor’s Office, he served on the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Security Committee and has advised the Governor on a wide range of topics including cybersecurity, border security, and counterterrorism.

    Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

    Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell leads the University of Arizona’s Office for Research, Innovation and Impact. She is responsible for expanding the university’s capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the university’s connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.

    Joann MacMaster, Chief Executive Officer of Desert Angels

    Joann MacMaster serves as the CEO of the Desert Angels, a Tucson-based non-profit organization of accredited investors that seeks opportunities to invest in regional startup and early-stage companies. The Desert Angels represents a network of over 100 active angel investors, who have invested more than $60 million into 132 portfolio companies and 10 Sidecar funds. Prior to this, Joann served as the Sr. Director of Venture Development for the University of Arizona focused on the commercialization of university research through the development of startup companies.

    Joann has served as a startup founder, mentor, investor and educator, and she is a passionate ecosystem builder. She is a recipient of the 2020 Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year award. Joann returned home to Tucson in 2000, after living and working in Europe for over a decade.  She holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Scotland.

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    paul green

    Also joining the panel discussion is the 2019 MSS Business Transformation Leader award winner, Paul Green, Chief Development Officer of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance.

    With more than 20 years of IT experience, Paul’s technology-infused leadership adds exciting dimension to his role as Chief Development Officer. Paul joined Angel MedFlight as CIO in 2014 to strengthen the company’s IT capability in support of its continued growth. With a focus on the patient experience, Paul’s innovative influence is evident in everything from the company’s workflow to its online presence. In 2018, Paul was named the Chief Development Officer to lead the company’s technology and business development initiatives.


    Moderating this year’s Transformation Leader virtual panel discussion is Mark Dallmeier, MSSBTA Chief Sales/Revenue Officer

    Mark is a senior executive, serial entrepreneur, transformation consultant, and active board advisor for various companies, who has co-founded and grown companies in multiple industries over the last 30 years. Most recently, Mark was the CSO/CMO at Terra Verde Security (now Avertium) where he lead the hyper-growth of the Arizona-based consulting company into a globally recognized award-winning cybersecurity solution provider and MSSP.

    Previously Mark held various CSO/CMO positions at IT Partners and 3 Sigma Corporation, was the President and CEO of The ROBB Group and co-founder of Channel Savvy (sold to Avnet), where he consulted to early stage, hyper-growth companies and Fortune 100, on transformational growth initiatives, generating over $1.8B in new revenue for client companies.

    Mark actively publishes research, speaks, and facilitates workshops on corporate growth, cybersecurity, risk, and transformational topics.