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WITI Houston Regional Network
Digital Houston Initiative

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Join WITI as we discuss the latest on the City of Houston's initiative to make wireless broadband services available throughout the city!

The objectives of this initiative include:

- Reducing the City government cost for mobile computing, i.e. parking meters, traffic signals, maintenance crews, field inspections, video and photography in police cars, maps and building plans in fire and EMS vehicles;
- Reducing the monthly cost of broadband for residential and small business users from $30-$50 to $10-$20;
- Bridging the digital divide for disadvantaged communities/ individuals and promoting economic development and conventions/tourism.

The City intends to leverage its significant real estate holdings, as well as rights it may secure to assets owned by the local electric utility, to stimulate private investments and provide maximum value for the community. The City also intends to secure access to more than one (1) million street light and/or utility poles, which are owned by the local electric utility, and deployed in the City's rights-of-way.

We will have drawings for door prizes. Please bring your business cards to the meeting to enter the drawings.

About Our Speaker(s)

Umesh K. Verma, President and CEO of Blue Lance, is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years in the IT industry. Since forming Blue Lance in 1985, he has built the company into a leading provider of computer security and regulatory compliance software products. He is an expert on computer security and monitoring of information assets and is a frequent speaker.

Alongside his success with Blue Lance, Mr. Verma is recognized for having grown C-TREC into one of the largest privately held computer training companies in Houston, specializing in CISSP, Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, HP (ASE), CompTIA, Citrix and SAIR Linux certifications, and is an official Prometric Testing center. He also founded Softec International, an offshore software development company. Softec International was acquired by Novell in 1997.

Boards & Task Forces:

Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors
Chair, Technology Infrastructure Committee
Economic Development Advisory Committee
Center for Houston’s Future Leadership & Engagement Committee
Houston Technology Center Advisory Board
Technology Executive Club of Houston
University of Houston College of Technology Advisory Board
University of Houston Alumni Organization Board of Directors
Houston Business Magazine Advisory Board

Honored as one of 44 distinguished entrepreneurs in the City of Houston by the Houston Technology Center
Future 500 Upside Award presented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist
28th fastest growing company in Houston by the Houston Business Journal
Houston 100 awards 1992
Houston 100 awards 1991

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00-8:30 on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at:

    SYSCO Corporation
    1370 Enclave Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77077

The parking garage entry gates are equipped with a typical push button for assistance. Please announce yourself as a WITI attendess, security
will verify and allow access. Entry to the building is on level 1 from the parking garage. The hallway will lead you to the main lobby and can check in there. The Meeting room is located on the 4th floor. Rooms A4 - 1,2 & 3. The registration table will be located just inside rooms 1&2.

If you have been to SYSCO before, please be aware that this is a new corporate office, which is next door to the original building. The original building is no longer there.


6:00-6:30 Registration, Dinner and Networking
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Sponsor Welcome
7:00-8:00 Program, Q&A
8:00-8:30 Networking


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Thank you, SYSCO, for sponsoring WITI's July meeting.

SYSCO is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries.

For the calendar year 2006, the company generated $33.9 billion in sales. For more information about SYSCO visit www.sysco.com

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Elena Tran ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.