The Big Idea, a monthly event coordinated by the BIC, spotlights local entrepreneurs who are beating the odds in Bay County’s small business arena, especially those who work in a unique niche. This month’s speaker is no exception. An intrepid entrepreneur, engineering visionary, and CEO/President of RSAE Labs, Randall Shepard has launched and managed “bleeding edge” technology companies here in Bay County and in Silicon Valley. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Aeronautical Engineering with a Masters from Stanford University in Guidance and Control Systems, he has led military technology teams and his own private sector companies to advance technology and systems integration in military weaponry, global asset monitoring, tracking and security, and cable TV . “In fact, your first cable box used technology his company developed here in Panama City and the very first digital cable system was launched in Hartford CN from his offices in Parker FL! He quips that he is “a rocket scientist AND a cable guy”.
Shepard is a high tech evangelist with down-to-earth sensibilities. His real-world experience in advancing military capabilities and technologies into scalable commercial operations has helped to transform global logistics. He believes fervently in America’s ability to foster innovation and our local ability to nurture technology-based companies and entrepreneurs, especially in the area of logistics and supply chain management – fields in which Bay County is very well suited to grow.
Thursday, October 8, 5:30pm at Café Amivida, 2997 West 10th Street, Panama City