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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host seminar on protecting digital business assets

Technology plays a vital role in a business environment. It enhances communication and allows businesses to store and share information quickly and efficiently. But as more and more businesses trend towards tech, business owners need to have a strong understanding of where their information is being stored and the securities in place to protect that information. In the event of a disaster, business owners need to have a plan to restore data and get their business back online.

As part of the ongoing Prosper Jefferson seminar series,  the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce teamed up to bring you a seminar on protecting your business’ digital assets. Four experts will join us to explain how to better secure your most important information in the Cloud and develop a disaster recovery plan to ensure that your data isn’t compromised. Topics will include:

  • Defining the cloud – Why businesses use it and why it’s important to understand
  • Understanding Data Centers – What are they and how do they work?
  • Protecting business assets in the cloud
  • Business continuity
  • Disaster recovery
  • Cyber Insurance

Join us Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for our upcoming Prosper Jefferson seminar. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at


Brian Gardner, Level 3 Communications
Brian Gardner is a Security Evangelist with Level 3 Communications.  Brian has extensive experience in the physical and logical security realms.  He currently focuses on partnering with Level 3 customers in developing and deploying robust programs.  Prior to his current role, Brian managed the Level 3 enterprise security team, responsible for protecting the Level 3 corporate environment.


Delous Smith, My IT
With nearly 20 years in the communications and technology industry, Delous Smith is a seasoned professional with a successful track record.  He began his career in the telecommunications industry during the deregulation of business phone services. In 2010, he moved into the complex world of technology sales and has become a trusted adviser for many business executives.

Delous works for My IT, a premier technology consulting firm and winner of the 2016 Jefferson Chamber Innovator of the Year.  My IT is also recognized as one of the fastest growing businesses in the country and the recipient of the Inc. 5000 Award from Inc. Delous is a graduate of Leadership Jefferson and has been a member of the Jefferson Chamber since 1998.  He recently received Ambassador of the Quarter and is active on multiple committees.

Richard Haney, FOGO Data Centers
Richard Haney founded Fogo Data Centers in 2010 and currently serves as President and COO. Richard manages and directs facility operations and expansion, overseeing data center design and construction and connectivity. A true entrepreneur, Mr. Haney has owned and operated a number of companies, including a mass litigation consulting company, a mechanical HVAC company, as well as a commercial construction and development company. His expertise in mechanical, electrical, and construction systems has allowed him to build economical world-class facilities that since inception have never been compromised or down. His experience is paramount in geographical expansion to optimize physical growth opportunities. Richard is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.B.A. in Management and Finance).

Ryan Daul, Daul Insurance Agency
Ryan Daul is an insurance Producer and Vice-President for Daul Insurance Agency. Ryan’s goal as a Producer is the same as every other Daul Insurance Agency employee’s goal: to do what is best for the customer at all times. This is the primary focus of every transaction that occurs in the agency.

Ryan began working for Daul Insurance Agency in 2002 after graduating from Loyola University. He became licensed as a P&C Producer in 2003. Ryan graduated from Tulane’s MBA program in 2009.  He received his CPCU designation in 2015.

Ryan has served or is currently serving on the following boards: Independent Agents of Greater New Orleans – Board Member; Professional Insurance Agents – Governmental Committee Member/ Board Member 2016; Timberlane Country Club – Board Member (2009-2011); Jefferson Chamber of Commerce – Board Member; Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry (PABI) – Board Member; and GNO, Inc. Nextgen council 2016.