Moderators and Panelists


James David Lee, Director of Operations, Manufacturing Works

A Colorado Native, Jim graduated from Colorado State University 1986, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second Lieutenant and after graduating Infantry, Airborne and Ranger schools he was assigned to 8th Infantry Division, West Germany during the Cold War. He began his 33 years of soldier service as an officer serving in multiple infantry leadership assignments including Rifle Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Scout Platoon Leader and Commander. He’s served multiple combat/hazardous duty tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Korea, and Colombia. Jim served at every level of command leadership including Company to Brigade Command, and as a Major Command, Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Army in Europe and culminated his service as Deputy Commander, Intelligence and Security Command before retiring as U.S. Army, Colonel.

Upon retiring, he transitioned to British Aerospace Engineering, BAE-Systems as their Senior Program Manager for U.S. Army Cyber and IT portfolio. Jim then served in Federal Civil Service in 2016 serving as, Director of Army Cyber Insider Threat Group in the FBI’s, Foreign Counter Terrorism Task Force. He then departed Federal Service in 2017, moved home and joined the University of Wyoming’s Manufacturing-Works, NIST-MEP, as the Southeast WY, Regional Account and Project Manager and in 2018 he was promoted to Assistant Director for Operations & Business Development. Jim’s expertise is in cybersecurity, program management, intelligence, strategic planning, quality management, leadership management, business development, ITIL V3, DoD contracting. Jim’s educational experiences include; Joint Fellow, National Defense University, National Security Fellow, Harvard, PhD. Security & Foreign Policy, Old Dominion University, Masters Strategic Planning, Command and General Staff College, MPA, Golden Gate University, BS, Business Management Colorado State University.

Jeffrey Pope, Holland & Hart

Jeffrey S. Pope represents mining, oil and gas, refining, pipeline, construction, government contracting, and other businesses before state courts, federal courts, and domestic and international arbitration panels.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Jeff was Head of the Criminal Appeals Section of the Wyoming Attorney General’s office, where he briefed and argued dozens of appeals before the Wyoming Supreme Court.


James (Jim) Drever, MBA, CISO, Wyoming SBDC

Jim, the Regional Director in South Central Wyoming for the Wyoming SBDC, has been serving clients in the area for several years. Before joining the Wyoming Small Business Development Center team, he was a Marketing Director and Project Manager at a software company, owned his own small consulting business and recently cofounded CyberWyoming with the Made Safe in Wyoming program. Beyond general business assistance, Jim specializes in E-Marketing/E-Commerce, and Risk Management, especially Cybersecurity in which he has CISO certification with a background in vulnerability assessment, ethical hacking and cybersecurity risk assessment & management. He assists and advises clients with cybersecurity statewide.

Galen Gough, IT Director, Jonah Bank of Wyoming

Galen has spent the last twelve years as an IT pro and security analyst/practitioner/architect. He holds numerous certs from Comptia, Microsoft, Cisco, SANs (GSEC+GMON) and (ISC)2 CISSP. Galen has worked for Jonah Bank of Wyoming as a consultant and full time employee for the past 11 years overseeing their IT department and information security program. He currently serves as the Chair of the Q2 eBanking Security User Group and is actively involved with how the banking and financial industry can use new technology to provide a more secure, less frictional, user experience. When not defending Jonah Bank’s networks he enjoys running (you never know when that can come in useful), spending time with family, pretending to be a cowboy and hacking the human

Jonah Bank is a fast growing community bank with $350M in assets founded in 2006 with a core mission to “Build A Better Wyoming”. Although small in size, when it comes to technology, Jonah Bank stays true to its core mission by providing it’s account holders with trusted, innovative, and fluent technology to make their banking experience the easiest part of their day, so they can get to Building a Better Wyoming.

Rich Spilde, Holland & Hart

Rich focuses on technology, outsourcing and offshoring, telecom transactions, and data security matters.

He represents clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media and entertainment, natural resources, and software. Having served as in-house counsel for a large communications company, Rich truly appreciates the challenges and opportunities clients face to exploit and preserve the value of their technology assets in a rapidly evolving environment. He delivers sophisticated, practical advice to help his clients identify issues and structure technology transactions that manage their risk, protect their intellectual property, and meet their overall strategic objectives.

Rob Zotti, Wyoming Financial Insurance

Rob has been an agent for Bob Elmer Insurance Group and Wyoming Financial for the last 18 years. He attained my Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 2000 and continues to attend high level courses offered by the The National Alliance and the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. Among other areas, he specializes in cybersecurity.

Rob is a Rock Springs native, now serving his third term on the Rock Springs City Council.  Rob and his wife have two young children that are active in baseball, soccer and other activities held around our community. Rob served on the Fair Board from 2004 to 2011 and joined the board again in 2014.