LDSTech Conference 2013 keynote speakers

Below are the keynote speakers for the 2013 LDSTech Conference.

Clark Gilbert

Clark Gilbert is the president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media. The Deseret News is Utah’s longest running business and one of the nation’s fastest growing newspapers, both in print and online. Deseret Digital is one of the largest targeted media networks in the country. It manages the commercial Web properties of the Deseret Media Companies:,,, and

Prior to DDM, Gilbert was an associate academic vice president at Brigham Young University–Idaho, where he oversaw the university’s online learning and distance education initiatives. He was also a professor of entrepreneurial management at the Harvard Business School and has a background in media innovation.

As a professor at the Harvard Business School, Gilbert published numerous award-winning articles on innovation, including lead articles in the Harvard Business Review and MIT/Sloan Management Review. He also authored the book "From Resource Allocation to Strategy," published by Oxford University Press. He has an extensive background in digital media and has published numerous articles on media innovation and the growth of the Internet.

Gilbert is a board member at Lead Media Partners, a Web prediction and lead generation company. He has also served on the New Ventures Boards at Landmark Media and Scripps Publications. Gilbert was a founding partner of Boston-based consultancy Innosight, where he built an advisory practice with media and healthcare clients targeting disruptive innovation.

Gilbert graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned a master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate degree from the Harvard Business School.

Gilbert speaks Japanese and has hiked Mt. Fuji. He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of seven children. Gilbert is heavily involved in the lives of young people and has a special affinity toward helping youths from disadvantaged backgrounds. (Note: Biography information from Deseret Digital Media.)

Blaine Maxfield

Blaine Maxfield is the Managing Director of ICS and the CIO of the Church. Prior to joining Church employment, Blaine worked for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest business software and IT services providers in the world. Blaine served as SunGard’s spokesman. He wrote articles that appeared in Forbes magazine and was interviewed by Dow Jones and other leading financial magazines.

As chief operating officer of the wealth management division of SunGard, he oversaw thousands of employees and over a half billion dollars in revenue.

In 2010, Blaine was listed in the Power 100 for delivering industry leading integrated solutions for financial institutions. The Power 100 is a list of the top 100 emerging executives who have made a significant difference in the finance industry.

As president of Frontier Analytics, Blaine worked with Nobel laureate Harry Markowitz, the father of modern portfolio theory, to convert essential economic theories into software solutions that are still used by market analysts.

Blaine has sat on many boards of directors and has several years of executive level experience at many large businesses. He has also been a motivational speaker for many youth groups nationwide, providing a forum for them to better experience success and understand failure.

After returning from his mission in the Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Mission, he attended Ricks College, where he played football. He earned All-American honors his sophomore year. Blaine also met and married his wife while at Ricks.

After leaving Ricks College, Blaine accepted a scholarship to continue his education as part of the Stanford football team. He had the highest GPA on the team and made the Dean’s list. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Organizational Behavior, and returned to Stanford to receive his Master’s degree in Business Strategy.

Blaine and his wife Jennifer have three children. In his spare time, Blaine enjoys hiking, camping, golfing, and watching his kids’ sporting events.

John Edwards

John Edwards is the Portfolio Director of Internet Collaboration and Communication for the LDS Church. In this role he directs the LDSTech community efforts, the mobile applications, LDS Account, and other products. John was formerly President and CEO of Move Networks, the leading provider of Internet television. Move is recognized as the industry leader in delivering live and on-demand high-definition television via the Internet.

John has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, including 14 years in key executive positions for high-growth companies. This experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of Novell, where he led the marketing team through the growth years of the ‘80s and ‘90s, and President of Digital Research, where he championed the product DR-DOS. He also served as Chairman and CEO of I-Link Corporation, leading the first-ever delivery of enhanced Voice-over-IP technology to the market.

Most recently, John was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award in the Technology category in the Utah Region, and was one of four national finalists in the Emerging category for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was also awarded the UCEF Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 for the state of Utah.

John received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Arizona State University.

Michael Carter

Michael A. Carter is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this capacity he is responsible for information security and compliance vision, strategy and program for the Church, including religious, educational, humanitarian, and other organizations and programs.

Michael is a renowned technology leader, author, educator and civic leader.

His professional positions at the Church have included Business Information Security Officer (BISO), International Controller in the Pacific Islands Area and Church Finance Department, and Director of Operations for worldwide missionary training centers, including Provo MTC roles as Associate Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Beyond Church employment he has been the managing partner of a technology consulting firm, manager and consultant for Sequent Computers, manager and systems engineer for IBM, and intelligence analyst for the United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Born in Eureka, California, he graduated from high school in California, and earned his bachelor’s degree and master's degree from Brigham Young University, where he graduated with distinction. He was continuing with doctoral work at BYU until assigned to work overseas for the Church. He has also completed executive programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Stanford University.

Michael has demonstrated expertise in leadership, international management, IT management, information security, IT compliance, large program and project management, and cross-cultural leadership.

He has several professional credentials and certifications, including CISSP, CISA, CIPP-IT, CNSP-A, and CSA.

Michael has published two books and several book chapters and professional papers. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, University of Samoa (South Pacific), and University of Phoenix.

Michael is active in professional, educational and civic organizations. As a BYU alumni he has served the Cougar Club and contributed to several academic programs. In 1995 he was named "Distinguished Donor to the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences" and to the "BYU President's Circle". In 1996 he was selected as the "Utah Young Man of the Year".

As a dedicated Boy Scout leader, he has served for many years and been recognized with the Scouter's Key, Award of Merit, Hornaday Award, and International Scouter Award. He is a James West Fellow. For service and contributions to the International and American Red Cross he was recognized with the "Humanitarian Award" in 2003, and was inducted into the "Clara Barton Society" in 2010. He has served on the local and national ISACA Board. In 2008 he was elected as "National Security Professional of the Year". In the information security community he currently serves on the Utah ISACA Board, Utah ISSA Board, InfraGard Board/Vice President, and Information Security Leadership Board.

Michael Carter and his wife, Karla Hobson Carter, are the parents of six children. They reside in Provo, Utah.

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