Entrepreneur Michael Daniels to Speak at Mason

Posted: October 30, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: October 31, 2013 at 6:50 am

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George Mason University’s School of Management welcomes businessman and entrepreneur Michael Daniels as the next speaker in the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series. The event takes place on Monday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium on George Mason’s Arlington Campus.

Former chairman of Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Network Solutions (NSI), Daniels will take a look back in time and speak to the commercialization of the Internet in 1990s, as well as offer a glimpse into the future challenges on Internet regulation, security and privacy issues.

NVTC is helping to promote the event, along with the Foundation for Enterprise Development, Daniels’ current organization. In addition, former Virginia governor and U.S. Sen. George Allen will attend the event.

With co-author Bob Beyster, founder, former CEO and chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Daniels recently published the book “Names, Numbers, and Network Solutions.” It is the story of NSI, then a small Virginia technology company, that helped bring about the commercialization of the Internet by providing basic access to the network and its domain name system. Daniels and Beyster provide an insider’s view of the process of commercializing government-funded technology, and how success is anything but inevitable.

Daniels rose to national industry prominence with SAIC where he served as a member of the senior management team from 1986 to 2004. He sold his company to SAIC in 1986 and helped build SAIC to the current $8 billion in annual revenues. While at SAIC, he purchased NSI and led the organization through a two successful public offerings in 1997 and 1999. Five years after purchasing NSI, Daniels was instrumental in the company’s sale on SAIC’s behalf for $19.6 billion.

Daniels has served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, on numerous international commissions and advisory boards, on the United States Trade Representatives International Investment Policy Advisory Commission, as a U.S. National Commissioner to UNESCO, as a senior White House advisor on international technology and as a senior advisor to the National Security Council.

He currently serves on the board of directors of NVTC, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council (past president and chairman), GlobalLogic (chairman), the Logistics Management Institute (chairman), Invincea (chairman) and Mercury Computer Systems.

Established in 2009, the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series has brought a diverse group of guest speakers, ranging from corporate leaders to government officials, to Mason’s campus. These thought leaders discuss relevant business issues and hot topics that impact today’s global economy.

This community-based, academic initiative aims to enrich the educational experience of the School of Management’s students, faculty and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.

Read more about the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series online and RSVP here.

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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