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Mike Folk was project lead for the HDF group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) from 1988 until 2006, when he co-founded The HDF Group and served as CEO until retiring in 2016. He remains a Member of the Board of Directors. His tenure at NCSA and with The HDF Group provided Mike with the opportunity to work with a broad range of organizations and people in government, academia and the private sector to apply and evolve HDF in ways that uniquely address some of our greatest data challenges. Mike’s first programming job was in 1961, as a college sophomore.  His task was to create a digital map of the US to monitor fire-spread from a nuclear attack. He scoped...

Vanisha is Director of Business and Finance at The HDF Group.  Her Business Office team manages the accounting, contracts and human resources for The HDF Group.  Prior to joining The HDF Group, she focused her career in the telecommunications industry as Finance Director for Amdocs Champaign, Inc. Vanisha received her B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and her M.B.A. from the University of Illinois....

Dax Rodriguez is the Director of Commercial Services & Solutions at The HDF Group, joining the firm in September 2016. Dax is tasked with proactively expanding HDF’s customer base, entering new verticals, and launching new solutions that will complement existing products and services. Over the last 15 years, Dax has mastered the craft of developing and implementing commercialization plans, earning himself a stellar reputation as an avid networker. He meticulously connects people’s needs and business opportunity to create long-term value and relationships. Most recently, Dax was Head of Business Development for a portfolio of boutique companies including Victory Networks and Sumo Capital where he catalyzed firm growth and streamlined sales and client service operations. He played key roles in advancing relationships...