Michael Helfrich, CEO, Blueforce Development Corp
Michael Helfrich is the Founder and CEO of Blueforce Development Corporation and has more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector with expertise delivering innovative collaborative platform products enabling shared situational awareness, decision support, and network centric operations for the Fortune 500, Public Safety, Smart City/IoT, and National Security market sectors. Prior to Blueforce, he was Vice President of Product Development and Applied Technology at Groove Networks (acquired by Microsoft), reporting directly to Ray Ozzie (Founder). He also served as Market Executive for Groove’s Public Sector business from 2001-2005, helping grow the business to more than half of Groove’s total annual revenue.
Michael has served on a number of National Security initiatives post 9/11 and in 2003, served in Baghdad Iraq as a special advisor on inter-agency collaboration and information sharing for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) led by Ambassador Paul Bremer. He personally led tactical ISR ground sensor development and integration efforts for NORTHCOM/JIATF-N, while deployed operationally on the U.S. southern and northern borders for joint counter-terrorism operations, 2007-2013. He was selected and served on the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s “Internet Standards Working Group” (ISWG) and has been a thought leader within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community specific to national information standards, sensors/IoT, and interoperability.