This presentation will cover how Lynn University was able to secure the last Presidential Debate in October 2012. The presenter, Chris Boniforti, will explore the steps, expectations and challenges of hosting the largest international event that Lynn University, Boca Raton and Palm Beach county has ever hosted. Hosting the debate was an incredible honor but it also demanded a lot of resources, planning and commitment. Mr. Boniforti will also share with the audience behind the scenes information that was introduced during the debate process. He will also highlight some of the project planning that went into this year-long initiative and some of the challenges that arose.

Learn How It Happened!



ChrisBonifortiChris Boniforti, Lynn University, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Boniforti is the Chief Information Officer at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.  A member of the presidents cabinet, Boniforti advises the university’s managing body on technology initiatives and strategic infrastructure planning.  In addition to managing the network and information services for the campus, he has directed the design and rollout of one of higher education’s most extensive tablet-based learning programs.  Mr. Boniforti served as the program manager for the substantial undertaking in preparation for the final Presidential debate that took place in October 2012.

Mr. Boniforti was named South Florida’s Top CIO at the South Florida Business Journal’s 2007 Technology Awards.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and has an M.B.A. from Lynn University.  His technical certifications include PMI and SANS GIAC.

Chris Boniforti has been featured in Campus Technology magazine, Security Administrators Network Systems (SANS), Ed Tech Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education.  Additionally, Mr. Boniforti is engaged in delivering educational technology presentations in educational conferences such as Educause, ACUTA, UB Tech, SCUP and others.

Pre-Event Workshop begins promptly at 5:30 PM

Grow Fresh Talent with an Internship Program
Presented by:  South Florida Infotech Development Initiative : Mark Smith, 3C Interactive & Jacqueline Grellinger, AXA Advisors
Attendees will be able to ask about the programs as well as access white papers on them.

smith_mark_headshot (1) Mark Smith, 3Cinteractive, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

As COO Mark Smith is responsible for 3Cinteractive’s day-to-day operations. He has an extensive operational and marketing background in both telecommunications and the online processing industry.

Prior to the start of 3C, Smith spent 16 years at MCI. After leaving MCI Smith joined startup Internet Billing Company, one of the first Internet-based payment processing companies, as executive vice president of sales and operations. Smith was instrumental in helping build the company to over 400 employees and processing over a half a billion dollars a year in payments. After the sale of Internet Billing Company in 2002 to Intercept, a publicly traded company in Atlanta, Smith was involved in several new endeavors, including PayVentures, Governmental Management Services, and 365 Billing.

smith_mark_headshot (1)Jacqueline Grellinger, AXA Advisors LLC, Financial Professional

Jacqueline Grellinger is a Financial Professional with AXA Advisors LLC a leader in Financial Protection Strategies and Wealth Management Supporting Individual and Business Clients over a lifetime by offering products and services that help meet their evolving needs.

AXAs Strategy Development for Individuals include, Fixed-Income Investments, Equity Investments, Individual Retirement / Education Planning, Investment Accounts, Life Insurance, Annuities, Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance, Retirement Plans, Executive Benefits & Business Continuation Programs.


[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]


Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

5:00 pm ET: Registration opens
5:30 – 6:30 pm ET: Pre-event Presentation
6:30 – 7:30 pm ET: Networking
7:30 – 8:00 pm ET: Discussion
8:00 – 8:30 pm ET: Meet the Speakers
8:30 – Conclusion


Lynn University
3601 N Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Parking Instructions & Campus Map

[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Fees to Attend:

  • Non-Member Registration: $55.00 per person
  • SFTA Standard Member: $25.00 per person
  • SFTA Premier Member: $15.00
  • Students & Academia Memberships: $10.00 (must use .edu email address when registering)



Event Sponsored By HOST.NET

HostNetLogo_RGB is a multinational provider of managed infrastructure services focusing on cloud computing and storage, colocation, connectivity and business continuity for enterprise organizations. The company operates multiple enterprise class data centers and geographically diverse cloud platforms connected to an extensive fiber optic backbone designed to connect their clients to their suite of managed services. It serves customers in most major metropolitan regions of North America as well as portions of Europe. Founded in 1996, is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Further information about is available at
Silver Sponsor
Modcomp_logo_cmykModcomp is a part of publicly traded CSP, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSPI). Founded in 1968, CSPI and its subsidiaries develop and market IT integration solutions and high-performance computer systems to meet the diverse requirements of our industrial, commercial, and defense customers worldwide. Globally, Modcomp provides solutions and services for complex IT environments including managed services, disaster recovery, mobility, security, data center management, and collaboration. To learn more about Modcomp, please visit

Available Sponsorships for this event: 


Have your logo on the pre-roll of January’s event video as SFTA offers this sponsorship to only one company. Sponsorship includes a display-table and 4 attendees. Use PROMO CODE: VIDEO to be February’s Exclusive Video Sponsor.



Have your logo on the SFTA website advertising January’s event. Sponsorship includes a display-table and 2 attendees. SFTA will announce Silver Sponsors at the beginning of the presentation, and your Logo will appear on the presentation before the event. Use PROMO CODE: SILVER to be one of February’s select Silver Sponsors.

About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.


Become an individual member, a company member or a sponsor of an SFTA event today!

Pin It on Pinterest