Monday General Session

John Ondrasik
Singer and Songwriter, Five for Fighting

Monday, September 16 • 10:00–11:30 am


John Ondrasik definitely has a story to tell. Better known by his stage name, Five for Fighting, Ondrasik is a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter who has released six major albums and sold more than 2.5 million records. His hits include “100 Years,” “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “Chances,” “The Riddle,” “Freedom Never Cries” and “What If.” Additionally, he has scored or licensed dozens of songs for film and television and has performed at various sporting events for the NFL, NHL, and NASCAR. Ondrasik offers insights on the creative process and innovation while sharing stories and playing his most famous songs. Philanthropy also plays an important part in his life. He has raised funds for Autism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, ALS, among others. He is also very involved with the USO, performing on military bases and compiling CDs for troops.

Tarbell will be joined by one of the men he ultimately tracked down: Sabu. Also known as Hector Monsegur, the black hat highlighted critical vulnerabilities in numerous organizations. Monsegur later began working with the U.S. and commercial security executives around the world, helping them prevent hundreds of cyberattacks. In securing clients in wide-ranging arenas such as technology, healthcare, finance, government, and other industries, his unmatched technical experience educates operators and guides research. Monsegur now works as Director of Assessment Services with Rhino Security Labs, making regular media appearances.

NECA Project Excellence Awards

Monday, September 16 • 10:00–11:30 am

Last year, seventeen companies were recognized by a panel of their peers as winners of the first-ever NECA Project Excellence Awards. These awards are a recognition of the extraordinary work performed throughout the year by NECA contractors in eleven different project categories. Come be part of this year’s excitement as NECA recognizes the 2018 winners.

Visit the Project Excellence Awards website ( to view all of the winners.

Learn more about the NECA Project Excellence Awards »

image credit: World Trade Center – Gilston 2017 PEA Submission

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