Colonel Gelhardt has had a long successful Army career, the pinnacle of his success was being nominated and selection to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO equivalent, supporting President Clinton, the VP, the White House Staff, and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Colonel Gelhardt is a combat veteran.
Since retiring from the service Mark has held multiple leadership positions in IT and InfoSec. CIO/CSO for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline. CTO (Global Operations)/CISO for InterCall - the world’s largest conferencing company. Chief Information Security Officer for TravelClick - a Software as a Service company in the hospitality space. Consulted as the Interim CISO for the Georgia Lottery & NCR. Currently Mark is the VP, Global Technology Governance for US Bank/Elavon – Elavon is fifth largest credit card processor.
Mark is the author of “My time at the Clinton White House” which was published the summer of 2018. Mark’s second and third books are in the making. Mark’s honors include being a published author, a key note speaker, and panel member in the IT, InfoSec, and political areas. Mark has been awarded CISO of the year finalist 2013, Global CISO of the year finalist 2014, and a National InfoSec Project award winner in 2013 and a finalist InfoSec Project award winner in 2015. Marks military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award) and more.