13 Jun Markon Attends TEDxTysons

In early June, Ray Carney and Joel Timmins attended TEDxTysons. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDxTysons’ mission is to become a platform for sharing ideas and creating meaningful connections and conversations among thought leaders in our community. TEDxTysons is named after the Tysons area in northern Virginia. Tysons is being transformed into a walkable, sustainable, urban center that will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons is envisioned to become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work, and play; where people are engaged with their surroundings; and, where people want to be.

The event was hosted by Sarah Fraser and speakers included:

  • John Bailey, Second Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia
  • Aaron Black, Director of Informatics, Inova Translational Medicine Institute
  • Andrew Chapman, Publishing Entrepreneur and Author, Social Motion Publishing
  • Michael Edson, Associate Director/Head of Digital at UN Live
  • Alfred Grasso, President and Chief Executive Officer, MITRE
  • Jason Green, Co-Founder, SkillSmart
  • Dr. Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and Author
  • Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Diana Sierra, Co-Founder and CEO of Be Girl

Ray and Joel both really enjoyed the talk by Dr. Cal Newport about disconnecting from social media in order to focus. Markon shares TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading” and continues to seek and share great ideas with our team, customers, and anyone we connect.

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Ray Carney, WELL AP

Ray Carney is Vice President of Operations and oversees the development of Markon’s corporate infrastructure to support growth. He also leads the Commercial Portfolio for Markon Solutions including all new and existing non-government clients. His responsibilities include client satisfaction, market maturity, and developing new opportunities. Mr. Carney’s areas of expertise include leadership, sustainable design, workplace strategy and modification, design thinking, data centers, and creating secure environments. Since joining Markon in 2007, Mr. Carney has successfully delivered design and construction projects for multiple government agencies including the DIA, ODNI, CIA, FBI, DoD, and DOJ. For example, Mr. Carney provided cradle-to-grave project management support for the successful design and build of secure facilities. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Mr. Carney is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Six-Sigma certified Yellow Belt, a certified SCRUMMaster, a LEED Green Associate, a Sun Certified Java Programmer, and holds both ITIL v3 Foundations and Quality Management certifications.