Vice President, Homeland Security
Ascentry Technologies, Inc.
As former state fire marshal, corporate CTO, and a leader in developing new markets for emerging technology, Mr. Kauffman is highly credible with public and private sector users of technology as well as public policy makers at the federal, state and local levels. He co-developed the concept of the PASS device, the Personal Alert Safety System used by firefighters. His experience in advanced wireless applications, telematics, law enforcement, fire protection, industrial security, ergonomics, behavioral science, emergency management and telecommunications has placed him in roles of public policy and rulemaking as well as leadership in deploying technology to extend reach, enhance effectiveness, and reduce cost. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kauffman was Director of Public Safety Services for U.S. Wireless. Today he leads efforts to develop new markets that leverage existing IT and network investments to meet the spiraling demand for greater functionality, security, and mobility. Mr. Kauffman is an adjunct instructor for Texas A&M’s WMD/Terrorism Preparedness Program and holds an MA in Education/Behavioral Science from University of Michigan and a BA in Psychology from Lawrence University.