James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader used to tackling big problems in hard industries. He spent the past several years at Everyone Counts, a leading innovator in election technology, first as head of product and technology and then as CEO. While there he launched the most advanced and secure voter registration and citizen engagement platform in the world, piloted online voting in the U.S. presidential election, and oversaw high profile public and private voting for the United Nations, the Oscars and Emmys, three of the Big 4 accounting firms, and governments around the world. In October 2018, Everyone Counts was acquired by Votem Corp., creating the world’s largest dedicated blockchain voting company.James is no stranger to highly-secure, highly-regulated industries. He began his career as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman working on control algorithms for missile defense satellites, spent almost a decade working on defense and intelligence projects that included autonomous vehicles, sensor data fusion, warfighter-machine interface systems, and culminated with two years in the Middle East managing the technology team for the U.S.’ forward-deployed armored vehicle fleet. Seeking opportunities to innovate and disrupt faster, James left big aerospace and took a series of leadership roles in small, fast-growing technology companies. At Verify, he led the design, development, and deployment of a supply chain management system that proved so successful it had 50 of the Fortune 500 using it within six months of launch. His next challenge was in the legal services space as head of product development for LegalZoom, where he helped lead the companys pivot from transactional to subscription-based relationships and launch their industry-leading mobile apps. In addition to his day-to-day leadership, James is a recognized expert in technology leadership and policy. He also speaks regularly at venues as varied as South by Southwest, the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the International Association of Government Officials. In recent years, he has become an advocate and evangelist for blockchain technology and its application across multiple sectors including civic engagement, legal services, supply chain, and national security.In his free time he enjoys reading, running, volunteering with a local dog rescue, skiing, and collecting whiskey. James was born in the United States, spent time growing up in the Philippines and Switzerland, lived and worked in Kuwait, and has a love for travel and exploration that has led him to visit over 60 countries. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.