In these volatile times, state and local governments must think outside the box and embrace technology much faster than normal to improve operating efficiencies and create better outcomes at lower costs. Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith and Dr. Brian Houillion join Jonathan & Michael to discuss the recently passed Kentucky Senate Bill 55 and the effort to drive new efficiency in information and security of data at the state and local government level.

Our guests reflect the experience of getting the legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the myriad of use cases the newly formed blockchain working group will explore, develop and implement.

About KY State Senator Brandon Smith

KY State Senator Brandon Smith

Senator Smith is the owner of Mohawk Energy. He is a graduate of University of Kentucky with a BA in Political Science.

About Dr. Brian Houillion

Dr. Brian Houillion

Dr. Houillion is a local government advisor for 10XTS, a fintech company that is leveraging blockchain technology in the delivery of govtech and regtech applications of blockchain technology. He is also a special projects consultant for local governments and non-profits. 

He has served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Office of Financial Management and Administration for the Kentucky Department for Local Government, Chief Administrative Officer for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Special Projects Manager for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, City Manager for two Kentucky cities (Ludlow & Fort Mitchell), and Senior Manager for Terminal Operations for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

Dr. Houillion has been appointed by the governor to serve in the roles of Commissioner on the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission, member of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Board of Directors and as Chair of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy. 

In addition to the University of the Cumberlands, he is an adjunct professor for graduate studies in public administration and public policy at American Military University/American Public University in Charles Town, WV.