Mike Semel recently spoke at the following events:

NASA Occupational Health Conference
Kennedy Space Center, FL

NY State Cyber Security Conference
Albany, NY

CompTIA ChannelCon IT Industry Association Conference
Miami, FL

Robin Robins - IT Sales and Marketing Boot Camp
Nashville, TN

NYS Local Govt IT Director's Association (NYSLGITDA) Annual Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY


Recent Articles


Healthcare Business Monthly - AAPC Magazine

Five Lessons Learned From HIPAA Penalties

Cover Story - Journal of Healthcare Compliance

Why Security and Compliance Are Executive Responsibilities

Mike Semel

CEO & Founder

35-year IT industry veteran; Hospital & K-12 School District Chief Information Officer (CIO); IT solution provider business owner; certified in HIPAA, Compliance, & Business Continuity Planning; nationally-recognized compliance consultant, speaker, and HIPAA courseware author


  • Semel Consulting, September 2012 – present -- President, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Business Continuity Technologies, June, 2010 – Sept. 2012 -- VP/Chief Security Officer
  • White Pine County School District, Ely, NV - 2007 - 2012, - Outsourced School District CIO
  • XiloCore (online backup & Cloud recovery provider) January 2010 – June, 2010 – Interim Chief Operating Officer
  • Connecting Point of Las Vegas, 2006 – 2010 -- VP of Business Continuity & Compliance
  • Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY - 2004 - 2006 - Outsourced Hospital CIO
  • Databranch, Elmira Heights, NY, 2004 – 2006 -- General Manager
  • Chemung Computer, Elmira Heights, NY, 1980 – 2004 -- Owner

2011 “Channelnomics Influencer” Award Winner

Primary Skills

IT Management; Disaster and Business Continuity Planning (certified); assessments for compliance and business continuity; HIPAA Compliance (certified) & JCAHO compliance; IT Assessments for School Districts; Executive Level consulting; CIO for hire; network design; IT policies and procedures; project management; ROI evaluation; training; Able to create marketing materials, write effective proposals, write executive level reports; IT costs control & budgeting; IT investment justification; able to effectively communicate technology with non-technical executives

Professional Summary

  • CHSP (Certified HIPAA Security Professional, 4Medapproved.com) -- co-authored courseware that has been professionally reviewed & qualifies for Continuing Education Units
  • CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional # 11055, Disaster Recovery Institute International) – Nov. 2007 - completed Business Continuity Plan for $ 4 billion credit union and many smaller businesses
  • Certified HIPAA Administrator, 2003; Certified HIPAA Professional, 2012 (HIPAA Academy) – have conducted many HIPAA Security Rule assessments and compliance projects including medical offices, hospitals, government agencies; led compliance assessment teams for 3 Nevada school districts and HIPAA assessments for a New York county; Maryland State Agency; hospital; medical practices
  • Certified Security Compliance Specialist (HIPAA Academy) 2012
  • Member, FBI Infragard
  • Outsourced Chief Information Officer (CIO,) for White Pine County School District, Ely, NV, 2007 – 2012 responsible for maintaining all network infrastructure; helped district qualify for over $ 1 million in E-rate discounts
  • Apple Education Sales Consultant, 1990 – 1991, responsible for $ 10 million in Apple Sales, Support, and Service to educational institutions in New York and Pennsylvania
  • ASCII Resident Expert – Business Continuity, Healthcare, Compliance, Security
  • Elected Chair, CompTIA IT Security Community (retired)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO,) Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY, 2004 - 2006 – increased IT reliability and flexibility, reduced downtime to zero; lowered IT department operating budget by 32% over 2 years; HIPAA compliance
  • Business Solutions Magazine cover story; Hewlett-Packard Success Story; and D-Link Case Study
  • 30 years managing between 7 and 30 network engineers & service technicians
  • 18+ years experience in IT manufacturer and industry Advisory Councils- Compaq, Ingram, Xerox
  • Served on Executive Level advisory panels for two multi-billion $$ companies
  • Managed Work at Home implementation for Corning Incorporated
  • Chaired Software Development Team—Intelligent Electronics Service Management Software
  • Chaired Software Selection Team—Ingram Micro National Service Network
  • Computing Channels Magazine—wrote 4,000 word cover story
  • Corning Community College Computer Repair Technology Advisory Committee
  • Conference speaker—numerous conferences, audiences up to 800 people
  • Computer Technology Industry Association Security Trustmark Development Team, 2008
  • Co-AuthorThe CompTIA Security Trustmark Quick Reference Guide, 2009
  • ArticleHow to Write Winning Proposals, CompTIA, 2011
  • Article -- Are You A Security Threat to Your Clients?, ChannelInsider, 2011
  • ArticleProtecting your Country While Protecting Your Clients, ChannelInsider, 2011
  • ArticleDisruptions, Disasters do happen in Las Vegas, LVLCC Comunicacion, 2011
  • WebinarVertical Markets You Can Attack for Profit & Recurring Revenue, MSPU University, 2011


  • Syracuse University – Public Relations/Print Journalism
  • Franklin-Covey—Helping Clients Succeed

Healthcare / Compliance

  • New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (1977 - 1996)
  • Past Chairman, Chemung County Emergency Medical Services Fire Advisory Council
  • Schuyler Hospital CIO -- Managed IT & HIPAA compliance for 400-employee hospital
  • HIPAA Academy – Administrator Certification
  • HIPAA Academy Certified HIPAA Professional
  • EC First – Certified Security Compliance Specialist

Emergency Services

  • Hazardous Materials Instructor, New York State Academy of Fire Science (1982 – 1987)
  • Rescue Captain, Emergency Medical Technician, West Elmira Vol. Fire Department (1975 – 1995)
  • Safety Director, Watkins Glen International racetrack (1975 – 1986)
  • Rescue Specialist, Indycar Safety Team (1981 – 1999)
  • Chairman, Chemung-Schuyler Red Cross Emergency Community Services (1985 – 2001)
  • Past Board of Directors, Chemung Schuyler Red Cross (1987 – 1993)

Certified Business Continuity Professional
Certified HIPAA Administrator
Certified HIPAA Professional
Certified Health IT Consultant
Certified Security Compliance Specialist

ASCII Resident Expert

Chair, CompTIA Security Community
Co-Chair, CompTIA Ambassadors

Rose M. Ketchum

Vice President, Business Development

Experienced Business Development Manager in the technology industry

Primary Skills

  • Regional and National Business Development in Healthcare (medical practices, clinics, hospitals, & skilled nursing) Financial (banks & credit unions) K-12 & Higher Education, and State/Local Government
  • Account Management and Relationship Building
  • HIPAA Compliance (certified)
  • Secure Data Center solutions
  • Network Security Assessments
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Nutrition Systems
  • Network & Telecom Assessments, project management; training
  • Able to write effective proposals, Scopes of Work, IT investment justification
  • Able to effectively communicate technology with non-technical executives

Professional Summary

  • Certified HIPAA Security Professional (CHSP), 2015
  • Certified HIPAA Administrator, 2003
  • Cisco Certifications - Sales Expert, Advanced Wireless, Unified Communications


  • Semel Consulting, June 2015 – present — Vice President, Business Development
  • Finger Lakes Technologies Group – September 2007 to June 2015 – Senior Account Manager
  • The Computing Center – January 2007 to September 2007 – Account Manager
  • CBORD Group, Inc. – January 2005 to January 2007 – National Long-Term Care Software Account Manager
  • Chemung Electronics/Chemung Computer – 1983 to January 2005 – Territory Account Manager
  • Monroe Systems for Business – 1981 to 1983 – Account Manager


  • Associates Degrees in Business Management & Hospitality
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY
  • Franklin-Covey – Helping Clients Succeed
  • Manufacturers Training: Apple, CBORD, Citrix, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, McAfee, Xerox