John Elder, Ph.D. leads the oldest and largest Predictive Analytics consulting team in the US. He has authored innovative data mining tools, is a frequent keynote speaker, and has chaired international Analytics conferences. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 books (on practical data mining, ensembles, and text mining), two of which won “book of the year” awards in Mathematics or Computer Science. John earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA and is an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at UVA. He was honored to be named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security. Lastly, John is grateful to be a follower of Christ and the father of five.