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Thomas Warner is a vice president within Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business. Prior to his current role, he was program director for the Cyber Defense, Range, and Resilience division. He was also responsible for the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), National Cyber Range, and the United States Postal Service Cyber Support contracts. His leadership during that time earned him Lockheed Martin’s NOVA award.

While working for Lockheed Martin, Warner has held critical positions, including managing the identity and access management program, managing a suite of cybersecurity programs and initiatives to reduce risk and increase protection capabilities for the corporation, and was the inaugural program manager for the cyber threat response initiatives.

“Saturday night was one of the highlights of my career,” wrote Warner on LinkedIn. “Career Communications Group puts on an awesome conference and Gala. Having attended BEYA since 2005, it was an incredible experience to be recognized on the “big stage”. I’m proud to be a Lockheed Martin employee and so very thankful for my award. Congrats to all the winners!”

Fernando Martinez currently serves as the director of information security with the Global Tech Division at Walmart. In this role, he is responsible for leading the Information Security Product and Portfolio Management team.

Martinez’s career at Walmart began as a cart pusher and cashier, and over the course of the last 21 years, he gained skills and knowledge that allowed him to work his way up the ranks of the company and within the Global Tech Division. One notable achievement includes leading the implementation of an enterprise-wide encryption compliance initiative that was rolled out to 5,000+ stores and clubs to ensure that Walmart maintained HIPAA compliance while meeting regulatory and government requirements.

He is an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives and a leader and member of multiple company associate resource groups and led the Latinx Associate Resource Group at Walmart e-commerce.

“I was honored and humbled for being able to represent #walmart at the annual #BEYA awards tonight and for being the recipient of the Cyber Leadership award,” wrote Martinez on LinkedIn. “It was a great event and I want to thank my family, friends, and all of the leaders that have believed in me throughout my 23-year tenure at Walmart! It continues to be an amazing journey.”

Below is Martinez’s acceptance speech during the all-digital BEYA gala.

“As a son of Mexican immigrants, I experienced first-hand what struggle was and what it meant to be poor in this country of vast opportunity. Opportunity that felt out of reach. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, my choices were slim. The expectation was you graduate from high school, get a job, and raise a family. I decided early on that was not going to be my path. I would learn from my parents and past struggles to define my own narrative. As a first-generation college graduate, opportunities that once felt far from reach became reality. And today, in my career at Walmart, I’m proud to be able to give back and encourage others to define their own narrative. Thank you for this recognition.”

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