Don DeLoach is an entrepreneur, author, board member and a leading industry evangelist for the internet of things. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Midwest IoT Council. He is a member of the executive board of the Illinois Technology Association. As an entrepreneur, Don has served as CEO for three companies over the last 18 years, including Youcentric, Aleri and Infobright. He also has been an outside director for Broadbeam and Apropos, as well as the Juvenile Protective Association. He is the principle driver of the "First Receiver" IoT architectural thesis, and his book The Future of IoT, which he co-authored with Gartner analyst Emil Berthelsen and Hitachi/Pentaho executive Wael Elrifai, was published in June 2017. He is an industrial engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, an enthusiastic cyclist, and lives in the Chicago area with his wife and the youngest of their seven children.