The Vailix – Music Guests of Honor

The Vailix

Formed in 2014, The Vailix is a female-fronted hard rock band from Charlottesville, VA, who use music, light, and art to tell stories based on the sci-fi comic book series “The Tales of the Cloud Ocean”, created by guitarist/songwriter Rob Richmond. Powerful vocals soar above riff-heavy guitars, grinding bass, and thunderous drums as they turn narration and images into songs that drive just as intensely as the story from which they spring.

The Vailix is a unique, and heart-pounding experience from start to finish!

The Vailix: “Big” Bruce (engineering, bass), Bri (pilot, vocals), Jaymi (tactical officer, drums), Corii (first mate, guitar), Cpt. Roc Robarts (ship’s captain, guitar, vocals).

Artwork by Jakub Wisniewski

 

Eric Wile – Gaming Guest of Honor

Eric WileEric Wile is a video game developer/consultant, musician, artist, cosplayer, and twitch caster based out of Colorado. Since the dawn of the Atari, Eric has been a game enthusiast. He went on to become a championship player during the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Eric has worked for both Verant Interactive and Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego, California. He has also worked with Big Idea Interactive and SCEA (Sony Computer Electronics America).

His job with Verant Interactive prompted a move to San Diego from Denver in 2002, where after a few months, the company was acquired by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Initially hired for Tech Support, he went on to work in many roles including Game Master for EQ, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Development, Level Design, and Storyboarding. In his career he received back-to-back Team Member of the Month awards, and was also presented the Sony Achievement award for his work on EverQuest: Macintosh Edition. While at SOE, Eric worked on the development of several games including PlanetSide, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest II, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

 

Professor Sparks AKA John “Grizzy” Grzywacz

Professor SparksGrizzy, as he likes to be called, has been recognized by OSHA’s National Office in Washington D.C. as both a National Electrical Code (NEC®) historian as well as “the best electrical safety trainer in the country!” Certainly, at the very least, Grizzy has been OSHA’s electrical safety “go-to guy” and has been instrumental in shaping and interpreting OSHA policy and regulations for several decades.

Grizzy has trained OSHA compliance officers, appeared as OSHA’s electrical expert, and guided literally hundreds and hundreds of electrical fatality investigations. Grizzy continues to train OSHA compliance officers and personnel coast to coast, as well as still providing investigative assistance to the Agency on fatality investigations and significant cases.

Licensed by the Department of Education, and prior to his OSHA career, Grizzy had been both an educator and administrator for various public and private schools and held the position of Electronic Department Chairman and Director of Education at a New York City proprietary school.

In addition to being a professional speaker and nationally recognized seminar leader with over 40,000 hours of platform experience, Grizzy has lectured at numerous colleges and universities all across the US and has numerous published works in video and print which have assisted safety professionals and helped workers for decades.

Recognized nationally as preeminent in regulatory electrical safety training, Grizzy conducts training all across the country providing insight into navigating the complex regulatory requirements.

Recently Grizzy has been presenting unique and spectacular high voltage keynote presentations at conventions, demonstrating some of the rare and unique electrical artifacts and high voltage apparatus which he has been collecting for decades.