Bernard BanksAssociate Dean, Leadership Development, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Banks’ expertise lies in the areas of leader development and organization change. He possesses global leadership and management experience in small through large size organizations. Currently, Bernie is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Previously, Dr. Banks was the Department Head (Chief Executive Officer) of West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and he retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in August 2016. A dynamic speaker, Bernie has presented on a variety of topics related to leadership at notable institutions like the U.S. Army War College, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale University’s School of Management, and General Electric’s John F. Welch Leadership Center. He has also consulted to, and conducted training on behalf of, numerous corporate and government clients (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, Jones Lang LaSalle, Honeywell, P&G, Mercedes Benz, Wellpoint, Reckitt Benckiser, 7-Eleven, and IBM).
Todd BilliarDirector of Channel Sales and Client Development, VAR Staffing
Todd brings over twenty years of dedicated service in the field of technology consulting and service to Apollo Staffing. He has over ten years experience in the VAR / MSP channel having worked for both large and small VARs. With a wide ranging network of VAR’s, Distributors, Manufactures, and Industry related groups. Todd brings many best practices to his clients and develops long lasting relationships built on integrity and trust. Todd also proudly served his country in the US Navy.
Ginger ClayMarketing & Demand Generation Architect, IgniteRM
Ginger Clay is the spunk and drive behind IgniteRM’s data-driven marketing strategy designed to help technology professionals, with little-to-no marketing achieve greater visibility, generate qualified leads and turn your marketing investment into measurable results.
Ginger is the co-founder behind Ignite”RM” (results marketing) and Winc Analytics focused on combining prospective and current client data, digital marketing best practices and nurture campaign strategies to transition an MSP/IT from organic, unpredictable growth to a planned growth path.
David DeCamillisVP of Sales & Marketing, Platte River Networks
David DeCamillis serves as vice president of sales and marketing for Platte River Networks. He focuses on keeping his company’s brand fresh and vibrant but also staying in front of prospects so Platte River can continue to grow. For two decades, DeCamillis worked in financial consulting and production in a wide range of industries. Starting in the late 1980s, he worked as a syndicate manager and consultant in private equity funding. After 12 years, DeCamillis transitioned into event production, working as an overseas concert promoter and producer in partnership with MTV Asia. In 2008, DeCamillis started his tenure as head of business development with Platte River before assuming his current role. Platte River has grown to become a leading national provider of IT managed services and has received numerous technology, service and growth awards. Outside of work, DeCamillis is an avid runner, biker, hiker, skier, reader and traveler. He enjoys public speaking and spending time at the beach and the mountains with his family.
Robert DeMarzoSVP, Event Content and Strategy, The Channel Company
Robert C. DeMarzo has spent most of his career helping Solution Providers and IT Professionals analyze the most complex issues facing their businesses. With topics ranging from choosing a technology platform, to picking vendor partners or deciphering the business landscape, DeMarzo has delivered voluminous insight on the web and in the pages of CRN and VARBusiness for more than 20 years. Today, he serves as Senior Vice President, Event Content and Strategy of The Channel Company, overseeing content creation and development for events, web and print publications. He also oversees all of the group's major editorial research projects, such as the Annual Report Card.
Sean FerrelCEO & Coach, Managed Solution
Sean founded Managed Solution in 2002 after receiving his degree from the University of San Diego. Sean recognized the need for consultative IT services for small-to-medium and enterprise clients. With little capital, Sean and his dedicated team grew the company organically to success. Within 3 years, the company was recognized as one of San Diego’s 40 fastest growing companies, awarded one of the 40 companies with owners under 40 years old and recognized as the 27th fastest growing IT company in Southern California.
Clayton HartCEO, Diverse Technology Solutions, Inc.
As CEO and Managing Partner of Diverse Technology Solutions, Clayton Hart keeps his clients at the very pinnacle of the Information Technology age. Founded in 1998, Diverse Technology Solutions Inc. is one of North America’s fastest growing Private Cloud Hosting providers. Clay has been instrumental in accurately forecasting emerging trends in IT and implementing services to provide dramatic return on investment for his clients. Clay and DTS bring a strategic partnership to their client relationships by aligning Information Technology as the epicenter of business profitability.
Clay’s career in IT and expertise in fiscal management spans more than 20 years and has afforded him in-depth knowledge of the highest-level IT decision-making processes in 1,000+ businesses. Clay spent the genesis of his career in network engineering, implementing complex IT projects for prestigious organizations including St John’s University, Sotheby’s, and IBM. His subsequent success in financial management and business workflow expertise has given Clay a unique perspective on how to leverage technology to position a company for financial growth.
A national speaker, Clay has shared the stage with some of the world’s top business leaders, delivering keynote presentations and CPE accredited continuing educational seminars to Fortune 1000 C-level executives. His speaking engagements include topics covering aligning Information Technology with business financial goals, using IT as profit generator, business workflow, IT security and Cloud Computing.
Jim KnightAuthor, Culture That Rocks
A training and development veteran for 30 years, Jim Knight facilitates on a variety of interactive topics, including sessions around organizational culture, world-class service, building rock star teams, hiring and retaining rock stars, employee branding, performance management, philanthropy and facilitation training. Knight cut his teeth in the training field through the hospitality industry, starting out in the snack bar at Gatorland Zoo and as a restaurant staff-level employee for Olive Garden and then Hard Rock Cafe. He eventually became the head of the School of Hard Rocks, running point on all learning and development functions for Hard Rock International. Knight has put his experience and creativity to work, which has consistently developed cutting-edge training concepts. During his time with the Hard Rock brand, his team won accolades for their guest service and menu rollout videos along with their work reengineering training and e-learning course. Knight was also recognized by Training Magazine as representing one of the Top 125 training companies in the world. He has since been featured in Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Nation’s Restaurant News, Business News Daily and Fox Business News.
He is the founder and owner of Knight Speaker and author of the best-selling book, "Culture that Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture." A portion of his book, monthly report and speaking proceeds goes to No Kid Hungry to eliminate childhood hunger in the U.S. and the LEAP Foundation, which supports severe trauma victims through wilderness therapy.
Douglas KolkerPresident, Sandler Training
Jeff LutesVP of Technology, Orlando Magic
Bob SkelleyChief Executive Officer, The Channel Company
Bob Skelley serves as The Channel Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his role as CEO, Bob led the company’s PartnerDemand Services group, providing demand generation and marketing services that drive revenue for both IT solution providers and vendors. Bob has over 20 years of experience in channel development, business development, sales and marketing. Prior to The Channel Company, Skelley held numerous channel executive positions including Vice President of Global Channels and Alliances for Infinio, Executive Director of North American Channel Sales for Dell, Global Vice President, Channel Strategy and Operations for EqualLogic and Director of U.S. Distribution and VAR Channel for Microsoft.
David WalterMarketing Director, MSP SEO Factory
David Walter is the Marketing Director at MSP SEO Factory, a company providing IT marketing to businesses in the United States. Their expertise is creating managed services marketing ideas and turning them into original, optimized blog posts. Their process involves in-depth brainstorming, thorough editing, and effective promotion of fresh and unique articles for their MSP Business clients.
He has 16 years experience in marketing for the IT industry, as well as experience in direct MSP marketing, internet marketing, article writing. David speaks at trade shows, webinars and is a sales trainer for major IT companies. He is also a published author; his latest book is 'Stratospheric Marketing Secrets'.