IT Executive
Wed, Sep 20, 2017
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JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa
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San Antonio
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23808 Resort Parkway
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Meeting the Security Needs of the Midmarket
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MES is the Midmarket IT executive event of the year. We are excited to add this half-day workshop focusing on IT Security in the midmarket to the event.  Security is consistently ranked in the top three challenges facing midmarket organizations today, and often takes the number one spot.  

Build the Ultimate IT Security Strategy

Take a Holistic Approach to Your Security Plans

Understand the "Human Factor" of Security

Mitigate the Damage of Security Breaches

Evaluate Your OPtions and Prioritise Your Security Initiatives

For CIOs, choosing the right IT security strategy is no easy task. After all, IT leaders are the ones on the front lines trying to protect their organization from a continuous onslaught of cyberthreats and attacks — coming from inside and outside their organizations. IT leaders also are under siege from every partner and tech supplier professing to have the latest and greatest security solution that will save the day. The only thing that can truly save the day amid all the chaos is a well-thought-out and bullet-proof strategy. That plan must demonstrate to the board and senior leaders that security is not just an “IT problem,” but something that must permeate the corporate culture. This strategy must serve to blanket the entire organization with resources and trusted partners who can assist both strategically and tactically. For sure, today’s IT leaders must have a strategy for email security and archiving, unified threat management, mobile device management, identity access management, disaster recovery, endpoint protection and software-defined networking. Those are all important components of a next-gen security architecture. But the starting point is the critical thinking CIOs need to build the ultimate strategy. It is here at the MES University: IT Security where attendees will learn best practices, industry trends, and the latest security solutions for cloud, mobility, IoT and much more.

Peer advice. Find out which security vendors your colleagues are using. How are they protecting themselves against internal and external risks?

Network. Engage with IT midmarket peers and vendors - all of whom have IT security top of mind.

Award-winning vendors. Meet with top-rated security vendors, with solutions tailored to midmarket organizations. 

Innovation. Hear about the latest products and solutions to protect your data against constantly evolving threats.

New technology. View products and services and meet one-on-one with top and emerging vendors.

Maximize Your ROI.   Make the most of your time out of the office. This security focused half-day workshop is the ideal way to wrap up  your MES experience.



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Build a Bullet Proof Security Plan
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Security represents one of the greatests threats to the midmarket.  CIOs need to be equiped with the right technology and knowledge so that they can protect thier companies against these liabilities.  Attend this half day workshop to learn the best practices, industry trends, and the latest security solutions for cloud, mobility, IoT and more.  Gain industry knowledge as you network with midmarket peers and build a network that will help safeguard you against security risks. 

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Need More Info?
For more information on MES University: IT Security please contact:
CT Thomas or 949-223-3634
Tracy Fischer or 516-726-2932
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Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Our 700,000 square feet of flexible event space accommodate meetings, conferences, weddings and receptions of all sizes. Following a day of Nashville fun, return to deluxe accommodations with modern amenities.

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The midmarket attendees at MES University: IT Security have made security a top initative for 2017. They are actively seeking new partnerships with security vendors and  committed to minimizing security breaches from both internal and external threats.  MES attendees' security priorities include: 


  • Spam/Content Filters
  • Anti-Virus / Malware / Threat Management
  • Firewall
  • Encryption
  • Intrusion Prevention / Detection
  • BYOD Management
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Cloud Security
  • Data Protection and Back-up
  • End Point Security
  • Security as a Service



The Audience
MES University: IT Security attendees are fully pre-qualified MES attendees who have opted stay for further security education.  This results in more targeted, focused meetings between the IT executives and participating vendors. 
We target Midmarket IT Executives who purchase business technology solutions and IT services (security solutions and services in particular) either direct from a vendor or through the channel.  All our attendees are pre-qualified, meeting a strict criteria as defined by our midmarket expert, Gartner

Business Profiles that Mirror the Midmarket:

► 100 – 1000 total seats/supported users

► Annual revenue range of $750MM - $1B

► 5 – 50 IT Department employees

A High Quality Audience:

► Sr. level decision makers (CIO, VP, Director)

► Active IT Budget of $750k - $15Million

► One attendee per hosted company

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We look to our experienced Midmarket Advisory Board to help shape the evolving Midsize Enterprise Summit agenda. This group of influential IT executives ensure that attendees are informed of the very latest industry trends, new products, challenges—and opportunities—available in the midsize market today.
Meet our estemmed Advisory Board:
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Henry Chace
James Fielder
Ed Freed
Paul Furtado
Aaron Geiger
Chance Irvine
Glenn Leatherwood
John Regula
Tammy Barr
Jeff Lutes
Vennard Wright
Brian Melquist
Doug Pontious
Mary Wyderski
Jesse Crum
Ellen Christy
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We have sponsorships to fit any budget with packages to best suit your needs and accelerate your sales cycle. For more info, contact Esther Rodriguez, Account Executive, at 949-223-3656 or email at
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Deriving Superior Value from Mitigating a Data Breach
Harold Collum, Executive Director, Cyber Future Foundation
Security Briefing #1: The Evolving Threat Landscape: What We See
James Cabe, Architect and Consulting Systems Engineer, Fortinet
Security Briefing #2: Ransomworms: How they work and how to stop them!
Marc Laliberte, Information Security Analyst, WatchGuard Technologies
Information Security Panel: IT Security Solutions For The Midmarket
Michael Chunn, Senior IT Manager, IT Security, Gesa Credit Union
Joe Kuster, Security Solutions Director, Catapult Systems
Erik Jarlstrom, Director, Strategic Business Development, Data Security Group, Informatica
Security Briefing #4
Drew Cataldo, Vice President, IT Services Enterprise Accounts, All Covered, IT Services from Konica Minolta
Cybersecurity For the Real World
David Dampier, rofessor and Interim Department Chair, Information Systems and Cyber Security, University of Texas, San Antonio



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About Event Testimonials: 
This summit was the best conference I've been to in a long while.  In less than three days I was able to find information that would have normally taken 6 months of web searching.  The best part was it put me face-to-face with the vendors I wanted to hear from and it wasn't all a sales ploy..”
― Michael Grosse, CTO, Sullivan University System
 I have never been to an event that offered such great networking as well as group feedback on current products and trends. I would highly recommend MES events to anyone that is thinking about going.” 
― Dane Holman, IT Director, McGowan & Co.
"MES University was a great opportunity to hear from security professionals on actionable steps that I can bring back to my team to implement. Great job!"
IT Group Leader, Landscape Forms, Inc.
MES provides me with exposure to technology solutions that I would not otherwise have access to or may have considered. I get a chance to validate strategy with my peers while learning about their challenges and approaches.  Having direct access to Gartner industry insights is awesome.
 Brian Celardo, IT Director, Birch Family Services
At first, I wasn't sure if my company and my situation would translate well to MES. Once I started networking with my peers at the summit, I found many others in almost identical business situations and facing the same issues I deal with - getting proper IT budget, how to efficiently manage a small IT workforce - and exchanging knowledge with them was invaluable..”
 Robert Vinagray, CIO, Burma Bibas, Inc.
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This is the most organized and thought provoking technical conference in the business!  Very fast paced for busy technology officers.
–  Deb Turner, Director of Information Technology, Bluffton University
Invaluable conference for the mid-market executive, from the latest and greatest, to vendor updates from big and small. When you leave, you will find one or more vendors that have a solution to meet your needs.
- IT Executive, City of Wyoming

This conference is one of the best and most efficient ways to be introduced to many quality vendors that focus on my size organization. 
–  Tamara Barr, IS VP/CIO  Continental Mills
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"Midsize Enterprise Summit is one of the best industry events we have sponsored.
The quality of the attendees was top notch but more importantly, they were fully open to engagement not only in meetings but at any time.  The event offered multiple venues to interact with customers.
We walked away with twice as many hot  leads as projected and were so impressed, that we have already signed up for next year.”

- Glen Jodoin, Vice President, GreenPages 
“We attend MES because the audience is very well qualified, better than any other event that we’ve been to.”
“It’s been a very successful show for us.  It’s different from other events in that you get to meet one-on-one with C-level decision makers to promote your products, services and solutions.”
“The most valuable element is the people that The Channel Company brings in.  You get to meet with decision makers and c-level executives who are engaged and eager to hear your products and solutions.”
-Ruckus Wireless
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Peer advice. Find out which security vendors your colleagues are using. How are they protecting themselves against internal and external risks?

Network. Engage with IT midmarket peers and vendors - all of whom have IT security top of mind.

Award-winning vendors. Meet with top-rated security vendors, with solutions tailored to midmarket organizations. 

Innovation. Hear about the latest products and solutions to protect your data against constantly evolving threats.

New technology. View products and services and meet one-on-one with top and emerging vendors.

Maximize Your ROI.   Make the most of your time out of the office. This security focused half-day workshop is the ideal way to wrap up  your MES experience.



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Scott Borg
David Carter
Mike Gentile
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Peer learning and networking.

Prescriptive and practical takeaways to set your IT department’s priorities.

Leadership and executive skills enhancement.

Independent and neutral POV facilitating real conversations.

Product comparisons in the Solutions Pavilion.

Opportunity to build your personal brand.

NO COST TO YOU: MES covers travel, hotel and meal costs for all who qualify.

Insight into current trends and the next generation of IT solutions. 

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Vendors & Solution Providers - Sponsorship

To become a sponsor, please contact:

Carolyn Herr, Event Director at or 949.223.3644

IT Executives - Attendance
For more information about attending MES, pleast contact:

Tracy Fischer at or 516.726.2932

Channel@Work - Giving Back Charitable Initiative
To learn more about our Midsize Enterprise Summit project and how to participate, please contact:

Krystal Ducharme at or 516.726.2940

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The Numbers Don't Lie
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 35% of MES 2016 Attendees cited security as the BIGGEST INITIATIVE in their organization

 29% of MES 2016 Attendees are actively looking to make security PURCHASES in the next 18 months

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► New Customers. Secure immediate sales opportunities to build your pipeline.

► Thought leadership. Demonstrate your company’s mid-market focus to this highly targeted group of senior-level IT executives.

► Knowledge. Listen to what your customers have to say about the midmarket and your products.

► Intelligence. Accelerate your business by making important connections and gathering current market intelligence.

► Awareness. Increase brand awareness by positioning your brand to senior midmarket business leaders.

► Relationships. Midmarket IT leaders buy from people they know and trust. Start building long-term relationships in this initimate, relaxed setting.

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