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).
Joe BatistaChief Creatologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Joe’s mission is to accelerate the business agendas of Hewlett Packard Enterprise clients and serve as a change agent at the behest of both HPE and client senior executives. His insights into “business physics” the intersection of technology and business have led to demonstrable business results, creating value by unlocking existing assets. Joe is an occasional guest lecturer at both the Boston University School of Management and Columbia EMBA programs. He has been featured in The Economist for this thought leadership in “creating alignment of interest” and in a new travel industry research study commissioned by Amadeus entitled “From Chaos to Collaboration.” Joe’s ideas on new growth strategies in a down economy are also featured in James Dickie’s “Changing How the Game is Played.”
Mike CisekResearch Director, IT Operations, Gartner
Mike Cisek is a Research Director focusing on Infrastructure and Operations in Midmarket. Mr. Cisek works with clients on IT budgeting, cost optimization, infrastructure design and operations management solutions tailored to unique needs of the Midmarket. He spent more than 23 years as a technologist with extensive knowledge of servers, storage, networking and virtualization.
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cisek held the title of Director of Emerging Infrastructure & Operations Support for a $300 million transportation company. Under his leadership, his team was honored by CIO Magazine and Midsize Enterprise Summit, and was listed twice on the Information Week 500.
Mr. Cisek directed a team of 17 I&O professionals who provided project and support services for a 24-site enterprise. His areas of responsibility included networks, systems, storage, virtualization, enterprise architecture, service desk, client support, mobility, reporting, and telecommunications.
Robert DeMarzoSVP, Event Content and Strategy, The Channel Company
Aaron GeigerChief Technology Officer, Alberici Group
Aaron' Geiger's two main passions in life have always been Technology and Finance. He received a BSBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia, giving him a solid business finance background for ROI/TCO/RFP Analysis. Hestarted in Technology as an Infrastructure Engineer, designing and implementing Citrix solutions for a wide range of customers, ranging from small business to Fortune 500 companies.
In 2012, Geiger made the leap to Midsize Enterprise Executive as the CIO of Murphy Company, a leading Mechanical Contractor and Construction company. In 2013, he lead the MurphyTrack software initiative, for which he was awarded a Top 20 Most Innovative CIO award at MES 2014. Geiger joined ARCO National Construction in 2015 in a new CTO role, helping them accelerate their Technology adoption and drive value for their clients. ARCO was honored to be named “Client of the Year” by Alligatortek, ARCO’s development partner and MES vendor.
Most recently, Aaron Geiger joined Alberici Group in 2018 as their CTO. As CTO, he is defining the vision/roadmap for technology at Alberici and driving operational efficiency and customer experience. His team partners with project teams to constantly improve and iterate Alberici's technology stack. His vision statement is “To serve as a trusted advisor and partner in the evolution and improvement of our business.”
Robert JanssenCEO, Brazil IT
Robert Janssen is an accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneurial Advisor with more than 36 years of success in cross-=border business development across the IT, Education, Retail, Energy, and Biotech industries. Leveraging extensive experience guiding emerging startups through acceleration and internationalization, he is a valuable asset for MV3P companies with a global focus. His broad areas of expertise include international business, strategic planning, export readiness assessment, market development, venture capital growth, M&A, and business in the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Brazil, and India.
Throughout his executive career, Mr. Janssen has held leadership positions at companies including OBr (Outsource Brazil), SOFTEX, IT Midia, Introsoft and Fenasoft. As CEO of international business accelerator OBr, he focuses on providing tailored intelligence and business execution for companies determined to penetrate international markets. He has been responsible for helping the success of dozens of companies that have used OBr’s methodologies to grow internationally. As a Senior Advisor with SOFTEX, he is responsible for overall strategic planning and marketing plans for Brazilian IT companies, and as VP of International Relations for Assespro-RJ, he guides the largest Brazilian IT association in internationalization programs and contributes for the development of Startup Rio and Startup Brasil programs.
Robert also belongs to several angel investors groups in Silicon Valley, including Sand Hill Angels, one of the oldest active investment groups in the US. He was raised both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and California. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from San Diego State University, and an Associate’s degree in Information Systems from Monterey Peninsula College. He currently sits on three boards for startups he has accelerated, and is a Senior Advisor to the Brazilian government’s IT industry.
Sagar KadakiaHead of Data Science, Enterprise Technology Research
Sagar is the Head of Data Science at Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) where he leads the design and development of all analytical models and solutions. Over the last four years, he has spearheaded the development of numerous statistical models to identify the relationship between survey responses and a vendor’s performance. These endeavors produced results that quantitatively justify the efficacy of ETR’s primary research methodology. Sagar has also co-architected transformative visualization tools, developed algorithms to quantitatively identify CIOs/CTOs who are constantly ahead of the curve in adopting disruptive technologies, and overseen the development of a hosted data platform. He has a deep understanding of data analysis and is extremely skilled at programming in SAS.
Jeanette LeeSr. Director, Global Field Enablement, Ruckus Wireless
Jeanette Lee has over 25 years of experience in high-performance networking. She has been deeply involved in product sales, marketing and network architect positions with companies at the forefront of their fields such as Ruckus Networks, Aruba Networks, and FORE Systems. Jeanette has written or co-authored dozens of technology papers on topics ranging from security to educational tutorials and best practices.
George LenhartVP, Digital Transformation and Solutions, Systems One
George Lenhart has recently joined Systems One as their Vice President of Digital Transformation and Solutions. Previously he led the IS Innovation and Disruptive Technologies group at The Hershey Company. His group specialized in evaluating, prototyping, and piloting emerging technologies to deliver innovative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. Mr. Lenhart blazed the path for IoT connectivity by successfully controlling manufacturing equipment that receives prescriptive direction from Azure’s Machine Learning Studio. Efforts from this initiative have produced a higher quality product through tighter controls leading to a projected savings of five hundred thousand dollars for the Twizzler brand alone. After proving out the concept, he has moved into opportunities associated with the Hershey Kiss line of products. Prior to ushering The Hershey Company into the world of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Mr. Lenhart led their Digital Transformation program. The current adoption of Office 365 at Hershey is more than twice the national average. From architecting, developing, governance, deployment, and global change management, Hershey is now equipped to leverage any device, at anytime, anywhere. This initiative has revolutionized flexibility in the workplace. Before joining Hershey, Mr. Lenhart spent twenty-three years at UPS. Starting as an industrial engineer, he transitioned into consultative technical solutions. His team generated over one hundred million dollars in annual revenue by simplifying UPS’s customer ability to ship and track packages. George has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Lisa MacKenziePartner, Executive Vice President, The Channel Company
Lisa MacKenzie is a seasoned executive with expertise in marketing, sales, product management and operations. Lisa was instrumental in The Channel Company's evolution from providing traditional media to offering a full portfolio of solutions and services. She brings her proven expertise to The Channel Company's extensive events portfolio - helping ensure that our events meet the evolving needs of our customers. Thanks to Lisa's leadership, The Channel Company attracts record audiences and receives high customer satisfaction scores. Lisa also repositioned our consulting, research and education offerings, resulting in increased profitability and new product launches.
Joe MarianoSenior Research Analyst, Gartner
Joe Mariano is a Senior Research Analyst at Gartner. He is a member of the Digital Workplace Collaboration team. As a Service Analyst, he fulfills client inquiries focusing on cloud computing tools (Office 365, Google Apps for Work), enterprise file sync and share tools, enterprise content management, records management, document management, and SharePoint. Mr. Mariano has more than 13 years of experience in information governance, ECM and records management. He was previously a system analyst for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutics. Coming from a pharmaceutics background, Mr. Mariano understands the challenges faced by industries that are heavily regulated. He has been a project manager on several validated records management and ECM solution implementations, and he created and has advised on policies regarding information management, protection and security. In addition, Mr. Mariano has created employee engagement training to ensure both solutions and processes are understood.
Bill MaurerVice President and Research Director, Gartner
Bill Maurer is a Vice President and Research Director in Gartner Research. Mr. Maurer covers IT infrastructure outsourcing across the sourcing life cycle. He is a leading author on performance measurement, including business outcome measures, performance dashboards, outsource deal pricing, and all phases of outsourcing contracts. He provides guidance for clients with vendor evaluation and selection, contract deal pricing, contract structure, and negotiations. Mr. Maurer covers the financial and manufacturing vertical industries for outsourcing.
Gina MontgomerySenior Director, Microsoft Cloud Services, Connection
Gina Montgomery (MCSA, MCTS, MCP, V-TSP) blends thought leadership with new growth initiatives as Sr. Director, Microsoft Cloud Services for Connection. Montgomery plays a critical role in identifying and analyzing business development opportunities that build solutions and drive Microsoft Cloud Services opportunities for Connection. Along with driving value-creating insights, making recommendations and bundling solutions across Microsoft technologies, she oversees Connection's Microsoft Cloud Services Practice and consults in the Microsoft Productivity & Collaboration space. Montgomery’s background as a SharePoint and Cloud evangelist coupled with her seasoned speaker experience at technology conferences all over the country make her a trusted leader and adviser for architecting SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure solutions as well as Enterprise Mobility and Security Strategies. As she continues to plan and implement successful cloud offerings and business solutions that maximize an organization’s IT investment, Montgomery also directs her focus on new strategic Cloud initiatives for Connection’s sales team to bring to market.
Luis MorinigoPractice Lead and Business Development Director for IoT and Advanced Analytics, New Signature
Luis Morinigo leads the IoT and Advanced Analytics group at New Signature, a two-time Microsoft partner of the year with headquarters in Washington, DC. Luis is responsible for building and delivering IoT and Advanced Analytics offerings, driving the go-to-market strategy, and leading a team of data scientists and analytics architects. His team is focused on delivering end-to-end initiatives that span strategic envisioning down to implementation.
Luis and his team delivered the predictive analytics solution for Hershey that enabled the optimization of the Twizzlers production process. The predictive capabilities were based on machine learning algorithms, which resulted in significant cost savings. By focusing on an approach that encourages a Start Small, Think Big strategy, his team helps organizations reduce complexity by driving quick time-to-value solutions.
Previously, Morinigo worked at Synteractive Corp. as a business productivity consultant and JP Morgan in London as an equity capital markets analyst.
He received a dual degree in Applied Math and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also received a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dan NemechekNational Solutions Architect, ShoreTel
Dan Nemechek is a IT Sales and Engineering veteran with over 25 years of experience in UC, Cloud, IPPBX and Converged Networking at ShoreTel, 3Com, as a VAR and a LAN/WAN Consultant. For 13 years at ShoreTel Dan has held sales engineering, solutions architect and major account field roles as well as leadership positions including Manager of Partner Development, Contact Center and Mobility Program Manager and Global Solutions Architect Director. For the last 3 years, he has led ShoreTel’s field to market feedback program which takes product and service needs from idea to implementation. In his spare time, he likes to exercise, play golf and live music. His travels have allowed him to evangelize ShoreTel in over 20 countries around the world.
Dale OldenkampConsulting Systems Engineer-Mobility and Access, HPE Aruba
Dale Oldenkamp has spent his career in the Information Technology networking business. His experience includes specializing in Wireless and Security, Layer 2/3 Switching and Routing and Network Operating Systems implementation and Design. Most recently involved in designing solutions to meet today’s IT challenges including IoT security, all Wireless Office, Large Public Venues and Indoor Wayfinding.
Dale has an Engineering Degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City and moved to Central Texas in 1995.
Brendan PattersonDirector Product Management, WatchGuard Technologies
Brendan Patterson, director of product management at WatchGuard Technologies, with responsibility for the Fireware operating system, security services, and Dimension solution. Patterson is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 15 years of experience in security and networking technologies. Prior to WatchGuard, Patterson was vice president of marketing and product management at The PowerTech Group, the leader in enterprise security solutions for IBM mid-range servers. Patterson has a master's degree in the management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the National University of Ireland.
Doug PontiousBI Analytics Executive, Amerisure Insurance
Doug Pointious currently serves as a BI Analytics Executive with Amerisure Insurance. He is an innovative technology executive, who has gained extensive expertise in strategic planning and complex solution delivery for an array of very successful business and information technology ventures. Pontious’ broad experience includes accomplishments ranging from designing, developing, and implementing high-performance technical architectures to leading a large Business Process Outsourcing organization.
As a seasoned global leader, Doug Pontious has accumulated significant operational, marketing, and customer service related business expertise in delivery of sophisticated enterprise application suites and advanced Business Intelligence frameworks. He has also established a strong business acumen from a diverse base of industries including insurance, financial services, and healthcare. All gained while serving in vital executive positions with a passion for designing transformational business solutions and developing highly professional teams.
Jose RuggeroManaging VP, Gartner
Jose Ruggero is Managing Vice President for the ERP Strategy and Value Realization research, whose purpose is to address the key initiative of transforming ERP to postmodern ERP. This global team researches the strategies and value considerations needed to ensure ERP and other enterprise application suites support an enterprise's strategic business objectives. Additionally, this team produces insights into future trends and applications of postmodern ERP to meet enterprises' growing needs for innovation and agility to support digital business.
Prior to this role, Mr. Ruggero was the head of Gartner's Executive Programs business, first in the Asia/Pacific region, and then in the Americas and Japan. Additionally, he worked directly with CIOs, their teams and other senior executives throughout the world with particular emphasis on coaching for communication, strategy and innovation.
Mr. Ruggero came to Gartner from GE Capital IT Solutions, a service with an emphasis on hardware, software, training, networking, system management, application development, facilities management and outsourcing solutions. Prior to that, he was the general manager of Australia's premier national payroll and HR bureau. He began his career in the insurance industry in what was then known as automatic data processing (ADP)
Doug StrainServer Management Software, HP Enterprise
Doug Strain has played an active role in the industry-standard server business from its beginning, helping drive both hardware and software innovation. In his current role, he ensures that Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s servers continue to lead the industry with server manageability, performance, and security software.
Joe SykoraVP Channel Sales, North America, Fortinet
Joe Sykora is the Vice President of Americas Channels and Enhanced Technologies for Fortinet, Inc. (FTNT), and is responsible for overseeing a channel organization of over 7,400 Americas partners as well as Fortinet's channel sales strategy. Joe and his team work closely with Fortinet’s partners and their mid-enterprise customers to protect themselves from the ever-evolving threat landscape. Joe has over 30 years in IT security, in both the manufacturing sector and as a solution provider, helping customers focus on business priorities while keeping their networks secure.
Charley ThorntonPrincipal, Partner and Senior Facilitator, The BRIEF Lab
Charley Thornton is the Principal, Partner and a senior facilitator at The BRIEF Lab. He is responsible for designing and leading workshops that help professionals achieve strategic and effective communication. A talented writer and storyteller, Charley excels at coaching professionals to communicate more successfully. Along with his extensive experience, he brings a honed creative vision to clients and their organizations. Charley has helped develop narratives for numerous clients across different market sectors. His experience includes Narrative Mapping Workshops, scriptwriting, creative planning, business writing, strategic consulting and executive speech writing.
Nick TriantosField CTO and Storage Architect , HPE - Nimble Storage
Nick Triantos is a field CTO and storage architect for HPE-Nimble Storage. Triantos has been in the IT industry for 25 years starting out in 1992 as a support center engineer for a supercomputing company, Convex Computer. Since then he has worked at Hewlett-Packard, NetApp and Nimble Storage supporting various initiatives ranging from the early days of fibre channel to storage virtualization, server virtualization to the most recent industry trends of cloud, flash and analytics.
Vennard WrightCIO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Vennard Wright (PMP, ITIL Practitioner) is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). As CIO, he provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support WSSC’s mission of providing world class service to more than 1.8 million residents. In this role he is responsible for leading a client-focused and process-based organization that is fiscally responsible, consisting of WSSC staff, consultants, and implementation support organizations.
Prior to joining WSSC, his professional IT experience included serving as CIO for Prince George’s County Government (MD), Director of Technology for Hillary Clinton during her successful US Senate re-election campaign and subsequent 2008 Presidential Campaign. He was also Chief Technology Officer and Technical Organization Delivery Manager for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which was subsequently acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP).
Mary WyderskiSenior Director of Information Technology, DSC Logistics
Mary Wyderski is the Senior Director of Information Technology for DSC Logistics, a $500 million logistics firm based out of Chicago. Mary recently joined DSC after serving as the VP of Technology for PSI for 17 years. Due to her background in accounting and passion for technology, she recognizes the need to drive efficiency while focusing on how automation can increase the organization's bottom line. Mary's desire to streamline processes led to an early adoption of cloud strategy and resulted in the organization's ability to be more agile. Mary led a $5-million-dollar laboratory management system roll-out, encompassing 80 offices nationwide, which resulted in the company receiving a National Engineering Award for mobile technology. Mary attributes her success to working with a great team of leaders, vendors and technologists.
Neil WynneSenior Research Analyst, Gartner
Neil Wynne is a Senior Research Analyst within Gartner Research. His research efforts cover a range of information security areas that include email security, identity and access management (IAM) and electronic signature. Mr. Wynne is part of the Gartner Research team that specifically focuses on the success of midsize enterprise IT leaders.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Wynne was an Executive Client Manager in Gartner Executive Programs. He worked directly with U.S. federal government CIOs and senior IT leaders (primarily within the Department of Defense) to support the success of their most critical initiatives, including IT strategic planning, risk management, IT cost optimization, information security, cloud computing and process improvement.
Don YaegerInspirational Speaker , Don Yaeger
Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated and author of 24 books, eight of which have become New York Times Best-sellers. As an author, Yaeger has written books with, among others, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, baseball legends John Smoltz and Tug McGraw and football stars Warrick Dunn and Michael Oher. He teamed with Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade to pen the 2013 best-seller â€œGeorge Washingtonâ€™s Secret Six,â€ a look at the citizen spy ring that helped win the Revolutionary War.