Joseph Provenza is a Research Director in Gartner's Midsize Enterprise Research and Advisory practice. A former CIO and technology manager with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, Provenza helps MSE CIOs identify actionable methods to optimize operations, freeing resources to reinvest in higher value business activities. His research focuses on the areas of operations optimization, IT strategy, and IT leadership. He designed and built the technology operation at Flagler College as their first head of IT. That included the network infrastructure, as well as the application and data infrastructure. He was a member of the President's Cabinet and a senior leader in the organization. Provenza has experience in the banking, financial and insurance industry as well as in services. Prior to his post at Flager College, he held influential technology positions at Alliance Mortgage Co. and Dataflex.
Kevin Lahm, a network engineer with more than 25 years in the industry, has over 18 years of experience in wireless technologies. Lahm has been with Ruckus for 6 years as a senior consulting sales engineer designing and deploying wireless networks, ranging from large public venues, school districts, and enterprise.
Derek Christopher leads the Information Technology department for Hines & Associates, Inc. (Hines), a healthcare management organization based of Elgin, Illinois with several small branches throughout the Midwest. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Magna Cum Laude) from Colorado Technical University and has been working in various IT positions for over 23 years. In 2004, Christopher joined Hines as a network administrator. In 2008, he was promoted to the role of Director, overseeing all IT-based systems, infrastructure, and staff. In addition, due to having an accounting background early in career, Christopher was also briefly overseeing Accounting. In these capacities and with the help of a great team, he has been able to facilitate substantial cost savings while increasing the technology footprint within the Hines organization. Some of these initiatives include an organization-wide Citrix and thin client deployment, greatly augmented security measures and user education, and the creation of an online reporting tool that has significantly enhanced and streamlined our customers’ access to their data. He's also happy to say that technology continues to be a hobby after all this time!
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.
Stephen Nardone is an industry-leading security expert with more than 38 years of experience in information security, program development and management, risk governance and oversight, architecture, service development and delivery, and assessment and testing. As Director of Connection’s Security Practice, Nardone leads the Company’s efforts to develop solutions and services that help customers reduce exposure to security threats. Nardone is a Certified NSA Cryptologic Engineer and a member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Prior to joining Connection, Nardone worked at the NSA for 15 years, directing the Trusted Product Evaluation Program for the National Computer Security Center, and was the NSA liaison to both the Director J-6, Joint Staff, and Director Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). He was also a Senior Director for several professional security services practices, including Exodus Communications, AimNet Solutions, and Unisys, and was the CTO/CSO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Cindy Kelly is an Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Programs, providing technology management advisory services to clients in the western United States. Ms. Kelly brings nearly 30 years of experience in technology leadership to her Gartner clients.
Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Kelly was the CIO for Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where she filled the newly created CIO position shortly after SMUD was realigned to place IT strategic direction at the highest level for the organization. She developed an IT strategy and corporate governance to help SMUD prepare for a dramatically more competitive future.
Henry, who joined Burns & Levinson in 2003, is responsible for strategic planning for information technology for the firm. Previously, he was the Director of Information Technology at Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar in Boston. Henry had been with Hutchins since 1993 and was responsible for the planning, implementation and maintenance of automated systems for the firm. Prior to coming to Hutchins, Henry was with Gaston & Snow for 13 years. Henry has served for the past five years on the Board of Directors of the International Legal Technology Association, formerly known as LawNet, Inc. He has served as Secretary, President and Executive Vice President. Henry frequently speaks at conferences, seminars and events in regards to the use of technology in a law firm.
Bonnie Hagemann is the CEO of Executive Development Associates. EDA is a boutique consulting firm known around the world for its C-Suite capabilities in executive education, coaching, assessment and high-potential development. In addition to leading the firm, Hagemann is an executive coach to Fortune 500 senior leaders as well as a speaker and a published author. To date, Hagemann has provided coaching for more than over 225 leaders in primarily large organizations including 8 organizational presidents. The majority of her coaching clients receive a promotion, better position or an increase in salary during or upon completion of the coaching process. Hagemann has 32 published works including "Decades Of Differences," a book on the shifting workforce demographics and their impact on leadership and "Leading with Vision: The Leader’s Blueprint for Creating a Compelling Vision and Engaging the Workforce." She leads research initiatives and publishes results in the areas of trends in executive development, executive coaching and high--potential development. Hagemann earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education and Masters of Education in Counseling. She is a certified qualification instructor for the MBTI, FIRO-B and CPI 260 assessments. In 2016, Hagemann earned the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program’s “Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director” certification.
Joey Waxman is the National Sales and Channel Director at Call One. In his role, he maintains a strong team of seasoned professionals, who strive to provide the best services and communications possible. Waxman has been a part of Call One for over 20 years, and still maintains his first client, Gibson’s Restaurant Group!
His loyal and dedicated service to clients and partners is what makes him the best of the best. He is never out of reach and always available to chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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).
Niel Nickolaisen is the chief technology officer at OC Tanner â€“ the leading provider of innovative cloud-based software, awards, education, and recognition solutions. He has held various IT and operations leadership roles and has a track record and reputation for improving alignment, decision-making and IT's deliver and credibility. Niel has spent his career finding rapid, pragmatic ways to improve processes, teams, and results. He is passionate about transforming IT and leadership and speaks about, writes about and trains others how to do this. Niel is the author of "The Agile Culture" (Addison Wesley, 2014) and "Stand Back and Deliver" (Addison Wesley, 2009). He holds an MS in Engineering from MIT and an MBA and BS in Physics from Utah State University.
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.
Jeremy Smith is a Network Engineer with a heavy background in all things Telecom. Whether working on projects large or small, Jeremy strives to make sure all his designs are technically sound, highly available, and very secure. He finds joy in correcting high availability design flaws and advanced issue resolution.
Jorge Maestre, Senior Technologist and Strategist for Worldwide Storage at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, also known as “The World’s Strongest Technologist” because of his rare combination of powerlifting and long-standing technical experience. Currently residing in Houston, Jorge is a native New Yorker with strong roots in the metropolitan New York City area. He started his career on the customer side as a Data Center Architect with an ASP background, before moving into a Sales role with a major storage company. Jorge left the block storage world to take on the role of evangelist for a small startup focused on a File and Database solution, and then for a second startup focused on Container/Application Virtualization technology. After a successful acquisition, Jorge returned to the world of block storage with HPE. As a subject-matter expert & strategist Jorge has forged a unique perspective of the storage industry by developing a deep understanding of the market, and the individual vendors, through thorough examination of their financial position, technological offerings, and strategic directions. Jorge Maestre built his expertise as a datacenter and solutions architect before moving to his current role as a strategist, putting his intimate understanding of storage technology and business processes to work for HPE customers.
Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of C-level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic. May combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives. Leading industry publications have including him on their lists of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and the Top 50 Brains in Business.
May is also the author of "The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. He has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models which allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers. May is a thought leader on such issues as the future of IT, value creation, marketing, corporate organization, electronic commerce, strategy and consumer electronics. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review; The Financial Times; The Wall Street Journal; the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review; American Demographics; USA Today and numerous industry publications.
His research has been acknowledged in such seminal business books as Seth Godin’s Permission Marketing; Michael Schrage’s Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate; Moshe Rubenstein’s The Minding Organization; Bill Jensen’s Simplicity; and Jeff William’s Renewable Advantage: Crafting Strategy Through Economic Time. May serves as executive director and dean at the IT Leadership Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.; Futurist– external technology advisory Board at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; and co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where he also teaches the MIX program for eMBAs.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, his Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and developed his Japanese language competence at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Japan.
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.”
During his 20-year career in the enterprise software industry, Chris Banks has held management positions in sales, product marketing, product management and quality assurance. He has played key roles in the development of major technologies, including business intelligence, integration middleware, and data warehouse tools. Banks also serves as a corporate evangelist helping to spread the news and value of Information Builders and its software solutions. An award-winning presenter, Banks engages his audience with a unique style and delivery, allowing attendees to gain a different perspective on current issues in their respective industries along with an attainable plan for success. In his free time, Banks is a published and commercial photographer.
Scott Dennull is an accomplished IT executive with a track record of success in technology leadership and organizational change spanning 33 years in many industries including manufacturing, insurance, utilities, IT services, and medical devices. He has a passion for constant improvement as a strategic IT leader to help teams learn how to best utilize their strengths to create and deliver measured solutions allowing easy justification to business executives and prioritization in business service portfolios. Scott enjoys public speaking and has had the privilege to present at national and local conferences such as Gartner Group, ComputerWorld, AFCOM, The CIO & IT Security Forums, and regional conferences on various IT topics.
Nick Dell is currently the IT Manager for Midway Products Group, Inc., a Tier 1 supplier to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Tesla. He leads the company’s IT department and provides technological direction and vision to ensure they are ready for the next pivot point. Nick is an experienced IT leader in the Automotive, Legal & Healthcare industry, who specialized in refreshing technology and returning customer service to information technology. Previously leadership positions has been IT Manager - Server/Technical Support in healthcare industry, Director of Network Operations in IT outsourcing company and Network Infrastructure Manager in legal industry.
Juan Fernandez is a 20-year veteran of the storage industry with significant experience in software-defined storage and virtualization including Apple, EMC, and VMware. Now as part of Intel’s Nonvolatile Storage Group, Fernandez helps customers leverage Intel’s and NAND technologies. He is working on projects that include Twitter, Uber and companies in the financial-services industry.
Keith , Strategist, Fortinet, has more than 20 years of governance and operational security experience. has provided executive level security consulting including program/portfolio creation and management along with board-level reporting, security strategy creation and implementation, and global business security integrations. He has served as acting CISO and director of security for large corporations. has led large multi-project teams at the program level, with oversight of multiple simultaneous and complex implementations of technical security projects. He has also designed and implemented most aspects of corporate security programs. He has played instrumental roles in assisting large organizations to define CISO responsibilities and requirements to provide alignment of security programs to business operations.
His consulting experience includes delivery of services to include large multi-project, multi-year programs and providing executive advisory services in a variety of industries. also possesses a wide range of regulatory experience includes PCI, SOX, FFIEC/FIDC, HIPAA, NERC CIP, and security framework knowledge extends to ISO/IEC 27001/27001, NIST, FISMA, OCTAVE and others.
is a 21-year military veteran as a nuclear weapons technician, threat officer, test pilot and operations officer.
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