Dave BartolettiPrincipal Analyst, Forrester
Dave Bartoletti has developed, delivered, and marketed emerging technologies for more than 25 years as a software executive at several high-profile technology and financial services leaders. Bartoletti was at the forefront of the middleware, web, automation, and cloud computing technology waves as both vendor and consumer. He has been an analyst for more than seven years, and he advises Forrester clients on modern service delivery strategies, including virtualization platforms, cloud computing platforms and management tools, and data center automation. He specializes in helping clients leverage emerging cloud technologies to modernize their data centers and accelerate their journey to the hybrid cloud. Bartoletti is a frequent keynote speaker, and his research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Dave holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
Eric BellerSVP Sales, Sandler Partners
Eric Beller is a seasoned sales leader with executive experience in managing business development and support operations for decentralized sales teams and distributors. He is senior vice president of sales for Sandler Partners, America’s Fastest Growing Distributor of Connectivity & Cloud Services. In this role, Beller oversees recruitment and management of the company’s network of sales partners, including agents, VARs and MSPs, which are selling voice, data, mobility, colo, cloud, security and continuity services to businesses nationwide. Previously, Beller held a number of channel and sales management roles at companies, such as MegaPath, Speakeasy, ICG and Cable & Wireless. Earlier in his career, he was founder and president of Michigan-based Netimation, an ISP that was acquired by Voyager.net. Beller has a Bachelor degree in Communications from Michigan State University.
Jeff BenckPresident and CEO, Lantronix
Jeff Benck has served as CEO of Lantronix since December 2015. Prior to joining the company, Benck served as CEO of Emulex Corp., a global supplier of advanced networking, monitoring and management solutions from July 2013 until Emulex was acquired by Avago Technologies in May 2015. Prior to Emulex, Benck was president and COO of QLogic Corp., a supplier of storage networking solutions. Earlier, he spent 18 years at IBM where he held a variety of executive leadership roles, including vice president of xSeries, BladeCenter and retail store solutions development. Benck currently serves as an independent director on the Netlist board. Benck holds a master’s degree in management of technology from University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a distinguished inventor in the computer systems field and holds 6 U.S. patents.
Ben BlackManaging Director & Co-Founder, Akkadian Ventures
Benjamin Black is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Akkadian Ventures, investing in growth-stage technology companies and providing alternative liquidity solutions to entrepreneurs, angel investors, VC funds, and employees. Ben is a fifteen-year veteran of the private equity space, and has managed successful investments in Splunk, DocuSign, RocketFuel, Palantir, Cloudmark, Ooyala, Citizenhawk, The Villa, Automattic and Telephia. Prior to Akkadian, Ben co-founded New Cycle Capital with Josh Becker to bring socially responsible investing to sectors like clean energy and social finance with seed investments in Renewable Funding and Opower. He started his investing career on the investment teams at Maveron and Rosewood Capital where he focused on branded consumer products and services. As a hobby, Ben enjoys developing restaurants and partnered with Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino to bring Cockscomb to SOMA.
Nan BodenHead of Global Technology Partners, Google Cloud, Google
Dr. Nan Boden leads the group within Google that is responsible for technology partnering with companies that build their businesses on Google Cloud Platform, Google Apps, Google Maps, and Google for Education products. Nan joined Google in 2013 via acquisition in the division that designs, develops, and deploys Google’s data centers, where she handled various strategy matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Nan was formerly CEO of Myricom, a pioneer in high-performance computer networking and a successful Caltech spinoff. Nan started her career as a software engineer, and later moved into business roles such as EVP, CFO, member of Myricom's Board of Directors, and CEO.
Nan earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from Caltech and a B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Alabama. She also has an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson.
Cliff BoroGeneral Partner, Entry Ventures Group
Clifford Boro is a General Partner of Entry Ventures Group. Prior to Entry Ventures Group. Cliff was the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the Team Group, Co-Founder and CEO of Zui.com (sold to Saban Capital), Co-Founder of CVT Ventures, Chairman and CEO of Infogate (sold to AOL Time Warner). Cliff currently serves as the Chairman of 1AppWorks. Cliff is a very-experienced venture-backed CEO, Founder, investor and entrepreneurial catalyst. He has helped over a dozen companies from founding to exit, including serving as the Founding Chairman of Say Media and mSnap. For is work atZui.com, Cliff was named a Champion of Change by the White House. Cliff began his career working in the hedge fund industry and worked at both Steinhardt Partners and Soros Fund Management. In his free time, Cliff loves to spend time sailing and boating and performing amateur improvisational comedy. Cliff serves as a Board member of the San Diego Performing Arts League and as a Board Member of Temple Beth El in La Jolla.
Alex BrownCEO, 10th Magnitude, Inc.
Alex Brown, CEO, founded 10th Magnitude in 2010 because he saw the ground-breaking business agility and economic benefits cloud applications offer. "I believe cloud is the most profound change we've seen in IT since the Internet. It's letting businesses tackle many new opportunities and will unleash a renaissance of business software development and innovation".Brown combines an undergrad degree from Oberlin in economics and an MBA from Yale. His experience includes: EVP - Arrowstream, VP Univa and Director, Dell Inc., for the US and Asia-Pacific.
Frank CittadinoCo-Founder and EVP, Client Solutions, QoS Consulting
Frank Cittadino is a co-founder of QoS Consulting, which helps organizations improve the performance of their applications and people by improving the performance of their networks. QoS Consulting’s technology and project management experts work with enterprise businesses to advise and manage implementation and migrations of complex services. Cittadino brings the technical and strategic vision to QOS. He gets that organizations want to enable the business for growth through technology. In his own words: “We don’t just bolt on services and hope they meet your needs. We attack the issues at the core and we know our solutions will positively improve the customer experience before implementation.”
Stephen CobbSenior Security Researcher, ESET North America
Stephen Cobb has been a CISSP since 1996 and has helped companies large and small to manage their information security, with a focus on emerging threats and data privacy issues. The author of several books and hundreds of articles on information assurance, Cobb is part of the research team at ESET North America, based in San Diego.
William CraigCTO and Principal Solutions Architect, NuResolution
As a technology leader, William brings a mix of strategic perspectives, financial discipline and technology operational experience. As a former technology officer, himself, he knows the complexities of managing multiple projects, budgets, people and systems all in an effort to help the company operate at peak levels. At NuResolution, William guides clients through the technical direction and support needed for developing, designing and integrating systems.
Thomas DelVecchioFounder, Enterprise Technology Research Group
Thomas DelVecchio is the Founder and Director of Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) –the next‐gen technology market research firm that powers ETR&D and ETRiQ. DelVecchio has spent the last decade in the enterprise technology space between both research and investment. Over the last five years, he organically built a highly-engaged enterprise CIO community and survey respondent sample in excess of 3,500 globally. ETR’s revolutionary research methodology is Thomas’ brainchild and he’s attributed with coining the term “Net spending intentions”. ETR has helped to redefine the goal and use of survey work in the institutional investment community. Prior to ETR&D and ETRiQ, DelVecchio acted as an Advisor to TheInfoPro (TIP) within institutional research methodology, publication, sales and marketing. He believes that the future of technology will be shaped by the enterprise and this fuels his motivation to support CIOs and other high-level enterprise IT end users. This belief also justifies his reliance on CIOs direct input over all other sources. DelVecchio values primary research over all others and is ever-contrarian.
Robert DeMarzoSVP, Event Content and Strategy, The Channel Company
Stephen DiFrancoPrincipal, IoT Advisory Group
Stephen DiFranco most recently lead the acquisition of Broadcom’s IoT business unit where he served as VP & GM of Broadcom Ltd.’s IoT BU. He was responsible for the 450 member hardware engineering, software development, platform, sales and marketing team. These teams design, develop and marketing industry leading communication products for consumer, commercial and automotive IoT customers. DiFranco also oversees the company’s community of developers, VARs & IoT partners and alliances. In February 2016 DiFranco lead the process to identify a buyer for the group. The acquisition to Cypress Semiconductor was closed on July 5, 2016.
Nick DuttonVice President of Embedded, Zentri
As Vice President of Embedded at Zentri, Nick helps shape the next evolution of connected products with Zentri’s secure IoT platform. Nick has over 15 years of experience driving wireless technology innovation while achieving rapid company growth. His efforts have successfully led to the acquisition of multiple innovative startup companies by industry leaders such as Silicon Labs and Microchip Technology. He has traveled extensively, with professional career spanning the UK, Europe and the USA, where he resides today.
Herm EdwardsFormer NFL Head Coach, ESPN Commentator
Former NFL head coach and player Herm Edwards joined ESPN in March 2009 as an NFL studio analyst. He appears primarily on NFL Live, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio, while also contributing to ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl week.
Among Edwards’ other responsibilities, he called weekly SEC prime time college football games alongside Clay Matvick on ESPNU in 2010, and he worked alongside Rece Davis and Chris Spielman in August 2009 to call the Dike-New Hartford at Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) high school football game on ESPN. The game marked the emotional return to the field for Aplington-Parkersburg, which lost its legendary football coach Ed Thomas in a tragic school shooting two months earlier. Edwards also participated in the 2011 SportsCenter series “Back to School,” where he returned to his hometown of Monterey, Calif., to coach his former high school team, the Monterey H.S. Toreadores.
Before officially joining ESPN, Edwards worked a brief stint in Bristol during the 2008 NFL offseason as a guest analyst.
Edwards spent eight years as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08). He led his teams to four playoff appearances, including 2004 when his Jets squad finished with a 10-6 regular season record and advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Edwards, who also guided the Chiefs to a Wild Card berth in 2006, is one of only four NFL coaches to lead two different teams to the playoffs in his first season as head coach with those teams.
Allen FalconCEO, Cumulus Global
Allen Falcon is a technologist and entrepreneur with more than 25 years in the industry. Allen's background includes a unique history of software development and marketing, CIO-level consulting, and entrepreneurship. In 2006, Allen launched the firm no known as Cumulus Global, recognizing the need among small businesses for better managed IT services. Allen leads a team of cloud computing experts helping businesses, non-profits, schools, and local governments move to Google Apps and related cloud services. Allen and Cumulus have been recognized as an innovator by CRN and regional business media.
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.
Erick FoyDirector, U.S. Channel Sales, Symantec
Erick Foy is the Director, U.S. Channel Sales for Symantec. His responsibilities include leading a team that drives execution on programs and planning with Symantec Distributors and Managed VAR’s. Erick’s span of control includes Public Sector, Commercial, SMB and emerging markets such as Cloud / SaaS in the Channel.
During his tenure of 12 years at Symantec, Erick has had a significant positive influence at Symantec and with the Channel. He has held roles that include managing a National Access Reseller, architecting an SMB channel strategy and taking a Global lead role with a Distribution strategy / program design. Erick has been a key contributor at Symantec helping to transition the partner ecosystem to align with new business models and platforms.
Erick has worked in the Channel for over 20 years and brings with him a wealth of experience in Leadership, Sales and Operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Operations Management at Colorado State University.
Matt FredericksonManager, Sales Engineering, Level 3 Communications
Matt Frederickson is the Indirect Channel Sales Engineering Manager for the West. He oversees a team of local Sales Engineers that support local partners in 25 states who provide technical design and solutions guidance to partners and customers. In his 20 years in telecommunications Matt has held various roles in network translations, field operations, operations management, direct sales and sales engineering. His involvement in the indirect channel began as a Sales Engineer in 2006 and has remained to join forces with the most consultative sales force in the industry.
Jin FugateDirector Channel Enablement, Healthcare, Samsung
Jin has been at Samsung Electronics of America for over 4 years with responsibilities including B2B Sales Operations, Education Sales & Business Development, and Healthcare Vertical Business Development. Currently, Jin leads the Healthcare Channel Enablement team for Samsung’s B2B division. Jin received her Executive MBA with a focus on International Business from the University of Texas in Dallas. She received bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of South Florida. Jin brings over 20 years of experience in Business Development and Sales leadership roles from several areas of the telecom industry, including 2 major wireless device OEMs, a wireless infrastructure and 4G chipset company.
David GeevaratneChief Sales Officer, NEW SIGNATURE
Marc GoodmanGlobal Security Advisor, Futurist and Founder, Future Crimes Institute
Marc Goodman is a global strategist and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. Mr. Goodman was appointed by the FBI as their Futurist in Residence, is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and currently serves as the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. He has worked with organizations such as INTERPOL, the UN Counterterrorism Task Force, NATO, the US Government and the Los Angeles Police Department. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Future Crimes.
Dr. Matthew GroveSoftware Development Manager, Rackspace Email Anti-Abuse , Rackspace
Dr. Mat Grove leads the Anti-Abuse team at Rackspace Email. He joined Rackspace in 2012 to work on the email transport platform. In 2014, he took over the Anti-Abuse development team and has since been modernizing the Anti-Abuse systems. The Anti-Abuse team handles incoming and outgoing mail classification and prevents system abuse. They are responsible for maintaining the IP reputation of Rackspace Email and protecting the hosted mailboxes. Mat holds a Ph.D. from the Distributed Systems Group at the University of Portsmouth.
John HackettHyperconverged Solutions Team, Lenovo
John Hackett currently serves on Lenovo’s Hyper Converged Solutions Team, solving customer business needs with the latest in Hyper- Converged Technology solutions. Hackett has over 20 years of experience in technology, and has served on the cutting edge of the Hyper-converged movement. John’s international business experience combined with his ability to identify and grow within evolving verticals allows for a unique perspective. He received his education from the University of Miami and resides in Orange County, California.
Dan HarmonGroup Director, Cloud & Software Defined Infrastructure, Lenovo
Dan Harmon is leading a new organization within Lenovo focused on open-source cloud technologies. The Lenovo Cloud Technology Center, with major research and development centers in Raleigh, Beijing, and Shanghai, provides expertise and capabilities for Lenovo and its partners on their journey to the software defined data center. Dan is a native of Kickapoo Illinois, and currently resides in Cary, North Carolina where he enjoys football, farming, fermenting, and spending time with family.
Khali HendersonSenior Partner, Buzz Theory
Khali Henderson is a high-tech industry veteran, with 28 years of experience in technology journalism, public relations and marketing. She is senior partner with Buzz Theory (formerly Group IV Inc.), a 20-year-old strategy and marketing company she co-founded to advise vendors, channel partners, analysts and consultants in tech markets, such as telecom, IT, cloud, 3D printing and more. Henderson rejoined the company in January 2015 after 14 years at VIRGO Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions), where she served most recently as editor-in-chief of Channel Partners, a leading resource for indirect sales channels for telecom and IT services. Previously, she was group editor for VIRGO's telecom division, which included Channel Partners, xchange and B/OSS (Billing & OSS World). Prior to VIRGO, she co-founded Group IV where she launched Emarketect, an online resource for emerging online marketplaces that was underwritten by the Open Network for Commerce Exchange industry association, and International Insider, an events and information resource for emerging international telecommunications companies. Earlier, she founded Marcom Support Services, a marketing communications company that served telecom clients, including the Telecom Resellers Association (now CompTel). Henderson began her career as an editor for VIRGO Publishing, working on such titles at PHONE+, TechNet, Business & Technology Consultant, Telecom Equipment Retailer, and more. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She is an early supporter of Women in the Channel, a grassroots organization formed to empower women in telecom and IT careers.
Lance JamesChief Scientist, Flashpoint and, Consulting Detective, Unit 221b
Lance James is an internationally renowned information security specialist. He has more than fifteen years of experience in programming, network security, digital forensics, malware research, cryptography design, cryptanalysis, counterintelligence and protocol exploitation. He provides advisory services to a wide range of government agencies and Fortune 500 organizations including America’s top financial services institutions. Credited with the identification of Zeus and other malware, James is an active contributor to the evolution of security practices and counterintelligence tactics and strategies. James was the founding force behind the CryptoLocker Working Group, where he and his team of researchers were acknowledged for their critical role in disrupting CryptoLocker.
Jeff KaplanManaging Director, THINKStrategies
William LewallenSenior Manager, National Cloud Partner Sales, Microsoft
William Lewallen runs Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) business in the United States. In this role, he marries his passions for working with partners and business model transformation to help create the future of how Microsoft and its partners build sustainable and profitable businesses together in the cloud. As a sales and transformation leader, he’s responsible for defining the strategies and execution plans required to grow revenue and market share across segments, channels and cloud services. William leads a diverse team of professionals who share his commitment to transforming how Microsoft and its partners create value for customers.
Since joining Microsoft in 2004, he has worked in finance, product marketing, sales and business development roles in the Cloud & Enterprise, Dynamics and US partner businesses. Prior to Microsoft, William worked in finance and business development roles at several technology companies including Proficient Systems (acquired by LivePerson) where he was a co-founder and CFO.
William earned his MBA at the University of Michigan and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He and his wife, Dina, and their two sons Jude and Levi live in Kirkland, Washington.
David LinthicumSenior Vice President, Cloud Technology Partners
David S. Linthicum is senior vice president of Cloud Technology Partners and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. He has written more than 13 books on computing and has more than 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert. In addition, David is a frequent keynote presenter at industry conferences, with over 500 presentations given in the last 20 years.
Keith LubnerFounder, Channel Consulting Corp (C3)
Keith Lubner acts as an advisor and mentor to several of today’s leading channel organizations on strategies, tactics, and programs to accelerate growth. Keith has founded three companies and is considered a world-renown expert on enablement, channel sales, channel marketing issues, and channel leadership. His training programs and workshops have been delivered across the globe to several start-up and multi-national organizations. He is currently Managing Partner of Channel Consulting Corp and Co-founder with Jeb Blount (author of Fanatical Prospecting) of the recently launched Channel EQ, an organization focused on providing transformational training and enablement tools, workshops, and programs.
Brandon MiyazakiSales Engineer, Zyxel Communications
Brandon Miyazaki is the lead sales engineer at Zyxel Communications. Miyazaki’s started as a tier 1 tech support agent at Zyxel and he was escalated to a tier 2 tech where he provided exceptional support to high-profile customers. From there, he was recruited to the sales side to provide his expertise to the company’s channel partners to help develop customer solutions and in-depth training. Miyazaki is a graduate of both Chapman University and The Southern California Institute of Technology.
Dan MolinaChief Technology Officer, Nth Generation
Dan Molina has over 27 years of experience in the IT industry and has been with Nth since November of 2000. He is responsible for Nth’s R&D initiatives and for helping identify, research, evaluate and incorporate leading‐edge IT technologies from dozens of vendors into Nth’s solutions and services portfolio. Molina has been a previous business owner; developed ASIC‐testing software in his role as a Software Engineer at Hughes Aircraft; completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at UCSD and completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Executive Leadership at USD.
He has extensive experience in Networked Storage Solutions, Data Protection & Archiving, Disaster Recovery, Converged/Hyper-converged & Composable Infrastructure, Server, Storage and Network Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Security, Mobility and other related technologies and solutions.
Lief MorinPresident, Key Information Systems
Lief Morin is president, founder and CEO of Key Information Systems. He has been actively engaged in ensuring KeyInfo remains on the cutting edge of technology while remaining completely focused on client satisfaction. Morin founded KeyInfo in 1999 and built it into a leading regional technology provider with advanced integration and data center capabilities. He is a self-acknowledged geek and loves reading about and tinkering with all kinds of technology. He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido and is an enthusiastic photographer. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Steve NewhouseProduct Director, WorkMarket
Steve Newhouse is Director of Product for Work Market's Platform team. Steve joined Work Market in 2011 during it's early days and has been a part of the product team since then. His responsibilities now include setting strategy and roadmap planning around Work Market's APIs, integration capabilities, and other core platform aspects.
Jim OrtbalsDirector, vCloud Air Network Sales, VMWare
With nearly 20 years in technology, Jim Ortbals has spent his career working with partners in a variety of roles. Whether with SP partners in the Cloud at Managed Service space at Cisco, or in the Federal and Enterprise space at VOSS Solutions, Jim’s experience runs deep in knowing how partners want to work with their key technology suppliers. In his role at VMWare as the Director of vCloud Air Network Sales, Jim is leading the charge as VMWare continues to grow and expand the partner ecosystem into the thriving business it is today.
Ken PayneChief Technologist, Abba Technologies
During his 43+ years in Information Technology, Payne has done hardware repair, education and training, software development, systems architectures, server virtualization and high performance storage systems. His extensive experience includes work on HPC parallel file systems, HPC clusters, storage area networks and server infrastructure. Most recently, he has been focused on Hyperconverged Infrastructure solutions. Previous employers include EMC Corporation, Spectra Research Institute (at Sandia National Laboratories) and Data General Corporation. Ken attended the Ryder Technical Institute and the Pennsylvania State University (Electrical Engineering) and has several current technical certifications.
Chris PhillipsDirector of Partner Communities, CompTIA
Chris Phillips is a 20-year veteran of IT Channel Sales, Marketing and Management, with over 25 years of success in building sales and marketing programs for technology and retail industries. His career gives him great insight into the needs of both Solution Providers and Vendors, and helps him deliver easy-to-implement programs with a process-driven method. He currently oversees CompTIA's Cloud Community as well as its Future Leaders Community, the first I.T. Industry group for the multi-generation workforce.
Jerod PowellCEO, INFINIT Consulting
Jerod Powell is Chief Executive Officer at INFINIT Consulting, Inc., a highly acclaimed IT provider and consultancy company he founded in 2006. With just a $2,500.00 initial investment, Powell managed to grow the company to over 2 million in capital in less than 9 months of existence and achieved Microsoft Certified Gold Partner in less than one year. Powell develops strategic business plans, identifying key IT services to support business objectives and is the key facilitator in developing partnerships to support business priorities and objectives. INFINIT stays at the center of every major technology break thanks to his insightful leadership. Powell is a result-driven and highly accomplished senior executive and IT leader with 19 years of experience in building and managing technology-based firms focused on cloud computing, hosting, managed services and product development. A true IT innovator and an accomplished businessman, Jerod Powell is an expert in all aspects of IT, strategic planning, project management, M&A, process optimization, compliance and organizational development. He has a long track record of inventing, crafting and delivering cutting-edge solutions designed to support organizations through rapid growth and expansion.
Blaine RaddonDirector, Worldwide Partner Development, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Blaine Raddon is the Director, Worldwide Partner Development for HPE Servers. He is part of the World Wide Partner Server organization and is responsible for driving the design, development, and deployment of HPE’s global partner sales enablement efforts. Blaine works for HoJin Kim, who is responsible for the HPE Server Channels overall. HoJin’s organization is responsible for development of the HPE Server strategy to build a sustainable competitive advantage for both HPE and its channel partners. HoJin’s team is also focused on partner enablement to ensure that HPE’s partners have the capabilities to sell HPE Servers’ entire portfolio. Blaine’s emphasis is sales and segmentation, with a focus on Enterprise and SMB, Programs and Enablement.
Blaine has been an IT sales and channel professional for more than 28 years. His career in the IT industry has included selling hardware, software and services through all aspects of the IT channel and direct.
Prior to joining HPE, Blaine was with Acronis Software as General Manager for the Americas. Prior to Acronis, Blaine spent five years at Juniper Networks, where he was Vice President, Americas Commercial and Partner Sales, responsible for the overall enablement of the Americas partner community as well being the sales leader for the Americas SMB sales organization. Before Juniper, Blaine held executive leadership roles in sales and channels at IBM for over 20 years. Blaine also served 7 years in the US Army.
Blaine has an MBA from Pepperdine University with an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Marketing and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Christopher RimerVP, North America Business Partners & Channels, IBM Cloud, IBM
Christopher Rimer, is the vice president, North America Business Partners & Channels, IBM Cloud. Rimer and his team lead channel, ISV, service provider, system integrator, and technology partnership development. Rimer is also responsible for go-to-market, and sales execution spanning IBM’s hybrid cloud partner ecosystem in North America. Rimer joined IBM with two decades’ experience in cloud computing, enterprise software and hardware platforms with roles in channels, alliances, partnerships, business development, and strategic consulting. Prior to IBM, he led the establishment and development of Google’s worldwide and Americas cloud platform partner business organizations. He also held several leadership roles in channels and alliances organizations at VMware, AMD, Sun Microsystems and San Francisco-based startups. In prior roles, he consulted in financial services, mobile communications, telecommunications, aerospace, and associated industries.Rimer graduated from UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and earned an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Alex RosenManaging Director, IDG Ventures
Alexander (Alex) Rosen is a Managing Director at IDG Ventures, with over 20 years experience working with early stage technology companies as an active investor and advisor. Today, he focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, SaaS applications, ad tech, and consumer marketplaces. He currently serves as board director or investor at Appboy, Chubbies, Datanyze, Fastly, Krux, MindMeld, Minted, Smartling, Tempered Networks, The League, Trifacta, Uplift, and Vouch. Previously, he was a General Partner at Sprout Group, where he was head of the Internet and Software group. Alex holds BS degrees in electrical engineering and economics from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.
Emil SayeghCEO, Hostway
Emil Sayegh joined Hostway as president and CEO in September 2016. Prior to Hostway, Sayegh was the chairman of the board, CEO, and president of Codero Hosting. Sayegh also led and expanded cloud computing and hosting businesses for HP and Rackspace.
As vice president and general manager of the cloud computing division at Rackspace, Sayegh spearheaded the company's entry into the emerging public cloud market and rapidly grew the business to more than 100,000 clients. Sayeghalso oversaw the global product roadmap at Rackspace and led the successful launch of private cloud and hosted exchange services. In addition to his leadership roles, Emil Sayegh spent more than 15 years in the IT industry developing, marketing, and managing products for Dell, RLX Technologies, and Compaq.
Bart ShieldsCTO , Olympus Sky
Bart Shields, the CTO and co-founder of Olympus Sky, has been in engineering development for over 30-years, mostly as an embedded product architect overseeing both hardware and software architectures (including fabless semi-conductor designs); with the last twenty years primarily focused on products related to wireless data communication. Over time, Bart has gravitated towards transportation related products; spending time in both Rail and Automotive.
He has implemented data communications protocols from the MAC layer to the Transport Layer and above, including the design and implementation of a Wi-Max like protocol (WCOPP) in the late 90’s and more recently, a Sensor Node MESH network MAC based upon Distributed Queuing.
He has provided the system architecture for four separate product lines; a 2.4/5.3 GHz wireless broadband router family, a multi-band tactical military radio family, an end-to-end V2I configuration management system for OTA updates of automotive ECUs; and most recently, the green technology, low-power, high-entropy key-free cryptographic Key Management System (KMS), Organically Derived Security Protocol (ODSP), which is targeted for IoT (including MESH) networks and automotive networks, including in-vehicle, V2V, and V2I.
Todd StewartVP, Global Infrastructure and IT Operations, WD, a Western Digital Company
Todd is Vice President of Global Infrastructure and IT Operations for Western Digital, the world’s largest data storage company. In this role, he is responsible for on-premise and cloud computing, global network, communications, data storage and data centers. Additional responsibilities include support for high-performance, engineering, and manufacturing computing, as well as desktop productivity and end-user service and support. Prior to Western Digital, he was responsible for IT Operations and Infrastructure for AMN Healthcare, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, and Siebel Systems. Todd holds an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Tolga TarhanChief Technologist, Sturdy Networks
Tolga Tarhan serves as Sturdy Networks lead solutions architect and business development manager. He has 18 years of experience leading software development and DevOps teams (way before DevOps became the buzzword du jour). His cross-functional expertise across different technology areas gives him unique insight into the best approaches for building complex systems and applications. He has successfully led numerous deployments involving web-based, mobile, Internet of Things, and real-time telecommunications applications. Tarhan also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and helps customers strategize beyond technology solutions to improve their business and grow their bottom line. Tarhan also serves as the chief technologist for NetBrains and Usability.Pro. He served as the director of operational readiness and director of homeland security for the Civil Air Patrol.
Dave ThompsonCTO, RightBrain Networks
Thompson is a reasonably competent engineer who stumbled onto something good with this whole DevOps thing. Currently CTO of consulting firm RightBrain Networks, he's served in a variety of technical roles at companies you may have heard of (and some you probably haven't). In his free time he enjoys: yelling at his dog, gazing deeply into the abyss, and arguing with people on the Internet.
Ken ThoresonPresident, Acumen Management Group LTD
Ken Thoreson, President, Acumen Management Group, Ltd. is a sales leadership professional who operationalizes sales management systems and processes to pull sales results out of the doldrums into the fresh zone of predictable revenue. The sales management thought leader is recognized as an expert in sales execution, channel management, revenue generation, sales analysis, compensation, forecasting, recruitment, and training within the sales function. Over the past 12 years, his consulting, advisory, and platform services have illuminated, motivated, and rejuvenated the sales efforts for companies throughout North America - from emerging, transitional to high-growth.
Ron WilliamsRegional Sales Executive, CharTec
As a Sales Executive for CharTec, Ron Williams works with MSPs from all over the country, and his primary job function is to promote awareness for CharTec training services and hardware solutions. Ron has over 10 years of experience in the IT space. His previous experience includes formerly running his own MSP, Internal IT positions with Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and positions with established technology-based companies such as Staples and ConnectWise.
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