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Marty Lafferty, CEO, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)
T: 410-476-7965 • E: marty@dcia.info

Ron Abellera, Senior Azure Architect, Microsoft

Ron Abellera is a Senior Azure Architect at Microsoft. He is the HDInsight/Big Data technical lead in the US for the Incubation Group at Microsoft. Ron has spent his entire time at Microsoft in the cloud (Azure) since joining the company in 2012, helping customers with workloads ranging from HPC to IaaS to custom PaaS cloud services and now to Hadoop/Big Data. Previously, Ron served as Senior Architect – Office of the CTO at En Pointe Technologies, and before that as Senior Consultant – Data Center and HPC Practice at PCPC Direct, and before that as Software Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Ron is based in Houston, TX.

Haishi Bai, Technical Evangelist, Azure, Microsoft

Haishi Bai is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. He is an active technical writer with two published books on cloud computing and a blog (blog.haishibai.com) with 0.5 million views yearly. Haishi has been working in the industry for 17 years, and has been accumulating software development skills since he was 12, when he wrote his first programs in BASIC. After he joined Microsoft, his focus has been on promoting Azure adoption by speaking at events, creating samples, guidance, frameworks and tools as well as engaging with customers at different project phases to guide their cloud computing projects.

Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Industry Lead, NetSuite

Ranga Bodla is Wholesale Distribution Industry Lead at NetSuite. He boasts more than 15 years of combined product management and marketing experience, with expertise in the software technology industry. In his role, Ranga is constantly ahead of the latest trends in the industry and how they impact customers. Additionally, because of the nature of NetSuite’s customer base, he works with innovative customers who are challenging the status quo in their respective industries, companies like Quirky, Soligent, and Capital Coffee. Quirky for example is reinventing how products get invented and delivered to market, Soligent is turning solar distribution on its head, while Capital Coffee has broken out of their traditional business to expand and break into new markets. Prior to joining NetSuite, Ranga led a global team focused on the successful go-to-market of SAP’s Governance Risk and Compliance Solutions. Prior to his role at SAP, he led Product Management and Marketing at Pilot Software (acquired by SAP).

Alex Brandt, Cloud Evangelist, Rackspace

Alex Brandt is a Cloud Evangelist at Rackspace. Today he speaks on behalf of Rackspace on a variety of topics. Previously his work focused on training employees in Cloud, Python, Ruby, and Chef. He regularly consults with Rackspace customers to develop unique solutions while internally developing new approaches with evolving technologies. Alex holds a degree in Computer Science and Physics from Minnesota State University.

Stephanie Brownlee, Member Services, DCIA

Stephanie brings 26 years of cable television experience coupled with 18 years in new media to her leadership role in Member Services at the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), including entertainment software solutions for interactive program guides (IPGs), video-on-demand (VoD), videogame applications, interactive television (iTV), portals/gateways, and Wi-Fi. Stephanie began her cable industry career with Prevue Networks in 1988 at its launch of the Prevue Channel. After Prevue’s acquisition by TV Guide twelve years later, she joined ICTV, the first company with an Internet-to-the-TV solution using cable-plant infrastructure and first-generation cloud computing technology, as SVP. She also served as SVP at Zodiac Interactive and was one of the founders of the CTAM Silicon Valley & Pacific Northwest Chapter and its President for three years.

Frank Bruno, Director & Senior Business Strategist, Iron Mountain

Frank Bruno is Director & Senior Business Strategist at Iron Mountain. In this role, Frank consults with business professionals throughout the world on risk mitigation strategies relative to technology transfer transactions (e.g., licensing, subscription, IP sales, etc.). By introducing protection measures that instill
trust, the buyer and the seller can overcome the risk objection to doing business, allowing them to focus on doing business. Recognized as a subject matter expert on SaaS Continuity Services, Frank has worked with dozens of companies in need of a contingency plan to address the risks of entrusting cloud services. He brings expertise in Governance, Risk and Compliance to Iron Mountain’s mission of secure, reliable, and innovative contingency planning and intellectual property protection in an effort to enable SaaS in the enterprise markets. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Frank was the Director of Business Development for Gartner, Inc. (formerly The META Group), a leading Information Technology research consultancy.

Yehuda Cagen, Director, Xvand

Yehuda Cagen is a Director at Xvand. Yehuda has spent the last nine years educating business leaders about the risks and benefits of cloud computing long before “the cloud” became an industry buzzword. He is an author of many business publications such as eBooks, white papers, and webinar series as well as the creator of many IT and cloud evaluation tools used today.

Brian Campanotti, Chief Technology Officer, Front Porch Digital

Brian Campanotti is the Chief Technical Officer for Front Porch Digital, leading industry invention and advancement in cloud-based and on-premises global content storage management (CSM), media asset management (MAM), and content publishing, migration, and preservation solutions. He is responsible for innovations in the area of cloud-based solutions for “big data” focused on media-centric content handling, delivery, storage and preservation. He was one of the primary inventors of the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) and has been active in standards body activities helping to promote innovation and openness in the industry for more than two decades. Brian and his team have won Emmy Awards for their work in content collection preservation technologies and for innovation in serial digital video technology.

Kyle Campbell, Enterprise Account Manager, SLED Western US, Google

Kyle Campbell is Enterprise Account Manager, SLED Western US, at Google with responsibilities for Google Earth Platform Sales for State, Local and Education (SLED) Markets for the Western US. Prior to Google, Kyle was a Regional Sales Executive at Telogis, conducting sales and marketing for an enterprise suite of location intelligence software. Before that, he served as a Territory Manager at Motorola, leading enterprise mobility solutions sales and marketing for a wide variety of customers across multiple verticals. While there, he closed the largest K-12 Wireless LAN sale in Motorola history. Kyle also worked at Internet Security Systems, Intrusion and AT&T.

Scott Campbell, Senior Principal for Sports, Media & Entertainment, SAP

Scott Campbell is Senior Principal for Media, Sports & Entertainment Industries at SAP, bringing over 25 years operational and business leadership experience to SAP’s Industry Value Engineering practice in North America, which helps customers get the most from investments in SAP’s platform by bringing benchmarking, best practices and creative new approaches to innovation using design-thinking and other solution oriented techniques. A true pioneer of digital media and digital supply chain initiatives, Scott has held leadership roles over Video Operations, Content Management and eBusiness Platforms at companies including Scripps Networks and the Associated Press. He was relocated to the US by Lucent Bell Labs in the late 90s after helping conduct several industry firsts in the UK, including orchestrating the world’s first e-commerce digital music download over the Internet with Duran Duran, Liquid Audio and CNN at Abbey Road Studio.

Wes Carberry, Partner, Managing Director – Technology, Sense Corporation

Wes Carberry is a partner who leads the vision for the Technology Practice at Sense Corp. For more than 14 years, he has strongly contributed to the growth of the company. Sense Corp is a new breed management consulting firm, delivering fresh thinking, creativity and expertise. Wes has developed an unparalleled level of expertise across IT strategy and implementation. He has more than 50 success stories with clients that range from startups to the largest companies in the world. He understands the breadth and depth of technology, and he communicates so well that he is the guy that gets picked first for the board room. Wes brings a fresh energy to the workplace. Clients like the ideas he brings them — because they actually work. His areas of expertise include IT strategy, analytics, systems integration, big data, performance management, master data management, enterprise content management, and large-scale architecture and implementation. Wes graduated from the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Clark, Systems Security Engineer, Paragon Technology Group

Mark Clark is a Systems Security Engineer at Paragon Technology Group. He finds combating cyber threats is rewarding because it helps protect information from those who intend to exploit the information in a harmful manner. The most interesting tasks he has worked on were those that required resolution of a non-routine security problem. One of the biggest challenges security engineering faces is how to interpret and apply pre-existing security regulations to rapidly changing technology and cyber threats. Crafting unique solutions to mitigate these threats is rewarding.

Stan Defilippi, Sales Consulting Senior Director, Oracle

Stan Defilippi serves as a Senior Director in Sales Engineering at Oracle where he has driven business execution across North America Sales in various senior roles in business development, sales, pre-sales, enterprise architecture, consulting, operations and program management.  He is currently focused on DBaaS Private Cloud solutions with Oracle Engineered Systems.  Prior to his 17 years at Oracle, Stan spent 13 years at Unisys.  At his last assignment at Unisys, he ran a $25 million start-up US law enforcement telecommunications systems business.  Prior to that, he owned P&L for the company’s $100 million DoD electronic warfare simulator business, with responsibilities encompassing sales, design, development, manufacturing, and delivery.  Stan earned an MS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he achieved Beta Gamma Sigma honors.  Stan graduated with a BS in Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point. 

Rich Downing, Client Solutions Executive, Adjacent Technologies

Rich Downing is the Client Solutions Executive at Adjacent Technologies. Rich at has served as an IT strategist for large organizations for 19 years. He has architected complex enterprise data and content management solutions for clients such as Dell, TPG Capital, and Austin Energy. While at Gartner, his Knowledge Management System won an Innovation Award, and his work at the Texas Office of the Attorney General's Crime Victim Compensation Program won multiple awards for that agency. Since 2009, Rich has been instrumental in promoting Adjacent Technologies' cloud strategies and in the successful creation of a cloud contract with the state of Texas.

Michael Elliott, Enterprise Cloud Evangelist, Dell

Michael Elliott is an Enterprise Cloud Evangelist at Dell with over 20 years of enterprise technology experience. In this capacity, he consults with companies throughout North America on their cloud architecture and represents Dell at industry conferences. Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron. Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. View his blog at http://elliottmichael.com.

Mike Flathers, Chief Technologist, Development Platforms, Aspera

Mike Flathers is Chief Technologist for Aspera Development Platforms, bringing more than 20 years of software development experience. Throughout his career, Mike has focused on enabling third-party technology integrations by creating innovative software solutions and APIs. For the past 10 years, Mike worked at Sorenson Media where he led the development of Sorenson VCast, one of the industry's first online video delivery platforms and Sorenson VRS, a leading video relay service empowering communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Most recently, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Sorenson Media where he directed research and engineering efforts and managed technology decisions and architecture. Prior to that, Mike served for 14 years at Novell after the company acquired Excelan where he was a lead developer for the LANWorkplace product, the first suite of TCP/IP utilities for DOS and Windows.

Neil Fox, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SoftServe

Mr. Fox leads the SoftServe Consulting & Technical Solutions teams and strategy as well as ensuring optimization of our client engagements. Mr. Fox brings more than 30 years of technology leadership to SoftServe. He has served in many of the roles our clients fill today including Chief Information Officer, Software Development Vice President, CEO and COO of companies including TRW, Macromedia, Management Recruiters International, PeopleFlow, Lawson Software and Red Hat. Mr. Fox is also a serial entrepreneur having founded 3 start-ups in his career. For the past decade, he has led and provided a variety of Consulting Services to leading global companies as VP of Consulting and Chief Innovation Officer with Symphony Services and Ness Software Engineering Services. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hosftra University and a Certification of Executive Leadership from MIT. He is a Certified Scrum Master and accomplished Agile Coach.

Michael Fraser, CEO, VDI Space

Michael Fraser is a serial entrepreneur, bleeding edge visionary, business leader, and creative thought provoker. Michael is currently the CEO and founder of VDI Space, a cloud services & consulting company with data centers in Las Vegas, NV, and Austin, TX. His core competencies include enterprise cloud platform solutions custom built for large IT departments, managed service providers, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers (ISPs), technology VARs, and data centers looking to augment their product offerings and drive additional revenue streams with cloud services. For the past thirteen years Michael has consulted with hundreds of organizations from varying sectors including county, education, healthcare, technology, retail, hospitality, and professional. His focus is on development of opportunities for public and private cloud virtualization of servers and desktops as well disaster recovery, encompassing the entire improvement of technological infrastructure. He has developed customized cloud based virtual and disaster recovery solutions overseeing their implementation for organizations with their employees and different departments from sales, marketing, support to engineering. Michael is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

Larry Freedman, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer

Lawrence Freedman is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, a 625 attorney century-old international law firm with offices throughout the United States as well as England and Asia. Larry is a member of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Group, and leads the firm’s Cloud Computing Group. Edwards Wildman has an active technology and communications regulatory and transactional practice, and has represented companies and investors in numerous transactions and regulatory and dispute resolution issues in the communications, technology, and cloud computing areas.  Edwards Wildman’s private equity and venture capital practice is among the world leaders in mid-market transactions, particularly in the technology, cloud, and communications space. Larry previously served as president and CEO of WorldNet Telecommunications.

Barton George, Director, Developer Programs, Dell Services

Barton George is the Director of Developer Programs in Dell Services and founder/leader of Project Sputnik, a client-to-cloud platform for developers. Barton has been at Dell for 5 years and previous to his current role, he served as Dell’s cloud evangelist. Before Dell Barton spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles last of which as Open Source evangelist, and driver of Sun’s Linux strategy. Barton began his professional career with a four year stint in Tokyo where he worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based workstation. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he headed east for higher education and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School.

Dan Griffin, President, JW Secure

Dan Griffin is the President and Founder of JW Secure and is a Microsoft Enterprise Security MVP. Dan is the author of two books, “Cloud Security and Control” and “The Four Pillars of Endpoint Security,” and a frequent conference speaker. Dan holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University.

Joshua Haggerty, Director of Application Development, Kinetic Concepts

Joshua Haggerty is Director of Application Development at San Antonio, TC based Kinetic Concepts. To help KCI fulfill its mission of advancing the science of healing and positively impacting patient care with customer-driven innovation, he is responsible for leading custom application development across CRM, SOA, and mobile technologies to meet the evolving needs of healthcare professionals. Previously he has been a Senior Manager, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Call Center Applications in the medical technology field as well as a Performance / WebSphere Architect for Citibank.

David Hassoun, Founder, RealEyes Media

David Hassoun is the Founder of RealEyes Media, a digital media firm based in Colorado that focuses on interactive motion media and advanced applications using the Adobe Flash Platform and Flex. He has always had a passion for motion media, the power of video, and the challenges of usability and interactivity. He is an Adobe Certified Master Instructor, teaches advanced RIA classes at the University of Denver, serves as the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group Manager, and has taught and developed advanced Flash and Flex application courses. As a consultant or while employed with other firms, David has worked for a wide range of companies such as American Express, Chase Manhattan, Qwest, Boeing, Macromedia, Adobe, US Air Force, Bechtel/Bettis, and many more. David regularly performs advanced code and technical best practices reviews, and has provided directional advice for international industry leaders over the past years—including many technical, courseware, and application reviews as an industry expert.

Tim Hayden, Author, “The Mobile Commerce Revolution”

With more than 20 years of marketing and business leadership experience, Tim Hayden has been a founding member of new ventures (NION Interactive, GamePlan, 44Doors) and been a catalyst for innovative change in some of the world's largest brands (Dell, Bacardi, AMD, ExxonMobil, Hilton Worldwide, Kraft Foods, Edelman, and others). Part social anthropologist, part strategic marketing executive, Tim studies communications behavior and how new media and mobility are reshaping all of business. From operations to marketing and customer service, he assembles technology, adoption and communications initiatives that lead to efficiency and profitability. A past and current investor/advisor to technology startups, Tim actively consults with entrepreneurs and ventures to capitalize on opportunities and shifts across many different industries. Tim has also proudly served in executive board and leadership positions with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels and More, Austin Sports Commission, Austin Technology Council, International Experiential Marketing Association, Ballet Austin and other non-profits.

Christine Heffernan, Industry Value Engineering – Healthcare, SAP

Christine joined SAP’s Industry Value Engineering team in early August as an Expert Advisor in Healthcare, bringing a broad-based skillset in project planning, strategic alignment of initiatives, information management, and relationship management. Her distinct expertise includes hospital workforce productivity management, clinical resource management, health system program and service line assessment, population health management, and prevention and wellness initiatives. Before joining SAP, Christine was Managing Consultant for Hunter Partners, a firm providing management consulting services to US-based hospitals and health systems. For Hunter, Christine managed data analytics for performance improvement and merger engagements and assisted in identifying more than $235 million in cost savings and revenue enhancement opportunities for five health systems across the nation. Before her work with Hunter, Christine served as an in-house consultant to Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, driving both planning and implementation of special strategic and operational initiatives. Christine obtained a Cross-Continent MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where she studied general business management, strategic initiatives in entrepreneurship and new venture management, and the impact of culture on business operations and strategies in 6 countries across 3 continents. She has a double BA in Psychology and Sociology from Villanova University.

Russ Hertzberg, Vice President, Technology Solutions, Prime Care Technologies

Russ Hertzberg is currently Vice President of Technology Solutions for Prime Care Technologies, with responsibility for software development across several early stage healthcare SaaS companies. Prior, he served as Vice President Technology Solutions for SoftServe, with general management responsibility for architecture consulting and platform initiatives in SaaS, Dev Ops, Mobility, Big Data, and Secure Computing. Russ has over 20 years of continuous experience in executive and entrepreneurial product ownership roles in cloud computing, software platforms, and network systems. He is also an active member of the USA and global water polo communities as an athlete, coach, mentor, and sport development advocate.

Terry Hoff, Senior Solutions Engineer, Talend

Terry Hoff has been a Senior Solutions Engineer at Talend since April 2011. He works with Account Executives to demonstrate Talend’s Open Source Products – Big Data, DI, DQ, MDM, and BPM to prospects, as well as assisting with Proof-of-Concept and Pilot Programs. Previously, he worked with another data management company called Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI) as a consultant, trainer, solutions engineer, and customer support representative. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from Texas A&M.

Ali Hussain, CTO & Co-Founder, Flux7 Labs

Ali Hussain, CTO & Co-Founder at Flux7 Labs, has been designing scalable and distributed systems for the last decade. He acquired his passion for distributed systems while earning his MS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Starting his career in hardware architecture and performance at ARM and Intel. Exposing him to the architecture and technology of embedded devices and their networks. He brought this expertise to Flux7 where he has worked on a variety of cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) projects. Ali is passionate about learning and technology and ensures Flux7 undertakes ground breaking projects in improving developer productivity. Mr. Hussain can be found on Twitter @Ali_A_Hussain and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/aliasgharhussain or the Flux7 blog at www.flux7.com/blogs.

James Johnson, GIS Support Manager, NTT Data/Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT)

James Johnson, is the GIS Support Manager for NTT Data, a contractor for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). He is responsible for the daily support of TxDOT employees as it relates to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. Prior to joining NTT Data, James worked for TxDOT and functioned as the Team Lead for GIS support operations. James has an extensive background in the areas of GIS desktop and server technologies as well as in areas around GPS data collection and data manipulation.

Kyle Kelley, Software Engineer, Rackspace

Kyle Kelley is a Software Engineer at Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company, where he has worked since 2013 assisting customers with APIs, SDKs, and DevOps tools. Kyle is a core developer of the IPython/Jupyter project. He wants to help build great environments for collaborative analysis, development, and production workloads for everyone; from small teams to massive scale. Kyle previously served for three years as a United States Department of Defense Applied Mathematician, and before that as a Threat Prevention Engineer at eSoft. Kyle graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.

Mitchell Kerman, Ph.D., Director of Program Development and Transition, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

Dr. Mitchell Kerman is Director of Program Development and Transition at Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). He has a diverse background with extensive experience in computer modeling and simulation, operations analysis, systems engineering, engineering management, and business development. Mitchell started his career by entering the US Navy through the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program following his graduation from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering. He attained his Doctorate in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2013, he was employed as a Systems Engineer, a Systems Engineering Manager, and a Business Development Manager for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training’s (MST) Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors (IWSS) in Moorestown, NJ where he worked on the DDG-1000, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and advanced research and development programs. Mitchell also serves as the Vice President of TechLabs in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Chad Kissinger, Founder, OnRamp

Chad Kissinger is a Texas Internet pioneer. In 1994, Chad founded OnRamp as one of Texas’ first Internet operations companies that provided enterprises the ability to connect to and effectively utilize the Internet. Over the years, OnRamp (www.onr.com) has grown into a leading Data Center Operations company that delivers a full suite of services designed to help its customers effectively maintain the confidentiality, availability and integrity of their IT operations without the cost or effort of building and maintaining data center and IT infrastructure.

Marty Lafferty, CEO, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)

Marty Lafferty is CEO of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA). He is a new media industry leader and pioneer in the area of content distribution via advanced technologies. As President of FutureVision, Marty supervised the first switched-digital-network service offering and the company’s acquisition by Verizon. Previously, as CEO of NBC’s Olympics joint venture, he led multiple vendors to develop alternative security solutions for the first multi-channel delivery service of the Olympic Games. Finally, as VP of TDBS, he directed Turner Broadcasting’s deployment of the industry’s first signal-scrambling security technology for basic television programming services. Marty holds a Master’s Degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Williams College.

Sari Lafferty, Business Affairs, DCIA

Sari Lafferty leads Business Affairs for the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA). Sari holds an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State and a BA from Cornell University. She has previously served in management positions for enterprises ranging in size and business-focus from software developer E-Star Communications to sports and arts center Camp Lindenmere. In addition, she has held numerous national and regional volunteer positions promoting technology education in the US and abroad.

Bob Littlejohn, Senior Security Engineer, Paragon Technology Group

Bob Littlejohn is Senior Security Engineer at Paragon Technology Group. He has over 20 years of experience in information system security and accreditation with a variety of agencies. Initially beginning as a system security analyst with McDonnell Douglas, Bob has worked in information security with Johnson Controls World Services, NCI Information Systems, Unisys, APPTIS, Newberry Group, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He has provided contract Information System Security Officer and Alternate COMSEC Custodian support to TSA’s Freedom Center for APPTIS. While with Unisys, he was responsible for certification and accreditation of systems for PEOSTRI in Orlando FL, the Air Force Weather Agency in Omaha NE, US Transportation Command in southern IL, Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque NM, the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB CA, and assisted with development of the US Coast Guard certification and accreditation strategy for Telecommunication and Information Systems Command in Springfield, VA.

Campbell McNeill, Distinguished Engineer & Chief Architect, Dell Cloud Marketplace

Campbell McNeill is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect who has worked at Dell for 7 years and has been working on Cloud Computing for 3 years. He's been the lead architect on the web estates currently serving up Dell Public Cloud and has been responsible for the delivery of the user experience and back office integration around OpenStack for both public and managed private clouds. Campbell has 16 years’ experience as a software professional and has been programming since he got his ZX Spectrum as a 5 year old. He is a Scottish Export to Dell in Austin, TX and enjoys playing rugby in his spare time.

David Mihalchik, US Government Solutions Leader, Google

David Mihalchik leads US Government Solutions for Google. Since joining Google in 2007, he has helped establish and rapidly expand Google’s cloud computing footprint in the public sector. David led the effort within Google to certify and accredit Google Apps under FISMA, and he was part of the team that launched Google Apps for Government in 2010. In 2011, Federal Computer Week named David to a list of the top 100 leaders who have played pivotal roles in the Federal government IT community. Prior to joining Google, David was a Senior Manager in Accenture's Federal Strategy practice. He holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree in Government from Georgetown University.

Mark Mumy, Director, HANA & Global Data CoE, SAP

Mark Mumy is Director, HANA & Global Big Data Center of Excellence (CoE) at SAP. The SAP Big Data CoE has responsibility for executing programs, enablement, and sales strategy for SAP’s customers’ success for the SAP Big Data and Enterprise Data Warehousing portfolio. Mark is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years’ experience, covering both business and technical areas across many industries. He is also the chief architect of the SAP HANA Petascale System participating in numerous industry standard benchmarks and Guinness Book of World Record’s certifications. Mark has been with SAP for 18 years supporting its customers in many positions. He came to SAP via the Sybase acquisition in 2011. Mark has broad experience in understanding customer concerns in Data, In-Memory, and Analytics. He is an expert in understanding customers’ business problems and helping them build the architectures and strategies to solve them.

Jack O’Connell, Account Executive, State and Local Government, Education, Google

Jack O’Connell is Account Executive, State and Local Government, Education at Google. Jack has 14 years of experience in enterprise software and service account management. Before joining Google in 2012, Jack spent 12 years with BMC Software, managing both SLED and commercial customers. Jack helps public sector clients solve their IT challenges by adopting Google’s technology and unique business approach based on the principles of ‘innovation through simplicity.’ He is an AE with proven success at managing complex selling situations across multiple industry segments.

Roman Pavlyuk, Solutions Service Product Manager – Enterprise Technology, SoftServe

Roman has over ten years of experience implementing operations practices for major IT deployments. He is deeply familiar with integration of ITIL practices, open source, Agile, and SaaS operations automation. At SoftServe Roman leads teams which provide configuration and deployment management for thousands of production and stage instances, for several SaaS providers, across multiple IaaS platforms. He is also the product owner for an operations automation framework developed from open source tools. Roman is deeply familiar with all aspects of operationalizing SLAs for SaaS providers. He is intimately familiar with the best operational practices which can deliver on performance transparency for SaaS providers.

Kyle Pribilski, CalCloud Services Solutions Executive, IBM

Kyle Pribilski is CalCloud Services Solutions Executive at IBM, which he joined IBM in 2013 to bring his experience and passion for cloud, mobile, social and big data to corporate America after a successful career in the start-up world as CEO of Capital Benefits Technology Solutions and Formation Human Dynamics, leading both through successful acquisitions. Kyle has extensive experience helping large global & Fortune 500 companies build, modernize and optimize their enterprise application portfolios for cloud and enabling cloud transformation of their IT environment. He has created, designed and built innovative systems that allow organizations to more accurately orchestrate business and IT alignment enabling agile and scalable development, preparing them to become enterprises of the future. Kyle is a recognized thought leader and has earned a reputation for his intense focus innovating cloud born and mobile driven technology solutions for the health, insurance and financial industries and the public sector. In 2012 Kyle was named Vital Vertical Ventures Healthcare Innovator by the New Hampshire Hi-Tech Counsel comprised of the State of New Hampshire & University of New Hampshire for his work in Health Technology.

Scott Rea, VP & Bd. Mem., DigiCert

Scott Rea is VP of Government/Education Relations & Sr. PKI Architect at DigiCert. Scott is an expert in public key infrastructure (PKI) implementations at all scales of implementation. He’s also one of the leading voices for establishing scalable, standards-based trust for healthcare exchange. Currently, Scott serves as a board member for DirectTrust and co-chair of its Certificate Policies & Practices Working Group. His contributions have been key to DirectTrust becoming the leading force in private-public collaboration to realize the federal government’s vision behind the Direct Project and make trusted federal healthcare exchange a reality. Rea is an innovative thought leader and sought-after public speaker who participates in, and influences the development of, emerging PKI policies, practices and applications. Rea’s leadership has played a key role in the emergence of DigiCert as one of the leading MPKI providers in the world, with many high-profile clients within the U.S. federal government, leading public and private higher education institutions and other key global industries.

Ryan Richard, Team Lead – OpenStack Architect, Rackspace

Ryan Richard is the Team Lead - OpenStack Architect on a special projects group at Rackspace. Previously he was the team lead of the DevOps Automation Service team, where he helped develop new ways of supporting customers with automation tools. His primary role revolves around automation, performance monitoring, helping customers evolve their development workflows and supporting advanced cloud deployment methodologies. Ryan has been a Racker for seven years and is a Red Hat Certified Architect and Datacenter Specialist. He graduated from Texas State University with degrees in computer science and business.

Jim Scott, Director of Texas Operations, Applied Geographics

Jim Scott is Director of Texas Operations for Applied Geographics (AppGeo). Former State of Texas’ Geographic Information Officer (GIO), Jim has over 20 years of experience with geospatial and remote sensing technologies. He is currently developing AppGeo’s newest Geospatial Services and Technology Development Center in Austin, TX. Jim is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and has spent most of his career as a landscape architect in the private sector applying GIS and remote sensing for large-scale natural resources planning and analysis. He founded and led a private consulting Austin-based company for ten years that provided satellite remote sensing and geographic analysis for energy, communications and natural resource industries.

Jason Shah, Chief Technology Officer, Mediafly

Jason is Chief Technology Officer at Mediafly, where he defines and builds “The Content Mobility Cloud,” to deliver unparalleled interaction with company content on any device. He is responsible for product management, engineering, and customer success at Mediafly. Jason brings a strong background in client engagement and software product management, with experience from Neuros Technology, Bain & Company, and Trilogy Software. He received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from The University of Chicago.

Sergey Shelpuk, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, QRhythm

Sergey Shelpuk is currently Head of Data Science for V.I. Tech in Lviv Ukraine, and the Founder/CTO of QRhythm. Prior, Sergey served as Director of Data Science for SoftServe, where he developed a series of machine learning, predictive analytics and deep learning neural network models for various projects and clients. Prior to SoftServe, Sergey spent several years designing large-scale device activation and network discovery systems for a Tier 1 US telecom operator. He has a BS in Computer Science from Kiev Polytechnic, and a BS in Law from the Mudryi Academy of Kharkov. He is also a current Research Associate at the Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Steve Spano, Brig Gen (Ret), USAF, GM, Defense and National Security, Amazon Web Services

Brigadier General Steven J. Spano USAF, Retired, is the General Manager, Defense and National Security, for Amazon Web Service’s Global Public Sector. General Spano retired from the USAF in September 2011. He was formally the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA, responsible for IT vision, policy guidance, and resource allocation supporting the command's warfighting mission. Prior to that, General Spano served as the CJ6 for Multi-National Forces Iraq where he was responsible for all IT policy, interoperability and network operations supporting all joint and coalition forces. He also served as the principle advisor to the government of Iraq for Information and Communications Technology reconstruction. The general has commanded at the detachment, squadron and group levels. In addition, he served in key joint assignments at the National Security Agency, the Joint Staff, and US Forces Korea. He was the CIO for United States Air Forces in Europe as well as Air Combat Command.

Lak Sri, Senior Engineer and Cloud Tech Lead, EcoSystem Development, IBM

Lak Sri is Senior Engineer and Cloud Tech Lead, EcoSystem Development, IBM. Lak has a Master's Degree in Information Technology and works helping business partners and nonprofit organizations adapt to cloud computing. His development experience in high-performance algorithms, enterprise integration, and mobile applications has helped him serve as a trusted advisor and solution architect for large IBM accounts. He has presented and demonstrated innovative solutions for several years at major events for IBM.

Sal Vella, Vice President, Rational Product Development and Customer Support, IBM

Sal Vella is Vice President, Rational Product Development and Customer Support, at IBM. In this role he oversees worldwide product management, development, and support of the extensive IBM Rational Product portfolio. In Sal's previous position, he was CTO for IBM's Software Group, where he was responsible for the IBM Software Group Technical Architecture including architectural standards, support of industry standards, and setting standards and guidelines for IBM's large software development organization. Previously, Sal was IBM Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing – responsible for the worldwide development of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows, and SolidDB. Sal joined IBM in 1987 as a software engineer in IBM's Toronto Development Laboratory, in Toronto, Canada.

Wayne Walls, Director, Cloud Strategy, Rackspace

Wayne Walls is Director of Cloud Strategy at Rackspace. Her is an accomplished technical business leader with over 10 years of experience developing hosted solutions in start-up, enterprise, and academic environments. An expert in challenges such as cloud adoption, IT transformation, global expansion and consultative selling, Wayne has consistently outperformed expectations for numerous Global 2K Enterprises and startups around the world. With degrees in both Economics and Information Systems, Wayne has a valuable perspective when analyzing business initiatives. A technologist at heart with astute business insight, Wayne is always looking to accelerate Rackspace customer businesses to the next level using cutting edge technical solutions to drive profits and maximize operational efficiency.

Leigh Williamson, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Mobile Software Development Strategy, CTO Team, Rational Software, IBM

Leigh Williamson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who has been working in the Austin, TX Lab since 1988, contributing to IBM's major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, Java, WebSphere Application Server, and the IBM Rational portfolio of solutions. His current role is as a member of the Chief Technology Officer team, influencing the strategic direction for products addressing the needs of software development teams. Leigh's primary focus is on tools and best practices for mobile application development. He blogs on mobile development topics here and you can follow him on Twitter @leighawilli. Leigh holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Nova University and a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Willner, Ariba Principal Technical Solutions Consultant, SAP

Mark Willner is Principal Technical Solutions Consultant at Ariba, an SAP company, specializing in Source-to-Pay Applications. Mark engages with prospective customers as part of the sales cycle to demonstrate aspects including integration of Ariba products to their ERPs (SAP, Oracle, etc.) or other back-end solutions and explain the architecture of Ariba's Cloud solutions. Mark has participated in the management of the entire lifecycle of an international rollout of the Ariba suite of applications. He also has had significant experience working on global projects in the business requirements development and systems specifications aspects of project management. He has significant experience developing, maintaining and supporting a wide variety of Windows and UNIX client/server & database applications covering all stages of a project’s life cycle.

Jeff Zucker, CEO & Co-Founder, A|D Vault

Jeff Zucker is the CEO and Co-Founder of A|D Vault, creators and operators of MyDirectives.com and a leader in the effort to make sure the consumer’s voice can be heard in 21st century healthcare. Jeff has over 20 years of leadership experience in business and public policy organizations and has chaired or served on a variety of corporate advisory and nonprofit boards. A native of New Jersey, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School and now resides in Dallas, TX.


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