CTO, Tualatin & Xiologix
Christopher Kusek is the Chief Technology Officer of Tualatin, OR based system integrator and VAR, Xiologix, LLC. An industry recognized expert, Christopher is a current DellEMC Elect,VMware vExpert and Cisco Champion, while also an accomplished speaker and author with six books published. With over 20 years of experience in IT as a Technology Evangelist and Industry leader, Christopher plays a key role in Xiologix’s growth leading its storage, security, networking and engineering practice to evaluate and architect solutions that meet their client’s tactical and strategic goals. Prior to Xiologix, Christopher spent three years at EMC where he was the Global Lead for Cloud and Virtualization. In this position, he was focused on the company’s relationship and integration with VMware, VCE, Storage and Cloud Services. Before that, he worked at NetApp as a Technology Evangelist and Principal Consultant responsible for pre-sales and post-sales hybrid consulting engagements surrounding Virtualization, Storage, Microsoft and security solutions. Most recently, Christopher served as Sr. Technical Director for Operation Enduring Freedom (EOF) responsible for theater wide infrastructure operations for the war effort in Afghanistan.
IT Director, Excella Consulting
Colleen Alaimo started her life journey in technology in the near West burbs of Chicago with her Commodore 64 at the young age of 5. Since then she has developed her IT career starting in Education and nonprofits, and moved into the world of political campaigns. After securing a win for Tim Kaine’s Senate race in Virginia and ensuring there were no hacking efforts in 2012, she moved to Washington, DC to get out of politics. She has worked at 3 different start-ups, ensuring they had the proper technology and security in place to go public. Looking for a better work/life balance, Colleen found herself at Excella Consulting as their IT Director. Now only working at little over 50 hours a week implementing security and compliance policies, new technologies, better networks, and stopping the proliferation of shadow IT that was happening before her arrival.
Marketing Manager, Westland Real Estate Group
Dena Lerner is the director of Marketing at Westland Real Estate Group. In that role, she supervises a variety of marketing activities and is responsible for brand management. Dena, along with her team, develops, implements, and manages marketing strategies aimed at meeting organizational objectives. Dena and her team also track lead generation efforts and awareness building for Westland Real Estate Group.
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Donna Griffit has worked globally for over a decade with Fortune 500 companies, Start-Ups and investors in a wide variety of industries. She has consulted and trained clients in over 30 countries, helping them create, edit and deliver verbal and written presentations, pitches and messages. Donna has the ability to magically spin raw data into compelling stories that captivate audiences and drive to results. Through her methods, you will learn to pitch new tech to your boss so they say yes.
CIO, Land of Lincoln Health
Eytan Dallal is a senior IT healthcare executive and engineer with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors, helping organizations think beyond simply using technology as a tool and leading implementations of technology as a strategic business driver. He has served as a keynote speaker and panelist in a number of IT seminars, recognized for his in-depth knowledge of technology, strategy, and business. Eytan has published over a dozen articles and was recently interviewed in Sync Magazine. While Eytan enjoys the board room, his real passion is the data center. Eytan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Master’s in Healthcare Informatics, and is certified in HIPAA, HCISPP, CSM, CSPO, and ITIL.
Jay brings a deep blend of technology and business expertise to Spoke. In 2014, he sold his company Appurify to Google, where he led product management for developer testing tools. Prior to Appurify, he managed development of revenue-driving products for Zynga's FarmVille franchise after having spent over five years at McKinsey & Co. specializing in B2B sales and marketing for high-tech companies. Jay has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Microsoft MVP, Expta
Jeff Guillet is an Exchange MCM/MCSM and nine-time Office Servers and Services MVP – one of only eight in the world. He is a well-known speaker and is the author and publisher of the www.expta.com blog. As an independent consultant, Jeff has helped global companies of all sizes, Higher-Ed, and government agencies move to Office 365 or upgrade their on-prem systems. He specializes in Office 365, Exchange, Azure and Active Directory, and secure identity solutions. Jeff is a regular speaker at Microsoft Ignite, TechEd, and IT/Dev Connections.
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IT Manager, Westland Real Estate Group
Jesse has been working IT since he was 15 years old when he got his start fixing computers for his neighborhood. What started as an after school gig, quickly turned into a thriving business and it’s been his passion ever since. Jesse has worked all over the world building networks, fixing computers, and managing systems. He even did a stint working IT for the Israel Defense Forces. Today he is the Senior IT Manager at Westland Real Estate Group where he manages the technology for almost 400 employees at over 40 locations.
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National Operations Director, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC)
Joe Hillis is a Systems Engineer and Technology Consultant to small and medium enterprises. He is also the co-founder and National Operations Director for the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center; a volunteer driven non-profit that provides emergency communications and technology resources that help communities continue operations and transition to recovery after a disaster. Joe has over 20 years of experience in both Public Safety and Information Technology, and has served as an advisor to FEMA on various initiatives. He holds a number of industry credentials, which combined with years of disaster response gives him what he calls “a 360 degree view of Disaster Technology.”
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CTO, TWE Solutions
John Marcato is a seventeen year veteran in the IT Managed Services industry. After spending seven years in Boston Area startup Thrive Networks, John was able to take part in its acquisition by Staples Corporation’s B2B business division where he learned how MSPs are evaluated. Using this knowledge he moved to Los Angeles to become a partner in another MSP and then helped to found TWE Solutions where he is partner and CTO. TWE has grown exponentially over its 4 years in business, working to provide premium IT services and products to mid-market and enterprise sized organizations. John splits his time developing the service delivery team, devising and perfecting offered services, and consulting with clients infrastructure and IT strategy.
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Security Specialist, Splunk
Ken Westin is Senior Security Specialist with Splunk and works with organizations to aggregate and operationalize disparate data sources to identify threats and improve their overall security posture through advanced analytics and orchestration. Prior to Splunk he worked in the Office of the CTO at Tripwire where he focused on applying their technology to advanced threats and was the spokesperson for press and industry events. He developed and successfully exited a technology company (GadgetTrak) to provide corporate clients the capability to track highly sensitive mobile devices to ensure they were not falling into the wrong hands. His passion has been the development of tools and techniques to aid law enforcement in tracking down criminals and has put bad people in jail using data. He is trained in both offensive and defensive security and insider threat and has spent several years investigating malware and cyber attacks, to better aid organizations in how to defend themselves. He has presented original research at DEF CON, Black Hat, RSA and security conferences around the world.
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Infrastructure Lead, Independence Blue Cross
Phoummala Schmitt, a technical team Lead with a focus on messaging and collaboration, virtualization, and storage. She is a VMware vExpert and co-hosts The Current Status Podcast. In her spare time she also writes technical articles for the Petri IT Knowledgebase and blogs for 24x7ITConnection.com, Exchangegoddess.com, WeBreakTech.com, and The Register. Considered as one of the Top 50+ Tech Influencers and Thought Leaders.
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Director of IT Infrastructure, QAD
I enjoy designing large scale systems, using architectural principles and best practices. I focus on systems of unstructured information, collaboration, and communication. My work interests are: Enterprise architecture, Zachman Framework, taxonomy, system architecture, knowledge management, online collaboration, distance learning, document management and publication, knowledge management and search, office automation tools, and voice input methods.
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Shira Perel Ed.M.
Managing Consultant, IBM
Shira Perel is a Managing Strategy and Analytics Consultant in IBM’s Global Business Services. Ms. Perel focuses on district-wide initiatives to support the teacher experience and student outcomes through the implementation of cutting edge technology Ms. Perel has served as the business lead for Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) with Gwinnett County Public Schools and the primary client-facing consultant with the Department of Defense Voluntary Education. Ms. Perel was also the co-author and researcher for the Technology Landscape Report for the National Assessment of Educational Progress which explores the impact of technology-driven disruptions in the U.S. K-12 education system. Ms. Perel holds a Masters of Education (Ed.M.) from Harvard University. Her coursework focused on education technology and program implementation. Ms. Perel also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and was the commencement speaker for her college.
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Founder & CEO, Helios IT Services
Stetson Blake is a Network Engineer from Cincinnati, Ohio at AES and Chief Geek at Helios IT Services where he helps IT service providers design and build great networks. He has worked in the ISP, higher education and utilities industries. Stetson's speciality is helping organizations bring their network engineering into the 21st century.
He has 2 pugs and loves to play the guitar.