Stuart Aling, Director, PacketFabric
As PacketFabric’s Account Executive, I am responsible for understanding and helping customers solve their problems. PacketFabric redefines how the enterprise moves data by automating network connectivity services. Leveraging an entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between 100’s of premier colocation facilities across the world. The PacketFabric Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform delivers simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web portal. PacketFabric was named one of the “10 Hottest Networking Startups in 2020” by CRN. PacketFabric investors include NantWorks and Digital Alpha Advisors. For more information, reach out to me or visit packetfabric.com.
David Ginsburg, VP, Product and Solutions Marketing, Aryaka
As a dynamic product marketer, I embrace change and am passionate about the potential of technology to shape the present and future. I am known for my ability to quickly absorb and synthesize numerous facts and trends that help inform the C-Suite’s perspective. The ability to swiftly evaluate emerging trends enables me to identify market opportunities, capture momentum, reduce risk, and devise go-to-market plans that drive successful outcomes.
My product marketing experience ranges from startups to large enterprises where I help companies transition to a cloud-first world while addressing their network and security requirements. I have built and led teams, and am equally adept at setting big picture strategy as I am comfortable with hands-on, tactical execution.
An active and continuous learner, I am uniquely positioned to help companies navigate cloud architectures and align their marketing strategies to accelerate growth.
Alexander Johansson, Senior Director of Product, Optum
Experienced Information Technology Delivery and Product Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Strong engineering professional skilled in Start-ups, Product Development, Business Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Entrepreneurship.
Karthik Kandamuri, Enterprise Architecture Director, AbbVie
Leader in Information Management covering Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics.
Robert Lewandowski, Principal Infrastructure Architect, Kellogg Company
Proven technical IT leader with a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems and 20+ years of global experience in designing, implementing, and managing infrastructure solutions. Experienced professional in developing technology strategies that translate into executable roadmaps. Strong skills in managing diverse Engineering teams to deliver technical solutions. Experienced professional architect focused on reliable cost-effective solutions and processes. Possess excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to provide insight for data driven decisions. Able to effectively communicate with Senior Leadership teams, Technical Engineers and Non-Technical business professionals.
James Mountain, Director of Information Security, Palmer College of Chiropractic
James Mountain is an experienced leader with over 16 years in IT. His current role is the Director of Information Security for Palmer College of Chiropractic providing strategic leadership and direction for campus academic technology applications and initiatives. His past work experiences include private, public and government industries. He has been a CISSP since 2011 while he worked for the Department of Defense. His main areas of focus are security, risk management, and infrastructure stability.
Chris Muro, Principal Solutions Architect, PacketFabric
Highly motivated and dedicated CCIE with over 20 years of experience in systems integration, presales, post-sales support, and project management within the Information Technology Industry. Well versed in all aspects of routing/switching, security, network management, server OS and virtualization, wireless (WiFi and Cellular), network design, policies and procedures. Excellent technical/people leadership, communication skills, ability to form lasting relationships with customers/employees, becoming their technical/business advisor and advocate. Innate ability to pick up and learn new technologies/solutions within a short amount of time. Problem solver, always looking for the next challenge, and the next set of problems that need to be solved.
Dr. David Rettig, CEO, Synoptus
Dr. David Rettig is CEO of Synoptus, delivering IT Operational Excellence and Salesforce architectural services. He holds two masters degrees and finishes his doctorate this January, specializing in business leadership development that results in real behavioral change. He has authored three books on leadership & business-IT alignment. He has over 25 years of hands-on and leadership experience with IT in manufacturing, tier-1 automotive, supply chain, higher education, engineering, and nonprofits.
Michael Sisto, Enterprise Architect, Technology Strategy and Architecture, U.S. Cellular CISM C|CISO, Director of Security and Security Compliance Officer, Locke Lord
Mr. Sisto is a Sr. Infrastructure Architect within the Enterprise Architecture IS practice at U.S. Cellular where he designs compute, storage and networking infrastructures that support 4G LTE, 5G, IoT and Fixed Wireless Broadband services. He has extensive IT Architecture expertise including “Big 5” consulting across the transform, run and grow elements of enterprise cloud environments. Mr. Sisto is a strategic thinker who works with CxO level executives as a trusted technical advisor. He is able to structure and deliver innovative IT projects across the full life cycle of solution delivery from strategy and architecture to complex delivery of integrated software solutions built on new economic business models. Mr. Sisto brings 30+ years of IT, consulting, architecture and operations experience including NCR, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, HP EDS, IBM and Lemko Corporation. His education includes a B.S. from the University of Illinois in Marketing, M.S. from DePaul University in Telecommunications and a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mr. Sisto was also a Senior Faculty Member at the Keller Graduate School of Management for 17 years, having taught Wireless Communications, Network Security, Telecom Law and the Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation.
Annur Sumar, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Unity
Annur Sumar is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP and technology consultant in the areas of Infrastructure Design, Enterprise Content Management, CRM, Microsoft Azure, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic service automation, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping businesses with complex IT environments lower Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments.
Prior to joining a Microsoft Partner Consulting firm, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps, Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from cloud technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.
Humza Yasin, Senior Managing Director, Dallas College
Humza Yasin is the senior managing director for data center operations for Dallas County Community College District. With over 22 years of experience in IT Humza has worked with a wide range of technologies and supported wide range of initiatives at both Fortune 500 companies and the public sector (SLED). Main focus is always translating customer needs and requirements into innovative solutions as efficiently as possible.