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Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.

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Sri Srinivasan

SVP & GM, Team Collaboration Group, Cisco

Cisco

Sri Srinivasan is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Team Collaboration Group at Cisco. Sri is responsible for the Cisco Webex that includes Meetings, Teams, Calling and Devices, as well as a portfolio of on-premises and hybrid collaboration tools. Under Sris leadership, Cisco is creating a collaboration canvas to empower teams to perform at their best. This open canvas brings collaboration tools together with productivity tools and business processes for a simple, unified experience.Sri joined Cisco from Microsoft where he was GM for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Apps business in the C+E/Azure Group. Throughout his tenure at Microsoft, Sri primarily focused on the business solutions division, bringing thought leadership to help build a partner-based business model for an upper mid-market on-premises ERP and eventually its transition to Hybrid and Cloud SaaS.Sri was responsible for Research & Development of the ERP Enterprise Edition for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly known as AX) and Common Data Service (CDS), the data substrate for the Azure Business Application Platform. Sri drove the successful transformation of an on-premises business to Cloud SaaS, a first of its kind on Azure, with an industry acclaimed offering as part of Dynamics 365. Previously Sri was the Engineering Director for Microsoft Dynamics AX through 2013. Prior to that, Sri was the General Manager for the Dynamics AX Customer Success Team where he built the team for the division, enabling the Solution Architect role, and the incubation of Life Cycle Services (SaaS Service for customer/partner driven ALM), which is now a mainstream offering for Dynamics implementations and rollouts.Prior to Microsoft, Sri was one of eleven Distinguished Engineers at Peoplesoft. Sri worked on the initial web transformation of business applications, with focus on performance and scale. Sri also worked on acquisition diligence, specifically on the merger of JD Edwards into Peoplesoft.Sri has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

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Domenick Gandolfo

Chief Security Strategist, Cybersafe Solutions

Cybersafe Solutions

Domenick is a seasoned cybersecurity veteran with over 20 years of hands on enterprise level experience leading technical initiatives that secure data, ensure compliance and support business productivity.Domenick began his career as a Network Specialist for a regional educational service agency that provided programs and opportunities within 18 school districts. During his support role at the educational institution, Domenick attained certifications from both CompTIA and Cisco. He eventually moved on to join a global leader in mission-critical service parts logistics supporting Fortune 500 clients including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi, Avaya and Dell, holding leadership roles as both a Senior Network Security Engineer and Network Manager. During his tenure at the logistics organization, he was responsible for designing, securing, implementing, and ensuring optimal uptime of critical systems and infrastructure. He spearheaded the build out of an enterprise class business continuity and disaster recovery solution and was responsible for the overall security infrastructure. Domenick was recruited to drive the build out of the IT department and define the technology strategy and roadmap while strengthening the overall security posture for the largest urology practice in the United States. Domenick was eventually appointed Chief Security Officer and was responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing an enterprise information security program. He developed and oversaw the adoption of security policies and procedures, and created a company-wide security awareness training program. Domenick drove a complete redesign of both server and network infrastructure while supporting 1000 employees across 62 locations. He identified risks and vulnerabilities, implemented controls and led the deployment of new security hardware and software in order to achieve compliance with government regulations. Domenick is an expert in identifying risks, defining appropriate mitigation controls, and deploying fully integrated data systems and network security solutions to ensure safe computing and achieve regulatory compliance. Domenick has participated in numerous cyber challenges for both the Red and Blue Team battling with and against United States Military personnel in simulated cyber espionage type of attacks. Domenick holds the prestigious and globally recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. He also holds the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) information security certifications. Domenick has also held previous certifications as a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA). Domenick received his B.S. cum laude from Long Island University.

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Kate Matsudaira

Director, Google Tech Engineering, Google

Google

Kate Matsudaira joined Google just over a year ago and is a Director in Google Tech Engineering. Her teams help build the infrastructure that powers Google. Prior to coming to Google, Kate helped build several successful startups that have gone on to get acquired by companies like eBay, O’Reilly Media and Limelight. Kate started her career as a software engineer and lead at Microsoft, and Amazon. She is a keynote speaker, published author, and has been honored with recognition like NCWIT Symons Innovator Award and Seattles Top 40 under 40.

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Ryan Walsh

Chief Channel Officer, Pax8

Pax8

Ryan has more 17 years of experience helping channel partners build successful cloud practices by enabling them to easily sell, bill, and support cloud subscription services. Under his direction, Pax8 is redefining how distribution works for the channel in a cloud-centric world. Prior to Pax8, Ryan served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfee’s portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the company’s web security product lines. Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling businesses with Internet–based, IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division. Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.He is an award-winning speaker and currently serves as a member of Channel Futures’ Think Tank, Co-Chair of CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board, and a CRN Channel Chief. Ryan served as vice president of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfees portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions for the Content and Cloud Security division, and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the companys web security product lines.Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling business improvements with Internet or IT-based solutions and startups. He started his career building a reengineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division.Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Stephanie Plante

Sales & Marketing Specialist, QuestBlue

QuestBlue

Stephanie Plante is a marketing and sales specialist. A skilled VoIP consultant, she has a history of working in the computer software industry, including sales and marketing roles VoIP, Origination and Termination abd other telecom services such as DIDs, e911, CNAM, LIDB, and International SIP trunking. Stephanie will be focusing on new ways MSPs can grow revenue and generate new leads for their businesses.

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Himanshu Verma

Director, Global Business Development, WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Technologies

Himanshu Verma joined WatchGuard in 2016 as director of product management, with a primary focus on delivering WatchGuard products and solutions to the Managed Service Provider (MSP) market. Himanshu is now WatchGuard’s Director of Business Development, expanding our ecosystem to better support MSPs and how they do business. Himanshu has also held various roles in Engineering and research and development, working on various information security and data protection technologies. He holds a Bachelors Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

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