Speaker Schedule

Sergio Bea

VP, Global Enterprise & Channels, Accedian

Accedian

As Vice President Global Enterprise and Channels, Sergio draws on more than two decades of telecom industry experience in his role directing Accedian’s enterprise and global channel strategy. He has worked for Fortune 500 global corporations in key strategic roles throughout his career, with prior roles across various disciplines including sales, business development, strategy, consulting, and services.Before joining Accedian, Sergio led the development and implementation of Viavi Solutions’ channel strategy and managed the NPMD business. Previous leadership roles also include North America and Latin America channel program at Ciena, management positions at Nortel Networks, and Accenture consulting in Argentina.Sergio holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Belgrano, a master’s degree in economics from Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and received the prestigious Channel Chief Award from CRN in 2016 and 2017.

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Alex Danyluk

Chief Strategy Officer, AVANT

AVANT

Alex is responsible for leading AVANT’s strategic growth initiatives, including the vendor partner program, channel expansion and marketing.AVANT is the nation’s premiere cloud-first distributor and channel sales enablement company for next generation technologies, AVANT adds unique value with its focus and expertise in channel sales assistance, sales training, sales guidance, and sales tools to fuel IT services business growth. From complex cloud designs, to global wide-area network deployments, AVANT sets the industry standard in enabling its partners and clients to make more intelligent decisions about services, technology, and cost-efficient communications.Alex was previously the VP of business development and partner ecosystem program at Parallels and Odin. He also has served as director of the communications sector of Microsoft, and senior director of product management at Qwest.

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Greg Plum

Director of Marketing, Brandywine Technology

Brandywine Technology

Greg Plum has been involved in various technology roles since 1999, and is currently the director of marketing for Brandywine Technology, a technical staffing boutique helping companies meet their growing demand for qualified resources.Greg has lobbied on Capitol Hill to support the IT industry, served as a CompTIA faculty member, and delivered a TEDx talk on cloud technology. In addition, he is a frequent contributing author to the Amazon best-selling The Better Business Book series.In his own words, Greg “strives to translate complex technologies that are changing at ‘the speed of cloud’ into understandable concepts and actionable items for those that can benefit most from these advances… the end user.” His current passion includes exploring the balance between artificial intelligence and human effectiveness.Greg is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Channel Partners and ITExpo.

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Jay Ryerse

Security Products CTO, Continuum

Continuum

Jay Ryerse is Security Products CTO at Continuum where he works closely with MSPs and IT providers to help them design and implement effective cyber security technologies and practices for their SMB customers. Jay is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with more than 20 years of experience in IT and managed security services, and prior to co-founding CARVIR he built a successful MSP organization which was acquired in 2014. Jay is the author of Technology 101 for Business Owners and was named to MSP Mentor’s 2014 list of The World’s Top MSP Executives, Entrepreneurs & Experts.

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Michael Wylie

Security Consultant, Corporate Blue

Corporate Blue

Michael Wylie, MBA, CISSP is the co-founder of Corporate Blue, an Information Systems and Security consulting firm that serves clients in their pursuit of mitigating cyber threats. In his role, Michael is responsible for delivering information assurance by means of vulnerability assessments, risk management, and training. Michael has developed and taught numerous courses for the Department of Defense, Moorpark College, and clients around the country. Michael holds credentials from certifying bodies such as ISC2, Cisco, VMware, Dell, EC-Council, CompTIA, and more.

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Wayne Landt

Director of Channel Sales, Digium

Digium

Wayne was previously channel account manager at Digium. Before that he was regional business development director at IPS Learning. He’s also served as sales manager for Project Resource Solutions. He’s a graduate of DePaul University, the Keller Graduate Schhol of Management at DeVry University, and Northern Illinois University.

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Manoj Nair

Chief Product Officer, HyperGrid

HyperGrid

Manoj Nair joins HyperGrid from HPE where he was GM and VP of Product Management for Converged Infrastructure. His team was responsible for driving the Product Strategy and Roadmap across all elements of the Converged Portfolio & Infrastructure Management. Prior to HPE, Manoj was SVP leading strategy and R&D for the Public Cloud solutions at EMC. This was an incubation team working across the EMC federation of companies. Previously, Manoj was SVP & GM at RSA – responsible for IAM & Authentication product lines. Previously he led R&D and Product Management for RSA Security Management portfolio. Manoj also led R&D for EMCs internal incubation project, EMC Infoscape, as well as the architecture of the EMC PowerPath product family. Manoj has also held development and research positions at Data General, Novell and US NSF funded Research Labs. He is also the holder of over a dozen patents granted by USPTO in Systems Software, File systems, Information Management and Security. Manoj holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.

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DV Dronamraju

Managing Director, InfoSecEnforcer.com

InfoSecEnforcer.com

DV Dronamraju is the Managing Director of InfoSecEnforcer.com, which prevents data breaches and secures intellectual property including source code, and digital assets.. He is an entrepreneur with experience in security and networking. He is also the co-founder and VP Product Management at Whitney Networks, a cloud platform for managed services targeting the SMB markets. He is the founder of Pivot-It Inc., a company that helps with marketing, and sales of networking and security products. Prior to Pivot-It, DV led strategy, and business development at Intoto Inc., a provider of networking and security software to OEMs, where he executed over 200 OEM agreements. He sold Intoto to Freescale semiconductor and led software business development for networking and security markets. DV lives with his wife and daughter in Silicon Valley, and loves to cook, golf, and write software.

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Ed Brooks

Director, Service Providers, IR

IR

Ed joined IR in 2011 and is responsible for managing relationships with several of IR’s strategic Service Provider partners and leading key initiatives in the Service Provider practice. Ed has over 17 years of experience in the cloud and communications Service Assurance and Analytics market.

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Bernard Herscovici

Founder & CEO, KodaCloud

KodaCloud

Prior to founding the company, Bernard was vice president of Wi-Fi at Ericsson, founder and CEO of BelAir Networks, a company that was sold to Ericsson in 2012. Prior to BelAir, Bernard was the president of Breezecom Inc. and vice president at Newbridge Networks. Bernard has co-authored several patents and has an MBA from the University of Ottawa and Master of Science in Wireless Communications from the University of Toronto (Canada).

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Manuel Lloyd

Owner, Manuel W. Lloyd Consulting

Manuel W. Lloyd Consulting

With years of experience managing technology initiatives and coordinating solution delivery, Manuel helps SMBs maximize workforce productivity and mitigate risk across multiple channels. Manuels CIO-as-a-Service allows SMBs to actively improve the development of complex IT strategies design, transition, and operations. Manuel has helped 1000s of SMBs ensure strict regulatory compliance and actively turn around deficient applications. Throughout Manuels career, the IT industry has acknowledged him as a goal-oriented Virtual CIO consistently committed to helping clients avoiding regulatory compliance violations while producing high-volume savings. Manuel enhances existing technical channels and delivers world-class leadership through his ITIL® based approach.

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Ken Adams

VP, Marketing and Partnerships, netsapiens

netsapiens

Ken brings over 20 years experience in IT/Telecom to the netsapiens team. In that time, his responsibilities have run the gamut of tech and telecom – from pulling cables to enterprise sales, owning and starting an interconnect and then starting a cloud communications company. It is that experience – in all aspects of customer-facing telecom – that drives his current passion for brand elevation, outreach, and marketing at netsapiens. From content creation to fostering new partnerships for the company, Ken champions the Unified Experience for current and future netsapiens customers. In addition to working with his team creatively, brainstorming new and meaningful ways to change the world, you can find Ken on the karaoke stage or amazing onlookers with his Jenga skills! Ken has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys spending his free time with his wife Gabriela and family, traveling, entertaining and anything outdoors.

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Ken Ammon

Chief Strategy Officer, OPAQ Networks

OPAQ Networks

Ken is a recognized security and managed services expert. Prior to OPAQ, Ken served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Xceedium, a privileged access management company acquired by CA Technologies in 2015. Before joining Xceedium, Ken founded and served as president of NetSec, a leading managed security service provider (MSSP). After selling NetSec to Verizon Business Systems, Ken accepted the role of senior vice president with the communications and IT-solutions giant. Prior to founding NetSec, Ken was with Trusted Computer Solutions, which was acquired by Raytheon. Specializing in security matters relating to the federal government, Ken has testified before the House Government Reform Committee on security vulnerabilities affecting sensitive government information and infrastructure. Ken also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the National Cryptologic School, where he was recognized with the Scientific Achievement Award. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a captain assigned to the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Chris McGovern

President & CEO, Presh Marketing Solutions

Presh Marketing Solutions

Chris is an experienced sales and B2B marketing leader from the IT channel industry. Chris moved to Tampa, Florida, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to join Tech Data Corporation within their marketing department. Chris developed the channel marketing strategies for top IT manufacturers such as IBM, Dell, Sony, and Apple. After two years in this role, Chris oversaw and led a strategic initiative for the organization which involved expanding the capabilities and overall marketing reach for the company. Chris managed a team of 40+ individuals that included strategy, business development, project management, and call center functions. Chris left the company in late 2015 and founded Presh Marketing Solutions. Presh Marketing Solutions is a marketing organization that develops and implements integrated marketing campaigns and strategies for IT channel partners.

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Edward Dryer

Sr Technology Strategist, Steadfast

Steadfast

With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Ed is hyper focused on customer service, technical integration, systems optimization, and the user experience at Steadfast. He prides himself in an extremely high level of customer service, specifically pertaining to users who have a past with difficult to work with IT departments and unsuitable infrastructure. Resolving technical problems under stressful situations for Steadfast clients is his strength and passion.

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Anton Koller

Nation Operations Manager, This Solution

This Solution

Anton Koller is a highly accomplished Business and Operations Manager with over 19 years of experience across a range of sectors and roles including within KFC and Burger King in both Corporate and franchise environments.Anton has also assisted clients in implementing analytic and business improvement tools to assist businesses to understand what is happening within their business.Currently leading operations for This Solution, Anton is unique in his ability to streamline activity and boost productivity, efficiency and effectiveness through powerful staff development, leadership and management skills.In line with the This Solution Vision, Mission and values, Anton places great emphasis on ensuring we listen to our clients and focuses heavily on empowering the Service Delivery and Operations Team to ensure clients technical and service requests are acted on promptly and professionally.

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Paula Bernier

Executive Editor, TMC

TMC

Paula Bernier is Executive Editor at TMC where she writes, edits and manages editorial content for INTERNET TELEPHONY, CUSTOMER, Cloud Computing, and IoT Evolution magazine. Shes also a regular contributor to Content Boost, and TMCnet and its various channels and communities. And she speaks and moderates TMC webinars. Bernier was formerly editor in chief of xchange magazine, where she worked for more than 11 years. She’s also acted as a senior writer for Inter@ctive Week. Bernier got her start in telecom at Telephony magazine, where she spent nearly five years, leaving as the news director. Bernier also has been on the reporting staffs of various mainstream daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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Kamesh Pemmaraju

VP Product Management, ZeroStack, Inc.

ZeroStack, Inc.

Kamesh Pemmaraju leads product management, product marketing, and technology partnerships at ZeroStack. Kamesh is a seasoned product management / marketing leader with a strong engineering and consulting background. In his most recent product roles at Mirantis and Dell, he focused on delivering private and hybrid cloud solutions to enterprises. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science.

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