Speaker Schedule

Jonathan Morgan

Director Security Ops and Development, Area 1 Security

Area 1 Security

Jon Morgan is currently Director of Security Operations and Development at Area 1 Security (A1S) where he tracks and stops phishing attacks for customers and partners worldwide. Based in southern New Hampshire, Jon is an original employee of the KPCB backed cybersecurity firm. Prior to joining A1S, Jon built a SMB focused emerging market development and consulting firm and also conducted terrorism threat assessment for the Department of Defense as a contractor. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science and Arabic studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Nicolas Goudy

GM, Public Sector, AvePoint

AvePoint

Nicolas Goudy oversees AvePoint’s SMB strategy, and also manages AvePoint’s Canada office. In his 10-year tenure with the company, Nicolas has worked in a variety of capacities, including chief operating officer of AvePoint EMEA and ANZ regions. He has also touched a range of deployments – from the most complex enterprises to small businesses. Nicolas’ coverage of the SMB sector has spanned the entirety of his tenure, and is a key driver for AvePoint to help build solutions to every day challenges that are unique to the SMB market. With AP|Elements, Nicolas has built a brand targeting this sector in response to a market that demands automation, simplicity, and straight-forward answers to common challenges within the MSP and SMB communities.

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Jeff Kaplan

CEO, Breakthrough Technology Group

Breakthrough Technology Group

Jeff Kaplan is CEO of Breakthrough Technology Group (BTG), an award-winning provider of managed private cloud services. Prior to founding BTG in 2007, Jeff spent much of his 20 years experience in IT and telecom at AT&T, Nokia and Sun Microsystems. Jeff has a proven expertise in building and growing organizations including, creating culture, deploying resources and sustaining growth. In December 2017, BTG received a majority investment from private equity firm, ABRY Partners. BTG is perennially ranked as a Talkin’ Cloud Top 100 Cloud Company, has twice been honored with the Cloudys Award for the Most Innovative Cloud Provider, and is a four-time winner of Channel Partners 360 Business Value Award. BTG has also been honored as an MSPmentor 250 managed services provider.

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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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Karpagam Narayanan

Founder and President, eKryp

eKryp

Karpagam Narayanan is a co-founder of eKryp, a Just In Time Service application. eKryp continuously learns data on your connected devices across the enterprise and uses predictive models to find a set of indicators of your most critical assets that need attention. This becomes your barometer to take actions for predictively planning service and to optimize parts. By using eKryp, you can reduce service costs by 30% and reduce parts inventory by at least 10%.Prior to eKryp, Karpagam is a co-founder and President of Paloras Corporation, an install base analytics company till successful exit in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Paloras as a Top 100 software company in 2014 and 2013. Karpagam believes in AI being inclusive of people with various attitudes and aptitudes. She is now a board member of TiE Silicon Valley, an organization that focuses on advising and mentoring technology startups. She has been a leader, mentor and volunteer for Girl Scouts for 14 years, raising awareness of STEM, especially among girls. She started advanced math clubs at elementary schools and was a mentor in the Maker Faire, Bay Area Science Festival, FIRST robotics, and Western Regional Robotics programs in the Bay area.

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Guy Cunningham

Vice President Channel Sales and Alliances, EventTracker, A Netsurion Company

EventTracker, A Netsurion Company

Guy Cunningham leads the channel partner program for Netsurion, a leading provider of remotely-managed data and network security services for multi-location businesses, and its security information and event management (SIEM) subsidiary EventTracker. His team helps value added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), and telecom sales agents realize the full potential of Netsurion and EventTracker’s offerings for small to mid-size organizations. Mr. Cunningham brings a deep background in technology sales, including both direct and channel responsibilities. Prior to joining Netsurion, he served as Director of Global Alliances for Veritas Technologies, managing the relationships for both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). Prior to Veritas, he acted as Regional Director of Sales for data center, managed hosting, and cloud provider Connectria Hosting. Notably, he previously held the position of Senior Manager, Eastern U.S., Commercial Channel Sales at Symantec, where he was primarily responsible for the growth of the company’s core backup and security platforms.According to Guy, “Customers today are making technology purchases based on the cost of a desired outcome. Whether it’s cloud infrastructure, managed services, or enterprise software, they’re buying solutions, not technologies. Both Netsurion and EventTracker deliver industry-leading solutions, with highly predictable and successful outcomes and cost-effective price points. Not only do we enable our customers to have confidence in their compliance and security posture, we enable our partners to deliver best-in-class solutions to their customers.

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Bishnu Nayak

CTO, FixStream

FixStream

Bishnu has a flair for all things Cloud technology, Big Data and APIs. Bishnu is the CTO of FixStream, an emerging AIOps startup in Silicon Valley where he guides FixStream’s overall technology, product strategy and roadmap, R&D and engagement with technology partners, enterprise customers and service providers. Prior to FixStream, Bishnu spent thirteen years at AT&T in various executive architect and strategist positions. While in AT&T, he has led AT&T Big Data Platform strategy and delivered a Cloud Big Data PaaS using Openstack and Hadoop. Prior to that, Bishnu led the AT&T Cloud Computing Center of Excellence with a large team of cross-organization SMEs to develop the company handbook for “Applying Cloud Architecture and Principles” and a broad set of operating practice papers covering cloud fundamentals, practices, policies, governance, design patterns and guidelines for cloud applications and service delivery. Bishnu has also led AT&T Mobile Center of Excellence (MCoE) to deliver a PaaS for development and testing of mobile applications across platforms and devices using a common set of tools, standards and practices. Additionally, Bishnu successfully delivered solutions architecture for AT&T U-Verse mobile, AT&T Developer program, API monetization, M2M Billing, mHealth and LTE monetization etc. He was also heavily involved in AT&T Foundry innovation program and adoption of Agile methodology for software delivery in AT&T. Bishnu is very passionate about cutting-edge technologies and is very active in various industry recognized communities, blogs and forums. Due to his technology influence and presence in the industry, he was invited to become a member of the Forbes Technology Council (ForbesTechCouncil.com) where he has been actively participating and contributing since 2016.When Bishnu is not busy researching and experimenting the latest cool technologies, hes a gourmet cook in the kitchen and is an avid St louis Cardinals baseball fan.

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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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Joe Alapat

CEO and Founder, Liongard

Liongard

Joe is a serial entrepreneur in the Information Technology services industry. His background includes over two decades of experience in managing critical infrastructure for JP Morgan Chase, IBM, the U.S. Department of Defense, AIG and many others under the care of Channel Dynamix, an MSP he owned, operated and sold. Following his exit, he founded Liongard to address the root cause of cybersecurity: the proliferation of technology and subsequent lack of visibility, automation and insight for the people who manage IT operations. He is a graduate of Trinity University, with a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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Paul Mako

CEO & CTO, Massive Networks

Massive Networks

Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com).Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, Paul began his journey in custom network engineering back in 1996 as an internet service provider with Rockynet. Utilizing his extraordinary skill set, paul designed a proprietary t1 and security service system that went unchallenged until the advent of true VLAN’s in 2000.Even more important than the innovations in technology, Paul was also able to expand the infrastructure within a building on a success-based build-out. This allowed paul to light up both large and small buildings at a very low cost. While the security technologies have since been replaced, the inexpensive model for lighting small buildings continues to thrive and go unchallenged.Today, Paul oversees the network customization for massive networks where he is able to help streamline enterprise class data transport services across the entire us domestic carrier system and to 181 countries worldwide equating to over 1.7 million buildings.With Paul’s prior activity within the mergers and acquisitions field, he is actively pursuing expansions that can benefit the enterprise sector. To learn more about Paul Mako, you can connect with him on linkedin or email him directly at pmako@massivenetworks.com.

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Paul Tien

CEO & Founder, Morro Data

Morro Data

Paul Tien, CEO and founder of Morro Data, is a storage industry veteran that has been developing new models for storage technology over the last two decades. He helped to create the market for consumer and SMB Network Attached Storage (NAS) with the popular Infrant ReadyNAS line of storage appliances, which was later acquired by NETGEAR in 2007.

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Ken Adams

VP, Market Development, 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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Jeff Winnett

AVP Channel Sales, North America, RingCentral

RingCentral

Winnett, AVP Channel Sales, North America, leads the Channel Sales Team that manages the sub-agent community of partners that sell through Master Agents. He brings over 20 years’ executive-level experience to RingCentral, with the last seven years devoted to the SaaS product space (UCaaS, IaaS, IoT). Most recently, Winnett served as Head of Global Channel Sales in the Honeywell International Software Division; he has also held National Vice President roles at Cbeyond.

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Erik Knight

CEO, SimpleWAN

SimpleWAN

Erik Knight is the Founder and CEO of SimpleWan. He is a foremost expert in the field of cyber security having over 20 years of experience in securing businesses from cyber hacks and identity theft. Due to his leadership, SimpleWan is now recognized globally, as an affordable defense system for businesses so that IT specialists can track real-time statistics, network health such as temperature, traffic, latency, link connectivity and more, on all of their devices from the dashboard and respond to threats immediately.Prior to SimpleWan, Knight started COMVOICE, an early to market hosted VoIP company, and also an IT company; both successfully sold and rolled up by other companies. Knight also founded DirtSearch.org, which is a free background search site. Knight currently has a series of patent pending; all involving development and inventing new technologies. His specializations and experience include: Oracle DB; MYSQL/PHP; Cisco CCNA; Microsoft; Windows/Servers; and FreeBSD/Centos/Linux/Solaris. With programing experience in over eight computer languages, Knight’s technologies and security experience has been reviewed by and used by fortune 500 companies and government organizations.He is a strong believer in investing back into the community. His philanthropy includes: Operation Home Front, St Joseph Hospital, Toys for Tots, Christmas Angel Program, ChildHelp USA, Make a Wish Foundation, Team Lizzy Bell, The Cade Purdue Foundation, CRS (Children’s Rehabilitation Services), and many more.Knight has been quoted as an industry expert and is a regular on NewsMax’s The Daily Wrap, Enterprise Tech, WSJ Radio, Government Technology, Chase News & Stories, American Express, among several other top tier publications. You can find his commentary and latest thoughts and opinions on the cyber security industry here: https://sites.google.com/a/simplewan.com/news/

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Scott McCrady

Vice President for Global Strategic Partnering, SonicWall

SonicWall

With 23 years experience working in the networking, telecommunications, and information security space, Scott has a long history in the technology space. Most of that time has been running or working with large managed security service providers. Additionally, he has helped build and run multiple international sales and operations organizations with time living in London, Sydney and Singapore. Starting his career as a network engineer, he now serves as the Vice President for Global Strategic Partnering for SonicWall. In his current role he and his team are responsible for driving unique routes to market for SonicWall including running the managed security service program and helping partners build out large unique and embedded offers to driver their overall security services business and to help secure their joint customers.

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Karl Zimmerman

Founder and CEO, Steadfast

Steadfast

Karl Zimmerman started his web hosting company in 1998 at the age of 14 years old in his bedroom in Fond du Lac, Wisc., as a hobby to feed Karl’s passion for internet technology. While attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., that company evolved from a hobby to a multimillion dollar IT company that today provides thousands of clients with flexible cloud environments, infrastructure hosting, and a full suite of reliable managed and security services. Through it all, Karl’s passion for technology remains, serving as the cornerstone of Steadfast’s principles aimed at helping customers achieve success.

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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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Steve Roos

VP of Technology & Business Development, TBI

TBI

As Vice President of Engineering, Steve Roos is responsible for the development and implementation of TBI’s engineering and operations practices, policies and programs. Additionally, he’s focused on expanding our solutions and offerings for more seamless Provider channel integration. Roos brings over 35 years of telecom experience to TBI’s senior leadership team having been a Director of Technical Sales and Senior Systems Engineer at Liquid Networx to most currently the VP of Technical Services at Wired Networks. In the civilian sector Steve has developed training and trained multiple telecom carriers and internal technicians on complex services solutions and taught them how to sell specific voice and data solutions. Steve is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant; he spent 20 years testing and evaluating Department of Defense communications systems throughout the world. Additionally, he served as Lead Engineer for Joint Task Forces in support of Alaskan Command and developed a secure command and control structure which the National Security Agency couldn’t breach. Roos received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He holds several certifications including Cisco CCNP, CCDP, CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer, Microsoft MCSE, VMware VCP5 and Adtran ATSP.

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Jason Blohm

Account Manager, Tigerpaw Software

Tigerpaw Software

Jason Blohm is a dynamic sales and recruiting guru who knows the value of outstanding relationships, and routinely leverages those relationships to positively influence people and their endeavors.As Account Manager at Tigerpaw Software, Jason has coached hundreds of managed service providers (MSPs). By automating their processes, these MSPs are able to manage complex projects, streamline operations and deliver unparalleled customer service. With the software taking the focus off the daily operations, Jason works with these businesses to focus more on strategy and how to grow their business and expand their services. Working with MSPs across the globe allows Jason to enjoy a unique perspective on industry news and trends. Prior to joining Tigerpaw, Jason spent 14 years in higher education as the Director of Student Recruitment at Midland University, Assistant Director of Recruitment Services at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a career specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.Jason is an experienced motivational speaker, having delivered keynotes, presentations and workshops to audiences ranging from 20 to 1,000 people. He and his wife Amber are parents to two wonderful elementary aged children, Finn and Annabelle.Jason holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Trey Anderson

Technology Evangelist for UCaaS, TPx

TPx

Trey Anderson is a Technology Evangelist for TPx’s UCaaS Line of Business. Tasked with being a catalyst that ignites growth within UCxs suite of communication and collaboration solutions for businesses, he brings into his role nearly 2 decades of industry experience. Trey travels across the country preaching the 3 legs of the Unified Communications stool and how that Support, Access, and LAN Management must all three be addressed for a UC solutions to be effective and PROFITABLE. As an accomplished Motivational Speaker and previous Agency Founder and Owner, Trey brings an unrivaled passion and enthusiasm to the UC space that fosters the adoption and integration of UCaaS by MSPs, MSC’s, and other industry organizations. Previous to joining the TPx Team, Trey co-founded and owned his own Telecommunications Agency for 12 years and was a highly decorated sales and management professional at Cbeyond and MCI Communications. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science.

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David Hagen

Technology Evangelist for Managed Services, TPx

TPx

David Hagen is a Technology Evangelist for Managed Services at TPx Communications. In this role David is task with defining and delivering the TPx managed service message for Partners and end customers. He also is responsible for mentoring and fostering internal TPx Solutions Architect’s with a deep understanding and the value associated with managed IT services. David brings over two decades of experience, as the previous founder and owner of a Managed Service Provider delivering VoIP and Managed Services to SMB’s and enterprise accounts throughout the United States. David has always been on the forefront of innovative technology. His knowledge encompasses; VoIP, Cloud Computing, Software-defined networking, IT Security, Business Continuity Planning, Mobility and Internet of Things. His passion in the industry has allowed him to witness and experience the digital transformation of technology and delivery of services in this emerging market.

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Mark Achzenick

VP of IT Innovation & Managed Services, Unify Square

Unify Square

As Unify Square’s CIO, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction, innovation and execution of all of Unify Square’s support services—including IT services, product-support services and PowerAssurance advanced support. Mark can also be found speaking at Microsoft Skype for Business/Lync technical event, including Microsoft Ignite and Enterprise Connect. Prior to joining Unify Square, he directed IT infrastructure services at Microsoft, where he managed Lync for 170,000 employees and contractors in more than 400 offices around the world. Using the Unify Square portfolio, Mark led the successful deployment of Lync enterprise voice to more than 90% of Microsoft’s global employee base. Mark earned a bachelor of science degree from California State University San Bernardino, with a major in business administration and information management.

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Rachna Srivastava

Senior Manager of Product Marketing, VeloCloud

VeloCloud

Rachna Srivastava is the Sr Manager of Product Marketing at VeloCloud now part of VMware. She is responsible for market research, enterprise content marketing, messaging framework, and planning and executing successful launch campaigns. She has long been involved in information technology with marketing and management positions at the industry’s most innovative companies – developing and taking to market products that power some of the largest enterprises in the networking and datacenter industry.

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Moderator List

Erik Knight (Moderator)

CEO, SimpleWAN

SimpleWAN

Erik Knight is the Founder and CEO of SimpleWan. He is a foremost expert in the field of cyber security having over 20 years of experience in securing businesses from cyber hacks and identity theft. Due to his leadership, SimpleWan is now recognized globally, as an affordable defense system for businesses so that IT specialists can track real-time statistics, network health such as temperature, traffic, latency, link connectivity and more, on all of their devices from the dashboard and respond to threats immediately.Prior to SimpleWan, Knight started COMVOICE, an early to market hosted VoIP company, and also an IT company; both successfully sold and rolled up by other companies. Knight also founded DirtSearch.org, which is a free background search site. Knight currently has a series of patent pending; all involving development and inventing new technologies. His specializations and experience include: Oracle DB; MYSQL/PHP; Cisco CCNA; Microsoft; Windows/Servers; and FreeBSD/Centos/Linux/Solaris. With programing experience in over eight computer languages, Knight’s technologies and security experience has been reviewed by and used by fortune 500 companies and government organizations.He is a strong believer in investing back into the community. His philanthropy includes: Operation Home Front, St Joseph Hospital, Toys for Tots, Christmas Angel Program, ChildHelp USA, Make a Wish Foundation, Team Lizzy Bell, The Cade Purdue Foundation, CRS (Children’s Rehabilitation Services), and many more.Knight has been quoted as an industry expert and is a regular on NewsMax’s The Daily Wrap, Enterprise Tech, WSJ Radio, Government Technology, Chase News & Stories, American Express, among several other top tier publications. You can find his commentary and latest thoughts and opinions on the cyber security industry here: https://sites.google.com/a/simplewan.com/news/

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Paula Bernier (Moderator)

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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