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Nathan Archer

Director of Business Development

A & H Technology Group

Nathan Archer is Director of Business Development and Founder of A & H Technology Group, a technology company that provides an array of products and services for SMBs. The primary alignment for his company culture is creating positive customer experiences first. Everything else is second. As an entrepreneur with 16 years' experience in the technology industry and 14 years in the channel, Nathan has taken his industry and technical knowledge with vendors, manufacturers and products/services to create a successful MSP/CSP practice within the New York City area. Under his leadership he has grown the company to eight employees with over 2,800 subscribers. The company focuses on professional services, legal and non-profit verticals.

Ajay Asthana

Partner

Cabot Partners

Ajay Asthana has over 25 years of experience in valuing emerging technologies. His unique framework of articulating, quantifying and communicating compelling value propositions has been applied to emerging technologies - cloud computing, Big data, analytics, information governance, mobile and cognitive computing. Ajay was Information Economist with IBM, where he built business cases highlighting the value of information in their customer's digital transformation. He was also Data Scientist and Executive Consultant at Accenture, where he focused on streamlining business process, optimizing performance architecture and supporting change management. Ajay has an MSc degree in computer sciences and a Ph.D. in business administration from New York University.

Matt Axtell

Principal Cloud Client Executive

CDW

Matt Axtell is a dynamic and passionate leader on CDW's cloud client executive team. Over the last 13 years he has assisted clients across various market segments with the pragmatic selection and deployment of countless cloud-based solutions. Matt's business-centric, results-driven methodology for cloud adoption has served as an underpinning for numerous organizations while developing customized cloud adoption strategies for their businesses.

Matt assists corporate IT in implementing cloud strategy, designed specifically to meet the changing technology needs of their line-of-business counterparts. He also ensures the proper best practices (security, connectivity, cloud-readiness and cloud candidacy assessments, etc.) are in place as a foundation from which the business can confidently implement emerging technologies without exposing themselves to next generation risks.

Jeff Boate

Managing Partner

SPG Peers

Currently, Jeff Boate is Managing Partner of SPG Peers, a consultancy focused on improving financial performance for its clients through collaboration, financial benchmarking, best practice sharing, sales management, training, business coaching, M&A, and strategic planning via professional facilitation. Jeff has more than 25 years of leadership experience and a track record of outperforming leading
industry benchmarks.

Before joining SPG, Jeff served as President of a large Midwestern VAR/MSP. During his tenure, he guided the company through geographic expansion and growth. Jeff led them from $24 million and 100 team members to more than $75 million and 250 team members. Prior to this position, Jeff successfully launched a digital media & software company in 1996, which was sold in 2004.

Jeff served five years on the faculty of Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University where he taught a range of courses dealing with the coming digital age and its impact on business.


Dany Bouchedid

CEO

COLOTRAQ

Dany Bouchedid is a relationship-driven entrepreneur, leader and visionary with a proven track record of success in building, growing and managing multi-million dollar enterprises. In 1999, he founded and is currently CEO of COLOTRAQ, a full-service sourcing and consulting firm that helps companies and institutions source data center colocation, managed hosting, cloud computing, network infrastructure and other related telecom services in 140 countries. Dany has been published and quoted in various industry publications and has been a speaker at several industry conferences. He has served on several boards for both non-profits and corporations.

Previously, Dany was Relationship Manager in Chase Manhattan Bank's technology services division, where he was responsible for cash management, US dollar clearing, and FX trading back-office solutions to multinational corporations.

Dany is also Founder and President of The Bouchedid Foundation, a registered non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is to identify and evaluate thousands of charities and non-profit service organizations, and rank them using proprietary algorithm to determine which causes to fund directly.

Egidio Enea

Co-founder and CEO

Expert Support

Egidio "EJ" Enea is CEO of Expert Support, a startup MSP that was established in 2009; and Managing Partner of Expert's offshoot, XS Applied Technologies, a technology integrator and application solutions firm. He has nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of IT infrastructure, office automation and application solutions; and more than a decade in executive management in the SMB space. Egidio holds a degree in international studies and economics from Manhattan College and dozens of certifications from many of the world's most recognizable technology innovators. He is currently working on completing the InfoComm International Certified Technology Specialist designation. Egidio is a first-generation American who was born in Queens, New York. He and his family live on the Jersey Shore. And while his firms are based in New Jersey, he supports clients nationwide.

Alexander Ladd

CEO

Mindstream Analytics

Alexander Ladd is CEO of MindStream Analytics, an award-winning management consulting and managed services provider based in Boston, Mass. Recently elected into the Boston Business Hall of Fame and the INC 5000 fastest growing companies, MindStream Analytics helps Fortune 500 enterprises such as Bayer Healthcare, Capital One, and Verizon improve their analytics and reporting. MindStream's managed services offering - AppCare - is the only dedicated analytics offering to be selected by MSPMentor's Top 501 Managed Services in the world. Alex regularly speaks at conferences across North America about how companies can improve their decision making capabilities.

George Mach

Founder and CEO

APEX IT Group

George Mach is Founder and CEO of APEX IT Group, a decade old, technology success provider headquartered in New Jersey. George was recently named as New Jersey Biz, 40 under 40 award winner. Under George' leadership, Apex IT Group has become a world class IT services provider with beyond industry standard operations performance numbers, client retention and profitability. Apex IT Group is a 2017 MSP Mentor Top 501 award recipient. The Channel Company named Apex IT Group as its 2017 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate complex and ever-changing IT landscape, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments in technology.

Diana L. Mirakaj

President and Chief Operating Officer

The 2112 Group

Diana L. Mirakaj is President and Chief Operating Officer of The 2112 Group, a channel strategy and research firm, where she oversees operations and strategic development services. Diana applies her experience in finance, operations, marketing and corporate management to the processes and client engagements of 2112. She has worked on numerous projects in support of partner enablement involving cloud and services transformations, and channel business modeling. Her blogs on the 2112 corporate site focus on business agility, investment management and maturity development. A former contributor to Baseline Magazine on topics related to strategy and business technology, Diana is also a co-author of the bestselling book, "The Power of Convergence".

Joseph Rabinowitz

Partner and CTO

ManhattanTechSupport.com

Joseph Rabinowitz got an early start on his career, launching a successful computer company as a Junior in High School. He attended the Honor's program at Baruch College as the recipient of a merit-based full scholarship.

Joseph is a founding partner and CTO at ManhattanTechSupport.com, a leading NYC IT Managed Services Provider. Although he is highly focused on leading strategic initiatives for the company, he is also a technology enthusiast who enjoys troubleshooting complex problems and designing bullet-proof solutions. Joseph's passion for technology is second only to that of his family, where weekends are reserved for games and trips with his wife and three kids.

Eric Rockwell

CEO and Co-founder

centrexIT

Eric Rockwell, CEO and Co-founder of centrexIT based in San Diego, USA, has demonstrated both a technical and entrepreneurial approach to building a hugely successful, 8 time award winning IT service provider. With more than 15 years of experience within the IT industry, Eric has applied unique and innovative techniques to allow centrexIT to grow to a 45 employee strong business with a continuously expanding customer base within the Southern Californian area. Under Eric's leadership, centrexIT operates at the highest level with a managed security, private cloud, NOC and vCIO offerings. Eric prides the company's success on its client centric culture, allowing them to support more than 5000 users across 350 locations with customers from healthcare, finance and defense verticals.

Wayne Roye

CEO and Founder

Troinet

Wayne Roye is Founder of Troinet, an IT firm that helps their clients make better decisions around technology. They provide C-Level management services from strategic planning, project management, implementation, down to hands on technical services. "We do no not fix computers, we design networks that work".

Wayne has been studying business, leadership and technology for over 15 years. He has served as a board member on his local Chamber of Commerce, previously heading its technology committee, and is a former member of the Economic Development Center Business Council. He is also a past board member of Eden II for Autistic Children.

Wayne is also the recipient of Crain's New York Business "Forty under 40" award, MWBE Recognition Award and the Best for NYC Award.

Rajesh Sinha

Founder and CEO

Fulcrum Worldwide

Over the past decade, Rajesh Sinha has received accolades as a global thought leader in the digital transformation space. Since his founding of Fulcrum Worldwide in 1999, the company has launched a new brand Fulcrum Digital to deliver robotic process automation, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality through 3 primary SaaS-based products: Kaleidoscope - for higher education, CulinarySuite.com - a food management ERP, and SupplyDay.com - ERP platform for mid-size companies. After acquiring local ecommerce design agency Redstage Worldwide in 2016, Rajesh became the company's Chairman.

In 2015, EY honored Rajesh as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is the recipient of both the ‘SmartCEO Future 50 Award 2013' as well as the ‘Fast 50 Asian American Businesses Award' for "demonstrating resilience and performance with excellence." Under his leadership, Fulcrum Worldwide has been recognized as the fastest growing company by Inc. Magazine & Deloitte. Rajesh is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization, an elite forum of CEOs worldwide.

Jerry Tedino

Co-founder

Cognitive Consortium

Jerry approaches his role with a simple three-part philosophy: (1) bring exceptional people together; (2) empower them through cutting edge technology; and (3) create an environment of equal parts vision, trust and hard work. This powerful strategy is at the root of how he leverages his network to build Cognitive Consortium's credibility with its partners and clients.

Jerry has spent much of his career between corporate leadership and telecom consulting positions. Prior to founding the Cognitive Consortium, he held multiple roles in technology industry. As Vice President at PAETEC/Windstream, Jerry spent significant time building a strong indirect channel where he established record monthly run rates exceeding $25M for a start-up company.

Most recently, he was Head of Business Development for IPM, an IT consultancy based in New York City. His contemporary approach to developing solutions modernized the company's technology suite and portfolio by adding services offered through master agents and global technology leader, IPsoft. Utilizing IPsoft's self-adaptive, managed services platform ultimately led him to the Cognitive Consortium.

Chairperson

Scharon Harding

Assistant Editor

Channelnomics

Scharon Harding joined Channelnomics in March 2015. Since then she has covered any and all breaking channel news and analysis. Connecting with partners, analysts, vendors and experts via events, conferences and more, she seeks out everything the Channelnomics audience needs to know. Scharon joined Channelnomics from a lifestyle title covering technology, business, news, entertainment and more.

Past Speakers

Larry Walsh

CEO

The 2112 Group

Larry Walsh is one of the most recognizable figures in the IT channel and security communities, and is considered one of the more forward-thinking leaders in the industry. A seasoned journalist, analyst, author, and industry commentator, Walsh is also the founder of Channelnomics, which is a leading provider of IT channel news and analysis. A specialist in the development and execution of channel programs, disruptive sales models, and growth strategies for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations, Walsh has worked with a roster of diverse technology players, including Ingram Micro, Intel Security, SAP, and Verizon.

Walsh remains personally involved in the development and implementation of client engagements ranging from strategic advisory and consulting to research and content programs at The 2112 Group, which he founded to advance the state of vendor and partner collaboration in the technology marketplace and channel community.

Always interested in driving innovative discussions, Larry was the founder and executive director of the Channel Vanguard Council (CVC), a collaborative group of technology channel executives. CVC was dedicated to aiding the maturation of business models and partnerships in the channel community. Its members included high-ranking vendor channel executives and solution provider leaders.

Prior to founding The 2112 Group, Larry was an award-winning technology journalist and publisher. At Ziff Davis Enterprise, he served as vice president and market expert for channels and security, developing and guiding strategic engagement and research programs for IT vendors. He was also the publisher of Channel Insider, a leading online technology channel publication, and the editor of Baseline Magazine, an award-winning journal of technology project management.

Before entering the channel, Walsh was editor of the award-winning, market-leading Information Security Magazine. During his tenure, he developed a reputation for driving new thinking around threat management and IT security issues. He earned national recognition for his exposés on Microsoft security issues.

 

 

 

Amy Rutt

Chief Cloud Fanatic

Ciracom

Amy is Ciracom's Chief Cloud Fanatic. Amy is responsible for driving Ciracom's Cloud innovation, including services and products as well as new ideas and future initiatives. Since providing Microsoft Hosted Exchange in 2000, she has never looked back. Ciracom is a "cloud first" culture with over 15K migrations completed to date.

A native of Seattle Washington, Amy graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree.

She has contributed to both industry and the Federal government in developing innovative cloud services and products for customers. She is also passionate about tackling education and poverty-related challenges, and has served as a Board member for the Dance Place based in Washington, D.C.

Scott Mohr

Director Data Center and Cloud

Cisco

Mohr is a 19-year Cisco veteran, having started in field sales in 1997 on the first commercial account team at Cisco, where he helped pioneer what became the Cisco partner lead model. In his tenure, Mohr has held a number of positions, including Field sales, Enterprise Account Manager, Product Sales Specialist, Regional Manager and now Director.

From Cisco, Mohr left to run global channel sales for CliQr Technologies, where CliQr's cloud management platform powers over 20 public and private cloud targets. After being acquired by Cisco in April 2016, Mohr returned with CliQr to Cisco, where he is responsible for all datacenter and cloud partner GTM.

 

Grigoriy Milis

CTO

Richard Fleischman & Associates

As CTO, Grigoriy is responsible for managing all aspects of infrastructure design and leads the R&D team in the evaluation and testing of new technologies. Grigoriy also manages the Systems Architecture team that handles high-level escalations from all technical departments. He is an IT veteran with more than 15 years of experience working in the financial industry. Prior to joining RFA, Grigoriy worked for Thomson Financial. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science and numerous industry certifications from Microsoft and EMC.

Ajay Khanna

President

Corporate Power

Ajay Khanna has over twenty years of IT consulting experience working with mid-sized firms and now runs a boutique firm in New York City, specializing in outsourced IT, cloud computing, business continuity, security and server/network projects. Clients include professional service firms, boutique financials, as well as not-for-profits. Khanna offers not-for-profits a discount for his firm's services and helps them use technology more effectively to further their goals.

Khanna started his career with a NASA subcontractor, developing artificial intelligence and real-time missile tracking software tools for the United States Air Force. Prior to launching his consulting practice,
he held technical lead positions for a variety of challenging projects, including the Electronic Marketplace initiative at IBM, sponsored by Lou Gerstner, and the corporate intranet for Ernst & Young, used by 75,000 E&Y consultants worldwide.

 

 

Ondrej Krehel

CEO and Founde

LIFARS

Ondrej Krehel, CISSP, CEH, CEI, EnCE, is the CEO and Founder of LIFARS LLC, an international cybersecurity and digital forensics firm. He's the former Chief Information Security Officer of Identity Theft 911, the nation's premier identity theft recovery and data breach management service. He previously conducted forensics investigations and managed the cyber security department at Stroz Friedberg and the Loews Corporation. With two decades of experience in computer security and digital forensics, he has launched investigations into a broad range of IT security matters-from hacker attacks to data breaches to intellectual property theft. His work has received attention from CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others.

George Bardissi

President

Bardissi Enterprises

George Bardissi is CEO of two companies, an MSP based out of Philadelphia, PA and the channel only firm that work with other MSP's around the world in the Cloud Communications Space. Having starting his MSP in 2000, George matured through the IT and Managed Services business from break/fix to project to multi-tier to pure play MSP. That 16-year journey provided hard lessons on several fronts that metrics, meaning business data, and understanding the relevancy of trends and early adoption is critical to being and staying successful. From a need to solve a pain in his MSP, George started his 2nd firm which strategically solves the pain for IT and MSP shops in the UC category which helps generate a profit center, streamline service delivery, and create automation around customer interactions.

Varghese Samuel

Chairman and CEO

Fingent Corp

Mr. Samuel is the Founder and CEO at Fingent Corp, a Global Technology company founded in 2003. Samuel's ability as a leader, to span a breadth of businesses and technologies has enabled Fingent to build and deploy technology platforms which realize tangible business benefits for Enterprise businesses across the globe. Over the last couple of years, he has led Fingent's transformation to the cloud based services business - Products and services that Fingent currently offers leverage modern cloud platforms and frameworks .

Samuel has been a Technologist and an Entrepreneur leading technology innovations over the last 20+ years. He has a diverse background in the broader financial services and healthcare industry, and a proven track record of transforming businesses by creating innovative technology solutions. Samuel received a Master's Degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai India.

 

Chris Böttger

CTO

IVCI

Chris Böttger is IVCi's Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for driving IVCi's UC&C strategy, and also leads IVCi's healthcare and education sales initiatives. For over a decade, Chris has been a driving force behind IVCi's service innovations, including IVCi's award-winning, cloud-based video services. Today these services enable some of the largest companies in the US to reliably and securely collaborate across the globe. Chris' previous experience includes senior positions at Polycom, PictureTel and Schneider Electric in both Europe and the USA. Chris holds a B.Eng (Honors) Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University, UK.

 

 

Kent Erickson

CEO

ChannelCloud

Kent Erickson has over twenty seven years' experience defining and creating IT services that improve the quality and reliability of technology infrastructures. An early adopter of the SaaS model, he now shares his knowledge as the channel adapts to the threats and opportunities presented by cloud technology. His passionate drive, and visionary approach have made him a highly sought after public speaker for MSPs and other channel members transitioning to cloud technology. Kent is the President and CEO of ChannelCloud, a channel-exclusive business offering cloud based solutions to partners.

Eric Ludwig

Cloud Team Leader

CDW Aggregation Services

Eric Ludwig is currently the Cloud Team Lead with CDW's AIM (Aggregation, Infrastructure and Managed) Services. Eric has over 20 years of experience working in IT services including over a decade with AT&T and in roles of increasing responsibility at CDW.

Eric is a subject matter expert at CDW and the industry in Connectivity, Colocation and Cloud computing. Eric has presented at many conferences across the country and across many verticals. Many organizations are leveraging Eric's knowledge to help build and execute strategies for technology consumption with an eye toward end user experience, compliance and risk/reward analysis.

Eric works with the partner community and various internal organizations to ensure objectives are being met along with improving diversity of products and onboarding new partners.

Eric drives the partner community across all cloud platforms (infrastructure, unified communications, platform, disaster recovery, storage and other products delivered as a service) as well as ensuring a comprehensive suite of connectivity and managed service partners to round out the portfolio.