Speakers List - Channelnomics Conference Cloud, New York

Past Speakers

Larry Walsh


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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.