TECHNOLOGY

The pace of technology innovation has never been faster. BWG technology events are an agnostic forum to debate and share perspectives on key companies, products and technology trends.

BIG DATA / BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Extension of data visualization beyond data analysts to business manager
  • Growth of hadoop and distributed databases for lower cost data warehousing
  • Impact of Spark for faster IO
  • Rapid insights from machine generated data for application delivery, Security and Fraud, IoT, Big Data and Business analytics
  • How are the traditional BI and data warehousing vendors responding to the disruptive challenges of emerging BI/Big Data architectures

CIO / CTO


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Macro technology trends and the impact on business efficiency
  • Budget trends and spending priorities
  • Accelerating the speed of application innovation and response to business requirements
  • The migration of IT decision making into business units
  • Managing IT transformation through private, hybrid and public cloud options
  • Hiring challenges; in-house technical expertise vs. flexible outsourced resources

CLOUD


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Private, public, and hybrid cloud tradeoffs
  • VMware, Red Hat, Openstack – Selecting the optimum application platform for rapid cloud deployment, leveraging internal skills, controlling costs and managing platform lock-in
  • Reinventing DevOps for Cloud applications
  • Public cloud options (AWS, Azure, GCE) – cost, compliance and control

DATACENTER / CLOUD


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Demand drivers and Supply / Capacity Utilization
  • As more and more enterprise workloads move to the public cloud and SaaS applications what will this do to traditional data center spend?
  • Enterprise data center consolidation projects – will level of activity increase or decrease in the next 12 – 18 months?
  • Competitive landscape – Who will likely be the winners / losers across the ecosystem and why?
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • SaaS applications are rapidly transforming the enterprise software stack
  • Initially reserved for collaboration and CRM, SaaS software is displacing all areas of IT including HCM/payroll, Office365, service desk, supply chain, UC and financials
  • Debate the quality, cost and ease of customization available across vendor solutions

IP / PATENTS


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • IP rights and ability to defend
  • Licensing costs
  • Open source and creative commons
  • Phases of legal defense and plaintiff claims
  • Leveraging patent portfolios
  • Domestic and international

NETWORK / SECURITY


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Debate the tradeoffs and outlooks for specific security products and technologies
  • Securing the perimeter-less enterprise
  • Value tradeoffs of investments to protect the full attack surface, including anti-malware, endpoint, identity, DNS, databases and DDoS
  • Network transformation towards software-defined networking and NFV

SEMICONDUCTORS


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions on ARM, ASML, Qorvo, Xilinx, Avago, Cadence Design, Skyworks, NXP, Cavium, Qualcomm and others
  • Industry metrics and discussion on inventory, pricing, lead times, capacity utilization and end market trends
  • Views on new emerging opportunities such as IoT and connected cars
  • Geographic trends
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

STORAGE AND MEMORY


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Storage OEM market share and budget trends
  • NAND Flash & AFA supply / demand trends
  • DRAM supply / demand trends
  • HDD supply / demand trends
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

WIRELESS CAPEX


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions on the major wireless tower companies and small cell / DAS manufacturers
  • Wireless capex outlook for the major wireless service providers
  • Macro site activity and outlook
  • Small cell vs DAS — complementary or competitive?
  • Spectrum auctions and regulatory items to monitor
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

WIRELESS / TELECOMM


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Major service providers – subscriber growth, 4G to 5G, competition
  • Wireless spectrum auctions
  • Equipment growth
  • Device manufacturer and OS trends
  • China market dynamics
  • Wireless broadband, WISPs
  • Wifi – consumer and commercial markets

“BWG provides technology leaders with an open forum to discuss and gain an understanding of overall industry direction. BWG events are a must attend if you desire to keep up with the next steps for the technology industry.”

Chris Swenson, Director of Systems, ZocDoc

TECHNOLOGY
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc
Karl Galbraith
Independent Security Consultant
Galbraith and Associates Inc

BIO

Karl is a 'recovering CISO' and Cyber and IT Security veteran with over 20 years in a variety of Technology executive and SME roles ranging from early stage start ups to international Fortune 100 companies across Government, Defense, Utilities, Legal, Financial, Oil and Gas and Healthcare sectors.

With hands on roles and oversight in R&D, Operations, Risk Mgmt, Sales and Consulting, he is able to empathize with customer security pain points, requirements and ROI triggers and build Security Roadmaps, translate risk frameworks, policies and security controls into integrated cyber resilient solutions and operations. Because of his security vendor and next gen R&D experience he is also able to go 'under the hood' on technology solutions and assess and bottom line evaluations in a manner C level decision makers can understand.

Expertise in security analytics, insider threat, and AML, (AntiFraud, Anticounterfeiting, Track and Trace, Chain of Custody).

TESTIMONIAL

"The value I get from BWG is two fold. First it helps me sharpen the saw on my technical and security thought leadership and opinions, elevator pitches as it's in a live web conf 5 min presentation format - practice makes perfect. Second it is with a rotating group of peer and client security experts of varying backgrounds and locations which keeps me informed, challenged and honest on those formulated opinions while building up my trusted network."

Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation
Geoffrey Baird
Chairman of the Board
Stratix Corporation

BIO

​Geoffrey has over 30 years experience in the high technology sector running both early stage start-ups to billion dollar divisions of corporates. ​ ​He has extensive international experience and has focused in leading edge technologies for the whole of his career. Geoffrey is excited by the constant change that the technology sector brings and the new possibilities being created.​

TESTIMONIAL

"​Ideas develop more rapidly when people come together. BWG excels in bringing exciting groups of people together with real insight catalysing new thoughts and ideas. I enjoy gaining the new perspectives this creates and how it helps me choose my investments."

Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom
Vijay Balasubramanian
Senior Director, Strategic Network, Security Architecture
Viacom

BIO

Vijay brings over 15 years of Technology and Technology Management experience in the consulting, financial and media industry. He has held various technology related positions at Morgan Stanley, Dow Jones and Bank of America and his current areas of interest are Hybrid WAN’s with software defined overlays, software defined Enterprise LAN’s and Hybrid Cloud strategies.

Vijay holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from NJIT, in addition to several industry standard certifications of TOGAF, PMP, and ITIL. He is also part of the Software Defined working group among other working groups at the Open Network Users Group (ONUG).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG insights are invaluable because they bring to forefront the right topics at the right time, and more importantly the right mix of technologists from different industry sectors to discuss technologies and technology trends and how they enable businesses to be more competitive."

Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC
Stephen Banks
Partner & Sr. VP
KMB Design Group, LLC

BIO

KMB Design Group, LLC is a provider of turnkey engineering, construction and project management services. KMB specializes in the design and deployment of complex projects for telecommunication providers across the nation covering terrestrial wireless, satellite, public safety, microwave backhaul and DAS.

Office Locations: New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco

KMB has provided consultation of over 20,000 projects in over 42 States including the design of over 3,000 microwave projects. We provide a comprehensive systems approach to telecommunications with professional engineers on staff providing structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and environmental engineering, combined with professional project and construction management services.
We are licensed in 49 States in the USA and the United Kingdom

Chris Bateman
Global Cloud Services
Datapipe
Chris Bateman
Global Cloud Services
Datapipe
Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions
Luis Benavides
Founder & CEO
Day1 Solutions
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
David Berten
Founder and Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC
Bill Bodei
Account Executive
Kaminario
Bill Bodei
Account Executive
Kaminario

BIO

William (Bill) Bodei is a senior account executive for Kaminario, a pioneer in all flash solid state storage solutions. Mr. Bodei is a sought after speaker and thought leader around the strategic alignment of IT infrastructure and business strategy. He has been a featured speaker at numerous VMUGs, Storage Decisions NYC, the High Performance Computing on Wall Street show, Percona MySQL Live Conference, and the Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualization Conference in London. Mr. Bodei’s professional experience has focused on helping a large diversity of Enterprises with their IT infrastructure, cloud and utility computing initiatives. Bill has an MBA in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and has held engineering, leadership and sales roles at IBM, HP and other startups.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a confidential, objective platform to share and collaborate with industry colleagues. In addition to learning from one’s peers, it’s a terrific group to expand one’s professional network with exposure to various industries’ best and brightest. Bill Williams is a true gentlemen, of the highest integrity of and runs a world class organization. It's an honor to be a founding advisory board member for BWG Strategy."

David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP
David Bronston
Special Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP

BIO

Mr. Bronston, Special Counsel with Phillips Lytle LLP, focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right of way agreements and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits and approvals. Mr. Bronston is currently on the Board of Directors for the New York State Wireless Association. Selected for the Metro New York Super Lawyers list, Mr. Bronston earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

TESTIMONIAL

"Great exposure to experts in telecommunications infrastructure – fiber, wireless and data centers."

Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Andy Brown
CTO in Residence
FinTech Innovation Lab
Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts
Joe Caserta
President
Caserta Concepts

BIO

Joe Caserta is a recognized big data consultant, author, educator and president of Caserta Concepts, an award-winning New York-based strategic consulting and technology implementation firm. His company specializes in Transformative Data Strategies, Modern Data Engineering, Advanced Analytics, Strategic consulting, and Technical Architecture and Design & Build solutions, helping clients maximize data value.

Joe is also co-author of the industry best-selling book The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit (Wiley, 2004), a contributor to industry publications, and frequent keynote speaker and expert panelist at industry conferences and events.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is always a great experience to be a part of BWG events. It is an invaluable opportunity for quality discussion with all participants offering perspective and insight making it an invaluable source of networking and knowledge."

Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.
Bob Colao
President
radiusIP, Inc.

BIO

Robert Colao is the founder and President of radiusIP, Inc. radiusIP is an Intellectual Property (IP) consulting and licensing services company established to provide innovative guidance and assistance in all aspects of IP including licensing and monetization for an International client base. radiusIP provides a broad set of IP services addressing client’s IP needs including patent licensing, licensing program development, patent sales and acquisitions, IP negotiations, patent portfolio analysis/development, technology licensing. Since its establishment in 2012, radiusIP clients include/have included Fortune 100 companies, universities, individual inventors and investment firms. (http://www.radiusipinc.com)

Bob is currently the Chief Licensing Executive for SIPCO, LLC and IP Co, LLC, and is responsible for the overall licensing efforts and business aspects of the ESSENTIAL WIRELESS MESH™ portfolio/licensing program including negotiations, business development and direction of the licensing team. SIPCO and IPCO are leading developers of innovative wireless mesh technology, providing technology and intellectual property to customers and licensees. An ongoing marketing relationship between SIPCO and IPCO extends to the licensing of the portfolio, which is comprised of patents developed and owned by both parties and which provides critical patent rights for various wireless infrastructure systems and service applications. (http://www.sipcollc.com)

Bob serves as an Advisory Board Member for BWG Strategy LLC. BWG is an invite-only network for senior executives across technology, media and telecom. BWG industry professionals participate in a series of roundtables discussions, which are a valuable resource for market intelligence, business development and personal / professional networking.As “Executive in Residence” (2013-2014) for the Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) at Columbia University, Bob provided expertise on IP and licensing matters to facilitate the transfer of research innovations from the lab to the market including support for start-up ventures, and currently continues to provide support on an as needed basis. See: http://techventures.columbia.edu/about-ctv/ctv-executives-residence

As Director of Outbound Patent Licensing at Nokia Inc., he led Nokia’s Global Outbound Patent Licensing organization and activities from 2008 to 2012. Upon first joining Nokia as Director of Patent Licensing, Bob also formulated and directed the business development of new opportunities, expanding the licensing and monetization of the Nokia patent portfolio beyond the mobile handset space. Additionally, he drove the IP elements of numerous Nokia M&A activities (e.g. joint ventures and divestitures), which included the divestiture of Nokia’s wireless modem business.

Bob held the position of Director of International Licensing with IBM’s Corporate Intellectual Property Licensing organization. From 2000 to 2008, his responsibilities at IBM included: the licensing of patents; technology and copyrights; IP related M&A (divestiture) activities and negotiations; patent pool participation (DVD-6C); as well as leading and establishing IBM’s patent sales process. Prior to 2000,

Bob held management positions at IBM which included: marketing & business development; strategy & planning; and hardware and software development in the area of high performance computing.

Bob holds a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Union College, as well as an MBA.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG participation provides me an in depth perspective on a broad set of technology driven issues and markets as seen from the view of leading edge companies operating across a variety of market segments. In addition, it allows me the opportunity to directly interact and connect with other companies and professionals in my particular area of business and expertise, namely Intellectual Property related matters. The insights and depth of knowledge obtained on the numerous topics hosted by BWG and the contacts that I have made at the BWG sessions have been invaluable."

Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.
Eric Collins
CTO
PCPC Direct, Ltd.

BIO

Eric Collins is the CTO at PCPC Direct, a position he has held since 2013. The Houston based national technology solution provider specializes in high performance computing, virtualization and high availability, network and application architecture, messaging and collaboration, security, desktop lifecycle solutions, and managed services. They are partnered with HP, Dell, NetApp, EMC, Nvidia, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and many more. In his role he is responsible for overseeing their commercial sales team, managing their strategic technology direction and partnerships as well as their existing vendor and customer relationships. Prior to this role he was an Enterprise Sales Manager at Sirius Computer Solutions (2012-13), and was with IBM for fifteen years in a variety of customer facing technical roles (1998-2013). He can speak on trends within the IT solutions space (HPC, data center services, virtualization, storage solutions, etc) such as market dynamics, pricing, demand, product differentiation, application strategies, competitive landscape and the outlook of the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"One of the key pieces of my role is understanding where our customers are headed in the next year or two. BWG gives me insight from peers in my industry. I learn what they are seeing and this helps me shape our vision. We use this to take action now to meet our customers’ future requirements.
"

Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson
Joe Constantine
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ericsson

BIO

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Joe Constantine leads all Ericsson product alignments, Business Plans and Strategy towards Verizon. Constantine is highly experienced Telecom executive with strong business, technical and interpersonal skills coupled with international working experience and strong customer skills. He has solid understanding of wireless standards, market/technology
trends and the end customer needs. He has over 15 years of experience in the wireless communication industry and has been with Ericsson since 2000. Constantine has held different management positions within Ericsson in Europe, Asia and North America. His last assignment was Vice President and CTO of Ericsson Korea. Constantine has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  Constantine is a strong supporter of Ericsson’s sustainability initiatives, helping to drive the area from a business and customer perspective.

Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies
Miguel Dajer
VP US Wireless R&D
Huawei Technologies

TESTIMONIAL

"Access to an amazing network of individuals, from decision makers to technologists to innovators. BGW connects you through a relevant set of roundtables to the latest in technology. Its value surpasses many highly priced conferences, and it all comes to you."

Matt Dell
DNS Architect
Oracle Corp
Matt Dell
DNS Architect
Oracle Corp

BIO

Matthew Dell has been working in the DDI(DNS/DHCP/IPAM) space for the last 11 years, with tenures at some of the top DDI providers he is a recognized leader in the industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with valuable networking opportunties and industry insight. The BWG events allow me a previously unprecedented opportunity to speak with like minded individuals about whats going on in the DDI scene."

Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology
Brian Doricko
SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer
DuPont Fabros Technology

BIO

Brian Doricko - SVP of Sales - Chief Revenue Officer at DuPont Fabros Technology.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy runs very close to the holy grail of what an industry consultant and analyst should be….they get to the top of organizations and through deep inquiry find out what matters to the audience, whats new, whats rhetoric, etc. This allows organizations to get information that is immediately useful and applicable to the various challenges and corresponding initiatives at their firms. First time participants become long time participants across a very wide range of topics. This organization also does a great job of facilitating very meaningful networking across shared interests."

Michael Dube
Streaming Media Practice Owner
NPR
Michael Dube
Streaming Media Practice Owner
NPR

TESTIMONIAL

"BMG events provide significant networking and knowledge exchange opportunities with captains of industry."

Brandon Dunlap
Global CISO
Black & Veatch Corporation
Brandon Dunlap
Global CISO
Black & Veatch Corporation

BIO

With more than 20 years’ information security experience, Brandon Dunlap has managed risk in many organizations and industries. As the global CISO for Black & Veatch, he is developing a program to support operations and clients in more than 100 countries to deliver critical human infrastructure projects. Previously, he has run global information security operations for a Fortune 200 utility company, been a security product entrepreneur and served as director of product management at the largest security software company in the world.

Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor
Badawi Dweik
Director Strategic Marketing & Planning
Lattice Semiconductor

BIO

Mr Dweik has over 20 years of Semiconductor experience in field of Design, Application, Product & Strategic Marketing. Mr Dweik is a deep technical understanding in the domain of silicon design, IP, manufacturing, systems & applications. He also have a strong business acumen and good breadth of market knowledge in various segments. Prior to Lattice Semiconductor, Mr Dweik held senor roles at Memory Systems (acq. Cisco), ARM, Epson Semiconductor, He started his career at IBM Microelectronics VLSI division after he completed BS EE from Northeastern University (Magna Cum Laude). Mr Dweik also hold an MBA from Regis University with high honors.

TESTIMONIAL

"Industry Perspetive from Top Notch Executives. Great contacts and networking with market influencers"

Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox
Thomas Edwards
VP Engineering & Development
Fox

BIO

Responsible for engineering and development of new broadcast technologies at Fox. Previously Sr. Manager of Interconnection Engineering at PBS, Streaming Media Manager at IP over satellite company Cidera, and Webcast Engineer at ISP DIGEX.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG makes key execs from important companies available to help inform me about the technology landscape."

Jason Elizaitis
Director of IT Operations
Assured Guaranty
Jason Elizaitis
Director of IT Operations
Assured Guaranty
Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage
Charles Foley
Senior Vice President
Talon Storage

BIO

Mr. Foley has over 20 year experience leading both private and public company teams to success. Prior to Watchful Software, Mr. Foley was the Chairman and CEO of TimeSight Systems, Inc., a developer of leading-edge storage and video management solutions for the physical security market. He also served as President of Tacit Networks, a leader in Wide Area Network acceleration systems, where he designed the marketing and business development strategies that led to their profitable acquisition by Packeteer (NASDAQ: PKTR). Prior to that, and as CEO of InfiniCon Systems, he built and led the company to a leadership position in high performance computing; the company was acquired by QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC). While at EVP & CTO, INRANGE Technologies, Mr. Foley was Project Manager for the extremely successful year 2000 IPO (NASDAQ: INRG) which reached a $5.5B market cap while revenues rose from $185M to $265M in two years. In addition, Mr. Foley was VP, WW Marketing & Strategy, Amdahl (acquired by Fujitsu).

Mr. Foley has also held senior positions at IBM and Memorex-Telex, and sits on the Board of Directors as Chairman for Critical Links, Inc., Instamour, Inc., ITF-USA, and Delphine Group, while also holding advisory positions with RackWare, Inc., ATS, Inc., BWG Strategy LLC, SolidWitness, and myPlanit.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find that the technology community is a perfect example of a reciprocal energy ecosystem – the more you give, the more you get. I’ve gained valuable insight, introductions, and strategies from engaging in the thought-exchanges that emerge from the BWG panels."

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor
Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant, Advisor & Investor

BIO

Drue Freeman
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Experienced Global Automotive Semiconductor Executive

Drue Freeman has nearly 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Drue served as Senior Vice President of Global Automotive Sales & Marketing for NXP Semiconductors from 2009 to 2015, during which time NXP gained significant market share in the automotive semiconductor market. He has participated in numerous expert panels and spoken at various worldwide conferences on the Connected Car and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Over the course of his career with NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductors), Drue spent three years in Shanghai, China, establishing a #1 position for NXP in the China automotive market while launching and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the first true Chinese automotive semiconductor company, Datang NXP Semiconductors Co., Ltd.. Prior to moving to China, he served seven years at NXP’s Automotive Business in Germany, including four years heading up NXP’s Automotive Quality operations. Drue has also been based in Tokyo, Japan, with Philips and VLSI Technology and held positions in key account management, applications engineering, and development engineering for various companies in California.

Drue is based in Cupertino, California, where he has been working closely with the emerging Silicon Valley Automotive Electronics and Connected-Car ecosystems.

Drue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.

TESTIMONIAL

"As an independent consultant at the intersection of the semiconductor and automotive industries, I see disruptions taking place in both ecosystems. Things are changing very rapidly. BWG helps me stay connected with leading experts in the field and the roundtables provide an ideal forum for debating the consequences of these industry transformations."

Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International
Samer Ghanem
CIO
AGT International

BIO

Samer has more than 20 years experience in information technology. He has worked with both fortune 500 corporations and startups. Samer is motivated by prospect of enabling business growth through pragmatic use of technology. Samer brings expertise in product creation and transitioning products from inception to operations to optimization and profitability. He is currently the CIO for AGT International, a leading IOT analytics technology company.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events are very informative and bring insights from industry veterans together. The events are focused and incisive. BWG events are also a great place to connect with respected professionals."

Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom
Vinko Grskovic
VP of Strategy & Architecture
Perseus Telecom

BIO

Seasoned Senior Technology and Architecture Executive with extensive, diverse and a proven record of success in envisioning, designing and leading technology-based, business initiatives. Thought leader who leverages emerging and establish technologies to solve complex business process objectives in economic, supportable and scalable fashion. Track record of developing and executing profitable IT strategies and architectures, building high performance teams that achieve enterprise business objectives and establishing governance.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a invaluable resource to keep ahead of trends in the market. BWG connects high caliber individuals who otherwise may have never met across many verticals in an intimate round table setting."

Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners
Tim Hammer
Channel Manager
Sandler Partners

BIO

Tim Hammer - Channel Manager at Sandler Partners, Americas fastest growing distributor of connectivity and cloud services. (Master Agent Partner of Level 3 & Zayo Group). Former Account Executive at TW Telecom.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a neutral forum for me to share and glean insight that would otherwise remain segmented. We all have our circles, and sometimes within those circles, thoughts become jaded. By having intelligent conversations at multiple engagement levels, I am able to better serve my clients by providing a more seasoned analysis of the market."

Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation
Martin Hannigan
Strategic Advisor, Interconnection
Microsoft Corporation

BIO

MARTIN HANNIGAN is a proven leader in Internet networking technologies and the architecture of large-scale data centers. With extensive experience in the business, finance, and law of the Internet, Hannigan is a team player who has helped to develop the structure and governance of the Internet. In the late 1980s, he was a member of a small group of early Internet adopters who taught students at MIT about Internet protocols. Today, he is a strategic advisor for interconnection at Microsoft. His career spans start-ups and global corporations, where he has worked to improve the data center ecosystem as well as Internet interconnection. At Akamai Technologies, where Hannigan worked from 2008 to 2016, he led interconnection, data center, and network architecture for the world’s largest, top-scaling, and best-performing global content delivery network that saw repeated, record-breaking levels of Internet traffic.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG roundtables are an invaluable source of professional exploration and confirmation. It's rewarding to engage with like minded professionals on a variety of topics and learn something new each time.
"

Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation
Jon Harding
Global CIO
Conair/Cuisinart Corporation

BIO

Jon Harding - Global CIO at Conair Corporation

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit/value I get from BWG is to attend well-targeted events with peers and understand the value and lessons learnt in implementing emerging technologies."

Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Doron Jaget
CIO/CTO
Slomins
Mani Janardhanan
Senior Product Manager
Penguin Computing
Mani Janardhanan
Senior Product Manager
Penguin Computing

BIO

Seasoned product management and business development professional focused on technology industry spanning several segments across hardware and software: Infrastructure, Architecture, Operating Systems, Networking, Applications, Cloud and Data Center. Skilled at customer and partner engagement, product road-mapping, design, development and execution from concept to customer satisfaction. Enjoys building and operating businesses, analysis and strategy and possesses strong quantitative skills. Completed Bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunications from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Master's in Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me the opportunity to learn from, connect, interact and share my views with successful leading professionals from various organizations in the technology industry covering a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from semiconductor to applications. Conference calls provides me an ideal platform to gather wide-ranging perspectives and significantly widens my zone of knowledge pertaining to my business, industry, competition and customers."

Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic
Adam Japhet
Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design
Scholastic

BIO

Adam Japhet is an NYC-based technology leader who has extensive experience launching and operating high volume and visibility digital properties through the creative use of automation, cloud and open source technologies. He has held a variety of roles at Scholastic and is currently overseeing the cultural and technological transformation of the organization’s operations teams to be more engineering-centric and metrics-driven. He has a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

TESTIMONIAL

"As far as the benefit/value that I get from BWG, it’s the unvarnished, high-level and straight from my peers feedback on the vendors and services I rely on to meet my companies needs that is the highest value I can see. There is literally no other source I work with where I can get such valuable information that helps shape my decision making that is not somehow tainted or biased by some vendor or preconceived solution."

Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics
Lars Johnsson
VP Marketing & Business Development
Cavendish Kinetics

BIO

Lars Johnsson is responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Business Development at Cavendish-Kinetics, which he joined in January 2014, coming from Broadcom’s Mobile & Wireless group. At Broadcom Lars was Senior Director responsible for the Product Marketing and Management of Broadcom’s LTE modem platform, including design wins, product roadmap, life-cycle and customer program management. Prior to Broadcom Lars was Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Beceem Communications, which he helped grow to 65% market share and >$100M revenue in the WiMAX chipset market in 2010, prior to being acquired by Broadcom.
Lars joined Beceem 5 years after co-founding Flarion Technologies, the OFDM Mobile Broadband pioneer which he helped spin-out of Lucent Bell Labs in 2000. At Flarion, Lars was initially responsible for Business Development and later Product Marketing until the acquisition by Qualcomm in 2005. Lars holds a MBA in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and a MS in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG strategy calls and networking events provide diverse insights into a wide range of RF and semiconductor industry topics, which are essential to successfully navigate this fast changing ecosystem"

Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz
Amol Kalburge
Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts
TowerJazz

BIO

Amol Kalburge serves as Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing and Key Accounts at TowerJazz – a leading specialty semiconductor foundry – and is instrumental in leading marketing efforts for the RF Business unit. Prior to this position, he served as Director of R&D & Process Engineering, and as Manager of Device Technology at Jazz Semiconductor – a wholly owned subsidiary. Amol has also advised market leaders across the entire semiconductor ecosystem when he was senior manager and a principal member of Semiconductor Practice at PRTM Management Consultants (now PwC). Amol received an MS and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He holds 27 patents and has co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy roundtable discussions/calls provide a great forum for industry experts from diverse fields to come together, share their insights and learn from each other on the latest and the greatest in this rapidly evolving marketplace. "

Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.
Axel Kloth
Founder, President and CEO
Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.

BIO

Axel is a proven Founder, CEO, CTO and VP of Engineering with excellent people, time and project management skills for hardware including ASICs and software. He has authored or co-authored over 20 patents (8 issued in the US) and 5 books as well as three articles in top-tier magazines. Aside from writing books he has been retained multiple times to peer review articles and books on HPC. He has been an invited repeat speaker to the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, the Flash Memory Summit and multiple IEEE conferences.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating in BWG Strategy's roundtable discussions allows me to voice my opinion of certain companies, get honest and unfiltered feedback from other participants, helps me identify market and technology opportunities for those companies and mine, and opens up a network of other like-minded executives and professionals."

Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline
Brian Laing
SVP Corp Dev & Products
Lastline

BIO

For more than 20 years, Brian Laing has shared his strategic business vision and technical leadership with a range of start-ups and established companies in various executive level roles. The author of “APT for Dummies,” he was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. Brian previously founded Hive Media where he served as CEO. He co-founded RedSeal Systems, where he conceived the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. He was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software, who released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG events have been been a tremendous way for me to both contribute and learn from security practitioners, and channel members. The mutual sharing of experience, insights gives great visibility into the market, and how various companies are dealing with security issues. "

Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling
Vincent Lanzillo
Director, Infrastructure & Operations Global Technology Solutions
Shearman & Sterling

BIO

Vince Lanzillo is Director, Global Head of Infrastructure, Systems & Operations at Shearman &

Sterling LLP. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the global engineering, operations

and service delivery organizations for the firm. He and his team define and execute strategic

technology infrastructure and application launch initiatives while ensuring pro-active

management of the firm’s enterprise platforms.

In his prior role as Vice President, NYSE Euronext & subsidiary companies, he played a leading

role in managing the commercial data center and network services businesses advancing NYSE’s

position as a leading exchange. While working at NYSE’s Sector Inc. subsidiary, he led the

Technical Services and Enterprise Solutions organizations overseeing Network Engineering,

Project & Product Management, Telecom Provisioning, Managed Services and Pre-Sales support

teams & programs.

Through his work experience and education, Vincent has developed strong knowledge of both

the legal and financial services verticals. He views industry knowledge, process improvement

planning, effective program coordination and cultivation of strong customer relationships as key

ingredients for growing successful businesses.

Vincent received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a MBA from Pace

University. He has also participated in extensive executive training at the University of

Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.

Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Alex Luch
Director of IT
iZotope, Inc
Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield
Leif Maiorini
Global Technology Director - Solution Design and Delivery
Cushman & Wakefield

BIO

Leif Maiorini - Senior Managing Director of Global IT Strategy, Planning, and Applications at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International
Derek Martin
Executive Director
Laureate International

BIO

Derek is Executive Director of CRM and Database Marketing for Laureate, the worlds largest for profit higher education company. He is a recognized speaker on driving customer-centric business results and has held leadership roles in B2B & B2C marketing, sales, and operations for industry leaders such as American Express and MetLife.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is so valuable because it brings together select industry experts to discuss real issues and opportunities in a no-nonsense format. Focused, relevant, and fun, my network and my understanding expands at every single event.
"

Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM
Doug Miller
Director – Infrastructure
RSM

BIO

Doug Miller is a Director in McGladrey’s Management and Technology Consulting practice focused on infrastructure specializing in carve-out and integration delivery. Mr. Miller brings over 18 years of enterprise information technology (IT) experience across corporate IT, consulting & re-seller and publisher channels working with enterprises to accomplish their business and technical goals. He has a deep understanding of how organizations can best benefit from technology.

Doug brings hands-on experience with the challenges of providing IT in international settings. In addition to the United States, Mr. Miller has lived and worked throughout Europe and Central America. He developed a depth of expertise and experience leading large-scale implementations and migrations, carve-outs, mergers and acquisitions, reducing costs, and optimizing IT infrastructure and processes.

Prior to McGladrey, he has held positions including being an Enterprise Architect, Data Center Strategist with Microsoft and a Chief Technology Officer for a government-regulated entity.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participating with BWG allows me to participate in meaningful discussions across a wide variety of technical solutions with respected peers across the country. The thought leadership and quality of insights I am able to leverage from each call allows me to provide my clients with better solutions, services, and overall technology experience."

Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit
Ajay Mookerjee
Founder & Executive Director
Fair Square Financial; and Digital Credit

BIO

Dr. Ajay Mookerjee - CEO at Offshore Analytics. Former Managing Director, Asia & CEO, Agent-BankCards at Capital One

Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.
Tom Mumford
Storage Technology Strategist
TriAxis, Inc.

BIO

My career’s focus has been on successfully designing and applying technology solutions and processes. The result has been the successful identification, resolution and transcendence of the goals and challenges both business and technology professionals face. My experience has led me to co-found and lead TriAxis and to primarily concentrate on supporting infrastructures as they relate to the storage, management and protection of digital assets. This includes appropriate and continual access for both on-premise as well as "​in the Cloud" strategies. Rapid growth of SaaS companies is a strong area of interest with which I collaborate with both SaaS technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as VCs and other stakeholders.

TESTIMONIAL

"As a panelist for BWG Strategy since 2013, I have found my relationship valuable to me professionally for three specific reasons: I learn from my industry peers, I’m kept on the forefront of this rapidly changing market, and I’m forced to challenge my own ideas and precepts. As an Advisory Board Member, I am humbled to be associated with such industry luminaries that Bill and Greg bring together and I am pleased that they are so interested in bettering themselves that they listen and respond to input from the Board. I actively recommend BWG Strategy to likely candidates that could benefit from their industry breadth and format."

Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors
Jonathan Murray
EVP & CTO
Digital Prism Advisors

BIO

Jonathan is Founding Partner at Innovia Strategies.1Hisunique blend of large enterprise sales, operating and business strategy and policy experience combined with a deep expertise in modern software architecture and engineering makes him the ideal partner for clients needing to understand and address the complex factors at play in an accelerating global digital transformation.Jonathan is currently engaged as interim CTO and Head of Technology at The New York Times. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President& Chief Technology Officer at Warner Music Group (WMG) where he was responsible for the company’s global technology strategy. In this role he drove the transformation of WMG’s technology capabilities, the implementation of a new cloud computing based software delivery factory and new organizational and process models. This experience provided Jonathan with a unique perspective on the disruption of traditional organization structures, jobs and business models being wrought by a new generation of technologies, digital tools and platforms.Jonathan created the concept of a ‘Composable Enterprise’2, which provides a radical blueprint for enabling highly adaptive and agile business models enabled by modern software architectures and platforms.He believes that ‘Time-to-Value’ should be the key success metric for all enterprise technology organizations and that a comprehensive transformation of enterprise software platforms, processes and organization structures will be required to accomplish this.His agenda-defining presentation3at the 2013 Cloud Foundry summit is widely seen as a road-map for next generation of enterprise IT.Jonathan is a published456research fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and an advisor to the Bacharach Leadership Group7out of Cornell University’s Institute of Labor Relations. He is a regular speaker on cloud computing technology and policy issues and an advisor to several technology investment funds, the World Bank, European Commission,the OECD and The Conference Board. In 2012 was recognized as one of the leading cloud-computing visionaries8and in 2014 Jonathan was elected to The Economist’s ‘Agenda Digital 50’. Previously, Jonathan spent sixteen years in various executive roles with Microsoft including Vice President of the company’s Public Sector Technology Office and Vice President of Global Account Sales where he was responsible for leading Microsoft’s engagement with its top enterprise customers. Prior to joining Microsoft Jonathan held a number of systems architecture and design roles with ARCO International Oil and Gas. He has an extensive background in software engineering, architecture and systems design and a formal education in geology and earth sciences.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers me access to the one of the best networks of experts and senior decisions makers across all the technology domains critical to the strategic transformation of today’s digital enterprise."

Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Christian Nicholas
CTO
CCNet Managed Services
Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.
Luke Norris
Founder and CEO
Faction Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG group has done an amazing job connecting Faction to the greater infrastructure market at C-level. We gain insights into the macro trends shaping the landscape allowing us to see around the corners of our fast moving market. It continues to be an in-valuable resource for our entire group."

Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, WW Sales & Partnerships - Cloud Platforms
Ubuntu
Fernando Oliveira
Senior Director, WW Sales & Partnerships - Cloud Platforms
Ubuntu

BIO

Fernando Oliveira is the Senior Director, WW Sales and Partnerships for Ubuntu/Canonical and Advisory Board Member for BWGStrategy since October of 2014. Previously led Cisco Cloud Global Strategy as Director for Cisco. Fernando joined Cisco in 2008 as an Account Manager in Brazil and quickly advanced to the roles of regional manager for Cloud and Managed Services across Latin America and Emerging Markets.Before, Fernando led sales roles for Service Providers in Brazil. Fernando holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from FURB and MBA from Coppead in Brazil and Executive Education in Leadership from Stanford GSB and Strategy from Harvard Business School in U.S

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy brings high caliber top executives from many different specialized industries to collectively collaborate and discuss critical challenges and how we can move into execution practical way. BWG Strategy allows top execs to network and identify potential opportunities to collaborate innovations that benefits many industries."

Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions
Ray Ortega
Chief Technology Officer.
BBH Solutions

BIO

Ray Ortega joined BBH Solutions in February 2009, and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to being named CTO, Ray was BBH’s Unified Communications Practice Manager, leading the teams responsible for Unified Communications, Networking, Security and other key technologies. He has more than 21 years of experience in the technology industry, with an expertise in Financial, Non-Profit, Life Sciences, Engineering and Manufacturing verticals.

Before joining BBH, Ray was a Technologist and Consultant designing and building Networks, Trading Floors, and Global Unified Communications environments as well as performing Business Case Analytics for large scale technology refresh and relocation projects. He has participated in over 1,100 Client Projects and designed environments for over 400 firms, with high profile projects for many of the Fortune 50 firms.

As CTO, Ray develops the BBH service offerings, and leads a team of Technologists that design, build, and support Voice, Data, and Video Solutions that are premise based or hosted in BBH’s cloud environment.

Ray graduated with Honors from Bernard M. Baruch, Zicklin School of Business.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided me the opportunity to engage in technology discussions with peers on relevant industry topics. The candid discussions allow for direct sharing of experiences with products and services that help confirm technology strategy. I have also developed several key business relationships as a result of introductions made possible by BWG."

Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace
Christopher Osborn
SVP of Engineering
adMarketplace

BIO

Chris has been involved in helping companies scale for the last 20 years; from start up to huge multinationals. Chris started at BBN Planet in the early 90's as one of the first 30 employees, joined the first CDN, Sandpiper, in the late 90's, and then went onto start his own company where he consulted full time with large financial firms such as UBS on emerging and disruptive technology. Chris is now working in adtech at adMarketplace as the VP of engineering building the data science, high speed ad serving, QA and infrastructure teams.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a unique forum for practitioners and decision makers across industries to honestly discuss issues related to technology. The interaction has been extremely useful in understanding how others in both related and unrelated industries are solving similar problem sets using a variety of products and processes."

Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America
Paul Palonsky
VP Sales
SK Hynix America

BIO

Paul Palonsky leads the compute and storage sales group for SK Hynix America and is responsible for coordinating sales activities on a worldwide basis for SK Hynix’s largest global account customers.

Paul, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, started his career as a design engineer. He migrated into sales first as an Application Engineer with LSI Logic and later as a Sales Engineer with Toshiba. Upon joining SK Hynix, then Hyundai Electronics, in 1994, Paul worked as a sales manager for the IBM account. He was promoted to Director of Strategic Sales in2004 and was responsible for leading the sales teams for SK Hynix’s largest customers. Paul was elevated to VP of Strategic Sales in 2007 and was again promoted to VP of Sales in 2009.

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG events, participants form lasting industry relationships and gain valuable market insights."

Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Darren Person
SVP/CTO Global Product Technology
RELX Group
Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s
Kerri Phillips
Digital Marketing Manager
Lou Malnati’s

BIO

Kerri is a skilled multi-channel and brand marketing professional with a focus on customer acquisition via all digital marketing channels. Experienced in search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, social media, reputation management and online brand awareness. Proven track record of putting metrics in place to hit revenue and profit goals. Skilled mentor and mediator who excels at bringing out the best in team members.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way to connect with other industry leaders on a wide variety of topics. The conference calls are kept on time and topic. They have given me insight on what others are doing while helping me stay current in space that is consistently changing."

Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace
Ed Ray
Senior Cloud Security Architect
Rackspace

BIO

I am a seasoned Information Security / Cyber Security technology leader possessing a deep background in Network Infrastructure, Network Security, Governance, Identity Management, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments and more.

I have provided security management and technical leadership as well as performed hundreds of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, host security reviews, and web application assessments and security infrastructure reviews for corporate and governmental agencies in the U.S. and abroad. I have also written articles and technical papers on security and presented to audiences worldwide on computer and network security. In addition I have provided technical and management consulting on information security incident investigations and forensic analysis.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefits I get from BWG are insights into enterprise security decisions. I come from an enterprise security background and served as a trusted advisors to CIOs and CISOs, and the discussions provide me with important information regarding enterprise opinions on security as well as networking opportunities. In addition, the exposure allows me to open the eyes of enterprises to the possibilities of cloud deployment, and to note the similarities/differences of how both cloud and enterprise manage risk."

Oscar Rodriguez
VP Client Partner / Cloud Evangelist
Cloud Technology Partners
Oscar Rodriguez
VP Client Partner / Cloud Evangelist
Cloud Technology Partners

BIO

Oscar Rodriguez is a Cloud and Digital Marketing Evangelist with more than twenty five years of experience delivering technology strategies/solutions for a multitude of enterprise-wide initiatives across Life Sciences, Healthcare, Insurance, Banking, High Technology, Telecom, and Consumer Goods industries. Oscar has extensive experience driving business architecture decisions and next-generation of emerging technology solutions. He is a frequent speaker discussing the impact of Digital Marketing, Cloud, Analytics and Big Data on business at several executive forum events in New York City.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is one the best executive forums that brings together Industry Leaders continually to share their opinions about the most sophisticated leading-edge trends in Social Media, Digital Marketing, Cloud, Big Data, eCommerce, etc."

Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mark Rosen
Director of Engineering
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

BIO

Mark Rosen - As Director of Engineering at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mark is responsible for Blades Servers, Enclosure/Infrastructure as well as the Mechanical/Signal Integrity organization in support of HPE's BladeSystem portfolio. Prior to HPE Mark was Vice President of Engineering at Extreme Networks. In that role, he was responsible for Hardware Development of Extreme's portfolio of Fixed and Chassis based Switches. In addition, his responsibilities included Extreme's EOS operating system and overall software quality (SQA) across all products.

Mark has a diverse and strong engineering and business operations background, with over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles. Prior to Extreme, Mark held leadership roles at RGB Networks and Cisco Systems in the Global Government Solution Group and Mobile Wireless Group, as well as at Broadband Technology/Pliant Systems.

Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation
Jim Rutt
CTO
The Dana Foundation

BIO

Technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in the automation of multi-million dollar enterprises. Strong record of success in creating robust IT architectures and infrastructures with an emphasis on cloud-based architectures. Proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while managing costs and risks.

TESTIMONIAL

"I receive tremendous value from my involvement with BWG. They’ve truly raised the bar for roundtable events with their world-class industry experts who provide breadth and depth to every event."

Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC
Joe Ryan
Director of Acquisitions
Tower Ventures, LLC

BIO

Joe is the Director of Acquisitions at Tower Ventures where he oversees all of the company’s acquisition activity. Additionally, Joe develops towers in New England in partnership with Tower Ventures. Prior to joining Tower Ventures Joe was the Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at CTI Towers.

Previously, Joe was at American Tower, where he held various management positions within the organization including Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Director of Corporate Development and Senior Attorney. As Director of Mergers and Acquisitions he was responsible for American Tower’s mergers and acquisitions efforts in the US.

During his tenure at American Tower, he was involved in the acquisition of thousands of towers and other wireless assets, such as the rooftop of the 100 story John Hancock Center in Chicago. Joe also oversaw all legal functions related to American Tower’s build-to-suit program, and as Director of Corporate Development, Joe focused on several specific corporate development opportunities including acquisitions, the disposition of underperforming assets and the consolidation of the company’s real estate assets. Prior to his tower industry career, Joe was an attorney in private practice in Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG
Tassos Sarbanes
Mathematician, Data Architect, Data Scientist
Credit Suisse, AG

BIO

I am a mathematician-turned-computer-scientist, an experienced IT professional with a wealth of
capabilities and knowledge acquired specifically in information systems, data management, data (big, fast, and small) analysis and data science in international roles.

I am driven in by my ambition to become an established data scientist, through gaining new experience
in the data analytics field and improving my skills in areas such as handling big data and new
technologies and have a real love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Effectively combining technical expertise with commercial acumen, I particularly enjoy researching,
exploring, and understanding specific areas of the financial industry, often preparing presentations,
papers, and books of certain areas such as algorithmic development for mathematical and statistical problems,
and optimization in numerical computing.

I enjoy a collaborative approach to tasks, working with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds to
align on a common goal or theme, through healthy debate. The type of role that motivates me is one that
will enable me to provide substantial benefit and innovation to an organization, while also providing
scope for personal and professional growth.

TESTIMONIAL

"It is essential to leverage your social as well your professional network. Extremely important to participate in independent review boards for making more informed decisions when evaluating technology products and vendors."

Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc
Scott Scherer
Chief Information Officer
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc

BIO

Since 2004, Scott has been the Chief Information Officer for Jersey Mike’s a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide. A seasoned 20-year IT professional, Scott served as President of System Services, a national IT service provider and software development company. He was also President of Zynite Technologies, a web development company, and worked at DAQ Electronics as a software development manager.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG’s roundtable discussions provide me with an opportunity participate in discussions about industry products and trends in short periods of time without having to travel to conferences. The discussions are well moderated allowing a tremendous amount of information to be discussed in a short period of time. These roundtables are a unique opportunity for me to share my expertise as well as gain insight from some of the top industry professionals in an open environment."

Eric Sharpsten
CTO
Lockheed Martin
Eric Sharpsten
CTO
Lockheed Martin

BIO

Eric Sharpsten is the CTO for Health and Life Sciences – Federal Health at Lockheed Martin where he supports customers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS (Office of the Secretary), Veterans Administration, and other commercial health services through Lockheed Martin’s QTC subsidiary. Eric began his career as a systems engineer at GE Aerospace working on real-time Sonar, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and maritime Weapons systems. He quickly moved to working with large scale networks and enterprise strategic planning for Lockheed Martin’s Enterprise Information Systems supporting the lager Lockheed Martin corporate infrastructure. Eric’s role and responsibilities were expanded when he moved to a product management role developing and supporting several key capabilities to support Lockheed Martin core businesses including Aeronautics, Space, Missiles and Fire Controls, and well as Mission Systems. Eric served as an adjunct professor for the LeMoyne College from 2000-2007 where he is a founding and active Information Systems academic advisory board. Eric received his MBA from LeMoyne College and his BA in Computer Information Sciences from Potsdam College (SUNY).

Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation
Hamid Shokrgozar
President
Viking Technology a Division of Sanmina at Sanmina Corporation

BIO

Mr. Hamid Shokrgozar joined Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM) as President of Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina in June 2009. Viking Technology develops and delivers innovative high-technology DRAM, Flash, and Solid State Drive (SSD) products that optimize the value and performance of our customers’ applications. Founded in 1989, Viking Technology has been providing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with industry leading designs, engineering, product support and customer service for over two decades.

As an inventive and energetic leader, Hamid Shokrgozar is a senior-level executive with over 25 years technical and general management experience with publicly traded companies in the technology and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shokrgozar served as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board of White Electronic Designs Corporation (NASDAQ: WEDC). WEDC together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and manufactures defense electronic components and systems for inclusion in high technology products for the defense and aerospace markets. The company’s defense electronic solutions include advanced semiconductor and multi-chip packaged components, circuit card assemblies, and electromechanical assemblies, as well as a proprietary process for applying anti-tamper protection to mission critical semiconductor components. Its products include system in package, microprocessor modules, memory modules, mechanical components, and anti-tamper technology. WEDC was acquired by Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC).

Mr. Shokrgozar has served as Chairman and Board Member of the American Electronics Association, Arizona Council; member of the Board of Directors of Interface Data Systems (IDS); and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he was featured as one of three guest speakers at the NACD Arizona Chapter on Enterprise Risk Management. Mr. Shokrgozar graduated from California State University – Fullerton with a BS and BSEE in Engineering. He has received additional professional advancement through the National Management Association (NMA) in Data Communication Systems and multiple business management courses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy offers great insight to understand markets, technologies, customers and competitors.
The executives roundtables provide real-time market intelligence as well as helping executives adjust and validate our own ideas."

Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet
Jon Siders
Regional Sales Consultant
TriNet

BIO

Business to Business SaaS software and service sales expert from Mid-Sized businesses to enterprise sales. Human Capital Management specialist with 10 years of over quota attainment with leadership and mentorship experience.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to get insight about the Human Capital Management field that is not readily available through the public domain. I am able to connect with other industry professionals and share information to be more consultative with my prospective clients. BWG is a great resource for my professional career."

Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC
Malcolm Smith
Managing Consultant
AnalogSmith Design Solutions LLC

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to gain insights from executives coming from fields and geographies different from my own that I would not normally have access to. These insights allow me continuously to update and plan the strategy for my business"

Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos
Gib Sorebo
Chief Cybersecurity Technologist
Leidos

BIO

Gib Sorebo is a Chief Cyber Security Technologist for Leidos where he assists government and private sector organizations in complying with legal and regulatory requirements and addressing cybersecurity risks. He has been working in the information technology industry for more than twenty-three years in both the public and private sector. He is oversees and coordinates cybersecurity activities within the energy and other commercial sectors for Leidos. He recently co-authored a book on Smart Grid Security. He is a frequent speaker at national cybersecurity conferences on issues such as data breach response, e-discovery, critical infrastructure protection, compliance, BYOD, and many other topics.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a tremendous resource for networking and learning more about the various markets and companies they cover on the calls. The calls are always lively and a joy to be part of. They have been an immense help for me."

Mike Stolz
Principal Engineer - GemFire Product Manager
Pivotal
Mike Stolz
Principal Engineer - GemFire Product Manager
Pivotal
Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc
Chris Swenson
Director of Systems
ZocDoc

BIO

Chris Swenson - Director of Systems at ZocDoc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides technology leaders with an open forum to discuss and gain an understanding of overall industry direction. BWG events are a must attend if you desire to keep up with the next steps for the technology industry."

Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS
Joe Talik
VP, Digital Transformation
NEORIS

BIO

Joe is a well known industry leader specializing in resolving complex business problems, delivering critical initiatives in business transformation, creating successful methodologies & governance models while providing solid leadership and having functional expertise in both business & technology disciplines in multiple industry verticals. He is driven to ensure companies operate with the most optimal business and technology models based on industry best practices saving millions of dollars for companies.

Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services
Eric Thelen
Enterprise Account Executive
Amazon Web Services

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a hugely valuable source of industry knowledge, industry trends, networking and exposure for my company to end-users and partners.
"

Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.
Daryl Ullman
Co-Founder, Chief Consulting Officer
Emerset Consulting Group Inc.

BIO

Daryl has more than 20 years of goal-oriented management, sales and negotiation

experience. In his role as Chief Consulting Officer at Emerset, he acts as a primary advisor

to C-level executives of large corporations to help them successfully negotiate optimal

licensing agreements.

Prior to founding Emerset almost a decade ago, Daryl worked at Microsoft® in the roles of

Licensing Manager for the Enterprise & Partner Group and Group Manager for Mid-Market

Organizations. This and other experience has formed the foundation of Emerset’s

proprietary Clear Licensing Methodology (CLM) for conducting software licensing

negotiations.



Daryl holds a BBA for Business Administration and Management from the University of

West London and an MSc in Management and Information Systems from the Polytechnic

Institute of New York University.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is an extremely valuable resource for Triton. BWG’s roundtable discussions provide access to a wide variety of industry experts and analysts in a fast-paced, informative format. We recommend BWG to anyone looking for industry discussion and insight found nowhere else."

Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC
Joe Viviano
Director of Specialist Presales
EMC

BIO

Joe Viviano - Sr. Manager, Specialist System Engineers at EMC

TESTIMONIAL

"The team at BWG Strategy has created a unique venue that brings together industry professionals to share insights on technology trends and companies. Over the years I have found it to be an invaluable aspect of my professional career in Enterprise IT through the knowledge acquired at their industry events, professional relationships born, and insights shared with leaders in the field. It has had a profound impact on how I approach my profession each day."

“Over the years I have found BWG to be an invaluable aspect of my professional career in Enterprise IT through the knowledge acquired at their industry events, professional relationships born, and insights shared with leaders in the field.”

Joe Viviano, Director of Specialist Presales, EMC