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Presenters

Akshay Sharma
Company: TeleMedCo, Acting CTO

former Gartner analyst, presented on Blockchain and advising a few startups in Blockchain, one going through an ICO, one as a platform provider, one in the medical IoT space with Blockchain for medica...

Sessions: AI and Machine learning, Blockchain and Beyond
Alan Shimel
Company: DevOps, Founder, DevOps.com Co-Founder DevOps Institute

Alan is the founders of DevOps.com where he serves as editor-in-chief. DevOps.com is where the world meets DevOps. It is the largest collection of original content relating to DevOps on the webs toda...

Sessions: DevOps
Albert Santalo
Company: 8Base, CEO

Albert Santalo is a computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies. His passion lies in designing products and buildin...

Sessions: Automation - what are the impacts on business
Alex Funkhouser
Company: Sherlock Talent, President

Alex is the CEO of SherlockTalent, connecting top tech talent with quality companies. We help companies that are frustrated by the difficulty in hiring top tech, marketing, and creative professiona...

Amjad Shamim
Company: AAJ Technologies, CEO

Amjad is the CEO and Managing Partner of AAJ Technologies. In this role, he sets the vision and strategy for the organization, drives growth and expansion, and fosters its customer-focused culture. Pr...

Sessions: It’s Beta to Have a Sales Process: How to Sell in the Tech Space When you Intensely Dislike Sales
Anand Rao
Company: Autonation, SVP, Head of Digital

Anand has over 20 years of experience leading digital transformations, developing technology teams, and building customer experiences. Prior to joining AutoNation as SVP of Digital, Anand was an Assoc...

Sessions: How to Stay Relevant: Embracing Technology
Angela Polania
Company: Elevate, Principal

Angela has over 16 years of experience in business and technology consulting. Angela started her career at Andersen followed by Deloitte working in the IT consulting and auditing practices. Today An...

Sessions: Building Diversity in the Tech Industry
Anjali Leon
Company: Pragmatic Project Leadership, Agile Coach and Consultant

Anjali is the owner and principal coach at Pragmatic Project Leadership LLC, a South Florida based boutique Agile Coaching, Training, and Consulting Practice, where she and her collaborators help orga...

Sessions: The Agile Journey Lean Coffee
Armando Lambert
Company: Bayview Asset Management, LLC, VP of Enterprise Optimization

Professional in Enterprise Optimization, Strategy and Information Technology Management with extensive experience....

Barkha Herman
Company: Whole Yachts, Inc., Founder

Barkha is an experienced technology professional with a history of success in small startup environments and in large global organizations...

Sessions: Ask the Experts Panel - Software Technologies and Careers
Becca Danta
Company: Miami Angels, Managing Director

Rebecca Danta is the Managing Director of Miami Angels, an angel network that funds Seed and Series A technology companies with early traction across various sectors. Prior to joining Miami Angels...

Sessions: Venture Capital presented by Florida Venture Forum
Becky McNeeley
Company: Ultimate Software, Principal Agile Coach

Becky McNeeley has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years and has spent the last ten years leading software development teams at Ultimate Software. She currently works on the Lean-Agile Pr...

Sessions: Coaching Wilt Chamberlain - Using Behavioral Economics to Create a Learning Culture
Bhavin Asher
Company: Salesforce, Director

Director at Salesforce...

Sessions: AI and Machine learning
Bill Dykas
Company: Telit, Senior Product Manager

Bill has 15+ years of business/market development and product management experience in a broad cross-section of technology categories. My career experience with RFID, Big Data analytics, Pervasive Com...

Sessions: IoT
Bob Fitts
Company: SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo and SUP® Radio, Founder + Producer

Bob Fitts is the Founder + Producer of SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo, the largest early-stage conference in the state of Florida, and SUP-X® Radio, a series of podcasts devoted to startup and early-stage...

Sessions: Startup Ecosystem
Bob Smoley
Company: VerifiID, Founder, Director & Chief of Product Strategy

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Sessions: Medical Technology
Brad Farabaugh
Company: Veeam, Senior Systems Engineer

Backup and Replication Software capabilities, functionalities and integration....

Sessions: Backup and Replication Software capabilities, functionalities and integration
Cecil Phillip
Company: Microsoft, Cloud Developer Advocate

Cecil Phillip is a software developer with almost a decade of experience with creating enterprise software solutions. Today, he works for Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate where he helps develop...

Chris Fleck
Company: Citrix, Vice President & Technical Fellow

Chris is Citrix Vice President and Technical Fellow. A self-professed tech instigator, he’s a devotee of Mobility, IoT, VDI, Clouds, & Innovation....

Sessions: Digital Transformation: Embracing the Digital Future
Christine Speedy
Company: CenPOS, CenPOS Sales

Christine Speedy, PCI QIR certified, CenPOS Sales, uncovers potential credit card data breach threats daily, primarily due to misinformation and outdated or poorly implemented systems. Christine’s s...

Sessions: Data Breach
Colleen Esposito
Company: Assurant, Agile Coach

"Colleen Esposito believes that agile is changing the world for good and proud to be in the community making it happen. During the day she helps companies, and the people in them, realize their full p...

Sessions: Does Agile change your process or your perspective?
Connie Valencia

Connie is an agent of change motivated by delivering on strategy by aligning IT programs to business priorities. She is a pragmatic thinker that has played instrumental roles in three enterprise-w...

Sessions: Building Diversity in the Tech Industry
Curtis Peterson
Company: RingCentral, SVP Operations

Digital transformation is about meeting the needs of today’s modern business. The new workforce is increasingly mobile, global and distributed and is putting requirements on companies to support the...

Sessions: Accelerating Digital Transformation
Damian Montero
Company: Vertical Bridge, Senior Solutions Developer

I've been thrilled to be at the cutting edge of this exciting industry for the last 20 years. My beard isn't great just from age but also from experience. My team building skills are exceptional and y...

Dan Polimeni
Company: SFISSA.ORG, GSEC, GCIH, Lead Threat & Vulnerability Management

Dan is Director of Communication at SFISSA.ORG...

Dave Noderer
Company: Computer Ways, Inc., President

Software developer in South Florida focused on Microsoft technologies including c#, SQL Server and Azure....

Sessions: Ask the Experts Panel - Software Technologies and Careers
Dave Shanker
Company: Kinect Consulting, Director of Platform Engineering

Dave Shanker is the Director of Platform Engineering at Kinect Consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to helping enterprise teams reduce time-to-market, overall cost, & learning curve around deve...

Sessions: DevOps
David Coddington
Company: Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, David heads up the Business development group at the Alliance. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is the designate...

Sessions: Digital Transformation: Embracing the Digital Future
David Koppe
Company: MongoDB, Director of Information Strategy

David Koppe is the Director of Information Strategy at MongoDB for the Eastern region. The Information Strategy group is a specialized team within MongoDB, focused on helping companies derive busines...

Doug Cohen
Company: Sandler Training, President

Doug Cohen is President of Summit Performance Training, an authorized Sandler Training center serving the South Florida area. Doug combines real-life problem-solving experience, with coaching and co...

Sessions: It’s Beta to Have a Sales Process: How to Sell in the Tech Space When you Intensely Dislike Sales
Drew Indelicato
Company: Citrix, Manager, CyberSecurity Operations/Insider Threat - Treasurer, ISSA South Florida Chapter

Drew Indelicato is Manager of the CyberSecurity Operations team at Citrix. Drew has more than 15 years of experience in IT Security. Drew’s primary focus is currently on Insider Threat and CyberThre...

Sessions: Data Breach
Dwight Goins
Company: NEDD Tech/THOTH Speed Engineers, Chief Algorithms Officer

Dwight Goins is the Chief Algorithms Officer (CAO) and Lead Emerging Experiences Consultant at THOTH Speed Engineers located in Coral Springs, Florida. Dwight spends most of his time leading his team ...

Elizabeth Decker
Company: Cross Country Healthcare Inc., Director of Corporate Systems

Elizabeth Decker is the Director, IT Enables Services at Cross Country Healthcare Inc., the SIM Women Champion and the Partnership Chair of the SIM South Florida Chapter. Ms. Decker has 20+ years of ...

Etienne Gillard
Company: Waleteros, Founder

Etienne Gillard is a multicultural serial entrepreneur with 30 years experience. He has a natural talent for business development, team building, and sales and a passion for bringing different languag...

Sessions: Opportunity or Threat? The Future of South Florida as Global Financial Center in the age of Fintech Disruption
Francisco Arias
Company: Blockchain Solutions

Francisco Arias, trained as a physicist, while researching neural networks, chaos theory, and complex systems. Francisco was an early adopter of Machine Learning. He dropped out of his Ph.D. program t...

Sessions: Blockchain: A New Technological Panacea?
Gabriel Montoya
Company: DVDENDO USA, CEO

Gabriel E. Montoya is currently CEO of Dvdendo, automated savings and investment platform that provides access to well-diversified portfolios at low cost and no minimums, focusing on the underserved U...

Gary Berman
Company:  Cyberman Security, LLC , CEO

Gary is the CEO of Cyberman Security and refers to himself as, “the most reluctant cybersecurity person in the world” given that his 25-year career has been as a thought leader in marketing commun...

Sessions: A View from the C-Suite: An Insider Threat Case-Study
Gary Press
Company: South Florida Business & Wealth, Chairman

Gary is Chairman of South Florida Business & Wealth, reaching over 30,000 top decision-makers and influencers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, SFBW delivers in-depth business repor...

Gerardo Guarino
Company: CiberC, Business Development, Smart Cities and IoT

Business Development within the ITC industry in LATAM and USA with focus on M&A and Regionalization Have been involved and led growth in terms of revenue, regionalization and M&A initiative...

Sessions: IoT
German Pugliese-Bassi
Company: Technisys, Co-Founder

Widely considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Latin America, German Pugliese Bassi has played a significant role as co-founder of Technisys, nowadays with a focus in marketing and alli...

Greg Taffet
Company: CIO Council, CIO Track Chair

Greg Taffet was recently recognized by South Florida Business journal as CIO of the Year finalist. He received the 2012 Universal Access Award in the individual category from the South Florida Digital...

Jan Bednar
Company: Shipmonk.com, Founder

Jan founded ShipMonk in 2014 to change the way e-commerce companies manage their supply chain and ship orders to their customers through game-changing software, automation, and exceptional service. ...

Sessions: Startup Ecosystem
Jason White
Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Chief technologist

Jason White currently serves as a Chief Technologist of the Hybrid I.T. Division at HPE. Jason is responsible for field execution of the technical and business aspects of HPE Hybrid IT Sales strategie...

Sessions: Achieving Maximum Velocity WITH Composable Infrastructure
Jeff Koors
Company: COFENSE, Scrum Master

Jeff is not your typical process, business, and tech person. His career journey started with a focus in the fine arts. He brings creativity to the table in all aspects of his career, from the way he...

Sessions: Agile Adoption Success by Knowing What to Avoid
Jennifer Torlone
Company: Willis Lease Finance Corporation, Vice President, Information Technology

Jennifer Torlone is the Vice President of Information Technology at Willis Lease Finance Corporation, joining the company in January of 2018. Jennifer’s Global IT initiatives include an integrated ...

Jayne Groll
Company: DevOps Institute, Founder

Jayne Groll is a co-founder and Board Member of the DevOps Institute (DOI). DOI’s goal is help codify DevOps emerging practices and to set the standard in enterprise DevOps training and certificat...

Jim McKelvey
Company: LaunchCode, Founder

Jim McKelvey might be best known for co-founding Square, the mobile payment system, but his entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond inventing new technology. A 1987 graduate of Washington University in St....

Sessions: Joint CIO-VIP Lunch and Keynote
Jody Paterson
Company: ERP Maestro, CEO and Founder

Jody Paterson is a trusted advisor and security thought leader who is a Certified Information Security Specialist (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), a former director at KPMG an...

Joseph Russo
Company: Palm Beach Tech Association, Executive Director

Joe Russo is the founding Executive Director of the Palm Beach Tech Association, a nonprofit committed to Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub. Since July 2015, Joe led the organization to att...

Joe Homnick
Company: Homnick Systems, CEO

Joe Homnick is a Microsoft Regional Director since the start of the program over 20 years ago and is a principal owner of Homnick Systems (HSI), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner located in Boca Rato...

John Riley
Company: C-N-C Blockchain Advisory Company, CEO and Co-Founder

John Riley is the CEO and Co-Founder of C-N-C Blockchain Advisory company. He has over 17 years’ experience in the software applications space working for companies like Oracle and SAP. He has pr...

John Sastre
Company: ConQuest Technology Services a UDT Company, Senior VP of Cloud Services

Mr. Sastre has two decades of experience in the Information Technology Industry. He has provided skills from management, training, technical and entrepreneurial. Mr. Sastre has extensive teaching and ...

Jon Antevy
Company: e-Builder, C-Founder

Jon Antevy is a recognized leader in the field of construction program management software. Using his Bachelor of Design and Master of Science in Building Construction as a foundation, he converted hi...

Joseph Princz
Company: Wrecking Ball Studio + Labs, Chief Wrecker

Joseph is a 25-year veteran within the traditional and digital advertising and media landscape. He is considered to be a digital visionary, assisting global corporations such as Adobe, Bacardi Brands ...

Julie Nelson
Company: SYNNEX, IoT Education Business Development

Julie is IoT Education Business Development Manager at SYNNEX Corporation....

Kathy Chiu
Company: FAN Fund, Managing Partner

Kathy Chiu is a managing partner of the FAN Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in Florida-based technology and life science “lite” early stage companies. The group launched their first fu...

Ken Comee
Company: CloudCare, CEO

Ken Comée is CEO of CareCloud, the cloud-based software, and services platform focusing exclusively on supporting high-growth medical groups. Ken joined CareCloud as CEO in 2015 after serving on the ...

Kevin Burgoyne
Company: Florida Venture Forum, President & CEO

Results driven executive with global, multi-industry experience in B2B and B2C startup, fast growth, and large public companies. Extensive international experience. Enjoy fast-paced, service-oriented,...

Sessions: Venture Capital presented by Florida Venture Forum
Kim Scribner
Company: Emphirical Agile, Founder and Principal Consultant

Kim Scribner is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Empirical Agile. She has been working as an agile coach in technology for the past 10 years building and executing on the shift to an agile mi...

Sessions: The Agile Journey Lean Coffee
Krista Wade
Company: New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida, General Manager

Krista Wade is GM of New Horizons Learning Centers of South Florida, the top training and certifications provider for individuals, veterans, government agencies, and corporations across South Florida ...

Laz Corrales
Company: fortinet, Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering

Laz Corrales is an accomplished and results-driven leader with over 15-years in the management of complex Information Security Programs and direction of major Information Technology (IT) architectures...

Sessions: Changing the economics of security
Lonni Cibants
Company: VERIFINITY (Cibants Consulting)

Lonni’s background includes over 20 years in finance, insurance, banking, and automotive industries. As a business development specialist, Lonni is currently assisting a start-up tech firm, Verifin...

Loren Eckart
Company: Premier Logic, Chief Revenue Officer

An entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record of driving innovation, growth, and opportunity. A strategic thinker with a unique combination of creative skills for breakthrough innovation, and e...

Mallesh Murugesan
Company: Abeyon, Founder & CEO, Abeyon | Co-Founder, chirrp.ai

An enthusiastic results-oriented leader with experience in visual design, user experience, health information, software development, mobile and web technologies. Mallesh is passionate about user exper...

Maria Hernandez
Company: DHL Express, Head of Innovation and Digital Business

Maria Hernandez is  Head of Innovation and Digital Business at DHL Express incubating ideas and driving innovative solutions within the logistics industry. Prior to this role, Maria was Chief Innovat...

Marilyn Rousseau
Company: Baptist Health South Florida, Corporate Manager, Database Administration

Marilyn is a seasoned IT professional with strong leadership experience in team development, performance management, and database systems support. Specialties: SQL Server production support includi...

Mark Kilby
Company: Sonatype, Distributed agile coach, author, (re)builder

MARK KILBY has cultivated more distributed, dispersed, and virtual teams than colocated teams for more than two decades. Currently, Mark serves as an agile coach with Sonatype, a “remote first” so...

Sessions: 8 Elements of Successful Distributed Agile Teams
Mark Vollaro
Company: Life MD, President and CEO

Mark Vollaro is the current CEO/President of LifeMD, an end to end Telemedicine/Telehealth solution. He attended Florida Atlantic University majoring in Business Administration. Soon after college, he...

Matt Lull
Company: Citrix Systems, Mng. Dir, Global Strategic Alliances

Manage the teams responsible for Citrix's strategic relationships with partners in cloud infrastructure and desktop virtualization. With over 200,000 customers and 100,000,000 users, Citrix is one ...

Matthew Kohen
Company: 8base, General Counsel & Blockchain Evangelist at 8base

Matthew Kohen is an attorney, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast with experience in advising technology companies in a variety of industries. Matthew is General Counsel and Blockchain Evangelist ...

Sessions: Blockchain and Beyond
Mauricio Angee
Company: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Chief Information Security Officer / Adjunct Professor at Florida International University (FIU)

Sr. Information Security professional with over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field with focus in Information Assurance (IA) and compliance. Extensive experience in planning, de...

Michael Affronti
Company: Fuze, VP of product

Michael Affronti is the VP of product at Fuze in New York City, a tech company that builds unified collaboration apps and services for large enterprises. Affronti joined Fuze in January 2015 via the a...

Sessions: Work is Not a Place: Top Trends in the Future of Work
Michael Auer
Company: Winn Technology Group, Inbound Marketing Manager

Michael specializes in Content Writing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, SEO, Graphic Design and Consulting....

Michael Scheidell
Company: Security Privateers, Owner

Michael is a nationally recognized Cybersecurity and privacy expert, and active community leader. He holds presentations and workshops at local Information Security groups to train and mentor the next...

Sessions: Cloud Security: When it Rains it Pours
Mike Maier
Company: City of Ft. Lauderdale, CTO

Mike has played a pivotal role in shaping technology, in the cities or companies he has served for over three decades. Mike has undertaken bold initiatives in bringing technology to the citizenry thro...

Sessions: Morning Keynote
Murray Izenwasser
Company: AAJ Technologies, Vice President, Digital Transformation and CMO

My role is to understand my clients' businesses and then determine the best strategies to drive their businesses using all of the real world, digital, marketing, and commerce tools available. I take a...

Sessions: How to Stay Relevant: Embracing Technology
Nate Vasel
Company: Las Olas VC, Principal

VC with Las Olas Venture Capital. Interested in meeting smart founders working on building the future....

Page Wiggins
Company: IBM, Watson Strategic Partnership Executive

Page Wiggins now resides in Delray Beach FL. He studied chemistry and pre-med studies at Wabash College. He joined IBM out of college in 1984 and has remained there throughout his career. He has ...

Pete Nicoletti
Company: Cloud Security Rainmaker, CISO, Board Member and Advisor

Pete is the former CISO of Hertz global, Virtustream (a Dell company) and VP of Security engineering at Terremark/Verizon. Pete has been a local S. Florida trailblazer with a wireless ISP, a network ...

Sessions: IOT Security and Risks. How Machine Learning Can Mitigate
Ray Ruga
Company: FINTECH AMERICAS USA, Co-Founder

Ray Ruga is an innovative media and marketing entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Fintech Americas Latin America and the Caribbean’s premier Banking Transformation and Innovation Conference for C-Sui...

Sessions: Opportunity or Threat? The Future of South Florida as Global Financial Center in the age of Fintech Disruption
Rebekah Ent
Company: Darktrace, Account Executive

Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cybersecurity. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, the Enterprise Immune System uses AI algorithms to automatica...

Robert Rounsavall
Company: Trapezoid Inc., Co-Founder

Robert is the co-founder and President of Trapezoid Inc. a company that develops visibility and management tools around the security and operations of firmware. He has deep experience in security arch...

Robert Valdez
Company: Kaufman Rossin, Manager cybersecurity and compliance services

Roberto Valdez, CPA, CISA, is a Manager with Kaufman Rossin’s Cybersecurity Services. He performs advisory and assurance engagements that include SOC 1, 2, and 3; IT risk assessments; phishing simu...

Sessions: Automation - what are the impacts on business
Roger Barranco
Company: Akamai, Senior Director, Global Security Operations

Mr. Barranco has extensive experience running multiple technical and operational departments globally servicing tier-one customers in mission-critical environments and currently holds the role of Seni...

Sanjay Deo
Company: 24by7Security, Inc., CEO

Sanjay Deo combines over 20 years of Cybersecurity and compliance experience. At 24By7Security, the corporate mission is to assist clients with building a “defensible platform” in the face of r...

Sessions: Cloud Security: When it Rains it Pours
Sean Barkman
Company: Ballast Point Ventures, Principal

Sean Barkman is a Principal at Ballast Point Ventures. Prior to joining Ballast Point Ventures in 2011, Sean spent three years in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Raymond James where he was...

Stephanie Lone
Company: CBS Sports Digital, Vice President, Engineering

Stephanie Lone is the Vice President of Engineering for CBS Sports Digital. In this role, she leads the technology teams for CBS Interactive's sports properties, which include CBS Sports HQ, CBSSports...

Sessions: How CBS Sports Manages and Originates Live Video at Scale for Speed and Performance
Tangy Frederick
Company: Cre8tive Devs Software, Co-Founder & Software Engineer

Tangy Frederick, is the Co-Founder & a Software Engineer at Cre8tive Devs Software. Tangy started a career a successful Lead Generation Marketer. While living in California she worked for “ Envi...

Tim Cartwright
Company: Fifth Avenue Advisors, Partner

Timothy J. Cartwright is a partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors specializing in venture capital, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Cartwright is Chairman of Tamiami Angel Funds, the larg...

Tim Krabec
Company: ***, Sr. Security Analyst

Information Security by way of System Administration, IT Generalist, Breaker of things, & IT Firefighter....

Todd Holt
Company: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Director, Business Development

Todd is the Director of Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Alliance), Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. In this position, ...

Sessions: Medical Technology

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