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Networking After Dark,


Networking After Dark,

Erik Thoen

VP, Product Management, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Erik Thoen is vice president of product management at 128 Technology. He is responsible for go-to-market strategies and key features of the 128T Networking Platform. He has previously held both business and technical roles at several networking startups. Erik has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.


Sergio Bea

VP, Global Enterprise & Channels, Accedian


As Vice President Global Enterprise and Channels, Sergio draws on more than two decades of telecom industry experience in his role directing Accedian’s enterprise and global channel strategy. He has worked for Fortune 500 global corporations in key strategic roles throughout his career, with prior roles across various disciplines including sales, business development, strategy, consulting, and services.Before joining Accedian, Sergio led the development and implementation of Viavi Solutions’ channel strategy and managed the NPMD business. Previous leadership roles also include North America and Latin America channel program at Ciena, management positions at Nortel Networks, and Accenture consulting in Argentina.Sergio holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Belgrano, a master’s degree in economics from Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and received the prestigious Channel Chief Award from CRN in 2016 and 2017.


Ashok Venkatraman

Vice President, Strategic Business Development, AppFusions


Ashok Venkatraman is Vice President, Strategic Business Development at AppFusions, leading enterprise-scale digital transformation solutions, including ones that leverage blockchain for clients in financial services, logistics, distribution and other major industries. Ashok is a market-driven strategic leader with expertise in steering strategy for customer-centric, next-generation digital solutions. Previously, Ashok has served in multiple high growth business units as general manager and head of technology for Mastercard products, platforms and APIs. Mr. Venkatraman holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.


Bana Qashu

Director, Channel Sales, AVANT


Bana Qashu is director of channel sales for AVANT, a leader in channel sales enablement, where she directs channel sales policies, objectives, and initiatives in the northeast. Bana actively works with both suppliers and channel sales professionals to enable them to excel in next generation IT sales across cloud, colocation and communication services, including: UCaaS, IaaS, SD-WAN, DRaaS, BaaS, DaaS, etc. At AVANT Bana grew the NEMA (Northeast MidAtlantic) region in record time, enabling the channel to embrace new technologies while pulling through legacy technologies.Bana has received the 2018 Alliance of Channel Women ACT award and been recognized by CRN as an influential women of the channel in 2018. Bana has over a decade of channel sales experience across multiple technology and service provider companies, including Mitel and Birch Communications before joining AVANT. Bana brings a different energy and skill set to the channel sales community as well as a strategic way of selling to both partners and end users that is focused on their overall business. Her philosophy balances personal development with career, family and community. Qashu is a also registered yoga teacher within the Yoga Alliance.


Saulio Reyes

Account Manager, Bicom Systems

Bicom Systems


Greg Plum

Director of Marketing, Brandywine Technology

Brandywine Technology

Greg Plum has been involved in various technology roles since 1999, and is currently the director of marketing for Brandywine Technology, a technical staffing boutique helping companies meet their growing demand for qualified resources.Greg has lobbied on Capitol Hill to support the IT industry, served as a CompTIA faculty member, and delivered a TEDx talk on cloud technology. In addition, he is a frequent contributing author to the Amazon best-selling The Better Business Book series.In his own words, Greg “strives to translate complex technologies that are changing at ‘the speed of cloud’ into understandable concepts and actionable items for those that can benefit most from these advances… the end user.” His current passion includes exploring the balance between artificial intelligence and human effectiveness.Greg is a frequent speaker at industry events, including Channel Partners and ITExpo.


Brian Babich

VP, Channel Sales, BullsEye Telecom

BullsEye Telecom


Andy Abramson (Judge)

CEO, Founder, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.

Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, with its headquarters in Del Mar, CA. Founded in 1992, since 2000 the company has participated in the exit or IPO’s of 32 companies in the mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors or related industries. The acquiring parties of some of the companies include Google, Yahoo, Nokia, Cisco, Symantec, Computer Associates, IBM, Citrix, Fidelity Investments and Logitech as well as supporting Accredited Home Lenders, Magor, Boingo and Vringo up to their public offerings.

A veteran of the marketing and public relations industry with over 39 years of experience in all facets of marketing and corporate communications, Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. Since then he has held a series of front line marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional teams including the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, followed by roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.

Often quoted both in the consumer and technology industry press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (, a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and over the top technology while also serving as the technology correspondent for the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, whose flagship station is KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, CA while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.


Sam DeCubellis

Manager, Sales Engineering, ConnectWise


Sam DeCubellis has been with ConnectWise for four years and is the Manager, of Sales Engineering. As the key technical resource and product advisor to executives, partners and prospects, Sam plays an integral part in actively driving the technology evaluation state of the sales process. He is a University of Florida and Stetson University College of Law graduate.


Jennifer Bleam

Senior Security Sales Specialist, Continuum


Jennifer Bleam is a veteran in the IT business arena, running the sales and marketing departments for a Washington, DC-based MSP for 7 years. Jennifer is a best-selling author and has spoken at countless industry events across the globe for companies like Technology Marketing Toolkit and CARVIR. She currently works as a Senior Security Sales Specialist for Continuum, protecting IT companies and their clients from today’s cyber threats.


Michael Wylie

Security Consultant, Corporate Blue

Corporate Blue

Michael Wylie, MBA, CISSP is the Director of Cybersecurity Services at Richey Richey May Technology Solutions. In his role, Michael is responsible for delivering information assurance by means of vulnerability assessments, cloud security, penetration tests, risk management, and training. Michael has developed and taught numerous courses for the U.S. Department of Defense, Moorpark College, California State Universities, and clients around the country. Michael holds credentials from certifying bodies such as ISC2, Cisco, VMware, Dell, EC-Council, CompTIA, and more.Twitter: @TheMikeWylie


Dr. Donald Robinson

CEO, Craxel


Dr. Donald Robinson serves as the CEO of Craxel Inc. which has created the highest performance and most secure distributed ledger technology. Based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, Craxel is transforming business operations with usable and secure distributed ledgers. Previously, as the CTO for General Dynamics IT - Defense, he led the development of technical solutions that won over $4B of next generation IT programs in his last 2 years. Dr. Robinson focused on complex mission critical IT solutions in the national security, intelligence, and other government services. Dr. Robinson has worked on missile defense, cyber operations systems, radar and sensor systems, space systems, battle management command and control, and UAV systems. Each of these projects involved direct advocacy to the Pentagon, international governments, and Congressional stakeholders.Dr. Robinson holds (5) B.S. degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Economics, and Applied Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College, a M.S. degree in Statistics specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence systems. and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia focused on large scale computational statistics. He also attended Oxford University and executive programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of business. Dr. Robinson is also an instructor at Caltech in cybersecurity. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).


Erik Day

VP & General Manager, North America Small Business, Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Erik Day has been at Dell (now Dell Technologies) for 18 years. During this tenure, Erik has held multiple sales, merchandising, operations and marketing leadership roles both domestically and internationally. As Vice President of Small Business, Erik’s goal is to advocate for small business across the US and Canada and ensure they are receiving the IT necessary to help their businesses grow and thrive. He believes that Small Business is the growth engine of the global economy and that technology will help them achieve their goals. Just this year, Erik developed and launched Dell’s new Small Business Advisor marketing campaign that focuses on how Dell can be a virtual IT advisor for your small business ( ). In May 2018, Erik graduated with his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where he also received his Bachelors in 1994. Erik is an avid tennis player and a die-hard collegiate (SMU, UT Austin, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Northwestern) and Chicago Based (Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs) sports fan. He is heavily involved in advocating for workplace equality globally for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered employees of all sized corporations. He is the Global Executive Chair of the PRIDE (LGBTAQ) Employee Resource Group at Dell Technologies and on the Board of Directors for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates this year. He has also served on the board of various other organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, AIDS Services of Austin, Nashville Cares and The Austin Tennis Club. He loves spending time at home in Austin or on Lake Michigan with his husband Craig and their 2 Samoyeds, Chester and Chase.


Wayne Landt

Director of Channel Sales, Digium


Wayne was previously channel account manager at Digium. Before that he was regional business development director at IPS Learning. He’s also served as sales manager for Project Resource Solutions. He’s a graduate of DePaul University, the Keller Graduate Schhol of Management at DeVry University, and Northern Illinois University.


Guy Cunningham

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

EventTracker, A Netsurion Company

Guy Cunninghams career in the channel has been focused on building strong, sustainable businesses in partnership with solution providers servicing both enterprise and mid-market customers. His previous positions at Symantec, Veritas, and Sirius Computer Solutions have provided unique insight into both sides of the channel ecosystem - the vendor and the solution provider. This perspective has allowed Guy to build a flexible partner program focused on the unique needs of Resellers, Service Providers, and Sales Agents. At Netsurion, Guy is responsible for the companys fastest growing sales division, having helped grow channel sales by more than 500% over the last 12 months. The companys co-managed SIEM (EventTracker) and software defined branch orchestration (Connect SD-WAN) solutions are seeing consistent quarter-over-quarter growth in both the Reseller and Service Provider markets. Im very lucky to work for an organization that understands the channel and the tremendous value our partners bring to the table. Our continued investment in our channel sales team is a testament to how much we depend on the skills and the relationships our partners provide. Advanced Cybersecurity Solutions and Next-Gen Branch Orchestration Solutions are two very hot commodities. Netsurion is focused on the highly distributed Enterprise and SMB markets, and the IT providers that serve them. Our easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage solutions are offered at a price point that allows our partners to provide high-impact solutions, while reducing sales cycles and maintaining healthy margins.


Sameer Padhye

Founder & CEO, FixStream


Sameer is Founder and CEO of FixStream, Inc. Prior to FixStream he served in a variety of senior management roles at Cisco Systems Inc. for twenty years. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco. He also chaired the company’s strategy board in this area. Earlier he worked as Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, and was responsible for marketing Cisco Systems® products, services, and solutions to a worldwide base of service provider customers. At different points he was responsible for enterprise and service provider sales in different theaters including Vice President of Sales in the Cisco Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Japan and AsiaPac region. Currently he is based in Cupertino, California, where he is responsible for FixStream Inc.’s global operations. Sameer is an avid badminton player and early in his career worked as a commercial airline pilot.


Arshad Khan

Manager, Solution Architecture & Software Integration, Fujitsu


Arshad Khan is manager of solution architects for SDN/NFV/SD-WAN/XaaS at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. His team is responsible for new service introductions, operationalizing new services, pre-sale support initiatives and working with customers to design custom software solutions. During his 20 year tenure at Fujitsu, Arshad has held several positions in product planning working with EMS, NFV, NMS, SDN controllers, MANO, SD-WAN and XaaS. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and supporting network optimization software and products. Arshad received his degree in computer science from the University of North Texas.


Diane Chaleff

G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Diane is the G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, focusing on building strategic relationships with the world’s top Enterprises to foster collaboration at work.Diane comes from the Google Drive team, where she led the development of Team Drives, a complete rewrite of Drive including the back-end API, and front-end to scale Drive for the needs of our largest customers. She also led the acquisition of Synergyse (now branded as G Suite Training) to provide contextual product support. Previously, Diane worked for AppNexus and Applied Predictive Technologies.Diane attended Lehigh University where she earned degrees in Information Systems & Engineering and Business. Outside of work, she volunteers with Minds Matter to help low income students prepare for the SAT (college entrance exam), and enjoys running, climbing, and skiing.


Elizabeth Weddle

Director of Marketing, GoZone WiFi

GoZone WiFi

Elizabeth Weddle is the Director of Marketing for GoZone WiFi, a software company that offers marketing, analytics, and advertising platforms that transform guest WiFi networks into additional revenue streams for businesses. Inspired by beautiful branding, innovative technology and meaningful relationships, Elizabeth actively drives successful partnerships and awareness around GoZone’s products suite. Elizabeth is a strategic planner with a hands-on experience successfully introducing new products to emerging markets with a creative and tactical approach.


Mark Mitchell

COO & Head of Alliances, HyperGrid


Mark brings over 25 years of enterprise software, cloud, technology, operating, corporate/business development and partner experience. He has built valuable businesses in the US and globally in several C-level roles. He was co-founder of eMeter (acquired by Siemens) and held leadership roles at MetricStream, RiverMeadow, Serious, Intematix and Early work goes back to Xebec, including original SCSI and hard drive controllers. His cardinal bearings are driving strategic insight through execution, ruthless operational prioritization, smart business model design, and deal-making expertise. In startups and late stage companies he’s driven major deals with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Mark thrives on technology, is a named inventor on issued patents in the P2P secure communications space, and is a tenacious advocate of utility compute scale. Mark earned a Master’s in Business from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of the Pacific.


Dr. Ben Amaba

Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for Industrial Sector, Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM


Dr. Ben Amaba holds a PhD. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, a M.B.A./M.S. degree in Engineering and Operations, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in several states with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics solutions. Dr. Amaba is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Industrial Sector – North America for the IBM Watson and Cloud Division. Dr. Amaba’s focus and interest is in artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), software engineering, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology.Dr. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework®, the foundation for IBM’s Business Driven Development framework for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Dr. Amaba has been a keynote in major professional and industry conferences around the world for the past 30 years, is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0,” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Dr. Amaba holds positions as Industry Council Advisor to Project Production Institute, Board of Director of Whoop Wireless Corporation, UCX Corporation, and RANCS Group LLC, Executive Board Member of Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) and Editorial Board Member to IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) IT Professionals, Founding member to the Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering, Founding member to the Center of Advanced Supply Chain Management, Editorial Board of The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, and Executive Advisory Board Member to the University of Miami, University of Houston, and University of Central Florida.


DV Dronamraju

Managing Director,

DV Dronamraju is the Managing Director of, which prevents data breaches and secures intellectual property including source code, and digital assets.. He is an entrepreneur with experience in security and networking. He is also the co-founder and VP Product Management at Whitney Networks, a cloud platform for managed services targeting the SMB markets. He is the founder of Pivot-It Inc., a company that helps with marketing, and sales of networking and security products. Prior to Pivot-It, DV led strategy, and business development at Intoto Inc., a provider of networking and security software to OEMs, where he executed over 200 OEM agreements. He sold Intoto to Freescale semiconductor and led software business development for networking and security markets. DV lives with his wife and daughter in Silicon Valley, and loves to cook, golf, and write software.


Ed Brooks

Director, Service Providers, IR


Ed joined IR in 2011 is responsible for leading the Service Provider practice and managing strategic relationships with several Service Provider partners. Ed has over 18 years of experience in the cloud, managed services and telecommunications market, with specific focus on the Service Assurance and Analytics/Data Science technology domains.


Mike Chase

Director of Channel Management, Jive Communications

Jive Communications

Chase’s industry experience expands the last 31 years which includes his current position of 5 years with Jive Communications – now Logmein, Inc. as the Director of Channel Mgmt. and previously with Panasonic North America as the UCAAS National Sales Manager. His experience also includes positions at Comdial Corporation (now Vertical), and Co-ownership of BCI Communications (MSP/Interconnect in the state of Florida)LogMeIn - Jive Communications is a $1.1B Publicly held Global SAAS Provider and boasts an International footprint promoting their services in over 20 countries.Chase is a frequent public speaker of industry, technology, and trends at various industry events and functions.


Derek South

SVP, Sales, KodaCloud


Derek South is SVP Sales for KodaCloud and member of the executive Leadership team. Derek has over 35 years’ experience in high tech sales primarily with early stage startups. For the past ten years he has been focused in the WiFi arena including Ruckus Wireless, BelAir Networks which was acquired by Ericsson, and now KodaCloud where he leads the Sales team. Earlier in Mr. South’s career he was part of Ready System an innovator in real time software where he built out a global sales team and channel. Derek began his career in the trenches as a field application engineer at Motorola and then later entered Sales working for Intel. He holds a BSEE from the University of Virginia.


Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee


Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice.He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, South by Southwest, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University.Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and several more.During his 9+ years at McAfee, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education.


Jonah Fink

President, net2phone


As President of net2phone, Jonah Fink is focused on the vision to disrupt technology and change the way the world communicates. As a member of the original sales team at the inception of net2phone, Jonah Fink was eager to learn the business and offer his business savvy mindset in making it succeed. He quickly learned how to do so and climbed the ranks to run the entire organization as President. Jonah helped drive and execute many of the company’s investment areas and strategy shifts and has been instrumental in helping build the industry’s most powerful partner program. Jonah brings a unique level of enthusiasm and provides a personal touch to each and every customer that is hard to find in any other top level executive.


Dave George

Sr. Vice President & General Manager, netsapiens


Dave brings over two decades of leadership and enterprise management experience to netsapiens. Client acquisition and mutually beneficial relationships, as well as values-based leadership and team development have been a consistent factor in all of Dave’s professional endeavors. Dave has founded several successful companies, all of which enjoyed significant growth and success with him at the helm. For much of the new millennium, Dave managed the family ILEC, Ironton Telephone, and its CLEC, Service Electric Telephone. Under Dave’s leadership, the ILEC and CLEC quickly evolved from being a small rural telco to one of the fastest growing privately owned telecommunications companies in Pennsylvania. In 2010, seeing the evolution of land based telecom and the shift from premise to cloud services, Dave, as Chairman of the Board, founded Ironton Global, an ITSP, to offer next generation SIP and Hosted IP-PBX services. At the same time, Dave also founded Telzy, a business based on the deployment of a multi-lingual mobile app for iOS and Android, designed to deliver affordable international calling to over 180 countries around the world. Then in 2011, seeing a need to redefine and improve the sales consultative process for Enterprise and SMB Cloud Communications and Computing, Dave, as CEO, co-founded GreenStar Solutions, creating a business that was geared for the next evolution in Cloud and the continual improvement in the client experience. Today, Dave proudly serves the netsapiens leadership and staff in fostering an energetic and collaborative culture, designed to create purpose for all within the company and an open ecosystem for our clients, thus enhancing the customer experience and increasing the netsapiens value proposition. Outside of work, Dave serves on several telecommunications advisory boards. He also enjoys teaching Jujutsu and Aikido, sailing, scuba diving, freediving, the Lower Florida Keys and traveling with his girlfriend Michelle and their three children Corey, Megan and Tyler.


Terry Melnik

Director of PSA, SRP, OpenAir Solutions, Netsuite


Terry Melnik is the director of NetSuite’s Professional Services Automation (PSA) solutions, Services Resource Planning (SRP) and OpenAir. He joined NetSuite in 2014 to drive awareness and adoption of NetSuite’s solution globally. With over 15 years of experience, Melnik has been in the software industry in executive leadership roles in professional services, product management and business strategy, as well as with several highly respected management consulting firms. He holds an MBA from Boston College.


Dan Hoban

EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Nuspire


Dan Hoban serves as the executive vice president and chief strategy officer (CSO) at Nuspire, a state-of-the-science Managed Network Security Services Provider (MSSP) for some of the largest and most distinctive companies around the world. Hoban is a cybersecurity analysist dedicated to security industry research, innovation, education, and advocacy.Over the past 13 years at Nuspire, Hoban has helped some of the worlds largest enterprises design and implement cutting edge security solutions. Some of these notable customers include General Motors, Cardinal Health, Subaru of America, Volkswagen, Steelcase, Ford Motor Company, Kelly Services, ADP, Tower International, and Dunhams Sporting Goods. Hoban has authored and contributed to many organization/industry standards and has been featured in industry-related blogs and articles. He has also been a guest speaker at numerous national industry events. Additionally, Hoban is the President of the Twilight Benefit Foundation, a charitable organization that helps metro-Detroit children with catastrophic illnesses or disabilities.


Ryan Walsh

Chief Channel Officer, Pax8


Ryan has more 17 years of experience helping channel partners build successful cloud practices by enabling them to easily sell, bill, and support cloud subscription services. Under his direction, Pax8 is redefining how distribution works for the channel in a cloud-centric world. Prior to Pax8, Ryan served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfee’s portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the company’s web security product lines. Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling businesses with Internet–based, IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division. Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.He is an award-winning speaker and currently serves as a member of Channel Futures’ Think Tank, Co-Chair of CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board, and a CRN Channel Chief. Ryan served as vice president of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfees portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions for the Content and Cloud Security division, and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the companys web security product lines.Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling business improvements with Internet or IT-based solutions and startups. He started his career building a reengineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division.Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Caryn Reiker

Senior Account Manager, Powernet



Chris Ghosio

VP, Security and Network Engineering, Powernet



Chris McGovern

President & CEO, Presh Marketing Solutions

Presh Marketing Solutions

Chris is an experienced sales and B2B marketing leader from the IT channel industry. Chris moved to Tampa, Florida, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to join Tech Data Corporation within their marketing department. Chris developed the channel marketing strategies for top IT manufacturers such as IBM, Dell, Sony, and Apple. After two years in this role, Chris oversaw and led a strategic initiative for the organization which involved expanding the capabilities and overall marketing reach for the company. Chris managed a team of 40+ individuals that included strategy, business development, project management, and call center functions. Chris left the company in late 2015 and founded Presh Marketing Solutions. Presh Marketing Solutions is a marketing organization that develops and implements integrated marketing campaigns and strategies for IT channel partners.


Peter Radizeski

President, RAD-INFO INC


Peter Radizeski is an accomplished blogger, author, agent and consultant in the telecom industry. He has helped many telecommunications companies with sales training, marketing, channel development and business strategy. He is a trusted source of knowledge about the telecom sector.


Michael Slater

Technical Solutions Manager, Cloud PBX, SherWeb


Michael is dedicated to helping channel partners and customers accelerate their business with SherWeb’s Cloud PBX line of products, and is an expert on anything related to VoIP. With nearly 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he has worked with thousands of channel partners across Canada, USA and South America.


Eli Mann

CEO, Shield4UC


Eli oversees and directs Shield4UC strategic partnerships. As a CEO he enjoysworking with the team in front as well as supporting any efforts. Hismission is to bring out of the box solutions to the market.Shield redefines cyber security by introducing simple to use, easy tounderstand, innovative new technologies. Shields goal is to equip ourcustomers with advanced technologies allowing them to be their companysHeroes. That is why at Shield we say, You be the Hero. Weve got yourback! Eli in his spare time is also running FaxSIPit, a telecommunication company,which provides a full range of compliant messaging solutions. FaxSIPit workswith variety of service providers and has more than 300 resellers worldwide.Eli has decades of experience that includes the development & marketing ofproducts & services. Eli has managed growth for both start-ups andestablished organizations in public and private sectors, having managedteams of varying in sizes up to few hundred people in Europe, Israel as wellas Canada. Roles include: Product Development Manager, VP Support, VPFinance, Managing Director and CEO. Companies include: Indigo Europe(Nasdaq - INDG, acquired by HP), Nur Europe (Nasdaq - NURM, acquired by HP)and in Canada: and Intrusion Prevention Systems Inc.Eli holds a B.Sc. (Engineering, TLVU) and EMBA (Technion).


Maddy Martin

Head of Growth and Education,

Maddy Martin is the head of growth and education at, which provides integrated virtual receptionist and web chat services for solo and small businesses, including call answering & intake services, live website chat, AI chatbots, and SMS text answering. She has spent the last decade growing tech startups from New York to California, and draws from her expertise in digital marketing, small business communications, lead conversion, content marketing, advertising, and affiliate programs to teach small businesses nationwide how to leverage tech and human resources for sustainable growth. Connect with Maddy by email at or on LinkedIn.


Janine Darling

CEO, STASH Secure Data

STASH Secure Data

An award-winning CXO and Technical Strategist, Janine is the Founder of STASH Secure Data (, a technology company that is at the precipice of eradicating data vulnerability, with a data-centric solution that isn’t better data security, but bona fide data security. Janine has successfully lead globally dispersed teams in the areas of Technology, Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sourcing, Quality, Financial Analysis, Transportation, and Regulatory & Compliance for some of the most successful brands in the world, generating billions of dollars in revenues, outcomes driven by her solution-oriented vision and execution. Her expertise in devising innovative business strategy resulting in optimal outcome is well documented. She takes a customer backward approach to business, exploiting the critical interdependency between operational prowess and brand deliverables, to forge long-term loyalty from internal and external partners alike.?Amongst her recognitions are:?2018 SCMedia Women in Security, Cybersecurity Influencer2018 SCMedia Awards Shortlist best Cloud Security Solution2017 AXA Global Invest Her Award2016 Women of Innovation Honouree2016 Tech Company to Watch2015 Smart CEO Brava Award for Exceptional Leadership2015 Advisory Panel for the George W. Bush Entrepreneur Initiative2011 British Airways Business Leadership Award?Janines commitment to transparency and trustworthiness is a constant; doing well by doing good is always her ultimate goal.


Ed Dryer

Sr Technology Strategist, Steadfast


With more than 20 years of experience in the technology world, Ed’s specialty is turning the impossible into the new standard. When hes not building solutions for you and your clients, he spends his time geeking out over games of all types and teaching his three kids the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.


Akshay Sharma (Judge)

, Tech Analyst

Tech Analyst

Former Gartner Analyst having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, IoT, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms. Currently a VP/principal analyst at neXt Curve, and on the advisory board for 5G Lamp-post startup LB-N, as well as Kovair in DevOps, and Unified Office in the UC/IoT space.


Gene Villeneuve

Senior VP, Tehama


Gene is a seasoned IT leader with more than two decades of experience. He is passionate about helping customers and partners adopt technology for better business outcomes. At Pythian, he directs the strategy, operations and market growth of the Tehama cloud-based platform. Gene also sits on the board for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Cyber Council. Before Pythian, Gene held several executive positions at IBM, most recently as Worldwide Director of Lab Services for Financial Crimes Insight Solutions in the Watson Financial Services Solutions division. He has also held European and Global executive roles at IBM, Cognos, SAP (Business Objects) and OLAP@Work. Gene is recognized as a visionary thought leader and is a sought-after speaker for both client and industry events. Gene has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.When not working, Gene is an athlete dad who rides his bike or runs while waiting for his daughters during multiple ballet classes per week.


Bruce Wirt

EVP and Chief Business Development Officer, Telesystem


Bruce Wirt is a passionate speaker that is able to connect with audiences of varying demographics by way of energy and enthusiasm, carrying over 16 years of telecommunications experience, holding various management and Senior Level positions across the industry. Bruce’s expertise is in building and growing sales distribution channels, maximizing productivity minimal overhead. During his tenure at NetCarrier, Wirt has achieved exponential sales growth, seeing annual revenues nearly triple during the seven year period. Notable accomplishments during that span include retaining more than 85% of the acquired customer base following the acquisition of SniP Communications’ assets in 2010, the successful creation and launch of NetCarrier’s unique VAR program, and most recently leading the expansion of NetCarrier from a regional CLEC into a national solutions provider.Wirt’s channel sales philosophy is consistent and unwavering. He has been outspoken about active engagement in the channel, carriers and master agents abandoning smaller partners over failed revenue commitments, and the need for the master agent community to focus on partner education to prevent further commoditization of the telecommunications industry. In 2010, Wirt parlayed his sales and public speaking skills into a successful radio and emcee career. After 3 years in the Philadelphia radio market as an on air talent, he started his own network of live programming and podcasts utilizing digital media technology. In 2012 Wirt started the VOC Nation Radio Network, providing live, daily, original programming in the genres of sports, entertainment, politics, and professional wrestling. The VOC Nation Radio Network is in the top 1% of the most listened to online radio networks in the world, as ranked by Podomatic.


Rick Huffman

Data Center – Cloud Sales Specialist, Telstra


Rick has over 20 years of experience with telecommunications and technology companies such as Verizon Business/MCI, Pacnet and Telstra, that encompassed sales and engineering roles for data center, cloud, network architecture, security and managed services. Currently Rick oversees support for Telstra USA Enterprise, Wholesale and Channel teams. Responsible for US sales efforts of Telstra Data Center, Private/Public Cloud Infrastructure, Telstra Programmable Network (SDN platform), SD-WAN and Cloud Management Platform powered by RightScale.


Paul Azad

Director & Enterprise Architect, This Solution

This Solution

Paul is the director and enterprise architect of This Solution. Paul combines out of the box thinking, thought leadership and a long career in IT to deliver best practice outcomes for clients. Energetic, likeable and smarter than 10 techies lined up end-to-end, Paul is the resident mad professor at This Solution; always tinkering with something new and exciting beneath his NASA-like screen array. He is the visionary engine that drives This Solution and is responsible for many of the bleeding edge innovations that have allowed clients to push their businesses forward.


Nathan Svec

Sales Engineer, Webroot


Nathan is a 10-year veteran of the I.T. industry. He joined Webroot in November of 2016 supporting the SMB Channel Team for the East region as well as RMMs Ninja and Continuum. Before Webroot, Nathan worked at an MSP supporting 4,000 users and acted as the I.T. Director for a landscape and construction company supporting 10,000 users in 30 locations.


Robert Cooper

Managing Director for North America, Wildix


Robert Cooper, General Manager of Wildix North America, has over 30 years of Executive experience in the UC&C and Telecommunications Industry, He has held Senior positions and led Sales and Business Development for organizations such as eZuce Aastra, Ameritech and MCI. Mr. Cooper has sat on the advisory boards of several hi-tech startups and was on the Governors Advisory Board for small business in the state of Alabama. He was also appointed and served as a State Chair for the White House Conference on Small Business (Minority Delegates Caucus) focused on IT development.


Greg Campbell

Co-Founder & CTO, Yottabyte


The creator of the Yottabyte software architecture, Greg Campbell heads product development, including R&D, application development and quality assurance. He specializes in creating highly fault-tolerant, hardware-efficient, and scalable software platforms. Earlier, he was co-founder and Vice President of Technology of Codespear, where he created a platform that allowed for interoperable communications. He also holds multiple patents pending for computer software and hardware. Campbell studied computer science at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.


Moderator List

Gary Audin (Moderator)

President, Delphi, Inc

Delphi, Inc

Gary Audin has more than 40+ years of computer, communications and security consulting and implementation experience. He has planned, designed, specified, implemented, and operated data, LAN, and telephone networks. These have included local area, national and international networks as well as VoIP and IP convergent networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and Asia. He has advised domestic and international venture capital and investment bankers in communications, VoIP, and microprocessor technologies.