Our Speakers – 2015

Jeff Averbeck (Airnet Group, Inc)

Jeff Averbeck is president and CEO of Airnet Group, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in the technology arena, with a BSEE in Power and Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Jeff has built and managed large computing infrastructures including Diamond Star Motors (Chrysler), medical, power generation facilities and universities. Jeff was a part of the first TVA LAN network deployment in 1992. He maintains a Certified Business Intelligence professional certification in data analysis and design from the Data Warehousing Institute. Jeff has a proven track record of developing and leading several technologies based entrepreneurial companies over his career. He has worked with small to many of the largest and highest profile clients in a number of industries including political, transportation, manufacturing, non-profit and B2B services.

David Baliles (Salesforce)
Born & raised in Africa, a writer, artist & musician by choice, and a technologist by financial compulsion.

For the past 13 years, I’ve been a Microsoft and Salesforce platform evangelist, advising Fortune 100 organizations and Public Sector customers on their strategic software platforms and cloud investments. At both Microsoft and Salesforce, I’ve worked in a variety of technical sales roles, including the evangelism of Visual Studio, MSDN, Force.com, Heroku, Salesforce Communities and related integration & development technologies.

twitter: @davidbaliles
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/baliles

Tyler Bithell (B2B Technologies)

Tyler has been working as an IT Consultant for the last 6 years and has worked on a wide variety of Development and IT Pro projects. Like many IT Pros/Devs much of his time is now spent on cloud migration and development projects. In the last couple years he has established a presence in the Microsoft community, and has worked very closely with Microsoft as they continue to roll out cloud solutions.

blog: https://sharepointv15.wordpress.com/
twitter: @B2B_Tech_TB
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tyler-bithell/27/614/68a

Travis Brown (Amazon Web Services)
Travis Brown is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.  Before joining AWS, he was Lead DevOps Engineer at eMeals.com where he designed, developed, and operated web services running on AWS.

 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/travispbrown


Derrick Cawthon (AgileThought)

Derrick Cawthon is a highly qualified Technical Architect with over 10 years of experience in the technology industry. Derrick is skilled in modern development practices including Agile/Scrum methodologies. Derrick is involved in all areas of the SDLC including planning, development efforts, unit testing, building and deploying to multiple complex environments. Derrick has performed numerous complex TFS migrations going back to TFS 2005 for multiple clients across various industries.
Derrick has been performing SCM related activities for clients for the past 8 years. His primary areas of focus lately have been TFS migrations, planning activities, customized build processes and complex multi-domain deployments using Release Management and Powershell. He has also focused on assisting software testers using TFS and automating the testing process for increased efficiency.

twitter: @DrCaw
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drcawthon


Tom Fuller (Amazon Web Services)

Tom has over 15 years of experience designing, developing, and deploying distributed applications using a wide range of programming languages and tools. Over the last 5 years Tom has been focused on helping enterprises move existing applications to the cloud and designing new applications that target the cloud. Tom has deep experience providing guidance on designing solutions that use the SDKs and native platform features, or Tom can help build out a full infrastructure deployment to support the wide range of requirements needed to migrate complex workloads. Tom has also built and delivered training for “Developing Apps in AWS” and “Enterprise-Grade SQL Server Deployments in AWS”.

Blog:blog: http://developertofu.com/
twitter: @DeveloperTofu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-fuller/1/6b2/54b


Dawn Gartin (Microsoft)

Friendly, interested in others, and interesting on her own, Dawn Gartin – Office 365 Customer Success Manager at Microsoft by day and Social Mediaologist by night — was an early adopter of all things social media. She embraced the new online culture, figured it out, and applied her exceptional training skills to make sense of it for the rest of us.

She puts the power of social… to work. She delights in finding resources that add value and create experiences. She understands Enterprise Social strategy, implementation, roll out, and training to all levels of an organization. She partners with others, drawing on the expertise of all to match the requirements of her customers, otherwise known as #worklikeanetwork.

twitter: @dawngartin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawngartin


Lori Gowin

Lori is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer specializing in SharePoint. Since 1999, she has been supporting and managing Microsoft products and technologies. The last six years have been focused on SharePoint and the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. She has created InfoPath and SharePoint solutions in various industries. Lori lives in Birmingham, Ala. with her husband and two sons. When not working with SharePoint, she enjoys reading, travelling, and watching sports. She is currently serving as a co-chairperson for the Birmingham SharePoint User Group.

twitter: @LoriGowin


John Harvey (TechBridge)

As a Solutions Architect, John Harvey wears several related hats at TechBridge, including a Change Management function. It’s an exciting time where all the skills of Engineering/MSP/Account Management are bridged to other professional experiences and skills. Using a holistic approach, John will help keep TechBridge well positioned to understand our customer base needs and to empower other nonprofits using technology.

As an IT Professional with over 15 years of experience helping nonprofit organizations of various sizes solve technology-related issues, John looks forward to new challenges, whether it be with providing Office 365 Consulting Services, IT Strategy & Assessments services, SharePoint requirements, and other Cloud Service help, or transitioning on new TechBridge customers.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-harvey/12/334/164


Kevin Hazzard (Linchpin People LLC)

Kevin Hazzard is a Partner at Linchpin People LLC, leaders in the data integration, architecture and wellness space. He was a long-time Microsoft MVP and the author of a book entitled Metaprogramming in .NET. These days, Kevin keeps his head in the clouds, designing and deploying big data solutions on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Kevin also serves as an elected member of his local School Board and dedicates most of his non-professional time to promoting public education.

Blog:blog: http://www.linchpinpeople.com/blog/
twitter: @KevinHazzard
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinhazzard


Doug Hemminger (Protiviti)

With over 15 years of experience developing innovative software solutions, Doug has proven himself as a leader who can solve difficult problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. Although primarily a developer focused on SharePoint, Doug is adept at seeing the bigger picture, recognizing how a particular software solution meets an organization’s larger goals.

Doug graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. In addition to holding several Microsoft SharePoint Technical Certifications, Doug is also serves on the Board of Directors of two small educational not-for-profit organizations.

Blog:blog: http://www.sharepointdoug.com
twitter: @DougHemminger
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doughemminger


David Huseonica (Cloud|AG)

David Huseonica is the President of Cloud|AG, a Microsoft Cloud Champion partner focused exclusively on the Microsoft Office 365 & Azure platform. Prior to founding Cloud|AG, David spent the past 28 years in the software and consulting industry with companies such as Accenture, JD Edwards, CD Group and Avanade.

Blog:blog: http://cloudag.com/blog/
twitter: @CloudAG
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-huseonica/3/230/930

Gene Kestler (IBM)

Gene’s been in IT his entire career, and that’s been a long time. He’s held just about every position in IT from developer up to CIO several times. He’s worked and developed on mainframes, midrange and distributed systems. He’s worked at small startups and the largest IT vendors in the world. He’s regularly in front of the largest corporations helping them improve.

Today Gene’s a Cloud Technical Specialist at IBM. He helps out where he’s needed and that’s usually somewhere in the Great Lakes or Southeast United States and occasionally Puerto Rico. His customers typically are looking to improve their DevOps and Cloud strategies.

Today, Gene’s here to talk about that exciting and sexy topic of File Transfers and how it hasn’t changed in decades. . . . until now.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/genekestler


Gina Montgomery (Softmart)

Gina Montgomery, MCSA, MCTS, MCP, V-TSP is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Softmart where she provides leadership and management for all strategic initiatives. Gina is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and operationalizing growth initiatives across the business by providing thought leadership in the development of strategy, driving value-creating insights, making recommendations, and bundling up solutions across multiple projects. Gina also directly oversees Softmart’s Microsoft Practice and consults in the Microsoft Business Productivity & Collaboration space. She is a seasoned Microsoft SharePoint & Cloud Evangelist and seasoned speaker at SharePoint Saturdays and Technology Conferences across the U.S. Gina is a subject matter expert in architecting SharePoint solutions, Office 365 solutions, Azure solutions, and Enterprise Social Strategies. Gina brings expertise in helping organizations maximize their I.T. investments. Her focus has been on strategy, analysis, and best practices in planning and implementing successful business solutions.

Blog:blog: www.ginamontgomery.com
twitter: @ginammontgomery
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginammontgomery


Brad Orluk (Nintex)

Brad is a Nintex Technical Evangelist with over 10 years of IT architecture, administration and sales experience. As an Information Architect at a Fortune 500, he has worked on business and IT process improvement and automation on a variety of real world global projects and productivity initiatives. Brad’s unique, technical yet business focused, background gives him the ability to help users leverage technology to drive value to their businesses.

Blog:blog: https://www.bradorluk.com
twitter: @BradOrluk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradorluk


Ian Philpot (Microsoft)

Ian Philpot is a Sr. Technical Evangelist and former engineer at Microsoft who specializes in Azure Development. For the past five years he’s been working with various Product Group helping to ensure their customers’ expectations are exceeded. Ian has been involved with events such as 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2014 FIFA world Cup, and most recently the Super Bowl XLIX. Ian is a Software Engineer with more than ten years of experience in full life-cycle development, including analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance of application software in web-based environment, distributed N-tier architecture, and client/server architecture.

Blog:blog: http://devian.co
twitter: @ianphilpot
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ianphilpot


Louis Richardson (IBM)

Louis serves as an IBM Storyteller & Enthusiast covering Social Smarter Work topics. In this role he has the opportunity to meet with executives & business managers who have interest in leveraging social software in their organizations. Some are just starting out while others are well on their way. And in every case these conversations have provided him with a broad exposure to the practical & business relevant impact that social software is having on today’s businesses. While these topics can be complex, Louis’ conversational & story-telling approach relates well to non-technical audiences. He is a frequently requested speaker and enjoys sharing his experiences & observations in conferences, workshops & through social communities & blogs.

Blog:blog: www.creativitycrisis.com
twitter: @inter_vivos
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/louisrichardson

David Rodriguez (Airnet Group, Inc)

David Rodriguez is a senior application platform solution specialist for Microsoft. David is a motivated top performing technical and sales specialist in the area of Big Data, Application Platforms, and Business Intelligence holding 3 Masters Degrees and 16 years of experience selling and building business critical solutions across industries as diverse as banking, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, and energy. He is self-motivated with an aptitude to understand complex situations and boil them down into achievable solution parts. He seeks new and exciting experiences where he can help people achieve their business objectives through the appropriate application of technology, people, and process.


Tommy Ryan (ThreeWill)

Tommy serves as the President at ThreeWill. In this role, he works with his leadership team to hire the best people, find the right business opportunities, and ensure that ThreeWill delivers for our clients on projects.

Blog:blog: http://www.threewill.com/resources/threewill-blog/
twitter: @tommyryan
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommyryanprofile


David Scruggs (Salesforce)

I’ve worked in small startups and big corporations, from testing to development, to team lead and architect, to technical sales. I work with developer tools and .NET for Microsoft, but I’ve also worked with other platforms over the past 15 years. I focus on a deep understanding of the software and people I work with, generating creative ideas, listening carefully, getting things done, and taking responsibility and ownership of my projects.

twitter: @davescruggs
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dscruggs


Doug Turnure (Microsoft)

Doug Turnure is a Developer Solution Specialist with Microsoft, focusing on helping companies shift their thinking from traditional software development to modern practices and the associated solutions that will get them there. As a part of that, Doug enjoys mentoring, strategic messaging, and evangelism, and occasionally writes articles, or wanders into a conference to do a session or two.

Blog: www.aggelos.com
twitter: @dougt
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougturnure


David Walker (TechAspect)

David Walker is a Sitecore MVP and Sitecore Practice Director for TechAspect. He has over 20 years’ experience in application development with over 75% as a consultant. He has been a MCP since 2003, MCAD and MCSD since 2005. He was a Microsoft MVP – ASP/ASP.NET from July 2007 – July 2009, before he joined Microsoft as a Senior Application Development where he mentored numerous Fortune 100 companies on full Application Lifecycle Management and Software Development best practices.

Since writing his first SharePoint assembly in 2004, he has been focused on Enterprise/Web Content Management Systems. He has worked with numerous CMS systems (proprietary, commercial and open source). After his first Sitecore solution in 2007, it has been his preferred CMS platform. He has utilized Sitecore with various types of customers and projects, from private corporate intranets to large-scale, high-traffic, high-volume, ecommerce, multilingual sites. He has worked with clients such as: ESPN, LPGA, USA Triathlon, The Outdoor Channel, Lexis Nexus, 1105 Media, Cox Communications and IBM Global Services.

Blog: http://radicaldave.com
twitter: @davidwalker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwalker


Shawn Wildermuth (Wilder Minds LLC)

Shawn Wildermuth is a thirteen-time Microsoft MVP (ASP.NET/IIS), the author of eight books and dozens of articles on software development, and a Pluralsight author with over fifteen courses to his name. He is one of the Wilder Minds (http://wilderminds.com) and can be reached at his blog at http://wildermuth.com.

Blog: http://wildermuth.com
twitter: @shawnwildermuth