Andy Atencio is a certified ITIL Expert and has worked in the IT industry for more than twenty-five years. For the last 15 years, Andy has severed as the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Greenwood Village, where he has focused on helping not only his organization, but other organizations as well, understand the cultural impact and changes IT Service Management can create. Andy leverages his Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and experience in psychological personality to foster organizational understanding of the change from technology being about things to technology being about people. He hopes to help other technology leaders and organizations understand true technology leadership begins with people.
Frank currently serves on the executive board of Colorado Technology Association and is chairman of its Education Committee. Frank spearheaded a new partnership between the City of Denver Technology Services agency and Denver Public Schools Job Shadowing and Mentor-ship program launched in September 2014 and was most recently recognized as APEX 2015 CIO of the year finalist.
Frank believes a successful organization is built from the foundation of three key principles: A culture of empowerment, process execution and checking your ego at the door.
“Innovation comes down to culture. Creating a culture of empowerment where everyone shares ideas and speaks openly is the only way people will find the freedom to innovate. Processes are the fundamental foundation to success. Change governs our world and focusing on process mitigates risk freeing us from fire fighting. The ability to implement successfully requires an ego-free team working together to turn a great idea into reality.” -Frank Daidone
Jamal Pilger is a rare and diverse technology executive and business leader who works at Onyx M.D., a national physician staffing and recruiting firm In his tenure at Onyx M.D., he has held various roles, including CIO & VP of Strategic Development, COO, and SVP of Software Development. He provides business and technology leadership to deliver infrastructure and solutions for rapid growth, and currently oversees the software development and marketing functions at Onyx M.D.
He previously served as CIO / CTO (and Interim CEO) of Galasource, Inc., a progressive click-and-mortar e-commerce company serving the Hospitality industry. He was responsible for the Software Development, Web Hosting, Security, Technology, Marketing and Production operations for multiple e-commerce properties, including a leading online B2B restaurant equipment and supplies distributor.
With a rare combination of both business and technical skills, Jamal has founded 5 companies, has over 26 years management experience, and over 20 years hands-on experience working with Internet technologies. His programming experience dates back to Elementary school, and he began developing web based software solutions in 1995.
Jamal resides in beautiful Boulder County, Colorado with his wife of 22 years and two children. He enjoys skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, golf, martial arts, and motorcycle riding.
Specialties: Executive, Leader, Technology, Internet, ColdFusion, web development, database design and development, hosting, server architecture, application architecture, web-based software, e-mail hosting, security, network management, recruiting, management.
I am a very self-motivated, driven individual. I am always interested in expanding my areas of knowledge and expertise and am always making connections between other executives in my field.
I enjoy the healthcare business and industry, and have a breadth of knowledge that spans clinical, applications, business and technology, providing me with many avenues upon which to draw upon my experience in my role as a leader in my field.
I enjoy volunteer work and board membership and am very active with organizations such as CHIMSS, HIMSS, CHIME and CTA.
My main objective is to always grow, increase my knowledge and skills and continue to provide leadership and support to organizations in an executive role.
The foundations of his career started at age 10 on a Commodore 64 computer, eventually leading him to his first Systems Administrator job at 20. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, he has spent the last 13 years leading major technology infrastructure projects for the Pueblo City-County Library District and Aurora Public Schools. Before that he taught technology classes and served as the Department Chair of Information Technology at a local college in Colorado Springs. Follow Desmond on Twitter @APS_IT_Director and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/zedgrant/.
Dr. Shari Plantz-Masters, Academic Dean of the College of Computer & Information Sciences at Regis University in Denver, Colorado has been in the computer and information sciences field for 30 years. She has broad experience in industry and academia. Dr. Plantz-Masters worked at the Research and Development Labs of U S WEST where she was the that developed and deployed innovative network services. Dr. Plantz-Masters also held the position of Vice President of Network Planning with the responsibilities for the U S WEST Public Network.
Dr. Plantz-Masters started as an adjunct faculty member at Regis University in 1996 accepting a full time Assistant Professorship in 2002. She was appointed the founding Academic Dean of the College of Computer & Information Sciences in May 2015. Her research interests center on the impact of technology on people, organizations and societies. She spearheaded the development of the Consortium of Computing for the Common Good that brings together industry, government, and academia to focus on closing the tech talent gap in Colorado and on applying tech for the betterment of society.
BA – Economics and Political Science, University of Colorado
MS – Telecommunications, University of Colorado.
Ph.D. – Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado
Gabrielle Hernan (@GabrielleEdTech) has over a decade of experience as an educator and senior administrator in primary and middle schools and is currently Technology Director at Boulder Country Day, a Preschool-8th grade independent school in Boulder, CO. In addition to running the school network and managing all things technology-related, she is a passionate promoter of innovative and effective classroom instruction that develops the real skills students need to succeed in today’s world.
She has presented on Innovation in Education at national conferences such as NAIS as well as regional conferences around the country. Continually questioning the assumptions and dangers inherent to contemporary educational models in the United States, she trains faculty to make the small changes that impart big impact and then educates parents about their importance. She also teaches middle school courses in graphic design, filmmaking, programming and computer science, and electrical engineering.
From watches, to refrigerators, to automobiles, our lives have been enriched with network connected consumer devices. However, not securing such devices can also wreak havoc on our lives. During this session we will discuss the challenges, benefits, and successes of securing IoT devices.
Oliver Sanidas is passionate about empowering people through the use of creativity and technology. He is currently the Director of Digital & Library Material Services at Arapahoe Libraries where he gets to use that passion every day. Oli oversees all of the technological and material processing services for eight facilities in Arapahoe County Colorado. He has been with the library for thirteen years. His professional roots start in Hollywood where he worked for several years in the entertainment industry as an actor/filmmaker/coffee-fetcher/copy maker. Always wanting to work in a creative field he became drawn to the possibilities that a career in technology would offer. Oli obtained a Masters Degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver in 2003. For nearly six years Oli has served on the Board of Directors at Early Excellence of Denver an early childhood education center located near Downtown Denver. And I have attached a photo. I haven’t come up with a topic yet, but I have some ideas related to providing technology service and support to the general public.
Dr. Boult is El Pomar Endowed Professor of Innovation and Security at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Co-director of the Bachelor of Innovation family of degrees. Dr. Boult has published over 150 Papers and holds 6 patents with 9 pending. Before joining UCCS in 2003, he was an endowed professor and founding chairman of Lehigh University’s CSE Department. He received his BS in Applied Math (1983) MS in CS (1984) and Ph.D. in Computer CS (1986) from Columbia University and then spent 8 years on the Columbia CS Department Faculty. He has won 2 teaching awards, multiple research/innovation awards and multiple IEEE service awards, and is a member of the IEEE Golden Core. He is the chair of the IEEE PAMI Technical Committee and a founding member of the IEEE Biometrics Council.
David Coker is Vice President of Business Informatics at Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS). David leads ISS’ transformation to a managed, planned and repeatable DEVOPS infrastructure. ISS currently supports a wide range of customers requiring tailored solutions across a disparate set of technologies and provides a highly secure and flexible environment for rapid application development emphasizing cloud native tenets. Over the past 11 years, David has held several product and programmatic roles across the organization.
A technology executive with more than 20 years’ experience in building and managing organizations to deliver against established metrics, David has been VP and general manager at Integrated Sensors, a DoD R&D company focused on the development of high performance computing solutions for sensor and navigational systems, where he managed corporate operations, project oversight and technology/business development. David also was VP of the Optical Network Systems Business Unit at NetTest, where he created the vision and roadmap for the QuestFiber system (awarded the Most Innovative Product by Frost & Sullivan upon release).
Visionary IT leader adept at aligning technology features with business benefits and citizen needs through strategic planning, and effectively implementing solutions. Guiding industry change in local government by publishing and discussing cloud services, shared services, and mobile device usage via publications and events with multiple associations.
Also involved with many industry organizations such as the Colorado Government Association of Information Technology (CGAIT) and Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC), Colorado Technology Association, as well as being a member of the Executive Board for The IT Summit.
Clint Andrews is currently the IT Director of Application Services at the City of Fort Collins. Clint has been a technologist for over 10 years and has worked in private, public and the non-profit sectors. Clint brings a passion to IT, innovation, leadership, consulting, customer service and volunteerism. Clint has received multiple awards during his career, some of the awards include National Future LGBT Leader, World Class People, and ARMA Chapter Leader of the year. Clint volunteers his personal time for organizations such as the Colorado Blueflower Fund that is committed to helping elect women into political office, the City of Fort Collins LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, Colorado Government Association of Information Technology and many others. Clint also enjoys writing about technology, Clint enjoyed being a tech and lifestyle blogger earlier in his career and still serves as a contributing tech content contributor and tech pundit.
I am a kick-butt technology executive, hands-on project manager, business creating strategist, IT cost savings, web and software savvy, people caring manager. I’ve contributed from start-ups to corporations as Director, CIO, VP – in several industries. I leverage technology to improve business processes, services and results.
Directing the IT needs of start-ups to complex multi-level organizations. Or creating cutting edge products for industry giants like Avaya and Texas Instruments … I turn technology into business value. Contributing at every level, I maximize ROI, delivering the highest functionality with key market differentiators.
Jeff Patterson is currently the Executive Vice-President of operations and technology at ANB Bank. There he leads all technology groups, deposit operations, payments, online banking, treasury management, marketing, risk and compliance for the bank.
Before coming to ANB Bank, Jeff was Senior Vice-President at MidFirst Bank where he led deposit operations, payments, debit cards, ACH processing, deposit loss prevention, reconciliations, statement and notice printing, remittance processing, treasury management customer support and core and platform technology systems.
Prior to this, Jeff served as Vice-President of Customer Care and Development and Managing Systems Architect for American Bank Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for the development efforts of the ABS suite of products, oversaw the customer support functions and managed the design, administration and maintenance of the technology infrastructure.
Jeff co-founded his first software development company in 1984 and has since started or participated in the creation of five technology companies. He has presented classes on secure application development, database design, database administration and risk management.
Jeff holds multiple industry designations in information security, payments and technology.
Chris Alaimo is the CTO at PaySimple, responsible for leading a high-energy team of software developers, IT professionals, and QA experts who love to build great products for small businesses. He has over 15 years of experience managing engineering teams at both enterprise companies and startups. Chris also co-founded ProStor Systems, which supplied backup and archiving solutions to Dell, HP, IBM, and others. He’s passionate about building great teams and great software. Chris has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Enjoy a complimentary plated lunch courtesy of The IT Summit.
Jeff Cann is the Chief Strategist and CIO of Encore Electric, Inc., a regional commercial electrical contractor that specializes in complex construction projects. He led the Encore team through an ERP selection and migration project. Three years after the launch of the new ERP, his team continues to look for ways to measure and close the value gap between unused ERP features and the behaviors and tasks of end-users in their daily use of the ERP.
Prior to joining Encore, he worked in a variety of roles in IT – software development, project management, enterprise architecture, infrastructure engineering and service delivery. He served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and current chairs the technology committee at Our Lady of Loreto school in Foxfield, Colorado.
Eric Kimberling is the most recognized and respected independent ERP systems expert in the world, giving 100% unbiased advice to clients for over 20 years.
Eric’s extensive experience includes ERP software selection, organizational change management, implementation project management and value analysis. In addition to his ERP experience, Eric has also helped clients with merger and acquisition business integration, strategic planning, business process reengineering and Six Sigma. He further demonstrates his innovative and unparalleled industry experience as the lead facilitator of Panorama’s quarterly ERP Boot Camp workshops and weekly webinar series.
Eric is actively involved in implementations and project recoveries, giving him unique and up-to-date experience with modern enterprise technologies. Throughout his career, Eric has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their ERP initiatives. He has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains in countries as diverse as China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.
Brett considers himself an ERP implementation practitioner on the road to becoming a better ERP advisor and leader. Brett has been on this path for 20 plus years and is certain that he still has much to learn on this journey. Brett has experience as an ERP customer, ERP Implementation Partner and an ERP vendor. Brett is a published author on ERP implementation strategies. Brett currently works as an ERP Cloud strategy director for the second largest enterprise business solution provider.
Mohamed Lotfy is the Chair of Computer Science & Mathematics, School of Computer & Information Sciences, Regis University’s College for Professional Studies. Mohamed has over 30 years in academia. Mohamed taught in more than ten Universities in his academic career as a full time faculty and/or adjunct faculty. He taught a plethora of classes in these thirty years including: Data Communication Theory, Computer Graphics, Pascal, C, and C++ Programming, IT Project Management, Computation Theory, Data Structures, Advanced C Programming, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, and Computer Systems Security courses. Mohamed has presented and published numerous articles. His current research interests include: Parallel Radiosity, Distributed Computer Graphics, Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management, and Information Systems management. Mohamed received the excellence in best teaching practices and the excellence in teaching award from Regis University, and the Ambassador Program Award Rocky Mountain Information Management Association (RMIMA) for the 2003 & 2004 years. He is also a steering committee member of the IT Summit Denver, CO, and an honorary advisory board member for RMIMA, since October 2005. In addition, he is a member of ACM since 1991 and the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate since 1981. Under his leadership, the Computer Science and Information Technology department was awarded a Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT) educational grant ($239,930) to provide a seamless transfer from Colorado 2 year to 4 year institutions, in July 2002. The grant allowed Regis University to develop eight online courses to complete the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science online degrees. Also, the department was awarded a WIRED grant for $448,000 to fund the Business Technology Management (BTM) major which was established fall 2007 and to increase the number of Hispanic students enrolled in the technology majors at Regis.
JP Batra is Principal and CTO of Blue River International, Inc., a management consulting company. JP provides technology consulting, executing on Client Company’s strategy to accelerate business growth.
JP has led companies, departments and initiatives to success as an interim CIO, CTO, and as a technology leader. His successes include turnaround of mission critical revenue, stock price and reputation impacting international programs for a Fortune 500 company. Success also includes technology transformation for Fortune 100 Company, IT department refresh of a small company enabling their products to launch in multiple markets simultaneously, and other high profile initiatives.
Prior to his current role, JP Batra has held executive positions at several Fortune 100 – non-profit companies. He has led industry wide ecommerce platform initiative generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, delivering professional services to his employer’s clients in Europe, and Latin America and others. JP Batra holds a patent on self-healing networks. JP can be reached at [email protected]
Mr. Spencer is President of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. The Colorado Springs chapter is the second largest in the US and third largest in the world. He has nearly two decades of information security experience in federal, defense and commercial systems. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Security at Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs and on advisory boards for Colorado Technical University, Colorado State University Department of Computer Science, and the Colorado State University-Pueblo Hasan School of Business. He is a member of the ISSA Honor Roll and a Senior Member of ISSA. He has held the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification from ISC2 since 1997.
A business and technical leader and professional with over 20 years experience. A proven background in IT leadership, including data and system architecture, technology, business process improvement, disaster recovery, large project delivery, process re-engineering, and SDLC.
Specialties: SOx Compliance
Project Management / PMO
A dynamic, driven, and servant team leader with an MBA-level education offering a unique combination of operations, software development, complex systems architecture, project management, strategy and e-business management experience within technology-driven industries. Skilled in applying technology, servant leadership, and management practices to increase productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction. An imaginative, innovative, and critical thinker with the ability to set realistic priorities and initiate viable courses of action to attain objectives.
David Bessen joined Arapahoe County Government in December 2011 as the Director of Information Technology. At the County, he has established IT governance, converted the IT Department to a bimodal operation and focused on using innovative technologies to drive government efficiencies. Prior to joining the County, he was in the media (newspaper and website) industry where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MediaNews Group, the second largest newspaper chain in the U.S. (headquartered in Denver) and IT Director at Copley Newspapers in San Diego. His responsibilities ranged from managing transactional systems for advertising and subscriptions, to ERP implementations, web content management systems, business intelligence, networking and DR/BCP. David has also consulted in the publishing industry, as well as designed and managed projects for Fortune 350 firms.
David began his career in publishing technology as the founder of a small typesetting company specializing in academic journal publishing. Later, he worked as a support analyst and software trainer with Bestinfo, the software company that developed one of the first commercial-grade publishing systems that operated on a personal computer. He then worked for Management Processor Integrators as Vice President of Operations, consulting on electronic page-building projects at TV Guide and Copley Newspaper’s Fox Valley Press near Chicago.
In his former career, Dr. Bessen taught ancient, medieval and Renaissance history at several Midwestern colleges.