Scott Augenbaum

Author & Keynote Speaker, Retired FBI
  • Retired FBI
  • United States of America
Tony Bugliosi

IT Service Desk Team Lead, RD Offutt Company

Daniel Honore

CSO & Director of Information Technology, Village of Pleasant Prairie

Erin Allen

Director - IT Strategy & Architecture, Sargento Foods Inc

Vicki Tandeski

CIO, Ariens Company

Gary Peyton

President, IT Pack

Co-Founder of EFM, Inc. 19 years ago. We now have 31 events in 28 states that reach over 8,000 IT Executives. The Symposiums do a great job helping to connect executives locally. It has a been a wish of mine to be able to connect people across state lines and allow everyone to learn from others experiences. This is what IT Pack will do. We want to make difference and leave a legacy of helping people across the U.S. IT Pack will allow us do that.
Dr. Joseph W. Perez ("Joe")

Senior Systems Analyst / Team Lead, NC Dept of Health & Human Services

Having received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in secondary education, Joe began a ten-year career as a high school teacher providing instruction in economics, Spanish, Bible, and computers. While in his teaching career, he furthered his graduate education, earning a doctorate degree in education with a double-minor in computers and theology. His career focus changed to IT in 1992 when he started as a Computer Consultant at NC State University. Three promotions later, Dr. Perez ended his successful 25-year career at NC State as Business Intelligence Specialist when he took another promotion to become Senior Business Analyst at the NC Department of Health & Human Services in September 2017, and has since been promoted to Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead. With more than 7000 followers on LinkedIn and several professional certifications, Perez has stayed active in the IT, HHS, and higher education communities as a much sought-after resource, highly-recommended technical/motivational conference speaker, data analytics & visualization expert, and specialist in efficiency and process improvement. Through all these years, Dr. Perez has never lost his love for teaching, having been a guest speaker in numerous schools, churches, and other organizations. When he takes a break from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 30 years and their children, whom he says comprise the "best thing that ever happened to me." He also sings, plays the piano, composes songs, does technical and motivational public speaking, and has performed radio PSA's and voice-overs for schools and other organizations. He also serves as pianist and music director to his church’s Hispanic ministry, teaches their Adult Bible Fellowship class, and interprets the sermons to either Spanish or English, depending upon the audience. If there's any spare time left, he enjoys publishing a monthly military newsletter (as editor-in-chief of “The Patriot News”), working out in the gym, is an avid reader, and tries to catch up on the occasional Star Trek rerun on Amazon Prime. "A busy life indeed, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I’m a firm believer that if I’m not innovating, then I’m stagnating," says Joe.
Brian Thomas

Chief Technology Officer, Coruzant Technologies

Brian Thomas has served in several senior leadership roles, including Chief Information Officer, Deputy CIO, and Healthcare Executive in the Fortune 500, Healthcare and public sector spaces. He is known for delivering innovative and user-friendly solutions to the business partners and customers he serves. Prior to his executive roles, he gained experience in and recognition for dependable performance improvement, leadership, program management and solution innovations. Brian has 20 years experience in technology and healthcare. He has been featured in several publications including the Harvard Business Review, and was recently named one of the Top 100 Chief Information Technology Officers by Richtopia. He is a regular contributor to CIO Online and the greater IDG organization. Brian recently completed coursework at MIT on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, and Cybersecurity.
Dave Robinson

Host of the Executive Conversation Series, EFM

Thirty-Eight years of leadership experience in the Information Technology Industry. Progressive technology and management roles at Allied Signal/Honeywell, The Department of Energy, General Electric, and most recently, 21 years as Chief Information Officer for Lockton Companies, the largest privately held broker in the world. Group recognition for accomplishments and technology innovation by Information Week for five straight years, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Including recognition as one of the first companies to provide a completely cloud-based company desktop to all employees in the US and UK. Co-founder of the Kansas City CIO Exchange in 2001, a collaborative group comprised of senior Information Technology executives from most of Kansas City’s largest companies. Education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst University. Also attained certification in the Quality programs both with General Electric and the former AlliedSignal, achieving a Master Black Belt designation in the G.E. Capital Six Sigma program in 1997.
Charles Thiede

CEO and Co-Founder, Zapnito Ltd.

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
Brooke Van Sickle

Community Manager, IT Pack

Expert in digital marketing, social media, blogging, content management, and on-site SEO. When I'm not working for IT Pack, I'm writing books for children. In my off-time, I'm a dog-mom and undergoing wedding plans.
Jason Heinz

Regional Director, EFM Events & IT Pack

I have expertise in producing executive level IT conferences, appraising residential property & coaching a few sports. I'm interested in 70's music, golf, track & field, basketball and Iowa Hawkeye Football. My work experience includes 25 years of appraising property and 5+ years of producing IT events.
Jeff Hinds

Regional Director, EFM, Inc.