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Layne Beal

Layne Beal.pngLayne is a Director in the Risk Assurance practice at PwC where he leads engagement teams in performing internal audit, risk management and compliance, and internal control projects. He has over 12 years’ experience serving clients in the areas of IT risk management, processes and controls, information security, as well as financial and operational audits. His industry experience spans multiple sectors including Communications, Energy, Entertainment, Retail & Consumer, and Technology. Prior to joining PwC, Layne managed various information systems projects for a telecommunications company.

Layne earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.



Steve Berkowitz

Steve Berkowitz is the regional sales executive for MicroStrategy, a  global leader in enterprise software for over 27 years. He is focused on helping Colorado's most recognized companies deliver on innovation, elevate performance, and drive profitable growth by solving enterprise analytics, mobility and security challenges in a single best-in class unified platform.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience working for leaders in the technology and software industry, including various industry, sales and management positions at IBM and more recently, Esri, the global leader in GIS.  Throughout his career, Steve has had the opportunity to partnered and manage relationships with some of the most innovative companies and brands in the world including the likes of Starbucks, Walmart, Nike and Target.

A native of Connecticut and a UCONN graduate, Steve moved to Colorado over 25 years ago and lives with his wife Susan and two high school aged children in the southwest Denver foothills. A fan of the  outdoors and music, he is an avid skier, who also enjoys mountain biking, camping, new adventures, and the live music scene.

 


Fred Cannataro

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Fred Cannataro is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he majored in History and Political Science. After a brief teaching stint, Fred relocated to Denver and began a sales career in Technology sales during the inception of the open systems era in the late seventies. Fred joined Lewan Technology in 1979 as a sales associate and later helped launch Lewan’s fledging technology business that today has grown into one of the largest technology VARS in the Rocky Mountain region. This year Lewan was named as a Triple Crown winner in CRN Magazine’s fastest growth companies in the US.

Fred was named President of Lewan Technology in 2000 and later CEO in 2011. He is passionate about the Technology business and is dedicated to leadership development. He has two daughters who attended CU boulder, one who graduated last June and the youngest who is a junior at the Boulder campus.

 


Michael Casullo

Michael Casullo.pngMichael Casullo is a veteran of technical development and operations with over 26 years of experience. Mike is currently SVP and Chief Information Officer of Ciber, a global information technology company firm with over 7000 consultants. In this role, Mike has responsibility for internal global IT operations as well as many customer facing business initiatives where he transitioned proven methods outside of the back-office.

He most recently served as Chief lnformation Officer for satellite broadband provider, WildBlue Corporation where he led the expansion of software systems to accommodate 3 satellites and 420K subscribers. Prior to WildBlue, Mike was Chief Information and Security Officer for On Command Corporation. At On Command Mike developed industry leading management systems and completed an engineering transition which led to a successful acquisition by Lodgenet Corporation.

Mike also held the position of Vice President of Operations with the Qwest Cyber Solutions which was the largest Application Service Provider in North America. He also was responsible for Information Technology and Network Operations at Velocom which built and operated the world's largest wireless-local-loop telephony systems in Brazil and Argentina, averaging 80K monthly residential installations. Mike began his career with Telecommunications, Inc. (TCI), the nation's largest cable television provider. During that time he held several technical positions including, Director of Network Operations and Engineering and Director of Data Center Operations. With TCI, he successfully managed the largest billing migration ever attempted in the cable television industry.

Mike holds a BS degree from Regis University in Computer Information Systems and an MS degree from the University of Denver in Telecommunications.

Member of the board for Colorado Outward Bound Schools.

 


Gail Coury

CISA, CISSP, CISM
Vice President, Risk Management
Managed Cloud Services
Oracle

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Gail has over twenty years experience in information security infrastructure systems and network management, security technical consulting, information systems auditing, and programming. Industries include software and hardware technology, airline reservation systems, insurance, banking, and retail.

Gail leads the risk management function for Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services. This includes Security Strategy, Security Solutions, Operational Compliance, Customer Security Services, Audit Compliance, and Delivery Assurance. She is the former CISO for PeopleSoft and former CISO for J.D. Edwards.

Gail received her bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Computer Science from Clarke University. She is an alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.



Brad Cowdrey  

Brad Cowdrey.pngBrad Cowdrey is the CEO and Founder of Clear Peak Holdings, LLC. Founded in 2000, Clear Peak is a business analytics and big data professional services firm that provides data solutions through project­ based and managed services. Clear Peak was selected by Colorado Biz magazine as a 2014 Colorado Company to Watch.

Brad draws from over two decades of technology leadership and big data know-how to run an organization that solves complex business challenges through the power of business analytics and big data. He works with corporate executives to develop and execute data strategies that significantly increase profits and operational results.

Brad has been a member of the Denver Rescue Mission, the oldest full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain area, since 2012. He is also a past member of the Board of Governors for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree from the Monfort School of Business. He is a native Coloradan, is married to Chanda, has four wonderful children and lives in the Castle Rock area of the Denver metro.

 


Alan Cullop DaVita

Alan Cullop.pngAlan currently serves as CIO and SVP at DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a Fortune 300 company and a leading provider of health care services. During his 20+year career, he has led the development and expansion of IT systems and teams for numerous transaction-intensive businesses, including, Avis, Priceline.com,Orbitz.com, American Express, Wyndham, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Coldwell Banker/Sotherby's and MCI. Alan began his career as a developer with MCI Communications and has served as CIO for 10+ years for complex global 100 companies including Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets, Cendant and the TriZetto Group, a Healthcare Software Services Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech's Dupree College of Management Leadership Forum.  Alan enjoys spending time with his family, reading and traveling.

 


Andrzej Dostatni

Andrzej Dostatni.pngAndrzej Dostatni has been Executive Leader in Software Development Industry for over 18 years. Originally from Poland holds computer science education form Technical University of Gdansk. Having multiple talents Andrzej was a successful athlete, 6 times National Champion of Poland, World and Olympic competitor in Ice Dancing (Figure Skating) and is currently Technical Specialist serving as official of some of the top events like Olympics and World   Championships.
Started career in IT Development in 1997 at Primark (later acquired by Thomson Financials) architecting and building Timer Series Ingest and Processing System. Later head of development at Global Insight that was leading Global Macro-Economic Forecasting and research company. Currently VP of Product Development and Delivery at IHS Inc. is responsible for global development organization which architects and builds some of the strategic IHS online delivery platforms for products in Energy, Chemical, Economic & Country Risk, Maritime & Trade and Aerospace Defense & Security business lines.



Sean Everhart

Andrzej Dostatni.pngSean Everhart is a technology industry veteran with over 23 years of experience.  He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of David C Cook, a global non-profit focused on equipping the local church on a global scale.  Sean has a wide range of technology experience in leadership, strategic consulting, software engineering, technical support, and technical sales with both boutique technology consulting firms and large global technology firms.  Since starting at David C Cook, Sean created and leads the Digital Technology Group which centralized previously distributed digital and technology leaders across the global organization.  Sean serves as the Founder and Executive Sponsor of Disciplr, a subsidiary of David C Cook and technology startup founded to become the leading platform for teachers in the local church around the world.  Sean is a 16-year Microsoft Corporation veteran, having co-developed technology strategies and product development plans with CIOs and CTOs across Fortune 100 companies and leading software companies.  Originally from North Carolina, Sean holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Wake Forest University.  He is a leader with Apps for the Greater Good, a technology startup managed by Wake Forest University, professors and former students.  Sean and his wife, Laura, have four children and serve in leadership in several non-profits focused on higher education and faith-based needs in society.



James Gaulke

James Gaulke.png IT executive with a track record of success in planning/executing strategic information technology development initiatives for leading organizations in multiple industries. I have a history of developing new products, increasing revenues and improving efficiencies while maximizing information technology services for companies in the energy, banking, financial services, retail and manufacturing / distribution sectors.

The combination of my professional experience, business knowledge, and self-motivation provides the drive and determination necessary to achieve results.

Specialties:

  • Innovation & product development
  • Strategic planning, IT alignment
  • IT governance
  • Outsourcing, contract negotiations, vendor management
  • CRM (clientelling & loyalty)
  • Business intelligence & enterprise data management
  • Information security (PCI, SOX, HIPAA, FFIEC / OTS)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Merger, acquisitions  &  portfolio conversions
  • Board participation
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Portfolio I Project management
  • Team motivation & productivity

 


Steve Golter

Steve Golter.pngOn March 11th, 1981, Steve Goiter was born in the grandest of all junctions, Grand Junction, Colorado. For the next eighteen years he was contained in the Grand Valley to explore and to find himself. On graduating from high school, he wanted to explore the world outside of the valley and moved to Greely to study mechanical engineering at the University of Northern Colorado.

After a year at UNC, he wanted to take his exploring to the next level and figure out his passions in life. Inspired by a spring break trip to the west coast, he decided to move to Santa Cruz, California, where he worked for a local electrical engineering firm as an AutoCAD I IT technician. 

In Denver, to continue his education and apply his IT passions to the real world, he enrolled in the computer information system program at Metro State College of Denver, and at the same time he formed his first company called Type 2 Networks offering IT support services to small and medium sized businesses.

Following two years of school and work, this Denver experience ended in New York City and a contract to build the IT infrastructure for Blinde Design, a company that designed the eyewear for the three Matrix movies. 

The New York City experience ended when he was offered an IT job at a casino in Colorado. Back in Colorado, even with a full time job, Steve was able to pursue his entrepreneurial inclinations by working part-time with local Denver businesses and resuming part-time schooling at Metro State. However, two years later education won out and he transferred to the University of Colorado at Denver as a full time student.

Steve graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2012 and decided he wanted to give back to the community. Through this scholarship fund, Steve will make an impact in the education of students in the Information System program at the CU Denver Business School.

 


Marina Johnson

Marina Johnson.pngMarina Johnson is the CIO at HSS Inc., one of the nation's leading outsourcing firms for aviation, government, and healthcare security and medical equipment management. HSS has over 3,500 employees serving hundreds of customers in more than 17 states.

As CIO, Johnson is responsible for researching, evaluating, selecting, and implementing cost-effective technology strategies that make the company and its employees more productive and competitive. She and her team support all HSS information systems and IT infrastructure in the headquarters and remote offices, including telecommunications, networks, collaboration and communication systems, and the Operations Support Center, which provides 24/7 dispatch and monitoring services to customers in multiple states.

Johnson joined HSS in 2001 as IT Director, starting the company's first centralized IT Department and standardizing its technology across HSS divisions and locations. She was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2005.

Because HSS provides outsourcing services to its customers, Johnson believes in using that business model for many IT functions. As a result, in 2002, HSS was among the first companies to go to the "cloud" for its critical data applications. In 2007, Johnson directed the transfer of all technology to the new HSS corporate headquarters in Denver with only 10 minutes of downtime during the overnight move. In 2011, HSS beta tested, and adopted, Microsoft Office 365. Recent projects include launching a business intelligence system and updating the HSS corporate office network infrastructure.

She is a member of, among others, the Board of Society for Information Management, Colorado Chapter, the Industry Advisory Council at Regis University (School of Computer & Information Sciences), the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado IT Symposium Advisory Committee and the Governing Body, Colorado CIO Executive Summit Advisory Board. Johnson was one of three finalists for the prestigious Colorado Technology Association Apex Award-CIO of the Year for 2014. Johnson earned a five-year degree in System Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Information Technology.

 


Albert Kendrick

Albert Kendrick.pngAlbert Kendrick is the Chief Information Officer for FirstBank, a regional bank headquartered in Colorado with locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. Albert leads FirstBank's efforts to use technology to provide unique products and excellent service to its customers. FirstBank aggressively pursues the use of technology in the delivery of its products and services to create a unique customer experience.

Albert is originally from Charlotte, N.C. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Denver.

 


Marcus Kwan

Marcus Kwan.pngMarcus Kwan is CQG's Vice President of Product Strategy and Design. Since joining CQG in 2004, he has led the product design efforts for CQG's platforms, including the company's next generation data visualization, analytics, and trade routing applications. Prior to CQG, Kwan worked at Microsoft in the Microsoft Windows Platform group, leading the company's user experience with Internet Explorer, search, and sharing. Prior to Microsoft, Kwan worked at Frog Design. There he managed consulting on large enterprise design projects for SAP and Microsoft, consumer experience engagements for Yahoo! Music and Prodigy/SBC, and vision projects for Disney and Microsoft's Tablet PC division. Kwan earned a BA in Communications from Trinity University.

 


Sam V. Kumar

Sam V. Kumar.pngSam Kumar is NewCloud Networks' Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Sam has been responsible for NewCloud activities since its founding in 1988.

Prior to starting NewCloud Networks, Sam spearheaded technology research and development for GTE (Verizon Communications). Sam has over 30 years of executive management and technical experience and is focused on establishing an effective corporate growth strategy, expanding the national NewCloud network, and developing a management team that delivers superior operational and sales efficiency.

Sam Kumar received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. Sam is a leader in the Colorado technology community, acting as a board member for TiE Rockies and an industry advisor for Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN). He has also been profiled in Denver Post, Denver Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine as well as honored as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 


Vincent P. Melvin

Vincent P. Melvin.pngVincent P. Melvin is senior vice president and chief information officer of Arrow Electronics, Inc., with responsibility for managing the company's global information technology systems, services and capabilities. He is passionate about the enterprise IT organization being a customer-focused team that closely aligns initiatives and investment with the business strategy.

Prior to Arrow, Melvin was executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Sanmina-SCI, Inc. (SSCI), a leading electronics manufacturing services provider. Before joining SSCI in 2000, Melvin was director of information systems at Solectron Technology. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership problems at IBM Corporation in IT, logistics, and systems engineering.

Melvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Trinity College and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

 


Molly Rauzi

Molly Rauzi.pngWith her deep knowledge and experience, Molly is energized by helping organizations create powerful, secure solutions to drive employee engagement and collaboration, increase productivity, standardize processes and systems, and manage digital strategies including big data. She advises on the governance of corporate functions and shared services across the enterprise. Her experience and insights have helped numerous organizations ready their workforces for the many changes new technologies, new business models and new strategies bring.

Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Molly was the Managing Director leading the Business Advisory Services Practice in the Denver office of Grant Thornton LLP. From 2007 to 2011, Molly served as an appointee of then Mayor John Hickenlooper (now the Governor of Colorado) to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver. She developed the City and County's technology strategy and oversaw its most significant business transformation initiatives, including establishing a governance process to support a $25 million project  portfolio; standing up shared services for IT, HR, Finance and customer services, and providing the technology support for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. With Grant Thornton she advised the City of Charlotte as they hosted the 2012 DNC.

Before working for the Mayor of Denver, Molly served as the Director of Technology for Denver International Airport. Molly was an integral part of the management team who supported the airport through the crisis of September 11, 2001. Molly implemented an airport technology strategy that was a significant factor in the transformation efforts ensuring DIA's long-term economic viability.

 

Randy Weldon

Randy Weldon served as Chief Information Officer (CIO} for two organizations, Geneva Pharmaceuticals and Douglas County School District. He also spent over twenty years in consulting management at Andersen Consulting and Arrow Partnership. In addition to prior Director-level positions over Application Development (StorageTek), Hosting Customer Account Management (TriZetto), and Integrated Supply Chain (Johns Manville), he currently serves as the Product Lifecycle Management Program Manager for a multi-year Siemens Teamcenter PLM implementation at Sundyne in Arvada.

In his prior capacity as Director of Integrated Supply Chain Management in the IT Department of Johns Manville (JM), he was responsible for optimizing the end-to-end North American supply chain through design and implementation of process and system improvements using the SAP ECC, SCM, and TM platforms. Integrated Supply Chain at JM included the total business process from Sales and Marketing through Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning to Procurement, Production Scheduling, Production Execution, Plant Maintenance, Warehousing and Inventory Management, Order Processing and Logistics/Transportation.

Randy previously served as CIO of Douglas County School District, where among other accomplishments, he spearheaded the business cases for and implementation of both a large, fiber-optic Wide Area Network (1Gb/sec connections to each of 80 facilities), and greatly enhanced wireless connectivity in schools, thereby mitigating existing bandwidth issues and setting the District up to handle projected rapid growth in demand.

Mr. Weldon also directed implementation of new SAP ERP systems as the CIO at Geneva Pharmaceuticals and the Director of Application Development at StorageTek. Prior to those roles, he spent 18 years as a Consulting Manager at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He earned an undergraduate degree in Management Science from Colorado State University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a native of Durango, Colorado, is married to Julie and has two grown children, Sarah and Mike.

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