Featured Speakers 2017

Ryan Gourley
Territory Manager
Ryan is a Technology Sales Professional with experience in Channel Sales, Business Development, and Account Management. He covers Florida, Mississippi and the Caribbean. He is known for his consultative sales approach offering Data Protection for the Modern Datacenter.
Matt Wilson
Territory Manager
Matt has over 15 years in IT leadership experience In his my role with Cologix, he leads the North America channel team, responsible for channel sales, partner enablement, channel marketing, and ongoing interaction with Cologix’s partners in the US and Canada.
Mati Pitkanen
Director Solutions Marketing
Mati Pitkanen has more than 25 years IT industry experience, beginning her career as an Oracle Database Administrator.  She joined BMC in 1996 and has held technical and customer facing roles in the US and EMEA. Most recently Mati spent five years leading a customer care team that ensured BMC’s customers obtained top value from their solutions. This led Mati to her current role as the Solutions Marketing Director for the BMC Performance and Analytics business.
Dennis Coombs
Territory Manager
Bio-Dennis has 18+ years of experience and education in marketing strategies, mentoring employees, and creating company vision. He continuously looks to grow his network and communication skills. Some of his accomplishments include:
  • Surpassed sales quotas of $5.5M semi-annually; last year attained 115% and this year will exceed 150%.
  • Market products specifically to Fortune 500 companies, with a sales average of $250K on a monthly to semi-quarterly basis.
Blain Barton
Technology Evangelist
Raised in Spokane Washington, Blain Barton has been with Microsoft for over 22 years and has held many diverse positions and is the author of "Microsoft Public Cloud Services - Setting Up Your Business in the Cloud" located at http://aka.ms/blainsbook. His career started in 1988 as a Team Leader in Manufacturing and Distribution, progressed to PSS Team Manager for Visual Basic within Microsoft Product Support, Product Consultant for Microsoft Word Division, OEM Systems Engineer and currently serves as a Senior Technical Evangelist working with IT Professionals.
Aaron Flores
Director of Sales Western Region
RECOVER TO ANY SECOND Enterprise Flash Storage with BackDating™ enables instant recovery of Applications and Data to any second. FLASH FOR EVERY APP Our TierX™ tiering engine combined with NoDup™ data reduction provides you the most cost effective storage solution available today. Providing high performance with a flash-first architecture and high capacity media for scale. ELIMINATE COMPLEXITY Installed and operational in 15 minutes. Providing application and data recoverability for existing databases and applications with zero upfront configuration or additional
Kelly Bashford
Regional Manager, Arbor Networks
Kelly Bashford is the Regional Manager for Arbor Networks, responsible for the Mountain States/Pacific Northwest Region. With over 17 years of industry experience, Kelly has worked for Arbor Networks over the past 3 ½ years specializing in assisting Enterprise and Service Provider customers with industry leading DDOS solutions throughout the Region.
Paul Bowen
Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks
Experienced security architect with an emphasis on SIEM and APT. I had a decade of performance as a security engineer before transitioning to a sales role. I have more than a decades experience designing enterprise security solutions. The solutions I engineer are designed to be a comprehensive security solution set rather than a single product for a single use case. All APT and ATA solutions require centralized monitoring and updating in order to remain relevant and effective in today's constantly evolving threat arena.
Narayan Venkat
Vice President of Marketing
Highly passionate and experienced technology professional with over 20+ years of experience in the IT industry. He enjoys helping customers solve their business and IT challenges by leveraging the most current technologies that will meet future performance and capacity needs. Narayan speaks with customers regularly so they can understand how to leverage a single storage system that supports both all flash and hybrid configurations. You'll also hear how to scale up economically by adding flash and disk as your storage needs change over time.