Speakers at the Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity - HA/Resilient Infrastructure Conference

Keith Conlee
Keith Conlee has 30 years in the Information Technology field delivering innovative and effective solutions including working at the National Security Agency (NSA), Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technology, and is currently the Chief Security Officer for Information Technology at the College of DuPage. His duties are focused on building strong security governance, security policy/procedure and risk management programs including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. He is highly skilled in interpreting and aligning regulatory compliance and business objectives. Keith is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), and a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP). He is an active member in the ISACA and the BRPA of Chicagoland.

Avi Freedman

As Vice President, Cloud Services for ServerCentral, Freedman leads the definition, sales and engineering, of ServerCentral's Private Cloud and VM Platform services.  Prior to joining Server Central, Freedman had a number of roles at Akamai from October 1999 to August 2009, including Vice President of Network Architecture and Infrastructure and Chief Network Scientist.  Avi Freedman was most recently Distinguished Engineer and Chief Network Scientist for Akamai Technologies, where he oversaw the development and evolution of Akamai's network and content delivery technologies to new applications. In his former role of Vice President and Chief Network Architect for Akamai, Avi led the growth and management of Akamai's globally distributed network from 250 networks to over 1000 networks. Prior to joining Akamai, Freedman served as Vice President of Engineering at AboveNet, where he led the architecture, implementation and operation of AboveNet's ISXs and of the AboveNet global IP network.  In 1992, Freedman founded Netaxs, the first ISP in Philadelphia, PA.  He was CEO until 1998, became CTO after a merger in 1999, and was on the board of FastNet, which bought Netaxs in 2000.  Freedman studied computer science at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is a frequent contributor of articles and tutorials to networking publications and conferences.  He was on the Advisory Council of ARIN for the first four years of ARIN's existence.  Some of his past tutorials on BGP and routing can be found at http://avi.freedman.net.

John A. Jackson
John brings to Fusion over 30 years of IT and IT Risk Management experience and is widely regarded as a visionary and leader in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Early in his career, John founded Chi/Cor Information Management's IT consulting practice which developed the industry's first contingency planning software tool. As one of the first employees at Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services, John was instrumental in launching its Hot Site and Consulting Services businesses. In his 18 years with the company, John ran Comdisco's European operations, initiated and managed several Asia-Pacific recovery businesses, and in 1999 became president of Comdisco Continuity Services to lead its worldwide services organization. Upon initiating the division's sale to SunGard in 2001, he moved on to general management positions with Hewlett-Packard and IBM, running their domestic Business Continuity organizations and achieving record results for IBM in 2004. Seeking a more entrepreneurial opportunity, John co-founded Fusion Risk Management in 2005. Today, John leads consulting engagements with Fusion's midsize and large enterprise clients, and he is very active in the Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity industry, serving on the Executive Advisory board of Disaster Recovery Journal, the Editorial Advisory board of Continuity Insights magazine, the Advisory Board of Private and Public Businesses, Inc., and he is the Chicago chapter president of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector for infrastructure protection.

Fred Kwong

Fred Kwong has been in the information technology field for the past 10+ years in consulting, engineering, management, and director level positions. He currently works at a U.S. Cellular as the Senior Information Security Manager. He works on all network and security related activities including project management, access and identity management, and security architecture. Fred has a passion of combining IT skills with organization development values. His broad range of IT skills has allowed him to view IT from many different paradigms and present them to the business partners in an easy to understand language. Fred is also an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University teaching courses in international business and organization behavior. He holds a Ph.D. from Benedictine University and is a certified project management professional.

John Nootens

Mr. Nootens has worked on the systems and support end of IT his whole career.  From mainframes and their SNA network of controllers and terminals, through the first PCs and island LANs, on thru bridged/brouted/routed local area networks and WANs.  With significant concentration in Networking, Security, Operations, Network and Application Performance and Capacity Planning, John has become and expert in High Availability, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. With a unique ability to understand and explain highly technical concepts in order to achieve efficient, effective decisions on the use of that technology. John has been able to help major corporations see the big picture in the use of technology to solve their business needs.

Jeff Roseman
Jeff is Director of Global IT Solutions for Dover Corporation's Pump Solutions Group (PSG®), a global leader in positive displacement pump and supporting technologies for the safe, efficient and reliable transfer of critical and valuable materials. Mr. Roseman oversees the technology management of 34 world-class facilities in 13 countries, including within the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, India, Australia and China.
He is a seasoned IT executive with over two decades of experience in both technology management and consulting roles. With experience in international business, marketing, sales, business process re-engineering, and as an IT Director, CIO and Consultant, he has worked both sides of the technology world. Mr. Roseman possesses an extensive background working with regional, national, and international businesses in a variety of industries including professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, legal, real estate, construction, and non-profit. He has a broad knowledge of strategy, networking, telecommunications, training & development, systems integration, mergers and acquisitions, facility relocation, and business continuity planning.
Mr. Roseman continues to be successful moving IT teams from a crises management mentality to predictive, proactive, disciplined organization. He has previously lectured on social media & networking, IT leadership, customer relationship management, endpoint security, and disaster recovery planning. Mr. Roseman has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Information Systems and Marketing from Iowa and currently serves on the University’s Henry B. Tippie School of Management Advisory Council.

Ros Schulman

Ms. Schulman has over 28 years experience in the IT business both on the vendor and customer side. This has included systems programming, operations, technical support and sales support. Ms. Schulman has worked at Hitachi Data Systems for over 14 years. She currently works in the Global Solutions Business Line with responsibility for Data Protection Software including Disaster recovery and backup software. She spends much of her time with Customers, discussing their unique Backup/Recovery and/or Disaster Recovery challenges and helping look at appropriate Business Continuity solutions that meet or exceed their data availability requirements. She has also co-authored many white papers in the area of Business Continuity. Ms. Schulman is also a Certified Business Continuity professional and has met all the requirements as designated by the disaster recovery institute.

Steve Susina
Steve Susina has more than 20 years of engineering and marketing experience in the telecommunications and IT industries and currently serves as Director of Marketing for Laurus Technologies, a business consulting and IT solutions provider based in Itasca, IL. Previously, he was Senior Product Manager for UTStarcom's fixed/mobile convergence product line, and has also held various sales, marketing and engineering roles at Tellabs and AT&T. His speaking experience includes technology conferences around the world on such topics as IT & business strategy, optical networking, compliance and identity management and mobile communications.  Susina holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Annur Sumar
Annur Sumar is a Solutions Director for Concurrency. A globally recognized IT consulting firm in the areas of Infrastructure, Enterprise Content Management, Unified Communications, Dynamics CRM, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic infrastructure design, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping diverse businesses with complex IT environments in lowering Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments. Prior to joining Concurrency, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps, Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback towards a greater vision around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from Microsoft technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.


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