Speakers at the Business Intelligence and Analytics Conference

Michael Connor

Michael Connor is VP of Enterprise Data Services (EDS) at QBE the Americas, the American division of QBE Insurance Group, headquartered in Sydney, Australia. QBE the Americas is headquartered in New York City, and is a $5B Property-Casualty company offering P&C insurance products in all 50 states. EDS provides all technical data services for QBE the Americas including database technical support, data acquisition, data integration and data delivery. Mr. Connor has spent the last 15 years concentrating on data management both in management and consulting roles. His data management experience encompasses all aspects including management consulting, architecture, project management, process/tool assessment, business intelligence, data quality, master data management, data governance, data modeling and ETL process.

Rick DeMare

Rick has spent the past 13 years focused on large scale data warehousing and analytics, including some of the largest production Enterprise Data Warehouses in the world. His customers have won numerous industry awards across several industry verticals; including Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing, Telecommunication, and Internet based companies. He has also been a featured speaker at numerous industry events on the subjects of Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytic Techniques, Balanced Scorecard Methodology, and Large Scale Data Warehousing.

Chris Dinkel

Mr. Dinkel has over 12 years of experience managing, developing and implementing large-scale complex information systems.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the SDLC of enterprise wide Data Warehouses, Business Intelligence solutions, Custom client/server and Web Applications.  Mr. Dinkelís prior background; includes project management, ETL, business analysis, design, development, and administration of Data Warehouses supporting SAP, PeopleSoft, relational databases, and SAP BW/BusinessObjects systems.  He has helped large and small enterprise customers to build out robust reporting and analytic architectures that support operational, ad-hoc, and dashboard requirements.  Mr. Dinkel has built hundreds of reports and dashboards that are in use around the world today.  He has worked in various business verticals including finance, energy, real estate, human resources, utilities, telecommunications, and technology for commercial and government organizations.

Greg Hubbard

Greg is a technology professional with achievements in small and large organizations, from dot-com startups to Fortune 1000 companies. Currently he is the Executive Director of Technology for Cengage Learning. In this role, he is responsible for creating and executing the strategy for seamless integration of 4 core functions: Web Development (multiple teams), Architecture, Quality Assurance, and Business Analytics. Greg has been engaged as a subject matter expert for the relationship between business strategy & IT, cloud computing, business intelligence as related to revenue growth and the roles of social networking within a company. He has also acted as a technology consultant for developing companies. He previously held technology positions at Q Interactive, Trans Union Corp, and CNA Insurance.

Mike Kerrigan

Mike Kerrigan started his career with 17 years of practical, real-world logistics expertise as the COO for a Global Japanese company.  In 1994, Mike Kerrigan was part of one of the first mid-sized SAP implementations in the US. As one of the key client team members, he was responsible for implementing materials management and production planning, including all core SAP modules and strategic corporate functionality using SAPís Profitability Analysis. His company became one of SAPís top client success stories in 1994. More importantly, SAP used his company as the top reference site for future customers. The implementation methodology used on his project eventually became the SAP ASAP methodology.  In 1995, Mr. Kerrigan was hired to create a middle market focused SAP implementation consulting practice for a Midwest-based consultancy. He overachieved in this role, creating a 250 person, highly successful SAP implementation group that won the prestigious SAP Partner of the Year Award for three consecutive years. Over the last 15 years, Mike Kerrigan has been the executive in charge of helping over 100 clients go live on SAP. In 2001 Mike was the partner in charge of ERP solutions with a global consulting and operations staff of 700 people.  Mike continued his SAP implementation successes for the last 15 years across all major industry sectors. His combination of real world logistics/management experience and SAP Global expertise place him in an unrivalled position of value to our clients.

Duane Lyons

Mr. Lyons is a member of Clarity Solution Groupís Leadership Team and leads its Retail / Consumer Packaged Goods practice. He is also the executive owner for the Consumer720 solution. Previously, he was a partner in the Information Transformation Practice at Infosys Consulting for 8+ years, where he led a $200M USD practice. He has extensive experience in customer operations, master data management (with an emphasis on customer and product subject areas) and Business Intelligence (18+ years) and acts as a subject matter expert in database marketing and business intelligence strategies. Prior to joining Infosys Consulting, Mr. Lyons led the open systems BI practice of Inforte and managed the Managed Analytics competency. That competency acted as the ďdataĒ agency of record for clients such as America Online and Estee Lauder and handled ongoing design, execution, and measurement of marketing campaigns.
Mr. Lyons has vast industry experience as well with companies such as CVS/Caremark, Hillshire Brands, American Greetings, Newell Rubbermaid, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland, and United Airlines.
In addition, Mr. Lyons has been a frequent speaker at MDM conferences and numerous national and regional marketing conferences including DMA conventions, NCDM, and DMDays in New York. Mr. Lyons has also participated as chairperson of the Database Marketing SIG of the Chicagoland Association of Direct Marketing (CADM).
Duane has an M.S in Computer Science from DePaul University (1997) and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University (1990).

Raj Rathi

Raj Rathi has been a BI Architect at Baxter Credit Union for the last three years. He directs and leads the day-to-day activities of the data warehouse and data analytics staff. Previously he was with Morningstar Inc., as a Data Architect, where he managed a team of SQL server developers. At Deloitte Consulting he was a Data Architect and did database design, data warehouse design, OLAP design, data collection, and data analytics.  He has an MBA from the University of IL, Chicago and a Masters of Engineering from India.

Richard Skriletz

Richard A Skriletz is a manager and management consultant with more than 35 years experience working in large corporate and start-up environments. His professional focus is on leading the strategic application of information technology to customer-focused business operations, improving operational performance, managing organizational and technical change, and optimizing business operations. As the global leader of the Business Intelligence and Data Delivery practice for RCG IT, Mr. Skriletz evaluates technologies, vendors, and market trends and works with customers to help them drive business results with better managed data.

Greg Stam
Greg Stam joined Cision in August 2008. As Senior Vice President of Development, Greg has overall responsibility for software development at Cision, the leading provider of software, services and tools for the media and public relations industry. Greg joined Cision from Platine Consutling Group, a consulting firm that he founded and successfully managed for over four years. Prior to Platine, Greg served as Director of the Business Transformation Office for United Airlines.  In this capacity he was responsible for the program management and benefit realization of the Bankruptcy Recovery Plan and Best Practice Implementation.  Prior to this role, Greg held the position of Director of Airport Solutions.  In this capacity, he was responsible for all airport information systems worldwide.  Prior to United, Greg served in Senior Director Positions at Ameritech and US Cellular focused on IT Strategy and Architecture.  Greg has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Chicagoís Roosevelt University.

Shaibal Talukder

Shaibal Talukder is currently the Director of Enterprise Architecture at The Pampered Chef.  He was previously the Director IS, ( Business Systems & BI), at Elkay Manufacturing.  Previously he was Senior Manager, Database, Application and Architecture at Zebra Technologies where he designed BI strategies and solutions, which resulted in increased sales revenue and improved quality tracking.  At Danaher Corporation he was Senior Manager, IS, and his responsibilities included managing BI solutions.  In the 1990s he had positions as a database engineer and database consultant.  He is currently working on an MBA at DePaul University, has an MS in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics.

Dennis Waldron

Dennis Waldron is the Director of Rightpointís Enterprise Intelligence Practice helping clients to maximize their data assets.  Dennis began his career as a consultant working for Oracle Consulting Services and Sybase.  He has over twenty-two years of IT experience as an executive and strategic consultant for ERP/ Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence environments.  Mr. Waldron is recognized as a Chief Enterprise Architect with emphasis on data strategy, data governance, and analytics.   He has managed advanced technical and functional teams that analyze, design, build, and run the ERP and Enterprise Intelligence systems of expanding organizations.  His industry experience includes pharmaceuticals, finance, consumer packaged goods (CPG), insurance, education, electronics & high tech, government, health care, and manufacturing.  In a technical capacity, Dennis is recognized as a leader in Information Lifecycle Management: Master Data Management (MDM), structured and unstructured data lineage, business & data modeling, performance tuning, database & data warehouse design, and QA reviews.

Sai Yarlagadda

Sai Yarlagadda is senior business Intelligence lead at HomeDirectUsa. She has been working on SAP business objects and various data warehousing tools since past 10 years. She has worked extensively on various dashboards and analyzed company metrics to empower the business solutions. She is currently working on expanding BI platform across the enterprise to make information readily available to the users. Her experience spans in various industries from communications, food & beverage, insurance, logistics and Manufacturing industries. Sai holds a masters degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.