Speakers at the IT PMO Leadership Conference

Richard Crawford

Richard joined UMT Consulting Group, LLC in January 2008. He has over 10 years of project management experience and over 20 years of technology based consulting experience in both the U.S. and abroad. Richard has initiated two Project Management Offices, mentored 12 Project Management Professionals, and authored two software packages. Richard is a certified:  Project Management Professional, Microsoft Certified Application Developer, Black Belt Professional and has a Masters Certificate Using Project Server.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee is a Partner and Founder of Maven Wave.  Jason Lee has over 15 years of consulting and technology experience. Prior to Maven Wave, Lee served as AVP at Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) where he led pioneering engagements in providing next generation global delivery efforts for this leading offshore IT and outsourcing firm with revenues in excess of $2 billion. Lee was a founder and partner in Fathom Solutions, a leading strategy, business process, and IT services consultancy acquired by Cognizant in 2004 for its deep industry knowledge, quality clients, and unmatched service capability. Lee began his career at Accenture (NYSE: ACN) where he led network solution and internet architecture engagements.

Greg Layok

Greg Layok is a director with West Monroe Partners and a leader in the company’s Technology Integration practice. He has more than 15 years of consulting experience focused on busines transformation, technology strategy, operational improvement and system development. An experienced advisor to senior executives, Greg Layok has a well-established track record as a strategic thinker and decision maker able to assess business opportunity and align organizations in order to maximize results. He has delivered successful technology solutions across a broad range of platforms and architectures for a variety of clients, including FORTUNE ® 1000 companies in the financial services, retail, high tech, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

Tony McClain

Tony brings over 30 years of professional management experience to his role as a Senior Client Partner at Geneca. He serves Geneca clients by leveraging technology to solve their business challenges and ensuring they get full value from their software investment. He is appreciated by clients and co-workers alike as a trusted, collaborative leader and mentor, committed to the growth and success of everyone he works with.
Tony comes to Geneca from Daugherty where he was Head of Delivery and a leading Principal Consultant after successfully performing several IT delivery roles. Prior to that, Tony worked as a lead Software Engineer at Dominick’s. In addition to many years in retail food management at both Dominick’s and Jewel Food Stores, Tony has vertical industry experience in Enterprise Software and Services, Media, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Retail. He received his B.S. in Finance from Illinois State University and his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University.

John Mech

John Mech is the Vice President of Application Development for Océ North America, Inc. located in Chicago, IL.  John’s team is responsible for supporting SAP ERP, Oracle’s e-Business Suite, and a portfolio of web-based applications.  John has been with Océ for eight years, three of which were spent living and working at the company’s headquarter location in The Netherlands.  Prior to joining Océ he worked for U.S. Water L.L.C., a startup company in Chicago where, as Vice President of Information Technology, he had overall Information Services responsibility.  Prior to joining U.S. Water, John spent several years with Aventis Pharmaceutical as Manager of Application Development where he played a lead role in an SAP R/3, ERP implementation.  John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio.

Munzoor Shaikh

Munzoor is a senior manager and technical architect with West Monroe Partners. In his role as a business and IT transformation consultant, he has advised businesses on their technology strategy and helped them achieve process and technology transformations to reduce cost and remain competitive. As a technical program manager, he has lead and managed large IT transformation initiatives. With over 12 years of consulting experience, his experience spans the Healthcare, private equity, banking and logistics industries. He has architected, lead and managed the delivery of both custom as well as packaged solutions across multiple platforms.

Kiko Stefanov

As Director of Program Management at CDW, Kiko Stefanov is responsible for the company’s IT Project Portfolio, Project Management, Business Systems Analysis, IT Audit, and Records Management. As a Member of the IT Alignment Committee, he aids in annual technology planning, business case development, and portfolio tracking and reporting.  With the PMO, he works closely with the major business units to determine project priority for the organization based upon business objectives, project scope, key deliverables and timing.  Mr. Stefanov and the PMO also continue to maintain and improve the IT department's SDLC and project management methodologies.  Mr. Stefanov joined CDW Corporation in 2002 as a Supervisor in eCommerce before becoming Manager of the IT PMO in 2005 and ultimately, Director of IT PMO in April 2007.  Mr. Stefanov has more than 12 years of IT management experience in a variety of industries. Before joining CDW, he was Senior Consultant at Technoligence, LLC. and Director of Professional Services at Practicity, Inc.  Mr. Stefanov holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the DePaul University.

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.

Anoop Verma

Anoop Verma is a business technology alignment leader with experience both in leading startups and as a corporate leader.  Currently, he leads a team of project managers delivering Infrastructure for Underwriting and Operations projects at CNA Insurance. He is also one of the leads for the enterprise Lean program. Prior to this role, he has held leadership positions in strategy, consulting, program management, solution and architecture roles.  Anoop holds MBA from Kellogg School of Management, MSE from Wayne State University and BS in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee. He is active in community events and a Charter member of PAN-IIT Leadership Circle.

Randy Wimmer

Accomplished, results driven leader with over 25 years of IT and business experience. Developer of strategies as well as tactical solutions enabling IT Portfolio Management and PMO capabilities within various companies such as Allstate Insurance, MillerCoors and currently Walgreens. Successfully and consistently demonstrates an ability to deliver seamless, cost effective solutions leveraging critical thinking and established frameworks (e.g. PMBOK, CMM, ITIL, etc.). Enjoys working in a team setting that utilizes common goal/objectives definition, collaboration, joint problem solving, and knowledge sharing. Develops fellow professionals (internally/externally) by providing coaching, mentoring, and serving as a volunteer conference chairman for CAMP IT Conferences. He is an avid craft beer fan and is planning to take the Certified Cicerone exam.