Speakers at the IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

Todd Covert
Todd Covert is an information technology manager specializing in IT operations, information security, enterprise architecture, and directory services with a passion for driving business results. He has over 15 years of developing and implementing enterprise solutions and leading teams within a multinational corporation and with small businesses.
Mr. Covert has worked at Baxter Healthcare for the last 12 years where he focuses on information technology and infrastructure operations. Over the course of his career at Baxter, he has been involved with projects of all sizes including global implementations, cost saving efforts, and business productivity improvements.
Mr. Covert recently obtained his MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He also holds a Masters degree in teaching with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Chris Ellerman

Chris is a Meru Networks representative specializing in the delivery of next generation wireless solutions and the technical development of Meru Networks partners. Chris combines a strong business operations and process drive with his formal education in electrical and computer engineering and business studies to create, optimize and deliver timely, valued-added technical and consultative-based offerings. Chris honed his process skills working in the nuclear power field for the architectural engineering firm ABB Impell from 1991 to 1995 as an engineer.  Chris joined Racal Datacom in 1995 to pursue his affinity of engineering computer and information networks. Chris worked as a systems support and pre-sales engineer for Racal Datacom where his main focus was the design, analysis and implementation of Wide Area Networks.  From 1996-1997, Chris worked as a pre-sales engineer for Alltech Data Systems, a Midwest Cisco Gold Partner with the design and sales of Local and Wide Area Networks his primary responsibility.  As a co-founder and Security Practice Director of N2N Solutions, Chris built, ran and managed an information security practice from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, Chris was promoted to Vice President of Professional Services with the responsibility of providing and supporting IP Communications, security and infrastructure solutions.  From 2005 to 2007, Chris served as the National Security Practice Director for Dimension Data building and running a business comprised of product resale, professional and managed services.

Brett Goodwin
As vice president of marketing and business development, Brett is responsible for overall marketing strategy and execution, and forging key partnerships. Brett has 20 years of experience helping emerging technology companies become market leaders, including Isilon Systems, RealNetworks, and McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless. As employee 15 and vice president of marketing and business development for Isilon, Brett helped lead the networked storage company from pre-revenue to $100M+ annual revenue and through a successful IPO in December 2006. . EMC acquired Isilon for $2.5B in October 2011. Prior to Isilon, Brett led product management, enterprise products, and corporate development at RealNetworks over 6+ years and through their IPO in November 1997. At McCaw cellular, Brett held product management and marketing roles as the first digital and nationwide cellular network was becoming operational in North America. Brett has also worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton.
Mr. Goodwin holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Pomona College, an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, and studied the history of economics at Oxford University, England.

David Klauser
As the Senior vAM for VCE supporting the IL mid-market, Klauser is responsible for the delivery of next generation Converged & Hyper-Converged Solutions transforming the economics, agility and profitability of enterprises as they transition to SDN and hybrid cloud-enabled business models.
Over twenty years Klauser has aligned with data center pioneers, end-user computing innovators and enterprise software providers including RES Software, Microsoft, Dell, EMC, VMware and Cisco. Klauser built a team that developed Chicago’s first data storage integrator, and has developed a network of global alliances, National DMR’s and regional partners as well as M&A and investor lead restructuring.
Klauser graduated from The University of Minnesota with a BA in Economics and has three daughters and his son who range from a junior in high school to his youngest 4th grader in Naperville.

Andrew London
Andrew is a highly technical business professional with 22 years of direct IT experience. Throughout his career he strived to develop significant multi-platform technical architectural expertise with exceptionally strong people/project management and executive-level business skills. His recent focus has been architecture and technology management but he enjoys maintaining depth of hands-on technical proficiency.
Justin Mescher
Justin Mescher is Chief Technology Officer at Integrated Data Storage. Overseeing all aspects of engineering, through design, sales and delivery, he leads the company in its vision and execution of delivering the next-generation datacenter to customers. During his tenure, the IDS engineering team has been awarded EMC’s Velocity Services Quality Award for exemplary customer satisfaction and has been named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250, a list of the industry’s top VARs with deep technical expertise and premier certifications. Before becoming CTO, Justin was a top performing Pre-Sales Engineer at IDS with a focus on solution design and new business acquisition.

Previous to his role at Integrated Data Storage, Justin managed a large healthcare IT organization in Central Illinois where he spearheaded the rollout of a VMware infrastructure within the environment. In addition, while working for EMC, he leveraged his industry knowledge in a consulting position for the Chicago market, advising clients for storage and server consolidation, backup, disaster recovery and virtualization.

Justin attended Bradley University and graduated with a degree in Business Computer Systems.
Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez brings to Nasuni the energy and experience of a visionary entrepreneur with several successful companies behind him. His previous company, Archivas, developed an enterprise-class cloud storage system and was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2006. As founder, CTO, and charismatic frontman at Archivas, Andres was a key force in sales, partner development, and marketing, and oversaw all technology initiatives. After the acquisition, Andres became Hitachi’s CTO of File Services, supporting the worldwide rollout of the Archivas-based Hitachi Content Archive Platform (HCAP). Having seen his team and product successfully integrated with its acquirer’s, Andres turned his attention to his next venture, which, with its goal of extending the benefits of cloud storage to business, was a natural progression from his last. At Nasuni, Andres is in charge of sales, marketing, and strategic partnership development—and is once again the face of the company.

Nick Schmidt

Nick Schmidt is currently the senior manager of CDW’s Information Technology, overseeing IT infrastructure Services. Mr. Schmidt’s organization encompasses Telecommunications, Network Services, System Engineering, IT Security, and Data Center Services. He is a 30-year I.T. veteran. with extensive experience leading organizations ranging from domestically focused operations to multi-million dollar global technology organizations.  Prior to CDW, Mr. Schmidt has served in multiple capacities in private and publically held companies primarily focusing on infrastructure excellence. With extensive experience gained from within major telecommunications providers as well as leading consumers of telecommunications services, Mr. Schmidt brings a wealth of information to his perspective.


David Wright

David Wright is the Sr. Manager of IT for Comcast Cable. He has 14 years of industry experience and has led Comcast multi-tier support teams for the last 8 years. He is also the principal architect for all network data and voice infrastructure for the Greater Chicago Region. Prior to joining Comcast, David held roles in technical management and consulting with IT solution providers like Sentinel Technologies, Darwin Networks and Cap Gemini. David also spent five years as a military engineer with the British Army.