Speakers at the Desktop Virtualization Strategies - Implementation and Management Conference

Chad Atchley

Chad Atchley is the  Managing Solution Architect for Desktop Virtualization Practice at CompuCom.

Mike Chase
As Sr. Director of Cloud Services for En Pointe Technologies, Mr. Chase is actively involved in the recruitment of talented engineers from aroundthe world who are certified in the diversity of products surrounding next generation virtualized datacenters as well as the visionary behind the innovative “think tank” designs & best practice methodologies used at EnPointe to provide high value solutions leveraging state-of-the-art Cloud Services to our customers. His involvement keeps En Pointe moving with high velocity on a wide range of Cloud technologies with sheer focus and extreme precision. On time, on budget, and often replacing current customer expenditures on legacy technology and leveraging them into new private and public Cloud solutions, Mr. Chase oversees the strategy and execution of numerous Cloud offerings across our various technology practices including but not limited to: Cloud Desktops, Cloud Servers, Cloud Storage, Cloud Applications,  and Cloud Voice. Mr. Chase has over 20 years of successful experience with complex global datacenters during his work with such firms as Wells Fargo Bank, IBM/ISSC, Mobil Oil Corporation, Union Oil, LA Cellular, Capitol Records, Equant, AT&T, Broadcom, Experian, among others. His experience spans the design, implementation, operating, optimization, interoperation, migration, and upgrade of datacenters worldwide utilizing technologies from a wide array of hardware manufacturers and software publishers such as Cisco, HP, EMC, Microsoft, Quest Software, VMware, Citrix and more. Since virtualization is the next generation datacenter, Mr. Chase has now focused his expertise exclusively in Cloud Services since it’s both the most challenging and yet most promising next wave in an emerging technology revolution. Mr. Chase holds numerous industry certifications such as the prestigious Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE# 7226), Cisco Technology Solutions Specialist (TSS), Trend Micro Certified Security Expert (TCSE), and EMC Technology Architect (EMC-TA), and has training in various Unix/Linux system platforms. Mr. Chase holds a Juris Doctor degree in law from California Southern University.

Cameron Christo
Cameron Christo is responsible for the services practice at RKON. As Practice Director, he is integrally involved with RKON’s sales staff to align our customers with the right technology solutions. In addition, he works closely with delivery operations to provide world-class solutions in a consistent, proven and repeatable fashion.Cameron has degrees in International Relations, Economics and Japanese. With over 15 years of industry experience, he brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the team and a unique ability to frame solutions for our customer’s business needs. He has architected and delivered Microsoft and Citrix solutions since 1999 and holds their highest certifications. Outside of RKON you will find him swimming, biking or running as he is a competitive triathlete and multiple Ironman finisher.

Elias Khnaser
Elias is the virtualization and cloud computing practice manager for Sigma Solutions. In this capacity he draws on over 12 years of experience architecting some of the largest server-based computing environments in the world. As Sigma Solutions’ virtualization practice manager, Elias advises clients on all aspects of virtualization—from server to desktop, all the way through application virtualization. Prior to helping found Sigma Solutions, Elias worked for some of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies managing teams responsible for environments as small as 2,500 users and as large as 14,000 users. In addition to his role at Sigma, Elias is a recognized industry analyst, speaker, published author, and frequent blogger at publications such as InformationWeek. His publications include: VMware ESX Server 3.0 & 3.5 CBT, VCP Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional; Exam Cram: Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 (Exams 223/256) (co-author); MCSE Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network: Exam 70-298 Study Guide and DVD Training System (co-author); Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1 (co-author). He is also Contributing author at Windows IT Pro Magazine, Techrepublic.com, Certcities.com, Cramsession.com, InformationWeek and DABCC.com. Elias has a bachelor of science in business marketing from the Lebanese American University and holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, and other leading vendors.

Sean Larson

Sean Larson is the Network Manager for Sycamore School District 427.

Mitch Northcutt

Mitch brings over 25 years of diverse business and information technology experience to Ahead. He is an expert in the design, implementation, and management of multiplatform systems, whose experience spans all major computing platforms and technologies.  Mitch is charged with leading delivery teams in design and deployment planning efforts for large-scale virtual infrastructure projects and is responsible for Ahead’s Cloud Readiness Assessment Methodology—a framework that enables clients to comprehensively evaluate the current state of their infrastructure readiness and plan corporate migration to internal and external cloud infrastructure.  Mitch has applied his unique insight to a variety of mission-critical initiatives for Fortune 500 clients, including a 20,000-user corporate data center relocation effort, the design and deployment of a virtual desktop computing environment supporting over 8,000 concurrent users, and the rapid deployment of a virtual computing infrastructure for a leading insurance company.  Mitch has also aided in the design, planning, and deployment of many of the largest virtual server and desktop environments nationally.  Prior to joining Ahead, Mitch played executive roles in several successful consulting organizations, including GlassHouse Technologies, RapidApp, and Ouray Technology Partners, which he co-founded. Mitch has consistently maintained his vision of consulting teams dedicated to the dual goal of compressing deployment time frames and reducing overalls costs.

Neil Soderstrom

Neil is the Senior Systems Engineer at Illinois Hospital Association.. Neil has been in the IT industry for 12 years and has been through the various aspects of the overall infrastructure process. Neil is tasked with the design, deployment and maintenance of our virtual, storage and networking infrastructures. Neil is an active member in the VMware community and help run the Chicago VMUG.

Nick Vannelli
Nick is a Senior Consultant for Quest Software’s Desktop Virtualization Group. He has over 15 years of IT experience that has been specifically focused on thin-client server technology. During his career, Nick has architected, designed and implemented a variety of server-based computing technologies in some of the largest financial, insurance and healthcare organizations in the upper Midwest. In addition to Nick’s focus on server-based computing, he has a substantial amount of experience and expertise with storage technologies.

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.