Speakers at the Cloud Computing Strategies Conference

John Engates
John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit

Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace’s cloud-computing strategy and cloud products. John meets frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace’s vision for the future of cloud computing. John currently serves as Chief Technology Officer.

John is also an internationally recognized cloud computing expert and a sought-after speaker at technology conferences, including CA World, the Goldman Sachs Techtonics Conference and Cloud Expo. He speaks on the future of cloud computing, enterprise cloud adoption, data center efficiency, green data center best practices, and more.

Prior to joining Rackspace, John was a founder and General Manager at Internet Direct, one of the original Internet service providers in Texas.

John is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.
 

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.

 
Laszlo Gonc
Laszlo Gonc began his twenty-five year career working and consulting for some of the top law firms in the Chicago area. He developed and taught large database systems design, creating large application models and wide-area networks to support them. He continued his career as an activist for better database design, rapid application development and usable program interfaces, providing consulting services for accounting and law firms, law enforcement, government agencies, national manufacturers, non-profits and Fortune 1000 companies. As a change agent, he built a distinguished twelve year record of progressive achievement with a mid-size health plan administering the BlueCross BlueShield national PPO plan serving employees and retirees of the Illinois Central Railroad, now owned by the Canadian National Railway. Currently as the Director of ISS for JUF, the largest non-profit social services agency in Illinois, he manages a full service IT department delivering to JUF and its affiliates web and application programming services, telecommunications, wide-area network infrastructure, security, central operations and a help desk center for numerous offices including Washington, D.C. and Israel.

Outside of work, Laszlo is dynamic within his community and profession as a volunteer, mentor and professional presenter. He is an active member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). He is also a contributing board member with the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) as well as a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Executive Council. 
 
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.
 
Morgan Hunter
Morgan Hunter is an emerging technologies expert who has built a career on understanding the importance of risk management in technology driven companies. Her expertise in risk management comes from 20 years of hands on experience executing large scale, global technology projects for Fortune 500 companies such as: Savvis, Cable & Wireless, Hewitt, Allstate, British Telecomm, Akamai, IBM, Carrefour, SPSS, Yell.com, Sony, GFK, and HP.
Couple with this, Ms. Hunter has over a decade of award-winning, process improvement initiatives in the areas IT service delivery, application development, project management and data center services.

Ms. Hunter has led many global companies through the adoption of emerging technologies such as virtualization, Software-as-a-Services and cloud computing. She has brought new products and services to market ranging from Software-as-a-Service products to Professional Services practices for companies such as SPSS, Ajilon, Telefonica, Sprint, Alltel, Utilicorp, Peco Energy, and AT&T.
Ms. Hunter is currently Transformation Director at Kantar IT Partnership, and owns the global data center strategy and IT risk management functions. She also owns her own consulting practice focused on helping businesses successfully fund, sell, adopt and build emerging technologies.
 

David Kluger

David Kluger is StorCOM's principal technology architect. StorCOM's primary focus is aiding the clientele through a consultative approach on such topics as; overall data protection, management of data and disaster recovery strategies. Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years he has gained an extremely wide range of experience. Additionally, David has public sector experience in consulting and providing leadership to an array of projects, managing and deploying data protection, as well as disaster recovery solutions for such organizations as; US Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Fireman's Fund Insurance. David also spent many years working as a senior consultant and systems architect at Microsoft, XIOtech and NetApp. David attended Arizona State University, where he also acquired his Masters Degree.

 
Don Schoen
Don has over 30 years of IT management experience with Baxter International, Dade International and Anixter International. At Baxter Don headed the IT organization for Baxter Distribution Division and led the automation of Baxter's largest US distribution centers. At Dade Don led all IT activities following Dade's spin-off from Baxter, and led the building of a new IT organization , a new IT application portfolio and new data center and network infrastructure. And at Anixter Don has led various initiatives which have included a cloud project that provides important application support to a new contract administration team. Don graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Mathematics and New York University with an MBA degree with a specialization in Quantitative Methods.
 
Christian Teeft
Christian is an accomplished and forward-thinking engineering professional, with over 16 years of experience managing large technology teams and driving development strategies for a wide range of innovative data center solutions. A pioneer in virtualization, Christian was building clouds long before they were clouds. Teeft is the architect behind Latisys’ next generation managed hosting and cloud services platform and is responsible for enabling Latisys to deliver innovative, scalable IT Outsourcing solutions to enterprise customers—today and tomorrow.
For nine years prior to joining Latisys, Teeft served in various capacities with NTT America, most recently as VP of Product Development, Engineering and OSS. In that role, Teeft served as a core member of the management team—driving the company’s technology strategy and leading multiple engineering teams responsible for Platform, Storage, Network, OSS and Custom Engineering. He also led R&D for new products and services and managed the hosting infrastructure for several data centers.  
 

Kim Tracy

Kim W. Tracy was appointed Executive Director of University Computing at Northeastern Illinois University in 2005.  Prior to this, Mr. Tracy held various technology and management positions in the Bell Labs division of Lucent Technologies and AT&T, beginning in 1985.  Mr. Tracy has taught computer science in various Chicago-area universities since 1989 and has co-authored a textbook with another one in draft.  Mr. Tracy received dual Bachelor of Science degrees Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Missouri—Rolla and his Masters of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.  He is a senior member of the IEEE (and formerly editor in chief of IEEE Potentials magazine) and a member of ACM.  The Executive Director of University Computing provides the leadership and support for all computing, academic technology, and telecommunications for the University.  University Computing Services includes administrative, student, and faculty systems as well as support for all computing infrastructure.