Speakers at the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity
Resilient Infrastructure Conference

Reshad Alam
Reshad Alam is the manager of IT Risk Management group for Regal Beloit Corporation. Reshad is responsible for SOX audit and the Disaster recovery program for Regal. Reshad has over 15 years of experience in IT, Audit and security in Minneapolis and the Milwaukee area. Prior to working for Regal, Reshad worked for Companies such as Andersen Consulting (Now Accenture), Born, Conseco and Merrill in the areas of Technical consulting, Security and Audit. Reshad has a deep understanding of Core IT functions and a demonstrated ability to build efficient and high performing technical teams and programs in all areas of IT infrastructure. Prior to developing Regal's DR program, Reshad was instrumental in architecting the database replication for Merrill DataSite Disaster Recovery plan. Reshad Alam is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has ITIL foundations certification. Reshad recently passed his CISA and CISM exams and waiting for official certifications.  

Philip Bierdz
Philip Bierdz is the Manager of Infrastructure at Riverside Medical Center.  Phil has over 16 years of expertise in infrastructure design and management with overall responsibility for enterprise network and server systems, including email.  In his last year, Phil led a complete replacement of the college’s network systems, architected and contracted a campus-wide wireless system, and was the driving force behind adopting an email archiving solution for Moraine Valley Community College.  Phil has served for three years as President of the Illinois Community College Technology Commission, President of the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators, and as a full member of the Illinois Advanced Engineering Taskforce.  Philip earned his bachelor in science in computer science from Northern Illinois University, his MBA from the University of Phoenix, and has eight hours towards a doctorate in management and leadership studies.  When not in front of his computer, he can be found fishing or bike riding with his wife and two children.

Frank Burr
Frank Burr is the CIO\CSO for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has a BS in Computer Science and a Master Degree in Project Management. Frank has been with Catholic Charities for over 15 years. Prior to Catholic Charities he worked at World Book Encyclopedia for 10 years. Frank is a member of Catholic Charities Disaster Response Team, Risk Management Committee, and Corporate Compliance Committee. He developed and is responsible for Catholic Charities I/T disaster recovery and I/T’s part of Catholic Charities business continuity plan. Frank is a member of InfraGard, HTCIA, ISSA, and PMI.
Jack Chen
Jack is a Systems Engineer at Dell.

Ken Giden
Ken Giden is a 16 year storage industry professional focused primarily within the Backup and Disaster Recovery arena. As a graduate of the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University, he began his career with Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek) in 1997 as an Electrical Engineer on the STK 9840 tape drive design team. While continuing his tenure with STK, he moved into Technical Sales positioning the entire STK tape, disk, and library product line to current and prospective customers. After STK, he spent the next 4 ½ years at VERITAS Software Corporation (now Symantec) primarily supporting one of the industry’s largest backup applications – NetBackup – in addition to other Disaster Recovery software modules (replication, logical volume management, clustering, etc.). He also worked as a Senior Manager with Hitachi Data Systems, his responsibility included worldwide product management in the area of capacity optimization. He now is a Senior Technical Engineer for Coraid. He also holds Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Purdue University.

Dan Goetz
I have been surrounded by technology growing up and into the realms of IT in 1999. Since then, I've had the pleasure of sitting in the shoes of an end user, architect, manufacturer, solution provider and service provider specializing in Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Data Protection, and Storage to name a few. A global view on an IT lifecycle helps me and my customers succeed.

In my current role, I specialize in architecting effective managed infrastructure solutions, primarily on integrated DR solutions with CommVault, VMWare and other exceptional solutions. I strive to deliver infrastructure solutions that help my customers stay competitive through affordably adopting the best technology and services available.
Joe Kocinski
Joe is the Data Center Services Manager for Ace Hardware Corporation in Oak Brook, IL.
For the last three years, as Ace has gone through a “business transformation” replacing home grown
mainframe systems with SAP and other application packages, Joe has directed a new dual data center operation, enhanced the data protection strategy, and built a “business services” team to support all data coming in and going out of the company. Joe earned the ITIL Foundation Certificate and uses this framework to drive process improvements, running the IT Change Management program, and working with the business to manage Service Availability. Joe participates in industry groups including AFCOM and itSMF.

Joe’s previous roles include Technical Services Manager, where he replaced old equipment with state-of-the-art technology, providing more capacity at lower cost and increased resiliency; and Database Manager.

Joe has been an adjunct instructor at Benedictine University teaching Database Systems for the Masters in MIS Program for over 20 years. Joe earned his BS in Math & Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his MBA degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Shawn McWilliams
Shawn McWilliams is currently a Regional Director at Coraid. He has spent the last 14 years in IT. He began his IT career as the first VERITAS Account Executive in Indiana where he developed a passion for disruptive technology and the Backup and Disaster Recovery space. True to form, Shawn was one of the first 3 sales Executives at Replication Startup Kashya (acquired by EMC in 2006). Shawn then joined Deduplication Pioneer Data Domain to build out the Ohio Valley Region, sticking around for 5 years, including one after the EMC Acquisition as an Area Manager responsible for $30 Million in revenue. Shawn is a professional with broad experiences in DR/BC, from simple backup and replication in the late 90’s to WAN efficient replication technologies in the mid 2000s and the game-changing deduplication technology of the late 2000s.  
Kiran Palla
Kiran Palla is a senior leader with 18+ years of IT experience. His focus areas include Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, Cost Optimization, Configuration Management, IT Finance, Process Improvements, Audit & Risk and Business Relationship Management. Over a period of nearly two decades of well-rounded IT experience, he managed teams of several hundreds and successfully ran global organizations.

Kiran’s versatile background in nearly dozen industries always kept him on top of technology innovation. He led several major hurricane disaster recovery efforts like Katrina and Irene and proactively prepared organizations for business continuity like SARS, Bird Flu Pandemic and Snow Blizzards. Kiran also conducts training sessions in leadership development, effective communication, presentation and listening.  
Dean Sharp
Dean Sharp is an Enterprise Architect with 20 years of experience consulting to the Fortune 500. Dean has worked extensively throughout Europe and North America proving both tactical and strategic solutions to his clients.