Speakers at the Cloud Computing Strategies Conference

Sufel Barkat
Sufel Barkat is an Experienced Executive with over 25 years of diversified experience in healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, services, technology, consulting, and manufacturing. Sufel has formulated financial and quality strategies, policies, and procedures and developed world-class business and supplier relationships to achieve budget and schedule goals. Sufel also implemented strategic and tactical process improvement initiatives that increased shareholder value. Sufel is a Global Executive responsible for outsourcing, centralization, and cloud computing strategies and built state of the art central financial systems while leading teams in a different mix of onshore and offshore environments. In his current role at GE Healthcare, Sufel is responsible for transforming the ERP strategy and processes for both Operations and Financials on a Global Scale. Sufel will have reduced the Global ERP footprint by 35% by next year and has stood up a JV with MSFT and GE.
 
Sean Cardenas
With over 18 years of experience as a highly accomplished sales leader working with storage companies in the US and Europe, Sean is leading the hyper growth of the Coho Data sales team.

Prior to joining Coho Data, Sean held leadership positions at industry defining companies in their early stages including Network Appliance, Data Domain, and Nutanix. His deep understanding of the new role storage plays in Software Defined Data Centers will help guide Coho Data in defining storage for the cloud generation. Sean is responsible for driving Coho Data’s domestic sales strategy and hyper growth while maintaining a customer centric culture.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from UC Berkeley, and is a member of Mensa International.
 
Eytan Dallal
Eytan Dallal is an experienced IT business executive specializing in IT strategy and execution, staff leadership and project management. With over 18 years of experience in IT, Eytan has worked with CEOs and CIOs from an expanse of industries developing and leading technology solutions, and has been the keynote speaker at technology seminars discussing strategies and tactics to IT professionals. Eytan is currently the CIO of the Illinois Framework, a government agency at the State of Illinois dedicated to interoperability and data sharing between State agencies. Prior to working at the State of Illinois, Eytan was Director at the Bureau of Technology at Cook County, the nation's second largest county government. Eytan holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University and is certified in Scrum and ITIL.
 

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.

 
Chris Koeneman
As Vice President for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Group, Chris is responsible for the success of ADTRAN’s virtual wireless LAN product line. Prior to ADTRAN’s acquisition, Chris served as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Bluesocket where he was responsible for all market-facing functions including global sales, marketing, customer service, and business development. Prior to Bluesocket, Chris was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Datacom Systems, a leading technology company focused on data capture infrastructure.
Chris has over twenty years of experience with leading technology and networking companies. Chris has held global leadership positions with innovative technology companies including Avici Systems and Colubris Networks. Chris began his career with AT&T before joining Cisco Systems where he served as Director of Sales in EMEA.
Known for his intriguing presentations on technology, Chris is a popular speaker on a wide range of networking topics including wireless networking, cloud applications, NFV, and SDN. Chris holds a Masters of Business degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
 
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.
 
W. Stover McIlwain
Stover McIlwain is the Senior Director for IT Infrastructure Engineering at Kellogg Company. He recently developed Kellogg’s IT Cloud Strategy and has deployed enterprise workloads at Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Stover designed Kellogg’s global infrastructure for Digital Marketing and is also responsible for building new infrastructure at Kellogg’s global data centers, including compute, storage, networking, database, and SAP Basis technologies.

Prior to Kellogg, Stover was an IT infrastructure consultant and software engineer at Accenture and Delloitte in the financial services and media & entertainment industry groups. He has designed and delivered infrastructure solutions ranging from mainframe, to client-server, Internet, and now for cloud during the “as a service” era.
 
David Rettig
David Rettig is the Director of Information Technology for Nucor Buildings Group, which represents American Buildings Company, CBC Steel Buildings, Nucor Building Systems, and Kirby Building Systems. He has served on Cisco Live! advisory board since 2014. He has a leadership experience in multiple verticals including manufacturing, non-profit, architectural/engineering consulting, and education. David holds a B.S. in Information Technology, an MBA from Franklin University, an M.S. in Management and Leadership from WGU, and is pursuing a doctorate in business administration at Wilmington University.
 
 

Annur Sumar
Annur Sumar is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP and technology consultant in the areas of Infrastructure Design, Enterprise Content Management, CRM, Microsoft Azure, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic service automation, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping businesses with complex IT environments lower Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments.

Prior to joining a Microsoft Partner Consulting firm, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps, Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from cloud technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.

 
Peter Szoke
Pete is Manager of Information Technology for United Conveyor Corporation, the worldwide leader in coal ash conveying and SO2 removal. As the head of IT at United Conveyor, Pete leads his team in the strategic management and support of 9 offices and 500 users in the U.S., Germany, India, Bangkok, and China. Prior to joining United Conveyor, Pete was the IT Director at a national service firm. As part of the Strategic Leadership Team, Pete was tasked with implementing the first ERP system while also building the infrastructure to support 25 offices across the country, implementing technologies from Microsoft and Citrix to centralize the organization. He has over 25 years of experience in technology building high functioning teams to meet the technology needs of the business. He has broad knowledge of ERP, networking, telecommunications, Citrix, colocation facilities, disaster recovery, strategic planning, and budgeting. Pete is certified in ITIL and received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
 

Troy Tate

Troy Tate is an IT Manager at CTS Corporation, which designs, manufactures and sells a broad line of electronic components and electronic assemblies, primarily serving the electronic needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Troy provides day to day support and strategic direction of the CTS global network for information security and data communications. Troy has over 18 years of experience in data networks. Previous to his experience indata networking, Troy was in the US Navy Nuclear Power program as an instructor. He has previously held positions with Cutler-Williams and GAB Robins, NA.