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ITPalooza is a content-centric event and for 2017, we’ve really pulled out all the stops. We have lined up some of the regions top executives and industry specialists to bring you a selection of subject matter experts who will entertain and enthrall you.

Albert Santalo
Company: 8Base, CEO

Albert Santalo is a computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur, and angel investor with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies. He is currently CEO of 8base, a company he foun...

Sessions: Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs - Panel
Allan Prindle
Company: Power Financial Credit Union, President and CEO

At Power Financial Credit Union, we hear you. We respect you. And we’ll help you. After all, that’s what family does....

Sessions: WLRN's Tom Hudson - How Financial Technology is Changing the World
Allison Ronis
Company: GirlsGuide2Technology, President

Allison Ronis is the President of GirlsGuide2Technology, Inc. Allison has been building, taking apart and studying Technology for 2+ decades. As a closeted techie, it clicked to follow her real passi...

Sessions: Trends and Diversity in IT - Panel
Andrew Duffell
Company: Research Park at FAU, President & CEO

Duffell’s international background and multiple economic development roles have shaped his forward-thinking and problem-solving approach regarding the development of South Florida’s economy using ...

Sessions: Student Entrepreneurship in South Florida
Andrew Indelicato
Company: ISSA South Florida Chapter , President

Security Engineer, President - ISSA, South Florida Chapter Citrix State University of New York - System...

Sessions: Data Breach
Andy Smith
Company: Centrify Corporation, VP of Product Marketing

Signature Themes and Strengths · action oriented—ideas are ubiquitous, measurable execution is the key, focus on the business · strategic thinking—discerning of patterns and cut through the ...

Sessions: ITPalooza Morning Keynote - It's Time To Rethink Security
Angela Polania
Company: Elevate, Principal

Angela has over 15 years of experience in business and technology consulting. Angela started her career at Andersen followed by Deloitte working in the IT consulting and auditing practices. Today An...

Anjali Leon
Company: Pragmatic Project Leadership, Agile Coach and Consultant

Anjali is owner and principal coach at Pragmatic Project Leadership LLC, a South Florida based Agile Coaching, Training, and Consulting Practice, where she and her collaborators help organizations, te...

Sessions: Agile Topics for All
Ariel Quinones
Company: IronHack, CEO and Co-Founder

Ariel Quiñones is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Ironhack. Ironhack is a global tech school with campuses in Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico with over 1,000 alumni. Ironhack offers immersive ...

Asif Malik
Company: Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant IT Governance Institute

Asif Malik is an independent consultant for IT Services with a focus on Governance, Service Integration and IT Architecture due to his deep interest in Human Development and the role IT plays in it. A...

Sessions: COBIT5​ ​Based​ ​Governance​ ​for​ ​CIOs - The​ ​Chaos​ ​Solved
Bob Fitts
Company: SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo and SUP® Radio, Founder + Producer

Bob Fitts is the Founder + Producer of SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo, the largest early-stage conference in the state of Florida, and SUP-X® Radio, a series of podcasts devoted to startup and early-stage...

Sessions: Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs - Panel
Bobby Dominguez
Company: City National Bank , CISO

Bobby Dominguez is an accomplished, results-driven Technology, Security, & Risk Executive with 35+ yrs experience & success directing Information Technology Operations; bootstrapping Internet ...

Brian Brackeen
Company: Kairos, CEO

Brian Brackeen founded Kairos in 2012, and serves as the company’s CEO. His leadership saw Kairos selected by Wall Street Journal as one of 2013’s top 25 startups in the country, and continues to ...

Catherine Tredinnick
Company: Palm Beach State College, Undergraduate Student

I am a current undergraduate student at Palm Beach State College majoring in Security & Network Assurance. I will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, June 2018....

Sessions: Student Entrepreneurship in South Florida
Connie Barrera
Company: Jackson Health System, Director Information Assurance

Connie Barrera is director of Information and Assurance and CISO and Jackson Health System, a position she has held since February of 2014. Previously, she was executive director of IS and compliance ...

Dan Cane
Company: Modernizing Medicine, President and CEO

Daniel is CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. In 2015 Daniel was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® and honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Business Ambassador Award. In 2014 the ...

Sessions: Dan Cane - Medical Technology, A Better You
Dan Polimeni
Company: SFISSA.ORG, GSEC, GCIH, Lead Threat & Vulnerability Management

Dan is Director of Communication at SFISSA.ORG...

Sessions: Data Breach
Dan Roberts
Company: Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc., CEO

Dan Roberts joined Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc. (O&A) in 1986, was named President of the firm in 1995, and in December 1999, he acquired the company. He meets and strategizes with ...

Sessions: Unleashing the Power of IT with renowned author Dan Roberts
Daniel Bruce
Company: Levatas , Partner and EVP of Data and Analytics

Daniel is Partner and EVP of Data and Analytics at Levatas. Daniel is an avid technology enthusiast and holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University where he studied Machine Lea...

Sessions: Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality - A Brave New World
David Coddington
Company: Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, David heads up the Business development group at the Alliance. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is the designate...

Sessions: Digital Marketing
Debbie Karcher
Company: Miami Dade Public Schools, CIO

Chief Information Officer, Miami Dade County Public Schools As the chief information officer for the nation’s fourth-largest school district, Karcher directs the information systems and a network i...

Sessions: Trends and Diversity in IT - Panel
Elizabeth Decker
Company: Cross Country Healthcare Inc., Director of Corporate Systems

Elizabeth Decker is the Director of Corporate Systems at Cross Country Healthcare Inc. and on the Board of the SIM South Florida Chapter fulfilling the responsibilities of secretary, partnership chair...

Emily Ashworth
Company: ABB Optical Group, CIO

Emily Ashworth is CTO/CIO of ABB Optical Group, the leading distributor of optical products in the United States. Emily was honored with a 2016 South Florida Business Journal CIO Award in October as a...

Enrique Garza
Company: Google, Territory Sales Manager

Territory Lead, Google Cloud...

Sessions: Run Your Business on the Google Cloud!
Greg Giannell
Company: Ring Central, Senior Account Executive - Major Accounts - Team Lead

UCaaS Sales Executive with a proven track record of helping clients successfully deploy Cloud based technologies. I have over ten years of experience enhancing employee productivity and modernizing th...

Greg Sullivan
Company: Carnival Corporation, Vice President Information Technology

Vice President Information Technology Carnival Corporation...

Greg Taffet
Company: US Gas and Electric, CIO

Greg Taffet was recently recognized by South Florida Business journal as CIO of the Year finalist. He received the 2012 Universal Access Award in the individual category from the South Florida Digital...

Jerry Dawkins
Company: True Digital Security, CEO and Founder

Dr. Jerald Dawkins is a visionary in the security technology industry. As the CEO and Founder of True Digital Security, a security consulting and services firm specializing in information assurance, a...

Sessions: Cybersecurity - where to from here?
Jim Walker
Company: CloudHesive, CEO

Innovative leader in managing and enabling companies through the use of technology, management, and process. Over 15 years of work experience both managing and hands on experience. The majority of my ...

Sessions: Jim Walker - "AWS 101 and the benefits of Migrating to the Cloud"
John Kenney
Company: Google, Account Executive Google Cloud

Territory Lead, Google Cloud...

Sessions: Run Your Business on the Google Cloud!
Joseph Princz
Company: Wrecking Ball Studio + Labs, Chief Wrecker

Joseph is a 25-year veteran within the traditional and digital advertising and media landscape. He is considered to be a digital visionary, assisting global corporations such as Adobe, Bacardi Brands ...

Sessions: Digital Marketing
Justin Broderick
Company: Mad Studios, Executive Creative Director

"I simply must create; art, music, tacos - whatever the occasion demands. Offering nearly two decades of hands-on agency acumen, plus an advertising pedigree that would make David Ogilvy blush, I a...

Keith Castello
Company: First Green Bank , CEO

Keith Costello, is the CEO of First GREEN Bank, a $550 million in assets community bank with a global mission. The bank has 6 branches in Central Florida and opened a branch in Fort Lauderdale in Augu...

Kyle Leciejewski
Company: Dell EMC, Vice President, Americas Primary Storage

As one of the most disruptive trends over the past 30 years, solid state or flash technology is quickly becoming "the new normal" in data centers around the world due to its ability to massively impro...

Sessions: ITPalooza Midday Keynote - DELL-EMC's Kyle Leciejewski
Lenny Chesal

Cybraics is a security analytics and artificial intelligence company focused on solving the hardest problems in cyber security. We are a collection of like-minded citizens passionate about ensuring th...

Sessions: Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality - A Brave New World
Manny Amador
Company: IBM, Security & Privacy Consultant at IBM

Manuel “Manny” Amador, CISM, CRISC, Strategic Security and Privacy Advisor, has fostered several CIO and CISO positions, recently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Manny has over 35 years...

Sessions: Dan Cane - Medical Technology, A Better You
Mark Volchek
Company: Las Olas Venture Capital, Founding Partner

"Mark is a Founding Partner of Las Olas Venture Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on Florida and other underserved venture capital markets. Prior to starting Las Olas VC, Mark spent about ...

Sessions: Funding in Florida - Show me the Money!
Mark Vollaro
Company: Life MD, President/CEO

" Mark Vollaro is the current CEO/President of LifeMD, an end to end Telemedicine/Telehealth solution. He attended Florida Atlantic University majoring in Business Administration. Soon after college,...

Mauricio Angee
Company: Mount Sinai Medical Center, CSIO

Sr. Information Security professional with over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field with focus in Information Assurance (IA) and compliance. Extensive experience in planning, de...

Michael Dyer
Company: Trapezoid, Inc., Sr. VP/CTO

32 years in the computer industry. Co-founder of Miami-based DigitalEra Group. Former ISSA Board Member...

Michelle Goebel
Company: Inspired Intent, Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer

Michelle Goebel, Inspired Intent Founder, Chief Inspiration Officer, Speaker, Corporate Coach is a certified 25+ year Meditation, Wellness and Tech Veteran. She helps busy executives and their teams t...

Sessions: Leadership Secrets to Crush Stress & Innovate with Workplace Meditation
Nancy Matthews
Company: Visions In Action, Inc & Women's Prosperity Network, co-founder & President

Nancy Matthews is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Global Leader. Her unique blend of business savvy, creativity and exceptional understanding of human behavior creates stellar resu...

Patrick Hale
Company: Vitas Healthcare, Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President

Patrick D. Hale is Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President of VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Patrick oversees all aspects of large-scale IT ope...

Sessions: Creating a mobile workforce at Vitas with CIO Patrick Hale
Patrick Hannah
Company: CloudHesive, VP of Engineering

Patrick Hannah is the VP of Engineering and co-founder of CloudHesive, a cloud consulting and managed services provider. Mr. Hannah leads the teams responsible for the execution of CloudHesive’s pro...

Sessions: Jim Walker - "AWS 101 and the benefits of Migrating to the Cloud"
Peggy Nordeen
Company: Starmark, CEO at Starmark and Owner

Peggy Nordeen, co-founder of Starmark, is a pioneer in the use of technology to enhance business communication and customer relationships. In the late 1970s, Starmark built its brand by taking advanta...

Pete Nicoletti
Company: Cloud Security Rainmaker, CISO, Board Member and Advisor

Pete is the former CISO of Hertz global, Virtustream (a Dell company) and VP of Security engineering at Terremark/Verizon. Pete has been a local S. Florida trailblazer with a wireless ISP, a network ...

Sessions: Cybersecurity - where to from here?
Prateek Singh
Company: Ultimate Software, Principal Agile Coach

Prateek Singh has been leading and working on agile teams for the 10+ years. Starting with XP, then Scrum and now working in a Kanban system, Prateek has gained a breadth and depth of knowledge regard...

Sessions: Agile Games
Raul Moas
Company: AGP Miami, Managing Director

Raul Moas is the Managing Director of AGP Miami, an angel investor network that brings together active, like-minded angel and early stage investors who are interested in sharing their deal flow and co...

Richard Heimann
Company: Cybraics, Chief Data Scientist

Richard Heimann is Chief Data Scientist at Cybraics Inc. Mr. Heimann joined Cybraics in January 2016 after leaving L-3 National Security Solutions where he was a Technical Fellow and Chief Data Scient...

Rick Meder
Company: Sonic Wall, Sales Engineer

Rick Meder is a Network Security Engineer with SonicWall; an innovative leader in cyber defense solutions. With more than 20 years in the cyber security space, Rick has been defending networks ranging...

Rick Rigueira

Rick is a seasoned Agile Coach & Trainer, Project Manager and IT professional with a list of Certifications. PMP, AKT, CSC,CSM, CSP, CSPO, PSM I, CC, MCP, Six Sigma Green Belt He has over 19 y...

Ryan Boyer
Company: AWS, Partner Solutions Architect

In his role as a Partner Solutions Architect at AWS, Ryan works closely with AWS Consulting Partners to execute a vision for their development and growth in the Amazon Partner Network. Ryan regularly ...

Sissy Smith
Company: GiftedCoin, CEO

Sissy is passionate about connecting people with causes they cherish and people with needs waiting to be met, life missions that can be accomplished and hope that can be given to what may seem like ho...

Stephanie Castano
Company: Link to Fittness, Chief Executive Officer

I consider myself an aspiring Fitness Professional. I help people transform their own minds and the way they have been trained to think, while changing their physique. This transformation requires pat...

Steve O'Hara
Company: New World Angels, President

"Following a business career which included CEO roles in public and private companies, Steve became an active angel investor and author in 2011. After joining New World Angels (NWA) in 2012, Steve be...

Steve Velazquez
Company: Bitdefender, Enterprise Sales Engineer

Information Security / Cloud Professional with over 15 years experience working with customers and employers to sell, design, and implement their security programs. I’ve worked at all levels of Info...

Steven Fleisher
Company: Two Degrees, Founder, CEO

Steven has more than a decade of experience in mobile application development, accelerated when the App Store launched in 2008. He produced one of the most downloaded entertainment apps in the App Sto...

Sessions: Two Degrees Presents 'The social media app that'll make us all social again'
Tad Einstein
Company: Google Cloud, Customer Engineer

Customer Engineer, Google Cloud...

Tigre Wenrich
Company: LAB Miami Ventures, CEO

Tigre recently joined The LAB Miami as CEO and is launching LAB.Ventures, a “venture builder” that aims to create game-changing new businesses in partnership with the region’s best entrepreneuri...

Sessions: Funding in Florida - Show me the Money!
Tim Krabec
Company: Kracomp, Sr. Security Analyst

Information Security by way of System Administration, IT Generalist, Breaker of things, & IT Firefighter....

Tom Conophy
Company: AutoNation, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Conophy is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, and a Fortune 150 company. Mr. Conophy is a member of the company’s Execu...

Sessions: CIO-VIP Joint Lunch Presentation - AutoNation's Tom Conophy "Experiences, Challenges and Successes from a SoFlo Perspective", Tom Conophy of Autonation - ITPalooza Welcome and Kick-off
Tom Hudson
Company: WLRN Public Radio & Television, Vice President of News

Hosting, reporting and producing the "Sunshine Economy" radio program examining key drivers of the South Florida economy. "The Florida Roundup" host. Telling stor...

Sessions: WLRN's Tom Hudson - How Financial Technology is Changing the World
Zia Bhutta
Company: AutomateWork, Chairman

As the Chairman of the Board and Lead Investor in AutomateWork, Zia brings a wealth of Enterprise Leadership and Strategic Vision to the company. Prior to Co-Founding AutomateWork, Zia co-founded a ...

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