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Nima Badiey
Business Development, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal

NimaBadieyNima Badiey manages ecosystem partnerships and business development for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. His primary goal is to extend the functionality and utility of Cloud Foundry by partnering with leading as-a-service, ISV and technology alliance partners, leveraging AppDirect as the native Marketplace solution. He is a 16 year veteran in the SW industry with various product and management positions at Sun Microsystem, Deloitte, Flickr, Six Apart, Joyent and VMware. He is a graduate of Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Kris Bliesner
CEO and Co-Founder, 2nd Watch, Inc.

KrisBliesnerKris is responsible for the company’s growth and sustainability as well as overseeing strategic development of 2nd Watch’s cloud based software solutions, technology development and customer technology solutions, the technology group, and technology trends for the company. Kris has held many top IT positions including CIO of Ambassadors Group and Director of the Sales, Marketing & Services Infrastructure group at Microsoft. In addition, Kris owned an IT consulting business specializing in system architecture, database design and software development with clients such as Onyx Software, National Flood Services and Microsoft Corporation.

Eileen Boerger
CEO, CorSource Technology Group

EileenBoergerEileen has over 30 years of software and technology experience. Since joining CorSource in 2000, she implemented the outsourced software development services, and launched the company’s software Consulting Services including Cloud/SaaS, Mobile, Predictability, BI and beyond. Eileen was recognized by Open Computing Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Women in Computing” and by the Portland Business Journal as a “2012 Women of Influence.” Eileen has held positions at QualityLogic, Mentor Graphics Corporation and Unisys Corporation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Master of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rhianna Collier
Vice President of the Software Division, Software and Information Industry Association

RhiannaCollierRhianna Collier is the Vice President of the Software Division for the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). Rhianna assists software companies in strengthening the collective voice of the industry globally; identifying and addressing common challenges facing the industry; and developing the strategic relationships vital to competing and succeeding in today’s marketplace. She is responsible for the development, management, and execution of all Software Division initiatives and programs, including four major industry conferences each year. Representing the industry, she provides thought leadership, strategic market research and analysis for senior industry executives on varied issues relating to the industry.

Darren Cunningham
VP, Marketing, SnapLogic

DarrenCunningham2013Before joining SnapLogic, Darren was the vice president of marketing at Informatica Cloud, where he led product, customer and program marketing initiatives for the company’s on-demand data integration tools. Prior to Informatica, Darren was vice president of marketing at LucidEra, one of the industry’s first cloud business intelligence solutions. He also worked at Salesforce.com, where he was responsible for analytics product management and helped establish the AppExchange category for business intelligence and data management partners. Earlier in his career, Darren led product marketing for Business Objects data integration, now a strategic part of SAP Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

Mike Desai
Senior Director, Global Business Development & Strategy, Ping Identity

MikeDesaiMike Desai has more than 16 years of experience in building successful software companies, software product lines and partnering programs. As Senior Director of Business Development with Ping Identity, Mike works with nearly 200 leading SaaS providers who leverage Single Sign-On as a way for their customers to securely and easily access cloud applications. Prior to joining Ping Identity in 2007, Mike spent seven years in senior positions at Honeywell International. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Boston University and holds a US patent for wireless sash sensing.

Feyzi Fatehi
CEO, Corent Technology

FeyziFatehiCorent Technology is a disrupting innovator in Cloud Computing. Feyzi has 25 years of experience building high performance organizations at HP and three software start-ups in Silicon Valley and in Southern California, ranging from $100M to $1B in valuation. He has been a keynote speaker around the globe as well as speaking at events at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford, Pepperdine, Cal Tech, and UCLA. Feyzi was elected to the board of the Technology Council of Southern California in 2007, and has served as the Chairman of its Orange County Chapter since 2008. He also serves on the board of Software and Information Industry Association and is a member of the UCI Chief Executive Roundtable.

Tim FitzGerald
Vice President, DataCenter & Cloud Technology Solutions Practices, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas

Tim FitzGerald is the vice president of Cloud Solutions for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. FitzGerald oversees the development and growth of Avnet’s Cloud Solutions business building an ecosystem of leading providers and partners to address the demand for market-ready cloud solutions. With more than 25 years of experience, FitzGerald joined Avnet in 1989 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in solution sales, marketing, strategic alliances and services. A recognized industry leader, FitzGerald was ranked fifth on the “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” by UBM Channel’s CRN, and one of eight “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know” by CRN.

Nick Freund
Director of Business Development, BetterCloud

NickFreundNick is responsible for business development and partnerships at BetterCloud, a fast-growing provider of cloud management and security software that’s used by more than 20,000 organizations representing over 14 million users. Prior to BetterCloud, Nick spent 4 years as a Finance Manager at Tesla Motors during a time of exponential growth. Nick holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Scott Geffre
Vice President of Product Development, Informatica Cloud

ScottGeffreScott has over 15 years of technology experience in operations, product management, and product marketing, and is currently responsible for Business Operations for the Cloud business unit at Informatica, driving initiatives to enable growth and scale for the organization. Additionally, Scott has responsibility for the Informatica Marketplace, the leading data management app store. Scott has held positions in a variety of technology companies including HP, Agilent, and Cisco, and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Michael Gerardi
Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales and Business Development, Aria Systems

MichaelGerardiMike is a seasoned veteran of rapid growth financial systems software and consulting firms, he’s been in critical revenue creating roles for the past seventeen years, building world-class sales and business development organizations for companies including Cartesis (acquired by Business Objects) and OutlookSoft (acquired by SAP). When not wrangling big partnerships, he enjoys golfing (poorly) and chasing after his 3 adorable children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Loyola University Maryland.

Sharon Gordon
VP, Alliances & Emerging Market Sales, Birst

SharonGordonSharon Gordon is Vice President of Birst Alliances and Technology Partnerships where she has established a collaborative program which in only 2 years, supports over 50% of the total business. Sharon joined Birst from QlikTech where she ran Solution Provider Alliances, growing partner revenue contribution by more than 140 percent. Previously she spent nine years at SAP, with her last role as Global Sales and Strategy Leader for Business Intelligence OnDemand. Sharon received her BA in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied for her MBA at Babson College.

Tom Halle
Sr. Director, Global Alliances, Savvis/CenturyLink

TomHalleTom currently serves as head of Global Alliances for Savvis, the hosting arm of telecommunications leader CenturyLink, building partnered businesses at the nexus of cloud, big data, and channel for infrastructure as a service. A 30-year veteran of the IT and communications industries, Tom has built and evangelized nearly 100 high-growth alliances with global leaders comprising more than 50% of the IT companies in the Fortune 500. These alliances have generated over $1B in new revenue, and have delivered a wealth of new products and customer value in cloud, managed services, enterprise applications, and information security.

Russell Hertzberg
Vice President Technology Solutions, SoftServe Inc.

Russell has general management responsibility for technology solution initiatives in SaaS, Dev Ops, Mobility, Big Data, Security, and Content Management. He has over 15 years of continuous experience in executive and entrepreneurial product ownership roles in Cloud Computing, software platforms, and network systems. Russ is also an active member of the global Water Polo community as an athlete, coach, mentor, and sport development advocate.

David Hoff
CTO and Co-founder, Cloud Sherpas

DavidHoffDavid is responsible for technology strategy and direction at Cloud Sherpas, a next generation Cloud Service Provider. He brings over 15 years of IT management experience to Cloud Sherpas, specifically in the areas of emerging technologies, software development and professional services. David holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA in Technology Management.

Ron Huddleston
Senior Vice President of ISVs and Channels, Salesforce.com

RonHuddlestonRon Huddleston, Senior Vice President of ISVs and Channels, Salesforce.com - Ron leads the organization that is responsible for growing and managing Salesforce.com’s relationships with partners who want to build solutions using Salesforce technologies, develop enterprise cloud apps on the Salesforce Platform. Ron joined Salesforce.com in 2009, following a successful 13-year career at Oracle in channel development and direct sales management. During the last five years, Ron was Vice President of ISV and OEM sales. During his tenure at Oracle, Ron grew the program to 2,000+ North America-based ISVs and OEMs and managed $200 million in partner business with an average YOY growth of 25%.

Katherine Hunt
Director of Communities, CompTIA

Katherine Hunt, director of communities, CompTIA, manages the association’s Cloud Community, Unified Communications Community and the company’s brand new Mobility community. She helps the communities to identify and act on initiatives that will positively impact the entire IT channel. She has spent most of the past decade in the IT channel exclusively. She has served previously in various roles for VAR companies, channel vendors and channel training organizations. From service delivery to vendor relationships to marketing and sales, she has seen it all and understands what works.

Nikesh Kalra
Global Cloud Services, Equinix

NikeshKalraA Silicon Valley native, Nikesh leads cloud industry marketing for Equinix, the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services to the IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and Enterprise IT segments. Prior to Equinix, Nikesh led business development and sales efforts for a number of innovators in the networking and digital media segments including Aryaka Networks, Front Porch Digital, Digital Fountain, and StreamVision. He also served as a financial advisor on over $250M in technology and digital media transactions. Nikesh holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and a BS from the University of Southern California’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jeff Kaplan
Managing Director, THINKstrategies, Inc.

Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from product-centric to services-driven solutions, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies. Kaplan is also the Founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace (www.cloudshowplace.com), the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practice resource center regarding SaaS, Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), including Managed Services with nearly 1,800 companies divided into over 90 categories.

Matthew Kenneally
Vice President Strategic Alliances, CallidusCloud

Matthew Kenneally has over 14+ year of experience in Enterprise Sales and Business Development across a range of technology sectors. At CallidusCloud, Matthew facilitates the company’s alliances strategy and manages a global team to enable Alliance partners to fuel the company’s growth and value. As the leader in Sales Performance Management (SPM) CallidusCloud accelerates and maximizes the lead to money process for more than 2000 customers with our sales and marketing effectiveness cloud software. Prior to joining CallidusCloud, Matthew worked for several leading companies including Siebel, Oracle and Salesforce.com.

Eric Keosky-Smith
Development Director, InfusionSoft

EricKeosky-SmithEric’s focus is to drive Infusionsoft’s core purpose locally – to help small business succeed – by providing strategic sales & marketing education and tools directly to small business owners through speeches and training sessions. He spent the last 12 years starting and running technology startups in Arizona, and has tremendous empathy and insight into the challenges small businesses face. Previously, he was a Senior Marketing Executive at Intel and the first American hired locally by Intel in Europe where he launched the OverDrive Processor. He is on the board of the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA), is the Co-Chair of the Intel Alumni Association of Arizona.

Ross Mason
Founder and VP of Product Strategy, MuleSoft

RossMasonRoss founded the open source Mule® project in 2003. Frustrated by integration “donkey work,” he set out to create a new platform that emphasized ease of development and re-use of components. He started the Mule project to bring a modern approach, one of assembly, rather than repetitive coding, to developers worldwide. Ross is a thought leader in the integration space, chosen as a Top 25 CTO by InfoWorld and selected as a Top 10 Innovator & Influencer by InformationWeek.

Brian Matsubara
Head of Global Technology Alliances, Amazon Web Services

BrianMatsubaraNEWBrian has 15 years of hands on experience in commercial and open source software, direct and channel sales, large technology companies, as well as start-ups including Visio Corporation, Red Hat, and Microsoft in the embedded systems OEM group, focusing on embedded server OEMs. Brian also worked at rPath to drive the concept of delivering server software in the form of virtual appliances. Brian joined Amazon Web Services in 2009 to drive the partnering efforts with the ISV ecosystem. Brian manages the global Technology Partner program which covers hundreds of ISV and other technology partners who provide enterprise software solutions to the global market.

Sean McCaffery
Vice President of Channel Sales and Operations, ViaWest

SeanMcCafferySean is responsible for driving and delivering sales and operations strategy for the channel partner program. Prior to ViaWest, Sean was responsible for Channel Sales and Operations at Rackspace Hosting based in San Antonio, Texas, and Western Europe channel sales at Avaya Ltd based in London. In these roles, he created and drove the channel strategy for the region, built up region wide alliances with global system integrators, and established distribution strategies for scale, coverage and net new revenue. In addition to his technology experience, Sean has also earned is Masters in Business Administration from the Budapest University of Economics.

James Mumma
Executive Director, New Business Solutions, Comcast Business Services

JamesMummaJames Mumma joined Comcast Business in 2012 to help develop and execute Upware, a suite of cloud-based business solutions that can be purchased a-la-carte through an online portal. Upware provides Comcast with the opportunity to broaden customer engagement, gain new customers, and increase revenue streams. As Executive Director of New Business Solutions, he oversees the strategy, product management and product development of the Upware marketplace. Previously, James assisted in developing and executing the company’s residential interactive television strategy, managing Comcast’s iTV platform deployment. He is an active board member of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in Philadelphia.

Adam Nelson
Head of Channel Sales and Partnerships, Dropbox

AdamNelsonAdam’s team focuses on building out the Dropbox Partner Network. Prior to Dropbox, Adam worked as an investor at Lindsay Goldberg, a NY-based Private Equity fund with $10 billion in assets under management. Before Lindsay Goldberg, Adam was an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch focusing on Consumer Products companies. Adam received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in Political Science from Brown University.

Kevin O’Brien
Senior Director, ISV/OEM Business Development, Oracle

KevinOBrienKevin O’Brien is Senior Director of Worldwide ISV/OEM Business Development for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for ongoing development and execution of Oracle’s ISV/OEM business development programs and strategies including Oracle Exastack, Oracle Cloud Platform Services for ISVs and Oracle Validated Integration. Prior to this role, Kevin led growth initiatives to expand Oracle’s business in markets including Cloud, SMB and vertical industries. Kevin has worked in product management roles at Microsoft and PTC. He received his BA in Government from Colby College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dave O’Callaghan
SVP of Global Channels & Alliances, VMware

DaveOCallaghanDave O’Callaghan joined VMware as its “Channel Chief” in June 2013. Previously, Dave founded O’Callaghan Capital, a go-to-market consultancy for high tech companies. He also served as VP of Worldwide Distribution and VP of Sales for the Commercial West Area at Cisco Systems, and VP of the Western Region at Hitachi Data Systems. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology in Colorado, and is a Board Member for Colorado State University’s Industry Advisory Board. Dave received a BS Degree from Bowling Green State University, and a MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Dipan Patel
Executive Director, Cox Communications

DipanPatelAs Executive Director, Dipan has devised, trialed and launched Cox’s Essential Cloud which is a SaaS technology marketplace created to offer innovative technology services to small business operators. Prior joining Cox, Dipan was a Senior Executive in Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology practice, during which time, he has worked on major programs at many communications companies across the globe – including growing a successful start-up consulting and broadband software company. Dipan holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine.

Jamie Perlman
Sr. Director of Business Development, Box

JamiePerlmanJamie Perlman is Senior Director of Business Development – Mobile at Box, where he leads Box’s partnership strategy with carriers, mobile platforms and device manufacturers, and complimentary mobile solution providers. Prior to working for Box, Jamie held business development roles at a number of Silicon Valley start-ups, including at popular presentation-sharing site, SlideShare (acquired by LinkedIn for $118MM), and SNOCAP, Shawn Fanning’s post-Napster venture which powered imeem and the MySpace music services. Jamie received his MBA with a dual concentration in Marketing and Finance from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2004 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Colby College.

Chris Rimer
Global Head of Partner Business, Google Cloud Platform, Google Enterprise

ChrisRimerChris Rimer is Global Head, Partner Business for Google Cloud Platform, Google Enterprise. His team drives market development, business development, and sales with Technology and Service Partners (ISVs, SIs, and Resellers) aligned to Google Cloud Platform products worldwide. He previously held similar roles in VMware’s Global Channels and Alliances organization, Advanced Micro Devices, Sun Microsystems, and VerticalNet.

Carlos Román
Director, Insight Cloud Programs, InsightCloud Solutions

CarlosRomanCarlos Román joined Insight in 2005 to start what is now the Insight Cloud program. Prior to Insight, Carlos managed the $125 million IBM storage line of business for Avnet (NYSE: AVT) in Tempe, AZ. He had previously founded and operated two technology services start-up companies in the Silicon Valley – including an online storage & backup service provider company that grew to over $18 million in annual revenues. Carlos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from New Mexico State University and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Stanford University.

Daniel Saks
President and CEO, AppDirect

Daniel is focused on the growth and development of AppDirect including building relationships with customers and partners. He received a BA from McGill University in Political Science, and studied Finance and Accounting at Harvard. He gained experience at Viant Capital, a boutique investment bank providing sell-side advisory services technology companies, and RBC Dominion Securities. He’s also been involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures. Beyond his entrepreneurial endeavors, Dan is a travel enthusiast, a big hockey fan, and enjoys contemporary architecture, impressionist paintings, and Chinese art from the Qing Dynasty.

Jonathan Sass
Category Manager, Cloud Services and Software, Spiceworks

JonathanSass2Spiceworks is the largest and fastest-growing social network for IT which is transforming how $2 trillion worth of technology products and services are managed, marketed and sold each year in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market. In his role, Jonathan helps create, market and sell products, which enable cloud services and software vendors to connect with over 2 million IT professionals. Prior to joining Spiceworks, Jonathan was an analyst at TripleTree, a research-focused investment bank serving the technology industry where he focused on identifying and assessing market trends and opportunities around SaaS, Cloud Computing and infrastructure software. He also served as the firm’s IT administrator.

Andy Schroepfer
Founder & CEO, Big Cloud Sales

AndySchroepferAndy Schroepfer is a thought leader in cloud computing. He began his career on Wall Street as a lead equity analyst at Piper Jaffray and Goldman Sachs. Next, he founded and led Tier1 Research through its growth and sale to 451 Group as a 10-person independent research firm. Following a profitable period running a tech-centric hedge fund, Andrew spent 3-years as VP Enterprise Strategy at Rackspace. He now leads Big Cloud Sales, a research-centric, subscription service giving cloud vendors deep intelligence about their Fortune 2000 prospects and clients.

Sanjay Sharma
Director of Business Development, HP

SanjaySharmaSanjay Sharma, Director of Business Development at HP, has the responsibility for helping partners succeed with HP’s OpenStack based Public Cloud. Before HP, as the Director at the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, Sanjay was responsible for leading the adoption of Azure and Windows Phone 7 with “Top 100” startups world-wide. Prior to this role, as the Cloud BU Director at Sun Microsystems, his worldwide organization was responsible for building a cloud partner ecosystem for their IaaS offering, driving service provider alliances including deployment of OpenSolaris on Public Clouds and creating and driving the Sun Startup Essentials program worldwide – an initiative to help thousands of startups and developers succeed on Sun Platform.

Colleen Smith
Vice President, SaaS/Cloud, Progress Software Corporation

colleenSmithColleen Smith is responsible for strategic planning for Progress and its global partner channel in addition to SaaS/Cloud industry thought leadership. Colleen joined the company in 2005, and has helped transform software companies into industry leaders, built strategic partnerships, designed acquisition strategies, and moved companies through aggressive growth stages. Previously, she was CMO/SVP at Bristol Technology (now part of HP), responsible for the company’s marketing, strategy and business development operations, worldwide. Prior to that, she was VP/GM of the Business Process and Technology Practices at AMR Research, a provider of independent analysis and actionable advice.