Friday, September 24, 2021
Founder of The Pathwayz Group
Amber Vanderburg is a multi award winning international businessperson, keynote speaker, and founder of The Pathwayz Group. Amber is passionate about equipping teams to improve performance. In 2016, she was the only female, only American, and only blonde Academy elite football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy/Paris Saint Germain Academy in Bangalore, India. She worked with an international team of coaches to transform the organizational design, training development, and corporate culture to cultivate a higher-performing team. Today, Amber and The Pathwayz Group work with international teams that struggle with co worker tension, inefficient processes, and unmet performance expectations in an action focused approach to guide teams in the path to becoming more effective, more efficient, and more enjoyable.
Currently working and researching VR systems for architectural design at LERA in NYC.
Lead Software Engineer
Microsoft MVP; Director of IT Architecture at Glennis Solutions
Chad Green is a manager, software development, architect, community leader, Microsoft MVP, and most importantly a father and husband. Over his career spanning three decades, Chad has managed groups from 3 to 63 people, worked on projects in a wide range of markets including education, healthcare, military, government, workforce management, financial services, chemical research, and electronic commerce. Being a big believer in giving back and wanting to ensure that there are cool events for others, Chad founded and chairs the annual Code PaLOUsa conference, organizers the Louisville .NET Meetup user group and the Monthly Tech Leader Coffee and Discussion, and has helped other groups like the Louisville Tech Ladies and events like Cincy Deliver.
Chris Gardner is the Chairman of the DevSpace Technical Conference and a regular coder. Tortured by years of contracts that valued buzzwords over results, Chris has developed a true passion for finding solutions that fit the problem, not the technology of the week. Chris received his M.S in Computer Science, B.S. in Mathematics, and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Professional Developer, Information Technology Professional and Trainer.
T. Rex at Codosaurus, LLC
Dave has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of languages, techniques, etc. Currently, he is the T. Rex of Codosaurus, LLC (his one-man consulting firm, which explains how he can get such a cool title, at http://www.Codosaur.us/) in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His main work is software development consulting, which combines actually writing code with advising clients on how to do that better.
His latest passion project is to perfect and spread ACRUMEN, a new simple-but-useful definition he created for Software Quality. See https://www.codosaur.us/ACRUMEN for details. He is writing a book on it for developers, and another for recruiters on how to hire developers.
He has spoken at conferences, user groups, etc., about Mutation Testing (the software kind, not biology), ACRUMEN (see above), "gotchas" in the Ruby programming language, some differences between Functional and Object Oriented programming, basic online security, spam prevention, breaking into conference speaking (how meta!), and many other topics.
Dr. Joe Perez
Senior Systems Analyst / International Keynote Speaker / Fractional CTO / Innovation Specialist (Bringing Data to Life and Life to Data!)
Having received advanced degrees in secondary education, Joe began a ten-year career as a high school teacher providing instruction in economics, Spanish, Bible, and computers. While in his teaching career, he furthered his graduate education, earning a doctorate in education with a double-minor in computers and theology. His career focus changed to IT in the early 1990’s when he started as a Computer Consultant at NC State University. Three promotions later, Dr. Perez ended his successful 25-year career at NC State as Business Intelligence Specialist when he took another promotion to become Senior Business Analyst at the NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in the fall of 2017 and has since been promoted to Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead. In addition to his full-time analytics/BI leadership role at DHHS, Joe was named Chief Technology Officer at a North Carolina corporation in October 2020. With more than 10,000 followers on LinkedIn and several professional certifications, Perez has stayed active in the IT, HHS, and higher education communities as a much sought-after resource, highly-recommended international keynote speaker, data analytics & visualization expert, and specialist in efficiency and process improvement. In 2020 alone, Perez spoke at more than two dozen conferences hosted by nine different countries on five continents.
Through the years, Dr. Perez has never lost his love for teaching, having been a guest speaker for many organizations and internationally-recognized podcasts. When he takes a break from work and speaking, he enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 30 years and their children, whom he says are the "best things that ever happened to me." He also sings, plays the piano, composes songs, and has performed PSA's and voice-overs for schools and other organizations. He also serves as music director to his church’s Hispanic ministry, teaches their Men’s Bible Fellowship class, and interprets sermons to Spanish or English, depending upon the audience. If there's any spare time left, he enjoys publishing a monthly military newsletter (as Editor-in-Chief of The Patriot News), working out in the gym, and catching up on Star Trek reruns. "A busy life indeed, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I’m a firm believer that if I’m not innovating, then I’m stagnating," says Joe. If you need an experienced, dynamic speaker, Dr. Joe Perez is the right choice.
Eric is the Technical Strategist for Aptera Software and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He works primarily in the .Net web platform but loves opportunities to try out other stacks. He has been developing high-quality custom software solutions since 2001. At Aptera, he has successfully delivered solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries. He loves to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In his spare time, he loves to tinker with Arduino projects. He fondly remembers what it was like to develop software for the Palm OS. He has an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children. He blogs at http://humbletoolsmith.com/ and you can follow him on twitter as @pottereric.
Technology leader, inspirational speaker, and lifelong learner.
Gaines Kergosien leads Corporate Systems Development for AllianceBernstein and is founder and CIO for Music City Tech, an educational non-profit responsible for organizing the Music City Code, Music City Agile, and Music City Data conferences in Nashville, TN. With over 20 years of experience in software development, Gaines is a three-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award and served as a board member for Technology Leaders of Nashville and the Nashville Technology Council.
Software Engineer, SUSE
Jamie Phillips is a Software Engineer at SUSE, and works remotely from East Tennessee. He has a keen interest in DevOps and the Cloud. He can be found on Twitter @phillipsj73, his blog at phillipsj.net, and GitHub as phillipsj.
Developer Advocate at Red Hat OpenShift
Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe.
He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart for a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry.
As a developer advocate with Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them make the web a better place.
During his free time, he is usually found stargazing in a camping site somewhere or brewing a batch of beer in his garage.
Software Craftsman/Full Stack Agile Coach/Advanced Beginner, probably off looking for a cup of coffee right now.
Jon took this whole nerd thing pro back at the turn of the century, and has been slinging code with Aptera since 2008. He holds an MCSD, a PSM, a PSD, a PSPO, and is a BMF besides. These days, he may or may not be unhealthily consumed with building sustainable software, and with building teams that build sustainable software. Whatever you do, don’t follow @jonfazzaro.
Technical Marketing at HashiCorp & Microsoft MVP
Kyle Ruddy is a Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager for HashiCorp, where he focuses on Terraform. Kyle is also a Microsoft MVP and long-term VMware vExpert who can be found blogging on his personal blog, https://www.kmruddy.com, and the HashiCorp blog. His Twitter: @kmruddy.
UX/UI Designer & Developer, GDE, MVP
Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, accessible, and usable. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005. She stays active in the industry, teaching developers at a coding academy, attending and speaking at conferences and meetups. In 2015 Martine published a children's book "Programming Languages ABC++", and in 2016 the Workbook Edition sold over 20,000 copies. She then went on to write "Approachable Accessibility: Planning for Success" which was released in June 2019 and "Architecting CSS: The Programmer’s Guide to Effective Stylesheets" in 2020.
Chief Customer Experience Officer devoted to improving the human experience and empowering women in tech
Melissa has worked in the tech industry for over 20 years in roles ranging from Junior Software Engineer to her current role as the Chief Customer Experience Officer at addapptation. She holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire, an executive certification in Management and Leadership from MIT and a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) certification. Always driven by her passion to have a positive impact on the decline of women in STEM education and careers, she has volunteered with organizations around the world including ChickTech, Everwise, WITI, NH Tech Alliance, Microsoft DigiGirlz, wiseHer and AnitaB.org. This passion led her to co-found Diversify Thinking, an initiative focused on moving inclusion from conversation to action. Melissa organizes mentoring programs and creates opportunities for collaboration among diverse thinkers through their Rise & Diversify Event Series.
Entrepreneur. Coder. Author. Gamer. Geek.
Michael is the CEO of Andromeda, Product Architect for FlexePark, an International Keynote Speaker, a Google Developer Expert in Firebase, and a Microsoft MVP in Developer Technologies. For more than 25 years he has been writing code and geeking out over technology. He is passionate about keeping things simple and focusing on what provides real value to the end user. Michael enjoys speaking at conferences and user groups, and mentoring other developers and entrepreneurs. He is the author of Programming Languages ABC++, Approachable Accessibility, and Architecting CSS.
IBM Executive Cyber Security Advisor
Michael Melore, CISSP
IBM Executive Cyber Security Advisor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Author, frequent National public speaker and moderator, and recognized subject matter expert in Security and Threat Intelligence, Identity Access Governance, and Authorization. Pioneer in Identity and Access Management, Access Governance, and Authentication. Past Consulting roles include: Lead architect for many of the world’s largest authentication and authorization infrastructures. This includes two of the 1st individual Billion user authentication infrastructures.
Founder, Moderator, and Group Secretary for 14 Regional CISO/Security Leader Round Table Chapters across the US. Champion, host and evangelist of regularly scheduled cyber range threat simulation exercises, cyber training and education.
Strongbytes, Software Engineer
Coding and teaching represent my passion, learning is my hobby, having an impact in technology is my goal.
I am a software developer and technology passionate, I enjoy building and delivering quality, all the while trying to have fun as much as possible.
Developer Advocate @ Hazelcast
Developer Advocate with 15+ years experience consulting for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector). Usually working on Java/Java EE and Spring technologies, but with focused interests like Rich Internet Applications, Testing, CI/CD and DevOps. Currently working for Hazelcast. Also double as a trainer and triples as a book author.
Prashant G Bhoyar
Microsoft AI MVP, MCT, Cloud Solution Architect at AIS
Prashant G Bhoyar is a Microsoft AI MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently works as Cloud Solution Architect at Applied Information Sciences ( AIS.com ). He is a trusted advisor and Subject Matter Expert in Intelligent Business Process Automation, development, and post-implementation adoption of complex custom solutions in AI, Machine Learning, Bots, Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and SharePoint. Prashant has supported a multitude of government agencies and non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Prashant is the co-author of the book “PowerShell for Office 365 “and is the technical reviewer of the book "Pro SharePoint 2013 Administration." He serves on the leadership committee for the Azure Data Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning User Group, Northern Virgina SQL User Group, and DC Metro Office 365 User Group. He is a renowned international speaker and actively speaks at technical conferences, most recently in India, Canada, England, Bangladesh, Peru , Washington DC, Austin, New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia. Fun fact??, Prashant is a recipient of the "Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America" for his outstanding service in Antarctica.
Microsoft MVP Profile Link : https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5002595?fullName=Prashant%20G%20Bhoyar
Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, React and Vue. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks at https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.
Principal Systems Developer
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwan's Home Delivery providing business solutions with web technologies. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Ninja (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robert regularly speaks at national and international events.
Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft - Community Speaker - Lifelong Learner - Founder of the Glasgow Azure User Group
With a diverse career that spans over fifteen years, Sarah has been a part of every aspect of the IT world. She began at the bottom of the industry, working hard at the small jobs until she earned her way to her current position. With determination, Sarah accomplished her goals, getting things done in a timely, intelligent way. This led her to see things on a bigger scope as her passion for technology deepened.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Scotland, Sarah holds true to her heritage by embracing the natural world through her appreciation for technology. For Sarah, technology is a way to see life as it grows and adapts, ever-changing, just like the natural world of farming.
Sarah is proud to give back to her community. As a STEM Ambassador, Sarah helps others learn how IT can impact and change their lives for the better. Most specifically, she enjoys teaching the next generation of young women how they too can rise in a male-oriented field and succeed in their own careers. Sarah also founded the Glasgow Azure User Group, a community collective who meets bimonthly to network and discuss the latest in technology.
Sarah’s enthusiasm in the field of technology has given her the opportunity to speak at public events, most notably, Microsoft Ignite.
Recruiter Advocate at Vaco
Taylor graduated from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and immediately jumped into the world of recruiting. He started his career at Vaco in 2011 where he has recruited for clients such as Disney, Pacific Gas & Electric, Yahoo!, and Sony. After achieving top producer for 2013 out of a team of six, Taylor was recognized by Vaco and was brought to Raleigh to be instrumental in the building of the Technology division. During his time in Raleigh Taylor helped to scale the team from three to seven and focused on recruiting in all things technology, where he ultimately found his niche within development and TriNug (Raleigh .NET User Group). In June 2014 Taylor was asked to return to the Nashville office to help build out the technology team. Since his return, Taylor has been elected VP of the .NET User Group in Nashville for the last two years. He focuses 100% of his time within the development vertical in technology. As of 2017 Taylor is the Recruiting Manager of Vaco’s Nashville Technology division that is responsible for grossing $6+ million a year in revenue and ranking in the top of over 30+ Vaco Technology offices. From his time at Vaco he has seen the team double in size from seven to seventeen and has spoken at multiple conferences ranging from Nashville's very own Music City Code, the Raleigh Code Conference, to Vaco’s National Engage the World Conference and continues to be heavily involved within both the local and national tech community.
Thomas Rayner 👨💻
Sr Security Engineer @ Microsoft
Thomas Rayner is a Senior Engineer with over 15 years of software development experience, specializing in development with TypeScript, C# and other object-oriented languages, secure software supply chain, infrastructure as code, cloud architecture, and helping teammates grow and succeed.
He is a prominent speaker, best-selling author, and teacher. Thomas is very active within the technical community and a variety of Microsoft technical and strategic teams.
Tim Spann is a Developer Advocate @ StreamNative where he works with Apache Pulsar, Apache Flink, Apache NiFi, Apache MXNet, TensorFlow, Apache Spark, big data, the IoT, machine learning, and deep learning. Tim has over a decade of experience with the IoT, big data, distributed computing, streaming technologies, and Java programming. Previously, he was a Principal Field Engineer at Cloudera, a Senior Solutions Architect at AirisData and a senior field engineer at Pivotal. He blogs for DZone, where he is the Big Data Zone leader, and runs a popular meetup in Princeton on big data, the IoT, deep learning, streaming, NiFi, the blockchain, and Spark. Tim is a frequent speaker at conferences such as IoT Fusion, Strata, ApacheCon, Data Works Summit Berlin, DataWorks Summit Sydney, and Oracle Code NYC. He holds a BS and MS in computer science.
Senior Software Engineer
Todd is a software engineer based out of Nashville, TN that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Over the past 18 years, Todd has worked with companies that range in size from small startups to large scale fortune 500 companies. Todd has worked across many industries including healthcare, insurance, business services, lead generation, and internet marketing. Areas of expertise include web-based applications, database development, and the ability to translate business speak to geek.
DBA BDA POWER BI NOSQL K8s
David Yitzhak, Team leader of Big Data and Nosql databases
David Yitzhak has over 24 years of experience with SQL Server, Oracle, and Sybase. He is an applicative & infrastructure DBA for relational and Nosql solutions (MongoDB, Redis), Hadoop CDH and Spark. David is a specialist in HA and DRP solutions, tuning, Machine learning , security, High Performance Computing, replication (Oracle & SQL Server), BI infrastructure and system engineering. David Yitzhak holds 3 Degrees from Technicon (Israel Institute of Technology): BSC Information System , MBA and ME (System engineering) and research associate in one of the enterprise Organization. He presents in Oracle open world 2010, Organize Oracle ILOUG for 3 years , SQL Server forums, Microsoft BI forums, Sqlsaturday 2016/17/18/19/20 , DATA SATURDAY , Power Camps , 3rd Israeli Conference on open source Software Architecture, One of PASS Global Hebrew Virtual Group manager, written a dozen of professional articles .