Presenters

After concluding a spectacular sales and management career at IBM, in which he led his sales team from a dead-last rating among 220 branch offices to first place in less than a year, Gil Cargill launched his own consulting practice in 1978. Cargill Consulting Group, Inc. was built on the same strategies that produced Cargill’s outstanding sales results at IBM. Gil Cargill has spent the past 40 ye...
Grant Thompson is a founding partner of MG Technology Group, a leading cloud services company. As a solutions architect with a diverse technical and business background, Thompson helped build MG Technology Group on the premise that businesses need solutions that fit their unique needs and IT companies need a service provider they can trust. MG Technology Group’s successful reseller program...
Harry Brelsford is a long-time channel partner and the founder of SMB Nation Inc., an industry organization based in Bainbridge Island, Wash., that has more than 40,000 SMB-focused technology consultants or “tribal members.” He oversees SMB Nation’s popular events worldwide, including webinars, workshops, and multiday conferences, and is the publisher of SMB Partner magazine.Harry holds an MBA and...
Herman Pool is a marketing specialist who has helped thousands of IT business owners get new leads and close more deals. He has been voted the top speaker at dozens of industry events and won 27 awards ranging in categories from best marketing service to best customer support. Herman has also been a consultant for Jay Conrad Levinson, the author of the best-selling marketing book Guerrilla Marketi...
Howard M. Cohen has been a senior executive in some of the most highly reputed channel partner organizations in the IT industry for more than 27 years. During that time he has managed every facet of a channel partner business including sales, marketing, professional services, operations, and channel partner management. An experienced strategist and program designer, Howard has served on many adv...
After joining Autotask in 2016 as an Account Executive, Ian is a Channel Account Manager for Datto covering the southeast region from Texas to Florida. He currently focuses his efforts on bringing value to his customers and setting them up for success as channel partners. A native of Washington, DC, he moved to Texas in 2013 to focus on the technology industry.
Ian Thornton-Trump, CD, CEH, CNDA, CSA+ is an ITIL certified IT professional with over 20 years of experience in IT security and information technology. From 1989 to 1992, Ian served with the Canadian Forces (CF), Military Intelligence Branch; in 2002, he joined the CF Military Police Reserves and retired as a Public Affairs Officer in 2013. In Canada, Octopi Managed Services Inc. delivers managed...
Jamie Duff is an experienced sales leader with nearly 20 years’ experiencing working in the information technology and managed services industry. In his current role at Vade Secure, Jamie is tasked with accelerating the growth of Vade Secure’s corporate sales business in North America, both by hiring and managing a team of talented sales professionals and by building channel of MSPs from the Micro...
Jamison has been a serial entrepreneur for 25 years. He built Arterian (formerly JWCS), an MSP that he grew from a 1 man shop to 40 staff through both organic growth and the acquisition of 4 other IT Services companies. He went on to Co-Found 3 SaaS companies including Teamatics, SmileBack, and TimeZest and currently serves as a fractional CEO for both SmileBack and TimeZest. His background incl...
Jay McBain is one of the most visible thought leaders in the global technology channel. Named to the Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, he is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends. He has spent his 24-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, and C...
Jayson Ferron is an information security subject matter expert (SME) with multiple certifications. He has more than 40 years of professional experience, which includes security andcompliance, integration and transformation initiatives, IS management process, and operational metrics definition and documentation. As a noted speaker and author, Jay has presented at many events including user groups,...
Jeannine is the Sr. Director, Channel Marketing at StorageCraft. In this role, Jeannine is responsible for the strategy and execution for channel engagement and enablement in North America. She's passionate about representing the channel's interest in all things StorageCraft.  This includes collaborative efforts around channel education and communication and ensuring partners are readied to s...
Jeff Bendix started his business in 2000 as a toner cartridge remanufacturer and quickly refocused the company on managed print services. Many years ago, he also added managed IT services to broaden their service offerings and have been serving the complete technology needs of their customers for many years. Jeff has served on many industry boards and committees, including the International Imagin...
Over a nine-year tenure at Juniper Networks starting in 2005, John grew the business by more than 500 percent. In 2014, he joined HP to lead the networking business in Canada where his role evolved to several sales leadership positions prior to his final executive position there. He served as vice president and general manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada, responsible for leading HPE’s C...
John Eckstrom is president and CEO of Carolina Business Equipment (CBE), of Columbia, S.C. He started in November 1994 as the company’s controller and moved to the general manager position in March 1995. At the end of that year he purchased half of the company and became its president; five years later he became its sole owner.Over the past 10 years CBE has moved into three new geographic markets,...
John Krikke is a partner and Vice President of Onward Computer Systems, a 28-year-old organization that offers complete IT solutions and managed services to small and medium sized businesses in Southern Ontario.John has been involved in the IT technology industry since 1986. In 1993 he formed Krikke Computer Services (KCS), an innovator in providing managed support services for small and medium si...
Jon Clay is responsible for managing marketing messages and external publication of all the threat research and intelligence within Trend Micro as well as different core technologies. As an accomplished public speaker with hundreds of speaking sessions around the globe, Jon focuses on the threat landscape and the use of big data in protecting against today’s sophisticated threats. Jon is also a vo...
Josh Peterson is the co-founder Bering McKinley, a consulting firm for MSPs and IT solution providers. Josh has been in the IT Solution Provider arena for the last 15 years. First as an owner, then as a management consultant with Taylor Business Group for 8 years, and now as founder of Bering McKinley.  Josh’s track record of developing management solutions for 100s of MSPs, VARs, and in...
Joshua Liberman is President and founder of Net Sciences, Inc. He started PC Services in 1990, providing Novell networking and becoming a Master CNE. Since starting Net Sciences in 1996,  Joshua has built and secured hundreds of networks in New Mexico and the area. Joshua has been a rock and ice climber, martial artist, and lifelong photographer. He speaks five languages and has tra...
Karl formed an IT consultancy in January of 2000 as a side interest. In 2009 he saw the opportunity move it into a managed service practice that focused on sound IT practices along with cybersecurity and compliance. He hired his first employee in 2009 and grown it quickly since. The business was founded in the Phoenix market and now has offices in Atlanta and San Francisco as well. Karl serves on...
Karl W. Palachuk has built and sold two successful managed service business in Sacramento, Calif. He is a business coach, and the author of seventeen books. His books include "Managed Services in a Month," "The Network Documentation Workbook," and the 4-volume set, "The Managed Services Operations Manual." In fact, Karl has written and produced more training materials for SMB IT consultants t...
Keith Lubner acts as an advisor, mentor, and executive coach to several of today’s leading sales and channel focused organizations on strategies, tactics, and programs to accelerate growth. He is a world-wide recognized expert on sales, sales enablement, channels, marketing, and leadership. His training programs and workshops have been delivered across the globe to several start-up and multi-natio...
Keith has been an IT channel pro for over 25 years and brings all his experience together to lead the charge for ChannelOnline. To break away from the day to day demands of work, he likes to hike, garden, rock climb, sail, or hide with a good book.
Kelly Borkowski is a Senior National Account Manager for Belkin International, which includes the Belkin, Linksys and Wemo brands. Most recently, Kelly leads the commercial sales team supporting National Solutions Providers, where she manages full strategic planning for the networking division.With over ten years of experience, Kelly has demonstrated an exceptional record of accomplishments drivin...

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