Presenters

Revenue Rocket’s Vice President, Reed Warren, works with professional services firms and IT companies to identify and understand the barriers to growth, while identifying strategies required for success. It’s Reed’s job to learn about your core business functions, facilitate all M&A responsibilities, and conduct the necessary assessments like target profiling, due diligence, financial modeling...
Renil Paramel is the co-founder and Senior Partner at Strategy of Things, a Silicon Valley based innovation consultancy, that brings disruptive digital technologies and strategies to enable smart cities, buildings and factories. Recent accomplishments include the development and launch of SMC Labs (www.smclabs.io), San Mateo County’s innovation lab focused on solving regional problems affecting it...
 As ChannelPro’s founding and executive editor, Rich Freeman is responsible for setting overall editorial direction, covering industry trends, and reporting on breaking news in the SMB technology market. A veteran writer and editor, Rich has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, including over eight years in Microsoft’s vertical industry and enterprise marketing groups and more...
Richard is a Business Development Manager on the cloud team at Tech Data, a fortune 100 company and the world’s leading end-to-end technology distributor. He is an accomplished business professional with a creative mind who also enjoys looking at the world through the lens of a camera. With over 23 years of experience in the IT industry, Richard’s primary goal is to implement strategies built arou...
Richard Stiennon is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the 2,200 vendors that make up the IT security industry. He has presented on the topic of cybersecurity in 31 countries on six continents. He is the author of "Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO’s Journey and Surviving Cyberwar" (Government Institutes, 2010) and Washington Post Best Seller, "There Wil...
Rick Murphy is an innovative, serial entrepreneur with a wide range of merger and acquisition experience. As the CEO and managing partner at Cogent Growth Partners LLC, he has led 75-plus acquisition transactions for his firm's buy-side clients in the IT services space since the inception of the company in 2010. Rick is expert at conceiving, planning, and leading comprehensive acquisition strategi...
Ridley brings 20 years of industry knowledge to Dropsuite. Previously, he was as Vice President Sales and later General Manager of StopTheHacker, a leading website security company (acquired by CloudFlare). Ridley has prior experience in sales, marketing, business development, website security, and forensic data duplication.
Ro Kolakowski has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, private equity, investment analysis, and development of operational strategy with an emphasis in telecommunications and technology.He was a senior equity analyst covering telecommunications companies in Latin America, including Telmex and Telebras while at D.A. Campbell Company Inc. In addition, he provided investment banking services...
Rob Webster has served as Director of SMB Sales at Tech Data since September 2016. In this role, Webster is responsible for the strategic direction, development, and execution of Tech Data’s sales programs for small to medium-size business (SMB) resellers. Webster started at Tech Data in 1995 as an Inside Sales Rep and progressed through various positions for 16 years before joining Lenovo in Aust...
A 12-year veteran of the IT industry, Robert (Robb) Patterson is a leading technology consultant and advisor to businesses and community organizations, as well as a sought-after speaker and writer, in the New York Metro Area. In 2011, Robb joined Progressive Computing Inc., which designs, installs, and maintains computer networks for small and midsize companies, as business development manager....
Since 2003 Bob Dale has been a strategic growth and M&A advisor for owners and entrepreneurs who want to build, buy, and sell companies. His firm, the Austin Dale Group Inc., specializes in working with cloud, IT service, and software companies, providing services such as business sales, acquisitions, valuations, financial coaching, strategic exit planning, and value enhancement. Previously Bo...
Robert A. (Bob) Nitrio is the CEO of Ranvest Associates, a business technology consulting firm that he founded in 1992 in Sacramento, Calif. The company provides strategic business consulting and technology solutions to the SMB market. By becoming intimately familiar with each client’s operations, Bob guides them through an analytical process designed to streamline and enhance their operations. Ap...
Robert Boles is president of BLOKWORX, an IT services company he founded in 2006 to further his passion for creating fast, secure networks. BLOKWORX has been focused on security, reliability, and positive user experience since its founding. We do this by understanding how things work; conducting extensive research and testing; aligning with our vendors, partners, and clients; and building on the e...
Ron Culler Jr. is co-founder of Secure Designs Inc., a premier managed internet security provider to SMBs. He currently serves as the CTO, executive vice president, technology architect, managed security services visionary, and security evangelist for the company. With more than 30 years of channel experience in the technology and security fields, Ron is an innovator and creative thinker actively...
Ronnie Parisella is a senior IT professional with 20-plus years of high-level experience. He has been working in the fixed-fee/managed services space since 2004 when he first deployed ConnectWise and Level Platforms. In his non-entrepreneurial working career, Ronnie was an engineer and project manager for Charles Schwab & Co., the McGraw-Hill companies, Scholastic Books, MTV, and The New York...
Rory Sanchez is CEO of True Digital Security, a full-service IT Security and Compliance company offering clients operational intelligence and enhanced visibility into their IT, Security and Compliance programs and assisting them in raising the maturity level of those programs. Rory is the visionary responsible for the company's strategic direction and high-level architecture of its award-winning m...
Ryan Morris, principal consultant for Morris Management Partners, has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales, and management in the technology/telecom industry that is specifically focused on building successful multitier channel solutions and profitable solution provider businesses. As an instructor, analyst, and consultant, Ryan has developed, launched, and helped to implemen...
Stanley Louissaint has more than 18 years of experience in IT consulting and entrepreneurial projects. He is the founder and principal of Fluid Designs Inc., a full-service IT services and support company formed in 2001. Over the years Stanley has provided technical solutions for a variety of business problems. He enjoys the intricacies involved in learning an individual’s business pain point...
Steve Hall, CEO of District Computers LLC, has more than a decade of experience in technology consulting in the small business arena. Twelve years ago he founded District Computers with the vision of being able to provide affordable solutions and services to small businesses that would enable those businesses to better compete with the giants of their industries. Today they are still making that v...
Steve Rutkovitz, founder and CEO of Choice Cybersecurity, enables leading MSPs to offer turnkey security and compliance solutions. Steve has a unique understanding of the needs within the managed services industry, having spent the last 20 years building and selling companies. He has successfully tapped into the security and compliance market, developing an innovative approach: Assess, Address, Ma...
Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (i.e. trying to buy something on ebay and wondering why the Internet was so slow). She writes the Patch Watch column at askwoody.com, and manages a fleet of Windows Servers, an Exchange Server, desktops, a few Macs, several Windows mobile and iPhones and tries to keep patch...
Syed Zaeem Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris’ networks and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and is a member of the founding executive team of Aeris. Mr. Hosain has more than 38 years of experience in the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer...
Terry Chapman serves as president of Business Electronics Corp., which was founded in 1988 and provides document imaging systems to the Birmingham, Ala., business community. Previously Terry worked in the banking industry. In 2011, while at Business Electronics, Terry was named a “Retailer of the Year” by the Alabama Retail Association. He is currently serving as board president for the Mountain B...
In 2003, Terry left a successful career in management consulting to found Infinity Business Systems, later renamed Infinity Technology Solutions, a leading IT service provider with operations throughout Florida and Georgia. Infinity provided a complete technology offering for hundreds of businesses, including hardware and software solutions, outsourcing, Managed IT Services, Cloud Solutions, VoIP...
Thomas Penner launched busitec Canada, a subsidiary of the global IT services firm busitec GmbH. With a career devoted to digitizing the workplace, Thomas is a leading ELO Digital Office Business Partner who is passionate about helping businesses streamline their operations with modern approaches to process and workflow automation, records management, portal solutions, and business intelligen...

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