Presenters

 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 Shinnick, former NSA adviser and Air Force veteran, is the founder of Touchstone Security. He has 35-plus years of experience in the computer security industry providing advice on the risks associated with information technology with a specialty focus on cloud technology.  In 1998, Richard founded his first company, Shinnick Consulting. In 2000, he co-founded a second company, STIGrou...
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.
RJ Friedman serves as the chief information security officer for Buchanan Technologies, a leading managed IT service provider with headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, and Mississauga, Ontario. As the head of the managed security services division, RJ oversees all of Buchanan’s managed security operations, from sales to delivery, to ensure the company is consistently providing excellent customer serv...
Ro Kolakowski is the founder of 6th Street Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on providing strategy and technology consulting services. He has more than 25 years of finance and technology experience. He was a senior equity analyst covering telecommunications companies in Latin America, including Telmex and Telebras while at D.A. Campbell Company. In addition, he provided investment b...
Robert M. Mungovan has over 20 years of experience with Aware. Prior to his current role as Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Mungovan served as Aware’s Vice President of Biometrics and as the Sales and Marketing Manager of Biometrics and Imaging. Before joining Aware Mr. Mungovan held positions in several small companies whose focus was digital imaging and machine vision. His passion of working with...
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 the founder and president of BLOKWORX, an organization built on three foundational tenets: security, reliability, and a positive user experience. Robert has designed infrastructure for hundreds of companies ranging from small businesses to large corporations to municipalities. With over 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity and complex global networks, Robert made the decision to p...
Robert Iannicello is vice president, global MSSP programs and business development (BIO), at Cofense. Robhas worked in the IT security industry for over 14 years helping organizations globally secure their digital world from todays most sophisticated attacks. He’s held positions at Symantec in both a direct sales and channel sales capacity, helping their most valuable partners grow. For the last s...
Robert Tappan is Managing Director of the International Biometrics + Identity Association in Washington, DC. An expert in corporate communications and public affairs, he has advised numerous trade and professional associations on a wide variety of legislative efforts and communications campaigns, as well as provided critical PR counsel in crisis situations. During his 35-year career, Mr....
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 president at Cerberus Cyber Sentinel Corp. (NASDAQ: CISO), a managed compliance and cybersecurity provider. Rory is primarily focused on the company's M&A strategy and efforts. He was previously CEO of True Digital Security, which was acquired by CISO in January 2022. Rory was a founding member of the ConnectWise Partner Advisory Board, past president of TechData'sTechSelect Ad...
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...
Sam Barhoumeh, ReadyNetworks’ managing partner and senior managing director, has over 20 years of experience in business leadership and has held key positions in technology, infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Founded almost two decades ago, ReadyNetworks has grown to a technology leader of IT services, support, and security management, with Sam setting the stage for ReadyNetworks to be b...
Sanjay has 20+ years of experience building software companies from the ground up. He is frequently involved in product development, technology roadmap and strategy, and intellectual property management. He started his software engineering/product development career at Sun Microsystems, Siemens, NYNEX, and other high-tech firms.Sanjay founded and led Aerva, a cloud-based platform to manage digital...
For over 25 years, Sanjib has driven results in financial and technology companies large and small. He developed and led the execution of strategies that turned around a $5+ revenue business, delivering $1B incremental EBIT within 1 year. He helped large companies in multiple industries assess market changes and launch numerous products, delivering millions of new customers. Sanjib has also been p...
Schyler Jones is the owner of MiradorIT LLC, an MSP in Concord, N.H. Schyler started with tech in 1979 when his high school acquired Apple II computers. After graduating in 1983, he joined the U.S. Navy for six years where he learned how electrons and bits enable computers to function. At one point he was charged with setting up and maintaining a microcomputer running PTDOS and a database applicat...
Scott Beck is CEO of the fast-growing cybersecurity and IT services firm BeckTek, based in New Brunswick, Canada. He’s a two-time international best-selling author and award-winning speaker, including appearances at NASDAQ and Harvard Club of Boston. Co-star of the Amazon Prime documentary Cyber Crime, Scott is a frequent celebrity guest expert with appearances on NBC, ABC, Fox, and Global. His ne...

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