Meet Our Speakers


General Michael Hayden

General Hayden, retired 4-star general (USAF) and former director of CIA and NSA, was on the front lines of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber challenge. He’ll break down the state of the planet, giving you the ultimate insider’s glimpse into the forces shaping the world today.

Research Vice President, Technology Service Provider Infrastructure Software Research, Gartner

John Morency

John Morency is a Research Vice President who covers the implementation and management of software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and their impact on IT resilience. He also covers the implementation of IT resilience in both corporate datacenters and public clouds. Mr. Morency has authored over 275 research documents, presented at 31 Gartner Research Summits and provided recovery and datacenter decision-making guidance to over 3,200 Gartner client organizations.
Research Director, 451 Research

Henry Baltazar

Henry is Research Director for the Storage Channel at 451 Research. Previously, he spent nearly three years at Forrester as a senior analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals, advising clients on datacenter infrastructure technologies. Henry has evaluated and tested storage hardware and software offerings for 15+ years as an industry analyst and journalist. Prior to 451 Research and Forrester, Henry spent nearly nine years as a technical analyst for eWeek Labs.
Vice President, Research Director serving Security & Risk Professionals, Forrester

Stephanie Balaouras

Stephanie serves Security & Risk Professionals, leading a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics like IT security frameworks; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); identity and access management (IAM); application security; data security; and IT infrastructure security. She also provides Forrester’s coverage of specific risk topics including business continuity, IT continuity/DR, and backup and recovery. She has 20+ years’ experience in BC/DR, backup/recovery, and information storage industries.
Vice President, Leerink Transformation Partners

Sasha K. Said

At Leerink Transformation Partners (LTP), Sasha invests in growth stage HCIT and services companies defining the future of healthcare. She has 9 years of private/public equity, venture capital and digital health experience. Prior to LTP, Sasha was an investor at Waypoint Capital, managing US/European diligence for over 700 deals. She was responsible for building the Investment Review Group at Waypoint, which functioned as the corporate venture capital/growth equity arm as well as creating the group’s digital health strategy.
Co-Founder, Cloudlock

Tsahy Shapsa

Tsahy is responsible for leading Cloudlock’s corporate & business development efforts. He also built the company’s go-to-market functions including Sales & Marketing. Prior to Cloudlock, Tsahy held various business and technology management roles with companies like Sun Microsystems & Network Appliance. Tsahy was also founder & organizer of the Boston Cloud Services meetup and served in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office as a security team leader.
Head of Red-Team Services, CyberArk

Shay Nahari

Shay brings more than 15 years of experience in cyber security and telecommunications. He specializes in working with global organizations to improve their ability to detect and react to targeted attacks using adversary simulation and advanced real-life tactics, techniques and procedures. Previously, Nahari was CEO and founder of Red-Sec Inc., a provider of Red-team and consulting services. He also served as a commander in the prestigious Israel Defense Forces (IDF) communications unit.
Partner, USVP

Jacques Benkoski

Jacques is an innovator-creator who rolls up his sleeves and gets to work helping companies grow. His focus is on fostering USVP as an active investor in the IT markets in Israeli the U.S. Past USVP companies in which Jacques has taken a role include Trusteer (acquired by IBM), Dune Networks (Broadcom) and ClearShape (Cadence). He believes in executing the vision of the entrepreneur and leveraging his personal and USVP’s professional contacts to accelerate growth and build significant and sustainable businesses.

Manager of Technical Services, DotWell Health

Tom Kerrigan

Tom oversees a number of technical functions at DotWell Health including helpdesk, policy and procedure creation, writing design specifications for software applications, hands-on IT Infrastructure build-outs, managing vendor relationships, data integrity and security. His 30+ years’ experience spans across all IT disciplines with specialties in VMware, Windows servers, Cisco firewalls, routers and switches.
Technical Architect, Maritz

Andy Wolfe

As Technical Architect at Maritz, Andy collaborates with application architects to design production systems while leveraging Zerto for disaster recovery in AWS. After graduating from Taylor University, Andy joined a small consulting firm, working on the first internet-based, learning management systems. Over time, he shifted from application development to database administration to architecture. Recently, he embraced public cloud technology for Azure and AWS, becoming an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Level.
Global Director of Infrastructure (Engineering), XPO Logistics

Gareth Roberts

Gareth is currently Director of Infrastructure for XPO Logistics. During this time, he was involved in 17 acquisitions, while seeing company revenue skyrocket from $250 million to $14.6 billion. A native of North Wales, Great Britain, Gareth served eleven years in the Royal Air Force as Avionics Technician. Later, he worked for Barloworld as Global IT Manager, followed by a three-year stint at Europa Sports Products as IT Manager.
Senior System Engineer, Tencate

Jayme Williams

As a Senior System Engineer for Tencate, Jayme was given a company cloud mandate to move from on premises to cloud providers, had opportunities to travel to Europe and Asia to help facilitate within TenCate. He’s a VMware-certified pro. At Tencate, he’s currently running some production workloads in AWS such as ADFS, WSUS, exchange footprint for hybrid O365, AD sync for O365. While he’s now replicating to Azure his future plans are to move VMs to Microsoft Azure. Jayme’s also an 8-year veteran of the US Marine Corps.
Head of Global Application Hosting, Cushman & Wakefield

Joe Monroy

As Head of Global Application Hosting at Cushman & Wakefield, Joe is the innovation lead for Application Hosting and Active Directory. He has over 20 years of IT Infrastructure experience leading Engineering, IT Strategic Development and SaaS organizations. His passion is to maximize the use of leading edge technology and solutions to build the next generation app hosting platforms.
Senior Director, Cloud Operations, Kronos

Scott Henault

Scott is the Sr. Director of Cloud Architecture & Infrastructure at Kronos. With 25+ years’ experience in the tech industry, Scott has spent a decade managing SaaS infrastructure and operations in both small and large global companies. His teams have delivered on architecting, scaling, and managing the Kronos Private Cloud throughout the company’s successful transformation from a license-based, on-premises technology provider to a customer-first cloud company.
Architect, Cloud and Hosted Services, Kronos

Matt Braga

With 15 years’ experience in the tech industry, Matt has developed extensive cross functional knowledge of how multiple infrastructure and operational realms ultimately converge to accelerate business value. He’s spent the last three years at Kronos Cloud driving the alignment between business and technology to ensure that design decisions meet customer and end-user requirements.
Director of Infrastructure and Technical Support, Canton Potsdam Hospital

Bojan Petrovic

As Director of Infrastructure and Technical Support in St. Lawrence Health System, Bojan oversees several IT functions of the system, including Systems and Networking teams, Biomed support teams, Help Desk, IT vendor relations, IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, data integrity and security. With 25+ years’ experience in multiple industries, Bojan has developed a well-balanced understanding of the tech world, making difficult decisions seem easy.
Lead Virtualization Engineer, Viacom

Nick Scuola

As lead virtualization engineer at Viacom, Nick uses Zerto to protect numerous business critical applications. His experience ranges across several industries including Media, Finance, Retail and Technology. Nick holds numerous vendor certifications from VMware, Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco. He was named a VMware vExpert for 2017 and is also a VMware User Group (VMUG) Co-Leader in New York City. Nick is also a US Marine, having served in Iraq during Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom.

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Nava Vaisman Levy

Nava Vaisman Levy is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft. She works with large Microsoft customer leadership and development teams to guide them in moving their IT infrastructure and software to the Microsoft cloud. Nava regularly contributes to open source code projects in Github and other open source communities. She previously worked as a Senior Developer and Project Manager at Dell. Nava received a Computer Science B.S. from Ben Gurion University.
Vice President of Marketing, Tegile

Rob Commins

Rob Commins has been instrumental in the success of some of the storage industry’s most interesting companies over the past twenty years, including HP/3PAR, Pillar Data Systems, and StorageWay. At Tegile, Rob leads the company’s marketing strategy, product marketing, press/analyst activities, as well as competitive analysis.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, US Signal

Aaron Shaver

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Aaron leads US Signal’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for strategic customer partnerships, university collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technical solutions. Prior to joining US Signal, Aaron served as the Executive Director of Information Management for Spectrum Pennock Health Services.
Sr. Global Alliances Solutions Architect, Nutanix

John Margiolas

John is Global Alliances Solutions Architect for Nutanix and has been working in IT for over 20 years. He’s been focusing on Disaster Recovery, Back up and Cloud for the last 15 years and has worked on Business Continuity and DR efforts for Fortune 10 companies. John has a deep knowledge of application recovery and cloud DR.

Joel Daly

A seasoned entrepreneur and startup executive, Joel has a proven track record of establishing operational strategies that position emerging companies for long-term growth. As CEO at HOSTING, Joel oversees all operational activities and ensures each department has the resources necessary to create optimal customer experiences. Joel also leads the HOSTING direct and indirect channel sales teams and programs from inception to sales success. Prior to HOSTING, Joel wasa COO of QTC Management and INFLOW.
VP, Sales Engineering, ExaGrid

Marc Crespi

Marc brings over 15 years of software and hardware experience in the high technology sector to ExaGrid, and part of the team that drives product strategy and execution and is responsible for managing product operations. Prior to ExaGrid, Marc was director of product management for security management products at Altiris. Marc came to Altiris by way of Altiris’ acquisition of Pedestal Software in 2005. While at Pedestal Software, Marc was Director of Worldwide Customer Services.
Senior Manager, Product & Solutions Marketing, Pivot3

Vikram Belapurkar

Vikram has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, in both technical and business roles. His area of expertise includes hyper-converged infrastructure, enterprise data storage technologies, virtualization and cloud computing, open source platforms, and enterprise applications.
Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Webs Services

Doug Cliche

Doug has extensive experience in IT transformation and cloud enablement. His background spans many verticals including Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, Financial, Publishing, Logistics, and Industrial Internet of Things.
Vice-President, Product Strategy, Expedient

John White

John’s responsibilities at Expedient include setting the product direction, evaluating emerging technologies and partners, complex solution design for prospects and customers, and evangelizing Expedient as an overall brand. He is active in the technology community and is frequently cited in technology articles and by analysts covering the cloud and IaaS space.
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Nimble Storage

Jeannine Walter

As a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer with Nimble, Jeanine specializes in data protection. Jeanine has over 20 years’ experience working in data protection, including roles in presales, implementation, architecture, technical writing, and consulting. as well as QA and disaster recovery testing.
Senior Solutions Architect, Pivot3

Carlos Fonseca

Carlos has been working in the computer and telecommunication field for over 26 years. During this time, he has held a number of leadership positions working as an architect/designer, an information systems manager, a consultant, a network/system engineer and as a Program / Project manager. Carlos comes from an eight-year tenure at VMware where he held both Consulting and System Engineering positions.
Chief Technology Officer, Navisite

Paul Ignatius

Paul is responsible for technology and delivery of Navisite’s offerings. His focus is on building a world-class engineering organization with the processes, talent and technology enabling Navisite to deliver future enterprise-centric, multi-cloud managed service needs. Paul has a proven track record in cloud solutions and enterprise software from EY where he spearheaded the cloud transformation team and Cloud Center of Excellence.
Senior Product Manager, IBM Cloud

Zeb Ahmed

Zeb Ahmed is an accomplished Cloud, XaaS and BCDR leader with more than 18 years of key IT experience. He has vast experience working for numerous cloud managed services providers in various roles ranging from technical presales, architect, IT management and product management. He currently runs product management for backup and disaster recovery portfolio for VMware Solutions on IBM Cloud. Zeb holds various industry-leading technical certifications and is an avid technology blogger.
Vice-President of Sales, Stage2Data


Stephen brings a decade of experience to the Stage2Data team with a focus on cloud consulting and strategy services, in addition to having extensive Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery expertise. He has earned a well-deserved reputation for strong strategic sensibilities and an ability to see the big picture when putting solutions together for clients. The result? Satisfied clients who experience superior operational excellence and enhanced bottom line results.
Head of Emerging Alliances, Pure Storage

Craig Halliwell

At Pure Storage, Craig works with complimentary technology vendors to integrate products into innovative solutions that solve challenges in the all-flash datacenter. Prior to Pure Storage, Craig ran the Technology Alliance Program at Commvault Systems, and prior to Commvault spent time at Veritas Software, and Akamai Technologies.
Technology Product Management & Marketing, Nimble an HPE company

Mike Harding

As Technology Product Management and Marketing at Nimble Storage, an HPE company. Mike launches new solutions and products. Prior, he was leading marketing for the NetApp Converged Infrastructure effort. Prior to NetApp he worked in Product Management and Marketing at Brocade Communications (now Broadcom), covering Data Center Networking, Cloud, Fabric Applications and File Virtualization. Mike has over 25 years marketing experience, having led Product Marketing efforts at VERITAS/Symantec, Solid Data Systems, Qlusters, Commtouch, Critical Path and EDS/HP.