Speakers

TRACK OWNERS

Business Intelligence – John P. White, SharePoint MVP Development – Mark Rackley, Office 365 MVP
Branding/UX – Cathy Dew, SharePoint MVP
IT Pro – Jason Himmelstein, SharePoint MVP Information Worker & No Code Solutions – Lori Gowin, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer
Architecture – Sean McDonough, Owner BitStream Foundry Search – Wes Preston, SharePoint MVP
Executive – Stephanie Donahue, President & Managing Partner PAIT Group Social – Michelle Caldwell, Director of Collaboration, SharePoint MVP, SSGB, PMP, CSM

Brian Alderman

Twitter : @brianalderman

Brian Alderman

Brian is a trainer at CBT Nuggets and has been focused on helping IT Pros and Database Administrators (DBAs) better understand Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server technologies for over 20 years. As an industry-recognized consultant, author and conference speaker, Brian’s expertise and designs range across SharePoint, Office 365, SQL Server, Microsoft Operating Systems, and Active Directory. A frequent presenter at SharePoint Conferences around the world, he has co-authored several SharePoint, SQL Server, and other technical books, including Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is currently a MCSE, MCT, and MCITP: SharePoint and SQL Server Administrator. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world.

Virgil Carroll

Twitter : @vcmonkey

Virgil Carroll

Virgil grew up as an Alaskan fisherman, so he knows that life, like business, can be smooth sailing one minute and stormy seas the next. His ability to stay calm and clear-headed through the storms of business has been a valuable asset to many companies and individuals throughout the years. After graduating with his Master’s degree, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and formed High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect.

When Virgil speaks technology he does it from a business person’s point of view. You won’t find his talks clouded with “tech geek” speak. Virgil has an expansive breadth of knowledge and speaks objectively about a variety of subjects.

Cathy Dew (MVP)

Twitter : @catpaint1

Cathy Dew

Cathy Dew (MCTS) is a Consultant at Planet Technologies, Graphic Designer and SharePoint MVP based out of Huntsville, Alabama. She focuses primarily on branding and user experience and how it relates to the SharePoint platform. However she also works with SharePoint from a general End User and Business Analyst perspective as well, defining requirements and governance as needed. She has worked on many SharePoint installations to brand SharePoint and make it look “Not like SharePoint”. Cathy has started and run a number of SharePoint User Groups and is involved with the Women in SharePoint group. She has presented sessions on SharePoint branding at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, conferences, and training sessions.

Stephanie Donahue

Twitter : @stephkdonahue

Stephanie Donahue

Stephanie is a partner and consultant at PAITgroup, with a focus on helping organizations leverage their investment in SharePoint to create and maximize ROI. As a MCITP she has been setting a strategic path from discovery to successful implementations using an innovative approach and consistent methodology. Stephanie is an active blogger and event speaker with over 7 years of experience in SharePoint projects from basic deployments to information architecture, content management, and business process automation. You can follow Stephanie at @stephkdonahue on Twitter or read her blog at http://stephkdonahue.com

Kirk Evans (Microsoft Speaker)

Twitter : @kaevans

Kirk Evans

Kirk Evans is a Principal Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Corporation where he works with the world’s largest SharePoint deployments. As the lead for the SharePoint 2013 Ignite developer training program, he has traveled the world training developers on the new features of SharePoint 2013.

Visit Kirk’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/kaevans or follow him on Twitter at @kaevans.

Kim Frehe

Twitter : @KimFrehe

Kim Frehe

Kim Frehe is a SharePoint Solutions Specialist who has been solving complex business problems in innovative ways since 2001. She is very passionate about SharePoint and prides herself on building solutions with the end users’ perspective in mind. Her specialties include workflows, content types, out-of-the-box web parts and making SharePoint as user-friendly as possible to help users be more productive, efficient and get the most of SharePoint.

Ruven Gotz (MVP)

Twitter : @ruveng

Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz leads the Collaboration Practice in New York City for Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a SharePoint MVP, Yammer Certified Community Manager, speaker and author with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past decade delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions and advising clients on collaboration, governance and other aspects of applying technology to enhance productivity. Ruven is a long-time contributor to the SharePoint community, co-founding The Toronto SharePoint Business Users Group and serving on the organizing committee for SharePoint Saturday and SharePoint Summit.

Lori Gowin (Microsoft Speaker)

Twitter : @LoriGowin

Lori Gowin

Lori is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer specializing in SharePoint. Since 1999, she has been supporting and managing Microsoft products and technologies. The last six years have been focused on SharePoint and the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. She has created InfoPath and SharePoint solutions in various industries. Lori lives in Birmingham, Ala. with her husband and two sons. When not working with SharePoint, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports. She is currently serving as a co-chairperson for the Birmingham SharePoint User Group.

Spencer Harbar

Twitter : @harbars

Spencer Harbar

Spencer Harbar is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost SharePoint authorities. With over 20 years industry experience in the architecture, development, deployment and operational service of applications and hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely enables the world’s largest organizations to succeed with Office 365 and SharePoint. Spencer is the only person to hold all of the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications for SharePoint, and is a twelve time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award.

He was the content owner and author for one third of the SharePoint MCSM. He is a strong community advocate, supporting and speaking at the UK SharePoint User Group and helping others via his blog, forums and public events such as the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, SharePoint Evolutions and SharePoint Connections.

In his spare time (not much of it) he enjoys photography, reading, cricket, golf, tennis and Scotch whisky. He listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland, his home town of Manchester, England, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.

Eric Harlan (Microsoft Speaker)

Twitter : @ericharlan

Eric Harlan

In between searching the planet high and low for the best skiing conditions, deepest powder and crazy ‘steeps’, Eric Harlan spends most of his time in the technology field.

Eric has been in the I.T. industry for fourteen years, and heavily involved with SharePoint for eleven years. Starting from a developer role, Eric has moved on to a more architectural role with a focus on configuration and server implementation.

Never forgetting his developer roots, he still jumps in when needed to pick up the slack on custom dev needs. As a SharePoint Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft Eric is the first on the ground to troubleshoot SharePoint issues as well as kick off proactive engagements.

Eric is involved with many volunteer organizations from SPSEvents, Global SharePoint users group, and educational code camps to Co-Founder of the Baltimore SharePoint Users group.

Eric also does many speaking events revolving around SharePoint. Topics range from SharePoint Development, Architecture, tips, tricks and gotcha’s to basic SharePoint sessions for the end user.

Doug Hemminger (MVP)

Twitter : @doughemminger

Doug Hemminger

With over 15 years of experience developing innovative software solutions, Doug has proven himself as a leader who can solve difficult problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. Although primarily a developer focused on SharePoint, Doug is adept at seeing the bigger picture, recognizing how a particular software solution meets an organization’s larger goals.

Doug graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. In addition to holding several Microsoft SharePoint Technical Certifications, Doug is also serves on the Board of Directors of two small educational not-for-profit organizations.

Jason Himmelstein(MVP)

Twitter : @sharepointlhorn

Jason Himmelstein

Jason is a SharePoint Server MVP and ITPro Solutions Architect with more than 15 years of experience working with Microsoft and related technologies. With a passion for technology, Jason has spent the past eight years dedicated to SharePoint, becoming a recognized expert in the field. Jason has successfully architected solutions for up to 120,000 users and maintains an active speaking schedule, addressing conferences in the United States and Canada. He is the Senior Technical Director for SharePoint at Atrion, a New England-based consulting firm.
Jason is the co-author of “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint.” He also is one of the organizers of New Hampshire SharePoint Users Group, New Hampshire Windows Phone Users Group, and SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Outside of this crazy working world, he is a happily married father of two boys, a die-hard Texas Longhorns and San Antonio Spurs fan.

Todd Klindt (MVP)

Twitter : @ToddKlindt

Todd Klindt

Todd is a popular speaker and consultant at SharePoint 911, a Rackspace company, specializing in SharePoint technologies for IT administrators. He contributed to the book “Real World SharePoint 2007: Indispensable Experiences from 16 MOSS and WSS MVPs.” Read his blog at toddklindt.com/blog.

Sean McDonough

Twitter : @spmcdonough

Sean McDonough

Sean is the Office 365 Solution Manager for Cardinal Solutions, a national IT solution provider and Microsoft partner headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sean has been developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems for over two decades. Sean possesses a somewhat unusual set of skills that come from time spent in a diverse set of roles, including consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist. Sean is an author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or Twitter (@spmcdonough).

Wes Preston (MVP)

Twitter : @idubbs

Wes Preston

Wes is a SharePoint Server MVP and an independent SharePoint consultant. He works primarily as a SharePoint product specialist and solution designer, helping align business needs with the SharePoint platform and guiding organizations through the use of best practices. Wes has been a developer, IT Pro, consultant and technology evangelist for more than 15 years. He is co-author of “SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One” and “SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects,” a speaker, and a community leader in the Twin Cities, Minn.

Mark Rackley (MVP)

Twitter : @mrackley

Mark Rackley

Mark is Partner and CTO at PAIT Group with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark’s daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients’ unique problems. As a globally recognized SharePoint geek, Mark is an active blogger, presenter, author (and bacon aficionado) who is eager to lend his real-world knowledge of SharePoint to all who need it.

In addition to speaking at various SharePoint conferences, Mark is the organizer of SharePointalooza in Branson, Missouri and can be found speaking at as many Saturday events as his professional and family life will allow. Mark engages his audiences with humor, real-world stories from the trenches, and practical solutions.

Eric Shupps (MVP)

Twitter : @eshupps

Eric Shupps

Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for SharePoint. Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. He is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group and participating member of user groups throughout the United Kingdom. Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at http://www.sharepointcowboy.com.

Jay Simcox

Twitter : @jaysimcox

Jay Simcox

Jay Simcox (MCSE + Security, MCTS 2007/2010, MCITP 2010) is a respected IT Professional, author, speaker and educator with 15 years of Information Technology related experience. For the past 10 years his main focus has been in the SharePoint space. Jay is currently a Senior Consultant with Summit 7 Systems where his background in network and systems administration, SharePoint architecture, administration, end user support and training are utilized by government agencies seeking to make better use of the tools they are provided.

Erica Toelle

Twitter : @etoelle

Erica Toelle

Erica Toelle is a seasoned business consultant and the West Coast Strategic Account Developer for Protiviti. Erica is an internationally recognized speaker on SharePoint, Office 365 and Productivity, sharing best practices and experience with practitioners through conference sessions, workshops, webinars and online publications. Erica has been helping customers with SharePoint since 2014, and has been hired as an expert by over 30 of the Fortune 500, the SharePoint Product Team, and Microsoft IT.

JD Wade

Twitter : @jdwade

JD Wade

JD Wade has been providing solutions using various Microsoft products in the St. Louis area for over 15 years. J.D.’s expertise is the architecture, design, deployment, and troubleshooting of SharePoint as well as interfacing with the surrounding technologies (directory services, e-mail, load balancers, DNS, SQL, WAN accelerators, etc.). J.D. has worked on the deployment of several large corporate intranet, extranet, and public-facing sites.

Kristopher Wagner (MVP)

Twitter : @sharepointkris

Kristopher Wagner

Kris Wagner, Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP, MCITP, MCTS is a Practice Mangers for Tahoe Partners in charge of the Cloud Platforms Team. Kris focuses primarily on Azure and Office 365; his roots are deeply embedded in security infrastructure technologies using + Azure, SharePoint and Office 365.

Kris is an author, IT Pro, Microsoft evangelist, speaker, and blogger. He is also the founder of SharePoint Saturday Chicago, The SharePoint Road Show, The Office 365 Users Group, The Chicago SharePoint Developer Users Group & the new Cloud Platforms UG. Kris lives in Chicago and you can find him on his blog sharepointkris.com or on twitter @sharepointkris.

John P. White (MVP)

Twitter : @diverdown1964

John P White

John P White is the Chief Technical Officer at UnlimitedViz Inc. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Guelph and is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP. He is currently focused on the Microsoft SharePoint and BI platforms and remains current with both platforms. He is a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences, and he blogs as actively as possible at. John lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is the father of 3 boys, is an avid scuba diver, and a budding photographer, both under and above the water. Samples of his work can be found at http://www.flickr.com/wpages.

Rob Windsor (MVP)

Twitter : @robwindsor

Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor is a Lead SharePoint Consultant with Portal Solutions – a Microsoft Gold Partner based in DC and Boston. He has twenty years experience developing rich-client and web applications with Delphi, VB, C# and VB.NET and is currently spending a majority of his time working with SharePoint. Rob is a regular speaker at conferences, code camps, and user groups across North America and Europe. He regularly contributes articles and videos to MSDN, TechNet, and the Pluralsight On-Demand library and is the co-author of Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 for Wrox. Rob is the founder and past-president of the North Toronto .NET User Group and has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his involvement in the developer community.

Miguel Wood (MCM)

Twitter : @miguelwood

Miguel Wood

Miguel is the Director, Central Region and Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect for Planet Technologies, a National Systems Integrator (NSI) and Gold Certified Partner of Microsoft. Previously, he served as President and CEO of TekFocus, also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Miguel’s background includes consulting and mentoring organizations to better utilize technology to improve business processes. Miguel holds numerous Microsoft and industry certifications, including the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) in SharePoint (Charter) and being one of the first in the world to earn the prestigious Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SharePoint 2010. He has had the opportunity to train Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and product support roles within Microsoft around the world on various products and technologies in the Microsoft stack. His areas of focus include Azure, SQL Server, Identity Management, Security, .NET programming, and, of course, all released versions of SharePoint. Because of his broad and deep understanding of enterprise technologies, Miguel co-authored the Microsoft Press book, Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions. Prior to his current positions, Miguel worked as a consultant for Sapient Corporation. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU), majoring in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering and is also a member of the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity. He has been stationed and travelled around the world while being raised and serving himself in the United States Army for over five years as an Airborne Infantryman (Paratrooper). He resides in Dallas with his wife and two sons and enjoys singing rock music and SCUBA diving in his limited spare time.