Speakers

Chris Johnson (Keynote)

Twitter : @loungeflyz

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is an avid developer, speaker, author and is a Group Product Manager on the Office 365 team at Microsoft in Redmond where he leads a team focused on making Office 365, SharePoint and Office a great place for ISVs and developers to build solutions and applications.

Chris moved to Redmond from New Zealand in 2007 to work on the software engineering team on the SharePoint 2010 release. Chris’ background is in Microsoft software development and enjoys all things technical. He is a speaker at numerous conferences around the world such as Tech.Ed, the SharePoint Conference, PDC, SharePoint Best Practices Conference, SharePoint Evolution and many smaller community events. Chris co-authored “Beginning SharePoint 2013 development” for Wrox in 2013, holds a Bachelor of Computer Science & enjoys throwing himself out of perfectly good airplanes from time to time.

Steve Smith (MVP – Keynote)

Twitter : @SteveSmithCK

Steve Smith

Steve is the owner of Combined Knowledge an 11 year old global Education, Support and Adoption company around SharePoint and collaboration products. Steve has been around IT and Microsoft products for far too long and has followed the transformation of SharePoint from its earliest days to the new mix of Cloud / Hybrid and On Premises deployments and is looking forward to visiting Branson to share his insights and experience. http://combined-knowledge.com

Brian Alderman

Twitter : @brianalderman

Brian Alderman

Brian has been focused on helping IT Pros and Database Administrators (DBAs) better understand core Microsoft technologies for over 25 years. As an industry-recognized consultant, author and conference speaker, Brian’s expertise and designs range across Microsoft operating systems; SharePoint, SQL Server, and Active Directory. A frequent presenter at SharePoint Conferences around the world, he has authored or contributed to several SharePoint, SQL Server, and other technical books, and is 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.

Becky Bertram (MVP)

Twitter : @beckybertram

Becky Bertram

Becky is the owner of Savvy Technical Solutions, a SharePoint consulting firm based in St. Louis. A Microsoft alumnus, Becky has over 15 years of consulting experience. She not only has numerous Microsoft certifications, but she also has been named a Microsoft SharePoint MVP 5 years in a row. Becky has helped author several Microsoft exams and is co-author of the book Wrox SharePoint Six-in-One. You can frequently find Becky teaching SharePoint class at Washington University, or speaking at SharePoint user groups and conferences around the country. You can read Becky’s blog at http://www.savtechsol.com/Education/BeckysBlog or follow her on Twitter at @beckybertram.

Tamara Bredemus

Twitter : @tamarabred

Tamara Bredemus

Tamara Bredemus is a SharePoint Consultant with RBA, Inc., where her experience working with SharePoint, SharePoint Designer and InfoPath helps clients get the most out of their SharePoint deployment. Prior to consulting at RBA, Inc., Tamara used her teaching skills as a Senior Technical Instructor with Mindsharp, process improvement skills as a Promotion Analyst at Best Buy Dotcom, and her leadership skills as the Operations Supervisor of Sunset Environmental.

Michelle Caldwell

Twitter : @shellecaldwell

Michelle Caldwell

Michelle is a SharePoint Solutions Architect and Director of Collaboration at Avanade. She has over 16 years of experience delivering business solutions to diverse organizations. For the past nine years, she has focused on delivering enterprise SharePoint solutions across multiple industries while leading teams that have won outstanding achievements in Web Development. She is a founding member and President of the Columbus, Ohio SharePoint User Group (BuckeyeSPUG) and actively shares her real-world experience through her blog www.shellecaldwell.com and conferences across North America. She also sits on the board of two Columbus, Ohio non-profits in support of her local technology community.

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 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a degree in Sports Medicine and then attaining a Masters in Instructional Design from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and founded High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect.

Victor Chataboon

Twitter : @Victor_Chat

Victor Chataboon

A SharePoint MCTS with over 20 years of IT Enterprise experience with backgrounds in support, training, administration and architecture in various business industries. IT industry experiences include end user, support, training, administration and infrastructure architecture and implementation. Active in the SharePoint community with the Houston SharePoint User Group (H-SPUG). Founder and past organizer for the SharePoint Saturday Houston events. A Director of the Houston Cloud Computing User Group. Advisor for the SPS Events. Supporting other user groups and technical communities across the US in their formation and mentoring of user groups and events.

Liam Cleary (MVP)

Twitter : @helloitsliam

Liam Cleary

Over 13 years ago Liam started his IT Career, he now works as a Solution Architect for Protiviti in Virginia. His core focus is to ensure that SharePoint can either natively or with minimal customization meet the business requirement. He is also an eight time SharePoint MVP focusing on Architecture but also crosses the boundary into Development. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice or just spending time in the community or teaching his kids how to code, raspberry PI programming, hacking the planet and building Lego robots.

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

Roy Donaldson

Twitter : @k2onk2

Roy Donaldson

Roy Donaldson is a Technical Specialist for K2, a leading Business Process Management (BPM) vendor and Managed Gold Partner within the Microsoft platform. Roy has over 6 years of experience architecting and developing enterprise solutions in both the federal and commercial sectors. Prior to joining K2, his primary focus was on providing geospatial and security-driven web applications on the Microsoft platform. At K2, he advises clients on creating more efficient and transparent organizations through effective Business Process Automation and Business Process Reengineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Florida State University.

Thomas Duff

Twitter : @duffbert

Thomas Duff

Thomas Duff (aka “Duffbert”) works for a large health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, and has 20 years of experience working with and developing applications with collaborative technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus Notes. He works closely with the business customers, translating their needs and ideas into technology solutions, filtering them from the “techno-speak” that often creates barriers between business and IT areas. He is a two-time published author on instant messaging technologies, and has written a large number of articles for various technology publications. He’s also spoken at international user group gatherings and large conferences, the most recent being SP24, the 24-hour virtual online SharePoint Conference in April of 2014.

Theresa Eller

Twitter : @SharePointMadam

Theresa Eller

Theresa Eller is a Houston-based SharePoint analyst, speaker, and blogger with experience in SharePoint implementation, administration, support, and training. Prior to following her passion for SharePoint, Theresa spent 11 years as a corporate trainer and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She is also a member of Toastmasters International and serves as the speaker chair for the Houston SharePoint User Group. In addition to attending SharePoint events, Theresa enjoys cooking, bowling, and roller skating.

John Ferringer

Twitter : @ferringer

John Ferringer

John is a SharePoint IT Professional with over ten years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent over sixteen years working in the information technology consulting industry. He has worked with Microsoft Online Services (MSO) since 2008 and is a Microsoft Delta Force Ranger for Office 365. John co-authored the “SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide” in September, 2010 (http://tinyurl.com/SPDR2010book) and the “SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide” in January, 2009 (http://www.tinyurl.com/SPDRbook). He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) for several Microsoft server products and platforms, including SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013, System Center Operations Manager 2007, and Hyper-V Server.

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 is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution.
Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture.” He lives in Toronto and can be found on Tuesday nights in the summer racing his 24’ sailboat “In the Groove.” Ruven’s blog is at spinsiders.com/ruveng.

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.

Sarah Haase

Twitter : @sarahhaase

Sarah Haase

Sarah Haase is an information architect and corporate librarian with more than 15 years of knowledge management, technical writing, and business process re-engineering experience. From building wikis and other online knowledge bases to supporting content management system implementations, Sarah has focused on using technology to enable efficient information storage/retrieval. Her SharePoint specialties include user adoption, governance, business process automation and documenting SharePoint’s Return On Investment (ROI). To date, these efforts have netted more than $1 million in annual cost savings.

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 ten years, and heavily involved with SharePoint for six 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 SharePoint Saturdays, Global SharePoint users group, and educational code camps to President and Co-Founder of the Baltimore SharePoint Users group. Eric also does many speaking events revolving around SharePoint. Topics range from SharePoint Development, InfoPath development tricks and gotchas to basic SharePoint sessions for the end user.

Mike Henthorn

Twitter: @mhenthorn

Mike Henthorn

Mike Henthorn is a Consultant at Covenant Technology Partners specializing in SharePoint Architecture. With primary focus on designing and implementing new environments, he also focuses heavily on upgrades and migrations to SharePoint and Office 365. Mike has worked for more than fifteen years in the Information Technology field; working with SharePoint since 2005 where he started with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 (WSS) and SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Mike holds Certifications in SharePoint 2013, 2010, & 2007. When not working you can find Mike hanging with his family, 4 wonderful children and wife of 23 years. You can follow him on his blog at http://mhenthorn.blogspot.com and also on Twitter at @mhenthorn.

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.

Jim Bob Howard

Twitter : @jbhoward

Jim Bob Howard

Jim Bob Howard is first a husband and father. For fun, he gets to go to work and play with SharePoint. Jim Bob has invested almost 20 years in software development and website management for companies of all sizes. For the last 5 years, he has applied his expertise to SharePoint UX/UI Development, which he currently does as part of the Planet Technologies Team in the DC area.

Sandra Mahan

Twitter : @smahan14

Sandra Mahan

Sandra Mahan has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources including staffing, analytics, employee relations, and benefits but her passion lies in the technology-side of the industry. She is now the SharePoint Team Lead at the company she works for and is looked to as a resource by many departments to provide quick, user-friendly applications utilizing SharePoint 2010 and InfoPath 2010.  She has spoken at SharePoint Saturdays in Branson, MO and Redmond, WA. In addition, the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London, SharePoint Live! 360 in Orlando, FL and SP24 (The 24-hour SharePoint Conference online).

Jennifer Ann Mason (MVP)

Twitter : @jennifermason

Jennifer Ann Mason

As a SharePoint Server MVP, Jennifer has spent the last several years consulting others on best practices for implementing business solutions using SharePoint technologies. She is passionate about SharePoint and loves using out-of-the-box features to bring immediate ROI to her clients. She has worked with a range of companies, leading teams responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of SharePoint environments. When she isn’t riding the slide at her new company, Rackspace Hosting, Jennifer focuses on strategy, planning, governance and sharing her knowledge with the SharePoint community. After a recent move to the Lone Star State from Ohio, where she was a founding member of the Columbus, Ohio SharePoint Users group, Jennifer is learning how to be a true Texan, cowboy boots and all.

Sean McDonough

Twitter : @spmcdonough

Sean McDonough

Sean is the “Lead Bitsmith” and owner of Bitstream Foundry, a software and custom-development company based in Cincinnati. Sean has been developing software and crafting solutions for more than two decades, and he has focused on Microsoft’s SharePoint platform since 2004. Sean possesses a somewhat eclectic set of SharePoint 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 SharePoint conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. He can be reached through his blog, SharePointInterface.com.

Naomi Moneypenny

Twitter : @nmoneypenny

Naomi Moneypenny

Naomi Moneypenny is CTO at Synxi (a ManyWorlds brand) where she leads the development team for the adaptive recommendations & learning engine for SharePoint and other social business systems such as Yammer and Tibbr. Previously, Naomi was a business and IT strategist at Shell working on technology forecasting and collaboration. She has a Masters degree in Astrophysics as well as graduating in executive programs in strategy and M&A from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She holds over 30 patents in the area of adaptive systems and machine learning and is a well-known speaker internationally, and in 2014 she was recognized as one of the Top 25 SharePoint Influencers. Follow her on twitter @nmoneypenny and her blog is http://naomimoneypenny.com

Brad Orluk

Twitter : @bradorluk

Brad is a Nintex Technical Evangelist with over 10 years of IT architecture, administration and sales experience. As an Information Architect at a Fortune 500, he has worked on business and IT process improvement and automation on a variety of real world global projects and productivity initiatives. Brad’s unique technical, yet business focused, background gives him the ability to help users leverage their SharePoint investments to drive value and increase adoption across their businesses

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

Twitter : @mrackley

Mark Rackley

Mark is a Senior Consultant for CapSpire, LLC with more than 19 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 SharePoint Saturday Ozarks 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. For more information, read his blog at www.SharePointHillbilly.com.

Corey Roth (MVP)

Twitter : @coreyroth

Corey Roth

Corey Roth is an independent SharePoint consultant specializing in solutions in the Oil & Gas Industry.  Corey is a four-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in SharePoint Server.  Corey has always focused on rapid adoption of new Microsoft technologies including SharePoint 2013, Office 365, and  Visual Studio 2013.  When it comes to SharePoint, he specializes in ECM, Enterprise Search, and Apps.  As an active member of the SharePoint community, he often speaks at conferences, events, and user groups.   Corey has a blog at (www.dotnetmafia.com) where he posts about the latest technology and SharePoint.  Corey is a member of the board for the Houston SharePoint Users Group. He has also recently founded an App development company called SP2 (www.sp2apps.com), specializing in apps for SharePoint 2013.

Scott Shearer

Twitter : @scottjshearer

Scott Shearer

Scott Shearer is a SharePoint evangelist and developer with Haystax Technology (formerly FlexPoint Technology) in Reston, VA. Scott has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry implementing Microsoft products and technologies. He has held positions ranging from systems administrator to developer to trainer. Scott has held the MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and MCT certifications. Currently, he is a SharePoint consultant providing innovative and cost effective solutions leveraging out of the box functionality. Scott is also known for mentoring and training site collection administrators and frequently conducts SharePoint overview sessions for end users. He is a frequent SharePoint Saturday speaker including events in DC, Louisville, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New York City and Chicago. Scott will be speaking in April 2014 at SPTechCon in San Francisco and has been published on NothingButSharePoint.com

Eric Shupps (MVP)

Twitter : @eshupps

Eric Shupps

Eric is a SharePoint Server MVP, and the founder and president of BinaryWave, a global provider of SharePoint managed services. Eric has worked with SharePoint products and technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. He is also a sponsor of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group, participating member of the U.K. SharePoint User Group, and president of the International SharePoint Professionals Association.
Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user groups and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at www.sharepointcowboy.com.

Jay Simcox

Twitter : @jaysimcox

Jay Simcox

Jay is a Senior Consultant at Summit 7 Systems based in Huntsville, AL. He has been designing, implementing and managing SharePoint solutions for customers in the Federal, State and Local Government sectors since the dark, lonely days of SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003. Jay is an avid speaker, trainer, educator, incredibly poor golfer and a co-author of the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Pocket Guide. He speaks when the opportunity presents itself and thrives on sharing his knowledge and experience.

Rick Taylor

Twitter : @slkrck

Rick Taylor

Rick is a SharePoint architect and has assisted numerous, large companies in their implementations including the US Air Force, Charles Schwab, and Nestle. He is a published author, co-author, and contributing author.  Rick worked for Microsoft on the Platform Engineering Team for BPOS, and is now a Senior Technical Architect for Perficient.  Rick is based in Phoenix, AZ and is an avid Triathlete (Clydesdale class), enjoys playing chess and is active in the Boy Scouts of America

Jeremy Thake (Microsoft Speaker)

Twitter : @jthake

Jeremy Thake

Jeremy is a newly appointed Technical Product Manager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 development. Previously he worked at AvePoint Inc, a large ISV as the Chief Architect shipping two Apps to the Office Store. He has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community since 2006 and was awarded the SharePoint MVP award 4 years in a row before retiring the title to move to Microsoft.

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.

Steve Walker

Twitter : @sharepointing

Steve Walker

Steve Walker is a Senior Program Manager on the Office365 Customer Adoption Team focusing on developer extensibility and application development scenarios. Steve has years of experience developing on SharePoint as well as leading teams developing enterprise solutions on the platform. Come hear from a SharePointer who has developed full trust/farm solutions for some of the largest organizations on the world and is now working to ensure that those solutions will have a path forward to the new app model.

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 2012 and .NET 4.5 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 Specialist (PSS) roles within Microsoft around the world on various products and technologies in the Microsoft stack. His areas of focus include SQL Server, .NET programming, Security, Windows Server, 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 in his limited spare time.

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