Microsoft Speakers

Bill Baer

Bill Baer (KEY100)

Bill Baer is a Senior Product Marketing Manager and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint in the SharePoint product group in Redmond, Washington; having previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer has a proven background in infrastructure engineering and enterprise deployments of SharePoint Products and Technologies.

While at Hewlett-Packard Bill Baer was awarded the MVP award for his contributions in the Technology Solutions Group, now known as HP Enterprise Business, which encompasses server and storage hardware, technology consulting, and software sales. In addition Bill Baer has deep industry experience having worked for Apple Inc., First Data Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft Corporation.
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Chris McNulty

Chris McNulty (WS105, WS604, PWR205)

Chris McNulty is a Sr. Product Manager for SharePoint and Office 365 at Microsoft. Chris’s experience as CTO includes companies as diverse as Dell Software/Quest, and Cryptzone/HiSoftware. He was first recognized as a SharePoint MVP in 2013, and led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner. A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other works. He also blogs athttp://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog Recently, he was recognized at the Ignite Conference as one of the Top 25 Office 365 Influencers in the community today. Chris holds an MBA from Boston College in Investment Management and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander.

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Jared Shockley (SIA102SIA204)

Jared Shockley is a 21 year veteran of the IT field working with both small business to large enterprise companies. As of January 2014, he rejoined Microsoft IT in Service Engineering building and improving on-prem SharePoint services as a Senior Service Engineer and later added the role of Service Owner. Prior to this return, his diverse career included delivering IT operations and solutions to mid-size healthcare organization, data center operations, business and systems consulting, web development, and enterprise-focused IT operations management. His areas of knowledge and experience center around web and data systems primarily with IIS, ASP.Net, SharePoint, and SQL Server. Lately, he has been adding Azure cloud services to his repertoire. Along with his role with Service Engineering, he regularly speaks with Microsoft internal employees and customers on the subject of SharePoint Best Practices through the IT Showcase team.
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Featured SharePoint & Office 365 Community Speakers

Brian Alderman

Brian Alderman, MVP MCT (WS401, SIA103SIA202)

Brian Alderman is a Microsoft MVP, and since 1995, he has held several Microsoft certifications that currently include; MCT, MCSE for SharePoint, MCSA for Office 365, MCITP for SQL Server(R), MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server(R), and also his PMP certification. As a Senior Technical Instructor and Consultant he has 30 years of experience in networking, SQL Server databases, SharePoint technologies, and project management. Brian's publications include Windows 2000 Professional, SQL Server 2000 Administration, SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday's, SPLive, DevIntersection, SharePoint Fest, Microsoft Ignite and several international SharePoint conferences including London, Milan, and Madrid. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world.

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Christian Buckley, MVP (ECM102, PWR204)

Christian is a 6-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized collaboration expert, consulting CMO and researcher, and founder of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to CollabTalk, Christian served as a Chief Marketing Officer (Beezy), Chief Evangelist (Axceler and Metalogix), and was part of the Microsoft team that launched SharePoint Online (now part of Office 365). During his career, he has worked with some of the world’s largest technology companies to build and deploy social, collaboration, and supply chain solutions, and sold the software startup he co-founded to Rational Software in 2001. Co-author of books on both SharePoint and software configuration management, Christian is one of the most widely published names within the Microsoft ecosystem, and can be found online at www.buckleyplanet.com  and @buckleyplanet.

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Michelle Caldwell, MVP, Microsoft Regional Director (SPT102SPT200)

Michelle is a SharePoint Solutions Architect and Director of Collaboration at Avanade. She is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director and 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.

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Virgil Carroll, MCT (SRC104SRC204)

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.

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Peter Carson, MVP (BV104, SPT204

Peter is President of Envision IT, a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, and a Partner Seller with Microsoft Canada. Leading his team at Envision IT in the use and deep customization of SharePoint since 2001, he is also the VP of the Toronto SharePoint Users Group and Past President of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners – Canadian Chapter. He is well recognized as an evangelist in the SharePoint community, speaking regularly at SharePoint user group meetings, conferences, Microsoft events such as SharePoint Conference, Tech Days, Convergence, and local universities.

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Vlad Catrinescu, MVP (WS102, WS501, OFF103SIA201)

Vlad is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant specializing in SharePoint and SharePoint Online deployments as well as hybrid scenarios. As a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer and recognized international speaker, Vlad has helped thousands of users and IT Pros across the globe to better understand and to get the most out of SharePoint.

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Stacy Deere-Strole, MVP Author (WS203, WS303, SIA101SPT201)

Stacy Deere-Strole is the Owner of Focal Point Solutions LLC, a Cincinnati, OH based company that provides SharePoint Solutions for the Enterprise in the mid-to-large market. Previously, Stacy led a rapidly growing SharePoint practice where she engaged in a wide range of consulting projects across various industries. With nearly 18 years of experience in the IT Industry, Stacy has mainly focused on Collaboration Solutions such as IBM’s Lotus Notes\Domino and Microsoft’s Messaging and Collaboration Solutions including deployments and SharePoint upgrades. Stacy is actively sharing her real world expertise through authoring in the blog http://www.spmindmelt.focalpointsolutions.co, http://www.sharepointeurope.com/blog, http://infogovcon.com/ and speaking at various SharePoint Saturday's, Information Governance Conference, SPTechCon and User Group events. She also co-authored two books called SharePoint 2013 and 2010 Using Managed Metadata.

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Stephanie Donahue, MVP (WS202, ECM101OFF202)

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
 

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David Drever, MVP (PWR104PWR203)

David humbly considers himself a SharePoint JoAT (Jack of All Trades). He is a Senior SharePoint Consultant and an Office Servers and Services MVP. Over the last 16 years David has worked in a wide variety of areas in IT ranging from Desktop\Server support to developing in C++ and .NET technologies. For over the last 6 years David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint space. He has helped stand up multiple Enterprise SharePoint environments as well as designed and built numerous SharePoint solutions. David recently worked with a client to implement a SharePoint 2013 environment that integrated with OpenText Content Server.

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Kim Frehe (WF101ECM202)

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.

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Max Fritz (SIA106)

Max is an Office 365 and Azure Consultant at Now Micro, Inc. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with Office 365 and SharePoint for the past six years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and can't stop talking about the technology he loves. Max is the founder and leader of the Minnesota Office 365 User Group, and holds MCSA and MCSE Microsoft certifications. Max can be found speaking at SharePoint and Office 365 conferences all over the country.

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Treb Gatte, MVP (WS104BI103BI203)

Treb Gatte is the Managing Partner at Tumble Road, where using his techniques, he’s helped well-known companies like Wells Fargo, Starbucks and Tory Burch achieve project management success. He is an internationally recognized Project Management expert and a Microsoft MVP. He’s used his Project and SharePoint expertise to author two books on the software. Treb is also a CIO Magazine contributor where he writes the Effective Enterprise blog.

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Bob German (DEV101, WF201)

Bob German is Principal Architect at BlueMetal Architects, where he leads SharePoint architecture and development engagements for enterprise customers. Bob has been developing on the SharePoint platform since it was called “Site Server”, and is a Microsoft MVP for Office Development and Office Services and Servers. Over the last few years, Bob has demonstrated "future-proof" client side solutions that allow code reuse from legacy SharePoint to the Add-in model and the forthcoming SharePoint Framework. Prior to joining BlueMetal, Bob was an architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Boston, MA; he also worked for Microsoft Consulting Services building and performance tuning web sites and other networking solutions.

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Susan Hanley, MVP MBA Author (WS402BV101, BV201)

Sue Hanley is an independent consultant and Office 365 MVP specializing in the "people side" of collaboration and knowledge management solutions. She is the co-author of three popular SharePoint books that focus on business challenges - Essential SharePoint 2007, Essential SharePoint 2010, and Essential SharePoint 2013: Practical Guidance for Measurable Business Results. She also writes the Essential SharePoint blog for NetworkWorld at http://www.networkworld.com/blog/essential-sharepoint. Her areas of expertise include strategy, information architecture, user adoption, governance and business value metrics. Immediately prior to establishing her own consulting practice, Sue led the Portals, Collaboration, and Content Management practice for Dell Professional Services.

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Doug Hemminger, MVP (SIA104, DEV201)

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 and Office 365, Doug is adept at seeing the bigger picture, recognizing how a particular software solution meets an organization's larger goals. Doug not only works to continuously expand his development and technical SharePoint and Office 365 knowledge, but he also actively participates, both as a learner and an educator, in the broader technical community, speaking at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, and conferences around the country.

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William Huneycutt (PWR106, WF202)

William Huneycutt is a SharePoint and Office 365 instructor, courseware developer, and consultant specializing in business process automation and workflow. With more than ten years experience as a professional educator, he has spent the past six years working with ASPE-IT in their training division as a SharePoint specialist. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Professional. He also holds certifications as a MCTS and MCITP for SharePoint.
As a member of ASPE’s training division he has taught over 200 classes, across fifteen courseware tracks, ranging from SharePoint End User to Power User to Administration, as well as Project Management and Business Intelligence. In addition, he developed the ASPE-IT course SharePoint for Business Process Automation, a course centered on out-of-the-box solutions for enterprise content management, form services, business automation processes through workflows, and business intelligence. William focuses on out-of-the-box, no code solutions to maximize SharePoint capabilities for automating business processes.
William currently serves on the advisory board for the SharePoint Institute, an organization dedicated to the advancement of professionals through real-world SharePoint certification. He also serves on the leadership committee of the Charlotte Area SharePoint User Group.

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Kanwal Khipple, MVP (SPT103, OFF203)

Kanwal Khipple is the CEO and Co-Founder of 2toLead, a one of a kind consulting services firm. Kanwal is a thought leader within the SharePoint industry, experienced in building engaging and award winning solutions; most recently awarded Nielsen Norman award for the Top 10 Intranets for 2014 & 2015. He continues to push for innovation and disruption in tackling business problems by leveraging the right blend of design and technology. Kanwal has been recognized as a SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft for the past five years (2009 to 2014) and most recently as an Office 365 MVP (2015-2016). ​
 

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Joanne Klein (SRC103, OFF204)

Joanne is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant who attributes her professional success to sharing her passion, technical expertise and real-world SharePoint and O365 experience with organizations. She’s spent the past decade working with SharePoint versions 2007 thru 2013 as well as SharePoint Online in O365. Her specialties include O365 adoption, SharePoint information architecture, search and solution design which allows her to help organizations get the most out of their SharePoint/O365 investments. Joanne is on the leadership team for the Saskatchewan SharePoint/O365 User Group and is an avid supporter of the Microsoft technical communities at large.

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Luc Labelle, MVP (PWR100BV203)

Luc Labelle has been working in IT for the past 15 years. With close to a decade of experience as a consultant, playing different roles, he's been involved in countless SharePoint and office 365 projects. The context of intervention he has worked in has allowed him to recognize how to avoid pitfalls when it comes down to deploying SharePoint from both business and technical perspectives. Passionate about IT, since 2014 he founded his own consulting firm, Kabesa. He is involved in the SharePoint and Power BI communities of Montreal and participates as often as possible in the various events of the community, both as organizer and as a speaker. Newly named MVP Office Servers and Services, he has delivered dozens of sessions in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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Adam Levithan, MVP  (ECM204)

Adam is a Senior of Product Management of Secure Collaboration at Exostar and a Microsoft MVP advocating for collaboration by connecting business needs with the right technology. Prior to Exostar, Adam was a Product Manager for Migration at a marketing leading ISV and a Practice Lead for Office 365 in a cutting edge Microsoft Consulting firm. Over the last decade Adam has been responsible for moving customers to the cloud, designing and implementing information architecture (SharePoint Farm and content) and increasing user adoption. Adam is an ongoing member of the SharePoint Saturday DC coordinating committee and active speaker at many national events.

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Mike Maadarani (SRC105, SRC203)

Mike Maadarani is a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP, and a SharePoint Architect who has been providing strategic SharePoint solutions for the past 14 years. With over 20 years of IT industry experience, Mike spent the last few years managing and delivering SharePoint solutions to a wide range of mid to large scale projects. He is an evangelist and visionary where he can and provide the business and technical leadership required for delivering successful global SharePoint projects. Mike is a Search and ECM expert and has deployed large SharePoint ECM and Collaboration implementations in North America.

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Sean McDonough, MVP (WS502, WS602, SIA105, SPT202)

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer for Bitstream Foundry, a Cincinnati-based provider of SharePoint solutions, services, and consulting. Microsoft certified MCP, MCTS, and MCPD, Sean has over two decades of experience developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems. Unable to take anything except the deep dive into any role, Sean has acquired a diverse and expansive skill set as consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist through the years. Some might label his passion for all things tech related as borderline 'obsession', but it is equal only to his desire to share those discoveries and experiences with others as author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. Sean is also a Microsoft MVP in both the Office Development and the Office Servers and Services categories. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or on Twitter (@spmcdonough)

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Eric Overfield, MVP, RD, Author (DEV100, SPT104)

Eric Overfield is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director and a leading expert in SharePoint Development and User Interface design. Mr. Overfield, President and co-founder of PixelMill, has over 18 years experience with web design best practices and techniques, and over 12 years experience with SharePoint branding. Besides his in-depth knowledge of SharePoint’s branding capabilities, his expertise includes general SharePoint technology, design and architecture along with custom coded web parts, solutions, JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. He is a co-author of Pro SharePoint 2013 Branding and Responsive Web Development (Apress 2013) and Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint (EUSP Press 2013). An engaged speaker and organizer of SharePoint events as well as an active blogger (ericoverfield.com), he discusses all things SharePoint Branding and UI Design.

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Gokan Ozcifci, Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, MCT (WS102, WS501, BV103SIA203)

Gokan is an independent SharePoint and Office365 consultant for Neoxy where he assists customers with building innovative, intelligent and responsive cloud driven solutions. With the Mobile first, Cloud first ideology, his is to empower every person and organization to do more with the Microsoft cloud and the ecosystem is perfectly aligned to accelerate this. Creativity, automation and perspectives is what he loves the most when using the Microsoft cloud, so every customer can be more agile, responsive and competitive. Gokan is a frequent –and funny conference speaker. He presented at numerous national and international conferences - and is actively involved in the European as American conferences: Microsoft Techdays, Microsoft Experiences, European SharePoint Conferences, SharePoint Days and SharePoint Fest are a few major ones.
 
A proud author of books that reached the half million of downloads and founder of several communities, Gokan is a real community warrior. Due to his active contributions in these domains, he has been honoured with Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Additionally, he is an active Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a Microsoft Regional Lead for all MCTs in Belgium.

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Wes Preston, MVP Author (PWR103, PWR201)

Wes is an independent consultant based in Minneapolis, MN and works primarily as a SharePoint platform evangelist, product specialist and solution designer. Wes assists organizations through roadmap development, planning and governance, and alignment of business needs with out of the box SharePoint platform capabilities. Wes has been a developer, IT Pro, consultant, and technology evangelist for over 15 yrs. He was an organizer and frequent speaker at the Minnesota SharePoint User Group (MNSPUG) for over 4 yrs and is now a board member for SharePoint Saturday - Twin Cities events. Wes has been a contributing author to two books: - "Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects (Microsoft Press, 2012)" - "SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One (Wrox, 2011)". Wes maintains a blog at http://www.idubbs.com/blog.

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Asif Rehmani, MVP Author (OFF101, PWR102

​Asif has been training, consulting and mentoring on primarily Microsoft SharePoint technologies since 2002. He has been awarded SharePoint Server MVP for 9 consecutive years - since 2007. Asif provides online and in-person SharePoint training publicly and in private workshops. In addition to mentoring, Asif also is the CEO of VisualSP (http://www.visualsp.com) which provides a context sensitive help system for SharePoint end users.   Asif has authored several books over the years. He is the author of "SharePoint 2013 - First Look for Power Users". He is also the co-author of the books "Professional SharePoint Designer 2007", "Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010" and "Real World SharePoint 2010" by Wrox publications . Asif has been a speaker at conferences since 2006 on numerous SharePoint topics. His speaking engagements has taken him to several places around the world such as USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and more at which he has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft's TechEd, Ignite, SharePoint Conference, SPTechCon, SharePoint Connections, SharePoint Fest, Evolutions, Best Practices Conference, SharePoint Saturdays, SharePoint Roadshows and more.   For a more detailed bio, please visit http://www.visualsp.com/about You can reach Asif at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Knut Relbe-Moe, MCT MVP P-TSP (WS603, BI104, OFF205)

Knut was awarded the Microsoft® Office Server and Services MVP Award for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Knut is a Microsoft® Office Server & Services MVP, Nintex vTE, conference speaker, and blogger. He is the founder and CTO at Knowledge People, and he works as Product Evangelist and Partner Manager for Valo, a company that delivers a key ready Intranet in a box solution to SharePoint. Knut is MCSE SharePoint, MCSA Office 365, and MCT. He delivers both engaging keynotes and highly technical sessions (level 400) on many different subjects in the Office 365 space. His job as an architect is to engage people and companies in evaluating and adopting new technologies as well as running key projects as a consultant. His core competence is to explain complex scenarios and make it understandable by combining technical insight and business value. As a SharePoint enthusiast he is the organizer, program manager, and marketing guy for the SharePoint Saturday in Oslo.

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Eric Riz, MVP Author (WS301, ECM103, BV204)

Eric is the Founder and CEO of Empty Cubicle Inc, a revolutionary HR platform designed to better connect employers with candidates through verified data. Eric is a passionate entrepreneur with an acute focus on strategy and execution. Prior to founding Empty Cubicle in 2014, he held executive roles with Concatenate Inc. and eMark Consulting Ltd., guiding the latter to a successful merger in 2011. As a thought leader, Eric is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant and has delivered keynote speeches and sessions on various business and technology topics around the world. Eric is a regular contributor to many industry journals and newsletters, and sits on the Microsoft Solution Advisory Board. In 2013, Eric received the prestigious Microsoft SharePoint MVP award and holds the accreditation in good standing.

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Tom Robbins, MCT (WS103, ECM105, ECM205)

​Tom Robbins is an industry leading SharePoint Consultant, trainer, and thought leader. Tom has 25+ years working with the Microsoft Enterprise products both as an engineer, technical trainer, and manager. With his unique ability to combine technical knowledge and his experience with counseling and motivational speaking, he is able to create a training environment that makes him a sought after SharePoint Consultant and Trainer. Tom holds the MCTS, MCITP, and MCSE Microsoft Certifications. He has been flying planes since he was 16 years old.

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Paul Schaeflein (DEV104, DEV203)

Paul Schaeflein is a solution architect/developer with experience in all versions of the SharePoint platform. He has more than three decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Paul is a top-rated speaker, having presented at SharePoint Evolutions,the SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference and TechEd conferences, as well as user groups. In recognition of community efforts, Microsoft has awarded Paul as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) six times.

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Ryan Schouten, MCT (WS201, DEV103, DEV202)

​Ryan Schouten has been developing on SharePoint since December of 2006 and has worked with every version of SharePoint since version 2(2003). Since that time Ryan has developed a love and understanding of SharePoint that helps him to be comfortable in SharePoint no matter what area he is working in. This knowledge allows Ryan to discuss complex development and admin concepts in a manner that is easy to understand. Ryan has been working with ZAACT based out of Salt Lake City for over 5 years and loves getting out and connecting with the community.

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Peter Serzo (BI102, BI202)

Peter Serzo (MCSD .Net, MCP, MCTS) is a published author, an organizer of SharePoint Saturday Michigan, speaker at conferences, and works for a large regional bank in Enterprise Applications. Peter has been in the IT industry for 25 years. He has extensive experience with implementing a diverse array of solutions for several enterprise organizations.

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Scott Shearer, MCT (WS503, WS601, WF102, WF204)

Scott Shearer is a SharePoint and Office evangelist and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with Haystax Technology in McLean, 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 is a Microsoft Office 2016 Specialist Master and has held the MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA certifications and provides innovative and cost effective solutions leveraging out of the box SharePoint and Office functionality. He is also known for mentoring and training site collection administrators and end users and is a frequent speaker at SharePoint events around the US. ​

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Paul Stork, MVP MCM MCT MBA Author (ECM104, ECM203)

Paul is a Principal Architect in the Productivity Practice at Blue Chip Consulting Group. He has over 30 years experience working in the information technology industry, and has played key roles in several enterprise SharePoint architectural design review, Intranet deployment, application development, and migration projects. Paul has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last 9 consecutive years and earned his Microsoft Certified SharePoint Masters (MCSM) certification in 2013. His core skills include architecting and customizing SharePoint environments both on-premises and in the cloud. He has significant experience leading SharePoint migration teams, troubleshooting infrastructure issues, and evaluating SharePoint environments for adherence to “Best Practices” and industry standards. He has authored several books and is a frequent contributor to the Microsoft forums.

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Liz Sundet, MVP PMP (WS504, PWR101, PWR202)

Liz was bit by the SharePoint bug in 2007 while working on an ERP project. Since then, she has worked with a variety of SharePoint platforms from 2003-2013 and SharePoint Online. Using tools and techniques from a variety of disciplines including project management, change management, business analysis, training and lean six sigma she works to extend out of the box capabilities to meet business needs. Exciting users thru training and evangelism on all the possibilities of business transformation using SharePoint is a passion.

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Dux Raymond Sy, MVP PMP (WS101OFF104SPT203)

With over 20 years of business & technology management experience, Dux is the CTO of AvePoint Public Sector who has successfully facilitated the development and implementation of various business transformation technology solutions for commercial, educational and public sector organizations worldwide. A sought after trusted advisor, Dux is the author of “SharePoint for Project Management”. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP who has authored various whitepapers, articles and delivered interactive presentations to over 10,000 people in major industry events worldwide. Learn more about Dux at http://meetdux.com and connect with him on http://twitter.com/meetdux

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Richard Toland (WF105SIA205)

Richard Toland is a senior Architect and Developer whose experience spans numerous industries, technologies, and platform disciplines. Primarily focused on Microsoft’s technologies stack, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge in enterprise development, support, governance, systems architecture and business practices encompassing the SharePoint, Azure and Office365 platforms’ endless product offerings. As a community evangelist, Richard continues to share his expertise in SharePoint, Office365, PowerBI, HoloLens, Azure, etc. to educate his colleagues and peers, empowering them to thrive with the skills to implement and support environments of any size, in any industry. 

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Julie Turner, MVP (WS302, DEV105, DEV204)

Julie has been building software on primarily the Microsoft platform for over 20 years. With a degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in microprocessor system design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute she came at software initially from a very low level but quickly realized a love and aptitude for developing rich user experiences and solutions. She worked her way up through internal IT ranks reaching a Director of IT position before realizing more impact could be made in consulting and really focused in on the SharePoint platform in 2007. Since then her focus has been on the SharePoint platform, Office 365, Azure, and client side development. She's the co-author of the Widget Wrangler JavaScript library and continues to try and help innovate SharePoint and Office 365 solutions for her clients. She is a 2017 recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Office Servers and Services.

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Jeff Willinger, MVP (WS304, BV102BV202)

Jeff Willinger is the Vice President of Digital Inspiration at Rightpoint and Microsoft MVP. He is an internationally recognized online influencer, analyst, and expert on all things web collaboration, enterprise social networking, and enterprise IT strategy and has been named one of the top SharePoint, Office 365 personalities in the world. He specializes in advising clients on creating the digital workplace and enterprise software strategies, collaborative intranets and portals, mobile and increasing employee engagement and involvement. With experience spanning more than two decades, he is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in all CMS solutions and is a technology and business evangelist with deep expertise in user experience, information architecture, enterprise content management, and web 2.0 technology strategy. A character with character, he is the President and Founder of the Social Media Club of Chicago, and serves as Executive Vice President for Business Marketing Association.

 

Regional Speakers and Subject Matter Experts (SME)

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Shyamal Addanki, FireStart  (SOL04)

Shyamal has spent most of his career in the Aerospace and Aviation industries, from process management to product innovation management. A common passion across all the teams and divisions he has led has been process management, process improvement, and process automation - which neatly comes together in his current role as the North American Director for FireStart BPM Suite.

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Kris Bennett, Neudesic (SPT205)

Kris Bennett is a Denver native who has spent the past 18 years working with local organizations on their complex and challenging content management and business process issues. As a certified Microsoft professional, Kris works with clients of all sizes and industries to realize best-in-class solutions designed to provide increased efficiencies and a greater competitive advantage. Kris lives in Elizabeth, Colorado with his wife, son, and two dogs.

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David Broussard, Catapult Systems (OFF201)

David C. Broussard, Principal Consultant and Portals and O365 Evangelist, David has been in IT for over 25 years and working with SharePoint for over a decade. His focus has increasingly been on how to drive user adoption and how to focus on business solutions that leverage platforms to their full capability while delivering a thoughtful experience to end users.

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Tim Hagan, Trinidad Benham Corporation (SOL07)

Tim Hagan is the Director of Information Technology at Trinidad Benham Corporation and has been a senior IT leader since 1997. He believes IT is not the cost of doing business, but rather, adds value to the organization and should be a strategic partner. Tim received his BS in computer science from Purdue University and an AAS in digital electronics from Indiana Vocational Technical College. He started his career at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, earning his journeyman’s card as an electronic technician, and then moving into IT as a developer/analyst. Tim eventually moved into IT management and in 2000 moved to a director’s position in the public sector in the Lake Tahoe area. He left Tahoe after 12 plus years and moved to Denver where he joined the Trinidad Benham team. Tim and his wife Deb enjoy the outdoors and currently reside in the Parker, CO area.
 

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Mahdi Hamdi, LiveTiles (SOL09)

Mahdi is a UX/UI Millennial expert with an extensive experience driving business growth through innovation and experience.
 

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Sigalit Hassid, CardioLog Analytics (SOL06)

Sigalit Hassid the Director of Product Management at Intlock – developer of CardioLog Analytics for SharePoint and Office 365. She brings over 17 years of vast experience in the software industry, delivering solutions to large enterprise organizations as well as small businesses. Sigalit is passionate about helping organizations leverage analytics with a focus on adoption, migration, usage, search, governance, and more.

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Chris Johnson, Hyperfish (DEV102)

Chris is an avid developer, speaker, author and is Co-Founder and CTO at Hyperfish. Prior to Hyperfish Chris was a Group Product Manager on the Office 365 team at Microsoft in Redmond where he led the Developer Relations and ISV Ecosystem team. Chris is from New Zealand and moved to the USA in 2007 with Microsoft where he worked in various roles in the SharePoint and Office 365 teams. Chris’ background is in software development and enjoys all things technical. He is a speaker at numerous conferences around the world such as Microsoft Ignite, Tech.Ed, the SharePoint Conference 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.

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Jakob Maciolek, Hyperfish (SOL01)

Jakob is the Vice President of Sales at Hyperfish. Jakob has worked exclusively in the SharePoint ecosystem for 10 years, across multiple continents. Following on from his roles as VP of Sales Americas and VP of Technical Evangelism at Nintex, Jakob is excited to be bring Hyperfish's first product, Hyperfish for Active Directory to market, a product that helps organizations unlock greater value from Office 365 and SharePoint investments, through a complete and up to date AD.

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Drew Madelung, MVP Concurrency (OFF102)

Drew Madelung is a Technical Architect at Concurrency, Inc and a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He is experienced in a range of technologies but specializes in content management and business process improvement. He has worked across all aspects of projects from architecture and design to roll-out, adoption and governance planning. Drew works with clients to develop and deploy comprehensive solutions on SharePoint and Office 365. Drew can be found across the community whether it’s online or at local user groups and conferences.

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Shai Petel, MVP, KWizCom  (SOL02)

Shai oversees KWizCom’s product research development, including developing new technologies and improving our existing product line-up. Shai’s passion lies in working with cutting edge technologies and he enjoys the challenge of finding new and creative approaches to best help customers. As an active contributor to the SharePoint community, Shai has travelled extensively speaking with user groups and at SharePoint Saturdays throughout North America. Shai has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) 2007-2014 and has been continuously awarded Microsoft’s coveted Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2011.

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Jeffrey Rhodes, Air Force Academy (PWR105DEV205)

Jeff Rhodes is the technical lead for the Air Force Academy's large SharePoint environment, which supports all aspects of its educational and military missions. He creates numerous SharePoint applications using JavaScript/jQuery, Representational State Transfer (REST), InfoPath, and other technologies. Jeff graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. Jeff is the author of "Programming for e-Learning Developers," "VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic.NET," and "The ToolBook Companion."
 

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Shekhar, Saketa  (SOL05)

Shekhar is the Co-founder and Chief Customer Evangelist for Saketa and has been building SharePoint solutions for more than 10 years. He has created Enterprise Information Management strategies for corporations large and small using SharePoint. Current focus is to help SMEs leverage SharePoint Online through Saketa. He is passionate about building technical community and SharePoint groups across world.

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Steve Tonkin, Rightpoint (OFF105, SRC205)

Steve Tonkin brings 10 years of technical and analytical skill to provide expertise in meeting complex objectives and building out solutions through Office 365 and SharePoint development. Steve is passionate about driving technical sustainability by means of thoughtful development and careful planning, incorporating forward facing technology to drive adoption. Steve is the Denver SharePoint Lead for Rightpoint, working with clients with a wide array of needs to establish tools and systems to drive collaboration.

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Alex Vaughn, Metalogix (SOL03)

Alex Vaughn manages a team of Solutions Engineers at Metalogix who’s every-day gig includes navigating the vast array of real-world challenges associated with SharePoint and Office 365 migrations and administration. Prior to his 4 years with Metalogix, Alex was a product manager, leading the development of administrative software at a small software company when he was first introduced to Office 365. The force was strong with SharePoint and OneDrive, and so, he began his journey implementing solutions for content collaboration with countless Microsoft users. Alex lives in Denver – so if you’re visiting from out of town, be sure to ask him where to head out for après.

 Justin Walker

 

Justin Walker, AvePoint (OFF200, SOL08)

As Sr. Account Technical Specialist, ACS Pursuit, Justin Walker provides AvePoint’s global customer base with software solutions and services to migrate, manage, and protect Office 365 and SharePoint data. Justin has worked in the IT field since 1997, with experience across all facets of the Microsoft stack, passion for learning new technologies, and dedication to delivering world-class solutions for customers. Justin has a special focus on cloud technology and helping organizations effectively harness the power of Office 365.