Conference Speakers

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Michael Ackerbauer
Whole Team Intrapreneur
IBM

Michael Ackerbauer ("Macker") is a seasoned innovator/innovation catalyst, IC Agile certified coach and facilitator, and transformational leader. He specializes in creative problem solving as a leadership competence and structuring organizations and teams for deliberate innovation.

Formerly an e-commerce and systems architect, Macker discovered a greater passion for developing the people who develop the technology. He is an experienced leader and innovator who thrives on change and...Read more

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Sam Addeo
Director of Community and Development
Urban Archive

Sam Addeo is a New York native and urbanist based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her work focuses on the creative intersection between the processes and pressures of urbanization and the culture of urban life.

Sam is currently working on issues related to open access, museum tech, and digital archives in New York City, the Hudson Valley and beyond as the Director of Community and Development at Urban Archive.

She holds an M.A. in Urban Affairs and has previously worked with...Read more

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Aziz Ahmad
President and CEO
UTC Associates, Inc.

Aziz Ahmad is the President and CEO of UTC Associates, Inc., a leading technology consulting, systems integration, business solutions and services company.

An accomplished business leader, Aziz was the lead architect of AT&T’s 21st century networks. He directed AT&T’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) Team/Consortium, which was created to research, develop and demonstrate next generation broadband access based on IP and Multi-wavelength optical technology. The Consortium’s effort...Read more

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Marva Allen
CEO
Wordeee

Marva Allen is a seasoned entrepreneur with several successful ventures to her credit.  A trailblazer and one of the only women in tech since the age of 24 Allen was co-founder of multimillion tech company that was thrice nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Award.  She is the recipient of numerous business awards, including The IBM & Kodak Excellence Award, and was named a Crain's Business 40 Under 40 Award for significantly achieving in business before her 40th birthday...Read more

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Glenn Allen
President
Excelsior Solutions, LLC

Mr. Allen’s business provides software development and consulting services, specializing in SAP technology. Mr. Allen has worked in all facets of the software development business at many local companies for over ten years. He has also taught Introduction to Advanced Business Application Programming at SUNY Polytechnic Institute as an Adjunct Lecturer. Mr. Allen has Masters in Engineering Management, as well as a Masters in Systems and Information Science, from Syracuse University. He has a...Read more

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Danielle Amatulli
Founder
Technically Creative, Inc.

As founder and CEO of Technically Creative, Inc., Danielle orchestrates successful partnerships and projects through organization, innovation, and a little bit of magic. She holds an MBA in IT Business Management, has been a featured speaker at Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference and has steered the direction of Technically Creative for 15 years strong.

Technically Creative, Inc. is an IT services provider specializing in electronic communication surveillance, data loss...Read more

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Clayton Banks
CEO, Co-founder
Silicon Harlem

Clayton Banks is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Harlem whose goal is to combine technology and innovation with affordable connectivity that can enable a sustainable economic engine in emerging communities across the United States. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has attracted over $50 million dollars into upper Manhattan for advanced infrastructure research and test bedding. Mr. Banks has positioned Upper Manhattan as a tech and innovation hub that is one of the fastest growing areas...Read more

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Dennis A. Barnett
President
Propinquity Associates

Propinquity Associates specializes in Knowledge Management and People Development. 

Before forming Propinquity Associates, Dennis Barnett worked for Champion International Corporation as a Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer focusing in on Knowledge Management, Competitive Intelligence, Intellectual Property Management, Intellectual Capital Management, Idea Generation and other aspects of Organizational Development.

He served as a Vice President for the New York City...Read more

Steve Bossert
Steve Bossert
Business Strategist
Informa PLC

Steve currently works for Informa, a FTSE 100 index and global strategic advisory firm focused on executive thought leadership, training, events and media reach through brands such as Ovum, Tractica, Blackhat, IoT World and AI Summit. Outside of his corporate role, Steve is active in the electronics hobbyist and maker community. In 2017 he founded Hudson Valley Digital Network which caters to a convergence of hobbies...Read more

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Deana Burke
Founder
Gracias

Deana Burke is the founder of Gracias, a mission-driven startup working to bring Bitcoin to young women and teens from diverse backgrounds. Before founding Gracias, Deana was co-founder at strategic consulting firm Agency of Trillions, which was acquired by Indiegogo in 2017. Deana Burke is also co-founder of CO, a co-working space in Rhinebeck built on a co-operative, community ownership philosophy.Read more

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Casey Conlin
Library Sustainability Coordinator
Mid-Hudson Library System

Casey works as the library sustainability coordinator at the Mid-Hudson library system, where he supports 66 member libraries in building their capacity to serve their communities. He has worked in libraries large and small as a clerk, librarian, director, and assistant director, and he loves finding new ways for libraries to support their communities.Read more

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Joe Cupano
Consulting Product Manager
Dell EMC

From start-up to globally admired companies, experienced technologist developing innovative solutions that deliver business value measured in revenue opportunity and operations efficiency.

Cloud . . .

Go-To-Market strategy, partner and field enablement, execution and delivery of Enterprise and Hybrid Cloud deployments for Globally recognized brands developing a well stocked portfolio of reference accounts.

Security . . .

Security is only one facet of risk to be...Read more

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Sean Dague
Software Engineer - System Q
IBM

Sean Dague has been an Open Source developer for most of his professional life. He’s worked on numerous Open Source projects over the years including SystemImager, OpenHPI, Xen, OpenSim, NFS Ganesha, and OpenStack.

In 2003 he created HV Open, which runs a monthly lecture series on open technology topics. It serves the Hudson Valley of New York state.

He is currently part of the Quantum Computing team at IBM, building the software that makes IBM'...Read more

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Alexandra Danilina
Product marketing manager
1C International

Ms. Danilina is responsible for the company’s1Ci's product strategy in its international headquarters as well as for all its marketing activities in the United States, Spain, Latin America, and Turkey. She is enthusiastic about global software development collaborations, and about growing the 1C:Enterprise development community around the globe. Through technology, she seeks to enhance the role of developers in the process of business transformation.Read more

Kianga Daverington
Kianga Daverington
Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Acre of America Partners LP

Ms. Daverington is a cryptoasset manager, cryptocurrency miner and founder of a boutique law practice, Daverington PLLC, that advises clients on crypto asset investing and regulatory compliance for decentralized finance. Ms. Daverington began her career as an Associate in the Derivatives practice group at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. In later roles gained extensive experience supporting the derivatives, FX,...Read more

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Bill Fioravanti
Director of Economic Development
Orange County government

Bill Fioravanti joined the Orange County community in 1999 when he relocated with Frontier Communications from the Capital District area. 

A champion of youth development, Bill entered the non-profit world in 2004 as Executive Director of the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs, which he led through a period of dramatic growth in Orange and Sullivan Counties. In 2009 he became Associate Executive Director for the YMCA of Middletown, leading the project to construct and launch...Read more

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Matthew Fisch, CISSP
Founder and CEO
FortMesa

Mr. Fisch runs FortMesa, a SaaS-based cyber risk management and security operations platform that makes cybersecurity service delivery simple and easy. Based in the Hudson Valley, he is currently dedicated to helping organizations navigate the rapidly-evolving cyber landscape. Mr. Fisch enjoys contributing to regional entrepreneurship and economic development. He has 20 years experience in enterprise IT and cybersecurity, with a strong emphasis on consulting with organizations in their seed-...Read more

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Peter Flood
CEO & President
AIDA Content Management, Inc

Peter Flood has over 30 years in the Media & Communication Industry. He is currently CEO & President of AIDA Content Management, Inc, a content management company offering media asset management and metadata solutions for all industries utilizing digital assets. Prior to starting AIDA Content Management, Flood served as VP of Finance and Business Development at Clippn, Inc. after two years at Zodiac Interactive working with Charter Communication to deploy their Cloud Guide on STB....Read more

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Brian Gormanly
Professional Lecturer
Marist College

Brian Gormanly is a Lead Engineer turned professor, he focuses on writing software in IoT, Robotics, Localization / SLAM. Software that has to deal with the physical world. He have also spent a great deal of time as a Full Stack web developer and architect particularly in the education sector. He is a practitioner of Open Source and an insatiable hobbyist and tinker. He is currently working on creating SIOP, a method of abstraction at the protocol level which separates hardware and software...Read more

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James Hendler
Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI.  He also heads the RPI-IBM Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning and Semantics (HEALS).  Hendler has authored over 400 books, technical papers and articles in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high-performance processing. One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,”...Read more

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Rachel Hawkes
co-founder and COO
ViaHero

An avid traveler and people-person, Rachel Hawkes is the co-founder and COO of ViaHero, a platform that connects travelers with locals to plan their trips based off of their personal travel style. 

Her passion for travel and cross-cultural connections stems from her background in linguistics, and her experience doing field research in Cameroon on the relationship between language and society. In her role at ViaHero, Rachel oversees the company’s team of engineers and the development...Read more

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Eric Hinsdale
Knowledge Management Consultant
FireOak Strategies

Eric Hinsdale is a knowledge management and information technology consultant. For the past three years he has worked for a boutique consulting firm helping organizations evaluate their information management practices and design solutions to make information more usable and secure. His prior experience includes twenty years working with academic technology, data management, and information systems in a variety of leadership positions in higher education.Read more

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Dana Jones
Founder & CEO
Accessadoor

Dana is a recent graduate of Dutchess Community College where she studied business administration. She is continuing her education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

​When Dana started college she was inspired to create an easier way to enter buildings for those who face physical challenges after the standard technology did not work for her. This inspiration led to...Read more

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Michael Kealy
Director of Technology
Beacon City School District

Michael Kealy is the Director of Technology in the Beacon City School District. The Beacon City School District is one of 57 small city school districts in New York State. Michael was one of 28 nationwide educators named as a 2018 CoSN Next Generation Leader Semi-Finalist. In 2018 he led the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District to the 1st place finish in the 2018 Digital District Survey Award sponsored by the Center For Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (...Read more

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Tyler King
IBM

Tyler is the design lead for IBM Z Resiliency, specializing in design research and strategy for enterprise hardware - specifically mainframes! Her job is to lead her team through Enterprise Design Thinking to bridge the gap between mainframe users and IBM technologists. In addition to product work, she manages the IBM Poughkeepsie design studio and holds two patents.Read more

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Jordan Koschei
Lead product designer
Spoke

Jordan Koschei is a product designer, developer, and writer living in Beacon. He’s currently the lead product designer at Spoke, a San Francisco-based enterprise AI startup, as well as the founding editor of Creative Hudson Valley. Jordan also runs Hudson Valley...Read more

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Peter Ladka
President & CEO
GeekHive

Peter is the President and CEO of GeekHive, a leading marketing technology consultancy that empowers marketing executives with the strategic insights and technical expertise needed to digitally transform their business and get more value out of their technology investments. Passionate about building lifetime value for clients, Peter and his team create objective-driven solutions that help businesses digitally transform. A frequent speaker at industry...Read more

Annmarie Lanesey
Founder and CEO
AlbanyCanCode

For Annmarie Lanesey, Greane Tree Technology President, technology is a tool for innovation, community development, and empowerment.

Annmarie holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Art Media and Communication and a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she received the RPI Founders Award of Excellence and a full scholarship to the Electronic Arts graduate program. Her creative work has won...Read more

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Dominic Laycock
CTO
Mentrix Group

Dom has engineered and led teams through three major content system transformations: custom ColdFusion software through enterprise open-source CMS development into an event-driven microservices distribution platform. Previously Head of Content Platform at The Economist, he is now co-founder of Mentrix Group. On days off, he is an aspiring plant chef.Read more

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Michael MacIsaac
developer
ADP

Michael MacIsaac works as a systems programmer at a large HR company in the tri-state area. Before that Mike worked at IBM for many years specializing in Linux under z/VM on the mainframe,  At a recent presentation in Manhattan, Mike said we are here in the best city on earth (NYC), discussing the best computer hardware on earth (mainframe) which runs the best hypervisor on earth (z/VM) which hosts the best operating system on earth (GNU/Linux) which is based on the best software development...Read more

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Patrick J. Meaney
IBM Systems Group at IBM Systems Group
IBM

Pat Meaney is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM as the Chief Architect of IBM Z Memory. He was responsible for architecting and delivering the IBM Z RAIM memory subsystem and continues to be the lead architect for IBM Z Memory. Since joining IBM Poughkeepsie in 1986, Pat has held design, timing, and RAS leadership positions on the ES/9021 bipolar-based machines as well as the s390/System Z (Generations 4-15) CMOS systems. Mr. Meaney has achieved a twenty-sixth level...Read more

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Diana Montalion
Principal
Mentrix Group

If you’ve read The Economist, donated to Wikipedia, or contributed to The World Monuments Fund, you’ve interacted with content systems that Diana helped to code and architect. She has 15+ years experience building content tools for clients big and small. She is co-founder of Mentrix Group, a content systems design and development consultancy. On days off, she tries to train two unruly retrievers.Read more

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Mike Oates
President and CEO
Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC

Mike Oates is the President and CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC), which recently announced plans to merge the Westchester County Association. HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region.

Prior to joining HVEDC, Oates was the Managing Partner for Bellefield Development Partners LLC, the developer of Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park in Dutchess County and an affiliate of T-Rex Capital Group, LLC. Bellefield is a $500 million...Read more

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Dmitry Pavlov
Solutions Architect: Cloud
GE Healthcare Digital

Dmitry Pavlov, tech entrepreneur and software engineer with 20+ year of experience in developing Enterprise Imaging IT systems. His software installed in thousands of hospitals worldwide. Dmitry desinged, developed, deployed software from small applications to large scale IT systems. In 2000 he joined a tech startup Dynamic Imaging where he designed and led the product that was rated #1 in the industry for multiple years. Later the company was acquired by GE Healthcare.

Since then he...Read more

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Adrian Pintilie
founder and CEO
Softescu, Openstory

Adrian Pintilie has an experience of over 10 years in Drupal and he founded his own Drupal agency back in 2008.

Since then he has been a part of many innovative startups and the latest one being Openstory - a SaAs designed for Drupal.

He is an active member of the Drupal community with a born passion for IT.Read more

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Danny Potocki
Managing Director
Accel7

Managing Director of Accel7, an early-stage technology accelerator focused on investing in and growing startups in the Hudson Valley. Founder of Finis Ventures and former Head of Strategic Initiatives at Praescient Analytics, Danny leads vision and execution with startups and partners. An Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and graduate of Harvard University, he serves on the Advisory Board for Leading Innovation at Rutgers University and Strategic Committee at Iona Preparatory. Danny...Read more

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Vanessa Quiroga
Manager Recruitment & Talent Development
DocuWare Corporation

Vanessa  is an HR manager with an interest in building the most effective workforces possible. For over 10 years, she managed recruitment, onboarding and talent development. She believes a great company culture means happier employees and greater productivity. She is passionate about the Hudson valley as a wonderful place to live and work.  She is a Newburgh resident and looks forward to developing DocuWare as an employer of choice in the area. She believes the tech field is ever-evolving,...Read more

Tony Reid
Tony Reid
Founder and CEO
Drone Tech UAS

Tony Reid is the Founder and CEO of Drone Tech UAS. Tony started Drone Tech UAS to help train correctional facilities on how to combat new difficulties arising from drones. Tony was previously a New York City Corrections Officer and dealt with these issues first hand. Tony also served his country with distinction in the US Army. He has taken the company to a new level of educational instruction by developing and implementing training for a wide variety of applications and developing youth...Read more

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Maria Reyf
Full Stack Designer

Maria spent 20 years in the Web Design and Development realm. From notepad to complex wireframe design she made the journey with technology and standards as they developed. She possesses a full stack design skill range from marketing strategy, through UX/UI design up to front end development and is passionate in every step. Maria currently works for a major telecommunication company as a full stack designer, but comes from humble beginnings of being a freelancer and working with small and...Read more

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Kirk Ritchey
Consultant

Kirk, a 25-year Woodstock resident, and for over 2 decades Kirk led technology consulting practices where he managed enterprise technology projects to optimized operations, data analytics and strategic planning for global organizations. 

Recently, Kirk led Woodstock’s Comprehensive Plan Project, the first plan adopted by the town board in 56 years. He now leads Woodstock’s Housing Committee. As an advisor for Luminary Media, Kirk has worked with teams for Bard College and RUPCO, and...Read more

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Konstantin Rupasov
Senior System Architect at 1Ci
1Ci

Konstantin Rupasov decided to devote himself to IT business at the age of 11 when he wrote his first software  and found this to be the simplest way of inspiring awe among classmates.

Many jobs and companies later he took over the Performance and Scalability Unit in 1C company - lead business application vendor in Russia and abroad. He was in charge of curating the most massive and heavy-loaded 1C:Enterprise implementations - systems with thousands of concurrent users.

As soon...Read more

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Edward M. Shanker
President
Meeting Tree Computer Corp

Edward M. Shanker, is President of Meeting Tree Computer Corp., a Managed IT Department servicing small and medium size businesses in the Hudson Valley. As an MSP Meeting Tree Computer provides virtual CIO services and customized solutions for their clients using a combination of on premise and Cloud services and tools.

Prior to founding his business, Ed earned a Master of Science Degree and was an Associate Professor at Pace University where he taught Information Technology for over...Read more

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Julin Sharp
Director of Digital Education
Marist College

Dr. Julin Sharp is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology at Marist College. Julin holds a bachelor's degree in Education and Spanish, a master's degree in instructional technology, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She is responsible for the Digital Education and Web and Interface Innovation teams at Marist.  Her research focuses on transitioning instructors to the online classroom.Read more

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John Sheehan
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Science program coordinator
SUNY Ulster

John Sheehan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Science program coordinator at SUNY Ulster. His research interests include Healthcare Informatics, Medical Applications of Semantic Web Technologies, Software Engineering and Technical Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SUNY Ulster he was founder and CEO of PrecisionCare, an electronic medical record software company in New Patlz, and an engineer and software development project manager at IBM Poughkeepsie. John received...Read more

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Christopher Short
Executive Director
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce

Author, Speaker, and Skills Workshop Facilitator, Brand and Creative Strategist, Mentor

Short has been a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley and has served on several advisory boards and committees that have invested in the future workforce of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. He has also been a part of several program initiatives that have played a key role in the success of local businesses, community organizations and educational institutions.

For over 20 years, Short...Read more

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Ludmila Smirnova
Professor of Education
Mount Saint Mary College

Dr. Ludmila Smirnova is Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 18 years. Previously, she was Dean of the prestigious School of Foreign Languages at the Volgograd State Pedagogical Institute in Russia. At the Mount, she offers courses in Psychology of Learning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology. She is widely recognized for her leadership in applying emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous...Read more

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Andrea Tejedor
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology
Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District

Dr. Andrea Tejedor is an educational technology steward, supporting K-16 educators making a strategic shift to leverage instructional technologies for student learning and teacher professional growth. Dr. Tejedor is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology at the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery CSD. She has an MEd in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary College, an MA in Instructional Design and Technology and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Management...Read more

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Louis Thomason
Adjunct Professor
SUNY Ulster

Dr. Thomason holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and worked in system software development for IBM for over 40 years.  He was elected a charter member of the IBM Academy of Technology.  He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute of Technology, and Oklahoma State University and began teaching at SUNY Ulster in 2013.Read more

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Abe Uchitelle
Managing Partner + President
Dragon360

As Managing Partner + President at Dragon360, Abe stewards the agency’s new business efforts, develops strategic partnerships, and spearheads the vision and direction of the agency while growing a passionate team of Dragons. Under his 4+ years of leadership, the agency has evolved into a full-service collective that unearths insight, crafts opportunity, and ignites change.

Abe also oversees the Client Services team, and has cultivated solid relationships with a blue-chip roster of...Read more

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Ken Umezaki
CEO
Verifi Media

Ken is the CEO and co-founder of Dot Blockchain Media, a company that has introduced a new music file technology architecture to modernize copyright management and media supply chains fit for the digital media age. Ken acts as an experienced independent investor and business advisor for music startups and artists, through his company Digital Daruma, with a specific focus on artist facing music and media...Read more

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Ari Weinstein
founder
AriW Solutions LLC

Ari enables small business owners, entrepreneurs and executives to strengthen their communication so they can start new ventures and reach the next milestone in their professions.

He is an award winning, accredited business coach specializing in professional mobility. Member of the Association for Coaching, and the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches. Ari specializes in helping technology, finance and operations pros.His clients learn to clearly communicate...Read more

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