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  • Sunday | 12:00pm
    • Registration Open Hours

      Registration Open Hours

      The HostingCon registration desk is open for registrations, badge pickup and questions during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Foyer
      Track: Registration Open Hours
  • Sunday | 1:00pm
    • Using Containers to Meet Customer Needs, Grow Business and Generate Revenue

      Using Containers to Meet Customer Needs, Grow Business and Generate Revenue

      The release of Docker 1.0 a year ago is making a significant change in how software developers and application administrators leverage cloud infrastructure. While there may not be a swift fundamental shift away from hypervisors to containers, failing to make a few key changes to your business could have a significant impact.

      This workshop will address all aspects of implementing containers from technology, business plan and how to overcome challenges of implementation. Learn how to add value by make it easier for customers to deploy containers in your environment.

      William Bell

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      William is an experienced and proven products executive and business strategy leader in the Cloud IaaS, Data Center and Managed Services market. With nearly 10 years of Infrastructure as a Service and Data Center experience he has demonstrated his commitment to these markets through the creation of high value, cost effective solutions positioned for the mid-market and enterprise customer.

      As VP of Products he is responsible for the creation and go to market strategy of all phoenixNAP Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings including Cloud Infrastructure Hosting, Dedicated Hosting and Colocation. A leader in the infrastructure as a service industry, Mr. Bell’s work has been featured in Information Security Magazine, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

      Prior to joining phoenixNAP William ran the internal IT operations for one of the largest credit card processors in the United States.

      Mr. Bell holds a BBA in Economics from Sam Houston State University.

      Speaker:  William Bell
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Pre-Conference Training Workshop
    • Speed Marketing-Roundtable Discussions

      Speed Marketing-Roundtable Discussions

      This workshop offers knowledge and discussion on content marketing, lead generation, peer networking, best practices, industry studies, data benchmarks and other handout collateral.

      In this fun and informative format, participants will rotate between four topic tables led by content marketing experts every 20 minutes. Share knowledge, ask questions and network with your peers all in one great session!

      This session is limited to 40 attendees. RSVP to secure your spot

      Kevin Gold

      Moderator:  Kevin Gold

      Lucian Blanariu

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      Luc is a marketing professional with over 10 years experience in a variety of industries including technology, media, television, retail and online delivery. Before leaving Europe for the states in 2013, he was the marketing manager for Neogen serving some of the top brands in the eastern European market.

      His role at Penton technology previously included increasing the revenues of several consumer tech sites, optimizing funnels, user experience and conversion rates. Luc has managed to improve sales by reaching the right audience and generating leads. Revenue numbers increased up to 100% while conversion rates have also improved significantly. Luc has since moved on to become a leads delivery manager for Penton.

      Nick Giallourakis

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      Nick Giallourakis is the Manager of Virtual Events/eLearnings at Penton. Nick has several years of experience working with the online events team at Penton as a client facing manager. He has executed and helped clients over 100 events including webinars and virtual events. Nick is located in the Cleveland, Ohio office and is embedded in the PMktg team and the solutions they provide. Nick also works directly with our Penton Agriculture sales teams and market leaders to develop ideas, proposals, sales collateral, and other training necessary to help grow marketing services in the Penton Agriculture market.

      Brian Reinholz

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      PMP Certified Delivery Manager for Penton Marketing, managing integrated content marketing programs for clients in Financial Services, Agriculture, Electrical Energy, and Natural Products.

      George Assimakopoulos

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      With expertise in business-to-business and business-to-consumer online marketing, branding and emerging media, George Assimakopoulos is an interactive marketing and tech media strategist. As Head of Client Engagement at Penton, George is responsible for forging strategic relationships with key business-to-business agencies and organizations.

      Prior, George was Vice President, Penton Marketing Services where he created new ways to leverage Penton’s industry expertise and audience value to deliver the best content marketing and digital solutions for its business-to-business clients. George grew Penton Marketing Services to be a significant line of business for the company.

      In 2004, George founded EyeTraffic Media, a performance-driven interactive marketing and consulting firm that provided strategic direction and campaign execution of interactive marketing initiatives as part of an integrated advertising approach for companies such as Pfizer, DuPont, Mazda USA and Chevron and many others. Penton acquired EyeTraffic Media in 2011.

      Earlier, George served as the Director of Client Services at Proxicom, Inc. where he managed the implementation of marketing, branding, and e-commerce programs through the Internet. He was an integral part for several strategic web engagements to Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, NIKE, Merrill Lynch, Chase Bank, Toyota, Marriott Corporation, Home Box Office (HBO) and several others.

      George regularly teaches classes at The American University, Georgetown University and The University of Maryland on topics of tech media and entrepreneurship.

      George earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from The University of Maryland and an MBA in International Marketing & Information Systems from The American University.

      Speakers:  Lucian Blanariu, Nick Giallourakis, Brian Reinholz, George Assimakopoulos
      Location: Room 7A
      Track: Pre-Conference Training Workshop
  • Sunday | 3:00pm
    • Apologies, canceled due to speaker emergency, Practical Guide to Setting Up PaaS

      Apologies, canceled due to speaker emergency, Practical Guide to Setting Up PaaS

      Practical Guide to Setting Up PaaS

      This workshop will discuss new platform as a service solutions during a case study of GearHost’s recent revamp. Learn how to grow your business and increase revenue by offering your customers innovative options and services.

      Ryan Kekos

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      Ryan is currently the CEO at GearHost, a scalable and reliable high-end cloud hosting company that specializes in Microsoft technologies and a strong focus on customer service. Beginnings don’t get much humbler than starting a company in your Mom’s basement, and that’s just what Ryan did. A major computer nerd and techie since childhood, Ryan built his own computer and didn’t bat an eye at creating software from scratch to save a few bucks. It’s no big surprise that he started his career at Microsoft, before eventually leaving the technology giant to start his own web hosting company. Take it from Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker, turning down Microsoft is an indicator you are on the brink of something big! While GearHost has since grown from being a one-man show to a leading provider of web hosting, Ryan’s commitment to his customers and to providing the best technology there is, has remained the same. GearHost has kept their basement-casual attitude and mixed it with corporate-level business practices, because that’s just who they are. And you can count on that.

      Speaker:  Ryan Kekos
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Pre-Conference Training Workshop
    • Build and Retain a Kick-Ass Global Team

      Build and Retain a Kick-Ass Global Team

      Whether you’re about to launch a company or you’ve been around for decades, today’s businesses only succeed by having a kick-ass team. Leveraging a global team to build your business has mammoth potential to let you do things better, faster and cheaper -- but it has daunting challenges as well.

      This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the latest science coupled with real world stories from the trenches. You’ll hear first-hand from some of the industry’s leading team builders, giving you actionable insights that you can apply to make a difference in your team. Spend an entertaining session with this group of experts and you’ll be well on your way to building, growing and retaining a solid team that will fuel growth. Already have a global team? Listen for tips to rejuvenate and revitalize. Learn the secrets to successful team building!

      Russ Broomell

      Russ Broomell has built software for over 30 years - spending the last 15 building local and global teams which excel. In his role as VP of Operations at GlowTouch, he empowers 70 teams that kick ass on a daily basis. Russ believes that the success of the team and the client comes first, no matter who gets the credit.

      Clients describe Russ as "a professional who gets things done." Russ is "someone who genuinely cares about the success of his customers." They say he is "straight forward, action-oriented and client-centered." He is "easy to talk to, professional and has a good sense of humor."

      Russ is leading a session on building and retaining kick ass global teams at HostingCon 2015 and telling stories of what works and what doesn't. Come join in the fun!

      Moderator:  Russ Broomell

      Neill Feather

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      Neill is the president of SiteLock, the leading provider of website security solutions for business. At SiteLock, Neill leads the company’s approach to 360-degree domain security by providing industry analysis and utilizing rapidly evolving data sets related to security and hacking trends. Neill has over 20 years of experience in the technology and systems industry, notably providing technology solutions and industry insights for Johnson & Johnson prior to joining SiteLock. Neill holds B.S. degrees in Statistics & Information Systems and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Neill’s areas of expertise include security industry insights, security / hacking trends, technology, and systems.

      Ruslan Fazlyev

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      I am the CEO and founder of Ecwid. It's the easiest way to add an online store to existing web site. Over 700,000 merchants signed up for Ecwid as of 2015.

      X-Cart, the company that I founded earlier is the world's first commercial PHP eCommerce platform, powering billions in GMV.

      I believe in sharing knowledge. That's why I co-founded Ulcamp - Russia's beach IT getaway conference, and invested in Lifehacker.ru, Russia's top blog on self-improvement

      Speaker/panelist of TechCrunch (Moscow), Parallels Summit (Singapore), 404fest (Samara), Creative Hotspots (Tallinn), Retail in Russia (Moscow).

      Rae Majors-Wildman

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      Rae Majors-Wildman is an award-winning business strategist, highly sought after speaker, best-selling author, and CEO/President of Rae Majors-Wildman (RMW) International. Rae graduated with honors and holds a degree in Counseling Psychology. She has received certification and mentorship from some of the top business leaders in the U.S. including Brian Buffini, Tony Robbins, John Assaraf, and Chet Holmes (who was responsible for doubling seven divisions of Warren Buffet’s partner Charlie Munger).

      Rae is first and foremost committed to helping companies who struggle with attracting and retaining top employees. She solves their problems through executive coaching and training, developing emerging and next generation leaders, and improving communication throughout the organization. With over 15,000 coaching hours under her belt, Rae has successfully coached and trained businesses--from startup at the ground-level to Fortune 100 companies. Some of the companies impacted by RMW International include Microsoft, T-Mobile, 5/3 Bank, City of Santa Ana, Wells Fargo, Re/Max, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and BEI Networks.

      Rae Majors-Wildman is the author of The Juggling Act: A Step by Step Guide to Balancing Your Business and Your Life and the newly released book The Corporate Exodus: How America’s Top Companies Attract and Develop their Next Generation of Leaders…(and keep them from leaving!)

      Darrin Swan

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      Darrin Swan, Director of Global Sales and Business Development at Dell Software is a 14-year software veteran with 7 years of outsourcing and information transformation experience, leads Dell’s global Service Provider Partner Program. From his early days as graveyard shift unix systems administrator, to 24/7, 365 data center management of 18 employees, to the last decade plus in software sales and channel leadership, Darrin’s passion for achieving IT simplicity has been the beacon for his success. His global team now helps ITaaS service provider partners around the world target enterprise and SMB customers to aggressively shift their workloads to a cloud based, pay for value as consumed model, enabled by Dell solutions.

      Speakers:  Neill Feather, Ruslan Fazlyev, Rae Majors-Wildman, Darrin Swan
      Location: Room 7A
      Track: Pre-Conference Training Workshop
  • Sunday | 5:00pm
    • HostingCon 'Know It All' Game Show from our friends at Cheval Capital & sponsored by PhoenixNAP

      HostingCon 'Know It All' Game Show from our friends at Cheval Capital & sponsored by PhoenixNAP

      'Come on Down' for the first-ever HostingCon 'Know It All' Game Show and prove that you are ‘Smarter Than A Hoster’. 'Survey Says' that everyone will have fun, compete to win prizes and enjoy networking with colleagues over drinks. If you don't show up for this event, 'You are the weakest link, Goodbye'. Open to Full Conference Attendees.

      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Networking Events
  • Monday | 7:30am
    • Registration Open Hours

      Registration Open Hours

      The HostingCon registration desk is open for registrations, badge pickup and questions during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Foyer
      Track: Registration Open Hours
  • Monday | 7:45am
    • Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfasts are open to all registered HostingCon Full Conference Attendees, Single Day Attendees and Exhibitors. Grab a coffee or some juice and a bite to eat and enjoy some conversation with fellow attendees.

      Location: Ballroom Lobby
      Track: Networking Breakfast
  • Monday | 9:00am
    • Leads Leads Leads! Get More Leads!

      Leads Leads Leads! Get More Leads!

      Alec Baldwin told us about the leads, "These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they’re gold, and you don’t get them…they’re for closers" (Foley & Caracciolo Jr., 1992).

      Speculation on the explosive growth of cloud adoption by Enterprise and SMBs reported by the press would seem to imply that potential leads should be plentiful and ripe for the picking. So where do we get the Glengarry leads?

      More and more hosting providers struggle to get qualified leads into their sales funnel and close them into customers. With the big providers only getting bigger, how does the small to medium sized hosting company get those coveted leads? We will delve into the key to success, uncovering how buyer engagement has changed, and how to attract and convert qualified leads into customers.

      You will walk away with practical real world strategies to ensure that your sales funnel is always full.

      Makiko Ara

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      Makiko is the co-founder of TPM, a marketing and design agency focused on the hosting and cloud industry.

      She helps her clients connect their products and services to buyers through unique and engaging digital experiences. She manages digital and print media for clients in hosting, tech, retail, hospitality, non-profit, and e-commerce.

      As the lead for digital marketing projects, she works with clients to develop and execute digital media marketing campaigns for web and print media.

      She firmly believes that visual and emotional triggers to be at the heart of any successful digital marketing campaign and hopes that she can help hosting providers borrow from the successes of companies in other industries and sectors.

      Speaker:  Makiko Ara
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • The Bigger Picture: Why the Future of the Global Internet Matters to Your Company

      The Bigger Picture: Why the Future of the Global Internet Matters to Your Company

      Learn why 2015 represents a major milestone in Internet governance and the role of hosting companies in preserving the global Internet as a platform for innovation and market opportunity.

      Christian Dawson, Chairman & Co-founder, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2C) will be joining Mondini in an industry-focused discussion on the upcoming internet developments.

      Christian Dawson

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      Christian Dawson joined ServInt in 1998. He was appointed President in 2015. His focus on ServInt's product and service offerings, integrated with his cultivation of the Company's public presence, have helped ServInt increase its market share every year.

      Mr. Dawson is also Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), and has spoken worldwide on issues of Internet freedom.

      Mr. Dawson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership from the University of Richmond and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

      Christopher Mondini

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      Christopher Mondini is ICANN's Vice President, Business Engagement. In this role he works to broaden and deepen relationships with companies beyond the domain name sector, to educate global business on the workings and role of ICANN, and to provide ways for continued dialogue and collaboration on Internet Governance issues. His aim is for the voice of business to be heard in a rapidly evolving multi-stakeholder framework.

      Speakers:  Christian Dawson, Christopher Mondini
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Stealing from Rackspace is OK

      Stealing from Rackspace is OK

      This session will provide answers to more than ten legal questions that that heads of major hosting companies wish they hadn’t had to pay for.

      You will receive real world practical advice on:

      Which agreements a lawyer should look at, and which you can roll the dice on.
      Why lawyers cost so much, and how to get your money’s worth.
      Why getting sued isn’t the worst thing in the world, but what can be.
      Where to find legal forms to help jump start your business.
      What to do when the FBI shows up at the door. What to do when your competitor does.
      Why you should answer the phone when State Farm calls.
      How to make it more likely that the big roll-up in the sky will buy you.

      You will receive concrete, actionable, guidance that you can put to immediate use in your company.

      David Snead

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      David Snead is an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. His practice focuses exclusively on representing Internet infrastructure companies. With expertise in abuse, transactions and international operations, he provides general counsel services to companies in twenty different countries. He has spoken extensively on subjects of importance at conferences ranging from HostingCon to Interop.

      Speaker:  David Snead
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Managing Remote Operations Teams

      Managing Remote Operations Teams

      Advances in technology and ubiquitous connectivity worldwide have made the utilization of a dispersed workforce more common. Whether that remote team is located across the street, city, state or country, management styles and approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate this imminent, new dynamic.

      Corporate leadership will need to motivate and manage these virtual teams very differently than on-site personnel, whether they are hired internally or outsourced to a third-party support company.

      Sagi Brody

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      Sagi joined Webair in 1998. Sagi is responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations. With his help, the company has seen an increase in web sites and servers hosted by over 1000%. Sagi has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry including: site surveys and selection, data center build out and upgrades, fiber network design and build, authoring of all client interfaces, designed software for data center and server automation, cloud computing, green data center technologies, resource management, staffing, and budget planning. Sagi has built the companies Content Delivery Network (CDN) that now provides high speed downloads from anywhere in the world – among many other achievements.

      Speaker:  Sagi Brody
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
    • Backup, Storage and Disaster Recovery

      Backup, Storage and Disaster Recovery

      Join our facilitator for a group discussion on new trends, issues and ideas in backup, storage and disaster recovery. Learn from your peers and have the opportunity to share your experiences and challenges in this space. Topics discussed will include:

      Developments on the storage market:
      - market driven storage trends
      - price, performance and capacity
      - competition on the storage market
      - “race to zero”

      Business continuity in the digital age:
      - facing outages from natural disaster to malicious data destruction
      - business continuity plans
      - data safety
      - DRaaS
      - Backup

      Martin Wielomski

      Martin Wielomski is a Manager of Business Development and Sales for the EMEA region for Phoenix NAP Global IT Services. He has years of experience in the Information Technology and Hosting industries and specializes in strategy development and international business, sales leadership and product management. He also writes for several international IT oriented magazines and blogs and advises about technology, management, customer relations, sales and international business expansion while leveraging human connection potential in his corporate strategies. Martin believes in lifelong learning and leadership through engagement, while maintaining realistic and down to earth people approach. He can be reached at: linkedin.com/in/martinwielomski

      Moderator:  Martin Wielomski
      Location: Room 7B
      Track: Roundtable Discussions
  • Monday | 10:00am
    • Why Providers Should Sell Solutions Beyond Domains and Hosting

      Why Providers Should Sell Solutions Beyond Domains and Hosting

      Many hosting companies have strengthened the pure players by not offering cloud services, website builders or managed e-commerce. For them, an e-commerce solution seems to be a niche product that is tough to sell to their customers. But what many miss in their strategy is that managed e-commerce offers a high customer lifetime value and enables them to gain long term profit in the SMB market.

      This session discusses the benefits of a managed e-commerce solution and its role within a well-rounded hosting portfolio. Key statistics surrounding the customer lifetime value of e-commerce customers and typical conversion rates of pure hosting customers to an e-commerce solution will be provided.

      Wilfried Beeck

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      Wilfried Beeck is Founder and CEO of ePages, one of the world’s leading providers for online shop software in the cloud. Specialised in the SMB market, ePages offers a high performance solution to merchants that enables them to hit the ground running in e-commerce. With the ePages software, professional online shops can easily be created with no need for any previous technical knowledge. Beeck studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences in Kiel before founding the company in 1983. Together with Stephan Schambach and Karsten Schneider, he also founded Intershop Communications GmbH in 1992 and managed its IPO in 1998. In 2002, Beeck left the board at Intershop AG to concentrate on the development of e-commerce solutions with ePages.

      Speaker:  Wilfried Beeck
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • A Clear View of Securing Privileges in the Cloud

      A Clear View of Securing Privileges in the Cloud

      While a recent report has implicated the exploitation of privileged accounts in 80 to 100 percent of all advanced security incidents, they still go largely unprotected across cloud environments due to immature defense strategies around this critical security layer.

      This session will discuss how privileged accounts in cloud environments are at a critical juncture of control and management. In public, private and hybrid clouds and SaaS environments, an attacker who has gained access to privileged account credentials has control of the entire infrastructure.

      Attendees of this session will walk away with an understanding of the challenges in protecting these accounts, as well as the critical nature of doing so in order to secure cloud environments and meet audit and compliance requirements. They will also learn how to implement full monitoring and control over all privileged and administrative credentials that are required to manage cloud environments.

      A case study of CyberArk’s work with a leading managed cloud services company will to shared to give actionable takeaways for how other organizations can achieve the same level of privileged account management and security.

      Adam Bosnian

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      Adam Bosnian is the executive vice president of global business development at CyberArk. He is responsible for managing and expanding global strategic relationships with technology partners at CyberArk.

      Bosnian brings a strong sales, marketing and strategy success track record to his business development role at CyberArk, having served in a range of sales and marketing executive roles with the company over the past 10 years. As an early member of the CyberArk management team, Bosnian led the industry to define the market for privileged account security and compliance and helped to secure CyberArk’s leadership in the space.

      Speaker:  Adam Bosnian
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Year in Review: Hosting M&A What's Different and Impact on Competition

      Year in Review: Hosting M&A What's Different and Impact on Competition

      2014 marked a change for M&A in Hosting (Shared, Dedicated, Managed, Cloud, IAAS, etc.) as the proportion of transactions for products/markets/technologies increased sharply relative to consolidations.

      This panel will discuss what happened in the M&A market in 2014 and 2015, the trends that had been building to cause these changes, what experts are projecting for the future and what hosters need to be doing to maximize the value of their businesses.

      Topics include current transactions and transaction values; how slowing revenue growth rates affect the market, how the growth posted by AWS competitors is causing changes to business plans, the change in M&A focus away from consolidation and what investors are looking for among others.

      Panelists include Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, Liam Eagle of the 451 Group, Ted Chang, Director of Corporate Development at GoDaddy, and Hillary Stiff, Managing Director of Cheval Capital.

      Frank Stiff

      Frank is President of Cheval Capital, a boutique investment bank that specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.

      While Cheval has expertise in a variety of industries, it has been particularly active in the Internet services arena representing such companies as SingleHop, The Endurance International Group, Rackspace Managed Hosting and NTT/Verio, among others, in over 280 successful web hosting and ISP M&A transactions.

      Additional information is available at www.chevalcap.com and Frank can be reached at 703-549-7390 or via email at fstiff//chevalcap.com.

      Moderator:  Frank Stiff

      Hillary Stiff

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      Hillary Stiff is Managing Director of Cheval Capital. Ms Stiff has been an investment banker and CFO for over 20 years, completing acquisitions and raising capital for companies in the telecommunications and internet industries.

      Over the last fifteen years, Ms. Stiff has focused on acquisitions in the hosting and ISP industries and has completed over 285 hosting and ISP transactions. Ms. Stiff's clients have included companies such as NTT/Verio, The Endurance International Group, Hostopia, Web.com and Lunarpages among many others.

      A related service Ms. Stiff provides her clients is a weekly acquisition Opportunities List. This list summarizes the hosting and related companies available for sale and is distributed weekly to hundreds of active buyers. (Generally this list includes over 30 companies available for sale.)

      Cheval Capital, Inc. is a boutique Investment Bank that specializes in helping companies make acquisitions, raise capital and navigate complex financial events. Cheval's services are based on the insights and experience its principals have gained from completing close to $2.0 billion of transactions in a variety of businesses. This experience, when coupled with Cheval's high level of service and support can lead to better transaction terms, faster completion and less management distraction.

      Cheval Capital is a member of the FINRA and SIPC.

      Ms. Stiff can be reached at hstiff[at]chevalcap.com or 703-549-8602.

      Liam Eagle

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      Liam Eagle covers the Internet infrastructure business for 451 Research, focusing on managed hosting, cloud and mass-market hosting. Prior to joining 451 Research, Liam closely covered the hosting services market as Editor-in-Chief of Web Host Industry Review for more than 10 years – giving him a front-row seat for many of the transformative trends that shaped the business, including the emergence of virtualization and cloud technologies, and the development of the partner ecosystem that underpins the hosting market.

      At the WHIR, Liam managed a full-time editorial team of four, along with dozens of freelancers, bloggers and other outside contributors. In several years as Co-Chair of HostingCon, he built the educational program for one of the industry’s most highly regarded and well-attended events. Liam has spoken at HostingCon, Parallels Summit, the Open-Xchange Summit and other industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.

      Ditlev Bredahl

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      Ditlev is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years experience leading hosting and technology companies.

      As CEO of OnApp, he has led the company's dramatic growth from its launch in July 2010 to become a leading provider of software for hosts.

      After a few years in roles for the European Parliament, Ditlev moved into the rapidly-growing Internet sector in the mid-1990s. He quickly developed a reputation as an entrepreneur and a specialist in start-up and turnaround scenarios.

      Before founding OnApp, Ditlev led UK2 Group's hosting companies as MD and CEO, and spearheaded the launch of VPS.NET, which now operates one of the world's five largest public clouds.

      Ditlev has an MBA in International Business from the European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying in Brussels, and a degree in Economics from AAU, Denmark. Ditlev is Danish, lives in the UK but travels frequently to speak at events around the world.

      Ted Chang

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      Ted Chang is Director of Corporate Development at GoDaddy where he oversees M&A execution activities for the company including the recent acquisitions of Archeo and Mad Mimi. Ted joined GoDaddy from Intuit where he helped lead M&A, investments and other strategic initiatives in the small business and consumer finance spaces. Prior to that, Ted was a private equity investor focusing on technology companies and investment banker advising clients on M&A and capital raising activities.

      Ted holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from UCLA. He’s a proud father and husband and avid Phoenix Suns fan.

      Speakers:  Hillary Stiff, Liam Eagle, Ditlev Bredahl, Ted Chang
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Building The Cloud of Your Dreams

      Building The Cloud of Your Dreams

      This session will examine what cloud promises are not being fulfilled by cloud providers and the tech barriers preventing delivery of those promises.

      A case study will be offered to show how the potentials of a cloud product are met without legacy restrictions. Challenges and solutions will be discussed including infrastructure, hardware, network options, and strategic partnerships in order to deliver on power and price transparency.

      Javier Salcedo Gadea

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      As Head of PM Cloud, Javier oversees 1&1’s Cloud offerings with responsibilities across technology, go-to-market, sales, customer care, finance etc. Javier has extensive experience in the European Cloud sector, having been Product Director for 4 years at 1&1’s sister company in Spain, renowned Cloud specialist Arsys Internet. At Arsys, Javier oversaw the three product lines (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), in addition to positions within the project management and pre-sales divisions. Javier started out in the IT sector with an IT operations role at Accenture.

      Speaker:  Javier Salcedo Gadea
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
    • Data Centers

      Data Centers

      Join our facilitator for a group discussion on new trends, issues and ideas for data centers. Learn from your peers and have the opportunity to share your experiences and challenges in this space.

      Topics will include:
      -Contracting Do’s and Don’t when negotiating colocation agreements
      -Open IX model and Adoption
      -IoT and Moving to the Edge
      -Emerging Markets
      -Direct Connect to Public Clouds
      -High Density, is it a reality?
      -Avoiding the pitfalls of contracting with Datacenters

      Robert DeVita

      Robert A. DeVita, Chief Sales Officer, 1547 Critical Systems Realty

      As the Chief Sales Officer for 1547 Critical Systems Realty, Robert leads the Sales, and Marketing strategy for the firm. Previously Robert held the General Manager position for Cologix, where he was responsible for Direct and Indirect Sales in the Texas and Florida Markets as we all leading their Service Provider Sales group for North America.

      Prior to Cologix, Robert was the Head of Global Alliances and West Coast Director of Channel Sales for Telx. He was also instrumental in starting RightNow’s (Oracle’s) Interactive Voice Service Division as the Director of IVR Service, leading the sales and development efforts for the Central U.S. Earlier in his career, Robert spent eight years working with AT&T’s largest media and Internet clients.

      Robert has extensive experience providing presentations on leading-edge technologies and applications at top tier conferences, including speaking on “Cloud and Mobility” at the 7x24 Exchange event, “Patriot Act & NSA: Protecting Your Data” at HostingCon, “Connectivity Challenges & Opportunities in 2014, including Adoption of the Open IX Model in the U.S.” at CRE’s Texas Data Center Summit & Peer2.0 Conference as well as multiple panel discussions at IMN Series of events. Accordingly, he is often a featured speaker and quoted in the press concerning open IX and the U.S. interconnection market. Robert also served as the President of the Dallas-Fort Worth AFCOM Chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Metroplex Technology Business Council.

      Moderator:  Robert DeVita
      Location: Room 7B
      Track: Roundtable Discussions
  • Monday | 11:00am
    • Hosting 3.0: What Does it Look Like

      Hosting 3.0: What Does it Look Like

      Industry CEOs candidly discuss some of the top issues facing hosters today. What is working in today’s market and what is not? What is going to define the market in the next five years? Are we moving into Hosting 3.0 or is too much of the industry stuck in the past and headed for trouble?

      Philbert Shih

      Philbert Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting and cloud infrastructure services market. Mr. Shih has covered the hosting infrastructure space for over a decade.

      Prior to founding Structure Research, Mr. Shih was the first hosting analyst hired after Tier1 Research was sold to The 451 Group (2005) and spent six years as Senior Analyst for Hosting. In this role, Mr. Shih helped launch Tier1's coverage of hosting in international markets and was the lead and contributing author to all of the company's quarterly and bi-annual hosting infrastructure sector reports.

      Prior to joining Tier1 Research, Mr. Shih spent more than four years covering the web hosting industry - three of them as Senior Staff Writer for The Web Host Industry Review's online and print publications. At theWHIR, Mr. Shih covered companies in the consumer, SMB and enterprise hosting, cloud and colocation segments.

      Mr. Shih's coverage in the sector is global in scope and extends across the broader Internet infrastructure value chain - including companies in the SaaS and automation software markets. Mr. Shih is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in various publications such as theWHIR.com, The Globe and Mail, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Bizjournals, eWeek, The Houston Chronicle, The Deal and The E- commerce Times.

      Mr. Shih holds an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political-economic development.

      Moderator:  Philbert Shih

      Erward Osckar

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      Erward (Ed) Osckar is a seasoned executive and great leader with personable charm and significant experience in the web hosting industry since the late 1990s. Ed has co-founded and run several web hosting companies globally that have focused around the managed hosting, dedicated server, colocation, IT consulting, cloud computing and hybrid cloud infrastructure. Ed has a strong system administration and technical background which makes him a great fit in terms of understanding the many “pain points” of managing cloud infrastructure. He has also been working very closely with multiple implementations of Enterprise IT Infrastructure and High Traffic Web 2.0 cloud infrastructures. Ed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Seattle University and Master of Science in Information Technology from Seattle Pacific University. In his spare time, Ed enjoys to travel and spend quality time with family and friends. Ed is also an avid photographer and news junkie.

      Reed Caldwell

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      Reed Caldwell is the founder and CEO of ServInt. Founded in 1995, ServInt has since expanded its network nationwide with data centers in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

      Caldwell’s vision and leadership have led ServInt to become one of the most successful privately held hosting companies in the U.S. Reed is a member of San Diego Social Venture Partners (SDSVP) and a Strategic Advisor for the Equinox Center in San Diego. Reed is an active venture philanthropist and lives in Southern California.

      Raul Martynek

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      A 20+ year veteran in the telecom and Internet Infrastructure sector, Raul joined Net Acess as Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was most recently the CEO of Voxel dot Net, Inc., a global managed hosting and cloud company, which was acquired by Internap Network Services Corp. in early 2012.

      Prior to that, Raul served as the Chief Restructuring Officer of Smart Telecom, a Dublin, Ireland based fiber carrier which was acquired by Digiweb in late 2009. Before that he evaluated investment opportunities in the telecommunications and Internet sector as a Senior Advisor at Plainfield Asset Management, a $4B hedge fund. Prior to Plainfield, Raul spent 13 years with telecom and Internet provider InfoHighway Communications Corp. and its predecessor companies; first as a Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Networks and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of InfoHighway. InfoHighway was acquired by Broadview Networks in 2007. Raul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University and received a Master Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

      Zachary Smith

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      Zachary is co-founder and CEO of Packet, a bare metal cloud provider engineering specifically for container workloads. He has a successful history of managing high growth companies, from operations through finance/fund raising and product development. Most recently, Zachary was an early member of the management team at Voxel, a NY-based cloud hosting company with a focus on infrastructure automation that sold to Internap (NASDAQ: INAP) in 2011 for 35MM.

      Vlad Friedman

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      Vlad Friedman, a seasoned IT veteran with 25+ years of mission critical experience and currently the CEO of Edge Hosting. Vlad and his team are exclusively focused on hosting highly secure mission critical public facing web and line of business applications. His team of engineers and security analysts currently intercept an average of 15 million attacks per day launched against thousands of servers and devices across three geographically diverse data center locations.

      Edge services a wide range of industries from enterprise accounts such as insurance carriers, publicly traded corporations, political parties, and nonprofits to state and federal agencies; all on compliant platforms audited for HIPAA HITECH, PCI, FISMA, FEDRAMP, SOX and EU Safe Harbor.

      Speakers:  Erward Osckar, Reed Caldwell, Raul Martynek, Zachary Smith, Vlad Friedman
      Location: Room 6A
      Track: General Session
  • Monday | 12:00pm
    • Networking Lunch

      Networking Lunch

      Peer Networking Lunches are open to everyone with a Full Conference Pass or a Single Day Pass. Lunch tickets are required. Lunch tickets can be found in your attendee badge back pocket. Enjoy a break from the educational sessions with some fantastic food and dessert. Sit by someone you don’t know and meet someone new!

      Location: Room 6 B/C/F
      Track: Networking Lunch
  • Monday | 1:30pm
    • People, Process and Platform: How to Think About Digital Analytics

      People, Process and Platform: How to Think About Digital Analytics

      Digital analytics is a constantly changing field. It seems that there is a new data source or measurement tool almost every month. But if you build a smart, flexible analytics organization you can be ready for almost any change.

      This presentation with Google Analytics advocate Adam Singer, will talk about how getting the right people, implementing the right processes, and using the right technology platform will help you stay current in measuring marketing & sales performance so you can get the greatest return on investment and measure progress in marketing efforts.

      Adam Singer

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      Adam Singer is Analytics Advocate at Google, a marketing, media and PR industry speaker, startup adviser and blogger. He previously was digital director for a 300+ person global consulting team and over the course of his career has provided online marketing strategy for B2B & B2C brands in a variety of industries. Singer and his campaigns have been cited by top media outlets such as TechCrunch, AdWeek, NY Times and more for creative use of digital marketing and PR. Singer blogs at The Future Buzz - an award-winning blog with more than 25K subscribers and frequently-referenced source of what's new in digital marketing.

      Speaker:  Adam Singer
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • Cloud Industry Growth Projections

      Cloud Industry Growth Projections

      This session will provide a data driven-overview of the hosting and infrastructure services market. Structure Research will present its proprietary marketshare data and project the sector's growth trajectory. In addition, the session will look at demand and supply data from select global data centre markets.

      The analytics presented in this session will be set against the backdrop of the leading directional trends driving the sector today.

      Philbert Shih

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      Philbert Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting and cloud infrastructure services market. Mr. Shih has covered the hosting infrastructure space for over a decade.

      Prior to founding Structure Research, Mr. Shih was the first hosting analyst hired after Tier1 Research was sold to The 451 Group (2005) and spent six years as Senior Analyst for Hosting. In this role, Mr. Shih helped launch Tier1's coverage of hosting in international markets and was the lead and contributing author to all of the company's quarterly and bi-annual hosting infrastructure sector reports.

      Prior to joining Tier1 Research, Mr. Shih spent more than four years covering the web hosting industry - three of them as Senior Staff Writer for The Web Host Industry Review's online and print publications. At theWHIR, Mr. Shih covered companies in the consumer, SMB and enterprise hosting, cloud and colocation segments.

      Mr. Shih's coverage in the sector is global in scope and extends across the broader Internet infrastructure value chain - including companies in the SaaS and automation software markets. Mr. Shih is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in various publications such as theWHIR.com, The Globe and Mail, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Bizjournals, eWeek, The Houston Chronicle, The Deal and The E- commerce Times.

      Mr. Shih holds an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political-economic development.

      Jabez Tan

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      Jabez Tan is a Senior Analyst with Structure Research, an independent Toronto-based research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting, colocation and cloud infrastructure services markets.
      Mr. Tan is based in San Francisco, California and his coverage will focus on the data centre infrastructure market - primarily retail and wholesale colocation providers but also modular data centre, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure companies. Mr. Tan will also be responsible for coverage of the Asia-pacific region and lead the building of Structure Research’s proprietary market share data.
      Prior to joining Structure Research, Mr. Tan was a Research Analyst
      for the quantitative services team at Tier1 Research and later parent company 451 Research. In this role, he assisted in the development and maintenance of the company’s market sizing and other quantitative services deliverables with an emphasis on the Internet infrastructure sectors, including colocation, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure. Other areas of coverage included data centre technology vendors and modular data centres.
      Mr. Tan is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in publications such as Data Center Knowledge and theWHIR.com.
      Mr. Tan holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was also a platoon sergeant in the Singapore Armed Forces and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

      Speakers:  Philbert Shih, Jabez Tan
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • How To Stop Your Office From Becoming A Woman's Battlefield

      How To Stop Your Office From Becoming A Woman's Battlefield

      Women represent over 51% of the workforce but they aren’t filling tech jobs, which is a drain on innovation and a threat to your businesses.

      Learn how to recruit and add woman to your company in a way that respects your company culture, meets your HR standards and increases the pool of knowledge in your business.

      Hilary van der Meulen

      Hilary is currently the Membership Director of the i2Coalition. van der Meulen serves as i2Coalition’s central coordinator for engaging and recruiting new members, and is the chief driver of growth for the organization. van der Meulen has 10 years of experience in the hosting and cloud industry.

      Prior to joining the i2Coalition, van der Meulen previously worked for iNET Interactive and Web Host Industry Review. One of the most connected people in the Internet infrastructure industry, van der Meulen has managed accounts for 30 of the top 100 Internet infrastructure companies in the world, and hundreds more.

      Moderator:  Hilary van der Meulen

      Kellie Green

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      Ms. Green is responsible for leading the worldwide customer support organization at Parallels. Kellie brings 16 years of customer support experience. Her experience includes 9 years at Microsoft in various support management positions. Kellie also worked overseas in India and in the Philippines for long-term expat assignments managing outsourced support organizations. Most recently, she spent 3 years at Monster.com helping to lead the transition of outsourced support into a new Monster-operated contact center in the US and centralizing support for Europe into the Czech Republic. Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

      Michele Neylon

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      Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland's largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.

      He currently serves as the Chair of both the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Eurid Registrar Advisory Board. Michele is actively involved in Internet policy development, currently serving as a member of several working groups within the ICANN GNSO. Michele focuses primarily on European Internet issues and policy and has presented at numerous Internet industry events, covering a range of topics including policy, security, ICANN, Nominet, the Internet Governance Forum and Investment/First Tuesday.

      In his spare time, Michele is an award winning social media evangelist, blogger and film buff, who speaks four languages.

      Annie Dane

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      Annie Dane, Head of Production and Events at DigitalOcean, has been producing events for the fashion, arts, startup and technology communities for nearly a decade. Her passion for helping women in technology, developers and startups led to her current role at one of New York's hottest young companies. Where she now produces monthly events and initiatives to educate and celebrate each of these communities.

      Dane's career in event production started as the Head of Marketing & Licensing for M. Hidary, managing events for Everlast men’s clothing division at The Magic Trade Show. In 2007 she discovered Burning Man, which Dane describes as "a spark for her creativity and love of community." She co-founded Animus Arts Collective, which would curate events to fund art projects at Burning Man. Through her love of community she became involved with WeWork, quickly becoming their Director of Event Venues responsible for launching new locations throughout the United States.

      Carolyn Herzog

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      Carolyn Herzog is a Vice President in Symantec’s Legal and Public Affairs Department, based in Mountain View, California, where she is responsible for the legal enablement of Symantec’s global selling programs across all lines of business, the Privacy Program Office and the Office of Ethics and Compliance, and all revenue transactions for the North America and Latin America regions. Carolyn moved to this position last year from her prior role as the head of Legal and Public Affairs for Symantec’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Carolyn previously managed the legal support to other areas of Symantec’s business including the Global Services and Support organization, IP, Marketing and trade compliance, and was based out of the Washington, DC area. Carolyn advocates for equal treatment of all people and is a champion for Symantec's Women's Action Network.

      Before joining Symantec in December, 2000, Carolyn was the General Counsel for AXENT Technologies, a global publicly-traded enterprise security business, and worked in the international development arena, both in the non-profit sector and with the World Bank in Washington, DC. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two daughters.

      Speakers:  Kellie Green, Michele Neylon, Annie Dane, Carolyn Herzog
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Stronger Security To Maximize Profits

      Stronger Security To Maximize Profits

      This session will discuss importance of reputation and trust on the internet and how hosting companies can partner with their customers.

      Learn ecommerce security best practices and what new threats are targeting hosting providers and website owners.

      Brook Chelmo

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      Brook Chelmo is a security researcher and advocate with a focus on website security from Symantec. Coming from a background in education and operations, he presents topics with a simple hands-on approach that cuts through fluffy ideals. He often presents on SSL/TLS security trends as well as advanced threat protection.

      Speaker:  Brook Chelmo
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
    • E-commerce/Payment Solutions

      E-commerce/Payment Solutions

      Each session within the Business Connections track will provide the venue to hear two minute elevator pitches from up to ten exhibitors providing solutions for a specific business category.

      Sessions will be moderated and speakers will be kept to a strict schedule to promote fairness in sharing information. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and to exchange business cards with exhibitors.

      Participants will also get to hear exhibitors deliver a one minute closing statement that best illustrates why their product or service is superior to others in the category.

      T.C. Doyle

      T.C. Doyle is a writer, editor and video storyteller who has covered the IT industry for more than two decades for media companies and one of the industry’s largest technology vendors. As Senior Content Director for Penton Channel, he oversees the editorial direction of The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin’Cloud and the WHIR. Previously, he held senior editorial positions at several media companies and is the former Editor@Large at Cisco, where he collaborated on “Doing Both,” a thought-leadership book that made the bestseller lists of both The New York Times and Amazon.com. A frequent speaker at IT industry events and trade shows, Mr. Doyle is the author of more than 1,000 technology news articles, columns, features and profiles. He resides in Park City, Utah.

      Moderator:  T.C. Doyle
      Location: Room 7B
      Track: Business Connections
  • Monday | 2:30pm
    • Capturing the Managed WordPress Hosting Market

      Capturing the Managed WordPress Hosting Market

      WordPress is the most widely-used content management system in use by a significant margin and the application most commonly deployed by users on web hosting infrastructure. Because it is an open source tool, its popularity has not historically translated into revenue for service providers, outside of driving the consumption of infrastructure.

      Recently, a group of specialist providers has carved out a new market for premium hosting services, based on a model for handling WordPress workloads with performance optimized infrastructure and specialized managed services. A growing group of traditional hosting providers is joining this market, treating WordPress more like a part of the hosting software stack.

      In this session, a panel of experts in delivering managed WordPress hosting will outline the opportunity these services represent, while discussing user requirements, architectural best practices, product positioning and general strategic challenges.

      Liam Eagle

      Liam Eagle covers the Internet infrastructure business for 451 Research, focusing on managed hosting, cloud and mass-market hosting. Prior to joining 451 Research, Liam closely covered the hosting services market as Editor-in-Chief of Web Host Industry Review for more than 10 years – giving him a front-row seat for many of the transformative trends that shaped the business, including the emergence of virtualization and cloud technologies, and the development of the partner ecosystem that underpins the hosting market.

      At the WHIR, Liam managed a full-time editorial team of four, along with dozens of freelancers, bloggers and other outside contributors. In several years as Co-Chair of HostingCon, he built the educational program for one of the industry’s most highly regarded and well-attended events. Liam has spoken at HostingCon, Parallels Summit, the Open-Xchange Summit and other industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.

      Moderator:  Liam Eagle

      Michael Fountain

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      I have 15+ years experience in the hosting industry and specialize in creating products and designing solutions that build businesses and grow revenue. Currently, I'm Director of Product Marketing at Odin focusing on marketing strategy for the Plesk business. Prior to Odin, I was the creator and co-founder of ModernBill.

      Brian Kuhn

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      Brian Kuhn is Vice President of Product at Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company providing premium web hosting and cloud services to web designers, developers and creative agencies. Leveraging his 20+ years of experience, he is in charge of driving Media Temple’s product and user experience strategy and execution.

      Before joining Media Temple in April 2014, Kuhn served as Executive Director, Product Management and User Experience for YP’s Advertiser Platform team, building new ad products and designing the end user experience around ad management. His prior senior management positions also include working as Director of Product with YP.com, serving 40 million monthly visitors and their local search needs; Director of Product Management at commerce and travel platform Deem (formerly Rearden Commerce), where he managed the travel-related components of Chase’s loyalty platform for the company’s credit card customers; and Group Product Manager at eBay, where he facilitated safe member experiences across all global eBay sites.

      A Silicon Valley veteran, Kuhn started his career in the tech industry at companies like Hewlett-Packard and Palm. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

      Mike Schroder

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      Mike Schroder is a coffee-drinking sailor and lover of Open Source. He currently works at DreamHost as WordPress Platform Lead, while contributing to the WordPress core and related projects. You can find him blogging about WordPress, travel, and his cats at getsource.net.

      Speakers:  Michael Fountain, Brian Kuhn, Mike Schroder
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • The New Cloud Playbook Emerges

      The New Cloud Playbook Emerges

      US and UK operators typically sees Asia as underserved by network infrastructures, with complex regulatory environments and at least two to three years’ lag time behind them in the development of cloud technologies and services. But this is just one lens.

      A number of economies (in both developed and developing Asia) we studied exhibit reverse characteristics- being relatively well connected, with streamlined regulatory framework and considerable investment in cloud computing. There is evidence of a fast improvement in domestic technological competencies, especially in areas of cloud engineering and management. Additionally, foreign cloud players have increasingly emerged as important investors in a number of Asian economies, looking to get a piece of the action.

      How far along Asia’s cloud computing market has come and where the opportunities lie? How big will the cloud market get? Which cloud suppliers will be the big winners?

      Agatha Poon

      Poon has been a market research professional for more than 15 years now, and has been a regular speaker at numerous professional gatherings and industry events, including Interop, CommunicAsia, Cloud Expo Asia and HostingCon and Cloud Computing Expo. Poon joined 451 Research in April of 2010, bringing expertise in cloud computing and enterprise network migration strategies. She is instrumental in the overall global consulting and research activities with a particular focus on the enterprise segment. She closely follows the strategies, business models, and coverage of the leading global and regional telecommunications carriers, hosting providers, technology vendors and managed service providers as it relates to their cloud computing strategies.
      Prior to joining 451 Research, Poon was a senior analyst at Yankee Group for more than 10 years, tracking a wide range of research topics including managed services, IP telephony, WAN optimization, application acceleration, cloud computing deployment models, and cloud management solutions. Before Yankee, she worked as a research analyst in Frost & Sullivan’s Telecommunications Service group where she primarily focused on network access technologies. Poon has a high degree of familiarity with the Greater China and Japanese markets, having spent time in these markets as part of her career.

      Poon holds a B.A. degree and an M.B.A. degree in marketing from Ohio University. She was awarded a full scholarship for the MBA program at Ohio University.

      Moderator:  Agatha Poon

      Reid Fishler

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      Reid Fishler is a Director for Hurricane Electric, one of the worlds largest ISPs, and the worlds largest IPv6 provider.

      Stijn Koster

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      Stijn Koster began his entrepreneurial career in 2004 with the launch of i3D.net, a global hosting provider with datacenters around the world. With focus on technology, service and performance, i3D.net grew significantly and operates 10,000 servers worldwide. In 2009, Stijn founded SmartDC: a datacenter operator with two 36,000 sq. ft. data centers in the Netherlands. Two years later he started Game Blocks, a software company creating middleware for the game industry. Stijn won several awards with i3D.net: numeral Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA rankings and winner of the FD Gouden Gazellen award for fastest growing profitable company of the province South Holland during 2009-2012. Stijn's focus is on growth and expansion by developing cutting edge technology and pushing the boundaries of technology for projects on all platforms.

      Ian McClarty

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      Accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in information technology and computer networking. He has been involved in the Web hosting Industry since 1996 and started his career as a Linux/Unix System Administrator. He has a proven track record in relationship building, vendor management, network operations, colocation and datacenter administration, along with project methodology and processes, both at strategic and tactical levels. He has been instrumental in transitioning start-up organizations into highly successful and profitable corporations while maintaining high client satisfaction levels. His strong management and leadership skills are complemented by an ability to motivate and engage all levels of an organization to maximize productivity and drive positive results. He is an excellent communicator with special emphasis on building solid vendor, client and employee relationships.

      Mr. McClarty holds a Dual Degree in Global Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and Tecnologico de Monterrey, a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, a BS in Information Technology and a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology both from DeVry Institute of Technology.

      Speakers:  Reid Fishler, Stijn Koster, Ian McClarty
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • How ISVs, Service Providers, and Cloud IT Distributors Can Partner to Optimize the SMB Cloud Market Opportunity

      How ISVs, Service Providers, and Cloud IT Distributors Can Partner to Optimize the SMB Cloud Market Opportunity

      To accelerate and maximize the market opportunity for SMBs moving their IT to the cloud, it is critical that ISVs, platform enablers, service providers, and cloud distributors work together on product definition, bundling strategies, go to market approaches, and the post sales customer experience.

      This panel of experts from will discuss key learnings they have had on the way to some great successes – some learnings have come easy, some have come hard! Guidance will be provided across a range of topics including product curation, pricing and bundling strategies, keys to sales training and channel enablement, the role of a web marketplace, upselling/cross selingl to gain wallet share, and professional services for on boarding, support and cloud IT management.

      Don’t miss this opportunity to learn ways to accelerate your path to market as well as how to avoid some common pitfalls these experts have endured.

      Steve Zimba

      Steve is a seasoned senior executive with a deep passion for innovating and growing technology businesses. Prior to joining Mural, Steve held senior executive positions in a number of Telecom, IT and Managed Services businesses including BellSouth, Microsoft, and Cbeyond. He has a diverse range of experience in leading new businesses through significant growth, with particular expertise in strategic planning, sales, marketing, business development, and operational management.
      In his role as President at Mural, Steve brings a core vision and belief that service and the customer experience are the single most important ingredients in delivering products to market and building a highly satisfied and loyal customer base. Steve is applying this vision to build a world class team enabling cloud software and service providers to leverage Mural’s platforms and services to delivery second to none customer experiences.
      Steve lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two fast growing children. He is an avvid cyclist and member of the Beaverton Bicycle Club, where he supports development of the junior cycling team and has even been seen entering an occasional road race. Steve is a loyal supporter of World Vision, where he, his wife and kids provide support to children’s education, health and welfare in Latin America. Steve is also a graduate of Syracuse University – you will often find him attending Orange sporting events, as he is perhaps the most shameless Orange sports fan in the universe!

      Moderator:  Steve Zimba

      Tyler Murphy

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      I am a highly experienced and well-rounded sales executive and entrepreneur. I am a strong believer in the power of positive energy and developing meaningful relationships with people in both my business and personal life.

      I am a business development manager for McAfee SaaS Email & Web Security, the largest dedicated provider of managed security solutions in the world, forming strategic channel distribution relationships. Connect with me on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/denvervip

      Dave Saxton

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      Dave is VP of Marketing and Business Development for Yola, a leading cloud-based platform that is relied upon by millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide to take their businesses online. Yola provides a platform for users to create an omni-channel experience that helps showcase their brand and grow their business.
      Yola is changing the way a business markets itself by providing affordable, easy-to-use tools that seamlessly integrate an online presence on the web, mobile devices, social platforms and local directories. Hosting millions of customers worldwide, Yola has developed channel partnerships with blue-chip partners including Odin, Google, HP and Amex to effectively reach SMBs, globally.
      Dave has been with Yola since 2008 and was previously in a leadership position at Snapfish by HP, helping to grow that business to over 60M users.

      John Zanni

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      John is the senior vice president of cloud and hosting sales of global data protection leader Acronis, having joined the business in 2014.
      In his role, John is responsible for the global strategy and growth of Acronis’ cloud and hosting business, playing a vital role in supporting the worldwide business’ continued growth. John has 34 years’ experience in the technology sector and previously oversaw global service provider marketing for Parallels following 16 years at Microsoft, where he was responsible for driving the strategy for its hosted cloud business.

      Tarik Faouzi

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      Tarik Faouzi serves as executive director, cloud computing, Ingram Micro. He leads the global cloud Solutions and Delivery organization and has responsibility of the implementation of all the programs, development of solutions offering and expansion of professional services based on Parallels technology. With more than 17 years of business experience in IT environment, Faouzi brings the level of expertise enabling the transformation of Ingram Micro Cloud vision into reality.

      Faouzi joined Ingram Micro in April 2014. Most recently, he led the $350 million Components business at Tech Data. At Tech Data, Faouzi oversaw the business relationship with vendors and strategically developed the expansion of the product portfolio. He held various positions at Tech Data and was a key player in establishing the integrated supply chain services business unit. Prior to joining Tech Data, Faouzi worked in various management consulting firms and started his career as a web entrepreneur known for launching the first touristic portal about Morocco.

      Faouzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in automated production systems from Pau University in Bayonne, France, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Esade Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is based at Ingram Micro’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California.

      Goran Andersson

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      Gøran Andersson is Director of ISV Market Development at Odin. In this role he’s responsible for go to market activities with the service provider channel and the Odin ISV ecosystem, and ultimately driving usage of the applications enabled through the OSA (Odin Service Automation) platform.
      Gøran has over 15 years of experience in the hosting and service provider industry.

      Previous to Odin, Goran was Director of Partner Cloud at Microsoft Western Europe where he was responsible for go to market activities with the service provider (HSP) channel.

      Speakers:  Tyler Murphy, Dave Saxton, John Zanni, Tarik Faouzi, Goran Andersson
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • DevOps and the Enterprise Private Cloud

      DevOps and the Enterprise Private Cloud

      This panel will address the needs of DevOps and how cloud service providers fulfill these needs.

      Al Sadowski

      Al Sadowski is Research Director for the Internet Infrastructure Services practice at 451 Research. For more than 20 years, Al held management positions in software development, network operations, product development and product management at AT&T, Global Crossing and Level 3 Communications. He led global teams to develop customer care applications, set cloud strategy and manage a colocation product portfolio, and he launched multiple network-based managed services for the enterprise sector. Al is PMP-certified, and he holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University, as well as an MS in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

      Moderator:  Al Sadowski

      Markus Latzel

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      Markus is a visionary with an urge to commercialize innovative, profitable software solutions. Since founding Palomino thirteen years ago, Markus has been overseeing the commercialization plan for WebPal Cloud Server, which currently counts over 300,000 users and numerous clients both in Canada and worldwide. Markus is a recipient of the Martin Walmsley Fellowship, board member of the Business Intelligence Research Network, and member of the Seneca Program Advisory Committee. Markus is on the board of advisors and directors on two startups and on occasion teaches and presents on the world of technology entrepreneurship. With a MSc from Paderborn University, Germany, he brings to work a penchant for efficiency, quality, and smooth operations.

      Jordan Jacobs

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      Jordan brings more than a decade of business strategy and product development experience in the cloud, hosting, and managed services market to SingleHop. As VP of Products, Jordan oversees the entire SingleHop product lifecycle from conceptualization to market. Jordan is extremely technical with practical business aptitude derived from professional experiences spanning from cloud architecture and design, to data center engineering.

      Ashish Patel

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      Ashish has over 15 years of experience as a Cloud and Software Services entrepreneur. Currently serving as the Director of Cloud Services at TeraGo, he is forging Canada’s premier Enterprise Cloud Services leveraging TeraGo’s existing broadband services, its' acquisition of RackForce Networks and several data centers, including a state-of-the-art Data Centre facility acquired from BlackBerry. Ashish spent 10 years at IBM prior to TeraGo where he was the founder of IBM Cloud OpenStack Services and assisted in the acquisition of SoftLayer, among other accomplishments. Ashish earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Alberta.

      Speakers:  Markus Latzel, Jordan Jacobs, Ashish Patel
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
    • Security

      Security

      Each session within the Business Connections track will provide the venue to hear two minute elevator pitches from up to ten exhibitors providing solutions for a specific business category.

      Sessions will be moderated and speakers will be kept to a strict schedule to promote fairness in sharing information. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and to exchange business cards with exhibitors.

      Participants will also get to hear exhibitors deliver a one minute closing statement that best illustrates why their product or service is superior to others in the category.

      T.C. Doyle

      T.C. Doyle is a writer, editor and video storyteller who has covered the IT industry for more than two decades for media companies and one of the industry’s largest technology vendors. As Senior Content Director for Penton Channel, he oversees the editorial direction of The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin’Cloud and the WHIR. Previously, he held senior editorial positions at several media companies and is the former Editor@Large at Cisco, where he collaborated on “Doing Both,” a thought-leadership book that made the bestseller lists of both The New York Times and Amazon.com. A frequent speaker at IT industry events and trade shows, Mr. Doyle is the author of more than 1,000 technology news articles, columns, features and profiles. He resides in Park City, Utah.

      Moderator:  T.C. Doyle
      Location: Room 7B
      Track: Business Connections
  • Monday | 3:30pm
    • Context and the Power of Framing: Biasing Your Offer with Irrational Neuromarketing

      Context and the Power of Framing: Biasing Your Offer with Irrational Neuromarketing

      People don't make "rational” decisions. Your online offers may be laid out in a logical way, and that is costing you a lot of money. Understand the latest in neuromarketing research to bias visitors subconsciously, and make it more likely that they will take the desired action on your landing page.

      Learn the power of framing, irrational anchors, and visual biases. Find out what motivates your primitive reptilian brain, and how to skyrocket online conversion rates!

      Tim Ash

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      Tim Ash is the author of the bestselling book Landing Page Optimization, and CEO of SiteTuners, a conversion rate optimization firm that helps companies make their websites and online marketing programs more effective.

      Over the past 19 years, Tim has helped a number of major US and international brands to improve the outcomes of their web-based initiatives. Companies like Sears, Google, Expedia, eHarmony, Facebook, American Express, Canon, Nestle, Symantec, Intuit, Autodesk, Yahoo! and many others have benefitted from Tim's deep understanding and innovative perspective.

      Tim is a highly-regarded speaker at industry conferences worldwide. He is the founder and chairperson of Conversion Conference and a frequent contributor to print and online publications. Since 1995, he has authored more than 100 published articles.

      Tim earned a dual-major Bachelor of Science degree "with highest distinction" in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

      Speaker:  Tim Ash
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • The Gateway Drug to Get Customers to Buy More and Stay Happy

      The Gateway Drug to Get Customers to Buy More and Stay Happy

      The hosting industry has gone through a paradigm shift. Savvy providers now sell much more than just a domain name and giving customers what they want is key.

      SMB consumers want everything easy and at their fingertips and have the ability to do it on their own. By understanding the the recent trends in the SMB market, you can begin to tailor your offering to attract newer, younger customers, keeping them happy, healthy and buying more.

      Trevor Harries-Jones

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      Trevor is CEO of Yola, a leading cloud-based platform that is relied upon by millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide to take their businesses online. Yola provides a platform for users to create an omni-channel experience that helps showcase their brand and grow their business.
      Yola is changing the way a business markets itself by providing affordable, easy-to-use tools that seamlessly integrate an online presence on the web, mobile devices, social platforms and local directories. Hosting millions of customers worldwide, Yola has developed channel partnerships with blue-chip partners including Odin, Google, HP and Amex to effectively reach SMBs, globally.
      Trevor has previously presented at HostingCon and has appeared on numerous industry panels.

      Elisabeth Kurek

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      Elisabeth has a strong background in the hosting industry, starting as a web editor at 1&1 and working her way up to Head of Media Advertising, where she conducted extensive research in the SMB segment and launched 1&1’s first national TV campaign in the North American market. She then joined Verio, an NTT Communications company, as a global marketing director, leading direct marketing, as well as partner marketing for the telco audience worldwide. Elisabeth now manages Global Audience Marketing for the hosting sector at Odin. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Linguistics- TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Speakers:  Trevor Harries-Jones, Elisabeth Kurek
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • How to Improve Customer Satisfaction While Reducing Contact Volume by Half

      How to Improve Customer Satisfaction While Reducing Contact Volume by Half

      Every customer service organization wants to reduce contact volume (while keeping customer satisfaction high). In this interactive session, the speaker will draw on his experience leading customer service teams at A Small Orange, HostGator, and Endurance International Group.

      A a number of best practices (implemented by companies both in and outside of the hosting industry) will be discussed to demonstrate how to reduce contact volume while keeping customer satisfaction high.

      Douglas Hanna

      Douglas Hanna is the founder and CEO of Help.com, a next generation provider of customer service software. Before Help.com, he was the CEO of A Small Orange, the homegrown hosting company. A Small Orange, which Douglas joined in 2010, was acquired by Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) in 2012 and Douglas continued running the company as the SVP and Brand CEO, A Small Orange at Endurance for nearly two years following the acquisition. Under his leadership, A Small Orange grew from 9 to 90 employees and revenue increased by more than 1200%. Before that, Douglas ran customer service strategy and operations at HostGator, one of the world’s largest web hosting companies. He also founded Service Untitled, a leading blog on customer service and the customer service experience and has done customer service consulting for companies such as Dell. Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University.

      Speaker:  Douglas Hanna
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Cybersecurity Trends and Technology

      Cybersecurity Trends and Technology

      Experts discuss the trends and legislation that are shaping the cybersecurity landscape in the US. Hear about new threats and technology, mitigation strategies and best practices from a group of industry thought leaders and a seasoned cybercrime investigator.

      Robert Flaim

      Supervisory Special Agent Robert Flaim entered the FBI as a Special Agent in 1997 after serving several years as a US Army Judge Advocate General Officer. From 1999-2004, Special Agent Flaim was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Division (formerly part of the US National Infrastructure Protection Center), where he investigated computer criminal and national security intrusion matters.

      Since 2004, Special Agent Flaim has focused on the law enforcement impacts of policies and protocols of the international Internet Governance organizations, such a Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). SSA works at the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in the Washington D.C. area.

      Moderator:  Robert Flaim

      Stephen Gates

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      Steve is a key security evangelist for Corero Network Security, having delivered hundreds of presentations and attack/defense demonstrations across the Globe. Steve has more than 25 years of computer networking and security experience with an extensive background in the deployment and implementation of next-generation security technologies. Steve is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on DDoS attack tools and methodologies including defense technologies and approaches. You can usually find Steve speaking to network and security professionals within highly regarded organizations such as; InfraGard, ISSA, ISACA, Tech-Security Conferences, Interop, SecureWorld, RSA, SANs, IANS, GTRA and numerous other venues.

      Zulfikar Ramzan

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      Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan is the chief technology officer for RSA. In this role, Ramzan is responsible for leading the development of the company's technology strategy and will focus on bringing to market the innovations that help protect RSA customers from the growing number of advanced threats.

      Prior to joining RSA, Ramzan served as CTO of Elastica, where he leveraged machine learning technologies and natural language processing to enable customers to more securely access and use cloud services. Before Elastica, Ramzan respectively served as chief scientist of both Sourcefire, acquired by Cisco in 2013, and malware analytics company Immunet, acquired by Sourcefire in 2010. Ramzan previously served as the technical director of Symantec's security technology and response division, where he was the architect for the company's reputation-based malware detection technology.

      Ramzan earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

      Adam Bosnian

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      Adam Bosnian is the executive vice president of global business development at CyberArk. He is responsible for managing and expanding global strategic relationships with technology partners at CyberArk.

      Bosnian brings a strong sales, marketing and strategy success track record to his business development role at CyberArk, having served in a range of sales and marketing executive roles with the company over the past 10 years. As an early member of the CyberArk management team, Bosnian led the industry to define the market for privileged account security and compliance and helped to secure CyberArk’s leadership in the space.

      Nick Sullivan

      Nick Sullivan is a leading cryptography and security expert. He founded and built the security team at CloudFlare, one of the world's leading web security companies. He is a digital rights management pioneer in his work building Apple’s multi-billion dollar iTunes store. He is the author of over a dozen computer security patents and holds an MSc in Cryptography and a BMath in Pure Mathematics and holds a CISSP certification.

      Speakers:  Stephen Gates, Zulfikar Ramzan, Adam Bosnian, Nick Sullivan
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
    • Email Value Added Service

      Email Value Added Service

      Each session within the Business Connections track will provide the venue to hear two minute elevator pitches from up to ten exhibitors providing solutions for a specific business category.

      Sessions will be moderated and speakers will be kept to a strict schedule to promote fairness in sharing information. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and to exchange business cards with exhibitors.

      Participants will also get to hear exhibitors deliver a one minute closing statement that best illustrates why their product or service is superior to others in the category.

      T.C. Doyle

      T.C. Doyle is a writer, editor and video storyteller who has covered the IT industry for more than two decades for media companies and one of the industry’s largest technology vendors. As Senior Content Director for Penton Channel, he oversees the editorial direction of The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin’Cloud and the WHIR. Previously, he held senior editorial positions at several media companies and is the former Editor@Large at Cisco, where he collaborated on “Doing Both,” a thought-leadership book that made the bestseller lists of both The New York Times and Amazon.com. A frequent speaker at IT industry events and trade shows, Mr. Doyle is the author of more than 1,000 technology news articles, columns, features and profiles. He resides in Park City, Utah.

      Moderator:  T.C. Doyle
      Location: Room 7B
      Track: Business Connections
  • Monday | 4:30pm
    • Building a Billion Dollar Business: Lessons Learned

      Building a Billion Dollar Business: Lessons Learned

      Lance Crosby will tell the SoftLayer story from living room thru the sale of IBM. He will share insights from originals founders, angel investors, private equity, high yield debt, merger with The Planet and more.

      He will share what went right and what went wrong and how to maximize your value.

      Lance Crosby

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      Lance Crosby is the founder and visionary behind SoftLayer, an IBM Company. He is responsible for managing the overall success and growth of the company. Prior to SoftLayer, Mr. Crosby spent five years with The Planet as chief operations officer where he managed all operations including sales, provisioning, product selection, managed services, application development, engineering, information security, business development, and legal departments. Serving in prior executive management roles at Catalog.com and Dallas Internet, he brings extensive experience in leadership and management skills coupled with extensive technical skills in software and hardware environments. Mr. Crosby holds bachelors’ degrees in finance and management, a Master of Science in finance and Master of Business Administration from Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M University System. Mr. Crosby’s legal education includes a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

      Speaker:  Lance Crosby
      Location: Room 6A
      Track: Keynote
  • Monday | 5:30pm
    • Opening Networking Reception - Sponsored by DH Capital

      Opening Networking Reception - Sponsored by DH Capital

      The casual atmosphere of these social networking events make it easy for like-minded people to share thoughts, experiences and visions. Official HostingCon Networking Events are free to attend for Full Conference Attendees and Exhibitors. The Opening Networking Reception is Sponsored by DH Capital. It will be held on the West Terrace of the San Diego Convention Center.

      Location: West Terrace
      Track: Networking Events
  • Tuesday | 7:30am
    • Registration Open Hours

      Registration Open Hours

      The HostingCon registration desk is open for registrations, badge pickup and questions during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Foyer
      Track: Registration Open Hours
  • Tuesday | 7:45am
    • Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfasts are open to all registered HostingCon Full Conference Attendees, Single Day Attendees and Exhibitors. Grab a coffee or some juice and a bite to eat and enjoy some conversation with fellow attendees.

      Location: Ballroom Lobby
      Track: Networking Breakfast
  • Tuesday | 9:00am
    • Agile’s Not Just for Development Anymore

      Agile’s Not Just for Development Anymore

      In an industry as competitive as web hosting, it's important to differentiate yourself from the competition, which means marketing efficiency is everything.

      Learn how to take the same agile framework used for software development and apply it to marketing. You’ll hear how this strategy can benefit your marketing efforts and ideas on implementation.

      Stephen Brent May

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      After 10 years of experience with traditional marketing methodologies, Stephen made the switch to operating in an agile marketing environment. He has conducted workshops and written blog posts on the topic. Outside of his role at cPanel, Stephen currently serves as VP of Marketing Communications on the board of directors for the Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association. You can connect with him on LinkedIn at: linkedin.com/in/stephenmay

      Speaker:  Stephen Brent May
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • How To Stop Patent Trolls & Copyright Abusers From Stealing Your Money

      How To Stop Patent Trolls & Copyright Abusers From Stealing Your Money

      Trolls drain money from your business. This panel will discuss what you can do today to stop this. Panelists will provide you with checklists and real world advice on how to respond to trolls of every kind. You will also learn how your efforts will make a real difference taming these trolls.

      An Internet business can lose its entire profit for the year fighting or settling with a troll. What do we need to do to fight back?

      David Snead

      David Snead is an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. His practice focuses exclusively on representing Internet infrastructure companies. With expertise in abuse, transactions and international operations, he provides general counsel services to companies in twenty different countries. He has spoken extensively on subjects of importance at conferences ranging from HostingCon to Interop.

      Moderator:  David Snead

      Thomas Stocking

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      Thomas Stocking is an entrepreneur, and an expert in technical marketing. He has experience leading implementations of enterprise software, and in development and support of complex open source applications. Thomas serves as the COO of Gandi US, the American part of Gandi.net, a global domain name registrar and cloud hosting company.

      Lee Cheng

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      Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development
      and Corporate Secretary

      Lee Cheng is the Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at Newegg Inc., a $2.8B global (N. America and China) internet retailer that is the largest privately held e-commerce company in North America. He oversees or has run Newegg’s Legal, Corporate Development, Compliance, Ethics, Human Resources, Government Relations and Risk Management functions, and created the Newegg Foundation to facilitate and encourage community and philanthropic activity at Newegg.

      Mr. Cheng’s work and contributions in the legal arena have been recognized nationally. He has been named one of the NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 (2009), a Top In-House Counsel in California (2013) by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication, was awarded the Vanguard Award from the State Bar of California’s IP Section (2013) and was recognized as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel (2014) and one of 50 IP Pioneers and Trailblazers (2014) by the National Law Journal. In 2015, Mr. Cheng received an In-House Impact Award from leading legal publication The Recorder (2015). In 2011, under Mr. Cheng’s leadership, the Newegg Legal Department received Inside Counsel magazine’s Top 10 innovation award. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Cheng has been elected to 2 terms on the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders and has received the NYU-Polytechnic Innovation Award (2011).

      Mr. Cheng has also held leadership positions or served on the Boards of professional, community and affinity organizations like the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Southern California, Asian American Legal Foundation, the Organization of Chinese Americans (SF Chapter), the Harvard Club of San Francisco and the Lowell High School Alumni Association. He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Chapman University School of Law’s Business Emphasis Program.

      Mr. Cheng is frequently asked to speak on a variety of legal and business topics, including legal function management, achieving successful outcomes in litigation, international expansion and social media regulations. He has been profiled in leading legal publications such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Recorder and has been interviewed by major news and media outlets like Wall St. Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Internet Retailer. Furthermore, Mr. Cheng has been invited to testify or to submit testimony to the US House of Representatives (Commerce and Judiciary Committees), the US Senate (Judiciary Committee), the US International Trade Commission and the US Federal Trade Commission.

      Prior to joining Newegg, Mr. Cheng was an attorney in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins, a leading international law firm. Mr. Cheng also served as the VP and general counsel of GeneFluidics, Inc., a medical devices company, and the VP of administration and legal affairs at LightCross, Inc., an optical networking components company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cheng worked at top-tier law firms including Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Dow Lohnes & Albertson.

      Mr. Cheng received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is fluent in spoken Mandarin Chinese.

      Justin Freeman

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      Justin Freeman is Senior Corporate Counsel at Rackspace Hosting. With expertise in legal and technical areas of cloud computing law, Justin primarily represents Rackspace in technically complex commercial transaction agreements, data security, data privacy and compliance matters (including the EU Data Protection Directive, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS standards), legal review of product development activities, and public policy matters (with a focus on intellectual property, security and privacy issues).

      Justin is actively engaged in technology related public policy initiatives as part of his representation of Rackspace and as a board member of both the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) and the Texas Association of Business (TAB). Justin has provided expert witness testimony on cloud policy, competitiveness, and security matters before both state and federal congressional committees and chair's the i2Coalition's patent reform committee.

      Justin is a graduate of the UT Austin Plan II Honors program and the SMU Dedman School of Law, a member of the State Bar of Texas, and an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

      Speakers:  Thomas Stocking, Lee Cheng, Justin Freeman
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Build or Buy? Case Study On Growth Strategies For Small to Mid Sized Hosts

      Build or Buy? Case Study On Growth Strategies For Small to Mid Sized Hosts

      A post-acquisition case study will be presented comparing the numbers to an equivalent lift in accounts through an organic growth strategy. This session will evaluate the full costs of both strategies and get practical insight into options for growth.

      There continues to be a lot of M&A activity in the hosting industry but what is discussed generally tends to be about large acquisitions. Not much is heard about the motivations nor the details of how these transactions tend to be structured.

      This session will focus solely on the implications for a small to mid-sized hoster trying to come to terms with these two approaches and the associated costs, risks and considerations of each.

      Hartland Ross

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      Hartland Ross is President and founder of eBridge Marketing Solutions Inc, a digital marketing agency and consulting firm catering to B2B technology companies. Hartland has been working in the sales and marketing and M&A aspects of web based technology companies since 1999. He is well recognized and regarded in the hosting industry having worked with over 250 hosting and SaaS, PaaS and IaaS companies. These companies rely on Hartland and eBridge for advice and recommendations on their marketing, industry direction and strategies for growth. Hartland has also facilitated events and spoken at numerous conferences and presentations. He blogs at http://ebridgemarketingsolutions.com/category/blog and http://www.thehostbroker.com/category/blog and has been a blogger at www.thewhir.com and other sites and is often interviewed or quoted in various case studies and articles.

      Speaker:  Hartland Ross
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Clicks, Not Cash: Give Users a Free SEO boost

      Clicks, Not Cash: Give Users a Free SEO boost

      Search engine rankings are the lifeblood of any website, especially for those with an ecommerce focus. Yet the world of search rankings can appear to be the ultimate black box. So what can you do as a host to help improve your customers’ search rankings?

      This session will discuss what you as a host can do to positively affect search rankings. Get an understanding of how working with the right performance tools can help your customer to search engine success.

      Maria Karaivanova

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      Maria Karaivanova is the Head of Business Development at CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. She is responsible for building CloudFlare’s distribution and reseller channels, oversees international expansion and leads various growth initiatives. Prior to CloudFlare, she was a venture capitalist at Intel Capital specializing in consumer internet and enterprise software. Maria also worked in business development, strategy and intellectual property at Boeing and Expedia. Maria’s experience spans six countries - she is a passionate explorer of new cultures, active startup advisor and a frequent speaker at technology conferences. Maria holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

      Speaker:  Maria Karaivanova
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
  • Tuesday | 10:00am
    • How To Position Your Cloud Services To Compete With AWS, Azure, and Google

      How To Position Your Cloud Services To Compete With AWS, Azure, and Google

      During this session, hosting providers will learn a variety of techniques for building their own strategy to compete against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google. No matter what your cloud business model, a variety of skills are needed including scaling, hardware and software procurement, and provisioning tools.

      This session will also feature information on how to build a scalable, sustainable cloud service set that adds value beyond what is available from the top providers. Attendees will discuss marketing, service description, and sales strategies based on client business strategy and ongoing experience for end users.

      Sam Coyl

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      Sam Coyl is an award-winning Vetrepreneur who serves as President/CEO of Netrepid, a provider of colocation, infrastructure and application hosting services that help growing companies accelerate their technology from the ground to the cloud.

      After serving as a US Marine for nine years, Sam founded Netrepid in 2004. Following a series of acquisitions, Sam led the company on a transition from being a wireless technology provider to being named the 8th fastest growing managed services provider and also one of the top 100 managed hosting providers in North America. A member of the MSPmentor 250, Sam is also regarded as one of Pennsylvania’s top entrepreneurs under 40 and serves as a board director of numerous organizations dedicated to cloud computing, education, innovation, startups and technology.

      In 2014, he also founded the Netrepid Virtual Incubator to provide hosted technology solutions and business coaching to innovative startups based in Pennsylvania.

      Speaker:  Sam Coyl
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • The Roadmap To Internet Privacy - Fixing the Cloud's NSA Problem

      The Roadmap To Internet Privacy - Fixing the Cloud's NSA Problem

      Warrantless surveillance is eroding confidence in the cloud and as a result causing real harm to Internet innovation. Is there a path to fixing this and restoring consumer faith in the Internet? What is at risk if we don’t?

      This panel will propose common sense solutions for tackling this hot issue. In addition, participants will receive concrete guidance on how to properly and effectively process law enforcement requests.

      Christian Dawson

      Christian Dawson joined ServInt in 1998. He was appointed President in 2015. His focus on ServInt's product and service offerings, integrated with his cultivation of the Company's public presence, have helped ServInt increase its market share every year.

      Mr. Dawson is also Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), and has spoken worldwide on issues of Internet freedom.

      Mr. Dawson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership from the University of Richmond and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

      Moderator:  Christian Dawson

      Gregory Nojeim

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      Gregory T. Nojeim is a Senior Counsel and Director of the Project on Freedom, Security and Technology at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a Washington, D.C. non-profit public policy organization dedicated to keeping the Internet open, innovative and free.

      Nojeim specializes in protecting privacy in the digital age as against intrusion by the U.S. government, and is a recognized expert on the application of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to electronic surveillance in the national security, intelligence and criminal arenas. He spearheaded CDT's efforts to promote judicial supervision of surveillance of American's private telephone and e-mail conversations in connection with legislation to update the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008.

      He is currently a leader in CDT's cybersecurity work, testifying in both the House and Senate on the impact of cybersecurity proposals on privacy, civil liberties, and technology innovation. He is the author of Cybersecurity and Freedom on the Internet” published in 2010 in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. Nojeim is also deeply involved in a multi-year, broad-based project to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

      As Co-Chair of the Coordinating Committee on National Security and Civil Liberties of the American Bar Association's Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, he was one of the lead drafters of the ABA’s 2007 policy on the state secrets privilege.

      Prior to joining CDT in May 2007, Nojeim was the Associate Director and Chief Legislative Counsel of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1981 with a B.A. in Political Science, and he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1985.

      Ben Young

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      Ben is the General Legal Counsel at Peer 1 Hosting, where he defends, protects and enforces Peer 1’s legal and business interests, advising and supporting each business unit across the company. Ben ensures that the legal team adds value to every interaction at Peer 1 by identifying risks and finding the right solution to mitigate them

      Erik Martin

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      Erik Martin is the US General Manager for Depop, a new social shopping app. Previously Martin was the longtime General Manager at reddit. in 2012 TIME Magazine named him to their list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Martin is also an outspoken supporter of protecting internet freedom and innovation and serves on the Internet Infrastructure Coalition advisory board. Martin recently launched AssholesOnDemand.com a pro bono service that helps senior citizens and other underserved communities sort out customer service problems with big companies.

      Robyn Greene

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      Robyn Greene is the policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation specializing in issues concerning surveillance and cybersecurity. She helps to research and develop policies to protect individuals' privacy, secure the Internet, and fuel the development of and access to emerging technologies.

      Prior to joining the Open Technology Institute, Mrs. Greene worked at the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, where she focused on legislation and Administration policies concerning surveillance, cybersecurity, government secrecy, and federal law enforcement oversight. Before working at the ACLU, Mrs. Greene ran issue based grassroots advocacy campaigns with Grassroots Campaigns, on behalf of non-profit organizations including Amnesty International and the ACLU.

      Mrs. Greene earned a B.A. in government and politics at the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

      Speakers:  Gregory Nojeim, Ben Young, Erik Martin, Robyn Greene
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Staying Successful in the Days of the DIY’s

      Staying Successful in the Days of the DIY’s

      The growing number of DIY low-cost websites hurts profits of a hosting business, agency or web professional. This panel discussion session will explore how to remain competitive and create new revenue opportunities by delivering added value solutions and services on top of the website.

      Attendees will hear unique insights from an exec who’s company works with 7000+ web pros and tips and examples of how to best upsell and bundle additional solutions effectively.

      Ran Oelgiesser

      A technology marketer with over 15 years of expertise, Ran Oelgiesser has a diverse background and extensive experience with product management, marketing, and business technology in the start-up, SMB, and enterprise space. Prior to vCita, Ran was a co-founder and VP of Product Marketing at Kidaro (acquired by Microsoft in 2008). Later he managed the business and marketing integration of the Kidaro product line into Microsoft offerings and went on to lead Windows Security Marketing. Ran has since returned to the startup scene to work with small businesses to help meet their technology marketing needs.

      Currently Ran is CMO of vCita, a web engagement platform specifically designed for small businesses. The vCita LiveSite platform redefines small business by driving more opportunities from the web, mobile, email and social. Businesses can extend their brand, drive more clients to engage and deliver amazing service with the LiveSite portal. The self-service portal offers messaging, online scheduling, payments, invoicing and file sharing anytime, on any device. vCita increases the effectiveness of any web presence, strengthens customer relationships and provides a personalized experience clients have come to expect. To learn more, visit www.vcita.com.

      Moderator:  Ran Oelgiesser

      Itai Sadan

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      Itai Sadan founded Duda to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage in Mountain View, CA, with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. In 2008 they both noticed how the Internet was shifting towards mobile and the need for small businesses to create mobile optimized sites to attract customers on the go. Since then, in addition to offering their mobile-only solution, the company has evolved to also offer an all-in-one responsive website builder for agencies and small businesses alike.

      Itai's mobile web and small business website expertise has been cited by USA Today, Website Magazine, The Huffington Post, Mobile Entertainment and more. He speaks regularly on the local, mobile and social space at industry events hosted by such organizations as BIA Kelsey, Constant Contact, Local Search Association and the Israeli Conference.

      Prior to founding Duda, Itai was a director at SAP where he managed the SAP Discovery System program and was in charge of relationships with IBM, HP and Fujitsu. At age 21, he also founded InterSight, a start-up for data storage. Itai has a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel.

      “Duda” is a varitation of “Dude,” which is the main character in one of Itai and Amir’s favorite movies of all time, The Big Lebowski.

      Itai’s favorite quote from the film is: "Well, sir, it's this rug I had. It really tied the room together."

      Gordon Plant

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      Gordon is VP of Product at BaseKit, responsible for product strategy and user experience. Previously founding User Analytics Ltd. providing user experience research and consultancy services, he lectured in interactive multimedia at Bath Spa University before working with Float New Media across a range of web projects and The Filter, a leading player in the market for intelligent filtering software.

      Danny Hen

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      Danny Hen is director of sales and partnerships at Camilyo which offers an all-in-one, omni-channel, white-labeled, integrated marketing platform, designed specifically for online service providers and their small and medium business clients, with a clear focus on capturing leads and transactions across multiple online channels. Danny is a web savvy executive with over 10 years of experience in building and growing startups from a stealth mode to a leader in their space. Before joining Camilyo Danny was VP Marketing & Sales for Personyze, a leading website personalization SaaS platform. Prior to that Danny was Director of international sales for several leading Nasdaq traded companies.

      Peter Schultz

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      Peter Schultz is ​a ​Vice President of ​Business Development at ​AffinityX. In over 15 years as a marketing, business development and product strategy executive, Peter has ​helped his clients drive more than​ $30 million​ in new revenue. His experience in digital and multi-platform media has included positions at Ping Mobile, Cox Media, and ActiveVideo Networks.

      Speakers:  Itai Sadan, Gordon Plant, Danny Hen, Peter Schultz
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • What Does Your Backup Service Look Like?

      What Does Your Backup Service Look Like?

      Backups are an integral component of your hosting services, but what qualifies you as a hosting provider to begin charging your customers for backups as a premium service?

      This session reviews some key attributes of current system backup service providers. A closer look will be taken at the system backup process in its ideal form and discusses what it takes to get there, looking at both infrastructure and service levels.

      Ben Thomas

      Speaker:  Ben Thomas
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
  • Tuesday | 11:00am
    • Exhibit Hall Open Hours

      Exhibit Hall Open Hours

      The Exhibit Hall will be open during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Exhibit Hall
  • Tuesday | 12:00pm
    • Networking Lunch

      Networking Lunch

      Peer Networking Lunches are open to everyone with a Full Conference Pass or a Single Day Pass. Lunch tickets are required. Lunch tickets can be found in your attendee badge back pocket. Enjoy a break from the educational sessions with some fantastic food and dessert. Sit by someone you don’t know and meet someone new!

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Networking Lunch
  • Tuesday | 2:00pm
    • Capitalizing on Social Media Management

      Capitalizing on Social Media Management

      This session will present an engaging and informative insight into the real business challenges of effective social media management facing SMB’s – from an operational perspective (efficiency, risk management) and brand management perspective. It will also discuss the evolution of the social media management industry to address needs.

      There is a broad opportunity for hosting companies to capitalize on the social media management industry by expanding offerings to grow and retain customers. This educational session focuses on how the social media management industry has evolved for business, rather than from the consumer perspective, and the opportunity facing the hosting provider industry at large.

      Background:

      Social media has become an established industry and its rapid growth appears to be continuing. As more innovative platforms and technologies emerge, businesses have more options and greater flexibility in capitalizing on the benefits of social media, yet, the very characteristics that make social media such a powerful marketing tool also present some significant challenges to business.

      Estimates by industry consultants indicate that there were approximately 1.8 billion social network users across the globe in 2014 and that user numbers were continuing to increase. These estimates also indicate that expenditure on social media advertising in the USA is expected to increase to approximately $8.4 billion in 2014, up from estimates of between $5 billion and $6 billion in 2013.

      The industry is now an ecosystem of technologies and solutions, and the SMB market have a need and desire to source - however accessing and evaluating solutions for an SMB is a timing consuming process – creating the perfect opportunity for hosting companies to expand their distributed offerings to grow and retain their customers.

      Anthony Owen

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      Anthony is the president and founder of Manalto Ltd. (MTL.ASX)(manalto.com), a provider of cloud based enterprise social media management solutions. A new product of Manalto Ltd., Soshlr (soshlr.com), gives businesses greater control to coordinate brand management and marketing inside multiple social media platforms from a single dashboard.

      Speaker:  Anthony Owen
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • Will Making Encryption Easy Fix The Internet?

      Will Making Encryption Easy Fix The Internet?

      Does encryption build your business or drive customers away? There’s an increasing awareness that encryption is hugely important, but nobody’s using it because it’s hard. Why is encryption so important, and what can we do to drive adoption?

      The panel will discuss tools that exist and the pros and cons of incorporating them into your products. You will also learn how your efforts may result in increased customer acquisition.

      Amie Stepanovich

      Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously, Ms. Stepanovich was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She is serving as co-chair for the forthcoming 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Amie was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recently recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.

      Moderator:  Amie Stepanovich

      Rafael Laguna de la Vera

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      Rafael Laguna is CEO and co-founder of OX, providing leadership and strategic vision across the organisation. Under Rafael's guidance, OX developed its product offerings to include SaaS cloud architecture in collaboration with key partners. A co-founder of OX, Rafael was chairman of the board until 2008 when he became CEO.

      Rafael has extensive experience in enterprise software, having previously held the position of VP Marketing and Business Development at SUSE Linux as well as being CEO of Micado, overseeing the turnaround of Baurer AG and its subsequent takeover by Sage. Passionate about the open source movement, Rafael also acts in an advisory role for the Open Source Business Foundation.

      Sunday Yokubaitis

      Sunday Yokubaitis has served as the president of Golden Frog since its inception in 2009. Golden Frog fights for online privacy and an open and secure Internet around the world. He is passionate about providing easy-to-use services that enable people to achieve a reasonable level of online privacy and security.

      Mr. Yokubaitis is responsible for Golden Frog’s global corporate strategy, including the company’s product roadmap. He has broad knowledge about the Internet industry, federal tech policy, and the issues that affect consumer online privacy.

      Since 2007, Mr. Yokubaitis has also served as President of Giganews, the world's leading Usenet provider. Prior that role, he was a patent litigator in San Francisco.

      Mr. Yokubaitis holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Houston.

      Speakers:  Rafael Laguna de la Vera, Sunday Yokubaitis
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Expanding Infrastructure Globally

      Expanding Infrastructure Globally

      The Internet is creating unprecedented opportunities as new consumers across global markets come online every day. Yet, how will your business provide an exceptional experience to all of your current and potential customers? What is your strategy for deploying, expanding and monitoring your global infrastructure and reach? Is it based on intelligence or guessing? How will your business make decisions across competitive data center, cloud and CDN landscapes?

      This presentation gives tips and examples on how to implement technical and business growth strategies that will help enterprises reach the next billion online.

      Charlie Baker

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      Charlie oversees the roadmap and strategic direction for Dyn’s Internet Performance services. Prior to Dyn, he was the Director of Product Management for companies like Brix Networks (purchased by EXFO), and Brooktrout Technology (now Dialogic).
      In addition to his career in product management Charlie also served as part of the US Air Force and assisted with the design, upgrade, and deployment of Space Defense and Optical Telescope systems.
      He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has an MBA from Boston University.

      Josh Snowhorn

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      Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Open Internet Exchange, and brings 15 years of data center and interconnection experience to his role, which is largely dedicated to expanding the CyrusOne National Internet Exchange (IX) across the company’s worldwide data center locations.

      Josh and his team have designed and implemented the CyrusOne National IX strategy to significantly increase the number of telecom and cloud providers available to customers, enabling Internet peering and leveraging industry-changing interconnection ecosystems. This proprietary and innovative technology was honored by DataCenter Dynamics as the 2014 Outsourced Innovation of the Year.

      Before joining CyrusOne in 2012, Josh spent the previous 12 years as Vice President of Business Development at Terremark, a global Data Center and Cloud services provider acquired by Verizon in 2011. There he developed new business in emerging markets and drove all business related to peering and interconnection throughout the company’s portfolio. In addition to his previous role at Terremark, Josh is affiliated with industry-leading organizations such as the Open Internet Exchange Association, the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), the European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX), and the Global Peering Forum (GPF), a joint venture that he co-founded with Equinix, AMS-IX, DE-CIX, and LINX.

      Josh resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and a flock of chickens.

      Speakers:  Charlie Baker, Josh Snowhorn
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation

      Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation

      Information Technology (IT) service providers have historically struggled between the huge capital expenditure and long development cycles of building their own cloud versus the thin margins and limited flexibility of using public retailers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

      The emergence of wholesale cloud, and the technologies that make it possible, is revolutionizing how and by whom enterprise IT is delivered. Wholesale cloud is the game-changing third option between building your own (BYO) cloud and public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and provides the advantages of each minus any of the drawbacks.

      We are entering a new realm of cloud computing as the next wave of technical innovations from emerging startups brings the dawn of Cloud 2.0, and with it, a new era of IT transformation and agility. The global market for cloud services is expected to grow from $131 billion in 2013 to $244 billion by 2017 (source: PwC), and wholesale cloud presents tremendous opportunities for a growing segment of service providers to gain a competitive advantage and effectively compete against larger players.

      This session is for anyone interested in discovering the latest breakthroughs in cloud technology and learning more about the benefits and features of wholesale cloud. If you are looking to grow your cloud business, or just getting started, this session is for you.

      Sheng Yeo

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      Sheng Yeo co-founded OrionVM while attending the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. From their dorm room his team hatched an idea to build an IaaS company using a completely new technology blueprint. Sheng leads the team as CEO and drives innovation within the firm, supported by his versatile background, detail-oriented nature and strong management skills. Sheng has worked across every function of a company and brings over seven years of technology experience to the organization. He received recognition by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, he has been a lecturer for undergraduate and post-graduate Cloud Infrastructure subjects at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and has presented at several industry conferences including Aus-Cloud, Tech23, the NICTA NSW Government Cloud Briefing, Cloud Partners, Cloud Expo West, Pacific Telecom Council and a CeBIT Presentation on the Use of Cloud Infrastructure.

      Chris Grecsek

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      Chris Grecsek is a co-owner and founder of Centered Networks. His primary areas of responsibility include management of technology and customer service. Chris previously worked as the Director of IT for the San Francisco Foundation and helped launch several successful startups including Angel Points and Collaborative Standards. He also has over 15 years of previous work experience with enterprise technologies at General Electric and Bristol Meyers Squibb. Chris studied Genetics at Rutgers.

      Jason Martin

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      Jason is the VP of Customer Experience at Cumulus Networks.

      Prior to Cumulus Networks Jason ran Asia Pacific operations for storage start-up Coraid. Previous to this Jason was VP of Worldwide Services for VMware for 8 years where he built the services team from 3 to over 500 people with a turnover in three main lines of business—consulting services, education services, and technical account management—of $150M annually. Prior to VMware, Jason worked as CEO for software start-up Rostima, Inc. and in various management positions for Internet start-ups Doubleclick and NetGravity. Jason started his career at Andersen Consulting, where he was a manager in the San Francisco office.

      Jason has a B.S. in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.

      Speakers:  Sheng Yeo, Chris Grecsek, Jason Martin
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
  • Tuesday | 3:00pm
    • Ask The Experts Q&A

      Ask The Experts Q&A

      Meet HostingCon's expert presenters and ask them anything! Come to the back of the exhibit hall for your chance to personally interact with conference speakers.

      David Snead

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      David Snead is an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. His practice focuses exclusively on representing Internet infrastructure companies. With expertise in abuse, transactions and international operations, he provides general counsel services to companies in twenty different countries. He has spoken extensively on subjects of importance at conferences ranging from HostingCon to Interop.

      Hillary Stiff

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      Hillary Stiff is Managing Director of Cheval Capital. Ms Stiff has been an investment banker and CFO for over 20 years, completing acquisitions and raising capital for companies in the telecommunications and internet industries.

      Over the last fifteen years, Ms. Stiff has focused on acquisitions in the hosting and ISP industries and has completed over 285 hosting and ISP transactions. Ms. Stiff's clients have included companies such as NTT/Verio, The Endurance International Group, Hostopia, Web.com and Lunarpages among many others.

      A related service Ms. Stiff provides her clients is a weekly acquisition Opportunities List. This list summarizes the hosting and related companies available for sale and is distributed weekly to hundreds of active buyers. (Generally this list includes over 30 companies available for sale.)

      Cheval Capital, Inc. is a boutique Investment Bank that specializes in helping companies make acquisitions, raise capital and navigate complex financial events. Cheval's services are based on the insights and experience its principals have gained from completing close to $2.0 billion of transactions in a variety of businesses. This experience, when coupled with Cheval's high level of service and support can lead to better transaction terms, faster completion and less management distraction.

      Cheval Capital is a member of the FINRA and SIPC.

      Ms. Stiff can be reached at hstiff[at]chevalcap.com or 703-549-8602.

      Christian Dawson

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      Christian Dawson joined ServInt in 1998. He was appointed President in 2015. His focus on ServInt's product and service offerings, integrated with his cultivation of the Company's public presence, have helped ServInt increase its market share every year.

      Mr. Dawson is also Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), and has spoken worldwide on issues of Internet freedom.

      Mr. Dawson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership from the University of Richmond and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

      Liam Eagle

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      Liam Eagle covers the Internet infrastructure business for 451 Research, focusing on managed hosting, cloud and mass-market hosting. Prior to joining 451 Research, Liam closely covered the hosting services market as Editor-in-Chief of Web Host Industry Review for more than 10 years – giving him a front-row seat for many of the transformative trends that shaped the business, including the emergence of virtualization and cloud technologies, and the development of the partner ecosystem that underpins the hosting market.

      At the WHIR, Liam managed a full-time editorial team of four, along with dozens of freelancers, bloggers and other outside contributors. In several years as Co-Chair of HostingCon, he built the educational program for one of the industry’s most highly regarded and well-attended events. Liam has spoken at HostingCon, Parallels Summit, the Open-Xchange Summit and other industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.

      Frank Stiff

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      Frank is President of Cheval Capital, a boutique investment bank that specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.

      While Cheval has expertise in a variety of industries, it has been particularly active in the Internet services arena representing such companies as SingleHop, The Endurance International Group, Rackspace Managed Hosting and NTT/Verio, among others, in over 280 successful web hosting and ISP M&A transactions.

      Additional information is available at www.chevalcap.com and Frank can be reached at 703-549-7390 or via email at fstiff//chevalcap.com.

      Wilfried Beeck

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      Wilfried Beeck is Founder and CEO of ePages, one of the world’s leading providers for online shop software in the cloud. Specialised in the SMB market, ePages offers a high performance solution to merchants that enables them to hit the ground running in e-commerce. With the ePages software, professional online shops can easily be created with no need for any previous technical knowledge. Beeck studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences in Kiel before founding the company in 1983. Together with Stephan Schambach and Karsten Schneider, he also founded Intershop Communications GmbH in 1992 and managed its IPO in 1998. In 2002, Beeck left the board at Intershop AG to concentrate on the development of e-commerce solutions with ePages.

      Itai Sadan

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      Itai Sadan founded Duda to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage in Mountain View, CA, with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. In 2008 they both noticed how the Internet was shifting towards mobile and the need for small businesses to create mobile optimized sites to attract customers on the go. Since then, in addition to offering their mobile-only solution, the company has evolved to also offer an all-in-one responsive website builder for agencies and small businesses alike.

      Itai's mobile web and small business website expertise has been cited by USA Today, Website Magazine, The Huffington Post, Mobile Entertainment and more. He speaks regularly on the local, mobile and social space at industry events hosted by such organizations as BIA Kelsey, Constant Contact, Local Search Association and the Israeli Conference.

      Prior to founding Duda, Itai was a director at SAP where he managed the SAP Discovery System program and was in charge of relationships with IBM, HP and Fujitsu. At age 21, he also founded InterSight, a start-up for data storage. Itai has a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel.

      “Duda” is a varitation of “Dude,” which is the main character in one of Itai and Amir’s favorite movies of all time, The Big Lebowski.

      Itai’s favorite quote from the film is: "Well, sir, it's this rug I had. It really tied the room together."

      Ditlev Bredahl

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      Ditlev is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years experience leading hosting and technology companies.

      As CEO of OnApp, he has led the company's dramatic growth from its launch in July 2010 to become a leading provider of software for hosts.

      After a few years in roles for the European Parliament, Ditlev moved into the rapidly-growing Internet sector in the mid-1990s. He quickly developed a reputation as an entrepreneur and a specialist in start-up and turnaround scenarios.

      Before founding OnApp, Ditlev led UK2 Group's hosting companies as MD and CEO, and spearheaded the launch of VPS.NET, which now operates one of the world's five largest public clouds.

      Ditlev has an MBA in International Business from the European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying in Brussels, and a degree in Economics from AAU, Denmark. Ditlev is Danish, lives in the UK but travels frequently to speak at events around the world.

      Sagi Brody

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      Sagi joined Webair in 1998. Sagi is responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations. With his help, the company has seen an increase in web sites and servers hosted by over 1000%. Sagi has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry including: site surveys and selection, data center build out and upgrades, fiber network design and build, authoring of all client interfaces, designed software for data center and server automation, cloud computing, green data center technologies, resource management, staffing, and budget planning. Sagi has built the companies Content Delivery Network (CDN) that now provides high speed downloads from anywhere in the world – among many other achievements.

      Gregory Nojeim

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      Gregory T. Nojeim is a Senior Counsel and Director of the Project on Freedom, Security and Technology at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a Washington, D.C. non-profit public policy organization dedicated to keeping the Internet open, innovative and free.

      Nojeim specializes in protecting privacy in the digital age as against intrusion by the U.S. government, and is a recognized expert on the application of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to electronic surveillance in the national security, intelligence and criminal arenas. He spearheaded CDT's efforts to promote judicial supervision of surveillance of American's private telephone and e-mail conversations in connection with legislation to update the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008.

      He is currently a leader in CDT's cybersecurity work, testifying in both the House and Senate on the impact of cybersecurity proposals on privacy, civil liberties, and technology innovation. He is the author of Cybersecurity and Freedom on the Internet” published in 2010 in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. Nojeim is also deeply involved in a multi-year, broad-based project to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

      As Co-Chair of the Coordinating Committee on National Security and Civil Liberties of the American Bar Association's Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, he was one of the lead drafters of the ABA’s 2007 policy on the state secrets privilege.

      Prior to joining CDT in May 2007, Nojeim was the Associate Director and Chief Legislative Counsel of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1981 with a B.A. in Political Science, and he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1985.

      Ran Oelgiesser

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      A technology marketer with over 15 years of expertise, Ran Oelgiesser has a diverse background and extensive experience with product management, marketing, and business technology in the start-up, SMB, and enterprise space. Prior to vCita, Ran was a co-founder and VP of Product Marketing at Kidaro (acquired by Microsoft in 2008). Later he managed the business and marketing integration of the Kidaro product line into Microsoft offerings and went on to lead Windows Security Marketing. Ran has since returned to the startup scene to work with small businesses to help meet their technology marketing needs.

      Currently Ran is CMO of vCita, a web engagement platform specifically designed for small businesses. The vCita LiveSite platform redefines small business by driving more opportunities from the web, mobile, email and social. Businesses can extend their brand, drive more clients to engage and deliver amazing service with the LiveSite portal. The self-service portal offers messaging, online scheduling, payments, invoicing and file sharing anytime, on any device. vCita increases the effectiveness of any web presence, strengthens customer relationships and provides a personalized experience clients have come to expect. To learn more, visit www.vcita.com.

      Makiko Ara

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      Makiko is the co-founder of TPM, a marketing and design agency focused on the hosting and cloud industry.

      She helps her clients connect their products and services to buyers through unique and engaging digital experiences. She manages digital and print media for clients in hosting, tech, retail, hospitality, non-profit, and e-commerce.

      As the lead for digital marketing projects, she works with clients to develop and execute digital media marketing campaigns for web and print media.

      She firmly believes that visual and emotional triggers to be at the heart of any successful digital marketing campaign and hopes that she can help hosting providers borrow from the successes of companies in other industries and sectors.

      Adam Singer

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      Adam Singer is Analytics Advocate at Google, a marketing, media and PR industry speaker, startup adviser and blogger. He previously was digital director for a 300+ person global consulting team and over the course of his career has provided online marketing strategy for B2B & B2C brands in a variety of industries. Singer and his campaigns have been cited by top media outlets such as TechCrunch, AdWeek, NY Times and more for creative use of digital marketing and PR. Singer blogs at The Future Buzz - an award-winning blog with more than 25K subscribers and frequently-referenced source of what's new in digital marketing.

      Javier Salcedo Gadea

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      As Head of PM Cloud, Javier oversees 1&1’s Cloud offerings with responsibilities across technology, go-to-market, sales, customer care, finance etc. Javier has extensive experience in the European Cloud sector, having been Product Director for 4 years at 1&1’s sister company in Spain, renowned Cloud specialist Arsys Internet. At Arsys, Javier oversaw the three product lines (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), in addition to positions within the project management and pre-sales divisions. Javier started out in the IT sector with an IT operations role at Accenture.

      Christopher Mondini

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      Christopher Mondini is ICANN's Vice President, Business Engagement. In this role he works to broaden and deepen relationships with companies beyond the domain name sector, to educate global business on the workings and role of ICANN, and to provide ways for continued dialogue and collaboration on Internet Governance issues. His aim is for the voice of business to be heard in a rapidly evolving multi-stakeholder framework.

      Peter Schultz

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      Peter Schultz is ​a ​Vice President of ​Business Development at ​AffinityX. In over 15 years as a marketing, business development and product strategy executive, Peter has ​helped his clients drive more than​ $30 million​ in new revenue. His experience in digital and multi-platform media has included positions at Ping Mobile, Cox Media, and ActiveVideo Networks.

      Brandon Klayman

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      Brandon London D. Klayman has that rare combination of technical know-how and artistic appreciation of branding’s nuances. Brandon brings boundless inspiration and expert insight to businesses worldwide, and has the keen ability to ask all the right questions to discover what makes you and your business tick… and how to best communicate that to the public.
      Brandon is the creator of award winning integrative marketing firm Conscious Commerce, which is proud to be Constant Contact’s #1-rated partner. Since 2004, Conscious Commerce has been in business and profitable, providing everything from nuanced branding and business development to the nuts-and-bolts of online and e-mail marketing campaigns. The kicker: 2014 was its best year, yet.
      Conscious Commerce serves as a hub for ONE (a nifty acronym for Brandon’s highly-specialized branding consultancy Opportunity Now Emerging), provides a host of marketing solutions in-house, and boasts of a global network of highly skilled Partner Alliance Leaders (PALs) who provide powerful resources and tools to clients.
      From high-tech to health care, his expertise spans 20 years. From an early age, he founded various businesses, including successful computer retail solutions. He served as IBM’s Manager of Knowledge and Innovation and has sold computers to the White House, Yale, Harvard, Simon Frasier University, and US military installations.
      As the current Master Certified Alberta, Canada Area Local Expert for Constant Contact, Brandon delivers cutting-edge seminars on internet, social and e-mail marketing know-how and best practice strategies. Because of his reputation as an educator, speaker and mentor, he was invited to become Global Communications Coordinator to Humanity’s Team, a global movement of individuals committed to the betterment of humanity created by the author of the Conversations with God trilogy.
      Paralleling his development in the technology world, Brandon continued to increase his awareness and the wellness of those around him. He brings focus and transparency to his work, and for ten years, he has served on the board of Spirituality in Healthcare Network. He was also the Business Development Director for Stellar Bookings, representing a very select group of dedicated spiritual authors.
      He’s married to La – short for “Lady Angela,” said with a French accent – and they live in Calgary, Alberta with their two kitten creations, Lion-O and Gaia.

      Stijn Koster

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      Stijn Koster began his entrepreneurial career in 2004 with the launch of i3D.net, a global hosting provider with datacenters around the world. With focus on technology, service and performance, i3D.net grew significantly and operates 10,000 servers worldwide. In 2009, Stijn founded SmartDC: a datacenter operator with two 36,000 sq. ft. data centers in the Netherlands. Two years later he started Game Blocks, a software company creating middleware for the game industry. Stijn won several awards with i3D.net: numeral Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA rankings and winner of the FD Gouden Gazellen award for fastest growing profitable company of the province South Holland during 2009-2012. Stijn's focus is on growth and expansion by developing cutting edge technology and pushing the boundaries of technology for projects on all platforms.

      Adam Bosnian

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      Adam Bosnian is the executive vice president of global business development at CyberArk. He is responsible for managing and expanding global strategic relationships with technology partners at CyberArk.

      Bosnian brings a strong sales, marketing and strategy success track record to his business development role at CyberArk, having served in a range of sales and marketing executive roles with the company over the past 10 years. As an early member of the CyberArk management team, Bosnian led the industry to define the market for privileged account security and compliance and helped to secure CyberArk’s leadership in the space.
      Bosnian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he graduated with Highest Honors.

      Rae Majors-Wildman

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      Rae Majors-Wildman is an award-winning business strategist, highly sought after speaker, best-selling author, and CEO/President of Rae Majors-Wildman (RMW) International. Rae graduated with honors and holds a degree in Counseling Psychology. She has received certification and mentorship from some of the top business leaders in the U.S. including Brian Buffini, Tony Robbins, John Assaraf, and Chet Holmes (who was responsible for doubling seven divisions of Warren Buffet’s partner Charlie Munger).

      Rae is first and foremost committed to helping companies who struggle with attracting and retaining top employees. She solves their problems through executive coaching and training, developing emerging and next generation leaders, and improving communication throughout the organization. With over 15,000 coaching hours under her belt, Rae has successfully coached and trained businesses--from startup at the ground-level to Fortune 100 companies. Some of the companies impacted by RMW International include Microsoft, T-Mobile, 5/3 Bank, City of Santa Ana, Wells Fargo, Re/Max, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and BEI Networks.

      Rae Majors-Wildman is the author of The Juggling Act: A Step by Step Guide to Balancing Your Business and Your Life and the newly released book The Corporate Exodus: How America’s Top Companies Attract and Develop their Next Generation of Leaders…(and keep them from leaving!)

      Erik Martin

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      Erik Martin is the US General Manager for Depop, a new social shopping app. Previously Martin was the longtime General Manager at reddit. in 2012 TIME Magazine named him to their list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Martin is also an outspoken supporter of protecting internet freedom and innovation and serves on the Internet Infrastructure Coalition advisory board. Martin recently launched AssholesOnDemand.com a pro bono service that helps senior citizens and other underserved communities sort out customer service problems with big companies.

      Lee Cheng

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      Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development
      and Corporate Secretary

      Lee Cheng is the Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at Newegg Inc., a $2.8B global (N. America and China) internet retailer that is the largest privately held e-commerce company in North America. He oversees or has run Newegg’s Legal, Corporate Development, Compliance, Ethics, Human Resources, Government Relations and Risk Management functions, and created the Newegg Foundation to facilitate and encourage community and philanthropic activity at Newegg.

      Mr. Cheng’s work and contributions in the legal arena have been recognized nationally. He has been named one of the NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 (2009), a Top In-House Counsel in California (2013) by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication, was awarded the Vanguard Award from the State Bar of California’s IP Section (2013) and was recognized as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel (2014) and one of 50 IP Pioneers and Trailblazers (2014) by the National Law Journal. In 2015, Mr. Cheng received an In-House Impact Award from leading legal publication The Recorder (2015). In 2011, under Mr. Cheng’s leadership, the Newegg Legal Department received Inside Counsel magazine’s Top 10 innovation award. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Cheng has been elected to 2 terms on the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders and has received the NYU-Polytechnic Innovation Award (2011).

      Mr. Cheng has also held leadership positions or served on the Boards of professional, community and affinity organizations like the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Southern California, Asian American Legal Foundation, the Organization of Chinese Americans (SF Chapter), the Harvard Club of San Francisco and the Lowell High School Alumni Association. He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Chapman University School of Law’s Business Emphasis Program.

      Mr. Cheng is frequently asked to speak on a variety of legal and business topics, including legal function management, achieving successful outcomes in litigation, international expansion and social media regulations. He has been profiled in leading legal publications such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Recorder and has been interviewed by major news and media outlets like Wall St. Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Internet Retailer. Furthermore, Mr. Cheng has been invited to testify or to submit testimony to the US House of Representatives (Commerce and Judiciary Committees), the US Senate (Judiciary Committee), the US International Trade Commission and the US Federal Trade Commission.

      Prior to joining Newegg, Mr. Cheng was an attorney in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins, a leading international law firm. Mr. Cheng also served as the VP and general counsel of GeneFluidics, Inc., a medical devices company, and the VP of administration and legal affairs at LightCross, Inc., an optical networking components company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cheng worked at top-tier law firms including Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Dow Lohnes & Albertson.

      Mr. Cheng received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is fluent in spoken Mandarin Chinese.

      Justin Freeman

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      Justin Freeman is Senior Corporate Counsel at Rackspace Hosting. With expertise in legal and technical areas of cloud computing law, Justin primarily represents Rackspace in technically complex commercial transaction agreements, data security, data privacy and compliance matters (including the EU Data Protection Directive, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS standards), legal review of product development activities, and public policy matters (with a focus on intellectual property, security and privacy issues).

      Justin is actively engaged in technology related public policy initiatives as part of his representation of Rackspace and as a board member of both the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) and the Texas Association of Business (TAB). Justin has provided expert witness testimony on cloud policy, competitiveness, and security matters before both state and federal congressional committees and chair's the i2Coalition's patent reform committee.

      Justin is a graduate of the UT Austin Plan II Honors program and the SMU Dedman School of Law, a member of the State Bar of Texas, and an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

      Speakers:  David Snead, Hillary Stiff, Christian Dawson, Liam Eagle, Frank Stiff, Wilfried Beeck, Itai Sadan, Ditlev Bredahl, Sagi Brody, Gregory Nojeim, Ran Oelgiesser, Makiko Ara, Adam Singer, Javier Salcedo Gadea, Christopher Mondini, Peter Schultz, Brandon Klayman, Stijn Koster, Adam Bosnian, Rae Majors-Wildman, Erik Martin, Lee Cheng, Justin Freeman
      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Ask The Experts Lounge
      Track: Ask The Experts
  • Tuesday | 4:00pm
    • Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

      Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

      Grab a drink and browse the Exhibit Hall. You'll discover new products and services to help grow your business! The Exhibit Hall Happy Hour is free to attend for all attendees.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Networking Events
    • Ask the Experts Q&A

      Ask the Experts Q&A

      Meet HostingCon's expert presenters and ask them anything! Come to the back of the exhibit hall for your chance to personally interact with conference speakers.

      Hilary van der Meulen

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      Hilary is currently the Membership Director of the i2Coalition. van der Meulen serves as i2Coalition’s central coordinator for engaging and recruiting new members, and is the chief driver of growth for the organization. van der Meulen has 10 years of experience in the hosting and cloud industry.

      Prior to joining the i2Coalition, van der Meulen previously worked for iNET Interactive and Web Host Industry Review. One of the most connected people in the Internet infrastructure industry, van der Meulen has managed accounts for 30 of the top 100 Internet infrastructure companies in the world, and hundreds more.

      Markus Latzel

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      Markus is a visionary with an urge to commercialize innovative, profitable software solutions. Since founding Palomino thirteen years ago, Markus has been overseeing the commercialization plan for WebPal Cloud Server, which currently counts over 300,000 users and numerous clients both in Canada and worldwide. Markus is a recipient of the Martin Walmsley Fellowship, board member of the Business Intelligence Research Network, and member of the Seneca Program Advisory Committee. Markus is on the board of advisors and directors on two startups and on occasion teaches and presents on the world of technology entrepreneurship. With a MSc from Paderborn University, Germany, he brings to work a penchant for efficiency, quality, and smooth operations.

      Rafael Laguna de la Vera

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      Rafael Laguna is CEO and co-founder of OX, providing leadership and strategic vision across the organisation. Under Rafael's guidance, OX developed its product offerings to include SaaS cloud architecture in collaboration with key partners. A co-founder of OX, Rafael was chairman of the board until 2008 when he became CEO.

      Rafael has extensive experience in enterprise software, having previously held the position of VP Marketing and Business Development at SUSE Linux as well as being CEO of Micado, overseeing the turnaround of Baurer AG and its subsequent takeover by Sage. Passionate about the open source movement, Rafael also acts in an advisory role for the Open Source Business Foundation.

      John Zanni

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      John is the senior vice president of cloud and hosting sales of global data protection leader Acronis, having joined the business in 2014.
      In his role, John is responsible for the global strategy and growth of Acronis’ cloud and hosting business, playing a vital role in supporting the worldwide business’ continued growth. John has 34 years’ experience in the technology sector and previously oversaw global service provider marketing for Parallels following 16 years at Microsoft, where he was responsible for driving the strategy for its hosted cloud business.

      Philbert Shih

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      Philbert Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting and cloud infrastructure services market. Mr. Shih has covered the hosting infrastructure space for over a decade.

      Prior to founding Structure Research, Mr. Shih was the first hosting analyst hired after Tier1 Research was sold to The 451 Group (2005) and spent six years as Senior Analyst for Hosting. In this role, Mr. Shih helped launch Tier1's coverage of hosting in international markets and was the lead and contributing author to all of the company's quarterly and bi-annual hosting infrastructure sector reports.

      Prior to joining Tier1 Research, Mr. Shih spent more than four years covering the web hosting industry - three of them as Senior Staff Writer for The Web Host Industry Review's online and print publications. At theWHIR, Mr. Shih covered companies in the consumer, SMB and enterprise hosting, cloud and colocation segments.

      Mr. Shih's coverage in the sector is global in scope and extends across the broader Internet infrastructure value chain - including companies in the SaaS and automation software markets. Mr. Shih is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in various publications such as theWHIR.com, The Globe and Mail, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Bizjournals, eWeek, The Houston Chronicle, The Deal and The E- commerce Times.

      Mr. Shih holds an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political-economic development.

      William Bell

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      William is an experienced and proven products executive and business strategy leader in the Cloud IaaS, Data Center and Managed Services market. With nearly 10 years of Infrastructure as a Service and Data Center experience he has demonstrated his commitment to these markets through the creation of high value, cost effective solutions positioned for the mid-market and enterprise customer.

      As VP of Products he is responsible for the creation and go to market strategy of all phoenixNAP Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings including Cloud Infrastructure Hosting, Dedicated Hosting and Colocation. A leader in the infrastructure as a service industry, Mr. Bell’s work has been featured in Information Security Magazine, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

      Prior to joining phoenixNAP William ran the internal IT operations for one of the largest credit card processors in the United States.

      Mr. Bell holds a BBA in Economics from Sam Houston State University.

      Michele Neylon

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      Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland's largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award.

      He currently serves as the Chair of both the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Eurid Registrar Advisory Board. Michele is actively involved in Internet policy development, currently serving as a member of several working groups within the ICANN GNSO. Michele focuses primarily on European Internet issues and policy and has presented at numerous Internet industry events, covering a range of topics including policy, security, ICANN, Nominet, the Internet Governance Forum and Investment/First Tuesday.

      In his spare time, Michele is an award winning social media evangelist, blogger and film buff, who speaks four languages.

      Michael Fountain

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      I have 15+ years experience in the hosting industry and specialize in creating products and designing solutions that build businesses and grow revenue. Currently, I'm Director of Product Marketing at Odin focusing on marketing strategy for the Plesk business. Prior to Odin, I was the creator and co-founder of ModernBill.

      Sunday Yokubaitis

      Sunday Yokubaitis has served as the president of Golden Frog since its inception in 2009. Golden Frog fights for online privacy and an open and secure Internet around the world. He is passionate about providing easy-to-use services that enable people to achieve a reasonable level of online privacy and security.

      Mr. Yokubaitis is responsible for Golden Frog’s global corporate strategy, including the company’s product roadmap. He has broad knowledge about the Internet industry, federal tech policy, and the issues that affect consumer online privacy.

      Since 2007, Mr. Yokubaitis has also served as President of Giganews, the world's leading Usenet provider. Prior that role, he was a patent litigator in San Francisco.

      Mr. Yokubaitis holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Houston.

      Anthony Owen

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      Anthony is the president and founder of Manalto Ltd. (MTL.ASX)(manalto.com), a provider of cloud based enterprise social media management solutions. A new product of Manalto Ltd., Soshlr (soshlr.com), gives businesses greater control to coordinate brand management and marketing inside multiple social media platforms from a single dashboard.

      Amie Stepanovich

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      Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously, Ms. Stepanovich was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She is serving as co-chair for the forthcoming 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Amie was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recently recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.

      Sheng Yeo

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      Sheng Yeo co-founded OrionVM while attending the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. From their dorm room his team hatched an idea to build an IaaS company using a completely new technology blueprint. Sheng leads the team as CEO and drives innovation within the firm, supported by his versatile background, detail-oriented nature and strong management skills. Sheng has worked across every function of a company and brings over seven years of technology experience to the organization. He received recognition by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, he has been a lecturer for undergraduate and post-graduate Cloud Infrastructure subjects at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and has presented at several industry conferences including Aus-Cloud, Tech23, the NICTA NSW Government Cloud Briefing, Cloud Partners, Cloud Expo West, Pacific Telecom Council and a CeBIT Presentation on the Use of Cloud Infrastructure.

      Jabez Tan

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      Jabez Tan is a Senior Analyst with Structure Research, an independent Toronto-based research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting, colocation and cloud infrastructure services markets.
      Mr. Tan is based in San Francisco, California and his coverage will focus on the data centre infrastructure market - primarily retail and wholesale colocation providers but also modular data centre, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure companies. Mr. Tan will also be responsible for coverage of the Asia-pacific region and lead the building of Structure Research’s proprietary market share data.
      Prior to joining Structure Research, Mr. Tan was a Research Analyst
      for the quantitative services team at Tier1 Research and later parent company 451 Research. In this role, he assisted in the development and maintenance of the company’s market sizing and other quantitative services deliverables with an emphasis on the Internet infrastructure sectors, including colocation, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure. Other areas of coverage included data centre technology vendors and modular data centres.
      Mr. Tan is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in publications such as Data Center Knowledge and theWHIR.com.
      Mr. Tan holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was also a platoon sergeant in the Singapore Armed Forces and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

      Brook Chelmo

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      Brook Chelmo is a security researcher and advocate with a focus on website security from Symantec. Coming from a background in education and operations, he presents topics with a simple hands-on approach that cuts through fluffy ideals. He often presents on SSL/TLS security trends as well as advanced threat protection.

      Charlie Baker

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      Charlie oversees the roadmap and strategic direction for Dyn’s Internet Performance services. Prior to Dyn, he was the Director of Product Management for companies like Brix Networks (purchased by EXFO), and Brooktrout Technology (now Dialogic).
      In addition to his career in product management Charlie also served as part of the US Air Force and assisted with the design, upgrade, and deployment of Space Defense and Optical Telescope systems.
      He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has an MBA from Boston University.

      Chris Grecsek

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      Chris Grecsek is a co-owner and founder of Centered Networks. His primary areas of responsibility include management of technology and customer service. Chris previously worked as the Director of IT for the San Francisco Foundation and helped launch several successful startups including Angel Points and Collaborative Standards. He also has over 15 years of previous work experience with enterprise technologies at General Electric and Bristol Meyers Squibb. Chris studied Genetics at Rutgers.

      Jason Martin

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      Jason is the VP of Customer Experience at Cumulus Networks.

      Prior to Cumulus Networks Jason ran Asia Pacific operations for storage start-up Coraid. Previous to this Jason was VP of Worldwide Services for VMware for 8 years where he built the services team from 3 to over 500 people with a turnover in three main lines of business—consulting services, education services, and technical account management—of $150M annually. Prior to VMware, Jason worked as CEO for software start-up Rostima, Inc. and in various management positions for Internet start-ups Doubleclick and NetGravity. Jason started his career at Andersen Consulting, where he was a manager in the San Francisco office.

      Jason has a B.S. in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.

      Ben Young

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      Ben is the General Legal Counsel at Peer 1 Hosting, where he defends, protects and enforces Peer 1’s legal and business interests, advising and supporting each business unit across the company. Ben ensures that the legal team adds value to every interaction at Peer 1 by identifying risks and finding the right solution to mitigate them

      Mike Schroder

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      Mike Schroder is a coffee-drinking sailor and lover of Open Source. He currently works at DreamHost as WordPress Platform Lead, while contributing to the WordPress core and related projects. You can find him blogging about WordPress, travel, and his cats at getsource.net.

      Vlad Friedman

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      Vlad Friedman, a seasoned IT veteran with 25+ years of mission critical experience and currently the CEO of Edge Hosting. Vlad and his team are exclusively focused on hosting highly secure mission critical public facing web and line of business applications. His team of engineers and security analysts currently intercept an average of 15 million attacks per day launched against thousands of servers and devices across three geographically diverse data center locations.

      Edge services a wide range of industries from enterprise accounts such as insurance carriers, publicly traded corporations, political parties, and nonprofits to state and federal agencies; all on compliant platforms audited for HIPAA HITECH, PCI, FISMA, FEDRAMP, SOX and EU Safe Harbor.

      Robert Flaim

      Supervisory Special Agent Robert Flaim entered the FBI as a Special Agent in 1997 after serving several years as a US Army Judge Advocate General Officer. From 1999-2004, Special Agent Flaim was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Division (formerly part of the US National Infrastructure Protection Center), where he investigated computer criminal and national security intrusion matters.

      Since 2004, Special Agent Flaim has focused on the law enforcement impacts of policies and protocols of the international Internet Governance organizations, such a Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). SSA works at the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in the Washington D.C. area.

      Kellie Green

      Speakers:  Hilary van der Meulen, Markus Latzel, Rafael Laguna de la Vera, John Zanni, Philbert Shih, William Bell, Michele Neylon, Michael Fountain, Sunday Yokubaitis, Anthony Owen, Amie Stepanovich, Sheng Yeo, Jabez Tan, Brook Chelmo, Charlie Baker, Chris Grecsek, Jason Martin, Ben Young, Mike Schroder, Vlad Friedman, Robert Flaim, Kellie Green
      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Ask The Experts Lounge
      Track: Ask The Experts
  • Wednesday | 7:45am
    • Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfast

      Networking Breakfasts are open to all registered HostingCon Full Conference Attendees, Single Day Attendees and Exhibitors. Grab a coffee or some juice and a bite to eat and enjoy some conversation with fellow attendees.

      Location: Ballroom Lobby
      Track: Networking Breakfast
  • Wednesday | 8:00am
    • Registration Open Hours

      Registration Open Hours

      The HostingCon registration desk is open for registrations, badge pickup and questions during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Foyer
      Track: Registration Open Hours
  • Wednesday | 9:00am
    • The Art of Cross-Selling and Upselling

      The Art of Cross-Selling and Upselling

      Are you getting the most out of your investments? Do your customers know everything you offer? How could your marketing be more effective without spending a dime on ads?

      This session will explore strategies and tactics for getting your customers to spend more money with your company.

      Monish Sood

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      Sr. Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation

      Mr. Sood has a proven track record of growing business through marketing. Over the past seven years at Microsoft, he helped launch major products and programs targeting hosting service providers. Sood established the Microsoft Hosting Summit as the premier industry event for top Microsoft Hosting partners globally. He developed and published the annual Microsoft Customer Cloud Study that highlights key customer insights across small, medium, and large enterprises worldwide. Sood has over a decade of experience in the hosting and cloud industry with a focus on digital marketing, press and analyst relations, and integrated marketing communications.


      Before joining Microsoft, Sood served as the director of marketing at HostMySite.com, where he was responsible for the planning, direction, and implementation of all marketing strategies, including product positioning, advertising, customer service, and technical support that helped to grow the company significantly in 5 years. Previously, he was with IBM and Informix.


      Sood holds a Bachelor’s degree in advertising from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas.

      Speaker:  Monish Sood
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • Add on Offerings for Hosts to Increase Revenue and Profit

      Add on Offerings for Hosts to Increase Revenue and Profit

      This panel will discuss the latest marketing offerings to give customers what they need and increase hosts revenue through simple ad ons customers can purchase easily and directly.

      Ricardo Lasa

      Ricardo is a hard working serial entrepreneur that is highly involved in the technology and business community in Tampa Bay. Prior to co-founding SiteWit, Ricardo started Web Piston Website Builder, one of the first platforms for small businesses to build their website and market their products and services. Through running Web Piston Ricardo realized there had to be a better way to buy paid search and started to work on SiteWit in 2009.

      Ricardo is focusing all his efforts now in growing SiteWit and helping small business market effectively on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook and display.

      Ricardo holds a bachelors degree in Management information systems, a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and International Management, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems with emphasis on Database Architecture and User Interface Design, all from the University of South Florida Business School.

      Ricardo also attended the Harvard Business School Launching New Ventures program in 2009. Ricardo sits on the board of directors of Tampa Bay WaVE, the advisory board of the Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida Business School, and the board of directors of Filasa, a real estate development firm headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

      Moderator:  Ricardo Lasa

      Trevor Harries-Jones

      CEO Yola, Inc.

      Elisabeth Kurek

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      Elisabeth has a strong background in the hosting industry, starting as a web editor at 1&1 and working her way up to Head of Media Advertising, where she conducted extensive research in the SMB segment and launched 1&1’s first national TV campaign in the North American market. She then joined Verio, an NTT Communications company, as a global marketing director, leading direct marketing, as well as partner marketing for the telco audience worldwide. Elisabeth now manages Global Audience Marketing for the hosting sector at Odin. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Linguistics- TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Ridley Ruth

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      Ridley is currently the COO of Dropmysite. Ridley brings 20 years of industry knowledge to the Dropmysite Team. His previous experience is in the areas of sales, marketing, business development and operations where he specialized in search engine optimization, website marketing, security as well as hard drive and software computer forensic duplication.
      His last role was as Vice President Sales of StopTheHacker, a leading website security company which was acquired by CloudFlare, Inc. After the acquisition Ridley continued with CloudFlare running StopTheHacker as General Manager.

      Craig Ball

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      Craig Ball leads the channel strategy for Manalto under the Soshlr brand. Soshlr brings the enterprise social media management tools of Manalto and makes them available through the service provider channel, priced and packaged specifically for add-on and bundled sales.

      Scott Varner

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      Scott is the Director of Business Development at Ecwid, the leading e-commerce store builder that plugs into any website, blog, or social media site. Scott oversees strategic relationships with hosting partners, site-builders, telcos, and payment partners who use Ecwid as a primary tool to attract and retain customers. Ecwid is available in 45 languages and serves over 800,000 businesses globally and offers 45 payment gateways.

      Speakers:  Trevor Harries-Jones, Elisabeth Kurek, Ridley Ruth, Craig Ball, Scott Varner
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Go Global Strategy - How to Get it Right

      Go Global Strategy - How to Get it Right

      This session will focus on managing a business that has both a global audience and glocal strategy. Using ResellerClub as a case study, the session will discuss how a global approach with the right local mix can work wonders.

      Also discussed will be the nitty gritties of running such a business and managing talent that is culturally diverse.

      Brian Unruh

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      Brian Unruh leads Endurance's international operations. He has worked with U.S.-based tech companies and public hardware technology firms reorganizing their global operations. Brian ended up at Dotster, where he was the CFO and helped to grow the business until its purchase by Endurance International Group. And since joining Endurance in 2011, he has helped transform the company from being a domain reseller to a leading domain name registrar.

      Brian graduated from Oregon State University. And when not helping small businesses find the perfect domain name, he enjoys perfecting his golf swing and his cooking.

      Speaker:  Brian Unruh
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • DBaaS: #1 Value Added Service for every Cloud Service Provider

      DBaaS: #1 Value Added Service for every Cloud Service Provider

      This presentation is aimed at a very broad audience including IT Manager, CxO, DevOps, and database users, and provides a high level introduction to Database as a Service with a focus on DBaaS with OpenStack Trove. It will also explain how cloud service providers can use DBaaS and it will explore the many benefits it provides.
       
      It presents some practical examples of benefits achieved in adopting DBaaS, and shares learnings from the adoption process, and highlights some potential pitfalls.  It concludes with a description of the capabilities of OpenStack Trove, and presents a view of the roadmap of features for upcoming releases.

      Ken Rugg

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      The entrepreneurial bug bit Ken early when he left MIT’s computer-science program early to join an artificial intelligence startup.

      Ken has 20 years in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development. He has shown expertise in innovative go-to-market strategies, growing technical solutions into profitable businesses, building high-performance teams and pushing sales.

      Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software. He led a combination of sales, services, marketing, product strategy and development for many of the company’s enterprise software products.

      Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon, the maker of ObjectStore, was acquired. There he was the chief technology officer and vice president of product development. Under his technical leadership, eXcelon became the leader in XML database and XML integration technologies while maintaining its dominant position in the object database market.

      Between leading a startup and raising four children ages 13 to 24, there is little time left for other pursuits, but he does enjoy relaxing by his koi pond when the water isn’t frozen over.

      Speaker:  Ken Rugg
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
  • Wednesday | 10:00am
    • Evaluating the First Year new gTLDs

      Evaluating the First Year new gTLDs

      This panel will address the expectations of new TLDs and how they compared to the adoption rates. We'll discuss which new TLD launches have been the most successful and identify how registrars can best approach this potential customer base.

      The panel will identify missed opportunities within the sales process for new TLDs – What strategies are working? What tools should registrars offer customers? How is churn looking? How best to educate users?

      Finally we'll look at expectations of how new TLDs will evolve over the next year and how registrars can best adapt.

      Nicole Henderson

      Nicole Henderson has been involved in the hosting and cloud industry since 2010. As part of the Penton Technology team, she oversees the WHIR as editor in chief. In her role she is responsible for guiding editorial strategy and coverage, keeping in touch with key industry stakeholders, and staying ahead of relevant technology trends.

      Moderator:  Nicole Henderson

      Lauren Price

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      Lauren Price is the Director of Channel Management at Public Interest Registry. In this role, Price develops and executes innovative strategies to help differentiate and grow the .ORG domain name extension. Over the past few years, she has been actively involved in the roll out of Public Interest Registry’s new top level domain (nTLD) program which includes four internationalized domain names (IDNs), .NGO and .ONG. In her previous role, Price was an account manager at VeriSign for Domain Name Registrars. She has 13 years of experience in business development, channel management and account management with a strong emphasis on establishing and strengthening customer relationships for the domain name industry.

      Price is a certified product manager through the Association of International Product Marketing & Management. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from George Mason University and studied international business at George Mason University’s Center for Global Education in London, England. When she isn’t working, Price enjoys spending downtime with her husband and three young children.

      Crystal Peterson

      Nino Tomasetti

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      Nino Tomasetti is a Senior Product Manager at 1&1 Internet, one of the world’s largest web hosting companies and Europe’s leading domain registrar. He has been responsible for setting up the nTLD Program over the last 2 years, from implementation to commercial rollout, with focus on defining business strategy and positioning for worldwide markets and target groups. Prior to his current role he successfully managed the introduction of a Hosted Exchange 2013 package for several countries and created an overall strategy for a portfolio of complementary SaaS business applications.

      Bob Samuelson

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      Bob Samuelson brings over 15 years of domain, brand protection and digital marketing experience to the Donuts team.

      After retiring from a professional volleyball career, which included a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympic games, Bob played an integral role at .tv. Bob subsequently joined Verisign’s Digital Brand Management Services group, providing domain portfolio management and brand protection services for some of the world’s largest and most respected brands. Bob followed those experiences with key positions at Melbourne IT, Citizen Hawk and Adobe Marketing.

      Speakers:  Lauren Price, Crystal Peterson, Nino Tomasetti, Bob Samuelson
      Location: Room 11 A/B
      Track: Sales and Marketing
    • Safeguarding Data in the Cloud

      Safeguarding Data in the Cloud

      As enterprises look to select cloud service providers (CSP), they need to understand how CSPs will safeguard their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments.

      Today, CSPs must provide data security solutions that will protect their customer’s data from system administrators who don’t need to see the data in the clear and adversaries who become system administrators from stolen credentials. In short, enterprises want to maintain control of their data and look for CSPs to help them fulfill their secure cloud deployment objectives.

      This session will discuss successful CSP case studies who have delivered cloud data security solutions using advanced encryption, centralized key management and cutting edge access controls and policies.

      See how global CSPs can assure their customers’ sensitive data remains private and secure, protected from damaging data breaches, and satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements needed.

      Learn in this session how to proactively address security in the cloud so that your organization isn’t next week’s data breach headline, protect intellectual property and comply with data privacy and system integrity regulations and how to combine context-aware user access, high performance encryption for data-at-rest and operational control into a single system that seamlessly interacts with existing IT systems.

      Scott Manning

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      Scott is a 24 year veteran in the information technology industry, his experience spans across the mainframe, distributed systems, virtualization and the cloud. His focus for the last 14 years has been security & compliance of platforms, operations and data in distributed systems and the cloud.

      Currently, Scott is the Vice President of North America for Cloud at Vormetric Inc., who is one of the leading data security solution providers in the industry. Vormetric helps more than 1500 customers worldwide secure their data assets across their data-centers and the cloud. He and his team are responsible for cloud strategy and the Vormetric’s Cloud and Managed Service Provider partnership program, overseeing solutions development, relationship management, training and enablement, implementation & support services and revenues with CSPs and MSPs.

      Scott has spoken as an industry and solution expert for securing data in the cloud and across the enterprise at events such as ISACA, ISAC for FS and ISAC-Insurance industry, The CIO Insurance Summit, Data Connectors, CSA, along with partner events like IBM Security seminars, ISA-Canada and most recently at Rackspace Solve events in Atlanta and NYC.

      Speaker:  Scott Manning
      Location: Room 10
      Track: Issues and Trends
    • Understanding the Value of Performance in the Cloud

      Understanding the Value of Performance in the Cloud

      Public cloud infrastructure is a fast-growing market saturated with offerings. Based on data collected through monitoring performance of the world's largest public cloud providers, this presentation will help attendees understand the complex and confusing marketplace of cloud pricing and performance from a customer’s perspective.

      The session will also explain how public cloud providers can streamline the cloud adoption process by proactively addressing and educating an audience with pricing and performance information through a standardized process.

      Kenny Li

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      Kenny Li is the co founder of Cloud Spectator, an analyst agency standardizing performance and pricing in the IaaS Industry. Since 2011, Li has led the performance-monitoring group of Cloud Spectator, which tracks IaaS performance across the largest public cloud providers in the market today. Tests include synthetic stress tests and application workload simulations to help businesses quickly understand, compare, and select public cloud providers for their IT needs.

      Speaker:  Kenny Li
      Location: Room 9
      Track: Management
    • Hacked! The Increasing Threat of Compromised Web Servers

      Hacked! The Increasing Threat of Compromised Web Servers

      Compromising of web servers is rapidly approaching large-scale mass production. Cyber criminals use factories of compromised web servers for malware distribution, spamming, DDoS attacks and other illicit activities. A malicious web site damages the reputation of the IP address associated with it, resulting in those IP addresses being blocked and negatively impacting customer experience.

      This session will outline threats facing hosting providers and provide strategies for mitigation.

      Andrew Conway

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      Andrew Conway is a research analyst at Cloudmark, where he investigates and combats the new and emerging email, mobile and social network spam. Prior to Cloudmark, Conway investigated click fraud in the eBay affiliate program. His work at eBay contributed to dramatic improvements in network quality and resulted in a successful wire fraud prosecution. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and a background in geographic information systems, interest rate management and trading systems and performance.

      Speaker:  Andrew Conway
      Location: Room 8
      Track: Technology
  • Wednesday | 11:00am
    • Exhibit Hall Open Hours

      Exhibit Hall Open Hours

      The Exhibit Hall will be open during these times.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Exhibit Hall
  • Wednesday | 12:00pm
    • Networking Lunch

      Networking Lunch

      Peer Networking Lunches are open to everyone with a Full Conference Pass or a Single Day Pass. Lunch tickets are required. Lunch tickets can be found in your attendee badge back pocket. Enjoy a break from the educational sessions with some fantastic food and dessert. Sit by someone you don’t know and meet someone new!

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Networking Lunch
  • Wednesday | 1:00pm
    • Ask The Experts Q&A

      Ask The Experts Q&A

      Meet HostingCon's expert presenters and ask them anything! Come to the back of the exhibit hall for your chance to personally interact with conference speakers.

      Monish Sood

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      Sr. Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation

      Mr. Sood has a proven track record of growing business through marketing. Over the past seven years at Microsoft, he helped launch major products and programs targeting hosting service providers. Sood established the Microsoft Hosting Summit as the premier industry event for top Microsoft Hosting partners globally. He developed and published the annual Microsoft Customer Cloud Study that highlights key customer insights across small, medium, and large enterprises worldwide. Sood has over a decade of experience in the hosting and cloud industry with a focus on digital marketing, press and analyst relations, and integrated marketing communications.


      Before joining Microsoft, Sood served as the director of marketing at HostMySite.com, where he was responsible for the planning, direction, and implementation of all marketing strategies, including product positioning, advertising, customer service, and technical support that helped to grow the company significantly in 5 years. Previously, he was with IBM and Informix.


      Sood holds a Bachelor’s degree in advertising from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas.

      Tyler Murphy

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      I am a highly experienced and well-rounded sales executive and entrepreneur. I am a strong believer in the power of positive energy and developing meaningful relationships with people in both my business and personal life.

      I am a business development manager for McAfee SaaS Email & Web Security, the largest dedicated provider of managed security solutions in the world, forming strategic channel distribution relationships. Connect with me on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/denvervip

      Reid Fishler

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      Reid Fishler is a Director for Hurricane Electric, one of the worlds largest ISPs, and the worlds largest IPv6 provider.

      Dave Saxton

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      Dave is VP of Marketing and Business Development for Yola, a leading cloud-based platform that is relied upon by millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide to take their businesses online. Yola provides a platform for users to create an omni-channel experience that helps showcase their brand and grow their business.
      Yola is changing the way a business markets itself by providing affordable, easy-to-use tools that seamlessly integrate an online presence on the web, mobile devices, social platforms and local directories. Hosting millions of customers worldwide, Yola has developed channel partnerships with blue-chip partners including Odin, Google, HP and Amex to effectively reach SMBs, globally.
      Dave has been with Yola since 2008 and was previously in a leadership position at Snapfish by HP, helping to grow that business to over 60M users.

      Shridhar Luthria

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      Shridhar is ResellerClub’s Business Head and General Manager and leads all business activities and initiatives. He has been steering the team since inception and has helped the company grow from a start-up to the world’s most popular platform for domain names and web hosting.

      His 10 years of experience in the Hosting and Domains market has given him a keen insight into the Web Services industry and what makes a successful web business.

      Trevor Harries-Jones

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      Trevor is CEO of Yola, a leading cloud-based platform that is relied upon by millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide to take their businesses online. Yola provides a platform for users to create an omni-channel experience that helps showcase their brand and grow their business.
      Yola is changing the way a business markets itself by providing affordable, easy-to-use tools that seamlessly integrate an online presence on the web, mobile devices, social platforms and local directories. Hosting millions of customers worldwide, Yola has developed channel partnerships with blue-chip partners including Odin, Google, HP and Amex to effectively reach SMBs, globally.
      Trevor has previously presented at HostingCon and has appeared on numerous industry panels.

      Steve Zimba

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      Steve is a seasoned senior executive with a deep passion for innovating and growing technology businesses. Prior to joining Mural, Steve held senior executive positions in a number of Telecom, IT and Managed Services businesses including BellSouth, Microsoft, and Cbeyond. He has a diverse range of experience in leading new businesses through significant growth, with particular expertise in strategic planning, sales, marketing, business development, and operational management.
      In his role as President at Mural, Steve brings a core vision and belief that service and the customer experience are the single most important ingredients in delivering products to market and building a highly satisfied and loyal customer base. Steve is applying this vision to build a world class team enabling cloud software and service providers to leverage Mural’s platforms and services to delivery second to none customer experiences.
      Steve lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two fast growing children. He is an avvid cyclist and member of the Beaverton Bicycle Club, where he supports development of the junior cycling team and has even been seen entering an occasional road race. Steve is a loyal supporter of World Vision, where he, his wife and kids provide support to children’s education, health and welfare in Latin America. Steve is also a graduate of Syracuse University – you will often find him attending Orange sporting events, as he is perhaps the most shameless Orange sports fan in the universe!

      Ricardo Lasa

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      Ricardo is a hard working serial entrepreneur that is highly involved in the technology and business community in Tampa Bay. Prior to co-founding SiteWit, Ricardo started Web Piston Website Builder, one of the first platforms for small businesses to build their website and market their products and services. Through running Web Piston Ricardo realized there had to be a better way to buy paid search and started to work on SiteWit in 2009.

      Ricardo is focusing all his efforts now in growing SiteWit and helping small business market effectively on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook and display.

      Ricardo holds a bachelors degree in Management information systems, a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and International Management, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems with emphasis on Database Architecture and User Interface Design, all from the University of South Florida Business School.

      Ricardo also attended the Harvard Business School Launching New Ventures program in 2009. Ricardo sits on the board of directors of Tampa Bay WaVE, the advisory board of the Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida Business School, and the board of directors of Filasa, a real estate development firm headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

      Jordan Jacobs

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      Jordan brings more than a decade of business strategy and product development experience in the cloud, hosting, and managed services market to SingleHop. As VP of Products, Jordan oversees the entire SingleHop product lifecycle from conceptualization to market. Jordan is extremely technical with practical business aptitude derived from professional experiences spanning from cloud architecture and design, to data center engineering.

      Tarik Faouzi

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      Tarik Faouzi serves as executive director, cloud computing, Ingram Micro. He leads the global cloud Solutions and Delivery organization and has responsibility of the implementation of all the programs, development of solutions offering and expansion of professional services based on Parallels technology. With more than 17 years of business experience in IT environment, Faouzi brings the level of expertise enabling the transformation of Ingram Micro Cloud vision into reality.

      Faouzi joined Ingram Micro in April 2014. Most recently, he led the $350 million Components business at Tech Data. At Tech Data, Faouzi oversaw the business relationship with vendors and strategically developed the expansion of the product portfolio. He held various positions at Tech Data and was a key player in establishing the integrated supply chain services business unit. Prior to joining Tech Data, Faouzi worked in various management consulting firms and started his career as a web entrepreneur known for launching the first touristic portal about Morocco.

      Faouzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in automated production systems from Pau University in Bayonne, France, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Esade Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is based at Ingram Micro’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California.

      Elisabeth Kurek

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      Elisabeth has a strong background in the hosting industry, starting as a web editor at 1&1 and working her way up to Head of Media Advertising, where she conducted extensive research in the SMB segment and launched 1&1’s first national TV campaign in the North American market. She then joined Verio, an NTT Communications company, as a global marketing director, leading direct marketing, as well as partner marketing for the telco audience worldwide. Elisabeth now manages Global Audience Marketing for the hosting sector at Odin. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Linguistics- TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Ridley Ruth

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      Ridley is currently the COO of Dropmysite. Ridley brings 20 years of industry knowledge to the Dropmysite Team. His previous experience is in the areas of sales, marketing, business development and operations where he specialized in search engine optimization, website marketing, security as well as hard drive and software computer forensic duplication.
      His last role was as Vice President Sales of StopTheHacker, a leading website security company which was acquired by CloudFlare, Inc. After the acquisition Ridley continued with CloudFlare running StopTheHacker as General Manager.

      Ashish Patel

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      Ashish has over 15 years of experience as a Cloud and Software Services entrepreneur. Currently serving as the Director of Cloud Services at TeraGo, he is forging Canada’s premier Enterprise Cloud Services leveraging TeraGo’s existing broadband services, its' acquisition of RackForce Networks and several data centers, including a state-of-the-art Data Centre facility acquired from BlackBerry. Ashish spent 10 years at IBM prior to TeraGo where he was the founder of IBM Cloud OpenStack Services and assisted in the acquisition of SoftLayer, among other accomplishments. Ashish earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Alberta.

      Scott Manning

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      Scott is a 24 year veteran in the information technology industry, his experience spans across the mainframe, distributed systems, virtualization and the cloud. His focus for the last 14 years has been security & compliance of platforms, operations and data in distributed systems and the cloud.

      Currently, Scott is the Vice President of North America for Cloud at Vormetric Inc., who is one of the leading data security solution providers in the industry. Vormetric helps more than 1500 customers worldwide secure their data assets across their data-centers and the cloud. He and his team are responsible for cloud strategy and the Vormetric’s Cloud and Managed Service Provider partnership program, overseeing solutions development, relationship management, training and enablement, implementation & support services and revenues with CSPs and MSPs.

      Scott has spoken as an industry and solution expert for securing data in the cloud and across the enterprise at events such as ISACA, ISAC for FS and ISAC-Insurance industry, The CIO Insurance Summit, Data Connectors, CSA, along with partner events like IBM Security seminars, ISA-Canada and most recently at Rackspace Solve events in Atlanta and NYC.

      Craig Ball

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      Craig Ball leads the channel strategy for Manalto under the Soshlr brand. Soshlr brings the enterprise social media management tools of Manalto and makes them available through the service provider channel, priced and packaged specifically for add-on and bundled sales.

      Scott Varner

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      Scott is the Director of Business Development at Ecwid, the leading e-commerce store builder that plugs into any website, blog, or social media site. Scott oversees strategic relationships with hosting partners, site-builders, telcos, and payment partners who use Ecwid as a primary tool to attract and retain customers. Ecwid is available in 45 languages and serves over 800,000 businesses globally and offers 45 payment gateways.

      Ian McClarty

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      Accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in information technology and computer networking. He has been involved in the Web hosting Industry since 1996 and started his career as a Linux/Unix System Administrator. He has a proven track record in relationship building, vendor management, network operations, colocation and datacenter administration, along with project methodology and processes, both at strategic and tactical levels. He has been instrumental in transitioning start-up organizations into highly successful and profitable corporations while maintaining high client satisfaction levels. His strong management and leadership skills are complemented by an ability to motivate and engage all levels of an organization to maximize productivity and drive positive results. He is an excellent communicator with special emphasis on building solid vendor, client and employee relationships.

      Mr. McClarty holds a Dual Degree in Global Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and Tecnologico de Monterrey, a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, a BS in Information Technology and a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology both from DeVry Institute of Technology.

      Goran Andersson

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      Gøran Andersson is Director of ISV Market Development at Odin. In this role he’s responsible for go to market activities with the service provider channel and the Odin ISV ecosystem, and ultimately driving usage of the applications enabled through the OSA (Odin Service Automation) platform.
      Gøran has over 15 years of experience in the hosting and service provider industry.

      Previous to Odin, Goran was Director of Partner Cloud at Microsoft Western Europe where he was responsible for go to market activities with the service provider (HSP) channel.

      Speakers:  Monish Sood, Tyler Murphy, Reid Fishler, Dave Saxton, Shridhar Luthria, Trevor Harries-Jones, Steve Zimba, Ricardo Lasa, Jordan Jacobs, Tarik Faouzi, Elisabeth Kurek, Ridley Ruth, Ashish Patel, Scott Manning, Craig Ball, Scott Varner , Ian McClarty, Goran Andersson
      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Ask The Experts Lounge
      Track: Ask The Experts
  • Wednesday | 2:00pm
    • Ask the Experts Q&A

      Ask the Experts Q&A

      Meet HostingCon's expert presenters and ask them anything! Come to the back of the exhibit hall for your chance to personally interact with conference speakers.

      Hartland Ross

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      Hartland Ross is President and founder of eBridge Marketing Solutions Inc, a digital marketing agency and consulting firm catering to B2B technology companies. Hartland has been working in the sales and marketing and M&A aspects of web based technology companies since 1999. He is well recognized and regarded in the hosting industry having worked with over 250 hosting and SaaS, PaaS and IaaS companies. These companies rely on Hartland and eBridge for advice and recommendations on their marketing, industry direction and strategies for growth. Hartland has also facilitated events and spoken at numerous conferences and presentations. He blogs at http://ebridgemarketingsolutions.com/category/blog and http://www.thehostbroker.com/category/blog and has been a blogger at www.thewhir.com and other sites and is often interviewed or quoted in various case studies and articles.

      Crystal Peterson

      Tim Ash

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      Tim Ash is the author of the bestselling book Landing Page Optimization, and CEO of SiteTuners, a conversion rate optimization firm that helps companies make their websites and online marketing programs more effective.

      Over the past 19 years, Tim has helped a number of major US and international brands to improve the outcomes of their web-based initiatives. Companies like Sears, Google, Expedia, eHarmony, Facebook, American Express, Canon, Nestle, Symantec, Intuit, Autodesk, Yahoo! and many others have benefitted from Tim's deep understanding and innovative perspective.

      Tim is a highly-regarded speaker at industry conferences worldwide. He is the founder and chairperson of Conversion Conference and a frequent contributor to print and online publications. Since 1995, he has authored more than 100 published articles.

      Tim earned a dual-major Bachelor of Science degree "with highest distinction" in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

      Nicole Henderson

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      Nicole Henderson has been involved in the hosting and cloud industry since 2010. As part of the Penton Technology team, she oversees the WHIR as editor in chief. In her role she is responsible for guiding editorial strategy and coverage, keeping in touch with key industry stakeholders, and staying ahead of relevant technology trends.

      Thomas Stocking

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      Thomas Stocking is an entrepreneur, and an expert in technical marketing. He has experience leading implementations of enterprise software, and in development and support of complex open source applications. Thomas serves as the COO of Gandi US, the American part of Gandi.net, a global domain name registrar and cloud hosting company.

      Ruslan Fazlyev

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      I am the CEO and founder of Ecwid. It's the easiest way to add an online store to existing web site. Over 700,000 merchants signed up for Ecwid as of 2015.

      X-Cart, the company that I founded earlier is the world's first commercial PHP eCommerce platform, powering billions in GMV.

      I believe in sharing knowledge. That's why I co-founded Ulcamp - Russia's beach IT getaway conference, and invested in Lifehacker.ru, Russia's top blog on self-improvement

      Speaker/panelist of TechCrunch (Moscow), Parallels Summit (Singapore), 404fest (Samara), Creative Hotspots (Tallinn), Retail in Russia (Moscow).

      Maria Karaivanova

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      Maria Karaivanova is the Head of Business Development at CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. She is responsible for building CloudFlare’s distribution and reseller channels, oversees international expansion and leads various growth initiatives. Prior to CloudFlare, she was a venture capitalist at Intel Capital specializing in consumer internet and enterprise software. Maria also worked in business development, strategy and intellectual property at Boeing and Expedia. Maria’s experience spans six countries - she is a passionate explorer of new cultures, active startup advisor and a frequent speaker at technology conferences. Maria holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

      Kenny Li

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      Kenny Li is the co founder of Cloud Spectator, an analyst agency standardizing performance and pricing in the IaaS Industry. Since 2011, Li has led the performance-monitoring group of Cloud Spectator, which tracks IaaS performance across the largest public cloud providers in the market today. Tests include synthetic stress tests and application workload simulations to help businesses quickly understand, compare, and select public cloud providers for their IT needs.

      Stephen Brent May

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      After 10 years of experience with traditional marketing methodologies, Stephen made the switch to operating in an agile marketing environment. He has conducted workshops and written blog posts on the topic. Outside of his role at cPanel, Stephen currently serves as VP of Marketing Communications on the board of directors for the Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association. You can connect with him on LinkedIn at: linkedin.com/in/stephenmay

      Nino Tomasetti

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      Nino Tomasetti is a Senior Product Manager at 1&1 Internet, one of the world’s largest web hosting companies and Europe’s leading domain registrar. He has been responsible for setting up the nTLD Program over the last 2 years, from implementation to commercial rollout, with focus on defining business strategy and positioning for worldwide markets and target groups. Prior to his current role he successfully managed the introduction of a Hosted Exchange 2013 package for several countries and created an overall strategy for a portfolio of complementary SaaS business applications.

      Bob Samuelson

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      Bob Samuelson brings over 15 years of domain, brand protection and digital marketing experience to the Donuts team.

      After retiring from a professional volleyball career, which included a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympic games, Bob played an integral role at .tv. Bob subsequently joined Verisign’s Digital Brand Management Services group, providing domain portfolio management and brand protection services for some of the world’s largest and most respected brands. Bob followed those experiences with key positions at Melbourne IT, Citizen Hawk and Adobe Marketing.

      Elisabeth Kurek

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      Elisabeth has a strong background in the hosting industry, starting as a web editor at 1&1 and working her way up to Head of Media Advertising, where she conducted extensive research in the SMB segment and launched 1&1’s first national TV campaign in the North American market. She then joined Verio, an NTT Communications company, as a global marketing director, leading direct marketing, as well as partner marketing for the telco audience worldwide. Elisabeth now manages Global Audience Marketing for the hosting sector at Odin. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Linguistics- TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Douglas Hanna

      Douglas Hanna is the founder and CEO of Help.com, a next generation provider of customer service software. Before Help.com, he was the CEO of A Small Orange, the homegrown hosting company. A Small Orange, which Douglas joined in 2010, was acquired by Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) in 2012 and Douglas continued running the company as the SVP and Brand CEO, A Small Orange at Endurance for nearly two years following the acquisition. Under his leadership, A Small Orange grew from 9 to 90 employees and revenue increased by more than 1200%. Before that, Douglas ran customer service strategy and operations at HostGator, one of the world’s largest web hosting companies. He also founded Service Untitled, a leading blog on customer service and the customer service experience and has done customer service consulting for companies such as Dell. Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University.

      Sam Coyl

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      Sam Coyl is an award-winning Vetrepreneur who serves as President/CEO of Netrepid, a provider of colocation, infrastructure and application hosting services that help growing companies accelerate their technology from the ground to the cloud.

      After serving as a US Marine for nine years, Sam founded Netrepid in 2004. Following a series of acquisitions, Sam led the company on a transition from being a wireless technology provider to being named the 8th fastest growing managed services provider and also one of the top 100 managed hosting providers in North America. A member of the MSPmentor 250, Sam is also regarded as one of Pennsylvania’s top entrepreneurs under 40 and serves as a board director of numerous organizations dedicated to cloud computing, education, innovation, startups and technology.

      In 2014, he also founded the Netrepid Virtual Incubator to provide hosted technology solutions and business coaching to innovative startups based in Pennsylvania.

      Andrew Conway

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      Andrew Conway is a research analyst at Cloudmark, where he investigates and combats the new and emerging email, mobile and social network spam. Prior to Cloudmark, Conway investigated click fraud in the eBay affiliate program. His work at eBay contributed to dramatic improvements in network quality and resulted in a successful wire fraud prosecution. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and a background in geographic information systems, interest rate management and trading systems and performance.

      Christopher Mondini

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      Christopher Mondini is ICANN's Vice President, Business Engagement. In this role he works to broaden and deepen relationships with companies beyond the domain name sector, to educate global business on the workings and role of ICANN, and to provide ways for continued dialogue and collaboration on Internet Governance issues. His aim is for the voice of business to be heard in a rapidly evolving multi-stakeholder framework.

      Ben Thomas

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      Mr. Evans received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1992 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at The University of Louisville. He first served as Corporate Counsel for Fruit of the Loom where he was responsible for managing the international intellectual property portfolios for Fruit of the Loom and its associate companies The B.V.D. Licensing Corporation, Gitano, Pro Player and Salem Sportswear, Inc. In November 1996, Mr. Evans joined Adams Evans P.A. where he continued to concentrate his practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and Internet law. In November 2007, he joined the legal team at Yahoo! Inc. where he served as a Senior Legal Director – Global Brands and Trademarks. Mr. Evans joined Adobe Systems Incorporated in October 2013 as Associate General Counsel - Trademarks, Copyright, Domains & Marketing.

      Mr. Evans is President and Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He was Chair of the Planning Committee and the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board. Mr. Evans served on the five-member drafting committee that assisted the staff at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) with the drafting of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Rules of Procedure for the UDRP. He also served as a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team charged with proposing possible solutions for brand protection in new gTLDs. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Constituency (“IPC”), the body that participates on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in the ICANN policy process. Mr. Evans has twice been voted as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He frequently lectures on trademark and Internet policy issues as well as domain name dispute resolution.

      Ken Rugg

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      The entrepreneurial bug bit Ken early when he left MIT’s computer-science program early to join an artificial intelligence startup.

      Ken has 20 years in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development. He has shown expertise in innovative go-to-market strategies, growing technical solutions into profitable businesses, building high-performance teams and pushing sales.

      Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software. He led a combination of sales, services, marketing, product strategy and development for many of the company’s enterprise software products.

      Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon, the maker of ObjectStore, was acquired. There he was the chief technology officer and vice president of product development. Under his technical leadership, eXcelon became the leader in XML database and XML integration technologies while maintaining its dominant position in the object database market.

      Between leading a startup and raising four children ages 13 to 24, there is little time left for other pursuits, but he does enjoy relaxing by his koi pond when the water isn’t frozen over.

      Nick Sullivan

      Nick Sullivan is a leading cryptography and security expert. He founded and built the security team at CloudFlare, one of the world's leading web security companies. He is a digital rights management pioneer in his work building Apple’s multi-billion dollar iTunes store. He is the author of over a dozen computer security patents and holds an MSc in Cryptography and a BMath in Pure Mathematics and holds a CISSP certification.

      Speakers:  Hartland Ross, Crystal Peterson, Tim Ash , Nicole Henderson, Thomas Stocking, Ruslan Fazlyev, Maria Karaivanova, Kenny Li, Stephen Brent May, Nino Tomasetti, Bob Samuelson, Elisabeth Kurek, Douglas Hanna, Sam Coyl, Andrew Conway, Christopher Mondini, Ben Thomas, J Scott Evans, Ken Rugg, Nick Sullivan
      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B Ask The Experts Lounge
      Track: Ask The Experts
  • Wednesday | 3:00pm
    • Exhibitor Awards & Prize Giveaways

      Exhibitor Awards & Prize Giveaways

      Come to the Exhibit Hall to see if you have won! Exhibitor Awards & Prize Giveaways will be held at this time.

      Location: Exhibit Hall A/B
      Track: Exhibit Hall
  • Wednesday | 6:00pm
    • Closing Networking Reception - Sponsored by Giglinx Global

      Closing Networking Reception - Sponsored by Giglinx Global

      The casual atmosphere of these social networking events make it easy for like-minded people to share thoughts, experiences and visions. Official HostingCon Networking Events are free to attend for Full Conference Attendees and Exhibitors. The Closing Networking Reception is Sponsored by Giglinx Global and will be held poolside at the Marriott Marquis adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center.

      Location: Marriott Marquis Pool
      Track: Networking Events