HostingCon 2014 Conference Schedule

  • Ashar Baig

    Research Director, Cloud | GigaOM300 x 400.jpg

    Ashar Baig (pronounced Usher Bég) is the Research Analyst & Director at Gigaom. He is focused on Cloud Computing, Storage & Server Virtualization, Storage (hardware, software, filesystems, I/O, etc.), Data Protection (Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, & Business Continuity), Big Data, VDI, Security, Archiving, Public & Private Cloud Storage, High Performance Computing (HPC), & Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

    Ashar is the quintessential expert about the cloud and the MSPs – their business / technical needs, and their offerings. He often advises vendors looking to target MSPs or MSPs looking to grow their revenues. Due to his strong and passionate involvement, evangelism, and educational speaking engagements at various industry events in the MSP arena, he is often referred to as “Mr. MSPs”.

    Ashar is passionate about driving industry standards and evangelizing them. Until recently, he was the Chairman of the Special Interest Group (SIG) focused on Cloud Backup, Recovery, and Restore (BURR) within Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) of Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). He is also referred to as “Mr. Data Protection” due to his passionate evangelism and educational speaking engagements of data protection topics at various industry events. He volunteers for SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI), Analytics and Big Data Committee (ABDC) and Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) committee. Previously, Ashar has held senior positions within EC2 & ECTF.

    Ashar is the founder and manager of LinkedIn Cloud Backup group. He writes a weekly column on the Talkin Cloud web site, writes for Gigaom Research, Tech Target and actively blogs on LinkedIn Cloud Backup group page.

    Jad Jebara

    President & CEO | Tuangrujad-jebara-picture-1000x1000.jpg

    Jad co-founded Tuangru in 2012 and serves as President and CEO. In his past role, Jad served as SVP of Finance and Administration at PEER 1 Hosting where he was responsible for finance, supply chain, IT and business intelligence. Jad also led the finance function at San Francisco-based IDS Software Systems through a highly successful turnaround.

    Simon West

    Principal | MonophonicDSC_0131.jpg

    Simon West is founder and principal of Monophonic, a brand strategy and communications design firm specializing in technology firms. West has spent his career in the technology sector building brands that build companies, and played a key role in two of the largest transactions in the cloud infrastructure-as-a-service industry.

    He was formerly chief marketing officer for SoftLayer. Over a two year period he oversaw a brand repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud services, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013.

    Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a brand leader in the managed services industry and at the forefront of the emerging cloud computing revolution, resulting in unprecedented brand awareness, industry recognition, revenue growth, and sale of the company in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.

    Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering.

    Adam Weissmuller

    Director of Cloud Solutions | InternapAdamWeissmuller.jpg

    Adam Weissmuller is the Director of Cloud Solutions at Internap. In this role, Adam has recently launched the Internap cloud solution suite. Adam has more than 15 years of IT experience, holding roles in product management, operations, and sales.

    Adam is also a 10-year veteran of the hosting industry and, prior to joining Internap, held management positions at PEER 1 Hosting and Rackspace. He recently presented on “Overcoming Latency: The Achilles Heel of Cloud Computing” at Cloud Expo West and “Big Data and the Cloud” at Big Data Week Atlanta.

    Philbert Shih

    Managing Director | Structure Research PS1.jpg

    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.

    Zachary Smith

    Partner | CloudRFPzac-headshot-square.jpg

    I'm an investor and business operator located in NYC. My past includes running cloud and hosting operations for Voxel, cloud business strategy for Internap and payment processing company MerchantPlus. I'm an ex-bass player from Juilliard and live in New York City.

    Jelle Frank van der Zwet

    Director Cloud | InterxionJF_speaking.jpg

    Jelle Frank (JF) van der Zwet has more than 14 years of experience as a B2B marketer, working on ICT product and business development. At Interxion he is primarily responsible for the company's continually growing cloud community, and is a frequent speaker at technology events on cloud computing. He has published articles on TechCrunch and Wired and written white papers on latency, hybrid clouds and application migration. Prior to joining Interxion he held senior marketing and product management roles with Imtech, UPC, KPN and Schiphol Airport.

    Igor Seletskiy

    CEO | CloudLinuxigor_new_hr.png

    Mr. Seletskiy is founder and CEO of CloudLinux and has a history of bringing innovative new products to market.

    As the founder and owner of Positive Software Corporation (PSOFT), he entered the web hosting market in 1997 with WebShell as one of the first out-of-the-box web-based file managers, followed by revolutionary SiteStudio, an online website builder.

    In 1999, PSOFT launched a series of new hosting products including H-Sphere, the first multi-server, commercially available control panel. Soon after FreeVPS was launched, a container based virtualization product, and CP+, a simple, single server control panel software.

    Comodo Inc. purchased PSOFT in 2005 and Mr. Seletskiy was invited to continue to manage PSOFT product lines and continued to deliver innovate new products including HackerGuardian and Trustix OS.

    CloudLinux represents a new venture for Mr. Seletskiy where he is driven to identify and deliver new ways for service providers to be more efficient and profitable

    Ditlev Bredahl

    CEO | OnAppditlev.jpg

    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.

    Al Sadowski

    Research Director | 451 ResearchSadowski_Al.jpg

    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.

    Ken Lee

    Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group | Citrix Systems, Inc.lee_036.jpg

    Ken Lee is senior director of worldwide product marketing for Citrix’s server virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform products, and has responsibility for managing global product marketing and go-to-market activities for all Cloud Platforms Group products, including Citrix XenServer, Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager products.

    Lee joined Citrix in 2013 from VMware, Inc., where he was director of global enterprise solutions marketing for their Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solutions, which encompasses products in server virtualization, network virtualization, software-defined storage, virtualization management, and hybrid cloud computing. Prior to VMware, he was vice president of worldwide marketing for SUMMUS Software, a SaaS IT management software start-up.

    Before joining SUMMUS, Lee was senior director of product marketing for the Service Delivery Platform (SDP) product family of telecom middleware products at Oracle’s Communications Global Business Unit, which he joined as part of Oracle’s acquisition of BEA Systems in 2008. He also held various leadership roles in product management and product marketing at Sun Microsystems, Sun-Netscape Alliance (iPlanet), and Openwave Systems.

    Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and completed graduate studies in business management and computer science from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

    Nate Gordon

    Director of Technology | AppcoreNate_Gordon_sm.png

    Nate Gordon is responsible for product design, architecture and implementation of the Appcore management software. He leads Appcore in developing custom cloud management software solutions for service providers.

    Prior to joining Appcore, Nate was a technical lead of Aviva (currently Athene), a major insurance and annuity company, where he led the technical innovation and efficiency of the life insurance new business process.

    Nate is proficient in a wide variety of software languages and has worked with an assortment of technology system integrations. Most recently, Nate has focused on architecture design and automation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Iowa State University.

    André Bearfield

    Director of Product | Blue Box Group, Inc.bbg_bearfield.jpg

    André has worked with hosting companies through the entirity of his career. From tradition web hosting to multi-cabinet colocation deployments, André has worked with a broad scale of companies to help meet their infrastructure requirements.

    Andre is currently the Director of Product at Blue Box, where he is responsible for the direction and development of the Blue Box Cloud product.

    Kenny Li

    Cloud Server Performance Researcher | Cloud SpectatorKenny.jpg

    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.

    Yury Larichev

    President, Global Operations | Acronis Inc.YuryLarichev_Acronis.jpg

    Yury Larichev joined Acronis in 2014 to lead global sales operations, renewals, marketing, demand generation, partner programs, support, and US sales and marketing. He has a diverse background in channel sales, marketing and business development, which he will leverage to maximizing Acronis’ growth.

    Prior to joining Acronis, Yury led Seattle-based cloud ERP company Acumatica as CEO for 1.5 years. Prior to that, he spent 6.5 years at Microsoft in a variety of field and sales management roles, including general manager of worldwide SMB sales & marketing. In this position he was in charge of channel revenues, customer lifecycle management and new public cloud product launches. He has also led a multi-hundred million-dollar technology company and has experience running his own PC HW distribution business.

    Todd Benjamin

    Vice President of Hosted Services | Hostway CorporationTodd0010.jpg

    Todd Benjamin came to Hostway in 2008 with 18 years of executive experience in the technology and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Hostway, he was president and CEO of Rodopi Software, Inc., a provider of next-generation financial and automation software solutions for the Internet industry. Previously, he held executive-level positions in sales, marketing, finance, and corporate development with several software, technology, and service provider organizations. Mr. Benjamin holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from UCLA, as well as a Bachelor of Sciences in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Washington.

    Matthew Prince

    CEO | CloudFlareMP_headshot2.jpg

    Matthew Prince (@eastdakota) is the co-founder & CEO of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company.

    Matthew wrote his first computer program at age 7 when his mom would sneak him into university computer science courses. After attending law school, he worked as an attorney for one day before jumping at the opportunity to be a founding member of a tech startup. He hasn't looked back. CloudFlare is Matthew's third entrepreneurial venture. CloudFlare was named a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company for the last two years running. Today, CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 100 billion page views for over half a million customers and more than 700 million web visitors every month.

    Matthew holds a degree in English and Computer Science from Trinity College. He graduated with highest honors from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He teaches technology law as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. He is also the co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest community of webmasters tracking online fraud and abuse. On the side, Matthew is a certified ski instructor, a former mountain guide, and a regular attendee of the Sundance Film Festival.

    Rob Howard

    VP Global Sales | Verio, Inc.RobHoward_pix.jpg

    As Vice President of Global Sales, Rob Howard brings over 30 years of Sales and Marketing leadership in the Telecommunications industry to Verio. In this role, he leads all of the company's sales channels including Direct, OEM and Channel Partner as well as Business Development and Marketing efforts globally.
    Howard holds a long tenure with the company having served as a founding member of Verio as well as the Director of European Business Development. He is a subject matter expert on webhosting solutions for the small business having spent the last thirteen years developing relationships with multi-national telecommunications companies to deliver private-label solutions for resell to their small business clients. This includes SaaS, PaaS, Cloud Computing, Virtualization technologies and more, all designed exclusively for the SMB. Prior to his current role, Howard served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Account Management at Hostopia where he led the company's sales efforts to deliver private-label small business internet solutions to Hostopia's telco, cable and technology clients worldwide. Prior to his time at Hostopia, he was President of Navigator Communications which developed PBX and Voicemail solutions for the hospitality industry and was later sold to TIE Communications. Howard has spent time at some of the world's premier companies including: GE, Ameritech and WilTel Communications.
    Howard holds a Bachelor of Science from American University's School of International Service (SIS).

    Simon Anderson

    CEO | DreamHostsimon_high_res.jpg

    Simon is CEO of DreamHost, a global web hosting and cloud services company with a super smart team and open source culture, plus over 400,000 customers and 1.3 million sites, blogs and web apps hosted. Simon is also a founding Board member of the OpenStack Foundation, and Co-founder and Chair of Inktank, a startup spun off from DreamHost in early 2012 to deliver enterprise support and services for Ceph, the massively scalable open source distributed storage system. DreamHost is Simon's fifth executive role at an Internet start-up or growth venture in the US. He came over to running things from the dark side of venture capital investing in the early 2000's, where he'd been poached from his calling as a weekend surf lifesaver in Sydney, Australia. He now lives in Los Angeles where everyone wants to live, but nobody wants to admit it.

    Paul Engels

    CEO | Veloxsitespaul.jpg

    Paul's Internet-focused career spans over 17 years including (formerly) senior roles in TUCOWS and Hostopia where as CMO, he lead the company's global growth to a successful IPO and sale. Now CEO of Veloxsites, Paul's team is devoted to helping SMB service providers grow their base of digital services subscribers. He is a frequent and highly regarded speaker and thought leader in SMB best practices in digital media.

    Emily Kruger

    Product Manager | ParallelsIMG_2832.JPG

    As Product Manager at Parallels, Emily Kruger is responsible for setting business strategy and direction for several leading hosting products, including Parallels Plesk and Parallels Plesk Automation. Emily joined Parallels in 2010 and, prior to her current role, managed the market research team and launched the highly-regarded Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ reports. She grew the research to cover 16 countries worldwide, and the reports have been referenced in hundreds of tech publications world-wide, including the WHIR, eWeek, MSPmentor, and many others. Prior to Parallels, Emily was an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on the high tech sector. Emily graduated from Yale University with degrees in Engineering Sciences and East Asian Studies.

    Antonio Piraino

    Chief Technology Officer | ScienceLogicAntonio closeup.jpg

    Antonio Piraino serves as the CTO of ScienceLogic, a leading provider of Smart IT operations and cloud management software. Antonio guides the company's IT management vision and product strategy.

    Antonio has more than 15 years of IT experience in sectors ranging from telecommunications to software development and came to ScienceLogic from Tier1 Research (a division of The 451 Group). As vice president and research director at Tier1, Antonio provided insight to service provider and enterprise clients, with a focus on data center, hosting, and cloud computing technology research.

    He has presented at a number of cloud computing conferences, including HostingCon, Up Cloud Computing Conference, MSP World, and Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit. Antonio has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and an international MBA from Georgetown University. He is a member of The Society of Industry Professionals.

    Philbert Shih

    Managing Director | Structure Research PS1.jpg

    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.

    Kenny Li

    Cloud Server Performance Researcher | Cloud SpectatorKenny.jpg

    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.

    Al Sadowski

    Research Director | 451 ResearchSadowski_Al.jpg

    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.

    Ashar Baig

    Research Director, Cloud | GigaOM300 x 400.jpg

    Ashar Baig (pronounced Usher Bég) is the Research Analyst & Director at Gigaom. He is focused on Cloud Computing, Storage & Server Virtualization, Storage (hardware, software, filesystems, I/O, etc.), Data Protection (Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, & Business Continuity), Big Data, VDI, Security, Archiving, Public & Private Cloud Storage, High Performance Computing (HPC), & Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

    Ashar is the quintessential expert about the cloud and the MSPs – their business / technical needs, and their offerings. He often advises vendors looking to target MSPs or MSPs looking to grow their revenues. Due to his strong and passionate involvement, evangelism, and educational speaking engagements at various industry events in the MSP arena, he is often referred to as “Mr. MSPs”.

    Ashar is passionate about driving industry standards and evangelizing them. Until recently, he was the Chairman of the Special Interest Group (SIG) focused on Cloud Backup, Recovery, and Restore (BURR) within Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) of Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). He is also referred to as “Mr. Data Protection” due to his passionate evangelism and educational speaking engagements of data protection topics at various industry events. He volunteers for SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI), Analytics and Big Data Committee (ABDC) and Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) committee. Previously, Ashar has held senior positions within EC2 & ECTF.

    Ashar is the founder and manager of LinkedIn Cloud Backup group. He writes a weekly column on the Talkin Cloud web site, writes for Gigaom Research, Tech Target and actively blogs on LinkedIn Cloud Backup group page.

    Dean Mann

    Partner | DH Capital, LLC

    Dean has over 15 years of investment banking experience serving the Internet Infrastructure sector. Prior to DH Capital, Dean was at Rampart Associates, an Internet Infrastructure focused investment bank.

    Previous to Rampart, Dean held positions at Lucent Technologies and Smith Barney. Dean holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder, an MBA in Finance and an MS in Finance from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

    Antonio Piraino

    Chief Technology Officer | ScienceLogicAntonio closeup.jpg

    Antonio Piraino serves as the CTO of ScienceLogic, a leading provider of Smart IT operations and cloud management software. Antonio guides the company's IT management vision and product strategy.

    Antonio has more than 15 years of IT experience in sectors ranging from telecommunications to software development and came to ScienceLogic from Tier1 Research (a division of The 451 Group). As vice president and research director at Tier1, Antonio provided insight to service provider and enterprise clients, with a focus on data center, hosting, and cloud computing technology research.

    He has presented at a number of cloud computing conferences, including HostingCon, Up Cloud Computing Conference, MSP World, and Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit. Antonio has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and an international MBA from Georgetown University. He is a member of The Society of Industry Professionals.

    James Henry

    Senior Managing Director | Bank Street Group LLCHenry,James-12-4445-Linkedin.jpg

    James Henry is a co-founder and senior managing director of Bank Street and has been actively involved in the Data Center, Hosting and Managed Services sectors for more than a decade. Mr. Henry leads Bank Street’s CIS Investment Banking team, which counts Alpheus, CenterBeam, Equinix, GNAX, Herakles, HostGator iWeb and Worknet, among its roster of clients and transactions executed in the data center and hosting sector. Prior to Bank Street, Henry was a senior managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he served as the senior research analyst responsible for following the telecom and internet service and infrastructure sectors. Henry has spoken at major industry conferences, testified before Congress on communications sector matters, and been quoted in national publications such as Business Week and The Wall Street Journal.

    William Bradley

    Managing Director | Waller Capital Partnersmca_bill_bradley.png

    Bill Bradley is a Managing Director at Waller Capital and provides merger, acquisition and financing services to companies operating in the datacenter, hosting, cloud computing and infrastructure sectors.

    Bill was previously a Managing Director and Head of Telecommunications M&A in the U.S. at Credit Suisse where he advised Terremark, TDS, Singapore Technologies Telemedia and D&E Communications, among other companies. Prior to that, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions department at Citigroup Global Markets. Bill also worked at Soros Capital where he made principal investments in a variety of industries.

    Bill has an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. from Tufts University.

    Jonathan Morris

    Director | Blackstonejon.jpg

    During his career, Mr. Morris has been involved in various transaction in the technology, media, and telecommunications sector including MetroPCS’ acquisition of TMO USA, AMC Entertainment’s sale to Wanda Group, Global Crossing’s sale to Level 3, Terremark’s sale to Verizon, Carlyle’s acquisition of Syniverse, Digital Realty Trust’s acquisition of the 365 Main portfolio and Global Crossing’s acquisition of Impsat Networks. In addition, Mr. Morris has worked on several transactions with numerous other companies across these sectors including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Comcast, Rackspace, Equinix, Interxion and Digital Cinema Implementation Partners. During his career, Mr. Morris has successfully completed several large-cap transactions totaling nearly $95 billion in aggregate value.

    Before joining Blackstone in 2012, Mr. Morris worked at Credit Suisse where he provided investment banking and strategic advisory services for clients in the technology, media, and tele-communications sectors. Mr. Morris began his career at Lombard, Odier et Cie, having worked in the M&A and private equity division.

    Mr. Morris received a BS in Economics from The University of Virginia, where he graduated with honors with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics. He also graduated with honors from Georgetown with an MBA and a concentration in Finance.

    Rick Juarez

    Managing Director | Waller CapitalRick Juarez - MD Waller Capital Pic.jpg

    Rick Juarez is a Managing Director at Waller Capital who provides merger, acquisition and financing services to companies operating in the Internet Infrastructure Software and Services, managed hosting, and cloud sectors.

    Rick was previously the Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan for over four years where he advised Advanced Data Centers, Media Temple, Digsby, Local.com, and GlobalScape among other companies. Prior to Morgan Joseph, Rick worked as the Head of Investment Banking at Nollenberger Capital Partners. Rick also worked as a Managing Director and Private Placement Investment Committee Member at Robertson Stephens & Co.

    Rick has more than 20 years of combined investment banking, strategy, and operations experience. He has advised on more than 50 public and private financings and merger and acquisition transactions representing more than $8 billion in transaction value.

    Rick earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Rick also received his B.S. in Finance, Magna cum Laude, from California State University, East Bay. He holds Series 7, 79, 63, 65, and 24 FINRA licenses. Rick has also been awarded multiple U.S. Patent Office software patents.

    John Kane

    VP, Corporate Services | AfiliasScreen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.04.22 PM.png

    John L. Kane is the Vice President of Corporate Services for Afilias, where he oversees the continuing expansion of Afilias’ product offerings, including the launch of more than 300 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN’s Internet domain name expansion program. For almost 20 years, Kane has focused on the online / Internet industry, specifically in the areas of domain name management, brand protection and Internet security.

    Kane was integral in Afilias’ bid for the .INFO Top Level Domain in 2001, and contributed as Marketing Task Force Leader where he led initial branding, marketing and public relations while working for the Corporation Service Company (CSC). He held a place on the Afilias Board of Directors until 2007 when he joined the company on a full-time basis.

    Kane spent seven years facilitating growth at CSC and its affiliate, The Company Corporation, while leading their sales, marketing and branding efforts. Immediately prior to joining Afilias, he was an Executive Vice President at Demand Media and served as President of its subsidiary, eNom, Inc., an ICANN-accredited registrar.

    Also, he has been an active participant in ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) since its inception in 1998.

    Aaron Phillips

    Vice President of Operations | cPanelapme.png

    Aaron Phillips is a HostingCon Veteran with 100% exhibitor status since its inception.


    Mr. Phillips has been in the hosting industry since 1996 and has focused on search engine marketing, branding, operations, automation, and product development.


    Mr. Phillips is the Vice President of Operations at cPanel and helps partners and hosting companies automate their organizations.



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    Nick Nelson

    GM, VAS | RightsideNick Nelson pic .png

    Nick Nelson is the General Manager of VAS at Rightside, a leading provider of domain services with over 15 million names under management, the most widely used reseller platform, more than 20,000 partners, a leading retail registrar, and an interest in more than than 100 of the new top level domain names.

    Sandeep Ramchandani

    Business Head | Radix Sandeep-Ramchandani-Profile-Pic.jpg

    Having held roles spanning strategy, policy and product management, Sandeep has over a decade of experience in the domain name industry.
    A founder member of LogicBoxes, Sandeep has consulted and helped develop over 100 ICANN Registrars companies including the current market leaders in Turkey, India, Mexico and Indonesia. He has also played the role of a trusted advisor to the Endurance International Group, DreamHost, Arvixe and CI Host on matters related to their domain registration product.

    In his current role, Sandeep also heads Radix - a new gTLD applicant with right to run .host (a TLD dedicated to the web hosting community), .press, .space and .website. Radix is also in the running for 29 highly popular strings including .web, .shop, .blog and .music.

    Radix debuted with .pw– the most successful TLD launch since .co, with over 300 000 registrations in less than 4 months!

    Nino Tomasetti

    Senior Product Manager | 1&1 Internet AGUnbenannt.jpg

    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 12 months, 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.

    Sean Stafford

    Domain Services | bounce.iosean smile.jpg

    Sean Stafford is the Domain Services lead for bounce.io, a bounce email service working with mailbox providers and domain owners. Sean’s expertise is monetization and optimization for domains. Prior to bounce.io, he was known for co-founding DNS.com, one of the largest DNS providers in the world.

    Stuart Oliver

    Service Provider Channel Mgr | SolidFireScreen Shot 2014-06-05 at 2.36.09 PM.png

    Stuart is currently the Service Provider Channel Manager at SolidFire where he is responsible for articulating SolidFire's value proposition to hosting service providers globally. Stuart’s primary role involves interfacing with key hosting service providers and acting as a trusted market advisor, working with them to productize, price, position and help deliver their services to market that are Fueled by SolidFire™

    Prior to SolidFire Stuart spent a number of years in product marketing and product management at Hosting.com, a large cloud and managed hosting services provider headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Stuart has founded and sold two businesses and has spent over 19 years working in executive I.T. Management, Product Management and Product Marketing roles with various organizations from fortune 100 companies to start-ups in the Medical Systems, Technology Services and Hosting Services industries.

    Stuart studied Marketing at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and International Business at The University of Denver in Colorado.

    Prior to SolidFire Stuart spent a number of years in product marketing and product management at Hosting.com, a large cloud and managed hosting services provider headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Stuart has founded and sold two businesses and has spent over 19 years working in executive I.T. Management, Product Management and Product Marketing roles with various organizations from fortune 100 companies to start-ups in the Medical Systems, Technology Services and Hosting Services industries.

    Stuart studied Marketing at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and International Business at The University of Denver in Colorado.

    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.

    George Karidis

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    George Karidis joined SoftLayer in January, 2008, and is responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic growth which includes business development, running international expansion efforts and managing the direction of the company's product portfolio. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Karidis spent seven years with Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments. There he drove the strategic planning efforts of portfolio companies focused on the telecom, hosting, and software markets, taking active roles in each company from inception through domestic growth and international expansions. Previously, Mr. Karidis led business development for a startup serving the SME market, and spent more than 6 years with the Yankee Group as an industry analyst covering the telecom and IT sectors. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University with majors in finance, accounting, and economics, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

    Chan Kee Siak

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    Kee Siak, Chan founded Exabytes Network or earlier known as hostkaki.com in 2001. Just a small town boy from a hawker family, Chan had always had an entrepreneurial frame of mind from as early as the tender age of nineteen. Therefore, while most teenagers his age spent their young adulthood playing War Craft, Quake 3 Arena or other computer games, Chan was already busy establishing his own business in the technology industry – selling PCs and cracking his head for more web designing ideas, while trying to keep up with his studies.


    However, doubts of enduring this part-time business surfaced when he realized that the business he was running at that time was not very promising with many limitations. A successful business in Chan’s mind was a business that could serve multiple clients at any given time, globally, with high margins and recurring income – all of which he was not getting from his initial business. Naturally, webhosting came to mind, which he noticed, fit all of the criteria he was looking for. And the best thing is, there was only a handful of webhosting provider in Malaysia then! The business became even more appealing once he studied more in-depth about webhosting industry and got himself awestruck at the power of web and the possibilities that could arise from it. Chan started up by reselling for other web hosting company and one year later having his own servers and infrastructure.


    Today Exabytes Group is the largest web hosting company in Malaysia hiring over 100 employees, with footprints in USA, Singapore, and South East Asia serving over 70,000+ clients from over 121 countries.
    Chan was the winner of JCI CYEA (Creative Young Entrepreneur Award) in 2007. Chan was also the Top 30 Finalist of TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian 2011) and Winner of Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur Award in 2011. Recently, Chan also won Prestige Top 40 under 40 award 2012.

    Yvan Knapp

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    As a member of the management board, Yvan Knapp is responsible for Product Management and Customer Experience Management at Switzerland's leading hosting provider Hostpoint AG since April 2008. He has a proven track of record in the Swiss ISP and telecoms markets, combining his vast knowledge in product marketing and business strategy with extensive experience in customer requirements and market needs. Prior to Hostpoint, he was Head of Hosting Services at Swisscom.

    Steve Wright

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    Steve is an experienced technology and operations executive and non-executive director. His career has been focused on building and developing cloud based businesses with a passion for delivering outstanding customer service.

    He is a founding director of Monayo, a cloud monitoring specialist, and provides his services to Cogendo, a leading SaaS employee performance management platform. He is currently the Chairman of LINX (the London Internet Exchange), and a non-executive director of British ISP Elite.

    Most recently Steve led the Technical and Operations direction of managed cloud provider DediPower in Europe and Asia before a successful sale to private equity. Steve was retained to lead the integration of 4 businesses (DediPower, BlueSquare Data, Scolocate, Lumison) in forming Pulsant, one of the UK’s largest cloud providers with 10 data centres, revenues in excess of $70mil and 200+ employees.

    Previously Steve has been involved in scaling up service providers in Europe, involved in a number of M&A activities and subsequent integration projects.

    Antonio Miguel Ferreira

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    Founder & CEO of Lunacloud, an IaaS and PaaS provider. Managing Director of Claranet, an European managed service provider present in 6 countries. Founder of Esoterica, the first portuguese private ISP in 1994.

    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 260 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 ISP 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.

    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 260 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.

    Greg Wong

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    Mr. Wong is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Web.com where he is responsible for all M&A and equity and debt capital market activities. Since joining full-time in 2008, he led Web.com’s acquisitions of Network Solutions, Register.com, Solid Cactus and SnapNames. Also concurrently served as General Manager of Web.com’s eCommerce Division from April 2009 to November 2013.

    Mr. Wong serves as the Chairman of the Board for NameJet, a leading domain expiry auction business, and as a Member of the Stockholder Committee of Orange Soda, a Salt Lake City-based SEO company for SMBs. Orange Soda was successfully sold to Deluxe Corporation in 2012.

    Prior to Web.com, he was a founding member of FBR's Technology Group and led the Enterprise, Network, and Internet Software corporate finance practice. During an over 11 year tenure at the investment bank, he completed dozens of initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, buy-side and sell-side merger & acquisition transactions, strategic advisory assignments, and private placements, including multiple strategic transactions for WebSitePros (original name of Web.com) and the IPOs for CareerBuilder, MicroStrategy and webMethods.

    Mr. Wong served six years as a U.S. Navy Officer in the Nuclear Propulsion Program and has an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University and a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.

    Jeff King

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    Jeff King is the General Manager of Hosting, Commerce and Security at Go Daddy. Prior to joining Go Daddy, Jeff spent 10 years at eBay, where he most recently lead the integration, platform strategy and partnerships for Magento, the world's leading open source commerce platform. During his tenure at eBay, Jeff was also responsible for driving key platform initiatives including eBay's Next Generation Search platform and Trust & Safety.

    Before eBay, Jeff held positions in product development, marketing and ecommerce at some of Silicon Valley's most celebrated success stories, including Apple, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and Sun Microsystems. A Silicon Valley native, King is an active angel investor and advisor to several cloud and ecommerce start-ups. Follow Jeff on twitter @kingjeff2

    Eric Cooney

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    Eric Cooney is President and Chief Executive Officer of Internap Network Services Corp. (NASDAQ: INAP). Mr. Cooney has a track record of successfully leading technology companies and delivering shareholder value through a focus on long-term profitable growth. He also serves as a member on the Internap Board of Directors.

    Mr. Cooney joined the digital video business of NDS, Inc. (a News Corporation company) in April 1997, which was acquired by TANDBERG Television in October 1999. He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including VP/GM Americas and Chief Operating Officer, before assuming his role as President and CEO of TANDBERG Television in June 2003.

    Under his leadership as CEO, TANDBERG Television successfully delivered shareholder value as the company increased in market value from approximately $100 million to more than $1.4 billion when TANDBERG Television was acquired by the Ericsson Group in 2007. This shareholder value was delivered through a combination of organic growth and successful strategic acquisitions.

    Mr. Cooney continued to oversee the global operations of TANDBERG Television, which was expanded to create the Television business unit within the Ericsson Group, until leaving to become the Internap President/CEO in March 2009.

    Prior to his career in the digital video industry, Mr. Cooney spent several years working in systems engineering and sales in the computer process control industry and also spent five years as a U.S. Naval officer. He received post graduate education in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Navy, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. from the University of Rochester.

    David Fowler

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    David Fowler is a veteran of the software industry, with over 35 years of industry and senior management experience in marketing, product management and development, business development, and sales. His most recent role was COO of Courion, a security and compliance software company. Prior to Courion, he led the product, marketing, and engineering teams at VidSys, a security software company in the physical security market.

    Previously, he held EVP positions at enterprise application companies- Pragmatech Software and Groove Networks, where he was responsible for product management, marketing, business development and channel sales.

    Prior to Groove, Fowler was President of public company Kana Software, the result of a high growth IPO of Silknet Software and the merger with Kana Software. In addition, Fowler has held executive and general management roles at various industry-leading companies such as Sun Microsystems, FTP Software, Chipcom, Wang Labs and Gradient Technologies.

    Fowler holds an MBA from New York University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also has been an advisor and board member to a number of early stage companies and is a frequent speaker at conferences on security, networking and marketing.

    Robert DeVita

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    Robert is currently the General Manager for Cologix, a North American leader in carrier rich interconnection. Robert heads the Texas areas sales efforts both direct sales and channel sales for for Cologix. He has worked closely to drive business development in enterprise, carrier, cloud and content verticals for Cologix. Robert has spoken at numerous industry events on Cloud Computing, Mobility and the Datacenter Market in general.

    Prior to Cologix Robert was the head of Telx’s Global Alliances. Robert has 4 plus years of experience with Telx including running both the direct and channel sales teams in the southern region. Robert came to Telx with 8 years of experience working with AT&T’s largest Media and Internet Companies. His leadership and success has been recognized by AT&T, Gartner Group and Ziff Davis Media. Robert was a 2 time Gold Club winner with AT&T, given to AT&T’s Top 5% of Account Managers.

    Robert has been instrumental in building AT&T’s Managed Services Business; he has led Sales Teams that have been awarded over $200m in Gross Revenue for AT&T. Some of these offerings include, AT&T Managed Hosting, AT&T Managed Cable IP Service and VoIP Contact Center Migrations

    Jelle Frank van der Zwet

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    Jelle Frank (JF) van der Zwet has more than 14 years of experience as a B2B marketer, working on ICT product and business development. At Interxion he is primarily responsible for the company's continually growing cloud community, and is a frequent speaker at technology events on cloud computing. He has published articles on TechCrunch and Wired and written white papers on latency, hybrid clouds and application migration. Prior to joining Interxion he held senior marketing and product management roles with Imtech, UPC, KPN and Schiphol Airport.

    Andrew Schaap

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    Andrew Schaap joined Digital Realty Trust in 2006. Andrew currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Central and Southeastern United States and oversees the formation and implementation of Digital’s federal efforts. From 2000 Mr. Schaap had Co-Founded and served as Senior Vice President of a software integration firm specializing in middleware integration for mid-market and enterprise sectors. In that capacity he set strategic direction, develop product solutions and had operational responsibility for the business; he successfully sold the firm to a system integrator to augment their hardware sales and integration line of business.

    Mr. Schaap was then named the Vice President of Sterling Network Services, a private equity backed datacenter provider, where he led the business development efforts, product positioning, sales and responsible for negotiating customer and partner agreements. Sterling was acquired by Digital Realty Trust in 2006. His education comes from Cornerstone College and attended Harvard Business School for continuing education.

    Alexandra Schless

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    Alexandra Schless joined Telecity Netherlands in 2000 as Manager Sales and Marketing.
    In 2002 Alexandra was appointed Managing Director for The Netherlands and from then on she headed the Dutch locations and was responsible for strategy and positioning in the Dutch market. Since the end of 2013 she is responsible for all TelecityGroup’s locations in the region of Western Europe.
    Alexandra Schless is also president of the board of the EuroCloud Foundation in the Netherlands since February 2010.

    Alexandra has extensive international experience in the telecoms industry. Before joining TelecityGroup Alexandra worked with Vicorp as regional sales director for The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Before that she held senior marketing and sales positions with Enertel and Lucent Technologies.

    Alexandra Schless is regularly requested as a speaker on topics such as connectivity, cloud, entrepreneurship and the digital economy and her ideas are frequently published in articles and columns.

    Alexandra holds a degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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    Mike Levy

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    Michael Levy joined 451 Research May 2010 and is part the Multi-tenant Datacenter team. His area of coverage includes wholesale datacenter and colocation markets in New York City, Northern Virginia, Canada, Asia-Pacific and various emerging markets.

    Invariably, Michael covers managed services and cloud, considering multi-tenant datacenter providers’ movement up the stack. He pays particular attention to interconnection and the use of prefabricated modular datacenters in the multi-tenant datacenter space. Prior to joining 451 Research, Michael had telecom and cloud experience working in the Office of Information and Communication Policy in the United States Department of State. He received a Bachelors of Science in Economics from American University.

    Art Zeile

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    Art Zeile’s career spans startup creation, executive leadership and advisory roles at both public and private companies. He has more than 25 years of experience building companies and bringing cutting-edge technologies to enterprise customers as a service, including video conferencing, co-location and cloud computing. As Founder and CEO of HOSTING, Art leads the company’s strategic growth initiatives while ensuring its 3,000+ global customers continue to achieve success in the cloud.

    A seasoned entrepreneur, Art has worked directly with 17 private equity and venture capital firms, raising a cumulative of over $500M in equity and debt financing. He has served on the board of multiple public and private technology service companies including Intrado, iTriage and SMS Management Services.

    Prior to HOSTING, Art was the CEO of QTC Management. Leveraging a network of 32 clinics, QTC Management delivered over 2.5 million medical examination reports each year for government and private clients. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of INFLOW, an application hosting services provider. Art was also a founder of LINK-VTC, which he grew to become the second largest videoconferencing services company in the world. LINK-VTC was acquired by Global Crossing in 1995. 

    Earlier in his career, Art served in the United States Air Force as the Executive Officer to the Director for Military Communications Programs. He also served as a technical advisor to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Art earned a Bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was awarded the John F. Kennedy Fellowship, earning a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

    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.

    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.

    Emil Sayegh

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    Emil Sayegh is President and CEO of Codero Hosting (www.codero.com), a leading provider of dedicated, managed, and cloud hosting services.

    Codero supports business customers worldwide through a reliable IT Hosting portfolio that spans dedicated, managed, and cloud services. Sayegh has expanded Codero’s product portfolio and grew its customer base, leveraging Codero’s reliable dedicated and cloud product set and its consistently high customer satisfaction ratings.

    Sayegh previously led and expanded successful cloud computing and hosting businesses for HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Rackspace Inc. (NYSE: RAX).

    At HP he was the Vice President of Cloud Services and led the company’s entry into the public cloud by leveraging HP technology and OpenStack, an open source cloud computing operating system.

    Prior to HP, Sayegh was the Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Computing Division at Rackspace. During his tenure there, he led Rackspace’s entry into the emerging public cloud market and rapidly grew the business to more than 100,000 clients.

    He also spent more than 15 years in the IT industry in successful marketing, product management, and product development leadership roles at Dell Inc., RLX Technologies (acquired by HP), and Compaq (acquired by HP). Sayegh is based in Codero’s new Austin office. Emil holds nine patents.

    Matthew Porter

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    Matthew Porter, CEO at Contegix, co-founded the award-winning managed hosting, cloud computing and colocation service provider in Saint Louis, Missouri. Contegix is recognized throughout the industry for delivering reliable hosting with Go Beyond™ support.
    Before founding Contegix, Porter served as Director of Professional Services for Demand Management Inc. Porter has also held the position of Senior Application Developer for World Wide Technology and senior engineering positions at TelcoBuy.com and IBM Global Services.
    Porter serves as a board member for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Saint Louis where he coaches and mentors early-stage entrepreneurs. Porter also sits on the Advisory Board for a select number of startups, including OffCampusMedia.

    Eric Cooney

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    Eric Cooney is President and Chief Executive Officer of Internap Network Services Corp. (NASDAQ: INAP). Mr. Cooney has a track record of successfully leading technology companies and delivering shareholder value through a focus on long-term profitable growth. He also serves as a member on the Internap Board of Directors.

    Mr. Cooney joined the digital video business of NDS, Inc. (a News Corporation company) in April 1997, which was acquired by TANDBERG Television in October 1999. He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including VP/GM Americas and Chief Operating Officer, before assuming his role as President and CEO of TANDBERG Television in June 2003.

    Under his leadership as CEO, TANDBERG Television successfully delivered shareholder value as the company increased in market value from approximately $100 million to more than $1.4 billion when TANDBERG Television was acquired by the Ericsson Group in 2007. This shareholder value was delivered through a combination of organic growth and successful strategic acquisitions.

    Mr. Cooney continued to oversee the global operations of TANDBERG Television, which was expanded to create the Television business unit within the Ericsson Group, until leaving to become the Internap President/CEO in March 2009.

    Prior to his career in the digital video industry, Mr. Cooney spent several years working in systems engineering and sales in the computer process control industry and also spent five years as a U.S. Naval officer. He received post graduate education in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Navy, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. from the University of Rochester.

    Chip Bell

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    Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, and vocal customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. Always customer-centered, Bell customizes his presentations to meet unique organizational needs through a detailed background study and phone interviews to better understand specific audience challenges.

    A world renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, he has written over 400 articles for business journals and magazines. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg TV, ABC, and his work has been featured in Fortune, Business Week, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Entrepreneur. Dr. Bell is author of six national and international best-selling books including: Managing Knock Your Socks off Service; Customers as Partners; Magnetic Service; Managers as Mentors, Take Their Breath Away and Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It. His latest book, The 9 ½ Principles of Innovative Service, is an inspirational guide to providing remarkable service. His books have been endorsed by the CEO or presidents of such service greats as Zappos, Starbucks, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Chick-fil-A and Southwest Airlines. Leadership Excellence Magazine recently listed him among the top 30 thought leaders in America.

    Business ConnectionsIssues and TrendsManagementSales and MarketingTechnology
    7:30 – 5:30pm
    Registration Open
    7:45 – 9:00am
    Networking Breakfast
    9:00 – 9:45am

    Seeking Domain solutions?

    Seeking Domain solutions?

    Discover Domain solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    The Industry is Consolidating. What's Your Exit Strategy?

    (Jad Jebara - Tuangru)

    The Industry is Consolidating. What's Your Exit Strategy?

    Death by PowerPoint: A Practical Guide

    (Simon West - Monophonic)

    Death by PowerPoint: A Practical Guide

    If you're selling B2B hosting services, at some point you've got to get out the deck and pitch your business to your prospects. Simon West, ex-CMO of hosting companies SoftLayer, Terremark and Data Return, shares some practical experience on how to make this experience a competitive advantage whether your audience is a prospect, customer, analyst or investor. Narrative, structure, design and tips for presenting will be discussed.

    Bringing Colo into the Cloud Era

    (Adam Weissmuller - Internap)

    Bringing Colo into the Cloud Era

    Even though demand for colocation services continues to rise - with 15 percent year over year growth through 2015 - it has remained siloed from other infrastructure services. It retains its legacy-based culture, with day-to-day operations and management left primarily in the hands of the data center managers. This session will explore what is needed to bring colocation into the cloud era, delivering the same level of remote automation and agility, as well as integration with other infrastructure services.

    10:00 – 10:45am

    Seeking Backup, storage and DR solutions?

    Seeking Backup, storage and DR solutions?

    Discover Backup, storage and DR solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    Bad RFPs: Strengthening the Infrastructure Buying Process

    (Zachary Smith - CloudRFP)

    Bad RFPs: Strengthening the Infrastructure Buying Process

    The cloud hosting marketplace has evolved from being a novelty line item to a significant spend in the corporate budget. Choosing a hosting partner is now one of the most important IT selections for a company. However, the means for comparing and presenting requirements to hosting providers (and then selecting and negotiating with them) are relatively immature and primarily driven by marketing and short term lead-generation goals. With the typical CTO challenged to name more than a handful of hosting partners, how do today’s vendors differentiate themselves and connect to their target customers early in their buying processes?

    Evolution of the Cloud Market: Best Practices by European Hosting Providers

    (Jelle Frank van der Zwet - Interxion)

    Evolution of the Cloud Market: Best Practices by European Hosting Providers

    The growing demand for cloud is not without challenges. The market is crowded with big and smaller players competing to quickly gain market share. Providers must get competitive and think strategically in order to gain new revenue from cloud.

    While the cloud is everywhere, location still has a significant impact on performance and data sovereignty. Using their local advantage will enable providers to differentiate through flexibility, responsiveness and customer knowledge. Based on research of over 400 providers, Jelle Frank will present the key strategies and success factors for providers looking to win.

    What Toolset Do I Use To Build A Cloud?

    (Igor Seletskiy - CloudLinux, Ditlev Bredahl - OnApp, Al Sadowski - 451 Research, Ken Lee - Citrix Systems, Inc., Nate Gordon - Appcore, André Bearfield - Blue Box Group, Inc.)

    What Toolset Do I Use To Build A Cloud?

    This panel will discuss the various pathways hosters can take to the cloud, both public and private. What are the advantages and disadvantages of open source platforms like OpenStack or third party solutions from major vendors? Should hosters even be moving into cloud? Or is premium shared or VPS a perfectly acceptable choice? Learn from those at the frontline of the battle how to build the next great cloud infrastructure service. Hear their war stories and learn from their experiences.

    11:00 – 11:45am

    Seeking Email value-added service solutions?

    Seeking Email value-added service solutions?

    Discover Email value-added service solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    The Cloud is Dead; Long Live the Cloud

    (Yury Larichev - Acronis Inc.)

    The Cloud is Dead; Long Live the Cloud

    Despite the high level hype that cloud has received, it is nothing more than a new way of using existing technologies. However, cloud is moving beyond this early craze phase. The industry has matured and there are sunny skies ahead. It is time to stop all the “cloudwashing” and dig into the truth of its real value for delivering IT services in a highly efficient way. The time is ripe to gain substantial value from utilizing the combined efficiency of centrally managed cloud environments with the knowledge and brand of local ‘trusted advisors’ and in country storage. Think global, act local!

    Are We Still Selling the Same Old Stuff?

    (Todd Benjamin - Hostway Corporation, Matthew Prince - CloudFlare, Rob Howard - Verio, Inc., Simon Anderson - DreamHost, Paul Engels - Veloxsites, Emily Kruger - Parallels)

    Are We Still Selling the Same Old Stuff?

    The SMB space, including shared, dedicated and VPS, is arguably the most challenged segment within the hosting market. Part of the reason is because hosters have not evolved quickly enough to build add-on value or move to adjacent services. This panel looks at the current state of the SMB hosting market and focuses on what products and services can help propel the sector to another stage of growth.

    Ideas for Launching a Managed AWS Offering

    (Antonio Piraino - ScienceLogic)

    Ideas for Launching a Managed AWS Offering

    AWS is still perceived as lacking in terms of a managed service layer and this is the true margin of opportunity that managed service providers can exploit. Despite the counter appeal of working with a perceived competitor, leveraging the AWS platform can save you on over provisioned and unnecessary capital expenditure. Turning your spend into just in time operational expenditure can be far more closely aligned to customer onboarding needs (i.e. success driven). Join Antonio as he discusses the various use cases for leveraging AWS to enhance or underpin your managed services catalog. Who’s doing it, how and why?expenditure that can be far more closely aligned to customer onboarding needs (i.e. success driven). Join Antonio as he discusses the various use-cases for leveraging AWS to enhance or underpin your managed services catalog. Who’s doing it, how and why?

    11:45 – 1:30pm
    Networking Lunch
    1:15 – 2:00pm

    Seeking E-commerce/Payment Provider solutions?

    Seeking E-commerce/Payment Provider solutions?

    Discover E-commerce/Payment Provider solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    Hot or Not? Hosting Mergers and Acquisitions in 2014

    (Dean Mann - DH Capital, LLC, Antonio Piraino - ScienceLogic, James Henry - Bank Street Group LLC, William Bradley - Waller Capital Partners, Jonathan Morris - Blackstone, Rick Juarez - Waller Capital)

    Hot or Not? Hosting Mergers and Acquisitions in 2014

    This panel takes a close look at the state of mergers and acquisitions in the hosting sector. Is there room for more consolidation? Are valuations still on the rise or tapering off? Is it time to exit or is there plenty of room and opportunity to double down? Hear the opinions and insights of those who are at the center of the sector's biggest deals.

    New TLDs: Good or Bad?

    (John Kane - Afilias, Aaron Phillips - cPanel, Nick Nelson - Rightside, Sandeep Ramchandani - Radix , Nino Tomasetti - 1&1 Internet AG, Sean Stafford - bounce.io)

    New TLDs: Good or Bad?

    New TLDs are rolling out and there have been hundreds of thousands of registrations already. This panel takes a critical look at the role these new TLDs will play in the hosting market. Is it good or bad for the industry? Is it an opportunity for hosts and service providers? Or are new TLDs confusing, counterproductive and harming the ability of hosts to serve and acquire new hosting clients? We bring together a panel from various sides of this debate.

    How Storage Bottlenecks Have Crushed the Cloud Experience

    (Stuart Oliver - SolidFire)

    How Storage Bottlenecks Have Crushed the Cloud Experience

    We will feature Codero, Datapipe and others as we discuss real-world customer case study experiences and demonstrate how they renewed their cloud architecture to not be affected by the Noisy Neighbor.

    2:15 – 3:00pm

    Seeking Platforms and apps: PaaS and SaaS solutions?

    Seeking Platforms and apps: PaaS and SaaS solutions?

    Discover Platforms and apps: PaaS and SaaS solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    Understanding Valuation - How the Big Guys Do It

    (Hillary Stiff - Cheval Capital, Inc., Frank Stiff - Cheval Capital, Inc., Greg Wong - Web.com, Jeff King - godaddy, Eric Cooney - Internap Network Services)

    Understanding Valuation - How the Big Guys Do It

    A highly interactive workshop on how to value your business and how a prospective buyer will analyze your business in a sale situation. This panel will focus on the key factors that have a material effect on the valuation of a hosting company or the purchase or sale of a hosting business. The panelists will walk attendees through some real world cases asking the audience to consider and answer a series of questions. The process will bring to light the important aspects of analyzing essential information when valuing and structuring hosting company transactions.

    Managing Without a Single Pane Can Be a Real Pain: Hybrid Cloud

    (David Fowler - INetU)

    Managing Without a Single Pane Can Be a Real Pain: Hybrid Cloud

    As rapidly as the digital world is changing the hosting industry is evolving with it, both in technology and business needs. In a market where one size doesn't fit all applications, organizations are increasingly finding themselves with hybrid hosting environments. With multiple environments comes increasing complexity in management, provisioning and monitoring. One key to managing these intricacies is the ability to integrate all facets of the hybrid environment into a single dashboard. This presentation will rely on real world case studies to explore several approaches organizations are using to manage their hybrid environments, the benefits and pitfalls of each and what options they can expect in the future.

    Data Decisions: Do You Need to Have a Presence Outside the US?

    (Robert DeVita - Cologix, Jelle Frank van der Zwet - Interxion, Andrew Schaap - Digital Realty , Alexandra Schless - TelecityGroup, Jim Poole, Mike Levy - 451 Research)

    Data Decisions: Do You Need to Have a Presence Outside the US?

    Between the NSA, the Patriot Act and various national requirements, companies are concerned about their data; where it sits and where it travels. Hosting and colocation providers are increasingly asked to provide infrastructure in a variety of locations for data sovereignty, tax, latency and performance reasons. This panel will discuss strategies for dealing with data requirements, potential locations for data center space and key features to look for in global infrastructure partners.

    3:15 – 4:00pm
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    (Art Zeile - Hosting.com)

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    (Philbert Shih - Structure Research )

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    (Lance Crosby - SoftLayer)

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    (Emil Sayegh - Codero Hosting)

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    (Matthew Porter - Contegix)

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    (Eric Cooney - Internap Network Services)

    The Hosting and Cloud CEO Panel

    The Hosting and Cloud CEO Panel

    Five CEOs discuss the state of the industry and its future. How far have we come as an industry and does the future remain bright? Where are we now and where are we going? Hear from those who have been there since the beginning and have unique perspective and experiences to share.

    4:15 – 5:15pm

    Keynote

    Innovative Service: Strategies for Creating Growth and Bottom Line Impact - Sponsored by Limestone Networks

    Innovative Service: Strategies for Creating Growth and Bottom Line Impact - Sponsored by Limestone Networks

    Why settle for just “wowing” your customers? Take their breath away with the type of innovative service experience that can overcome customer resistance to price during challenging economic times.

    This must-see keynote presentation by Chip Bell will be one of the highlights of HostingCon 2014. Based on his best-selling book, The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service, this lively, provocative session will provide inspirational ideas to help you make service an exceptional experience for your customers.

    Bell will draw on more than 20 years working with top decision makers from the world’s leading brands, helping them create ingenious “value-unique” strategies instead of pricey value-added schemes. You’ll leave with countless cutting-edge techniques and a head full of ideas for reinventing or reigniting the service experience you deliver to those you serve.

    5:30 – 8:30pm
  • Brian Chambers

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    With 10 years in the Web hosting industry, the most recent four years have been spent leading the Human Resource functions across UK2 Group, while assisting with general US business operations. This includes offices in the US, UK, Ukraine, and India, with over 250 employees world-wide.

    Following the acquisition of WestHost Inc. by UK2 Group, Brian worked as General Manager at WestHost for one year. He was responsible for successfully leading efforts to consolidate UK2’s US offices, and in building a strong foundation in the US for continued business growth. He was responsible for all aspects of the Utah offices, including the Marketing, IT, Finance and Support functions of the business.

    Prior to UK2’s acquisition, Brian spent five years working as VP of Human Resources and Operations at WestHost. He was responsible for operations of the Billing, Customer Service, Ordering and Technical Support Departments. He also managed all Human Resource functions including recruiting, benefits, employee relations, performance management, compensation, and policy development.

    Before his journey in the Web hosting space, Brian spent 3 years managing general store operations at Walmart, with over 500 employees. Responsibilities included staffing, training, public relations, loss prevention, budgeting and in-store promotions.

    Brian graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management. He is the proud father of 4 fantastic, and very active kids. He loves most sports, coaching many of his kids youth teams. He also enjoys spending free time in the great outdoors with his family.

    Kathleen Harris

    CyberTipline Supervisor | National Center for Missing and Exploited ChildrenIMG_1.jpg

    Kathleen Harris is a CyberTipline Supervisor in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In this capacity, she is responsible for managing a staff of approximately 25 analysts and support personnel. Ms. Harris has handled over 30,000 Cybertipline reports, resulting in numerous arrests of child sexual offenders. She has participated in various law enforcement investigative training programs on high technology crimes, online child exploitation, and investigative and analytical skill development. She has provided extensive technical assistance to law enforcement in the United States, as well as abroad, on cases of child sexual exploitation, especially Internet crimes against children.

    Ms. Harris has been with NCMEC since June 2000. She began her NCMEC career in the Call Center, where she provided assistance to parents, social services, and law enforcement on missing and exploited children cases. Prior to joining NCMEC, Ms. Harris served as a Crisis Hotline Specialist. Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.

    NCMEC's Exploited Children Division was established in 1996 by a mandate by the U.S. Congress and serves as a resource center for the public, parents, and law enforcement on the issue of the sexual exploitation of children. ECD works collaboratively with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Customs Service (now the Department of Homeland Security). ECD analysts process reports received on child sexual exploitation through the CyberTipline and disseminate the leads to Federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies for further investigation. ECD analysts also provide technical assistance to those law enforcement agencies investigating cases of child sexual exploitation.

    Dan Ushman

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    Dan Ushman CMO, Co-Founder of SingleHop

    Dan began his career in the internet infrastructure industry at midPhase Services, Inc., a shared hosting provider that grew to over 160,000 customers before being acquired by UK2 Group. At midPhase, Dan contributed heavily to its rise from a small company to one of the largest shared hosting providers in the United States with over 160,000 customers and $18 million in revenue.

    At SingleHop, Dan focuses on the company's marketing strategy and operations, leading the company's growing marketing team and working to bridge the gap between marketing, sales and technology. Dan believes heavily in differentiation, and focuses on highlighting SingleHop's unique and powerful technology platform which helps it stand out from its competitors in a saturated and fragmented marketplace.

    Dan regularly attends and speaks at industry and marketing events. As a recognized thought leader in online marketing, Dan is one of the few internet marketing professionals to hold a Horizon Award for Marketing Innovation.

    Stephen Oakes

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    Stephen Oakes is a supervisory special agent (SSA) in the FBI’s Cyber Division. He has worked for the FBI for the past nine years and his experience includes investigations into cyber threats including botnets, bullet-proof hosting, and the underground economy. He is currently assigned to the Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit (CIRFU) of the FBI Cyber Division, co-located with the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. SSA Oakes hold a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Georgetown College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky School of Law, and is pursuing his Masters of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Melon University.

    Richard Feller

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    Richard Feller has over 17 years of Corporate Management experience in the web hosting industry. In 1995, Richard started working with ServInt Internet Services as the Director of Sales and Business Development, focusing specifically on medium to large web hosting clients.

    After leaving ServInt in 2000, Richard was charged with managing the restructuring and integration of Digiweb, a division of Interliant Web Hosting. After successfully managing many aspects of that restructuring, Richard and his partners founded Hedgehog Hosting in early 2001. As a principal at Hedgehog, Richard provides his expertise in growing their business processes and web hosting services, focusing specifically on the Association and Non-Profit sector. Richard Feller currently sits on the board of the i2Coalition as well as the Board of Trustees of Westminster School.

    Outside the office, he is very active with his sons’ schools, focusing on K-8th grade children's theater and coaching rugby at the high-school level.

    Russ Reeder

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    Russell P. Reeder is President and COO of (mt) Media Temple, Inc., a top provider of web hosting and cloud services that powers 1.5 million websites for 125,000 customers in 100 countries worldwide. He's responsible for the (mt) brand's overall vision and strategy, and for driving scalable growth for the recently acquired Virb.com.

    A 18-year veteran of the IT field, Reeder has led numerous cutting edge companies, from entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 500 powerhouses like Oracle and Mobil Oil. He's steered organizations out of financial distress, led multiple turnarounds, and managed high-growth businesses that have sold for more than $1.2 billion.

    His most recent success story is LibreDigital, a company whose digital publishing platform helps people find and read their favorite books, magazines, and newspapers when and where they choose. As President and CEO, Russ led LibreDigital through its sale to publishing giant RR Donnelly, helping the company rack up a client list that currently includes such world-famous brands as Apple, Barnes & Noble, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, The New York Times, and Sony.

    Prior to that, as President, COO, and Acting CEO of NXTV, Reeder led the company to the forefront of the IPTV and IP video-on-demand industry, rebuilding its operations and boosting both efficiency and global sales.

    Reeder eats complex business models for breakfast and washes them down with a big mug of social media mastery. He's thrilled to be able to put his expertise in information technology, content distribution, mobile technology, and social commerce spaces to good use as he leads Media Temple's 200 highly dedicated employees.

    Jim Foley

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    Foley, with 30 years in industry, has migrated from hands-on software development to running international businesses. He specializes in strategic business growth, having previously held many roles such as CEO (EMEA and APAC) at Kroll and Global Director of Market Development and Innovation at BT. Foley is a catalyst for market led innovation and strategic alliances.

    Sara Pfitzinger

    Sr. Display Account Manager | 3Q Digitalsara pfitzinger.jpg

    Sara Pfitzinger, Sr. Display Account Manager at 3Q Digital, has worked in digital marketing since 2000, including positions at Netflix and Esurance. At both companies, she managed display campaigns; she also has a wealth of experience in lead generation and affiliate management. Sara has a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Ruslan Synytsky

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    Ruslan Synytsky is CTO and co-founder of Jelastic, Inc, the first company to deliver Platform-as-Infrastructure, combining the flexibility of IaaS and the ease of use of PaaS within a single turnkey platform.

    With over 15 years in the IT industry, Ruslan is an expert in large-scale distributed Java applications and enterprise platforms.

    Before starting Jelastic in 2011, Ruslan led engineering and software architecture teams at iQueLab, SolovatSoft and Datamesh. He was also one of the key engineering leads at the National Space Agency, Ukraine.

    Joakim Öhman

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    I am the CEO and founder of Elastx that works with the local Swedish implementation of Jelastic, the Duke Choice Award winning Cloud Platform! I have worked with Enterprise IT infrastructure solutions for 18 years. Founded 24 Solutions 2001 delivering products and managed services for companies with high demands on security and availability. Currently running Elastx where we build a PaaS services for everyone that likes simplicity and performance. I love my daughter, my wife, snow and water!

    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.

    Alex de Joode

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    While working for various ISPs, Alex co-founded Meldpunt and Inhope. He was Security Officer for LeaseWeb, Europe’s largest hoster measured by bandwidth and currently acts a Senior Regulatory Counsel. Alex is responsible for Global Regulatory and Public Affairs, Legal and Risk Management.

    Alex holds an Masters Degree in Media and Information Law from the University of Amsterdam.

    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.

    Perry Robinson

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    Perry Robinson is Vice President, Legal & Associate General Counsel at Rackspace, the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack® where he leads a team of attorneys and legal professionals responsible for providing guidance in support of all revenue, supply chain, product, data security and data privacy, public policy, risk management and compliance functions for the Americas. Perry works closely with many of Rackspace’s customers, and frequently speaks on matters relating to cloud computing and privacy law in the U.S. and internationally.

    Perry received his J.D. from Baylor Law School, and his B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Perry is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Perry has was named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star by Texas Monthly, and a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by the San Antonio Business Journal.
    About Rackspace

    Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best—whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company's award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy, and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

    Hartland Ross

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    Hartland Ross is President and founder of eBridge Marketing Solutions Inc, an online marketing agency and consulting firm catering to B2B technology companies. Hartland has been working in the sales and marketing 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 is a regular blogger at www.thewhir.com and is often interviewed or quoted in various case studies and articles.

    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 260 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.

    Arvand Sabetian

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    Founder of a web solutions company, Arvixe, with extensive knowledge in virtual hosting environments specifically cpanel/linux and windows/websitepanel servers.

    With close to 100 full time employees and contractors, Arvixe remains completely virtual without a physical headquarters. The culture of the company, built around a remote work place, creates a very unique environment where staff can grow and truly benefit the company through their input.

    Named to Inc Magazine's coveted 30 under 30 list in 2013 - http://go.arvixe.com/30under30

    Jamie Opalchuk

    CEO | Hostpapa

    Jamie is the founder and CEO of HostPapa, one of the world's fastest growing web hosting firms and a pioneer in green energy hosting. A serial entrepreneur, Jamie has successfully launched and divested a number of enterprises in the technology industry over the past 25 years.

    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 six 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.

    Chandler Vaughn

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    Chandler comes to Codero from SunGard where he was the Vice President of Cloud Product Development. Chandler ran SunGard’s design and engineering efforts for the Cloud and Managed Services businesses. Chandler also defined the technical strategy for both the Recovery Services and the Managed Services businesses. Furthermore, he served as the founder and head of the Cloud Computing Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, an experience from which he was named as the inventor on several pending patents for Distributed Block Storage.


    Before joining SunGard in early 2010, Chandler worked at Rackspace and launched both the Rackspace Cloud Servers and Cloud Files products lines. He also led the Product Management and Product Marketing team for the Rackspace Managed Hosting business through their accelerated growth prior to IPO.


    Chandler holds a Bachelors of Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from Rice University. Chandler lives in Austin with his wife, is active in Austin Startup scene, and in his free time provides mentorship to local entrepreneurs and students.

    Chip Childers

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    Chip Childers is the Vice President of Product Strategy at CumuLogic. He is also a member of The Apache Software Foundation, where he has served as the Vice President of Apache CloudStack.

    Previously, Chip was Principal Engineer in the Cloud Engineering organization at SunGard Availability Services, where he is responsible for the overall architecture of SunGard's CloudStack-based service offerings. He also represented SunGard on the board of the DMTF.

    Christian Dawson

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    Christian Dawson joined ServInt in 1998. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2009. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall management of ServInt’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development and customer support. 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 also created and introduced the ServInt Green Hosting Initiative in 2008. Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), his insights and ideas have been published in leading industry publications, including Virtualization Journal, Bandwidth Properties, and Web Host Industry Review.

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

    Ron Yokubaitis

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    Ron Yokubaitis and his wife Carolyn Yokubaitis are the co-founders of multiple Internet related businesses, including Texas.net, Inc., Giganews, Inc., Data Foundry, Inc. and Golden Frog, Inc. Ron and Carolyn currently serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers of these enterprises.

    It was 1994 – the early days of the Internet – when Carolyn Yokubaitis and Ron Yokubaitis embarked upon an entrepreneurial adventure and co-founded along with son Jonah, in San Antonio, Texas.net, Inc., one of the first 50 ISPs in the US. Texas.net changed its name to Data Foundry, Inc. in 2005. Today, Data Foundry owns and operates carrier-neutral data centers in Austin and Houston and manages global colocation facilities in the Eastern and Western United States, Europe and Asia.
    Giganews, a global Usenet Newsgroups service, was spun-off from Texas.net in 1998, and was formed to address the growing consumer demand for Usenet Newsgroups, as well as demand from broadband ISPs who need to outsource their Usenet news-servers. Today, Giganews serves subscribers in more than 200 countries, maintaining several petabytes of data storage from server clusters co-located in multiple Internet Data Centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. Giganews has robust global peering arrangements, ensuring almost instantaneous article download and posting from anywhere in the world.
    In 2009, Ron and Carolyn co-founded Golden Frog, Inc. Golden Frog is a global software developer committed to developing applications and services that preserve an open Internet experience while respecting user privacy and security. In 2009, Golden Frog launched its first service VyprVPN - a secure personal VPN service. VyprVPN provides secure, encrypted connections to the Internet to protect user privacy and security. “Dump Truck” is the second product from Golden Frog. “Dump Truck” is secure online storage that allows users to safely store, sync and share all of your files with the ability to access them anywhere, from any device. Golden Frog writes 100% of its server software, manages its own network, and owns the hardware enabling it to deliver the fastest and most secure services in the world.

    A native Texan, Ron has held a lifelong passion for electronics and communications - first fueled by obtaining a ham radio license more than 50 years ago. While that made the world smaller for him, it was his discovery of the Internet that truly opened his eyes to the possibilities. He first learned of the Internet in 1976 from Steward Brand's book, "Cybernetics Frontiers II"; and sought to log on for the first time in 1984 at an Artificial Intelligence Conference at the University of Texas.

    Prior to Texas.net, Ron practiced law in Houston and Austin after serving with his wife Carolyn, in the Peace Corps in Brazil ('68-70). Ron holds both a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston, where he served on the Law Review. Ron is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, lives in Austin with his wife Carolyn, and has five sons.

    Michael Petricone

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    Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics
    Association (CEA).

    In his position, Petricone is responsible for representing the CE industry’s position before Congress and
    the FCC on critical issues such as Internet freedom, wireless spectrum, and high-skilled immigration. He
    is a frequent speaker on policy issues impacting the innovation industry. He has been frequently listed as
    one of DC’s top technology lobbyists.

    Petricone received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree
    from Tufts University.

    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.

    Marvin Ammori

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    Marvin Ammori is a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert. He has represented several companies and coalitions including Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, and others. Currently a 2014 Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation, one of the nation’s most prominent think tanks, he also serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress and also on the Board of Engine Advocacy, a national organization that gives startups a voice in DC . A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan, he was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 by Fast Company Magazine and among the top 5 lawyers in technology by the World Technology Network.

    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.

    Michelle Richardson

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    As Director of Public Policy, Michelle Richardson spearheads the ACLU of Florida’s policy agenda by planning and implementing statewide legislative and advocacy campaigns, analyzing and drafting policy proposals, lobbying state, local and federal policymakers, preparing and presenting testimony, building and working with allied organizations and coalitions, and engaging ACLU supporters throughout the state.

    Before joining ACLU-FL, Michelle was the ACLU’s lead national security lobbyist in Washington, DC where she specialized in issues such as surveillance, state secrets, oversight and cybersecurity. She was a member of the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Task force, on the Board of the Charity and Security Network, and a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law's Center for Internet and Society.

    Business ConnectionsIssues and TrendsManagementSales and MarketingTechnology
    7:30 – 6:00pm
    Registration Open
    7:45 – 9:00am
    Networking Breakfast
    9:00 – 9:45am

    Seeking Cloud enablement (IaaS) solutions?

    Seeking Cloud enablement (IaaS) solutions?

    Discover Cloud enablement (IaaS) solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    Getting Acquired and Thriving

    (Russ Reeder - (mt) Media Temple)

    Getting Acquired and Thriving

    Are you a disruptive force in the hosting market? Look around: a potential acquiree might be lurking and it might actually be for the best. In October 2013, Media Temple was acquired by domain hosting giant GoDaddy. By walking the audience through the acquisition of Media Temple by a company almost 40 times its size, Reeder will provide some acute insights into the challenges of a successful acquisition and why growth and self-preservation are no longer antonymic goals.

    Discover Programmatic Buying and Other Marketing Techniques Hosting Companies Need to Exploit

    (Jim Foley - Flexiant , Sara Pfitzinger - 3Q Digital)

    Discover Programmatic Buying and Other Marketing Techniques Hosting Companies Need to Exploit

    Programmatic buying is a version of online display buying that uses a market system driven by supply and demand. A subset of programmatic, real time buying is predicted to grow 57 percent in 2014.

    Pfitzinger will break down real time buying explaining how this popular process can help increase your business. However, effective marketing in the digital age requires more than this. Foley will not only show where most Hosting companies are failing he will also provide actionable insights on how other technology vendors are increasing their market value and influence as well as fueling and defending revenue growth.

    Breakthrough PaaS Performance: Beating the Big Guys

    (Ruslan Synytsky - Jelastic, Joakim Öhman - Elastx)

    Breakthrough PaaS Performance: Beating the Big Guys

    Achieving a differentiated hosting solution for PaaS that not just competes with, but beats the big guys, is achievable and can drive significant new business for hosters.This case study shows how ElastX, a Swedish hoster, uses customized hardware and Jelastic's turnkey Platform-as-Infrastructure software to build a solution that wins. Speakers from Elastx and Jelastic will participate.

    10:00 – 10:45am

    Seeking Data Center solutions?

    Seeking Data Center solutions?

    Discover Data Center solutions! Come hear 2-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering these solutions. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Start building connections during this Business Connection session. This session is moderated.

    Build or Buy? How to Grow Your Small to Mid-sized Hosting Business

    (Hartland Ross - eBridge Marketing Solutions Inc., Frank Stiff - Cheval Capital, Inc., Arvand Sabetian - Arvixe, Jamie Opalchuk - Hostpapa)

    Build or Buy? How to Grow Your Small to Mid-sized Hosting Business

    This session will focus solely on the implications for a small to mid-sized host trying to decide between an organic growth strategy versus growth through mergers and acquisitions. We’ll explore the perspective of the business owner or manager trying to come to terms with these two approaches and the associated costs and risks with each.

    The session will not address the more commonly discussed topic of selling to a larger host but rather be focused on the decision maker wearing the two hats, marketer and/or buyer. We’ll focus on the implications of a mergers and acquisitions strategy rather than a deep dive into specific marketing tactics.

    What Does the Customer Say?

    (Monish Sood - Microsoft)

    What Does the Customer Say?

    Most of the time customers don't know what they want and its our job to help them understand. However, its important to understand the needs of the customer first, be aware of how they like to have information presented and the types of customers you have. In this session, we examine the latest customer insights as well as how we can apply this to cloud offerings. Be prepared to participate in a highly interactive and productive session where you will walk out with the tools to help you develop a working value proposition for your company or product.

    Big Data and Other Services: How to Move From IaaS to IaaS+

    (Chandler Vaughn - Codero Hosting, Chip Childers - CumuLogic)

    Big Data and Other Services: How to Move From IaaS to IaaS+

    The cloud market has evolved to the point where it's no longer enough to just offer virtual machines by the hour. Developers are demanding more, asking for services like Database-as-a-Service, Cache-as-a-Service and Queue-as-a-Service. In this talk, you will hear about how Codero Hosting is meeting the need for differentiated dedicated and cloud services by combining the power of CloudStack and CumuLogic.

    11:00 – 12:00pm
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    (Christian Dawson - ServInt)

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    (Ron Yokubaitis - Data Foundry)

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    (Michael Petricone - Consumer Electronics Association)

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    (Gregory Nojeim - Center for Democracy and Technology)

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    (Marvin Ammori - New America Foundation)

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    (Amie Stepanovich - Access)

    The Post Snowden World One Year Later: What Has Changed?

    The Post Snowden World One Year Later: What Has Changed?

    Increased awareness about government surveillance practices has changed the way society understands privacy, values and due process of the law, leaving individuals and businesses unsure about who has access to their private information. The trust of our customers is the currency upon which the Internet economy is built. It’s foundation, the Internet infrastructure industry, must collaborate with others who have a stake in its success to show the world that the United States takes privacy seriously.

    We are already seeing an international backlash to the activities of the NSA as individual countries and regions seek to implement policies that will fragment the Internet into localized networks. This would discount all the principles that have led to our industry’s massive success. Now more than ever, we must work together to ensure that significant reforms are made to maintain the open and free nature of the Internet as we know it.

    12:00 – 2:00pm
    Networking Lunch
    12:00 – 6:30pm
    Exhibit Hall Open
    4:00 – 6:30pm
  • Bob Krulcik

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    Krulcik is a recognized leader in the telecom industry with more than 20 years of experience. He comes to us from Xceed Technologies, where he served as the SVP, Sales & Marketing; and was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Xceed's global sales and marketing initiatives to ensure strong connections with customers, partners and resellers.

    Prior to Xceed, Krulcik held various leadership roles building and managing major brands and cross-functional sales teams at multiple high technology companies including Alteryx, Schema, MapInfo and AT&T. He earned a BS in Industrial Distribution with a concentration in both Electrical Engineering and Marketing, as well as an MBA in Finance from Clarkson University.

    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.

    Wilfried Beeck

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    Wilfried Beeck is the CEO and founder of ePages and also co-founder of Intershop, a company that he took public in 1998 and helped to grow into a global leader of enterprise e-commerce solutions. Since 2002 ePages works with many of the world’s leading hosting providers and telecoms to deliver cloud based commerce solutions to their SMB clients.

    Seth Bostock

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    Seth is responsible for guiding IndependenceIT’s vision and strategy. Under his leadership iIT completed the successful acquisition of Veddio and formally introduced its flagship Cloud Workspace Suite to the market. Seth is a results-driven executive with more than a decade of experience in delivering business value through a pragmatic process and an extensive background designing and implementing business improvement strategies to enhance corporate performance. Industry publication CRN recognized Mr. Bostock as one of the “100 industry people you should know” in 2013. He was also named as one of the top IT executives to watch in 2014 by MSPMentor.

    Clark Crook

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    After six years as an Electronics Engineer at Eastman Kodak, Mr. Crook joined Synergy in 1987 as a Sales Executive in their Buffalo, NY Office. Synergy Buffalo grew from virtually no sales in 1987 to over $40 million dollars in sales.

    Mr. Crook became President of Synergy in 1999. He was responsible for the development of the company’s managed services product line. These products include, Computer System Hosting, Help Desk, and Remote Monitoring and Preventive Maintenance services.

    Synergy became the leading managed services provider in the territory and reaching 20 million dollars in managed services sales under his direction. In 2011 Synergy sold its Help Desk and Hosting Services to EarthLink.

    Mr. Crook currently has product responsibility for EarthLink’s TechCare (Help Desk) and Cloud Workspace (Virtual Desktop) manage services.

    Siddharth Taliyan

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    Siddharth spearheads the Sales division at LogicBoxes that serves Registries, Registrars, Webhosts, ISPs and Telcos. Siddharth has worked closely with some of the largest hosting companies of the world, to offer them custom technology and business solutions including ICANN Accreditation consulting. He has also consulted new gTLD applicants across all categories of TLDs on their vertical integration projects, distribution and launch plans. As a subject matter expert, he brings to the table extensive knowledge and industry experience which is indespensible for all LogicBoxes’ partners. He has also worked with ISP / Telcos and consulted them on the Domains and Hosting sides of their business. His varied experience across segments of the Internet industry enables him to offer holistic solutions to all LogicBoxes partners.
    Siddharth also has significant experience in working with IT Product and Consulting firms, consulting them on their implementation of state-of-the-art IT solutions to address some of their most demanding business and technology challenges.

    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.

    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 customers connect their products and services to buyers through unique and beautiful 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 projects 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.

    Dreas van Donselaar

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    Dreas van Donselaar is a co-founder of SpamExperts, the Amsterdam based leading provider of professional email security solutions and currently holds the CTO responsibilities in the company. Dreas is also the founder of the Mailserver Whitelist Foundation, a not-for-profit and free registration database for mail servers using an IPv6 Internet address.
    A self-starter since his University years, Dreas set-up, grew and profitably sold two internet services businesses, before assuming his role in SpamExperts.

    Recognized expert in the web hosting and informatics security technologies, Dreas has participated as a speaker at some of the largest industry events, such as HostingCon, cPanel, EU Spam Symposium.
    Dreas holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and a Bachelors degree in International Business from the Maastricht University. An accomplished entrepreneur, he is also an active supporter of animal protection causes.

    Hemant Jain

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    Hemant Jain is VP of Engineering at Fortinet. He is responsible for all DDoS attack mitigation related technology at Fortinet including FortiDDoS series of products. He joined Fortinet, via acquisition of IntruGuard, which he founded in 2003. At IntruGuard, Hemant spearheaded the technology, strategy and business development. Hemant was a lead architect at Internet Devices as well as at Alcatel, where he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing a range of technologies, including a one-touch VPN client, firewalls and NAT support for multimedia and VOIP protocols.

    Hemant also led large and highly successful product development teams in Tata Consultancy Services and Oracle Financial Services Software Limited in India. Hemant earned his MSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Hemant has over 7 patents in the DDoS attack mitigation space.

    Jeffrey Lyon

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    Jeffrey A. Lyon, CISSP-ISSMP, CISA, is a leading expert in DDoS theory and attack mitigation strategy. He has served as the President of Black Lotus for over 12 years. In 2005, he completed his BBA in Operations and Information Systems at The College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing his MBA in Accounting.

    Steven Ciaburri

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    Steven Ciaburri is the Founder and CEO of Rack911, a leading provider of proactive server management services.

    Mr. Ciaburri specializes in comprehensive compromise forensics and remediation. His work over the past decade has reinforced Rack911 as a leading go to name in hosting security.

    Vann Abernethy

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    Vann Abernethy is the senior product manager for NSFOCUS, where he is responsible for product planning and program execution for multiple security products. He brings more than 15 years of experience working as both a product developer and IT/IS Director from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, Abernethy has developed and deployed security, network and infrastructure management products and solutions for a wide range of companies, ranging from SMBs to government to some of the largest, industry-leading worldwide enterprises.

    Vann has presented at small conferences, large corporate gatherings, and countless webinars - both as a host/moderator and as a guest speaker/panelist. He is comfortable in front of both large (1000+) crowds and in front of a camera. His easy and engaging style captures audiences’ attention and encourages participation.

    Shay Rapaport

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    Shay Rapaport is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fireblade. Mr. Rapaport is a true visionary with extensive knowledge in internet security. Prior to Fireblade, Mr. Rapaport founded SmartMove, a CMS provider, and acted as its CEO for 5 years. He also has vast experience as an IT consultant and project manager. Mr. Rapaport holds an LL.M. in International Law, specializes in internet law and cybercrime. Additionally, he has a background in journalism.

    Piero DePaoli

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    Piero DePaoli leads a team responsible for product marketing of Symantec's endpoint security, information security and information management solutions. This includes leading offerings such as Symantec Endpoint Protection, Protection Suite, Messaging & Web Gateway, Email & Web Security.cloud, Enterprise Vault.cloud, Trust Services and Backup Exec. Piero has more than 16 years experience building, marketing and selling mobility, security & protection solutions to enterprises and SMBs.

    Prior to joining Symantec, Piero spent over 8 years with iPass where he led product management and product marketing initiatives for iPass’ enterprise mobility, device management and managed network services products. Prior to iPass, Piero held marketing, sales and sales engineering positions at CompuServe Network Services, UUNET and MCI WorldCom.

    Piero holds an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems and Marketing and an Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, from the University of California, Davis.

    Business ConnectionsIssues and TrendsManagementSales and MarketingTechnology
    7:45 – 9:00am
    Networking Breakfast
    8:00 – 4:00pm
    Registration Open
    9:00 – 9:45am  

    Does Your Contract Drive Business Away?

    (David Snead - W. David Snead, P.C.)

    Does Your Contract Drive Business Away?

    In this intensive discussion, you will learn how to view contract issues through the lens of a practicing lawyer who deals with hosting customers on a daily basis. You'll learn why customers hate your contract and which clauses drive them away. This insight will provide an understanding of how to create contracts and compliance strategies that anticipate business success and customer needs. We'll also discuss strategies to create contracts that amplify, rather than distract, from your brand. A key take away will be learning to create a matrix that prioritizes those needs and the laws that may relate to them. Finally, we will discuss drafting strategies.

    How to Deliver Cutting Edge eCommerce to the Hosting Market

    (Wilfried Beeck - ePages)

    How to Deliver Cutting Edge eCommerce to the Hosting Market

    Fueled by the unbridled adoption of smartphones and tablets, eCommerce sales in the U.S. will reach $370 billion by 2017, and €191 billion in Europe alone. The role of the web host has never been more important in ensuring that SMBs can maximize their capture of retail opportunities and trends. This workshop will explore a best-practice approach for how web hosts can modernize and strategically align their eCommerce offerings. We’ll focus on critical success factors for hosters, such as up selling strategies, joint product management and co-marketing.

    2014: The Year of DaaS?

    (Seth Bostock - IndependenceIT, Clark Crook - TechCare)

    2014: The Year of DaaS?

    After a couple of false starts, 2014 looks like the year of the cloud desktop. In this session, IndependenceIT CEO Seth Bostock explains how DaaS is far more than VDIb and discusses the confluence of trends and tech that make this the age of the cloud workspace. He'll be joined by Clark Crook, VP MSP Operations from IIT partner Earthlink, who'll discuss how DaaS can help hosts create full SMB solutions, increase customer stickiness and raise ARPU.

    10:00 – 10:45am  

    Insights into the SMB Customer Experience to Increase Wallet Share

    (Kellie Green - Parallels)

    Insights into the SMB Customer Experience to Increase Wallet Share

    Superior service and support affect customer experience, satisfaction, and loyalty. This session presents new market research looking at the customer lifecycle from the point-of-sale to onboarding to support, showing what matters when selling new cloud services to existing customers. What forms of customer support are needed for cloud services compared to traditional hosting services? Does existing loyalty or satisfaction with a provider correlate to intent to buy additional cloud services? Attend to get the analysis plus strategies and recommendations for your support and operational team.

    The Art of Selling Space

    (Makiko Ara - Total Product Marketing)

    The Art of Selling Space

    Hosting is intangible and commodity based. Look at it from your prospects' perspective; there are a lot of choices and you all seem to sound the same. The answer is to stop dumping feature lists, product data and marketing jargon on your prospects.

    Rise above your competitors and learn how to: create memorable TRIGGERS of your brand through visualization and productization; employ EMOTION to provoke your prospects to take action (and make favorable decisions) and produce high value CONTENT that leads to high-perceived value of your products and services. Increase your sales immediately by learning the art of selling space and making your brand memorable.

    Email Archiving Product Analysis: The New Revenue Driver for Web Hosts?

    (Dreas van Donselaar - SpamExperts)

    Email Archiving Product Analysis: The New Revenue Driver for Web Hosts?

    An in depth review of the email archiving product: history, legislation, differentiating technical features and future outlook. Will email archiving become an interesting upsell for web hosting companies to add to their product portfolio?

    11:00 – 12:00pm
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    (Hemant Jain - Fortinet)

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    (Jeffrey Lyon - Black Lotus Communications)

    (Steven Ciaburri - Rack911)

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    (Vann Abernethy - NSFOCUS Inc.)

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    (Shay Rapaport - Fireblade)

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    (Piero DePaoli - Symantec)

    Shift Gears, You're a Security Provider Now

    Shift Gears, You're a Security Provider Now

    The past year was a massive challenge for service providers which have faced rapidly escalating threats to their infrastructure and the security of their customers. Massive DDoS attacks, SQL injection vulnerabilities and the potentially disastrous Heartbleed vulnerability are only a few examples of major incidents to strike hosts in the past year.

    The solution is for hosting providers to become security providers. Leading security experts specializing in the hosting industry will discuss this paradigm shift and answer questions in an open forum to ensure companies have the tools needed to remain secure in 2015.

    12:00 – 2:00pm
    Networking Lunch
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Exhibit Hall Open