The Best Speakers Come to Framingham!

  • Aaron Bartell   Krengel Technology Inc.
  • Carrie Beers   Leadership & Business Development Coach
  • Rob Bestgen   IBM Rochester DB2 Center of Competency
  • David Brault   LANSA
  • Erwin Earley    Rogue Wave Software
  • Stephen Flaherty   Fresche Legacy
  • Susan Gantner   Partner400 and System i Developer Consortium
  • Charles Guarino   Central Park Data Systems
  • Ted Holt   Profound Logic
  • Pete Massiello   iTech Solutions Group
  • Jon Paris   Partner400 and System i Developer Consortium
  • Steve Pitcher  iTech Solutions Group
  • Alan Seiden  Seiden Group
  • Steve Wolk  PC Richard & Company
Aaron Bartell
 
Aaron Bartell has two primary focuses in his role as Director of IBM i Innovation at Krengeltech; IBM i cloud hosting (litmis.com/spaces) and open source (litmis.com/jump-start-program). Through consulting engagements, Aaron jump-starts Node.js, Ruby, and Git development initiatives while serving as an extension of internal development teams. Aaron facilitates adoption of open source technologies through internal staff training, speaking engagements at conferences, and the authoring of best practices within IBM i industry publications and litmis.com/learn.   Connect with Aaron via email at abartell@krengeltech.com.

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in Southern Minnesota.  He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter having a young family brings, along with camping and music.  He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.


Carrie Beers


Insightful, enthusiastic, dynamic, national and international leadership and business coach who uses her thirst for knowledge and education to design unique programs that bridge the distance between corporate culture, leaders, and employees in companies that believe success is earned through positive action. Combining her strengths in motivating and training, she has propelled leaders to look at themselves as well as their leadership approach in new ways in order to create an empowered workforce. She has built a business that offers national and international organizations opportunities to balance people and profits through innovative programs that drive a shift in leadership evolution and thought.  Carrie is a certified Change Management Specialist and Six Sigma Lean Professional.
Core competencies include: Visionary leader and motivator with a style that propels people to take action; excels at using strategic planning, change management and policy development to build collaborative teams, reduce turnover, improve morale, streamline processes, develop leadership teams and improve profitability; broad knowledge and hands-on experience working in high tech, service, nonprofit, manufacturing and startup industries.
In her spare time, Carrie loves to play golf (really well or badly, depending on who you ask), explore wineries, enjoys time at the ocean, volunteering with Heroes to Hire, and mentoring recent college grads. She strives to live a healthy lifestyle, but still indulges when moved to. She is a single mom to her 20-something son, and a budding standup comedienne.


Rob Bestgen


Rob Bestgen is an IBM DB2 for i architect and consultant. In his 29 year temporary assignment at IBM, Rob has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, and chief architect of the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), to name a few. Rob is currently a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 for i, IBM i, and DB2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.



David Brault

As Product Marketing Manager at LANSA, David Brault draws on his 20+ years in the application development market to help determine the market direction for LANSA's products. David’s experience includes extensive involvement integrating various IBM, Microsoft, Web and Mobile technologies with back-office and ERP systems. David is a member of CAAC (COMMON Americas Advisory Council) and a frequent speaker at industry events.


Richard is Chief Technology Officer of Denovo, a Managed Service Provider, specializing in transforming the Business of IT.
Richard is a recognized SME and world renowned award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design.  He leads a team of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals transcending organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful business outcomes
Erwin Earley

Erwin is currently a Senior Solutions Consultant at Rogue Wave Software working with the Zend line of products (Zend Server, Zend Studio) primarily with IBM i customers.  Prior to starting with Rogue Wave Erwin was a managing consultant in IBMs Lab-Based Services organization responsible for the implementation of cloud-based solutions leveraging IBM’s PowerVC solution as well as Dev/Ops solutions centered around Chef and Docker.   Also played a key role in the propagation of open source technologies in IBMs Power community.  Erwin was involved in the initial enablement and rollout of Linux on the Power platform as well as PHP support on IBM i.  Erwin has expertise in a variety of technologies including virtualization, storage, networking, and operating systems including AIX, IBM i, and several distributions of Linux including RedHat, SuSE and Ubuntu. Erwin is a frequent speaker at various user groups and technical conferences and has authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.



Stephen Flaherty
Modernization Specialist and Solution Architect, Fresche Solutions. 

With over 25 years in the IBM i market, Stephen has led a wide range of RPG coding projects and worked with several ERP and EDI packages. His current role as a Technical Engineer enables him to ensure the best communication between sales and new and existing customers on a variety of products, helping clients transform or update their systems through custom strategies.

Susan Gantner

 

Susan Gantner is an IBM i evangelist, specializing in modern application
development, primarily with RPG and RDi.


A developer, trainer, author and an IBM Champion, Susan's career began
as a programmer in Atlanta on a variety of platforms. Then she met the
IBM System/38 and decided to stick with it. The System/38 morphed into
the AS/400, since renamed (a few times now) to IBM i.


After developing applications for 10 years, she joined IBM as a Systems
Engineer and later worked in both the IBM Rochester and IBM Toronto
labs, supporting developers on her favourite platform. She was part of the
team who created the still popular IBM redbook, “Who Knew You Could Do
That with RPG IV?” and the more recent "Modernizing IBM i Applications"
redbook. She has authored a wide variety of articles on the subject of
modern development tools, techniques and languages for IBM i for IBM
Systems Magazine, IT Jungle and others.


Susan now works with Jon Paris as half of Partner400 - teaching and
writing about modern development techniques. She is also a part of
System i Developer, hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit. You can follow Jon and Susan's blog at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/idevelop



Charles Guarino

 

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for  most of them. He is also the founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a Long Island and New York City area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training company. I
n addition to being a professional speaker across the United States and Europe, he is a frequent contributor of technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IBM i community. He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and The Long Island Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies.

In 2015 Charles became the proud recipient of the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship Award. Additionally, he currently serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also the monthly Q&A host and chairman of the speaker committee for LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s Group www.lisug.org.

Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino


With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for
most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data
Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training
company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of
technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud
member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island
Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently
serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also
Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s
Group www.lisug.org.
Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for
most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data
Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training
company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of
technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud
member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island
Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently
serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also
Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s
Group www.lisug.org.
Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino

Ted Holt


Ted Holt is a Senior Software Developer with Profound Logic Software, a provider of modernization solutions for the IBM i world. He has worked within the information technology industry since 1981, primarily with IBM midrange computers. His industry experience includes the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, education, retail, and wholesale. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi and has taught in community colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools.
Ted is the author of several books on programming topics, including OpenQuery File Magic!, Complete CL, Power CL, Qshell for iSeries and the MC Press Encyclopedia of Tips, Techniques, and Programming Practices for iSeries and AS/400. He is a regular speaker for the RPG and DB2 Summit and serves as technical editor and writer for Four Hundred Guru, a technical newsletter published by itjungle.com.


Pete Massiello

 

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He has held numerous technical positions through out his career. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBM’s certification test writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i Design, Administration, LPAR, Virtualization, Implementation, and HMC management. 
Pete has a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker, and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011 IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, Pete was one of the first recipients. Recently, Pete was re-nominated as a Power Systems Champion in 2017.


Jon Paris

 

After working on a variety of systems for over a dozen years, Jon was introduced to the System/38. This began a "love affair" that ultimately led him to join IBM’s Toronto laboratory, working on the S/3X and AS/400 compilers. While with IBM he played a major role in the definition of the RPG IV language and in promoting its use.

 

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on providing IBM i users with education and consulting services to enhance their application development skills.

 

Together with his partner Susan Gantner, Jon runs Partner400, a consulting company focused on application modernization on the IBM i platform. Partner400 are also one of the founding members of the System i Developer education consortium - hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit events which are held twice annually. Jon and Susan also co-authored IBM's Redbook for RPG programmers, entitled: Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV - A Sorcerer's Guide to System Access and More. They are also technical editors for IBM Systems Magazine - IBM i Edition and you can follow Jon and Susan's blog at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/idevelop



Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has been an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions from 2011 to 2016, and an IBM Champion for Power Systems from 2016 to 2018.


Alan Seiden
Alan Seiden founded Seiden Group to help IBM i shops design and implement high-performance web and mobile applications using PHP, DB2, RPG business logic and Zend Framework best practices. Alan and his team work closely with some of the best minds at both Zend and IBM on behalf of their clients.
With a passion for open source and community, Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; co-founder of the NYC Zend Framework Meetup; charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board; and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS.
An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i."
He shares his expertise regularly at conferences and user groups such COMMON, ZendCon, the RPG & DB2 Summit, OMNI, the Northeast Users Group Conference, OCEAN and WMCPA. He also mentors other developers within the Club Seiden forum.
In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.


Steve Wolk
Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout it's over 105 year history.
Steve joined PC Richard & Son in 1986. In 2000, after working his way through a number of IT related roles, he assumed his current position as the company’s first CTO. As CTO, he considers himself very fortunate to lead a large in-house team of very talented software developers. Together, they bring their combined extensive retail experience to bear in the application of new technologies to improve business processes and efficiency to create a competitive advantage for this unique company.
Steve enjoys speaking at conferences and events, and is proud to be a member of Toastmasters International. He resides in Commack, NY with his wife and two teenage daughters. As a family, they all enjoy spending quality time travelling together.