Speakers

Mark Stacey

Mark Stacey founded the Aphelion Software Group, and works tirelessly to cross the business / technical boundaries in Business Intelligence, working in both SharePoint and SQL.

He has published 2 books on BI - Sharepoint 2010 BI and Visual Intelligence; founded the BIDN user group in Johannesburg, and frequently speaks at both SQL Saturday and SharePoint Saturday events.

Mark’s focus of late has been in two streams – custom HTML5 visualisations and Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse – he has built a D3.js based HTML5 visualisation framework, and delivered the first PDW in the Middle-East/Africa region.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2008 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years. Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

Kalen Delaney

Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 27 years. She has provided performance consulting services and taught advanced courses on SQL Server to thousands of professionals and organizations. Delaney began her career as a teacher and specialist for Sybase, then in 1992, became an independent trainer and consultant. As such, she worked with both the Microsoft and Sybase companies to develop courses and to do internal training for their technical support staff. She became a Microsoft SQL Server MVP in 1993.


She is the author of SQL Server Internals: In-memory OLTP, primary author of SQL Server 2012 Internals, Inside SQL Server 2005 as well as previous books on SQL Server Internals. Visit her website to find out more.

Lynn Holdheide

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Lynn Holdheide, Ph.D., is a principal TA consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR) with more than 10 years of experience in providing responsive TA of the highest quality to State educational agencies (SEAs) and regional comprehensive centers. Currently, she leads the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR as well as the Education Policy Center at AIR. In her previous role as a Vanderbilt University research associate for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, she spearheaded efforts to address the pressing challenges in evaluating teachers of students with special needs and served as a reviewer of the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver applications in 2012. She also coordinated the TQ Connection, an online resource designed to serve both general and special education teacher preparation. With experience as a special education teacher, project coordinator, and education consultant for nine years at the Indiana Department of Education’s Division of Exceptional Learners, Ms. Holdheide is sensitive to the needs of teachers of students with disabilities and has a deep understanding of the challenges that SEAs face in education reform.

Philip Japikse

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .Net since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil works as a Principal Developer Advocate for Telerik, serves as the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .Net User’s Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile, and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is a frequent speaker all over the world, from User Groups and Meet ups to large scale conferences. You can follow Phil on twitter via www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blogs at http://blogs.telerik.com/skimedic and www.skimedic.com/blog.

Devin  Knight

Devin (MCTS, MCITP) is a Senior BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin helps run his local users’ group (JSSUG) as a Vice President.

Christina Leo

Christina Leo is a Boston based, independent consultant specializing in T-SQL development and performance tuning. She happily shares her 14 years of technical experience with the SQL Server community by teaching at local and international SQL Server user group meetings and technical events, including multiple SQL Saturdays, three SQL Bits, and TechEd Africa. She is a 2012/2013 Idera ACE (Advisor and Community Educator) and an MCITP.

Ben Miller

Ben has been a member of the SQL Server Community for over 14 years now. He is currently a Director of Database Admin at MaritzCX in Lehi Utah. He is a SQL Server MVP and has spent time in the field using SQL Server since 1997. He has worked at various companies throughout the US as well as at Microsoft for 7 years. He is passionate about SQL Server and automation and integration. Ben is also a SQL Server MCM (Microsoft Certified Master). He can be found on the internet as DBAduck (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Blog).

Craig Mullins

Craig S. Mullins is a data management strategist, researcher, and consultant. Craig is working with Datavail and its DB2 practice to expand offerings and client base. He is President and Principal Consultant at Mullins Consulting, Inc. and the publisher of The Database Site (www.thedatabasesite.com). He has three decades of experience in all facets of database management and has worked with DB2 on the mainframe since V1. Craig has been appointed by IBM as an Information Champion and he has experience with multiple other database systems including Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase. Craig is the author of two books – “DB2 Developer's Guide” currently in its 6th edition and “Database Administration: The Complete Guide to DBA Practices and Procedures,” the industry’s only guide to heterogeneous DBA. Craig also is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has spoken to thousands of technicians at conferences across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. You also may have read some of Craig’s industry articles in his blogs and popular journals such as DM Review, DB2 Magazine, SSWUG, Enterprise Tech Journal and others.

Bill Pearson

Bill created Island Technologies Inc. in 1997, and has developed a large and diverse customer base over the years since. Bill's background as a CPA, Internal Auditor and Management Accountant enable him to provide value to clients as a liaison between Accounting / Finance and Information Services. Bill has implemented enterprise business intelligence systems over the years for many Fortune 500 companies, and focuses his practice upon the integrated Microsoft business intelligence solution. Bill is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.


Joe Reynolds

Sr. Software Developer
Joe is a senior developer with program leadership experience. With a Bachelor in Psychology, a Master's in IT, and graduate work in Technical Communications, he is able to offer a unique variety of services to EPS and our customers. When not working in the office, or at home, Joe can generally be found at Northgate Family Church, or at one of the many User Groups in which he regularly participates. Recently, he accepted a board position with the North Houston .NET User's Group and is on the IT panel for Lone Star College.

Josef Richberg

"A SQL practitioner for over 19 years specializing in performance & tuning. I currently work for Penguin Group (US), designing, enhancing, and improving, the sql experience for many of the data warehouse applications. I have been heavily involved in designing and implementing SSIS packages.  I am the RedGate '2009 Exceptional DBA' award winner."
 

Ayad Shammout

Ayad Shammout is a SQL & BI Consultant. He has more than 20 years deep experience in Microsoft platforms and products, specializing in SQL Server, SharePoint, and Windows OS. . He is working in OLTP design and development, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Big Data, with extensive experience in data management and analysis.

Ayad has been involved in many SQL Server Enterprise implementations for Business Intelligence, High-Availability, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure Design, System Scalability, Virtualization and Big Data.

Scott Shaw

BI Architect, Oakwood Systems Scott Shaw is a self-studied IT professional with a Master's in Literature and a recent Master's of Science in Management Information Systems. After finding there wasn't much use for more English professors, he entered the IT field over 10 years ago and has more than 7 years of SQL experience. Scott currently works for the consulting firm Oakwood Systems, doing exciting work Microsoft SQL Server and BI tools. Hopefully done with school for a long time, he says nothing he learned in school can compare with the support and learning gained from the SQL community!

Patrick Townsend

Patrick Townsend has been in the data security industry for more than 25 years and brings both a deep well of knowledge and a unique perspective to the subject. He founded Townsend Security, a company that specializes in data encryption, key management, and managed file transfer solutions. Patrick is an award winning speaker and regularly presents on data security topics. He contributes to standards development at organizations like OASIS and PCI SSC.

Allen White

Allen is a Practice Leader for Upsearch in Northeast Ohio. He's been both a developer and an administrator so understands both perspectives towards database technology, and loves sharing his experiences and helping people learn how to use SQL Server. Allen has spent over 35 years in IT and has been using SQL Server since 1992 and is certified MCITP in SQL Server and MCT. Allen has been awarded Microsoft’s MVP Award for the last six years. He's President of the Ohio North SQL Server User's Group and maintains a blog at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/allen_white/default.aspx.

Stephen Wynkoop

Stephen Wynkoop is the founder and editor for SSWUG.ORG – the SQL Server Worldwide User’s Group where he writes a daily column and maintains the site overall. SSWUG features a weekly video program about the database and IT world, webcasts, articles, quarterly online virtual community events and vConferences several times a year. Stephen is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and the author of more than 10 books, translated into at least 7 languages. Stephen has been working with SQL Server since the very first version, with a prior experience in database platforms that included dBase and Btrieve.

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