Harry Aller, Chief Technology Officer, Innovative Lighting

Currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Innovative Lighting, Harry pushes the boundaries of existing lighting systems towards groundbreaking objectives. Prior to working with PoE Lighting, Harry owned several Iowa-based technology companies and has experience working with all phases of product integration. Harry holds a degree in Computer Engineering and has more than 25 years integrating technology in both residential and non-residential buildings.

Brent Berger, Partner at Bridges System Integration LLC

Brent is visionary entrepreneur with a focus on applying strategy to market trends. At the foundation of his leadership is a passion for design that makes clients more efficient and meetings more meaningful. Shaped by experiences where workflow defined the technology, Brent has built a sales organization with expertise in interior design and millwork to achieve seamless integration with latest in collaboration technology. The result has been a loyal client base that extends over two decades.

Patrick Britton, Regional General Manager – Southeast, AVI-SPL

Patrick Britton has 25 years’ experience in the audiovisual and visual communications industry, working for large and small systems integrators, most recently serving as CEO for South Central AV in Nashville, TN. Patrick has extensive experience in corporate leadership, with a focus on cultural development, process improvement, change management, and strategic growth.

Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions360

Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions360, has 33+ years of international project and financial management experience in the technology industry. Brad began his career as a technology consultant in 1979 at TRW Data Systems, followed with positions at Prime Computer Ltd., Apollo Computer Ltd., and Sequent Computer Systems (Canada) Ltd. In 1988, he founded Solutions360 Inc. Solutions360 is an NSCA Business Accelerator.

Dan Dunkel, Managing Director, MSSP Program, PSA

Dan Dunkel is the managing director for PSA’s MSSP Program. Prior to this role, he served as senior VP of sales for Cyber adAPT, a threat intelligence and remediation firm. He was also vice president of business development for Eagle Eye Networks and vice president of sales at Nortel Networks. He is the former president of New Era Associates, a consultancy specializing in digital convergence and security best practices. His consulting practice involved all aspects of sales channel and business development across the technology, physical security, and cybersecurity sectors. He is also the author of Physical and Logical Security Convergence, a former columnist for SDM, and current contributor to Security Magazine.

J.B. Fowler, Chief Product Officer, Domotz

J.B. Fowler is the chief product officer at Domotz, Inc., a SaaS-based company that helps managed service providers, IT departments, and integrators run their businesses more efficiently through remote network monitoring and management. J.B. has more than 18 years of experience in the AV networking industry, previously serving as VP of business development at Luxul, product manager for controller and AV products at Control4, and manager of video communications and VoIP telephony products at Texas Instruments.

David Fitzgerald, VP Global Alliances, Meeting Experience, Barco

For the past 4 decades Dave’s career has been compromised of sales and marketing and included channel and business development in a broad spectrum of technology related businesses. The roles included senior sales and general management positions within distribution, system integration and equipment manufacturers in aerospace, defense, security and most recently in collaboration and visualization technologies.

Kelly Harlin, Analytics Platform Strategist at NEC Display Solutions

Kelly is currently the chief platform strategist for NEC’s Analytics Learning Platform, ALP, an anonymous business intelligence platform, that provides insights into how consumers behave in brick and mortar locations. In her role, she is responsible for driving strategic marketing, partner relationships, roadmap and feature integration. She has 20+ years of experience on the end-user side, leading marketing strategies for several global brands. Prior to joining NEC, Kelly was Director of In-Store Marketing for Nintendo, T-Mobile and Microsoft Retail Stores, driving customer experience and marketing and messaging strategies for hardware, software and services.

Tim Hennen, Chief Technology Officer at IVCi

In his role as the Chief Technology Officer at IVCi, Tim Hennen builds strategic client and manufacturer relationships, and implements new emerging technologies to ensure that sustainable ecosystems and profitable processes are being put in place. Prior to his current position, he successfully served a dual role as IVCi’s President of Enterprise Sales and Engineering, where he managed enterprise sales and sales support in addition to acting as company leader and spokesperson for audio visual and collaboration solutions. In his 17 years of experience with IVCi and his extensive knowledge of the industry, he is responsible for driving design excellence and for leading IVCi to be one of the premier AV integration companies in the US. Prior to joining IVCi, Tim worked as the Operations Manager at Advanced Sound Company, an organization focusing on the integration of large-scale audio systems.

Bob Lobascio, Corporate Sales Coaches

Bob Lobascio has been VP of sales for Fortune 500 companies and most recently VP of sales for the AV integrator that earned SCN Top Integrator in the Middle Atlantic States in 2013. He holds certifications in technology, as well as in sales training and sales management development. He has industry experience in publishing and content management, enterprise software, retail management, and AV and technology services. Bob works with Corporate Sales Coaches to develop custom training programs based on real-world system contractor sales and organizational needs. He is an NSCA Member Advisory Councilmember.

Scott Lord, Solutions Consultant to Electronic Contracting Company, Steering Committee Director for Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)

Scott currently provides life safety consulting and design for Electronic Contracting Company. Scott is recognized as an innovative thought leader in life safety and security integration. He has more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of security and life safety applications. Scott is one of the founding members and current Steering Committee Director for the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASSK12.org). Scott also serves on the NFPA 730/731 technical committee for the guidelines and installation standards for security technology. Scott is a NICET II in Fire Alarm, an A.L.i.C.E certified trainer and has a degree in fire science technology.

Adam Marlin, Vaion

Adam Marlin leads the commercial, go-to-market effort for Vaion, a new machine-learning-based video surveillance platform funded by Ubon Partners. Prior to joining Vaion, he provided consulting and advisory services to Disruptive Technologies, another Ubon venture that is launching an IoT sensor platform to improve commercial building operations. Over the past 25+ years, Marlin has garnered industry recognition for helping customers adopt collaboration, data center, and security technologies to help drive productivity improvements, cost reductions, and revenue for lines of business applications across multiple vertical markets.

Donald Mastro, Vice President of Sales at AVI Systems

Don has over 35 years’ experience in the audiovisual and visual communications industry specializing in the development of large global enterprise account technology planning and implementation projects. Don has worked with industry giants in all vertical markets with logos like 3M, Mayo Clinic, Coca-Cola, Emerson, Anadarako Petroleum, Invesco, Bank of America, NBC Universal, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. He has served on the AVIXA Board of Governor’s as an industry expert.

Michael Petracca, Global Client Principal, Channels at BlueJeans Network

Michael Petracca is Global Client Principal, Channels for BlueJeans Network. He is responsible for driving technical enablement for Solutions Architects and Sales Engineers for BlueJeans Channel Partners globally. He is part of the global Sales Engineering team. He has been at BlueJeans Network since February 2018.
Prior to joining BlueJeans Network, Michael worked for other organizations in a presales technical role. He is skilled at developing solutions for Unified Collaboration and Audio Video technologies based on the business challenges learned consulting with enterprise clients. His technical presales experience spans over 30 years having developed his skills working with companies such as 3Com, Alcatel, Avaya, StarLeaf, and BlueJeans as well as national telephony, data networking, unified collaboration, and audio video integration sales and services organizations.

Peter O’Connor, RCDD, EMT; Vice President, Hoefer Wysocki Architecture Firm

As vice president of Hoefer Wysocki’s Clinical Technology Solutions (CTS) team, Peter O’Connor leads IT design management and advisory services. With more than 27 years of experience in clinical IT, Peter understands that technology is among the most significant investments made in the healthcare arena. He has a keen ability to anticipate implementation-related challenges and plan for technology that doesn’t yet exist.

Jason Potterf, Technical Leader at Cisco

Jason Potterf is a veteran of both the networking and lighting industries. He currently is a Technical Leader at Cisco where he is the architect for the Cisco Digital Building family of Power over Ethernet Switches, as well as a Technical Advisor to the Cisco Government Affairs Department. He is also long-time member of ESTA’s Control Protocols Working Group which develops industry standard lighting control protocols.

Ian Pugh, GreatAmerica Financial Services

Ian Pugh has been part of the technology community for more than 15 years. His career began in unified communications, running a unified communications and collaboration business for eight years. During that time, he grew partnerships from $5 million to $14 million, launched a managed services practice, and navigated the creation of a cloud practice that quickly became the company’s fastest-growing revenue stream. He joined GreatAmerica almost two years ago with a singular focus of creating modern financial services products to help integrators win in the service age.

Kenny Schiff, Chief Executive Officer, CareSight

Kenny Schiff is the Chief Executive Officer at CareSight. A 22-year veteran of the healthcare technology industry, Kenny was previously the Chief Technology Officer at TPC Systems, a Connecticut-based systems integrator, where he developed the company’s healthcare mobility consultancy. During his tenure, his team introduced Vocera, Connexall, and Ascom to New York metropolitan area customers. Prior to that, he spent over seven years at Rauland-Borg, a leading manufacturer of nurse call systems.

A respected expert in hospital communication integration, Kenny believes in providing customers with personalized, high-touch service throughout the entire project lifecycle. His customers and partners consider him a trusted resource, one who can be counted on to successfully implement complex solutions that deliver a positive return on investment.

Rob Simopoulos, Cofounder, Defendify

Rob Simopoulos is the Co-Founder of Defendify, the all-in-one cybersecurity platform that makes cybersecurity possible for Small Business. Rob is a lifelong entrepreneur, as passionate about small business as he is about cybersecurity. In his 20+ years in the security industry, he has received awards and recognition from many trusted industry experts and publications. Rob and the Defendify team are based in Portland, Maine, and support a growing number of channel partners who offer Defendify nationwide. You can reach Rob at rsimopoulos@defendify.io.

Joshua Smith, Owner of TexasISD.com/Adminstrative Consulting LLC, District Technology Director of Hudson Independent School District

Josh Smith, technology director for the Hudson Independent School District in Hudson, TX, brings a unique end-user perspective as he oversees technology initiatives for 3,000 students across five campuses that have deployed 5,000+ network-connected devices. He also owns Administrative Consulting LLC, which provides administrative consulting services to school districts, including financial consulting and budget preparation, legislative analysis, school board training, and property value studies. In his personal and professional lives, Smith abides by Elon Musk’s perspective: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

Chuck Wilson, NSCA Executive Director

Chuck Wilson is the Executive Director of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA). NSCA is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry.

At the helm of NSCA, much of Wilson’s time is spent assisting contractors with the challenges of today’s business environment. He often gives lectures and presentations at key industry events, and has been published in numerous leading trade journals, including <em>Sound &amp; Communications</em>, <em>Sound &amp; Video Contractor</em>, <em>Systems Contractor News</em>, <em>Archi-Tech</em>, and <em>ProAV</em>.

Wilson serves on the executive committee for ESPA (Electronic Systems Professional Alliance), was a founding partner for Integrated Systems Events, LLC, and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Construction Specification Institute.

Wilson was the recipient of CSI’s Technical Commendation Award for his work on the MasterFormat™ Expansion Task Team. Wilson joined the NSCA staff as executive director in 1996. Prior to joining NSCA, Wilson was a partner at Communications Engineering Company, a successful low-voltage electronics contracting company.

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