Michele Leroux Bustamante, CIO / CEO, Solliance / Snapboard
Michele Leroux Bustamante is CIO at Solliance (solliance.net), and CEO of Snapboard (snapboard.com) a tool for organizing and sharing content on the subjects that matter to you most. She is also Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft MVP. Michele has over 20 years speclializing in scalable and secure end-to-end system design, identity and access management, and cloud computing technologies - for companies of all sizes. Michele shares her experiences through presentations and keynotes all over the world, and has been publishing regularly in technology journals her entire career. Michele wrote the best-selling book "Learning WCF" (O'Reilly 2007).
Richard Campbell, .NET Rocks!
Richard Campbell is one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks and today serves as product evangelist, introducing the company's unique story to advisors, investors, patent attorneys, beta-customer candidates, potential employees, etc. Richard has more than 30 years of high-tech experience and is both a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). In addition to speaking at conferences around the world, Richard is co-host of .NET Rocks! (www.dotnetrocks.com) and the host of RunAs Radio (www.runasradio.com).
Miguel Castro, Architect, IDesign, Inc.
Miguel Castro is an architect with IDesign with over 28 years of experience in the software industry. He's a Microsoft MVP, member of the INETA Speakers Bureau, and ASP Insider. With a Microsoft background that goes all the way back to VB 1.0 (and QuickBasic in fact), Miguel speaks regularly at numerous user groups, code camps, and conferences in the US and abroad. He has also been featured on several technology talk shows on numerous occasions. He specializes in architecture and development consulting and training using Microsoft technologies. Miguel is also a regular author with CODE Magazine and the proud father of a very computer savvy 8-year-old girl.
Glenn Condron is a Program Manager on the Azure Developer Experience team, where he spends most of his time working on Entity Framework. Before joining Microsoft he lived in Australia and worked as a software developer and consultant, working mostly on the Microsoft stack for Australian Government clients.
Randy De Meno, ComVault
Randy De Meno joined CommVault in 1994 and initiated CommVault's direction into the heterogeneous Data Management segment of the industry. Randy holds dozens patents on a number of CommVault's technologies including the Granular Application Integration and E-Discovery capabilities. Randy led CommVault&rsquos direction towards what is today&rsquos CommVault&rsquos Windows Centric Simpana solution and spearheaded the partnership with Microsoft in 1999. Randy continues to manage the overall strategic relationship with Microsoft. Randy leads CommVault's application efforts for their Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint, Lync, SQL, Azure as well as other Windows based solutions. On a personal note, Randy is married with three children and leads the CommVault Ice Hockey team which has enabled CommVault and partners to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various children&rsquos charities over the years.
Kathleen Dollard, .NET Coach, Crystal MEF Lab
Donovan Follette, Microsoft
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Steve Fox, Director, Azure Modern Apps Center of Excellence, Microsoft
Steve has spent almost 20 years in the IT industry in various areas working for a range of small boutique consulting firms to large, global consulting and software firms. He's been with Microsoft since 1998 working on a range of technologies such as Natural Language and Search to .NET, Office and SharePoint development to Windows Azure and Cloud and Mobile Computing. He is currently a Director in Microsoft Services leading a global team of Solution Architects helping enterprises make the transition to the Cloud and Mobile through Windows Azure and Modern Business Apps. Steve has authored multiple technical books and articles on a variety of topics and speaks and keynotes regularly at events and conferences both domestically and internationally.
Carl Franklin, .NET Rocks / Franklins.net
Carl Franklin has been a figurehead in the VB community since the very early days when he wrote for Visual Basic Programmers Journal. He authored the Q&A column of that magazine as well as many feature articles for VBPJ and other magazines. He has authored two books for John Wiley & Sons on sockets programming in VB, and in 1994 he helped create the very first web site for VB developers, Carl & Garys VB Home Page.
Carl is also the MSDN Regional Director for Connecticut, an MVP for Visual Basic, host of .NET Rocks! and Mondays, and CEO of Pwop Productions, which provides podcasting services.
Carl is also an accomplished musician and audio/video producer. He started Pwop Studios in 1999 as a record label for his first album, a collaboration with his brother Jay: Strange Communication. Carl's other band, Solvo, is a funk/jazz/blues/rock band. Solvo is Latin for "to set free or unbind."
Jeff Fritz, ASP.NET Developer Evangelist, Telerik
Jeffrey T. Fritz is an ASPInsider and Developer Evangelist for Telerik with over 15 years of experience building large-scale multi-tenant web applications in the software-as-a-service model. He is a Penn State graduate with a degree in Management Sciences and Information Systems, and speaks regularly at developer events through the INETA speaker program. Most recently, you can find him writing about ASP.Net in MSDN Magazine and CodeProject. He is currently producing Pluralsight videos about ASP.Net application design and architecture.
Russ Fustino, Head of Developer Evangelism, ComponentOne
Russ Fustino is Head of Developer Evangelism at ComponentOne. He is a highly experienced Windows Phone and Windows 8 software developer with a passion for conveying relevant, current, and future software development technologies and tools through live seminars, teaching, and internet video productions. Russ is a Microsoft Windows 8 Key Influencer and is a recipient of the INETA Lifetime Achievement award. Russ has a new innovative blog and interview video series with influentials, about current technology, ComponentOne products and developer community called 'Russ Cam'! Check it out at http://www.componentone.com/russcam
Robert Green, Technical Evangelist, DPE, Microsoft
Robert Green is a Technical Evangelist in the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group at Microsoft. He focuses on Visual Studio and Windows 8 enterprise development. Robert is the host of the Visual Studio Toolbox show on Channel 9.
This is his second stint at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2010 he was a Sr Consultant with MCW Technologies, focused on developer training. He authored or co-authored a number of Visual Studio and .NET courses for AppDev. Prior to that, in his first stint at Microsoft, he worked in Developer Tools marketing and then as the Community Lead on the Visual Basic team.
Joe Guadagno, INETA North America
Joe has been in software development for about 15 years. He started out with a small book on QuickBASIC, then moved the Visual Basic for DOS, then Visual Basic for Windows, then Visual Basic .NET and eventually Visual C#. When he is not working at his full time job, he donates his time to several community efforts like:
- Being the President of INETA North America.
- President of the Southeast Valley .NET User Group (SEVDNUG) in Chandler, AZ.
- Serving on his City's Parks and Recreation board.
Joe has or has had the following "MVP" awards:
- Visual Basic MVP in 1996
- C# MVP since 2009
- Telerik MVP since 2010
Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Group, Microsoft
Steve Guggenheimer is corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group, responsible for enabling the development of industry leading applications and services globally across devices. As Microsoft's Chief Evangelist, Steve has spoken at events around the world showcasing and announcing the latest software, services and devices. His deep knowledge of technology and passion for enabling new experiences mixed with his down to earth style make him a trusted voice in the technology industry. When he isn't evangelizing the latest apps or devices, he enjoys rugby matches and cheering on his hometown Seattle Seahawks.
Steve was previously the CVP of the OEM Division where he oversaw management of Microsoft's relationships with the makers of PCs, tablets, embedded systems and other devices. Before that, he was focused on Microsoft's cross-company Application Platform strategy and has worked on and managed a variety of Microsoft product initiatives, including Windows 95 and Windows 98 Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 WebTV MSN Microsoft SQL Server Visual Studio and BizTalk Server. Steve joined the company in 1993. Before coming to Microsoft, he was at Spectra-Physics Inc., where he helped develop and market new lasers and laser technologies for 5 years.
Steve Guggenheimer received a bachelors degree in applied physics from the University of California, Davis, and a masters degree in engineering management from Stanford University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children and also serves on the board of The Moyer Foundation, which helps provide for children in distress, and recently formed "The Guggenheimer Family Foundation" with his wife Nikki, which raises funds for full-time oncology social work services at Swedish Hospital.
Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure, Microsoft
Scott Guthrie is a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Server and Tools Business division, where he is responsible for Windows Azure.
A founding member of the .NET project, Guthrie has played a key role in the Microsoft developer space since 1998. Today, Guthrie manages the teams that deliver Windows Azure, Active Directory, BizTalk Server, IIS, ASP.NET, WCF, WF and the Web, and Web Service and Workflow features of Visual Studio.
Guthrie graduated with a degree in computer science from Duke University.
Billy Hollis, Next Version Systems
Billy Hollis is a software designer and developer, with a contrarian streak that often challenges conventional wisdom in the industry. He has a consulting practice in Nashville, Tennessee USA. He and team focus on user experience design, advanced user interface development, rules-based architectures, and healthcare systems. He teaches design classes for UX and technical classes on XAML and Windows 8. Unlike many instructors, he can usually keep you awake for the entire class.
Tim Huckaby, CEO, InterKnowlogy
Tim Huckaby is focused on the Natural User Interface (NUI)- Touch, Gesture, and Neural in Rich Client Technologies like HTML5, Silverlight, WPF, & IOS on a broad spectrum of devices that include computers, tablets, the Surface, the Kinect, and mobile devices.
Tim has been called a "Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution" by the press. Tim has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other technology conferences around the world. Tim is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Platforms, in 1999 and Actus Interactive Software in 2011 and has 30+ years of experience including serving on a Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team on a Server Product. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Microsoft MVP and serves on multiple Microsoft councils and boards like the Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council.
Craig Kitterman, Senior Product Manager Windows Azure Team, Microsoft
Craig is a Sr. Product Manager on the Windows Azure team at Microsoft. Craig engages closely with developers to showcase the power of the cloud as well as to learn what developers want & need so he can bring that knowledge back to product engineering. His main area of focus is to help .NET developers leverage Windows Azure to build on-demand development & test environments and deliver game changing modern business applications. Craig lives outside of Seattle, USA in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with his wife and three kids and spends his spare time golfing and flying his 1966 Beechcraft Bonanza V35 around Pacific Northwest with the family.
Michael Krasowski, Vice President of Development, PDSA, Inc.
Michael is Vice President of Development at PDSA, Inc. and brings over 34 years of Information Technology experience to bear at his position. Prior to joining the PDSA team, Michael was the Director of Information Technology at the Long Beach division of Boeing. He was responsible for all aspects of computing - strategic planning, architecture, application lifecycle, asset management, and outsource management - where he managed a budget of over $90 million dollars and 140+ people.
Michael's responsibilities at PDSA are to manage all projects and personnel while ensuring quality services are delivered on time and on budget to our valued clients. He has been instrumental in defining and executing a solid internal business and engineering process to ensure quality services.
Michael also has been an instructor at UCLA and University of California, Irvine's extension program since 1985. He has instructed the following courses: Microsoft .NET technologies, Advanced Visual Basic, and Relational/Distributed Database Management and Design and other courses.
Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UCLA, and has published several articles on project management, database management, SQL Server and Visual Basic. Michael has been a speaker at industry conferences, such as Advisor's conferences, DevConnections, Code Camp and Informant conferences.
John A. Kuhn, Senior Software Engineer, PDSA, Inc.
John Kuhn is a Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager at PDSA, Inc., where he works with a diverse portfolio of clients to develop solutions for e-commerce, content management, data migration, business intelligence and business process automation. He has more than nineteen years experience as a developer, working in bio-technology, healthcare and consulting, with experience in project management, software design & architecture, enterprise application integration and business intelligence.
John is the author of Developer's Guide to SQL Reporting Services 2005 (ASIN # 0979374855) and has spoken at several user groups and code camp events in Southern California. He has been developing business and reporting solutions on Microsoft platforms since 1992, and started working with .NET when it was released in 2002. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a certificate in Information Technology Management from University of California, Irvine Extension, and is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer for .NET.
Kris Lankford, Technical Project Manager - Developer Tools, Microsoft
Kris Lankford is a Senior Product Manager for the Visual Studio ALM solution at Microsoft. This job keeps him on the go and engaged with customers to ensure the product meets the need of the next generation of development and test. Kris has more than fifteen years of experience in the software/IT Industry spanning engineering, leading agile teams, lean startups, ALM consulting/solutions, and product management. Through his experience Kris has introduced teams to quality enablement through both automated and manual testing to improve software quality. When he is not thinking about how to make the software world a better place - He likes to bike, ski, hike and do other outdoor activities with his family.
Julie Lerman, The Data Farm
Julie Lerman is a Microsoft MVP, .NET mentor and consultant who lives in the hills of Vermont. You can find Julie presenting on data access and other Microsoft .NET topics at user groups and conferences around the world. Julie blogs at thedatafarm.com/blog, is the author of the highly acclaimed Programming Entity Framework and authors the MSDN Magazine "Data Points" column.
Juval Lowy, Founder, IDesign, Inc.
Juval Löwy is the founder of IDesign and a master software architect specializing in system and project design. Juval has mentored hundreds of architects across the globe, sharing his insights, techniques, and breakthroughs, in architecture, project design, development process, and technology. Juval is Microsoft's Regional Director for the Silicon Valley and had participated in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews for C#, WCF and related technologies. Juval is a frequent speaker at the major international software development conferences. Juval published several bestsellers, and his latest book is the third edition of Programming WCF Services (O'Reilly 2010). Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of modern software development and architecture. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top experts and industry leaders.
James McCaffrey, Research Software Development Engineer, Microsoft
James McCaffrey is a research software development engineer at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. James has worked on several key Microsoft products including Internet Explorer and Bing. James has a BA in psychology from the University of California at Irvine, a BA in mathematics from California State University at Fullerton, an MS in computer science from Hawaii Pacific University, and a PhD from the University of Southern California. James is also the Senior Contributing Editor for Microsoft's MSDN Magazine.
Mark Minasi, Minasi Research and Development
Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, popular technology columnist, commentator, keynote speaker, and IT consultant. He first got the chance to play with a computer at a university class in 1973. At that time, he learned two things:
First, computers are neat. (People still said "neat" back in 1973. Hey, it was back in the 20th Century.)
Second, many technical people are very nice folks, but they can sure put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things.
Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers and networking easier and more fun to understand. He's done that by writing over a thousand computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating system and networking planning, installation, maintenance and repair to crowds from two to two thousand. An independent voice hailed as "Favorite Technical Author" by CertCities four times out of four, Mark has the unusual ability to take even the most technical topics, filter out the hype and explain them in plain English. Perhaps that's why when TechTarget hired him to deliver a webcast on PC tuning, he drew three times as many attendees as any of their previous webcasts, crashing Yahoo's servers, and why he's been hired to deliver keynote addresses at hundreds of techie conferences around the world.
Mark is probably best known for his Mastering Windows Server and Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could "do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of drying paint." While this has led to many very tempting offers from the likes of Sherwin-Williams and Behr, he's decided to stay with his first love... technology.
Mark's humorous, provocative and yet informative style makes him a favorite of audiences around the world. Mark's firm, MR&D, is based in Pungo, a town in Virginia's Tidewater area which is distinguished by having one and only one traffic light.
Jerry Nixon, DPE Specialist, Microsoft
Jerry is a DPE Specialist for Microsoft, teaching and speaking on XAML in Windows 8 and Phone. He was raised in Missouri and seasoned in Colorado. His career launched back with Microsoft SQL Server v6.5 - he was delivering data-centric solutions while "database developer" was still a novel term. He received a civilian commendation for his security work for the Navy, which preceded his work for a Start Up that would later become Microsoft CRM. The bulk of Jerry's work has targeted insurance and finance, especially not-for-profits. For 15 years, he has built Microsoft-centric solutions and mobile apps. Today, Jerry speaks on XAML, Kinect, and Windows Phone at schools, events, and communities - hoping to influence another generation of excellent, Microsoft developers. To that end, most of Jerry's free time is spent teaching his three daughters Star Trek character backstories and episode plots.
Brian Noyes, CTO and Architect, Solliance, Inc.
Brian Noyes is CTO and Architect at Solliance (www.solliance.net), an expert technology solutions development company. Brian is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and frequent speaker at conferences worldwide including DevIntersection, Microsoft TechEd US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, DevConnections, DevTeach, VSLive! and others. Brian is author of Developers Guide to Microsoft Prism 4, Data Binding with Windows Forms 2.0, Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce, Developing Applications with Windows Workflow Foundation, and dozens of articles in magazines and online publications. Brian got started programming as a hobby while flying F-14 Tomcats in the U.S. Navy, later turning his passion for software into his current career.
Brian Randell, MCW Technologies, LLC
Brian A. Randell is a partner with MCW Technologies, LLC and a Microsoft ALM MVP. Brian spends his time between teaching Microsoft technologies to developers, working with new and emerging technologies, and consulting worldwide for clients that that range from large Fortune 100 business to state governments to small businesses. In 2010 and 2012, Brian and his team built samples and demonstration content for Microsoft to be used for their worldwide launch activities for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Brian enjoys helping people get the most out of their software. He does this through training and speaking at events such as TechEd and and the event formally known as PDC. In addition, Brian shares through the written word. He is has written articles for MSDN magazine, MSDN Online and other publications. Brian is also a member of Pluralsight's technical staff. As a father of two, Brian enjoys spending time with his kids and lovely wife of more than 17 years. You can reach Brian via his
Doug Seven, Principal Program Manager/Visual Studio Strategist, Microsoft
Doug Seven is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft's Developer Division, primarily responsible for product strategy and planning for Visual Studio Ultimate. Doug has been connected to Microsoft since the late 90's, focused on the Microsoft developer ecosystem. In between his three tours of duty (99-00, 05-11, 13-present) he has founded and ran a start-up (DotNetJunkies.com/Atomic Consulting Group) and created and launched new products for existing companies, including Icenium (a Telerik product). Throughout all of this Doug has had a focus on how tooling can enable developers to be more successful. He wrote his first app when he was only 10-years old (a Choose Your Own Adventure program on a TRS-80) and began working in the web in the mid-90's, after being introduced to HTML by his older brother, a scientist for NASA.
Paul D. Sheriff, President, PDSA, Inc.
Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc., a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with Developer Days and several of their large events each year. Paul has authored literally hundreds of books, webcasts, videos and articles on .NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone and SQL Server. You can reach Paul via email at PSheriff@pdsa.com. Check out Paul's new code generator 'Haystack' at www.CodeHaystack.com.
Website: www.pdsa.com www.CodeHaystack.com
Paul Stubbs, Lead Architect, Azure Modern Apps Center of Excellence, Microsoft
Paul Stubbs is a Microsoft Lead Architect for the Windows Azure Modern Apps Center of Excellence focusing on building Modern Apps in the cloud. Paul recently transitioned as an Architect on the Windows Azure Center of Excellence designing large scale real work enterprise solutions on Windows Azure. Previously Paul worked with the SharePoint community developing SharePoint, Office, and Silverlight solutions and training. Paul has also worked as a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team in Redmond, Washington. Paul has passion for new technologies and sharing those experiences with the community on his blog.
Zoiner Tejada, CEO and Architect, Solliance
Zoiner Tejada (firstname.lastname@example.org) is CEO and Architect at Solliance, providing architectural guidance and expert solution implementation support to enterprises and startups leveraging cutting edge technologies from Microsoft. He is passionate about leveraging cloud technologies and Windows Azure services to build web-based solutions that run at scale. He is a Windows Azure MVP, an advisor to Microsoft, and enjoys engaging the greater community by speaking at conferences and user group meetings, as well as via his book Programming Microsoft's Clouds (Wrox) and Pluralsight online courses. He has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Bill Wagner, Co-founder, SRT Solutions
Bill has spent his entire career in the software industry, with a special fondness for life spent between curly braces, primarily with C#. He's the author of the best selling Effective C#, now in its second edition, and More Effective C#. His articles have appeared in MSDN Magazine, the C# Developer Center, Visual C++ Developer's Journal, Visual Studio Magazine, ASP.NET Pro, .NET Developer's Journal and more. He's written hundreds of technical articles for software developers. Bill is also a Microsoft Regional Director and multiple year Visual C# MVP.
In addition to his business and technical accomplishments, Bill is an active community participant. He volunteers as a math tutor for the Manchester, Mich. schools, where he works to inspire high schoolers to consider a technical career.
He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.