SMB TechFest

This 2 day packed event consists of hours of learning from expert speakers, vendors and peers.

Day 1 is a Pre-Day with Workshops and Boardrooms (by invitation), and Day 2 is the Main Day with Sessions, Expo Hall, IT Mixer, Awards and Raffles.

A combination of business, operations, sales & technology topics to provide you the highest value. Each event is packed with a unique combination of today's in-demand speakers and the latest technology topics.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sessions, Expo Hall, IT Mixer, Awards, Raffles

SMB TechFest Located in Warm and Sunny Southern California at the
1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim, CA
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Speaker Photo Jay Ryerse , CARVIR

Jay Ryerse is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with more than 20 years of experience providing Information Technology and security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Mr. Ryerse lives in Atlanta, GA and sold his successful MSP business in 2014. Today he works closely with IT service providers to provide insight and best practices for securing business networks; especially regarding the latest in vulnerability

Speaker Photo Anthony Polselli, Natural Networks Inc.

Anthony has over 28 years of experience with SMB technology and over 22 years of experience running a successful MSP, Cloud, VOIP provider, and cabling contractor.  He is a member of Vistage, ProTier, and a C7 licensed contractor.  He has assisted companies of all sizes and all over the country, and a few outside the country, in making sure their technology is in-line with the goals of the business.

When he founded Natural Networks in 1994, he had one goal, to provide reliable, efficient, and cost-effective, comprehensive IT solutions that would help businesses to reach and exceed their desired level of success.

Speaker Photo Ernest Byrd, Solarwinds MSP

•11 Years  of IT background:

•3 Years Technology Consulting and delivering Managed Services (MSP/Break-Fix)

•5 Years working in Support and Support Leadership roles

•3 Years Consulting to Managed Services 

•B.S. Degree in Computer Science (Systems Development) from East Carolina University (ECU) 

•Located in the Raleigh/Durham, NC Office

 •Avid Outdoorsman

Speaker Photo Jamison West, Teamatics

Jamison West is the CEO of Teamatics, a software company that transforms the way teams form and perform. Jamison spent the majority of his career as the CEO of Arterian, a Managed Services business that transitioned to a purely cloud focus in its latter years.

Jamison began his career directly out of college working as an IT director for a friend’s publishing company until he started his own business, Jamison West Consulting Services (JWCS), in 1995. His company began serving customers in Seattle and the surrounding areas with the ever-rising Microsoft technology and software needs. As the demand grew, so did JWCS, making four acquisitions from 2010 to 2012.

In 2011, JWCS was rebranded as Arterian, and has since won several Microsoft West Region Partner of the Year awards. Arterian became a Microsoft Cloud Champion and was one of the first Microsoft partners to become a Direct Cloud Solution Provider. Jamison’s path to success has been paved by his ability to be a motivational leader, a capable business consultant, and an industry visionary. When it comes to IT, Jamison’s forward-thinking approach has enabled him to predict upcoming trends and changes within the trade and determine how these innovations can be utilized in the business sphere. 

“I know how to incite enthusiasm from the people I’m working with and translate my passion into a cause others want to support. Time and time again I’ve been able to foresee the future of IT developments, which is why I’m excited about what’s to come in that industry,” he says.

In 2016, the managed services portion of Jamison’s business was acquired by Aldridge, which positioned Arterian as a cloud solution provider from that point forward. Jamison has since transitioned from that business to help launch Teamatics. After years of challenges in managing the personalities, talents, values, and interests of teams he’s led, he is thrilled to be part of a solution for leaders to address those challenges in a positive way.

Speaker Photo Matthew Koenig, RapidFire

As Sales Manager for RapidFire Tools, Matthew Koenig establishes relationships with MSPs and assists in developing the best package of Network Detective products along with helping build the best strategy of how to best use Network Detective in their practices to build their business and retain existing clients. He has over 15 years in IT Sales, with expertise in solutions sales & development, which gives him the ability to lead MSPs in increasing their sales and profitability.

Speaker Photo Kendra Lee, KLA Group

In spite of starting her career in accounting, failing IBM’s entry level sales exam, being given a territory that had never bought anything, and being told she couldn’t sell without an engineering background, Kendra Lee entered the sales profession and proved those nay-sayers wrong. She turned her knowledge of numbers into her own approach to lead generation taking her to the top 1% of sales professionals for each IT company where she sold. She founded KLA Group to consult and train others in how they too could beat the odds in sales and get more customers.


Named one of the Top 25 Influential Leaders in Sales by OpenView Partners, Top 10 Women in Sales Experts to Follow on Twitter by Sales Gravy and Faculty Chair in Prospecting and Lead Generation for the Sales Training Institute, Kendra Lee is president and founder of KLA Group, world-class sales and marketing agency, and she is author of the award-winning books The Sales Magnet and Selling Against the Goal.


Once a repeat IBM Golden Circle award winner, Ms. Lee has led her organization in leading clients, including Fortune 100 enterprises and countless small and mid-market companies, to produce results like these...

* Penetrate new markets in as few as 6 weeks

* Increase referrals by more than 328% in just 7 weeks

* Drive new client acquisition by more than 31% year-over-year

* Generate an additional 5 prospect appointments per week per rep

You can read more about Ms. Lee and her “Get More Customers” strategies at or call +1 303-741-6636. You can also watch her speak about her latest book, The Sales Magnet: How to Get More Customers without Cold Calling at

Speaker Photo Joshua Liberman, Net Sciences, Inc

Joshua Liberman is the President and founder of Net Sciences, Inc. Joshua began working in the computer field in 1982, setting up the first IBM PC XT in Bakersfield, California. Moving into the networking field in 1990, Joshua started PC Services, doing LANtastic and later, Novell networks. As a contractor to the DOE from 1990 to 1995, Joshua developed one of the first digital video networks in the nation. After starting Net Sciences in 1996, Joshua began his migration to Microsoft networking and has since built and secured hundreds of Microsoft Windows networks over the past twenty years.  Joshua has been a rock & ice climber and mountaineer, a martial artist in several different styles, raced sports cars, and learned at least five languages, while traveling about half the world.  Joshua is also an event and party photographer, specializing in the IT industry and working nationwide.  In his spare times, Joshua read, travels extensively, works on his photography, and raises Siberian Huskys with his wife and best friend of 18 years, Heidi Olsen.

Speaker Photo Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Integrated Digital Technologies Corp (IDT)

Juan Rodríguez is the founder and CEO of many different IT related companies including Integrated Digital Technologies Corp, Global Trainer Inc and Axxiom Data Inc just to mention a few. His best skills are being an entrepreneur, innovator and a visionary. Mr. Rodriguez has over 25 years of experience in the following areas: Vocational and Corporate Training, Networking, Programming, Web Design, Sales, Marketing, Branding, SEO and Accounting. Some of his career highlights include the management and coordination of multiple projects both in the development arena, the educational market and non-profit organizations. His clients range from corporate America to startups, small businesses to individuals. His organizations are directly partnered with Microsoft, CompTIA, IBM, EC-Council, VMWare, Symantec, and many others IT organizations.

Mr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of multiple awards: Outstanding Latino Entrepreneur of the Year for Verizon Wireless, South Bay Workforce Investment Board Training Center Performance, Educational Mentor of the year, just to mention a few. His educational background is extensive: Management and Business Administration, UCLA; BS in Computer Science, CSULA; BS in Mathematics, CSULA; Associate Degree, PCC; Accounting Certificate, PRC; Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Office Specialist Master, CompTIA Certs, Constant Contact Expert, QuickBooks and Adobe Certifications and many other IT related Certifications.

He has provided and/or coordinated both IT consulting and training projects for major companies such as: Huntington Memorial, Disney, Paramount Pictures, MGM, American Red Cross, Bellagio, One Lambda, Sony, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Metropolitan Water District and many more as well as trained thousands of vocational students via government related programs such as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); Veteran GI Bill; Employment Training Panel, etc.

Speaker Photo Karl Palachuk, Small Biz Thoughts

Karl Palachuk is the owner of Small Biz Thoughts. He is an inspiring speaker who has faced some serious personal and business challenges—and come out ahead. His very popular Small Biz Thoughts blog provides advice for small business owners and managers and his business consulting books for IT professionals have been top-ranked on Amazon for years.

Karl earned his Bachelor’s Degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and his Master’s Degree from University of Michigan. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.

Speaker Photo Oli Thordarson, Alvaka Networks

Oli Thordarson is CEO of Alvaka Networks (  Alvaka Networks helps frustrated executives overcome the fears and frustrations they feel from being held hostage by the mysteries surrounding their Information Technology so they can get back to controlling costs, making money and rest-assured that their business is running smoothly.  Oli has 30 years experience running his own companies in the Information Technology industry and is proud of the success of his entirely self-funded companies.  Oli was the founding chairman of Intel backed Global MSP Network in 2001, an international consortium of companies providing network management services.  Oli has served on the board of CompTIA, the Global IT trade association promoting industry standards, growing professional expertise, and providing IT skills education, as well as the editorial advisory council for computer industry publications, writes blogs and as chair of the Technology Leadership Political Action committee (  TL PAC serves to educate legislators, shape IT friendly laws and advance the interests of technology companies.  Oli has also served on the national board of the American Electronics Association, the association for the high tech industry and currently sits on the advisory board of Discovery Science Center.

 Alvaka Networks is noted for its many industry awards such as Platinum Award for Best practices In Managed Services at the N-fluence Managed Service Conference, one of the “20 to Watch” by CRN magazine and the NASBA Top VAR award.  Other awards include Gartner Group VAR Vision Business Achievement Award the Solution Integrator award for best Remote Network Management Solution.  Oli has been personally named as one of the computer industry’s Top 20 Visionaries and BTA Award of Excellence.

Alvaka Networks, headquartered in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of network management, monitoring, security and integration services. Alvaka's core purpose is to constantly improve the way networks are managed and secured. AlvakaNet and NetSecure, Alvaka's flagship service products, are a comprehensive set of network management, monitoring and security services that provide Alvaka Networks' clients with guaranteed 24x7 uptime and lower Total Cost of Ownership.  In 25 years of business, Alvaka Networks has seen a lot of broken IT systems. They are usually unsecured, poorly designed, over-burdened, don’t work right and no one knows what the last guy did to it.  Alvaka Networks fixes all that!

Oli is married with 3 children.  He lives and works in southern California and is an avid outdoorsman, races motorcycles off-road and road races his Corvette in the Sport Car Club of America and NASA.  He is the SCCA national T1 title holder in the Southern Pacific region. 


Speaker Photo Dave Seibert, SMB TechFest

Dave Seibert is an IT industry leader with 35 years of experience. His career includes technical and management positions in start-ups, IT franchises, and Fortune 50 companies. His positions have included CIO, CTO, IT Director, IS Manager, Executive Vice President and President. Dave is the CIO of IT Innovators, a Microsoft Certified Partner and Technology Expert serving Southern California for 18 years.

Dave’s leadership includes Executive Vice President of SMB Technology Network, President of Southern California IT Professional Association, President of SMB TechFest, Vice President of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners SoCal, Partner Council for Level Platforms, SMB Advisor Council for Trend Micro, IT Advisory Board for Stanbridge College, Partner Advisory Council for Microsoft US Small Business, ImagineCup International Judge, Microsoft Worldwide SMB Partner Area Lead and Gartner Research Advisor. He has continued his education through 20+ years of CES, Networld/Interop, prior Comdex and many related industry conferences.

Dave is also a multiyear member of CompTIA, SMB Alliance, HTG Peer Groups and ProTier Peer Groups. He is an industry speaker, co-author of Peer Power, received content Acknowledgment in five books, and has received multiple awards, including ChannelPro Top 20 Visionaries, VAR Guy Top 50 Channel Influencers, SMB 150 - IT Most Influential People, MSPmentor 250 - Top Managed Service Experts, Microsoft Partner of the Year finalist, and Microsoft MVP Award.

Dave has 1,000+ LinkedIn Professional Endorsements.  Connect with him at


Speaker Photo Sherman Crancer , Microsoft

Sherman Crancer is the Microsoft Community Connections  Business Development Manager. Previously he was the President of  His company was a fully managed IT services provider.  Sherman started his company in 2011 and provided IT Services nationwide.  Previously, as a National V.P, he supervised the deployment of complex network services and security for companies such as  Oracle, Google, Xerox and U-Haul.  He brings a big business perspective to Small-Medium sized businesses. Sherman’s responsibilities are to help the community through education and to help facilitate relationships with premier Microsoft partners.  

Speaker Photo Ro Kolakowski, 6th Street Consulting

Ro Kolakowski has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, private equity, investment analysis, and development of operational strategy with an emphasis in telecommunications and technology.

He was a senior equity analyst covering telecommunications companies in Latin America, including Telmex and Telebras while at D.A. Campbell Company Inc. In addition, he provided investment banking services to midmarket companies while at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Mr. Kolakowski has also served on the executive team overseeing the assets of the Greenspun family in Las Vegas, which included 13 operating companies (including the Las Vegas Sun,, and a significant stake in Cox Communications) and significant private and public equity portfolios. He dealt specifically with buyouts, private equity investments, financings, operational strategy, and the development of new business relationships on behalf of the Greenspun family.

In 2002, Mr. Kolakowski founded 6th Street Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on providing strategy and technology consulting services. Today, 6th Street Consulting is one of Microsoft's top partners in the country offering SharePoint and Office 365 services.

Mr. Kolakowski holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and is also a chartered financial analyst. He also serves as the president of the Southern California Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP).

Specialties: Strategy consulting, financial modeling, large-scale internet and intranet deployments, mergers and acquisitions, cloud strategy

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