SMB TechFest

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

A combination of business & technical 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.

Main Day Thursday Jan 19, 2018
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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SMB TechFest

Speaker Photo Jay Suh, GoTouch

He has been hungry for a better communication and education / training during his whole life since he worked as an Aerospace Engineer.

Now, he has a vison with GoTouch:

By providing an innovative technology and a product of visual communication, GoTouch allows for easy, accurate, and efficient ways of sharing ideas and thoughts. It helps foster and create new ideas by providing new ways to collaborate.

GoTouch can be used in most market segments through all areas of, including in:

• Small Medium Business, Corporate

• Schools, Kindergartens, Training/Education Facilities

• e-Learning, Webinar, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)

• Tele-Conferences (Zoom, Go To Meeting, Skype, etc)

• Hospitals (Medical, Dental)

• Government, Military

• Architect, Design, Construction

• Legal

• Homes

He has a super big dream:

By providing GoTouch to poor countries, he would like to contribute in their student education. He believes that it will make their lives better and this planet more beautiful to live together.

Speaker Photo John Parker, Alvaka Networks

John Parker has over 20+ years in establishing and implementing enterprise level objectives and strategies in the field of managed information systems. John also brings with him 14+ years of operational leadership while serving in the United States Army. He has managed an extensive program portfolio of clients and multi-million-dollar projects. He has overseen scores of mergers and acquisitions integrating critical Information Technology (IT) & Information Systems (IS) divisions. John’s strengths are increasing operational efficiencies by defining policies and goals, providing leadership guidance to IT professionals, rescuing languishing projects, and delivering on-time and on budget.

John will assist clients in developing and implementing focused best-of-breed on premise, cloud based or hybrid technology strategies, incorporating Business Intelligence reporting and analytics to measure success. He is expert at DevOps simplification and automation strategies that help improve overall operational maturities and allow organizations to focus on core competencies and growth.

John provides senior executive services as a virtual CIO consultant for Alvaka Networks, headquartered in Irvine, California. Alvaka Networks 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.

Speaker Photo Arvin Enriquez, Microsoft

Arvin Enriquez is a business technologist for the  Microsoft Store in Cerritos, CA.   He comes from a technical background that allows him to understand today’s evolving business. Helping businesses every day with Innovative business solutions with insights on the latest software, laptops, PCs and tablets.   Learn how leverage the Stores and their presentation room.

Speaker Photo Issac Boudaie, Network Experts

Issac Boudaie graduated from CSUN in computer engineering and started his work in Jet Propulsion Labs as a system engineer in early 80’s. He later formed Micro West where he manufactured clone PCs until late 90’s. With emerging companies such as Dell and Gateway, Issac re-invented himself in forming Network Experts, Inc. in early 2000 and started providing I.T. services which grew in to managed services.  Besides earning his MS in computer engineering, Issac is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds many other certifications in the industry.


Speaker Photo James Kernan, Kernan Consulting

James Kernan is the author multiple publications including, The 3 Step Millionaire Coaching program, The 36 Month Millionaire and recently published, Leadership Essentials for Successful Executives.    For the past decade, James has served at a Principal Consultant for Kernan Consulting and provides Coaching, Advising and Mentoring programs to IT business owners. 


CRN Magazine said that he is "a rising star executive to watch.” And when you review his 20+ year track record of creating dazzling leaps in sales, profits, and growth for IT companies, you don’t need to wonder why.  His sales teams have sold over 1 billion dollars in technology goods and services over his career.


Frequent speaker for TechSelect, CompTIA, XChange, Convergence, Robin Robins Bootcamp, Tigerpaw, SMB Nation, SMB TechFest, and Microsoft IAMCP events.  His expertise includes recruiting, building, and compensating “top gun” sales and marketing teams, creating a culture of success, developing strategic go-to-market plans, managing strong financials and profitability for IT service firms, and in-depth knowledge of commercial, government, educational and medical markets. He has been recognized and written up as an extraordinary “example of success” in industry publications such as CRN, Business Solutions, VAR Business, CRM Today, and Inc. Magazine


Career Highlights/Training:


  • Author of the “36 Month Millionaire Coaching” program in 2008-Present

  • Author of the “3 Step Millionaire Program” 2017

  • Author of “Leadership Essentials for Successful Executive” book in 2013

  • Coached over 400 CEO’s in 6 different countries to help them grow their profits

  • Developed management, sales and marketing plans for business that grew over 3000% (300k to 12.1m) in a five-year period at Networks Plus Technology Group, Inc.

  • Increased sales 1000% (30m to 315m) over a five-year period at TIG.

  • Increased sales 400% (8m to 32m) over a five-year period at OCC.

  • #1 Fastest Growing Reseller nationally in 2003, CRN Magazine.

  • Fastest Growing Privately held company in 2004, SD Business Journal.

  • INC Top 500 in 2005, INC Magazine.

  • 3 Time SMB Top 150 Most influential people by SMB PC Magazine.

  • 2 Time MSP Mentor Top 250 Most influential people by MSP Mentor

  • Served on 6 Technology Advisory Boards

  • Entre Leadership – Dave Ramsey

  • EOS – Entrepreneurial Operating System Leadership Training

  • Extensive experience with Mergers and Acquisitions


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 Robert A. (Bob) Nitrio , Ranvest Associates

Robert A. Nitrio is the CEO of Ranvest Associates, a strategic business technology consulting firm that he founded in 1991 in the Sacramento, California area. Mr. Nitrio specializes in working with small and medium sized companies as their business technology adviser. Drawing upon his degree in Finance and an M.B.A., he has helped clients improve their businesses by applying his skills as a strategic technology advisor to deliver the solutions that drive their success. He has continued his professional development by becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional, a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and an AIIM Enterprise Content Management Practitioner. 

In the ever-changing computer industry, he stays ahead of the curve by identifying trends and solutions that are on the horizon and looming as key factors in maintaining client success over time. Toward that end, in 2014 he became associated with LogicTree IT Solutions as a partner in their development of a unique solution that rapidly delivers customizable mobile apps as a service. This revolutionary approach eliminates the cost, complexity and time constraints for developing mobile apps and creates a solution for virtually every business and organization. 

Mr. Nitrio has been an active participant in the IT consulting community. In 2004 he co-founded the Sacramento SMB IT Pros, a peer-based organization that he continues to lead today. He has been an advisory board member for NEC Displays, Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division and The Channel Company’s XChange events. In recognition of his efforts to promote and support the SMB IT consulting community, Mr. Nitrio was the recipient of the Jim Locke Memorial Community Award at SMB Nation in 2012 and named as one of the 2013 SMB 150 top channel influencers. Because of his propensity for living on the leading edge he was recently named one of the 2015 and 2016 ChannelPro Network 20/20 Visionary Channel Pros.


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 Gil Cargill, Cargill Consulting Group

After concluding a spectacular sales and management career at IBM, in which he led his sales team from a dead-last rating among 220 branch offices to first place in less than a year, Gil Cargill launched his own consulting practice in 1978. Cargill Consulting Group, Inc. was built on the same strategies that produced Cargill’s outstanding sales results at IBM.

Gil Cargill has spent the past 36 years as a consultant, speaker and trainer helping thousands of businesses achieve dramatic and permanent improvements in sales productivity.  Cargill has taught salespeople across diverse industries the mportance of developing sales processes, the advantages of implementing new technology, and the benefits of tracking sales performance.

Cargill is a frequent speaker at national conventions and meetings of Vistage International,formerly The Executive Committee (TEC), and has been consultant to such organizations as Toshiba, ComputerLand, Micro Age, Apple Computers, Borg Warner Weyerhaeuser, and many thousands of growing small-to-medium businesses. 

In 1996, Sales & Marketing Management magazine named Gil Cargill one of the “Top Six Speakers in the Country”, and Successful Meetings magazine listed him as one of the “Hot 25 Speakers to Watch For.” Cargill has received numerous other wards/recognitions and is frequently quoted in leading sales and management publications.

Thirty-three years of success in both sales consulting and sales training is proof that Cargill’s style of delivering information and defining proven sales processes has helped his audiences understand that there are better, more profitable ways to perform their sales tasks.

Gil Cargill is the consultant to hire, if you want to put your competitors out of business. 

Speaker Photo Mark Winter, RapidFire Tools

Mark has over 25 years of experience in the IT field, with the last 17 years dedicated to providing software solutions to the VAR and Service Provider channels. He has been with Rapidfire Tools more than 8 years, delivering solutions to Managed Service Providers that help them better serve their clients and grow their business and revenues. He has also worked in the trenches with a Service Provider, providing Sales and Account Management.

Speaker Photo Erick Simpson, SPC International

Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and CIO of SPC International Online, Erick Simpson is a strategic IT business executive and organization development consultant experienced in improving top and bottom-line business performance by increasing operational efficiencies, boosting marketing and lead generation outcomes, accelerating sales velocity and shortening sales cycles and maximizing service delivery efficiencies.


An expert in IT channel growth strategy development and execution; and one of the most prolific, recognized and sought-after IT, Cloud and Managed Services business improvement and transformation experts, consultants, authors and speakers in the industry, Erick has contributed to numerous industry publications and events and authored over 40 business improvement best practice guides and 4 best-selling books, including “The Guide to a Successful Managed Services Practice”, the definitive book on Managed Services, and the follow-ups in his Managed Services Series “The Best I.T. Sales & Marketing BOOK EVER!” and “The Best I.T. Service Delivery BOOK EVER!” and “The Best NOC and Service Desk Operations BOOK EVER!”.


Erick leverages over 20 years of experience in the IT industry as an Enterprise CIO, VAR, MSP, Vendor, Educator, Advisor and Consultant; and over 600 successful strategic vendor, manufacturer, distributor and IT solution provider, MSP and Cloud practice consulting engagements to deliver successful business improvement and transformation outcomes for his clients.


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 Manuel Palachuk, Manuel Palachuk International

Manuel is the coach who will take you to the gym not just send you there. He believes that small business is the backbone of the world and the service industry in particular is the heart! He has nearly 30 years of business, management and training experience in the computer and electronics industries including owning and managing successful IT and MSP companies. He is also an expert of process, systems, and their efficiency.

Manuel is the go-to coach for training your team on the Ten Golden Rules of PSA, Working and Tracking Time in Real Time, and Agile Service Delivery. He is the co-author of the Network Migration Workbook, an expansive 535 page document covering the complete processes and checklists required to migrate your network with zero downtime. Be sure to watch for his upcoming book: Getting To The Next Level - A Blueprint For Taking You And Your Business To The Top. Manuel's goal and passion is to take you and your business to the next level, and he has the blueprint to do it.

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