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 Apr 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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Speaker Photo Patrick Sullivan , Acutech Network Services

Patrick is the owner and CEO of Acutech Network Services, the Strategic IT Support Partner of choice In Orange County. Acutech delivers a wide range of IT support services to businesses in Orange County who either want to outsource their entire IT department or strategically just parts of it.

Patrick Sullivan has delivered business-driven technology solutions to growing companies for 30 years. Before acquiring Acutech Network Services, Patrick served as Vice President of Client Services at Compushare where he oversaw nationwide Service Delivery, CIO at All Covered where his responsibilities included the strategy, delivery and support of the company's managed services initiatives, All Covered's Central Services operation, as well as the company's IT strategy, infrastructure and applications, CTO/COO of Xpherix, where he headed the company's global operations, including product development, engineering, quality assurance, customer support, and the company’s infrastructure. Prior to Xpherix, Patrick was the founding CIO at Sigma Networks where he delivered a real-time OSS solution for metro bandwidth management and CIO at Securities America where he automated and web-enabled all operations for this Independent Broker/Dealer.

He holds an MBA in International Business, a BA in Sociology, and has taught Business, Management and Technology courses at several colleges and universities over the last 28 years.


Speaker Photo Julius Argumedo, C1P Solutions

A three-term LALCC board member, Julius Argumedo is president of Long Beach-based C1P Solutions, Inc., a national full-service firm that customizes and manages information technology (IT) and cloud-based systems for private, small and large businesses; government agencies; educational institutions; and nonprofits. He received a first-hand education in how to run a business from his parents business. When he was 10, he began working for the company under his father’s leadership and, by his teens, was helping run the firm.

A graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, the “West Point of the West,” Argumedo attended Cal State Long Beach and the University of Phoenix. Currently. he lives in Long Beach with his wife and four children. He recently was elected to a second term on the Southern Region board of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a 2017 graduate of the LA Small Business Academy.

Speaker Photo Deepika Bhatia., Prosum

Deepika Bhatia is the Vice President of Professional Services, Projects Consulting and Managed Services of Prosum, Inc. In this role, she focuses on business process analytics, application development, data analysis and support, large project portfolio management and most importantly strategizes on business evolution propelled by technology.

 Bhatia joined Prosum in 2000 and was instrumental in developing, deploying and supervising complex applications, building infrastructure, managing IT operations and developing a team to support the ever-changing technology needs of Prosum’s clients.

Under her direction, Prosum has established robust offshore operations in India. Her in-depth understanding of business needs and ability to forecast managed services development and technological advances made her vital in communicating and composing a group that support all facets of the company’s services. Currently, she directs the production operations of several enterprise and mid-market clients through Prosum’s Managed Services division.

Several of Prosum’s long-term strategic client partnerships are accredited to Deepika’s ability to deeply understand a company’s vision and nurture its IT direction in a way that supports and invests in a long-term plan. She has mastered the process of implementing large initiatives on-time, in-alignment with a budget and thus creates streamlined project portfolios for the both IT and non-IT executives alike.

Bhatia graduated from MS University, India and has a degree in Computer Science & Engineering with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence. Her passion revolves around solving business problems for her clients through technology and business process.  

Speaker Photo Glen Brody, RapidFire Tools

As the RapidFire Tool’s Regional Sales Manager for the West Coast, Glen Brody establishes relationships with MSPs and helps them develop the best package of Network Detective products for their businesses.  By helping the MSP develop the best strategy in utilizing Network Detective in their practices, MSPs are able to build their business and retain existing clients. Glen has been with RapidFire Tools for nearly 3 years in a Regional Sales Management role and has been extremely successful in giving his clients the ability to lead MSPs in increasing their sales and profitability.

Speaker Photo Paul Morse, Web Ventures

Paul Morse is an industry veteran and independent consultant with a broad background in technical sales, marketing, training, strategy and product innovation and implementation. He has been involved in cloud computing since 2010 and has used multiple cloud offerings from various vendors. He routinely writes and records technical videos for Microsoft and has 6 of the top 12 most viewed videos on Microsoft OEMTV. His other day job is to train Microsoft’s largest resellers on Microsoft products, strategy and licensing, plus speak at Microsoft events on a variety of topics. He can be seen at the 2018 Azure Global Bootcamp on Saturday 4/21 where he has 2 sessions on reducing spend in Azure and Security topics.

Speaker Photo Marc Koehler, Lead With Purpose

Marc Koehler is the President of Lead With Purpose, a company dedicated to helping people lead more purposeful and inspiring lives.  The company provides leaders with simple tools and best practices that help get everyone on the same page and rowing in the same direction.

Lead With Purpose was forged out of Marc’s work as an Interim CEO over a 10 year period where he personally experienced the leadership challenges small-business owners face.

In his first assignment, he quickly recognized that the tools he had learned and used to be successful in large organizations were not working.  Driven by a sense of urgency, Marc went back to his time in the US Nuclear Submarine Force and started bringing forward that leadership approach and set of tools. 

What he noticed surprised him. The tools and best practices from the Navy helped him to create a common vision and shared purpose that everyone could understand and buy into.  This created a more engaged and empowered team and ultimately a successful outcome.

Over the next ten years, Marc was in a small-business leadership laboratory testing live and experiencing first-hand what worked and what didn’t.  He continued to simplify and noticed that regardless of the industry, company size, or location, the approach and best practices brought forth from the Submarine Force were helping to transform the lives of leaders, the people they led, and ultimately their company. 

Wanting to have a bigger impact, Marc started Lead With Purpose in 2012 and made available the tools that any person can learn to become a more effective leader. The keystone tool is an online single page plan that fosters transparency, trust, employee engagement, and helps people to stay focused on what matters most.

Marc is the author of Leading With Purpose, an award winning book which steps leaders through the creation of a one page success plan and then shows them how to use it with their employees to collectively drive success, solve problems, and manage change. Marc has presented at many prestigious leadership conferences across the US spreading his message of leading a more purposeful and inspiring life. In 2017, Lead With Purpose will launch a one page family plan that will help people create a stronger family and a more balanced life.

Marc has four year degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He served his country in the US Submarine force from 1988 to 1993. Marc and Heidi, his wife of 22 years, live in San Diego, California with their daughters Anja (20), Liesel (17), and Sophie (15).  Marc enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and on the soccer field.


Speaker Photo Douglas Kolker, Sandler Training

Sandler Training is an international consulting organization with 254 training centers worldwide.  Sandler utilizes distinctive, non-traditional sales and management methodologies, supported by continual reinforcement through ongoing training and individual coaching sessions. 

Douglas Kolker founded a hugely successful, nationally recognized marketing service agency and ran it for 21 years.  Despite the success, Kolker remained frustrated by the constant arm wrestling with prospective clients.  As a solution, he turned to Sandler Training, which reverses traditional sales beliefs and approaches.  The system focuses conversations on qualifying prospects’ most pressing needs and the investment they are willing to make to fix them.  “The very first time I approached a prospect this way, it worked like a charm.  A huge account that had been stonewalling us for 7 months, Lexus Motors USA, started doing business with us in less than 10 minutes, after we approached them in a completely different manner than we had in the past.  It has worked for us ever since,” reports Kolker.

Now the President of Sandler Training, which recruits and deeply qualifies salespeople and sales executives, Kolker and his team deliver a total selling solution to help companies improve their top and bottom lines.  Kolker and his team have customized selling solutions for companies in a range of industries including corporate benefits, software, insurance brokers, office equipment, printers, entertainment, high tech, law firms, aerospace, accounting firms, and marketing research.

Kolker graduated with honors from Hofstra University, lives with his 2 beautiful daughters in Los Angeles, and enjoys playing a wide variety of competitive sports.

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 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


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