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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 Jul 19, 2018
Sessions, Expo Hall, IT Mixer, Awards, Raffles


SMB TechFest Located in Warm and Sunny Southern California at the
BUSINESS EXPO CENTER
1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim, CA
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Speaker Photo Kelsey Flewellen, Robert Half

Kelsey Flewellen is an industry leader in technology placement.   She is the Regional Vice President at Robert Half Technology.   Through her role she keeps a creative pulse on the technology market including web development, platforms, network security, technical support and more.  

Robert Half is also a Microsoft Partner with Gold and Silver competencies.  The aid in temporary, permanent and project placement for technology roles and needs within the industry.




Speaker Photo Ashlee Soucek, Microsoft

Ashlee Soucek is passionate about cultivating relationships, which have allowed her to develop and prosper in various sales and management roles during her career. When given the opportunity to work for Microsoft, she was influential in helping to shape what the new Microsoft Store initiative would look like. In the last seven years, she has transitioned from an operationally driven leader into the Sales and Solutions Strategist she is today. The decision to move into commercial sales was largely in part to help further local businesses and educational institutions with their digital transformation stories. Ashlee’s customers are what matters most and because of that her goal is to ensure she is furthering their productivity by being a resourceful and reliable advocate for their needs.  




Speaker Photo Jessie Devine, QuoteWerks

Jessie Devine is the Community Engagement Manager for QuoteWerks and joined the team in 2014. As the Community Engagement Manager for QuoteWerks she is responsible for engaging partners, marketing, business development as well as event planning and management. Devine attends dozens of tradeshows a year for speaking engagements and representing QuoteWerks at the events. Devine spearheads the QuoteWerks User Summit and revived the QuoteWerks training program and continues to lead, direct, and manage all aspects of the in-house and roadshow trainings. She currently sits on the Executive Council for the CompTIA Future Leaders Community and was recognized as a 2018 CompTIA Channel Changer and CRN 2018 & 2017 Women of the Channel.

 




Speaker Photo Scott Lyon, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Scott T. Lyon is an M&R partner whose expertise in technology, cybersecurity and data privacy is particularly relevant given today’s business climate. In addition to evaluating  and implementing effective information security practices, Scott also manages data breach responses and notifications for his clients, guiding them through the complicated state, federal and international legal obligations that arise when a data breach occurs.  As both a lawyer and IT professional, Scott employs his legal and technical knowledge in counseling a wide range of organizations in an array of industries (including financial services, insurance, advertising, digital media, hospitality, technology and retail) on improving their cybersecurity and data privacy programs and developing policies to quickly mitigate and recover from cyber attacks. While some law firms focus primarily on breach response, Scott and his M&R Cybersecurity & Privacy team leverage their technical expertise to offer the full-spectrum of pre- and post-breach services: assisting clients in performing risk assessments, developing data governance policies, working with vendors and partners to establish third party service provider security policies and contract terms, developing and testing incident response plans, assisting with breach response and notification, defending clients in data breach litigation, and building and implementing comprehensive organization-wide cybersecurity programs. Scott also helps clients comply with rapidly evolving cybersecurity and privacy regulations, including the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) cybersecurity regulations, EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and others.  In the course of his career, Scott has been awarded numerous security and privacy certifications, including but not limited to CompTIA’s A+ and Security+ certifications, demonstrating technical mastery of the fundamentals of information security. In addition, he has been designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States  (CIPP/US), by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). This certification is bestowed upon professionals who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in U.S. privacy and security laws and regulations. On top of this, Scott is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), as named by the IAPP, which reveals his proficiency in the technical implementation of IT and engineering technologies relating to privacy and security. A reasoned and pragmatic lawyer to his core, Scott is a graduate of the University of South Florida Circuit Court Civil Mediation Training program and serves as a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

 




Speaker Photo Chris Wiser, The Wiser Agency

Chris Wiser is the Founder and CEO of The Wiser Agency, a Digital Marketing & Sales Agency based in Austin, Texas.

The Wiser Agency focuses with helping Entrepreneurs grow their businesses through Online Marketing, Advertising and Sales Training. He is recently touted for his online courses – Facebook Ads for Beginners, 3 Steps to Your First Million and The 20 Meetings Per Month Sales System.

Chris has over 20 years of Technology industry experience, along with the past 10 years being Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Neverfail, a Austin, TX provider of Cloud Services for the Managed Service Provider Industry, and CEO of TechSquad IT, a Milwaukee, WI, provider of technology and network specialist services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

As both a public-facing entrepreneur and network specialist, Chris has been featured on The Entrepreneurs Radio Show, School for Startups Radio, SmallBizAmerica Radio and multiple network news stations including ABC, FOX, CNBC and NBC news. He has also been profiled in the Milwaukee Business Journal, and was the winner of the Milwaukee Small Business Times Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

Chris is also a best-selling author having published "The Small Business Owners Guide to Stress Free Network Support," and "The Tech Multiplier: The World’s Leading Technology Consultants Reveal In Depth Case Studies of How the Smartest Businesses in the World are Leveraging Technology to Increase Profits and Reduce Waste While Safeguarding Data". Both books feature proven secrets and strategies on how to realize maximum sales and profits.

In September 2013, Chris was the subject of a documentary film titled, "The IT Guy," which was broadcast worldwide on Biography Channel to multimillion number of viewers.




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 Joel Zaidspiner, ChannelPro Network

Joel Zaidspiner is Associate Publisher for ChannelPro-SMB magazine and a senior executive at the ChannelPro Network. A seasoned IT media veteran, Zaidspiner has nearly 18 years in the industry with seven at the ChannelPro Network and more than nine at the tech media company formerly known as CMP. Zaidspiner is a mainstay at industry events and works closely with the Publisher on day to day operations and editorial strategy for ChannelPro Network media properties.




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 www.klagroup.com 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 www.thesalesmagnet.com.




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 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
www.LinkedIn.com/in/daveseibert99.

 




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