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This event ran September 14-15, 2016 and has now finished.

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Kadri Umay
CTO, Process Manufacturing and Resources, Microsoft

Kadri Umay is the WW CTO of the Process Manufacturing and Resources industry in Microsoft corporation, based in Redmond. He engages with customers, industry thought leaders and analysts to drive the technology strategy technology to address the business challenges and innovation requirements. And, he works with the Microsoft product teams to deliver the right capabilities enabling partner and customer solutions on cloud and enterprise platforms, mapping business language to technical features and products. His main interest area is solving customer business challenges using technology. He is currently working with areas such as providing sustainable storage, high performance computing and data driven processing and secure collaboration capabilities utilizing cloud for PB scale and complex data sizes. He spends time in working with standards organizations, and presenting Microsoft’s technology vision at major industry conferences and events.   

Kadri graduated from METU Turkey as an electric and electronic engineer, and he completed his masters degree in the same university on advanced process control and simulation of industrial processes. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as a research assistant at METU Turkey and for 15 years delivering SCADA, PLC and DCS implementations. After joining Microsoft, he worked as part of the Microsoft Consultancy Services group as a solution architect and enterprise architect, holding various certifications such as Zachman, Togaf, IASA CITA-P, MCA-S and Azure Cloud Architect. He spent 6 years in the Middle East and Africa region dealing with the largest resource companies in the world as a dedicated Microsoft domain expert in process manufacturing and oil and gas helping deliver business solutions. Kadri has been with Microsoft for 16 years, the last 2 of which in his current role at headquarters.


Philippe Flichy
Founder & CEO, io-hub

Philippe Flichy is CEO of IO-hub, a start-up poised to validate, for the Energy sector, data where it is generated to deliver actionable streams of data for analytics processing. He recently was Senior Digital Oil Field Technology (DOF) Advisor at Baker Hughes. He oversaw the company DOF technology projects and implementation and coordinated the DOF technology alignment across the company. Lately he focused on the adoption and leverage of Industrial Internet of Things to increase company value. He has over a dozen years of experience in DOF which he joined from the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics where he was in charge of the Info system delivering all the games results internally and to the official web site. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he sits on many committees. Philippe graduated from Boston University in Management Information System.

Kiet Tran
Data Management Lead, Upstream Workflow Transformation and Tech Expert Software Engineering, Chevron

Carl Stjernfeldt
North American Venture Manager, Shell Technology Ventures

Strategic financial executive with 20 years experience in managing critical business issues, mainly for high growth technology companies. Carl has served on numerous boards of successful companies, including: Agito Networks (acquired by ShoreTel), Arbor Networks (acquired by Tektronix), BNI Video (acquired by Cisco), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola), Cedar Point Communications (acquired by Genband), Funambol, Tejas Networks, and Quantico Energy Systems, and he serves(d) as board observer of Maana, Optium (NASDAQ: OPTM, acquired by Finisar), Veros Systems, and Welldog

Prior to his venture career, Carl was a client partner for Cambridge Technology Partners, leading teams that delivered large mission-critical system implementations for Fortune 100 clients. He started his career as an engineer at Summa Four, developing telecommunications solutions for domestic and international service providers, later rising to engineering management before starting an application development department.

Carl is active at MIT, serving as a Catalyst for the Deshpande Center, judging MIT’s 100K competition, and teaching an entrepreneurial finance class at the Sloan School. He is a Charter Member with TiE and has served on the University of Michigan’s National Advisory Board. Carl has served as the Treasurer of the New England Venture Capital Association, on the 12×12 initiative, and on the board of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, where he also served as chair of the Mobile Cluster.

Robert Ziegler
Global Director of Well Control, Weatherford

As Weatherford’s Global Director of Well Control, Robert Ziegler is a strong advocate for a new drilling paradigm that unifies Managed pressure drilling (MPD) and conventional well control methodologies. A seasoned drilling professional with a master’s degree in Reservoir Management from Leoben Mining University, Robert has more than 29 years of industry experience in a multitude of areas ranging from the rig floor to high level supervisory positions within various service companies, operators, investment entities and a National Oil Company.

Robert has extensive experience in managing modifications and water depth capability upgrades to drilling rigs and has helped to spearhead the first ever surface BOP application from a DP deepwater drillship as well as lead the modification of a 6/7th generation rig for dual gradient drilling. Also a very active participant in IADC and SPE, Robert has published multiple papers covering Dual Gradient Drilling, MPD and Well Control.

Dave Lafferty
President, Scientific Technical Services

With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development and technology insights for the oil and gas segment – with special emphasize in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). David has presented and published on a number of O&G related IIoT topics. Prior to starting Scientific Technical Services, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO) where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects including: Developing the “Digital Umbrella” concept, wireless measurements systems, predictive analytics, and mobility projects. David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Daniel R. Crandell
Manager of Cyber Security and Maintenance, Enterprise Products

Daniel R. Crandell is currently the Manager of Cyber Security and Maintenance for Enterprise Products in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for the overall process control domain (PCD) cyber security and asset management, which incorporates cyber defense in depth and use of various technologies in the security of plants, pipeline, and other areas.  Daniel got his start in education by attending Lone Star College and he currently holds a BS in industrial technologies-computer science from Sam Houston State University and an MS in information systems security from the University of Houston. He is certified in Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-Security),.

Kathleen Hartnett White
Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment.

Prior to joining the Foundation, White served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). With regulatory jurisdiction over air quality, water quality, water rights & utilities, storage and disposal of waste, TCEQ’s staff of 3,000, annual budget of over $600 million, and 16 regional offices make it the second largest environmental regulatory agency in the world after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to Governor Rick Perry’s appointment of White to the TCEQ in 2001, she served as then Governor George Bush appointee to the Texas Water Development Board where she sat until appointed to TCEQ. She also served on the Texas Economic Development Commission and the Environmental Flows Study Commission. She recently completed her term as an officer and director of the Lower Colorado River Authority. White now sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Science, the Texas Emission Reduction Advisory Board, and the Texas Water Foundation. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including National Review, Investors’ Business Daily, Washington Examiner, Forbes, Daily Caller, The Hill, and major Texas newspapers. She most recently testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

A writer and consultant on environmental laws, free market natural resource policy, private property rights, and ranching history, White received her bachelor cum laude and master degrees from Stanford University where for three years she held the Elizabeth Wheeler Lyman Scholarship for an Outstanding Woman in the Humanities. She was also awarded a Danforth National Fellowship for doctoral work at Princeton University in Comparative Religion and there won the Jonathan Edwards Award for Academic Excellence. She also studied law under a Lineberry Foundation Fellowship at Texas Tech University

White was Director of Private Lands and the Environment for the National Cattlemen’s Association in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of the Ranching Heritage Association, and was a special assistant in the White House Office of the First Lady Nancy Reagan.

She is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, the Texas Hereford Association, and the American Hereford Association. She is a former commissioner of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission, a former board member of the Texas Wildlife Association and the National Cattlemen’s Legal Defense Fund.

Stuart Gillen
Director of Business Development, Spark Cognition

Stuart Gillen is currently the Director of Business Development at SparkCognition.  In this role, Gillen is responsible for driving business engagements, partner development, marketing activities, and go-to market strategy.

Areas of specialty include IoT architectures, platforms, and technologies.  Gillen also focuses on how advanced data analytics can be applied to Asset Performance Management to optimize efficiency, maintenance and safety on critical infrastructure.

Gillen previously worked for National Instruments as their Condition Monitoring Business Owner.  As leader of this team he was responsible for driving the overall strategy of the NI, Condition Monitoring platform including setting and delivering on the overall growth plan.

Gillen earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and M.B.A from Kansas State University.

Nav Dhunay
CEO, Ambyint

Likely as a result of an inherited DNA rich in precision, pride and work ethic, Nav Dhunay is a do-er. One of those guys who has an idea and then the smarts to either create it himself, or find and collaborate with the best minds available to bring it to life. Call it entrepreneurialism, tenacity or simply a stubborn unwillingness to let a good idea go to waste, Nav has attained a hard-won collection of tech startup hits in his history, each which saw success only as a result of ‘fail fast, learn fast’, insight-rich bumps in the road.

Currently in his sights, the strategic and intelligence-powered disruption of the Oil & Gas industry via Ambyint, Nav’s newly founded firm bringing bleeding-edge technology and the Industrial IoT to the very heart of the oil patch – for the very first time.

Challenging the incumbent practices of legacy industries like oil and gas is not for the faint hearted. It requires an unwavering determination backed by the type of game-changing product which can only be created in an environment where culture and collaboration are given prominence by leadership and where great minds are encouraged to innovate with freedom to fail fast and to wage all out Nerf gun war on their co-workers at anytime, anywhere.

Damon Vaccaro
Principal Oil & Gas, Technology Strategy & Architecture, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Damon is a Principal in Deloitte’s Energy-Oil & Gas and Technology Strategy practice with over seventeen years of consulting experience.  Damon has led and managed teams on numerous strategic technology projects focusing on aligning IT to the business capability needs through transformational programs and operational improvements.  

Damon has extensive experiences at numerous global Fortune 500 Oil & Gas clients.  He has guided the technology / digital strategy, planned the execution and managed the execution of large-scale business process and business system implementations.  His results driven experiences include Business systems strategic planning, IT strategy planning, IoT and Analytics advisory, technology innovation advisory, portfolio / demand / application management and associated rationalization, program development, requirements and business process analysis / development, application design, change management deployment.

Greg Mitchell
Project Director Upstream Oil & Gas , Deloitte Consulting LLP

Greg has over 26 years of experience in technology and business consulting, with the last 20 years in upstream petroleum business consulting. Greg joined Deloitte Consulting in 2007 as a Director in the Energy and Analytics and Information Management practices, with a focus on developing and delivering solutions to Oil and Gas clients.

Greg serves as the US Oil and Gas Analytics and Information Management leader having delivered analytics and data solutions to a multitude of clients.  Greg has experience ranging from project development and project management to G&G, well data, seismic, energy operations, infrastructure, and business performance management. His analytics experience has been focused all over the Oil and Gas value chain including work on Oil and Gas Analytics and Visualization, Equipment/Asset Analytics,  Capital Projects, Intelligent Oilfield, Information Management, Upstream Data Management, Master Data Management, and Business Performance Management.

Craig Harclerode
Global O&G and Industrial Chemicals Business Development Executive, OSIsoft

Craig Harclerode is a 35 year O&G industry veteran in the use of automation and information technologies to improve the performance and profitability in all segments of O&G and Industrial Chemicals organizations.  Craig’s career has included a variety of operations, management, executive management, and consultative positions at O&G companies and solutions providers.

Most recently, Craig has been focusing on O&G big data technologies, IT/OT integration, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the growth in smart sensors, business intelligence, and analytical methods using the OSIsoft PI System as an “OT Chart of Accounts”.

In his current role as the Global O&G and Industrial Chemicals Business Development Executive at OSIsoft, Craig consults with O&G and Industrial Chemical companies globally on how the PI System can add value to their organizations as a strategic real-time integration and applications infrastructure.

He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Mike Hughes
Director and Product Evangelist, OutSystems

Mike Hughes has over 20 years of experience in IT across a wide range of different roles and industries, from developer to business analyst, architect to project manager, account manager to sales manager. This exposure provides Mike with unique insights into the issues that face clients, large and small, in building software. At OutSystems Mike leverages this background to help clients get the most out of OutSystems Platform and to deliver better enterprise-grade software, faster.

Jana Schey
Chief Operating Officer, Energistics

As Chief Operating Officer for Energistics, Jana is responsible for strategic planning to define operational and adoption goals as well as delivery, managing execution of deliverables through appropriate staff and members, engagement with external standards organizations, and working with the CEO to ensure the continued financial viability of Energistics operations and Special Interest Groups. 

Jana has 14 years of oil and gas industry experience. She joined Energistics in 2008 to provide program planning and management for all Energistics standards initiatives. Previously, she worked with eProcurement standards (particularly the Petroleum Industry Data Exchange-PIDX) and catalog management. Jana also has experience in the telecommunications industry in the areas of HSE, corporate security and data exchange/systems integration and associated standards. 

From 2004-2008, Jana volunteered with PIDX, serving as: Chair of the Business Process Work Group (4 years), member of the Catalogue and Classification Work Group (2 years), member of the Global Business Practices Team (1 year), Chair of the Standards & Guidelines Committee (2 years), and member of the PIDX Executive Team (2 years). 

Jana holds a MA – History degree from the State University of New York – Brockport and a BA – History degree from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

Catherine Pye
Principal Consultant, Pcubed

Catherine Pye is a Principal Consultant at global Project and Portfolio Management consulting firm, Pcubed. After years of experience governing PMOs in the Security and Intelligence industry in Australia, Catherine has recently run several key cybersecurity projects for global Oil and Gas companies from Houston, Texas. Catherine is an accredited Project Manager and certified Change Management practitioner. 

Kenneth Smith
General Manager, Oil & Gas, Hortonworks

As the General Manager, Oil & Gas, Kenneth is responsible for establishing and leading the execution of a winning go-to-market strategy for the oil & gas vertical, geared to maximize revenue, pipeline growth and market share for Hortonworks in the industry.  Responsibilities include proactively working with customers, Hortonworks sales & solution management, partners, VARs, and prospects to identify new solutions and industry specific product requirements for the oil & gas market.  He also ensures appropriate solution expertise support is provided and leveraged during the sales and solution implementation cycle, develops successful thought-leadership and solution strategies to achieve maximum profitability in the segment, while maximizing revenue growth of all company products and services.

Kenneth has over 15 years of proven success as a sales executive across multiple industries, the last five spent in the oil & gas sector, through the delivery of high-value propositioned products and solutions, with a track record of developing reciprocal, rewarding relationships with his customers, partners, and colleagues.

Prior to joining Hortonworks, Kenneth was the Executive Director, Oil & Gas for Bit Stew Systems, and previously was the Software Sales Manager, North America for Weatherford International.

Kenneth holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University, and lives in Fulshear, Texas with his wife and three boys.

Ash Zaheer
Associate Partner , IBM - Global Business Services

Mr. Zaheer is a seasoned management consulting professional with 20 years of history working with the oil and gas C-Suite; planning and managing complex business technology-centric projects with proven capabilities in building and executing a vision for sustained growth and profitability.  He is a global leader for IoT in oil and gas, working with his clients to identify and design high-value solutions utilizing IBM’s IoT platform.

Dave McCarthy
Senior Director of Products, Bsquare

Dave McCarthy is a 20 year veteran of the software industry, currently serving as Senior Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, where he leads both product management and product marketing. Throughout his career, Dave has demonstrated a passion for solving complex business challenges through the use of technology. Dave recognizes that the emergence of IoT highlights the increasing need for businesses to extract value from data, regardless of the source. Dave brings a unique perspective to inform how companies can better integrate device and sensor data with enterprise systems to improve business outcomes. Dave earned a MBA with honours from Northeastern University.

Paul Turner
Chief Marketing Officer, Cloudian

Paul is responsible for marketing, product planning and strategy at Cloudian. A storage industry expert, Turner previously led the Product Strategy Office at NetApp, where he guided their investments into FlashRay, Iongrid and CacheIQ. Prior to that role, he was the General Manager of the OnCommand Insight Business (which included Onaro and Akorri). Under his leadership this enterprise software business grew to more than $60M and was recognized by Gartner as a leader in the Storage Resource Management market. Paul has more than 23 years of development and management leadership, including 15 years at Oracle where he led Oracle’s Technology Alliances Division and their Support Engineering Team. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is based out of Cloudian’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

Brett Murphy
Director of Business Development, RTI

Brett Murphy is director of business development, industrial internet of things with RTI. Early on, Brett worked on controls analysis, hardware-in-the-loop test systems, robotics, real-time software development, and systems engineering in the aerospace and embedded software industries. More recently he has worked on product definition, market strategy and business development for embedded software tools, network middleware and scientific computing software. In the distant past, Brett received a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.

Sridhar Panuganti
CEO, Xinthe

Entrepreneur, Technocrat, Thought Leader with 20+ experience in the IT industry, overseeing and managing highly complex projects for clients and employers utilizing a myriad of ERP packages and Database technologies. Successfully mentored large teams. Implemented Oil and Gas Distribution Systems, IoT in Gas Stations, Retail and Convenience Store Chains.

Before establishing his dream company Xinthe Technologies Inc. he was associated with Reebok, America as Senior Director for Applications and as a Senior Project Manager with Infosys Technologies prior to that.

He started Xinthe Technologies (P) Ltd. India offshore development center in March 2001 with Reebok as the sole customer. Today Xinthe is serving more than 40+ customers across the globe.

His vision is very simple and clear to his fellow employees and business companions; “Xinthe Technologies must be one among the best 100 Software development, consulting and IT Product company serving customers across the Globe”.

John Sturdivant
CEO & Founder, WorkforceAlpha

John Sturdivant is the CEO & Founder of WorkforceAlpha – a company on a mission to help the front-line worker achieve their full productivity and potential. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, where he served the largest oil & gas companies across the world and helped them create better operations. It was there that he ran into the same problem at every client: nobody really understood their front-line workforce behaviors or productivity levels; and thus, these companies were fighting an impossible battle when it came to trying to realize major improvements in worker productivity. Without an understanding of productivity, nobody could really understand their problems, nor could they build a consensus behind the answer to effect real change. John started WorkforceAlpha to use technology that fixes this problem and helps companies and the front-line worker understand performance and drive real improvement. John has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters of Accounting from the University of Southern California, and is a former Certified Public Accountant.

Louis Albanese
Principal, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV)

Louis Albanese is a principal at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. SAEV is responsible for identifying technology investments of strategic importance in the areas of upstream oil and gas, downstream oil and gas and value-added products, renewable energy, energy efficiency and water. Before joining SAEV, Louis was in charge of operations and finance at Exec Inc., an on-demand services start-up based out of San Francisco. Previously, he worked in corporate development and strategy at First Solar, where he was responsible for acquisitions and strategic initiatives for the solar panel manufacturer. He started his career in industrials investment banking at Merrill Lynch based out of New York and Hong Kong. He graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Financial Economics.        

Oliver Gruner
Director of Cloud Business Development , ICONICS

Rabindra Chakraborty, Ph.D.
President, Senslytics Corporation

Rabindra is leading the building effort of a young company Senslytics Corporation – a spin-off from the multinational IT company, Catalyst Business Solutions. Senslytics is in the industrial IoT Analytics software space that integrates the sensor data, business data and big data in order to provide real time monitoring insights for compliance and safety management.

Prior to Senslytics, Rabindra was in the startup team of Catalyst and has led the technology, offshore and PMO functions in the capacity of Vice President for the last 13 years.

Earlier, Rabindra was a founding team member of Versada Networks, where he directed the technology and solution development and implementation efforts. In addition, as a lead consultant, he had led complex large scale Oracle Application implementations in Citibank, City of Atlanta, City of Miami, Laitram, and Motorola Inc. In his prior career, Rabindra worked as Associate Director and Project Manager for Hilti Inc.

Rabindra holds multiple patents and has authored many technical papers published in the international journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and held post-doctoral fellowship and visiting professorship as part of his academic career.

Steve Sponseller
Business Director, Oil & Gas, Kepware Technologies

Steve Sponseller is a Business Director at Kepware Technologies with a strategic business development focus on the Oil & Gas market. For the past 15 years, Steve has worked in the computer software, industrial automation, and information technology industries, serving a variety of vertical markets.

Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Norwich University.

Ales Soudek
Global Solutions Architect, OSIsoft

Ales Soudek has been OSIsoft for 22 years and is currently a Global Solutions Architect providing strategic consulting to a wide range of customers on the use of the PI System. He has extensive knowledge in creating demos and prototypes of how to use the PI Asset Framework (a data objet model) and other PI System tools for applications in refining, gas, chemicals, water utilities, metals and mining, and power generation. Previously to OSIsoft, Ales worked on linear programs and simulation models for FCCUs and Reformers and also performed mass and energy balances on a variety of plants.

Wade Salazar
Solutions Engineer, Hortonworks

Jesse DeMesa
Venture Partner, Momenta Partners

A Connected Industry pioneer with more than 20 years of experience in Industrial, Automation & Data Acquisition Systems, Jesse is an entrepreneur, executive and advisor in startups and multinational industrial giants. He has expanded global business, driving strategic deals with the largest industrial customers in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

Jesse’s string of successes started with leading the development team on the world’s leading Industrial Automation operator interface at Wonderware in 1993.  He went on to co-found IndX Software, a pioneer in the Manufacturing Intelligence space, and sold it to Siemens where it became part of the Siemens Industrial Automation integrated strategy. Jesse then went on to lead the integrated business and portfolio as General Manager in Siemens Oil & Gas. Later, as Software CTO for GE Oil & Gas, he drove the Oil & Gas IoT, Industrial Internet strategy and execution.

As Venture Partner at Momenta Partners, Jesse helps activate and accelerate Connected Industry companies across all life-stages.

Robert Forget
CTO, Aware 360

Robert Forget currently serves as the CTO for Aware 360.  Previously Robert worked for Vecima Networks Inc., in positions of increasing responsibility starting in business development and moving through the organization as Director of Sales, AVP of Product Management and finally as VP of Telematics. Robert ran his own consulting firm from 2000-2004, specializing in electronics design and systems implementation. Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA and is a certified Professional Manager.  Mr. Forget has been active on the boards of many organizations from such diverse areas as technology associations, housing developments, politics, and not for profits.

Chad Modad
Chief Innovation Officer, ChaiOne

Chad has 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas, Defense, Manned Space Flight and Technology industries. He has extensive expertise in software development, project management, and implementation of technology-backed initiatives. As the Chief Innovation Officer, Chad leads the PMO, Engineering, and Quality Assurance groups at ChaiOne.

Ken Connor
Director, Enterprise Sales, Kore Wireless

Ken has over 30 years’ experience in technology sales, business development, engineering and operations. Ken began his career in Silicon Valley as owner of the leading manufacturer’s rep company with a primary focus on semiconductors including processors, memory, FPGA’s and ASICS. After selling I Squared Ken transitioned into what was then known as the “M2M” industry as VP of Sales & Marketing at Quake Global, a supplier of satellite and cellular modems. Ken has now been with KORE, the leading independent IoT connectivity provider for over 4 years; most currently serving as VP, Sales Engineering.

Ian Brown
Sr. Mgr. Integrated Production Solutions, Baker Hughes

Ian Brown is currently a Senior Manager at Baker Hughes where he responsible for integrated production solutions that combine oilfield tools, processes, hardware and software to advance Baker Hughes digital oilfield capabilities and associated commercial products.

Ian has 15 years’ experience in the upstream energy sector pioneering intelligent production systems for major NOC’s and IOC’s around the globe. Prior to Baker Hughes Ian held various product management and software development positions at Halliburton managing the development of real-time analytics and digital oilfield software.

Ian holds an MBA in oil and gas management and a BS in computer science from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland

Mark LaCour
Director, Modalpoint LLC

In his career Mark has sold over $205 million to the oil & gas industry and has had over 2200 meetings with almost every oil & gas company that you can name. He’s done business in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the UK, Middle East, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Scotland, Brazil and in the good ol’ US of A. He is the Director of Public Relations for the American Petroleum Institute (the API) Houston chapter, the largest group representing the oil & gas industry to congress. And he has a well-earned reputation as an industry “insider” and independent 3rd party market researcher. He is an author, sits on several oil & gas boards, has one of the top oil & gas presences in social media and when he not volunteering his time teaching STEM’s at local schools he helps other companies sell their products and services to oil and gas companies at modalpoint.com.

Steve Jennis
Corporate VP and Head of Global Marketing, ADLINK Technology & contributor for the Industrial Internet Consortium

Steve is Corporate VP and Head of Global Marketing at ADLINK Technology. He was an executive director of PrismTech and wasalso responsible for the company’s strategy, business development and marketing functions.  He recognized the potential of the IoT as a high-growth opportunity for PrismTech back in 2012 and =led the company’s initiatives to position itself to address this exciting market.  PrismTech’s ‘Vortex Intelligent Data-sharing Platform’ (announced in March 2014) is a result of this work and immediately established PrismTech as a leading player in IoT-enabling technologies. Steve also blogs regularly on IoT topics and contributes to a number of IoT industry initiatives, such as ‘The Industrial Internet Consortium’ and the ‘SmartAmerica Challenge’. With over 20 years of experience in high-technology management Steve has achieved success in both large corporate and start-up environments and is widely recognized as a leading business strategist and marketeer for infrastructure and platform software.

Ron Lake
President, Galdos Systems

Ron Lake has written and spoken extensively on spatial technologies and the Internet of Things. Ron is widely recognized as a visionary figure in the geospatial industry, with over 30 years of experience in advanced software technologies and systems.

Ron is the original creator of GML, an OGC and ISO standard, and wrote the book Geography Markup Language (GML) – Foundation for the GeoWeb. He has also made significant contributions to key XML and web services standards for interoperability. Ron founded Galdos Systems in 1998, establishing the company as an leader in registry technology and open standards.

Ron holds B.A.Sc., an M.A.Sc., and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto in Canada. He has also done significant academic work in Computer Architectures, and in Singularity Theory, Catastrophe Theory, Abstract Algebra, and Abstract Dynamics.

Arun Bhargava
Business Development, Strategy and Marketing Expert

Arun has wide-ranging experience in strategy, business development, product management, sales and marketing that spans across Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. His experience spans a broad range of industries that include oil & gas (E&P), automation & controls, transportation, chemicals, and industrial products.

Arun has worked for entrepreneurial start-up companies to large multinational corporations. In recent past, Arun has worked with all major oil & gas companies, mid-marketers, and traders in supporting them with spot and long-term market opportunities. Arun is trained in voice of customer (VOC), strategic marketing, lean management, gemba walk, and six sigma. Integration of business acumen and customer needs led to a patent.

Arun obtained his MBA (Technology Commercialization) and MS degrees from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Peter Thomas
Chief Technology Officer, Blue Lance

Peter Thomas is a seasoned IT security professional, analyst, and business leader who thrives in the constantly changing and challenging world of network and cybersecurity. For more than two decades, he has been a part of the success of Blue Lance, a global provider of cyber governance solutions, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

In 1995, Peter began his tenure at Blue Lance as a Development Manager, overseeing a software team in the development of auditing and monitoring solutions.

Since 2002, Peter has served as Blue Lance’s Chief Technology Officer, leading the engineering team in the development of innovative cybersecurity, governance and compliance solutions. He directs all technology-related planning, including overseeing configuration and systems architecture, operating systems, data communication and internet technologies. Peter monitors and reviews all Blue Lance technology developments and new product enhancements. As part of the senior management team, Peter’s expertise in all aspects of cybersecurity makes him a trusted contributor to Blue Lance’s business strategy.

Before joining Blue Lance, Peter was the General Manager at Softec International where he led technical software teams. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree as well as an MBA from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.

Peter is an active member of the Cyber Houston, which sponsors monthly Cybersecurity Happy Hour events as a community forum on cybersecurity best practices for business leaders and IT professionals. Peter has also served the Greater Houston Partnership Cybersecurity Task Force at the Greater Houston Partnership, which has published the third edition of Cybersecurity and Business Vitality: What Every Houston-Area Business Needs to Know, a helpful guidebook for business owners to assess and improve the status of corporate data security.

You can find Peter on LinkedIn or stay up to date with Blue Lance by visiting BlueLance.com or by liking the Facebook page.