2016 Speakers


 

Chris McNulty - Keynote                   

Microsoft - Sr. Product Marketing Manager

 

Chris McNulty is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for SharePoint and Office 365 at Microsoft.  Chris’s experience as CTO includes companies as diverse as Dell Software/Quest, and Cryptzone/HiSoftware.  He was first recognized as a SharePoint MVP in 2013, and led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner.  A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other works.  He also blogs at http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog  Recently, he was recognized by Harmon.ie at the Ignite Conference as one of the Top 25 Office 365 Influencers in the community today.   Chris holds an MBA from Boston College in Investment Management and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander.


Mike Smith - MVP

MAX Technical Training - Senior Technical Instructor

Mike is a SharePoint nut, Senior Technical Instructor at MAX Technical Training, SharePoint MVP and courseware author. He has worn many IT hats over the last thirty years including business owner, developer, technical writer, trainer, DBA and consultant. Mike is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who specializes in SharePoint, PowerShell, SQL Server and .NET development and is a member of the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group leadership team. He is the author of two SharePoint books: SharePoint 2010 Security for the Site Owner, and SharePoint 2007 and 2010 Customization for Site Owners. He has authored over 150 training/courseware titles over his career with 9 courseware titles currently published in the Microsoft Courseware Library. His blog: Mike Smith's Tech Training Notes, offers years of tips, tricks, advice and random discoveries about SharePoint, PowerShell and more..


Sean P. McDonough - MVP

Cardinal Solutions- Office 365 Solution Manager

Sean is the Office 365 Solution Manager for Cardinal Solutions, a national IT solution provider and Microsoft managed partner headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sean has been developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems for over two decades. Sean possesses a somewhat unusual set of skills that come from time spent in a diverse set of roles, including consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist. Sean is an author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. He is also a Microsoft MVP in the Office Development and the Office Servers and Services categories. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or Twitter (@spmcdonough).


Craig Pilkenton

Cardinal Solutions - Managing Consultant

Craig Pilkenton is a Managing Consultant for Cardinal Solutions - Charlotte with over 15 years of experience in SharePoint (since it was a beta in 2000 - "Tahoe"), .NET, SQL Server, Powershell, and application architecture focused on end-user adoption and solution delivery.  Craig has previously worked at several international consultancies, State Government, and insurance companies.  Craig speaks at User Groups and SharePoint Saturdays throughout the year.


Stacy Deere-Strole

Focal Point Solutions - Owner of Focal Point Solutions LLC

Stacy Deere-Strole is the Owner of Focal Point Solutions LLC, a Cincinnati, OH based company that provides SharePoint Solutions for the Enterprise in the mid-to-large market. Previously, Stacy led a rapidly growing SharePoint practice where she engaged in a wide range of consulting projects across various industries. With nearly 18 years of experience in the IT Industry, Stacy has mainly focused on Collaboration Solutions such as IBM’s Lotus Notes\Domino and Microsoft’s Messaging and Collaboration Solutions including deployments and SharePoint upgrades. Stacy is actively sharing her real world expertise through authoring in the blog http://www.spmindmelt.focalpointsolutions.co, http://www.sharepointeurope.com/blog, http://infogovcon.com/  and speaking at various SharePoint Saturday's, Information Governance Conference, SPTechCon, SharePoint Fest, SharePoint Engage, and User Group events. She also co-authored two books called SharePoint 2013 and 2010 Using Managed Metadata.


Stephanie Donahue

PAITgroup - President and Co-Founder

As the President and co-founder of PAIT Group, Stephanie has a focus on helping organizations leverage their investment in SharePoint to create and maximize ROI. She believes that setting a strategic path using an innovative road map and consistent methodology are the keys to a successful implementation. Stephanie is an active blogger and event speaker with over 17 years in the IT industry and over 8 years of experience with SharePoint. You can follow Stephanie at @stephkdonahue on Twitter or on her company blog at http://www.paitgroup.com.


Mark Rackley - MVP

PAIT Group - Partner and CTO           

Mark is Partner and CTO at PAIT Group and an Office 365 MVP with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark’s daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients' unique problems. As a globally recognized SharePoint geek, Mark is an active blogger, presenter, author (and bacon aficionado) who is eager to lend his real-world knowledge of SharePoint to all who need it. In addition to speaking at various SharePoint conferences, Mark is the organizer of SharePointalooza in Branson, Missouri and can be found speaking at as many Saturday events as his professional and family life will allow. Mark engages his audiences with humor, real-world stories from the trenches, and practical solutions.  For more information, read his blog at www.SharePointHillbilly.com. Twitter : @mrackley


Justin Kobel                   

KiZAN

 

Justin has been with KiZAN for over 10 years, and has spent most of that time implementing SharePoint solutions and growing the SharePoint practice. While initially a .Net developer, Justin has transitioned to an application architect and trainer for SharePoint and related technologies.


Michelle Caldwell - MVP                    

Avanade - Leader of Digital Workplace Portfolio

 

Michelle is a Microsoft MVP and leads Avanade’s Digital Workplace portfolio for North America. She is  has over 18 years of experience delivering business solutions to diverse organizations. For the past eleven years, she has focused on delivering enterprise SharePoint solutions across multiple industries while leading teams that have won outstanding achievements in Web Development. She is a founding member and President of the Columbus, Ohio SharePoint User Group (BuckeyeSPUG) and actively shares her real-world experience through her blog www.shellecaldwell.com and conferences across North America. She also sits on the board of two Columbus, Ohio non-profits in support of her local technology community.


Wes Preston - MVP

Independent Consultant                                

Wes is an independent consultant based in Minneapolis, MN and works primarily as a SharePoint platform evangelist, product specialist and solution designer. Wes assists organizations through roadmap development, planning and governance, and alignment of business needs with out of the box SharePoint platform capabilities. Wes has been a developer, IT Pro, consultant, and technology evangelist for over 15 yrs. He was an organizer and frequent speaker at the Minnesota SharePoint User Group (MNSPUG) for over 4 yrs and is now a board member for SharePoint Saturday - Twin Cities events. Wes has been a contributing author to two books: - "Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects (Microsoft Press, 2012)" - "SharePoint 2010 Six-in-One (Wrox, 2011)". Wes maintains a blog at http://www.idubbs.com/blog


Robert L. Bogue - MVP

Thor Projects - MVP, Author, Speaker, Strategist, Consultant

Robert Bogue has a driving passion for delivering solutions through both teaching and learning. He has authored 25 books. Robert strives to be better today than he was yesterday and achieves this through his learned and taught strategy, facilitation, elicitation, coaching, and mentoring techniques and skills.  He has received the prestigious Microsoft MVP designation thirteen times. He has spoken to tens of thousands of professionals. Find out more about Robert and follow his blog at http://ThorProjects.com/blog/. Find his most recent book about SharePoint made simple at, http://www.SharePointShepherd.com. To contact Robert directly email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sarah Haase

Enterprise Collaboration Strategist,  Corporate Librarian, and Internationally Recognized Speaker

Sarah Haase is an enterprise collaboration strategist, corporate librarian and internationally-recognized speaker that helps large enterprises reclaim overgrown and ineffective collaboration implementations. Using her rich experience in knowledge management, technical writing, information architecture, business process automation and enterprise content management, Sarah devises and implements governance and user adoption strategies that drive compliance, engagement and documented benefits/ROI for SharePoint and Office 365. She is a contributing author for Ruven Gotz's book Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture, founder of the Twin Cities' SharePoint executive discussion group and a community activist/board member for the immensely popular SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities. You can find Sarah online at http://blog.splibrarian.com and @sarahhaase..


CA Callahan

CallahanTech - Founder and Primary Technologist

CA Callahan has worked in the IT field for 20 years, 15 of those as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. As the founder and primary technologist of CallahanTech, Callahan has been a consultant, speaker, trainer, and technical writer since the 1990's. She has has had the opportunity to present at numerous events including TechEd and Windows Connections. She has authored or coauthored a number of books about Windows Server, Windows Client, and Microsoft SharePoint, with the latest being Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. Over her career, Callahan has specialized in a range of topics, from Network Access Quarantine Control for Microsoft TechNet Briefings, to Integration and Windows Deployment for IT 360, to, of course, SharePoint with a focus on Foundation. Callahan has had the honor of being the recipient of the MVP award for SharePoint several years in a row, and often gives back to the community by speaking at user groups and SharePoint Saturdays around the US.


Shila Nagarsenker

Certified Project Management Professional and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

Shila is a certified Project Management Professional and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist focusing on SharePoint, Web, and Collaboration technologies. She uses technology to solve business problems, implement process improvements, improve collaboration, and enhance the user experience. With her diverse background, she helps organizations with strategy, governance, project management, business analysis, development, administration, user adoption, and training. Shila has experience with several technologies including Office 365, SharePoint versions 2013, 2010, and 2007, Project Server, Microsoft Lync/Skype, Lotus Notes/Domino, and Box Cloud Storage.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Wright State University.  She is active in the SharePoint and Project Management communities.


Patrick Tucker

Independent Trainer and Consultant

Patrick Tucker has over 17 years of experience as a speaker, technical trainer, solution architect, software developer and manager.  His technical focus has remained in the Microsoft technical stack during that time with a focus on .NET, SharePoint, SQL Server and Office 365.  Patrick has spoken at numerous SharePoint Saturdays, SPTechCon and SharePoint Fest. When not wearing his geek hats, Patrick likes spending time with his wife and 8-year-old son. This means a lot of baseball, soccer games and plenty of Xbox. When he has time for it, he loves to play the drums, read American history, create a few charcoal drawings and try to cook the latest thing he’s seen on Food Network.


Frank Sikorski

Cardinal - SharePoint Developer

Frank is a Principal Consultant at Cardinal Solutions Group, based in their Cincinnati office.  He is a native Chicagoan that moved to Cincinnati in 2014.  Frank began consulting for SharePoint 2010 in January 2011 and since then has also done numerous projects in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.  His experience includes webpart development, administration, custom branding, and information architecture.  He also has work on solutions for clients in a wide range of industries, including real estate, health care, manufacturing, legal, education and fast food.