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At our 8th Annual WorkSmart Technology Summit, we are proud to host so many talented speakers who are leaders in business and technology. We invite you to learn more about their backgrounds and experiences.

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Meet WorkSmart 2013 Speakers

  1. 1. worksmart2013.eventbrite.comMAY 16WorkSmart 2013MEET THE SPEAKERS
  2. 2. EDWARD D. LAPRADE:President & CEO, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Opening & Closing RemarksEd Laprade founded ADNET in 1991 with the idea that combining technical expertise withbusiness acumen would create a uniquely valuable computer consulting firm. Under hisleadership, ADNET has grown significantly and become one of the leading systemsintegrators in New England. Mr. Laprade oversees business development activities, leads theSoftware Development group, has championed the formulation of ADNETs market-leadingASAP methodology, and continually looks for opportunities to deliver business impact withtechnology.Prior to starting ADNET, Mr. Laprade had experience and proven leadership in business andinformation technology, including technology roles at Bell Labs, NCR, The Phoenix, andPrice Waterhouse, and a founding role at Integrated Management Systems. As Presidentand CEO of ADNET, Mr. Laprade has overseen the strategic growth of the organization witha focus on building new business partnerships and strengthening long-term relationships withADNET clients. Under the leadership of Mr. Laprade, ADNET has grown from a startup tofour divisions with over 35 employees whose mission is to understand and then solvebusiness problems using technology. He has instilled a philosophy of hire extremely brighttechnologists who happen to think like business people. Mr. Laprades strategy is to continueto grow the organization both organically and through acquisition.Mr. Laprade is a long-standing member of several prominent industry peer groups that focuson driving sustainable business growth, served several terms as the Chairman of the Town ofSuffield Technology Committee, and is actively involved in programs dedicated to thedevelopment of todays business students. Mr. Laprade holds his AAS degree in ElectricalEngineering Technology from the University of Hartford and his BS and MS in Accountingfrom the University of Massachusetts.Session Time:8:45 & 3:45
  3. 3. Daniel A. Schwartz:Member of the Firm Pullman & ComleyPresenting: Social Media: “Friend” or “Foe?”A member of Pullman & Comley’s Labor & Employment practice, Dan has extensive trialand litigation experience in both the federal and state courts in a variety of areas, andrepresents employers in various employment law matters. Since 2007, he has beenpublishing the Connecticut Employment Law Blog to cover new and noteworthydevelopments in employment law in Connecticut and provide a forum for further debateand exploration of these issues. Since the blog’s inception, it has received nearly twomillion views.Dan is listed in Chambers USA, Americas Leading Lawyers to Businesses in the area oflabor and employment and was named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in2011/2012 and listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. He was a recipient of the "40under 40" Award from the Hartford Business Journal in 2010 and in 2009, was named bythe ABA Journal as one of only 50 "Legal Rebels" nationwide - attorneys who arebringing innovation and new ideas to the legal profession. Dan is a frequent presenter ona wide range of employment law and commercial litigation topics.Session Time:9:00 AM
  4. 4. Christopher J. Luise:Executive Vice President, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Technology Has Evolved: Have You?Christopher Luise is Vice President of Infrastructure Services at ADNET Technologies, LLC. Earlyin his career, Christopher co-founded ADNET with President & CEO Edward Laprade, and workedfor several years as Vice President responsible for new business development. In 1995, he leftADNET and spent the next 13 years driving innovative, technology-based solutions in the U.S.,Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Christopher returned to ADNET in 2008 to lead the InfrastructureServices, Engagement, and Marketing teams with a full-time focus on strategy, operations, andbranding.Christopher has over 20 years of experience and proven leadership in business and informationtechnology. His vision as an executive-level manager with a unique background in IT strategy andmarketing has driven success and sustained growth in global brands within the financial servicesindustry and the technology sector. Throughout his career, Christopher has focused on developingprogressive service models and engaging successful new business opportunities. As the CEO ofEuropean operations for a large financial services firm, he built integrated and synergistic teams inBerlin and London, and guided the organization to profitability through an economic recession andcorporate acquisitions. Christopher has spearheaded significant change initiatives that havestrengthened global brands and created award-winning employment cultures for his staff.At ADNET, Christopher is responsible for the technology direction of the organization, with a strongfocus on building strategic, long-term partnerships with ADNET’s clients and technology partners.Session Time:1:00 PM
  5. 5. Michelle Syc:Senior Analyst, Advisory & Assurance Services,ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Essentials for a Cybersecurity FrameworkMichelle D. Syc, CISSP, CEH, has over 10 years of experience in risk management. Herfocus in the cyber security and compliance industry allows her to assist clients withidentifying and assessing information system related risks and implementing strategies tomanage those risks.Michelle has extensive experience managing security audits, which include ethicalhacking, penetration studies, and social engineering projects. She assists organizationsin properly aligning information security spending to cost-effectively reduce the risk ofdata loss. Michelle designs test plans to evaluate control objectives and to identifyweaknesses in the information technology control structure. She assists organizations incomplying with information security regulations such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, MA201CMRand other Federal and state regulations.She is a member of the Connecticut InfraGard chapter, which partners with the FBI toshare information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.Session Time:10:15 AM
  6. 6. Tim Weber:Manager, Infrastructures Services,ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Beyond Backups: Ready for Anything, ThingsThat Go Bump in the Night: Security Weaknesses in EverydayTechnologies, Beyond Your Organizations Devices: TheImpact of BYOD on Culture and PerformanceTim Weber, Manager of Infrastructure Services, has been with ADNET since 1994 andworks closely with clients on advanced projects focused on Security, Exchange,Virtualization and Unified Communications. Tim is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and afrequent instructor for ADNET on Microsoft Exchange, as well as a speaker for industryevents.Certifications• Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer• Microsoft Certified Trainer• Citrix Certified Administrator• Certified Novell EngineerSession Time:10:15 AM
  7. 7. Andy Powell:Partner Business Manager, VMWarePresenting: Software Defined Datacenter: The Cloud with aPlanAndy Powell specializes in strategic analysis, desktop virtualization, and grouppresentations. He has over 15 years of experience and has built his expertise in:• Cloud computing• VMware• Sales enablement• Channel• Managed services• Partner management• Channel sales• Group presentations• Desktop virtualization• Strategic analysis• Sales presentationsSession Time:10:15 AM
  8. 8. Steven J. Bonafonte:Member of the Firm Pullman & ComleyPresenting: Developing a Sound Cybersecurity Strategy toComply with Privacy Laws and Avoid Security BreachesSteven J. Bonafonte is a member of Pullman & Comleys Corporate and BusinessDepartment. His practice includes providing general counsel services to corporate andgovernment entities, privacy, information security, ethics and compliance, and anti-fraud andcorporate internal investigations.Previously, Steve served as managing corporate counsel and as the enterprise privacy andcorporate compliance officer at a Fortune 100 financial services company, where he led ateam of attorneys and other professional staff in managing global privacy practices anddiverse corporate compliance initiatives. Steve also developed legal anti-fraud protocols anddirected major case investigations and filing of affirmative civil anti-fraud RICO litigationagainst suspected fraudulent medical providers and other organized ring activity. Prior tothese roles, he provided principal legal counsel to several diverse internal business groupsincluding Information Technology (internal compliance, vendor contracts), Marketing andCommunications (legal review and compliance) and Global Sourcing (cross-border datatransfer, business continuity).Steve was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court as arepresentative member on the State of Connecticuts Commission on the Death Penalty,serving from 2001-2003. He also served as a member of the City of Hartfords Civilian PoliceReview Board from 2000-2002 and as the City of Hartfords human relations commissionerfrom 2000-2002.Steve also serves as the General Counsel of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association ofCertified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Steve is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and aCertified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).Session Time:11:15 AM
  9. 9. Tom Beggan:Northeast Channel Systems Engineer,Brocade CommunicationsPresenting: Software Defined Networking (SDN) -Creating Intelligent LAN InfrastructuresTom Beggan has been in the LAN infrastructure industry for almost 20 years, startingin Technical Sales Support and working his way through various positions inTechnical Training, Systems Engineering, Product Marketing, Product Managementand Product Development. Tom joined Brocade in 2011 where he’s been working asa Channel Systems Engineer for the New England and Upstate New York region.Session Time:11:15 AM
  10. 10. Mike Meyer:Director of Service Delivery, Peak 10Presenting: Considering Securing Your CriticalInfrastructure in the CloudMike Meyer is the Director of Service Delivery for the National Alliance Program atPeak 10. Mike brings more than 10 years of IT experience to support the Peak 10Sales and Operations teams in designing and coordinating solutions for Peak 10partners and clients. Mike works closely with partners and clients to ensure theproper design and execution of solutions to meet clients’ unique needs. Mike holdsseveral degrees from the University of Kentucky and Indiana Wesleyan University, aswell as technical certifications in systems, networking, network security, andvirtualization technologies. In addition to his drive for technology, Mike is the authorof “Solomon Assembly: The Book,” and founder of, afaith-based organization focused on Christian men’s ministry.Session Time:11:15 AM
  11. 11. Dan Antion:Vice President, Information Services,American Nuclear InsurersPresenting: “Four Fried Chickens and a Coke”Dan is Vice President, Information Services for American Nuclear Insurers, a role he has held for25 of his 35 years in business. He is responsible for systems development, ANI’s networkinfrastructure and communication systems. Dan joined ANI when most transactions weremanually processed, and advanced communications meant sending a fax. Dan has managed ameasured but constant adoption of new technology to automate and improve all aspects ofinformation management at ANI. Dan serves on the Board of Directors of AIIM International and isresponsible for Programs and Marketing for the New England Chapter of AIIM. Dan blogs andspeaks about SharePoint and ECM, rants about stupid behavior and enjoys biking, woodworkingand photography.Session Time:1:45 PM
  12. 12. Brian Mulligan:Sales Manager, Comcast Enterprise ServicesPresenting: Next Generation ConnectivityBrian Mulligan serves as Enterprise Sales Manager for Comcast’s Western NewEngland Region. In this role, Mulligan is responsible for overseeing Comcast’sEnterprise Business Services efforts for the region, which encompasses 300communities in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, New York and Vermont.Mulligan works to lead the continued explosive growth of Comcast’s EnterpriseBusiness Class suite of offerings. Launched in 2011, Comcast Business ClassEthernet offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernetservices with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, businesscontinuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications.Before joining Comcast, Mulligan held the position of Director of Sales for ResolutePartners. His previous sales and industry experience also includes positions withSNET, SBC, and AT&T.A native of Oakville, Connecticut, Tzoumas resides in Meriden, CT, with his wife, histwo children.Session Time:1:45 PM
  13. 13. Dennis Mudry:Senior Sales Engineer, Comcast Enterprise ServicesPresenting: Next Generation ConnectivityDennis Mudry serves as a Senior Sales Engineer for Comcast’s Western NewEngland Region. In this role, Dennis is responsible for customer solutions, networkdesign and sales support efforts for the region which include Connecticut, WesternMassachusetts, New York and Vermont.Dennis started his career at Comcast in 2009 and has been instrumental in thelaunch of Western New England’s Metro Ethernet network which offers high-performance optical point-to-point and multi-point network services as well as cloudbased IP telephony.Before joining Comcast, Dennis held the position of Senior Network Architect forVirtela Technologies. He has held pre and post engineering positions with UUnet,MCI WorldCom, CompuServe network services and Sprint. He holds a Bachelor’sdegree in Business administration from Post College. He is a Cisco certifiedinternetwork professional and Ciena Carrier Ethernet administrator.Session Time:1:45 PM
  14. 14. Brendan McGann:Systems Engineer, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Things That Go Bump in The Night: SecurityWeaknesses in Everyday TechnologiesBrendan is a Systems Specialist with over 4 years of experience deploying, supportingand managing IT solutions. He has worked with ADNET for over 2 years andspecializes in providing direct end-user support to clients in a wide variety of industries.Brendan works on-site at our clients’ locations throughout Connecticut and WesternMassachusetts. His work can include everything from PC installations, setting up newusers on their servers and providing guidance on the best way to utilize clients’ ITsystems. Brendan is very proactive in his position by recommending solutions torecurring issues and staying abreast of industry changes and new technologies.Certifications• A+• Microsoft MCPSession Time:1:45 PM
  15. 15. Jim Mulholland:Northeast Regional Sales Manager,WatchGuardPresenting: Things That Go Bump in The Night: SecurityWeaknesses in Everyday TechnologiesJim Mulholland has been with WatchGuard for the past 5 years and has 30 years of IT,Networking and Internet Security experience.His experience including working with small, medium and enterprise accountsincluding the DOD, US House of Representative, MBNA, Blue Cross and Aetna. Jimhas a strong background in IT Security and Compliance and was one of three foundersfor Triton Technologies which produced a remote access product called Co/Sessionwhich won numerous awards in PC Magazine and LAN Magazine.Session Time:1:45 PM
  16. 16. Eric Monda:Senior Systems Engineer, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Things That Go Bump in The Night: SecurityWeaknesses in Everyday TechnologiesEric is a Systems Engineer with over 9 years of experience in Microsoft, Apple, Ciscoand other security technologies. He has worked with clients across a broad range ofindustries on complex projects including multiple system reviews, gap analysis, sitesetups, VPN configurations, system upgrades, and server consolidations.CertificationsCisco Certified Network AssociateACSP 10.6 (Apple Certified Consultant)Microsoft Certified Systems EngineerMicrosoft Certified Systems AdministratorMicrosoft Certified IT ProfessionalSession Time:1:45 PM
  17. 17. William Palmer:Design Engineer, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Will Your Next Phone System be in the Cloud?Bill has been with ADNET for 8 years and works as a Design Engineer. He has over 18years of extensive experience with Microsoft products, Unified Communications, Voice& VoIP Systems, Unified Messaging, Data Protection Manager, WAN technologies andvoice access lines. Before coming to ADNET, Bill spent 10 years with SBC (formerlySNET) where he held several positions including technical sales of mobility products,PBX and voicemail systems, as well as pre-sales engineering for Cisco LAN/WANequipment and VoIP systems.CertificationsCisco Certified Design AssociateMicrosoft Certified Systems EngineerMicrosoft Certified Technology SpecialistSession Time:2:45 PM
  18. 18. Danielle Hernandez:Analyst, Applications, ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Why Projects Fail: The Most Important (andMost Commonly Overlooked) Keys to SuccessDanielle Hernandez, Team Leader, Instructor and Consultant, joined ADNET in 2007 asan Applications Instructor. She quickly grew into a consultant role and has recently beenpromoted to Team Leader. Danielle is responsible for delivering training to clients,customizing courses to meet specific client needs, and developing course manuals,handouts and outlines for clients and the sales team. Danielle has developedrelationships with many clients as they request her services by name!Specialties :• Microsoft Office Suites – 2010, 2007, 2003• Adobe – Acrobat, PageMaker, Photoshop• Microsoft Communicator & Lync• Soft skills – Project Management, Customer Service, Time Management usingOutlook• SharePoint• Course customization & developmentSession Time:2:45 PM
  19. 19. Sanjay Modi:Strategic Director, Technology Alliance & Advisement,ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Beyond Your Organization’s Devices: TheImpact of BYOD on Culture and PerformanceSanjay is the Strategic Director and has over 20+ years in the technology industry. He isa leader with extensive experience in IT Management, Project Development, andSolution Delivery. Sanjay has a focus on advisory services and he helps drivetechnology to support the overall business strategy.Sanjay received his Masters in Information Systems at Quinnipiac University; and his BSfrom the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Session Time:2:45 PM
  20. 20. Dan Thorne:Senior Technology Consultant,ADNET Technologies, LLCPresenting: Beyond Your Organization’s Devices: The Impactof BYOD on Culture and PerformanceDan Thorne has over 20 years of experience providing technical insight and strategicvision to businesses in order to aid them in their success.Specialties:• Virtualization• Infrastructure• Collaboration• Communication• Cloud Computing• Mobile Solutions• Microsoft• VMware• Cisco• Citrix CertificationsSession Time:2:45 PM
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