Our Speakers

Hear from experts in a wide range of disciplines and expertise.

Paul Carney
Paul Carney, MBA, SPHR
HR Analytics / Navy Federal Credit Union

Paul currently helps build human capital insights. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Sage Graduate School. Paul has over 25 years of experience as a leader and business owner in IT and HR. As an entrepreneur, he built three business and technology organizations, with two of them being sold to larger companies.

Paul Carney, MBA, SPHR
HR Analytics / Navy Federal Credit Union
Kevin Grohoske
Kevin Grohoske
IT Professional

Kevin got his start at a young age writing software on a Timex Sinclair 1000. Since, Kevin has gone on to work for 20+ years with Fortune 100 companies. He is recognized for his culture-first leadership style and being on the forefront of software development. Kevin’s technical expertise is demonstrated by his past work building e-commerce and content management platforms, Microsoft-centric technologies and open source platforms.

Kevin Grohoske
IT Professional
Samir Behara
Samir Behara
Senior Developer / EBSCO Industries

Samir Behara has worked on large-scale enterprise applications involving complex business functions, web integration, and data management in various domains. Samir works in Birmingham building software solutions using cutting edge Microsoft technologies, primarily C# and SQL Server. He is the Co-Chapter Lead of the Steel City SQL Server Users Group – which is the Birmingham, AL chapter of PASS.

Samir Behara
Senior Developer / EBSCO Industries
Bryan Soltis
Bryan Soltis
Technical Evangelist / Kentico

Bryan Soltis is an avid .NET developer. With over 18 years of web development experience, Bryan has completed projects for Microsoft, IMG, HP, and other Fortune 500 companies. A former Azure VTSP, Bryan has developed numerous applications with Microsoft’s cloud and Kentico, including custom software development, integrated solutions, and globally-available enterprise applications.

Bryan Soltis
Technical Evangelist / Kentico
Kelly Wong
Kelly Wong
QA Engineer

Kelly is a software quality assurance professional who has over 18 years experience at various companies in the private sector. She is involved with automated testing of web applications using Selenium on the Microsoft stack. She is currently working at a revenue cycle management provider as a QA Engineer.

Kelly Wong
QA Engineer
Keidrick Pettaway
Keidrick Pettaway
Technologist

Keidrick is practiced technologist with over 10 years of experience in private sector, higher education and DOD industry space. He currently works for a revenue cycle management provider working primarily on the Microsoft tech stack.

Keidrick Pettaway
Technologist
Xiangdong Zhang
Senior Software Engineer

He has been working in asset performance management and health care industry for last 10 years, with expertise in asynchronous semi real time event processing and very wide range of knowledges on web technology and Microsoft technology stack. He is excited about new technologies, particularly in the cloud frontier and container, for instance Microsoft Azure and any front end development. More recently, he has grown his interest by tinkering with Arduino, 3D printing, and exploring IoT.

Xiangdong Zhang
Senior Software Engineer
Kevin Garner
Kevin Garner
Software Engineer

Kevin Garner is a software engineer with 7 years of experience in .NET, C#, SQL Server, and web development via JavaScript (and now TypeScript). Kevin enjoys building software, composing/producing/playing music, developing video games of hobbyist quality, learning Japanese, and writing fiction.

Kevin Garner
Software Engineer
Brandon Atkins
Brandon Atkins
Full Stack Developer

Brandon is a full stack software developer who enjoys building interactive web applications and has experience in building single page applications.

Brandon Atkins
Full Stack Developer
Ingyu Lee
Ingyu Lee
Instructor / Sorrell College of Business at Troy University.

Ingyu received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, he spent his time teaching programming to Information System major students. His main interest is developing data mining and machine learning algorithms, and applying those algorithms to business applications.

Ingyu Lee
Instructor / Sorrell College of Business at Troy University.
Nathaniel Nuon
Pres. & CEO / 3rd Realm Creations

Nathaniel Nuon is an Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker who has been working in a wide range of the entertainment industry for more than 22 years. He remains widely sought after for his skills in Visual FX and Virtual Reality Productions, both in the US and abroad. Nathaniel and his team has been contracted for the US Military to development VR and 3d Animations for visualization in the field. After the completion of the project, Nathaniel and his partners started 3rd Realm Creations which specializes in Augmented Reality marketing and advertising as well Virtual Reality promotional and entertainment games, commercials, and films. 3rd Realm Creations is currently involved in a variety of VR and AR projects

Nathaniel Nuon
Pres. & CEO / 3rd Realm Creations
Michael Viron
Director @ KAMedData / President & CEO @ General

Over the years, Michael gained a wide variety of experience as a senior IT manager, business owner, presenter, volunteer, and event organizer. Since 1995, Michael helped launch numerous startups, company divisions, product lines, professional user groups, and technology events.

Michael Viron
Director @ KAMedData / President & CEO @ General
Mike F Robbins
Microsoft MVP/SAPIEN Technologies MVP

Mike F Robbins is a Microsoft MVP on Windows PowerShell and a SAPIEN Technologies MVP. He is a co-author of Windows PowerShell TFM 4th Edition and is a contributing author of a chapter in the PowerShell Deep Dives book. Mike has written guest blog articles for the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog, PowerShell Magazine, and PowerShell.org. He is the winner of the advanced category in the 2013 PowerShell Scripting Games. Mike is also the leader and co-founder of the Mississippi PowerShell User Group. He blogs at mikefrobbins.com and can be found on twitter @mikefrobbins

Mike F Robbins
Microsoft MVP/SAPIEN Technologies MVP
Billy 'Obie' Hardin
Architect

Billy “Obie” Hardin is an Software Architect, Security Practitioner and graduate from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Obie has over 20 years of experience with Software Architecture and Security across multiple industries including DOD, Telecommunications, and Finance. He is passionate about Application Security and holds numerous industry certifications, including CISSP, C|EH, Certified Penetration Tester, Certified Metasploit Pro and MCSD. He gained his AppSec experience while serving as the Security Champion at American Express and Security Architect at Jacobs Engineering

Billy 'Obie' Hardin
Architect
Matthew Peterson
Software Engineer

I have a bachelors degree in Computer Science and I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Information Systems from the University of South Alabama. I currently work on developing and maintaining high-scale ASP.NET applications at a national leader in medical revenue cycle management.

Matthew Peterson
Software Engineer
John Calagaz
Founder / FishingChaos

A self-proclaimed tech junkie, John Calagaz made the move from graduate school at
Auburn University to Centralite in 2004. During his time at Centralite John continuously pressed the limits of wireless technology. After 14 years at Centralite, John's obsession pulled him away to start his own company, FishingChaos,LLC. John has taken his outlook on technology and is currently launching a new
platform that will take the fishing industry into the next level. He currently is merging,
software and electronics from the consumer world into the marine industry.

John Calagaz
Founder / FishingChaos
Charles Phanthapannha
Co-Founder & CTO / 3rd Realm Creations

Charles started his journey when he met Nathaniel Nuon almost 23 years ago. He went to school for Digital Media and has since learned various things, from graphic design to 3D, to visual effects. In 2012, after completing several projects, including one for the US military, Charles and Nathaniel founded 3rd Realm Creations. As a company, they are now trying to get on the forefront of AR and VR and finding new ways of applying this budding technology.

Charles Phanthapannha
Co-Founder & CTO / 3rd Realm Creations