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NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Apptio and UCX

NC Tech Talk Nov 1

The November show welcomed guests from Apptio and UCX, the Universal Compute Xchange. Britt Provost, VP of People and Culture at Apptio, spoke about company culture, talent needs, and what it means to be an “Apptian.”  Tim Martin, COO of UCX, discussed his company’s offerings, spoke about their 6fusion Partnership, and their newest effort called Project Alpha.

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Grover Gaming and Precision Lender

October’s Tech Talk highlighted the talent pool. NCTA recently hosted COME TECH OUT the Triangle Job Fair and these two members attended along with nearly 500 others. Warren Allen, Marketing Director for Grover Gaming, and Phil Buckley, Director of Engagement for Precision Lender were guests on the NC Tech Talk and shared more about their company cultures, positions they currently have available, and their methodologies for finding talent to fill those positions.


NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Freudenberg IT


Marc Montoro was joined by Kevin Diaz, Chief Customer Officer at Freudenberg IT. Kevin discussed FIT’s German heritage, long-standing history with SAP, building a booming presence in America, and what “IT Solutions. Simplified.” means. Then he talks about FIT’s upcoming Octoberfest event.

Freudenberg IT (FIT) believes extraordinary things happen when the complex is made simple.

Through its deep knowledge of SAP, FIT helps companies experience the value of their enterprise application investments—without the hassle of managing complicated infrastructures on their own. From hosting to cloud computing to disaster recovery, FIT provides the services – and security – organizations need to remain resilient in an increasingly complex world.

Customers choose FIT to improve operations, boost efficiency and reduce overall risks and costs. They stick with FIT because it does the many small things that add up to one extraordinary thing: FIT simplifies IT.

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: CSpring and Spring Metrics


Gary Storr, Director, Client Engagement and Advisory Services – CSpring
As the Director of Client Engagement and Advisory Services, Gary is responsible for serving our clients as an advisor while broadening CSpring’s footprint in the Raleigh / Durham / Research Triangle Park, NC market. Gary combines his IT background with CSpring’s experience, talent, and solutions expertise to deliver world-class technology initiatives for the company’s clients. His innovative thinking and creative vision enable him to provide executive-level advisory services and strategic guidance to transform processes, drive business growth, and deliver world-class solutions.

Shawn Williams, President & COO – Spring Metrics

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Coder Foundry and Tiger Eye Sensor

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Bobby Davis, Co-Founder & CTO – Coder Foundry
Bobby Davis is a serial entrepreneur, he has been involved in multiple start-ups. With his custom technology development consulting group is a Microsoft Gold Partner. As a consultant he leads efforts to design, build, and deploy applications for companies. Also, through his consulting practice, he has been providing IT job placement in the region for the past fifteen years. He has extensive experience in training, mentoring and developing IT talent. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UNCG.

Lynn Yanyo, CEO – Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc.
Dr. Lynn Yanyo, Chief Executive Officer, spent the first half of her career creating and patenting new materials and technologies for aerospace, automotive and electronics industries. In the last 2 decades she has led technical, marketing and sales teams to create profitable new businesses based on innovations in adhesives, controllable steering and vehicle suspensions, chip manufacturing and biometric sensing.

Dr. Yanyo has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering from The University of Akron. She has published articles on materials development, modeling, new business development, and branding and customer engagement; received numerous awards for her publications, presentations and marketing communications. She holds eight US patents and their foreign equivalents, and serves on several university and corporate advisory boards.

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: SAS and IBM


NCTA staffer Marc Montoro was live on location for NCTA’s 2015 State of Technology, and managed to grab interviews with a couple featured speakers.

Keith Collins, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer – SAS
Keith Collins, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at SAS, serves as a member of the executive team. He is responsible for leading the Information

Technology Division. As CIO, Collins leads a focused effort on our cloud infrastructure and strategy. Prior to Collins being named CIO he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at SAS where led Research and Development. He has been instrumental in leading SAS’ evolution as a provider of industry-specific solutions that deliver the benefits of powerful analytic technologies into the hands of users. Collins led the effort to develop the company’s breakthrough SAS Business Analytics Framework that is redefining business intelligence as it is known today.

Collins is a graduate of North Carolina State University in computer science. He is the founding member of the strategic advisory board of the department of computer science. In 2003, the university named him a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. Collins also serves as an advisor for Bull City Venture Partners.

John Kelly, SVP of Solutions Portfolio & Research – IBM
As IBM senior vice president, solutions portfolio and research, Dr. John E. Kelly III is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Commerce, IBM Security and IBM Watson, as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team. He will also oversee the development of future units devoted to serving clients in specific industries, beginning with IBM Healthcare later this year.

In this role, Dr. Kelly’s top priorities are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology and to bring those innovations into the marketplace quickly; to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed; and to identify and nurture new and future areas for investment and growth. He works closely with the leaders of these new units to drive business development, accelerate technology transfer and invest for the future.

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Brim and Biddrocket



Mark McNasby, CEO – Brim
Mark McNasby, co-founder, 100% bootstrapped into a profitable company serving over 700 university and government clients. He coded the resume builder, which has been used by millions of people worldwide and won numerous awards including the US Department of Labor “Most Recommended Career Tool”. Mark has 8 years of experience as CEO and organized and oversaw OptimalResume’s offices in the US and Poland. Mark has lectured at UNC (Kenan-Flagler) and Duke (Fuqua) MBA programs.

Joe Bell, Director of Marketing – Biddrocket
Joe Bell is trained as a research methodologist in the social sciences. He is an expert in digital strategy and marketing and led a national panel for the NIH on utilizing social media for community engagement in research. He transitioned into music marketing, set a number of event attendance records and founded Cult Entertainment. He currently acts as Director of Marketing for Biddrocket and helped to develop its flagship product

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Evalueserve and Mi-Co





Amit Shanker, Center Head – Evalueserve US
Amit has over 11 years of experience research and analytics and currently heads Evalueserve’s operations in the U.S. In his role, he is responsible for expanding Evalueserve’s operations’ footprint in the U.S. and developing targeted solutions. Previously, he has held business development and managerial position at Evalueserve. Amit has an engineering degree in electronics and communication. He lives in Raleigh with his wife.


Jacob Plotter, Software Solutions Executive – Mi-Corporation

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: 6fusion and Citrix




John Cowan, Co-founder and CEO – 6fusion
John is a 6fusion founder and co-inventor of 6fusion’s WAC algorithm. He is regarded as the company’s business model visionary. In addition to 6fusion’s day-to-day management responsibilities, John is responsible for the overall strategic vision and commercial direction of 6fusion. A 12-year veteran of business and product development within the IT and Telecommunications sectors, his tenure includes success creating new business during the period of telecommunications deregulation as well as developing and launching new technology products and services globally.


Reuven Cohen, Chief Technology Advocate – Citrix
Reuven is recognized as an early innovator and thought leader in cloud computing. He leads worldwide advocacy efforts for Citrix, with a particular focus on increasing the reach and influence of Citrix’s extensive portfolio of technology solutions used by more than 330,000 customers and 100 million end users across the globe.

A successful entrepreneur, Reuven founded Enomaly, which was among the first to develop a self-service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform in 2005, and acquired by Virtustream in 2012. Reuven also founded SpotCloud in 2011, the first commodity style cloud computing Spot Market.

NC Tech Talk by NCTA: Outlook for IT 2015


NC Tech Talk Broadcasts Live from Outlook for IT 2015

Marc Montoro of NCTA hosted a special edition of NC Tech Talk, live from Outlook for IT 2015. The following guests stopped by to discuss the direction of the their own companies, as well as the NC tech sector.


Kent Winrich, Director of Broadband and Infrastructure Services – Fibrant
Winrich has over 20 years of experience designing and overseeing fiber networks.   Most recently he was responsible for the complete European 100/10 gig fiber network for Hibernia Media, as well as managing other engineers around the world.  During his tenure at Hibernia, he doubled the footprint of the optical and IP network.  He also managed fiber optic projects such as the Sochi Winter Olympics where 14 High Definition video feeds, 124 channels of audio and 1 Gig of Ethernet were sent and received from Sochi.  Other projects included the High Definition Feeds, over fiber, for the 2014 French Open; and 2014 Wimbledon tennis matches.


Wayne Ianuario, VP, Southeast Region – MAC Source Communications
Wayne Ianuario joined MAC Source team in 2012 as Vice President, Southeast. Wayne has twenty plus years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology. Wayne’s past experience included building and managing “New Business Structures” and “Sales Teams” for major companies, such as Michelin, IKON and Relational Technology Services. Wayne is now building and expanding new markets for MAC Source Communications in the Southeast. Wayne is a graduate of University of South Carolina with BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Marketing. In addition he has earned his MBA from University of South Carolina in Finance and Accounting.


Brian Cesca, Charlotte Region General Manager – DataChambers
Brian Cesca joined DataChambers in 2012 with more than 15 years of experience in information technology and business development.  He previously was a partner and vice president of sales at Trust Technology Solutions and also sold technology services and solutions for Stanford Keene and Yoh IT. In addition to being a involved with the North Carolina Technology Association and CoreNet Carolinas, Mr. Cesca is also heavily active with Apparo, an organization providing technology expertise to nonprofits in the Charlotte area.


Simon Boardman, VP of Marketing – Eagle Creek Software Services
Simon has 29 years of experience in technology and services sales and marketing. Simon joined Eagle Creek in 2011, where he is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy and execution. Prior to this he co-founded and was CEO of Covente, a marketing services and outsourcing agency since 1993. He has worked in direct, channel sales and management at Miracle Software Products, and Data General Corp. Simon lives in Atlanta, GA, and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bradford in the UK.