Speakers

Allen Hurst

Allen HurstAllen is a software leader, product manager, developer, and coach. As a software services leader he has grown successful organizations by emphasizing valuable software delivery to clients. As an agile leader and coach he has mentored organizations through successful transformation to agile. His integrated competencies in agile project management, .NET development, and business leadership have enabled him to play a wide variety of roles in organizations of various shapes and sizes. Allen has spoken about a variety of topics related to software development at conferences such as Agile 2012, AgileDotNet, Houston TechFest, and a variety of user groups. Allen is Head of Product Management at HCSS, working every day to transform the heavy construction industry through innovative software products.

Anthony ''Tex'' Moreign

Anthony "Tex" MoreignTex {Technologist | Speaker | Writer | Founder} 25 years & counting ¦ see About | Incubation Labs, Hybrid Decisions Corp | Founding member of Houston Cloud Computing User Group

Brady Holt

Brady HoltBrady Holt is a developer at YNAB (You Need A Budget) and has been writing software for over 20 years. Most of those years were spent building web applications with C# and SQL Server but in the last few years he been having a ton of fun learning and building JavaScript apps with client-side frameworks and Node.js on the server. When he isn't at work you can find him working on pet projects, playing with a Raspberry Pi, flying his drone or spending time with his family.

Brian Culver

Brian CulverBrian Culver is a SharePoint Solutions Architect for Expert Point Solutions in Houston, Texas. Brian is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). He has worked in the Information Technology industry for since 1998 and he has been working with SharePoint since 2005. His deep expertise includes Office365, Azure, SharePoint, ASP.Net, SQL Server and Project Server. He has been involved in many large SharePoint implementations including Internet and Intranet sites, Partner Portals, Enterprise Content Management and Governance, upgrades, migration and much custom application integration and development.

Brian Sullivan

Brian SullivanBrian Sullivan is a principal software engineer at Clear Measure in Dallas. He got his start in programming maintaining legacy mainframe applications in COBOL at a large trucking company, but quickly realized he needed to find a more productive environment in order to stay sane. He jumped at the opportunity to help transition some of those COBOL applications to .NET, and he hasn't looked back since. He has been working with Microsoft technologies since the .NET 1.0 days, and is interested in introducing modern web development techniques to the clients he works with. Brian is recipient of the Microsoft MVP award and a graduate of Harding University.

Caroline Dikibo

Caroline DikiboCaroline is freelance web developer that deals with JavaScript and WordPress. She's also a fencing coach at Houston Swords Sports and maintains their WordPress site.

Christina Liles

Christina LilesChristina is the Marketing Manager at Improving and has 12 years of corporate marketing and event planning experience. She works alongside a small team of professional marketers to implement several Improving initiatives, events, and maintain the company culture across six markets in North America.

Claudio Lassala

Claudio LassalaClaudio is a Principal Consultant at Improving Houston. He has been developing software for 25+ years (FoxPro, .NET, Ruby on Rails). When not building software, consulting with clients, doing presentations, delivering training, or hanging out with his family, he can probably be found working on his music or riding his motorcycle. Check out his blog at www.lassala.net

Daniel Lioznyansky

Daniel LioznyanskyDaniel is a co-founder of Zont Group and Zont Services that has been providing consulting services for over a decade and has specialized in SharePoint business user support. Over the years and across many industries Daniel has brought that expertise to the business users of many organizations via support and training. Zont Services under Daniel's leadership has been able to provide to number of clients measurable ROI and dramatically increased user acceptance of the SharePoint investments made by the organizations.

Dennis Maldonado

Dennis MaldonadoDennis Maldonado is a Security Consultant at LARES Consulting. His current work includes penetration testing, infrastructure assessments, red teaming, and security research. Dennis' focus is encompassing all forms information security into an assessment in order to better simulate a real world attack against systems and infrastructure. As a security researcher and evangelist, Dennis spends his time sharing what he knows about Information Security with anyone willing to learn. Dennis co-founded Houston Locksport in Houston, Texas where he shares his love for lock-picking and physical security as well as Houston Area Hackers Anonymous (HAHA), a meet-up for hackers and InfoSec professionals in the Houston area.

Devlin Liles

Devlin LilesDevlin Liles is the president of Improving Houston and a passionate technologist. He prides himself on staying a generalist, but his passion is leveraging technology to solve the problems facing business. Devlin has an entrepreneurial mindset and has been a key contributor to growth and success of the Houston office being one of the founding employees in 2011. Since 2007, he has been presenting and teaching classes on software development practices and tools to audiences around the world including user groups, conferences, and community events. Devlin has held the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for the past 6 years which is only awarded to 3,000 technologists' annually. He is the co-author, along with his good friend Tim Rayburn of Entity Framework 4.1 Experts Cookbook. When he is not in front of a crowd or behind a computer Devlin is an avid soccer player and hobbyist gamer.

Drew Shefman

Drew ShefmanDrew Shefman has been professionally developing interactive experiences since 1996. He is a software craftsman, professor, mentor, and scrum master. He has served as technical lead or architect on projects that have included virtual simulation training for the cell phone industry, performance testing engines for the airline industry, off-shore rig training and visualization for the oil industry, engineering technical learning for the military, enterprise mission-critical high-volume order managing for the grocery industry, as well as dozens of other marketing, communication, and training interactive experiences. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston since 2008 and a national presenter. Relative to this topic, his house flooded on Memorial Day 2015 with 28" and again on Tax Day 2016 with 13".

Edgar Molina

Edgar MolinaEdgar Molina is a Senior Software Engineer at PROS Inc. with experience on software teams management and software development.

Frances Jurek

Frances JurekFrances Jurek is a software engineer at PROS, Inc. in Houston, Texas, a position she earned shortly after graduating from MakerSquare in the summer of 2014. She was recognized as a 2015 PROS OutPerformer and 2016 PROS President's Club Winner. Prior to MakerSquare, Frances graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Music Education (K-12) and from the University of Oklahoma with a Master in Music Performance in 2006.

J Sawyer

J SawyerJ is a Senior Architect for Hitachi Consulting based in Houston, TX and absolutely loves to write code and build cool, innovative solutions to hard problems. J has been involved with the Houston .NET User's Group (HDNUG), one of the oldest and largest .NET-focused user groups in the US and you can join him at HDNUG on the second Thursday of every month. He also loves to ride his Kawasaki Concours 14. But he won't code and ride at the same time. That would be bad.

Jennifer Plummer

Jennifer PlummerJennifer Plummer manages a team that develops cloud based enterprise software applications for PROS, Inc., She has been with PROS for 12 years and has 20 years experience in Software Development. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar, a scholarship program that promotes diversity in STEM fields. She also graduated with a Masters in Information Systems and Technology from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Murphy

Jim MurphyJim Murphy has been using Microsoft SQL Server since version 6.0 back in the 90's. He is the CEO of SQLWatchmen, LLC., a remote DBA service provider. He runs the Austin SQL Server User Group: CACTUSS Central and is a regular speaker at SQL conferences nationwide. He has been a professional DBA and developer for over 20 years and has been founder and CEO since 2001.

John Cavnar-Johnson

John Cavnar-JohnsonJohn is a software architect and has been leading development teams for over 25 years. He's currently working for Improving in Houston as a principal consultant. He speaks frequently at conferences and user groups on topics as varied as agile practices, IoT, enterprise software, and functional programming. When he's not designing, writing, or talking software, you can usually find him reading and drinking craft beer.

John Sterrett

John SterrettJohn Sterrett is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, MCSE: Data Platform, Principal Consultant and the Founder of Procure SQL LLC. Previously, he was a Sr. Database Admin Advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases behind dell.com. John has presented at many community events, including PASS Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQLSaturdays, PASS Chapters, and Virtual Chapter meetings. John is a leader of the Austin SQL Server User Group and founder of the HADR Virtual Chapter.

Ken Howard

Ken HowardKen Howard is a co-founder and leader of Improving Enterprises, and has been involved in most aspects of software development, training and mentoring for over 30 years. Ken's specialty is helping companies increase productivity through efficient practices and pragmatic organizational dynamics, which was the topic of the Addison. Wesley book that he coauthored titled Individuals and Interactions: an Agile Guide.

Kyle Hale

Kyle HaleKyle Hale is an Enterprise BI Architect with Infusion. He has over 15 years of experience delivering data solutions, primarily with the Microsoft BI platform.

Lance Tidwell

Lance TidwellLance Tidwell works as a multi-hatted DBA for TicketCity.com for the last 10 years in Austin,TX. Where he has had to work on many sides of the database from development to creating backup/restore strategies as well as performance tuning.

Manthan Katharotiya

Manthan KatharotiyaManthan Katharotiya is a Sr. Software Engineer developing the sophisticated back-end engine for the Rental team.

Mark Reynolds

Mark ReynoldsMark has 40 years experience with operations-centric solutions, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, and Surveillance Systems. He is a contributing author for energy industry and computer science magazines, public speaker at industry conferences, and teach Computer Science at Lone Star College. Since 1990, he has been developing systems and applications for the Energy Industry including integrated information systems, systems analytics, real-time processing, and operations management. Teams have included small and agile systems groups, interdisciplinary mission avionics groups, and industry leading proactive predictive analytics, case based reasoning, and data mining.

Mark Wilkinson

Mark WilkinsonMark is a mobile developer and former .NETter so he got stuff to say.

Michael L Perry

Michael L PerrySoftware is math. Every class is a theorem. The compiler is the proof. And unit tests check our work. Michael has recorded Pluralsight courses on CQRS, XAML Patterns, and Cryptography, in addition to Provable Code. He's been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for six years. He maintains the spoon-bending Assisticant, Correspondence, and Jinaga open-source libraries. He shared videos about distributed systems at historicalmodeling.com. And he helps his clients at Improving benefit from the power of software mathematics.

Mohammad Azam

Mohammad AzamMohammad Azam has been developing iOS applications since 2010. He has worked as a lead mobile developer for VALIC, AIG, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Blinds.com and The Home Depot. He also published tons of his own apps to the App Store and was even featured by Apple for his app, Vegetable Tree. Check out his portfolio. Currently, he is teaching iOS development for The Iron Yard in Houston.

Paul DeCarlo

Paul DeCarloPaul DeCarlo is a Sr. Software Development Engineer for Microsoft and a Professor in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. His current technology interests focus on Internet of Things, Cloud Applications, and Cross-Platform mobile app development. He is also an experienced startup founder for WinCoder LLC. On weekends Paul performs as lead vocalist in Houston's Tool Tribute band - Spiral Out (spiraloutband.com).

Peter Tran

Peter TranPeter Tran is an Architect at PROS. He's been at PROS for 18+ years as a database specialist.

Phil Wheat

Phil WheatPhilip Wheat is an industry veteran who has been active in the computer industry for over 20 years. With experience stretching back to the beginnings of the PC era, he has remained active on the leading edges of technology focusing on embedded systems, knowledge management, and sensor technologies. He is one of the few who has worked with SharePoint since the original beta, built his own microprocessor, and who has had robotics projects featured in the press and TV shows around the world.

Scott J. Peterson

Scott J. PetersonScott has been developing Microsoft Enterprise solutions, and training organizations around the world, for the last 28 years, and is the Chief Solutions Architect & Developer behind Liquid Daffodil, a leading creator of corporate and consumer apps for Windows, Android, and iOS. Scott specializes in large-scale, enterprise desktop and mobile development and service integration. As a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, trainer, author, and presenter, he has trained organizations such as Halliburton, Exxon, Compaq, Continental Airlines, and Microsoft, and is more recently the author of Mastering Universal Windows Platform Development and Master Xamarin Forms Development” series.

Shawn Weisfeld

Shawn WeisfeldShawn (website, shawn@shawnweisfeld.com) is passionate about building awesome applications and websites with .NET technologies and Azure. He is currently a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft based in Austin TX and founder of UserGroup.tv. Read his full bio

Steven Tidwell

Steven TidwellSteven is currently the Technical Lead for Client custom projects. He has been writing SQL Code starting in SQL 7. Over the years he has put on many hats, DBA, Developer, Web Developer, C#, VB.NET, Cold Fusion and Java. But at the end of the day, he prefers to write SQL. He has spoken at SQL Saturday's in Houston on the topic of Dynamic SQL.

Tim Rayburn

Tim RayburnTim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX. He is a passionate advocate of apprenticeship and mentorship in corporate environments. Since 2007 he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in recognition of his expertise and community leadership. He is also a conference organizer, an author, and can be found speaking across the nation on agile processes, software design, and career management. He lives in the North Dallas area with his amazing wife Kate and their loyal dog Gandalf.

Tom Adams

Tom AdamsTom is a hands-on technical principal at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of passionate individuals who are seeking to revolutionize the IT industry. He believes the hardest problem for a developer is fighting the urge to solve a different, more interesting problem than the one at hand. Tom is interested in helping teams deliver awesome software products, sharing ideas and all the tools (especially Java).

Victoria Lioznyansky

Victoria LioznyanskyVictoria Lioznyansky is a serial entrepreneur and experienced educator who teaches other entrepreneurs how to overcome their public speaking anxiety and transform into confident, compelling, and captivating speakers. After moving to the US two decades ago with limited English and crippling fear of public speaking, Victoria built several businesses, taught in a variety of industries, and spoke in front of audiences ranging from 10 to 500 people. She appeared on Fox News, and has been featured in numerous publications, including CBS Houston and BizWest Media. Victoria holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science and is currently completing a Master of Art Degree in Communications and Media Technologies. She also studied filmmaking and screenwriting, and produced a documentary about the Civil Rights era. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sons.

Yogiraj Aradhye

Yogiraj Aradhye"Yogiraj(Yogi) Aradhye has been writing code since 2002 and professionally since 2007. He is currently leading projects at Headspring. He works on a variety of technologies from Xamarin, JS frameworks to distributed systems and microservices. In the past, he has worked at many different organizations such as Dell. Yogi is a graduate of Shivaji University in India, and has received the Masters of Information Systems from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is a past speaker from .Net user group Code Camps in Hartford, Boston and Austin. When he is not coding, learning about new technology or presenting, Yogi loves to spend some time each week perfecting his serve at the local tennis courts.

Zane Moreign

Zane Moreignbudding {Technologist | Speaker | Linguist} ... LinkedIn