Speakers

Andy Parkerson

Andy ParkersonWith a MS in Mathematical Sciences, Andy has spread the joy of business intelligence and analysis wherever he goes. As developer at the leading eCommerce in luxury barbecue grilling, he has worked on automating product rankings to reduce and in some places eliminate the monkey-work of deciding what grill to show where, and what accessory to show with it. He is currently transitioning the reporting workflow to become more automated and more reactive to changes in the business.

Arun Sajjan

Arun SajjanArun is passionate about building software and adding business value. He enjoys the journey - leading, learning and solving problems in optimal ways within given constraints and resources.

Christine Assaf

Christine AssafChristine Assaf is the founder and writer for HRTact.com. HR Tact is a professional blog that posts content found from research in the HR field as well as HR "from the trenches." With over 7 years in human resources experience, Christine has a BS in Business Management and received her HR certification at LSU. She is currently employed with Waste Management as the HR Generalist for the Gulf Coast Market Area.

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

Dan Sline

Dan SlinePrincipal Consultant at Improving

Daniel Scheufler

Daniel ScheuflerSenior Consultant at Improving

David Walker

David WalkerDavid Walker is a Principal Architect for Clear Measure and a Sitecore 2018 & 2015 Technology MVP. He has been building professional enterprise grade, scalable, solutions for over 23 years with over 80% of that as a customer facing consultant. He has been an Microsoft Certified Professionsal (MCP) since 2003, Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Developer (MCSD) since 2005. He was a three time Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET from July 2007 to July 2009 prior to joining Microsoft as a Senior Application Development Manager.

Devang Mehta

Devang MehtaNo Description

Douglas Smith

Douglas SmithDouglas Smith is an industry-leading technology expert in ITSM for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth-largest health insurer overall, covering 15 million members at five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Montana. Douglas has more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience and is a proven industry leader.

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".

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.

Jane Prusakova

Jane PrusakovaJane is a software architect and developer, an Agile proponent, and a great believer in building valuable software that users will love to use. She builds large back-end systems that require high-performance and high-reliability, and process vast amounts of data. I believe that successful software is created by strong teams, requires good engineering practices, and evolves in close collaboration with the users. As a Principal Consultant for Improving Enterprises, she works with distributed teams on distributed software. As a consulting team, they focus on technical excellence, close contact with the client, and rapid iterations.

Jason Awbrey

Jason AwbreyIndependent Consultant specializing in Cross Platform Mobile Development with Xamarin

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.

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.

Joseph Feser

Joseph FeserApplication Developer and Database Administrator in a wide variety of business applications. Particularly interested in client/server and relational database design using MS-SQL Server.

Joseph Reynolds

Joseph ReynoldsJoseph earned his Master of Science in Information Technology, with a focus in Software Architecture from Capella University in 2009. With a Bachelor in Psychology, a Master’s in IT, and graduate work in Technical Communications, Joe offers a unique variety of C# and app development expertise. He is an organizer and bio at Houston area .Net user groups, blogs at InfoCraft, and is a member of the Lonestar College IT Advisory Board. When not working in the office or at home, he can generally be found at St Jonah Orthodox Church, or rolling dice with his various gaming friends. In January of 2013, Joseph was honored to receive the Microsoft C# MVP award, and he has received the award four times since then, most recently for Visual Studio and Development Technologies.

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.

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 Holser

Paul HolserCorporate Applications Architect at The Container Store

Qarina Mannaf

Qarina MannafConsultant at Improving Enterprises

Ramsha Ahmed

Ramsha AhmedNo Description

Robert Stewart

Robert StewartRobert Stewart has been working for Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) for the past 4 years. He is currently the acting Manager of their BI practice. His past experience is varied including manufacturing, oil and gas, loan servicing, process automation. He started the journey with SQL Server when Microsoft and Sybase split it out as a different product. Remember OS2? Well that is what the first version ran on as an operating system. Robert is a regular speaker at Techfest Houston and SQL Saturday in Houston. He is also the co-leader of a user group call Database and GUI Design (DBGUIDESIGN.COM). He was introduced to data warehousing by an ex-employee of Kimball’s company, Red Brick.

Ron Dagdag

Ron DagdagLead Software Engineer, Microsoft MVP, Immersive Experience Developer - AR/VR/MR, IoT Dev, Tax Professional

Sadia Mukhtar

Sadia MukhtarPrincipal Architect at Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.

Sally Ransom

Sally RansomMobile Software Architect at Schlumberger

Scott Scheufler

Scott ScheuflerExperienced program/project manager

Scott Wierschem

Scott WierschemHelping Java developers get unruly code under control so they can work on fun and rewarding projects.

Sean Kenney

Sean KenneyNo Description

Steve Schaneville

Steve SchanevilleSteve has 17 years of experience delivering enterprise grade solutions using Microsoft technologies. He served as lead architect at Amedisys for nearly 8 years, and has recently transitioned into consulting at Sparkhound (and I'm really liking it! :-). In recent years he's become a strong advocate for unit testing and he *actually believes* that writing unit tests saves time rather than consumes it.

Sunil Kowlgi

Sunil KowlgiSunil Kowlgi is the founder of Outclip, an enterprise video collaboration startup in Houston. He’s an alum of National Instruments, where he developed software and managed teams to help tackle the world's engineering grand challenges. Sunil graduated with a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tony Champion

Tony ChampionTony Champion is a software architect with over 20 years of experience developing with Microsoft technologies. As the president of Champion DS and its lead software architect, he remains active in the latest trends and technologies, creating custom solutions on Microsoft platforms. His list of clients span across multiple industries and includes companies such as: Schlumberger, Microsoft, Boeing, MLB, and Chevron/Philips. Tony is an active participant in the community as a six year Microsoft MVP, international speaker, published author, and blogger.

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.

William Assaf

William AssafWilliam Assaf, MCSE, is a principal consultant and DBA Manager at Sparkhound in Baton Rouge, LA. He started off as a .NET developer out of college and moved into database administration and architecture, and has been lead db designer on major application and data warehousing projects for private and public clients. A SQL Server consultant since 2007, he blogs about SQL at sqltact.com. William is a past president of the Baton Rouge SQL UG and head of the annual SQLSaturday Baton Rouge Planning Committee.