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Keynote Speaker

Club50 Spring2020 Speaker Cecil Booher

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Retired as Senior Vice President, National Agencies and Strategic Partnerships
Safeco Insurance

In his career, he has maintained excellence in leading operations responsible for profit, growth, and strategic development of new and emerging opportunities. He has assumed accountability for the day to day operations in most all insurance business segments; Commercial Insurance, Personal Insurance, Specialty Operations, and National Brokerage operations.

He has worked in a variety of U.S.A. locations, including home office and field assignments, plus the occasional opportunity for temporary work outside of the U.S.

He takes pride in the professional relationships that were built for the many individuals he's hired, coached, and helped along the way.

 

 

Panelists

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Darcee Nelan
CEO
IQ Wired

Our team is committed to making our clients' life's easier by bridging the gap between technology and people to maximize business results for our clients. I have been in technology since post divestiture in 1984 and at IQ Wired since 2010. I have overall responsibility for the company’s strategy, execution, and culture. My favorite quote is ‘Get busy living or get busy dying’ from Shawshank Redemption.

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President & CEO
Alvaka Networks

Oli Thordarson is the founder and CEO of Alvaka Networks. His passion for IT performance management and security has been fueled by his witness of many preventable disasters and problematic recoveries over more than three decades in the Information Technology profession.

Oli presents regularly on the topic of IT and security at professional conferences and for IT industry publishers like CIO Magazine. Recognized by CRN as one of the Top 20 IT Visionaries to Watch and winner of the VARvision award amongst others, Oli is a recognized leader in the IT profession. He is the founder and CEO of Alvaka Networks, running the company for more than 30 years.

Oli was the founding chairman of Intel backed Global MSP Network in 2001, an international consortium of companies providing network management services.

Oli is an emeritus member of CompTIA Board of Directors, the global IT trade association promoting industry standards, growing professional expertise, and providing IT skills education. When not running Alvaka Networks, Oli serves on the editorial advisory council for computer industry publications, writes blogs, rides his mountain bike, races sports cars and hangs out with his family.
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Chief Channel Officer
Pax8

Ryan has more 18 years of experience helping channel partners build successful cloud practices by enabling them to easily sell, bill, and support cloud subscription services.  Under his direction, Pax8 is redefining how distribution works for the channel in a cloud-centric world.

Prior to Pax8, Ryan served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfee’s portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the company’s web security product lines.

Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling businesses with Internet-based, IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division.

Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He is an award-winning speaker and currently serves as a member of Channel Futures’ Think Tank, Co-Chair of CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board, and a CRN Channel Chief. 

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Kayvan Yazdi
Co-founder & CTO
TruAdvantage

My Vision: The principal mission of TruAdvantage? That’s clear: “Many small to medium sized organizations are in dire need of IT experts who understand the business aspect as well and can impact the bottom line. Such organizations not only need solvers but also optimizers for the long term. They need IT experts as a strategic resource not just a tool. We bridge that gap.” As the co- founder and Chief Technology Officer of TruAdvantage, Kayvan is primarily responsible for the strategic relationships and technology vision of TruAdvantage.
Background: Kayvan has more than 15 years of management and IT experience by working as the Senior IT Consultant and project manager at various hospitals, medical clinics and practices. Through his years, Kayvan has developed and implemented multiple projects for 1000 plus user organizations including organizing and leading IT teams, disaster recovery and business continuity, healthcare IT and EMR integration.
Why I do what I do: “What’s more exhilarating to impact a business by shrinking their costs while improving their staff efficiency and their operation.” It’s thrilling to know that what I do with technology could improve patient treatment in a clinic or could expand the outreach of a nonprofit organization’s mission.”
Favorite Books: Power of Now, Think and Grow Rich, Mindfulness in Plain English
Favorite Quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing“ (Walt Disney)
Education: Masters, MBA (Leading Teams and Technology Management, Santa Clara University.), Double Bachelor (Computer Science & Mathematics, San Jose State),
Certifications: MCSE (Microsoft), CCNA (Cisco), CCA (Citrix) and VCP (VMWare) Certified, HIPAA

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Wade Yeaman
CEO
Fluid IT Services

Founder and CEO of Fluid IT Services with more than twenty years of experience including leadership and operational responsibility for functions related to both business and information technology. 

Other experience includes providing business effectiveness coaching and mentoring to organizations, by working with executives and clients to provide them with practical tips and tools they can use to make immediate improvements in their business. 

After spending many years delivering technology solutions to very large organizations, Wade discovered a significant gap in the type and quality of services available to small and medium businesses. Wade founded Fluid on the principle that small and medium businesses have the same need and desire to acquire quality technology services typically only available to the Fortune 500 customer.

The fluid is focused on developing and providing comprehensive managed technology services, cloud services, and security services to the small and middle-market customers with superior quality and a focus on meeting real business objectives. The attention to service, detail, and the passion to learn and add value to our customers business sets Fluid apart from the typical technology provider.