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Tech Industry Lunch

The Tech Industry Series is an interactive monthly program focused on technology applications and trends in the high-tech industry. Luncheons are held one Friday a month - typically the third Friday - and feature presentations by industry experts.

2020 Past Tech Industry Series Speakers


January - Pamela Arora, Children's Medical Center

March - Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, UT Dallas

April - Steve Roemerman, Lone Star Analysis

May - Anne Chow, AT&T Business

June - Kaushal Amin, KMS Technology

July - James Klein, Qorvo

August - Dean Jones, Microsoft; Tony Scallion, REDHOUSE Virtual Education; Edmond Maurin, Minsar; Bradley Snyder, Radical Galaxy Studio

Tech Industry Luncheon Series - Virtual Presentation

                    presented by  

Friday, April 16, 2021
Presentation 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Remo Virtual Platform

DevOps Successes and Challenges

A panel presentation featuring industry leading DevOps influencers and evangelists who have been part of the DevOps game since its inception. The group will discuss what DevOps is all about, what it means for organizations and the industry, and share fascinating insights on lessons learned as well as where they see DevOps going in the future. 


Kevin O'Dell is dedicated to creating a culture of creativity in the workplace.  A Technology Director at State Farm®, Kevin leads a suite of product teams responsible for developing and operating billing and payments applications.  He also oversees the enablement and adoption of DevOps practices across many product areas.  A former developer who spent many nights and weekends fixing production issues, Kevin has great appreciation for all aspects of building and running critical business applications.  Today, Kevin challenges his teams daily to innovate, try new things, push mindsets, and celebrate the wins.  If you're looking for him, he won't be sitting in his office.  He's busy interacting with his team.

Kodwo Panford joined Zix in September 2017 and serves as an experienced Sr. DevOps Engineer with a demonstrated history and strong passion for all things Cloud Engineering, Systems Administration, and Platform Engineering. Kodwo has over 10 years of information technology experience, spanning across several industries including healthcare, finance, and technology.   Since joining Zix, Kodwo has been a part of deploying Zix's industry-leading offerings into production, working closely with development teams, and championing the DevOps culture.






Courtney Kissler joined Zulily in January 2021 as CTO and SVP of Technology.  Previously she was Vice President of Global Technology at Nike accountable for building a re-usable seamless platform to power Nike Direct to Consumer experiences, core commerce services, user services, consumer data engineering and global retail solutions.  She also led the Global Supply Chain, Fulfillment and Logistics teams worldwide and was driving transformation across the supply chain ecosystem.  Prior to that, Courtney was the VP of Retail Technology at Starbucks where she led global POS and retail store technology experiences.  Courtney spent 14 years at Nordstrom, starting in infrastructure and security, moving into delivery leadership roles with her last role being the Vice President of E-Commerce and Store technologies where she drove a technological transformation essential for outpacing the demands of today's Omnichannel consumers.  In all 3 organizations, Courtney drove transformation in ways of working, moving to more outcome-based delivery of technology using modern practices, including DevOps. Courtney brings diverse technology experience from start-ups, CyberSafe and WorldStream Communications, to beloved global brands.

Bryan Finster is an experienced value stream architect, technical lead, product owner, and passionate advocate for organizational improvement required to optimize the flow of delivery. With over two decades of experience developing enterprise supply chain solutions, he applies lean supply chain thinking to the problem of software delivery to minimize costs and maximize delivered quality. He is a practitioner and mentor of continuous delivery practices and DevOps principles who uses data-driven approaches to optimize the flow of value, improve business outcomes, and improve the lives of software engineers.

John Willis is the CEO and founder of Botchagalupe Technologies. His IT career spans well over 40 years, including time at a number of Open Source focused DevOps related companies like Canonical, Chef, co-founding SocketPlane (sold to Docker) and Docker. He is the co-author of The DevOps Handbook and Beyond the Phoenix Project. John has likely spoken at more devopsdays conferences than anyone and is frequently looked to as one of the preeminent voices on DevOps adoption and the evolution of practices like DevSecOps.


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2020 Tech Industry Series Speakers

Jan 17:   Pamela Arora, CIO, Children's Medical Center
Mar 6:    Dr. Stephanie Adams Dean of Engineering, UT Dallas
Apr 17:   Steve Roemerman, CEO, Lone Star Analysis
May 15:  Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business
June 19:  Kaushal Amin, CTO, KMS Technology
July 17:   James Klein, President of Infrastructure and Defense Products, Qorvo
Aug 14:  Dean Jones, Microsoft
Sept 18: David Wagner, CEO, Zix Corp
Oct 16:   Annual Innovators Luncheon
Nov 15:  Lucas Rodriguez, CEO, CerSci Therapeutics

2019 Tech Industry Series Speakers

Jan 25:   Sherif Mityas, CIO and chief experience officer, TGI Friday's
Feb 15:  Jason Fruge, VP and CISO of Fossil Group, David Venable, VP Cyber Security of Masergy, Jeff Schilling, SVP and CISO of Epsilon, Moderated by George Finney, CISO of Southern Methodist University
Mar 22: Calvin Carter, CEO, Bottle Rocket
Apr 26: Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
May 17: Rahul Saini, Zyvex Labs
June 21: Myron Moser and Kevin Kerr, Hartfiel Automation
July 19: Vanessa Ogle, Enseo
Aug 9: Tech Titans Innovators Luncheon
Sept 20: Andrew Macaulay, Topgolf
Oct 18: Michael Murphy, Nokia
Nov 15: Mamie Jones, Intuit

2018 Tech Industry Series Programs

Jan 27:  Phil Komarny, VP,
Feb 16:  Dustin Gellman, SVP of Innovation, RealPage
Mar 23:  Gloria Tenofsky, Development Manager, MMRF
Apr 20:  Lou Bachenheimer, Technical Solution Specialist, IBM
May 18:  Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, Ed Lebow, Haynes&Boone, and Don Hicks, UT Dallas
June 15:  Douglas A. Moore, Director of Technology for Human Support, Toyota North America
July 20: Keith Nichols, Director for the Government Portfolio, Thomson Reuters
Aug 10: Tech Titans Innovators Lunch
Sept 21:  Ellen Barker, CIO, Texas Instruments, and Manoj Kumbhat, CTO, Kimberly-Clark
Oct 19:  John Olajide, CEO, Axxess
Nov 16:  Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, VP of Research, UT Dallas, Pete Poorman, Director of Corporate Relations, UT Dallas, Rahul Saini, Director Micro and Biosystems, Zyvex Labs, Shawn Wiora, co-founder and Board of Directors member, MyndVR, and John Bottles, owner, Bailey Tool and Manufacturing

2017 Tech Industry Series programs:

November - "Artificial intelligence:  The promise, threat and legal implications of machines that learn"
Robert W. Kantner, Partner, Jones Day, and Dave Copps, Founder and CEO, Brainspace

October - "Changing the way the world flies with autonomous vehicles"
Michael McNair, Engineer V, Innovation Team Lead, Bell Helicopter, Textron

September - "IT Transformation"
Onyeka Nchege, CIO, Interstate Batteries

August - Annual Tech Titans Innovators Finalists
Corporate Innovation: AT&T ~ Capital One ~ Citi ~ Fujitsu Network Services
Emerging Company Innovation: Axxess ~ Bloodbuy ~ Bottle Rocket ~ FPX

July - "Key success ingredients:  Innovation and culture"
Chris MacFarland, Chairman and CEO, Masergy

June - "Cognitive business in an agile world"
Romelia H. Flores, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IBM Global Solution Center

May - "Digital Ambition:  Three not-so-rhetorical questions for the Digital Strategist"
Rick Nordtvedt, Ph.D.,MBA, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner

April - "Semi-conductor opportunities for semi-autonomous systems"
Nick Hassan, Director of Advanced Development, Texas Instruments

March - "The Space Race 2.0:  Mobile satellite services"
Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium Communications, Inc.

February - "Validating trust through the use of technology"
Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and CIO, American Airlines 

January - "Innovation through partnerships with research universities"
Dr. Richard Benson, President, The University of Texas at Dallas

2016 Tech Industry Series programs:

November - "When will pizza be delivered by drone?"
Ron Poynter
, President, OnPoynt Aerial Solutions

October - 
"Virtual Reality: The next frontier of media and why it's important"
Lance Loesberg
, Founder and CEO, BigLook360

September - 
"The Future of Work: The Creation of a Collaborative Culture"
Julian Phillips
, Executive Vice President, Whitlock

August - Annual Tech Titans Innovators Finalists
Corporate Innovation: Martin Marietta - Masergy - Nokia
Emerging Company Innovation: Bottle Rocket - Brainspace - Dialexa - Tango Analytics

July - Luncheon with Design & Manufacturing
Joanne Moretti, 
General Manager, Radius Innovation & Development, a Jabil Company - "Driving innovation through customer experience"

June - "Social data's influence on financial markets"
Chris Camillo
, CEO and co-founder, TickerTags

May - "As fast as a speeding bullet: the future tech of train travel"
Shaun McCabe, CTO, Texas Railway

April - "The buzz about the environment and sustainability"
Elodie Geoffroy-Michaels, Vice President, Americas Energy & Sustainability, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions

March Happy Hour - The Innovation of beverage

February -
Hope Shimabuku, Director, Texas Regional Office, United States Patent & Trademark Office 

January - "The CEO's Challenge for 2016"
Betty Manetta, Founder, President and CEO, Argent Associates Inc. & Asociar LLC

2015 Tech Industry Series programs:

November - Luncheon with Design & Manufacturing
Doug Moore, 
EVP, COO, Fujitsu Network Communications - "The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing"

October - Luncheon with Cyber Security Symposium
Luncheon Keynote - Jeff Schilling,CIO, head of custom operations and security, Armor (formerly know as FireHost) - "Cybersecurity: local to global"

September - Luncheon with BI Symposium
Luncheon Keynote- Allison Cerra, Vice President, Marketing, EG Americas, Hewlett-Packard - "Big Data, bigger questions"
Symposium Speakers:
Paul IngramHugeDataUrmil ShahTexas InstrumentsBryce EngelbrechtiQorMatt DuganAT&T

August - Annual Tech Titans Innovators Finalists
Corporate Innovation:  AT&T - Methode Electronics - Omnitracs - Qorvo 
Emerging Company Innovation:  Axxess - Brainspace - EnTouch Controls - Ziosk

July - "A user success story - how the cloud enabled dramatic corporate"
Janet DeBerardinis, CIO, Caliber Collison Centers

June -
 Luncheon with IoT Symposium "The connected oil and gas field"
Luncheon keynote Sha-Chelle Manning, Director, Corporate Innovation at Pioneer Natural Resources Corp.
Symposium speakers:
Ramniklal Mistry, Verizon Wireless; Jeffrey Smith, Numerex; Lance White, PetroCloud; Dilip Sarangan, Compass Intelligence; John Krachenfels, AT&T.

May - "The mobile strategy of enabling technology"
Greg Flory, 
Senior Lead Strategist, Bottle Rocket

April- "State Farm IT: Using technology to be there for our customers"
Ashley Pettit, 
VP Systems, State Farm

March - "Mobility: Art of the possible"
Stephen Reiter, 
EVP, Entegra Technologies

February -  "How the trends in Big Data are changing the way we do business"
Teena Piccione, Assistant Vice President for Solutions Architecture at the AT&T Big Data Center of Excellence

January -  "Mobility revolution: New players and new technology"
Terry McCabe, CTO, Mavenir Systems

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