We’re excited to announce the speaker lineup for Acumatica Summit 2020!
We’re excited to announce the speaker lineup for Acumatica Summit 2020!
The man who made some of the most startling undersea discoveries in recent years, Robert Ballard describes what it was like to locate the Titanic, among other sunken famous ships. Ballard leads audiences on a journey to plumb some of history’s greatest mysteries. His adventurous spirit is matched by a practical and hugely successful approach to goal setting, team building and execution. The skills that led to his headline-grabbing accomplishments are the same skills that now lead people from all walks of life toward a realization of their dreams.
A renowned scientist and explorer, he is the author of 16 books, most recently Collision with History: The Search for John F. Kennedy’s PT 109. Currently, Ballard has turned his sights on ancient history, with the discovery of the largest concentration of ancient Roman ships ever found under the sea. He offers audiences a unique point of view with stories from his extraordinary experience as a scientist and explorer.
Jon has 25 years of leadership experience in the software business. He joins Acumatica after a 20-year career at Microsoft where he led efforts in many areas including product development for developer tools, as well as business operations, strategy, and marketing for all of Microsoft US. Jon’s most recent role was Corporate Vice President for the Worldwide Partner Group where he led a global sales and marketing team of more than 5,000 employees and Microsoft’s 640,000 partners.
Jon has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Engineering, from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.
Ali has 20 years of experience in software industry and a successful track record as a high-tech entrepreneur with multiple successful start-ups. In 2001, Ali founded Everest Software and pioneered the first all-in-one ERP solution for multi-channel small and medium businesses.
As founder and VP of Product Management at Everest Software, he was responsible for products and the business direction of the company prior to its successful sale to Versata Software in 2009. Before Everest, Ali founded Accel Inc, a white-box PC Manufacturer; and iCode Inc, an ERP Software Company. ERP solutions built by Ali at iCode provided Accel a scalable solution enabling rapid growth and sale of the $35-million company in 1994.
He graduated from Virginia Tech with two bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Geoff has spent his entire career helping publishers and their partner eco-systems transform their businesses to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. Mr. Ashley’s channel methodologies, programs, courses and other content are utilized by some of the most successful publishers and partners in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) industry.
Geoff regularly participates as a speaker at industry events and shows. He has delivered keynote addresses, held strategy sessions, and delivered skill building content to audiences of more than 10,000 people, or to partners with only a few dedicated employees. Mr. Ashley also works with industry groups and trade associations, consortiums, state and national chapters of CPA’s and individual companies who are focused on trying to help their executive teams and employees become more effective, efficient and profitable during times of significant change.
Sean Chatterjee has more than 15 years of experience in the Business Applications space, but primarily in the ERP market for the SMB. Prior to Acumatica, Sean was the Director of Business Development at Altum, a consulting firm working with the Federal Government and Non Profits.
Before Altum, Sean was also part of the team at Sage North America as a National Account Manager and spent close to a decade at Everest Software, developer of a mid-market completely integrated ERP product. In his tenure at Everest, Sean worked in multiple roles – including being the lead Sales Consultant as well as the Director of the New Business Sales Team for North America.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) Degree in Electronics, from University of Pune, India.
Ajoy has over 15-plus years of experience in the industry in technical, marketing and leadership roles. For the last 10 years, Ajoy has been at Microsoft driving business success across a wide range of product management and marketing roles, including most recently serving as Director for OEM Segment Marketing where he and his team were responsible for the go-to-market strategy across commercial and consumer audiences. In a prior role, Ajoy was part of the product management and product marketing team in Microsoft Developer Tools division.
Ajoy has co-authored half a dozen books on various MS technologies including ASP.NET and Visual Studio. Previous to working at Microsoft, Ajoy spent five years in enterprise technology consulting. Ajoy has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from MS University in India, Masters in Computer Science from BITS, India, and also earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.
Todd is a proven senior marketing and engineering leader with over 20 years of experience focused on leading innovative and global digital technology and operations transformation across marketing and sales – driving step-function improvements in customer experience and business success. Prior to Acumatica, Todd was with Deloitte Digital where he led a commercial marketing, sales, and partner digital transformation practice, and a customer data platform go-to-market strategy. And at Microsoft, Todd was a VP / General Manager at Microsoft where he led the digital transformation of the commercial marketing and sales capabilities, built a high-scale global services and operations business, and led global privacy. Todd holds a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Nigel has more than 20 years of leadership, financial and operational experience with public and private technology companies. Most recently, he was VP of Finance at Tableau Software where he led the finance and accounting activities, and was a key member of the team who completed the company’s successful initial public offering. Before Tableau, he was Corporate Controller at Isilon Systems, and then EMC Isilon Storage Division after EMC’s acquisition of Isilon. LeGresley started his career at Ernst & Young.
Mike has more than 15 years of experience in software project management, ERP software design and implementation. He was Director of Engineering for Parallels, the leading provider of desktop virtualization, OS containers, and control panel software. He was responsible for the development of Parallels Business Automation line of products. Prior to joining Parallels, Mike was the CTO of SWsoft consulting division, responsible for the implementation of custom ERP solutions and providing customer support.
Mike received a Master of Science degree (1996) in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
In this role, Doug Johnson is in charge of showing people what makes Acumatica’s Cloud ERP software awesome for our customers and partners. As the first US-based employee, Doug has unique insights into the progression of Acumatica from stealth-mode company to ERP powerhouse.
Prior to joining Acumatica Doug was Vice President of Marketing at Parallels, where he focused on the delivery of billing and automation software in a service model through hosting partners. Before that he worked at GigaMedia Access Corporation at the VP of Marketing where he lead a team to deliver enterprise security software based on digital rights management technology.
In addition to software, Doug has vast expertise in telecommunications from employment at AT&T, Teleglobe, and The Global TeleXchange.
Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a master of business administration degree from New York University.
Christian has more than 20 years of experience with business solution software, selling to and supporting customers and partners developing solutions. Prior to joining Acumatica, Christian was responsible for Solution Sales and Marketing Strategy at Microsoft, within the Microsoft Dynamics Partner team, and was the owner of the Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) program and the Dynamics Marketplace.
In particular, he focused on partners either building or selling packaged IP products and vertical solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Jessica Gadbois is a pre-sales specialist who has focused on ERP software for her entire career. Her ERP experience ranges from Oracle, to Netsuite and now to Acumatica where she is a Pre-Sales Partner Enablement Manager for Acumatica’s VAR channel. Ms. Gadbois is based near Cape Cod, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.