The Best Speakers Come to Framingham!

  • Erwin Earley    Rogue Wave Software
  • Charles Guarino   Central Park Data Systems
  • Birgitta Hauser   Toolmaker Advanced Efficiency GmbH
  • Ted Holt   Profound Logic Software
  • Scott Klement  Profound Logic Software
  • Dawn May
  • Pete Massiello   iTech Solutions Group
  • Mike Pavlak  Fresche Solutios
  • Steve Pitcher  iTech Solutions Group
  • Tim Rowe   IBM
  • Alan Seiden  Seiden Group
  • Paul Tuohy  System i Developer
  • John Valance  Profound Logic Software
  • Steve Wolk  PC Richard & Company
Richard is Chief Technology Officer of Denovo, a Managed Service Provider, specializing in transforming the Business of IT.
Richard is a recognized SME and world renowned award-winning industry speaker specializing in, Cloud Computing Architecture, Business Resiliency, Disaster Recovery Planning and Backup & Recovery Program Design.  He leads a team of dedicated, highly-skilled professionals transcending organizations through the new era of technology, achieving the desired, successful business outcomes
Erwin Earley

Erwin is currently a Senior Solutions Consultant at Rogue Wave Software working with the Zend line of products (Zend Server, Zend Studio) primarily with IBM i customers.  Prior to starting with Rogue Wave Erwin was a managing consultant in IBMs Lab-Based Services organization responsible for the implementation of cloud-based solutions leveraging IBM’s PowerVC solution as well as Dev/Ops solutions centered around Chef and Docker.   Also played a key role in the propagation of open source technologies in IBMs Power community.  Erwin was involved in the initial enablement and rollout of Linux on the Power platform as well as PHP support on IBM i.  Erwin has expertise in a variety of technologies including virtualization, storage, networking, and operating systems including AIX, IBM i, and several distributions of Linux including RedHat, SuSE and Ubuntu. Erwin is a frequent speaker at various user groups and technical conferences and has authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.



Charles Guarino

 

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for  most of them. He is also the founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a Long Island and New York City area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training company. I
n addition to being a professional speaker across the United States and Europe, he is a frequent contributor of technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IBM i community. He is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and The Long Island Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies.

In 2015 Charles became the proud recipient of the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship Award. Additionally, he currently serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also the monthly Q&A host and chairman of the speaker committee for LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s Group www.lisug.org.

Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino


With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for
most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data
Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training
company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of
technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud
member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island
Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently
serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also
Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s
Group www.lisug.org.
Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for
most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data
Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training
company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of
technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud
member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island
Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently
serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also
Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s
Group www.lisug.org.
Charles can be reached at cguarino@centralparkdata.com.
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles
Twitter - @charlieguarino

Birgitta Hauser

Birgitta Hauser started programming on the “AS/400” in 1992. She has been a software and database engineer since 2008, focusing on RPG, SQL, and Web development on IBM i. Birgitta also works as trainer for RPG and SQL developers and database administrators/engineers. In addition, she consults with companies that want to modernize their legacy IBM i applications and databases. She frequently presents at COMMON and other IBM i and Power Conferences in Europe and North America. Birgitta is co-author of two IBM Redbooks and the author of several articles and papers focusing on RPG and SQL.  




Ted Holt


Ted Holt is a Senior Software Developer with Profound Logic Software, a provider of modernization solutions for the IBM i world. He has worked within the information technology industry since 1981, primarily with IBM midrange computers. His industry experience includes the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, education, retail, and wholesale. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi and has taught in community colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools.

Ted is the author of several books on programming topics, including OpenQuery File Magic!, Complete CL, Power CL, Qshell for iSeries and the MC Press Encyclopedia of Tips, Techniques, and Programming Practices for iSeries and AS/400. He is a regular speaker for the RPG and DB2 Summit and serves as technical editor and writer for Four Hundred Guru, a technical newsletter published by itjungle.com.


Scott Klement

Scott Klement has worked in the IBM i industry for more than 20 years. For most of that time, he developed business applications for his family's business, Klement's Sausage Company. However, in 2012, Scott accepted a job as a Product Developer with Profound Logic Software, Inc. Scott is also an award winning author with more than 1000 articles published, as well as an award winning speaker, with more than a dozen awards in COMMON's Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame. Scott lives in the Milwaukee, WI area with his family.




Dawn May


Dawn May is a leading authority on work management, systems management, performance, and diagnostics, with intimate knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.


Today, as an independent consultant, she focuses her skills on helping companies troubleshoot issues and plan for the future while teaching them how to get the most out of their IBM i systems. Dawn is the author of the i Can blog published by IBM Systems Magazine; a frequent speaker at local user group meetings, IBM i conferences around the world; and an innovator with five patents.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys the art of photography, sewing, baking bread, and playing the piano.



Pete Massiello

 

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He has held numerous technical positions through out his career. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBM’s certification test writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i Design, Administration, LPAR, Virtualization, Implementation, and HMC management. 


Pete has a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker, and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011 IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, Pete was one of the first recipients. Recently, Pete was named the first IBM Lifetime Champion in 2018.


Mike Pavlak


Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that.  After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite.  Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as a primary solution for web development on IBM i working with Zend Technologies.  Today, as an IT Strategist with Fresche Solutions, Mike helps companies around the world approach the challenges of modernization and open source technologies.  In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.

 

Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, dog, cat, a leopard spotted gecko, Russian tortoise, and a half dozen fish.



Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has been an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions from 2011 to 2016, and an IBM Champion for Power Systems from 2016 to 2018.


Edmund Reinhardt

Edmund Reinhardt has been working on application development tools for IBM i for over 25 years.

As the IBM architect for Rational Developer for i, he is passionate about engaging and delighting customers with its capabilities, he also contributes to the technology in Access Client Solutions.




Alan Seiden

Alan Seiden founded Seiden Group to help IBM i shops design and implement high-performance web and mobile applications using PHP, DB2, RPG business logic and Zend Framework best practices. Alan and his team work closely with some of the best minds at both Zend and IBM on behalf of their clients.

With a passion for open source and community, Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; co-founder of the NYC Zend Framework Meetup; charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board; and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i."

He shares his expertise regularly at conferences and user groups such COMMON, ZendCon, the RPG & DB2 Summit, OMNI, the Northeast Users Group Conference, OCEAN and WMCPA. He also mentors other developers within the Club Seiden forum.
In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.


Paul Tuohy


Paul Tuohy has worked in the development of IBM Midrange applications since the '70s. He has been IT manager for Kodak Ireland Ltd. and Technical Director of Precision Software Ltd. As well as being CEO of ComCon he is also one of the co-founders of System i Developer, a consortium of top experts and educators on i technology. He has been teaching and lecturing since the mid-'80s.


Paul is the author of "Re-engineering RPG Legacy Applications", "The Programmers Guide to iSeries Navigator" and the self teach course "iSeries Navigator for Programmers".


He also writes regular articles for most of the industry publications and is one of the quoted industry experts in the IBM Redbook "Who knew you could do that with RPG IV?".


As well as speaking at renowned RPG & DB2 Summit conferences and other conferences around the world Paul is also an award winning speaker at numerous US Common conferences.




John Valance


John Valance has worked on the IBM mid-range platform since 1983 and on web development since 1998. As a consultant and developer, John specializes in database and web application development on the IBM i platform, modernization of legacy systems, and helping businesses take advantage of digital technology trends. He has extensive programming experience in RPG, Java, PHP, and JavaScript, and enjoys explaining new software development concepts to IBM i programmers. John is a frequent presenter at user groups, and has created presentations and labs on many web development topics. In 2018 John joined the professional services team at Profound Logic Software, as a Senior Consultant / Modernization and Digital Transformation Strategist. In May 2017, John was elected to the COMMON board of directors for a 3-year term. 

Growing up in New York City, John started his career in the NY area, but moved to Vermont in 1994 to raise a family and has been there ever since. John is also an accomplished musician, playing a variety of instruments and styles.
John can be reached at jvalance@profoundlogic.com




Steve Wolk

Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout it's over 105 year history.

Steve joined PC Richard & Son in 1986. In 2000, after working his way through a number of IT related roles, he assumed his current position as the company’s first CTO. As CTO, he considers himself very fortunate to lead a large in-house team of very talented software developers. Together, they bring their combined extensive retail experience to bear in the application of new technologies to improve business processes and efficiency to create a competitive advantage for this unique company.

Steve enjoys speaking at conferences and events, and is proud to be a member of Toastmasters International. He resides in Commack, NY with his wife and two teenage daughters. As a family, they all enjoy spending quality time travelling together.