The Best Speakers Come to Framingham!

  • David Andruchuk   IBM i Consultant
  • Aaron Bartell   Krengel Technology Inc.
  • Carrie Beers   Leadership & Business Development Coach
  • Rob Bestgen   IBM Rochester DB2 Center of Competency
  • David Brault   LANSA
  • Richard Dolewski   Denovo
  • Susan Gantner   Partner400 and System i Developer Consortium
  • Charles Guarino   Central Park Data Systems
  • Ted Holt   Four Hundred Guru
  • Pete Massiello   iTech Solutions Group
  • Jon Paris   Partner400 and System i Developer Consortium
  • Greg Patterson   Fresche-Legacy
  • Mike Pavlak   Solutions Consultant at Zend Technologies
  • Tim Rowe   IBM
  • Robin Tatam   HelpSystems
  • John Valance   JValance Consulting
  • Donna Westmoreland   Midrange Dynamics



David Andruchuk

David is a Senior Architect for Computer Systems Design Associates, Inc. His IT career started on an IBM S/32 and has progressed through all the IBM Midrange platform offerings during his 30 year career, working the last 25 years as a consultant. 

He has presented various sessions on topics such as XML,SQL, Google Apps and DB2 Database Modernization at Midrange User Groups around the country in addition to client specific training.
David can be reached at david.andruchuk@csdainc.com.
Aaron Bartell
 
Aaron Bartell directs hands-on application development services using open source technologies for companies running on IBM i.  Through consulting engagements, Aaron jump-starts development initiatives while serving as an extension of internal development teams. Aaron facilitates adoption of open source technologies through internal staff training, speaking engagements at conferences, and the authoring of best practices within IBM i industry publications and litmis.com.  As Director of IBM i Innovation for Krengeltech, Aaron pursues initiatives which enable IBM i shops to embrace today’s leading technologies including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and Git. Aaron is a passionate advocate of modern technologies and simple access to IBM i through Litmis Spaces; litmis.com/spaces.  Connect with Aaron via email at abartell@krengeltech.com.

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in Southern Minnesota.  He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter having a young family brings, along with camping and music.  He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.

Carrie Beers


Insightful, enthusiastic, dynamic, national and international leadership and business coach who uses her thirst for knowledge and education to design unique programs that bridge the distance between corporate culture, leaders, and employees in companies that believe success is earned through positive action. Combining her strengths in motivating and training, she has propelled leaders to look at themselves as well as their leadership approach in new ways in order to create an empowered workforce. She has built a business that offers national and international organizations opportunities to balance people and profits through innovative programs that drive a shift in leadership evolution and thought. Carrie is a certified Change Management Specialist and Six Sigma Lean Professional.


Core competencies include: Visionary leader and motivator with a style that propels people to take action; excels at using strategic planning, change management and policy development to build collaborative teams, reduce turnover, improve morale, streamline processes, develop leadership teams and improve profitability; broad knowledge and hands-on experience working in high tech, service, nonprofit, manufacturing and startup industries.


In her spare time, Carrie loves to play golf (really well or badly, depending on who you ask), explore wineries, enjoys time at the ocean, volunteering with Heroes to Hire, and mentoring recent college grads. She strives to live a healthy lifestyle, but still indulges when moved to. She is a single mom to her 20-something son, and a budding standup comedienne.

Rob Bestgen


Rob Bestgen is an IBM DB2 for i architect and consultant. In his 29 year temporary assignment at IBM, Rob has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, and chief architect of the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), to name a few. 


Rob is currently a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 for i, IBM i, and DB2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.

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
Richard Dolewski

Richard Dolewski 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.

Susan Gantner

 

Susan's career has spanned over 30 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system.

Susan worked in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on IBM i.
Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting.Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on IBM i.

Susan is a regular speaker at user group and other technical conferences around the world and holds a number of Speaker Excellence medals from COMMON.
Susan is an IBM Champion and a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON. He is a technical editor and regular author for IBM Systems Magazine and also writes frequently for the Four Hundred Guru newsletter at IT Jungle. She blogs along with Jon Paris at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/iDevelop/
She is also part of System i Developer, who produce and host the RPG & DB2 Summit events twice each year. 

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. 

In 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.
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

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.

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 re-nominated as a Power Systems Champion in 2016.

Jon Paris

 

Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.
In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.
Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing IBM i application development skills.

Jon is an IBM Champion and a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON. He is a technical editor and regular author for IBM Systems Magazine and also writes frequently for the Four Hundred Guru newsletter at IT Jungle. Se blogs along with Susan Gantner at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/iDevelop/
He is also part of System i Developer, who produce and host the RPG & DB2 Summit events twice each year. 
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.  

Mike joined Zend Technologies as a Solutions Consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization.  In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.

Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, two dogs, two cats, a leopard spotted gecko, Russian tortoise, two rabbits, and a half dozen fish.
Tim Rowe

Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system.  His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He spends much of his time also helping customers understand what is possible on our platform when it comes to modernization.

Robin Tatam

 

Robin Tatam is the Director of Security Technologies for PowerTech, a leading provider of security solutions for the System i. As a frequent speaker on security topics, he was also co-author of the Redbook "IBM System i Security: Protecting i5/OS Data with Encryption."

John Valance

John Valance has worked on the IBM midrange 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. He is also a trainer for Zend Technologies, teaching PHP Foundations for IBM i Programmers, and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He has extensive programming experience in RPG, Java, PHP, and JavaScript, and he enjoys explaining new programming concepts to RPG programmers.

John is a frequent presenter at user groups, and has created presentations and labs on many web development topics. John is the president and founder of Division 1 Systems, a software and services firm based in Burlington, Vermont (www.div1sys.com).

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 johnv@div1sys.com.
Donna Westmoreland

Donna Westmoreland has over 25 years’ experience with IBM midrange systems and supporting consistent software change methodologies. Experience gained from leading major projects, including application modernization, at hundreds of corporations has given her a well-rounded view of development needs, audit requirements, and testing principles. Donna serves as CTO for the North America distributor of Midrange Dynamics Change Management, an IBM Business Partner.