2017 Speaker Bios
Mark’s 10-year, publicly graded accuracy rate is over 93%. Mark is a frequently sought speaker at corporate meetings and conferences around the world, and he provides top-level strategic reviews for management teams. His long-running weekly newsletter, Strategic News Service (SNS), counts a stellar readership, including the likes of Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Mark regularly comments on CNN TV, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Wall Street Review and the New York Times. He chairs the annual FiRe Conference and SNS Project Inkwell.
Matt Bain is currently the President at Sole Graphics, a digital agency providing design, web development, and digital marketing services. He is also the Co-Founder and current Creative Director at PriceWaiter, a SaaS business in the eCommerce space focused on conversion optimization and price negotiation. He wears many hats, but the commonality is being a problem solver. Between the two companies, he helps make strategic business decisions, develop marketing plans, create and implement technology solutions, and oversee operations.
Prior to founding Sole Graphics in 2002, he co-founded and spent four years building Casual Industrees, a lifestyle apparel company. His roles at Casual included Creative Director, Marketing Coordinator, Product Development, and Web Technician. You may recognize the neon WA State outline glowing in the window of Seattle’s historic Rainer Brewing building heading south on I-5, a testament that Casual is alive and well.
He has worked with recognized brands such as Microsoft, Starbucks, HTC, K2 and Zumiez. Although he enjoys working with large companies, he thrives on helping small to mid-sized businesses succeed by identifying growth opportunities and creating solutions. The variety of challenges posed by every project has kept him passionate throughout his career.
Todd Bishop is co-founder and editor of GeekWire, a longtime technology journalist who covers subjects including cloud tech, e-commerce, virtual reality, devices, apps and tech giants such as Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft and Google. A native of Orland, Calif., he has worked as a reporter for publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Puget Sound Business Journal and Seattle P-I.
Designed and built a multi-tenant AWS cloud platform to run Expedia’s production and test workloads in 6 different AWS regions with multi AZ support. Scaled the infrastructure to run several thousands of virtual machines, thousands of Docker containers, hundreds of databases, petabytes of storage, and software-defined networking deployments.
Developed a strategy to run Expedia’s services on Docker containers using Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) cluster manager. Provided technical leadership in the development of automation for Docker container deployment to Amazon EC2 Container Service with load balancer (ELB) and DNS (Route53) integration. Championed CI/CD & DevOps practices using open source tools. Evangelized cloud native thinking to teams to across the organization to treat of infrastructure as cattle, design for failure and build systems that can scale rapidly.
Built a Platform as a Service (PaaS) tool for automated creation of a source code which is all wired up with Jenkins CI/CD setup, deployment automation using Chef, Ruby & Node.js, automated Docker image generation and monitoring setup using Graphite & Grafana all with a single click of a button. The tool significantly increased the cloud adoption within the organization as the teams had to focus primarily on developing the product and the tool took care of CI/CD, automated Docker deployments to Amazon EC2 Container Service or deployment to EC2 virtual machines using CloudFormation with auto scaling support. We have more than 2000 applications that have been created using the tool.
Running an open source project internally in Expedia with more than 50 developers to re-design how the current PaaS solution works to even further simply cloud adaption and increase developer productivity. It is the first project that is run as an open source model within the company.
Greg is a seasoned technology executive with extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Vision & Execution. He has a proven track record in building operational efficiency and internal controls across multiple industries, including Healthcare, Major League Baseball & the Olympic Games. Greg builds engaged teams that conquer complex challenges, oftentimes with shoestring budgets, while returning immediate profitability & long-term scalability. Greg is comfortable with building, designing & scaling technology resources while leveraging operational expertise to clearly communicate value propositions across organizational boundaries.
Erik was previously the executive director and professor at the Technology Institute at City University in Seattle. In that position he created and revised undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Security, Computer Science, Information Systems and Information Technology, as well as maintaining industry and academic relationships.
Previous experience includes as a Lt. Colonel, Signal Corps, in the U.S. Army; as an independent consultant in technology and cyber security; as vice president of Peek Engineering; chief technology officer at I5 Digital, and chief information officer at Grange Insurance Group.
He has master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also has an MBA in International Business from Long Island University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy.
Tim is president of 468 Communications, which specializes in communications services and location-based marketing. He founded the company based on the belief that an investment in presence – led by storytelling – results in more informed decisions by individuals and businesses.
With more than 20 years of communications consulting experience, Tim has helped lead the charge on collaboration, best practices and delivering ideas for clients that work in key markets around the world. Tim has worked with some of the most respected global brands, including Getty Images, Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung, and Verizon, as well as small communities around North America. He has authored several articles on integrated communications, including The Presence Economy.
Before launching 468 Communications, Tim spent 18 years at global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick. His roles at the agency included Global Technology Practice Chair, President of Global Client Services, and General Manager for the agency’s Seattle office.
Tim has created and launched several services, including the 468 Insider platform, a powerful tool for engaging residents and visitors within a community in a way that drives people into local businesses. His storytelling curriculum has been taught to clients around the world, from MasterCard to L.L.Bean – helping clients become media organizations.
Tim has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News’ “15 to Watch.” He sits on the advisory board for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program. He is a co-founder of ProjectWA, a student-driven project to engage students more deeply in history and connect them to the community around them. Tim graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in foreign service and spent a year at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he studied comparative culture and Japanese business and politics.
Nick is the IT Production Manager at Emergency Reporting. He and his team is responsible for security, availability, and performance for the Emergency Reporting Systems that thousands of first responders rely on for their reporting and management. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Nick loves this area and equally enjoys working with technology and talking about it.
Kim is the Founder and CEO of KAZO Security. Prior to starting KAZO, she served in several senior level InfoSec roles, including CISO at Zephyr Health and Bosch Healthcare, where she oversaw company enterprise and product security programs. She also serves as an advisor to WootCloud, Authentic8, Netswitch, Cyber Defense Group, Bugcrowd and US Market Access Center.
With over 25 years’ experience in both private and public healthcare sectors, Kim has consulted federal and state government healthcare agencies and private companies on security and privacy best practices.
Kim routinely speaks internationally on security and privacy topics. In 2013, she spoke to members of the European Commission in Brussels on behalf of the European Union Health Information and Communication Technology Trade Association regarding the General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect in 2018.
Kim studied computer software engineering and computer science at Brandeis University and Cal Lutheran University. She also served in the United States Army and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal.
David is the principal security engineer for 3D Corporation, he provides PCI, HIPAA, and NIST regulatory compliance assessments, training, and remediation. David also supports clients with general network security assessment, hardening, and event forensics. His credentials include CISSP-Associate certification, Networking CCNA, BS in cyber-security from Western Washington University, and a Ph.D. in geology.
Before joining Conversica, Werner was Vice President of Engineering for Ticketmaster, where he led the team that built out the order processing service behind Ticketmaster’s new TM+ product. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Technology and Product at Wetpaint, a Seattle startup attempting to revolutionize the publishing industry. Previously, he served as Vice President for Application Architecture at Expedia, where he modernized Expedia’s applications through the migration to a Service Oriented Architecture. Werner also worked at Amazon.com, where he managed the teams that owned Gifting, Repeat Purchases and Rich Media and was CTO of MAYA Viz, an information visualization start-up acquired by General Dynamics. Werner holds a Ph.D. from the Technische Universität München in Theoretical Nuclear Physics.
Marc joined the WatchGuard team in 2012. Specializing in networking security technologies, Marc’s responsibilities include researching and reporting on modern information security trends. With speaking appearances and regular contributions to online IT publications, Marc is a thought leader providing security guidance to all levels of IT personnel.
Bruce was born and grew up in London, England. After attending University College, London, he entered the Royal Air Force Provost and Security Services which included two tours of duty at Air Ministry, London and one with NATO in what was then Western Germany. On returning to civilian life, Bruce made rapid progress in his business career, the highlights of which included the founding General Manager of Wincanton Contract, a newly formed start-up company which won the UK ‘Company of the Year’ award from the British Industrial Marketing Association. Bruce then became Director of Marketing and the youngest Board member for NCL, a subsidiary of the National Freight Corporation, the largest Physical Distribution organization in Europe. Thereafter, fulfilling a long planned objective of relocating to North America, Bruce and his family moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1973. Subsequently on joining the IBM Corporation, he moved to the USA, traveling worldwide with the IBM Business Partner Program. In 2001 Bruce retired from IBM having risen to the position of Senior Advisor to the Service Provider Industry Group and its’ various Business Partners.
Retirement was not challenging enough for Bruce so he took the opportunity to set up a consulting company, Cascadia Consulting which provides management consultancy services to business startups and early stage companies in the Pacific Northwest. Bruce was the founding Chairman of the Bellingham Angel Investors, remaining in that position for over six years. The Bellingham Angels continue to prosper, having assisted over fifty Pacific Northwest companies meet their aspirations. Bruce was also a member of the Bellingham Public Development Authority Board, Chairman of the Northwest Economic Council and sat on several other local community boards. Bruce holds aMaster’s Degree in Business Administration (SFU). He recently retired as Managing Partner at Opportunity Northwest, which assisted Canadian companies looking to expand their presence into the US market. He is a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Bellingham. Bruce and his wife Patricia have lived in Bellingham since 1983.
Dan has founded and run companies in animation, gaming, fitness, food service, and wind power. He has raised funds from venture capitalists and angels, negotiated technology licensing agreements and the sale of a company. Dan recently co-founded a nonprofit to prevent and reduce physician burnout.
Dan Pike is an alumnus of WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Pike served as Mayor of Bellingham from November 2007 through December 2011. He has also fished commercially in Alaska, edited a college newspaper, managed large and complex projects for the Washington State Department of Transportation, served as Planning and Community Development for Pierce Transit, and as Transportation Director for the Skagit Council of Governments. He currently works as a management and strategic planning consultant, focusing on sustainability, communications, and the nexus between community, land use, transportation and technology.
The common thread through all these activities has been an ongoing interest in and commitment to leaving things better than found, in the Big Picture, Long Term. During his tenure as Mayor of Bellingham, the City focused on Triple Bottom Line management, winning numerous awards for stewardship and sustainability, including the #1 ranked City in the National Resources Defense Council – Smarter Cities Project. According to Miss Fitzgerald, Mr. Pike’s fourth-grade teacher and a stickler for grammar, that makes Bellingham the smartest city.
Dan Price started Gravity Payments after witnessing his local coffee shop owner being overcharged and underserved by their credit card processor. He knew that wasn’t right, so he made it his mission to stand up for independent businesses by reducing the costs and headaches associated with accepting credit card payments. Today, over 17,000 businesses across the country trust Gravity to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration while providing honesty, transparency, and better support and service. Dan’s recent decision to raise Gravity’s minimum salary to $70,000 captured headlines around the world. His 40-year-goal is to be a speck in a revolution where business is about purpose, not profit.
Matt Rose is co-founder and CEO of APANA®, a Bellingham-based technology company providing smart water management systems for commercial and industrial buildings. APANA is a water industry pioneer for developing LPWA networking infrastructure and prescriptive analytics suites that enable companies, such as Costco, to transition sunk utility cost into enterprise value. Matt has a background in hardware and software new product development within the Healthcare and Utility industries and is a former Navy Pilot.
Ashish Syal, Chief Engineer in the CTO Office at Sierra Wireless, is the founder and the driving force behind the Project mangOH™ Open Hardware ecosystem program, which enables rapid prototyping and faster time-to-market for new cellular-enabled IoT applications. mangOH open source hardware provides a sensor-to-cloud platform for building industrial-grade products with vetted components, open source software, and a business-friendly open license to modify and reproduce the design. You can often find Ashish on mangOH.IO, providing support to the thriving community of developers working to bring their IoT use cases to life. Based on feedback from the community, Ashish developed the specifications for mangOH Red.
Patrick Van De Wille
Patrick Van De Wille is the Chief Communications Officer at InterDigital, a $2.5B wireless research and development company that is publicly traded on NASDAQ (IDCC) and has nine offices in five countries. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all activities pertaining to communications, investor relations, marketing and market intelligence, as well as leading the company’s San Diego research office.
Patrick joined InterDigital in February 2012 from his previous role as Senior Vice President in the corporate communications and investor relations practice of FTI Consulting, where he helped lead the technology practice and managed client engagements for companies in the technology, financial services and resource industries. Mr. Van de Wille contributes almost three decades of experience in communications, including executive roles at global communications firms Ketchum and Text 100 and a decade of media and broadcast experience.
Mr. Van de Wille holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University.
Bo is responsible for managing Infomill’s North American Sales, Marketing and Business Development operations based in Seattle, Washington.
A 30 year veteran of technology companies including successful startups based in Silicon Valley and Seattle, Bo has spent a significant portion of his career focused on creating and selling technologies and services focused on knowledge management methodologies that help corporations differentiate their interactions with customers. In 1998, Bo founded SafeHarbor Technology Corporation which developed and delivered technical support solutions for leading banks and technology companies. SafeHarbor grew into a 275 employee company and attracted over $40M in venture capital investment. Bo is focused on helping Infomill’s customers leverage knowledge management to create an integrated field service experience that is valued by end-users.
When not working, Bo enjoys taking advantage of the all the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest offers including hiking and snow shoeing, crabbing, shrimping, fishing and clamming. Bo is fond of saying that “the salt water of Puget Sound runs through my veins.”
Willie Wheeler is a Principal Application Engineer at Expedia, with 20 years of professional software development experience, with a tools development focus over the past several years. He serves as a resiliency champion within the software development organization.