May 14 - 15, 2015
President, Business & Decision
Mr. Du Plooy has a proven track record in customer management, IT consulting, business development and implementation management for high-growth and established businesses in both the public and private sector. In addition, his extensive experience in IT due diligence for M&A and corporate carve-outs enabled him to achieve consistent results in complex national and international business scenarios.
Mr. Du Plooy has served as a trusted advisor to industry leading CIO, CEO and Private Equity stake holders. Mr. Du Plooy has served in senior management roles in both start-up and established software, consulting and outsourcing companies and has delivered business solution architecture and program management for large multinational ERP projects throughout the course of his career. International experience includes: United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Spain, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Tunisia and the U.S.
At Business & Decision Mr. Du Plooy is responsible for driving success through sales, marketing, customer management and business development across all business units in the firm.
Mr. Du Plooy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and holds qualifications in ITIL, simulation, business modeling and object-oriented modeling and Executive Education from Babson College. Mr. Du Plooy serves as a board member to CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services) as well as Finance Committee Member for First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development & Health Board).
Assistant Director & Chief Enterprise Integration Officer, Department of Administration – Strategic Enterprise Technology Office, State of Arizona
Gary Hensley is a strategic leader who brings over 30 years of industry experience. In his previous role as the Chief Networking Officer (CNO) for the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) office, Gary was responsible for program management, vendor management, contract oversight, and enforcement of the state’s outsourced voice and data services. In his new role as the Chief Enterprise Integration Officer (CEIO) for ASET, Gary is responsible for the horizontal business operations of the organization along with streamlining internal processes to improve customer experiences.
Cloud Services Executive, Unisys
Ryan leads Unisys’ Cloud sales for North America and is responsible for developing strategy, sourcing, and selling both Unisys and 3rd party cloud services; including, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google, and Verizon Terremark to both commercial and public sector markets. In addition, he manages Unisys’ WSCA-NASPO Cloud Contract award and is deeply involved in helping customers architect and modernize their IT solutions.
Engagement Manager, Big Data, World Wide Technology
Chris Infanti is an Engagement Manager at World Wide Technology, a St. Louis-based systems integrator. He is responsible for new business development, project management, and consulting services for WWT’s Big Data practice. Over his career, Chris has worked with state and city governments to define and deliver data analytics projects for transportation, education (K-12/higher ed), and public safety, among others. In addition, he has extensive experience working with private sector clients in financial services, corporate security, and marketing. Prior to joining WWT, Chris was a consultant at Opera Solutions and IBM Global Business Services. Chris attended Georgetown University and graduated with degrees in Mathematics and English Literature.
Director, Product Management, Compuware
Sam Knutson is the Director of Product Management for Compuware. Sam is a long time member of the mainframe community. Prior to taking his previous position as VP of Product Management for Mainframe Performance Solutions at CA Technologies, Sam led the mainframe team at GEICO where he was also a Compuware customer. He also worked as a senior developer at Landmark Systems. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for SHARE, the world's first and longest-running user computer group.
Practice Leader, Big Data Analytics Cross Industry Practice, CGI
With 25 years of experience in analytics and business intelligence, Matt leads CGI’s big data and analytics practice for the global marketing group from his base in San Francisco, California. Among his previous roles he was the founder of the customer relationship analytics group at AMS that included the creation of CGI’s decision-science IP solution – Strata – and during a brief 10 hiatus from CGI, he led the client services groups at BI and analytics startup companies in Silicon Valley.
Master Impressionist and Communication Coach
A professional actor for over thirty years, Jim Ross Meskimen appeared in the films Apollo 13, The Grinch, Frost/Nixon, The Punisher, There Will Be Blood, and many others. Some of Meskimen’s TV credits include recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, Lie to Me and Rules of Engagement. In 2011, the Australian Today Show dubbed Meskimen, “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.” His viral Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices has over a million views and subsequent viral videos have cemented him as a major YouTube talent. He can be seen currently in Impress Me, an original half-hour comedy that originated as a successful web series. Meskimen lives in Los Angeles with his actress wife, Tamara. Their daughter Taylor is also a performer. His mother is beloved actress Marion Ross, who played Mrs. C in the long-running ABC comedy Happy Days.
Director, Information Systems Development for the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, State of Arizona
Overseeing application maintenance and development for public health management information systems, Ryan Sadler has 18 years of enterprise IT experience. These systems provide direct solutions for health assessments, benefit issuance, financial, and management services across a multi-state consortium spanning Arizona, American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, and the Navajo Nation. He has contributed in various industries such as transportation, health and medical, finance, and defense. Most recently, Ryan has led significant initiatives and new system implementations for the primary WIC Benefits Distribution, Vendor Management, and Clinic Search MIS solutions. These efforts have included targeted strategies for meeting the needs of modern participants in government programs including; mobile readiness, platform independence, scalability, and serviceability to meet user expectations for a modern web application. Currently, Ryan is refocusing efforts on managing the implementation of EBT for WIC in Arizona.