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Andrew Barickman
PSC Group
Practice Leader of the Collaboration Practice
Andrew is the Practice Leader of the Collaboration Practice at PSC group in Chicago IL. He is responsible for managing a practice of industry leading consultant delivering solutions for companies of all sizes. He has spoken at numerous conferences including Lotusphere, Connect and various LUGS.
Andrew started his career 18 years ago at Lotus in Boston and has been involved in designing, coding and delivering IBM solutions ever since. In his consulting career Andrew has lived and worked in New York City New York, London England and Chicago Illinois.
Arif Jaffer
VP, Sales
With over thirteen years of experience supporting, training and selling IBM software, Arif Jaffer leads the DOCOVA Sales effort for DLI.tools. A veteran sales person who enjoys focusing on new business, he is the ideal person to meet with customers to clearly articulate why DOCOVA is the right solution for their Enterprise Document Management needs.
In his personal time, Arif enjoys being a husband and father of four young children. He holds an honors degree in Management, a minor in Political Science, a diploma in Adult Education, Certificates in Technology and Finance. He enjoys reading, following the NBA and Political satire. You can follow Arif’s thoughts at twitter handle, @arifMjaffer.
Barry Rosen
IBM Corporation
IBM Senior IT Certified Managing Consultant
Barry Rosen is an IBM Senior IT Certified Managing Consultant with IBM Software Services for Collaboration. During the last six years, he has worked on several global messaging and migration projects as well as performed Domino upgrades, messaging assessments, and client deployments. Currently, Mr. Rosen has been heavily involved in IBM SmartCloud for Social Business migrations and hybrid deployments, Prior to IBM Software Services for Collaboration, he was a Software Engineer in Lotus Support for over five years. While in support, Mr. Rosen was on several teams specializing in mail routing, Lotus Notes Client, calendaring and scheduling, and server core. Mr Rosen is a SME on clustering, Lotus Notes for the Macintosh, and rooms and resources. Mr. Rosen is also a published author with several articles and books written on Lotus products.
Benedek Menesi
Chief Product Officer
Ben Menesi is Chief Product Officer at Ytria overseeing its R&D activities, leading workshops on administration and development best practices and delivering technical sessions at conferences like IBM Connect, the MWLUG, NLLUG, BLUG and other ICS events around the globe. Before joining the Ytria team in early 2011, Ben Menesi acquired considerable expertise in both development and administration through his work as a Systems Engineer, first for EDS and then for HP’s Messaging & Collaboration Services department. While at EDS / HP, Ben dealt with a large variety of tasks from end user support and notes administration to development for various enterprise clients.
Bernie Leung
Mesa Technology
Bernie is the President of Mesa Technology an IBM Advanced Business Partner for IBM Security and IBM PureSystems.
Brad Balassaitis
PSC Group
Senior Consultant/XPages Developer
Notes/Domino developer for 17 years, primarily focusing on XPages over the past 3 years. Blog frequently about XPages at http://xcellerant.net Recently published on NotesIn9 and in The View journal (with several more soon-to-be-published). http://www.eview.com/eview/volr6.nsf/articleURL/2013-04-decrease-server-load-and-improve-application-performance-with-editable-view-columns-in-xpages
Chris Miller
Hi, I'm Chris. I sometimes speak about geeky things at conferences like Lotusphere and global user groups. I love desserts, cheese and gadgets. You can find me on every social network as IdoNotes.
Daniel Lieber
Innovative Ideas
Daniel Lieber has worked with IBM Collaboration Solutions technologies for over 20 years. He regularly shares his passion for process improvement utilizing technology at conferences, through white papers, and social media. As President of Innovative Ideas (IIUI), he leads the company's strategic direction into various market sectors and helps smart clients become even more productive. He is recognized as a significant influencer for the ICS and ECM (FileNet) brands within IBM and is an IBM Champion. His other activities include extensive non-profit and education board leadership and spending quality time camping with his family in the woods where 3G signals still keep him connected to the world.
Darren Duke
Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc.
David Hablewitz
Divergent Solutions LLC
David has been working with Lotus Notes since Version 3.1 was released in 1994. He has a B.S. degree in Computer Science; multiple certifications in both Notes Application Development and System Administration; and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional.
Branded as "The Notes Guy in Seattle" for both his outspoken evangelism of IBM Lotus software in the front yard of Microsoft headquarters for the past 13 years and his interest in playing the fiddle. But his experience goes well beyond that of the IBM brand. He has also worked for Microsoft in the Office 365 division building and supporting their cloud solution.

David is a Principal of Divergent Solutions LLC, the sole IBM business partner and reseller of IBM Collaboration Solutions and SmartCloud for Social Business headquartered in the Pacific Northwest where they are expanding the number of companies who value the best solutions over the best hype
Devin Olson
Czarnowski Display Services, Inc.
Collaborative Solutions Developer
Devin Olson is a Collaborative Solutions Developer for Czarnowski Display Services, Inc. Devin has been developing software since the days of punch cards and paper tape, and has focused almost exclusively on Notes and Domino development since 1996 (R3 BABY!). Devin is a Christian right wing liberal gun nut tree hugging four wheel driving peace loving ass kicking home brewing computer geek curmudgëon with an umlaut. A round peg in a square hole world.
Ed Brill
IBM Corporation
Director - Mobile Enterprise Marketing
Ed Brill is Director, Mobile Enterprise Marketing at IBM. Brill is responsible for IBM MobileFirst, the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of solutions for enterprise mobility -- "the business of mobile". Brill and his team drive demand and market execution for products such as IBM Worklight, along with responsibility for the market management of IBM's entire portfolio of mobile software and services. 
Firas Yasin
IBM Corporation
With a great passion for business and technology, Firas Yasin is a globally recognized leader in the Collaboration and Social software as well as Social ECM. He has consulted and advised customers from various industries all over the world on how to use and deploy Social software. Firas is also a published author. While he is not talking to customers, writing or presenting, he can be found playing Tennis, or coaching little league soccer.
Grant Lindsay
Sherpa Software
Product Manager
Grant joined Sherpa Software in 2007 with 15 years of experience in Information Technology. Of those, more than 14 were spent building applications with Lotus Notes and Domino. He worked with a wide range of company sizes and across several industries including insurance, consulting, venture capital, manufacturing, software and more. Grant is an IBM Certified Advanced Application Developer and an expert in email management and compliance, LotusScript, Notes Formula Language, application design, and security. He is also skilled in C/C++ and Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Notes and Domino. Grant is accomplished in web delivered technologies: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
Gregg Eldred
NextStep Technologies
THE Gregg Eldred. Poster of things even Darren won't touch.
Jeff Tujetsch
Sherpa Software
Senior Vice President of Lotus Notes Product Development
Jeff is the head of the Domino department for Sherpa and provides the overall direction for the group while managing all other Notes Managers, Domino developers and support technicians. Jeff has 31 years of experience in Information Technology and has been involved with products since 1985. Jeff started developing in Domino in 1993 and performed development and administration as a consultant prior to joining Sherpa. Jeff was also a certified instructor and taught many Domino administration and development classes. He is an expert in email management and compliance, architecture, LotusScript/Lotus Notes Formula Language, application design and security.
Jen Carey
SMC Corporation of America
Jen Carey has worked as a developer with IBM technologies for 16 years, focusing most recently on developing XPages applications. She is currently an employee of SMC Corporation in Indiana, and spent prior years as a Notes/Domino consultant, living and working throughout the Midwest and Western United States. While she misses living in Colorado, it is nice to now live close to extended family. Jen loves spending time with her husband, son, and twin daughters, and going for long bicycle rides.
Jesse Gallagher
I Know Some Guys, LLC
Jesse is a Domino programmer with I Know Some Guys, LLC. On his blog and in various open-source projects, he focuses on discovering and creating ways to write cleaner, better XPages applications.
Joanne Bick
Mercury Consulting Corporation
Solution Specialist
John Beck
IBM Corporation
Worldwide Notes & Domino Sales, IBM
John Beck is the Global Sales Leader for Notes Domino. For his role immediately prior, John was the Sales Leader for IBM SmartCloud for Social Business in the US West and Canada regions. Over the course of his 18 years at IBM, John has also led the release management team for the Notes & Domino development organization, built and managed a worldwide customer advocacy organization focused on client success and spent time supporting the business partner community in both go to market and technical capacities. John started his career at Lotus/IBM in 1995 as a customer support specialist hired for his knowledge of Macintosh desktops and AppleTalk networks. An avid cyclist and runner, John spends the bulk of his free time outdoors with his family and two dogs. John graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. John, his wife, Gretchen and his three children David, Lydia and Annika reside in Hudson, Wisconsin, USA.
John Coolidge
John Is an old timer in The Notes Domino world. Benn working with the product since R1. Advanced John is Currently Certified as a Systems Administrator, Application Developer, Instructor, and Security Professional. He has worked with many clients assessing the environments, and offering recommendations based on the findings. More recently around mobilization.
John Head
PSC Group
Director of Enterprise Collaboration
Director of Enterprise Collaboration, PSC Group, LLC. IBM Champion.
John Kingsley
GreyDuck Technology
John Kingsley is a senior software engineer with over 20 years of experience developing Lotus Notes applications for large and small companies.  This includes extensive experience with application lifecycle management from requirements definition through to deployment and training of users.  John’s recent focus has been on ITIL Best Practices that enable customers in a broad range of industries to mitigate risk, reduce system administration expense, and improve service level agreements. Improving the user experience is his key focus, through simplifying page layouts and improving overall performance of the applications he works on. 
Josh Bleill
Indianapolis Colts
Community Spokesperson
Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.
While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.
Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as “very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled,” and Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”
Julian Robichaux
Senior Software Engineer
Julian Robichaux is a senior software engineer at Panagenda. His Lotus Notes–centric Web site (nsftools.com) has been offering tips and tools for Lotus Notes and Domino developers since 2002. Julian also co-hosts the TakingNotes podcast with Bruce Elgort, publishes open-source applications on the OpenNTF Web site, has written articles for IBM developerWorks, and has given many presentations at Lotusphere, VIEW conferences, and user group meetings in several countries.
Karl LaWall
IBM Corporation
Program Director for Social Communications, Worldwide Sales, IBM Sametime
Karl has 36 years of experience working in the IT industry with IBM. With a liberal arts background and degree in mathematics as an initial foundation, he has held various positions in sales, product development, brand management and marketing.
Karl's current position is Program Director for Social Communications, Worldwide Sales, IBM Sametime.
Keith Brooks
Social and Collaboration Practice Leader
Keith Books is the Social and Collaboration Practice Leader for Voicerite, an IBM Premier Business Partner. Keith has spoken at SugarCon, Lotusphere, the View Admin conferences and other industry events on subjects around messaging and social leadership. Keith has written articles, books and blogs around IBM products and solutions for over 20 years.
Keith is an IBM Redbooks thought leader.
Kim Greene
Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.
Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in Domino for IBM i and Windows consulting. Kim has over 17 years of experience with Domino and 26 years of experience with the AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i platforms. Kim specializes in Domino performance analysis and application tuning, debugging and problem determination, administration, migrations, upgrades, enterprise integration, and custom Domino development. She implements high availability environments, performs health checks and security reviews of Domino implementations, and works with customers to ensure their environments are performing optimally and are running as smoothly as possible.
Luis Guirigay
IBM Corporation
Senior IT Architect
Luis Guirigay is a senior IT architect highly skilled on administration, high availability/disaster recovery, performance tuning, and support. He has been focused on Messaging, Portal, Social and Collaboration platforms and has been working with IBM products for more than 14 years. Luis is an IBM Certified Administrator for virtually all versions of IBM Connections, WebSphere Portal, Domino, Sametime, and Quickr as well as an IBM Certified Developer in Domino and IBM Lotus Workflow. He also has deep experience with WebSphere Application Server, DB2, Tivoli, and ILWWCM. Luis has published multiple IBM Redbooks related to Domino, Workplace, DB2, and System i, and his speaking engagements include IamLug and Midwest Lotus User Group conferences, Lotusphere, Chicago Lotus User Group, and multiple IBM PoT and IBM workshops in the United States.
Marlon Machado
IBM Corporation
Product Manager, Unified Communications and Collaboration at IBM
A programmer by trade and a natural problem solver, Marlon started writing code for a living at the young age of 13. Being the nerd he’s always been, he went on to major in Mechanical Engineering because of the robotics thing, and then in Computer Science and Mathematics (how geeky is that?)
Marlon joined IBM in 1996 as a programmer. Along the way he became a Senior IT Architect for IBM ISV & Developer Relations where he worked very closely with IBM's Business Partners in designing and bringing integrated solutions to market.
In 2008 Marlon became the Sametime Platform product manager in charge of positioning Sametime as a platform to enable horizontal and industry-specific solutions, creating an ecosystem of offerings built in collaboration with customers and partners.
Marlon's current responsibility is driving product strategy and requirements for the core services within the Sametime platform for the new and exciting field of Social Communications
Mike McGarel
Czarnowski Display Services, Inc.
Collaborative Soutions Developer
Mike McGarel is a Collaborative Solutions Developer for Czarnowski Display Services, Inc., where “XPages marks the spot” in his career right now. He has been working with Notes/Domino/Web technologies for over thirteen years. He is currently the Vice President of GRANITE, the Chicago-based ICS user group and is a regular presenter at MWLUG, the annual Midwest Lotus User Group conference. Mike also helps out with the site design of a couple of community get-togethers: MWLUG and SkiLUG.
Olaf Boerner
Managing Director
Olaf Boerner is the CEO and and founder of BCC, an IBM Business Partner from Germany, and a well known member in the IBM Lotus community. His company has been developing solutions for IBM Notes and Domino administration needs for over 15 years. Olaf specializes in the field of architecture and optimization of complex messaging infrastructure in Notes and Domino environments. He is an experienced speaker presenting at German and international conferences, such as Lotusphere/Connect, DNUG, The VIEW Admin, UKLUG, AusLUG and others.
Paul Calhoun
NetNotes Solutions Unlimited Inc.
I have been working with Lotus/IBM technologies for the past 25 years. I have been certified in both Administration and Development on every major release of Notes/Domino since release 3. My focus has always been on training and enablement of Administrators and Developers, but I also provide mentoring and consulting services. Most recently I have been focused on XPages consulting, training and enablement.
When not working, my passion is spending all my spare time with my awesomely wonderful grand-kids.
Paul Della-Nebbia
Founding Partner
Paul Della-Nebbia is a founding partner at TLCC, focused on developing courses and delivering technical training on IBM Notes and Domino since release 3. Over the past five years Paul has been focused on developing XPages applications and delivering XPages training and mentoring services.
Paul's non-work passions include playing hockey, outdoor cooking and building really big camp fires.
Peter Presnell
Red Pill Development
CEO at Red Pill Development A regular blogger and guest speaker on podcasts and webinars. IBM Champion for 2011/2012. Speaker at Lotusphere, IAMLUG, ATLUG, and AUSLUG covering both XPages development and QA.
Peyton McManus
Instant Technologies
Peyton McManus is the founder and president of Instant Technologies. Prior to starting Instant in 2002, Peyton spent 10 years in development and product management at Lotus/IBM. Peyton directs the product development efforts at Instant Technologies. Instant develops compliance and help desk applications that extend enterprise IM platforms.
Richard Moy
Phora Group
Managing Director
Rupert Clayton
Collaboration Solutions Architect
Rupert Clayton is a Collaboration Solutions Architect for IBM Collaboration at CDW. He helps CDW’s customers design and implement innovative messaging, collaboration and social software solutions using IBM software and cloud services. After stints in London and Chicago, he’s now back in San Francisco, where he started working as a Lotus Notes administrator, 20 years ago.
Scott Souder
IBM Corporation
Program Director, Messaging and Collaboration Solutions
Scott Souder is Program Director, Messaging and Collaboration Solutions, IBM. Scott is responsible for the product and market strategy for IBM's messaging and collaboration products, including IBM Notes and Domino, iNotes and IBM Connections Mail. Scott's focus is on extending and growing the success of these solutions through customer engagement, partner ecosystem development, and harnessing the breadth and depth of the IBM organization. In his spare time, Scott enjoys being with family, flying airplanes, playing bluegrass music, and the amazing outdoors.
Ulrich Krause
Senior Sofware Architect
Ulrich Krause is a Notes and Domino administrator and developer since 1993. Ulrich is working as a Senior Sofware Architect for BCC Unternehmensberatung GmbH, an IBM Business Partner located in Frankfurt, Germany. Ulrich is a well known member of the community and a regular speaker at national and international conferences and he is engaged in the OpenSource community as an OpenNTF Director and Contributor.
Victor Toal
Toal System
Victor Toal is a veteran IT architect with more than 19 years of experience in the IT field. He specializes in collaboration and messaging systems, specifically IBM Connections, IBM Notes & Domino and IBM Sametime.
Victor frequently does administrator and end user software training for IBM Software and is a frequent speaker at Seminars and user group meetings.
Wil How
PSC Group
XPages Consultant and Mentor
A Notes based, web developer with extensive technical knowledge over IBM and various FOSS web development stacks such as LAMP and Rails. Wil is currently a full-time consultant in a Chicago based consulting firm, PSC Group, LLC.He serves as the lead XPages Consultant and Mentor.
William Malchisky
Effective Software Solutions, LLC
Bill Malchisky Jr. is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions 2013, bringing 20 years of global Lotus consulting experience in regulated verticals along with business prowess to his sessions. He has presented at over 20 ICS/Lotus focused conferences, including Lotusphere. Previously, Bill has been published in THE VIEW journal, CLiPpings, co-authored two IBM Redbooks on Linux, plus worked with Lotus Education to re-vamp the Domino 8.5 Admin certification exam track. A thirteen year loyal business and design partner, he provides services to Fortune 1000 firms, SMB, and governments. Finally, he maintains a Lotus and Linux focused blog at http://billmal.com
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