Patrick Benson, Systems Engineer, Veeam


For over two decades I’ve been involved in the IT industry starting with desktop support. I have steadily moved upwards, having been a network administrator, manager of the IT staff, network supervisor for an ASP division with data centers around the globe, a senior systems engineer designing new components and refining the existing infrastructure for a global organization, and a solutions architect for a VAR advising clients and designing complex infrastructures as a pre-sales resource.

In my current role, I am a Systems Engineer with Veeam Software. I help my customers prepare for and overcome the worst-case scenarios that could threaten their organizations. I consider it a privilege to be entrusted with designing their disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, and I humbly do my best to make sure they are protected when a disaster strikes.



Sergey Chernov, Segment CIO, Illinois Tool Works


Currently leads Information Technology for a $3B segment at Illinois Tool Works – F200 global Manufacturing company with operations in 31 countries. Previously, Sergey was VP of Information Technology and Enterprise Architecture at Ensono – global IT Service Provider specializing in Infrastructure outsourcing. In the past, he held various IT leadership roles at NiSource, Hollister and Emerson Electric.



Raymond Parpart, Director, Data Center Strategy & Operations, University of Chicago 


A technology Leader with over 25 years’ experience with expertise in IT design, implementation, operations, program office, and business development for Global organizations. I understand technology and how it should be applied to solve and meet business requirements. I am credited as a creative, solution provider, with ability to build strong teams resulting in successful, global project development and implementation leveraging executive level and vendor relationships.



Kris Queen, Manager, Enterprise Systems Engineering, Pure Storage


Seasoned Sales and Engineering Executive with proven ability to build talented teams, achieve high customer satisfaction and keep pace in the rapidly changing technology industry. Proficient at interfacing with engineers and business leaders to ensure product solutions meet customer requirements.



Jeff Roseman, Group Vice President, Information Technology, Marmon Foodservice Technologies, a Berkshire Hathaway Company


Jeff is an experienced IT executive with over two decades of experience in both technology management and consulting roles. With experience in global business, marketing, sales, business process re-engineering, and as an IT director, CIO and consultant, he has worked both sides of the technology world. Mr. Roseman possesses an extensive background working with regional, national, and international businesses in a variety of industries including professional services, healthcare, distribution, manufacturing, legal, real estate, construction, and non-profit. He has a broad knowledge of IT strategy, networking, telecommunications, training & development, systems integration, mergers and acquisitions, facility relocation, and business continuity planning.


Mr. Roseman continues to be successful moving IT teams from a crises management mentality to predictive, proactive, disciplined organization. He has previously lectured on social media & networking, IT leadership, customer relationship management, endpoint security, and disaster recovery planning. Mr. Roseman has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Iowa. He mentors undergraduate/MBA students in the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and serves on College’s SoMAC board. He lives in Wheaton with his wife and two teenage daughters.



Julie Rolfe, Sr. IT Delivery Consultant, Zurich Insurance


Continuous Improvement Analyst; Zurich Services; September 2016 to present

Information Security: Data Analyst IV; Zurich Insurance; May 2015 to September 2016

IT Project Manager; Foremost/Farmers Insurance; July 2006 to May 2014

Software Testing Specialist; Foremost Insurance; September 2002 to July 2006

ForemostSTAR Help Desk Specialist; Foremost Insurance; July 2000 to September 2002

Customer Service Representative; Foremost Insurance; November 1998 to July 2000

Billing Representative: FLEX Department; Foremost Insurance; July 1997 to November 1998

Specialties: Project management, establishment of project teams, ensure appropriate documentation, monitor project lifecycle, manage project financials, manage project closure, assess project success, analyze variances and problems, communicate project status and changes, Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, Access, Power Point, Visio, Lotus Notes, Bachelors degree Computer Information Systems, Lean Green Belt, Information Security, Continuous Improvement (IT Processes), IT Audit



Annur Sumar, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Unity


Annur Sumar is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP and technology consultant in the areas of Infrastructure Design, Enterprise Content Management, CRM, Microsoft Azure, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic service automation, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping businesses with complex IT environments lower Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments.


Prior to joining a Microsoft Partner Consulting firm, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps, Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from cloud technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.



Johnny Walker, Chief Solutions Officer, Top Gun Technology


Johnny brings over 25 years of IT industry leadership, working directly for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and managing highly successful sales teams providing Third Party Maintenance, data center hardware, and support services. Johnny is responsible for developing a range of out-of-the-box solutions based on the TPM 2.0SM support platform. To accelerate the growth of Top Gun’s Mission-Critical Support Platform, he will work closely with the CEO and the rest of the executive leadership team to define, develop and deliver products and services to existing and prospective clients. Before joining Top Gun, Johnny held strategic leadership roles, ranging from EVP, Global Head of Technical Services & Solutions, and M&A at SMS/Curvature from 2008-2021. Outside of work, Johnny remains committed to enjoying the outdoors with his wife and son, involvement with various non-profit organizations, and is an alpine race coach.



Alexandra Weaver, Solutions Architect, Semperis


Alexandra has twenty years’ experience supporting Active Directory in a wide variety of organizations, from government to some of the world’s best-known companies. After 8 years supporting the Bureau of Land Management’s Active Directory, she moved to Intel to support their worldwide corporate and manufacturing forests. After some time in financial services IT, she moved to Nike where she also supported their worldwide production forest. Her experience has included merger & acquisition projects where she migrated newly acquired companies into an existing Active Directory infrastructure, an Identity and Access Management implementation & migration project, upgrading domain controllers and associated downstream dependent applications and providing Active Directory support. Active Directory is Alexandra’s first tech passion, and she enjoys deep diving into it as associated technologies continue to evolve.