Speakers



Wayne Bowers

Wayne Bowers has been with IBM since 1997, where he works with the IBM i Global Support Center in Rochester MN. He is an Advisory Software Engineer specializing in the support of the IBM i Access (aka Client Access) products, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the IFS.

Wayne has been developing and delivering presentations since 1999, and at COMMON and other User Groups and IBM Conferences since 2009.
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Erwin Earley

With over 20 years working in the IBM i community previously at IBM and now with Zend by Perforce I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC), Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP). I have expertise in a variety of technologies including virtualization, storage, networking, and operating systems including AIX, IBM i, and Linux. I am a frequent speaker at various user groups and technical conferences and have authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.


Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie is a Senior Technical Staff Member within IBM i development and spends most of his time working as the Db2 for i Business Architect. He has worked on IBM operating system development since joining IBM in 1989.

Scott is a frequently published author, speaker at industry events around the globe and can be found @Forstie_IBMi and forstie@us.ibm.com. Scott is an avid runner and enjoys cooking.

@Forstie_IBM
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Birgitta Hauser

Application Modernization, Database Modernization, Education
SQL Queries, Database Design,
SQL Programming, User Defined Functions and Table Functions,
Journaling and Commitment Control,
SQL Performance and Performance Analysis
RPG Free Format, ILE Concepts, Modular Programming, Data Into
XML and JSON: Generating and Consuming with SQL and RPG


Jesse Gorzinski

Jesse Gorzinski works for the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN. He is the Business Architect of open source technologies. Jesse, who was doing RPG programming at the age of 18, is an expert on application development on IBM i, as well as system access and modernization. His hobbies include playing with his dog, replacing complex applications with 5-line Python programs, and advocating for the use of new technologies on IBM i!Prior to his 2006 employment at IBM, Jesse worked with the AS/400 as an I/T administrator for an IBM customer in the finance/mortgage industry, where he specialized in data backup/recovery, process optimization, and information integrity. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science as well as a Master of Business Administration degree.


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Charles Guarino

Charles Guarino has been an Information Technology consultant for the vast majority of his career. 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, he is a professional speaker presenting at technical conferences and events across the United States and Europe. He is a frequent contributor of articles and webcasts for the IBM i community, with topics covering a broad range of IT topics and strategies. Charles is a member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and The Long Island Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies. Recently Charles became the proud recipient of the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship Award and has been named an IBM Champion. Additionally, he currently serves on COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET). Other professional endeavors have included being the president and monthly Q&A host of the Long Island System User’s Group LISUG (www.lisug.org).


Vern Hamberg

Vern has worked on IBM midrange systems for over 25 years, beginning with the System/38 and AS/400. At present he is a senior IT developer for the Pest Elimination division at Ecolab. He is degreed in both music and mathematics, which gives him a distinct approach to the art and science of programming. In his spare time he plays in a community band and sings in a pretty-good a capella choral group. In 2011 he wrote a special report on IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition that was published in System iNews in April of that year. More recently he has become more involved in community musical theater as music director, vocal director, and accordionist.


Craig Johnson

Bio Pending


Scott Klement

Scott Klement is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software. He also volunteers as a member of COMMON's Board of Directors and Strategic Education Team. He is the author of around 1000 articles and a dozen open source projects. Scott's efforts to help out the IBM i Community have resulted in dozens of awards and accolades, including an IBM Innovation Award, Gary Guthrie Award, Al Barsa Scholarship, John T Earl Scholarship, medals from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, and the COMMON Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame. IBM has named Scott an IBM Champion for Power Systems.


Pete Massiello

Pete 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, System 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. In 2016, they revived the program and he was again made an IBM Power Systems Champion. Lightning struck for the third time in 2017, and that is the year he was also made the first Power Systems Lifetime Champion, an honor he continues to hold.


Steven McIver

Steven is a certified IBM i System Administrator who has been working in IT for over 14 years. He was recognized as an IBM Fresh Face for his work on IBM i infrastructure in his early career. His main focus has been supporting IBM i and IBM Power Systems, and also specializes in VIOS, BRMS, Tape Libraries, HMC, and Networking. He enjoys sharing his knowledge through the monthly newsletter and through presenting webinars on various topics.

Dawn May

Dawn May is a leading authority on IBM i performance management, work management, systems management, and general system diagnostics. She has in-depth knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.

A former IBMer, Dawn is now an independent consultant, assisting companies with system performance reviews and recommendations. She also teaches clients on the latest IBM i tools to enable them to get the most out of their IBM i systems.

Dawn is the author of the "i Can" blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.

You may contact Dawn by email at DawnMayiCan@outlook.com, find her on twitter at @DawnMayiCan, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnmay/.


Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan is a Senior Db2 for i Consultant in the IBM Lab Services Power Systems Delivery Practice.  Kent has over 25 years of experience as a Db2 for IBM i consultant and developer working out of the IBM Rochester lab. Prior to re-joining the DB2 for i Lab Services practice in 2020, Kent spent 5 years working on healthcare solutions powered by IBM Watson technologies. Kent is a sought-after speaker and author on Db2 for i & SQL topics.


Shelly Petty

I am a Junior Full Stack Developer at Everbrite LLC. We run our production applications on the IBMi Power Server. Primary languages are CL, RPG, DB2 SQL and Java, and the UI: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupple, React, and Sencha.
My position is a fast paced job and it includes Help Desk phone calls for the IBMi applications, Jira tickets, and development projects. My management team gives all developers plan, design, and development responsibilities to enhance the production applications.

I'm also heavily involved in my local user group, WMCPA, I currently hold a position as the Social Media Director in the committee group, And, I’m an active member of WMCPA's Women in IT (WIT), Student Competition Committee and my newest opportunity being a liaison for WMCPA's student chapter at Gateway Technical College including tutoring opportunities.

On a National level, I'm a member of COMMON user group and within this group I am part of the Young i Professionals (YiP's) Task Force Team. We plan and develop to educate, engage, and create a networking platform for all new users or new to the user group. Also, I volunteer as a TLC at the COMMON Spring Conferences.
My education:
• Technical Degree in SharePoint Development - 2017
• AS Web Development with a focus in SharePoint Development - 2019
• Programmer/Analyst AS400 Certificate. - 2019
• Currently Working on, Graphic Communications: Desktop Publishing Certificate - 2020


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Steve Pitcher

Steve Pitcher is a Solutions Expert on Systems Administration and Security with iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has been an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions from 2011 to 2016, and an IBM Champion for Power Systems from 2016 to 2018.


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Lora Powell

I have been at IBM since 1989, where I spent the first 20 years of my career on compiler development. Since 2009 I have found my niche with IBM i Performance Tools. I now enjoy being a developer and team lead for Performance Data Investigator (PDI).


Shauna Rollings

Shauna joined the IBM i development team in 2008. She has developed and supported IBM i performance data collector tools throughout her entire IBM career. From the very beginning of the Db2 Mirror for i project, she has also been the technical team lead for the Db2 Mirror Configuration and Management team.


Sue Romano

Sue Romano has worked on the Db2 for i SQL parser for almost 30 years. She designs and implements SQL enhancements and defines new SQL services.

She represents Db2 for i on IBM's SQL Language Council, which ensures consistent SQL implementation across the Db2 family.


Tim Rowe

Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i

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 sends much of his time also helping customers understand what is possible on our platform when it comes to modernization.

Marcel Sarrasin

Marcel Sarrasin is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Fresche Solutions which includes the BCD, Looksoftware and Quadrant brands. He has filled many roles including Product Manager, Technical Support Manager, Trainer and Dealer Liaison. Marcel has presented over 200 technical webinars, has spoken at COMMON and to hundreds of people looking for IBM i modernization and web solutions.

Marina Schwenk

Marina started her career in January 2015 at Everbrite LLC in Greenfield WI after graduating from Gateway Technical College in May of 2014 with an Associate’s degree in IT Software Development. Marina works as a developer in both RPG and Java and she also is one of two IBM i admins at Everbrite. Marina earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems Software Development from Bellevue University in June of 2017. Marina is currently the vice president for the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association(WMCPA) users group and is also a member of their Women in IT (WIT) committee, a member of COMMON’S Young i Professionals (Yips) committee, a member of COMMON America Advisory Council (CAAC), a private tutor in English and Programming for students at an associates or bachelor’s degree level, a public speaker on topics ranging from RPG, SQL standards and unit testing, and was named a IBM fresh face for 2019. She has also completed two open source projects the first is logging in RPG and IBMiUnit a RPG unit testing framework.

Steve Wolk

Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout it's over 105 year history. Steve joined PC Richard & Son in 1986. In 2000, after working his way through a number of IT related roles, he assumed his current position as the company’s first CTO. As CTO, he considers himself very fortunate to lead a large in-house team of very talented software developers. Together, they bring their combined extensive retail experience to bear in the application of new technologies to improve business processes and efficiency to create a competitive advantage for this unique company. Steve enjoys speaking at conferences and events, and is proud to be a member of Toastmasters International. He resides in Commack, NY with his wife and two teenage daughters. As a family, they all enjoy spending quality time travelling together.

Carol Woodbury

Carol Woodbury is President and CTO of DXR Security – a firm dedicated to improving organizations’ IBM i Security – one step at a time. Carol is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and has her PCIP certification. She is also a member of the ISACA organization and has been named an IBM Champion since 2018.
With over 25 years of experience in IT security, Carol is known worldwide as an expert in the area of computer security. During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small- and medium-sized organizations. Carol is passionate about helping organizations understand and make use of the security features provided in the IBM i operating system.

Carol is an educator, architect, designer, implementer and an award-winning speaker and author. Her latest book, IBM i Security Administration and Compliance, 3rd edition is available from the MC Press Bookstore.