Panelists

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Steven Wolk

PC Richard & Son

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.


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Kim Greene

Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.

Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows, and Linux. Kim has over 15 years of experience with IBM Domino and 20 years of experience with the AS/400, iSeries, and i5 platforms. Kim specializes in installing and configuring Domino, Sametime and Connections servers, providing performance analysis, system and application tuning, health checks and security reviews, upgrades and migrations, disaster recovery assessments, high availability solutions, and customized application development.

Kim is also expanding the business to include services related to the fastest growing NoSQL database, MongoDB. Areas of specialization include architecture, performance, and security in addition to skill transfer.

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Dawn May

Dawn May Consulting, LLC

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/.\">\"i Can\" blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.


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Richie Palma

iTech Solutions

A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User Group). I spend most my professional time working with clients running on IBM Power Systems and especially IBM i. With a background and passion for lean manufacturing my mind is wired to seek the most efficient means toward producing a desired result. IBM Power Systems think the same way, and they can, due to IBM owning the whole solution stack. We believe in extreme efficiency, not sprawling server farms that require Band-Aids, duct-tape and lots of attention. Efficiency within the walls of the data center can and is driving competitive advantage across all industries. I believe it’s my duty to share my knowledge and experiences with companies, so they can make an educated decision prior to purchasing that next x86 data center brick. I also speak at conferences and local user group meetings, attend industry conferences/events, and deliver opinions, ideas, and lessons learned through social media and authoring articles.


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Mary Langen

Midrange Dynamics

President, Northeast User Groups Conference

Mary began her career as a bar code champion during the AS/400 years, followed by stints as a semiconductor marketer at AMD and Motorola. Mary rejoined the IBM midrange community in 2003 at SoftLanding. She has worked with Midrange Dynamics since 2010. Mary has more than 15 years of virtual office experience.


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Peg Tuttle

Midrange Dynamics
iTech Solutions


Peg has spent 35+ years in the IBM i community. Throughout her career she has assisted IBM i shops, matching them with solutions focused on operations, security, disaster recovery, high availability, change management, and more. Peg excels in networking and building long-term relationships with colleagues and clients while working from her home office in Minnesota.