2005 Speaker and Advisor Bios


Frank Ace

CIO, Department of Justice

Frank Ace graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. He has held a variety of technical and management positions in private sector insurance and financial services organizations for 10 years. He came to the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and Family Services to manage their Applications Development efforts in 1994 and took the positions of IT Director at the Department of Justice in 1998. Frank has served as Vice Chair, and Chair of the Wisconsin State IT Directors Council, and as Co-Chair of the Wisconsin State Technology Leadership Council.

Oskar Anderson

CIO, Department of Revenue

Oskar Anderson has been the CIO of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue since 2001. Prior to joining Revenue, Mr. Anderson worked in the private sector as a systems and management consultant for a number of years. He was also the CIO of the Alberta Solicitor General Department for 6 years early in his career.

Mr. Anderson has spent most of his career managing large applications development projects, some notable accomplishments including the first integrated motor vehicle system, the first distributed motor vehicle, one of the first adult offender tracking systems and the first project that electronically linked the driver and vehicle records across thirteen separate jurisdictions. In management consulting assignments, he was a member of the team that proposed and helped set up the Canadian Center for Justice Statistics. He has also led major business process reengineering and strategic planning projects for transportation, corrections and policing organizations. Mr. Anderson received his Computer Science education at the University of Alberta.

Richard Bauer

President, Expand Networks

Richard Bauer, President of Expand Networks, Inc. is responsible for all Marketing, Sales, and Customer Care activities worldwide. Prior to his current position at Expand, Mr. Bauer served as the President and Business Unit Manager of PowerDsine, Inc. from 1997 to 2004. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Bauer was Vice President of Marketing for Thomson Industries, a United States company engaged in the manufacture of industrial equipment. Mr. Bauer holds an M.B.A. from Pace University, New York and a B.S.E.E. in Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

John Byrnes

Managing Director, Mason Wells

As Executive Managing Director, Mr. Byrnes is responsible for the overall management of Mason Wells. Mr. Byrnes is Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Chairman of the Management Committee, and the Managing Member of the General Partner of each Mason Wells fund.

Mr. Byrnes has over 20 years of experience in the private equity industry. In 1982, Mr. Byrnes organized the private equity arm of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. Under his leadership M&I invested over $180 million in approximately 60 small and middle-sized, private companies located throughout the Midwest. In 1998, Mr. Byrnes managed the spin-out of M&I’s private equity team into Mason Wells, as an independent fund management firm, and organized the first fund, the $175,000,000 Mason Wells Buyout Fund I.

Mr. Byrnes received his JD Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his Bachelors Degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Trevor D’Souza

Managing Director, Mason Wells

As a Managing Director of Mason Wells Venture Funds, Mr. D’Souza is primarily responsible for co-managing the venture investment activities of the firm. Prior to joining Mason Wells in 2000, Mr. D’Souza had over 13 years of experience in consulting and business management in the software industry with special knowledge in the fields of post-market surveillance systems, clinical data management systems, electronic submissions of regulatory information, international harmonization and Internet technology issues for the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Mr. D’Souza was the President & CEO of PharmaSoft North America, Inc., a provider of software products and services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device communities worldwide. Prior to that Mr. D’Souza was a Senior Program Manager with Booz·Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where he was responsible for leading the supplier side of Healthcare IT practice. Prior to that, he was the Director of Information Systems for McKesson BioServices Corporation, a professional services firm providing specialized support for bio-medical research and development.

Mr. D’Souza received his Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, Washington D.C. with a concentration in Systems Theory and Cybernetics and a Bachelors Degree from Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., majoring in Computer Science Engineering.

Reid Engstrom

Director/Information Services, Harley Davidson Motor Company

Reid Engstrom is the Director of Information Services for Harley-Davidson Motor Company and is a co-leader of the Harley-Davidson Information Services group. He has a focus on IS operations, infrastructure, security and controls, and site applications. Reid has been with Harley for 9 years. He came to Harley as the first Manager of Architecture for H-D. He previously was with IBM in a variety of marketing, consulting, and process improvement roles. Reid’s career started out in engineering with 10 years in design and manufacturing roles. He holds one design patent. He is a licensed professional engineer and has an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Marquette.

Frank Giannantonio

CIO, Lands’ End

Frank Giannantonio was named Senior Vice President and CIO for Lands’ End Inc. on February 25, 2002. In this position, Frank is responsible for the Information Technology function at Lands End. Prior to Lands’ End, Frank was the CIO at Victoria’s Secret Catalogue, a division of The Limited, Inc. Prior to Victoria’s Secret Catalogue, Frank was the CIO at Book of the Month Club, Inc. a Division of Time Warner. Frank spent 15 years at Avon Products, Inc. where he was Director of Corporate Systems when he left.
Frank has an MS from New York University in Management Science/Industrial Engineering and a BS from Rutgers University in Mathematics.

Stan Gibson

Executive Editor, eWeek

Stan Gibson, Executive Editor of eWEEK, introduces each issue to readers in his “This eWEEK” column that leads off the magazine. In his eWEEK Interview feature, he has interviewed many IT industry luminaries, including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Dell Chairman Michael Dell, and Intel CEO Craig Barrett. In 1999, he received the Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press for Best Editorials in a business publication. He launched a new column called Outsourcing and Services in eWEEK earlier this year.

Gibson has been covering the information technology industry for 20 years and has been an editor in a variety of roles at eWEEK (formerly PC Week) for 12 years. He has also been an editor at Communications Week and Computerworld. Gibson has spoken at numerous IT industry conferences and has appeared as a commentator on local and network television – as well as on many Internet Webcasts.

Michael Hayford

CFO, Sr. Exec. VP, Metavante

Michael Hayford is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Metavante Corporation. He has served as CFO since 2001. Hayford oversees the Finance, Risk Management, Business Development, and Facilities functions at Metavante. He also serves on the company’s Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Metavante, Hayford spent 10 years with Andersen Consulting LLP, the business and technology consulting company now known as Accenture. He was responsible for managing a number of large system integration projects, including the design and development of a worldwide training program for all Accenture new hires.

Hayford holds a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Hayford also is a Certified Public Accountant.

Senator Ted Kanavas

Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in a July 2001 special election. He was re-elected in November 2002. Prior to his election, Ted spent twelve years in the software industry and continues to work in the field as a senior enterprise executive with Harris Data, a Brookfield-based company. In the 1990s, Ted and two acquaintances from California co-founded Premier Software Technologies. In five years, Premier grew into a multi-million dollar company and was sold to Active Software. In 2002, he was instrumental in establishing the Legislative Council Committee on Public and Private Broadband. The committee assessed Wisconsin’s broadband access around the state and developed a plan for connecting Wisconsin’s communities.

Kevin Kenealey

Director, Mason Wells

As a Director of Mason Wells Buyout Funds, Mr. Kenealey is primarily responsible for supporting the buyout activities of the firm. In this capacity, Mr. Kenealey is responsible for initiating investment opportunities, negotiating debt financings, supervising due diligence, serving on the Board of Directors of the portfolio companies, and working with portfolio company management teams. Mr. Kenealey is a member of the Investment Committee of the buyout funds.

Mr. Kenealey has a JD Degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Michael M. Knetter

Dean, UW-Madison School of Business

Michael M. Knetter joined the UW-Madison School of Business as its dean in July 2002. Prior to joining the School of Business, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Dean Knetter, a Wisconsin native, grew up in Rhinelander and completed his undergraduate studies in economics and mathematics at UW–Eau Claire. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University.

Prior to joining the Tuck School of Business in 1997, Dean Knetter was vice chair of the Department of Economics at Dartmouth. He also served as a senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Marc Marotta

Secretary, Dept of Administration

Marc J. Marotta became Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) in January 2003. As DOA Secretary, he both advises Governor Jim Doyle on fiscal, economic and other policy matters and manages a major state agency.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Marotta was a partner in the Milwaukee office of the Foley & Lardner law firm. As a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice Group, he represented public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and other complex business transactions. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1987) and Marquette University (1984), where he studied economics, political science and English. He was a three-time academic All-American basketball player.

David Matthews

Special Agent, WI Dept of Justice

David Matthews has been a Special Agent for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal investigation since 1988. Agent Matthews is currently assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Support Services, Computer Crimes and Forensic Analysis Unit. In addition to these duties Agent Matthews’ background includes the direction of conspiracy investigations of drug trafficking organizations and was a member of a federal money laundering taskforce group. Agent Matthews is currently a co-project manager of the Wisconsin DOJ Cyber-Terrorism Law Enforcement Planning Group whose goal is the development response plans for law enforcement in the event of cyber attacks on public or private infrastructure. Central to these efforts is the staffing of critical incident response teams based on strategic relationships between law enforcement, industry and academia. Agent Matthews frequently provides training to prosecutors, police and private law firms on matters related to the use of digital evidence in criminal and civil litigation.

Prior to joining the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, Agent Matthews was a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigation where his duties included criminal and counter-intelligence assignments.

Mark McLane

CEO, NameProtect

Mark McLane joined NameProtect in November 2003 and brings over twenty years of technology, business development, and international sales, marketing and legal experience to this rapidly growing company. NameProtect is a digital brand protection company located in Madison, Wisconsin. Mark has worked in start-up environments, as well as large multi-national organizations. Mark has held senior positions in business development, domestic and global sales with Toshiba America Information Systems, Groupe Bull, and Network Appliance. Prior to entering the technology industry, Mark graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics and obtained his JD from Delaware Law School.

Ed Meachen

CIO, University of Wisconsin System

Edward Meachen is Associate Vice President for Learning and Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin System. In June 1997 he was asked to step into the position on an interim basis and was officially appointed Associate Vice President in March 1998. Prior to coming to UW System Administration, Ed was Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Services at UW-Parkside for eight years and the Director of the Library Learning Center at UW-Parkside for two years. In 2000 Ed helped establish the Academic ADL Co-Lab and continues to serve as the Co-Lab Commission Chair.

He was appointed as a member to the Council of Chief Information Officers for the UW System in 1995 and currently serves as its Chair. He has served as a member of the UW System Distance Education Steering Committee as well as the UW System Task Force on Academic Computing and Emerging Technology.

Matt Miszewski

CIO, Dept. of Administration

In March 2003, Matthew J. Miszewski was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Wisconsin by Governor Jim Doyle. Miszewski oversees the state’s approximately $400 million annual investment in information technology (IT).

Prior to his appointment, Miszewski worked in the private sector. In 1999 he started his own company, Topical Networks, which provided IT consulting and enterprise resources systems to national clients. He also was a founding partner of the firm people.political, which provided political data-management tools to labor organizations and candidates for public office.

As an attorney in private practice, Miszewski focused on labor law and advised high-tech firms on issues ranging from start-up and finance to strategic direction.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School (1995) and Marquette University (1992).

Rick Roy

CTO, CUNA Mutual Group

Rick Roy is the Chief Technology Officer for CUNA Mutual Group and its affiliates. The CUNA Mutual Group is the leading financial services provider to credit unions and their members worldwide, offering insurance, investment, lending and technological solutions through strategic relationships and multiple service channels. Rick oversees the technology strategy, application software development, information security and technology infrastructure functions of the company. Rick is also a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group in 2003, Rick was Senior Vice President and General Manager of product development at Metavante Corporation, where he was responsible for product development and technology architecture for Metavante’s software product portfolio. As a member of Metavante’s executive team, Rick participated extensively in merger and acquisition activities and directed software development functions across six cities in the United States and Canada.

Rick holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University and a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Rick has pursued additional graduate level work at Northwestern University – Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Craig Schiefelbein

CEO, Paragon Development Systems, Inc.

Craig Schiefelbein is the co-founder of PDS. He serves as CEO and has led the organization through 7 business model changes while maintaining 19 years of consecutive and profitable growth. Craig has directed all aspects of PDS from innovation to market delivery. PDS now employs over 200 individuals. Craig is very proud that PDS has been recognized three times for building one of the “Best Places to Work” in Wisconsin. As co-author of The 10 Good Life Cycle Practices (GLCPÔ) – a guide to reducing total costs, improved planning capabilities and effective asset management – Craig has become known as one of the leading proponents of a Life Cycle Management approach to IT management. Craig serves on several boards including Froedtert Hospital Presidents Advisory Board, First Bank Financial, Wisconsin Specialized Marketing, and is Chairman of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.

Paul Shain

COO and President, Berbee Information Networks

Mr. Paul S. Shain has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Berbee Information Networks, a leading provider of e-business development, infrastructure integration, and application hosting services since January of 2000. Prior to joining Berbee, Mr. Shain spent 12 years at Robert W. Baird & Co., Incorporated, most recently as Managing Director and Director of Equity Research. Mr. Shain earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves on the Board of Directors of Berbee, and Fiduciary Management Inc.; and the advisory boards of Associated Bank of South Central Wisconsin, Baird Venture Partners, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business.

Peter Stockhausen

CIO, Manpower Inc.

Peter Stockhausen has been a Chief Information Officer for over 12 years in 3 different industries. He has served as CIO of Manpower’s North American operations since 1997. Peter is a member of the board of directors of the HR-XML consortium, and has chaired Manpower’s Global Information Technology Council, and led a multi-company software-development joint venture. In 2003 CIO Magazine recognized him among the 100 most resourceful CIOs and featured his organization in a cover story. Before joining Manpower, Peter was the CIO of a start-up telecom company that grew to serve 44 cities. Prior to that, he ran IT for a newspaper company, where he also project managed the merger of two metropolitan newspapers.

Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. Among his professional activities, Peter is a former President of the Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Information Management, and a former Chair of a Marquette University School of Business Advisory Board.

Frank Timons

Research Analyst, Robert .W Baird & Co.

Frank Timons is a member of Baird’s Data Storage and Services team. Prior to joining Baird, Frank worked for over four years at Sun Microsystems in various capacities including Senior Strategist/Strategy & Planning Group. Frank also spent over four years as a trial attorney in Chicago for Bruce R. Pfaff & Associates. He received an M.B.A. in Finance, Strategic Management, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Notre Dame as well.

John C. Thomure, Jr.

Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

John Thomure, Jr. is a partner focusing his practice on white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations and compliance counseling. Matters involve misappropriation of trade secrets, economic espionage, securities fraud, accounting irregularities, mail and wire fraud, theft of honest services, false statements, health care fraud and RICO. He also concentrates on bankruptcy litigation and commercial transactions (including financings, workouts and liquidations).

* Washington University (LL.M. Taxation, 2000)
* University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 1993; Member, Wisconsin International Law Journal)
* Oberlin College (B.A. 1986)

Daniel J. Vaccaro

Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Dan Vaccaro is an experienced trial attorney and a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation, focusing on tort, commercial, and white collar criminal defense cases.

Prior to joining Michael Best & Friedrich, Mr. Vaccaro was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was responsible for investigating and prosecuting organized crime, capital murder, international narcotics, money laundering, white collar, law enforcement corruption, and other major felony cases.

Mr. Vaccare has a JD Degree from the American University – Washington College of Law and a Bachelors of Science degree (with distinction) from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Raj Veeramani

Professor, College of Engineering, Industrial Engineering Department

Dr. Raj Veeramani is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with joint appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Business. He is the Director and founder of the UW E-Business Consortium, established December 1998, and the UW E-Business Institute, established October 2003. His current areas of research include Internet-aided supply chain collaboration and RFID applications. He serves as an e-business strategist and best practices consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Veeramani joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992.

Gary Wolter

Chairman, CEO, President, Madison Gas & Electric

Gary J. Wolter is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Gas and Electric Company and President and Director of the MGE Foundation. He joined the Company in 1984 as Staff Attorney and has served in numerous positions before becoming President and CEO.

Wolter is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Transmission Company, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Wisconsin Research Park, a member of the Board of Directors of Edison Electric Institute, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Meriter Health Services, Meriter Hospital, and Meriter Management Services, Vice Chair of the United Way Campaign and Member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Dane County, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Madison Community Foundation.

Wolter graduated maxima cum laude from Loras College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He also holds a J.D. Degree from the University of Iowa Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif Honor Society.

Denise Webb

CIO, Dept Health and Family Services

Denise Webb is currently the Chief Information Officer for The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Family Services. She manages a multi-tiered, 4,800 plus node network running several hundred different applications. Denise serves as a key player in the State of Wisconsin and DHFS enterprise IT architecture, policy, and standards planning and decision making. Denise currently co-chairs the WI Technology Leadership Council’s Information Security and Privacy Domain Subcommittee, and the CARES Management Team.

Denise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and received a commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Louisiana State University in 1979. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Information Resources Management with honors from Webster University in 1987 and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with honors from the Naval War College in 1995. Denise completed a University of Wisconsin Master’s Certificate in Project Management in 2004.

Advisory Board

Frank Ace, Dept. of Justice

Tod Linstroth, Michael, Best & Friedrich, LLP

John Amundson, Dept. of Financial Institutions

Oskar Anderson, Dept. of Revenue

Frank Giannantonio, Lands’ End

Michael Knetter, UW-Madison School of Business

Rick Roy, CUNA Mutual Group

Ellen Vogel, Dept. of Workforce Development

Peter Stockhausen, Manpower Inc.

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