2006 Speaker and Advisor Bios


Thomas Koulopoulos

Founder and CEO, Delphi Group

Tom Koulopoulos is founder and CEO of Delphi Group, a Boston-based thought leadership firm providing advice to Global 200 organizations and governments for the last 15 years. Koulopoulos was named one of the industry’s six most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine. He is recognized as an authority on the implications of information technology on global organizations, with articles appearing frequently in national and international print and broadcast media including BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, CNN and NPR.

Koulopoulos is an author of six books, adjunct professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Management, and guest lecturer at Boston University School of Management and Harvard University. He is one of the industry’s most prolific thought leaders. His insights provide a beyond-the-edge view of the turbulence created by the collision of technology and business. Tom Peters has called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.”

His insights have received wide praised highly by luminaries such as Peter Drucker, Dee Hock (founder of Visa International), and Jim Champy (co-author of Reengineering the Corporation). According to Peter Drucker, “Tom’s writing makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.” His current book, Smartsourcing the Enterprise: How to Drive Innovation, Jobs, and Growth in the age of Globalization, looks at the core drivers and and broad implications of outsourcing and globalization.

David Alvarado

Vice President of Storage Management, CA

In his role as Practice Manager, Mr. Alvarado is responsible for creating services that meet client storage needs and aligning them with CA capabilities and expertise. He has 25 years of professional IT experience in with a specific focus in storage architecture, business continuity, disaster recovery, and data protection.v

Prior to joining CA Mr. Alvarado was the world wide Practice Manager for Storage Services and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Services at StorageTek. He was responsible for creating and maintaining service offerings, sales and delivery of all Storage services, BC/DR services, and Data Protection services. Under his leadership this practice achieved significant world wide growth. In addition, his previous experience includes IT leadership roles at these companies: Comdisco, Continental Bank, Heller Financial, Kraft Foods, and AT&T.

Mr. Alvarado has been published in numerous periodicals including CIO Magazine, InfoStor , InfoWorld and is a sought after speaker for industry events and conferences including ITech and Gartner. He is a recipient of numerous awards at the companies where he has worked including Top performer for 6 years at Comdisco and Chairman’s Award at Heller Financial.

Frank Albi

President and COO, Inacom Information Systems

Frank Albi is President and Chief Operating Officer of Inacom Information Systems, a business solutions provider specializing in technology consulting, education and procurement. Albi’s role at Inacom includes defining and communicating action plans, ensuring alignment of resources and processes, proliferating organizational excellence and providing leadership for business growth.

Since joining Inacom in August 2003, Albi has led a state-wide expansion opening new markets in Milwaukee, Appleton and LaCrosse; in addition to the Madison headquarters. The year 2004 not only marked Inacom’s 20th year in business but was also the year Inacom was named a Cisco Gold Partner and Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning Solutions Partner of the Year. Inacom has experienced 100% growth in revenue during this tenure.

Paul Benson

Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich

Paul Benson is the deputy chair of the Litigation Practice Group of Michael Best & Friedrich, with responsibility for overseeing the Milwaukee and Waukesha offices. He is the co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Tort Liability Litigation Focus Group, chair of the firm’s Life, Health and Disability Litigation Focus Group, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Special Practice Group. Since joining the firm, Mr. Benson has been involved in product liability and personal injury litigation, general commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation, intellectual property litigation and insurance litigation. Mr. Benson was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in the area of Litigation in the November 2005 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Rimas P. Buinevicius

CEO, Sonic Foundry

Rimas P. Buinevicius has been Sonic Foundry’s Chairman of the Board since October 1997 and Chief Executive Officer since January 1997. In addition to his organizational duties, Mr. Buinevicius is a recognized figure in the rich media industry focused on the convergence of technology, digital media and entertainment. Mr. Buinevicius joined Sonic in 1994 as General Manager and Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Sonic, Mr. Buinevicius spent the majority of his professional career in the fields of biomedical and industrial control research and development. Mr. Buinevicius earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago; a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; and is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

David Cagigal

Chief Information Technology Officer, Alliant Energy

David Cagigal is a seasoned executive with over 25 years experience in information technology management. The combination of IT and other technologies is a key part of David’s role as CITO at Alliant Energy.

Prior to Alliant Energy, David served as Director of Information Services with DeVry, Inc. where he managed a mission-critical $3M Application Service Provider (ASP) contract with eCollege to ensure a reliable eLearning platform (course availability) for the fastest growing segment of the corporation. Prior to DeVry, David was the Director, Information Application Services for DePaul University, managing three product lines of a PeopleSoft ERP investment for Student Administration, Finance and Human Resources university-wide, as well as an infrastructure group.

David also worked at Maytag in various IT capacities, notably as General Manager within the Strategic Business Development Group, in which he developed an Intelligent Appliances (eCommerce) Strategy and Business Plan centered on consumer value, technology feasibility and profitability.

David holds a BS and MBA from DePaul University.

Paul Congdon

Chief Technology Officer, ProCurve Networking by HP

Paul Congdon is an HP Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for ProCurve Networking by HP. He is responsible for specifying, architecting and designing ProCurve network infrastructure and software products. He also represents ProCurve within various industry committees developing networking standards.

Paul has a long history in networking and systems innovation. He currently holds seven patents related to the networking industry and has several more in process. Now, he integrates technology trends, market trends and customer needs to help guide ProCurve’s industry leadership and product innovation. He helps the company focus on delivering the most value to customers by helping choose what to do and often times what not to do next.

Gina Frank-Reece

Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration

Gina Frank-Reece became Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) in August 2004. She works closely with other Executive Branch agencies to develop and implement statewide goals, especially in the areas of financial and program management.

Gina has worked for the State of Wisconsin for over twenty years in a variety of management and professional positions in policy and budget, finance, and human resources. In addition to DOA and DOR, this includes service in the Departments of Public Instruction, Corrections, and Transportation.

Gina graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a double major in Government and Spanish, and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the La Follette Institute at UW-Madison.

Bernard Gay

VP of IT, Royal Caribbean International

Bernard Gay is the Vice President of Information Technology and a Business Professional of Royal Caribbean with 10 years experience in senior level management. He overseas the Business Operations Systems segment that comprises Security & Data Privacy, Supply Chain, Financial, Business Intelligence, Human Resources and Newbuild Engineering. Bernard is helping Royal Caribbean re-architect their enterprise to allow for an easy, flexible, efficient and effective integration of the long-term vision of the company.

William Harvey

President and CEO, Chairman of the Board, Alliant Energy

Named chief executive officer in 2005 and Chairman of the Board in Feb 2006, Bill Harvey has been with Alliant Energy-Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WP&L) since 1986. Alliant Energy provides electricity, natural gas and energy-related products and services to more than three million customers around the world. Prior to joining WP&L, Harvey was in private practice as a principal with the law firm of Wheeler, Van Sickle, Anderson, Norman, and Harvey, S.C.

Harvey serves on the boards of the American Transmission Co., Meriter Foundation and Riverland Conservancy. His community involvement also includes serving on the board of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Committee of the Dane County Economic Summit Council.

Leslie Hearn

CIO, TDS Telecom

Leslie Hearn is Vice President Information Systems and CIO of TDS Telecom. She oversees support of internal applications, as well as TDS’ internet service provider, in the areas of systems development and support, computer operations, infrastructure planning and management, advanced technology planning, and project/portfolio management.

Leslie joined TDS Telecom in March 1996 and has held leadership roles in product development, information technology and telecommunication network operations. Prior to joining TDS, she spent seven years in IT consulting and seven years with telecom carrier, USWest.

Leslie completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her Masters degree is in Finance with a focus on business modeling.

Ron Kral

CEO, Candela Solutions

Ronald Kral, MBA, CPA, CMA: Ronald is the Managing Partner of Candela Solutions, LLC, a public accounting firm based in Madison, WI. He knows the audit and consulting arenas well having assisted over two hundred clients with Big-4 and local CPA firms. Prior to forming Candela Solutions, he was the lead executive over Wisconsin’s lottery business for GTECH, a NYSE public company. Previously, he was a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Principal Consultant with leadership responsibilities over performance auditing, internal controls and governance projects. Ronald is a nationally recognized speaker on governance, business ethics, internal controls, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, including the COSO and COBIT frameworks, NYSE & NASDAQ rules, PCAOB standards, and SEC regulations. He is a member of the AICPA, FEI, IIA, IMA, ISACA and WICPA. Ronald is a Director of FEI’s Milwaukee Chapter and holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Brian Jones

Director of App Hosting & Continuity Planning, CUNA Mutual Group

Brian Jones is the Director of IT Application Hosting and Business Continuity Services at the CUNA Mutual Group, a provider of financial services to credit unions and their members worldwide. He is responsible for the technical direction and support of CUNA Mutual’s server platforms, including IBM mainframes, AIX and Intel servers, and all data storage platforms. He also has the role of Process Owner for Business Continuity and Capacity Management processes.

Brian has almost 20 years of IT experience, all with CUNA Mutual. He has held positions in both Application Development and Infrastructure areas, involving various roles that span Operations, Research and Development, and Enterprise Architecture duties.

Dennis Klinger

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Florida Power and Light

Dennis M. Klinger is vice president and chief information officer for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). He oversees FPL‘s systems development efforts, computer operations, telecommunications operations, desktop computing and advanced technology planning.

Prior to joining FPL in 1995, Mr. Klinger was vice president and chief information officer for Ryder System Inc., where he was responsible for the corporation’s information systems function. Mr. Klinger’s career in information management also includes working 10 years with the Florida Department of Education.

Mr. Klinger holds a masters degree in business administration from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s degree in management science from Florida Atlantic University.

Mike Lettman

Chief Information Security Officer, State of Wisconsin

Mike Lettman is the Chief Security Architect and Chief Information Security Officer (CSA/CISO) for the State of Wisconsin. He is responsible for auditing, specifying, architecting and developing security standards, systems and policies. He also represents the State of Wisconsin on a variety of industry committees including Wisconsin’s Cyber Terrorism task force, the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and the Federal Privacy Task Force.

Mike has a long history in technology and security. Previously he worked for 17 years at the Wisconsin Department of Justice as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. He helped pioneer the State of Wisconsin’s first fiber to the desktop environment, as well as the State’s first fully functional disaster site. He believes that security should be an asset, not a crutch for a business and he advocates business requirements to be the driving force behind security.

Stefanie McCann

Editor at Large, CIO Decisions

Stefanie serves a dual role at CIO Decisions as director of the CIO Decisions conference and editor at large for the magazine. In her magazine role, she contributes numerous items to the Update section, and continually identifies trends and stories for the other parts of the magazine. Stefanie also contributes articles to and plays a pivotal role in coordinating the CIO Decisions Conference and developing an advisory board for the conference. Prior to joining TechTarget in 2001, Stefanie spent 12 years at Computerworld. Her
accomplishments there included launching the QuickStudy section, an ASBPE Award winner for best regular department in both the regional and national categories, and serving as managing editor of Custom Publishing, where she worked on Windows 2000 Advantage and Storage Networking World Online.

Geoffrey Morgan

Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich

Geoff Morgan is a partner and co-chair of Michael Best’s Business Practice Group. His practice is concentrated in the securities, finance and general corporate areas and includes general corporate and securities representation for a number of publicly held and private clients. He represents issuers and underwriters in underwritten public offerings of securities; companies in coordinating a wide array of legal services; and lenders, management groups, companies and sellers in acquisitions, management and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Morgan is active in structuring and negotiating domestic and foreign joint ventures. Mr. Morgan is also active in the mergers and acquisitions area, including work in acquisitions of electric and gas utilities and utility projects. He counsels boards of directors of public and private companies as to their duties and obligations in a wide variety of matters.

Chris Murphy

Senior Executive Editor, News, InformationWeek

Chris covers the I.T. industry as an editor and writer, producing content across Information Week’s channels: a 440,000-circulation weekly magazine, the Web site, daily E-mail newsletters, industry conferences, and a daily Internet-video program, The News Show. Before joining InformationWeek, he was editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business weekly in Hungary. He also spent five years as a daily newspaper reporter. Chris holds a B.A. in journalism and economics from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Sue Peterson

Sr. Director of IT, Sargento Foods, Inc.

As Senior Director of Information Technology (IT) of Sargento Foods Inc., Sue oversees all of the Sargento IT functions, including the development, implementation and support of information systems, security and compliance, data management and integrity, and project/portfolio management. Sue’s unique background allows her to work closely with departments to properly align IT and business strategy. Sue joined Sargento in 1997 and has held various management positions in Finance, including supporting the Consumer Products Division business decisions and leading the implementation of key software solutions. Prior to her current position in IT, Sue was the Assistant Treasurer. Before joining Sargento, she spent twelve years with the Kohler Co. in various Finance and Accounting roles.

Sue is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Finance, and also earned an MBA from UW-Milwaukee. Sue is also a licensed CPA. She is President of the Plymouth Board of Education and serves on the board of the Family Resource Centers of Sheboygan County. Sue is married and lives in Plymouth with her husband and two children.

Annie Stunden

CIO: UW-Madison, Director: Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

Annie Stunden has served as Chief Information Officer and Director of the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since February 2000. UW-Madison is a 40,000-student research university committed to transformational change of the teaching and learning environment through the use of technology. With about 550 permanent staff and 250 student workers, DoIT provides technology services and support to the UW-Madison community and selected services to some of the other colleges in the University of Wisconsin System.

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 Thomure, Jr.

Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

John Thomure, Jr. is a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich 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).

Denise Webb

CIO, Dept. of 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

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.

Scott Converse

Director of Technology and Innovation Programs, UW-Madison, Executive Education

Scott Converse is the Director of Technology and Innovation Programs for the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business. Working within the Executive Education department, he oversees the design and delivery of programs for one of the nation’s top ranked adult learning centers, the Fluno Center. Converse also oversees the Technical Leadership Certificate series, which is jointly offered by the School of Business and College of Engineering.

Converse has developed technology based training programs for a variety of audiences ranging from the computer novice to the IT professional. He is engaging, interactive, and clear in the presentation of technical material. Areas of expertise include internetworking concepts and information technologies, predicting and managing emerging technologies, technology project implementation, and the role technology will play on the future of business. Scott is received his MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds a BS degree in Physics from UW-Eau Claire

Tod Linstroth

Senior Partner, Michael Best and Friedrich LLP

Tod Linstroth is a senior partner in the firm’s Business Practice Group. He serves as lead corporate counsel to many significant corporate and technology-based clients, and founded and leads the firm’s VentureBestSM venture practice. In that role, he represents and provides advice on financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnering, shareholder and director issues, corporate structure and governance. Mr. Linstroth has been published many times and is a frequent speaker at both legal and business education forums. He has been recognized as one of the leading individual corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers & Partners’ Chambers USA: American’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003), has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1988-present), is listed in Who’s Who in America, and was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in the area of Business in the November 2005 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Ed Meachen

CIO, UW 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.

James G. Morris

Department Chairman, Professor – Operations and Information Management, UW-Madison

James G. Morris holds the position of Dean’s Professor of Operations and Information Management. He is Chair of the Department of Operations and Information Management, and teaches operations research courses and a course on facilities location models.

His research focuses on facilities location with special focus on distribution system network design, decision problems under risk, and workforce scheduling. His work has appeared in Annals of Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Naval Research Logistics, Operations Research, and Transportation Science, among other academic journals, and he co-authored the book Facilities Location: Models and Methods.

Vinnie Thousand

CIO, Department of Workforce Development

Vinnie Thousand has been the IT Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development since 1998. She worked at DWD in a variety of programmer and management positions since 1978 following a few years in Madison private industry.

Vinnie’s experience has primarily been in large applications development projects crossing a variety of platforms. She has been an officer of the Wisconsin State IT Director’s Council. Vinnie received her BBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison

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