Doug Ellis

Co-founder and Managing Partner, DecisionPoint

Doug Ellis was co-founder of DecisionPoint in 1998 and has served as a Managing Partner since that time. His operational career was in the technology sector, prior to providing M&A advisory for the last 20 years. Ellis has been personally involved in successfully closing 50+ transactions in the software, telecommunications, and IT services sectors. Prior […]

Susan Etlinger - Keynote

Industry Analyst, Altimeter

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. She is a globally recognized expert in digital strategy, with a focus on artificial intelligence, big data, analytics and digital ethics. Susan conducts independent research and has authored a series of reports available for download. Susan works with Global 2000 clients to evaluate emerging […]

Cynthia Gibas

Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Cynthia Gibas received the Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. She subsequently worked as a bioinformatics analyst and programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 1999, she took a faculty position at Virginia Tech and was involved in the development of their Bioinformatics graduate […]

Doug Hague

Analytics Executive Adviser and Former Chief Analytics Officer of Bank of America Merchant Services

Doug Hague is an analytics and modeling expert who applies data science to achieve transformational business results. With more than 20 years of experience, he has had consistent success at developing and implementing highly effective analytical organizations across a variety of industries. A system-level thinker, he easily translates technical data into language that resonates with […]

Tammy Harris

Director of Development, Redeeming Joy

​Tammy Harris is the Director of Development for Redeeming Joy, a non-profit that provides housing and restoration services for female victims of sex trafficking. She has worked directly with victims of this type of sexual exploitation and served as a subject matter expert for the Human Trafficking DSI project. She acts as the legislative team […]

Darlene Heater

Executive Director University City Partners

Darlene Heater is the Executive Director for University City Partners, which envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive University City’s long term economic vitality as a center for employment, living, education, commerce and entertainment. Heater is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She has held roles in the public sector for nearly twenty […]

Cory Hefner

Sr. Info Security Analyst, TIAA

Cory Hefner is a graduate of North Carolina State University with both a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Advanced Analytics. His studies in Analytics covered topics including advanced modeling, data mining techniques, data visualization, and interpretation of these methods into meaningful and impactful results. Cory has proficiency with R, Splunk, […]

Bryan Irwin

Special Agent, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch

Special Agent Bryan Irwin is with the Alcohol Law Enforcement branch of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He has served as a task force officer with United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigating international, national and local human trafficking/smuggling cases. He served as the program manager for the development and implementation of North […]

Bill Kahn, Ph.D.

Senior VP, Head of Consumer Behavior Modeling, Bank of America

Bill runs the statistical modeling group for consumer banking at Bank of America. His team uses a broad range of statistical techniques and makes extensive use of machine learning. He has run similar statistics groups at other financial service, strategy consulting, and manufacturing firms over the last few decades. He has his BA in Physics […]

Shikha Kashyap

Chief Technology Officer, Syntelli Solutions, Inc.

Shikha Kashyap is Syntelli’s CTO and the powerhouse behind architecture decisions and technology direction. She knows that keeping big data solutions simple will ensure successful deployments. Her belief in the use of agile methods helps build high-value deliverables with fast times to market and proven results. Shikha has two decades of experience delivering advanced IT […]