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IAMCP Virtual Chapter February Meeting: Voices for Innovation

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
12:00 PM Pacific Time
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Laura Peters, President
714-264-4250 Cell/Text

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Join us on Tuesday, February 5th, 12 noon - 2 pm PST, for our next 2019 Virtual Chapter meeting! If you haven't already, register here.

During the call, we'll have a presentation on Voices for Innovation (VFI).  VFI is a Microsoft-supported community of technology professionals and everyday American citizens who help advance IT job growth and businesses all of sizes. Learn in more detail about public policies VFI supports - like data privacy, computer science education and TV white spaces broadband - that affect all of us. Please join us for a panel discussion with Mike McMahon, Microsoft, David Gersten, Dynamic Consulting, John Nicolau, ZLan Partners and Ryan Risley, Brittenford Systems, Inc.

Mike McMahon, Senior Director US Government Affairs, Microsoft

Mike McMahon currently serves as Senior Director of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft in Washington, D.C. In this role, McMahon specializes in working with Microsoft’s technology partners, industry trade groups, think tanks and other NGOs on a wide range of issues that are important to Microsoft and the technology industry. He is responsible for mobilizing a diverse network of advocates in support of a broad range of tech policy issues at the federal and state levels.

With more than twenty years of work on election and issues advocacy campaigns at the federal and state levels, McMahon has served in a number of roles including field, communications and political management. He started his career traveling the country working on more than a dozen political campaigns including three Presidential and seven state races. He later served as Vice President of Field Operations for a Washington, DC based public affairs agency before moving to Seattle, Washington to be a Manager on Microsoft’s External Affairs team. McMahon currently resides in McLean, VA with his wife and four children.

David Gersten, Practice Manager, Dynamic Consulting

David Gersten has 25+ years of experience in Business Process Solutions including Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management solutions. As one of the Practice Managers at Dynamic Consulting, David is responsible for building and managing our Mid-Market ERP and CRM business while strengthening our positioning and expertise around the ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) we work with; and he is also part of our leaders that manage our relationships with Microsoft, IAMCP, local chambers of commerce and other associations we continue to work with on a daily basis.

David is currently a Past-President of the Southern California (SoCal) chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP). He is also the Vice President on the US Board of Directors. David also participated on the Partner Engagement Board for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference and is very active in the Dynamics User Group communities.



John Nicolau, Vice President – Business Development, ZLan Partners, Inc.

After spending eight years in the 1980’s consulting at two of the world’s largest companies (Amoco and AT&T), the entrepreneurial bug bit and John joined his father in a small family business during the 1990’s, helping to grow it until his father’s retirement in 1997. John got back into consulting as the technology industry was taking off, working for a well-respected Microsoft partner until the early 2000’s, when the entrepreneurial bug bit again. So along with a few other colleagues, he co-founded VantagePoint Partners, an IT consulting firm, quickly achieving Gold Certified Partner status with Microsoft, focusing on the SMB marketplace in and around the Chicagoland area. During this time, he assisted another business colleague in starting a similar firm in the area, eventually merging their two firms in 2012, to form ZLan Partners. The team had grown to 25 and they achieved multiple Gold competencies with Microsoft, continuing to serve the needs of their SMB clients. In March of 2018, John and his partners agreed to be acquired by Sharp Business Systems, providing the opportunity for ZLan to broaden the reach of their managed services business to 16 additional markets throughout the U.S. John now serves as a Regional Major Account Executive for ZLan Partners, A Sharp IT Company.

John received his B.A. in Chemistry from Knox College and his MBA in Marketing from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University of Chicago. He resides in the northern suburbs of Chicagoland with his wife and is the father of four adult children.    



Ryan Risley, Partner and Chief Technology Officer, Wipfli LLP

Ryan Risley, partner at Wipfli’s technology consulting practice. Wipfli is one of the top CPA and technology consulting firms in the country with 2,300+ associates in 50+ locations. Ryan leads the firm’s Chief Intelligence Officer (CIO) advisory practice. His practice approaches digital transformation holistically to align enterprise strategic plans with technological innovation and governance. This approach creates digital strategies utilizing expansive technology expertise in a number of core industries to produce results for greater impact and growth. The technology-agnostic practice works with organizations of all sizes to chart a course to their success. Some notable clients his team works with include Team Rubicon, Operation Smile and Special Olympics.

As part of his philanthropy outside of work, Ryan has had an outward mindset since his early days as an Eagle Scout and it carries through to his current volunteer roles. He is deeply involved as a technology leader in federal policy advocacy championing issues that are important to Wipfli’s clients and the firm’s focus on modernizing technology legislation. He believes strongly in promoting growth in STEM programs to develop more diverse technologists from an early age, as well as protecting cloud privacy rights and providing internet access to all.

Ryan serves as the Advocacy Chair for the IAMCP DC chapter and the US Board. He also serves as a lead liaison for the Advisory Task Force with Voices for Innovation.




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