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​Speaker Name
​Company​Speaker Bio

Allan Watty

SoftNAS, Inc.
​Allan has over 25 years of management and technical experience in agile and traditional development methodologies. 
​Allen Hurst
​HCSS​Allen is an agile software leader, developer, and coach.  As s software services leader he has grown successful organizations by emphasizing valuable software delivery to clients.
​Allison Pollard & Mike Rieser
​Allison Pollard is an Agile Coach with Improving in Dallas who helps people discover and develop their agile instincts. 
​Andrew Siemer, Gabriel Schenker, Miguel Gonzalez, Seth Orell, James Allen
Volusion, Boon Group, Clear Measure
​Director of Engineering at Volusion.
​Anthony {Tex} Moreign​Hybrid Decisions Corp​Founded Houston Cloud & Cluster User Group (in 2008)»» Founded Hybrid Decisions Corp (in 2005)
​Brenda Arceneaux​Data Analytics Network​Changes in technology, is the driving force for competition. Competition is my driving force for continuously learning. Continuously learning is my key for success.
​Brian Culver​Expert Point Solutions​Brian Culver is a SharePoint Solutions Architect for Expert Point Solutions in Houston, Texas.  Brian is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD).
​Brian Sullivan​Clear Measure​Brian Sullivan is a principal software engineer at Clear Measure in Dallas. He got his start in programming maintaining legacy mainframe applications in COBOL at a large trucking company, but quickly realized he needed to find a more productive environment.
​Chad Berkan​Hitachi Consulting​Chad Berkan has been working in technology in various roles for over 20 years. He joined Hitachi Consulting in 2014 after moving to Houston.
​Chander Dhall​Chander Dhall Inc​Chander is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider, Web API Advisor and open source contributor, with years of experience in enterprise software development.
​Claudio Lassala​Improving​Claudio Lassala has been developing software for 25+ years and just recently joined Improving as a full-time Principal Consultant.  He enjoys building software, consulting, and teaching.
​Constantin Dragomirov
​Zont Services
​Curtis Schlak​curtissimo​Curtis Schlak has developed for the Web for over 20 years. He likes to write software. He likes to help others write software.
​Dan Sline​Dan Sline has over 20 years in the IT industry working with various financial, insurance, health care, utilities, energy, and education systems.
​Daniel Lioznyansky
​Zont Services
​Daniel Lioznyansky is an experienced Business Consultant who integraes technical expertise with business know.
​Devlin Liles​Improving​As Vice President of Consulting of Improving Enterprises Houston, Devlin Liles assists in leading the technology strategy and direction for the business as well as all aspects of consultant engagement.
​Elwanda Bennett​The Consulting Institute​Since 1988, I have provided consulting services for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. My exciting and dynamic working style has earned me accolades from my peers and customers.
​Eric Burcham​Enterprise Products, LP​I like finding better ways to do things or to help people out. "Good enough" never feels like "good enough."
​Hadi Hariri​JetBrains​Developer and creator of many things OSS, his passions includes Web Development and Software Architecture. Has authored a couple of books, a few courses and has been speaking at industry events for nearly 15 years.
​Harold Pulcher​Improving​Harold Pulcher is a developer, network engineer, magician, woodworker, and part time grease monkey. He has over 25 years of experience working in Information Technology.
​J Sawyer​Hitachi Consulting​A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an English Lit major was offered some beer money to write a small database application. And so it started.  Now, twenty-some odd years later, this same guy is still writing code and loving every minute of it.
​James Del Monte​JDA Professional Services, Inc.​James founded JDA Professional Services, a recruiting firm specializing in the IT industry.
​Jane Prusakova​Improving Enterprises​I am a software architect and developer, an Agile proponent, and a great believer in building valuable software that users will love to use.
​Jason Awbrey​PostDotNet Consulting​Jason Awbrey is a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP. He runs PostDotNet Consulting in Spring, focusing on Xamarin development.
​Jeffrey Davidson​Improving​Jeffrey Davidson helps teams uncover their greatness. It’s there already, but too often hiding.
​Jesus Hernandez​CodeAwesome LLC​Jesus has a passion for solving problems using design and creative thinking as a tool to strategize solutions that would save time, efforts, leading to user driven and user centric products.
​Jim Bethancourt and Kiet Hutnh​Triple Point Technology​Jim Bethancourt is a Sr. Software Developer at Triple Point Technology, and has led the Houston Java Users Group since 2007.
​John Cook​Microsoft​John Paul Cook is a Data Platform Solution Architect working out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP.
​Jonathan Birkholz​Birkholz Creative, LLC​JB loves to developing software. As a software craftsman with over 15 years experience, JB loves to learn and share what he has learned about his craft.
​Jonathan Hammond​Capco Energy Solutions​Jonathan Hammond is a Lead Senior Consultant for Capco Energy Solutions. For the better part of the last 8 years he has been focused on Java and C# server-side development.
​Joseph Reynolds​InfoCraft​Joseph earned his Master of Science in Information Technology, with a focus in Software Architecture from Capella University in 2009.
​Justin Self​Clear Measure​Justin Self is not a rockstar, mad scientist or code ninja. He is a developer teammate who focuses on leading software teams and delivering value.
​Ken Howard​Improving​Ken Howard is President of Improving Enterprises in Houston, TX, and has been involved in most aspects of software development, training and mentoring for over 30 years.  Ken's specialty is helping companies increase productivity through efficient practice.
​Mark Reynolds​Southwestern Energy​Mark Reynolds has been creating answers in diverse industries and disciplines – avionics systems, performance analysis, process management, real-time solutions and knowledge research.
​Michael L Perry​Improving​Software is math. Every class is a theorem. The compiler is the proof. And unit tests check our work.
​Michael Nguyen​HCSS​Michael Nguyen is an android developer at HCSS. He loves material design, open source, and thinks android N should be named "Narshmallow".
​Mike Yeager
​Mohammad Azam​The Iron Yard​Mohammad Azam is an iOS Instructor at The Iron Yard. Before joining The Iron Yard, Azam served as a senior mobile developer at
​Nikkia Carter​Carter-McGowan Services, LLC​Nikkia Carter is the owner and CEO of Carter-McGowan Services, LLC, a Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Partner and SMB Champion.
​Nirmaljeet Malhotra​Improving, CapitalOne​Nirmal has 15+ years of experience in the technology space and 7+ yeas in agile software development.
​Paul DeCarlo​Microsoft​Paul DeCarlo is a Microsoft Technology Evangelist and Professor for the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. His current technology interests focus on Internet of Things, Cloud Applications, and Cross-Platform mobile app development.
​Paul Holser​The Container Store​Paul Holser currently serves as a Corporate Applications Architect at The Container Store. He's been developing software for over twenty years.
​Peter Tran​PROS​Peter works for PROS Revenue Management (NYSE: PRO) as a Performance Architect specializing in server-side performance tuning on Java, SQL Server, and Oracle.
​Philip Wheat​Singularity Innovation​Experienced Technologist with cross training in executive coaching, marketing, logistics, financials, and startup survival.
​Rafael de la Cruz​eAdvancedSolutions​Rafael de la Cruz in an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of experience in the IT field.
​Robbie Mac Iver​The Mac Iver Group​For more than 10 years, Robbie Mac Iver has helped product development groups achieve improved business results by embracing agile principles and values.
​Robert Stewart​TDECU​Robert Stewart is the senior DBA at TDECU a local Houston credit union. He has been involved with Microsoft SQL Server since it was split from Sybase in 1994.
​Sam Basu​Telerik​Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Developer Advocate for Telerik. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik stations.
​Seth Valdetero​Sparkhound​Seth Valdetero is a Senior Developer at Sparkhound. He has been in the mobile app space for several years. He is the president of the Baton Rouge .NET User Group.
​Shawn Weisfeld​Microsoft​Shawn ( is passionate about building awesome applications and websites with .NET technologies and Azure.
​Stephen Fulcher​Crocodile Digital​Stephen Fulcher is a serial entrepreneur focused on delivering technology products and services that transform business strategies.
​Tim Mitchell​Tyleris Data Solutions
​Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, and trainer. He has worked with SQL Server for over a decade.
​Todd Little​IHS​Todd Little is Vice President of Product Development for IHS, a leading global provider of information, analytics, and expertise.
​Venkat Palivela​ThoughtWorksVenkat Palivela is a consultant at Thoughtworks, and is a co-organizer of HackerNest Dallas.​
​Yung Chou​Microsoft​Yung Chou is a Technology Evangelist in Microsoft US Developer Experience and Evangelism team.