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Tom CoughlinTom Coughlin
Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected storage analyst and consultant. He has over 30 years in the data storage industry with multiple engineering and management positions at companies such as Ampex, Polaroid, Seagate, Maxtor, Micropolis, Syquest, and 3M.

Tom has over 60 publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide which was published by Newnes Press in March 2008. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis (including reports on several digital storage technologies and applications and a newsletter) as well as Data Storage Technical Consulting services.

Tom is active with IDEMA, the IEEE Magnetics Society, IEEE CE Society, and other professional organizations. Tom was Chairman of the 2007 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section and currently chair of the IEEE Region 6 Central Area. He was former Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and the Magnetics Society.

Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference, a partner to the annual Consumer Electronics Show as well as the Creative Storage Conference that was recently held during the 2008 NAB. Tom is also an organizer for the Flash Memory Summit and the Data Protection Summit. He is also a Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors. For more information go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

Vijay AhujaVijay Ahuja
Cipher Solutions

Dr. Ahuja is a leading authority in information and Internet security and privacy. He has more than 30 years of industry experience ranging from design, development and consulting to marketing and executive positions. His experience includes work at IBM as Program Director of Network Security Products managing security products, Ernst & Young as Senior Manager for South East Region leading their security efforts and, Arsenal Digital Solutions (a Storage Service Provider) as Chief Technology Officer leading its technology and storage security initiatives.

Brian A. BergBrian A. Berg
Berg Software Design

Berg Software Design is a consultancy that has provided design and development services for storage devices, storage interfaces and file systems since 1985.

Brian A. Berg, its President, has a wealth of experience with Flash Memory, Optical Storage (CD, DVD), Magnetic Storage and RAID Arrays; USB, SCSI, iSCSI, SAS, IDE/ATA/ATAPI/SATA and Fibre Channel; and Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Server Blades.

Brian has been a software and firmware developer, project lead, industry analyst, seminar leader, technical marketer and technical writer. He has participated in over 50 conferences as a speaker, session chair and conference chair. He has also worked extensively with intellectual property and patents, particularly in the storage arena.

Walker BlountWalker Blount
VP Storage Systems
Web-Feet Research

Walker Blount is responsible for the Storage Systems Service, which includes analysis of flash storage systems (SSDs, EFD, and Flash cards), small form factor hard disk drives, and alternative storage technologies such as micro mechanical probe storage. One of the reports authored is the Solid State Drive Markets and Applications study that has been published by WFR since 2002.

Mr. Blount comes to Web-Feet Research after an extensive career at IBM. Hired as a design engineer in test engineering, he held a number of key engineering positions within IBM, including several years in key management positions. These included project management of manufacturing and test processes; managing 20 employees to support the manufacturing and testing of IBM's storage subsystems. Support included establishing new processes, managing manufacturing and test costs through process improvements and selecting component and sub- assembly vendors.

From 1993 - 2004, Mr. Blount was the principal HDD industry analyst within IBM and later with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. In this position he identified market opportunities and company strategies for hard disk drives including consumer electronics markets with the (1") Microdrive at its introduction.

Mr. Blount has published a number of internal reports and analytical assessments on the HDD industry and industry product offerings within Hitachi including several external whitepapers; "Fluid Dynamic Bearing Motors in Hard Disk Drives", "Voice Coil Motor Dampening" and "Why 7200 RPM Mobile Drives."

Mr. Blount earned his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Los Angeles, and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

James BordenJames Borden
Director Enterprise Storage Marketing
Western Digital

An experienced professional with technical vision focusing on Business Development and multi-year strategic product planning in the storage industry. Key successes have been driving hardware product features and integration into enterprise software, through industry collaboration, standards development, and co-development support with enterprise customers. Principal strengths include partner engagement strategies, cross-industry initiative development, and driving hardware and software features to optimize solutions for the enterprise business.

Jean BozmanJean Bozman
Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager

Jean S. Bozman is a well-respected IT professional with more than 20 years of experience covering the worldwide markets for operating environments, servers and the workloads that run on servers. Ms. Bozman began her career at IDC in 1996, focusing on the worldwide market for server operating systems. In her current role as research vice president in IDC's Enterprise Server Group, she analyzes the worldwide server market and she manages the Clustering and Availability Software (CLAS) market research for IDC.

Ms. Bozman is widely quoted in business publications, including BusinessWeek and Investors Business Daily; in daily newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times; and in online publications, such as CNET (news.com), Bloomberg and Reuters. Pior to joining IDC, Ms. Bozman was an editor at Computerworld.

She started Computerworld's Chicago Bureau in 1987, initiating Computerworld's coverage in the Midwest, and she moved to California as the publication's Senior West Coast Editor in 1989, covering the open-systems market. Ms. Bozman holds a B.S. in earth and space sciences from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a master's degree from Stanford University.

Chris BrossChris Bross
Chief Technology Officer

Chris Bross is Chief Technology Officer at DriveSavers, a worldwide leader in secure data recovery. He joined DriveSavers in 1995, and is celebrating his 20th year of watching storage devices fail in all kinds of unique ways! Today he manages key technical alliances and guides the R&D team for solid state devices and emerging storage technologies.



Tom BurnieceTom Burniece
Burniece Consulting Services

Tom Burniece is an independent business consultant, with over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and storage markets. He specializes in working with startups and small companies to build a strong strategic plan that is executable and can lead to a successful company.

He has been the CEO of iVivity, Rutilus Software, and Voelker Technologies, as well as Chairman of Ciprico and a senior executive at Copan, Maxtor, Digital Equipment, and Control Data. He holds a BSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MSEE from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of MIT’s Sloan Senior Executive Program.

John BuschJohn Busch
VP/Sr Fellow

Dr. John R. Busch is a storage industry veteran who has lead research and development of cutting edge technology.
At SanDisk, John leads explorations into flash-optimized data center solutions.
Prior to SanDisk, John was the founder of Schooner Information Technology, which SanDisk acquired in June 2013. At Schooner John lead the creation of flash-optimized databases and data stores. Prior to Schooner, John was director of computer system research at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where he led research in multi-core processors, multi-tier scale-out architectures, and advanced high-performance computer systems. Prior to Sun, John was VP at Diba, Inc., co-founder of Clarity Software, and director of computer systems R&D at Hewlett Packard.
John holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, an M.A. in Mathematics from UCLA, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Jim CantoreJim Cantore
JLC Associates

Business development, strategic marketing, technology executive with broad experience in semiconductors, solar development. Experience in crystalline silicon, thin-film photovoltaics, Flash memory, DRAM, storage class memory, microprocessors, graphics processors, smartphones; netbooks, tablet PCs; semiconductor front end manufacturing, test equipment. USA, International experience.

Interested in business development, market intelligence,strategic marketing, financial research opportunities in established small to medium size technology companies.

Specialties:Market, business development, technology research, Strategic Marketing, competitive analysis, new products technologies. Semiconductors, crystalline silicon, thin film solar PV. Consultant to technology startups, institutional, private investors, private equity, mutual, venture capital, hedge funds.

Krishna ChanderKrishna Chander
Chander Consulting

Krishna Chander is the Principal Analyst at Chander Consulting where he focuses on storage systems marketing and analysis. He was previously a Senior Storage Analyst at iSuppli. He also has extensive experiences at IBM and Hitachi in storage systems analysis, thin film manufacturing, product development, and market positioning. He has an MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from SUNY- Binghamton.

Mari Mineta ClappMari Mineta Clapp
Communications Professional

Mari Mineta Clapp has over 20 years of experience in high tech developing new markets, creating powerful brands and highly differentiated marketing platforms for innovative start-ups focused on data center or carrier networks. She works closely with IT leaders to drive thought leadership and network transformation as large corporations take greater control of their network infrastructure and deploy open networking solutions.

Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Big Switch Networks and led the company’s corporate and Open SDN product launch and worked with Jayshree Ullal and Andy Bechtolsheim on the launch of Arista Networks and the industry-changing Arista 7500. She was also on the launch team at Avici Systems, the first start-up to make it into the core of AT&T’s network- subsequently she was hired as a direct report to the CTO of AT&T. Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Vidyo, Inc. the winner of the 2010 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, VP of Marketing at BitGravity, a next generation CDN, and VP of Corporate Relations at UB Networks, the pioneer in Ethernet networking, founded as Ungermann-Bass.

Mari has an extensive network of strategic relationships which she brings to engagements enabling her to make a strong marketing and business development impact to deliver high profile visibility and differentiation to maximize corporate valuation.

Jim CookeJim Cooke
Senior Manager for NAND Marketing
Micron Semiconductor Products

Jim Cooke is a Sr. Manager for Micron’s NAND Flash technical marketing team. He has a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts. Previously, he was responsible for managing the applications engineering group at Micron. Jim has held similar positions at Toshiba America Electronic Components. In addition, Jim has over 20 years of hands-on systems-level design experience in embedded applications, enterprise and consumer markets.

Dave DemingDave Deming
Solution Technology

Founder, President and CTO of Solution Technology. With a degree in Electronics Engineering and more than 20 years of industry experience, David has designed many courses covering a wide range of storage networking technologies.

David is actively involved in the various storage-related industry associations, has designed and coordinated interoperability testing for the FCIA and was the Interoperability Program Leader. David also coordinated the industry's largest Interoperability Lab demonstration for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and he organized the interoperability demonstrations for the SNIA Technology Center grand opening.

David has been a voting member of the NCITS T11 Fibre Channel standards committee and has served on T10 (SCSI) and T10.1 (SSA) standards committees. David is an active member of the SNIA Interoperability and Education Committees where he has received recognition for his efforts and contributions.

Rich FetikRich Fetik
Data Confidential

Richard Fetik, CISSP, is CEO and founder of Data Confidential, a security consultancy focusing on data confidentiality, system reliability, and reductions in operating costs. He is an expert at designing security into the real world, including embedded systems and devices as well as traditional IT systems. Rich has broad product experience from design and development through market introduction and evangelism. He is also the inventor of a new security model that includes the patented storage firewall and other technologies; this approach provides protection for device integrity (anti-tamper), information assurance, and data confidentiality, while enhancing operational adaptability and preserving functionality while under cyber-attack.

Steve GarceauSteve Garceau
Technical Marketing Manager

Steve Garceau joined QLogic in 2013 as an Enterprise Technical Marketing Manager in the storage industry with an emphasis on solid state technologies. Steve has more than 24 years’ experience in the storage industry through multiple product marketing and application engineering roles with companies such as Silicon Image, Apple, STEC, and QLogic.

Specialties: SS product development, storage architectures, new product introduction, technical marketing, market analysis, competitive analysis, solutions-based collateral development.

John GeldmanJohn Geldman
Senior Architect
Secure Storage Solutions
Lexar Media

John Geldman holds a Senior Architect, Secure Storage Solutions position at Lexar Media. He has worked in NAND & Spinning Storage, Linux & VxWorks internals, Networking, Security, & IC development.

John actively participates in the IEEE 1667, USB, CF, T10, T13, IEEE1619, SD & TCG standards committees. He began working with Mass Storage in ’84, and joined Lexar in 2005.

John holds an MSCS from Santa Clara Univ., a BSECE from Clarkson Univ., and has been awarded multiple patents. .

Rafael GutierrezRafael Gutierrez
Sr Director Strategic Marketing
Seagate Technology

Accomplished senior executive with a proven track record in business expansion with profit and loss responsibility. Extensive, strong and diverse experience in general management, business expansion strategies, sales / marketing, product development, and operations. Major strengths in leadership, strategic marketing / sales, cost optimization, team building, change management and innovation.

Jim HandyJim Handy
Semiconductor Analyst
Objective Analysis

Jim Handy, a widely recognized semiconductor analyst, comes to Objective Analysis with over 30 years in the electronics industry including 14 years as an industry analyst for Dataquest (now Gartner) and Semico Research.

His background includes marketing and design positions at market-leading suppliers including Intel, National Semiconductor, and Infineon.

A frequent presenter at trade shows, Mr. Handy is known for his widespread industry presence and volume of publication. He has written hundreds of articles for trade journals, Dataquest, Semico, and other prior employers, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in the electronics trade press and other media.

Mr. Handy has a strong technical leaning, with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a patent holder in the field of cache memory design. He is the author of "The Cache Memory Book" (Harcourt Brace, 1993), the leading reference in the field. Handy also holds an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix. He has performed rigorous technical analysis on the economics of memory manufacturing and sales, discrediting some widely held theories while unveiling other true motivators of market behavior.

Mr. Handy is on the Advisory Board of the Flash Memory Summit , a member of the Mass Storage Technical Working Group of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, and is a Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors.

"There has never been a market like flash. In only five years it has replaced film, floppies, and most CDs. Other media formats are threatened!"

Nancy HartNancy Hart
Director Flash Storage and System Components

15-year professional experience with Enterprise, B2B, high-tech businesses. Unique complement of expertise in Product Management, Product Marketing, Partner Management, and team building. Harvard MBA with engineering background – rapidly promoted due to people skills and strategic leadership expertise. A quick study of new technology. Fortune 500 level business acumen, having served Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle.

Motivated, focused and creative. An expert in achieving executive consensus and integrating corporate strategy at the tactical level. Developed innovative, sales-focused marketing programs and campaigns that produced revenues up to $60M. Speaker at national and international forums. Mentor and coach. Solid P&L experience with global revenue responsibilities to $1.3Bn and investing marketing budgets to $6M. Greatest passion and expertise: achieving profit goals.

Troy HegrTroy Hegr
Data Recovery Technology Manager
Kroll OnTrack

TroyHegris the Technology Manager for Kroll Ontrack’s Data Recovery division. With more than 20 years in the data recovery and computer forensicsindustry, he serves on Kroll Ontrack’s global Technology Committee and functions within the Product Line Managementgroup. During his tenure, Mr. Hegr has held positions in data recovery, computer forensics, and clean room engineering, as well as R&D and IT management. He is a graduate ofDeVryInstitute of Technology.

Joan HendersonJoan Henderson
Mgr/Industry and Trade Events



Currently responsible for the team and network of vendors that manage all Trade and Industry events for NetApp.

Jonathan HinkleJonathan Hinkle
Director - Systems Platform Technologist

Computer hardware systems technologist focused on disruptive technologies, patent and IP strategy, novel technology commercialization and driving innovation in server systems architecture and electronic packaging.

Specialties: Hybrid Memory Architectures, Computer Architecture, Main memory, NVDIMM, Signal Integrity, Blade Servers, Electronic Packaging, SSD, Novel Technology and Product Concept Ideation and Development

Jeff JanukowiczJeff Janukowicz
Research Manager/Solid State Drives and Hard Drive Components

Jeff Janukowicz is a Research Director at IDC where he provides insight and analysis on the SSD and HDD components markets. In this role, Jeff provides expert opinion, in-depth market research, and strategic analysis on the dynamics, trends, and opportunities facing the industry. His research includes market forecasts, market share reports, and technology trends for clients, investors, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Mr. Janukowicz brings more than 15 years of experience within the technology industry to IDC, including more than 10 years in storage and 13 years in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining IDC, Jeff was in strategic marketing for Agere Systems where he was responsible for market research, business planning, and marketing activities. In addition, he has held various marketing and engineering positions during his career.

Jeff Janukowicz has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School and School of Engineering.

Arun KamatArun Kamat
VP Marketing

More than 20 years of experience, in a variety of marketing positions, with an emphasis on new product development and corporate strategy. Possess strong interpersonal and management skills, and work equally well at all levels with a task-oriented work ethic. Bring a comprehensive knowledge of the electronics industry to the table, along with strong relationships with key OEMs, competitors, and venture capital firms. Have achieved a solid record of measurable results at startups and at established global firms.

Eden KimEden Kim
Calypso Systems

Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Systems, Inc. Chair, SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Working Group Chair, SNIA SSSI PCIe SSD Committee Chair, SNIA SSSI TechDev Committee Member, SSSI Governing Board Eden is CEO of Calypso Systems, Inc., a leading SSD test equipment and test services company. Calypso specializes in SSD performance benchmarking and validation. Calypso is the official SNIA SSSI PTS test lab and is the maker of the SNIA Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification Reference Test Platform.

Eden has led industry wide development of standards for NAND flash based SSD performance test. He has authored white papers on SSD testing and performance, SNIA SSS PTS, PCIe SSDs and more. Eden has been in the forefront of SSD test and measurement since 1999. Mr. Kim has founded several HDD test and measurement companies. He is a graduate of the University of California.

Jay KramerJay Kramer
Network Storage Advisors

Jay Kramer is a world recognized technology consultant specializing in training and marketing for the network storage industry. He has personally trained over 2000 professionals on storage networking, and he currently works with leading product companies worldwide. Jay has been VP Marketing for many storage companies including Sepaton, Astute Networks, iStor Networks, Infinity I/O, Maxtor, and Creative Design Solutions. He also has extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning at Unisys.

An industry leader, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and was one of the Founders of the Flash Memory Summit. Jay has chaired SNIA committees and was a driving force in launching the first open systems SAN Certification Program, thus creating a career path for storage professionals.

Jay has also been a featured speaker at industry conferences and has published articles and white papers on network storage, cloud storage, storage virtualization, data protection, and software defined storage. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with dual degrees in Marketing and Finance.

Andy MarkenAndy Marken
Marken Communications

President of Marken Communications, Andy has been involved in the strategic marketing and promotion of hardware and software storage technology for more than 20 years. His experience includes work with many of the early hard drive firms in Silicon Valley as well as optical firms involved in CD, MO and DVD technologies. He has been involved in mainframe, PC, CE and game systems promotion with firms including Amdahl, Control Data, Atari, Panasonic, Philips, Verbatim and others. In the application side of the industry he has worked with ancient firms like MicroPro as well as today's advanced technologies with firms such as FAST, Dazzle, Pinnacle, InterVideo, Ulead and others

Thomas McCormickThomas McCormick
Chief Engineer/Technologist

Thomas McCormick has over twenty years experience designing PC and embedded computer systems as commercial products as well as platforms for instrumentation and control applications. Fourteen of these years have focused on flash memory product development. In addition to industry employment, Tom is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. His research is focusing on flash memory and next-generation non-volatile memory systems with a focus on reliability in embedded systems applications

Tinh NgoTinh Ngo
Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Viking Technology

Enterprise Strategic Marketing and Communications Director with over 10 years experience with brand development and marketing to the storage industry with specialization in Solid State technologies.
Seasoned in both corporate and marketing communications with the ability to developed unique go-to-market strategies that enhances alignment with customer needs, creating strategic marketing plans that leveraged multiple channels and mediums to drive lead generation, product demand and brand development.

Alan NiebelAlan Niebel
Web-Feet Research

Alan Niebel is the founder and chief executive officer for Web-Feet Research, Inc., a non-volatile memory and storage semiconductor market research company located in Monterey, CA. Under his guidance Web-Feet Research was founded to qualify and quantify the Flash and non-volatile memory and storage markets along with the small form factor HDD markets. In early 2000, the Flash Memory Reporting Association (FMRA) was established to report quarterly Flash shipments from the top seventeen Flash manufacturers by all capacities and segmented by NOR and NAND architectures. Mr. Niebel is responsible for the Flash demand and shipments forecast by application for all components, and for market forecasts for Flash cards, EFDs, and emerging electronic devices.

Mr. Niebel has worked in non-volatile semiconductor market research for thirteen years and has considerable experience both as a consultant and as an analyst. At the IEEE Non-Volatile Semiconductor Memory Workshops, Mr. Niebel has been the keynote speaker for many sessions, and has also conducted panel discussions on 3-bit and 4-bit per cell NAND/NROM Memories, and Flash Memory Testing and Packaging. He has also written articles and has been quoted in The Economist, Forbes, Business Week, Investors Business News, the Wall Street Journal, Electronic Business Today, and other publications. Mr. Niebel's work has been referenced and used by Intel, Spansion, Samsung, SanDisk, Toshiba, Seagate, STMicroelectronics, HP, IBM, Microsoft, SST, Macronix, Winbond and many other semiconductor manufacturing companies.

Mr. Niebel received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MBA in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also holds a private pilot's license.

Rob PeglarRob Peglar
Vice President

Rob Peglar is Vice President, Technology for Xiotech Corporation. A 31-year industry veteran and published author, he leads the shaping of strategic vision, emerging technologies, defining future offering portfolios including business and technology requirements, product planning and industry/customer liaison. He is a member of the SNIA Board of Directors, serves as Chair of the SNIA Tutorials, as a Board member of the Green Storage Initiative, and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Blade Systems Alliance. He has extensive experience in storage virtualization, the architecture of large heterogeneous SANs, replication and archiving strategy, disaster avoidance and compliance, information risk management, distributed cluster storage architectures and is a sought-after speaker and panelist at leading storage and networking-related seminars and conferences worldwide.

Prior to joining Xiotech in August 2000, Mr. Peglar held key technology specialist and engineering management positions over a nine-year period at StorageTek and at their networking subsidiary, Network Systems Corporation. Prior to StorageTek, he held engineering development and product management positions at Control Data Corporation and its supercomputer division, ETA Systems.

Mr. Peglar holds the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, and performed graduate work at Washington University’s Sever Institute of Engineering. His research background includes I/O performance analysis, queuing theory, parallel systems architecture and OS design, storage networking protocols, clustering algorithms and virtual systems optimization.

Robert PierceRobert Pierce
Sr Architect/Computer and Storage Products





Renato RecioRenato Recio
Distinguished Engineer/IBM Data Center Marketing CTO

Renato Recio is an IBM Fellow & CTO of IBM System Networking, specializing in System I/O and Network Architecture, Strategy, and Standards. For the past 15 years Renato has played a leadership role in the strategy, architecture and design of future IBM system I/O and Networks. He is currently responsible for cross-IBM Data Center and Virtual Switch Networking product strategy and roadmap. He has been a founding engineer and author of several I/O and Network industry standards, including: InfiniBand (cluster network), iWARP (Remote Direct Memory Access, RDMA, over TCP/IP), PCI I/O Virtualization, Convergence Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Fibre Channel over CEE and IEEE 802.1Qbg Ethernet Virtual Bridging. He also created and chaired IBM’s I/O Technical Community (IOTC), which serves the networking, education, and support needs of over 750 IBM IO and networking professionals. Renato has filed 190 patents, of which over 100 have already issued, and has published dozens of refereed technical conference (e.g. IEEE and ACM) papers. He holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Zophar SanteZophar Sante
VP Marketing/Sales
BiTMICRO Networks

Zophar joined BiTMICRO in 2012 with over 25 years of storage industry expertise. His marketing experience includes enterprise-class storage management of Big Data, storage acceleration with flash-based SSDs and SAN, Cloud & Scale-out/grid solutions.

Prior to joining the company, Zophar was the VP of Marketing at NTP Software. NTP is a worldwide leader in the management and control of unstructured data. Prior to NTP, he was VP of Product Marketing at Nexsan Inc. (acquired by Imation). Nexsan Corporation provides a comprehensive range of enterprise-class, easy-to-use and efficient storage system solutions. He was also the founder and VP of Market Development at SANRAD Inc. a SAN acceleration OEM (acquired by OCZ) and founder and president of D.I.S.C., a system integrator (acquired by Champion).

Greg SchulzGreg Schulz
Senior Advisory Analyst

reg Schulz is founder and a Sr. Advisory Consulting with the independent IT industry analyst firm Server and StorageIO (aka StorageIO). Greg is a noted and accomplished IT professional and data infrastructure thought-leader having real-world experience as a customer, vendor, analyst as well as consultant, not to mention being a four-time VMware vExpert. With a career spanning over 30 years in the industry ranging from operations to business systems applications development, system architecture and admin. This real-world experience from data protection (HA, BC, DRY, backup/archive) to performance and capacity planning across servers, storage, networking, hardware, software and services is the heart of this blog. Greg’s StorageIOblog leverages and builds off of those experiences while extending from physical to virtual and cloud, not to mention Big Data, Software Defined, DCIM, SSD, Green IT and other Buzzword Bingo topics covering trends pertaining to data infrastructure topics and themes.

Scott ShadleyScott Shadley
Senior Business Development Manager
Micron Technology

18 year veteran of the Semiconductor industry. Full knowledge from Wafer Fab, product creation, engineering support and Marketing.

Most recently, 6+ years of leading , creating, and growing the Enterprise Solid State Drive (SSD) market.

Specialties: Extensive Semiconductor Memory Experience, SSD Product Development, Marketing Development, Market Analysis, New Business Creation, and Product Planning. Storage Architectures, Technical Marketing, System Design, Cloud Solutions, Keynote presentations, Outbound Marketing, Campaign Building, Social Media

Chuck SobeyChuck Sobey
Chief Scientist

Chuck Sobey is an internationally respected technology advisor, author, and lecturer. He is the founder of the confidential R&D services firm ChannelScience, which focuses on accelerating engineering and science innovation in data intensive industries. He is currently evaluating new technologies and IP portfolios; developing signal processing and coding algorithms matched to the physics of new sensors and storage elements; and advancing the art of data forensics.

Chuck has over 20 years of direct design, manufacturing, and test experience in the data storage industry, and has taught literally thousands of storage professionals around the world through the technology classes he has written and presented for KnowledgeTek, Inc.

He is an electrical and computer engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Chuck has 6 US patents, many publications, and gave the keynote address at DISKCON's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the hard disk drive. He most recently presented a paper on maintaining lifelong personal global-competitiveness at the IEEE International Technology Management Conference.

Lee SteinLee Stein
Writer, Data Miner
Stein Writes

During his extensive marketing career, Lee Stein has applied innovative and unique marketing and sales approaches to grow business for his broad range of clients. His first client, Seiko Instruments, launched his career-long love of advanced technologies. He has since served clients in a wide variety of semiconductor, electronics, software, IT, Internet security, and advanced engineering fields.

He delights in helping clients overcome their biggest marketing challenges. In support of accelerating a client’s growth, he has written and published over 300 contributed articles, white papers, and case studies for client companies. Recently, he optimized multiple email campaigns for a client with a 20-40% increase in clicks. He also has developed and applied innovative survey methods designed to rapidly identify and grade the top 20% of prospects in a client’s target market. In addition, he has helped clients by creatively licensing IP to raise funds.

Clients have ranged from startups to Fortune 500 companies and include AeroVironment, Motorola Semiconductor (now Freescale and ON Semiconductor), Synopsys, MoSys, and more.

Robert ThibadeauRobert Thibadeau
Senior VP/Chief Scientist
Wave Systems

As Chief Scientist for Wave, Dr. Thibadeau serves as a principal advisor to the CEO on scientific matters, contributes to the long-term strategic vision of the company, and performs technical research. Dr. Thibadeau is responsible for identifying, recommending and developing new and innovative technologies that ultimately lead to competitive advantages in the marketplace through the company’s products and services.

As Wave’s primary interface to the scientific community, he is often called upon to share his expertise at conferences and industry events, speaking on advancements in security, encryption and storage. Dr. Thibadeau is an active member of the American Bar Association’s eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Committee and co-authored the Data Breach and Encryption Handbook.

Prior to joining Wave in February 2010, he was Chief Technologist at Seagate Technology, LLC. There he pioneered a new form of hardware-based encryption, known commercially as self-encrypting drives. Dr. Thibadeau was also the Chair of the Storage Workgroup in the Trusted Computing Group, and a founding director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Thibadeau holds a number of patents. Dr. Thibadeau holds degrees from Emory University and the University of Virginia.

Gary TresslerGary Tressler
Senior Technical Staff Member

Gary is the Solid State Technology Development technical lead in IBM's Systems & Technology Group, where he has been focused on driving system integration of SSD and NAND Flash technology as part of IBM's Flash exploitation initiative. Gary previously managed Memory Subsystems Development for Power-based server products, and led a Memory Procurement Engineering team responsible for technology qualification and convergence between IBM Development and Memory suppliers. He has been with IBM for 21 years.

Michel WillettMichel Willett
Storage Security Strategist

Dr. Willett received his Masters /PhD/mathematics from NC State University. After a career as a university professor of mathematics and computer science, Dr. Willett joined IBM as a design architect, moving into IBM's Cryptography Competency Center. Recently, Dr. Willett was a Senior Director at Seagate Research, focusing on security functionality on hard drives, including self-encryption.

Currently, Dr. Willett serves as a consultant on the marketing of storage-based security. Presently, Dr. Willett is working with Samsung as a storage security strategist, helping to define their self-encryption strategy across Samsung’s portfolio of storage products.

Troy WinslowTroy Winslow
Global Director of Sales - SSDs and NAND, Intel Sales and Marketing Group

Troy Winslow is responsible for product and channel marketing of Intel’s NAND silicon and solid-state drives worldwide. Troy has held a variety of NOR and NAND marketing roles over the past 13 years in Intel’s flash memory group. Before joining the NAND team in early 2007, he lived in Taiwan where he was the marketing manager for all Intel’s flash memory business in Asia Pacific. He was uniquely qualified for this role after spending 5 years managing product marketing for the NOR division and serving two years as the technical advisor to the VP/GM of the flash group. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. degree, Troy held marketing and sales management positions for 8 years at two interactive television start-ups in Silicon Valley. Troy then received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Intel.