Chat With The Experts

OPEN - Free Beer & Pizza and Chat with the Experts (Sponsored by Pliops)

Tuesday August 2nd 7:30 – 9:30pm

This event will allow you to meet one-on-one with a large number of experts within the flash memory industry. With 40 tables devoted to each of 40 industry topics, take advantage of this the opportunity to have casual conversations with these important industry players while enjoying some beer and pizza.

Organizers: Jay Kramer, President, Network Storage Advisors; Jim Handy, Director/Chief Analyst, Objective Analysis

Persistent Memory/NVDIMM

Pekon Gupta

Solutions Architect, SMART Modular

Pekon Gupta is working as a Solutions Architect at SMART Modular Technologies. He has more than 16 years of experience in hardware systems ranging from silicon design, board and system bring-up, and developing Linux kernel drivers for embedded systems. He is currently involved in Memory (DRAM) and Storage products supporting new standards like CXL and NVMe 2.0. His areas of interest include enabling open-source framework for Storage and Networking accelerators. Prior to joining SMART Modular, Pekon was working at Intel, Esencia Tech, Sandisk, Texas Instruments, and Freescale.

Mike McKean

Vice President, Encore Semi, Inc.

Mike McKean is currently VP of Sales at Encore Semi, a design services firm focused on ASIC and firmware/software design and development. At Encore Semi, he leverages his ASIC and firmware background to grow key accounts and support projects with technical skills. He is currently leading firmware development for projects using multiple SSD controller architectures. Before joining Encore, Mike was VP Product Solutions at cybersecurity startup FHOOSH and General Manager for the Colorado Design Center of Synapse Design Automation.

At Synapse, Mike led the successful execution of multiple HDD, SDD, and consumer electronics projects. He has 30 years experience in the semiconductor and systems industries. Mike is a regular presenter, chairperson, and organizer at Flash Memory Summit. He earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Engineering Science from Trinity University (TX).

Shyam Sharma

Senior Software Architect, Cadence

Shyam has done his BS in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has over 22 years of experiences in EDA working across multiple products, tools and IPs/VIPs. His area of expertise include processor architecture, storage, Low Power/Server DRAMs & DIMMs and memory sub systems. He is currently working as Senior Software Architect responsible for Server and Low Power DRAM VIPs solutions offered by Cadence. He has worked at Mentor Graphics and Denali Design Systems before joining Cadence Design Systems in 2010.

RDMA Interconnects / Remote Persistent Memory

Rob Davis

Vice President of Storage Technology, NVIDIA

Rob Davis is the Vice President of Storage Technology at the NVIDIA Networking Platform Group where he focuses on ways to apply high-speed interface technology to storage systems. He came to NVIDIA through the Mellanox acquisition. As technology leader and visionary for more than 35 years, he has been a key evaluator and decision maker for the development of storage networking products. He is currently leading the development and marketing of products based on NVMe over fabrics, which will allow for the high-speed networking of PCIe-based storage. Davis was previously Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at QLogic, where for 15 years he drove development and marketing of Fibre Channel, Ethernet and InfiniBand technology into new markets such as blade servers. Prior to QLogic, Davis spent 20 years at Ancor Communications, which QLogic acquired in 2000. At Ancor, Davis served as Vice President of Advanced Development, Director of Technical Marketing, and Director of Engineering. He drove development and marketing of their Fibre Channel products in the early 90s and their InfiniBand products in the late 90s. Davis' in-depth expertise spans Virtualization, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SCSI, iSCSI, InfiniBand, RoCE, SAS, PCI, PM, SATA, and Flash Storage.

Stephen Bates

Chief Technology Officer, Eideticom

Stephen is the Chief Technology Officer of Eideticom which develops solutions based on NVM Express Computation Storage. Stephen is an expert in performance storage, persistent and non-volatile memory, computer networking, signal processing and error correction coding. Prior to Eideticom he was in the CTO of Microsemi where he worked on SSDs, Persistent Memory and Storage Area Networking.

Stephen has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

New and Emerging Memory

Syed Alam

Sr. Director of Design, Everspin

Syed M. Alam is currently the Sr. Director of Design engineering at Everspin Technologies leading the design functional areas for MRAM products. He has worked on various aspects of design including bitcell, array circuits, architecture, and new product introduction supporting test and high-speed design characterization for STT-MRAM. Dr. Alam received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin in 1999, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He served on the program committees for ICCAD, DAC, ISQED, and ISLPED. He is a fellow of ISQED. Dr. Alam currently serves as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (TED). He has mentored/co-advised 5 PhD students for research on 3D integration and logic-in-memory architecture. Dr. Alam has over 90 issued US patents, and multiple journal/conference publications.

NOR Flash

Donald Huang

Director of Product Marketing, Macronix

Donald Huang serves as the Director of Product Marketing at Macronix. In his current role, Donald is in charge of driving product positioning and analysis, defining and delivering product innovative product solutions to meet customers' needs, and developing go-to-market product strategies. With more than 25 years of experience in the high-technology sector, Donald previously had worked at TSMC as Customer Quality Engineering Manager and at Nanya Technology Corp. as Technology Development Manager. Donald holds a Ph.D. from National Tsing Hua University, and a BSME from National Chiao Tung University.

FPGAs/Hardware Design

Mike Amidi

Global VP of Technology and General Manager of Americas, Intelligent Memory

Mr. Amidi currently serve as Global Vice President of Technology and General Manager Americas of Intelligent Memory, a subsidiary of Neumonda GmbH, a Walden International backed company. Mike has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and technology industries where he spent the last 25 years in the Solid State Storage space. He held various upper management and executive positions in companies such as sTEC (A Western Digital Company), SMART Modular Technologies, Netlist, Western Digital (WD), and Xitore. As part of his executive level responsibilities, he managed business units with over $250M P&L and successfully led diversified teams across geographically dispersed areas in the U.S., China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brazil.

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Amidi has served as Advisory Board Member of Flash Memory Summit since 2017 and holds 28 fully granted and issued patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also authored several technical publications in the DRAM and Storage space.

Mike Amidi holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with concentration on Finance in addition to two Executive Certificates from the Wharton Business School of University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Milrod

Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Bittware

As Chief Technical and Strategy Officer (CTSO) of BittWare, Jeff guides the company's implementation of the latest innovations in FPGA acceleration. He formerly led BittWare as an independent company for two decades before being acquired by Molex. Before that, Jeff started Ixthos, a COTS DSP solutions company that was acquired 1997 (the company is now part of Curtiss-Wright's Defense Electronics). Jeff holds a BS degree in Physics from the University of Maryland and an MSEE degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

PCIe SSDs/PCI Express

Don Jeanette

Vice President, TrendFocus

DON JEANETTE, Vice President, TRENDFOCUS, is leading the NAND/SSD work at Trendfocus. He also contributes to the research for their Cloud & Enterprise Storage Demand Analysis System programs. Prior to joining TRENDFOCUS, Don was Toshiba's Sr. Director of Marketing, responsible for all marketing functions including Strategy, Product Marketing, Analyst Relations, Channel Marketing, and new business development for Toshiba's SSDs and HDDs in the Americas. He brings over 27 years' experience in marketing and product management background, including marketing support for OEM, data center, and distribution sales, product planning and roadmap alignment. Don joined Toshiba in October 2009 with the acquisition of Fujitsu's HDD business. He started at Fujitsu in 1999 and worked in various roles, including business development and marketing, addressing various market segments including mobile, enterprise, desktop storage, as well as various emerging markets. Don has also served as a SCSI Trade Association board member. Prior to joining Toshiba, Don's experience includes marketing positions with Marvell and Infoseek. Don received a Bachelor's Degree from Central Connecticut State University and an MBA from San Jose State University. Don has also taught Management, Communication, and Ethics courses at the University of Phoenix.

Richard Solomon

Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys

Richard Solomon is the Technical Marketing Manager for Synopsys' DesignWare PCI Express Controller IP. He has been involved in the development of PCI chips dating back to the NCR 53C810 and pre-1.0 versions of the PCI spec. Richard architected and led the development of the PCI Express and PCI-X interface cores used in an industry-leading line of storage RAID controller chips. He has served on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors for some 20 years, and continues to represent Synopsys on wide variety of PCI workgroups. Richard holds a BSEE from Rice University and 27 US Patents, many of which relate to PCI technology.


Justin Treon

Application Engineer, Advantest America, Advantest

Justin Treon is a Staff Factory Application Engineer at Advantest, where he focuses on SSD protocol testing for SATA/SAS/PCIe/NVMe. Justin's SSD and memory-related experience includes SSD security, firmware, performance analysis, and testing and comfiguring memory interfaces such as DRAM, SPI, traditional NOR, and NAND flash. Justin has a total of over 15 years of experiences at Advantest, Micron and Intel. He is also a specialist in embedded Linux, RTOS and scheduler- based systems with work experience in device drivers, board bring up, JTAG and UART debugging for ARM based systems, performance optimization, and memory reduction. He earned a BS in computer engineering from California State University Sacramento and has written three publications.

Jeff Yang

Director, Silicon Motion

Jeff Yang is a Principle Engineer of Algorithm & Technology team at Silicon Motion. Prior to Silicon Motion, he has worked with Realtek Inc. on several WiFi projects. He holds Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan, His research in error correcting codes addresses effective encoding/decoding algorithms and VLSI architectures. His current research interests include error correcting codes system for NAND flash applications.

NVMe/ NVMe over Fabric

Bill Martin

Principal Engineer, SSD IO Standards, Samsung

Bill has been involved in the storage industry for over 35 years, starting in 1983 with the development of a proprietary optical interface for HP storage, architecting the HP Tachyon interface chip for Fibre Channel, serving on industry consortiums and standards bodies for storage including SNIA, INCITS T11, INCITS T10, INCITS T13, SATA-IO, and NVMe. He has demonstrable skills in gaining industry agreement in a variety of technologies and bringing together competitors for the advancement of the industry.

In addition to his role representing Samsung in SSD IO Standards, Bill currently holds the following industry leadership roles: co-chair of the SNIA Technical Council, Board member of the NVMe Board of Directors, Chair of INCITS T10, Secretary of INCITS T13.

Bill has received numerous industry recognitions for his contributions to the storage industry over the past decades including: SNIA Volunteer of the Year award 2021, INCITS Gene Milligan award for effective committee management 2016, INCITS Merit award 2013, FCIA Achievement award 2010, INCITS Outstanding Leadership Team award 2007, INCITS Technical Excellence award 2005, FCIA Lifetime Achievement award 2005, and SNIA Outstanding Theme lead for the interop lab 2004.

Rupin Mohan

Sr Director of Strategic Planning, HPE

Rupin Mohan is a Senior Director of strategic planning at HPE Storage. Rupin has 27+ years' experience in developing storage and networking products and services. Rupin has been granted 19 patents, filed 25+ patents at HPE Storage. He is a Board Member and Technical Marketing Chair for Fibre Channel Industry Association. Rupin completed his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. He also holds a MS in Engineering from Tufts University and BE in Computer Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology.

3D NAND Flash

Andy Hsu


Andy Hsu is the Founder and CEO of NEO Semiconductor, a company focused on the development of innovative architectures for NAND flash and DRAM memory. Andy is responsible for the overall company strategy, execution, and technology innovation that fuels the company's growth. He has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry including positions as VP of Engineering and leader of R&D and Engineering Teams. This resulted in the development of more than 60 products in various non-volatile memories. Andy is an accomplished technology visionary and inventor of more than 120 granted U.S. patents. He performed research in the fields of Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence (AI) while earning a master's degree in Electrical, Computer, and System Engineering (ECSE) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York. He earned a bachelor's degree from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan.

Mark Webb

Principal/Consultant, MKW Ventures Consulting

Mark Webb is Principal/Consultant at MKW Ventures Consulting LLC. He is currently working in the areas of SSD and semiconductor technology and competitive analysis as well as SSD business and market development. Mark works with SSD OEM and ODM companies, storage providers, controller companies, and semiconductor manufacturers.

Enterprise Controllers

Andy Higginbotham

Sr. Director, Enterprise Marketing and Business Development, Phison

Andy Higginbotham is Sr. Director, Enterprise Marketing and Business Development at Phison. His responsibilities include leading Phison's U.S. Enterprise Controller and SSD sales and marketing and managing industry analyst relations. Prior to joining Phison, Andy held leadership marketing roles for Broadcom's LSI SSD Controller Division, SanDisk's Client SSD division, and Samsung and Western Digital HDD groups. Andy holds a B.S. Computer Science from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Next Generation Controllers

Erich Haratsch

Senior Director Architecture, Marvell

Dr. Erich F. Haratsch is Senior Director Architecture at Marvell, where he leads the architecture definition for Bravera™ SSD controllers and other memory based products. Prior to joining Marvell, Dr. Haratsch worked at Seagate and LSI, where he worked on Nytro® and SandForce® branded SSD controllers. Earlier in his career, Dr. Haratsch developed signal processing and error correction technologies for multiple generations of HDD controllers at LSI and Agere Systems. He started his career at AT&T and Lucent Bell Labs, where he worked on Gigabit Ethernet over copper, optical communications and the MPEG-4 video standard. Dr. Haratsch is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and holds more than 200 U.S. patents. He also is a Senior Member of IEEE, and earned his MS and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Munich (Germany).


Matt Bromage

Director of Product Management, Pliops

Matt Bromage is a Product Management Director at Pliops for the XDP Extreme Data Processor. He has led multiple Enterprise and Datacenter hardware product lines throughout his career in Storage and previously worked for companies including Western Digital, Seagate, LSI, and Samsung creating and managing Enterprise Storage products.

Willie Nelson

Industry Technology Enabling Manager, SNIA CXL Liaison, Intel

Willie Nelson is the SNIA liaison to the CXL Consortium. At SNIA, he is a member of the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Governing Board. HE has been with Intel Corporation for over 23 years and is currently a Technology Enabling Manager, working with ecosystem partners to ensure new IO technologies are co-developed and ready for deployment by the industry.

Form Factors/Low Power

Cameron Brett

Senior Director of Enterprise and Cloud Storage, KIOXIA

Cameron Brett is the Senior Director of Enterprise and Cloud Storage at Kioxia, where he manages a team of product line managers to drive product strategy and revenue growth. Cameron has over 18 years of product marketing and management experience in storage technology and has previously held managerial positions at QLogic, PMC-Sierra, Broadcom and Adaptec. Throughout his career in high-tech product marketing, he has focused on storage for enterprise and small/medium business servers and worked to bring new generations of storage technology to market. His area of expertise includes Flash/SSD storage, virtualization, convergence and cloud technologies.

Omar Mohammed

Technical Marketing Manager, Macronix

Omar is responsible for ecosystem, market, product, and business development at Macronix America. His previous roles include business management, project management, product development, and applications engineering. Omar holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, a BS degree in Computer Engineering, and a Minor in Technology Management at the University of California, Davis.

RISK-V Processors/DPUs

Axel Kloth

President & CEO, Scalable Systems Research Labs Inc.

Axel Kloth has a leadership background as a Founder, CEO, CTO and VP of Engineering with excellent people, time and project management skills for hardware including ASICs and software with a focus on reuse of any IP developed. He has built world-class teams and has recruited and retained all talent required to implement SSRLabs' and Parimics' processor chipset. SSRLabs' engineering team is currently over 70 engineers strong.

Axel has managed many successful projects that came in on time, on budget, at target feature set and with zero defects with the creation of soft and hard libraries. His expertise includes system architect focused on parallel processors, multiprocessor systems, interconnects and switches as well as routers and semiconductors for these systems. Axel has authored or co-authored over 20 patents (8 issued in the US) and 5 books as well as three articles in top-tier magazines. Aside from writing books he has been retained multiple times to peer review articles and books on HPC. Alex has been an invited repeat speaker to the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, the Flash Memory Summit and multiple IEEE conferences.

Erik Ottem

Sr. Director Product Marketing, Fungible

Erik has over thirty years of experience in high tech storage sales and marketing for systems, semiconductors, devices and software. His experience includes large companies like IBM, Seagate, Agilent and Western Digital as well as smaller companies such as Gadzoox Networks, and Violin Memory. At Fungible, Erik is responsible for go-to-market planning and execution, collateral development, positioning, messaging as well as analyst briefings.

KV Store / Cloud Database Apps

Balaji Ramanuja

Director Product Management, Pliops

Balaji is the Director of Product Management at Pliops focused on enabling acceleration of Key Value databases with the XDP (Extreme Data Processor) product. He has a strong background in Cloud Infrastructure and Storage. He was most recently at VMware focused on enabling new workloads such as large databases (like SAP HANA and InterSystems Cache), Telco and Edge real time applications on the vSphere Hypervisor Operating System (ESXi). Previously, Balaji worked as a Product Manager at Cisco and Hitachi, focused on IoT platform (API & security) and Converged Infrastructure solutions. Prior to being a PM, he worked as a performance & testing engineer at IBM and LSI for virtualization and storage solutions. He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelors in Computer Science from R.V. College of Engineering, India.

Enterprise Applications & Performance / Big Data Acceleration

Prasad Venkatachar

Sr. Director Products and Solutions, Pliops

Prasad Venkatachar is experienced database and analytics professional with 20 years of combined experience in Product Strategy, Management, Marketing, Solution Architecture, and IT Services. In these 20 years of progressive experiences launched several industry-leading databases, Big Data & analytics solutions collaborating with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cloudera, and other data ISV partners. He served several fortune 500 enterprise customers to deliver business value outcomes through multi-database & big Data Solutions on both Cloud & data center environments. Prasad area of focus is on solutions & products at Pliops. Before Joining Pliops, he worked at Lenovo, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SanDisk, and i2 Technologies.

Krishna Maheshwari

Chief Product Officer, NeuroBlade

Krishna Maheshwari the Chief Product Officer at NeuroBlade where he is engaging with customers as they architect next generation analytic platforms that analyze 100s of TB of data while storing 10s-100s of petabytes of storage. Prior to NeuroBlade, he was responsible for Cloudera's hybrid cloud platform offerings as well as the dbPaaS service in the public clouds. He is a thought leader in the space of big data and enterprise storage, with 20 years in the industry including at Cloudera, Dell EMC and Amazon. He holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Masters in Computer Engineering and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Priya Doty

Chief Marketing Officer, NeuroBlade

Priya is an award-winning marketing leader with 20+ years in enterprise B2B products and marketing across a range of companies including IBM, CA Technologies, Deloitte Consulting, Verizon Wireless and Ogilvy & Mather. She started her career as a developer and has worked with various technologies including DevOps, IT Ops, Cyber Security, Cloud, Analytics, Hardware (Servers, Mainframe, Storage, Mobile Devices) and Quantum. She was named a top 100 influencer in product marketing three years running and is executive director of the annual Marketing Hall of Fame. In her spare time she writes, and is the author of a fiction novel, Finding Warrior Pose.

Automotive Applications

Syed Hussain

Director Global Segment Marketing, GigaDevice

Syed S. Hussain is Director, Global Segment Marketing at GigaDevice: A Global Innovative Memory Architect, where he is responsible for the Automotive and Emerging segment. His key skills increasing market awareness, product/company positioning, and developing Tier1 major OEM and ODM design wins. He has over 25 years of experience in technology marketing, including positions with Infineon Technologies, Winbond Electronics, NEC Electronics, Integrated Device Technology, and National Semiconductor. He has published several magazine articles and has presented at many technical events, including Flash Memory Summit. He earned a BSEE from the University of Miami.

AI ML Apps / Blockchain Cryptocurrency

David McIntyre

Director, Product Planning and Business Enablement, Samsung

David McIntyre is Director of Product Planning and Business Enablement at Samsung Corporation. He focuses on computational storage acceleration solutions development and strategic business enablement for cloud to edge applications including AI inference/video analytics, database processing and blockchain networks. He has held senior management positions with IBM, Samsung, Xilinx, Intel (formerly Altera) and at Silicon Valley startups. He has consulted for institutional investors including Fidelity, Goldman Sachs and UBS. David is a frequent presenter and chairperson at the Flash Memory Summit and other technical conferences including SNIA.

Jonmichael Hands

VP of Storage Business Development, Chia Project

Jonmichael Hands is currently serving as the VP of Storage Business Development at Chia. He partners with the storage vendors for Chia optimized product development, market modeling, and Chia blockchain integration. JM spent the last ten years at Intel in the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions group working on product line management, strategic planning, and technical marketing for the Intel data center SSDs. In addition, he served as the chair for NVM Express (NVMe), SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) SSD special interest group, and Open Compute Project for open storage hardware innovation. JM started his storage career at Sun Microsystems designing storage arrays (JBODs) and holds an electrical engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

Embedded Applications

Tom McCormick

Chief Engineer/Technologist, Swissbit

Thomas McCormick is currently Chief Engineer/Technologist at Swissbit, where he leads market focused R&D for product development and full life cycle support. He has over twenty years experience designing PC and embedded computer systems, including over fifteen years focused on flash memory product research and development. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. His on-going research is focused on flash memory and next generation non-volatile memory systems for highly reliable storage in embedded applications. He has presented at Flash Memory Summit, the Non-Volatile Memory Workshop, and has published an article on embedded flash in EE Times. He also holds an MBA and an MS in Computing Engineer from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MSME and BSME (summa cum laude) from Drexel University.

Storage Fabrics / Open Fabrics Alliance

Mark Miquelon

Director of Product Alliance Engineering, Data Center Systems, Western Digital

Mark Miquelon is currently Director of Partner Alliances for Western Digital's Platforms business. In this role he seeks out strategic partnerships that provide additional value to customers consuming JBOD/JBOF and servers developed by Western Digital. Prior experience includes leadership roles in both engineering and product line management at Seagate, Avago, LSI, Vitesse, Symbios Logic, At&T, and NCR. Mark resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is married, and has two children.

Phil Cayton

Senior Staff Engineer Vice Chair, OpenFabrics Alliance, Intel

Phil Cayton is a Senior Staff Engineer for Intel with 25 years of industry experience researching and developing networking, storage, and datacenter infrastructure technologies. In addition to his current role with Open Fabrics Alliance, he is actively involved with the Storage Networking Industry Association and the NVM ExpressTM Consortium. He has been involved with InfiniBandTM since the beginning and has written many RDMA-based drivers including the initial prototype NVMe-over-Fabrics driver stack. Additionally, he has led remote peer-to-peer memory projects, Open Fabrics testing and patching, dynamic data center energy efficiency R&D, server autonomics R&D, mobile-device multi-radio interference mitigation, mobile augmented reality, sensor enhanced personal medical monitoring, and network driver development projects. He has several published whitepapers and 20 granted patents. In his spare time he is an avid sailor.

CXL Consortium

Kurt Lender

Senior Ecosystem Enabling Manager, Co-Chair CXL Consortium Marketing, Intel

Kurt is an IO Strategist in the IO Technology Solution Team within the Intel Data Center Group. Kurt works within Intel and with the industry on the successful development / deployment of PCIe based products and recently the development of the CXL ecosystem. He is co-chair of the CXL Marketing Work Group and recently has helped in the formation of the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) Consortium. Kurt led the publishing of the technology brief "Fostering a Chiplet Ecosystem for the Future of Moore's Law".

Kurt joined Intel in 1999 and has worked entirely in developing Data Center & Communications board and system solutions, especially around open Industry Specifications. Before joining Intel, Kurt held various Engineering and Marketing positions at Sequent Computer Systems and RadiSys Corporation.

Kurt holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two daughters.

Debendra Das Sharma

Senior Fellow, Intel

Dr. Debendra Das Sharma is an Intel Senior Fellow in the Data Platforms and Artificial Intelligence Group and Chief Architect of the I/O Technology and Standards at Intel Corporation. He is a leading expert on I/O subsystem and interface architecture.

Das Sharma is a member of the Board of Directors for the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) and a lead contributor to PCIe specifications since its inception. He is a co-inventor and founding member of the CXL consortium and co-leads the CXL Technical Task Force. He co-invented the chiplet interconnect standard UCIe and is the chair of the UCIe consortium.

Das Sharma has a bachelor's in technology (with honors) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a frequent keynote speaker in various conferences and a Distinguished Lecturer in leading Universities. He has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2019, the Outstanding Engineer Award by IEEE Region 6 in 2021, and the Industrial Pioneer Award by IEEE Circuits and Systems in 2022.

DNA Storage

Dave Landsman

Director of Industry Standards, Western Digital

Dave Landsman is Director of Industry Standards at Western Digital, where he manages storage standards across Western Digital's businesses. Dave has been an active technical member in storage standards since 2008, representing SanDisk and, post-merger, Western Digital, making contributions to NVMe, PCI-SIG, JEDEC, SATA-IO, T10, T13, SNIA, SFF, and others. He is currently WD's board representative for NVMe, SATA-IO, and the Compact Flash Association. Dave has over 35 years of experience in the technology/semiconductor industry, having spent his "first career" at Intel, and "second career" in storage, at msystems/SanDisk/WD, with brief hiatus at a startup in between. He earned a BA in computer science from the University of California, San Diego.

Ethernet SSDs

Hrishikesh Sathawane

Director of Product Planning, Samsung

As a Dir of Product Planning @ Samsung's path finding group, Hrishi drives growth for Samsung by fostering innovation and building strategy around new markets/product concepts/business models. He has 20 years of experience in the storage industry that spans from engineering, strategy to marketing in functional roles and electric vehicles, flash arrays to hard drives in terms of technology. Hrishi has spoken on Automotive storage at prior FMS and one of the products he drove, BGA SSD won the most innovative product award at FMS.

Hrishi has an MBA from UCLA Anderson, a MS in Electrical engineering from Iowa State, and a B.Tech in Engineering Physics from IIT-Bombay. He is also on the board of 15K+ strong IIT-BayArea Alumni organization and is leading partnership outreach for The Indus Entrepreneurs' annual conference called TiEcon.

Open Memory Interface (OMI)

William Starke

Chief Architect & Distinguished Engineer, IBM

William Starke is the IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Power processors. He has been employed by IBM for over 30 years, working in several roles, spanning mainframe and Power systems performance analysis, logic design, and microarchitecture. Over the past 25 years, his innovation and technical leadership have been focused on the cache hierarchies; coherence architectures and scaling capabilities; memory, I/O, and accelerator architectures; and system architectures underpinning several generations of Power Systems. He holds over 300 U.S. patents.

Larrie Carr

VP of Engineering, Rambus

Larrie Carr is the VP of Engineering at the newly formed Interconnect SoC business unit at Rambus Inc. He is leading the development and architecture of Rambus' new product initiatives which are focused on enabling memory connectivity, expansion, pooling, and switching using CXL technology.

Before Rambus, Larrie was a Technical Fellow at Microchip Technology responsible for technical strategy and architectural guidance for Microchip's broad portfolio of datacenter solutions, including serial memory controllers, SSD controllers, RAID solutions, PCIe switches, SAS expanders, and other initiatives not publicly announced. During that time, Microchip provided significant contributions to the CXL 2.0 standard in the areas of memory expander switching and fabric management under Larrie's supervision.

He also served as a private consultant conceiving many of the industry's first-generation non-volatile memory solutions. Larrie is a former board member of both the CXL and Gen-Z consortiums. He is a registered Professional Engineer and earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in electronic engineering from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Allan Cantle

CEO, Nallasway

Allan Cantle is CEO of Nallasway, consulting on Heterogeneous, High Performance Computing Solutions. He is currently contracting with the OpenCAPI Consortium as the Technical Director and Board Advisor. He also volunteers as the Technical Lead for the OCP HPC SubProject. Previously, Allan was the founder of Nallatech, which, during his 25 year tenure, became widely known as a pioneer in FPGA Accelerated Computing. Before founding Nallatech; Allan was an Electronics Systems Engineer at BAE systems, developing real-time heterogeneous high-performance computers. He holds a BEng degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Corporate Leadership.

Storage Security

Simon Ragona

VP Customer Success, Calamu

Simon Ragona is a dedicated cybersecurity leader and strategist, with nearly two decades of experience examining and consulting on data forensics, incident response, and information security. Formerly of Protiviti, T&M, and the Department of Homeland Security, Simon currently leads customer success for innovative cybersecurity software company, Calamu.

John Geldman

Director, SSD Industry Standards, KIOXIA

John Geldman is an industry leader on storage standards, storage interfaces and a storage architect for emerging technical developments. He leads many standards initiatives and provides technical communications within the standards community. John consults on copyright & IP agreements based on his subject matter expertise.

Ransomware / Data Recovery / Data Sanitization/Erasure

Troy Hegr

Sr. Manager Global Business Development, Ontrack

Troy Hegr is a Sr. Manager at Ontrack, the world leader in data recovery, data erasure, and data protection. Mr. Hegr helps facilitate discussion and fosters partnerships in the technical community with leading data storage and computer system designers, SSD manufacturers and industry groups. Mr. Hegr benefits from over 25 years of experience in the data recovery and digital forensics industries and has been a Flash Memory Summit CAB member, session organizer, and presenter for several years. Mr. Hegr is based in the Tampa Bay, Fl. area and has an Electronics Technician degree from DeVry Institute of Technology and holds a certification in project management from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Dave Logue

Lead Data Recovery Engineer, Ontrack

David Logue is the Operations Manager and Lead Data Recovery Engineer at Ontrack Data Recovery. Dave assists customers worldwide with data recovery from failed or damaged computer systems while ensuring efficiency and quality at every stage of the data recovery process. Dave joined Ontrack in 2001 and has over 20 years of data recovery experience. Leveraging Dave's expertise, he currently leads teams whose members specialize in the remote recovery of high-end SAN and NAS storage technologies and provide technical support to customers. Dave also works closely with Ontrack development teams to communicate client needs, build innovative tools, and create and deliver custom solutions for specific data loss needs. He is further involved with the system administration & storage teams in managing the IT infrastructure for the data recovery business.

Before joining Ontrack, he held server and database administration positions with a leading health care company and management roles within their technical support teams.

Dave received two B.A. degrees from Hamline University in Business Administration and Psychology. He also earned a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Minnesota.

Specialties: Data Recovery, Sanitization, MS SQL, Oracle, Exchange, VMware, Product Management, Ransomware

Tiering and Zoned Storage (ZNS)

Matias Bjørling

Distinguished Engineer Emerging System Architecture Group, WDC

Matias Bjørling is a co-chair of the NVMe Zoned Namespace Task Group and a Distinguished Engineer at Western Digital. He leads its Emerging System Architecture group that drives key industry initiatives through long-term research projects, partnerships, and ecosystem enablements.

Javier Gonzalez

Lead Global Open-Source Team, Samsung

I lead Samsung Memory Solutions' Global Open-Source Team (GOST), where I take care of our open-source activities and manage a distributed team of highly talented engineers. This includes defining strategy, internal / external communication, and day-to-day execution. I am also the founder and site manager for Samsung Semiconductor Denmark Research (SSDR) - Samsung's Memory Solutions first R&D center in Europe and fifth worldwide.

I am a Ph.D in operating systems with a strong background in technical leadership, experimental research, and Linux Kernel development. My interests lay primarily in the hardware / software co-design space, where systems, hardware architecture, and open-ecosystem meet. I am dedicated to defining safe environments for motivated software engineers to be creative and get things done. I am a contributor to a wide range of open source projects including the Linux Kernel. I am a regular speaker at several top industry and academic conferences.

Storage Management

Richelle Ahlvers

Storage Technology Enablement Architect, Vice Chair SNIA, Intel

Richelle Ahlvers is a Storage Technology Enablement Architect at Intel, where she promotes and drives enablement of new technologies and standards strategies.

Richelle has spent over 25 years in Enterprise Storage R&D teams in a variety of technical roles, leading the architecture, design and development of storage array software, storage management software user experience projects including mobility, developing new storage industry categories including SAN management, storage grid and cloud, and storage technology portfolio solutions.

Richelle has been engaged with industry standards initiatives with SNIA and DMTF for many years. She served as the SNIA Technical Council Chair and has been engaged across a breadth of technologies ranging from storage management, to solid state storage, cloud, and green storage. She is Co-Chair of the Storage Management Initiative and leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API.

Xinde Hu

System Architect, Cohesity

Dr. Xinde Hu is currently a system architect at Cohesity. His responsibilities include performance engineering for Cohesity's data management software systems. Before joining Cohesity, Dr. Hu held the Director of engineering position at WD/SanDisk and STMicroelectronics. Dr. Hu has authored more than a dozen technical papers on data storage systems and has 38 patents issued. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

IT End Users

Howard Marks

Technology Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, VAST Data

Howard Marks is Technologist Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at VAST Data where he explains VAST's technology. Before joining VAST Howard was the storage industry's skeptic, curmudgeon, and professional explainer, over a 40-year career as a consultant, journalist, and finally industry analyst at DeepStorage.

An entertaining and highly rated speaker Howard speaks regularly at industry events including VMworld, and Interop. TechEd. He has written three books and hundreds of articles on networking and storage technologies since testing over 100 modems for a special issue of PC Magazine in 1987. Before joining VAST Howard was a co-host of the Greybeards on Storage podcast with guests from around the storage industry.

All Flash Arrays

Ken Steinhardt


Ken Steinhardt serves as Field CTO at Infinidat. He has held many different roles in the IT industry over the last 49 years, having started as a mainframe applications programmer and systems analyst, part-time when he was still in high school. After receiving his BS degree in Computer Science from WPI, Ken was at Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years, EMC Corporation for 20 years, and joined Infinidat from Pure Storage. His longest-tenured role was as EMC's Vice President of Enterprise Storage & CTO for Global Product Sales.

Storage Software / Software-Defined Storage

Eric Herzog

Chief Marketing Officer, INFINIDAT

Eric Herzog is the Chief Marketing Officer at Infinidat. Prior to joining Infinidat, Herzog was CMO and VP of Global Storage Channels at IBM Storage Solutions. His executive leadership experience also includes: CMO and Senior VP of Alliances for all-flash storage provider Violin Memory, and Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for EMC's Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division.

Boyan Ivanov

CEO, StorPool

Boyan Ivanov is CEO and Co-founder of StorPool Storage, a leading global storage software provider. Boyan is an official member of Forbes Technology Council.

Composable Storage / Enterprise Storage

Scott Hamilton

Sr Director Product Management & Marketing, Western Digital

Scott Hamilton, Senior Director, Product Management & Marketing at Western Digital, is leader of product management and marketing for the Platforms Business Unit that offers a diverse product portfolio spanning external storage, specialized storage servers, and composable disaggregated infrastructure.

Scott has more than 30 years of experience the in storage, IT and communications technologies. Prior to joining Western Digital, Scott was Vice President, Product Management & Advanced Solutions at Quantum. He has held various leadership positions in product and business line management, product marketing, technical sales, and engineering at Quantum, Emulex, Raytheon, General Electric, and other companies.

Scott holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Erik Kaulberg

Vice President, Strategy and Alliances, INFINIDAT

Erik Kaulberg is a Vice President at Infinidat, leading corporate strategy, key alliance partnerships, and special projects. He has broad expertise in enterprise storage and frequently engages key customers, partners, and analysts. Erik previously ran worldwide enterprise storage strategy and business development for IBM, after he sold all-flash array innovator Texas Memory Systems to the company.

Computational Storage

JB Baker

VP Marketing, ScaleFlux

J B Baker is VP Marketing at ScaleFlux, where he handles marketing, product development, strategic planning, customer relationship management, and P&L management. Before joining ScaleFlux, he held product management positions at Seagate, LSI Logic, and Intel, where he shepherded many highly successful products from conception through multimillion dollar sales cycles. He earned an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Harvard University. He has spoken at previous Flash Memory Summits.

Scott Shadley

Strategic Planner, Solidigm

Scott Shadley is VP of Marketing at NGD Systems. He has spent over 20 years in the Semiconductor and storage space in MFG, Design and Marketing. His experience spans over 15 years at Micron and time at STEC. His efforts have help lead to products in the market with over $300M in revenue.

SSD Benchmarks and Testing / Test Equipment

Eden Kim

CEO, Calypso Systems

Eden Kim is CEO of Calypso Systems, a leading SSD test vendor. He has been the unquestioned leader in developing test specifications for SNIA and has lectured on the subject around the world. He is chair of the SNIA SSS Technical Working Group. Eden has published several papers on SSD performance testing and SSD product architectures. He has presented frequently at past Flash Memory Summits, at SNIA Storage Developer Conferences, Storage Visions, and many other events. He has also published whitepapers on SSD workloads.

Rob Vezina

Field Application Engineer, VIAVI Solutions

Rob Vezina is a Field Application Engineer for VIAVI Solutions. Active in high-speed serial protocol (digital) architecture for more than 20 years, Rob's current focus is on the development of VIAVI PCIe5 and PCIe6 Protocol tool solutions and PCIe expansion into CXL architecture.

Previously, Rob worked for the Server Marketing Group at Intel in the capacity of Industry Enabling for PCI Express from Gen1 through PCIe3. He was also involved in the early enabling of NVMe architecture before leaving Intel to work in the PCIe Test and Measurement business.

Rob has worked as a Product Line Manager and a Field Application Engineer at Keysight and VIAVI respectively. He has also served as a PCI-SIG Workshop staff member responsible for the PCIe Protocol Link & Transaction and De-emphasis compliance Gold Suite testing. Rob holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada).


Wayne Adams

Storage Industry Consultant, Chair Emeritus, SNIA, SNIA

Wayne Adams has over 35 years of IT industry experience spanning business development, technical product/solution management, and partner ecosystems. Wayne has been involved in SNIA leadership roles since 2002. Wayne has served on the SNIA Board of Directors since 2003 including roles as Chair, Chair Emeritus, Treasurer in addition to a number of leadership roles for forums and initiatives, conferences, and strategic alliances. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events.

Over his career, Wayne M. Adams was a Senior Technologist and Director of Standards within the Office of the CTO at EMC, technical alliances partner manager, and a manager of product managers for its portfolio of SRM products. Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development for several strategic software and hardware products at Digital Equipment Corporation. He started his high-tech career at Eastman Kodak as a system designer of real-time control systems.

Wayne has been involved in many industry associations including serving on the DMTF Board of Directors, serving as Advisory Committee member of W3C, contributing to the Industrial Internet Consortium for IoT/big data test-beds, leadership of the Fibre Alliance, and participating with various committees within INCITS, OASIS, Cloud Security Alliance, and TheGreenGrid.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Joan Motsinger

Senior Vice President Business Sustainability and Transformation, Seagate

Joan Motsinger is a global operations and supply chain leader with a passion for technology, people, and sustainable business practices.

For over 30 years, Joan has cultivated her skill as both a leader and an innovator, in roles spanning product design, global operations, supply chain, and executive leadership.

Joan represents the forefront of organizational efficiency, agility, and performance. Navigating the unprecedented scale and growth of data, she leads Seagate in pioneering risk management, inclusive of cyber insecurity and other emerging risks, so that Seagate's products and global enterprise are resilient in the face of technological change. While Seagate meets the demand flood of data from human and machine activity, Joan also ensures that the company balances business needs, operations, and leading-edge products with corporate social responsibility.

Having served offshore, Joan has a global perspective of culture and business. This perspective enables Joan to guide Seagate's commitment to being a responsible and active global citizen. With Seagate a founding member of the Responsible Business Alliance, Joan has also led the Board of Directors for the RBA in their strong pursuit of Human Rights and Environmental action in the electronics industry.

Cloud Storage/Cloud Drives

Mark Carlson

Principal Engineer, SNIA Technical Council, KIOXIA

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Kioxia Corporation, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than twenty year's experience with Java technology. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He has chaired the SNIA Object Drive, Cloud Storage, NDMP and XAM SDK technical working groups and serves as Co-Chairman on the SNIA Technical Council.

Ravi Naik

Executive VP Lyve Storage Services, CIO, Seagate

Ravi Naik is Seagate's executive vice president of storage services. Since joining Seagate in 2017, Ravi has led a series of transformative programs, involving both internal business operations and external customer-facing & revenue-generating initiatives. Among them is Lyve Cloud—Seagate's object-storage-as-a-service cloud offering. It delivers unprecedented TCO gains for customers, challenging cloud lock-in and offering a frictionless multicloud experience while overcoming the unpredictable costs that plague today's cloud customers. This service offering was envisioned, architected, and delivered under Ravi's leadership. The platform continues to scale both horizontally and vertically, delivering the benefits to customers in various global regions. Customers like Zoom, Juniper, and Alfa Romeo are reaping the benefits of this mass-capacity cloud storage platform for high value content, disaster recovery, and data analytics & MLOPS.

In his previous roles, Naik led digital transformations at SanDisk, Mercury Interactive, and 3Com. He brings a unique experience to the business of storage and cloud services as a practitioner and user.

Tejas Chopra

Sr. Software Engineering, Netflix

Tejas Chopra is an Engineering Leader at Netflix building foundational storage capabilities for Netflix Studios in the Cloud. Tejas is a TedX and an International Keynote speaker and talks about Web3, Blockchain, Storage, Cloud Architectures, etc. Tejas is an advisor to Blockchain startups such as Dorado, Nillion, and an Adjunct Professor at University of Advancing Technology, Arizona.

He has more than a decade of experience building backend and storage infrastructure at companies such ad Apple, Samsung, Cadence, Box, etc. and has a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Memory & Storage Markets

Thomas Coughlin

Storage Analyst, Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst as well as a business and technology consultant. He has over 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI, now CMSI), the IEEE, (he is an IEEE President Elect Candidate in 2021, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, Past President of IEEE USA, Past Chair of the IEEE New Initiatives and Public Visibility Committees and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Storage Visions Conference ( as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a board member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV)

Jean Bozman

President, Cloud Architects Advisors

Jean S. Bozman is President of Cloud Architects Advisors llc, a market research and consulting firm focused on enterprise and hybrid multi-cloud computing. She analyzes the worldwide markets for servers, storage, and software related to data centers and cloud infrastructure. A highly respected IT professional, she often writes for business publications, including eWeek and IDG publications. She was a Research VP at IDC, where she managed research about the worldwide markets for servers and server operating systems. Starting in 2015, Ms. Bozman was Senior Product Marketing Manager at SanDisk, and then VP/Principal Analyst at Hurwitz and Associates. She is a frequent conference participant as a speaker, chairperson, and organizer at such events as Flash Memory Summit, OpenStack, and Container World. She earned a bachelor's degree at SUNY/Stony Brook; a master's degree from Stanford; and she graduated from the Stanford GSB's LEAD business certificate program in 2021 as a Distinguished Scholar.


Julie Herd

Product Marketing, Kalray

Julie Herd has been a marketing leader in the data storage industry for more than 20 years, spanning hardware and software, product management and product marketing. Julie has a passion for startups, and has worked with pioneers in the cloud and storage industries, delivering innovative high performance storage solutions built on NVMe and high-density flash memory. In her career, she has led product teams at companies such as NetApp, E8 Storage and BlueArc (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems) among others.

Most recently, Julie has focused on building strong marketing teams that bridge the communication gap between what a product does and why a customer should care. She is excited to be representing Kalray, a leading provider of high performance storage solutions at this year's Flash Memory Summit.


Caecilia Gotama

CEO and Founder, BRDG bridge to connect

Caecilia Gotama earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a Master in Business Administration from the Graziadio School at Pepperdine University. She is also an LEED accredited professional due to her passion for sustainable engineering.

She is a licensed Mechanical Engineer who is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she served on the Board of Governors. Ms. Gotama was awarded the "Vision and Visionary" award from California State University, Fullerton, signifying her achievements as a successful business owner in the engineering field, as well as her contribution to her community.

The world needs more engineers, and she realized that the engineering profession can be much more inclusive in its admittance and design approach. Her drive to contribute to her community and her entrepreneurial nature has led her to start BRDG - bridge to connect, a social non-profit organization that provides a bridge program for first generation STEM college students. With the contribution of highly qualified volunteers, this program benefits these young students, as well as the people they will serve in their professional lives. (

"The ability to solve problems and create knows no boundaries, class, race or gender. And yet, the training to be able to effectively invent and solve problems is still mostly available to those who know someone in this field. As the world needs more people with critical thinking ability, it becomes the duty of all of us in the technical fields to reach out and open doors for this next generation." Caecilia Gotama


Harry Fu

Director Research & Development, Sage-Micro

Harry Fu has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, mainly with the semiconductor industry. He had different roles with Altera, XIlinx and Micron in engineering, application and marketing. Lately, after several years as an entrepreneur, he joined Sage-Microelectronics, in charge of the Product Development for SOC design Center in North America. Harry holds a BSEE from Tsinghua University and a MSEE from UNLV.

Venture Capital

Marc Staimer

President, Storage Industry Consultant, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Marc Staimer, as President, Industry Analyst and Chief Dragon Slayer of the 23-year-old Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, OR, is well known for his in-depth and keen understanding of user problems, especially with storage, networking, applications, cloud services, data protection, and virtualization. His consulting practice focuses on strategic planning, product development and market development. Marc has published thousands of technology articles and tips from the user perspective for internationally renowned online trades including many of TechTarget's websites and Network Computing and GigaOM.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Programs

Fahima Zahir

Global Partner Product Marketing, Nutanix

Fahima is a prolific marketing leader, successfully driving solutions to market globally and in geo, in start-up, transitional, and large enterprises across data center technologies and multiple routes to market: direct, indirect, OEM, and 3rd party marketplaces. She has worked directly with C-Suite, including CTOs, to get alignment and communicate strategy downstream. Fahima is fully versed in the product marketing discipline, with hands on experience driving product launches, competitive analysis, marketing and sales collateral, analyst and press engagement, and supporting integrated marketing and social campaigns.

Andrea Eaken

Director Marketing, GRAID

Andrea Eaken is Director of Marketing for GRAID. She has over 20 years of Marketing experience in the technology industry Andrea has strong expertise in brand development, event design, and creative direction along with leading multi-media marketing campaigns.

Recruiter / Career Planning

Jordan Rayboy

Headhunter, President, Rayboy Insider Search

Jordan Rayboy believes life if short, so play hard! He began recruiting in 2000 after his sophomore year of college. Six years later, he struck out on his own, forming Rayboy Insider Search, the premier executive search firm specializing in sales, presales, and leadership roles within the storage and data center infrastructure marketplace. Being an impatient type-A recruiter, Jordan long ago abandoned the deferred life plan (slave, save, retire). By building an effective virtual team & leveraging technology, Jordan has run his search firm since 2006 while traveling in a tour-bus RV with his wife Jeska. To this day, they still travel with their three young children and two dogs, and have covered the majority of the US and Canada during their adventure while living their dream every day.

He joined the Pinnacle Society in 2009, and has served on their Board of Directors and as Member Education Chair. Through Jordan's numerous presentations at national conferences, state associations, and training videos on Next Level Exchange, he has inspired countless recruiters to raise their game and make their dreams a reality as well.

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