Recognized as an early pioneer for not one but two emerging market disruptors in the enterprise flash storage and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure space, Rob Hootselle has the pleasure of working alongside some of the most influential tech leaders of our time, including Doron Kempel, David Flynn and Steve Wozniak of Apple fame.  He has helped create new markets for two of the fastest growing technology manufacturers of all-time, Fusion-io, SimpliVity, and recently helped with the eventual sale of Tegile systems to Western Digital, the largest storage manufacturer in the world.

An avid public speaker, Rob has brought his unique take and tough-love attitude on the problems with the current state of the data center at over two hundred events in the past ten years, including forty-two keynote presentations across the country.  He is the co-founder of Cloud & Wire, a progressive thinking consultancy in the network, infrastructure and cloud space and the creator of the Disruptive Technologies Tour.


Annemarie is responsible for building the Southeastern marketplace for one of the largest data center providers in the USA, Tierpoint.  A former Florida State and Falcons Cheerleader, Annemarie found a home in technology sales, specifically on the network, storage and communications markets, including her time as a leading performer at Comcast Business as an Enterprise Account Executive.

Her current responsibilities include researching and developing long-term data center and application strategies for hosted and cloud technologies.


Melissa Strauss is a Cyber Security Account Executive at Darktrace, the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. She has worked extensively with clients across numerous industry verticals, from retail to healthcare, helping them deploy Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System, the only AI technology capable of detecting and autonomously responding to early-stage cyber-threats.

Strauss graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is based out of Darktrace’s DC office located in Reston, VA.


Byron Braun is the co-founder of Cloud & Wire and is well-known in the South as one of the most talented networks and communications analysts in the Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality space.

His work with companies like Massage Envy, Hand & Stone and Burger King helped solidify his reputation as the “Michael Jordan” of telecom throughout the marketplace as his strategies and solutions help push the envelope for Enterprise clients and solidify his reputation and a thought-leader in the data center space.


Conner Volpe is the head of North American Sales efforts at StorMagic.  His blend of technical aptitude as an engineer and architect at Lenovo coupled with his business savvy has put him on the fast-track to success.

His primary focus is to make I.T. simple again, and he embodies that mission through the disruptive innovations resulting from software-defined solutions that help manufacturers with the challenge of managing remote facilities from a simple, scalable platform.  A true market leader, StorMagic’s innovative server designs provide household names in the Manufacturing and Retail spaces such as Home Depot manage over 2,000 stores from a single pane of glass.


One of the rising stars of the Software-defined landscape, Ricky Skuse has been a tech evangelist over the past decade by delivering innovative products for virtual infrastructure management and data protection.  A fixture on Atlanta’s tech scene, his insights and opinions help shape the policy and movements of some of the State’s largest IT environments.


Michael’s Chase has over 30 years of Enterprise IT experience, including his current role as Director of Channel Management for Jive! Communications, the largest privately held Voice provider in the country.

A frequent face on the tech speaking circuit, Michael is known for his role as an early evangelist in the UCaaS marketplace and has held key positions with Panasonic North America, Comdial Corporation (now Vertical), and Co-ownership of BCI Communications (MSP/Interconnect in the state of Florida)


With more than 15 years of experience driving business and technology solutions for leading organizations. Nick has been a mainstay in the Security and Connectivity solutions space for both corporate and government consumers. In his current role, he is charged with evangelizing Aryaka’s connectivity and network services. 

With over 10 million users across 7,000+ sites, Aryaka is the leader in the SD WAN space, boasting clients such as Skullcandy, Cigna, and ThoughtWorks.  Aryaka is a key partner with Microsoft Azure, AWS, Intelisys, and SK Broadband, all of whom have chosen Aryaka for their enterprise-grade networking needs.

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