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    Texas Technology Summit

    Strategically Accelerating our Businesses through IT and Security

    March 29th, 2023
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    Attend our Conference to Enter our Grand Prize
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The 14th Annual Texas Technology Summit will be held on March 29th, 2023 at Citadel Houston (12130 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77045) from 8am-4pm.

This B-B event is targeted for the Technology and Security community.  Attendees consist of IT/IS Executives and Direct reports across all verticals within the state of Texas interested in Networking, Researching/Learning, Career Advancement, and Purchasing. Attend the Texas Technology Summit to get the right tools and make vital connections to best prepare your company for the broad spectrum of ever-changing technology trends.


Governing Body Members

David Calderwood
VP of IT Strategy and PMO Services

Mark Combs
Director of Security and Facilities
Harris County Clerk

Marc Crudgington
MBA, Founder, CEO, vCISO
CyberFore Systems

Randy Frazier
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Karen Fuller
Director Network Infrastructure and Communications
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Sebastian T. Gass
Chief Technology Officer
Quantum Energy Partners

Jessica Getz
AXIA Partners

Brooke Grammier
Principal, CIO
DLR Group

Bruce High
CIO & Executive Director of ITC
Harris Country ITC

Gene Janiszewski
VP Membership of SIM Houston

Mark Lennon
Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Carolyn Lightfoot
CIO Information Technology Division
Lee College

Robert Lindemann
Education Service Center, Region 6

Rodney Lisembee
Director of Technology
The John Cooper School

David Mosley
Vice President & CIO
J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.

Michael Oberlaender
Author & CISO

Luis Oliveira
Manager, Applications Development - Research Institute
Houston Methodist

Hellmut Ometzberger
Atos Worldgrid

Mike Prochaska
VP of IT
Allied Group

Alexander Rosca
IT Transformation Leader

Mark Sakowitz
Project Manager
DataBank IMX

Dee Singh
VP of IT
Cimarron Energy, Inc.

Boyan Vukicevich
Senior-level IT Professional
J.B. Poindexter & Co, Inc.

Mike Wangsmo
Global Chief Technology Officer

Kathy Welch
Alvarez & Marsal

Jason Williams
Infrastructure Director
J.B. Poindexter

Troy Williams
Director, ISD Business Solutions
Memorial Hermann Health Systems


We would like to thank our all of our sponsors for being a part of this year's Texas Technology Summit. From being a sponsor, you will be recognized for the education and mission your company contributes to our tradeshow, panels, and sessions. Many of our sponsors have been a part of our annual summit for many years and we are proud to support them.

Gold Sponsors


ThreatLocker® is a global cybersecurity leader, providing enterprise-level cybersecurity tools to improve the security of servers and endpoints. ThreatLocker’s combined Application Whitelisting, Ringfencing™, Storage Control and Privileged Access Management solutions are leading the cybersecurity market towards a more secure approach of blocking unknown application vulnerabilities. To learn more about ThreatLocker visit: www.threatlocker.com


Unitrends Unified BCDR enables our customers with a platform to address the challenges of today with a complete and agile solution designed to backup, secure, and recover all workloads. The platform encompasses protection for traditional data center infrastructure as well as cloud-based workloads, SaaS data, and the data being generated on endpoint devices such as laptops and remote PCs. Purposeful integrations with security tools provide end-to-end protection against cybercrime and human error, inject automation and artificial intelligence to simplify complex systems and provide a unified experience with visibility across a complete backup infrastructure.

Silver Sponsor


NETdepot specializes in providing effortless cloud solutions to amplify the value of your staff. We focus on five key areas: Enterprise Compute & Storage, Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Security as a Service (SECaaS), Cybersecurity as a Service (CyberSecaaS).


NordStar Group (NSG) specializes in Enterprise Level IT Solutions. HPC and Big Data drive our data analytics portfolio including data ingestion, storage, compute, visualization and security.


SUSE is a global leader in innovative, reliable, secure enterprise-grade open source solutions, relied upon by more than 60% of the Fortune 500 to power their mission-critical workloads. We specialize in Business-critical Linux, Enterprise Container Management and Edge solutions, and collaborate with partners and communities to empower our customers to innovate everywhere – from the data center, to the cloud, to the edge and beyond.


Since 2011, Zadara’s Cloud Platform (ZCP) simplifies operational complexity through automated end-to-end infrastructure provisioning of compute, storage and network resources. Backed by an industry-best NPS rating of 71, Zadara Edge Cloud users are supported by Zadara’s team of battle-tested cloud experts and backed by our 100% SLA guarantee. With solutions available on-premises and through cloud and colocation providers, Zadara’s turnkey hardware/software, combined with its pay-only-for-what-you-use model, helps companies gain agility without sacrificing the features and functionality that enterprise IT teams demand. Zadara operates worldwide, including clouds in hundreds of data centers at public- and private-cloud partners, with an expert team that provides follow-the-sun services and support and is the official cloud supplier of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in the Formula One world championship. Zadara is headquartered in Irvine, California with locations in Cirencester (UK), Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Yokneam (Israel), Bangalore and Brazil.


Presentation Sponsors


Accedian is the leader in performance analytics, cybersecurity threat detection, and end user experience solutions, dedicated to providing our customers with the ability to assure and secure their digital infrastructure, while helping them to unlock the full productivity of their users. We are committed to empowering our customers with the ability to see far and wide across their IT and network infrastructure and a microscopic ability to dive deep and understand the experience and security of every user, helping them to delight and protect their own customers each and every time. Accedian has been delivering solutions to high profile customers globally for over 15 years.


Arcserve is a global top 5 data protection vendor with best-in-class solutions that manage, protect, and recover all data workloads, from SMB to enterprise and regardless of location or complexity. A 100% channel-centric organization, Arcserve has a presence in over 150 countries, with 19,000 channel partners and 235,000 customers.


Darktrace (DARK:L), a global leader in cyber security AI, delivers world-class technology that protects over 5,000 customers worldwide from advanced threats, including ransomware and cloud and SaaS attacks. The company’s fundamentally different approach applies Self-Learning AI to enable machines to understand the business in order to autonomously defend it. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, the company has 1,500 employees and over 30 offices worldwide. Darktrace was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ for 2021.


Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.


Sentinel solutions have deflected literally billions of threats, from ransomware and malware communications to targeted brute force and exploit attempts. Our customers range from Fortune 100 firms to government and municipal agencies, from financial institutions to a diverse mix of small and mid-sized businesses in almost every industry.


Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN), delivers unique outcomes in Enterprise data centers. Tintri’s AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure learns your environment to drive automation. Analytical insights help you simplify and accelerate your operations and empower data-driven business insights. Thousands of Tintri customers have saved millions of management hours using Tintri. https://www.tintri.com/products.


TPx Communications (tpx.com) is the premier national managed services provider, offering Unified Communications, Managed IT and security, managed connectivity and more nationwide – all with guaranteed performance.


Veeam® is the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry 9 average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 22,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries.

2023 Texas Technology Summit Agenda

Wednesday, March 29th 2023

Unitrends Unified BCDR: Why Backup Alone is No Longer Enough

Adam Marget, Product Marketing Manager - Unitrends
Sponsored by: Unitrends

Simplifying CyberSecurity

Jonathan Goldberger, SVP Security Practice and Strategic Sales - TPx
Sponsored by: TPx Communications

Networking / Tour Exhibits

IT Infrastructure at the Edge

Mike O’Neil, Manager of Systems Engineers - Scale Computing
Sponsored by: Scale Computing

CIS Controls in the Real World

Ted Gruenloh, Chief Executive Officer - Sentinel IPS
Sponsored by: Sentinel IPS

CIO Roundtable Discussion: Leadership Strategies Moving Forward

**For IT Executives with VIP Badges**
Moderator: Lindsay Rash, Assistant CIO - Harris County Appraisal District

Zero Trust for Applications (Lunch Included)

Danny Jenkins, CEO - ThreatLocker
Sponsored by: ThreatLocker

Hiding in Plain Sight (Lunch Included)

Michael Bacon, Director of Enterprise Solution’s Marketing - Accedian
Sponsored by: Accedian
Presentation Giveaway: Apple AirPods

Ransomware Survival in New Places: Prepare Now and Do NOT Pay

Billy Monroe, Systems Engineer - Veeam
Sponsored by: Veeam
Presentation Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Fast and Furious Attacks: Using AI to Surgically Respond

Austin Eppstein, Cyber Security Account Director - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

CISO Roundtable Discussion

**For IT Executives with VIP Badges**
Michael F. Angelo, Chief Security Architect - Micro Focus

Networking / Tour Exhibits

Vendor Giveaways

Panel Discussion: Key Trends in Data Strategy & Data Privacy

Panelists: Ajit Singh, Executive Vice President & CIO - Southwestern National Bank | Michael Angelo, Chief Security Architect - Micro Focus | Joshua Copeland, SOC Director - AT&T | Austin Bass, Cyber Security Operations - Johnson Space Center (NASA)

Achieving Ransomware Protection with Your Choice of Storage

Steve Phillips, Principal Systems Engineer - Tintri
Sponsored by: Tintri
Presentation Giveaway: Nintendo Switch

Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up


Governing Body Members