From our keynote speaker, to all of the speakers in the general sessions, tracks and labs, MacTech Conference draws from the best and brightest in the industry. Our speakers come not only from all over the country, but from several countries. A world-class line up of world-class talent. Don’t take our word for it: ask around. Want to be a speaker? Fill out the speaker application and let’s talk.
There’s an entire MacTech team behind the scenes starting with customer service all the way through on-site at the event making sure things work as smoothly as possible, keeping everyone fed well, and taking care of your needs. But, you’ll be seeing a few of us on stage. This on-stage team will not only be your emcees, but they are responsible for selecting the best speakers, sessions, introductions, and more.
Neil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 80 events since 2010). Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine since 1992. With both a technical and business background, Neil has authored hundreds of articles including most of MacTech’s well known benchmarking articles.
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Ed is the Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine, the author of several books, and Worldwide Mac Operations Dude at Google. As MacTech Conference’s Sessions Chair, Ed heads up the sessions, and lab content.
Nadyne is a user experience expert with extensive experience in Macintosh and client/server software. Currently at Genentech, Nadyne has also worked from VMware, Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, and IBM. Her specialties are user-centered design, usability, user research, user experience, human-computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, and of course, Apple technologies. Nadyne has been an advocate in the community, and formerly served on the MacIT Conference advisory board member, and has spoken at USENIX Women in Advance Computing, Google DevFest, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Macworld Expo and many other events.
In 1988, while running a successful event production company, Andy Espo realized his business’ need for a computer system. With experience in professional audio, video, theatrical lighting and scenery, Andy was determined to add the automation of his own business to his technical repertoire. In 1998, Andy transitioned out of event production and into being the full-time, “Mac-Guy”. Today, Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting retains an array of clients in the public relations, retail, legal, marketing, architecture, advertising and design sectors.
Sean has been supporting Macs in business since 1993. Based in Ottawa, ON, Sean currently owns and manages both IronGate and BackgroundBackup.com. Sean is also the Producer of SpaceFlightInsider.com’s live show, streaming SpaceX, NASA and ULA launches live from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Some of the most talented, experienced, and insightful people in the industry have consistently come to MacTech Conference to share their experiences, and teach their craft to you. This year will be no different. At Apple’s WWDC in June, we expect to see the latest crop of announcements for new products, technologies and services. We expect MacTech Conference is the first event after Apple ships these products — where reality meets anticipation. As such, the bulk of the speakers will be announced after WWDC.
To name a few, however, these fine speakers will be presenting at MacTech Conference 2017.
Adam Engst, TidBITSAdam C. Engst is the CEO of TidBITS, the oldest purely online commercial publication, and the TidBITS Content Network, which provides syndicated content to Apple professionals. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling "Internet Starter Kit" series, and many magazine articles, thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first Internet advertising program in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control ebook series in 2003, which sold over a half-million books before being acquired by alt concepts in 2017.
Allen Hancock, Watchman MonitoringAllen Hancock received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia. In 2000, Allen started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: an Apple Specialist, Service Provider, and Authorized Training Center. There, he found his thrill in helping clients make the most of their computing experiences. In 2010 Allen founded Watchman Monitoring to focus on finding problems before they become disasters, filling the gap between full on management and waiting for computers to fail.
Avery Chipka, Circle Technology Collective InternationalBased in Vermont, Avery is a System Engineer & Security Specialist at Circle Technology Collective International.
Ben Levy, Solutions ConsultingBenjamin Levy has been working as a Macintosh Consultant for more than 25 years as the owner of Solutions Consulting. He is a member of the Apple Consultants Network, on whose Advisory Council he served for five years. A long-time speaker at Macworld Expo, Ben has delivered more than 50 individual sessions on a wide range of cutting edge topics. Ben is also an Apple Certified Trainer and delivers Apple training to IT professionals at schools, corporations and training centers around the country.
Brian Best, BestMacsBrian Best is the founder and chairman at BestMacs, Kansas City's only managed services provider focused on Apple products, now it its 18th year. He also founded Mac-MSP - known for its Gruntwork and BlueSky products - which is now part of SolarWinds MSP, the global market leader in the delivery of IT Service Management solutions to Managed Service Providers. In that role, Brian is working to achieve great Apple support throughout the MSP product line. Brian is an ACTC, a long-time Apple Consultants Network member, and ACN Advisory Council emeritus. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and sons, judging BBQ competitions, and watching Chiefs football.
Chad Calease, WIMZKLChad's experience and fluency in technology spans over 15 years, crosses sectors and contexts, including regulated industries like healthcare (Apervita) and financial services (Wells Fargo), to marketing and advertising (Omnicom Group), education (Northwestern University), IIoT (Deloitte), non-profit (Habitat for Humanity) and transportation (United Airlines).
Charles Edge, JamfCharles is the Director, Professional Services at JAMF Software, as well as an author, consultant, engineer and public speaker. Charles is also the proprietor of krypted.com, a host of the new Macadmins.org podcast, and the author of several books on OS X systems administration, including the Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide, Enterprise Mac Security, and the Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator's Guide. Charles enjoys speaking at great conferences and is excited to return to MacTech Conference this year.
Dave Elliott, FileWaveBased in Indianapolis, Dave is the Vice President of Engineering at Filewave with skills in macOS, Windows, and of course, System Deployment.
Derek Braunschweiger, Call Andy! Macintosh ConsultingOriginally a PC advocate, Derek Braunschweiger became a 'switcher' in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music. After quickly becoming the go-to person amongst students, he was hired by Apple Inc. in 2006 as a Genius Administrator, then transitioning to a Genius position. Using his technical and customer service skills, he led many Genius teams to attain stellar repair and customer satisfaction goals company-wide. He then moved on to the educational market, coordinating and deploying systems as well as advising system configuration for local school systems. He brings his friendly service and funny personality to those in need of assistance.
Greg Neagle, Walt Disney Animation StudiosGreg has created or contributed to several tools used by Mac systems administrators around the world. Among those are Munki, a software deployment framework, Reposado, a platform-agnostic replacement for Apple's Software Update service, and AutoPkg, a tool to automate obtaining and preparing software for mass deployment. Greg is pleased to return to the MacTech Conference for the eighth year.
Jack-Daniyel Strong, Strong SolutionsJack is the President of J-D Strong Consulting, Inc. and Strong Solutions. As a member of the Apple Consultants Network, grew from a one-man consultancy into an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho area. Most recently, JD joined the team of Watchman Monitoring to help with documentation and support.
Jason Miller, ThumbtackJason prides himself on his organizational and leadership skills as well as his ability to manage and uphold policy. He specifically looks to provide quality IT solutions in a preventative and proactive way to increase everyone's productivity. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he not only performs assessments, but acquires and deploys infrastructure to meet the requirements — including the integration of different departments and special task applications. Jason actively troubleshoots client systems; installs, configures, and maintains workgroup servers; provides support and direction for using Lab institutional services; and trains and mentors interns, new employees and other support staff. Jason is also a Board Member of Macbrained. Macbrained is a Mac and iOS-focused community for developers, engineers and administrators-alike. Through collaboration and education we help grow Mac and iOS in the Enterprise and in Education by sharing our personal experiences in supporting and managing the platforms.
Jeanette Lee, Ruckus WirelessJeanette Lee has over 20 years of experience in high-performance networking. She has been deeply involved in product sales, marketing and network architect positions with companies at the forefront of their fields such as Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Networks, and FORE Systems. Jeanette has written or co-authored dozens of technology papers on topics ranging from security to educational tutorials and best practices.
Joe Kissell, alt concepts inc.Joe Kissell is the publisher of Take Control Books, which he purchased from founders Adam and Tonya Engst in 2017. He's also the author of more than 60 books about technology, including Mac Security Bible and dozens of titles in the Take Control series. Joe has written extensively for TidBITS, Macworld, Wirecutter, and numerous other tech publications. Before he began writing full-time in 2003, Joe spent nearly eight years managing software development. He lives in San Diego with his wife, their two sons, and their cat.
Joel Rennich, Orchard & GroveJoel is the General Manager for Orchard & Grove, an app development and consulting firm in Austin,Texas. In 2016, Joel released the popular open source application NoMAD and is now developing other tools that strive to make Mac admins' lives easier. Previously, he spent over a decade working at Apple as an Enterprise Systems Engineering Manager solving crazy problems to allow for integrating Mac and iOS devices successfully into enterprise environments.
John Kirn, All CoveredJohn Kirn is All Covered's Apple/Mac subject matter expert, a role he has dedicated over 20 years to. During this time John has acquired an exceptional level of Mac knowledge, allowing him to excel at developing automation tools, establishing Mac best practices & standards, and providing Apple/Mac support & training. He also serves as the highest escalation point for customer Mac problems within the company nationwide. John is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art. He interned at Adobe Systems, and formerly worked in the creative market as a graphic artist.
JP Wade, TIAAJP has been an in the industry for about 14 years. JAMF CCA and Apple certified. He has a background in project planning, software deployment, and technical and policy writing. JP's time in education, government and the financial industry has given him a variety of perspectives that he will be sharing at MacTech Conference.
Justin Esgar, ACEs ConferenceJustin Esgar is a returning speaker to MacTech, having presented in Los Angeles, New York and DC over the last few years. Justin is dedicated to helping others make their businesses great. Whether through technology via his Apple Consulting agency, Virtua Computers, his conference for the business side of IT Consulting, ACEs Conference, or through his own business consulting firm, Appitalize on Your Idea, Justin has made it his goal to help as many businesses grow as possible. Justin loves to hear stories. So make sure you tell him yours!
Kelly GuimontKelly is working as a volunteer at App Camp For Girls, a program that introduces iOS programming to girls in grades 7-9. Various duties including setup, icebreakers, camp "counselor", and presenting various aspects of the development process to campers. Also helping with documentation of the program, technology management, and PR.
Leon Lincoln, VF CorporationLeon Lincoln is a Technical Solutions Engineer at VF Corporation which is an American worldwide apparel and footwear company founded in 1899 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina; VF owns brands such as Jansport, Kipling, Lee, Lucy, Majestic, Napapijri, Nautica, Reef, The North Face, Timberland, Vans and Wrangler. Currently stationed at Timberlands HQ in Stratham, NH, Leon supports the Macintosh infrastructure environment, operational support and device management leveraging JAMF Pro environment (formally Casper) for the east coasts brands of VF Corporation along with global support as needed. With over thirty years experience in developing and managing the Mac environment for such companies as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, New England Journal of Medicine/Mass Medical Society and many different printing companies, Leon has worked as a System Administrator and Desktop Support Engineer over the years and has worked with every Mac OS from Apple since 1984 to Present, and has supported the Windows, Linux and Google Apps environments for the different companies he has worked over the years.
Lillian Ho, GitHubLillian is an IT Engineer at GitHub HQ in San Francisco. Previously, she has worked at Yelp, Rent the Runway, and Sarah Lawrence College. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, vertical gardening, and regular expressions.
Mary Conahan, Sports WarehouseAs an IT Services Analyst and Implementation Specialist, Mary strives to develop, document and teach straight forward implementation strategies for both consultants and organizations that are ready to scale.
Matt Doyle, GoogleMatt is a software engineer on Google's Device Management Team, where he serves as tech lead for the Upvote project. Prior to Google, Matt was a software engineer at SPAWAR Systems Center in San Diego. Matt holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas.
Matt Schnittker, Walt Disney Animation StudiosMatt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Systems department. His first film contribution was on Disney's ambitious 2000 animated feature, "Dinosaur," and he most recently worked on the Studio's upcoming feature release, "Big Hero 6". Schnittker has been involved in both traditional 2D, and fully digital 3D animation pipelines. He has contributed to several Disney patents and won an International 3D Society Lumiere Award for his work on 3D Pipelines. He currently is a manager in technology systems focusing on web and mobile software development.