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.
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. 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.
At Apple’s WWDC in June, Apple announces the latest crop of announcements for new products, technologies and services, and MacTech Conference is the first community event after Apple ships these products — where reality meets anticipation.
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Speaker announcements to come at a later time. In the meantime, to give you an idea, here are just some of the speakers who spoke at MacTech Conference 2018...
Here are many of the fine speakers who will be presenting at MacTech Conference 2018 … with more to come.
Adam Engst, TidBITSAdam C. Engst is the CEO of TidBITS, the oldest Internet technology 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 nearly 600,000 books before being acquired by alt concepts in 2017.
Andy Espo, Call Andy! Macintosh ConsultingIn 1988, while running a successful event production company, Andy Espo realized his business' need for a computer system. 'At that time, the only choices available were DOS and Mac,' commented Andy, 'It was a pretty easy decision!' 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. As his company grew, so too did his reputation for knowing Macs. 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. Andy is a member of the Apple Consultants Network.
Avery Chipka, Circle Technology Collective InternationalAvery Chipka is a Senior Partner, and the Chief Security Officer at CTCI. CTCI provides enterprise level IT solutions to private and public sector organizations throughout the world, and specializes in the delivery of managed services and single point of contact IT solutions. Avery has over twenty years of experience in the Apple admin community, and has been speaking at IT and security focused events and conferences since 2002. Avery holds an extensive number of certifications from organizations including, but not limited to, DHS, FEMA, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Adobe, and CompTIA.
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, FileWaveDave Elliott is the VP of Engineering at FileWave. He's been involved with Apple and Microsoft Desktop Support and Management since the late 90's. He wrote his first "program" using Macromedia Director at the age of 14 and knew from that day forward he didn't want to be a developer. Dave has worked in Enterprise, k12 and Higher ED in both Desktop Support, Network, and Server Administration. He joined the FileWave Customer Family in 2006 and joined the FileWave Team as an Engineer in 2010. Dave has been a part of FileWave for a number of large product changes, including the addition of iOS and Android MDM, Integrated Inventory, Imaging, VPP, DEP, and now the addition of Chrome OS support. He now manages all aspects of the Engineering team in the US. Dave spends his non-FileWave hours hanging out with his family and loves games and puzzles of all sorts. Go ahead, put your knotted earbuds on his desk and see what happens.
Dave Hamilton, The Mac ObserverSince 1998, Dave Hamilton has been at the heart of the Apple community. Dave is the President and co-Founder of The Mac Observer, BackBeat Media, and Mac Geek Gab. But aside from Apple market publishing, Dave has extensive experience with OS X and iOS -- and he has a background in providing tech support services to both businesses and individuals, as well as working on projects for much larger clients such as Citibank.
Edward Marczak, MacTech MagazineEd 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.
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 seventh year.
Hector Alcala, IT & Media Company (ITMC)Hector is an Apple Certified Trainer with over 10 years of experience in training, communication (journalism) and technology fields. Hector has conquered many international markets, including South America, with many worldwide certifications, some of which are: Apple Mentor Trainer for AppleCare, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, Apple Certified iOS Technician, Apple Consultant, Microsoft Technology Specialist, Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor. He has an extensive background in training professionals of many different fields and industries, from health, education and government to enterprise and small businesses.
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.
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.
Jeff PortenJeff is a 25-year Mac, IT, and organizational consultant to small businesses and nonprofits, and the recent author of Take Control of Your Productivity. He frequently writes for TidBITS.com. In his "copious spare time," he chairs Student Pugwash USA, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting education and leadership on ethical issues in science and technology.
Jesse Endahl, FleetsmithJesse Endahl is co-founder, CPO, and CSO at Fleetsmith. He previously worked at Dropbox, where he spent a year as an IT Engineer and two and a half years as an Infrastructure Security Engineer. He has spoken on security and technology at conferences such as BlackHat, Google CloudNext, BSides SF and HashiConf. Jesse studied Political Economy & Urbanization at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a classically trained vocalist.
Jim Rea, ProVUEJames Rea is the founder of ProVUE Development, and has been developing Macintosh software since early 1984. Mr. Rea has been the lead developer and architect for ProVUE's flagship RAM based database programs, OverVUE and Panorama.
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.
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.
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, Majestic, Napapijri, Nautica, Reef, The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Wrangler and Dickies. Stationed at Timberlands HQ in Stratham, NH, Leon supports the Macintosh infrastructure environment, operational support and device management leveraging JAMF Pro environment along with global support for the designers. 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.
Mike Dempsey, JMD ConsultingMike started JMD Consulting over 16 years ago as a small business IT Services firm based in Austin, Texas. He began working on Apple II computers back in 1981 and Macs in March of 1984 and has been supporting Macs for over 30 years. He has worked in retail computer stores and spent 5 years at Apple supporting Apple dealers including a short stint on the Newton support team. Currently his company provides IT services for small businesses and residential clients.
Morvareed Salehpour, Salehpour Legal ConsultingMorvareed Z. Salehpour, Esq. is Managing Partner of Salehpour Legal Consulting, a law firm specializing in handling a diverse range of complex legal matters both in and outside the courtroom. She is experienced in negotiating a variety of contracts and legal agreements and handling cases from inception to trial and appeal. She has represented clients across the nation ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and works in a variety of industries, including blockchain, technology, entertainment, media, banking, manufacturing, real estate, fashion, retail, cannabis, food and beverage, and healthcare, among others. Ms. Salehpour is also a trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association and regularly speaks and writes on legal issues in the blockchain space.
Neil Ticktin, MacTech MagazineNeil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 100 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 on productivity applications, virtualization, and performance products.
Nicole McCall, Orange Drive ITNicole is the founder and CTO of Orange Drive IT - a Denver based IT Services and Strategy company. Her 10+ years in IT Operations spanned from Apple to Twitter before pursuing entrepreneurship. She's passionate about helping people achieve great work through technology.
Patrick Wardle, Digita SecurityPatrick Wardle is the Chief Research Officer at Digita Security and founder of Objective-See. Having worked at NASA and the NSA, as well as presented at countless security conferences, he is intimately familiar with aliens, spies, and talking nerdy. Patrick is passionate about all things related to macOS security and thus spends his days finding Apple 0days, analyzing macOS malware and writing free open-source security tools to protect Mac users.
Paul Evans, VMwarePaul Evans is a Solution Engineer on the VMware End User Computing team. His focus began with managing mobile devices through AirWatch, but has expanded over the years to include supporting tools and systems to manage end users -- devices, apps, and digital workspace for any device type, with a focus on iOS and macOS.
Phil Goodman, Goodman ConsultingFounded Goodman Consulting in 1987, a computer consulting firm specializing in Mac OS X, troubleshooting, portable computing and database development. Phil has been a faculty member and textbook author at UCLA teaching computer literacy and programming and he is also the founder and President of the Los Angeles Portable User Group. He holds multiple Apple certifications and is also an Apple Certified Trainer. Phil was a founding member of what is now Apple's Consultant Network and was on the group's Advisory Council for five years. As a professional database developer, he is also a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance.
Scott Neal, acmeFooScott M. Neal has been utilizing and programming Apple products since first getting his hands on an Apple ][+ and later NeXTcube. Scott believes strongly in automation--getting devices to do your work the way you want to, with minimal effort and stress. Often, the real benefits of device automation are underutilized--Scott would prefer that you be empowered with how to automate (meaning script and program) devices YOURSELF to do what YOU want, not just what you may see yourself limited to by default application and service setups. With that goal specifically in mind, Scott co-created acmefoo, the Apple Technology focused training and development co-op, which offers training, courseware, and consulting on a peer level, without being tied to specific device sales or marketing.
Sean Colins, CoreQuickSean began his technology career at Disney Imagineering before starting his first technology consulting business The Answer Company in 1995. Sean eventually moved into a full time position as Publishing Systems Manager at Weider Publications, where he managed the Y2K remediation, and led the worlds largest fitness publishing company to transition their IT systems to the Macintosh platform. In 2002, he launched Core Professional Services AKA CoreQuick to channel his years of experience to benefit the most people possible by consulting with companies anywhere the work would take him. In 2006, company founder Lynda Weinman approached Sean to author content for Lynda.com, and as a result of the LinkedIn acquisition Sean's work may now be viewed in the collection at LinkedIn Learning. Now an award-winning author and public speaker with an established international audience, Sean continues to work with world-class business customers as a consultant and business coach, employing his many years of experience, training, and his proven instincts to empower executives to course correct their organizations.
Steve Goodrich, IvantiSteve is the technical lead for all things Apple at Ivanti. Steve has been a professional software developer for over 30 years. Over that time, he has written embedded systems, telecom engineering software, warehouse management systems, and integrated medical practice management and EHR software. Steve loves sharing what he has learned with others. Steve also has a passion for teaching and has taught a wide variety of classes including AI, database, UNIX system and network programming, compilers, Java, and software quality for Weber State University as well as training classes for pretty much every company he has ever worked for.