The People.

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.

The Team.

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 Ticktin

Neil Ticktin

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher

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.

Ed Marczak

Ed Marczak

Conference Sessions Chair

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 Richmond

Nadyne Richmond

Co-Sessions Chair

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.

Andy Espo

Andy Espo

Co-Sessions Chair

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 Costello

Sean Costello

Event Daemon

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.

The Speakers.

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, TidBITS

Adam 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 Monitoring

Allen 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 International

Based in Vermont, Avery runs CTCI an IT firm providing enterprises level services to private and public organizations with a need for specialized IT services.


Ben Levy, Solutions Consulting

Benjamin 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, BestMacs

Brian 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, WIMZKL

Chad'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, Jamf

Charles 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, FileWave

Dave 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.



Derek Braunschweiger, Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting

Originally 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 Studios

Greg 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.


Jack-Daniyel Strong, Strong Solutions

Jack 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 Wireless

Jeanette 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.


Jim Rea, ProVUE

James 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.


Joel Rennich, Orchard & Grove

Joel 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 Covered

John 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, TIAA

JP 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 Conference

Justin 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 Guimont

Kelly is a Founding Volunteer at App Camp For Girls, a program that introduces iOS programming to aspiring developers in grades 7-9. When she isn't talking about App Camp, she's probably recording a podcast. If she isn't a guest on someone else's podcast about technology, she might be hosting of her own about Westworld or the Portland Trail Blazers. Kelly is a long time Apple product user and fan, starting longer ago than she will publicly admit.


Leon Lincoln, VF Corporation

Leon 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.


Lillian Ho, GitHub

Lillian 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 Warehouse

As an IT Services Analyst and Implementation Specialist, I strive to develop, document and teach straight forward implementation strategies for both consultants and organizations that are ready to scale.


Matt Doyle, Google

Matt 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 Studios

Matt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Platform Engineering department. His first film contribution was on Disney's ambitious 2000 animated feature, "Dinosaur," and he most recently worked on the Studio's feature release, "Moana". 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.


Max Buxton, Circle

Max Buxton is the Manager of IT for Circle, a consumer finance startup shaking up the global economy by making money simple. With us, you can send money like a text -- instant, secure and free -- whether your friend is across the table or across the ocean. Unlike existing systems that are closed and proprietary, Circle uses open internet standards and protocols, including the blockchain. Max manages IT for Circle's worldwide offices, utilizing a purely cloud-based infrastructure for a lean, efficient group of solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycle touring, logging thousands of miles each year.


Meg Ciliberti, Shopify

Meg has been using Macs since OS 8, and fondly remembers being teased for using them in a time when they were incredibly uncool. In the past, Meg worked at Apple for over 10 years as a trainer, technician and in QA for internal apps. She is currently the IT Lead for Shopify Inc, an Ottawa-based startup working to make commerce better for everyone. When she's not behind a laptop (or fixing one), Meg can usually be found debating what makes a really good pizza.


Michael Lynn, Facebook

Michael Lynn is a Client Platform Engineer at Facebook, writing solutions for macOS, Windows, and Linux device management. He enjoys disassembling and diving into operating systems internals to figure out how to create necessary tools that didn't ship with with the OS. He is an active member of the MacAdmins.org Slack and an advocate of everyone learning to write code. In his free time, he's a husband, a dad, and performs voodoo with pyobjc.


Pepijn Bruienne, Duo Security

Pepijn is an R&D Engineer at Duo Security in Ann Arbor, MI where he breaks Macs in order to better secure his employer's customers. As a recovering Mac Admin he is still very much in touch with the community and continues to contribute via the OSS projects he maintains and through involvement in the Mac Admins Slack. Pepijn is also a co-host on the popular Mac Admins Podcast, heard weekly and featuring a diverse cast of community members and other guests of interest to Mac Admins.


Phil Goodman, Goodman Consulting

Founded 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.


Ray Ong, Creative Resources Technology Group

Raymond Ong has over 13 years of experience working in a technological field, 10 of which were in Aviation Technology. He served in the USAF as an Avionics Systems Specialist and later received his bachelors from Cal Poly Pomona in Computer Information Systems. He has worked for a startup incubator Evo Nexus as a full stack developer and currently resides with Creative Resources as a Systems Engineer.


Rich Smith, Duo

Rich Smith is the Director of R&D for Duo Labs, supporting the advanced security research agenda for Duo Security. Prior to joining Duo, Rich was Director of Security at Etsy, co-founder of Icelandic red team startup, Syndis, and has held various roles on security teams at Immunity, Kyrus, Morgan Stanley, and HP Labs. Rich has worked professionally in the security space since the late 90's covering a range of activities including building security organizations, security consulting, penetration testing, red teaming, offensive research, and developing exploits and attack tooling. More recently Rich also co-authored a new book for O'Reilly titled Agile Application Security:Enabling Security in a Continuous Delivery Pipeline.


Sal Soghoian, Nyhthawk Productions

Sal Soghoian is a user automation expert, software developer, author and musician, known for his service as Product Manager of Automation Technologies for Apple Inc. from 1997 through 2016. At Apple, he advanced AppleScript, Automator, JavaScript for Automation (JXA), System Services, the Terminal, Apple Configurator and the other macOS automation tools, wrote scripting dictionaries for iWork, iPhoto, Aperture and Photos, authored the "Mastered for iTunes" automation tools, and designed and wrote the user automation support in the Apple Configurator application. Prior to Apple, Sal created automation solutions for the publishing industry, authored the popular "Sal's AppleScript Snippets" collection, the ShadowCaster Quark XTension, wrote two books, including "AppleScript 1-2-3," and many magazine articles. Today, he continues to write automation solutions, consults on user automation implementations for applications, and firmly believes, "The power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it."


Scott Neal, acmeFoo

Scott 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, CoreQuick

Sean authors courses for LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com on wide ranging subjects such as DNS, OpenSSL, SE Linux, MDM, macOS, and macOS Server. He provides consulting services specializing in Apple's constantly evolving set of products and the networking, and management tools helpful in administering them successfully.


Thomas Reed, Malwarebytes

Thomas is Director of Mac & Mobile at Malwarebytes. Prior to that, he maintained a Mac security blog, and produced Mac adware removal software, called AdwareMedic, which was ultimately sold to Malwarebytes.


Tim Standing, OWC

Tim Standing has been writing drivers and storage utilities for Mac OS since 1986. He is the creator of SoftRAID for Mac OS X and is currently VP of Software Engineering at OWC Holdings, Inc. His team is responsible for SoftRAID, SMART Alec and all the drivers and utilities which make OWC products so exceptional.


Todd Ness, Veritas Technologies

Based in Denver, Todd is Senior MAC IT Engineer, End-User Operating Environment at Veritas Technologies, and has worked at HP Enterprise Services, Sun Microsystems, and EDS.


Tonya Engst, TidBITS

Tonya Engst co-founded TidBITS with Adam Engst back in 1990 when publishing on the Internet was either strange or revolutionary, depending on your viewpoint. TidBITS is an email newsletter and Web site about all things Apple. It was also the first Internet publication to have a sponsorship/advertising revenue model. Tonya also helped to invent and worked as editor-in-chief for the Take Control ebook series from 2003-2017. Currently, she can usually be found either outside running on trails or inside developing articles for the TidBITS Content Network, a news syndication service for Apple professionals who need content.


Trammell Hudson, Two Sigma Investments

Trammell Hudson is a programmer and reverse engineer who focuses on low-level software and hardware security. At Two Sigma Investments, he is a security researcher and is developing Heads, an open source firmware for slightly more secure systems. Previously he developed lightweight operating system kernels and message passing systems for the world's fastest supercomputers at Sandia National Labs. Trammell's security research into Apple's hardware resulted in Thunderstrike and Thunderstrike II, the first proof-of-concept firmware rootkits for Apple MacBooks. After working with Apple to patch the underlying vulnerabilities, he presented his findings at CCC, BlackHat and DEFCON. Trammell is also well known for Magic Lantern Firmware -- where he reverse engineered the firmware in the Canon 5D Mark II and started the Magic Lantern project that is now an open system for writing extensions that run inside Canon's DSLR and mirrorless cameras.