Taste of Technology Speakers


Dan Fox

Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy, SmartAction

About Dan

Dan has 10 years of experience in market development for Artificial Intelligence technologies, with a focus on conversational speech recognition and natural language.

Todd M. Virnoche

IBM SWAT Data Solution Architect at IBM

About Todd

Todd is a highly experienced storage architect responsible for integrating hybrid and multi-cloud solutions in smarter next-gen infrastructures. For more than 30+ years Todd’s proven experience and technical reputation has provided data solutions in the IT marketplace with a business centric customer vision and the proven ability to create and deliver significant business value. I joined IBM in 1996 on contract and have held numerous positions in development, technical sales and enablement. During my time I’ve held technical leadership responsibilities in the IBM channel for storage, networking, storage virtualization and business partner enablement in North America. I am presently the IBM NA SWAT systems Architect responsible for IBM Flash systems to all customers in North America.

Laura Hees

Partner, RedLegg

About Laura

Laura has been serving enterprises and keeping things real for 22 years. Accountable for managed security, advisory and assessment services. Passionate about privacy and protecting data.
Kurt Roemer, Citrix

Kurt Roemer

Chief Security Strategist, Citrix

About Kurt

As Chief Security Strategist for Citrix, Kurt Roemer leads security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO and Strategy Office, Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. An information services veteran with more than 30 years experience, his credentials include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation.  He also served as Commissioner for the US public-sector CLOUD2 initiative and led efforts to develop the PCI Security Standards Council Virtualization Guidance Information Supplement while serving on the Board of Advisors.
Joel Piper, Citrix

Joel Piper

Lead Virtualization Engineer, Citrix

About Joel

As a Lead Virtualization Systems Engineer, Joel is part of the pre-sales team and is responsible for aligning Citrix solutions to customers’ business initiatives and goals.  He strives to understand complex technical requirements via customer meetings and business discussions, then maps the most appropriate solution to solve those challenges. Technical demonstrations, environment reviews, technical workshops and Proofs of Concept are all tools leveraged in the customer’s digital transformation journey.  Joel is also involved in many channel and partner enablement efforts, as well as a strong supporter of the local Citrix User Group Communities in Madison, Milwaukee and the Fox Valley.  Born and raised in Wisconsin Joel is a staunch Packers fan, bleeds Badger red and anxiously awaits Brewers opening day every year.
Julie Rohloff, Digital Transformation Consultant, ECDi

Julie Rohloff

Digital Transformation Consultant, EDCi

About Julie

Julie brings over 20 years of experience in CX, Technology and Operations to EDCi where she helps organizations improve their customer experience, optimize operations and mature through their digital journey. She finds the variety of business processes and technology fascinating! Julie is passionate about exploring disruptive technologies and how they can transform our work and our lives. She serves on the board of directors for Advancing AI Wisconsin, whose mission is to help educate Wisconsin organizations about new or disruptive technologies. Julie studied at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and at Richmond College, London earning a B.B.A in Finance. After a career in merger and acquisition integration, ERP and software implementation, and operational management, with both private and public organizations, she transitioned into consulting to pursue her educational and technology aspirations. Julie is married with 2 children and a puppy who keep her busy! She enjoys the outdoors, reading and writing books, teaching in youth organizations, and taking classes (she wishes she could be a full time student forever. 😊  She also likes to run, but beware, she is a lousy golfer!