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Interop is Proud to Present our 2016 Track Chairs:


Keith Townsend

Enterprise Architect

Keith Townsend is an Enterprise Architect and founder of with over 18 years of experience. Keith has several years of experience with a "Big 4" as a management consultant in which he helped set the infrastructure technology strategy for several Fortune 500 companies. He has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from DePaul University and currently works for a large BioPharma just north of Chicago. 

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Cloud Connect

Brian Gracely


Brian Gracely brings over 20 years of industry experience to the Interop community, having held leadership, product management, strategy, marketing and technical marketing roles for Cisco, Linksys, NetApp, Virtustream and EMC. His experiences can be found at the intersection of new technologies and new business models. He has delivered both commercial products/solutions and open source software projects to global markets. Brian is active in many technical communities, including DevOps, networking (CCIE), virtualization (VMware vExpert 2011-2015) and cloud computing. He is widely recognized for his podcast The Cloudcast, and has been a frequent writer about cloud computing topics. He is a published author and editor for Cisco Press and often speaks at industry events and local meetups. Brian holds a BS and MBA from Wake Forest University, and completed executive programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Find him on Twitter: @bgracely.

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Eric Krapf

Program Co-Chair, Enterprise Connect/Editor, No Jitter

Eric Krapf is the Program Co-Chair of the Enterprise Connect events, helping to set program content and direction for the leading conference events in the enterprise IP-telephony/convergence/Unified Communications marketplace. In addition, Krapf serves as editor for the website No Jitter, TechWeb's online community for news and analysis of the enterprise convergence/Unified Communications industry. He is also responsible for electronic content including webcasts and e-newsletters. From 1996 to 2004, Krapf was managing editor of Business Communications Review magazine, and from 2004 to 2007, he was the magazine's editor. BCR was a highly respected journal of the business technology and communications industry. Before coming to BCR, he was managing editor and senior editor of America's Network magazine, covering the public telecommunications industry. Prior to working in high-tech journalism, he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Connecticut and Texas.

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Stephen Foskett


Foskett Services

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. His contributions to the enterprise IT community have earned him recognition as both a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He can be found online at, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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Tom Hollingsworth


The Networking Nerd

Tom Hollingsworth is a former networking engineer based in Norman, OK. He comes from a VAR background in routing, switching, voice, and security. Tom is currently an organizer on the Tech Field Day events series, discussing advanced technology with exciting companies and key influencers in the community.

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IT Leadership

Jennifer Jessup (JJ)

VP & GM, Interop


Jennifer Jessup (JJ) is the Vice President and General Manager of Interop. She is responsible for the brand's overall vision and content at domestic and international trade shows. JJ has worked in live events at UBM since 1998. Her experience includes working on brands including Informex (fine and specialty chemicals), the Game Developers Conference, and Software Development in roles ranging from conference manager to operations to event director.

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Tim Wilson

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder

Tim Wilson is editor-in-chief and co-founder of, the IT industry’s most widely-read online community for computer security. In this role, Wilson is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing much of the content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson also directs the content behind Dark Reading's webcasts, digital issues, and the Dark Reading University program, and is a contributor to UBM’s Black Hat and Interop events. Wilson has been recognized three times as one of the top cybersecurity journalists in the U.S. in voting among his peers held by the SANS Institute. In 2011, Wilson was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security in research conducted by SYS-CON Media. Prior to joining, Wilson was the business editor for Network Computing, one of the industry’s leading communities on IT infrastructure and networking. A veteran of the IT industry, Wilson has spent 20 years as a journalist, including eight years as a top editor and reporter for CMP Media’s InternetWeek (originally called Communications Week). As executive editor of DataTrends Publications Inc., a newsletter publisher, Wilson founded four industry newsletters on the subject of data communications, edited several others, and wrote a half-dozen books on the topic. Wilson also has served as an industry analyst with two globally-recognized IT consulting firms: Decisys Inc. (now part of Gartner) and Enterprise Management Associates.

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Vincent Liu


Bishop Fox

Vincent Liu (CISSP) is a Partner at Bishop Fox, an information security consulting firm providing services to the Fortune 500, global financial institutions, and high-tech startups. In this role, he oversees firm management, client matters, and strategy.

Vincent is a recognized expert, having presented at Black Hat, Microsoft BlueHat, and ToorCon. He is regularly cited by the press, and interviewed by media outlets like Al Jazeera and NPR. Vincent has also co‑authored seven books including several industry best-sellers, such as: Hacking Exposed Wireless1st and 2nd Edition; Hacking Exposed Web Applications 3rd Edition. He serves as returning faculty at the Practicising Law Institute, and sits on the advisory boards for the University of Advancing Technology and the cyber security accelerator, Mod N Labs.

Prior to founding Bishop Fox, Vincent led the Attack & Penetration team for the Global Security unit at Honeywell International. Before that, he was a consultant with the Ernst & Young Advanced Security Centers and an analyst at the National Security Agency.

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Software-Defined Networking

Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst

451 Research

Eric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. Eric helps 451 Research's clients understand how market and technology trends may impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them.For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.Eric is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.

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Greg Schulz

Founder & Senior Analyst


Greg Schulz is Founder and Sr. Analyst of independent IT advisory consultancy firm Server and StorageIO (StorageIO). He has worked in IT at utilities, financial services, and transportation firms in roles ranging from business applications development to systems management, architecture, strategy and capacity planning, comprising more than three decades of applied experience. Greg is actively involved with cloud, virtual, and traditional computing models, along with data protection modernization and related data infrastructure topics. Greg has authored many books including the Intel Recommended Reading List books, Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier). He is a five-time VMware vExpert. Learn more at and on Twitter @StorageIO.

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Virtualization & Data Center Architecture

James Bowling

Principal Consultant of the Data Center Transformation Practice, Sigma Solutions Inc.

James Bowling is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect with over 17 years experience in the IT industry. James has worked in enterprise infrastructure and currently works in the VAR space for GDT in Dallas, Texas. He is the Principal Consultant for the Data Center Practice at GDT, where his current role involves architecting and implementation of large scale virtualized infrastructures. Lately, his main focus has been cloud automation and orchestration. James has received awards for his data center designs and forward thinking architectures. He has extensive experience with designing, deploying, and maintaining virtualized infrastructures while utilizing different types of technology to achieve flexible and fluid infrastructures. He has also presented worldwide at various technology conferences and pushes the envelope when it comes to community involvement. James is a VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-IaaS, VCP-Cloud, EMCCA, VMware vExpert (x6), Cisco Champion-Data Center (x2), EMC Elect, PernixPro, and co-leader of the Dallas-Fort Worth VMware User Group. Find James on Twitter: @vSential.

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Wireless & Mobility

Drew Lentz

Wireless Network and Applications Engineer

Drew is a highly experienced wireless network and applications engineer with a background in core network fabric and a focus on wireless communication strategies. Through a career of over 20 years in the data delivery industry, a decade of which is focused on wireless data deployments, he is able to build unique solutions for clients looking to enhance their existing infrastructure or build out new networks.

As an established network engineer with a fundamental understanding of routing and switching, specifically concerning the way that it relates to the RF characteristics of wireless networks, Drew is positioned to design comprehensive structured solutions of all scales for prospective clients. Whether in the field or behind a workstation designing a solution, he believes strongly in being hands-on with any technology he works with and recommends. He finds that having the understanding and working knowledge of each and every piece of equipment he talks about gives him a realistic perspective on its capabilities and functionality, in an office or on a tower.

It is with an undying passion for the industry that Drew is able to speak candidly about technology and help drive business through problem solving and solutions.

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