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Gary Kovacs


Tuesday, Oct 21

Gary Kovacs is AVG’s recently appointed chief executive officer and a managing director of our management board. Prior to joining AVG, Mr. Kovacs served as chief executive officer of Mozilla Corporation, where he led the overall direction of the organization and the Firefox web browser. Read more >

During his tenure, Mozilla grew significantly. Its core desktop business experienced renewed success with now over 500 million users, and the company has expanded into mobile with the recent launch of Firefox OS, its open mobile operating system and steered Mozilla to a position as industry leader in Internet privacy initiatives.

Prior to joining Mozilla, Gary held senior leadership roles as Senior VP of Markets, Solutions & Products at Sybase through to the successful acquisition by SAP, as General Manager and VP of Mobile & Devices at Adobe where he was responsible for Adobes growth into mobile. Gary has an extensive background building and accelerating international technology companies and has demonstrated his strength in leading global mobile and pc businesses in the past.

Previously, he led the successful creation and growth of Zi Corporation, a company specializing in embedded software and services for mobile and consumer devices. Before founding Zi Corporation, Gary spent 10 years at IBM in leadership positions in product management, sales, marketing and operations within the global software division.

Kovacs is a frequent public speaker and panel member. His 2012 TED talk “Tracking the Trackers” explores issues of Internet privacy in an increasingly connected world and is one of the most viewed TED talks to date. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012, he presented on strategies for creating a resilient cyber economy amid economic, security, and privacy obstacles. He was a keynote speaker at the Mobile World Congress 2013.

Fierce Wireless named Kovacs one of the Rising Stars in Wireless for 2013.

Gary graduated from the University of Calgary, in Canada, with his Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with distinction.

Gary serves as a board member of ePhox Corporation, Sensory, Inc. and Make-a-Wish Foundation (Bay Area Chapter). He is also a member of the University of Calgary Management Advisory Council. Reduce >

Mike Foreman


general manager

Tuesday, Oct 21
Wednesday, Oct 22

Mike leads AVG’s small and medium sized business organisation, a global organization dedicated to un-complicating the lives of SMB’s and the channel partners that serve them.  In his role, Mike is responsible for all aspects of the company’s goal in growing this segment, including P&L, sales, product management, marketing, sales operations and customer and technical support. Read more >

Mike’s drive for moving the company forward is spearheaded with the AVG CloudCare platform launched in 2012, a cloud-based small business administration platform provided to resellers free-of-charge to help them remotely manage even their smallest customers simply and efficiently.  Mike also led the acquisition of the business of LPI Level Platforms in June 2013 and the integration to AVG Canada.

Prior to assuming leadership of the SMB organisation, Mike was senior vice president of global sales for AVG after serving as managing director for the UK.  During his tenure, Mike grew AVG Technologies into the UK’s number one player in the consumer antivirus space.  He has been with AVG since 2007.

Mike’s association with AVG began in 2002 when he was managing his own business as AVG’s UK partner.  He established the company’s entry into the UK through online sales, reseller channels, and a UK-based customer service and technical support department which led him to sell the business to AVG’s parent company.  Mike joined the team as managing director of AVG UK.

Prior to his work with AVG, Mike was managing partner at F1 Services, an IT reseller. He holds a BSC Hons from Coventry University and his specialties include Sales, Operations, Strategic Planning, Business Management, Customer Service and Technical Support. Reduce >

David Haadsma

VP of Product Management

Tuesday, Oct 21

David K Haadsma is Senior Director of Product Management at AVG Technologies, responsible for SMB strategic roadmap for AVG CloudCare line of security and IT management services. David joined in 2011 following AVG’s acquisition of Bsecure Technologies. As co-founder and CEO of Bsecure, he brought with him 25 years of software design and technical implementation experience ranging from new company startups to large-scale integrated systems design. David believes that exceptional products are created only when teams are truly inspired to help our customers grow their businesses. Read more >

Gil Cargill

Founder and CEO,

Cargill Consulting Group

Tuesday, Oct 21

After concluding a spectacular sales and management career at IBM, in which he led his sales team from a deadlast rating among 220 branch offices to first place in less than a year, Gil Cargill launched his own consulting practice in 1978. Cargill Consulting Group, Inc. was built on the same strategies that produced Cargill’s outstanding sales results at IBM. Read more >

Gil Cargill has spent the past 39 years as a consultant, speaker and trainer helping thousands of businesses achieve dramatic and permanent improvements in sales productivity. Cargill has taught salespeople across diverse industries the importance of developing sales processes, the advantages of implementing new technology, and the benefits of tracking sales performance.

Cargill is a frequent speaker at national conventions and meetings of Vistage International, formerly The Executive Committee (TEC), and has been consultant to such organizations as Toshiba, ComputerLand, Micro Age, Apple Computers, Borg Warner Weyerhaeuser, and many thousands of growing small-to-medium businesses.

In 1996, Sales & Marketing Management magazine named Gil Cargill one of the “Top Six Speakers in the Country”, and Successful Meetings magazine listed him as one of the “Hot 25 Speakers to Watch For.” Cargill has received numerous other awards/recognitions and is frequently quoted in leading sales and management publications.

Thirty-three years of success in both sales consulting and sales training is proof that Cargill’s style of delivering information and defining proven sales processes has helped his audiences understand that there are better, more profitable ways to perform their sales tasks.

Gil Cargill is the consultant to hire, if you want to put your competitors out of business. Reduce >

Mike Byrne

Director of Partner Enablement

Mike Byrne has spent the last 10 years working with and providing MSP-specific consulting services to VAR's and MSP's from all over the globe. He specializes in working with IT service providers that are committed to making the transition into becoming successful managed service providers. Read more >

Byrne has delivered MSP specific business consulting services by conducting workshops on the following key areas, MSP specific business planning workshops, SMB target market analysis and profiling workshops, Managed service SLA creation & pricing workshops, MSP solution based sales training workshops In addition to these workshops; he is also a well-known regular speaker at channel-focused trade shows. Byrne has also won several industry awards and been recognized as one of the industry’s top 250 most influential people. Byrne has also made CRN’s Channel Chiefs list for the last two years.

Prior to joining AVG, Byrne was Director of Field & Managed Services at PacketTrap, (owned by Dell), Group Manager of Channel Services at GFI Software, and formerly a Senior Partner Development Specialist at N-able Technologies.

Byrne is building AVG’s partner enablement program to assist AVG’s Managed Workplace & CloudCare partners by connecting their technical needs with their go to market strategies. Reduce >

Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist

Tuesday, Oct 21

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. Read more >

His in-depth knowledge of the high-tech industry combined with his years of management experience enables him to address a wide range of audiences. His particular strength is the ability to quickly understand diverse industries and incorporate his pre-existing knowledge into a highly relevant and customized speech.

Guy routinely gets rave reviews from clients including trade associations, packaged goods companies, service providers, insurance companies, educational institutions, and technology companies. He has spoken for organizations including Google, Nike, Audi, TEDx, Wal-Mart, Sprint, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Saturn, Stanford University, TIE, Calgary Flames, The Body Shop, MIT, Forbes, and Aveda.

Guy Kawasaki is highly flexible and is willing to create a speech that is tailor-made for any audience.

"Marvelous keynote speaker! Provocative. Candid. Funny. Brought his experiences in the industry to life. Appreciated that we had the Q&A opportunity too. Tells it like it is.”

“Extraordinarily relevant! Thank you so much for having Guy speak at this workshop!"

“Did a great job of bringing humor into the interaction of the keynote and the Q&A.”

“External perspective outside of (Client Company) was excellent.” Reduce >

Greg Mosher


of engineering

Wednesday, Oct 22

Greg Mosher is a Georgia Tech graduate with 24 years of experience in software development and delivery. His background includes systems level development and malware research with 11 years in anti-malware and security. In 2005, he co-founded Exploit Prevention Labs, where he created AVG’s LinkScanner® technology. Greg is currently in his seventh year with AVG Technologies and leads all R&D efforts in North America, with his primary focus being on AVG’s SMB solutions.

Len DiCostanzo

AutoTask Senior VP

of community and business developmenet

Tuesday, Oct 21

Len is one of the most widely-recognized figures in the IT industry with more than 25 years experience in the channel. He joined Autotask in 2008. Len develops and nurtures Autotask’s strategic industry alliances around the world. He also works tirelessly to ensure the continued success of Autotask’s global client base by developing and delivering business building and product education content via live and on demand webinars, events and other digital media. Read more >

Before Autotask, Len was founder and CEO of a business technology solution provider that was one of the first to develop a managed services practice, generating recurring revenue by delivering scheduled and consistent IT services to clients in support of business operations.

Len currently sits on CompTIA’s MSP Partners Executive Council and the Vendor Advisory Council.

Len has a BS in Computer Science from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Reduce >

Marco LaVecchia

VP Channel Sales

AVG Technologies Inc.

Tuesday, Oct 21
Wednesday, Oct 22

As VP of Channel Sales for North America, Marco La Vecchia is responsible for managed services provider (MSP) sales across the United States and Canada. Recognized for his pragmatic, entrepreneurial spirit and strategic thinking, Marco offers AVG and its channel partners progressive business development experience gained from a variety of positions and industry sectors. Read more >

Marco joined AVG Technologies in August 2013 to grow AVG Managed Workplace and AVG CloudCare adoption. Marco was recently recognized as one of CRN’s yearly "100 People You Don't Know, But Should."

In 2013, Marco and his team look forward to aligning their efforts and executing AVG’s goals in the MSP channel as well as in the copier and VOIP spaces as well. Reduce >

Scott Barlow


CompTIA IT Security Community

Scott Barlow is an accomplished channel sales and marketing executive with an extensive record of achievement in channel leadership, revenue growth, and international business development. He is an industry recognized Channel Chief, Top 50 Midmarket Channel Executive and IPED Channel Master, with strong technical expertise and domain knowledge in Cloud Services and SaaS markets, including email and Web security, email storage and archiving, compliance and IT Security. Read more >

Scott is Chairman of the CompTIA IT Security Community and an Advisory Board Member of TechVoice. He is well educated on state and federal compliance regulations, such as HIPAA, FINRA and state data breach notification laws.

Scott is currently Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Reflexion Networks. During his tenure at Reflexion, he and his team have recruited over 5,000 solution provider partners across 55 countries and established major distribution, OEM and strategic relationships, building a base of over 17,000 customers around the world. Based on his in-depth knowledge of the IT solution provider marketplace, including the important RMM and PSA segments, Scott also guides the product roadmap for Reflexion’s flagship product, Reflexion Total Control, ensuring that it is closely aligned with the requirements of solution providers and their clients.

Scott holds an MBA and M.S. in Geophysics from Boston College.

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