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Ann-HeadshotAnn Schatz
Conference Moderator and Closing Keynote Speaker

Ann Schatz Has Game. A true pioneer in sports broadcasting, Ann’s storied career has taken her to the top of her profession in the U.S. and around the globe. With her unique blend of wisdom, insight, humor and heart, Ann connects with audiences around the country. She effortlessly combines stories and insights from her own playbook with those of the countless famous and unsung heroes who have inspired her along the way.

Ann is widely known and regarded as an accomplished sports broadcaster, speaker and entrepreneur.  With a sports broadcasting career spanning more than two decades, Ann’s imprint on national and international broadcasting is impressive.  Ann has provided live coverage for top competitions and venues across the globe including the NBA Championships, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Boston Marathon, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, and the US Women’s Open Golf Championship.

Throughout her broadcasting career, Ann has had access to the world’s top athletes, coaches and sport companies, including Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Nike and adidas.  Weaving her personal experiences with this elite group of individuals along with real-life techniques and tools, Ann inspires her audiences to challenge the status quo and develop a plan to achieve breakthrough personal and professional results.

Ann attended Creighton University where she received her B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications.  She graduated cum laude in 1979.


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Mark A. Michel
Day 1 Keynote Speaker

Mark A. Michel, Managing Director of Carwal Capital Partners, an investment banking and financial advisory firm providing capital solutions to middle market companies and assisting them to structure and raise equity and debt for a variety of purposes including M&A, working capital, capital expenditures, and refinancings. Moreover, Carwal has particular expertise in structuring and raising capital for infrastructure and industrial project financings.

Mr. Michel is also a general partner with the McIntyre Investment Opportunity Fund, a feeder fund-of- funds associated with Yucaipa American Alliance Funds, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm. He is responsible for raising capital as well as structuring financial products designed for distribution in the broker/dealer channel as well as the RIA and institutional capital channels.  Mr. Michel is licensed a securities representative with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (Series 7) as well as the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) (Series 63).

Previously to his career in financial services, Mr. Michel served in the White House during the first and second terms of the Obama Administration and was the Navy’s Representative to the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room and was a member of the National Security Council staff. He crafted and conducted daily intelligence briefings with the President, and senior West Wing principals and liaised with global heads of state. Prior to his White House service, Mr. Michel was a career intelligence officer serving 22-years in the U.S. Navy and focused his service within Naval Special Warfare (SEALs) and the Special Operations Community, and held many senior-level positions throughout the Intelligence Community and National Security establishment. While serving on active duty, Mr. Michel was stationed and deployed across the globe and held significant leadership assignments not only in Washington, but also in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Michel currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as Executive Officer of Special Operations Command – Europe (SOCEUR) based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Since departing the White House, Mr. Michel has also served as a Director at the Babel Street Corporation, a data and text analytics company based in the Northern Virginia technology corridor outside Washington, DC and works closely with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to raise scholarship funds for the children of fallen special operators. In addition, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Mr. Michel to the Board for the Central Florida Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) Blue Ribbon Commission, which was established to protect defense industry jobs in Florida.

Mr. Michel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and an MBA in finance from the University of Miami Graduate School of Business.


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William E. McCorey
Day 2 Keynote Speaker

William “Bill” McCorey is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Universal Parks and Resorts, where he is responsible for the Parks Technology Transformation, Parks IT Integration, and future international expansion. He joined Universal Orlando in November 2010.

Bill has spent the bulk of his technology career in retail with a focus on eCommerce, Infrastructure and largescale applications development. Previously, he served as Vice President Global Infrastructure for IBM and spent 17 years at Circuit City Stores, with his last role being Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Whether it is work, play or giving back to the community, Bill sets challenging goals and delivers results. He is an accomplished speaker who frequently speaks on the power of teams and is working on a book, titled “Who do You Want on Your Rope Team?” Bill combined his love of mountain climbing with his passion for raising awareness of Fanconi Anemia – a genetic disorder that ultimately leads to bone marrow failure – by forming a fundraising effort that has resulted in more than $150,000 raised for research. You can find out more about both his interest in mountain climbing and support for Fanconi Anemia at www.yourropeteam.com.

Bill graduated from West Virginia State College in 1982 with a degree in Accounting. He has completed 40 marathons, including 15 straight Boston Marathons. He has three children, Bill III, 33; Lauren, 29; and Drew, 18. An avid supporter in local and national efforts for children, Bill has also served on the board for UCP of Central Florida and has previously served as Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Richmond, Virginia.


Helene Abrams

A well-known world leader and Subject Matter Expert on data, application, and process consolidation, Helene is credited with conceptualization and architecture of a pioneering software product for copying, filtering, merging, and changing data that has helped marquee organizations leverage the synergies of their existing software solutions. The product offerings of eprentise are the brainchild of Helene. Her technical knowledge and expertise along with her prior experience in development of similar technology solutions are pivotal in development of a solution that is projected by industry experts as the only full consolidation solution in the world. Helene is recognized as a visionary leader with demonstrated excellence in strategizing operations at the macro as well as micro level for driving the growth of technology start-ups and turning around the performance of organizations.

In Helene’s prior company, Crystallize, she was responsible for directing the start-up and growth of the new organization and drove the growth of the company to a team of over 100, securing over $25mm in commercial, venture and private equity financing. She provided leadership in development of strategies and established tactical goals in the identification, acquisition and retention of customers that included Sun Microsystems, Honeywell, British Telecom, Intel and Cummins Engine, with average sale prices to these customers exceeding $400K.

Helene’s prior experience included executive level positions with Big 5 and technology companies including Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young and Oracle. She has a Masters degree from Harvard University and a Bachelors from the University of Michigan.

Advisory and Board Positions:

  • Kelmin Products
  • XE Corporation
  • Silver Lining Software, Inc.
  • Integrated Software Solutions
  • Crystallize, Inc.

Specialties: Interim Executive, CEO, Market Identification, Post-Merger Integration, Divestitures, Turnaround, Restructuring, Reengineering, Process Improvement, Organizational Software Development,Oracle Applications, Database Design, Architecture, Data Standards, Data Quality, Integration Strategies


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Peter Aiken

Peter Aiken is acknowledged to be a top data management (DM) authority. As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing and studying DM for more than 30 years. His expertise has been sought by some of the world’s most important organizations and his achievements have been recognized internationally. He has held leadership positions and consulted with more than 75 organizations in 21 countries across numerous industries, including defense, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and author of multiple publications, including his latest the “Case for the CDO” & “Monetizing Data Management.” Peter is the Founding Director of Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for competitive advantage and operational efficiencies. He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and past President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I).

Specialties:data management, corporate portals, enterprise portals, SAP, PeopleSoft, data reverse engineering, business process reengineering, systems reengineering, data reengineering, data migration, data governance, metadata, data quality, data security, data modeling, data architecture


Susan Behn

Susan Behn is certified as an Oracle ACE by Oracle Corporation. Susan has over 30 years experience working with Information technology and has specifically been working with the Oracle E-Business Suite since 1993. Susan has led and participated in numerous implementations, upgrades, re-implementations and assessments utilizing Oracle EBS releases 9 through 12 in commercial and government industries. Susan is dedicated to improving community awareness through presenting at local, regional and national conferences on both functional and technical topics. Susan is the chair of the Oracle EBS User Management SIG. Publishing credits include The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 and The Release 12 Primer – Shining a Light on the Release 12 World. Susan is currently the Vice President at Infosemantics, Inc. which is an Oracle boutique partner specializing in Oracle E-Business Suite and Business Intelligence.

Specialties:

Project management and delivery of Oracle Applications Services
Proposals and sales support
Presentations and white papers on functional and technical topics related to Oracle Applications
Co-writer of The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12
Co-Writer of The Release 12 Primer
Functional/Technical expertise in Oracle Financials
Workflow, Forms and OAF personalizations, User Management, Financials


Karen BrownfieldKaren Brownfield

Karen has 30+ years experience programming, installing, and managing applications used in various industries including Chemicals, Entertainment, Defense, Recruitment, Telecommunications, and Hospitality. The past 25 years she has focused on Oracle Applications specializing in Financials and Workflow as functional specialist, workflow administrator, trainer, programmer, team lead, and/or project manager. She is also a member of the OAUG board of directors, serving in multiple capacities in the last 20+ years, including President, Past President, other committee roles, and has presented many papers and training sessions at the various OAUG and user group conferences locally, regionally, and internationally. She has co-authored several books including her most recent The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12. Karen was awarded Oracle ACE in 2009 and is certified in both E-Business Suite and Cloud. She serves on the Oracle Applications Technology Customer Advisory Board, the OAUG GL SIG board, and is the OAUG board liaison to the OAUG User Management SIG.


Harrison Figura

Harrison Figura is the Delivery Quality Assurance Manager at eprentise. He has been with the company four years, starting as an Account Representative while learning the ins and outs of eprentise solutions for Oracle® E-Business Suite customers looking to make changes to their ERP systems. Later, he became a Sales Engineer and actively participated in the coordination of software releases.

In 2013, Figura became a Customer Delivery Engineer focusing on the FlexField product line – an out-of-the box software solution by eprentise that provides fast configuration to model and change charts of accounts. Figura has been involved in more than 100 chart of accounts conversion projects that comprised of designing charts of accounts, training teams of users, coordinating rollout strategies, and addressing issues using his problem-solving skills. Figura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College and placed top of his class.


AlexFiteni150Alex O Fiteni CPA, CMA

Alex Fiteni is a lecturer, professional accountant, technologist and software developer. Devoted to sustainability in systems, Alex continues to drive innovation in software products and projects.

Alex has more than 20 years of management experience executing business software development and implementation projects in a wide variety of business, educational and government environments.

A professional accountant, he has contributed to international tax forums, customer workshops, panel discussions and standards organizations. He has lectured on accounting information systems and other accounting matters for several years, delivering custom training to clients on Oracle E-Business Suite modules.

Alex has facilitated workshops to develop software product strategies, business process change and back-office systems implementation project plans, while also assisting clients in researching local compliance and globalization issues.


Karen KeramesKaren Kerames

Karen Kerames is a CPA, President of Assure Consulting, LLC specializing in the design of Oracle Financial systems. Karen has over 16 years of Oracle experience as a Solution Architect with Fortune 100 clients, Senior Manager of a global consulting firm and Senior Managing Consultant at a regional consulting firm. Prior to becoming an Oracle specialist, Karen held positions as Director of Finance, Controller, and Auditor.

Karen has completed multiple full life cycle implementations from 10.7 to 12.2.4 versions across the globe, including the USA, UK, China, Canada and the Czech Republic. Her years of experience engaged in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems enables her to quickly grasp a situation or requirement to resolve issues, allowing her to deliver the best business solutions.

Karen has written articles published in Oracle Profit Magazine, composed and presented a white paper on IFRS and has conducted multiple webinar sessions on Oracle R12 functionality.


Brian LewisBrian Lewis

Brian Lewis, CPA, is Corporate Controller of eprentise. As a Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Lewis began his career at Ernst & Young, a Big Four accounting and professional services firm. While there, he worked in the Accounting and Assurance Business Services Group providing external audit services to a variety of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and public sector clients, with a focus on accounting systems and internal control auditing.

Subsequent to working with Ernst & Young, Lewis became the managing partner of the CPA firm of Lewis & Spagnol and acted as a CPA for eprentise on both tax and accounting matters. He joined eprentise as a full-time employee in 2011, bringing accounting information system, GAAP, IFRS, and regulatory accounting expertise to the eprentise team, as well as managing operations for the company. Lewis holds a master’s degree in accounting from Stetson University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.


Skip Straus

Skip Straus is a seasoned computer industry professional focused on business software applications.  He started his career in public accounting and held many roles at a global computer manufacturer.  Since 1996 he has specialized in Oracle E-Business Suite.  Over four years at Oracle, he was instrumental in the roll out of Multi-Org and AIM 2.0 for EBS.   He has worked with numerous EBS customers in the areas of archiving, migration tools, telecom management services, auditing, SOD controls, revenue management, and instance transformations.    While at eprentise, he authored white papers and was a presenter at Collaborate, Openworld, and regional OAUG events. At Absolute Technologies, in addition to sales, marketing, and consulting in the area of GRC, he develops EBS bolt-on and cloud products with Oracle APEX.


Mike SwingMike Swing

Mike Swing is the founder of TruTek, a national leader in technical and functional Oracle training and consulting. Mike has been an Oracle Apps DBA with TruTek since 1996, an Oracle DBA since 1993, and a DBA with Informix, Ingres, and Sybase from 1988 to 1993. He has been a software engineer since 1986 and has two degrees in physics from the University of Utah.


IhteshamUddinIhtesham Uddin

Ihtesham Uddin is Vice President of Product Solutions at eprentise. Ihtesham has extensive experience with enterprise applications, ERP and software product development; including 15 years of Oracle E-Business Suite experience and 20 years of experience with Oracle database, frontend and middle tier technologies. At eprentise, Ihtesham’s responsibilities includes developing and enhancing products to provide EBS clients with the maximum returns on their investments. He led architecture and development of eprentise’s Flexfield product.

He has extensive experience with system and process integration technologies and in addition to working with Oracle technologies he has also worked on evaluating and implementing products from vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, Kewill, JDA, Kronos and 3M.

Ihtesham has led IT strategy, rationalization and simplification of IT platforms within corporate restructuring, divestiture, spin-offs and M&A situations. His varied experience includes stints within corporate IT, client consulting, startups and private equity rapid change and growth environments. Prior to eprentise, he has worked with Computer Sciences Corporation, NIIT Technologies, Cyrstallize, Archway and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation.

He is also a subject matter expert in Supply Chain and Distribution business domains. He has led many cross functional teams to deliver differentiating solutions for multiple clients, some of the highly effective solutions included delivery of product offerings to: automate distribution centers, accelerate product speed-to-market and gift cards distribution that covered 80% of the US gift cards market.

Areas of specialization includes: Technical architecture, solution architecture and delivery, data technologies, integration, business process improvement, IT rationalization/technology enablement, virtualization/cloud enablement and Supply chain


Doug VolzDoug Volz

Oracle Project Manager and Cost Accounting Subject Matter Professional, with over 35 years business and Oracle Application experience in 12 countries, Doug helps clients turnaround and drive their projects forward. Multi-national, multi-org specialist for Financials, Distribution and Supply Chain, with a special emphasis on Cost Accounting. Aspects include business transformation, change management and end-to-end process modeling, while solving difficult Cost Accounting issues such as profit in inventory, reconciliation, A/P accruals and variance analysis. My clients get the project results and business change they are after.

Doug also contributes to the Oracle community and was recognized as the 2014 OAUG Member of the Year. Since 2007 he has led the OAUG Cost Management Special Interest Group and freely gives valued business advice to his SIG members and to the Oracle community at large. In addition he advises and participates on Oracle Customer Advisory Boards and frequently meets with the Oracle Cost Development teams.