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Sunday, February 28
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Reception: Welcome to San Antonio: Prohibition Soirée
Stars at Night Ballroom, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center    

Sponsored by GTSG Logo Stacked.jpg

Monday, February 29
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Executive Breakfast
Texas Ballroom B
Sponsored by CA Technologies
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote: Reclaiming Your WhiteSpace®
Juliet Funt, Founder and CEO, WhiteSpace at Work
Stars at Night Ballroom, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion
Juliet Funt, Founder and CEO, WhiteSpace at Work
Texas Ballroom A

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mainframe Skills Gap - Academia Perspective
Panelists: Troy Crutcher (IBM), Andrew Hicks (IBM), Susan Scanlon (Marist College), Klesti Muco (Verizon Wireless), Linsey Kunzler, Dr. Cameron Seay (North Carolina A & T State University), Keir Durham (North Carolina A & T State University)
Texas Ballroom A
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                                       

Lunch & Networking
Texas Ballroom B
Sponsored by EMC Corporation

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mainframe Skills Gap - Corporate Perspective
Panelists: Jim Kokoszynski (CA Technologies), Fresa Solorio (CA Technologies), Adam Nieves (CA Technologies), Kevin Shaw (Rocket Software), Kyle Beausoleil (Rocket Software), Jeff Albright (GTSG), Joe Gallaher (SPCI) 
Texas Ballroom A
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Taking a bite out of "z" Apple; How Mobile & z Can Taste So Good Together!
Michael Perera (IBM)
Texas Ballroom A
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. SHARE Technology Exchange Expo Walk-thru
Exhibit Hall 1, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception: La Noche de los Muertos (Opening Night Party)
Exhibit Hall 1, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Executive Reception/Dinner
Rio Rio Cantina
Tuesday, March 1
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Executive Breakfast
Texas Ballroom B
Sponsored by CA Technologies

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote: The Confluence of Data Security Challenges
Patrick Gray, IT Security Consultant
Stars at Night Ballroom, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
Patrick Gray (IT Security Consultant)
Texas Ballroom A
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Knowing Your IBM Support Resources
Panelists:  Eduardo Oliveira (IBM), Richard Lewis (IBM), Richard Young (IBM)
Texas Ballroom A
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Networking
Texas Ballroom B
Sponsored by  GTSG Logo Stacked.jpg

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Big Data and z Systems:  IBM z/OS Platform for Apache Spark
Theresa Tai (IBM)
Texas Ballroom A
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. DevOps:  Cultural Mindset
Panelists: Jeff Henry (CA Technologies), David Rizzo (Compuware), Derek Britton (Micro Focus), Rosalind Radcliffe (IBM)
Texas Ballroom A
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Program Review & Closing Remarks
James Vincent, SHARE President (Nationwide Insurance)
Texas Ballroom A

*Agenda subject to change. All events to take place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio unless otherwise noted.


Big Data / Analytics DevOps Mainframe Skills Gap Mobile / Security Productivity / Tools


EXECUforum Emcee Richard LaibleAbout Richard Laible

Richard Laible got a magic kit for 50 cents and two cereal box tops. Since then he has toured the U.S. performing comedy, and is a founding member of The Annoyance Theater, Alumni of Chicago’s world-famous The Second City comedy theater. Laible has been seen in dozens of national commercials, fewer major motion pictures, and written and performed in hundreds of corporate industrials for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Cisco, Motorola, Sprint PCS, McDonalds, Ameritech, Kraft USA, Burger King, IBM, SAP and many, many more.

Brought to You By SHARE Platinum Premier Sponsor: Global Technology Solutions Group (GTSG)

Global Technology Solutions Group (GTSG) is the premier data center services firm supporting mainframe technology. They bring consulting, integration and managed services capabilities, assisting in strategy, performance optimization and migration. GTSG has a 29-year heritage in the mainframe, and today supports a measurable portion of the world’s 30 million MIPS in production.



Jeff Albright

Jeff Albright is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Global Technology Solutions Group, Inc. (GTSG).  For 29 years, GTSG has delighted its clients in the development of mainframe strategies, the flawless execution of migrations & relocations, and in mainframe managed services and optimized performance. 

Jeff’s own mainframe experience began in 1979.  His individual areas of expertise include workload and performance management for z/OS, CICS, DB2, Sysplex performance, and batch performance.  He co-authored an IBM Redbook dealing with Workload Management for Web Access to CICS.  Jeff continues to provide delivery and technical oversight for GTSG’s work in both mainframe and distributed environments.  

Today GTSG supports a measurable portion of the world’s 30 million MIPS in production.


Kyle Beausoleil

Kyle Beausoleil is a software engineer new to the Mainframe world.  With 2 years of experience at Rocket Software developing Enterprise Solutions, Kyle represents the pivotal Millennial generation of Mainframers.  Kyle often visits Massachusetts colleges attempting to reach out to students who have never considered a career on the mainframe and helps interns with the transition from the classroom to the office.


Derek Britton

Derek Britton is an IT professional with over 25 years software industry experience. A computer science graduate from De Montfort University, Derek has held a variety of software engineering, consulting, marketing and product management positions in the IT industry. He is Director of Strategy and Enablement at Micro Focus, the leaders in enterprise application management and modernization. Find Derek on Twitter at @derekbrittonuk.

Troy Crutcher

Troy Crutcher

Troy Crutcher has been with IBM now for seven years, upon his graduating from Illinois State University with a bachelors in Computer Science. His first five years were spent with the Build, Installation and Packing Department, and the past two with the IBM Academic Initiative for z Systems. He is the global Master the Mainframe Contest Project Manager and is mostly focused on acquiring skills for professors and students to help make them more marketable in the enterprise systems community. Crutcher is also the IBM representative for the zNextGen® Community and a member of the Destination z community board.  


Keir Durham

Keir Durham is a graduating Computer Science senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  She has practical experience working with mainframes.  As she completed a mainframe course that offered her exposure to an internship opportunity with State Farm.  During the summer of 2014, Keir worked with the Performance and Capacity Planning team as well with the Enterprise Storage team.

Keir enjoys developing in the mainframe environment and also encourages others to exam careers in mainframe.  She completed part two of the IBM Master of the Mainframe in 2014.  She also participated in the zNextGen workshop hosted by IBM and SHARE in September 2015.  Keir is currently an active member both the Gamma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for Computer Scientists and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

SHARE in San Antonio Keynote Speaker: Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt is a rare find. For more than 10 years, she has worked with organizations to flip the norms of business for the better. With thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools, Funt has become a nationally recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work. As a busy corporate speaker and consultant, business owner, wife, and mother, she practices on a daily basis the WhiteSpace® concept she shares with clients. Funt is a force for change in organizations from coast to coast, helping them find their WhiteSpace, recharge their people and re-energize their business.

Joe Gallaher

Joe Gallaher is the founder and CEO of SPCI. He graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Civil Engineering. A longtime Washington D.C. area resident, he now splits time between SPCI's East and West coast offices. During his tenure at SPCI, Gallaher has placed almost 1,000 IBM systems programmers and system-level product developers, making him the leading recruiter in the world for this search specialty. Prior to establishing SPCI, he worked as a programmer, computer analyst and technical writer for various East Coast high-tech firms. Gallaher has been a regular attendee of the Mid-Atlantic CICS Users Group and has served on the steering committee of the NaSPA Capital Area MVS Users Group. Additionally, he has taken classes in Local and Wide Area Networking (Johns Hopkins University), MVS Internals (ACTS Corporation), Assembly Language Coding (Montgomery College), JAVA Programming (UCLA) and Visual FoxPro (MEI). He has also completed both graduate- and undergraduate-level classes at Georgetown University, University of Florida and USC. In addition to his formal education, Gallaher has participated in numerous SHARE and CMG conferences as a vendor, presenter and/or attendee. He serves as SPCI’s database administrator, network administrator and webmaster.

Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray is an IT Security Consultant and the former Principal Security Strategist at Cisco Systems (San Jose, Calif.) and Director of XForce Operations, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS). Gray served in the United States Marine Corps and spent 20 years as a Special Agent within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Upon his retirement from the FBI, he joined Internet Security Systems and was one of the creators of the X-Force Internet Threat Intelligence Center.

As a result of his 20-year service with the FBI, and the Internet Threat Intelligence Center, he has firsthand knowledge of the hacking community, its aims and methodologies as it attacks governments, businesses and energy and financial entities relentlessly. While in the FBI's Intelligence Division, he was responsible for global counterintelligence investigations. After a regional transfer, Gray became a member of one of the FBI’s first Regional Computer Crimes Squads as well as its elite Computer Assistance Response Team (and was eventually assigned to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks). 

Ever involved, Gray helped grow the Atlanta Chapter of InfraGard into the largest chapter nationally. He also continues to work closely with the FBI and other U.S. government agencies and has served as an advisor to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Gray is board-certified by the American College of Forensic Examiners International and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the Information Systems Security Association and the International Information Systems Forensic Association.

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Jeff Henry

Jeff Henry is a Vice President of Product Management at CA Technologies.  Jeff is responsible for driving cross platform business solutions that bridge the Mainframe and Enterprise Systems business units at CA. Jeff is passionate about blending the disciplines of Product Management, Engineering and Design, placing results-based customer experiences as the primary target in delivering innovative and differentiated value to our customers.   Jeff joined CA in 2015 and has over 27 years of industry experience leading software organizations, specializing in business services delivery, cloud deployments, and bringing Systems of Engagement with Systems of Record for enterprise customers.   He lives in Raleigh, NC with a wife and two children ages 11 & 12.


Andrew Hicks

Andrew Hicks is currently a function tester for the I/O Subsystem and Real Storage Management components in the Base Control Program for z/OS. He has been an IBM employee for just over two years. In that time he has received New Hire of the Month, filed his first U.S Patent on “Accelerating System Dump Capture”, and migrated the SHARE User Group Requirements to the IBM Request For Enhancement tool. He has worked extensively with 3D printers, orchestrating a Build-A-3D-Printer-Day on site where sixty IBMers competed in building fifteen 3D printers with the goal to donate printers to local schools in the Mid-Hudson Valley. He is the Mid-Hudson Valley New Hire Network Technical Event Coordinator, assisting the on-boarding experience of New Hires into IBM. As well as participating in the Master the Mainframe competition, the IBM Solar Africa Project, and the Watson Analytics for Real Time Insight, Andrew has guest lectured at Eastern Carolina University, and has worked with Raspberry Pi mini-computers creating a testing infrastructure for the ASIC Verification and Cryptographic Hardware Development team. Finally, Andrew is the z/OS academic Initiative Liaison for his alma mater, Clarkson University, where he received a Masters in Computer Science in 2013.

Jim Kokoszynski

Jim Kokoszynski

Jim Kokoszynski joined CA Technologies in 2012 at the Pittsburgh office and is Vice President, Mainframe Software Engineering, leading the Automation, Output and File Transfer Development Teams in Ewing, Hyderabad, Pittsburgh and Prague. He is also responsible for the global CA Mainframe Associate Engineer program, which develops and trains newly hired CA software engineers.

Prior to joining CA, Kokoszynski was at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY for 11 years as a manager across multiple functional areas on the Mainframe: Supply Chain, Finance, I/O Firmware, Parallel Sysplex and Operating System Development Teams, and the Benchmark-Proof of Concept Client Technical Sales Centers.

Upon graduating from Tulane University, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and served 7 years on active duty as a Combat Engineer with three tours: Platoon/Company Commander at Camp Pendleton, CA, leading Marines on several global joint operations; Operations/Executive Officer at Recruiting Station Ft. Lauderdale, responsible for South Florida, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands; and, Operations Officer in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan.

Currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps reserves with 20 years of service, Kokoszynski is the Reserve Support Officer for the Mid-Atlantic region. He holds an MBA in Finance and a MEng- Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a former elected NY School Board Trustee. He lives in the south hills of Pittsburgh with his wife, Stacy, and their two children, Tyler and Anna.

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Linsey Kunzler

Linsey Kunzler is a z/OS systems programmer. In her current role, she is responsible for the installation and maintenance of z/OS 2.1 and its related subsystems on six CPUs and over 40 LPARs configured in a multi-sysplex environment.  Linsey has also had opportunities to work and train in a variety of functional areas including storage management, third party software, and automated operations. Before her work as a systems programmer, Linsey served as a z/OS operator on the mainframe help desk.

Linsey graduated from Marist College in May 2015, earning her BA in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Enterprise Systems/Computing Technology and Professional Studies. For her BA capstone project, she researched the reality behind the notorious 'mainframe skills gap' in her literary review titled, "The Organizational Risks Associated with Mainframe Expertise Attenuation" exploring the myths, realities, and possible solutions.

During her BA studies at Marist College, Linsey completed many of the System z courses offered through the IDCP, earning the Marist System z Associate Certificate in 2014 and the Marist System z Expert Certificate in June of 2015. Linsey Kunzler was awarded the Destination z Greg Zaubi Memorial Scholarship in 2014. Because she couldn’t get enough of System z, Linsey participated in the Master the Mainframe contest in 2013, and 2014; winning prizes for parts one and two.


Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis has been with IBM for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a VM System Programmer, maintaining several large internal IBM VM systems, and for most of the 30 plus years has been a member of the Washington System Center supporting both z/VM and Linux.

As a member of the Washington System Center, Richard works closely with z/VM development, Linux development, IBM customers and IBM Field Technical Specialists providing instruction on z/VM and Linux topics, as well as assisting in the resolution of technical problems.

Richard has been working with Linux in both the Intel environment and System z environment for over 15 years (he has worked with the port of Linux to System z from the beginning). Richard led the team that implemented the Linux Community Development System, an IBM mainframe on the Internet supporting independent Open Source developers of Linux software.

Richard is also very active at SHARE as both a presenter and the lead IBM Representative to the Virtualization, z/VM and Linux program.  Richard has also created and taught many z/VM and Linux related hands-on workshops.


Klesti Muco

Klesti Muco is a middleware systems programmer for Verizon on both the Wireline and Wireless sides, specifically dealing with MQ administration. I'm a recent hire who started working in July of 2013. I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a minor in Computer Science. I didn't have a background in the mainframe prior to getting hired, much like many other college hires in the field, but after working with it for some time, I have found that it is indeed an interesting and challenging field to be a part of.

The z/OS associate-level courses offered by Marist College that I've taken thus far, and of course the experiences at work, have done a great job at showing me the ropes of the mainframe world. They have definitely helped to ease the acclimation process, and I feel much more qualified to do my job, (and even move up in the field), than when I first started. I have decided to continue the certification process and am currently taking the professional-level z/OS courses offered.

I was fortunate to also find my way into a team that has been very patient and willing to share their knowledge and information with me to a great extent. It is my strong belief that the people in the mainframe industry are some of the most helpful and knowledgeable people that you can work with, and in my case, work for.


Adam Nieves

Adam Nieves is a Software Engineer at CA Technologies who was recruited through the ASE program as part of the class of 2010. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Kutztown University. Adam recently became a father to a wonderful baby boy. Before becoming a father he spent his spare time snowboarding, playing softball, running, cooking, and working on his car.

Eduardo Oliveira

Eduardo C. Oliveira is an Executive Client Technical IT Specialist at IBM. His current position is Team Lead at the IBM Wave Tiger Team and he has been with IBM for the past 29 years. Prior to his current assignment, he held positions at the ATS Smarter Analytics Team and on the Information Management Foundation initiative. Before that he was the Techline System z Technology Leader for North and Latin America, SW developer at the Toronto Microelectronics Lab, and mainframe Product Engineer at the Sumare Plant, in Brazil. Mr. Oliveira is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and has held assignments in Brazil, US, Canada, Germany, and Japan. His areas of expertise are IBM Wave, capacity planning, Linux on z Systems, consolidation,Sizing, TCO, and z Systems hardware. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and SW Engineering by the University of Waterloo (Ontario) and a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil).

Michael Perera

Mike Perera is currently the Vice President, z Systems Software, IBM Systems Unit, responsible for z Systems Software offering management, development and support, including application runtimes, Enterprise DevOps and z Systems Management & Optimization. He previously held the position of Vice President, CICS, TPF and z Systems for IBM’s Application & Integration (AIM) Middleware Division, responsible for the AIM z Systems business, including product management and development for CICS, Transaction Processing Facility (TPF), Communications Server, CICS and Problem Determination Tools. Previously, Perera was Director, DB2 for z/OS, where he was responsible for product management, development, level 2/3 support and quality assurance of one of IBM’s flagship products. 

Prior to his leadership roles in z Systems, Perera was Director, Workload Optimized Systems, where he was responsible for operations supporting the growth of the integrated IBM hardware, software and services offerings business, predominantly focused on Smart Analytics Systems. In addition, he previously worked mergers and acquisitions for IBM, where he helped drive the acquisitions of Cognos, Princeton Softech and Solid Technologies. Prior to that role, he spent 3 1/2 years holding a variety of positions within IBM's WebSphere Software division focused on telecommunications solutions. 

Before joining IBM, Perera held project management, product management and consulting positions at various companies.  He earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. He is married with a three kids who all keep him quite busy outside of work; however, he still enjoys sport fishing, golf, gourmet cooking, wine and traveling when he has a free moment.


Rosalind Radcliffe

Rosalind Radcliffe is a Distinguished Engineer within IBM. She is the Chief Architect for DevOps for Enterprise Systems.  She is responsible for driving the product direction for DevOps capabilities such as Rational Team Concert, and UrbanCode Deploy in support of Mainframe Development and Operations.  Rosalind is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and a IBM Master Inventor.

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David Rizzo

David Rizzo is the Director of Product Development where he’s responsible for leading the development of Compuware products. He plays a key role in the implementation and execution of the agile process at Compuware. He has more than 20 years of IT experience with roles in development, architecture and strategic planning.

Susan Scanlon

Susan Scanlon


Susan Scanlon came to Marist College in October 2007 after a successful career in Human Resources Management. In her role as Director of Corporate Outreach for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, she has been utilizing her business acumen to network and develop professional relationships within the local, national and global business community. Scanlon administers the Institute for Data Center Professionals where she coordinates and markets educational programs to enterprise computing and data center professionals across the globe. She also teaches in the Marist College School of Management as an adjunct professor.

Prior to joining Marist College, Scanlon was the Director of Human Resources for Benefitstreet, a California-based software as a service firm. In this role, she was responsible for the Human Resources function for all of the acquired companies on the East Coast. Scanlon has also held senior Human Resources positions at The Bank of New York and Darby Group Companies, Inc. She began her career in the not-for-profit arena as a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor and the coordinator of a premier vocational evaluation and training center.

Scanlon holds an MS in Community Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and a BA in English from State University of New York in Cortland.


Cameron Seay

Cameron Seay is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the School of Technology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Dr. Seay’s research focus is on “enterprise systems,” or an enterprise-centric view of computing resources, cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, and information technology pedagogy.  His most recent work involves mainframe-based virtualization of Linux, open source virtual desktops, using open source big data tools (like Hadoop),  and using the Raspberry Pi as a thin client.  He is a founding member of the Enterprise Computing Community (ecc.marist.edu), which is the leading academic entity with a focus on enterprise systems.  He holds a doctorate in educational psychology, and master’s degrees in business, information systems, and economics.


Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw manages software, development and partner relationships at Rocket Software on mainframe storage products, in addition to authoring new products. He previously led development teams in mainframe database and security. Before joining Rocket in 2000, Shaw worked as a software engineer at Wells Fargo. He has degrees in English and Computer Science from Tufts University.


Fresa Solorio

Fresa Solorio is a Software Engineer at CA Technologies in the Plano, Texas office.  She joined the CA Associate Software Engineer program in 2012 upon graduating from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor degree in Computer Science.  Fresa is currently a member of the “minions” scrum team in the Datacom department of the Mainframe Data Management group, where she supports the Datacom Server product.  Fresa also represents her scrum team on a cross-team committee to improve processes in Datacom.

Fresa became interested in the mainframe after competing in the 2011 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, winning both Part 1 and Part 2.  She also received Honorable Mention for Part 3.

Additionally, Fresa volunteers her time for charities and organizations such as Minnie’s Food Pantry, Feast of Sharing, and the Earth day event at Connemara Conservancy in Allen, TX.

In her spare time, Fresa enjoys athletic activities and spending time with her husband and four children.

Theresa Tai 

Theresa Tai is the z Systems infrastructure architect and Executive IT Specialist at IBM Systems Client Center for Systems Innovation, Poughkeepsie, NY. Tai's primary focus is with IBM z Systems foundation and innovation technology.


Richard Young

Richard Young is a z Systems Executive IT Specialist. He is currently a lead with Systems Lab services team, which provides hands-on assistance to customers. He has been with IBM for 18 years and has 26 years of experience on z Systems. Young's current area of focus is Cloud, Linux, Mobile and Virtualization. His skillset includes z/VM and KVM virtualization, systems management and security software, J2EE, and related middleware.