The Channel Media Group's Editorial Advisory Board consists of leaders in the channel community. Their mandate is to provide ongoing feedback to our editorial team on the critical issues faced by value-added resellers, systems integrators and managed service providers. Scroll down the page to read about their experience. To contact board members, you can email them care of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Campbell is vice president of marketing and sales with Clare Computer Solutions in San Ramon, Calif. Clare Computer Solutions is an IT consulting firm providing project-based services as well as fixed-fee network support. Bruce joined Clare Computer Solutions in 2001 and headed up the firm's shift from product-based sales to service sales and ultimately to managed services, forming Clare's managed services division. His work in managed services has led to speaking engagements around the country for Tech Data and the MSP Alliance. Prior to working at Clare, Bruce was a founding partner in Value Net Internetwork Services of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Heather Clancy is the vice president of strategic communications at the SWOT Management Group, based in Hillsborough, N.J. She's also an award-winning business journalist with close to 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. She writes regularly for Entrepreneur magazine, The New York Times and the channel sites at TechTarget. Heather was previously editor at Computer Reseller News. Prior to that, she was a business writer with UPI. Heather also writes a daily Green Tech Blog.
George Crump is president and founder of Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm based in Fort Worth, Texas, focused on the storage and virtualization segments. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the United States, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland, George was chief technology officer at one of the nation's largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.
Kent Knudsen is the information systems security manager at K2Share, based in College Station, Texas. Kent is responsible for leading the information security department and provides oversight of the FISMA and DIACAP certification and accreditation efforts for federal systems, including the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining K2Share in 2006, Kent created, developed and implemented the Information Security Awareness, Assessment and Compliance (ISAAC) system used by Texas A&M University and the State of Texas Department of Information Resources. His information assurance expertise includes information security risk assessment and mitigation, security test and evaluation, penetration testing, IT security policy, business continuity, physical security and incident handling.
Kevin McDonald is executive vice president at Alvaka Networks, a network management, security and managed services provider based in Irvine, Calif. Kevin is a sought-after consultant, lobbyist, writer, panelist and presenter on the subjects of technology, national corporate cyber security, and child safety and government advocacy. Kevin leads the technology committees for several state and federal legislators and is a member of the High Tech Crimes Consortium. Prior to joining Alvaka Networks, Kevin was CEO at Worldwide Anticrime Unit. He is also the author of the popular fiction novel, Practically Invisible.
Eric Nelson has more than 27 years of IT and systems development experience, including over 11 years in the telecommunications industry and nine years in executive management. He is currently the business development officer at Alteritech, an IT infrastructure services firm located in the Washington, D.C., area. Prior to Alteritech, Eric was senior vice president and CIO at MegaPath Networks and Netifice Communications. He also held two executive management positions with e.spire Communications.
Greg Schulz is the founder of the StorageIO Group, a leading technology industry analysis and consulting firm focused on data infrastructure topics. StorageIO, which is based in Stillwater, Minn., provides services to established and emerging technology vendors, VARs, end users, the media and venture capital organizations on a global basis. Before founding the StorageIO Group in 2006, Greg was a senior analyst at an analysis firm covering SAN, NAS and associated management tools, techniques and technologies. He has been involved with industry organizations such as the Computer Measurement Group, the RAID Advisory Board, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the SNIA Green Storage Initiative.
Pete Sclafani has over 10 years of experience in high tech and brings a variety of talents and knowledge to his role at UnitedLayer, a managed Internet infrastructure provider in San Francisco. In his position as senior director of information systems and strategy, Pete initiated the rollout of various internal and customer-facing initiatives including UnitedLayer's customer portal, sales force automation and the development of its On-Demand Infrastructure. Previously, Pete actively contributed to organizations in social networking, nonprofit, hardware, risk management and technology services.
Jason Sparks is vice president of the storage and systems practice for Xiologix, an Oregon-based solution provider. Jason has almost 20 years of technology experience, with particular strength in SAN, replication and backup technologies, as well as large systems consolidation and massively scalable grid computing. Prior to joining Xiologix, Jason worked for companies such as Dell and Intel, holding titles including storage architect, senior software engineering manager, systems consultant and software engineer.
Jill Steinberg is president of Value Computing Inc., which sells ValuePOS Restaurant software and Internet camera security systems that pan, tilt and zoom remotely. She has been an accomplished sales representative since 1979, beginning her career in Burdines, Fla. She started in the computer business in 1983 selling computers and then became manager of Computerbanc, which sold well over $1 million a year in a 1,200-square-foot facility. Since 1996, she has been in the restaurant hospitality and food service field, selling and supporting customers on RESTEZ software sold by Symboint Software Group.
Alex Zaltsman is CEO and founder of TourSpot, a mobile software company that is developing an application for the travel industry. Prior to founding TourSpot, Alex was a co-founder and managing partner of Exigent Technologies, a value-added reseller based in northern New Jersey that provides technology consulting and managed services to the SMB and enterprise markets. Alex has been in the technology services field for 15 years and has worked extensively on designing local and wide area networks and implementing messaging solutions.
Allen Zuk is president and CEO of New Jersey-based Sierra Management Consulting LLC, an independent IT management consulting services firm specializing in developing IT risk management (ITRM) frameworks, ITRM strategies and plans, IT governance and compliance programs, business continuity and disaster recovery management programs, and information security and facility threat and risk assessments. His experience has been applied across multiple business sectors, and his past clients include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 businesses.