Tech Summit 2018: Swiping Left Or Right When Choosing A Software/Consulting Partner

Recorded On: 08/15/2018

At some point in everyone’s IT career they need to choose some software to help them meet a business need, or partner with a consulting company to get a project done when the business wants.  During this panel we’ll explore some of the criteria that you can use to help make sure your decision is the start of a beautiful friendship and not a wrong turn to splitsville.  

Mike Knapick (Moderator)

IT Leader

After heading IT departments and projects of varying scope and size at posts including Accenture, EMC and Expedia, where he launched the company’s inaugural CRM system, Mike joined SanMar in 2014. Today, he leads SanMar’s IT group who are implementing major software upgrades and process improvements. When it comes to leadership, Mike says he empowers his team with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

Eric Alessi

Essent Corporation, President & CEO

Eric has been the President and CEO of the Essent Corporation since 1989.

Dino Bangiorn

Application Development Team Lead

Dino Bangiorno is the Application Development Team Lead at HALO Branded Solutions. For more than 15 years, Dino has provided technical leadership for HALO's software development team helping to support the company's continued growth.  Realizing the importance of a having deep understanding of the business he serves, Dino has also attained PPAI's Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Product Safety Ambassador designations.

Ken Phu

Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group

Ken Phu is Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group (Hub Pen, Beacon Promotions, Best Promotions and most recently DebCo Promotions) and has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Operations. He’s a hands-on IT leader who can define and develop systems architecture and operational processes. Ken was responsible for Hub Pen’s technology transformation since 2013 and is a current member of the PPAI Technology Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for his local Boston NetSuite User Group. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Masters of Business Administration with a Minor in Information Technology from Suffolk University. Prior to joining Hub Pen, he has worked for Accenture and Boston Scientific. 

Anish Varghese

Founder & CEO of Binated Inc.

As the Founder & CEO of Binated Inc., Anish has years of hands-on experience applying innovative technology strategies to generate business results via process improvements and quick & agile support systems which have been tailor made for the Promotional Industry.

His experience has helped companies to better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on businesses. He leads Binated's development and strategy in global innovation, investment and new business creation.


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