Automation 2018 Speakers


Keynote Presenter

Jack Shaw

Jack Shaw is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council. He is a leading expert on the strategic business implications of blockchain technology who has spoken and consulted on blockchain around the world. He is a world-renowned keynote speaker who was recently voted one of the world’s top 25 professional speakers by over 27,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees – the only technology speaker to be accorded this recognition. Jack has been a Technology Futurist for over 30 years – helping others to understand the impact of emerging technologies. In addition to blockchain, he is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • 3D Printing
He has advised Fortune 500 companies GE, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle, and SAP as well as hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses. A charismatic speaker, he’s delivered more than 1000 keynote speeches and executive presentations in 23 countries and every U.S. state. Jack graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.

Tim Attia

Tim Attia is the co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, a technology startup providing on-demand insurance for the on-demand economy. Slice has re-imagined and redesigned insurance by providing a straightforward, cost-effective, easy-to-use solution that provides coverage to on-demand workers on a transactional basis, so they're only paying for coverage while they're working. Tim began his career with a large technology and management consulting firm, and has since continued to work with major global insurance carriers on technology and distribution. He is excited to use his background in insurance and financial technology to apply intelligent design, data and technology to solving the gaps and risks facing the growing on-demand workforce. Tim holds an Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University, and has over 20 years experience in the insurance technology industry.

Dan Burke

Dan Burke is the Cyber product head at Hiscox USA responsible for underwriting and product strategy on the Cyber line of business nationally. Dan joined Hiscox USA in 2011 as Assistant Vice President, Northwest Region focused on underwriting in the Technology, Cyber and multimedia lines. Dan's career began at ACE USA where he wrote all lines of Errors & Omissions coverage working in both their Chicago and San Francisco offices. He has a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Jeff Goldberg

Jeff Goldberg is a Senior Vice President of Research and Consulting at Novarica with expertise that includes data analytics and big data, digital strategy, policy administration, reinsurance management, document automation, SaaS and cloud computing, data governance, and software engineering best practices such as Agile and continuous delivery. Prior to Novarica, Jeff served as a senior analyst within Celent's insurance practice, was the Vice President of Internet Technology for Marsh Inc., Director of Web Technology for Harleysville Insurance, worked for many years as a software consultant with many leading property/casualty and life/health insurers in a variety of technology areas, and worked at Microsoft contributing to research on XML standards and defining the .Net framework. Most recently Jeff founded and sold a SaaS data analysis company in the health & wellness space. Mr. Goldberg has a BSE in computer science from Princeton University and an MFA from the New School in New York. He can be reached directly at

Ultan Kinahan

Ultan Kinahan has spent the past 6 years at Microsoft working in both engineering and in customer facing roles in the Azure public cloud space. Prior to Microsoft, Ultan was a technology director at Brown & Brown insurance for 10 years.

Over the course of the past several years he has worked with some of the worlds largest corporations in cloud adoption processes. These range from cloud migrations to new cloud deployments. 

Outside of Microsoft Ultan also established his own boutique consultancy firm (Kintech Cloud Solutions) where he has aided new insurance startups in getting their business operational with a zero-footprint model of "Born in the Cloud'. This has helped organizations reduce upfront expenditures and become operational in a very quick time frame while simplifying the business model.

Ultan has a vast experience in operationalization of cloud computing and now focusing on the On-Prem cloud model which is of high interest in the financial industry for data governance.

Erich Kron

Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, is a veteran information security professional with over 20 years' experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for he 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, MITP and ITIL v3 certifications, among others. Erich has worked with information security professionals around the world to provide the tools, training and educational opportunities to succeed in information security.

Harish Neelamana

Harish Neelamana is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of DataCubes Inc. DataCubes' platform enables commercial P&C carriers to rapidly utilize data science to supercharge their underwriting decisions. He has over 15 years of strategy and operations experience in the insurance industry, including stints at Zurich Insurance Group, Allstate and the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Bachelors of technology in Civic Engineering, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Alejandro Otanez

Alex Otanez is the COO at Shockoe, a Richmond, VA based mobile consulting firm. With over 10 years of international experience in IT Strategy and Custom Application Developmen, Alex has helped companies ranging from Insurance to Consumer Goods implement comprehensive Mobile Strategies, Build First Time Apps, Create App Ecosystems with 70-80 apps, and develop comprehensive Mobile Security Programs, all of this with the end user in mind. Today Alex works with companies like Capital One, American Express, 21st Centry.

CJ Przybyl

CJ began working in mobile claims technology startups in 2011 when he helped lead the pivot of BodyshopBids into Snapsheet. As a serial entrepreneur, CJ has co-founded multiple startups, including a mobile platform for fast food restaurants, a Bluetooth Low Energy software company for personal body networks and a municipal biofuels cooperative He began his career at Freescale Semiconductor as a global account  manager, where he was responsible for the sales and business developoment of cellular phone chipsets and software IP negotiations.

CJ holds a bachelor's degree in optical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he currently serves on the board of the Department of Physics and optical Engineering, and a master's degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Robert Reville

Dr. Robert T. Reville is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Praedicat, which has developed the world's first forward-looking liability catastrophe model. Prior to co-founding Praedicat, Reville was Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, he conceived and led the liability catastrophe R&D project that provided the foundation for Praedicat. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a research center dedicated to improving public policy related to liability, compensation and insurance. He was also founder and co-director of the RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, a policy research center at RAND which published research on terrorism insurance that was influential in congressional debates over the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Reville has published extensively on compensation for occupationally disabled workers. He served for two terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control ad Prevention. Reville received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.

Jim Schiel

Jim Schiel has over 33 years of experience in software development, R&D management, leadership, and Agile Development in highly regulated industries as well as government agencies in several countries. Jim has been responsible for the transformation of organizations as large as 100+ product development teams. One of the earliest certified trainers with the Scrum Alliance, Jim has taught Scrum to well over 6,000 students in over 400 classes held in more than 20 countries around the world.

Jim's professional career started in 1983 as a systems programmer and operator. In 1985, he began working for a multi-national healthcare software vendor. He managed various development teams ranging in size from 5 to 80 developers where he instituted iterative project managment processes and improved product quality, development performance, and customer satisfaction in his product areas. Jim was coached by many of the thought leaders in the Agile space and learned Scrum from the gentlemen that created it. Jim founded Artisan Software Consulting in 2009. Artisan provides coaching, training, and consulting to organizations attempting large-scale transitions to Agile Development using Scrum, XP, and Kanban-based approaches. 

Jim's books, Enterprise-Scale Agile Software Development and The ScrumMaster's Study Guide, published in 2009 and 2011 respectively, cover much of his experiences managing and guiding large-scale transformations as well as helping new Certified ScrumMasters learn how to use Scrum.

Jim has worked with companies and government organizations around the world, including the Project Management Institute, PepsiCo, Tektronix, Siemens, Cisco, Capital One, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the US Army and has helped save millions of dollars in costs by improving development practices and product quality. 

Jim is also the founder of the Las Vegas Agile and Scrum User's Group that holds periodic events in the Las Vegas valley to forward the understanding and proper use of Agile principles and Scrum.

He has been a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) since 2005 and a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) since 2006 and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) since 2008 when the certification was created. Jim recently added Certified Enterprise Scrum Trainer (CEST) and Certified Business Agility Coach (CBAC) in 2017.

David Schwartz

David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center for Gaming Research and a history instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a historian and writer whose research interests include gambling and casinos, competitive video gaming, and professional wrestling.

Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City. He also writes regular features and the "Green Felt Journal" column for Vegas Seven Magazine. 

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor's degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA. His academic interest in gambling stems from his hands-on experience in the casino industry as a security officer, surveillance officer, and Mr. Peanut.

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