Kai R. Larsen: is an associate professor at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, where his focus is on teaching business analytics and privacy topics. His research on natural language processing and related algorithms to create a theoretical backbone for behavioral research across disciplines has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.
Dirk Lerner: is a well experienced IT Consultant at ITGAIN and is responsible for the Competence Center Data Modeling & Data Vault. For over 10 years he has headed BI projects and is considered an expert for BI architectures and data modeling. Dirk is an advocate of flexible, lean and easily extendable data warehouse principles and practices.
As an independent consultant, Dr. Frederick Lester specializes in Big Data Strategy, Advanced Analytics, Data Governance, Master Data Management, Data Architecture, and Data Warehousing/ BI for the following industries: diversified financial services, health life sciences, energy, and the federal / public sector. His decision analytics expertise spans customer analytics, supply chain optimization, AML/ fraud analytics, risk analytics, intelligence applications / law enforcement, and developmental economics.
Gregory is a Business Intelligence professional with a passion for simplifying and strengthening the decision making process through the use of visualization. He has been described as a “purple person”, straddling the worlds of both business and technology to forge strong and lasting partnerships that deliver real value to the organization.
Professionally, he has enjoyed success across various leadership roles and functions including: Sales, Channels, Operations, Finance and Professional Services. Personally, he is active in his community, sitting on the Brain Tumor Board of Advisors at Duke Health, working closely with the “Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke”, and “Angels Among Us” to help bring an end to Brain Cancer.
Tony Lopykinski is the Founder and Managing Principal of Maven Advisors, LLC. Tony has more than 20 years of diverse leadership experience having served in numerous roles within the analytics, business intelligence, and data warehousing space. As the Global BI Director for one of the world’s largest retailers, he led both the development and execution of the company’s enterprise business intelligence strategy and BI Competency Center. Tony enjoys leveraging his many lessons learned to deliver practical solutions to companies new to business intelligence as well as those struggling to take their BI capabilities to the next level.
Tony serves as an expert at various industry forums and conferences. He is currently an instructor with The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) where he delivers business intelligence and data warehousing courses, and serves as a judge of TDWI’s Best Practice Awards. In addition, Tony founded the Analytics Leaders Network (ALN), a peer network focused on sharing best practices and thought leadership among business intelligence and analytics leaders throughout the Chicago land area.
Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with honors from Northern Illinois University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has a Graduate Certificate in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence from Loyola University’s Graduate School of Business and is Six Sigma Green Belt trained.
Award-winning entrepreneurial Technology Executive with experience planning, developing, and implementing cutting- edge information solutions, including enterprise data warehousing and business intelligence systems, to address business opportunities. As an experienced CIO and consultant who develops and implements successful projects and programs at any scale by using advanced technologies in innovative but practical ways, I am a leader who serves employees and clients at all levels with skill and integrity. Integrating technology with business objectives to maximize business value is the hallmark of my career.