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Techstravaganza 2019

September 19, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Join us for our fifth annual Techstravaganza event! Our all-day technology event is designed to help IT professionals learn more about the latest services and solutions available to improve profitability and business operations.

The event features two breakout tracks, a Q and A panel, round table discussions, and a networking reception. Attendees will also have the chance to win some fantastic door prizes!

This event is open to all IT professionals. Space is limited for this event.

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8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Check in and breakfast
Sponsored by Tech Data

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Welcome
Mark Cavaliero, CEO and Founder, Carolinas IT

8:50 AM – 9:20 AM – Keynote presentation: The Four-Letter Words of Transformation
Ed Soo Hoo, Data Center Group National Alliance Sales, Lenovo
Sponsored by Lenovo

9:25 AM – 9:55 AM – Financing Your IT Solutions
Patrick Maloney, Senior Leasing Account Executive, Veristor Capital Solutions

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM – Morning Break
Sponsored by Spectrum Business

Morning Breakouts:

Security and Compliance Track
Located in Element I

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Anatomy of a Breach – Part 1
Greg Manson, Director of Security, Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM – Vulnerability Management
Tyler Booker, Auditor, Carolinas IT

IT Track
Located in Element II

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – New Capabilities of Backup and DR
Jason Likens, Sales Engineer, Rubrik

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM –Using Microsoft Azure
William Garner, VP of Technical Services, Carolinas IT

Breakout Tracks End

11:25 AM – 12:20 – Lunch and Networking
Sponsored by Trend Micro

Afternoon Breakouts:

Security and Compliance Track
Located in Element I

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM – Anatomy of a Breach – Part 2
Greg Manson, Director of Security, Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Real-World Incidents
Caleb Pipkin, Associate Auditor, Carolinas IT

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – What’s on the Horizon for Compliance?
Greg Manson, Director of Security, Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT

Windows 10/Office 365 Track
Located in Element II

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM –10 Things You Should Know About Windows 10
Mark Cavaliero, CEO and Founder, Carolinas IT
This presentation will provide to help you plan for, make the most of, and enjoy the Windows 10 operating system. You’ll learn tips to get the most out of new features in Windows 10 and ideas for integrating the operating system into the cloud. Additionally, this presentation will cover the future roadmap for the Windows operating system.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Office 365 Attacks and Security

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Storage Wars
William Garner, Vice President of Technical Services, Carolinas IT

Breakout Tracks End

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM – Afternoon Break
Sponsored by Cisco

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM – Q and A panel: Life in the C-Suite

Panel Members:
Shelley Chandler – NC Rate Bureau
Dewayne Kendall – City of Durham
Lesley Coe – Cardinal Gibbons High School

2:50 PM – 3:50 PM – Roundtable discussions (3 topics)

3:55 PM – Award door prizes and wrap up

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Networking Reception
Sponsored by NetApp

Interested in sponsoring our event?

We have several sponsorship packages available. Contact Jennifer Noto below for more information.

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About the Presenters

Tyler Booker, Auditor, Carolinas IT 
Tyler works with the Audit and Compliance team in completing Security Risk Assessments, Microsoft Licensing Audits, and other compliance-related assessments for clients while also executing the internal audit function for the company to remain compliant with AICPA requirements to maintain their SOC 2 Type 2 certification. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting with a concentration in Internal Audit from NC State University. Tyler successfully obtained the ISACA CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals certification in 2016. He continues to work with Carolinas IT to build a set of core competencies in IT governance, information systems security assessment and systems validation.

Mark Cavaliero, CEO, and Founder, Carolinas IT
Mark Cavaliero is the CEO of Carolinas IT, an innovative leader in the field of Information Technology and Cloud Services.  He co-founded the company in 1996 and has since grown the Raleigh, NC-based firm to be a nationally recognized technology services organization.  In addition to managed IT and cloud computing services, the company features a local 24×7 Network Operations Center and provides helpdesk, advanced professional services, and project-based assistance and support for hundreds of regional and national companies and organizations. Most recently, the company’s success has been accelerated by the development of a cutting edge hosted private cloud offering for organizations that need high performance, secure, and cost-effective replacements for legacy technology infrastructure.

Mark is an Eagle Scout and a 1990 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics.  He is a US Marine Corps veteran and served with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  He retired from the Marine Corps in 2017 as a Colonel.  He lives in Apex, NC with his wife and three children.

William Garner, Vice President of Technical Services, Carolinas IT
After initially joining the Carolinas IT team in 1998, William has served in many technical roles over the years, ranging from Senior Systems Engineer to his current role as Technical Services Director. He helps guide and direct the Audit & Compliance, Professional Services, Managed Services, and Cloud Services teams. William holds professional level certifications with multiple vendors and currently focuses on various conventional, hyper-scale, and hyper-converged cloud technologies.

Greg Manson, Director of Security, Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT
Greg has 19 years’ experience as an IT Director for organizations in compliant environments including healthcare, medical device, and pharmaceuticals. Greg has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University and an MBA from UNC-Wilmington. Greg is an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor, passing his exam in the 90th percentile. Greg’s initiative led to the creation of our Audit and Compliance team, which now focuses on framework-based assessments (NIST, HIPAA, ISO), Internal Audit as a Service (IAaaS), Penetration Testing and Virtual CISO.

Caleb Pipkin, Associate Auditor, Carolinas IT
Caleb has been with Carolinas IT since April 2017 providing assistance to the Security Audit and Compliance team by completing security risk assessments and managing incident response. He previously worked as as a Help Desk technician and manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science and completed the CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals certification issued by ISACA.

Ed Soo Hoo, Data Center Group National Alliance Sales, Lenovo
Ed Soo Hoo is a Lenovo’s Data Center evangelist and a change agent, catalyst, & asymmetric thinker who crosses the intellectual and practical boundaries of business and technology. Ed has more than 25 years of experience in High Tech including 8 startups and roles at Lenovo, Oracle, HP, and Unisys all focused on helping accelerate customers time to value.


Shelley Chandler, CIO, NC Rate Bureau
Shelley is the CIO for NC Rate Bureau, NC Reinsurance Facility and NC Insurance Guaranty Association. She has served in this capacity for the past eleven years. In this capacity she leads the Infrastructure, Operations, Security and Software Development supporting these three organizations.  She is currently active with committees, organizations and consortiums relating to IT for workers compensation, auto and property insurance.

Prior to joining these organizations, Shelley worked at Investors Title Company in a variety of business and technical roles.  She has enjoyed working in both private and public sector organizations, rising to the challenge of delivering best-in-class technology solutions in the insurance arena. Shelley attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Chemistry degree.

Lesley Coe, Director of Technology, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Lesley has been involved with educational technology for over 10 years. Working closely with administrators, classroom and office educators, as well as students, Lesley fosters collaboration to achieve sound instructional strategies through the integration of current and emerging technologies. As a former classroom educator and instructional technology facilitator and course designer, Lesley has an intimate knowledge of teaching and learning. She is deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology.

At Cardinal Gibbons, Lesley has implemented the school’s first 1:1 laptop program and developed a student tech-support model known as STARs. The volunteer service group offers students hands-on experiences, while also helping to remove the mystery from technology.

Lesley also works to ensure that the network infrastructure supports the school’s instructional goals and to incorporate technology plans, tools, and programs into its learning environment. She currently is working with a group of educators to share their collective technology knowledge to influence the entire Cardinal Gibbons teaching community. Through her leadership, tech support and technology ownership have become an integral part of the school’s culture.

Lesley has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Education – Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.

Dewayne Kendall, Assistant Director of Technology Solutions, City of Durham
Dewayne Kendall is the Assistant Director of Technology Solutions for the City of Durham. In this role, he leads numerous teams providing all aspects of Information Technology support, including data center and network infrastructure, enterprise software applications, computer hardware, and business to business relationship management.

A strong advocate for service and technology governance, Dewayne supports maintaining a strong partnership with city internal and external business units. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Information Technology with 8 years of that time spent in senior management roles. He is a qualified senior executive in Information Technology and holds several certifications and advanced degrees in technology and business fields including: the Certified Government Chief Information Officer Certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill school of government, the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification in IT best practice management, and Masters Degrees in Network Communications Management (NCM) and Business Administration (MBA) from Keller School of Management.

Prior to starting his career at the City of Durham, Mr. Kendall spent 5 years working at Durham Public Schools in the IT department and was at one time a Director in that organization as well.


Kenny James, Technical Sales Director Data Center Group, Lenovo
Kenneth James is the North America Director of Technical Sales for the Channel segment of Lenovo Data Center Group. Kenny has worked in various capacities and roles for both IBM and Lenovo with 2019 marking his 25th work anniversary. Prior to that, Kenny served 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Electronics Technician working on various aircraft tracking and communication equipment. Kenny holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and has been working in that role since 2011. Residing just east of Atlanta, GA, in his rare spare time Kenny enjoys cooking at large family gatherings, DJing, and traveling with his wife and teenage daughter.

Sandi Johnson, Client Executive, Tech Data
Sandi has been successfully selling in technology for over 25 years. As part of the distribution team at Tech Data, Sandi works on the Lenovo side with end customer and partner sales for 11 years, selling data networks and professional services. No matter what line of business, Sandi is an advocate for her clients and loves building relations with customer and vendors.

Why Should You Attend

"Techstravaganza is great for networking and getting to know other professionals and partners in the area that can help provide support and value to your organization. The event has very compelling speakers on important and relevant topics with great presentations – especially topics and discussion on privacy and security."

Jason Wampler, Foster Moore

"Techstravaganza is one of the most organized vendor-sponsored events that I’ve attended. I enjoy the emphasis on current industry trends like the consumerization of IT that now includes businesses, IoT, as well as direction in navigating the ever enlarging security scope of the 'network.' Their use of round table discussions is a particularly refreshing break from the norm."

Ryan Davis, Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines

"Techstravaganza is a fantastic event! It is a great opportunity for geeks and non-geeks alike to see the latest and greatest tools and hardware coming to market. By having presenters from across industries, Carolinas IT was able to cater to both tech and sales people. They bring in industry leaders, such as Lenovo, NetApp, Cisco, and even the FBI. Techstravaganza is a valuable event for networking with and asking questions of many industry leaders."

Mike Faas, Duke University Development Office


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September 19
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


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