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Washington State University
Carson College of Business Business Technology Symposium

Business Technology Symposium

October 7, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m. - CUB Auditorium

2022 Event

Exploring Digital Transformation



Ketan Pendse
Director of Professional Services
Edifecs Inc.

Ketan Pendse is a seasoned IT leader with 19 years of experience in the IT/software industry. He has held many different at Edifecs Inc., a healthcare technology company based in Bellevue, Washington, since he joined the company in 2013. In April 2022, he was named director of professional services and is responsible for overseeing a team of 20+ associates focusing on client delivery. Over his career, Pendse has held various roles including software engineer, production support analyst, business analyst, and project/ program manager. He earned his bachelor’s in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology in India and is currently pursuing an executive MBA at Washington State University. He is also a certified project management professional and a certified Academy of Healthcare professional.


Nicole Weynands
Project Manager/Team Lead
Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Nicole Weynands (’01) is responsible for leading teams in delivering software products and services for sponsors and clients of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She is experienced in project management, agile frameworks, design thinking, mentoring, facilitation, and working with stakeholders and teams to achieve common goals and outcomes. She is also trained in social styles and Prosci change management and earned a mini-master’s certificate in user experience design from Rutgers University. She seeks ways to improve her skills and help those around her find opportunities for growth. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked as a consultant manager for Slalom Consulting. During her tenure at Slalom, she worked on many projects for various clients, with an emphasis on designing, developing, and delivering content management systems and web-based applications. Weynands also managed Slalom Seattle’s user experience and design team from 2012-2015. She earned her bachelor’s in computer engineering from Washington State University. Weynands is a member of the Carson College of Business National Board of Advisors and volunteers in her community.


Aaron Wheeler
Information Technology Director
Suquamish Tribe

Aaron Wheeler (’20 EMBA) is the IT director for the Suquamish tribal government on the Port Madison Reservation in Kitsap County. He has been with the IT department for over 17 years, serving as its director since 2015. His background is a mix of business and IT, focusing on capital infrastructure, design, and implementation. Wheeler leads a team of technicians and engineers who support systems for the nearly 400 government employees. This includes the helpdesk, telecommunications, server and network infrastructure, cloud architecture, EHR databases, and an upcoming tribal broadband service. He has worked with representative Drew Hansen of the 23rd Legislative District on House Bill 1336. This bill, which was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee last June, allows local and tribal entities to sell Internet service directly to the public. Wheeler earned a BA in information technology administrative management from Central Washington University. He is also a certified Red Cross first aid/automated external defibrillator instructor and serves on the TribalNet Government and Member Services Advisory Board.

Join us

The public and students of all disciplines are welcome to attend.

We’re Thankful to Our Sponsors:

Steve & Cyndie Tarr
Mike & Amy Dreyer


For more information on sponsoring events,
please contact:

Office of Development
405 Todd Hall, PO Box 644750
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4750

Event Questions?

Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

Past Events




Past Presenters:


  • Ben Brewer Chief Revenue Officer, Nintex
  • Hannah Fisher Senior Customer Success Program Manager, MongoDB


  • Russ Burtner, Experience Advisor, PNNL
  • Niels Hanson Specialist Director, Deloitte


  • Brian Abrahamson, Chief Information Officer, Pacific Northwest Laboratory
  • Joan Qafoku, Senior Consultant, Cybersecurity at KPMG


  • Kashif Ansari, Vice President, Americas Enterprise Presales, Dell EMC
  • Megan Bigelow, Director of Customer Reliability Engineering, Heptio
  • Frank Harrill, Director of Security, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
  • Cameron Schwartz, Systems Engineering Manager, Dell EMC


  • Jaimie Jacobsen (2017 Master of Ceremonies), Business Manager, Slalom
  • Chip Suttles, Vice President of Technology, Seattle Seahawks
  • Darren Garber, Chief Scientist, Vector Space Systems
  • CJ Barker, Director of Software & Solutions Architecture, The Walt Disney Company

2016 & Earlier

  • Heidi M. Melin (2016 Master of Ceremonies), Chief Marketing Officer, Plex Systems
  • Steve Tarr, Former Vice President of Information Technology, Verizon Wireless
  • Adriana Gil Miner, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Tableau
  • Justin Curtis, Director of Product Information Technology, Zumiez
  • Kris M. Kutchera, Vice President Information Technology, Alaska Airlines, Inc.
  • Jeff Wile, Vice President of Cloud, Hosting & Engineering Services, Disney
  • Tim Chrobuck, Chief Technology Officer, Community Transit
  • Michel Danon, Chief Information Officer, Sound Transit
  • Mike Dreyer, Chief Information Officer, Visa
  • Rory Hudson, Vice President of IT, Zumiez
  • Marianne Marck, Senior VP Consumer Technology, Starbucks
  • Paul Moulton, Executive VP and Chief Information Officer, Costco
  • Kaj Pederson, Senior VP of Technology, Pharmacy OneSource
  • Ingvar Petursson, Chief Information Officer, Expedia
  • Andy Reinland, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, F5 Networks
  • Chip Suttles, Vice President of Technology, Seahawks, Sounders, and First & Goal
  • Steve Tarr, Chief Information Officer, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare
  • Jason Waram, Vice President of Personalized Platforms, ESPN
  • Dave Weinmeister, Chief Information Officer, Foster Farms
  • Dennis Korevitski, Chief Information Officer, Sonosite
  • Erik Arnold, Chief Information Officer, PATH
  • Joel Chaplin, Chief Information Officer, Virtuouso
  • Rietta Stoneman, Vice President of IT, VoiceStream