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Carson College of Business Business Technology Symposium

Business Technology Symposium

October 4th, 2019

Watch the live stream of the 2018 event:

Learn how technology drives value
in successful businesses

The annual Business Technology Symposium convenes a panel of technology executives from leading enterprises. Panelists discuss current and emerging issues facing information technology leaders.

Get ideas to advance your enterprise.

Explore opportunities that digital technology presents, and discover how you could harness them in your business.

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Steve & Cyndie Tarr
Mike & Amy Dreyer


For more information on sponsoring events,
please contact:

Michelle Snyder
Development Assistance Director
Carson College of Business

Business Tech Competition(BiTC)

The Biz Tech Competition (BiTC) competition is part of the  Business Technology Symposium (BTS) event hosted by WSU’s Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship department in the Carson College of Business. This competition showcases projects designed and built by students in MIS classes.

Click here to learn more and to register for the Biz Tech Competition.

Be inspired by top info tech executives.

2018 Presenters:

Kashif Ansari,
Vice President,
Americas Enterprise Presales, Dell EMC

Kashif Ansari is responsible for Dell EMC’s 600-member presales team supporting the enterprise business in the U.S. and Canada, the alignment of go-to-market with sales on industry trends, competitive positioning, and training of sales engineers. His team advises customers on all Dell technologies and interfaces with many organizations within the company, including sales, specialty, customer service, professional services, product engineering, and human resources. Prior to his current position, he held a variety of roles within Dell EMC over the last 18 years and was most recently the senior director of the Northeast-mid Atlantic region and Canada. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Megan Bigelow,
Director of Customer Reliability Engineering,

Megan Bigelow (’00 MISE) created and leads Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT), a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on empowering women and underrepresented groups to join tech. The organization also supports individuals to stay in tech by connecting them to companies, mentors, and skill-building opportunities. The PDXWIT community is over 5000 strong and represents 29 percent of Portland’s tech workforce, including the support of 80+ tech companies. Above all, Bigelow is committed to building a diverse and inclusive tech community. She also is the director of customer care at Jama Software, responsible for the global technical support and technical account management teams.


Frank Harrill,
Director of Security,
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Frank Harrill retired from the FBI in 2016, where he devoted over 20 years to the investigation of sophisticated cyber-attacks, terrorist incidents, and other federal crimes. Prior to joining the FBI, he served in the United States Navy for nearly 10 years as a carrier pilot and jet flight instructor. In 2011, Harrill earned a master’s degree in information technology with an emphasis in security and assurance from Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) certification in 2004.


Cameron Schwartz,
Systems Engineering Manager,
Dell EMC

Cameron Schwartz (’05 MIS) has been in multiple roles in the IT industry for over 13 years. Starting with Dell EMC in 2005, he has experience with professional services delivery, solution architecture, and sales engineering supporting Enterprise clients in the Western U.S. across many industry verticals. He manages a team of systems engineers responsible for crafting best technical solutions to business challenges for over 35 Fortune 500 and globally-recognized enterprises. He also supports the Carson College by serving on the Management Information Systems Advisory Board since 2016 and by coordinating mentorship and recruiting activities between the University and his organization.

Past Presenters:

  • 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
  • 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

Talk about tough issues you face.

Discuss the challenges of being a senior technology executive with a high level of corporate responsibility.

Join us

The public and students of all disciplines are welcome to attend. Click here for event information.

Global Campus students can watch the event through the live-stream during the event.


Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

Washington State University