Advisory Board

The MacIT Content Advisory Board comprised of industry respected consultants and longtime Apple industry advisors who bring valuable technical perspectives, industry contacts and real world experience to the task of creating the MacIT® conference agenda. The agenda, content, and speaker line-up will consist of top IT executives, consultants, network engineers and developers who will provide practical advice, dissect technical issues, and offer vision for running an efficient, effective iOS and Mac OS deployment.

Content Advisor Lead

Dan O’Donnell
Consultant

Dan O’Donnell began working with computers as an undergrad in the days when the Apple || was all the rage and a portable computer meant a PDP in a rack on wheels. He first laid hands on a Macintosh in August 1984 and bought his first Mac in 1987. He started as a Mac administrator in 1992. Since then he has wrangled Macs for the American Film Institute, UCLA School of Film and TV, and NBC. He now handles information security for Macs and other platforms at RAND, a nonprofit institution with a rich history of contributions to technology, including research pertaining to GPS, packet switching, and early computing.

Content Advisors

Arek DreyerArek Dreyer
President, Dreyer Network Consultants
Arek helps IT managers understand how to integrate Apple and other products and technologies into their professional environment. He is the co-author of the just-released book, Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Server Essentials: Using and Supporting OS X Server on Mountain Lion, which is the basis for the Apple Certified course, and includes exercises for students reading the guide on their own. His eBook, Managing iOS Devices with Lion Server, is still used by IT managers around the world. An Apple Certified Trainer since 2002, Arek has been delivering courses and providing training, both in the classroom and at events like the Apple Channel Camp and the Macworld Conference and Expo. Dreyer also provides integration and troubleshooting services for his own customers and for Apple.

Ben GreislerBen Greisler
President, Kadimac, Inc.
Ben Greisler is a Certified Apple Consultant and Trainer based in the Philadelphia, PA metro area. He consults and teaches nationally, is a regular speaker at Macworld and has co-authored training material for Apple. He has worked on major Apple deployments both nationally and internationally for schools, government, and enterprise-level organizations. He can be reached at ben@kadimac.com.

 

Duncan McCracken_photoDuncan McCracken
Consultant, Trainer, Engineer, Developer, Mondada Pty Ltd
Duncan is the Technical Director of Mondada Pty Ltd, an organisation leading the way in creating installation packages for OS X deployment solutions.

With over 18 years working with Apple and associated products Duncan has experience as an independent consultant and has worked with some of the leading integration companies at home in Australia and around the world.  He is known for his willingness to adapt to new playing fields through embracing different technologies, and his knack for creating modular, re-usable solutions.  Duncan resides in Melbourne, Australia, where the weather is ordinary but the coffee exceptional.

Nadyne-Richmond_resizedNadyne Richmond
Staff Researcher, VMware
Nadyne Richmond is a Staff Researcher at VMware, directing user experience research efforts across VMware’s product suite. At VMware, Nadyne created and led the company’s first internal user experience conference. Nadyne has also worked as a researcher in the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft and the Information Management team at IBM. At Microsoft, Nadyne worked on Office:Mac (including the award-winning Outlook:Mac 2011), OneNote for iPad, and OneNote for iPhone.

John WelchJohn C. Welch
Head of IT, The Zimmerman Agency
John C. Welch is the head of IT for the/zimmerman/agency, one-third of Angry Mac Bastards, the mind behind bynkii.com, a regular contributor to Macworld Magazine, part of the Mac IT COnference Advisory Committee, and a regular speaker at MacWorld Expo since 1999. He has been dealing with all things Macintosh since the Lisa, and has been involved with networking and the Mac in IT for almost twenty years It is rumored that he has non-computer parts of his life as well, such as his son, Alex, his amazingly talented wife, Melissa, his guitar, and a long involvement with Korean Martial Arts.

Kevin WhiteKevin White
Apple Authorized Tranier, Macjutsu, Inc.
Kevin M. White has dedicated most of his life to mastering Apple technologies so he can share them with the world. He has been an Apple Authorized Trainer since 2000, providing guidance to audiences that range from small corporate and education groups to sold-out crowds at Macworld Expo. In 2005 he co-authored his first book, Mac OS X Server 10.3: Visual QuickPro Guide. This was followed by several authoritative sources for Apple Authorized Training including Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.5 in 2007, Mac OS X Deployment v10.5 in 2008, Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.6 in 2009, and Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 also in 2009. Kevin continues to work for Apple and its customers through his company, Macjutsu, Inc., which is dedicated sharing knowledge of the “Apple way.”

KENT_PAUL_2Paul Kent
General Manager, MacIT®

Paul Kent, General Manager, Macworld/iWorld and MacIT®, is a 25 year veteran of the technology industry. Having started his career as a self-taught programmer, he started his own consulting firm in 1984. His company, Mactivity, Inc., went on to host the well regarded Mactivity series of technical conferences and a career in event management was born. Over the year’s Kent has contributed to and produced many of the tech industry’s groundbreaking events – Interop, InteropDotCom, Mactivity, Mactivity/Web, Mactivity/CEO, Voice on the Net (VON), ProgrammableWorld, Search, SOCKSDevCon, QuickTime Live!, The Mac Networkers Retreat and, of course, Macworld Conference & Expo. A respected leader in the Mac market, Kent has designed the renowned Macworld Conference programs since 1997.