Our Speakers

Nathan Adams Agile Coach/Software Architect, NewBoCo

Nathan Adams

Nate has worked professionally in the IT industry for nearly 20 years developing software and mentoring and leading teams in a wide range of environments from small companies with dozens of employees to large global enterprises with over 20,000 employees. Nate brings this range of experiences with him to NewBoCo.

As a software developer, Nate has written code and developed architecture for all aspects of systems from the UI through the middleware and to the back-end. Nate has also given many talks for user groups in the midwest on a broad range of technology topics.

As an agile enthusiast and coach, Nate has developed and coached agile teams using a broad array of methodologies. Nate has taught the Intro to Agile course at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business as well as an agile certificate through Kirkwood Community College.

Nate is especially passionate about helping teams continuously improve how they write software; both for themselves as well as their users. To this end, acts as an advocate for developers; trying to make their work less stressful by pushing for a sustainable development pace and enabling development methodologies that emphasize quality.

Chase Aucoin Senior Enterprise Architect, Keyhole Software

Chase  Aucoin

As a passionate technologist it is my greatest joy to build solutions that bring organizations value not for 1-5 years, but that are built to flex and grow over the demands of the next 50+ years. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in enterprise-scale data, services, dev-ops, BI, and people management. My knowledge is the culmination of aprox 20 of the best professionals in these fields spanning more than 100 years of expertise. I am in a unique position for a developer to be as business savvy as I am technically gifted.

My goal is to continue to work with the best, and to continue striving to be the best technologist I can.

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Ash Banaszek Sr. UX Specialist, Union Pacific Railroad

Ash Banaszek

I am a Senior UX Project Consultant at Union Pacific in Omaha with over half a decade of experience in the UX field. I love melding psychology and technology; that's why I love the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience.

Nate Barbettini Developer Advocate, Okta

Nate Barbettini

Nate is a Microsoft MVP and Developer Advocate at Okta who specializes in full-stack .NET and JavaScript. He hails from San Francisco, but calls Texas home. He's passionate about helping others learn how to write better, more secure code.

David Berry Solution Architect, Robert W Baird

David Berry

I'm a Solutions Architect with over 20 years of experience in building software systems. I started out as a Java developer and then switched to .NET in 2003. I've also done significant work with SQL Server and Oracle. I'm a Pluralsight author and have presented at code camps and to user groups throughout the Midwest..

In addition to my Pluralsight courses and speaking experience, I've done lots of work in helping to mentor others in how to design and build better software systems. I try to bring a pragmatic approach to everything I do, making sure the software I build is simple, understandable and balances responsibilities between different components of the system. When speaking or teaching, I emphasize real world scenarios encountered by developers every day and show how to solve them so you can be more effective at what you do.

Jason Bock Practice Lead, Magenic

Jason Bock

Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has over 20 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages such as C#, .NET, and JavaScript. He is the author of ".NET Development Using the Compiler API", "Metaprogramming in .NET", and "Applied .NET Attributes". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp. Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

Scott Bock Chief Software Technologist, Object Partners

Scott Bock

Scott has developed Java, Groovy, Grails, and Javascript web apps for industries as varied as Financial, Defense, Health Care, Energy, Agriculture, Education and Commercial. Scott's favorite aspects of being a developer are solving problems, learning new technologies, and mentoring newer developers.

Lee Brandt Developer Advocate, Okta

Lee Brandt

After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C# and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

Curtis Cockerham DevOps Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Curtis Cockerham

When Curtis is not out enjoying the finest BBQ that Kansas City has to offer, he is busy crafting ways to make life easier for everybody by automating all the things. When not working, he is playing video games or teaching others how to be lazy just like him.

Tom Cudd Systems Architect, VML, Inc.

Tom Cudd

As an advocate for DevOps within my organization, I've helped bring about a positive change in the way Development and Operations teams work together at VML. We've created homogeneous automation in an technical environment driven by the needs of each individual client on a different stack. We support application delivery and site reliability efforts for clients across the globe.

Bill Dinger Solutions Architect, VML

Bill Dinger

Bill is a Solutions Architect with VML, focusing on delivering .NET solutions for our clients. Over the last 15 years I've worked in enterprise IT, first in customer service, then in infrastructure, then as a developer, and now as a architect of various technical solutions. During that time I've done everything from troubleshoot dial up connections in rural Nebraska, rebuild datacenters and architect Asp.net cms' to handle 400,000+ concurrent users.

In recent years Bill has been working as a developer & architect doing C#/JavaScript development with Sitecore & ASP.NET. Bill works with a team of extremely talented, creative, and driven people in the advertising sector, in particular in the prepaid & lottery spaces. Bill loves large scale IT projects and the day to day challenges and inspiration that come with working on a team of focused and talented people who really enjoy the work they do. Bill is a firm believer in mentoring developers on all the lessons learned in my career and on the principles of testable, SOLID code.

Arthur Doler Senior Software Engineer, Aviture

Arthur Doler

Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 13 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.

Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden

By combining a background in psychology and art, I design and implement web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable.

I deliver products that, while constrained by compliance to Section 508 and adherence to WCAG 2.0 recommendations, still look stylish and beautiful.

Twitter: @Martine_Dowden

Michael Dowden Product Architect, FlexePark

Michael Dowden

Michael Dowden is the Co Founder of startup incubator Andromeda, Product Architect for FlexePark, and President of M2D2 Enterprises. Since 1992 he has provided a full range of full-stack technology and consulting services to more than 60 companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100.

As a software developer and architect Michael focuses on the K.I.S.S. principle, keeping systems as simple as possible (but no simpler). Michael is passionate about lightweight frameworks in both both Java and JavaScript ecosystems, often pointing out that Java is to JavaScript as Car is to Carrot. As an MBA he focuses on solutions that provide true business value and always works to improve collaboration and communication between teams.

Since 1997 Michael has been active in helping other developers grow in their career, as a teaching assistant, user group organizer, and instructor for both Eleven Fifty Academy and Propel Up. Michael is currently developing a Java cryptography course for Pluralsight. His book Programming Languages ABC++ has sold more than 20,000 copies and has made its way into elementary schools across Indiana. Michael also speaks at tech conferences including Code PaLOUsa, Indiana IT Symposium, Indy.Code(), KCDC, and Dev Up.

Clay Dowling Agile Software Consultant, Pillar Technology

Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling is a software consultant specializing in agile practices and extremem programming techniques. In his spare time he builds machines driven by microcontrollers and negotiates with his cats for access to the keyboard.

Heather Downing Senior Software Engineer, VML

Heather Downing

Climbing the technology mountain and halfway up the side. Experience in .Net, mobile applications and more recently voice interface development. Dabbles in iOT & AR/VR. Focusing on coding for humans and choosing the right tool for the job.

Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.

Dave Fancher Principal, Achiiv Solutions, LLC

Dave Fancher

Dave Fancher is the founder of Achiiv Solutions in Carmel, Indiana, Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, author of The Book of F# (No Starch Press), and author of Functional Programming with C# and Building F# Type Providers on Pluralsight. He has been building software for more than 15 years with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies and functional programming. Dave is active within the software development community and has spoken at numerous events throughout the United States. When not writing code or writing about code he enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and gaming on his Xbox One.

Gwendolyn Faraday Developer, Consultant, Ion Three

Gwendolyn Faraday

I'm a software developer from Indianapolis, IN. Professionally, I work mostly with cross-platform mobile technologies, React, and Node on AWS. For fun, I love dabbling in other languages, working on new IoT projects, and making apps that help people learn or build good habits through gamification.

Tim Freund Lead Engineer, Code Muxer

Tim Freund

Tim is a software developer that got sucked down the devops rabbit hole and learned how to build, maintain, monitor, and upgrade 24x7 production services. His most recent work is helping organizations understand and build cloud infrastructure and deploy applications on top of public and private clouds. He's also built network and security software at a federal facility, and built and supported payment processing services for state governments.

Tim also helps small non-technical non-profit organizations make use of the web.

Easy non-technical conversation starters include donuts, barbecue, dogs, and the wonderful and terrible aspects of renovating an old home.

Nate Gordon Software Artisan, Pillar Technology

Nate Gordon

An obsessive learner, researcher, and academic at heart Nate oscillates between reading about the locking mechanics of a javascript engine and writing code to consume all the data he can get his hands on. Back in consulting after a tour of enterprise, startups, and mega-corps he is ready to share all he can about software, woodworking, and cats.

Brian Gorman Senior .Net Developer, Far Reach Technologies

Brian Gorman

I am an experienced .Net developer, previously certified as an MCSD .Net in C#.net [expired]. I have a masters of science degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science. I also have many years of experience instructing college courses online in SQL databases, C#/VB .Net programming, Java programming, and Microsoft Office. I have created many online technical training courses that can be found on various platforms like O'Reilly/InfiniteSkills, Udemy, and others. I also run MajorGuidanceSolutions, a training and consulting company ,while working fulltime as a .Net developer.

Scott Grimes Software Engineer, Agile for Defense

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes is a Software Engineer with 17 years of experience on DoD Projects working in the Omaha area as a Software Engineer and Product Owner, and is an advocate for Agile Software Development. Scott is a Co-Organizer of the Agile for Defense group in Bellevue, NE, and an advocate for Agile software practices. Scott works as a Product Owner for the Global Adaptive Planning project at USSTRATCOM, and is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Professional, as well as a PMI-Agile Certified Professional. Scott has a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Kevin Grossnicklaus President, ArchitectNow

Kevin Grossnicklaus

At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community.

In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow (www.architectnow.net). At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology.

Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby’s he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly.

Robert Herbig Lead Software Engineer, SEP

Robert Herbig

Robert Herbig is passionate about leading teams that can deliver products that users love.

He is a Lead Software Engineer at SEP, a private software consultancy. In his 10+ years in the software industry, he has worked on products ranging in size from small apps to enterprise systems; embedded, desktop, web, and mobile platforms; and in a variety of markets and domains including aerospace, medical, agriculture, construction, and secure communication.

He currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wonderful wife, two rambunctious sons, and two dogs.

Shannon Hofer MetaBank

Shannon Hofer

Shannon Hofer works for a South Dakota based Financial Services Company as a software engineer. Shannon has been developing software for over twenty years using various platforms and favoring web technologies. He is an avid technologist and passionate about software development and learning new ways to build software.

Aaron Hoffman Co-Founder, Stonefinch

Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman is the co-founder of Stonefinch, an Agile Development and Data Analytics Consultancy based in Des Moines, Iowa. He has been a tech enthusiast since childhood and has been writing software professionally for the past 11 years. He has experience working on many aspects of software and business development and is passionate about empowering developers and product teams through agile development, lean startup, and human-centered design. He is a leader of the Iowa .NET User Group and is a member of the entrepreneur community.

  • Data Viz: https://www.sizzleanalytics.com/
  • Blog: http://aaron-hoffman.blogspot.com/
  • Github: https://github.com/stonefinch/
  • Github: https://github.com/aaronhoffman/

Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

Eric Johnson Principal Security Consultant, Puma Security

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a principal security consultant focusing on application security, including web and mobile application penetration testing, secure development lifecycle consulting, secure code review assessments, static source code analysis, and security research. Eric has presented his security research at conferences around the world including SANS, BlackHat, OWASP, BSides, JavaOne, UberConf, and ISSA.

At Puma Security, Eric leads development on static source code analysis rules and contributes to the open source project.

Eric completed a bachelors degree in computer engineering and a masters degree in information assurance at Iowa State University, and currently holds the CISSP, GWAPT, GSSP-.NET, and GSSP-Java certifications.

Billy Korando Senior Software Consultant

Billy Korando

Java Spring developer with over nine years of experience. I have been involved in the initial conception to the design, coding, and push to production of enterprise web applications as well as major updates to existing web applications. I enjoying learning about software development, improving team development practices, and mentoring junior developers.

Ed Leighton-Dick Founder/Principal Consultant, Kingfisher Technologies

Ed Leighton-Dick

Ed Leighton-Dick is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and SQL Server performance and architecture specialist with over twenty-five years of experience in development, database administration, and system administration. He is the founder and principal consultant for Kingfisher Technologies, a consultancy focused on SQL Server performance, reliability, and security. Ed volunteers his time with PASS, including roles as Midwest Regional Mentor, Chapter Leader of I-380 PASS SQL Server User Group, and organizer of SQLSaturday Iowa City. He can often be found teaching sessions at local, regional, and national events, including user groups, SQLSaturday, Iowa Code Camp, 24 Hours of PASS, and PASS Summit. Ed can be reached through his blog, edleightondick.com, and on Twitter at @eleightondick.

Javier Lozano CEO, Lozanotek, Inc.

Javier Lozano

Javier is founder of Lozanotek, Inc., a .NET focused software development boutique based in Des Moines, IA. His specializations are in ASP.NET, Azure, system design, and developer mentoring. Javier is also an ASP.NET Insider, Azure Insider, and ASP.NET MVP for all of his contributions to products and community. For fun, Javier runs and manages the popular dotnetConf virtual conferenc. He’s is an avid supporter of the community and likes to give back by speaking at user groups, local/regional/national .NET events. In his spare time, Javier loves spending time with his family and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

James McKee Solutions Developer / Enterprise Architect / Security Analyst, 10-4 / Trimble

James McKee

James is a developer and security advocate whose biggest responsibility is leading developer security practices. He sets the standards and procedures for how the practice operates, and leads all client engagement efforts with regard to security. He also takes the lead in making sure that company staff are properly trained and following best practices with regard to security.

James also acts as a system and application architect, and oftentimes he evaluates application design as part of the security audits he performs. In a past life James was responsible for Architecting and developing solutions on multimillion implementation efforts. Key clients included the Eight Fortune 500 companies (Seven in the Fortune 100), as well as several well known non-profits and leaders in their industries. Vertices served included healthcare, transportation, financial services, retail, insurance, and energy.

Website: Punkcoder.com
Twitter: @punkcoder

Kevin Miller Senior Software Architect, TCC Software Solutions

Kevin Miller

Over the past 19 years, I’ve been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. I currently work for TCC Software Solutions as a Senior Software Architect and Development Manager and I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in 2016. My interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.

Jonathan Mills Paige Technologies

Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills is a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft ASP.Net Insider, and International Speaker on topics ranging from Node.js and Javascript to Management and Agile Development. Jon is a consultant with Paige Technologies and helps our clients deal with the constantly changing landscape of software development. Jon also has the opportunity to promote positive management and project practices. Jon’s current favorite tech stack is javascript including React and Node, but is constantly paying attention to the next big thing.

Frank Moley Internet Architect, Garmin International

Frank Moley

Software and Technology Architect focusing on Web Applications, Web Services, and Application Security. Content author for LinkedIn Learning. Over 15 years of experience in all aspects of software design and development.

David Pine Technical Evangelist (Microsoft MVP), Centare

David Pine

David Pine is a Technical Evangelist and Microsoft MVP working at Centare in Wisconsin. David loves knowledge sharing with the technical community and speaks all around the world at meetups, user groups, and technical conferences. David is passionate about sharing his thoughts through writing as well and actively maintains a blog at davidpine.net. David's posts have been featured on ASP.NET, MSDN Web-Dev, MSDN .NET and Dot Net Curry. David loves contributing to open-source projects and stackoverflow.com as another means of giving back to the community. David sat on the technical board and served as one of the primary organizers of MKE DOT NET for three years. When David isn’t interacting with a keyboard, you can find him spending time with his wife and their three sons, Lyric, Londyn and Lennyx. Follow David on Twitter at @davidpine7.

Mike Plummer Principal Consultant, Object Partners

Mike Plummer

Mike is a Principal Consultant at Object Partners, a software consultancy based out of Minneapolis. Working from the heart of flyover country in Omaha, Nebraska, he's a full-stack developer primarily using Spring Boot and Angular to build large-scale custom solutions for a variety of clients. Ten years of professional software development have taken him across the country to work for companies including Lockheed Martin, Mutual of Omaha, and TD Ameritrade among others.

Brian Pope Designer, Aviture Inc.

Brian Pope

Hi I'm Brian, a designer at Aviture, Inc. in Omaha. I have been working in the software development industry for 18 years. Some of the work I've done in the last couple of years include a fintech startup, a billing system for a fortune 500 company and helping Aviture accelerate a restaurant management application. I am currently working on a back office suite of tools used by large telecoms.

Andrew Rangel Lead Mobile Developer, VML

Andrew Rangel

Always developing.

Passions aren't something you are born with, but when you have them it can put you at the top faster than anything else. One of my strongest passions is development. For the past 4+ years I have been eating, sleeping, and drinking iOS development. Since July of 2014 I have been doing 100% Swift development and truly loving it.

From my full time job, to side work, and even my hobby you will find me developing with a smile on my face and an eagerness to help build the future.

Avery Regier Operations Engineer, Deere & Company

Avery Regier

I've been developing software for two decades, and supporting it the whole time.

Matthew Renze Data Science Consultant, Renze Consulting

Matthew Renze

Matthew is a data science consultant with over 17 years of professional experience. He is an international public speaker, an author for Pluralsight, a Microsoft MVP, an ASPInsider, and an open-source software contributor. His interests include data analytics, data visualization, and machine learning.

For more information, please visit his website at: http://www.matthewrenze.com

Chuck Rolek DevOps Engineer, Pillar Technology

Chuck Rolek

Fueled by silliness and coffee Chuck tries to create efficiency in everything he and others do. He absolutely loves technology, and spends a vast majority of my time learning about it or teaching it to others. Recently he made the jump to the consulting world and traded in his Front-end dev skills for a DevOps role.

Scott Sauber Lead Software Developer, Iowa Bankers

Scott Sauber

I'm the Lead Developer at Iowa Bankers Association. I'm primarily a full-stack web developer using ASP.NET, JavaScript, HTML5, and fighting my way through CSS. I'm constantly learning and trying new things. I blog (primarily on ASP.NET Core) at scottsauber.com and spend way too much time on Twitter @scottsauber.

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein is a wannabe problem solver who earns his living making dreams come true for people via software. A semi-recent transplant to the semi-bustling city of Des Moines, IA, he resides in the "pretty OK" western burbs with his three awesome kids, long-suffering wife, and hyperactive dog. He is an enthusiast of intriguing, historically significant, and / or dangerous technology and enjoys good scotch, beer with a back story, and a well-executed fake foreign accent.

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

Mitchel Sellers, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, Inc. a West Des Moines, Iowa based software consulting organization. Mitchel enjoys sharing his experiences with others at local events and conferences. As a consultant and former educator, Mitchel tries to take a real-world approach to software development presentations. When not working with code you will find him flying around the US.

Matthew Soucoup Principal, Code Mill Technologies, Inc

Matthew Soucoup

Matthew Soucoup is an international speaker, a Microsoft and Xamarin MVP, a Pluralsight author, and a principal at Code Mill Technologies. Matt loves mobile development. For his job, he creates elegant cross-platform apps. Then for fun, Matt shares his passion and insight on mobile and cloud development by blogging, writing articles, and presenting at national conferences such as Xamarin Evolve, CodeMash, That Conference, Indy.Code(), and MKEdotNET. When not behind a computer screen, Matt gardens hot peppers, rides bikes, and loves Wisconsin micro-brews and cheese. Follow Matt on Twitter at @codemillmatt and his blog.

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with almost two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.

I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

Nate Taylor Aviture

Nate Taylor

Armed with over 15 years of experience and a passion for his profession, Nate is no stranger to developing quality software applications. He applies his expertise in C++, Java, .Net and JavaScript, and his focus on test driven development (TDD) and clean code, to write revenue-generating applications. Nate has the expertise to work solo and the personality to work alongside a larger team. His work positively impacts a variety of industries, from small startups to Fortune 50 businesses. When he’s not working at Aviture, speaking at a conference, or creating courses on Pluralsight, you can find Nate training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spending time with his wife, kids and herds of cats, rabbits and other pets at home.

John Van Roekel Application Developer Support, Principal Financial Group

John Van Roekel

John has been a developer for the past 10 years, recently moving into .NET developer support, where he gets to help people find and understand tools that will help them develop software more quickly and efficiently. He likes understanding how things work, and then helping others understand as well. John is currently dipping his toes into DevOps and Cloud technologies, and learning how he can help others understand and put them to work. He always likes learning lifehacks, shortcuts, and new ways of thinking that will improve his life.

Jon von Gillern

Jon von Gillern

Jon von Gillern is a former IADNUG leader and consultant from West Des Moines, Iowa. He has been programing for the past 18 years and currently infatuated with d3.js. Come to his session. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll regret not attending.

Heather Wilde CTO, ROCeteer

Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker.

As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. She is one of the only women to have wholly programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. Additionally, she has worked with the U.S. Navy, NASA and state and local governments around the world. She has led development, scalability, and reliability engineering of web sites with 60+ million unique monthly visitors, 1.7+ billion monthly page views, and 99.99% uptime SLA requirements.

Among her other awards, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid selected her for a commendation in 2016 for her work in increasing STEM education in schools.

Wilde's writing and speaking spans social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, cybersecurity, customer experience, fundraising, and diversity issues. She writes for Forbes and hosts the "Entrepreneurial Revolution" column for Inc Magazine.

She currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.