September 12, 2017 | Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY
Next to Grand Central Station on East 45th St and Madison Avenue, Midtown, New York

2016 Speakers

Dave Weber
Global Financial Services
Director, Lenovo

Dave Weber is the Director and CTO, Wall Street Solutions and Sales, for Lenovo. Dave created the Wall Street Center of Excellence initiative in 2007 and expanded it into a global initiative. He focuses on server-based low latency and analytics technologies. He works with clients and technology and business partners to create solutions, as well as with Lenovo Research and Development to influence our roadmaps and strategies. Dave also leads the Lenovo relationship with STAC®. Dave joined Lenovo in 2014 from IBM, where he had numerous development, management and executive leadership roles.

Phil Filleul
Segment Dir, Fin Svcs,
Cray Inc

Lacee McGee
Sr Prod Mgr, FSI
Vertical Sols, HPE

Lacee McGee is the Sr. Product Manager for FSI Vertical Solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is responsible for driving HPC and big data industry solutions, answering customer’s key challenges. While at HPE, she has driven both HW platforms and SW ecosystem solutions from idealization to product launch. Her experience has landed her roles working in scalable solution technologies such as object storage, database analytics, and parallel file systems.

Lacee holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a MBA with a focus in finance. Prior to joining HPE, Lacee has held several marketing and sales roles in both major American banks as well as International Investment Companies.

To learn more about Lacee’s views on big data, HPC, and cutting edge technology follow her on twitter at @lacee_mcgee.

Harvey Stein
Head of Credit Risk
Modeling, Bloomberg

Harvey Stein is Head of Regulation and Credit Modeling at Bloomberg, responsible for Basel compliant regulatory risk models, default modeling, and specific risk and incremental risk charge calculations. Dr. Stein graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics. After working at Bolt, Beranek and Newman for three years on developing and designing the precursor to the Internet, Dr. Stein went to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied arithmetical geometry while working at Wells Fargo Investment Advisors. He received his PhD in mathematics from Berkeley in 1991.

For the last twenty-one years, Dr. Stein has worked at Bloomberg LP. He built one of the top quantitative finance research and development groups in the industry. His group supplied derivative valuation models for interest rate derivatives, mortgage backed securities, foreign exchange, credit, equities, and commodities, and built Linux clusters to supply these valuations to Bloomberg's customers.

Dr. Stein is well known in the industry, having published and lectured on mortgage backed security valuation, CVA calculations, interest rate modeling, credit exposure calculations, and other subjects. Dr. Stein built Bloomberg's business in the area of counterparty credit risk modeling and is currently focusing on default modeling and Basel risk models. He is also a member of the advisory board of the IAQF, an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and a board member of the Rutgers University Mathematical Finance program and of the NYU Enterprise Learning program.

Dino Vitale
TD Securities

Dino Vitale is an HPC professional with expertise in building shared services environments for multiple application architecture models (Grid computing, private Cloud - PAAS, SOA, high speed messaging, Hadoop/data warehouse) and operational support models (capacity management, utilization reporting, automation tooling, on demand/usage charge-back models). He has a heavy emphasis on large scale infrastructure design, performance tuning, managing technical specialists/engineers, evaluating ROI, integration of acceleration technologies, and financial product knowledge of equity/fixed income derivatives (pricing, hedge/risk modeling). He has had numerous executive technical leadership positions at major Wall Street firms, including global head of grid computing responsible for all aspects of their HPC grid / cloud.

Terry Roche, Principal,
Head of FinTech Research,
TABB Group

Terry Roche is responsible for the FinTech practice at TABB Group. Prior to his current role Terry was Chief Operating Officer at NYSE Technologies. Before joining NYSE Technologies Terry held a number of executive positions at Thomson Reuters and Reuters, including, Managing Director, Global Head of Elektron Real Time and Platform, along with Global Head of Strategic Business for Focus Group Accounts.

Terry also held a number of senior positions at HSBC that included, Global Head of Market Data, Head of Global Middleware, and Commercial Director, Fixed Income e-Commerce. Terry is an industry veteran with 30 years’ experience. His career started at Telerate and included time at Salomon Brothers, Republic National Bank of New York, where he was head of trading infrastructure and data, and WhiteTree Solutions, an advisory firm founded by Terry.

Jeffrey Smart
formerly Risk Mgmt,
Sun America, AIG

Jeffrey M. Birnbaum
Founder & CEO,
60East Technologies

Jeffrey M. Birnbaum is CEO and co-founder of 60East Technologies, LLC, the company that is developing ‘AMPS' (Advanced Message Processing System). AMPS is a modern, high performance messaging platform designed for the most demanding environments where latency, throughput and scale are critical. The platform offers topic and content based pub/sub with integrated SQL-92 database and real-time aggregation capabilities.

Previously, Mr. Birnbaum spent 20 years in the Financial Services industry, first at Morgan Stanley and then Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. At Morgan Stanley, where Mr. Birnbaum was employed from 1991 to 2006, he was Managing Director, Chief Technical Architect and Global Head of Enterprise Computing (2000 to 2006). At Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, where Mr. Birnbaum was employed from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Birnbaum was Managing Director, Chief Architect and Global Head of Architecture and Engineering (2007 to 2010). In this capacity he was responsible for the engineering and development of all core infrastructure encompassing Desktop, Server, Network, Storage, Market Data, and Database technologies. Throughout his career, Mr. Birnbaum has dedicated his talents to applying modern and emerging technical solutions to some of the most demanding computational and latency-sensitive areas of the business, particularly in the Electronic Trading arena.

Dr Flavio Villanustre
VP, Tech LexisNexis

Dr. Flavio Villanustre leads HPCC Systems®, and is also VP, Technology for LexisNexis Risk Solutions®. In this position, he is responsible for Information and Physical Security, overall platform strategy and new product development. Dr. Villanustre is also involved in a number of projects involving Big Data integration, analytics and Business Intelligence. Previously, Dr. Villanustre was Director of Infrastructure for Seisint.

Prior to 2001, Flavio served in a variety of roles at different companies including Infrastructure, Information Security and Information Technology. In addition to this, Dr. Villanustre has been involved with the open source community for over 15 years through multiple initiatives. Some of these include founding the first Linux User Group in Buenos Aires (BALUG) in 1994, releasing several pieces of software under different open source licenses, and evangelizing open source to different audiences through conferences, training and education. Prior to his technology career, Dr. Villanustre was a neurosurgeon.

Asaf Wachtel
Sr Dir, Business Dev,
Mellanox Technologies

Scott Jeschonek
Dir Prod Mgmt,
Avere Systems

Scott Jeschonek is Director of Product Management at Avere Systems. With 20 years of enterprise, telecommunications and vendor experience, Scott can provide a unique perspective on the cloud phenomenon. Scott has participated in a number of public speaking engagements, along with years of delivering technical training.

Dave Malik
Sr Dir, Advanced
Services, Cisco

Jeffrey Sporn
Sr Bus Development
Manager, NVIDIA

Jeff Sporn is a 30 year veteran of the technology industry and is NVIDIA’s Senior Industry Business Development Manager focusing on NVIDIA’s GRID desktop virtualization, Tesla high performance computing and the Financial Services market for North America. Prior to NVIDIA, Jeff worked at Microsoft, Digital Equipment Corporation and AT&T delivering enterprise class solutions to the largest financial services and commercial companies in the New York City metropolitan area.

Neal Secher
Mgng Dir Network
Arch, BNY Mellon

Neal is a Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture at BNY Mellon, a world-renowned leader in Investment Management and Investment Services. He has spent his career working at leading firms within the Financial Services and Financial Services Technology industries. Neal has extensive experience with designing network architectures for cloud systems, large-scale data centers, latency-optimized network fabrics, software defined networks, secure business-to-business and Internet perimeters, and advanced instrumentation tool-sets. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Neal served as an Executive Director and Head of Network Architecture at Morgan Stanley. Previous to his time at Morgan Stanley, Neal was a Senior Vice President and Head of Network Architecture and Engineering for the Systematic Trading Infrastructure group at Citi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.

Nimisha S. Raut,
Application Engineer,

Nimisha joined Intel in 2013 and has been working asan Application Engineerin the Financial Services Engineering team. In her current role, Nimishafocuses on optimizing financial applications for performance on Intel Architecture.She has experience in parallel programming and performance analysis on various multi-core architecture, like Intel® Many Integrated Core Architecture and NvidiaGPGPUs. Nimisha holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mumbai University and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University.

Pat McGinn, BBA/IB,
CITP, VP Product Mktg
CoolIT Systems

Pat is a passionate and creative product leader experienced in the planning and execution of global product strategies including CoolIT’s Closed-Loop and Rack DCLC data center liquid cooling solutions. In his previous role as Senior Product Manager for CoolIT’s data center solutions, Pat was responsible for driving all aspects of development from inception through to manufacturing and delivery. In his current role as VP of Product Marketing Pat leads CoolIT’s product strategy across all market segments.

Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business, is an active member of several industry associations, and has presented at numerous conferences and tradeshows such as Supercomputing, International Supercomputing, and HPCAC Stanford.

Joseph George
Vice Pres of Solutions
Strategy, SUSE

Joseph George is the Vice President of Solutions Strategy at SUSE, a leader in Linux and other open source technologies like OpenStack cloud and scalable software-defined storage.  Joseph is responsible for driving solutions focus across the SUSE portfolio in these emerging areas, and is extremely passionate about bringing new technologies, like OpenStack and Ceph, to the broader markets like HPC.

Prior to coming to SUSE, Joseph held key executive, strategy, and technical leadership roles at companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, BMC Software, and Halliburton, and has served on the OpenStack Foundation board of directors. Resultantly, Joseph has spent more than 20 years in driving emerging technology solutions in the areas of cloud, big data analytics, software defined storage, and both commercial and open source software.

Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston. He’s a tried and true Texan, and currently resides in Houston with his wife and two children.

You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog ( and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).

Bob Keating
Solutions Architect

Sean Coughlin
Regional Sales Director

Jason Tavares
US Head of Infrastructure Engineering Services
Nomura Securities

Jason Tavares is an Executive Director and US Head of Infrastructure Engineering Services for Nomura Securities. In his current position, Jason’s organization is responsible for the architecture and design of all infrastructure technology solutions in support of Nomura’s US business operations. Prior to joining Nomura in 2010, Jason held a variety of technology management positions at top tier financial services institutions over a fifteen year period including Head of Network Engineering at Lehman Brothers. Jason holds a BE in Engineering Management from Stevens.

Ed Turkel
HPC Strategist
Dell EMC

Alexander Revzin
Managing Architect, Financial Services
Digital Transformation Group

Alex manages a team of Financial Services business architects tasked with developing a roadmap and vision aligning to customer business imperatives, connecting the dots between business outcomes and technical capabilities.

As the Managing Architect,  Alex works closely with Cisco’s technical and business leaders across Sales, Services, Product, and Partners to build and execute a Go-To-Market plans for how Cisco’s platform can enable the future of Financial Services.

Over the past 17 years, Alex has worked within the technology space helping many of the world’s leading financial firms execute on transformational change. Alex is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE No. 18099) and holds both Bachelor of Arts & Engineering degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Alex has been a speaker at several Cisco Live conferences, most recently on how to leverage technology to enhance customer experience.

Alex currently resides in New York, NY, for more information, contact Alex via e-mail/video:, or via LinkedIn or Twitter

Bryson Hopkins
Director, Global Solutions Architects-Americas

Felix Candelario
Global Financial Services Solutions Architect
Amazon Web Services

Rima Alameddine
VP East Region

More speakers and topics to come.