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November 08, 2023 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Taste of IT Conference

The Intersection of Tactics & Trends

Join hundreds of technology professionals at the 17th annual Taste of IT Conference


Thank you for making the 17th Annual Taste of IT Conference a sold-out success! We appreciate the support of our sponsors, Partners, speakers, volunteers, conference committee, and attendees. We hope you learned a lot, made meaningful connections, and were inspired to continue to connect, strengthen, and champion your Dayton-region technology community.

Save the date for the 18th Annual Taste of IT Conference: November, 13, 2024.

Meet Us at the
Intersection of Tactics and Trends

This is where the latest thought leadership confronts your most difficult challenges.

Being an IT leader requires continuous improvement. In fact, innovative organizations include IT leaders in planning their strategy, implementing their objectives, and holding them accountable for achieving their goals. Today’s IT leaders need to be armed with the latest trends and technical skills to help them remain flexible and agile. We’ve created sessions for you to join in the conversation, gain insights, and hear about solutions happening in the industry.

Keynote Speaker

Gary Sorrentino

Global CIO - Zoom

Gary Sorrentino
Global CIO

Gary Sorrentino now serves as Zoom’s Global CIO after spending over two years as their Global Deputy CIO. With almost 40 years’ experience in Information Technology, Gary has held many IT leadership positions in firms across the financial services industry, including Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management and Head of Global Infrastructure and Head of Technology Efficiencies at Citi Private Bank.

Guest Speakers

Ben Blanquera

Mike Hanley

Reghan Avon

Rehgan Avon


Check in / Breakfast / Networking
8:00 - 8:45 am
Opening Keynote: Gary Sorrentino, ZOOM, CIO
8:45 - 9:40 am
Networking / Visit Booths / Refreshments
20 min

10 Things ChatGPT Changes For Product People
Moderator: Rich Theil - The Noble Foundry

Cyber Psychology:How Cybercriminals Hack Humans 
Moderator: Dylan Hall, Josh Boxer & Spencer Hogan - Afidence

AI in Healthcare: Hope vs. Hype
Moderator: J.D. Whitlock - Dayton Children's

The State of Security - Actual Demonstration of an Attack
Moderator: Seth Marsh - TMG

Embracing AI in Leadership
Moderator: Kalen Howell SR - ChemStation

Future Shock: The Future of Fraud Today
Moderator: Bryan Fite - Meshco, Inc

10 - 10:50 am
Networking / Visit Booths / Refreshments
20 min

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Simplified!
Moderator: Bill Magnuson - BindMyIT

ChatGPT, LLMs and the Coming Impacts on Your Organization 
Moderator: Chris St. Amand & Alexa Murrietta - Smart Data

Building for the future with Infrastructure as Code
Moderator: Jason Clishe - CDW

Push me, I'm close to the Edge! Using Hybrid Cloud to get ahead
Moderator: Jim Gehring - Expedient

Rapid Ransomware Response
Moderator: Dan Dillman - Computer Products Corporation 

Accelerating Digital Transformation
Moderators: Elizabeth Generas and Greg Wasmund - Sinclair

11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Transition to Lunch 


Readiness for Industrial AI – Going from something cool to creating value in production

Moderator: Ben Blanquera

Panelists: Reghan Avon, Mike Hanley

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking / Visit Booths / Refreshments
20 min

AI & ML: The Future of Software Development
Moderator: Ryan Frederick - AWH

Azure DevOps - Automation Scripting Sprawl
Moderator: Brian Decker - Midmark

Using SDN to Secure your network
Moderator: Jonathan Sparks and Garrett Moore - Expedient Technology Solutions

Make the Most of Hybrid Work with Unified Communications
Moderator: Nick Enger - ATC & Michael Hennigan

Protecting Your Small Business from Cyberattacks
Moderator: Joe Putnick - altafiber

Readiness for AI: A Hands on Diagnostic and Discussion Workshop
Moderator: Ben Blanquera - Rackspace

1:50 - 2:40 pm
Networking / Visit Booths / Refreshments
20 min

Using generative AI to predict trends in culture
Moderator: Michael Howard - nichefire

Leadership in the Post-Covid World: Leaders must be prepared to pivot to lead in a world unlike anything anyone has experienced
Moderator: Sarah Trimble-Oliver - Belcan

Leading Hybrid Teams
Moderator: Lindsay Tate - Sinclair

Leading for Innovation
Moderator: Aaron Davis - Recless Tech

Panelists: Paul Powers - Physna & Thangs 3D

Dan Broerman - Taylor Healthcare Technology

Armando Monzon - ONEIL

How does Programmatic (Online Media) work?
Moderator: Felipe Zuniga - Procter & Gamble

Lead your software team to proven success
Moderator: Jeff Van Fleet - Lighthouse Technologies

3:00 - 3:50 pm
Networking / Visit Booths / Refreshments
20 min
Close Conference / Open Leadership Awards - open bar / appetizers
4:10 - 4:25 pm
Leadership Awards
4:25 - 5:30 pm

Meet Our Partners

Our Cornerstone Partners share a common goal: to connect, strengthen, and champion the technology community in our region. A Technology First Partner is an elite member leading the support, development, and expansion of Technology First services. In return, Partners improve community visibility and increase their revenue. Make a difference in our region and your business. 

Become A Partner

Cornerstone Partners

1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton Ohio 45417

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