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Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:00 PM:Chief Technology Officers on Emerging Technology Trends
Innovation for Business Transformation.

A distinguished panel of technology executives will share in-depth views of emerging technologies having transformative impacts to our world – what has changed for them in recent years and the implications of these changes going forward.
Jeffrey Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Fax, J2 Global
Paul Barros, CTO of Currency
Drew Tennanbaum, CTO of Atom Tickets
Tony Karrer, Moderator, Founder & CEO of TechEmpower, Founder & CTO of Aggregage

These seasoned executives will discuss recent trends enabling business transformation, such as:

• Cloud and DevOps maturing where build vs buy vs AWS has dramatically changed, addressing regulatory-compliance issues, containerization, evolving economics of the cloud, and production excellence.
• Changing security and compliance landscape and increased demands from customers and partners, and complexities of bots and other security threats.
• Recruiting challenges and new strategies to address these.
• Rise of AI, Machine Learning and Data Science and the implications on engineering teams and leverage of prepackaged AI/ML/DS solutions.
• Evolving lanugages and frameworks such as the rise of functional programming.

It will be a stimulating evening with many practical takeaways.
Includes a delicious buffet dinner with dessert. Arrive early for great networking.

About our Speakers

Jeffrey Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Fax, J2 Global
Jeffrey joined J2 Global in 2019 to oversee technology and product management for its flagship Cloud Fax division which operates industry-leading brands such as eFax and MyFax. His special focus is on transforming healthcare effectiveness by driving more effective options for interoperability. Prior to joining J2, he was CTO in the Health division at Internet Brands. Over the past 20 years, he has been a senior executive in a variety of SaaS companies in the Healthcare, Financial Services, and Child Nutrition spaces whose common focus has been improving the effectiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses through the application of technology.

Paul Barros, CTO of Currency
Paul joined Currency in 2017 as the CTO and has been working to build the Product & Engineering team from 5 in 2017 to almost 100 globally today. He is a published author in the field of artificial intelligence, including machine learning and human-machine collaboration. He served as Principal Investigator and individual contributor on several DARPA projects, including research into mobile clouds, policy-based access control in tactical intel networks, and social network analysis. Paul earned his BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and completed the Information Security Sequential Program at UCLA Extension.

Drew Tennanbaum, CTO of Atom Tickets
Drew joined Atom Tickets in 2015 helping build a the most convenient way for users to experience a night out at the movies. In the last decade, he has helped build scalable backend services for several highly visible products. Prior to Atom, Drew most recently worked for Amazon running the Appstore for Kindle and EA Bioware helping build Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO video game.

Tony Karrer, Founder & CEO of TechEmpower, Founder & CTO of Aggregage
Tony Karrer is a founder and consulting CTO at TechEmpower a leading web/mobile/software development company and founder/CTO of Aggregage, a B2B media startup. Tony has worked with numerous startups as a part-time CTO including as the acting CTO for eHarmony for its first four years. In addition to working with startups, Tony has consulted on technology implementations for large companies including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Universal Music, IBM and HP. Tony is very active in the Los Angeles technology and startup ecosystem running the LA CTO Forum, the largest CTO group in the US.


Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230


Members FREE, non-members $20 in advance.


Advance registration is required to reserve your buffet dinner. Here is a link:

AITP-LA is about technology – bringing experts in their field to share cutting-edge ideas with members. Helping members connect the dots, take the next steps, grow in their ability to apply technologies to competitive advantage.

AITP-LA is part of a national organization that provides leadership, professional development, certification and personal growth opportunities to IT managers and technologists. The core of the AITP experience is the chapter network, with 400 professional and student chapters throughout the country.

For more information, call the chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.


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