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Wednesday November 28, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM — Senior Technology Executives on Emerging Technologies and Digital 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 over the past 2-3 years and the implications of these changes going forward.

Tolga Ercan, Executive Director of Engineering,
Michael Amster, VP of Engineering, Ticketmaster
Alex Tatiyants, CTO, Stanson Health
Tony Karrer, Moderator, Founder & CEO of TechEmpower, Founder & CTO of Aggregage

These seasoned executives will emphasize recent trends such as:
• Cloud adoption as a standard practice. Managing the migration to cloud-based technologies.
• Cyber security, bots, application security in the cloud — it’s a tough, tough world.
• Agile development and how it impacts tradeoffs in time-to-market and quality
• Continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD) and test-driven development (TDD) and the many implications for software development.
• Recruiting, team building and remote teams. How senior software executives are dealing with a really tough labor market and the IT talent gap.

 A stimulating evening with many practical takeaways. Arrive early for great networking.

About our Speakers
Tolga Ercan, Executive Director of Engineering,
Tolga Ercan is an Executive Director of Engineering for, a premier source of automotive data and news, overseeing the engineering teams who are creating consumer-focused products along with advertising delivery. Tolga works closely with teams to help define and refine product offerings, along with evangelizing an agile approach to product development. Tolga is also responsible for innovation around application delivery, including DevOps strategies and building up Continuous Delivery capabilities.
Michael Amster, VP of Engineering, Ticketmaster
Michael has been a technical leader for over 20 years in Southern California. He founded 3 startups, worked in networking, internet and finance companies. He is currently at TicketMaster where his focus is defeating bots trying to manipulate the ticket buying experience.
Alex Tatiyants, CTO, Stanson Health
Alex Tatiyants is the Chief Technology Officer at Stanson Health. In this role, he’s responsible for the overall product vision as well as all aspects of product development including design, implementation, and support. Prior to Stanson Health, Mr. Tatiyants was the Director of Technology at Zynx Health. Mr. Tatiyants holds a bachelor degree in computer science from UCLA and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
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.

Date:  Wednesday, November 28th – 6:00pm Networking, 7:00pm to 9:00pm Dinner and Presentations

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230

Cost: In advance: $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $40 at the door

Registration:  Advance registration is required to reserve your dinner choice. Click Here to register.

About AITP-LA:
Association of Information Technology Professionals LA (AITP-LA) meets in West LA with a focus on keeping members abreast of trends and best practices in managing technology, and provides strong networking opportunities.

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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