With advanced degrees in computers and secondary education, along with several IT certifications, Dr. Perez brings 35-plus years' experience to the stage as an IT/higher ed professional. Having served as Business Intelligence Specialist at NC State University and currently serving as Senior Systems Analyst/Team Lead at the NC Dept of Health & Human Services (and Chief Technology Officer at SolonTek Corporation), Perez stays active in the IT community with more than 15,000 LinkedIn followers. A published author, world-renowned keynote speaker, data viz/analytics expert, and specialist in efficiency/process improvement, he is indeed a much sought-after resource. Perez, the 2021 Industry Insights Thought Leader of the Year, speaks at dozens of conferences each year, expanding his reach into more than 20 countries around the globe, so the worldwide demand for his expertise has not diminised. When taking a break from work, Joe sings, plays the piano, and is involved in both the Spanish and military ministries of his church.


Tiffani Neilson has extensive marketing, branding, and PR experience, as well as deep knowledge about IoT, LPWA, and many other technologies. Tiffani’s passion for delivering excellence is second to none and evident in her skillful ability to transition projects from strategy to seamless execution. Highly skilled in forming partnerships and developing strategic relationships, Tiffani aligns marketing initiatives with business goals to generate interest, demand, and recognition for businesses and their products. Her C-level experience in business, along with her background in product development, event management, and communications help Tiffani position brands as industry leaders and drive ROI.


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