The registration fee for the event is $800 and includes all summit sessions and materials, meals, entertainment, three nights of lodging and resort fees, as well as ground transportation to and from Miami International Airport.

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11:45 AM - 5:00 PM Golf Outing at Miami Beach Golf Club
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Check In and NA Partner Registration
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Welcome and Event Highlights
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Futureproof (Opening Keynote)
Daniel Newman - CEO of Broadsuite Media Group

Learn the digital transformation secrets of the world's most enduring companies: Find out what they do to build stability in times of constant change, and most importantly, how they make their business "Futureproof."

More than ever before, well-established companies are succumbing to wave after wave of disruption from new entrants, new technologies, and new customer expectations. The pressure is on to adapt. As organizations begin to cope with the realization that digital transformation is the key to their survival in the age of technology-driven business, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that digital transformation is merely a technology investment play. It isn't.

There is a larger operational vision at play here, and the world's most adaptable companies have already figured out what it is. Broken down into its core components, it consists of 7 operational pillars that help organizations accelerate digital transformation, manage change, and turn disruption into a tireless engine of opportunity.

8:15 PM - 10:00 PM Solution City Opening & Welcome Cocktail Reception


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 2:15 PM General Sessions
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome, Agenda Review and Message from Phil Taylor - SVP, Managing Director
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Connecting People, Information & Technology in a Meaningful Way
Ryan Lepp - Vice President, Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure
& Tom Kelly - Director of Business Development, Panduit

Presentation File

Panduit infrastructure is everywhere; at every level and physical infrastructure layer. It is the unified fabric that connects the C-Suite to the office to the mission critical Data Center to the manufacturing floor, empowering all the ways we work and live. During this session we will look at the maturing IoT/IIoT landscape. How is this impacting your and your customers' businesses? Let's explore how you can navigate current technology to improve building automation, optimize space, gain energy efficiencies, connect IT to OT on the plant floor and more.

9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Connecting to the Internet: A Look at what's Changing in the Technology Industry and how it's Changing Everything
Dr. Christopher Hooton - Chief Economist, Internet Association

Presentation File

The technology sector, or 'tech', is widely discussed but not widely studied. Despite a massive, three-decade shift in the orientation and expansion of industries within tech, many still refer to it as one homogenous area. This talk will move from the abstract into the tangible definitions, measurements, and data that comprise tech and that make it an economic sector. In particular, the talk will document the shift toward digital services and data by businesses in their productions and supply chains and illustrate how that shift impacts other industries in the private sector as well as policymaking. It will end with a look at some actionable insights for businesses and other stakeholders seeking to better connect with the tech sector and the digital economy.

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Break at Solution City
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Accelerating with IoT and Industry 4.0
Todd Gurela - Senior Director Industrial Solutions Group , Cisco

Presentation File

Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies are enabling a new generation of business and customer outcomes. At the same time, many IoT projects are stuck in pilot mode and are not delivering real, scalable process improvements. This session will provide an overview of how IoT is becoming a reality in Manufacturing and the enabling technologies that can accelerate adoption. It will highlight the customer value opportunity using real case examples and give an overview of solutions that are making an impact today.

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM Lunch
12:40 PM - 1:20 PM

The Value of Partnering in The Connected Enterprise
Tom O'Reilly - Vice President, Global Business Development, Rockwell Automation

Presentation File

The Industrial Internet of Things continues to create new opportunities and new challenges for us and our customers. Partner collaboration is essential in The Connected Enterprise to digitally transform businesses in the evolving industrial environment. The combined expertise from our partner ecosystem gives us the ability to guide our mutual customers as they address their business, people and technology challenges for the future. Hear how Rockwell Automation is working with partners like Panduit to drive customer innovation today.

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM Get Ready to Launch!
Rob Tully - VP North America, Communications Sales, General Cable

Who takes on the biggest risk? Rob Tully will present General Cable and Panduit's findings from over the last two years related to the technology infrastructure industry. The presentation will focus on the durable competitive advantages of our partnership, exceeding clients expectations, improving collective project wins, and strengthening our partnership to reduce risk. The presentation will also cover new innovative Category 6A products that have been developed based on feedback from you, our Partners. The Panduit Partner ONE Program is at a pivotal point in this ever-changing industry.... Get ready to launch!

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break & Locate Breakout Sessions
2:15 PM - 3:25 PM

Breakout: Business - Contractors

Data Center Market Transformation from On Premises to Colocation & Cloud
Tom Kelly - Director, Business Development, Panduit Data Center Business

Presentation File

The Data Center market is changing. Securing confidence in your infrastructure foundation to support space, power, cooling and connectivity capacity within a finite footprint, as well as allow for unexpected changes to infrastructure is vital to mission critical operations. Protect your business progression, ROI and ensure future technology loads are met within a seamless environment. Learn how Panduit can help you reduce time to deployment, energy consumption and extend the life of the datacenter and increase your customers business outcomes.

2:15 PM - 3:25 PM Breakout: Technical

Copper Cabling Design Considerations
Frank Straka - Manager, Product Line, Panduit Enterprise Business

There have been considerable changes in the type and number of devices connecting to your network on copper twisted-pair cabling. Yesterday you were running copper cables to a computers and IP phones. Today you are also running copper cables to devices like wireless access points, security cameras, sensors, A/V equipment, lighting, etc. There are also a variety of new standards like next generation Power over Ethernet, NBASE-T, and a revision to the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 that are designed to support these new devices. This program gives and overview of the various devices and standards, and provides recommendations for copper cabling to meet these new requirements.

3:25 PM - 4:30 PM

Breakout: Business - Contractors

Building-Wise Systems: Converging Diverse Building Systems onto the IP Network
Jamey Swigert - Senior Manager, Business Development, Panduit Enterprise Business

Presentation File

Building technology is changing at a pace that makes it hard to keep up. Helping your customers navigate the latest technology starts with the right infrastructure. Any building can be a digital building once the basics are in place. Digital buildings rely on advanced technology to integrate diverse systems such as HVAC, security and access control, and lighting onto an IP network. A new level of building management, acting as the brain of an intelligent building, allows systems to share data on occupancy, space usage, temperature, and more. Discover best practices you can use to help your customers transform management and operation of building functions to enhance productivity, save money, and improve operations.

3:25 PM - 4:30 PM Breakout: Technical

Create a Robust and Cost Effective Industrial Network for Today and into the Future: How to Choose the Right Industria Infrastructure based on Application, Environment & Technical
Mike Verbeek- Senior Manager, Product Line, Panduit Industrial Business

How are you dealing with network standards from TIA-568 and the Industrial premise subsection TIA-1005 and their effect on the design of industrial networks? In this session, we'll provide an overview of the standard and recommendations on how to layout an Industrial network. We'll help you understand the TIA-1005 MICE rating table (Mechanical, Ingress, Climatic, Electromagnetic) as we look at several different types of applications and outlining an Industrial Network Infrastructure that will support the applications needs.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Group Photo
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Free Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Awards Dinner


8:30 AM - 1:30 PM General Sessions
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome & Agenda Review for the Day

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Message from Executive Chairman, Andrew Caveney, and CEO Dennis Renaud

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Big Data: How Embracing Digital Generates Business Value and Creates a World that Works
Israel Alguindigue - Senior Vice President of Industrial Analytics, Uptake

Presentation File

Driven by a wave of technological advancements like AI and predictive analytics, businesses today have the opportunity to overcome their biggest challenge: downtime. Yet only 1 percent of data collected is currently being analyzed and put to use. In this session, Brad Keywell will discuss how to generate business value by embracing digital and how these shifts can help manufacturers win in a competitive, connected world.

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Turning Data into Actionable Information
Steve Timian - VP, IoT Business, Panduit

Presentation File

The Internet of Things brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before - turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunity for individuals, businesses, and industries. With the implementation of IoT solutions, we will be able to collect environmental, asset condition, and physical network performance data, apply analytics, and provide insights to make higher value business decisions. In this session, we will discuss how to leverage operational information insights and predictive analytics, to ultimately generate significant cost savings and improve productivity, reliability, safety and security.

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

The Future of Enterprise Office Lighting; Connected Lighting and the Internet of Things

Don Allen, Enterprise Account Executive for Philips Lighting US

Presentation File
10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

Break at Solution City

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Western Union /Cisco / Panduit
Darius Jack, Western Union / Ted Danielson, Cisco / Johnny Hampton, Panduit


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Break at Solution City
1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

Breakout: Business - Contractors

Understanding your Journey into Industrial Networks: Increasing your Company's Business and Value to your Customers
Jill Shea - Senior Manager, Business Development, Panduit Industrial Business

Presentation File

Manufacturing companies are at a crossroad to determine how to move into the future with the explosion of data, due to the expansion of ethernet down to the device. The increased data "Industrial IoT" enables increased manufacturing effectiveness by enabling the data gathering allowing for analysis and decision making. This type of analytics allows manufactures to make more informed decision which can enable things like increased production throughput and planned outages which in turn increases profits. Understand how partnering with Panduit can help you to map your individual journey in developing a robust, reliable and future proofed Industrial Ethernet Network.

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

Breakout: Technical

Panduit loT Business

2:10 PM - 3:15 PM

Breakout: Business - Contractors

Smart Manufacturing: Simplifying IoT Value Creation
Christopher Collins - Senior Manager, Business Development, Panduit IoT Business

Presentation File

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Manufacturing have become two of the hottest concepts in today's connected world. Together, they are paving the way for the arrival of a new era in manufacturing - dubbed "Industrial IoT" / "Industry 4.0" / "Made in China 2025" - a world where sensors, devices, and machines will all be connected by the Internet, operate without human interaction, and offer massive amounts of data that can be used for powerful new insight and intelligence.

Achieving fast ROI from smart manufacturing and digitization strategies is simplified using real-time visibility into critical plant network connectivity and innovative wireless sensing infrastructures. In this seminar, we will look at how to build an easy to deploy wireless sensing solution to bring in contextual data for informative analytics and value generation.

In this Session you will learn about:

  • Making it Real: The Business Value of Smart Manufacturing
  • Simplifying the IoT Value Creation - The Tech Stack
  • Mitigating the Costs and Risks of Critical Manufacturing Networks
  • Turning Data into Actionable Information
2:10 PM - 3:15 PM

Breakout - Technical

Utilizing IoT in the Data Center from Power Delivery to Power Monitoring
Raul Pombo - Senior Product Manager, Panduit Data Center Business

Power is an essential, increasingly precious commodity and achieving the right balance for running and cooling IT operations can seem overwhelming. Over-provisioning can incur unnecessary high costs. Too little provisioning can increase risk of unplanned downtime and jeopardize the resilience of the entire data center. Learn how a balanced power management strategy can be achieved through the deployment of real-time monitoring and data collection solutions capable of generating accurate and actionable information so that IT and facility professionals receive true transparency into actual consumption and capacity.

3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Free Time

5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Havana Nights – Closing Dinner and Networking (offsite event at the Surfcomber Hotel)


Departures throughout the morning

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Newman

Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and CEO of Broadsuite Media Group

Daniel Newman is passionate about helping organizations and individuals understand how to be successful in the age of rapid technological change. He is the Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group.

Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world's largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. From Big Data to Cloud Computing, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology projects, which leads to his ideas regularly being in hundreds of sites across the world.

Daniel focuses on topics such as digital transformation, innovation, entrepreneurship and the future of work as they relate to building successful organizations and even more successful people within those organizations.  A five-time Best Selling Author, including his most recent "Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy," Daniel is also a Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post Contributor. MBA and Graduate Adjunct Professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago Native and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role in which technology will play in our future.

Guest Speakers

Don Allen

Enterprise Account Executive, Philips Lighting

Don Allen is an Enterprise Account Executive for Philips Lighting US, he specializes in specifying and designing Connective Lighting for the office, industry & healthcare segments. This encompasses energy efficient green lighting fixtures that can be controlled by standalone devices, line voltage hard wired systems, wireless systems and power over ethernet (PoE) systems. He has over 40 years of experience in the electrical business and is Lighting Certified (LC).

Israel Alguindigue

Senior Vice President of Industrial Analytics at Uptake

Israel Alguindigue is Senior Vice President of Industrial Analytics at Uptake. Israel started his career as an assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. He later led research and product development at Emerson Electric.

In 2010, Israel joined GE Transportation's Optimization Solutions team as the director of asset optimization and was part of the Innovation Accelerator project that led to FastWorks, a framework for lean and accelerated innovation. In 2012, he was appointed chief marketing officer and software product management leader for the global services organization at GE Transportation.

Israel attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a doctoral degree in engineering sciences with a focus on monitoring and diagnostics (M&D) of complex systems. He has published 100+ articles on M&D, safety, IoT and automation.

Christopher Hooton, Ph.D.

Chief Economist of the Internet Association

Christopher Hooton, Ph.D., is the Chief Economist of the Internet Association (IA) where he leads the organization's economic analysis and research on the internet sector. Dr. Hooton also serves as a Senior Scholar (non-resident) at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy.

Dr. Hooton publishes academic work across a variety of media examining internet issues including sector identification methodologies, the internet's economic contributions, and internet policy broadly. While at IA, Dr. Hooton received the 2017 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Papers Award from the National Association for Business Economics for his work on internet-produced income.

Dr. Hooton is an authority on the internet sector and the internet economy, with his work recently featured in leading news publications such as The New York Times, the Financial Times, and TechCrunch. He is often invited to speak on economic issues surrounding the internet and economic development and policy.

Dr. Hooton's areas of research include economic development, spatial analysis and evaluation. Prior to joining IA, he served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other leading organizations. Dr. Hooton formerly served as a Lecturer on policy evaluation and evaluation research at the Social Science Research Methods Centre of the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Hooton earned his Ph.D. without revision from the University of Cambridge, his MSc with distinction from the London School of Economics and his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Miami.

Alliance Speakers

Todd Gurela

Senior Director, Manufacturing, Industrial Solutions Group, Cisco

Todd is Senior Director, Manufacturing, Industry Solutions Group. Todd has 20+ years of global experience delivering technology solutions to manufacturing, industrial and energy customers.  Todd is an executive level expert in digital transformation, the internet of things (IoT) with significant industry background helping customers manage the evolution/convergence between IT and operational/automation technologies across industrial sectors.

Within Cisco he is leading a diverse team of industrial subject matter experts and directing the strategic industrial market opportunity development for Cisco's IoT products, services and solutions.  Before joining Cisco, Todd was Vice President of Transmission and Distribution(T&D) at Siemens Energy.  Earlier, he held roles of increasing responsibility at GE, including General Manager of global sales for GE Energy's T&D business and General Manager of GE Energy Services Canada.  Prior to GE, Todd was Senior Project Manager with Schlumberger's Measurement Division that provided automated electric, water, and gas metering solutions.

As a frequent industry speaker, Todd is a global thought leader on digital manufacturing and on how the Internet of Things is evolving industrial technologies and business operations across many vertical industries.  He was a founding member on the board of directors for the Technology Association of Georgia Smart Grid Society, and an active member of IEEE.  Todd holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and currently lives in the greater Atlanta area.

Tom O’Reilly

Vice President, Global Business Development - Rockwell Automation

Tom O'Reilly is vice president, Global Business Development. He leads the strategy development processes across the company, and leads the business partnering function for Rockwell Automation's Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, and the Encompass Partner Program.

Tom has over 30 years of service with Rockwell Automation including country leadership roles in Japan, Korea and China. He also spent four years in the Customer Support & Maintenance organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin leading Plant Services and six years as a Regional Director in Greater China. Most recently, Tom was President, Asia Pacific, in the Global Sales and Marketing organization. He was responsible for the execution of the growth & performance strategy in the Asia Pacific region, including the growth of market share and leadership of business operations.

Tom holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Rob Tully, RCDD

Vice President of Communications Sales, North America, General Cable

Rob is the Vice President of Communications Sales at General Cable. He manages our North American team and is responsible for driving the strategy on PanGen® solutions and low-voltage cabling. Rob draws on 30 years of experience in the datacom and electrical industries.

Rob joined General Cable in 2004 and has played an integral role in the formation of our Panduit and General Cable partnership. Prior to General Cable, he was the principal of IP Impact Partners Inc.; and Vice President of Tully Electric Ltd., and held specialized sales positions within the ITS industry in Los Angeles and Seattle. He holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Indiana University and lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.

PANDUIT® Speakers

Christopher Collins

Senior Manager of Business Development, Internet of Things

Christopher Collins is Senior Manager of Business Development, Internet of Things, for Panduit Corp, a global leader in network, electrical, industrial automation infrastructure solutions.

Christopher focuses on strategic business development initiatives for IT and OT technology and ecosystem partners. He is responsible for the leading aspects of Internet of Things and IT/OT business development, from growing partner channels, to advancing global go-to-market strategy.

Chris's experience comprises of a broad area in enterprise, telecommunications and industrial automation. He has held leadership positions in Sales, Partner Management, Business development and Engineering.

Johnny Hampton

Channel Account Manager

Johnny Hampton joined Panduit in 2011 as an Strategic Account Manager.  Currently, he is a Partner Sales Manager on our SI/VAR initiative and the sales lead for our Cisco relationship in the Americas.

His current role helps brings all partners together to help enterprise and global customers deploy Panduit solutions faster, on-time, and on budget.  Under this unique focus, he has introduced several of our partners to our Cisco and SI/VAR colleagues for current and future business.

He is a current member and former chairperson of The Executive Council 70,  An organization that raises $2-$3M per year for children's charities. 

He is an alumni of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Tom Kelly

Director, Business Development, Data Center

Tom joined Panduit in 1998 where he began his career in research and development before moving to product design, engineering management, product line management, director of engineering and product management and director of business development in first the enterprise business. Currently, he is the director of data center business development focusing on providing and developing solutions to enable customers to scale and optimize their DC environments to achieve their business objectives.

He is currently responsible for data center strategy, execution and thought leadership.  He has participated in, presented to and authored content for leading industry standards, trade publications and trade associations to establish and communicate market trends throughout the industry.

Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Plastics Engineering from Ferris State University, MI and a Masters of Business from DePaul University, IL.

Ryan Lepp

Vice President, Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure

Ryan Lepp is Vice President of the Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure business at Panduit Corp, a global leader in network and electrical infrastructure solutions based in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Ryan provides general P&L management across strategic marketing, business development, product management and operations planning across one of Panduit's highest growth businesses.

Ryan has over 22 years of automation and infrastructure experience in various industrial markets. His background includes technology development, systems engineering, business management, marketing, sales and manufacturing.

He is an alumni of The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University for Engineering and Business degrees.

Raul A. Pombo

Senior Product Manager, EDI Engineering

Raul A. Pombo is a Panduit Senior Product Line Manager for Intelligent
Hardware Solutions with over 25 years of Telecommunications experience. He
holds an Electrical Engineering Degree as well as Professional Certifications
for Certified Data Center Design Professional (CDCDP) and Metro Ethernet Forum
Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP).

Prior to Panduit, Raul worked at Nokia Siemens Networks and Motorola where he was the Senior Director
for Latin America Engineering and Services. Raul also worked in Tellabs where he was Group Product Manager developing Data Center High-Speed Optical Switches and Routers.

Raul has also been awarded 10 U.S. Patents in Telecommunications Technologies & Algorithms

Jill Shea

Sr. Business Development Manager, Industrial Network Infrastructure

Jill Shea is the Sr. Business Development Manager of the of the Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure business at Panduit Corp, a global leader in network and electrical infrastructure solutions based in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Jill works to create the business's strategic direction, in coordination with Product Management and Engineering, while defining the programs and sales enablement tools that are required for sales success.  She is responsible for the Business Development teams budget, setting direction across strategic marketing, supporting local marketing events, business planning, and sales enablement and engagement.

Jill has over 25 years of automation and infrastructure experience in various industrial markets. Her background includes control network designs and plant rollouts, technology development, business management, marketing, sales and manufacturing.

She is an alumni of The Georgia Institute of Technology with an Electrical Engineering degree.

Frank Straka

Product Line Manager, Copper & Fiber Cable

Frank joined Panduit as an engineer over 12 years ago.  During that time, Frank worked on and developed many of the innovative products Panduit sells today.  He holds 29 patents in copper connectivity and cable design.  He has since held other management roles, and current is the product line manager for copper and fiber cabling. Frank is also active in the TIA TR42.7 standards group, which is developing new standards to support new applications like higher power PoE, 28AWG patch cords, and field terminable plugs.  He is also a frequently speaks on new copper developmentsr at conferences; such as BICSI.

Frank holds an MBA from Northwestern University, a Master's degree from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Jamey Swigert

Senior Manager, Business Development, EDI Enterprise

Jamey Swigert is Senior Business Development Manager for Panduit Corp, with responsibility for strategy development, as well as go-to-market planning and execution, for the Enterprise business. 

Prior to joining Panduit, Jamey was the Telecommunications Manager for Charleston County Government where he designed, bid and managed the installation of voice, data and wireless infrastructure for a data center, 911 center, detention center and numerous office buildings. Jamey also has experience working in product management and business development for a global fiber optic cable manufacturer. 

Jamey holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and a Master's in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Phil Taylor

Senior Vice President, Americas Sales

Phil has been with Panduit for 23 years, joining in February of 1994 as an Account Manager. He has held the District Manager role for the St. Louis District, which was consistently one of the top performing districts in the US. In addition, Phil held the Regional Director role for the former Central Region, becoming VP, North America Sales in 2013. He has led Panduit sales teams through a number of initiatives and our transformation journey in focused businesses. In 2017, Phil became Senior Vice President, Americas Sales. Phil holds a variety of industry certifications related to focused businesses.

Phil continues to play a key leadership role in developing, educating and executing Panduit's sales   strategy throughout North America.

Phil has an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor's degree from University of Missouri, both located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Steve Timian

Vice President, Internet of Things Business

Steve Timian is Vice President of the Internet of Things Business for Panduit Corp., a global leader in network and electrical infrastructure solutions based in Tinley Park, Illinois.

With over 30 years of experience, Steve is a leader in implementing physical infrastructure and IoT solutions that simplify deployment and provide insights that help customers make higher value business decisions. He has led teams engaged with innovative product and solution development, lean manufacturing, and campaign marketing to targeted customer segments.

Steve earned his Bachelor's degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University.

Jennifer Vallarutto

Global Account Manager

Jen has been with Panduit for 6 years, joining in April of 2012 as an Account Manager. She has held the Strategic Account Manager role for the Integrated Data Center Team,  consistently one of the top performing sales groups in the US. In addition, Jen became the Global Account Manager for select financial companies in 2015.  Prior to joining Panduit, Jen was a top perfomring sales professional, earning awards year after year; such as, Sales Person of the Year,  President's Club, Gold Club, and Top 10% of Sales.    She holds a BSBA from Xavier University. 

Michael Verbeek

Sr. Product Line Manager, Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure

Michael Verbeek is the Sr. Product Line Manager of the Manufacturing & Industrial Network Infrastructure business at Panduit Corp, a global leader in network and electrical infrastructure solutions based in Tinley Park, Illinois.

In this position, Michael provides general product management, engineering, and operations planning across one of Panduit's highest growth businesses.

Michael has over 20 years of Panduit experience in manufacturing, Six Sigma, and product development and engineering leadership.  His background includes factory automation design of systems and processes, product development for connectivity and infrastructure solutions, and management of diverse new product development engineering teams.

He is an alumni of Purdue University for Mechanical Engineering.

Solutions Pavilion

During the Summit you will have ample time to visit the Solutions Pavilion where you will have the opportunity to view various infrastructure solutions from Panduit as well as visit and network with our conference sponsors.

Networking Activities

We know the importance of networking and have planned substantial time for you to meet technical and industry experts as well as fellow systems integrators, contractors and consultants. Best of all, these networking activities will take place at different venues, all with their own special flair.

Golf Outing

On Monday afternoon, start networking and meeting other attendees even before the North American Partner Summit officially begins. A golf outing at the Miami Beach Golf Club is the perfect setting to tee off your experience at the Summit. This historic course originally opened as Bayshore Golf Course in 1923. In its long and distinguished history this course even once served as a training ground for U.S. Army soldiers during World War II. Now Miami Beach Golf Club is 128 acres of lush fairways and perfectly manicured greens elegantly framed by tropical Palms and Jamaican Dogwoods.

Transportation will depart from the Intercontinental Miami hotel at 11:45 a.m. for a Shotgun start event that will begin at 12:30 p.m. 

Box lunches will be provided.  Return transportation to the hotel will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Following the Grand Opening of the Solutions Pavilion, join us on the pool deck to relax and enjoy panoramic views of the Miami skyline during the Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Partner Awards

You won't want to miss Tuesday night's Partner Awards. Celebrate your colleagues while enjoying a fabulous dinner and lively entertainment.

Havana Nights Event

On Wednesday join us for our Cuban-themed Havana Nights event. Buses will depart from the hotel lobby and transport you to the beautiful grounds of the Surfcomber Hotel. At this outdoor event, guests will dine on the sandy beach area of the hotel while a live band plays festive Latin music. Cigar rollers and hat makers will be on-site along with a few other surprises. Tommy Bahama-style shirts and sundresses are appropriate for this event. It is recommended that flat shoes be worn, since a majority of the event will take place on the sandy beach area.