Amplify CollaborateIT | Agenda

2017 agenda

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Networking Breakfast

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Welcome from Amplify Oshkosh

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Networking Break and Sponsor Expo

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break and Sponsor Expo

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2017 presenters

Keynote Speaker

John McElligott, CEO York Exponential 


John McElligott has always had a passion for helping and improving the quality of life of others. As a Marine, he was employed as a combat engineer during 9/11. Specializing in demolitions, explosives, construction and engineering, he also served as a SAW (squad automatic weapon) gunner and ultimately Squad leader. John was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

As Co Founder of Royal Square Development and CEO of the Squared Collective, John spearheaded technology, marketing,  community engagement and investor relations as well as being a driving force in Business and Economic Development. Helping to grow the company from 4 employees to nearly 40 in 18 short months he also worked on the acquisition and   development of more than 50 properties in downtown York including but not limited to the $1,650,000 Bond Building   project and most recently the $14,000,000 Market Street Revitalization Project. 

Previous to co-founding RSDC, John served as CEO and Founder of two tech startups and was a graduate of the Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners, Techcelerator program, with his company being the only graduate from that cohort to receive investment funding.

A sought after national speaker on exponential technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, economic development and disruption nationwide, John left Royal Square 2 years ago and is currently the President of “The Fortress Initiative”, CEO of “The Fortress Academy” (Central PA’s first and only licensed Coding Bootcamp) and CEO of “York Exponential”, a technology company that develops and leverages robotics, machine learning and AI. John is also the lead in the York Plan 2.0 Innovation District, a proposed 250,000 sq ft Robotics and Technology campus in downtown York, PA.

Johns’ primary passion has been focused on the rise of third tier cities. Known professionally as a Vision Caster and Technical Futurist, John believes in the power of community networking through communication and technology. He views the struggles of York, and other third 3rd cities, as a reflection of the struggles of our nation as a whole, and feels it is his civic duty to tackle those problems on a community by community basis. By addressing these problems on a small scale, John feels confident that we can begin to make positive and lasting changes to not only our communities but to our nation.

Collaboration Showcase Presenters

Burst #1- Michelle Schuler, Microsoft

MichelleSchuler Michelle is a core member of industry leaders creating collaborative solutions to fill a dire shortage of information technology professionals in Northeast Wisconsin. With over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial experience, Michelle chose to pursue a new career for herself in technology in 2011. She leads the TechSpark Wisconsin initiative for Microsoft – a civic program aimed at fostering greater economic opportunity and job creation in Brown and Outagamie Counties. Michelle is responsible for engaging in conversations with community leaders about culture, strategy and planning to learn more about local challenges and to implement and learn from digital initiatives to help accelerate growth.

As co-founder and president of Women in Technology Wisconsin Inc. (WIT Wisconsin), she has successfully put strategies into action to create the region’s largest member organization of technology leaders, managers and specialists. WIT Wisconsin has grown to over 200 members representing more than 60 employers. The organization has created sub-groups to appeal to specific markets, including WIT@Work,WITonCampus, and WIT for Girls

Burst #2- Steve Slocum, AeroInnovate

 Steve SlocumSteve Slocum is the director of AeroInnovate, a program of UW-Oshkosh’s Business Success Center.  He is a marketing and leadership professional with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit, healthcare, telecommunications industries. Slocum’s interest in aviation runs deep thanks to family involvement in the U.S.Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration and the Experimental Aircraft Association.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations  and from Concordia University – Wisconsin with a Master of Business Administration degree. As the director of AeroInnovate, Slocum is responsible for leading the AeroInnovate business accelerator program and developing and directing strategic and financial plans for the educational and economic development initiatives related to aviation.

Burst #3- Amanda Betts, Stellar Blue Technologies


Burst #4- Tina Schuelke, Amplify Oshkosh

Tina SchuelkeTina Schuelke, Owner and Executive Director at Change Management Communications Center LLC was recently recognized as one of the “Top 21 Influencers to Follow” with @CMCCenter on Twitter.  Tina harvested her experience after more than 25 years leading change in large corporations to focus on helping more businesses see higher profits from their investments for change.  Tina founded Change Management Communications Center LLC in 2013. Since then, a healthy portfolio of clients helped Tina attract a premier team of talent designed to help leaders advance how they address change.  Change Management Communications Center LLC provisions business leaders with specialized business consulting, management coaching, and customized change management and communications services — in the New North Region of Wisconsin and beyond.  

Collaboration Works Presenters

Education & Career Pathways

Learn how the OASD K-12 system, FVTC and UW-Oshkosh are working together to engage students and get them excited about future careers in IT.  Learn how education is staying ahead of the curve, as we prepare current and future employees to be ready for whatever the future might hold in IT

 David Furcy, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
David Furcy
David has been passionate about Computer Science (CS) education since before he graduated from Georgia Tech and moved to Oshkosh over 12 years ago. Even before he became chairperson of the CS Department at UW Oshkosh in 2013, he has been spreading the word about the importance, relevance, beauty, and pure fun of CS throughout the Fox Valley and beyond as among others, Computer Science CAPP liaison, host of the Hour of Code and various STEM workshops, as well as founder of the UWO Junior CS club.

Doug Waterman, Fox Valley Technical College
 Doug Waterman 
Doug has worked in various capacities in Health, Research, Engineering, and Information Technology prior to education.  After 15 years in the classroom teaching across the assorted disciplines within IT, he became an Associate Dean and is currently Dean of Information Technology and Learning Innovations for Fox Valley Technical College. 


David Gundlach, Oshkosh Area School District

David GundlachDr. David Gundlach currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Oshkosh Area School District. In addition to his Deputy Superintendent duties, he is responsible for all district technology systems and services. He assists learning organizations in developing strategic plans to align standards, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback systems to improve student learning. Prior to his current position, he worked at the elementary and secondary levels as a Teacher, Principal, Director of Technology, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.He currently serves as a board member for Wisconsin Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WASCD) and the State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council.

Game Day IT 

Learn how IT plays a significant role in arena and stadium technology and impacts fans’ game day experience.  In the past, most analytics happened intuitively based on rather general empirical data, like winning/losing a game or the feeling about the performance of an athlete.  Now, through the incredible growth of information technology, there are new ways to collect and process data in sports.  Find out how coaches can now make decisions based on a plethora of detailed data to help them achieve success.  

Nick Watson, Milwaukee Brewers
Nick Watson

Nick Watson has more than 28 years of experience implementing strategic information technology solutions. In his position with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, he is responsible for the evaluation and adoption of new technology and oversight of current IT applications and infrastructure. Nick holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems Management from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in Operations Management and Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has also earned a masters certificate in IT project management and both CSCP and CPIM certifications through APICS. In his free time, Nick enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Ron Kiepert, Milwaukee Bucks

Kiepert_Ron Ron Kiepert is the Director of Information Technology for the Milwaukee Bucks.  Ron has been part of Milwaukee Bucks Game Night Technology since 1995, and became the Director of Information Technology in 1999. Ron holds a degree in Management Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.


Lunch Spotlight Presenter

Paul Hager, Information Technology Professionals


Paul Hager is an IT entrepreneur and one of America’s most respected Technology Futurists. Paul has always exhibited a dynamic ability to see what lies ahead, and a willingness to embrace an ever-changing world. Today, as the CEO of one of the fastest-growing technology firms in the country, Paul leads a company dedicated to helping its clients leverage—and profit from—trends in technology. Since taking the reins, Information Technology Professionals has been named an Inc. 5000 company, and now appears on the lists of the SMB 500, MSP Mentor’s Global 501, and CRN Magazine’s NextGen 250. As a keynote speaker, Paul calls on his knowledge of tech trends to help guide his audiences toward safer, more secure, and prosperous futures.