Advisory Board

The MacIT Content Advisory Board comprised of industry respected consultants and longtime Apple industry advisors who bring valuable technical perspectives, industry contacts and real world experience to the task of creating the MacIT® conference agenda. The agenda, content, and speaker line-up will consist of top IT executives, consultants, network engineers and developers who will provide practical advice, dissect technical issues, and offer vision for running an efficient, effective iOS and Mac OS deployment.

Content Advisor Lead

Dan O’Donnell
Consultant

Dan O’Donnell began working with computers as an undergrad in the days when the Apple || was all the rage and a portable computer meant a PDP in a rack on wheels. He first laid hands on a Macintosh in August 1984 and bought his first Mac in 1987. He started as a Mac administrator in 1992. Since then he has wrangled Macs for the American Film Institute, UCLA School of Film and TV, and NBC. He now handles information security for Macs and other platforms at RAND, a nonprofit institution with a rich history of contributions to technology, including research pertaining to GPS, packet switching, and early computing.

Content Advisors

Arek DreyerArek Dreyer
President, Dreyer Network Consultants
Arek helps IT managers understand how to integrate Apple and other products and technologies into their professional environment. He is the co-author of the just-released book, Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Server Essentials: Using and Supporting OS X Server on Mountain Lion, which is the basis for the Apple Certified course, and includes exercises for students reading the guide on their own. His eBook, Managing iOS Devices with Lion Server, is still used by IT managers around the world. An Apple Certified Trainer since 2002, Arek has been delivering courses and providing training, both in the classroom and at events like the Apple Channel Camp and the Macworld Conference and Expo. Dreyer also provides integration and troubleshooting services for his own customers and for Apple.

Nadyne-Richmond_resizedNadyne Richmond
Senior Manager of User Experience, Genentech
Nadyne Richmond is a Senior Manager of User Experience at Genentech.   Prior to Genentech, she worked as a Staff Researcher at VMware, directing user experience efforts across VMware’s product portfolio, and creating and leading the company’s annual internal use experience conference.  She has also worked as a researcher in the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft and the Information Management team at IBM. At Microsoft, Nadyne led user experience efforts on Office:Mac (including the award-winning Outlook:Mac 2011) and Office for iOS.

John WelchJohn C. Welch
Assistant Director – Operations, Northwest Regional Datacenter, FSU
John C. Welch is the head of Operations for NWRDC, part of the Mac IT Conference Advisory Committee, and a regular speaker at MacWorld Expo since 1999. He has been dealing with all things Macintosh since the Lisa, and has been involved with networking and the Mac in IT for over twenty years. It is rumored that he has non-computer parts of his life as well, such as his son, Alex, his amazingly talented wife, Melissa, his guitar, and a long involvement with Korean Martial Arts.

KENT_PAUL_2Paul Kent
Conference Chair, MacIT®

Paul Kent, General Manager, Macworld/iWorld and MacIT®, is a 25 year veteran of the technology industry. Having started his career as a self-taught programmer, he started his own consulting firm in 1984. His company, Mactivity, Inc., went on to host the well regarded Mactivity series of technical conferences and a career in event management was born. Over the year’s Kent has contributed to and produced many of the tech industry’s groundbreaking events – Interop, InteropDotCom, Mactivity, Mactivity/Web, Mactivity/CEO, Voice on the Net (VON), ProgrammableWorld, Search, SOCKSDevCon, QuickTime Live!, The Mac Networkers Retreat and, of course, Macworld Conference & Expo. A respected leader in the Mac market, Kent has designed the renowned Macworld Conference programs since 1997.