21st Century Technology Strategy: Winning with the Cloud Sessions

Thursday, April 7

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
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Russell Pike

Group Vice President

Oracle

Mr. Pike is the Group Vice President of Sales Consulting at Oracle Corporation and has been with Oracle for 24 years.  He leads a large team of sales professionals in the USA and Canada with responsibility for supporting more than 1Billion dollars in Oracle revenue.  In this role he leads the Sales Consulting teams that support Oracle’s business applications and applications technology across all product lines including Oracle’s Cloud applications, eBusiness Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and other products.   Mr. Pike began his career in 1990 as one of the first employees at Oracle in New Zealand and moved to the USA in 1995 as the team leader for the Global Applications SWAT Team.  The SWAT team worked for Oracle’s President Ray Lane and was responsible for executing the largest, most complex and competitive sales cycles anywhere in the globe.  He has worked in more than 30 countries for Oracle and in the Support, Sales, Development and Pre-Sales lines of business.  As a senior leader he is a regular keynote speaker with Oracle’s customer base at meetings, conferences and user groups across the country.

Mr. Pike holds a degree (BCom) in Management Science and Information Systems and Marketing/International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a Masters degree (MS) in Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker, guest lecturer and expert panelist on technology and leadership topics at industry events, academic institutions, conferences and other diverse business events such as Auckland and Georgetown Universities, Technology and Industry conferences and the US Army War College in Carlisle PA where he has participated as a guest participant for their Masters in Strategic Studies Program.

The real life practice of Leadership and the study and development of leaders has been a long held passion.  Mr. Pike developed and personally executes “Leader’s Day” one of the most successful leadership programs for Senior and High potential employees at Oracle.  He also delivers regular keynote addresses and executive classes for current and future leaders across the USA, is a highly sought after executive coach and a certified DiSC coach and instructor.

As an expat New Zealander he is a founding member of the Washington D.C. KEA organization and regular contributor to programs promoting New Zealand interests abroad.  He is an avid traveler, sports fan and a Partner in two Northern Virginia wineries.

He lives in Chantilly VA with his wife Julia, daughter Sophia and son William.

With 84 percent of CFOs believing that half of their transactions will be delivered through the cloud within the next four years, now is the time to modernize your back-office systems and run your business with dramatically less complexity and investment. Join this session to learn the current trends driving cloud ERP adoption and the key questions that are top of mind for every CFO and finance leader, and get a sneak peek at the latest cloud ERP innovations.

11:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
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Jacob Thomas

Executive Vice President & Managing Partner

Drivestream

Jacob oversees Drivestream’s Account Management Group that provides strategy and advisory services to enterprise and midmarket clients across all industries. He is also responsible for Drivestream marketing, branding and go to market for the company, as well as managing alliances with strategic partners like Oracle and Wipro Limited. Jacob has been instrumental in designing innovative Drivestream Cloud solutions like Cloud Assure, Complete Cloud and Drivestream BPO services. Prior to Drivestream, Jacob held senior positions at IBM, Unisys, and PWC. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland.

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Joel Daum

Chief Financial Officer

Empire City Casino

Joel Daum is a CPA with over 25 years of financial management experience, including over 14 years of senior financial management experience in the casino industry, with deep experience in SEC-level reporting, investor relations, and direction of cost control for efficient casino operations. At Empire City Casino Joel is responsible for all financial facets of the company, including Financial Accounting, Planning and Analysis, Revenue Audits, Drop/Count and Cage Areas, Investor Relations, Quarterly and Annual Reporting and Earnings Calls, and more. Joel’s previous experience includes senior positions at various gaming and resort companies.

The key drivers of twenty-first century shareholder value are data, analytics, and the new cloud paradigm. Finance professionals who successfully embrace new business models and accurately value intangible assets (customer behavior, human capital, and intellectual property), alongside traditional assets (buildings, inventory, and machinery), will lead their companies to profitability and success. Stewardship of this new, digitally enabled enterprise rests with CFOs who successfully master modern finance to digitally transform their organizations. Attend this session to lean how finance leaders who embrace modern finance principles such as the knowledge-empowered CFO, real-time decision-making, and effective collaboration will achieve greater success for themselves and their companies.

1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.
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Corey West

Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer

Oracle

Corey  Mr. West was appointed corporate controller and chief accounting officer of Oracle Corporation in April 2007, with responsibility for global financial and SEC reporting, management reporting, revenue recognition, ... technical accounting, and merger and acquisition financial due diligence, among other duties. He was promoted to Oracle Executive Vice President in 2015, and now leads a team of 2,100 finance professionals operating in nine global finance shared services around the world. 

Mr. West brings to his position over 30 years of finance, accounting and executive management experience and expertise.  Mr. West began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1984, as part of the accounting and audit practice.  He served clients in a variety of industries for 14 years and left Arthur Andersen in 1998 as a partner.  After leaving Arthur Andersen he worked in finance, accounting and executive management positions at RPC, Adecco, Cadence Design Systems, The Gap and Intuit. 

Mr. West graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting and finance concentration. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California.  Mr. West is responsible for overall global accounting, procure to pay, order to cash, revenue recognition, SOX and financial reporting functions at Oracle, reporting directly to Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

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Russell Pike

Group Vice President

Oracle

Mr. Pike is the Group Vice President of Sales Consulting at Oracle Corporation and has been with Oracle for 24 years.  He leads a large team of sales professionals in the USA and Canada with responsibility for supporting more than 1Billion dollars in Oracle revenue.  In this role he leads the Sales Consulting teams that support Oracle’s business applications and applications technology across all product lines including Oracle’s Cloud applications, eBusiness Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and other products.   Mr. Pike began his career in 1990 as one of the first employees at Oracle in New Zealand and moved to the USA in 1995 as the team leader for the Global Applications SWAT Team.  The SWAT team worked for Oracle’s President Ray Lane and was responsible for executing the largest, most complex and competitive sales cycles anywhere in the globe.  He has worked in more than 30 countries for Oracle and in the Support, Sales, Development and Pre-Sales lines of business.  As a senior leader he is a regular keynote speaker with Oracle’s customer base at meetings, conferences and user groups across the country.

Mr. Pike holds a degree (BCom) in Management Science and Information Systems and Marketing/International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a Masters degree (MS) in Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker, guest lecturer and expert panelist on technology and leadership topics at industry events, academic institutions, conferences and other diverse business events such as Auckland and Georgetown Universities, Technology and Industry conferences and the US Army War College in Carlisle PA where he has participated as a guest participant for their Masters in Strategic Studies Program.

The real life practice of Leadership and the study and development of leaders has been a long held passion.  Mr. Pike developed and personally executes “Leader’s Day” one of the most successful leadership programs for Senior and High potential employees at Oracle.  He also delivers regular keynote addresses and executive classes for current and future leaders across the USA, is a highly sought after executive coach and a certified DiSC coach and instructor.

As an expat New Zealander he is a founding member of the Washington D.C. KEA organization and regular contributor to programs promoting New Zealand interests abroad.  He is an avid traveler, sports fan and a Partner in two Northern Virginia wineries.

He lives in Chantilly VA with his wife Julia, daughter Sophia and son William.

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John Hill

CFO

City of Detroit

John W. Hill currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the City of Detroit Michigan since November 2013. The emergency Financial Manager, Kevyn Orr, and the Mayor, Mike Duggan jointly appointed him for a term to expire at the end of Emergency Manager’s tenure. Mayor Mike Duggan has reappointed Mr. Hill to serve as Detroit’s CFO in the post bankruptcy period.

Mr. Hill is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JHill Group LLC, a consulting company formed in late 2012. He has more than three decades of experience in financial management, organizational design and development, and strategic business planning. Mr. Hill has a proven track record leading high-performing organizations across diverse industries, comprising government, non-profit and for-profit entities. Mr. Hill served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of Washington DC. He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of In2Books, Inc., a partner with Andersen, LLP, Executive director of the DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (Control Board) and as Director of Audits in Marriott Corporation’s Internal Audit Division, among other financial leadership positions.

In September 2012, Mr. Hill was elected to the Board of Costar Group, Inc. where he currently serves as Chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Hill also serves as a Trustee of Chesapeake Lodging Trust   Corporation where he chairs the compensation committee, is a member of the audit committee and a member of the trustees committee. Previously, Mr. Hill served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the audit and compensation committees for Highland Hospitality, Inc. He has served in board leadership positions with a number of public government-related and non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC region. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in accounting and passed the CPA exam in 1977. He has received many awards and recognition over the years for his work.

Modern CFOs are increasingly turning to cloud-based financial management systems to replace legacy ERP systems, consolidate far-flung subsidiaries or business units, and deploy new functionality to complement on-premises systems. In addition to creating a business case for deploying ERP or EPM cloud services, smart executives diligently prepare their organizations for a move into the cloud, standardizing and simplifying processes and cleaning up data to take full advantage of the frequent updates that come with a cloud delivery model. Oracle Group Vice President Russell Pike leads this interactive workshop on the strategies and lessons learned on adopting Oracle ERP Cloud.

2:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
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Sheila Dietsch

Executive Director, Oracle ERP Cloud

Oracle

Dietsch is executive director, global sales support, with Oracle’s ERP Cloud product business group, focused on, championing the power of the Oracle ERP Cloud - and the extended Oracle Cloud suite - to enable customers to modernize and grow their business, empower their people, and maximize their value.  Dietsch is responsible for go-to-market sales strategy for Oracle ERP Cloud, working jointly with sales, development, and Product marketing to drive pipeline, enable the sales teams, and provide strategic account support.

CFOs appreciate the cloud's ability to deliver modern finance applications quickly and cost-effectively, but remain concerned about the cloud's security, integration, and support for differentiated business processes. In this session, Oracle ERP Cloud Executive Director Sheila Dietsch debunks these concerns by sharing what you need to look for in a modern ERP cloud application to run your mission-critical operations. She examines how Oracle's unique cloud architecture delivers world-class security, a single data model for enterprisewide integration, and a flexible platform for change.

3:15 p.m.4:00 p.m.
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Cheryl McDowell

Vice President, Finance

Oracle

Cheryl McDowell is the VP Finance and Business Operations for Latin America at Oracle Corporation. She runs the Global Business Finance and the Business Operations teams in Latin America supporting the software, hardware and consulting businesses. During her career at Oracle she was also responsible for the Engineered Systems Program Management Office during the first years after the Sun acquisition and also LAD Market Intelligence. Cheryl has been with Oracle for 18 years residing in Miami, FL.

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Loren Mahon

Vice President, Global Finance Systems, Office of the CEO

Oracle

Ms. Mahon is responsible for driving the internal use of Oracle applications and partnering with development, IT, and lines of business in defining best practices around the use of applications and in designing operations to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, customer service, internal controls, and data integrity, especially in a shared services environment.  Ms. Mahon has spent the last 26 years at Oracle managing various functions within Oracle finance including North America finance, contracts, incentive compensation, FP&A, projects administration, order management, license management services, and customer data administration and has participated in numerous internal application development and implementation efforts. She is a frequent speaker on Business Transformation, Finance Best Practices, and Shared Services. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Mahon spent nine years in various analyst roles at several public sector and non-profit organizations. She holds Masters Degrees in Applied Anthropology and Business Administration.

Ms. Mahon currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She is currently on the Committee for Finance and IT and the Board of directors for FEI and a member of the Silicon Valley FEI chapter. She is on the Scholarship Committee for the Professional Business Women of California, a member of the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Girls, and is a member of the Executive Committee for OWL, Oracle’s Women’s Leadership initiative.

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Dwayne Naylor

Chief Operating Officer

Local Government Federal Credit Union

Dwayne Naylor is Chief Operating Officer at LGFCU. He brings years of successful organizational positioning, direction-setting and growth to the Credit Union. He most recently worked as Executive Vice President at Langley Federal Credit Union in Virginia before returning to LGFCU, where he previously served as Executive Vice President. While at Langley FCU, he established a commercial lending department with a portfolio of $120 million, launched business deposit services and served as a Board member of a business services CUSO with $150 million portfolio. He also serves on the Board of LGFCU Financial Partners, a commercial lending CUSO. Mr. Naylor started his credit union career at State Employees’ Credit Union where he rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Audit Services.

Mr. Naylor earned a Global MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Naylor also received a B.S. from East Carolina University. He is a 2015 graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Wharton. He holds a Wharton Leadership Certificate, the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation, Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) and Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).

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Steve Van Houten

Chief Financial Officer

The Rancon Group

As Chief Financial Officer of the Rancon Group, Steven Van Houten oversees the financial and reporting disciplines for the Rancon Group divisions and more than 90 limited liability companies and partnerships. He is responsible for the financial management and relationships with existing financial resources including institutional lenders and private equity investors. He works closely with the Development and Investment Divisions in property acquisition and disposition coordinating pro forma modeling, residual analysis and business plans with project managers. Mr. Van Houten is a member of the Rancon Group Executive Board and plays a key role in strategic planning.

Mr. Van Houten has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and real estate. He served as Director of Finance and Controller for Shea Homes, Southern California Division, where he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting, pro forma modeling, budgeting, forecasting, joint venture accounting, cash management, financing and investor relationships. Prior to working for Shea, Mr. Van Houten served as the Real Estate Controller for Fluor Corporation where he was responsible for accounting, planning, capital expenditures, portfolio optimization and the analysis of real estate transactions. His expertise includes financial modeling and analysis, portfolio management, project management, systems implementation and six sigma initiatives.

Mr. Van Houten received his MBA from the University of Southern California and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and is active in the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Analysts see a real need for CFOs to invest in creating a culture of change management that isn’t just accepting of change, but leading it. That means thinking about how all employees use technology today to stay plugged into work from anywhere their job takes them. It also means identifying change agents both within finance and across the enterprise, and engaging them to drive business-led transformation. In this panel discussion, finance executives share their insights on change management and leadership best practices that can help you become an agent for change in your organization.

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
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Pam Fisher

Senior Director, Oracle Consulting Services

Oracle

Pam Fisher is a senior director with Oracle Consulting Services, where her main focus is ERP applications business consulting, implementations, and upgrades. She has more than 22 years experience working in accounting, business consulting, and financial systems. Fisher has a unique combination of business and interpersonal skills, and has filled a wide variety of roles including executive sponsor, global program manager, project manager, team leader, team member, and sole developer. She is currently managing Oracle Consulting's North America ERP Solution Design Innovation Team. Fisher's skill set covers the entire project life cycle including global design and business transformation, program and project management, strategy, requirements analysis, design, testing, training, implementation, and post-implementation support on both the local and international levels.

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Russell Pike

Group Vice President

Oracle

Mr. Pike is the Group Vice President of Sales Consulting at Oracle Corporation and has been with Oracle for 24 years.  He leads a large team of sales professionals in the USA and Canada with responsibility for supporting more than 1Billion dollars in Oracle revenue.  In this role he leads the Sales Consulting teams that support Oracle’s business applications and applications technology across all product lines including Oracle’s Cloud applications, eBusiness Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and other products.   Mr. Pike began his career in 1990 as one of the first employees at Oracle in New Zealand and moved to the USA in 1995 as the team leader for the Global Applications SWAT Team.  The SWAT team worked for Oracle’s President Ray Lane and was responsible for executing the largest, most complex and competitive sales cycles anywhere in the globe.  He has worked in more than 30 countries for Oracle and in the Support, Sales, Development and Pre-Sales lines of business.  As a senior leader he is a regular keynote speaker with Oracle’s customer base at meetings, conferences and user groups across the country.

Mr. Pike holds a degree (BCom) in Management Science and Information Systems and Marketing/International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a Masters degree (MS) in Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker, guest lecturer and expert panelist on technology and leadership topics at industry events, academic institutions, conferences and other diverse business events such as Auckland and Georgetown Universities, Technology and Industry conferences and the US Army War College in Carlisle PA where he has participated as a guest participant for their Masters in Strategic Studies Program.

The real life practice of Leadership and the study and development of leaders has been a long held passion.  Mr. Pike developed and personally executes “Leader’s Day” one of the most successful leadership programs for Senior and High potential employees at Oracle.  He also delivers regular keynote addresses and executive classes for current and future leaders across the USA, is a highly sought after executive coach and a certified DiSC coach and instructor.

As an expat New Zealander he is a founding member of the Washington D.C. KEA organization and regular contributor to programs promoting New Zealand interests abroad.  He is an avid traveler, sports fan and a Partner in two Northern Virginia wineries.

He lives in Chantilly VA with his wife Julia, daughter Sophia and son William.

There are multiple paths to modernizing your finance organization with the cloud, whether you’re innovating with high-value extensions or revamping your core finance system. Oracle Consulting leader Pam Fisher brings her extensive Oracle ERP Cloud implementation experience to this workshop session, which explores the various migration options and helps identify the best approach for your organization. Attendees step through real-life customer case studies to identify opportunities and critical factors for success, and come away with a pragmatic cloud roadmap that supports your unique digital finance objectives.