Breakout Sessions


 

Thursday, April 7

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
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Rod Johnson

Group Vice President, Oracle ERP, EPM & SCM Applications Sales & Global Cloud Go-To-Market

Oracle

Rod Johnson is Group Vice President of Oracle's North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud GTM, which includes Sales & GTM strategy, product marketing and global sales support.  Mr. Johnson is focused on driving growth and customer success of our Software-as-a-Service businesses by making it easier to evaluate, buy, and adopt the application portfolio.  His team is responsible for Cloud Sales & GTM efforts of our Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management and Supply Chain Management product portfolios.

During his 8-year tenure at Oracle, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in building Oracle’s Industry Solution and Key Account strategy.  Mr. Johnson was responsible for the development and go-to-market execution of Oracle’s Industry Solutions, which are end to end offerings targeted at our customers’ most critical business challenges and opportunities.

Prior to Oracle, Mr. Johnson spent 8 years at Gartner Group where he held several key research leadership roles in ERP, E-Commerce and Customer Relationship Management practices. In the role, he was a noted thought leader, consulted with hundreds of Global 2000 clients and regularly spoke at key industry events.

The rules of business success are changing in the twenty-first century, and so is the role of finance. Join Oracle Group Vice President Rod Johnson as he explains why finance is becoming the new guidance system for the enterprise, providing invaluable insights that the business can use to exploit disruption and lead transformation. You’ll walk away with practical advice on how to create a modern finance organization able to measure, monitor, and report on the new digital KPIs driving growth today.

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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John Faherty

Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning

KBACE, A Cognizant Company

John Faherty is Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning at KBACE. He has over 22 year’s experience with Oracle ERP Applications. His professional experience combines practice management, client relationship, project management and systems implementations across various industries. He has a proved track record leading Oracle ERP practices, Oracle implementations, business process and operational re-engineering projects.

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David Warr

Controller

Chicago Sun-Times

David Warr is the Controller of the Chicago Sun-Times.  He brings the perspective of many years of experience in the financial vertical with all aspects of financial operations.  His diverse experience allows him to set strategic direction for Sun-Times financial departments and provide oversight with critical operations. David has led organizations using Oracle EBS, and now Cloud.  A proponent of Cloud and state of the art technology, David is leading a program to transform the Sun-Times into a Cloud organization for financial and other operations.  David holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Wyoming.

Operating in a highly competitive and rapidly changing market, Sun-Times sought a scalable, lower-cost alternative to its legacy ERP solution that would deliver the modern functionality its workforce needed while reducing IT costs. Join this session to learn more about how Sun-Times chose to implement Oracle ERP Cloud financials to modernize its ERP capabilities and reduce spend on internal IT maintenance.

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.2:00 p.m.
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Douglas Kehring

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

Oracle

Douglas Kehring has served as Oracle's executive vice president, chief of staff since March 2015. He also continues to serve as the head of Oracle's corporate development group, a position he has held since 2005. The corporate development group provides planning, advisory, execution, and integration management services to Oracle on mergers and acquisitions, source-code and object-code licensing, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other related transactions.

Kehring began his career at Oracle in 2000 as part of the Oracle Venture Fund. He joined Oracle after working for the investment banks of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Dain Bosworth. Kehring is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business.

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Andrew Boucher

Vice President of FP&A

Western Alliance Bancorporation

Andrew is currently Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and Western Alliance Bancorporation.  He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in the areas of strategic financial planning, treasury and asset/liability management, M&A, and financial/operational analytics.

 He has demonstrated success in transforming financial processes at MBNA/Bank of America, Asta Funding, and Western Alliance Bancorporation.  This includes the implementation of Hyperion Planning at MBNA and Oracle EPM Cloud at Western Alliance.  Andrew holds an MBA degree in investment management from Drexel University and a BA degree in Accounting from Penn State University.

M&A activity reached new highs in 2015, yet the failure rate for acquisitions continues to hover between 70 percent and 90 percent. If you are already involved in M&A or considering it as a strategy to expand into new markets or grow your top line, it is imperative that you get M&A right. Oracle Executive Vice President Doug Kehring, responsible for integrating more than 100 acquisitions at Oracle since 2004, shares his insights and best practices on how to prepare your people, processes, and IT infrastructure to derive the maximum synergies and shareholder value from your M&A investments.

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.

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
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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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Karen Walker

Chief Accountant and Controller

Uber Technologies

Karen is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience. She has held a variety of leadership positions giving her both broad and deep experience in finance including compliance, technical accounting, strategy, financial planning, finance operations and process design.

Karen is currently the Chief Accountant and Controller at Uber Technologies.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Southern Methodist University. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and is a novice wine collector and crossfitter. She is also an active volunteer with the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

Finance organizations are entering the next stage of their evolution into better business partners, moving from the transaction efficiencies and control of the 1980s, and the reporting and financial analysis of the 1990s and 2000s, to become digitally enabled strategic partners in the twenty-first century. Join Oracle Vice President Loren Mahon as she shares how modern finance organizations are using the key tenets of standardization, simplification, centralization, and automation together with next-generation shared services and modern cloud applications to deliver finance excellence for less.

2:30 p.m.3:15 p.m.
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Richard Wong

VP FP&A, Treasury and Sales Commissions

LinkedIn

Richard Wong is the vice president of financial planning and analysis at LinkedIn, where he leads a team of over 75 people responsible for global financial planning & analysis (FP&A), global treasury, and global sales compensation.

Wong started at LinkedIn pre-IPO when the company was approximately $200M in revenues and 600 people and helped the company scale to nearly $3 billion in revenues and 8k+ employees.  During the last five years, he helped establish and scale three critical functions for LinkedIn: global FP&A, procurement (vendor management and strategic sourcing), and investor relations. 

In addition to his experience at LinkedIn, Wong has over 16 years of combined experience working for companies such as Yahoo! Inc., Banc of America Securities, Lucent Technologies and JPMorgan in the areas of financial planning, analysis, corporate development, and performance management.   

Wong holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Matt Stirrup

Vice President of Finance, North America Applications and Managed Cloud Services

Oracle

Matt Stirrup is vice president of finance for North America applications and managed cloud services. He joined Oracle five years ago as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition. Stirrup has driven the transformation of the global business finance group in North America from a traditional FP&A organization to a true business partnering approach, ensuring better financial decisions are made through business insight.

Embedding finance professionals into key lines of business has helped improve visibility and results at both LinkedIn and Oracle. In this interactive workshop, LinkedIn Finance Vice President Richard Wong and Oracle Finance Vice President Matt Stirrup share their business partnering strategies and insights on how to identify the right KPIs that can help the business capitalize on disruption and drive profitable growth.

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.

3:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
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Craig Barrow

Vice President, EPM Global Market Development

Oracle

Craig Barrow is vice president of EPM Global Market Development and is responsible for driving global adoption of Oracle’s enterprise performance management solutions. He has extensive experience leading change management initiatives in industries and companies and has been quoted in the London Financial Times for his innovative work in the area of management reporting. Barrow holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, as well as a JD. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University’s Graduate School and in the Lourdes University MBA program.

Prior to joining Oracle, Barrow was chief financial officer at several public and private companies, including both for profit and not-for-profit institutions. He has also served as vice president of finance, marketing, and sales during the course of his career, which includes experience in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, software, professional services, and retail.

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Bob Hughes

Director of Enterprise Applications

Arby’s Restaurant Group

Bob Hughes is responsible for the corporate applications at the Arby’s Restaurant Group, where he supports and oversees the Oracle e-Business Suite Applications, Hyperion Financial Management and Planning environments, and associated integrated applications.  He also is responsible for the infrastructure and database technologies that support the EBS environment.

Bob has 30 years of experience in information technology, primarily supporting manufacturing and financial operations in the chemical, textile, automotive, high-tech, electronic security, commercial aviation, metals, and retail industries.  Prior to joining the Arby’s Restaurant Group in 2013, he was the North American Director of Information Technology at Novelis, responsible for applications and infrastructure for the corporate and regional headquarters, as well as the manufacturing operations.  Earlier, Bob was the information systems director at LiveTV, the in-flight entertainment company of JetBlue Airlines.  Bob spent eight years with United Technologies Corporation, holding a number of leadership positions in several areas of the company, including global director of information technology in their electronic security company. Bob also served as the information technology audit manager and lead the development of the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley IT compliance program.

Prior to joining UTC, Bob held senior level positions with Lydall, Inc., The Siemon Company, Kayser-Roth Hosiery, and Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis).  He has lead several global ERP and CRM implementations, built infrastructure, data centers, and applications in support of 24x7 call centers, and has directed numerous challenging and geographically diverse assignments.    

Bob grew up in Durham, North Carolina, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University, and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Economics and Business Information Systems.  He lives in Sandy Springs with his wife, Cathy.  Daughter Emily is a graduate of the University of Texas, currently living and working in Los Angeles.

Planning, budgeting, and forecasting are not just the preserve of the finance department—these processes take place across the entire organization wherever a budget or target resides. The problem for many organizations is the struggle to implement planning solutions across the organization; often, lines of business resort to spreadsheets to do their planning, creating a disconnect from the enterprisewide system. Hear from customers how cloud-based tools make it practical to capture the "wisdom of crowds," implement practices such as zero-based budgeting, and gain more accurate and predictable forecasts.

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
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Michael Gobbo

Master Principal Solution Consultant

Oracle

Michael Gobbo is a Master Principal Solution Consultant and has been with Oracle for over 9 years. During that time he has been assisting customers and prospects understand how to best leverage Oracle solutions in the context of their business challenges in the area of Finance and Accounting. He has helped Fortune 1000 companies streamline business processes and architected comprehensive solutions optimizing enterprise performance management. Michael brings his experience at implementing, administering, and positioning Oracle EPM solutions at numerous businesses worldwide like, Facebook, Lululemon, Deckers Outdoors, Beats by Dre, Allianz Global Investors, LegalZoom, Cochlear, to name a few.

Prior to joining Oracle, Michael spent over 10 years in the Media and Entertainment industry bringing best practices to Finance and Accounting organizations using technology.  While at NBC Universal, Michael managed the implementation of shared service center for Accounts Payables, Vendor Master Management, and Cash Management.  Additionally, he led efforts in converting the enterprise into a paperless environment for procurement, authorization requests, project tracking, to name a few.  While at Technicolor, Michael was the global process owner for finance and led ERP/EPM implementation in Europe instilling best practices.   Michael has over 20 years experience with ERP and EPM systems and started his career in public accounting.

 

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Chad Kelley

Controller

Irving Materials

Chad B. Kelley graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering and spent the first 12 years of his professional life working in the automotive industry.  During this time he earned an MBA from Butler University.  After leaving the automotive industry Chad joined Irving Materials, Inc. where he serves as controller, supervising the accounting, payables, billing, and receivables departments. 

Chad  is a Certified Management Accountant by the Institute of Management Accountants.  He also passed all three exams for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, but has not applied for the CFA charter.

When not at work, Chad enjoys spending time with his spouse of 22 years and two children, coaching youth sports, serving as financial secretary for his church, reading, and exercising.  He also recently began learning Mandarin in preparation for the adoption of his third child.

Timely and accurate financial reporting is an essential foundation for running successful organizations. Yet only 5 percent of the data finance provides is viewed as helpful by the larger business organization. Join this interactive workshop to learn how the latest reporting technologies can help your teams consistently derive business insight from data, improve operating reviews, and increase business partnering effectiveness.

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.