Conference Speakers

Andrew Brust Andrew Brust, twentysix New York
VSLive! Conference Chair
Andrew Brust is Chief, New Technology at twentysix New York, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in New York City. Andrew is lead author of Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Microsoft Press), serves as Microsoft Regional Director for New York and New Jersey, is a Visual Basic MVP and a member of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council. Andrew is a Vice-Chairman of the New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA), a member of INETA’s Speaker Bureau and is a highly rated speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally. Often quoted in the technology industry press, Andrew has over 18 years experience programming and consulting in the Financial, Public, Small Business and Not-For-Profit sectors. He can be reached at [email protected].
Kent Brown Kent Brown, twentysix New York
Kent Brown is the manager of the Enterprise Integration practice at twentysix New York, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Kent has 17 years of experience in software development in the Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Insurance, Legal and Manufacturing industries. He has authored numerous articles primarily on Enterprise Integration technologies: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), BizTalk, SOAP. He has been involved with .NET since its early Beta. He often plays a mentoring role, providing training, design and team leadership to help teams establish correct architecture and best practices around new technologies, e.g. Object-Oriented programming in .NET, and Service-Oriented Architecture. He is the founder and leader of the NJ .NET Architecture and Development User Group, He is also a leader of the NYC Connected Systems User Group,
Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro, Infotek Consulting Group, Inc.
Miguel Castro is a .NET consultant, author, speaker and trainer with over 20 years of IT experience with a background in full automation solutions encompassing all aspects of a project’s life cycle, including data gathering, architecture, design, development, documentation and training. He is a Microsoft MVP in the area of Visual Developer C#, recently awarded for 2005, and president of InfoTek Consulting Group, Inc., a provider of .NET consulting services to clients in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

Mark D'Urso Mark D'Urso, Microsoft
Mark D’Urso is a developer currently working on creating the next generation content delivery and rendering system for MSDN and TechNet. He has been with Microsoft since April of 2000. During his time at Microsoft Mark has worked both on search and a variety of content rendering frameworks for
Stephen Forte Stephen Forte, Corzen, Inc.
Stephen Forte is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., a Manhattan (USA) based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region as well as an MVP and INETA speaker. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, North Africa Developers Conference and other conferences around the world. He is an author of Programming SQL Server 2005 (MSPress) as well as other books on application and database development. Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder and CTO of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently is the co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group.
Ken Getz

Ken Getz, MCW Technologies
Ken Getz is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies and splits his time between programming, writing and training. Ken has written many technical books, including ASP.NET Developer's Jumpstart with Paul D. Sheriff, and is co-author of several best-selling books, including the Access 2002 Developer's Handbook and VBA Developer's Handbook. He co-wrote and recorded for video training several courses for Application Developer's Training Company (AppDev), including VB 2005, C# 2005, ASP.NET 2.0, ADO.NET, VB6, and Access 2000 seminars.

Jackie Goldstein

Jackie Goldstein, Renaissance Computer Systems
Jackie Goldstein has achieved national and international recognition for expertise in Windows and .NET development in general and Visual Basic and database applications in particular. He is the principal of Renaissance Computer Systems Ltd., which specializes in consulting, training and development with Microsoft tools and technologies. He has over 20 years experience developing and managing software applications in the U.S. and Israel, and is known for his ability to help developers understand and take advantage of new technologies.

Richard Hale Shaw

Richard Hale Shaw, Richard Hale Shaw Group
Richard Hale Shaw is the founder of the Richard Hale Shaw Group, which has consulted and trained software developers since 1993. He's created and chaired numerous technical conferences, including C# Live! and the Black Belt tracks of the VSLive! conference series. An articulate writer and speaker on topics dear to the hearts of software developers and an outspoken critic of broken devtools, Richard specializes in consulting and training on .NET programming in C# and Managed C++. Richard is a member of the INETA ( speakers bureau, and for his work supporting C#/.NET software developers, he's been recognized by Microsoft as a C# MVP since 2004. You can reach him at

Billy Hollis Billy Hollis, DotNetMasters
Billy Hollis is an author and software developer from Nashville, Tennessee. Billy is co-author of the first book ever published on Visual Basic .NET, VB .NET Programming on the Public Beta. He has written many articles, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is the Regional Director of Developer Relations in Nashville for Microsoft, and runs a consulting company focusing on Microsoft .NET.
Richard Hundhausen

Richard Hundhausen, Accentient
Richard Hundhausen is a principal consultant with Accentient. He has over 20 years of software and database development experience and over 15 years of training and presentation experience. His primary area of evangelism is the ever-expanding intersection between .NET development and SQL Server development and, as a result, became a Microsoft Regional Director in 2004. Richard recently finished his latest technical book, Working with Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Microsoft Press. He was recently given the Visual Studio Team System MVP award. Richard travels the world evangelizing these technologies, but calls Boise, Idaho home.

Chris Kinsman

Chris Kinsman, Vertafore
Chris Kinsman is one of the founders of Guided Design and is formerly the VP of Technology for a family of Web sites that provide information for developers. He is the Chief Architect for Vertafore, an insurance ISV. Chris has taught courses on ASP.NET in both VB.NET and C# and has extensive experience with ASP, Web Forms, Clustering, Data Access and Scalability. Chris has spoken at a variety of conferences including VSLive! and Microsoft TechEd on topics including ASP.NET Security, ASP.NET State Management, Web Service Security, ASP to ASP.NET Migration, and Building Server Controls. Contact him at [email protected].

Ian Knox

Ian Knox, Microsoft
Ian Knox, group product manager for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, is responsible for product management and strategy for Microsoft’s enterprise development tools. Knox has over 15 years of software industry experience, including numerous positions in software development, product management and business development. Prior to Microsoft, he worked as a consultant on global software delivery projects for clients in both the US and Europe.

Deborah Kurata

Deborah Kurata, InStep Technologies
Deborah is a professional software architect, designer and developer. She provides consulting services in the areas of project architecture and design, software development (Windows and smart-client applications) and mentoring services. She is frequently brought in to assist existing teams with establishing best practices and defining an appropriate architecture and application framework. Deborah has authored several books, including the Doing Objects in Visual Basic series (SAMS), Best Kept Secrets in .NET (Apress) and Doing Web Development: Client-Side Techniques (Apress), and is currently working on Doing Objects in VB 2005 (Addison-Wesley). She also writes for MSDN and CoDe magazine (

Steve Lasker Steve Lasker, Microsoft
Steve Lasker is a Program Manager for VS at Microsoft. He is responsible for many of the data design time features in Visual Studio. Steve’s team owns the Typed DataSet designer, Data Wizards and the new Data Sources window. His background in broadcast engineering, e-commerce startups, and consulting has taken him through the cycles of client, browser, CE; and with .NET, returned to client-based apps that leverage the Internet as the transport.
Vishwas Lele Vishwas Lele, Applied Information Sciences
Vishwas Lele is a Principal Architect at Applied Information Sciences where he has been involved in the development of .NET based applications for a number of clients. He regularly conducts .NET classes including security seminars for developers. Vishwas has been a speaker at a number of developer events and has also authored many magazine articles and white papers on the .NET technology. Vishwas serves as the Microsoft Regional Director for the Washington, D.C. area.
Jeff Levinson

Jeff Levinson, The Boeing Company
Jeff Levinson is a Solution Design & Integration Architect with The Boeing Company. He holds the following certifications: MCSD, MCSD.NET, MCDBA, SCJP and Security+. He is a current Microsoft Architect MVP and the author of two books on .NET development. He has presented at various conferences and user groups, and writes articles on all areas of .NET development. His latest book (co-author) is Pro Visual Studio 2005 Team System (Apress 2006).

Rocky Lhotka Rockford Lhotka, Magenic Technologies
Rockford Lhotka is the author of the Expert VB 2005 Business Objects and Expert C# 2005 Business Objects books from Apress. He is a contributing author for Visual Studio Magazine and he speaks at major conferences around the world. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic Technologies, one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners.
Leonard Lobel

Leonard Lobel, Sleek Technologies, Inc.
Leonard Lobel is the CEO and co-founder of Sleek Technologies Inc., a development shop located in New York specializing in Microsoft-based solutions with an early adopter philosophy towards new technologies. Programming since 1979, his experience spans a variety of business domains, including publishing and retail store management. Lenni has served as chief architect and senior developer for various organizations, ranging from small shops to high-profile clients. He is also a consultant and trainer, and has been a contributing editor to Visual Studio Magazine. Contact him at [email protected].

Adam Machanic

Adam Machanic
Adam Machanic is an independent database software consultant, writer and speaker based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has implemented SQL Server solutions for a variety of high-availability OLTP and large-scale data warehouse applications, and also specializes in .NET data access layer performance optimization. Machanic has written for SQL Server Professional magazine, serves as SQL Server 2005 Expert for, and is co-author of Pro SQL Server 2005. In addition, he regularly speaks at user groups, community events and conferences on a variety of SQL Server and .NET-related topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). Machanic's latest book, Expert SQL Server 2005, is due out in November 2006.

Sahil Malik

Sahil Malik
Sahil Malik ( is a Microsoft MVP [C#], INETA speaker and the author of a bestselling ADO.NET 2.0 book. He is a consultant, trainer and mentor in various Microsoft technologies. His talks are high energy, highly charged and highly rated.

Russ Nemhauser

Russ Nemhauser, Nemhauser Media
Russ Nemhauser is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and a Microsoft Certified Professional, and has served as an Architect, Developer, Team Leader and Project Manager over the past several years. His recent projects include enterprise applications, online commerce sites and corporate intranets for Wall Street, Universal Studios, Microsoft, Seagram and others. Russ speaks at several industry conferences each year and writes for several magazines and online software community sites.

Fritz Onion

Fritz Onion, Pluralsight
Fritz Onion is a co-founder of Pluralsight, a premier Microsoft .NET training provider. Fritz is the author of Pluralsight's ASP.NET curriculum, with courses delivered around the world. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Essential ASP.NET (Addison Wesley), and the soon to be released Essential ASP.NET 2.0. He is a columnist for MSDN Magazine and is also a regular speaker at industry conferences. You can read Fritz's blog at

John Papa

John Papa, ASPSOFT
John (C# MVP and MCSD.NET) has been working with Microsoft distributed architectures for over 10 years. He has enterprise experience architecting and developing with .NET technologies including ASP.NET as well as WebForms using both C# and VB.NET. He is a baseball fanatic who spends most of his summer nights rooting for the Yankees with his family and his faithful dog, Kadi. John has authored or co-authored several books on ADO, ADO.NET, XML, and SQL Server, is the author of the Data Points column in MSDN Magazine, has presented MSDN WebCasts and can often be found speaking at industry conferences such as VSLive!

Keith Pleas

Keith Pleas, Guided Design
Keith is one of the founders of Guided Design and has worked for more than two years on the team developing the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. Keith is an internationally known writer and speaker. He is also a contributing editor to Visual Studio Magazine and has developed Microsoft Professional Certification Exams. Keith also sits on the INETA board and is the liaison for the INETA Speakers Bureau.

Paul Sheriff Paul Sheriff, PDSA, Inc
Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc., a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with Developer Days and several of their large events each year. Paul has authored five books on .NET and two on SharePoint in the form of eBooks that can be purchased at the PDSA web site at Paul can be reached via email at [email protected].
Richard Hale Shaw

Aaron Skonnard, Pluralsight
Aaron is a co-founder of Pluralsight where he focuses on XML and Web services technologies on the Microsoft .NET platform including such areas as BizTalk Server 2004 and Indigo. Aaron has spent years developing course materials and teaching professional developers throughout the world. Aaron frequently speaks at developer conferences throughout the year including TechEd, VSLive!, PDC, and Win-Dev to name a few, and he's on the advisory board for the Utah .NET User Group where he's involved locally. Aaron has written numerous books, articles, and whitepapers including the Essential XML Quick Reference (Addison Wesley, 2001), Essential XML (Addison Wesley, 2000), and his popular XML column , The XML Files, in MSDN Magazine. He currently writes MSDN Magazine's Service Station column in conjunction with his blog of the same name. In addition to his writing, Aaron has written various XML-related tools and samples that have proven helpful to developers. Microsoft recognizes Aaron as an MVP for his contributions to the XML Web Services community.

Bill Wolff

Bill Wolff, Agility Systems
Bill Wolff is an independent consultant, trainer and architect specializing in Microsoft development technologies. His company, Agility Systems, is based in the Philadelphia area. He ran the consulting firm Wolff Data Systems for 15 years and directed armies of consultants in the dot com world. Bill is founder and president of the user group, board member for INETA (Vice President, Speaker Bureau), and he is active in several other user communities. Bill was a contributing author to several books and articles. His certifications include trainer, systems engineer, developer and Microsoft MVP for VB.NET.