Keynote Speakers 2012

Throughout our history, SoTeC has been known for providing attendees with dynamic, cutting edge, informative, and entertaining Keynote Presentations. SoTeC 2012 promises more of the same! Find out more about the confirmed SoTeC 2012 Keynote Speakers below.

Peter Coffee Cindy McKenzie Paul Tobia Mark Van Lue

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Peter Coffee
Vice President and Head of Platform Research,

Possible, Inevitable, Essential: the Social and Mobile Cloud

Customer on-line communities, global supply chains, and always-on mobility are compelling a transformation of both IT practice and organization behavior: a trajectory toward The Social Enterprise. As massively scalable cloud computing enters its second decade, its impact has moved up the value chain: from a technical role in IT cost reduction, into a far more strategic role in dealing with new opportunity and challenge. Peter Coffee, former Technology Editor of eWEEK and now a senior strategist at, will share a multinational perspective on the rapid adoption and dramatic impact of new cloud services and tools.

Peter Coffee joined in 2007 after 19 years as a senior contributor to the enterprise IT journals PC Tech Journal, PC Week and eWEEK. He works with IT professionals and independent developers to build the global community using cloud application platforms including’s and Heroku. Mr. Coffee has 30 years’ experience in guiding adoption of new technologies and practices as a developer, consultant, educator, author and lecturer, with particular emphasis on software development and information security disciplines. He has served as a keynote speaker, moderator or workshop leader at industry events and academic meetings throughout the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and western Europe.

Mr. Coffee was the first manager of desktop computing integration at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space systems project management and in space-asset applications of artificial intelligence techniques. Before that, he held project management roles in arctic development, chemical production, and alternative-fuels planning for Exxon operations ranging from the Gulf Coast to Alaska. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he also served as an instructor for core classes in IT management; he has held faculty appointments in computer science (artificial intelligence) at UCLA and in business analytics at Chapman College. He is the author of two books, How To Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs.

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Cindy McKenzie
SVP Information Technology – Fox Entertainment Group, 20th Century Fox

From My Desk to Yours—A CIO’s Perspective

What does life look like from the CIO’s perspective? How can you help your CIO achieve success and be noticed for it? Cindy McKenzie will discuss what issues are on the CIO’s desk and how her team can help or hinder on the road to achieving IT success and excellence. Along the way, Cindy will share some tips on how to advance or derail your career from the CIO’s perspective.

Cindy is responsible for developing and delivering shared application services to over 10,000 employees at more than 9 Fox and News Corporation companies around the world. Services provided include enterprise finance, human resource, and legal solutions as well as more entertainment-specific solutions such as Home Entertainment Royalties. Cindy joined Fox in 2001 as VP of Enterprise Technical Systems for Fox Filmed Entertainment. In 2006, her organization was migrated into the broader Fox Group where Cindy led the implementation of a shared services organization and corresponding governance model supporting all Fox companies. Since the group’s inception the number of services and companies supported has grown by over 50%. Cindy has led numerous strategic and change initiatives during her tenure at Fox and has helped improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which application services are delivered to Fox’s businesses.

Prior to joining Fox, Cindy was Vice President of Information Systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she provided IT services to the global Motion Picture and TV Production, Studio Operations and Digital Studio divisions.

Cindy has over 20 years experience in Information Technology in the financial and entertainment industries. Cindy is on the board of the UCLA Anderson IS Associates. She has been honored in 2012 as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.

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Paul Tobia
CISSP-Senior Principal Security Strategist, Symantec

Strategic Security Overview – trends and directions in information security

Information security is evolving. Accelerations in technology and business processes are outstripping the old ways of protecting systems and corporate networks. Mr. Tobia will provide examples of how these changes are affecting securing data and systems, and some ideas on how companies and individuals can change with it to keep up with this evolution.

In his role as a security Strategist for Symantec, Paul Tobia is a trusted advisor to security executives, business leaders, and IT executives. He provides security strategy and direction, governance and compliance, industry trends and threat landscape evolution, and best practices from a world-class Security Business Practice organization directly supporting the business goals of a $6 billion Fortune 500 software company. As an extension of Symantec’s CTO Office, Paul works closely with Symantec’s Security Business Unit Executives, Sales Organizations and Customers.

Paul is an information security professional with over 14 years of experience and has maintained CISSP certification since 2002. Paul’s background includes the development, implementation, and maintenance of enterprise information security programs which include the development of risk assessments, policy development, incident response programs, security operations, secure data center and network design, identity management, computer forensics, as well as business continuity and disaster recovery programs.

Before joining Symantec Paul was the Information Security Officer responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security program for an integrated healthcare delivery network of seven hospitals, two physician groups and a health insurance plan. The information security program covered over 3 million patients’ medical records and financial information.

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Mark Van Lue
Chief Operating Officer – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Project Management; Habitat for Humanity Style

Would you be intimidated by the prospect of project managing something as complex as building a new home? What if you had to build it largely with unskilled volunteer labor? What if your unskilled volunteer crew was a new group every work day? What if you had to build the home to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver level quality? What if you had to do all of this in 5 days, start to finish?

Worried? Welcome to the world of project management, Habitat style! To date, Habitat for Humanity has completed over 500,000 homes world-wide, housing over 2.5 Million people. Hear about the challenges and successes, and lessons learned from years of developing this highly successful model of inspiring, motivating, training and managing thousands of people in a common purpose.

Mark Van Lue, Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, joined the affiliate as Vice President of Construction and Real Estate in 2007. Mark started his Habitat career in 1999 as Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity in South Bend, Indiana. In 2006 he moved to Americus Georgia to accept the Director of Construction and Environmental Resources position at Habitat for Humanity International, where he provided global support and oversight to Habitat’s construction operations. He also provided project management for Habitat’s disaster response team in the US Gulf Coast, and for high profile special event builds in the US and abroad.

In 2007 Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles hosted the 2007 Jimmy Carter Work Project, during which 30 new homes were built to LEED for Homes Silver level certification. Early in 2010, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles was awarded 33 million dollars from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) to purchase foreclosed and abandoned homes, rehabilitate them, and sell them to low income buyers. The affiliate continues to work across the spectrum of affordable housing, including all types of new construction, all levels of rehabilitation and repair, and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, on behalf of affordable housing.

Raised in Indiana, Mark has been in construction management for over 25 years and now lives with his wife, Laura, in Long Beach, California. His two grown daughters are married, and he has two grandsons. Mark has been honored with the Clarence Jordan award for developing the Cornerstone Training Program, a hands-on construction skills training course, and the Lester M. Wolfson award for non-fiction writing.