Reporting live fron Anchorage Alaska and the IT Expo

Local boy made good and returns home to talk technology. That’s my story. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and enjoyed a childhood of fishing and skiing in a state flush with oil wealth. I moved to Seattle 20+ years ago to chart a new course and started teaching computers at a local Seattle university and working for Microsoft as a “perma-temp” on the Microsoft Excel 3.0 product when it was locked in battle with Lotus 123.

Fast forward and I have arrived in Anchorage a few hours ago to give a keynote speech at the IT Expo Alaska event tomorrow. I’ll be joined by the Governor of Alaska and Microsoft’s Robert McDowell – it’s an honor to say the least. I will report during the day so you can track this event. Believe it or not – with its oil wealth – Alaska is surprisingly technical!

BTW – a funny one for you. My mom has traveled to Anchorage for this event and to visit friends. She was watching KTUU (NBC, Channel 2) late last night in Anchorage and there was a news article on IT Expo Alaska. She looked up, saw my name and the SMB Nation brand and couldn’t believe it. During the day today, she received several calls from Anchoragites asking if that was her son, is she in Anchorage, etc. It’s good to be back home in a small town!

Here are the details on the IT Expo event:

IT Expo 2009
Thursday October 29, 2009
Anchorage’s Dena’Ina Convention Center.

Presented by: GCI Communications and Sponsored by: Microsoft, Cisco, Right Systems, Applied Microsystems and Tekmate.

IT Expo Alaska is Alaska’s premier annual information technology trade show. Produced by Gonzalez Marketing LLC, IT Expo Alaska provides educational and networking opportunities for IT decision makers and IT professionals.

Gain knowledge, interact with experts, see systems in action, and make direct contact with service and product suppliers at IT Expo Alaska.

Morning sessions- 7:30am – 1:00pm
Morning session launches with a welcome by Governor Sean Parnell and a keynote address at 8:00am by Robert McDowell, Senior Vice President of Information Worker Business Value at Microsoft. Nine additional presentations are scheduled on four stages by GCS IT/VMware, GCI/Agito Networks, Cisco Systems/B2 Networks, and Microsoft/Statera.

Our noon luncheon, hosted by Cisco Systems, features a presentation by Cisco Operations Director Jeff Sharritts.

Afternoon sessions- 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Afternoon session will focus on security, storage, software and technology geared to small to medium size organizations and include presentations by GCI/Blackberry, Applied Microsystems, TekMate, Right Systems, Leverage, CompuCom, Neudesic, Intel, Sockeye Business Solutions and ACS.

Our closing feature presentation is “Geekonomics” by SMB Nation president Harry Brelsford.Attendance is limited to CEO/CIO/CFO level decision makers, IT systems administrators, IT professionals, AITP members, and staff and guests of sponsors.

Register to attend today…

For more information, please contact
Gonzalez Marketing at 907-562-8640.

Steve Gonzalez
Gonzalez Marketing
4450 Cordova Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
ph: (907) 562-8640
fax: (907) 562-8641



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