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Speakers at Summer 2012 SQL for i Spotlight

Each individual SQL for i Spotlight instructor possesses a prodigious amount of DB2 expertise in and of his own right. Taken together, they represent a truly impressive brain trust, all focused on transferring as much database intelligence as possible to a select group of students in a relaxed and interactive environment. It's rare to find this much DB2 expertise concentrated into a single event.

Your mentors at the SQL for i Spotlight conference were:

System i Developer Partners
Susan Gantner
Jon Paris
Paul Tuohy
Directions Instructors
Skip Marchesani
Kent Milligan
Robert Bestgen


Susan Gantner

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Susan's career has spanned over 30 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system.

Susan worked in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on IBM i.

Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting.Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on IBM i.

Susan is a regular speaker at user group and other technical conferences around the world and holds a number of Speaker Excellence medals from COMMON.

Susan is a Technical Editor and regular author for IBM Systems Magazine.

Jon Paris

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Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.

In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing IBM i application development skills.

Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON.

Jon is a Technical Editor and author with IBM Systems Magazine.

Paul Tuohy

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Paul Tuohy, IBM Champion and author of Re-engineering RPG Legacy Applications and The Programmer's Guide to iSeries Navigator, is a prominent consultant/trainer/educators for application modernization and development technologies on the IBM Midrange. He currently holds positions as CEO of ComCon, a consultancy firm based in Dublin, Ireland, and founding partner of System i Developer, the consortium of top educators who produce the acclaimed RPG & DB2 Summit conference. Previously, he worked as IT Manager for Kodak Ireland Ltd. and Technical Director of Precision Software Ltd.

In addition to hosting and speaking at the RPG & DB2 Summit, Paul has been an award-winning speaker at COMMON, COMMON Europe Congress and other conferences throughout the world. His articles frequently appear in IBM Systems Magazine, The Four Hundred Guru, RPG Developer, and other leading publications.

Paul also produces the popular iTalk with Tuohy audio blog with IBM Systems Magazine.

Skip Marchesani

Skip Marchesani retired from IBM after 25 years and is now a consultant with Custom Systems Corp, an IBM Business partner. Skip spent much of his IBM career working with the Rochester Development Lab on projects for S/38 and AS/400, and was involved with the development of the AS/400. He was part of the team that taught early AS/400 education to customers and IBM lab sites worldwide.

Skip is recognized as an industry expert on DB2 UDB for System i, iSeries, and AS/400 and author of the book 'DB2/400: The New AS/400 Database'. He specializes in providing customized education for any area of the System i, iSeries, and AS/400; does database design and design reviews, and general System I, iSeries, and AS/400 consulting for interested clients. He has been a speaker for user groups, technical conferences, and System i, iSeries, and AS/400 audiences around the world. Skip is an award winning COMMON speaker and has received their Distinguished Service Award.

Kent Milligan

Kent Milligan works in the DB2 for i Center of Excellence as a senior consultant focusing on ISV enablement for the IBM i platform. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1989, Kent spent the first eight years of his IBM career as a member of the DB2 development team in Rochester. He speaks and writes regularly on various DB2 for i relational database topics.

Robert Bestgen

Rob Bestgen is an IBM DB2 for i architect and consultant. He has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, chief architect of the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), and product development manager. Rob is currently a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 for i, IBM i, and DB2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.

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